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The DC: Alleged Russian spy pleads guilty to conspiracy, and... 🦋 Should a butterfly sanctuary be bulldozed for Trump’s border wall?

by Countable | 12.13.18

Welcome to Friday, Alabamians to Wyomingites...

To paraphrase Paul Simon: "Where have you gone, Joe McCarthy? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."

Maria Butina has plead guilty to engaging in conspiracy to influence U.S. politics.

As part of the deal, Butina admitted to being involved in an organized effort, backed by Russian officials, to infiltrate Republican political circles.

Butina attended conferences with the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast where she "sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics," prosecutors said.

Butina is the first Russian national convicted for attempting to influence U.S. politics during the 2016 election.

How do you feel about Butina's guilty plea?

On the Radar

  • In a Thursday tweet, Trump declared that he’d made good on his campaign promise that Mexico will pay for the construction of a wall on the U.S. border by renegotiating NAFTA with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. “I often stated, ‘One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.’ This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!” What's your reaction to Trump's statement?

Under the Radar

  • President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico will require the partial bulldozing of a butterfly sanctuary near the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas. Marianna Treviño-Wright, director of the National Butterfly Center, told the San Antonio Express-News that bulldozers could start plowing through the preserve as soon as February 2019. “[H]aving a wide swath of our property bulldozed is going to negatively impact the volume of the species and diversity of the species.” But Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in October that the flow of unauthorized immigrants and drugs along the border confirmed “an acute and immediate need” for a wall. Should a butterfly sanctuary be bulldozed for Trump’s border wall?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 5:15pm and 8:30pm EST, the president and First Lady Melania Trump will attend Christmas receptions.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House is expected to return Wednesday, December 19th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate is expected to return Monday, December 17th.

What You're Saying

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Should "revenge porn" be protected free speech?

“Revenge porn” is sharing sexually explicit images or videos of a person without their consent, typically by a former partner.

40 states and Washington D.C. currently have revenge porn laws. But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will decide whether the practice should be punishable by law in the Lone Star State.

Three years ago, Texas passed a bill that criminalized revenge porn. But a state appeals court ruled in April that the law was unconstitutional, writing:

“It violates rights of too many third parties by restricting more speech than the [U.S.] Constitution permits.”

Is revenge porn protected free speech?

Enjoy some nice overpriced street nuts for Roast Chestnuts Day (and maybe feed them to a primate for Monkey Day),

—Josh Herman

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  • Dicr
    12/14/2018
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    Republicans have sold out the country, and they think they’re above the laws of this country. No wall of any size can protect us from compromised leadership.

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  • Felecia
    12/14/2018
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    Butterflies are an elaborate part of the worlds pollinators and it’s detrimental for all to preserve this sanctuary for humankind overall growth and development as well as all others species that depend on Mutualism for its very existence as well! No wall...even as high as the heavens will stop immigration...all countries are built on migrants relocating for a better life or as in the past to cultivate land and colonization. Good luck stopping them. It just won’t happen only sending them back once they’ve arrived Illegally which seems to be the norm. I vote NO on the Butterfly 🦋 issues! They are a vital part of our eco system stabilization, Health and nutrition and economic stability!

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  • Carolyn
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    No a butterfly sanctuary should not be bulldozed for the border wall. There is no need for any more of a border wall. Stop driving up the debt for ridiculous, unnecessary things.

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  • Lynn
    12/14/2018
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    A butterfly sanctuary? Seriously? You’re suggesting that our national security is a lesser concern than the welfare of a few bugs? Oh, right. You’re pro-abortion, too, aren’t you? Yes, that explains everything. Morons.

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  • Robert
    12/14/2018
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    I hope Ms. Butina brings down the NRA, the Republican Party, and DJT. Butterflies are worth more than any wall

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  • Seth
    12/14/2018
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    If you believe that physical border security is an extremely high priority, and you also believe a wall is the answer, then of course this question seems silly. But since there is ZERO evidence that either is true - and mountains of evidence that other forms of security (e.g. cyber) matter more, and that butterflies are a keystone to ecological survival - well, I guess this question is still silly. Why are we still discussing? President Trump, take down that wall.

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  • Jolene
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    Absolutely not!

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  • Mark
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    This butterfly sanctuary is another one, of many things, that SHOULD prevent Trumpster’s Wall from becoming a reality.

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  • Rhett
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    Oh come on man. Build the wall already

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  • M
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    The bogus, useless Great Walll of Trump is not worth the loss of 1 butterfly. Do not enable him in his campaign to destroy America's economy, reputation and ecology.

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  • Joyce
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    We need to build a wall to protect our southern border! How can people not see that ?? Why did Texas fight to save the Alamo??To protect our country from falling into the hands of people who do not love our country. Right now we need to protect our country from invasions from people who only want what they can get for themselves. We need to keep our country safe from people coming in and using our country for wealth and not love our country enough to come into our country through proper channels and becoming US citizens and speaking our language and being able to defend our country if need be

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  • Melvin
    12/14/2018
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    If I’m not mistaken, this Russian spy came into our country with the international purpose to convince the right wing idiots at the NRA to give access to powerful idiots in Congress Don’t see a wall there!

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  • Lisa
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    Don’t wreck the butterfly sanctuary for a wall we don’t need & is a waste of money

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  • Joyce
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    NO WALL!!!

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  • Heath
    12/14/2018
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    A butterfly sanctuary can be moved and re built. The protection of this country and its citizens takes higher priority. BUILD THE BORDER WALL.

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  • Robert
    12/14/2018
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    Butterflies? Really? Omg...let OUR President protect our country. I guess people would rather have drugs, crime and only God knows what to come across our borders as long as we save the butterflies. The world has gone NUTS!

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  • Pego
    12/14/2018
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    The border wall protects nothing. Most migrants come through other ways already. We need to protect the environment far more than we need to let Twitler rob the public for that useless boondoggle.

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  • Peter
    12/14/2018
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    Infrastructure needs this money, not some stupid wall. When you think of security think about air planes and cargo ships, the main source of illegal activity. Come on people, think! And vote for people that think for themselves!

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  • Donna
    12/14/2018
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    Trump’s all about Trump and he is heavily into crushing anything in his way. Praying for Karma!

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  • Casey
    12/14/2018
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    Save the Butterflies, Bulldoze trump!!!

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