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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Politics

5 Things You Need To Know About Bernie Sanders’ New Medicare-For-All Bill

Since the demise of Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, Democrats on Capitol Hill have been gloating about the preservation of Obamacare. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has done them one better, telling Hardwick town hall attendees he will soon introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress.

March 28, 2017
climate change

The 5 Most Deranged Conspiracy Theories From GOP Mega-Donors’ Bizarro Climate Conference

Before President Trump even approved the Keystone Pipeline, GOP mega-donors Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer were already celebrating with a two-day anti-climate conference sponsored by the conservative Heartland Institute. Among the speakers was British climate denialist Lord Christopher Monckton, who spoke fervently about convincing “illiberals” from Ivanka Trump to Al Gore that climate change is a hoax.

March 28, 2017
GOP, Right-Wing, Trump 2016

4 Ways Trump And The GOP Still Wield Tremendous Power To Do Serious And Lasting Damage To America

But as a new week begins in Washington, it’s time to take a deep breath and realize that Trump and Republicans in Congress, as dysfunctional as they appear, still have great power to wield. If anything, they are facing even more pressure to demonstrate their abilities to deliver on Trump’s array of campaign promises and the ideological goals championed by right-wingers who came into office with the Tea Party in 2010.

March 28, 2017
Islam, Extremism Program

Trump Isn’t Running The Government Like A Business

Trump is completely lacking in government experience, unlike almost every one of his predecessors. But during the campaign, he touted business background as evidence of his ability to handle the presidency. Never mind that his fortune was built on a large inheritance from his wealthy father, that he went through six bankruptcies, and that many of his ventures (Trump Steaks, Trump Airlines, among others) vanished without a trace.

March 27, 2017
Trump on the attack against news media

The Trump ‘Faithful’ Get the Budget Cuts They Voted For

As for blue-collar whites who voted for Trump and are now having second thoughts, it’s not quite correct that they were “scammed,” as many Trump foes argue. Those who bought into his assurances — “I’m taking care of my people” — willingly ignored the piled-high evidence. This is a man who makes a sport of lying.

March 27, 2017
Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom

What Good Is Ivanka Trump? The President’s Daughter Is More Than Complicit—She’s a Chip Off The Old Block

Even as she has publicly stated support for feminist-lite tenets about workplace equality and closing the gender wage gap—as if capitalism will solve this whole sexism thing—Ivanka has never shown much interest in social justice as a passion or a hobby. She has definitely never addressed the virulent racism of her father’s campaign or his followers, except to deny it exists. When her father’s misogyny has been on full display, Ivanka has has mostly remained mum.

March 27, 2017
NY Times, Trump, Russian Intelligence

President Trump’s Worst Week In Office

His calm and cool testimony belied the existence of a scandal that could rival the Iran-Contra affair in administration misbehavior if any of Trump’s surrogates end up with criminal charges. Of course, Trump is going to be Trump, all bluster and bravado. His angry Twitter outburst following the news tracked the same narrative he’s been selling all along: the Russia story is fake news, pushed by Democrats, with the real scandal being the leak of information to the press about details of the probe.

March 26, 2017
Drugs

Why A Staggering Number Of White Working-Class Americans Are Succumbing To ‘Deaths of Despair’

In 2015, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton released a bombshell study that revealed a dramatic rise in mortality among non-Hispanic, middle-aged white people in the United States. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their paper found that the increase in deaths among middle-aged white Americans between 1999 and 2013 is “comparable to lives lost in the U.S. AIDS epidemic through mid-2015.”

March 26, 2017
Billionaire

Trump’s Budget Endangers Those It Claims To Help The Most

The entire function of the CSB, which Mulvaney claims Americans want abolished, is worker and public safety. It investigates catastrophic incidents and recommends changes to prevent recurrence. It doesn’t fine corporations or revoke licenses. It advocates for safety. Its annual budget is $11 million. Not billion, $11 million.

March 26, 2017

Rising Far-Right German Party Wants To Teach Children Revisionist Holocaust History

In late January, an AfD party faction filed a motion to block payments allocated by the local parliament to fund educational field trips for German children to visit historical sites such as Nazi concentration camps in the state of Baden-Württemberg. These programs are viewed as central for teaching German youth about crimes committed by the Nazi regime. Under proposed AfD party legislation, they would be effectively abolished.

March 25, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Failed Republican Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Is A Major Defeat For Trump

It’s breathtaking to consider what Trump left “on the field” that the House nearly adopted. Although it did not completely erase Obamacare, Ryan’s bill was a trillion-dollar hollowing out of federal health programs. The bill did not revoke the ACA’s ban on lifetime insurance coverage caps or allow insurers to decline coverage for pre-existing conditions, but it posed devastating blows to medical safety nets for the poor, working class, middle class and elderly.

March 25, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Deficit

5 Ways Trump Is Mentally Torturing Us Now

The White House occupants also remain steadfastly committed to wreaking havoc on our mental states. As Republicans pushed an insurance bill that would have done lasting damage to Americans’ mental and behavioral health well-being, clinicians reported the psychic wages of the Trump war against U.S. citizens.

March 25, 2017
Alex Jones, InfoWars, Vigilantes

Alex Jones Apologizes For ‘Pizzagate’ Fake News

“I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees. We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be construed as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong, and we hope that anyone else involved in commenting on Pizzagate will do the same thing,” Jones said in a prepared statement.

March 25, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

Trumps’ Obamacare Fail: What’s Next?

The House GOP ultimately opted to pull the bill from the floor rather than hold a scheduled vote and suffer an embarrassing defeat. The result was still humiliating for Republicans in Congress, who’ve been promising they could produce a better plan for healthcare for seven years. The bill’s failure may be even more humiliating for the president, a self-styled master dealmaker whom Spicer noted had been “calling members as early as six in the morning and going to 11 o’clock at night the last several nights,” pleading with them to support the proposal.

March 25, 2017

A 2-for-1 For Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, And Revel In The News Coverage

They’ve left their propaganda at campuses ranging from Clemson University in South Carolina to the University of Minnesota to the University of California in Los Angeles. In response, they’ve gotten coverage from local newspapers as well national outlets like CNN and the Washington Post. Universities have felt compelled to respond as well, like the University of Michigan, which unveiled an $85 million diversity and inclusion program just days after racist fliers were found on its Ann Arbor campus.

March 24, 2017
Trump

5 Key Questions About The FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation

On Wednesday Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said he had seen classified information indicating U.S. investigators had surveilled phone calls made from Trump Tower during the campaign. If you leave President Obama out of the allegation, what Rep. Nunes says may well be true. Comey said the FBI had been investigating since July and was looking into many different activities and persons. Breitbart News claims, implausibly, that the conversations had nothing to do with Russia.

March 24, 2017

Le Pen Visits Russia Ahead Of French Presidential Election

Le Pen has said she considers Crimea – which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014 – a part of Russia, and would cultivate closer ties with Russia if elected president rather than pressuring it over Putin’s authoritarian policies.

National Front Treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just said Le Pen’s trip is not a cash-raising exercise, though party members have said they are seeking millions to fund both the presidential and the ensuing parliamentary election campaigns.

March 24, 2017

The New Alien Exclusion Act

That year Smith put together an anti-immigrant trifecta that included: a “show-your-papers” bill that would have made ethnicity probable cause for state and local police to demand proof of citizenship or legal residency; an anchor-baby bill that would have excluded the children of immigrants from the promise of the Fourteenth Amendment, which says “all persons born or naturalized in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States”; and a bill that would have made the E-Verify employment screen mandatory, which would have been reasonable if E-Verify was not wildly inaccurate in identifying legal residents.

March 23, 2017

On Health Reform, Democrats And Republicans Don’t Speak The Same Language

Though Republicans control both houses of Congress, many have stayed silent, at least on their websites. Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, put out a press release last week about a study of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, but nothing on health care. (You can see all of the statements in ProPublica’s Represent news app, which tracks votes and statements by members of Congress.)

Among members of the House, where the action is now focused, about 46 percent of Republicans have issued statements about health care reform from the start of the Trump administration to this week. Among Democrats, 67 percent.

March 23, 2017
Presidential, Trump

The Press Seemed Amazed By Trump’s Wiretapping Lie, But Trump Lies About Everything

Claiming that “the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle,” the Journal relentlessly mocked Trump’s evidence-free wiretapping claim, using the type of biting rhetoric the page usually reserved for attacking President Barack Obama or the Clintons.

March 23, 2017
FBI director Comey and other intelligence chiefs testifying on Russian interference in US presidential election

FBI’s Russia Probe Expands To ‘PizzaGate’ Threats

The FBI’s widening investigation into Russian subversion is now looking into continuing threats against a Washington, D.C. pizza shop targeted by right-wing conspiracy mongers.

Comet Ping Pong Pizza, a popular, family-oriented shop in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, came under relentless online attack last year because of its owner’s friendship with senior members of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons.

March 23, 2017

Andrew Napolitano’s International Embarrassment Could Put Murdoch’s Sky Bid In Jeopardy

Wild fantasies are Napolitano’s bread and butter. He regularly appears on Fox to fulminate over the alleged crimes of progressives. He has used his Fox platform to champion 9/11 trutherism, suggest that Osama bin Laden wasn’t really dead, and blame President Abraham Lincoln for having “set about on the most murderous war in American history” over slavery.

March 22, 2017
fight over essential benefits delays Trumpcare vote

We Fact-Checked Lawmakers’ Letters To Constituents On Health Care

As the debate to repeal the law heats up in Congress, constituents are flooding their representatives with notes of support or concern, and the lawmakers are responding, sometimes with form letters that are misleading. A review of more than 200 such letters by ProPublica and its partners at Kaiser Health News, Stat and Vox, found dozens of errors and mischaracterizations about the ACA and its proposed replacement. The legislators have cited wrong statistics, conflated health care terms and made statements that don’t stand up to verification.

March 22, 2017
DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline

Is Purple America Vanishing As Americans Take More Fervent Partisan Stands?

If purple America has all but disappeared, as FiveThirtyEight.com posits, it means there’s less of a chance that opposition to draconian policies by Trump and the GOP will result in their eventual ouster from office. But if purple America is concentrated in the more populated stretches surrounding cities and regional hubs, it suggests that swaths of more independent voters could join a growing wave of opposition to Trump and this Congress.

March 22, 2017
Obamacare, GOP

Dump The Myth That Obamacare Froze Out Republicans

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA. But let’s set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn’t get a bipartisan vote.

March 21, 2017