June 26, 2017

Billionaire-funded libertarian group says Senate version of Trumpcare is not conservative enough. “Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network’s political arm, called the Senate’s plans for Medicaid “a slight nip and tuck” of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a modest change he described as “immoral”.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-koch-senate-health-care-bill-20170624-story.html

Barack Obama calls Trumpcare “massive transfer of wealth” from the poor and middle-class to the wealthy. “He said that if Republicans come up with 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”.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/barack-obama-trumpcare-healthcare-bill-criticism-attack-transfer-wealth-poor-rich-a7805431.html   Like the single-payer national health insurance proposal that Democrats took off the table?

University of Delaware professor reportedly blacklisted for  commenting on Facebook that Otto Warmbier “acted like a spoiled, naive, arrogant U.S. college student” and “got exactly what he deserved”.   http://udreview.com/anthropology-professor-under-scrutiny-for-saying-otto-warmbier-got-what-he-deserved/   North Korean officials reportedly say their regime is the “biggest victim” of the incident. “The smear campaign against (North Korea) staged in the U.S. compels us to make (the) firm determination that humanitarianism and benevolence for the enemy are taboo and we should further sharpen the blade of law.”   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/25/north-korea-claims-it-is-biggest-victim-in-otto-warmbiers-death-vows-to-get-tough-with-u-s.html    Because putting a “bad hombre” like Warmbier into a coma is clearly not harsh enough.

CNN sends sketch artist to White House “no cameras” new conference. “Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders have only held four on-camera briefings in June. Most of their Q&A sessions have been held off-camera.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/23/media/white-house-press-briefing-sketch-artist/index.html

College football game between Fresno State and University of Alabama will be played despite California’s travel ban due to “prior contractual obligations” clause. “The California legislation restricts travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or same-sex couples.”   http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2017/06/alabamas_game_against_fresno_s.html

Democratic party official in Nebraska ousted after allegedly expressing support for shooting of Republican congressional leader. “In the recording, Montag used a series of obscenities to describe Scalise and said he hated the congressman whose job was to “convince Republicans to (expletive) kick people off (expletive) health care.”   http://wspa.com/2017/06/25/democratic-official-ousted-after-saying-he-was-glad-scalise-was-shot/

Trump has allegedly spent twice as much on White House decor so far as Obama did during the same period in his administration. “Federal documents show that Trump spent $133,053 on office furnishings during the period, compared to $51,204.25 by Obama.”   https://nypost.com/2017/06/23/trump-has-spent-way-more-on-furniture-than-obama-analysis-shows/   But it’s ok, because Mexico is paying for it….

Suspects wanted for parole violations reportedly kill themselves. “A man and a woman wanted for parole violation barricaded themselves inside a Pennsylvania home after allegedly firing shots at police, and later died in an apparent murder-suicide on Saturday.”   http://www.wbal.com/article/247966/110/police-standoff-in-pennsylvania-ends-in-apparent-murder-suicide   It could happen!

Kellyanne Conway claims Senate Trumpcare bill does not include Medicaid cuts. “The Congressional Budget Office has yet to release its evaluation of the Senate bill, but its analysis of the House version said it would drain more than $800 billion from Medicaid, in addition to the $610 billion reduction ordered by Trump’s federal budget proposal.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-officials-health-bill-won-cut-medicaid-article-1.3276268

Mother posts $231,115 hospital bill for her son’s heart surgery on social media. “A New Jersey mom says she posted her three-year-old son’s heart surgery bill online to show how potential changes in the health care law could drastically increase out-of-pocket costs for those with life-threatening conditions.”    http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/263723404-story

Trump Russia dossier may have been paid for by Democrats, unidentified Republican investigator alleges. “Steele contracted with Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia starting in June 2016, whereupon he outlandishly claimed that Hillary campaign hackers were “paid by both Trump’s team and the Kremlin” and that the operation was run out of Putin’s office.”   https://nypost.com/2017/06/24/inside-the-shadowy-intelligence-firm-behind-the-trump-dossier/

Overweight man who booked two seats on Spirit Airlines flight says he was kicked off plane when the airline took away one of his seats. “I had told them that I bought two seats, (they said) we’ll take it up after, talk to them when you get off the plane.”   http://fox17online.com/2017/06/25/colorado-man-says-he-was-kicked-off-flight-for-being-overweight/

New York Times runs a list of all of Donald Trump’s lies, takes up almost entire page. ““Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)”   https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html?_r=0

Court ordered review of Dakota Access pipeline project will examine impact on Standing Rock tribe. “(U.S. District Judge James Boasberg)  said (the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) didn’t adequately consider how an oil spill under the Missouri River might affect the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s fishing and hunting rights, or whether it might disproportionately affect the tribal community…”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/25/dakota-access-review-to-re-examine-impact-on-tribe.html

Chuck Schumer promises Democratic Party makeover. “I think what the Democrats have got to say is that we will be on the side of the working class of this country.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/25/schumer-agenda-middle-class-democrats-congress-voters   No Chuck, “saying” is not enough. Trying “proving”.

Ralph Nader tells the history of the decline and fall of the Democratic Party. “…in 1979. Tony Coelho, who was a congressman from California… convinced the Democrats that they should bid for corporate money, corporate PACs, that they could raise a lot of money.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/25/ralph-nader-the-democrats-are-unable-to-defend-the-u-s-from-the-most-vicious-republican-party-in-history/

Surprising revelations in Oliver Stone’s interviews with Putin. “… right from the beginning there is a tension between Stone, with his often archetypal liberal-left views, and Putin, whose perspective – if it has any American equivalent – might be called paleoconservative.”   http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/06/25/tried-kill-putin-five-times/


June 26, 2017

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