Midday open thread: Record number of Democratic challengers lined up; chemical documents revealed

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Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Donald and John: Introducing… the Pardonizer!

Cartoon by Ruben Bolling -  Donald and John: Introducing ... the pardonizer

If Trump manages to complete his term of office, he has 1,272 days left in the White House.

June Foray
June Foray, 1952

June Foray, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale, dead at 99: 

Thankfully for her fans, June Foray has a lifetime of excellent work that will succeed her, providing entertainment for new generations for decades to come. Born in Massachusetts on September 18, 1917, Foray got an early start in the voice-focused field, breaking into radio dramas and more as a teenager. That success led to acting and film work, though any live-action appearances she made were definitely outnumbered by her vocally proficient duties. She worked with Disney on such hits as Cinderella (as Lucifer), Mulan (as Grandmother Fa) and in the Donald Duck installment titled “Trick or Treat” (as Witch Hazel).

How close are you to one of these amazing spots to watch the eclipse?

A near-century of documents showing how industry concealed from the press and the public the toxicity of some chemicals:

The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. The documents are available here.

Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.

Nearly 70 New York dairy workers have been killed on the job since 2006:

A study by the advocacy groups Worker Justice Center of New York and Workers’ Center of Central New York reveals endemic abuse; many workers say they suffer such intense exploitation, economic and physical, that they feel their bosses care less about their employees than about their cows. Warehoused in substandard housing camps and working up to 15 hours a day, these mostly migrant workers live isolated, virtually invisible lives, and employers can thread through regulatory loopholes to exploit these seemingly expendable, marginalized people.

We’ve got a record number of Democratic challengers already for 2018:

 As of the end of June, 209 Democratic challengers had registered with the FEC and raised at least $5,000. That more than doubled the previous high mark since 2003. In 2009, the Republicans had 78 challengers with at least $5,000. The early GOP challengers in 2009 foreshadowed the party’s regaining majority control. The question is whether the same will hold true for the Democrats in 2018.

The number of challengers at six months is truly remarkable. And the candidates are not simply bunching up in a few primaries. Yes, there is some doubling up: six Democrats have filed so far against John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district. But there is also a good spread. So far, 105 different Republican incumbents have Democratic challengers with $5,000.

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On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Mooch haz a sad that his disclosure has been disclosed. Trump panics the Pentagon. Who threatens chairs, alone or in pairs? Everyone knows it’s Zinke. Today’s procedural explainer: conference committees & how the Senate can get itself hoodwinked.

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