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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Gun Lobby’s Favorite Expert Sees Las Vegas Massacre Claims Fall Apart

Following a mass shooting sniper attack on a Las Vegas country music concert that left 59 dead and more than 500 people wounded, Lott — a go-to source for conservative misinformation about gun violence following high-profile shootings — published an opinion piece at comparing machine gun attacks in Europe versus the United States.

October 5, 2017

Sen. Wyden Calls For Improved Security Standards For Voting Machines

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants to ensure that secure voting systems are in place both for upcoming state elections and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and he is trying to do so by ensuring that the voting machines used for elections follow cybersecurity protocols.

October 4, 2017
no fly no buy

GOP Braces For Politics Of Gun Debate

But when the National Rifle Association wasn’t present at a congressional hearing on the issue — which has been at the top of its legislative agenda for years — it signaled the GOP might be growing aware of the new optics surrounding the gun debate.

October 3, 2017

Taxing Dollars Already Taxed By States Will Not Happen

Nice try, Republicans. You’d like to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That would stick the expensive-to-live-in blue states with more of the nation’s bills. It would amount to taxing income that has already gone to taxes. Not gonna happen.

October 3, 2017
California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Kamala Harris Backs Kneeling NFL Protesters In Speech To Atlanta Church

During remarks at Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke out against President Donald Trump’s bullying of NFL protesters who kneel during the national anthem and described their action as a call to justice.

October 3, 2017

9 Reasons Trump’s Tax Plan Will Hurt You

Donald Trump says his tax plan is “a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be the everyday American workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as companies start competing for American labor and as wages start going up at levels that you haven’t seen in many years.”

October 3, 2017

The GOP Embraces Trump’s Corrupt Business Model In Tax Plan: Take People’s Money And Screw The Public

President Trump and congressional Republicans are on course to do to America’s finances what Donald Trump did to Atlantic City—use other peoples’ money to pad their own pockets, while bleeding the surrounding economy dry.

October 2, 2017

Ryan’s Obsequious Tribute To Trump On Fox Draws Jeers

Toward the end of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) interview last night with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, after Hannity had swooned over the Republican tax cut plan, the host turned his attention to whether the congressman and his caucus are sufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump.

September 30, 2017

After Political Failures, Trump Diverts To Race Issues

We are a nation at war with itself, cleaved in two by racial, ethnic and cultural differences, each side convinced of its own righteousness. These tumultuous times cry out for a leader of wisdom and maturity, patience and moderation, vision and moral clarity.

September 30, 2017

Senator: Someone Needs To Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane

The military “wasted” nearly $65 million on a single inoperable plane that spent years resting on jacks in a warehouse and didn’t manage even one flight in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense inspector general recently reported.

September 29, 2017

Do Better Than A Rip-Off Health Care System

For the gazillionth time, GOP lawmakers have put a shiny new ribbon on their same old ugly package of health insurance deforms. As before, this latest plan would eliminate coverage for millions of Americans, raise the price of insurance for the middle class and deliver much less care. But one guy says he loves it: “A great bill,” tweeted Donald Trump.

September 29, 2017

9 Reminders The GOP Has Nominated An Absolute Maniac For Senator In Roy Moore

Meet Roy Moore. When he’s not waving a six-shooter like Yosemite Sam, he can often be founding railing against the evils of homosexuality and the impending institution of Sharia law. After defeating Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary, despite the campaign efforts of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Moore is on the verge of assuming the seat Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated in the United States Senate, with Democratic opponent Doug Jones unlikely to receive much in the way of funding from the DNC.

September 29, 2017

Single-Payer Health Care Should Not Be A Religion

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head for oblivion on its own outrageous terms. That was the politically wise place to be.

September 28, 2017

Senate Republicans Pull Plug On Latest Obamacare Repeal Bid

Grim-faced lawmakers, who hoped to hold the vote this week, made the announcement shortly after a Republican luncheon in which senators discussed the impasse, and possible future paths forward for their efforts to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s landmark 2010 health care reforms.

September 27, 2017

How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

In August 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s handling of its hazardous waste.

September 27, 2017

Beyond Menendez’s Guilt Or Innocence: Was It Ethical?

This week, as Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial heads into its second week, the question of whether the Senator is guilty or innocent has eclipsed the question as to whether his advocacy for his close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, was ethical. Indeed, they are not the same thing. Increasingly these days that important nuance, between what’s illegal versus what’s unethical, is often lost or trivialized.

September 26, 2017
Lindesy Graham

Senate Republicans Sweeten Obamacare Repeal Bill To Win Over GOP Holdouts As Opposition Mounts

“This bill is an even harsher version of the previous failed proposals that were overwhelmingly rejected by Americans,” said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for Consumers Union. “It is not only a repeal of the Affordable Care Act — threatening key consumer protections and coverage requirements that ensure those with pre-existing conditions have access to meaningful care — but also a historic undercutting of the Medicaid program.”

September 26, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Senator Susan Collins: Difficult To Envision Yes Vote On Cassidy-Graham Bill

Collins went on to suggest she is “very concerned about the erosion of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.” Senator Collins will wait for the CBO results on Monday, but can’t imagine how the CBO can score the bill, since Cassidy-Graham has continued to morph over the past few days.

September 25, 2017
Congress, Trump, Obamacare

Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

he amendment, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R, Ky., would have repealed the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and the 2002 resolution approving the war in Iraq. The repeal would have taken effect in six months, giving Congress time to consider the justification for continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the various other countries supposedly covered by those resolutions.

September 24, 2017
Sanders, Political Analysis, Trump

Why California Is Bernie Sanders’ And Progressives’ Big Battleground For Universal Health Care

The country and California must move toward guaranteed health care for all, regardless of what happens next week when Senate Republicans vote on their final bill of 2017 to dismantle Obamacare and Medicaid, both Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT. and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in separate San Francisco rallies on Friday.

September 24, 2017

Graham’s Health Care Overhaul Imperiled After McCain Says No

McCain, R-Ariz., announced he could not “in good conscience” vote for Graham’s bill, which would send Obamacare money back to the states as block grants. McCain was concerned about a process that had not allowed for hearings, amendments or a full analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

September 23, 2017

When Will Our Govt Stop Ignoring That Marijuana Is A Major Regulation Success Story?

Speaking recently at the Heritage Foundation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that the Justice Department is “reviewing” an Obama administration memorandum that calls for the agency to take a largely “hands-off’ approach to states that are regulating adult marijuana use. “We are reviewing that policy. We haven’t changed it, but we are reviewing it,” Rosenstein said.

September 23, 2017

Two Top Republicans To Call For Full JFK Disclosure

Two senior Capitol Hill Republicans plan to introduce a congressional resolution calling for full disclosure of U.S. government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) will introduce their JFK resolution before the end of the month, according to Jones.

September 23, 2017

In Alabama, Two Equally Repellent Senate Candidates

But Alabama is a deep crimson state, a place where the call of tribalism has only grown stronger in the era of President Donald J. Trump. The Republican Party has spent decades pandering to the fears and resentments of conservative whites who are uncomfortable with cultural change, and they in turn have deserted the Democratic Party. So it doesn’t matter if one Republican candidate is crazy and the other is corrupt. One of them will likely end up winning the December election.

September 23, 2017