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  • Jun 24, 2017 10:33 PM
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    The CBO has now scored the Senate version of Trumpcare. The bottom line is that 22 million more Americans will be uninsured in 2026 versus 23 million under the House version of Trumpcare. It also reduces the deficit by $321 billion by 2026. Also premiums go down in the later years because the insurance covers less. Less money...less coverage.

    Vote still planned on the Senate floor on Thursday. Procedural vote maybe by Wednesday.

    This just came out...more to follow.

  • Jun 25, 2017 02:45 PM
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    Yes the depth of the Russian investigation gets worse. Knowing how much Trump hates Obama, I find it credible that that in fact Trump had an association with Russian prostitutes to perform those lewd acts in Moscow. However, I also agree with the article that none of us are ever going to see the tapes unless Russia has a good reason to leak them. Until anyone physically sees the tapes (they will be x rated) then I think this is not a subject that we can expect to get much traction, either in the media or in Congress. I'll put it on the back burner for now.
  • Jun 25, 2017 02:45 PM
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    New York Times, June 23, 2017: Trump Lies

    The New York Times catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office. It's a very long list. The article leads of with the list of lies...very long. But scroll down to get an analysis of the lies.

    It is lies that got him elected (people believed the lies)...and it is lies that are characterizing his presidency as well. That's why he still has the support of his base...lies and more lies.

  • Mar 21, 2017 10:53 AM
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    Citizen Barack Obama Facebook Message, June 22, 2017

    I have copied Obama's entire message below. Quoting Obama:

    Our politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

    I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did.

    We didn’t fight for the Affordable Care Act for more than a year in the public square for any personal or political gain – we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course.

    Nor did we fight for it alone. Thousands upon thousands of Americans, including Republicans, threw themselves into that collective effort, not for political reasons, but for intensely personal ones – a sick child, a parent lost to cancer, the memory of medical bills that threatened to derail their dreams.

    And you made a difference. For the first time, more than ninety percent of Americans know the security of health insurance. Health care costs, while still rising, have been rising at the slowest pace in fifty years. Women can’t be charged more for their insurance, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, contraceptive care and preventive care are now free. Paying more, or being denied insurance altogether due to a preexisting condition – we made that a thing of the past.

    We did these things together. So many of you made that change possible.

    At the same time, I was careful to say again and again that while the Affordable Care Act represented a significant step forward for America, it was not perfect, nor could it be the end of our efforts – and that if Republicans could put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I would gladly and publicly support it.

    That remains true. So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.

    But right now, after eight years, the legislation rushed through the House and the Senate without public hearings or debate would do the opposite. It would raise costs, reduce coverage, roll back protections, and ruin Medicaid as we know it. That’s not my opinion, but rather the conclusion of all objective analyses, from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which found that 23 million Americans would lose insurance, to America’s doctors, nurses, and hospitals on the front lines of our health care system.

    The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.

    Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.

    I hope our Senators ask themselves – what will happen to the Americans grappling with opioid addiction who suddenly lose their coverage? What will happen to pregnant mothers, children with disabilities, poor adults and seniors who need long-term care once they can no longer count on Medicaid? What will happen if you have a medical emergency when insurance companies are once again allowed to exclude the benefits you need, send you unlimited bills, or set unaffordable deductibles? What impossible choices will working parents be forced to make if their child’s cancer treatment costs them more than their life savings?

    To put the American people through that pain – while giving billionaires and corporations a massive tax cut in return – that’s tough to fathom. But it’s what’s at stake right now. So it remains my fervent hope that we step back and try to deliver on what the American people need.

    That might take some time and compromise between Democrats and Republicans. But I believe that’s what people want to see. I believe it would demonstrate the kind of leadership that appeals to Americans across party lines. And I believe that it’s possible – if you are willing to make a difference again. If you’re willing to call your members of Congress. If you are willing to visit their offices. If you are willing to speak out, let them and the country know, in very real terms, what this means for you and your family.

    After all, this debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It’s about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that’s always worth fighting for.

    End of Barack Obama's message

    I am calling Senator Cory Gardner to express my views. So follow Citizen Obama's lead...get active.

  • Jun 20, 2017 06:40 PM
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    We can certainly pay our law enforcement officers more as warranted, but they also need to be screened more carefully including psychological profiles. I respect the professionalism of most peace officers, but a few bad apples can undermine their profession. While the many police encounters that are brought to an amicable ending are never publicized, the ones that end with tragedies by a trigger happy cop tend to stereotype the vast majority of policemen unfairly.

    WTF...the DNC to blame again? You lost me on that one...as usual.

  • Jun 19, 2017 01:02 PM
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    I think the money part of it is far overrated. The media likes to keep track of how much money has been raised and spent because they are the primary beneficiaries of the largess of campaign spending. They want to make it a contest on money with candidates blanketing the airways with ads. However, as Trump's win in 2016 shows, by using the resources of such firms as Cambridge Analytica to "microtarget" specific audiences based on data mining (e.g. Facebook) they can spend considerably less money with much better results.

    The mainstream media avoid talking about Cambridge Analytica because their methods will hit the media's profits big time.

  • Jun 19, 2017 01:02 PM
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    Democrats have now lost all four of the special elections, but perhaps understandingly so as these were all Republican strongholds. The finger pointing will of course continue, and as I browse the various analyses, perhaps one of the best is in Vox by Matthew Yglesias.

    Jon Ossoff’s Georgia special election loss shows Democrats could use a substantive agenda

    Yglesias says that Ossoff lost over nonsense. "Ossoff, like so many losing Democratic candidates over the years, was brought down fundamentally by arguments grounded in identity politics."

    ""Karen Handel didn’t argue that the Republican Party’s health care bill is a good idea (it’s very unpopular) or that tax cuts for millionaires should be the country’s top economic priority (another policy that polls dismally). Instead, her campaign and its allies buried Ossoff under a pile of what basically amounts to nonsense — stuff about Kathy Griffin, stuff about Samuel L. Jackson, stuff about his home being just over the district line, stuff about him having raised money from out of state — lumped together under the broad heading that he’s an “outsider.”

    "Much of this was unfair or ridiculous. And the stuff that wasn’t unfair — like the location of his home — is honestly pretty silly. None of this has anything to do with the lives of actual people living in the suburbs of Atlanta or anywhere else."

    I should add Nancy Pelosi to the above list...one of Republican's (and Berniecrats) favorite targets and scapegoats.

    In other words, Handel played to the emotions and moral values of the Republicans, many of them anti-Trump. And they voted with their tribes in large numbers. It's basically the same strategy that got Greg Gianforte a win in Montana over an inexperienced country folk singer. It worked in Montana and it worked in Georgia.

    However, Yglesias also notes the ongoing argument between the Bernie and Hillary camps. We still do not have a message of unity that resonates. Taking the health care debate, for example, we are still all over the place with respect to ideas, some of them small tweaks and some total socialized health care with tax payers footing the bill for everyone's insurance.

    We need to take back the messaging...but just what message? Should the Democrats go all in on Bernie's ideological Our Revolution? Or rather should we build on the Obama accomplishments with a Hillary type of well researched and thought out agenda?

    We can't do both and expect to win these elections.

  • Jun 10, 2017 06:29 AM
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    The Democratic Platform did indeed address the blue collar Trump voters as did HillaryClinton.com. You never read either. In fact now it is interesting that some of the actions being taken by the governor of Kentucky seem to come right out of Hillary's website.

    Now Trump certainly offered a lot of BS that he knew he could never deliver on. He lied. But I'll concede that his lies got him a lot of votes. The coal miners are still waiting for those coal mines to reopen and in the Rust Belt they are waiting for those archaic obsolete factories to reopen. They'll wait and wait until they die.

    Sure some jobs will come back to the areas, but not the same jobs and not the same pay. And it'll have nothing to do with anything Trump is doing.

  • Jun 20, 2017 06:40 PM
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    I watched Trevor Noah as he went into his discourse of the injustice. He was right on about the NRA. But the larger question here is that "shoot first" is seemingly an all to common occurrence amongst some police as they encounter a black man. Trevor words speak the truth:

    “Every time I watch that video,” Noah began, referring to the Facebook Live video that Castille’s girlfriend, who witnessed the shooting, streamed in its immediate aftermath, “the question I ask myself is, ‘How?’ Just ... how? How does a black person not get shot in America? Because if you think about it, the bar is always moving. The goalposts are always shifting. There’s always a different thing that explains why a person got shot ... at some point you realize, there’s no real answer.”

    It has indeed become that...no real answer. It just happens again and again.

  • Feb 01, 2017 05:13 PM
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    Huffington Post, June 20, 2017: Sean Spicer Says Nothing Useful In First On-Camera Briefing In Over A Week

    The White House Daily Briefing is a joke. Spicer leads off with his monologue praising Trump's wonderful accomplishments for the week while blasting the Obama administration. Then takes a few questions that he cannot or will not answer. Today's PDB was absolutely useless, but at least I'm not alone. Several in the media agree.

    From the above link:

    "White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s first on-camera press briefing in over a week was full of non-answers and promises to “touch base” with President Donald Trump at a later date.

    "Spicer has given this kind of tight-lipped performance before. During a briefing in May, he spent nearly 11 minutes describing Trump’s first presidential trip overseas before dodging nearly every other question from reporters in the remaining 20 minutes.

    “I haven’t asked him,” he told a reporter who wanted to know whether Trump accepts the widespread scientific consensus that human activity contributes to climate change. “I can get back to you.”

    I'll get back to you is his standard answer anymore...and he never does...