Non-furloughed workers can’t take vacation during a shutdown—unless their names are Jared or Ivanka

Putting aside Donald Trump’s ridiculously authoritarian decision to put his freaking kids in top White House positions, the fact remains that they are federal employees. When Ivanka Trump was made “Special Counsel” and husband Jared Kushner was put in charge of everything, they filed official paperwork (including Form 278) which legally binds them to ethics rules. Upon taking…

Snyder's Kickapoo Joy Juice or, A School Voucher By Any Other Name

Not many of us are old enough to remember the comic strip Li'l Abner, the dim witted hillbilly from Dogpatch. There was a cave called the “skonk works” where the still that created Kickapoo Joy Juice hid from the law and anyone trying to steal the magical elixir it produced. “Skunk Works” became the name…