No one understands the struggles of self-sacrifice like Louise Linton, the #hermesscarf-wearing, high-tax-paying wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
— Margarita Noriega (@margarita) August 22, 2017
Linton, an actress, posted a photo to her Instagram feed on Monday showing her and Mnuchin disembarking from a government plane in Kentucky. Mnuchin was there to try to drum up support for the effort to overhaul the tax code; Linton apparently joined him so she could take a picture that resembled something that might appear in a fashion magazine profile, if you first stared at the eclipse then crossed your eyes.
One Instagram user took umbrage at the use of a government plane (typically, the treasury secretary takes domestic flights when traveling inside the U.S.), commenting, "Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable." Linton's sarcastic reply came quickly. "Cute!" she wrote. "Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol." It only got worse from there. "Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day 'trip' than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours." Then came the kicker: "You're adorably out of touch."
A spokesman for the Treasury Department told The Washington Post that Linton's travel costs were paid for by the couple, and that she was not compensated by any of the designers she tagged, not even #valentino (#rockstudheels) or #tomford (#sunglasses). Linton ended up deleting the post and making her account private, just the latest sacrifice she's had to make. Catherine Garcia
A young Donald Trump is described as the ultimate enfant terrible in a Thursday article at Slate describing the candidate's history of interaction with women:
He was the archetypal brat. His father, himself a successful real estate developer, endlessly expressed a belief in his son's greatness. "You are a king," his father would tell Donald, according to his biographer Michael D’Antonio. His son took that to mean he could set his own rules. In elementary school, he gave one teacher he didn't like a black eye; others were pelted with erasers. At birthday parties, he would fling cake. [Slate]
When a teenaged Trump was shipped off to military school — an experience he has said made it so he "always felt" he'd been a soldier — he reportedly enjoyed the competitive, discipline-based environment.
Once, when it was his turn to to do dorm inspections, Trump ripped the sheets off another student's bed because he didn't think it was made correctly. "Then I lost it. I totally lost it," that student, Ted Levine, recalled to NPR. "So I think I hit him with a broomstick, and he came back at me — with his hands. He was bigger than me. And it took three people to get him off me." Bonnie Kristian
Federal nutrition standards developed by the Department of Agriculture aim at regulating the number of calories and fats in foods sold in schools, and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) wants the fed to stop putting a damper on school bake sales.
"The federal food police need to stay out of our schools," Poe said. "First, the regulators came into our lunchrooms, then vending machines, and now school fundraisers."
Poe has introduced a bill that would "prevent federal nutrition standards from being applied to fundraisers," The Hill reports.
Poe said in a statement that "Washington bureaucrats have no business telling any American what they can and cannot eat," and called the nutritional rules "an example of gross government overreach" and "abuse of government power."
The Hill points out, however, that states have the option of exempting themselves from the federal standards, though Poe's home state of Texas is not one of the 22 states to have done so. Teresa Mull