Republicans Have Proved They Can’t Lead

What was that, again, about the Ark Park lunatics not being con artists? Now they’re tax cheats and maybe criminals. Here’s hoping a natural disaster rips all their properties apart sometime soon. Good old “christian” values. [H-L]

A day after just about everyone on Capitol Hill declared the Senate health care bill dead, the legislation once again seemed to have the tiniest bit of life, with Republicans staying late into the night Wednesday to discuss whether there was a path forward. [HuffPo]

This is what extreme, bigoted New Republican/New Nazi idealism does to Kentucky’s economy. You bought this sucker, Republicans, and now you own it. [C-J/AKN]

The Kremlin gave Republican Rohrabacher direction to discredit the Magnitsky Act. Kevin McCarthy, you may recall, said Rohrabacher and Trump were the two people Putin was paying. [TDB & WaPo Flashback]

Remember how I spent several years highlighting the shenanigans with the Carter County Fiscal Court? It’s finally bitten them in the ass. The Carter County Fiscal Court on Tuesday voted to pay up to $26,000 to the state because of a lack of documentation of former transportation-related projects. [Ashland Independent]

In the latest display of Turkish anger at U.S. policy in Syria, the state news agency has divulged the locations of 10 U.S. military bases and outposts in northern Syria where the U.S. is leading an operation to destroy the so-called Islamic State in its self-styled capital of Raqqa. [TDB]

Confusion pervaded the national capitol Wednesday as Donald Trump once again switched directions on health care, scolding Republican senators at a White House lunch to stay in town until they “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare as he calls it. [Richmond Register]

In the months following the California primaries, the feds discovered that Russian hackers had broken into more than 20 state and local election systems and attempted to alter voter registration in several of them. [TIME]

Keep an eye on what your local school boards are doing, folks, and hold them accountable. Don’t just take their word that your over-paid superintendents are doing stellar work. Make them prove it. A local school superintendent received high praise from his board members Monday night after they emerged from their second closed session of the evening. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. [Bloomberg]

Don’t some of these people belong in prison? After more than a month of speculation, the U of L Foundation fired Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson on Tuesday. ULF Chair Diane Medley wouldn’t say whether Tomlinson was fired for cause or when the discussion to fire him began, but said his removal is effective immediately. [WFPL]

He’s easily one of the dumbest people on the planet – not just the dumbest president to ever serve. He’s also basically admitting that he’s hiding financial crimes galore. Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.” [NY Times]

Look, this is what happens when you allow idiots from the New Republican Party to gain power. As the death toll from opioid overdoses in Kentucky and the rest of the Midwest continues to soar, it’s truly disconcerting to see that policymakers are taking steps that are not only devoid of medical and common sense, but virtually guaranteed to make matters worse. [H-L]

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump, criticized him Thursday for again violating “the essential independence” of the Department of Justice. It followed the president’s admission that he would not have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he recused himself from the multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. [HuffPo]

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