It’s Thursday Threatcon, your intelligence briefing on right wing activity. Below are the best reports, investigations, exposées, and debunkery of the wingnutosphere this week. Due to Donald Trump’s strong friendship with a Mussolini-admiring Italian fascist politician, our Threatcon Color Code is BLACKSHIRT

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    • The French daily Liberation headlined its article Donald Trump’s foreign-policy speech Donald Trump, «l’Amérique d’abord», les idées après (“America first”, ideas later). Sounds about right.

    • Most economists don’t think raising the minimum wage has much effect on retail prices. That’s inconvenient for conservatives and business lobbyists, whose preferred economic narrative says giving any money to workers will lead to wrack and ruin, but reality usually is inconvenient for them.

    • I only wonder why it took this long for the CMA to go after Dignity Health.

    Harper Creek Community Schools released a quote from their school handbook, indicating teachers are required to get advanced approval when discussing any form of reproductive health. Erm … Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings don’t fall under the heading of “reproductive health.” And, just for the record, some of her floral paintings have long been likened to images of female genitalia, so it’s not as if the teacher was saying something outlandish.

    • Creationists simply will not give up the dream. Their arguments would be hilarious if fighting them weren’t costing boards of education and schools large legal fees.


    • I frequently cite school boards as an example of the critical elected offices that progressives fail to recognize even as the religious right targets such positions to destroy public education. The left has a serious myopia towards the top of the ticket, which is why you get tens of thousands of Berniacs forgetting to vote against Scott Walker’s “gays deserve AIDS” judge.