Quick Takes: Just When You Thought Trump Couldn’t Get Any More Disgusting

* Personally, I’m just thankful that this national nightmare will be over in a month.

The Trump campaign issued a statement in response and, of course, couldn’t do so without taking a shot at Clinton (as in Bill). But I’d bet a lot of money that staff will have handlers with Trump overnight in order to ensure that he doesn’t rage-tweet about this one.

* A joint announcement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

* Today was jobs report Friday. It is worth noting that the next one won’t come until 3 days before the election. Since there is still no indication of trouble, Republicans will have to continue to just make up stories about how Obama wrecked our economy. Here is what Jared Bernstein had to say about this month’s report:

Payrolls rose 156,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked up slightly as more workers came into the steadily improving job market, which continues to close in on full employment, with no signs of overheating. Most importantly, a) the steady progress appears to be pulling some of the missing workforce back into the job market, and b) as the job market tightens, the bargaining clout of middle-wage and lower-paid workers is getting a boost, and that’s helping to nudge up the pace of wage growth.

Note that while some politically motivated types may try to make a big deal over the increase in the unemployment rate—there is an election out there, after all—it actually rose from 4.92 percent to 4.96 percent, statistically indistinguishable from no increase at all. And that increase was largely due to over 400,000 people coming into the labor force last month, a positive development.

* I recommend that everyone read Jonathan Chait’s, “Obamacare Isn’t ‘Crazy,’ and It’s Not Dying.”

Health-care reform is Barack Obama’s highest-profile achievement — though I’d rank it behind climate change as his most significant — and the one that is most likely to symbolize his success or failure as a president. For that reason, Republicans insisted from the outset that the law was failing: They couldn’t fix the website in time, more people would lose insurance than would gain it, medical inflation would skyrocket, and on and on. More recently, two statements have renewed their fervor. First, New York Times reporter Robert Pear published a story headlined “Ailing Obama Health Care Act May Have to Change to Survive.” And second, Bill Clinton was quoted describing the law as a “crazy system.” The right-wing news media have processed these stories as evidence that even liberals admit Obamacare is doomed.

They are evidence of nothing of the sort.

* This seems a little hard to believe. But it comes from a source who knows what he’s talking about.

* On a bit of a lighter note, Dave Bry points to some research about climate science deniers.

Deniers tend to exhibit a low capacity for empathy and a high aptitude for dominance. They’re predisposed to closed-mindedness and seeing the world in a hierarchical structure, and they avoid experiencing negative emotions. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are usually male.

He comes up with some interesting conversation-starters when talking to the type.

You notice the guy – pot-bellied, bad hair, fake tan, tiny fingers, we’ll call him “Donald” – pulling his SUV out of his driveway to head into work. Try this: hey Donald, you mouth, indicating he should roll down his driver’s side window.

When he does, you go on. “Have you ever considered car pooling? If you were to give a couple of your colleagues a ride to work in this huge car of yours, you could dominate conversation for the whole hourlong drive.”

A week later, casually mention that you’re thinking about buying a Prius. Suggest he consider getting one himself. “A nice small car like that would make your tiny fingers look comparatively bigger on the steering wheel.”

* Finally, this one goes out to all of our friends on the east coast. I hope you’re safe and dry. But I’ll bet that this might grab what you are thinking right about now.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .