Someone page Nancy and tell her we need to ITMFA: As Nathalie mentioned this morning in Slog AM, Trump tweeted that "the squad" (NYT's words)—which includes representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib—needs to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Today, the four held a press conference to speak on his tweets. Ayanna Pressley warned that the American public should “not take the bait" and called Trump's tweets a "disruptive distraction." Ilhan Omar called for Trump to be impeached. Rashida Tlaib also called for us to ITMFA saying, “I urge House leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach.”
After these speeches, Ilhan Omar had to remind the press she isn't associated with Al Qaeda: What the fuck. Omar was asked to respond to the "rumors" that she is a commie working for Al Qaeda. She remained calm, said that Muslims in America and across the world are familiar with having to answer questions like these, and said she wouldn't "dignify" it with an answer. The Trump reelection campaign seized on the moment:
Here's AOC speaking this afternoon at the other Capitol Hill:
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on President Trump's racist tweets: "Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy." pic.twitter.com/YHb3LKF9jd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2019
WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “The first note that I want to tell children across the country is that no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you. And it belongs to everyone. And today that very notion was challenged. This weekend that very notion was challenged.” pic.twitter.com/LhAAOVHnhr
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 15, 2019
Even Mitt jumped into the disco: "Disco" is short for discourse. I don't make the rules.
People can disagree over politics and policy, but telling American citizens to go back to where they came from is over the line.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 15, 2019
Pivoting to taco news: Casco Antiguo opened its second location today, this one in South Lake Union.
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Jay Inslee would love some cash: His campaign only raised around $3 million during the second quarter. He's trailing his competition with a total of $5.3 million raised since his presidential announcement. Inslee has at least raised more than the only other current governor in the race, Steve Bullock from Montana. However, Inslee's fundraising is small potatoes compared to Pete Buttigieg's $24.8 million raised during the last quarter. Inslee will need a bit more momentum if he's going to get into the September debate.
There are many reasons Amazon warehouse workers protested Prime Day (which is actually two days) today: One-day shipping. Grueling work conditions. Productivity increases that don't match pay increases. Warehouse workers in Minnesota and around the country protested. Democratic presidential candidates across the spectrum spoke out against the company today, including Warren, Sanders, and even Biden. Recode believes it is "seemingly unprecedented" for U.S. Amazon workers to strike on Prime Day, but notes European protests have been happening for years.
The "avowed white supremacist" who drove his car into protesters in Charlottesville and killed Heather Heyer was sentenced today: To life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges. Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said this about the terrorist: "I never wish for the death penalty and still don't. I would like to see him change in time from a white supremacist to someone who helps bring others away from white supremacy."
I guess men's soccer is cool too: A rare statement, I know. But check out this crazy goal from the Sounders game this weekend against Atlanta. Raúl Ruidíaz is a hero:
The Urbanist made their Seattle City Council endorsements today: Here they are. Lots of non-endorsements:
Seattle Council D1: No Endorsement
Seattle Council D2: Tammy Morales
Seattle Council D3: Kshama Sawant
Seattle Council D4: Shaun Scott and Cathy Tuttle
Seattle Council D5: No Endorsement
Seattle Council D6: No Endorsement
Seattle Council D7: Michael George
King County Council D4: Abigail Doerr
Seattle Port Commission Position 2: Preeti Shridhar
Seattle Library Levy: Approved
King County Parks Levy: Approved
Meanwhile, the Seattle Times endorsed: Ann Davison Sattler for Seattle's northernmost district, D5.
When are we supposed to put out our Halloween decorations?: Everything is horrifying lately, so I understand the confusion.
Seattle to Portland in an hour by train?: It could happen. Well, it could happen if we build ultra-high-speed rail. The Washington Department of Transportation released a study today that shows the impact of ultra-high-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest. Exactly how fast is ultra-high? 200 mph on high-speed rail, magnetic levitation or hyperloop technology, reports KIRO. Inslee is into the idea.
The High Speed Rail study update argues 1) a $10b airport runway could be avoided, thus offsetting part of the $24b-42b rail project cost; and 2) trains could attract 20% of intercity travel. https://t.co/6hmyfJX6wu
— Mike Lindblom (@MikeLindblom) July 15, 2019
In case you're interested in reading about horrors: "Photos of Utica Teen’s Body Posted on Instagram After Murder"
I don't think I have a foot fetish but: This video doesn't really bother me. Feet are cleaner than hands! What's wrong with me?!