LET'S GO CAPS!!!! My favorite team in all of sports (even though I don't get to watch them very often), the Washington Capitals, are heading to the Stanley Cup Finals to take on the Las Vegas Golden Knights -- the only expansion team ever to have a winning record in its first season, much less getting to their sport's championship. It's going to be a fantastic series! The Caps haven't been to the finals since 1998, when they were swept out in four straight games by the Detroit Red Wings. I'm so excited!!!
7:06 AM Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Pam Patenaude joins us by phone from Denver as she's in town to visit HUD properties and...well, we'll find out what else!
8:06 AM The brilliant comic Nate Bargatze returns to the KHOW studio. Seriously, this guy is utterly hilarious. (See the video at the end of this blog note). Get tickets to see Nate Thursday thru Saturday nights at Comedy Works South at the Landmark: https://comedyworks.com/comedians/nate-bargatze
President Trump's obsession with tariffs are, as I've said since he was a candidate, by far the worst part of his economic policy package and represent ignorance of economics. Tariffs on steel and aluminum are bad enough -- though weakened substantially through his quiet cave-in -- but on Wednesday we learned that the president is asking the Commerce Department to justify tariffs on imported cars based on national security concerns. This is the stuff that makes Trump such a double-edged sword. He's never read and certainly never understood Bastiat...
Maybe he was trying to change the subject from losing a case -- though not one of tremendous significance -- in federal court: a judge ruled that the president may not block Twitter users, even if they're political opponents who send nasty tweets. He may "mute" them, however, because that still allows the users to see his tweets. The judge's ruling is based substantially on the idea that twitter is a public space when used by the president to announce, explain and comment on administration policy. (That's why I think conservatives who are asking whether the ruling means Twitter can't censor users based on political opinion aren't going to make too much progress...)
When police do terrible things...
it becomes easier to believe lies about them: