April 17, 2017

Attn. NBC Legal Dept.: Chris Matthews Says IRS Leaking Trump Tax Info Would Be ‘Good’

In early March, Nick Kristof at the New York Times solicited a felony in a tweet by virtually begging someone at the Internal Revenue Service to leak Donald Trump’s tax returns. On Monday, Chris Matthews was more interested in settling the supposedly questionable matter of whether Trump’s prior returns are under audit, but he went down the same path. During his Hardball broadcast, he effectively wished the IRS would leak the answer, and appeared to be supporting such lawbreaking when he said, “That would be a good leak.”

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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Letting States Direct Money From Planned Parenthood Is ‘A Killer Decision’

On Thursday, “President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday undoing an Obama-era regulation that prohibited states from withholding money from Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health clinics.” On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Andrea Mitchell’s sense of cruel irony was utterly absent, as she described the bill potentially affecting the nation’s largest abortion provider as “a killer decision.”

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041717)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: As Benedict turns 90, a rare glimpse into his ‘joy’-filled life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 16, 2017 / 03:00 pm

In a lengthy interview with EWTN’s German television branch, Benedict XVI’s closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.

Archbishop Gänswein has been Benedict’s personal secretary since 2003, while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has remained close at Benedict’s side throughout his papacy, resignation and his life of retirement.

In anticipation of Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday, which this year falls on Easter Sunday, April 16, Gänswein gave a lengthy interview to EWTN.TV in German, sharing insights into how the Pope Emeritus plans to celebrate his birthday and highlights and personal memories of his pontificate.

Among other things, the archbishop recalls how Benedict handled his election, the frequently negative media-firestorm that enveloped much of his pontificate, his hope for what people take from his papacy as well as how he spends his days in retirement. …

Go here for the full interview.