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Here we are, another Sunday. Pretty much the same old people. And I guarantee you the conversation will be entirely around the politics of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan, not the impact it will have on every day Americans.
The Sunday shows should focus on what the bill does to people, not guessing about the politics. Also, I would like a pony.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 24, 2017
Not a single doctor (other than Trump’s HHS head Tom Price). Not a single Medicare/Medicaid recipient. Not a single disabled American. Not a single voter from Trumpcountry who just realized […]

Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Unhinged Hannity Commands Trump Attorney: ‘I Want Hillary Prosecuted'

Sean Hannity’s fascism was revealed in all its ugliness as he demanded that Hillary Clinton be prosecuted just on his say so. He didn’t seem to think there was any need for a trial, either, as he pronounced her guilty of “felonies,” too.
Hannity seems to become more unhinged nightly as he desperately “defends” his Dear Leader by whipping up as much hate and hostility toward others as he can possibly work into a one hour television show.
Friday night’s scapegoats/deflections were former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
While real […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Open Thread - Tone Police?

Tone down the rhetoric, loser. And please share this @laloalcaraz cartoon. pic.twitter.com/cnehJWHyRt
— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) June 15, 2017

Open Thread below…

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Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Zombies now come in all shapes, sizes and purposes. There are slow, shambling zombies that come at you like a rising tide, and high-speed, raging zombies that are on you before you know it. Zombies who sweep the world like a plague, and zombies who trap goofballs in a pub. Zombies who prop up whole cable networks and zombies who want to talk about their feelings.
But they all got their start from the same progenitor. Victor and Edward Halperin’s 1932 pre-code horror classic, White Zombie: the movie which, along with Dracula, turned a Romania-born actor with […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Poor Bret Stephens. He’s the latest punching bag for the left among New York Times columnists, and apparently he’s getting sick of it. “Twitter is about the naked, grunting brain,” he says. “It’s whatever pops out. And what pops out is altogether too revealing.” So he’s quitting Twitter.
There’s not much question that Twitter is a cesspool, but I think he’s making a mistake nonetheless. A lot of people blame social media for making our politics cruder, but that misses the reality. Our politics has always been this crude. We just didn’t know it. All Twitter has done is expose our […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

The Senate Republicans released the health care bill they secretly worked on for months. It is basically Obamacare made sixty percent worse in order to fund a large tax cuts for the rich, drug companies, insurance companies, and device makers.
This massive cut to Medicaid shows the priorities of Republicans. They value tax cuts for the rich over health care for the poor. They are willing to let poor people die so rich people pay less taxes.
An equally important aspect of the bill is how much it adheres to Obamacare’s basic structure. It is an example of the dishonesty of Republicans. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional District, at a campaign stop in Dunwoody, Ga., April 11, 2017.

In Georgia’s special election, Karen Handel dimmed, if not doused, Democratic hopes that younger candidates will bring younger voters to polls. As both parties’ strategists evaluate the lessons of the race, their attention will turn to the role that Ossoff’s age played in his initial pre-runoff success and eventual failure.Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, at a campaign stop in Dunwoody, Georgia, April 11, 2017. (Photo: Kevin D. Liles / The New York Times)
Tuesday night, 55-year-old Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff and secured the seat in Georgia’s 6th District in the most […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

President Donald Trump leaves after making a joint statement with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, at the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)

Trump took an oath to defend the First Amendment, but when peaceful demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy were violently assaulted by Turkish presidential bodyguards, Trump’s prolific Twitter account was strangely silent. Was the silence owing to diplomatic discretion or a conflict of interest in the shape of two luxury towers in Istanbul bearing the Trump name?President Donald Trump leaves after making a joint statement with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, at the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)
In May, employees of a foreign government attacked US demonstrators, injuring at least […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

This is just a note about the Senate health care bill. Do not believe any prattle about Mitch McConnell “being OK with a loss.” Or about “moderate Republicans” who will vote against it. Or about conservatives who are “revolting.” Or about “desperate attempts” to hold the Republican caucus together.
Next week the CBO will release its score of the bill. They will confirm that it doesn’t increase the deficit. The Senate will debate for a day or two; pass a few minor amendments; and then pass the bill. The vote will be 51-50, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie.
If Paul […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Dating as a single parent isn’t easy. Just ask Cassandra Reschar.”I have full custody of my daughter and very little ‘me’ time,” she wrote on How He Asked. There are over 13 million parents in the U.S. just like her.Then she met Grant Tribbett online, and the two hit it off big-time over the next couple of weeks, constantly trading messages and eventually phone calls.Their relationship blossomed from there, and one day, six months or so into dating, Tribbett asked Reschar and her 5-year-old daughter, Adrianna, to come on a walk through the woods with him.In the middle of the […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog