Midday open thread: Car bombs, guns, snakes, and disease

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Blacklisted by the DCCC:

Horrible news:

Three American service members and a contractor were killed in a car-bomb attack in Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said.

The bomber struck as military personnel were conducting a security patrol near Bagram air base, a major air hub for foreign forces in Afghanistan, according to Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military command there.

This kind of thing surprises no one:

A Charleston lawmaker’s home is being watched by police after a Facebook commenter threatened to shoot him over a bill that would allow people to carry handguns in the state without a permit.

The commenter was expressing frustration at state Rep. Peter McCoy, a Charleston Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, because the pro-gun legislation has not advanced in the Statehouse this year.

“Totally sucks that one guy has that much control. Maybe we should shoot him?” the comment read.


Officials at a South Florida wildlife preserve say they’ve captured the largest python ever found in the park. Officials discovered the female python, more than 17 feet long and weighing 140 pounds, on Friday in Big Cypress National Preserve.

The python had 73 developing eggs.

For crying out loud, vaccinate:

The number of measles cases recorded across the USA rose by almost 100 last week as the annual total continued its march toward record levels, federal health officials reported Monday.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: SSDD! Insanity that continues today: The Spy Who Rubbed Me. DHS purge. Trump’s golf cheating. Trump’s tax cheating. Law enforcement’s willful “confusion” about protesters. The quest for Trump’s tax returns. The Mueller report Rule 6(e) argument.

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