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Welcome to Wednesday! I had something funny to say, but I forgot it once I heard that we might need guns in schools in case of grizzly bear attacks. So now, I don’t know what the hell we’re going to do. How do you follow that? Listen LIVE right here at 9:00 AM ET! It’s also time for a new message in this section, befitting the new year. Show More Summary

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Bigly Blast from the Past Trackdown was a TV series that ran from 1957-59, and took place in the fictional Texas town of Porter following the Civil War. The great Robert Culp plays Ranger and de facto Sheriff Hoby Gilman. Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Do Republicans really know what they are doing?

WSJ:  The new poll marks the first time since June 2009 that the share of respondents saying the law is a good idea has outweighed the share who said it was a “bad idea.” The “bad idea” number peaked at 50% in December 2013, when the...Show More Summary

Protecting workers? That's not a job for Donald Trump's labor secretary

In “headlines that make me go ‘hmmm:’” Workers Say Andrew Puzder Is ‘Not the One to Protect’ Them, But He’s Been Chosen To. This New York Times piece by Jodi Kantor and Jennifer Medina deserves some credit for actually including workers’ voices. Show More Summary

The Kochs bought their unified Republican government, and now they want their reward

Popular vote loser Donald Trump might not have been the Kochs' first (or second, or 17th) choice of presidents, but they've got him and a House and Senate that they bought and paid for. Now they expect their return. “We’ve had promises,...Show More Summary

Mississippi governor defends anti-LGBTQ law arguing Christians are the real victims

HB1523 was the most sweeping law passed in 2016 that targeted LGBTQ Americans for discrimination. It gave special rights for Christians in Mississippi to circumscribe the constitutional rights and freedoms of gay and transgender individuals in access to housing, employment, public accommodations, health care, adoptions, and marriage. Show More Summary

Kellyanne Conway sounds more like Paul Ryan on Obamacare replacement than she does her boss

Popular vote loser Donald Trump promised this weekend that his healthcare plan would cover everybody and "they’ll be beautifully covered." Washington Post reporter Robert Costa dutifully copied that down, apparently without any follow up like "for real?" so as far as we know, that's what's in Trump's head.  But it appears to be only in Trump's head. Show More Summary

Trump education nominee wonders if guns needed in schools in case of grizzly bears

School has really changed. At the Tuesday night—and now we know why this one wasn’t in prime time—senate hearing for popular vote loser Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, there was a remarkable exchange. ItShow More Summary

Endangered Species Act is now an endangered species as Republicans plan its extinction

The Endangered Species Act is one of the great success stories for both the environment and the government. Since it was enacted in 1973, the government has been charged with protecting not just species that were on the brink of extinction,...Show More Summary

Donald Trump's billionaire nominees really don't want us to see their ethics disclosures

Campaign Action Donald Trump’s nominees are still not racing to get their ethics plans checked out. As of Monday, CNN reported that: Of the current list of 21 nominees, 14 must still sit for Senate hearings, and only five of those 14...Show More Summary

Republican ads bullying other Republicans to support non-existent healthcare plan go bilingual

Republican leadership doesn't have a plan to replace Obamacare, but they have loads of money to spend bullying rank-and-file Republicans to toe the line on repealing the law. In Spanish, too. The American Action Network, founded by veteran GOP fundraisers to support Ryan (R-Wis.), will begin airing the new ad Tuesday. Show More Summary

Texas and Wisconsin offer an exciting preview of a post-Planned Parenthood, STD-filled America

Want a look at the near future of a United States in which Republicans have defunded Planned Parenthood? Texas and Wisconsin have already done just that, barring Planned Parenthood from accepting Medicaid patients. The end result isShow More Summary

Democrats push to hear testimony of foreclosure victims whom Trump's Treasury pick cashed in on

Campaign Action Popular vote loser Donald Trump wants to put billionaire Steven Mnuchin in charge of the country's financial policies as Treasury secretary. One of Mnuchin's chief qualifications is that he knows a little something about...Show More Summary

One of Trump's least qualified nominees is up for a hearing, and Republicans seem to want to bury it

Campaign Action Hmmm. Are congressional Republicans trying to bury this one? The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s education nominee, is now being held at 5 PM ET after having first been pushed back by a week. NotShow More Summary

More scandal for Trump's HHS pick Tom Price, who's perfected legislating for personal profit

Boy howdy, does Republican Georgia Rep. Tom Price have some things to talk about during his upcoming confirmation hearings to be popular vote loser Donald Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services. Seriously, the man is a walking...Show More Summary

President Obama commutes bulk of Chelsea Manning's sentence, along with sentences of 273 others

President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who leaked American military and diplomatic activities in 2010. The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide...Show More Summary

China kills over 100 coal projects as it moves toward clean energy

While Donald Trump spreads the myth that the decline of coal is due to a “war” launched by the Obama administration, the rest of the world continues to react to both increased concern over air quality and global warming, as well as the...Show More Summary

Trump and Pence have a day one problem—which day is day one?

In the Trump administration, Mike Pence is definitely the Stan Laurel. He plays the clueless straight man to Trump’s blowhard Ollie. Except, of course, that Pence’s version of Stan is a virulently right-wing dunderhead dedicated to erasing rights of women and the LGBT community along with generally making life miserable for everyone else. Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Happy Birthday, Betty, resistance and genderless nipples

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is A new beginning: DeRay McKesson is promoting a resistance manual: Action begins with information. There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who support Donald Trump's ideologyShow More Summary

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