Monday, August 19, 2019

Comey invited to testify in PUBLIC! Update: Oversight Committee requests Comey’s memos

Following the Times’ explosive story today alleging that Donald Trump improperly asked FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and that Director Comey (unsurprisingly) kept detailed...
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Trump told Comey he didn’t spend the night in Moscow. Trump was lying.

Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he didn’t spend a night in Moscow on his 2013 trip to the Miss Universe contest, so the Night of the Golden Shower as described in the Steele Dossier is not possible. Trump has not only said this publicly, it’s...
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Top insurance CEOs openly blaming Trump sabotage for rate hikes and empty markets

While the Senate stages the world's deadliest bit of improvisational theater in an attempt to gut both the Affordable Care Act and, now, Medicaid as a whole, the Trump administration has been openly threatening to withhold federal...
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Paul Manafort is boned. Sideways. Let’s hope he takes it out on Trump.

I would so not want to be Paul Manafort right about now. With Rick Gates turning turtle for Robert Mueller, Paul Manafort is literally nearly a "dead man walking." And it couldn't happen to a...
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White House economic adviser says it isn’t fair healthy people have to subsidize sick...

Exactly one year ago this week, candidate Donald Trump promised he would 'hire the best people' in his administration. We’ve seen time and time again what an absolute failure he’s been at delivering on that promise. He’s chosen one incompetent...

Chaffetz Postpones Comey Testimony Before Oversight Committee

James Comey was scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. This was by invitation of the Committee, which is chaired by Jason Chaffetz. The invitation to testify was made when the news of Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump became public.

Deputy AG Rosenstein wrote his report knowing it was going to be used as...

For almost twenty-four hours, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s two-page “report” on James Comey stood as the preferred White House excuse for why FBI Director Comey was fired. Whether it was Sean Spicer, Sarah Sanders, Hope Hicks, or Mike...

‘More Crazy Than Nixon’: Critics Shocked by Trump Admission on Comey

"Isn't it inappropriate for a president to ask the FBI director directly if he is under investigation?"

ACLU and attorneys general on Trump’s Muslim ban 2.0: ‘We’ll see you in court,...

Moments after Donald Trump's new Muslim ban was announced, the legal group that feverishly worked to combat the original ban issued its assessment of Trump's new Islamophobic masterpiece: "The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a...
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Healthcare. Healthcare. Healthcare.

OK Democrats, in another two months it’s going to be time to put up or shut up. We got the House over the finish line, and we did it the old fashioned way, we worked our collective ass off for it. We won like any political party does, by making promises. But this time is different, because voters believed those promises for the simple reason that a lot of the people making them weren’t lying politicians for a change. We ran on healthcare. This was a dream issue to run on, for several reasons. For one thing, once you give people stuff, they tend to like it. It was always known that the ACA would be a slow developing program, 4 years to implement completely, with the real meat and potatoes coming in the last two years. Republicans could run against it only until it started working as intended. Once it did, people in states that had it wanted to keep it, and people in states that didn’t have it wanted it. And the GOP came off looking like schmucks. Healthcare was the overriding political issue of 2018, no matter how badly Trump wanted it to be about barefoot brown people going us all leprosy. But you know what? 2020 is going to be all about healthcare too. And the Democrats, specifically the Democrats in the House, have the chance to hone that issue, and jam it up the Republicans ass with a telephone poll. This doesn’t have to be like 2009 all over again. The Democrats don’t have to create some massive, intricate overhaul of the system. We already did that in 2009. The beauty of the ACA was that when it was implemented, it became an interwoven part of the healthcare system. This is why the GOP couldn’t just repeal the ACA, even the health insurance companies knew that if they did, the old system would collapse,  because the structure of the system had been fundamentally changed. Hence, the GOP tinkering with the individual mandate, support payments, and junk policies only destabilized the system, making it a ripe issue for Democrats. The Democrats don’t need to try to do everything at once, in fact that would be a mistake. The more complicated something is, the harder it is to explain, and the easier it is for the GOP to misrepresent it, we found that out the hard way in 2009, with all of that “granny death panel” nonsense. There are several things that the Democrats can do immediately, but do them one at a time. First of all, small simple things are easier to explain, and their benefits ore apparent. Second, a steady stream of bill passages on healthcare will show that the Democrats are making good on their word. And third, every parent knows that if you hide the strained peas, you can con the kid into thinking that every spoonful is the last one, making it easier to get it into their mouth. First things first. Pass a bill that restores the original pre-existing conditions language of the ACA. The GOP will have a hard time fighting that, since so many of them swore fealty to covering those in their own campaigns. And since they’ll have a hard time fighting it, add in language that restores the original individual mandate, and […]

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