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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Trump Admin Makes Key Decision That Threatens Water Supply Of Millions (Video)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly issuing a proposed rule to undo the Clean Water Rule that was enacted in May 2015, under President Obama’s last term. The rule protects the water supply for more than 117 million Americans. Also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), the Clean Water Rule puts limits on pollution in the wetlands, rivers and streams that feed the nation’s larger waterways.

June 28, 2017
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Democrats Need To Shake Their Depression

Democrats badly need a little cognitive therapy to challenge negative patterns of thought. So they lost special elections in South Carolina, Kansas, Georgia and Montana. These were all conservative strongholds. Suppose Republicans had just failed to win in California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington. Would anyone have deemed such outcomes an omen of doom?

June 27, 2017
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America Needs To Hear From People Hurt By Health Care Cuts

On June 22, Senate Republicans released their proposed health care reform bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). The bill was drafted in secret by a small group of white Republican men without input from women, minorities, Senate Democrats, or even the majority of Senate Republicans.

June 27, 2017

Al Franken Chides The Democratic Party: ‘We Gotta Stop Riding In Limousines’

“We’re talking about completely going backward,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a “Morning Joe” interview Monday. “We’re talking about an $880 billion cut [to] Medicaid and matching that with a $900 billion tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.” As a member of the Senate Health Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, Franken regularly participates in town halls devoted to health care access for Minnesotans.

June 27, 2017
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Trump Says He Used The Word ‘Mean’ Before Barack Obama

Despite Trump appearing to suggest he had used the word “mean” to describe his own party’s healthcare bill, the president appeared more concerned with outlining who coined the description. “Well he used my term, mean,” Trump said during an interview with Fox and Friends on Sunday.

June 26, 2017

Republicans Find Scant Support For Healthcare Bill

“I have very serious concerns about the bill,” Republican Senator Susan Collins told ABC’s This Week in a Sunday interview. “It’s hard for me to see the bill passing this week.” And Senator Ron Johnson, from Wisconsin, who is among the five members who has already stated they will not be supporting the bill, said in a Sunday interview with NBC’s Meet the Press it was too early to hold a vote on the matter.

June 26, 2017
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The Illusory Savings From Cutting Medicaid

What it means is that if the government does something that costs money, some human somewhere will bear the expense. “Free” public schools, “free” parks and “free” roads all have to be paid for by the citizenry. Collectively, we can’t get something for nothing. This useful insight has long been offered as an objection to costly government programs. But it applies as well to measures that extract savings from costly government programs.

June 26, 2017

Trump Appointee Is A Saudi Government Lobbyist

One of President Donald Trump’s newest appointees is a registered agent of Saudi Arabia earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on the kingdom’s behalf, according to U.S. Department of Justice records reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Since January, the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has paid longtime Republican lobbyist Richard Hohlt about $430,000 in exchange for “advice on legislative and public affairs strategies.”

June 26, 2017

Fast Food Lobbyists Fight State And City Regulation

When the city council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, placed a measure on the local ballot to tax sugary drinks earlier this year, the soda industry responded quickly, pouring $1.3 million into the anti-tax campaign. To cover their bases, industry lobbyists also pursued a back-up plan: they backed a bill in the state legislature to strip local governments of the power to levy such taxes.

June 26, 2017
Trump

Only Scant Majority Of White Voters Pleased By Trump

That finding comes from Pew Research Center, which polled more than 2,500 adults around the U.S. between June 8-18. While African Americans and Latinos overwhelmingly gave the president’s performance a thumbs-down, 50 percent of white respondents report feeling good about Trump’s presidency. Just 44 percent think that Trump deserves a poor performance review.

June 26, 2017

New York Times Publishes Astonishing Timeline Of Trump Lies

The New York Times has published a compendium of Trump’s lies since taking office. Reporters David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson have professionally focused their analytical minds on the most unprofessional and unfocused man now atop the American political system. Their June 23 report gives credit where credit is due.

June 24, 2017
Senate Health Bill

Senate Health Bill Could Leave Millions Uninsured And Increase Costs For Sick, Seniors

The Senate health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would likely cause millions of Americans to lose their Medicaid and private insurance marketplace coverage. It also could make coverage more expensive for many sicker, older and low-income individuals.

June 24, 2017
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Could This Iron Worker And Union Organizer Unseat Paul Ryan In 2018?

“This is repealing and replacing Obamacare, everybody doesn’t get what they want,” Ryan opines in the ad before he’s interrupted by Randy Bryce, a Wisconsin ironworker, military veteran and union organizer placing health care at the center of his platform.

June 24, 2017
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New MSNBC Host Hugh Hewitt Is Sean Hannity In Glasses

“It is hard work to read widely and broadly, and on both sides of the political aisle,” conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt wrote in a July 2014 explanation of why he had decided to, in his words, “embarrass” a young Huffington Post journalist during an interview on his radio show by quizzing him about what books he had read about the war on terror.

June 24, 2017

Neo-Nazis Join With Pro-Russian Forces In Germany

So it’s no surprise that pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets and activists are trying to disrupt the German election in September; so-called “fake news” is considered such a threat there that the government is cracking down on it in law. But what is surprising, according to an analysis by the Atlantic Council, are the alarming new alliances being formed to distribute propaganda to German internet users.

June 24, 2017
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Run, Woman, Run

“What I’m seeing this year are women who aren’t waiting to be asked,” Walsh said. “You know that line, ‘If we aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu’? Well, a lot of women feel they’re on the chopping block. What they care about is in jeopardy, and they’re not sitting on the sidelines anymore.”

June 23, 2017
Trump, Putin

Truly ‘Amazing’ President Trump

You’re right, however, that we Americans are seeing truly “amazing results” from your six months on the job: We’re amazed that in such a short time your so-called presidency is mired in conflicts of interest, constitutional quagmires, erratic behavior, ideological arrogance, tweeted ignorance, lame policy proposals and — let’s admit the obvious — your own incompetence.

June 23, 2017

ACLU Sues DC Police Over Mistreatment Of Inauguration Protesters

The suit, Horse v. District of Columbia, accuses D.C. police officers of “making unconstitutional arrests, using excessive force, denying arrested people food, water and access to toilets” as well as conducting “invasive bodily searches of protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.”

June 23, 2017
McConnell, GOP, Obamacare Repeal

Repeal Obamacare And Let The Chips Fall Where They May

It is a cruel bill that will leave millions of people without access to medical care while delivering a substantial tax cut to the wealthy. In other words, just like the version of Trumpcare that came from the House, the Senate version is a reverse Robin Hood: It takes from the poor to give to the rich.

June 23, 2017
Obamacare

Obamacare: Will The Senate Let It Live?

The body is still warm, though President Trump is gleefully pronouncing it dead. We are talking about President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act. And part of this is personal. Repealing Obamacare, dealing a lethal blow to Barack Obama’s legacy, is truly the best part of the Republican fun.

June 23, 2017
Comey

More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail To Report Hate Crimes To The FBI’s National Database

The lack of participation by federal law enforcement represents a significant and largely unknown flaw in the database, which is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes. The database is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which uses it to tabulate the number of alleged hate crimes occurring around the nation each year.

June 23, 2017

Capitol Police Drag Disabled Health Care Protesters From Their Wheelchairs In Front Of Mitch McConnell’s Office

Hours after a draft of the GOP Senate’s new health care bill was released, protesters from across the country began staging sit-ins and die-ins in response to its draconian measures. “No cuts to Medicaid,” chanted members of ADAPT (Americans Disabled Attendant Programs Today) outside Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday.

June 23, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Excoriates Senate Republicans For Financing Their Tax Cuts With ‘Blood Money’

“The Senate bill is crammed full with just as many tax cuts as the House bill; tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax cuts for wealthy investors, tax cuts for giant companies, but all those tax cuts don’t come cheap,” she continued. “Senate Republicans had to make a choice how to pay for all those juicy tax cuts for their rich buddies. I’ll tell you how—in blood money.”

June 23, 2017

Trump Explains Why He Chose Billionaire Cabinet

Trump defended his pick of economic adviser Gary Cohn, who was president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs from 2006 to 2017. Cohn became a senior adviser despite Trump’s attacks on his rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election for getting paid for speaking gigs at the investment bank.

June 22, 2017
NRA

The NRA Shuns A Second Amendment Martyr

Last Friday, a Minnesota jury acquitted the cop who killed Castile of second-degree manslaughter, demonstrating once again how hard it is to hold police accountable when they use unnecessary force. The verdict also sends a chilling message to gun owners, since Castile is dead because he exercised his constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

June 22, 2017