Tuesday Short Cuts
Sen. Lee accuses Trump of "militarizing the White House." Well, someone's got to purge leakers from the West Wing.
Insight: “I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election. … It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States!” —George W. Malone (1890-1961)
For the record: “If I had a staff member, an IT staff member, who had access to all of our data and all of our infrastructure and he had come under investigation and had smashed hard drives with a hammer and was trying to flee the country, you better believe I would be cooperating [with authorities].” —RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel
Upright: “Energy poverty is a greater threat to the world than a sudden climate disaster. Here’s why. According to the International Energy Agency, 1.2 billion people lack access to modern sources of electricity. About 2.7 billion lack consumer access to natural gas, petrol products, propane and kerosene. Rather, they’re dependent on biomass. Though most biomass meant for cooking, like wood and coal, aren’t invalid ways to cook, burning gas and electricity would do wonders for the impoverished populations of the world and, yes, even the environment.” —Michael McGrady
Braying Jenny: “By putting Gen. John Kelly in charge, President Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist.” —Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
Non Compos Mentis: “Long before they began their missile tests the U.S. was conducting nuclear bombing runs against North Korea. … They’ve been basically cornered into feeling like they have to develop a nuclear weapon.” —Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee
And last… “Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism.” —Rich Lowry