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“Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord makes clear that the United States is not only abdicating its role as a world leader but is staking a claim as one of the great threats to global progress. Last year, the world’s nations came together out of urgent necessity and agreed with near unanimity to work together in combating the most pressing crisis of our time. The President’s decision to now reverse course betrays our allies, undermines our credibility, and exacerbates a global catastrophe. There are no winners in this decision. America’s influence will now dwindle, the climate will continue to wreak havoc, and — despite the myths perpetuated by the President and his anti-science allies — our economy will suffer tremendously. Doubling down on denial will not bring back coal jobs, and the bliss of this ignorant misstep will be short-lived once the dire consequences begin to take their toll.” [Congressman John Yarmuth]

Last week, Russ Whitney’s electricity meter in Scott County started running backwards. The Newtown Pike homeowner completed construction of a solar array that converts sunlight into electric current — enough to power his 2 1/2 -story, 3,190-square-foot home. [H-L]

Quitting the Paris Agreement will have steep political and economic costs. But for an embattled president, it does do one thing: It fulfills a campaign promise popular with his base, and appeases the members of his administration who are ideologically opposed to anything that smacks of globalism or environmentalism. [HuffPo]

The findings, published in Nature Climate Change, detail how every state and several hundred cities or metro areas could be affected, including Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Nashville. [C-J/AKN]

Shifting from his previous blanket denials, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said on Thursday that “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers could have been involved in cyberattacks last year to help the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump. [NY Times]

When it comes to health care, Americans may be having buyer’s remorse. More people approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than the alternative health bill passed this month by House Republicans, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [WFPL]

This treasonous pigfucker and his supporters (like Scott Jennings) are more dumb than you thought. The Trump administration is moving toward handing back to Russia two diplomatic compounds, near New York City and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, from which its officials were ejected in late December as punishment for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Then-President Barack Obama said Dec. 29 that the compounds were being “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes,” and gave Russia 24 hours to vacate them. Separately, Obama expelled from the United States what he said were 35 Russian “intelligence operatives.” [WaPo]

The Madison County School Board voted unanimously to an across-the-board 1.5 percent salary raise for its employees last week. [Richmond Register]

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. [The Guardian]

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, [Ashland Independent]

Remember THIS when the New Naz… Republican Party of Kentucky, headed by flesh blob bigot Mac Brown, praises Donald Trump’s decision to abandon efforts to combat climate change. They’re enabling civil war around the globe and empowering terrorists. [MMFA]

Morehead officially has its newest city planner and building inspector. On Monday, Morehead City Council unanimously confirmed Mayor Jim Tom Trent’s request to hire Rodney Fouch, 50, of Morehead, to fill the vacancy surrendered by Beth Day earlier this month. [The Morehead News]

When the city of Toledo temporarily lost access to clean drinking water several years ago after a bloom of toxic algae, the Environmental Protection Agency sent scientists from its Office of Research and Development to study health effects and formulate solutions. [ProPublica]

When Bill Hughes went to fight in Iraq in 2003, members of his Army unit lined their vehicles with scrap metal, sandbags and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from roadside bombs. By the time his younger brother Ryan Young was in Iraq in 2008, the vehicles were made of a high-purity aluminum alloy that was much more effective at absorbing the blast. [H-L]

Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The waivers, released by the White House late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. [HuffPo]

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Jamie Comer’s Still A Lying Scumbag

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With poverty growing (nearly one in three of our children now live in poverty) and the gap between the rich and poor widening, now is the time to build a society that works for all citizens. Instead, in this recently concluded legislative session, we witnessed the further crushing of the middle class and the poor by the corporate elite and their cronies who spent millions to concoct out right lies, trump up fears and spread suspicions to defeat Democrats last November. [Jim Wayne]

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday that “our institutions are under assault internally” by Donald Trump, who is “eroding” the American system of “checks and balances” on political power. [HuffPo]

Anti-abortion protesters were arrested for blocking the doors to Kentucky’s EMW Women’s Surgical Center Saturday morning. [C-J/AKN]

A senior law-enforcement official dismisses the White House excuse for firing the FBI director, says Comey was ‘inching closer to Trump.’ [TDB]

Pain can be transformative, and that transformation can be a positive one when given the right tools and a little guidance. [Richmond Register]

Along with his firing, the source noted a high level of “interfering” in the Russia probe. [CBS News]

Kentucky’s lone Democrat in Congress, John Yarmuth, predicted Friday that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will not allow the Senate to vote on a Republican healthcare replacement for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. [Ronnie Ellis]

James Clapper discusses the ‘pattern’ of dead Russians tied to the investigation who have surfaced in the past three months. [CNN VIdeo]

Jamie Comer has returned to lying and misleading in an attempt to promote himself. Just like he lied about Marilyn and Holly, he’s lying when he claims the new health care bill protects the nation’s most vulnerable. It does nothing of the sort. First-rate hacks like Comer will have blood on their hands if they push that nonsense through. [Glasgow Daily Times]

On 18 November 2015, the British press gathered in a hall in Westminster to witness the official launch of Leave.EU. Nigel Farage, the campaign’s figurehead, was banished to the back of the room and instead an American political strategist, Gerry Gunster, took centre stage and explained its strategy. “The one thing that I know is data,” he said. “Numbers do not lie. I’m going to follow the data.” [The Guardian]

Matt Bevin doesn’t want to share his thoughts on President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Because he’s a fucking coward. [WFPL]

The president, Mr. Comey told associates, was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.” [NY Times]

A longtime Social Security Administration judge took more than $609,000 in bribes in less than seven years to award disability benefits to thousands of clients of well-known lawyer Eric C. Conn, the former judge admitted Friday. [H-L]

A top Harvard constitutional law professor is calling for an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, branding the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey as an “obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving national security.” [HuffPo]

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Yarmuth: Only Kentuckian Standing Up In DC

You know Congressman John Yarmuth?

The only Kentucky rep in D.C. with the guts to stand up for Kentuckians?

Here he is challenging Republican budget committee members to condemn Donald Trump’s call for a government shutdown:



Here he is slamming Trumpcare – the thing the New Naz… New Republican Party of Kentucky loves because it harms people with pre-existing conditions:



And here he is on the House floor asking who in the world is better off because of disastrous Trumpcare bill:


It’s a shame the remainder of Kentucky’s D.C. reps are cowards.

Trump Apparently Loves Him Some Waterworks

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In a city where investment bankers and coal magnates pay $10,000 or more for University of Kentucky men’s basketball season tickets, head coach of the Wildcats has long been a high-pressure job with rich financial rewards. [H-L]

Parts of Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns were made public on Tuesday night, revealing that the president made $150 million that year and paid $38 million in taxes. [HuffPo]

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth doubled-down on comments questioning President Donald Trump’s mental state during a Monday appearance on MSNBC. [C-J/AKN]

When Ruby Corado arrived at her office on Sunday, she found broken glass everywhere, a door ripped off its frame and a shaken staffer. [NBC News]

Why aren’t more Kentucky cities and counties jumping on this life-saving train? The Madison Fiscal Court on Tuesday morning cleared the way for the county health department to operate a syringe exchange program for users of illegal injectable drugs. [Richmond Register]

Just in case you needed a reminder that the New Republicanism is built on racism and xenophobia. [The Hill]

Build Ashland members updated the Ashland Rotary Club on their accomplishments, sharing that the group is expanding from just cleaning up the community. [Ashland Independent]

Republicans on Tuesday defended their plan to dismantle Obamacare after a bipartisan report showed 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under their proposal even as it reduces the budget deficit. [Reuters]

It’s one of a select few governing bodies within the county that can levy taxes and now because of expiring terms the Rowan County Public Library Board will look to replace two Trustees. [The Morehead News]

Girl Guides of Canada has cancelled all trips to the United States until further notice because it fears problems at the border. [BBC]

The Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission meeting was about to adjourn Monday when Wandel Strange, a member of the tourist commission, pointed out that a personnel file is a public record. Always fun when smalltown meemaws and poppops have no clue about obligations to the public they’re elected to represent. [Glasgow Daily Times]

At the State Department, the normally pulsating hub of executive offices is hushed and virtually empty. At the Pentagon, military missions in some of the world’s most troubled places are being run by a defense secretary who has none of his top team in place. And at departments like Treasury, Commerce and Health and Human Services, many senior posts remain vacant even as the agencies have been handed enormous tasks like remaking the nation’s health insurance system. [NY Times]

Maybe if people like Valarie Honeycutt Spears hadn’t been beyond lazy and deliberately shitty in reporting on the Montgomery County scandals, crap like this wouldn’t be happening in the legislature. Easing nepotism restrictions in school districts is dangerous and we’ve proved it with the Joshua Powell nightmare. Spears ought to re-examine the role she played in the disaster while sitting on her hands. [H-L]

Of course Trump leaked them himself. Or maybe it was “John Barron”? Unfortunately for him, the rest of the world wasn’t dumb enough to fall for it and Rachel Maddow used it as an opportunity to educate the world about the Russia connections. [HuffPo]

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Meet The New UofL Board, It’s The Same As The Old UofL Board

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Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year. [H-L]

President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier whom prosecutors deemed a traitor for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. [HuffPo]

If you think Kentucky parents are garbage people, wait until you read this story about Indiana parents freaking out about Sharia Law. [C-J/AKN]

Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. As the president-elect put it in one of the major economic speeches of his campaign: “Too many of our leaders have forgotten that it’s their duty to protect the jobs, wages and well-being of American workers before any other consideration.” [ProPublica]

Matt Bevin has re-appointed nine of 10 people he first put on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees last June and none from the original board he abolished at the same time. [Ronnie Ellis]

Ask House Speaker Paul Ryan about the state of Obamacare and he has a ready response. “It’s in a death spiral,” he said Thursday at his weekly press conference. [Politico]

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has signed an agreement with more than 40 colleges and universities to render aid to each other during crises. [Ashland Independent]

Sixty-three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools across the country either remain segregated or have re-segregated. [NPR]

Even fans of the University of Kentucky may be feeling sympathy for their rival University of Louisville, which has been left twisting in limbo while politicians in Frankfort play a game of chicken with the university’s accrediting agency. [More Ronnie Ellis]

It was 2005, and Felix Sater, a Russian immigrant, was back in Moscow pursuing an ambitious plan to build a Trump tower on the site of an old pencil factory along the Moscow River that would offer hotel rooms, condominiums and commercial office space. [NY Times]

The lone Democrat in Kentucky’s Congressional delegation has announced he will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities, joining a growing number of elected officials boycotting the event. [WFPL]

President Obama’s first inaugural festivities stretched over five days. Donald Trump is spending barely three on his. [WaPo]

University of Kentucky officials have pledged to reduce carbon emissions on campus by 25 percent by 2025. [H-L]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) grilled secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos on Tuesday, making the billionaire philanthropist’s lack of experience painfully obvious. [HuffPo]

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Another Week Of Cringing Over Bevin

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Hey, Paul Prather: get fucked. You’ve spent years whitewashing discrimination, homophobia and excusing this hateful bullshit under the guise of Jesus. Really, get fucked, you old, white shitsack. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has ties to Russia, to be his secretary of state, several media outlets reported Saturday. [HuffPo]

The Bevin administration is taking steps to make it harder for the public – and the state’s own regulatory agencies – to ensure utilities properly manage the mountains of toxic ash and scrubber sludge that their coal-fired power plants produce in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

A bipartisan group of senators said early Sunday that reports of Russian interference in U.S. elections should “alarm every American,” adding that recent cyberattacks “have cut to the heart of our free society.” [The Hill]

What the fuck kind of delusional is Matt Bevin? Donald Trump delusional. After his first year in office, Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky is more united now than ever, pointing to Republicans’ recent dominance in elections across the state. [WFPL]

Rand Paul (R-Grandstander) is threatening to block President-elect Donald Trump’s likely pick of John Bolton as the No. 2 in the State Department. [Politico]

Matt Bevin covered a lot of ground in an hour-long question and answer session with reporters Friday morning at Zeggs Amazing Eggs restaurant. [Richmond Register]

The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter. [WaPo]

Lawrence County High School was back in session Thursday following cleanup and extensive testing of the area affected by a chemical spill Tuesday. [Ashland Independent]

Go watch Congressman John Yarmuth, the incoming ranking member of the House Budget Committee, discuss future budgets under Cheeto Jesus. [C-SPAN]

Eleven witnesses were called to the stand in Barren Circuit Court by the prosecution Thursday in the trial for Anthony Barbour, who is accused of killing 2-year-old Laynee Mae Wallace in May 2015. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The financially struggling Chicago Board of Education next week will sell a new type of debt, armed with an investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings based on the bonds’ ability to withstand a bankruptcy filing. [Reuters]

A Kentucky county has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the family and passengers of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy as she drove away from a party. Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ramsey’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year after she was shot by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Brockman in April 2014. [H-L]

President-elect Donald Trump distinguished himself on the campaign trail as the rare Republican candidate promising not to cut Social Security and Medicare. [HuffPo]

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