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  • Mar 24, 2017 02:27 PM
    Last: 1hr

    He sees himself more as a chairman of the board than a hands on president. I agree that the rest of his presidency will all be about campaign rallies and tweets and dining with his kind. He needs the continual adulation of his base of followers to maintain his sanity...that and the retreat in Mar Lago.

    "Health care is complicated"...no shit. So is being president of all Americans.

  • Dec 28, 2016 03:11 PM
    Last: 2hr

    The Trumpcare (i.e. Ryancare) bill has been pulled by Ryan after consultation with Trump. Don't know if they will try again soon or just lick their wounds. The bill had a 17 percent approval rating amongst the public so it was hard to understand why they were proceeding without regard to the views of their constituents.

    I suppose now they will continue with sabotage efforts against Obamacare hoping to change the public's perception.

    Next up on the Trump agenda --- Tax cuts for the rich and corporations.

  • Dec 28, 2016 03:11 PM
    Last: 2hr

    Ezra Klein, Vox, March 24, 2017: How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump

    Ezra Klein points out something that has been obvious to many of us, but perhaps not so many in the media. He has become a pitchman for Paul Ryan because he didn't have the time or patience or perhaps the intellectual ability to really understand the complexities of both Obamacare and Trumpcare (or is it Ryancare?). Trump has spent the past week fighting for a health care bill that he didn't campaign on, had little to do in writing it, doesn't understand what's in it and therefore cannot talk about it or "make a deal" to get it moving in Congress. And most of all he is inept at defending it.

    The bill is miles from the terms of the proposed health care bill he campaigned on, and has been forced to adopt the "Ryan plan" as his own...or sort of. Ryan meanwhile has been heaping praise on Trump for "being the ultimate closer" on this deal. Quoting Ryan, "I've never seen a president as deep and as involved and engaged on passing the signature legislation as this one." Ryan knows how to appeal to Trump's ego with flattery.

    And that folks is how Ryancare became Trumpcare.

    Trump, the ultimate con artist, has been conned by Ryan. However, he can never admit it. He will cast blame on Congress, Democrats and Barack Obama after the bill fails.

  • Mar 20, 2017 06:17 PM
    Last: 11hr

    Michael Scherer, Time Magazine, March 23, 2017: Can President Trump Handle the Truth?

    Time Magazine is featuring Trump's many, many lies and how he is able to twist facts and control the messaging in this week's issue. Thankfully though they did not put Trump on the cover so he could brag about how many times he was on the cover.

    I applaud Time for covering him in this manner. You can read all about him and his lies in the article, but frankly we have covered much of it in various threads on this website.

  • Feb 07, 2017 08:42 AM
    Last: 15hr

    Rolling Stone, March 8, 2017: Betsy DeVos' Holy War

    I mentioned this article in another thread, but for those wanting to better understand Betsy DeVos and her life long quest to evangelize education, you should read this article. It's rather long and in-depth, but very revealing.

  • Mar 21, 2017 02:22 PM
    Last: 9hr

    I can certainly appreciate that by Schumer invoking cloture on the Gorsuch nomination, McConnell will likely change the rules of the Senate to make approval a simple majority. However, I also believe they would do that anyway on a second vacancy later in Trump's term. Republicans are ruthless. Every vacancy will be filled from Trump's list, with or without a filibuster.

    I just hope that Ruth Ginsberg and other justices keeps healthy for the next four years. Even Justice Kennedy, if he retired, would be replaced with another early 50's Gorsuch look-a-like much worse than Kennedy. The Trump presidency (or Pence if Trump doesn't make it four years) will fill all SCOTUS vacancies with people selected or vetted by the Council for National Policy.

  • Feb 25, 2017 02:10 PM
    Last: 17hr

    Huffington Post: Oklahoma Republican Says God Can Use Rape And Incest To ‘Bring Beauty From Ashes’

    Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught introduced a bill that would ban abortion due to genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome, with no exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

    Rep Cory Williams asked Fraught, "Is rape the will of God?"

    “It’s a great question to ask, and, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened. But, so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that.”

    "If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened and the Lord uses all circumstances,” “I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.”

    In a later written statement to the local NBC station, Fraught elaborated: “Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest,” the station quoted him as saying. “However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes.”

    The bill passed the House with 67 votes and now goes to the Senate.

  • Mar 16, 2017 12:15 PM
    Last: 17hr

    Huffington Post, March 22, 2017: Secret Service Can’t Afford The Trump Family’s Lifestyle

    The Secret Service has requested an additional $60 million to cover the Trump family in fiscal year 2018. Nearly $27 million of that was for Trump Tower in New York to provide security for Melania and her son. The other $33 million is to cover travel costs incurred by “the president, vice president and other visiting heads of state.”

    Also Trump's kids. For example, when Eric Trump flew to Uruguay to promote the Trump Organization the "trip ended up costing taxpayers nearly $90,000 in hotel bills for the Secret Service agents who accompanied him." That's just one trip of many.

    The Office of Management and Budget has rejected the request, which could result in cutbacks to other operations that the Secret Service covers -- "like investigations into cyber hacking, counterfeit currency, financial crimes or missing and exploited minors." Oh and former presidents.

  • Mar 21, 2017 02:22 PM
    Last: 9hr

    Trevor Noah on Neil Gorsuch

    This video (after the commercial) is worth watching. I thought Noah captured much of the Neil Gorsuch I didn't like in the hearing. Too cute.

  • Jan 10, 2017 06:23 PM
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    Rep. Schiff revealed today that some of the "more than circumstantial" evidence of collusion between Trump operatives and Russia is the kind of evidence he would submit to a grand jury. The noose is tightening.

    Furthermore, it also appears that the "new findings" that Nunes shared with Trump may have been leaked by those in the executive branch itself to give Trump cover for his Tweet. So a Trump operative leaks it to Nunes...Nunes takes it to Paul Ryan...Ryan tells him to share it with Trump...then gives a press conference. In the meantime, Trump is saying he is vindicated (in part). Seems like Nunes may have been set up.

    Nunes still hasn't shown his new evidence to his committee.

    Finally, Time interviewed Trump about the same time all this was happening and have provided the full transcript of the interview.

    Time: Read President Trump's Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods

    Why do I always cringe when I read what Trump has said?