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In Special Election, GOP Barely Holds Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District

Republican Ron Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by six points, in a district the GOP won last November by 31 points.

April 11, 2017

Trump Signs Repeal Of U.S. Broadband Privacy Rules

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said, a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates. Republicans in Congress last week narrowly passed the repeal of the privacy rules with no Democratic support and over […]

April 4, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Senate Democrats Amass Support For Gorsuch Filibuster

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Monday amassed enough support to block a U.S. Senate confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vowed to change the Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to send Gorsuch’s […]

April 3, 2017

Sunday Shows Whitewash Republicans’ History Of Obstructionism

NBC’s Chuck Todd and Fox’s Chris Wallace failed to explain Republican senators’ unprecedented obstructionism of former President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees when discussing a 2013 rule change made by Senate Democrats to forbid the filibustering of judicial nominees below the Supreme Court level.

April 3, 2017
Danziger on political trans

Danziger: GOP Identity Politics

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

April 2, 2017

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017

Is The Big Republican Attack On Our Health Care Doomed To Fail?

“Republicans are attempting to pass health care reform through the ‘reconciliation’ process, which means that both the House and Senate will pass their respective proposals. The differences between the two bills will then be ‘reconciled’ in joint committees of the two Chambers of Congress before a final bill is presented to the president.”

“This bill, however, has to be revenue neutral, meaning it cannot add to the budget deficit. However, the advantage of this approach is that only a simple majority is needed for budget legislation to pass in the Senate, where its fate is more uncertain.”

March 23, 2017
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) closes the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Republicans Are Determined to Destroy Health Safety Nets, Whether or Not Their Latest Effort Passes

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.   Political resistance mounted to the House Republican leadership’s Obamacare repeal legislation Tuesday, with 12 Republican senators criticizing elements of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan as too draconian—especially the proposal’s cuts affecting Medicaid, which covers the poor, children and senior long-term care. Meanwhile, progressive economists and others digging into the […]

March 15, 2017
Rep. Steve King said whites have contributed more to civilization than other "sub-groups" on MSNBC.

Steve King’s Statements Are Outrageous, But His White Nationalist Policies Are Even Worse

Steve King’s latest white nationalist tweet reflects a long history of racist remarks and reactionary policy promoted by the Iowa Republican.

March 14, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

Like Phosphorus In Your Water? With Trump’s EPA, You’re In Luck!

Polluters have been whining about the EPA since it was signed into existence 47 years ago by that radical environmentalist Richard Nixon. Conflict was inevitable, and the EPA has been regularly vilified for meddling in local matters.

March 13, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Health Care Bill Recycles Tired Moralizing Of The Poor

The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.

March 13, 2017
Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
Ben Carson, HUD

Trump’s Plan To Gut HUD Threatens America’s Poor

According to reports, the Trump administration is mulling whether to slash HUD’s budget by at least $6 billion — or 14 percent — in the 2018 fiscal year.

March 11, 2017

Fact-Checking Elected Officials On The Affordable Care Act Repeal

ProPublica is working with other news organizations to collect and analyze letters and emails from elected officials to constituents on the Affordable Care Act, beginning with a misleading missive by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).

March 10, 2017
Rand Paul, Obamacare

Here Are All The Groups Opposed To The Obamacare Replacement Plan

The long-promised GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is facing opposition from all sides, and a constellation of conservative and moderate Republicans have attacked the legislation, even though it has the support of President Donald Trump.

March 10, 2017
Joe Kennedy

#EndorseThis: Joe Kennedy III Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy

Honing in on Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that the House bill is “an act of mercy,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) set out to expose the obvious hypocrisy in a party that claims to have the best interest of the working-class at heart.

March 10, 2017

House Committee Approves ‘Trumpcare’ Bill Without Knowing Its Cost

Although the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t scored the Republican plan, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that repealing the ACA’s taxes will cost roughly $600 billion through 2026 and nearly $700 billion through 2027. More than half of the tax-cut benefits would flow to people earning more than $1 million a year.

March 10, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

GOP Infatuation With Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Exact Heavy Price

The GOP may pay a price for gutting Planned Parenthood, but the price will surely be higher if they foul up health care reform. If the Republicans mess this up, they will suffer, big league.

March 9, 2017
Conservatives, Bill Kristol, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: Incredulous Conservatives Denounce GOP Obamacare Repeal

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol berated the Republican Party for rushing through an unpopular bill that has already faced brutal condemnation from the American Medical Association. At the end of the segment, Kristol predicted that the GOP bill is “going to fall apart and there will not be a vote.”

March 9, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Meet The Swamp Denizens Trump Has Quietly Installed Across The Government

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.

March 9, 2017
Ben Carson, slaves

Does Ben Carson Know The Difference Between Slaves And Immigrants?

Immigrants relocated. Slaves were relocated. They had no more say in the matter than a chair moved from one side of a room to the other. It’s pathetic to have to explain that to a 65-year-old African-American man.

March 8, 2017
Shep Smith

Fox’s Shep Smith Slams GOP’s Rushed Obamacare Alternative

During an interview with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Fox News’ Shep Smith slammed the Republicans for pushing through an alternative to Obamacare before knowing how the Congressional Budget Office scores the new GOP plan.

March 8, 2017