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After a reporters lists the many reasons why people hate the Trumpcare
Secretary Tom Price says:
"It’s really perplexing, especially from the insurance companies, because all they have to do is dust off how they did business before Obamacare."
should America "dust off" anything? Trump and
other Republicans didn't run on returning to the old days, they all ran on producing
something better than the ACA/Obamacare.
Yeah, the President is now conducting a "Made
in America" week. Kind of a problem with that is that pretty
much all of the products he's ever sold were and still are made
overseas. Of all the presidents, Trump is about the least credible one
to conduct this sort of PR exercise.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a speech in 2014 about how he'd run the Senate if he had the chance. His current strategy to replace the ACA/Obamacare violates every single one of those promises. If he succeeds in this plan, his strategy will be copied and the Senate will effectively become a partisan institution, creating plans in secret, behind closed doors and then ramming them through in a "party over country" manner.
A piece in our local paper tries to paint liberals as being just as violent as conservatives are. The central part of its case is the liberal accusation that the Republican health care plan will kill people. But as Vox explains, this is an entirely accurate accusation. If you withdraw health care plans from people who have recently gained coverage under the ACA/Obamacare, you are indeed condemning people to death. This is not a case of hyperbole.
From the piece: "Norm Eisen, the Obama White House’s chief ethics attorney, recently told the AP that Trump is 'becoming more and more brazen in his efforts to monetize the presidency.' The fact that this quote is broadly applicable is a problem."
Energy Secretary Rick Perry asks Energy Department to study proposition that renewables weaken electrical grid. Department concludes renewables strengthen electrical grid. Problem is that the Department is clearly skeptical that Perry will include their conclusion in his final report.
With two firm "no" votes in a closely-divided Senate. moderate have nowhere to hide. They can vote for a bill they have denounced as horrible or they can be a lightning rod for outraged hardcore right-wingers. One vote can decisively kill the replacement plan, but that involves lots and lots of very real risk.
Update: Right-wing Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) rescue the GOP moderates by coming out against the Trumpcare bill.
Secret Service gets
blamed for not screening/vetting Donald Trump
What's amazing here is that some people still don't understand that capitalism and health care simply don't mix. Never have. Never will. We've had since at least the Truman Administration to set up a private-enterprise-based health care insurance system. We went for the ACA/Obamacare because it couldn't be done.
Fox News complains about how the ACA/Obamacare was passed. Sorry, but as the article here specifies, the passages of Obamacare and Trumpcare are like night and day. The Trumpcare procedure is far more closed, rushed and secretive than Obamacare ever was!
VP Pence's lies about Trumpcare are so bad, a Republican Governor feels obliged to publicly correct him.
This just amazes me! Senator
Cruz is alleged to be a really smart
guy and he comes out with this really mangy, flea-ridden dog
plan. Is it his fault or is Trumpcare just essentially unworkable to
With Senators Collins and Paul both being a firm "No" and McCain being out for surgery, McConnell only has 49 votes. Any and all delays are good!!!
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this week that it is
for people to refer to him as a “climate denier.”
Very cool Bastille
Day gift to justice! Woman who was busted for laughing at a
Jeff Sessions hearing exonerated!
Good! Most of the Republican members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus held firm when it came to permitting the military to study the impacts of climate change 20 years out.
Commission that has requested enormous amounts of of private, confidential information publishes private, confidential information of critics. On the one hand, this appears to be standard, basic Trump Administration incompetence. A failure to consider important aspects and to be responsible and diligent. I suspect there's also a royalist feeling of "How dare those wretched peasants oppose the magnificent plans of Our Glorious Leader!!!"
Woo hoo! Muslim ban takes a legal hit! The Supreme Court left the definition of "close family member" vague, so the federal court in Hawaii has now ruled that it includes grandparents.
D'oh! So much for Senator Ted Cruz being the smart one. His ACA/Obamacare repeal bill counts the same pot of money several times. Hey! Math is hard!
The House Judiciary Committee sends the Attorney General a letter (Letter included with piece), asking why a case involving Natalia Veselnitskaya and $230 million was abruptly settled for a token $6 million just two days before it was scheduled to go to trial. Natalia, as you may recall, is the Russian lawyer that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with and that allegedly did not provide them with anything useful to use against Hillary Clinton.
of great achievements, but neither one had
anything to do with him. ISIS in Iraq and Syria in January of this year
collapsing. To use a World War II analogy, the battle of Normandy was
over, the Rhine River Valley had been occupied and the race to Berlin
was on. In terms of the economy, his actions to slow down economic
growth haven't taken effect yet.
He's simply fortunate to have taken
office at this time.
Wow! What an incredibly, brazenly cynical way to sell the most damaging possible policy! The idea McConnell is selling is that future lawmakers will intervene to make sure that really damaging provisions won't get carried out. As the blogger says: "This isn’t how responsible legislating in a mature democracy is supposed to work."
I consider this statement to be entirely
"Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that. If you got a call and said, 'Listen I have information on Hillary and the DNC,' or whatever it was they said, most people are going to take that meeting, I think."
Yes, I truly believe President Trump sees absolutely nothing wrong with getting clandestine help from a foreigner when conducting a campaign against a domestic political opponent.
Wow! The Trump Administration thought they'd get good coverage from the President's European trip? That was a horrible trip that revealed the complete contempt in which our country is now held by the rest of the world.
Crowd of lefties is supposedly fooled into cheering for Adolf Hitler quote. Not much cheering is audible and the quote isn't from der Fuhrer anyway. There was a book put out in 2009 called "Liberal Fascism," where the author was convinced that liberal ideology was derived from fascism. Problem is, fascism is a strictly and entirely right-wing ideology. People took strong exception to the idea that liberal ideology had any connection at all to fascist ideology and said so very eloquently.
C ice shelf just calved, a chunk of now-floating ice about
the size of Delaware, another reminder that sea level rise is coming
Unfortunately, there's nothing surprising about teen
surging in Texas after Planned Parenthood was defunded. Can the
pregnancy-related services that PP provides be replaced? Sure,
but it requires a substantial investment and the monetary returns are
slim to none.
You have to make the investment for the mission, not for the money.
There's no sign that there's any will to provide that investment, so
the services that PP provides don't get replaced and unwanted
pregnancies happen more frequently.
Very good question. How could anyone have believed that
citizen from Russia could possibly have derotarory information Clinton?
that information, by definition, have to have come from its
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) says we're too
concerned with scandal and
wants us to focus on "what
Congress and the administration is doing to create jobs and provide
Very happy to hear that the Voter Integrity Commission has been stopped in its tracks. As many bloggers and reporters pointed out when the commission first started out, the security for the information that was submitted was seriously short of requirements. A lawsuit is forcing them to protect the data they get from around the country before any other action can be taken.
Woo hoo! Trumpcare vote delayed yet again!!!!
- "The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that
it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi has been killed."
Heh! How unpopular was the President's idea of a "Joint
Cybersecurity thing with Russia"?
It's pretty obvious here that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley isn't on the same page with the President, that she got her briefing from someone who's PR-aware and who knows what the President should say instead of from the President himself. It's also quite clear she has no idea what Rudy Giuliani is talking about.
Very sad to hear that the Trump Administration wants to re-fill Guantanamo with prisonrs because emptying out Gitmo was a big priority of Obama's. Once the Supreme Court declared that Gitmo fell under US jurisdiction, there really wasn't any point in keeping it open. The whole point of it was to be outside US law. It's nothing but a stain on our reputation.
So Kris Kobach, whose voter fraud commission has requested that all 50 states give it massive amounts of voter data, had an opportunity to talk to all 50 state Secretaries of State and declined to try and engage in any sort of face-to-face persuasion.
So, at about the six-month mark of the Trump Presidency, how is Melania's anti-cyber-bullying effort going? Well, there's an office that deals with that, they know everyone in the field and no one reports her having been in touch with any of them.
Picture is shown of President Trump as
isolated with no one talking to him. I found this
"Just a few weeks ago, in an interview on Fox News,
Trump said that she tries 'to stay out of politics.'”
"He was there at conception so he ought to be there
the whole process," Republican Representative Kim Hammer, the
bill's primary sponsor, tells Bustle. "I think that all life,
from conception through birth and right up through death by natural
causes, needs to be treated with dignity, respect, and also a unified
approach to deal with the remains."
Assessing the Trump-Putin meeting at the G20 Summit. Good quote on Trump "questoning" Putin on whether he hacked the US electoral system in 2016: “Both the fence and the burglar agreed there was no need to relitigate who the TV belonged to.”
The idea of "clean coal" never made any sense to me. Hey, guess what? Yeah, it's a complete myth.
Top White House ethics official decides he's really not accomplishing anything and quits.
So, when you get a student loan and then get poor grades, you pay. Everybody understands that. No one has a problem with that. But what if the school goes bankrupt, leaving you with a big loan to pay off? There was going to be a solution for that starting July 1st, but we have a Secretary for Education who happens to favor for-profit schools. So too bad, so sad! DeVos has "delayed" the law taking effect.
Republican Senators re-define losing health care
coverage as gaining
So Rush Limbaugh is sort of a Republican Party whip. He
the word of the day to the faithful and tells us what the GOP bigwigs
are thinking. He's
currently amazed that Stephen Hawking is
predicting Venus-like conditions if we don't get global warming under
D'oh! Trump's people neglected
to book a hotel for the G20 Summit, so they have to stay in
government-owned quarters in Hamburg, Germany. Still quite luxurious,
but an embarrassment. Not
entirely clear why the Obama Administration didn't
Senator Pat Toomey shows
us how courageous he is
and assembles eight people for a "town hall" to discuss the Republican
alternative to the ACA/Obamacare.
Awww! Poor Dana Loesch! (I rub my fingers together in
violin" motion) Loesch claims
that this statement:
"The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth."
is NOT a call for violence. "it’s just word play" she says.
D'oh! Hobby Lobby was cheered on by Christians as it
women's contraception. Now
they've been caught with ancient Iraqi
artifacts. Such moral people!
Gee, who would have thought it? There's a procedure for the federal government to request information from states, a procedure that was completely ignored in the case of the voter fraud commission.
Iran holds a cartoon contest starring
President Trump. Over 75 countries participated with 1,600 enries.
It's distorbing to see an American politician trying
to de-legitimize their opposition. Senator Ted Cruz
was asked about the opposition to the Republican alternative to the
ACA/Obamacare and he "dismissed them as a 'small group of people on the
left who right
now are very angry.'”
Bipartisan group of senators visits Afghanistan. They decide that it's not so much that the US has a bad strategy on Afghanistan, but that it has no coherent strategy at all on Afghanistan.
Good! There are essentially two greenhouse gases, carbon (which mixes with oxygen to become CO2) and methane, which is an even more potent at keeping heat trapped close to the surface. This decision restricts methane.
on why a third of the Democratic Party now opposes Israel.
Woo hoo! As I said earlier, if you want to draw parallels between the war against ISIS and World War II, we're coming up on the Battle for Berlin/Okinawa stage!
North Korea launched
another missile last night.
Good! As usual, the administration's actions are a complete cluster****, with their request for huge amounts of voter data running headlong into voter privacy laws, security concerns and questions about how the requested data will be used.
outrage at the video of the President slamming a person with
a CNN logo for a head. "The president fights back,” one staffer said.
“It’s rich that some of you people [in the media] can never take a
joke.” Yeah, it's hilarious that the President is getting violent
a far-right subsection of Reddit. And BTW, a journalist who
tracked down where the President got the video from has
been receiving death threats, so the "joke" is very much in
the minds of the people reacting to it.
Sure, this makes complete sense! [/snark] Y'see, MSNBC's Chuck Todd is wrong about the effects of the Republican replacement for the ACA/Obamacare because Todd isn't taking into account legislation that hasn't yet been written!
President Trump tweets a
slightly-altered video of himself
from his wrestling promoter days beating the crap out of a person whose
head has been replaced with a CNN logo. Ana Navarro from This
Week says: “It is an incitement to violence. He is going to
get somebody killed in the media.”
So how are things going with the Russia connection? Here's a rundown.
Tucker Carlson tries desperately to draw a false equivalence between the former president and the current one. And no, the left doesn't hate President Trump because he's a nationalist, the left hates the fact that Trump tries to conduct policy as though there was no one to his left on any policy issue. When it comes to conducting or even discussing any kind of policy, he only recognizes the right and the far-right points of view. Trump has made absolutely zero real outreach to any Democrats. He's just not the slightest bit interested in getting their policy input.
"The last employees departed from the science division
of the White
House Office of Science and Technology Policy last week, leaving the
division completely unstaffed." CBS
"Trump has shown himself intellectually and emotionally
making the transition from minor entertainment figure to major
political figure." Quote
Ugh! The wild, unhinged conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
put out the bizarre notion that there were sex slave on Mars. People
actually took this nonsense so seriously that NASA had to
officially deny it.
As the piece says, if
you care about, say, bringing business
principles to government, you're going to allocate office space,
personnel, time and money to that project. If you don't care about
supporting women and girls as a distinct group as
Ivanka Trump obviously doesn't, then yeah, you're
just going to do some public relations posturing and will then leave
it at that.
Ah, here we go. The
team/blue team" concept
of challenging the science of climate change didn't begin with
Secretary of Energy Rick Rick Perry, but with EPA Administrator Scott
Pruitt. As a scientist points out though:
New analysis from CBO with longer timeline shows even more massive losses to regular folks. The point, of course, is that the "health care" plan put forward by the Senate is really just a tax cut for those who make over $100,000 year. It's especially generous to those making plus-$400,000.
The right-wing commenter Meghan McCain brought up a very good point about Presdent Trump's rather disgusting comment about Mika Brzezinski: "It makes my job talking to millennial women about politics - about why they should become conservatives? Much more difficult."
In 2001, shortly after the September 11 attack, the US
passed an Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). Congresswoman
Barbara Lee has put forward a resolution cancelling it. This
time, it was accepted by the House Appropriations Committee!
Kris Kobach has demonstrated enormous enthusiasm for
the votes of demographics that are likely to vote Democratic. The
call for voter data from all 50 states is deeply
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says
words to the effect of:
"Aww, you mean, terrible, judgemental liberals! You're holding
the President of the United States to the civilized standards we'd
expect of that office!"
NRA ad here is quite disturbing. Borrows very freely and
heavily from Nazi heritage to make its point.
A suggestion is made to build
with seaport facilities right off of Gaza. It would be connected to the
mainland via a long, narrow bridge. There's no reason that all of the
facilities can't be located right on mainland Gaza except for Israel's
As the blogger says, this
is hardly a reason to point and laugh at
the President, but a reason instead to be concerned. The President
simply doesn't have a firm enough grasp of policy details to be a
meaningful presence during policy negotiations. Speaker Ryan and
Majority Leader McConnell are carrying the entire weight of
negotiations over the AHCA/Trumpcare themselves.
The author of this
piece also presses for Voter ID, a method that
disenfranchises many millions of legitimate voters for every
fraudulent voter that it catches, but his central point is a sound
one. Paper ballots can't be hacked and are easy to keep track of.
They constitute a permanent, audit-able record.
Woo hoo! "In a unanimous vote Monday, the typically staid U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution backing municipalities’ efforts to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2035."
From back in January, but very good to keep in mind. No, the ACA/Obamacre was not failing when Obama left office!
In a segment where a Fox News person tries
to blame Democrats for Republican troubles with ther health
care bill, I found one line from this really troubling: “They don’t
faith in free markets.”
Ah, poor Secretary Perry, with his oh-so-inn-tell-lek-shoo-al-looking glasses, wants to have a debate, he says. Actually that debate on climate change is long since over. Most of the world is satisfied with the answer and has moved on to solutions.
"Yeah, the new version of the Senate replacement for the ACA/Obamacare
takes coverage away from 19 million people, but hey! We spend
meony!" Which is kind of like saying you got a great deal on a car, it
just doesn't have any doors or an engine.
Wolf Blitze and Dana Bash discuss health care and bemoan that Republicans and Democrats can't agree to cooperate. But when the CBO scores three Republican plans and each time concludes that the plan with deny coverage to over 20 million people, then denying coverage is very clearly not an accident or a mistake. It's not a bug, it's a feature. It shows the two parties are viewing the issue from fundamentally different angles.
I've always understood the term "pro-life" to apply exclusively and entirely to the pregnancy/abortion question. Rolling Stone: "Every single GOP senator who calls him or herself pro-life who votes for the Republican health care bill knowingly will be voting for legislation that will kill tens of thousands of Americans per year." Being "pro-life" has absolutely nothing to do with any other part of human affairs.
Senator Al Franken is becoming a real threat to climate change dismissives. Hoo yah for him!
So the CBO score for the Senate's version of the AHCA/Trumpcare is out. Is there any meaningful distinction between this and the House version? There are a few minor differences, but the bills are pretty much "six of one, half dozen of the other."
Hmm, interesting. I hadn't gotten the impression that there was any meaningful distinction between types of Israeli settlements on the West Bank. Obviously, any and all settlements can be negotiated, provided there was equivalent land that could be traded for and where it was might make a difference, but I've never heard of any of the Palestinians drawing distinctions between types of settlements. According to the Palestinians that I've spoken with, all Israeli settlements are bad and they should all be removed.
President Trump makes a not-terribly-credible call for unity and togetherness. One of the problem with Democrats working with the President to join efforts is that, at the same time Trump calls for Democrats to help out, he blames “Democrats resisting, fake news media,” or even “deep state leaks.” He also insists on referring to Senator Warren (D-MA) as "Pocahontas." Oh, and that Hillary Clinton cheated Bernie Sanders. Trump then wonders why Democrats aren't eager to join him.
Sarah Klift is a real go-to source for a number of the blogs and she looks here at "process stories" as opposed to substantive stories on what a policy will do. Unfortunately, TV news generally does much better with process stories and does a poor job of examining the substance of proposed policies.
The Senate version of the AHCA/Trumpcare is unveiled. Gee! What a surprise! A bill written by 13 men behind closed doors gives very little consideration to women and their health needs. Most mentions of women have to do with pregnancy/abortion.
So how's the whole election integrity issues going?
President Trump is
still convinced that three to five million
improper votes were cast in the 2016 election, even though the
statistical record shows that illegitimate in-person voter frauds
constitute about one out of every three to four million legitimate
Any chance that Republican moderates will vote against the horrible botch that is the AHCA/Trumpcare? Personally, I wouldn't bet a plugged nickel on it.
*Sigh* A complete idiot (Secretary Perry) tries to argue with an informed and intelligent person (Senator Franken).
"Behind all of Trump’s boneheaded policies in the Middle
East is an unmistakable urge for confrontation with Iran." Informed
I really don't blame Jared Kushner for taking an old idea and re-packaging it as his own inspiration (The GAO has identified nearly 10,000 data centers, of which almost half have been closed as data can be easily transferred). It just shows that he has a ridiculously large portfolio. Again, I'm absolutely fascinated to see what he comes up with as a Mid East, Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
his complete political impotence, President Trump insists that air
traffic control be separated into a private organization. Republican
senators ignored him.
The Congressional Black Caucus met with President Trump
in March. Now Trump is
requesting another such meeting
and again, he wants to meet with the entire 49-member caucus. For fhe
first meeting, it made sense to meet all 49 members at once. For
subsequent meetings? If all he wants is a photo-op, then having all of
the members present would be an understandable thing to do. Wouldn't
make sense for any othen reason. Besides, they asked him to do
something about Flint, Michigan's water crisis and he's done nothing so
a meeting would be pointless in any event.
Missouri bill would target abortion providers and sanction employment
and housing discrimination against people who use birth control or have
an abortion." Feministing.
Sorry, but I have a major
problem with permitting employers to have that much control over an
employee's personal life. Birth control is an extremely personal issue
and is none of the employers' business. Heck, employers don't have any
business even knowing
about whether an employee uses birth control or not!
Need More Mexicans’: A Kansas Farmer’s Message to Trump
Comparison of the process used
to construct the ACA/Obamacare with the highly restricted and
secretive process used for the AHCA/Trumpcare.
So what's the President's policy towards Cuba? Essentially, as with a great many other things, he's concerned with the priorities of a very small group of people (in this case, hardline Cuban emigrants back from when Cuba went Communist) and eff everybody else and any other consideration. ,
Milestone gets crossed! Wind and solar energy now
make up 10% of all energy produced in US!
Philandro Castile was murdered by a trigger-happy,
overzealous policeman. The policeman has now been cleared
This is very disturbing. Eight senators were asked what the purpose of the AHCA/Trumpcare bill was. It shouldn't have been that difficult to answer that question. But yeah, they fully intend to ram through the bill anyway.
Woo-hoo! President Trump has set a record! It took Richard Nixon 1,580 days for a federal investigation of him to begin. For Bill Clinton, it was 1,835 days, Trump has achieved that landmark in only 145 days!
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for regime change in Iran. This just strikes me as an amazingly, incredibly fantastically bad idea! Conquering Iraq was relatively easy, holding onto it proved incredibly tough. Iran's army won't fall anywhere near as easily and they've had years to prepare a behind-the-lines guerrilla war.
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