Monday, July 10, 2017, 8:00am

A few quick Monday notes

Donald Trump, Jr., by Gage Skidmore.

Donald Trump, Jr., by Gage Skidmore. (Source & license.)

Sounds like we’re gonna get another version of the gawdawful Republican healthcare bill this week, and they’re hoping to vote on it next week. Call your senators and tell ’em you’re not interested in Republican wealthcare. Use or to get the numbers.

It appears that Donald Trump Jr. wants to keep his dad company in jail. At least, he seems to be trying real hard to go there, at any rate. He has hired himself a lawyer – a mob lawyer. This family, I swear, you guys.

FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon Jr. has a nice bit of analysis on the Trump Jr. story, by the way, which’ll give you a rundown on the facts and a few thoughts about what they mean.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, I expect you to know to exercise some skepticism while reading… well, anything. One of the things you always want to consider is the source of the thing you’re reading – who wrote it and why – and where you’re reading the thing, which might not always be the same as the source. For example, the White House recently shared an AP article in one of their email newsletters. And sure, the AP is a trustworthy source of news – but the White House had heavily edited the AP article to make the healthcare bill seem better than it was.

The Washington Post Fact Checker has a great guide to obstruction of justice, executive privilege and impeachment.

Twitter rolled out some new filters and features to keep Twitter trash out of your mentions. That is, there are some new muting features that make it so certain kinds of accounts can’t really talk to you anymore. It’s better than nothing, I guess.

And finally, a new Pew Research study revealed that Republicans hate the news and think it all sucks. No, really: 85% of Republicans think the news has a “negative effect on the way things are going in the country.” 63% of respondents overall think that. You can read about it in Poynter and NiemanLab.

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