There will be a massive human chain at the U.S. Capitol on WEDNESDAY AT 5PM. Mark your calendar and please RT. Details coming soon.
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 25, 2017
Any readers in the DC area know about this?
Apart from #Resisting, what’s on the agenda as we start the new week?
1. Trump demands House passes AHCA
2. Trump celebrates House passing AHCA
3. Trump sees polling on AHCA
4. Trump blasts AHCA as too "mean" pic.twitter.com/6Fj5NhqczP
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 25, 2017
Wonder if Senate Rs planning to vote yes realize how quickly Trump will cut them loose if bill passes and people hate it https://t.co/0D58sKsmJi
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) June 25, 2017
If you're spending your days putting in calls and wondering if's really accomplishing anything, it is. They're starting to struggle w this.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 26, 2017
Predicting what happens this week is a fool's errand. Nobody knows. Just light up the phones and social media. Just do everything you can .
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 24, 2017
For the first time in the seven-year history of KFF’s tracking poll, a majority of Americans favor the ACA. https://t.co/lY7v9Q1eVe pic.twitter.com/BDFDKIdj8C
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) June 24, 2017
FACT: More people will lose coverage under #Trumpcare than gained it under the ACA. @92Y
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 26, 2017
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) talking health care on @MeetThePress: "There's no way we should be voting on this next week. No way."
— Kailani Koenig (@kailanikm) June 25, 2017
Wisconsin, turn up the heat. https://t.co/IAShv8FIbF
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) June 25, 2017
Republicans may be able to separate themselves from Trump after his fall. They won't be able to distance selves from their own health law.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 24, 2017
This guy was the architect of the defeat of Clintoncare on the grounds expanding the welfare state was ipso facto dangerous for GOP. https://t.co/xjyZufov5s
— Noah M'Cormack (@noahmccormack) June 25, 2017
Republicans are looking for cover, to vote "no" without alienating leadership. Give them cover. Call them and say you want them to vote no. https://t.co/TGOIze3IuW
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 25, 2017
This guy has never read the internet.
Is Ron Johnson the stupidest and the most callous member of the US Senate? He’s such a dirtbag (still can’t believe Wisconsin voted for him over Russ Feingold). If he’s having second thoughts maybe we have hope this thing will be defeated.
@Baud: Seems he’s well acquainted with the # of fool’s errands delivered via the internet.
Since you asked, here is what I have heard:
There will be numerous D.C. responses including some based in activism. Look for more from Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, SEIU, Protect Our Care, the Hub, Center for American Progress . The most accessible appear to be:
three key moments we need to maximize turnout.
• Tuesday, The People’s Filibuster Launches @ 2pm – Invite your members, staff, everyone to join us at 2pm in Section 9 (see map) for the kick off of the Filibuster! We’ll get a Facebook invite out soon!
• Wednesday Hug the Senate Action – Evening (Exact time TBA) – We’ll be forming a human chain around the Senate building, holding up photos of the people whose stories have been shared over the course of the week, a moment of silence for those who will be harmed. More info coming, including a Facebook invite to circulate.
• Thursday Rapid Response Rally 3-7pm – Hours before the bill vote is the moment to turn out in front of the capitol and we need bodies! Facebook invite coming soon.
Also: Our friends in the faith community are organizing a vigil from Wednesday at 3pm to Thursday at 3pm and we encourage folks to come out and support this as well.
Groups that I work with are planning to speak at Tuesday People’s Filibuster. Many people living with or affected by HIV plan to be wearing red at the Tuesday event. You can probably be kept most up to date by following planned parenthood or Move On on facebook. Please come out.
and can someone please rescue my comment on DC actions from moderation.
Sincerely worried by the fact that Bill Kristol thinks passing the bill is a bad idea for the Republicans….
@rikyrah: Good morning.
This nonsense flies on State of the Union. It’s meaningless babbling. I don’t know if Obama “was worried” about poor people – I’m not privy to his innermost thoughts. However. He made Medicaid available to working poor people in Ohio and Republicans are taking it away, so I don’t have to do any analysis of his feelings. He could “not care” about poor people and he would still be better for poor people than a Republican who “cares” about poor people. Their feelings aren’t the issue here.
@Splitting Image: I agree… but, as noted, bloody Bill was the force behind Republican opposition to Clinton’s health plan. If he’s against the current Republican plan, it’s a big fckng deal.
@rikyrah: Good morning! Lifting my cuppa to you in salute ☕
Just shared the Josh Marshall tweet with my Indivisible Indiana group.
I still think they’re going to vote for it. They have to. They need the Medicaid money to pay for the tax cuts and they want those tax cuts. It’s not a health care bill. It’s a bill to cut health care and fund tax cuts.
They can’t do the giant tax cuts for rich people without killing some poor people. It’s harsh but it’s true. They’re now literally killing for tax cuts. People used to say this would eventually happen – now it is.
Every time they waver they’ll end up back at tax cuts – they need the Medicaid money.
@Kay: If he cared, he’d raise the minimum wage, since most of the lower income are the working poor. The democrats spoke a lot about affordable childcare, so maybe the governor should pay attention.
Remember, no matter what they do, both parties don’t care about poor people
@JPL: Now that’s just crazy talk. True caring is blaming both sides.
Ohio raised the minimum wage thru a state referendum before Kasich was elected. It was well-crafted, it adjusts for inflation. It’s bullet proof.
It passed overwhelmingly. I helped with it. It was 100% a labor union effort. There’s a lot of ways to go around them.
I find Kasich annoying because he makes people who make 16k a year out to be charity cases that “we” have to “help”. Who is “we”? They’re “we” too. He does it because Republicans want to think of themselves as charitable, “good people”- I hate the good people/bad people political analysis partly because it’s a self-serving lie people tell themselves. Medicaid benefits all of us. The rural hospital would close here without Medicaid. It is the second largest employer in the county.
The CBO score is due today.
@Kay: There is a whole class of health care industry grifters who sell people like Kasich on the idea that health care done “the right way” is the only thing necessary to enable people to find a job.
GMA seems to be focused on the political drama of whether the GOP can find the votes.
@Baud: Although millions will no longer be able to afford insurance, the true damage will be after 2025. I assume that at some point the democrats will be elected to fix it.
Portman is sitting in his office weighing tax cuts for rich people versus health care for poor people. That’s actually what’s going on here. They all said it. The health care cuts have to come first because the health care cuts pay for the tax cuts. They’ll phase BOTH in over ten years but that doesn’t change the trade they’re making. It just protects their asses while it takes effect.
@JPL: And then kicked out of office for fixing it.
Matthew Dowd sucks.
Kasich is falling apart. National media still treat him like a successful governor but he has a one billion dollar budget hole because he cut taxes and relied on wacko conservative economic theory for a net gain in revenue that never appeared.
They’re going to have to raise state taxes. They’re going broke.
OT: I’ve finally recovered from my adventure of Saturday and yesterday morning. Here’s a non-milky way pic that I shot before it got dark.
Nancy Pelosi is going to be on CBS This morning, early the next hour.
Even though we can’t read their minds, I think I can read their mind when it comes to what they prefer.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Your pictures are amazing.
David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch
@Splitting Image: Kristol is going back to his marxist roots. lets not forget the neo-cons, like israel itself, started out as socialists but were radicalized by black september terrorism and became militaristic.
Trump’s naked white supremacy and antisemitism has woke them.
@JPL: Tim Ryan is sad.
I just unwittingly listened to Moanin’ Joe read from Ross Douthat’s latest oped. Forget the conservatism. His writing is lumbering, clumsy, hamhanded and dull.
Just wanted to remind everyone!
Sooner or later, you just had to know Kasich’s true self would show up. Please, cooperate and just lay down so the bus can run over you.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. ….
Also, if Kasich really cared, he’d let go of some of the rainy day fund to help with the opioid crisis.
@JPL: Thanks, I’ll put together a set for “On the Road”. It was really a great group of photogs with a wide range of experience. One young Asian woman kept on saying “I’m not that young, I’ve used film”. (If you’re “older” you don’t protest being called young.)
Le Comte de Monte Cristo fka Edmund Dantes
Whenever the Senate is in session on issues like this, I have a movie scene in mind…
“Fuck the Poor!”
Nice interview with and profile of Senator Kamala Harris on Morning Edition (NPR) this AM.
This is a Lucy with the football moment. Some senators will get some air time “agonizing” over their decision, the drama will build, and at the end of the day, they will fall in line. Party uber alles. Nevertheless, I am calling Blunt’s office again today.
@Anya: did you read his op Ed in the NYT today? He is opposed because it isn’t free market enough. He has no real plan, just choice boilerplate claptrap.
Can’t someone rid us of this uppity dago?????
David ?Canadian Anchor Baby? Koch
@Baud: He’s a fool. I can’t think of one person who ever became a congressional leader by whining on tee vee against their own side.
A climate briefing for Donald Trump.
Iowa Old Lady
@Kay: As Rachel Maddow says, ignore what they say; watch what they do.
Who gives a shyt about his feelings.??
This is a tax cut bill disguised as a healthcare plan.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Very nice.
And you think that the folks don’t realize what a large employer it is?
You are right. The tell is what comes right away.
They are murderers ??
Glad you got back safe ?
Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary
The part that gave me a (wry) laugh was AP’s “in fairness” clause:
Yep. The GOP is using the AHCA as an excuse to roll back Medicaid. This is what Ryan has dreamed about for decades. He must be ecstatic.
You forgot to add “… and he always gets his facts wrong”.
@rikyrah: Thanks, it was a long drive(over 300 miles) but I got some good shots. I tried to shoot a panorama of the Milky Way but it didn’t work and I didn’t try a shot with my fisheye. Maybe next time.
@Kay: In other words a typical Republican Governor in the Teens of the 21st century, just a little less radical then Brownback, Jindal, Pence, Snyder, and et al. The real Republican conferences this week were the Koch brothers confab in Colorado and Steve Mnuchin’s wedding to Louise Linton in DC. The billionaires outnumbered the mere millionaires, and they all want their tax cut. These are the people the Republicans listen to and they regard all those kids and old people on Medicaid as moochers.
I run into people all the time who talk about local fiscal crises “what can we do?” like this fell on them from a thunderstorm and seemingly don’t know it is all because very rich people are not paying taxes.
They are free riders.
You dropped brutal truths this weekend.
Liar for hire Kellyanne Conway had interesting talking points for her Sunday show appearances. First, she said the $880 billion in Medicaid cuts in the AHCA aren’t cuts because shut up, that’s why. Then she said if “able bodied” people lose their healthcare coverage because of those non-existent Medicaid cuts, they can always go out and find jobs that offer employer-sponsored health benefits like herself and the Sunday show interviewer have.
No, seriously — that’s what she said. Never mind that this unpopular tax cut for rich people masquerading as healthcare reform is written down, so the amounts it cuts from programs can be calculated. Never mind that the majority of folks whose coverage will be ripped away already have jobs — almost certainly jobs that are more difficult that repeating bald-faced lies in a simpering voice.
Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes
Jonathan Cohn worries about Trump turning around and trashing the Republicans for a health care bill he signs. I think Bill Kristol is closer to the mark in that after Republicans get their abolition of the ACA and Medicaid and the follow on huge tax cut for the 1%, and a replacement justice for Kennedy, they won’t need Trump anymore. I think this is one of Senator McConnell’s cynical calculations, He expects that given the favorable map for Republicans in the Senate in 2018 he can hold it even if there is a Democratic wave in 2018. And then the Medicaid cuts and repercussions will be the problems for a bunch of newly elected Democratic Governors and a Democratic House, with him in the blocking position on tax increases and assistance, and being able to offer up a Trump impeachment to be praised as an “honorable man.”
Just read a big piece about KAC’s new $8 million digs in DC. Lying pays well but must be rough for the looks department. She looks like a crack whore. She’s aged 10 years. In other news, just dropped Poco off for his 5th day of school. He always walks in like a champ…tail held high, a little glance over his shoulder, “I’ve got this, Mom. Don’t miss me too much today.” I’m gonna really miss him when he’s jetting around the country on the Baud/Poco 2020 ticket.?
@WereBear: Hereditary wealth that is exempt from taxation was the foundation of the ancien regime. July 14 is just around the corner. Is there an empty prison nearby we can storm?
Believe it or not, the get a better job response has been one of the Republican/WSJ responses for some time now. They are just monsters.
@MomSense: What about children? Do they want to bring back child labor like the good old Victorian era, which they so love.
My sister, for many years, had a rat terrier with whom she bonded very closely. He went to obedience school and it didn’t take.
I wanted to buy her a “My dog is an O-school dropout” bumper sticker.
@Lurking Canadian: It would make a fine holiday to make a point in, for certain!
Small business some of the hardest hit by the Repug healthcare plan: https://www.vox.com/2017/6/25/15871574/senate-bill-association-health-plans
@Quinerly: Others are looking forward to his jetting around on the Baud/Poco 2020 Campaign Tour.
Oddly enough LePage wanted to roll back some of the child labor laws. I think other states had similar, probably Koch written, bills.
Head? Meet desk:
Cognitive dissonance… It’s not just for Republicans anymore.
I’ve been over the moon how well this 8year old ex street dog is doing. I’ve had him 3 years and the destructive behavior due to separation anxiety had reached a tipping point. We tried 11 hours a day for two days of doggie daycare first. Saw wonderful changes in him with that experience. Now we are doing 15 days of intensive training with the daycare. 11 hours a day; tomorrow the trainer works with us both for the first time. Poco doesn’t know how to play with other dogs…probably won’t ever learn that. But he is learning some socialization skills to be around other dogs. His focus is always on any people coming and going and the trainer. Really no interest in the other dogs (that’s why Friday’s pissing incidents were such shockers to the trainer.. The herbal supplement for anxiety twice a day has also been an enormous help.
My reply to #65 has been eaten. Sad!
Iowa Old Lady
Electoral-vote.com has an article comparing the number of criminal indictments and convictions under Rs vs Ds since Reagan. Score: R = 120 indictments and 89 convictions; D = 3 indictments and 1 conviction. They speculate on the possible reasons for the disparities.
@Iowa Old Lady: An adage one can apply to the brave independent defender of the left and his followers.
Poco is already pretty popular and well known in most of New Mexico…he made friends easily on our winter trip in Northern AZ and Utah. He’s especially adept at campaigning in small Native American villeges. The Hopi and Navajo seem drawn to him…old men at small local stores, they also like his mom.? We may have problems with the Zuni, though. He does not like the younger Zuni men trying to sell his mom stuff. AZ and Utah may be in play for us. Hope Baud! is taking notes.
BWA HA HA HA H HA HA HAH A
Actually, that was an insult to crack whores.
Not while Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are slithering through the halls of power.
Republicans Shamelessly Lying About Healthcare Cuts. Because They Can.
by David Atkins
June 25, 2017 9:05 PM
One would think that nursing home chains would be instructing employees to call the contact numbers of their clients, telling them that Trumpcare would have Grandma and Grandpa kicked out.
Settlement just reached on Forest Park Civil War monument. Will be removed by Friday by the museum. Museum will pay for the removal.
@Quinerly: @Quinerly: That’s why I call her Malibu Meth Barbie. I’m being uncivil.
O. Felix Culpa
Yes, the GOP is the Slytherin party. And the AHCA is truly Voldemortian.
Good morning from New Mexico, where the sky is unusually hazy, perhaps because of forest fires. The Chinese keep upping their ante on climate change hoax.
Yes, Thousands Will Die. Tell It Like It Is.
by David Atkins
June 25, 2017 5:49 AM
Republican Senators have needed some smelling salts and fainting couches in the last few days as Democrats have told the honest truth about their tax cut and healthcare slashing bill. First they objected to Elizabeth Warren saying that many people would die as a result of their legislation. The Orrin Hatch whined that Bernie Sanders was accusing him of “murder” when he tweeted that thousands of people will die.
But it’s the cold, hard truth:
The fact that she was involved romantically with Fred Thompson years ago says enough for me. Gross is yet again the word…..
It’s almost like conservatives are special snowflakes who need safe spaces…..
Did Fred Thompson wake up at any point in the relationship?
I think you are on the right track regarding McConnell, but you underestimate how cynical he is. The man has one ambition and that is to be Senate Majority leader. He will do anything to get it, and he is so smooth the media does not notice how much he has broken the Senate to get what he wants.
O. Felix Culpa
Nah, they’re just soulless cynical manipulative fucks.
@Quinerly: Good. Although I am unsure what it could possibly add to the Civil War Museum, and indeed would prefer it be removed with 20′ of det cord, at least it’s going away and at no cost to the citizens of STL.
@Laura: Quinerly will have to make cookies for press plane a la Mother Pence. NYT reporter tweeted a squee about it. If only Hillary had baked cookies for NYT she woulda won.
O. Felix Culpa
About the Trump/Modi meeting (emphasis mine): ““They’re both strong personalities, and both of them have a rather exalted opinion of themselves.” Ya think?
@Quinerly: But do white guys like him?
I suppose it makes a change from claims of world-historical victory.
Older white guys do. Poco has a problem with the younger white bros. He also does well with all ages in the Hispanic communities.?
I make a mean brownie. Secret ingredient.?
Really the best settlement all the way around. No expense to the city.
Poco has good taste. Maybe you could get him a Man Bun dude bro doll for a chew toy.
Probably screaming if he did.
Trump blames Obama for Russian attack he doesn’t believe happened
06/26/17 08:30 AM
By Steve Benen
The Washington Post published an extraordinary piece of reporting on Friday, documenting the Obama administration’s challenges responding to the Russian attack on the American election last year. Apparently, someone summarized the lengthy piece for Donald Trump, who responded to the reporting in a rather amazing way during one of his many Fox News interviews.
The president also had a pair of tweets on the subject over the weekend, arguing the Obama administration knew about “election meddling by Russia,” but “did nothing about it.” Trump, who now apparently refers to himself in a first-person-and-first-letter way, added, “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!”
Even by 2017 standards, this is astonishingly foolish.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the owner of the National Enquirer could combine his favorite headline “sad final days” with his favorite cover person?: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-national-enquirers-fervor-for-trump?currentPage=all
With time running out, health care advocates look for GOP ‘no’ votes
06/26/17 09:30 AM
By Steve Benen
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) didn’t just announce his intention to vote against his party’s health care plan late last week; he also torched the legislation itself. For all intents and purposes, the Nevada Republican’s argument against the GOP bill wasn’t much different from the Senate Democrats’ case.
But one “no” vote among Senate Republicans won’t be enough to rescue the American system from the proposal. Health care advocates will need two more GOP senators to break ranks.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) hasn’t formally made an announcement, but her comments to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos yesterday suggested she isn’t exactly ready to partner with her far-right colleagues.
Daines expects 30,000 people to participate in Wednesday’s call, based on the 28,000 who called a couple weeks ago.https://t.co/D6t29jFv57
— Arapaho415 (@arapaho415) June 26, 2017
His number is (202) 224-2651. #mtpol @SteveDaines https://t.co/ZG3aBaRepN
— Tiffany Aldinger (@TiffanyAldinger) June 24, 2017
@Quinerly: Not just that, she was the pretty young blonde in the relationship, not the devil Fred sold his soul to.
If he writes that the Senate bill will be defeated, then we’re fucked. That moron has never been right, as far as I can tell.
@Cheryl Rofer: He’s still calling her “Crooked Hillary?”
What a head case. As are his supporters. No class, either.
I’d call them “sore winners”, but I have never thought der Trump actually won.
WaPost: ombudsman Margaret Sullivan writes about Amy Siskind, who has been performing a public service.
Trump won, and Amy Siskind started a list of changes. Now it’s a sensation.
@Elizabelle: Cheaters is what they are.
@schrodingers_cat: Cheaters and losers. I have had my fill.
SCOTUS summarily orders Arkansas to permit names of same-sex couples on birth certificates. Three Justices dissent.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 26, 2017
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/23/17
Senate Judiciary questions Jared Kushner security clearance
Rachel Maddow reports that the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary has sent a letter to the FBI and the White House questioning Jared Kushner’s security clearance and Donald Trump’s role in his clearance process.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/23/17
Russia 2016 cyberattacks seen as dry run for future elections
Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about her reporting on Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. election and the Obama administration’s deliberations on retaliation.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/23/17
Uptick in Russian visa requests ahead of 2016 election: WaPo
Ned Price, former NSC spokesman and senior director, shares with Rachel Maddow insights on the reporting by the Washington Post of an uptick in visa applications from Russia ahead of the 2016 election
The GOP Can’t Compromise, So What Happens Next?
by Martin Longman
June 23, 2017 2:45 PM
Per usual, the conservative members of the GOP are frustrating the reality-based members by their insistence on using magical thinking.
The debt ceiling vote won’t have the filibuster problem because the Democrats wouldn’t prevent a vote on avoiding a default of the United States’ debts. But it will be similar because the so many Republicans won’t vote for a clean debt ceiling bill that they’ll need Democrats in both houses of Congress in our order to pass it.
Trump Is Obsessed With the Russia Investigation
by Martin Longman
June 23, 2017 11:50 AM
Think about this for a minute:
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told House investigators Thursday that President Trump seemed obsessed with the Russia probe and repeatedly asked him to say publicly there was no evidence of collusion, a U.S. official familiar with the conversation told NBC News…
The mere fact that Trump asked them to do it is a possible obstruction of justice, but if they had actually done it there would be little doubt.
@Kathleen: Ya know Kathleen, you might be on to something, though I cannot see Quinerly joining The Ladies Against Wimmin even if it boosts the chances of Baud/Pico 2020.