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Kamala Harris Was Interrupted Again Today

During today’s congressional testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Kamala Harris (D–CA) frequently interrupted Sessions as he meandered off the topic she asked about. This is a standard game: senators get only a short time for questioning, so witnesses often meander as a way of chewing up time and running out the clock. On […]

Sessions: Trump Never Showed Interest in Russian Hacking

I have no idea whether Jeff Sessions had any inappropriate contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. My gut tells me there’s probably nothing much here, but then again, my gut has been more like a Magic 8-Ball lately than a crystal ball. So who knows? That said, I agree with David Corn that […]

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Mini mart at the corner of Chapman and Lewis, Orange, California.

Health Care Watch, Day 39: GOP Still Hiding From Public

Jeff Stein explains in a nutshell why Republicans are hellbent on hiding their health care bill from the public: Nothing about GOP health bill today on the front pages of any of 4 of America’s most influential papers — LA Times; NYT; WashPo; WSJ — Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) June 13, 2017 As long as […]

Jeff Sessions Wants to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Because….

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to go after medical marijuana suppliers: I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use […]

Republicans Ban Video Interviews With Senators in Hallways

Gee, I wonder what Republicans have to hide? ALERT: Reporters at Capitol have been told they are not allow to film interviews with senators in hallways, contrary to years of precedent — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) June 13, 2017 Rep for Mike Matrisian, who gave directive re not filming Senate, is no comment. I ask her […]

Russian Election Hacking Was Very Serious and Very Widespread

A few days ago the Intercept got hold of an NSA document outlining Russian plans to hack directly into voting operations throughout the US: Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … […]

E-Commerce Growth Is Still Accelerating

For some reason, the death of malls is suddenly an obsession of newspapers everywhere. I’m not sure why, but I guess e-commerce has hit some kind of tipping point. For the record, then, here is total e-commerce sales as a share of all sales. The best fit for its growth rate isn’t linear. It’s accelerating. […]

Republicans Are Working Hard to Allow Another Financial Crisis

Last week House Republicans voted unanimously—with one oddball exception—to repeal big swaths of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. This was, perhaps, not surprising since only six Republicans voted for Dodd-Frank in the first place. Show More Summary

In the Future, Will We All Be Geniuses?

Tiffany Kelly reviews Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway: Surprisingly, Doctorow doesn’t see his work as a dystopian novel. In fact, he thinks it’s precisely the opposite. Despite depicting a world that is changed by our own technological advancements and ideologies, Doctorow is optimistic about future generations of humans. Show More Summary

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Congratulations to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labor Party1 for their impressive gain of 32 seats in the recent UK general election. I don’t have a traditional-looking red rose for them, but I do have this: it’s red, and it’s a rose. Hopefully it will do. 1According to the AP Stylebook, “Not labour, even if British.” […]

Trumpism Is Taking Over the Republican Party. Are Democrats Next?

From Axios: Senate Republicans are working to finish their draft health care bill, but have no plans to publicly release it, according to two senior Senate GOP aides. “We aren’t stupid,” said one of the aides. This is yet another example of the corrosive effect that Donald Trump is having on Washington culture—which, let’s face […]

Here’s What’s Happening With Qatar

Are you still a little confused about the whole Qatar mess, but haven’t gotten around to reading something that explains it? You should check out Jen Kirby’s interview with Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. It’s very good. Well worth a few minutes of your time.

Trump Leads Televised Praise Session For Himself

Wut? This interminable cabinet spray, where everybody pays tribute to Trump, is one of the most exquisitely awkward public events I’ve ever seen. — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 12, 2017 I only left for a few minutes to slurp down some Corn Flakes! What did I miss? This: Jake Tapper wraps things up: I’ve never […]

“Moderate” Republicans OK With Killing Medicaid Expansion After All

Sarah Kliff: The possibility that Republicans will repeal Obamacare or drive it into collapse is an increasingly real one. That’s a reality where millions fewer have health insurance coverage and lower-income Americans struggle to afford coverage. Show More Summary

Trump Rethinking UK Visit Because People There Are Mean

From the New York Times: President Trump is considering scrapping or postponing a planned visit to Britain this year amid a billowing backlash over comments he made after the recent terrorist attack in London, two administration officials said. Over the past week, Mr. Trump has expressed increasing skepticism to aides about the trip after coming […]

Sorry Donald: The Economy Is About the Same as Usual

Donald Trump is whining again: The #FakeNews MSM doesn’t report the great economic news since Election Day. #DOW up 16%. #NASDAQ up 19.5%. Drilling & energy sector way up. Regulations way down. 600,000+ new jobs added. Unemployment down to 4.3%. Business and economic enthusiasm way up- record levels! Let’s check this out. The Dow is […]

You Say Cutter, I Say Kuhtar

Here’s your Qatar timeline so far: June 5: Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations blockade air, sea, and land traffic into Qatar. June 6: Donald Trump praises the blockade. “So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on […]

Friday Cat Blogging – 9 May 2017

The pod next to my computer is normally Hilbert’s territory. Once in a while, though, Hopper curls up in it for a nice nap. When Hilbert gets wind of this, his jealous bone asserts itself and he hops up and starts pushing and nudging to make room for himself. For a few minutes there are […]

Obamacare Is Way More Popular Than AHCA

Just in case you’re curious about how the public views Obamacare vs. the Republican health care plan, here you go: Every month, Obamacare gets a little more popular and the Republican plan gets a little less popular. And yet, Republicans persist. Of course, I continue to think that Obamacare’s regulations about pre-existing conditions and community […]

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