Also hard to tell, if your news diet is limited to mainstream media, is that the US is right now complicit in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in history. The cable news channels at long last seem to have awoken to this fact, which alternative media have been reporting for years. So the next time a Facebook friend posts some version of that graph showing which media sources are trustworthy, ask why those oh-so reliable founts of information spent so many months not even mentioning Yemen while telling us about every mole and freckle on Stormy Daniels.
Beto O'Rourke enjoyed a swelling enthusiasm for his effort to unseat Ted Cruz and go to Washington as Texas' new junior US Senator. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs collected favorable polling and mentions of television and Facebook advertising to revise his prediction to a much closer contest, while Kuff seemed to be feeling a little pessimistic about Beto's chances and speculated on some consolation prizes for Texas Democrats.
The TexTrib's Ross Ramsey has an analysis--reprinted at Progrexas--of Greg Abbott's attempt to expand gubernatorial power that would make even Pa and Ma Ferguson, among the most corrupt Texas governors in the state's history, blush. (With envy, not shame.) Retiring state legislator Byron Cook warned that the governor's move represented a constitutional overreach, aka power grab.