June 26, 2017

AHCA Is About A Mean Ideology. Tax Cuts Are A Bonus. | Crooks and Liars

AHCA Is About A Mean Ideology. Tax Cuts Are A Bonus. | Crooks and Liars

"The thing to remember about these Republicans is that they are, with rare exception, only in it for themselves. What elected leaders like Trump, Ryan, McConnell, Cruz etc. want more than anything is power. They want to be a Koch, a DeVos, an Adelson, but they will never be. They are and always will be a tool for these uber rich families. An easily replicated and replaceable tool. I would even venture that this is why we are seeing these notoriously private super wealthy people come out and hold public office. Republicans have not moved fast or harsh enough for them and must be whipped into shape. Financing of campaigns is not the only control these wealthy families have over elected leaders though. Perhaps an even bigger control mechanism is to threaten NOT to fund them. If Mitch McConnell or Ted Cruz suddenly did not do the bidding of their uber rich supporters, they would be immediately cast out into that barren desert of campaign no-man's land. The Kochs and such would simply fund a contender; something that Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) is facing. The threat of NOT being supported is often times more influential to a politician than being supported. With Kris Kobach’s Crosscheck kicking minorities off of voter rolls and Republicans’ decades worth of extreme gerrymandering, these politicians need not worry. This is not to mention the real possibility that our voting systems are still compromised by the Russian hacking. So far, only Illinois has admitted that hacking led to voters being kicked off their system. In North Carolina’s heavily minority and blue districts, hacking is thought to have caused the computer database of registered voters to shut down during the 2016 election. This led to poll workers having to check registration by hand, and in turn caused such a delay that many left without casting their votes. Now a report has come out that 1 in 4 African Americans were not allowed to vote in Florida during the election. So, you see, they are not too concerned about being voted out of office."

June 24, 2017

GOP Threat To Medicaid Threatens Liberty Of Millions Of Americans

In a strong statement, AARP vows to 'hold all 100 Senators accountable' for health care bill

"Why are Republicans so hellbent on harming so many Americans in exchange for private insurance and Big Pharma profits and a tax cut to 400 of the wealthiest families in America?"

Ruthless, Soulless, Vicious: Three Reasons the Senate GOP's ACA Replacement Is a Disgrace

"the Better Care Reconciliation Act is a genuinely cruel piece of work that will deliver millions of people to the gutter or the grave."

The window of opportunity to stop the GOP health plan is closing

"We’re looking at a landscape in which the Senate will vote next week, and if it passes, House Republicans will almost certainly act quickly to rubber-stamp that legislation – at which point, it’s game over. At the risk of sounding overdramatic, the next six days will dictate the health security for tens of millions of Americans."

Bernie Sanders On Health Care Bill: Thousands Will Die

Once again, 13 men wrote a bill that’s bad for women’s health

"Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would make it harder for women to access crucial health benefits — from birth control to maternity coverage. This may come as no surprise, given the bill was written by 13 men."

Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill @alternet

Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill @alternet: 'This is what oligarchy is all about.' Senate Republicans have finally unveiled their Better Care Reconciliation Act, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) can't hide his disdain for the newest version of Trumpcare.The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I've seen in my lifetime.

Republican Healthcare Plan Includes Huge Bonuses For Insurance CEOs

Add higher deductibles to the ways Trumpcare will hurt you

"there’s plenty of pain to go around, all to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy."

GOP 'Health' Bill: Death, Disaster, and Gilded Age Greed

"The Republican Senate’s draft health bill differs from the House version, but its basic purpose is the same: give millionaires and billionaires a massive new tax cut by slashing health benefits for millions of Americans, and take care away altogether from millions more."

Bernie Responds to Republicans' Health Care Bill

Republicans’ main argument for Obamacare repeal is a lie

"Republicans have long predicted an Obamacare death spiral. So far, it hasn’t happened. But their plan would near certainly move the individual market much more in that direction."

McConnell's "health care" bill fails the moral test

"the moral test posed by the late Hubert H. Humphrey, who said It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped It will fail this moral test on all three counts"

President Donald Trump’s Bait And Switch On Health Care

Does Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito have a heart?

"In this clip she’s meeting a mother who talks about her adult daughter who has lived with cancer for four years, imploring the senator to understand how Trumpcare could ruin everything for her daughter. She's 41 years old. She's been fighting this cancer for four years, very diligently. [She] has maintained her job, has gotten promotions, has led teams. As sick as she has been, she would not be alive today if it wasn't for the ACA (Affordable Care Act). […] With the cap, if she ever lost her insurance—in seven months she went over $1,200,000, and this has been going on for four years. Pre-existing condition, and we're not sure how long she's gonna be able to work. Maybe forever, that's what our goal is. But these are real people. My daughter. And so I just want you to have that in your brain when you look at this [healthcare bill]. So, Sen. Capito. Will it be in your head when you vote on this next week? Or will you stay true to form and capitulate to McConnell?"

Obama's Blistering Post on Republican Health Care Bill Must Be Read by Every American

"Yesterday, President Obama weighed in on the bill proposed by Republicans in the Senate, and he was very clear about what this means for Americans -- less healthcare for more money, and an enormous transfer of wealth to the richest Americans. "This bill will do you harm," wrote Obama. It will, and every American absolutely needs to read this, regardless of what side of the political aisle they are on. Because this about the health of you and your family and the consequences of stripping away rights every other industrialized country on earth guarantees for their citizens."

Trumpcare: Billionaire Tax Cut Disguised As Healthcare Plan

Jimmy Kimmel discusses health care with kids

"The big story of the week was the health care bill the Senate unveiled Thursday, so Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the occasion by talking to children, who will undoubtedly be affected by the “mean” legislation."

Here's the simplest takedown of the Republican scheme to take away health care from millions

"How bad is this Republican wealthcare bill? It is nothing short of vicious. This is a longer thread, but if you are one of the 130 million Americans with a pre-existing condition, if you’ve ever been pregnant or plan to have a family, if you or a loved one survives on Medicaid, or if you are age 46 or older, this is an absolute must-read. Senator Bob Casey breaks down this AHCA wealthcare bill, starting by noting the essential health benefits requirement of the Affordable Care Act would be revoked. This scheme sells out the middle class, seniors and individuals with disabilities to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy. That's obscene. Page 41. They revoke the essential health benefits requirement. Why is that a big deal? Because that means insurance companies would no longer be required to cover critical preventatives services like mammograms, colon cancer screenings, vaccinations, check-ups. No longer required to cover prescription drugs, pregnancy and childbirth, emergency room visits and more."

No Wonder Republicans Were Hiding Trumpcare...

June 22, 2017

Big Pharma Gets $28 Billion Tax Break in GOP Trumpcare Plan

"There will be a lot of losers if the House GOP’s disastrous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ever becomes law: people with preexisting medical conditions, working families, older folks, kids. One of the few winners would be the nation’s pharmaceutical industry: $28 billion richer thanks to a big tax cut. The Senate is likely to keep this tax break in its version of the legislation. Do America’s drug makers deserve a $28 billion tax cut over 10 years, when the profits of the top 10 companies topped $83 billion last year alone, with the top 5 pocketing nearly $58 billion? Hardly. In fact, they need to start paying their fair share. The Republican plan passed by the House and endorsed by President Trump this spring would cost 23 million Americans their health care while handing out $660 billion in tax cuts, mostly to wealthy individuals and big health-care companies."

Trump's Plan for Drug Pricing Executive Order Is a Big Pharma Wish List

"Raise your hand if you believed Donald Trump's repeated promises to take on Big Pharma. What about the presidential boast that drug prices for the American people "will come way down?" Anyone? Sadly, skepticism about the true impact of Trump's populist posturing on drug pricing has proven to be well justified. As a worried nation focuses on the looming danger of the Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry has joined hands with the president who once said its corporate members are "getting away with murder." This week, the New York Times obtained a draft of a planned President Trump executive order on drug pricing. As Patients for Affordable Drugs founder and cancer patient David Mitchell told the Times, the text indicates that "Pharma has captured the process." The order, which appears likely to be rolled out after the dust settles on the Affordable Care Act repeal effort, was reportedly written largely by Trump budget staffer Joe Grogan, who was hired by the administration fresh from his role as a drug industry lobbyist."

A First Look at the Senate Republican Health Bill

A Message to Trump Voters on the Occasion of This Healthcare Bill

"Today is not the day for you to ask for my understanding as to how you're going to afford Grandma's chemo now that she's busted the lifetime cap on her insurance. Today is not the day for you to ask for my sympathy for Grandpa who's going to get his ass hoisted out of his rest home and dropped onto the couch in your basement family room because his Medicaid ran out. Today is not the day for you to moan into TV cameras about how Cousin Clyde with the opioid problem has to go back to sticking up tourists for his fix because the little hospital up by the mountain closed. Not today. Not this particular Thursday. Maybe by Monday. The Senate unveiled its big secret tax-cut plan on Thursday morning. It also contains some elements dealing with healthcare that will make the lives of millions of sick and elderly Americans immeasurably worse, but, since it's actually a tax-cut bill, and it actually does cut taxes for the wealthiest among us, then I guess you can say the strategy was a success. And they say the Republicans can't govern. Hah."

The Impact of the AHCA on Veterans: State-by-State Breakdown

"Contrary to common misperceptions, the majority of the nation’s 20 million veterans do not get their health care coverage from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs but instead depend on other types of insurance. This includes Medicaid, which currently covers nearly 1.8 million American veterans. The cuts not only break President Trump’s pledge to support veterans, they also disproportionately harm voters in the areas that most strongly supported him."

Senator Elizabeth Warren Speaks About the Recently-Revealed GOP Health Care Bill

Mitch McConnell's Sh*tty "Healthcare" Abomination is a Massive Tax Cut for the Rich and That's the Entire Point

"There's more but the most important thing to keep in mind is that Republicans are literally going to send people to their death so they can shower billions in unnecessary tax cuts to the rich. The Koch brothers will be able to buy a few more super yachts while tens of thousands of people die every year because they lost their heath insurance. Republicans are not doing this because they want to "fix" the system they deliberately broke. They don't actually care about fighting "big government" because they clearly like using oppressive government regulations to their own ends. The GOP doesn't even really care about the detrimental impact on the economy their bill will have outside of giving them a new excuse to cut food stamps for children. The bottom line is that this entire episode has to do with cutting taxes and making those cuts permanent. Period. End of line. Every other horrible thing that goes along with it (like erasing Obama and savagely hurting the poor) is just icing on the cake. But it's even worse because Republicans will use the "savings" gained by stealing healthcare from 23 million people to "pay" for a second set of tax cuts. So, really, the rich will be getting two separate tax cuts at our expense.  The AHCA is the result of a worldview based on a visceral hatred of the poor and middle class. There really isn't any other way to put it: Republicans despise every American that isn't part of their 1% club."

The face of Republican evil: It’s not Donald Trump

"This Republican contempt for democracy was evident long before Trump started grasping for the presidential nomination with his stubby orange fingers. McConnell was so unwilling to accept the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s two substantial presidential election victories that the Republican leader refused to acknowledge Obama’s right to nominate a Supreme Court justice after Antonin Scalia’s death. Not only did that work out perfectly for McConnell — he got Neil Gorsuch onto the high court, instead of rightful nominee Merrick Garland — but it proved once and for all that bedrock conservative voters don’t care about niceties like the rule of law or government by the people. They just want to punish women for having sex and gripe about “Obama phones,” and don’t care if the price paid is the ultimate ruin of this country. Trump didn’t make Republicans corrupt. They were already there. That’s why he hasn’t really needed to do any arm-twisting or commit blackmail, no matter how much he’d like to, in order to get a GOP-controlled Congress willing to look the other way when presented with a growing pile of evidence that something weird is going on with Trump and the Russians. It’s easier to not care if Russian intelligence is actively seeking to subvert U.S. elections for those who aggressively try to deny voting rights to millions of Americans, especially people of color and younger voters who insist on voting for Democrats. At this point, the Republican rejection of democracy is an established fact. The only question is how far the ruling party is willing to take it. The antidemocratic, secretive process surrounding the GOP’s health care bill suggests there may be no real limit."

Sen. Brian Schatz: Senate GOP Bill 'Extremely Cruel'

Heartless! Senate Trumpcare Plan Every Bit as 'Ugly' and 'Cruel' as Expected

"After weeks of secrecy, the Senate GOP's Trumpcare plan—described as "a tax cut wrapped in the veneer of a healthcare bill" that could portend a "near-apocalyptic scenario for the poor"—was made available (pdf) to the public on Thursday and is largely living up to the gruesome expectations of analysts and critics."

WATCH: Capitol Police Drag Disabled Protesters Out Of McConnell's Office | Crooks and Liars

WATCH: Capitol Police Drag Disabled Protesters Out Of McConnell's Office | Crooks and Liars

"Senate Republicans have finally released a version of their healthcare bill. It was written in complete secrecy by 13 Senators, all of them wealthy. Of course, it's devastating to the 75 million Americans on Medicaid, does away with preexisting conditions, and is a boondoggle to the rich."

The gigantic lie in Mitch McConnell’s introduction of the Senate’s health care bill

"As a candidate, Donald Trump promised not to cut Medicaid at all. If he signs this bill, or the House bill, it will represent one of the biggest broken promises of his presidency. After the Senate draft’s release, Trump noted that “it’s going to be negotiated.” Reaction on the Hill for Sen. McConnell was swift. People with disabilities staged a “die-in” outside his office over the Medicaid cuts. They were then arrested and dragged away."

Republicans Release Summary Of Senate Healthcare Bill, And It Is Terrifying

We Have Less Than a Week to Preserve the Health Care of 24 Million People

"I am asking you to act. Today, tomorrow, the next day, repeatedly, until this thing is dead. I am asking you to raise the alarm, call your senators and take direct action as though you are standing between 24 million people and a force of imminent destruction, because that's what this fight has come to. It is not enough, in this moment, to be informed, or even reiterate what you know to others. It is not enough to be a voter who believes in your civic duty. Forces that would kill disabled people, defund medical services for children, and rip health care away from the sick and dying are knocking at our door, and we have to push back."

Trumpcare tax cuts to nation's 400 wealthiest families is Medicaid blood money

"The tax cuts for the wealthy bill masquerading as an Obamacare "replacement" bill destroys Medicaid, the 52-year-old program that covers 1 in 5 Americans, providing coverage from conception to grave. Half of all births, two-thirds of nursing home residents, a third of all adults with disabilities, three-quarters of poor children—that’s who Medicaid covers."

Arrests of Trumpcare Protesters, Some in Wheelchairs, Outside McConnell's Office

"Amid chants of "Don't Touch Medicaid!" and signs suggesting the same, many of those protesting the Senate bill were either elderly or in wheelchairs, offering a stunning visual as police tried to remove them from the hallway."

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Women's Health Care

June 21, 2017

GOP Sneak Attack on Health Care Nears a Critical Moment—and It's a Total Monstrosity @alternet

GOP Sneak Attack on Health Care Nears a Critical Moment—and It's a Total Monstrosity @alternet:

"The fact is that Republicans are willing to destroy the health and financial security of millions of Americans so they can give massive tax cuts to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and others like them who are lucky enough to be vastly wealthy. This is their first real chance to enact permanent tax cuts since 1986. (This Vox article explains why that is.) Republicans have been chasing this dream a very long time. It is their white whale, so important that even the prospect of millions of people suffering and going bankrupt is not enough to make them think better of it."

New bombshell report reveals Trump’s lengthy ties to Russian mobsters and money laundering

New bombshell report reveals Trump’s lengthy ties to Russian mobsters and money laundering

"A bombshell Bloomberg View report dropped Wednesday morning detailing President Donald Trump’s shadowy business partnerships with Russian investors on New York City real estate deals."

Maddow previews bombshell report linking Trump to Putin-connected money pouring into his real estate deals

Maddow previews bombshell report linking Trump to Putin-connected money pouring into his real estate deals

"On Tuesday night while the country was transfixed by the special election in Georgia’s 6th district, Rachel Maddow took a look at an upcoming report by Tim O’Brien of Bloomberg News, that may provide a road-map between financing of Donald Trump’s real estate deals and “money connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin"."

Robert Mueller Team Paints Picture Of Donald Trump Russia Investigation

Lawyers push to unseal documents about Mafia-linked ex-Trump associate

"Lawyers seeking to unseal documents related to the criminal past of a former business partner of President Donald Trump said in federal court on Monday that the documents may contain evidence that Trump committed fraud. The sealed documents are from a federal case against Felix Sater. Trump reportedly tapped Sater as a senior advisor for his real estate business in the 2000s even after Sater’s earlier role in a Mafia-linked stock scheme became public."

Trump’s new conservative Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow is just another right-wing grifter

Trump’s new conservative Christian lawyer Jay Sekulow is just another right-wing grifter

"Sekulow also serves as president of the Georgia-based nonprofit Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, or CASE, which raised more than $52 million in 2015, according to IRS records. Four of Sekulow’s family members — including his wife, Pam, and Gary Sekulow — serve as the board of directors for CASE, which transferred nearly $16 million to ACLJ and paid almost $1.2 million to businesses owned by Jay Sekulow. An analysis by The Tennesseean newspaper found ACLJ and CASE had paid out more than $33 million between 1998 and 2011 to members of Sekulow’s family or to businesses they own. Sekulow boasts that he’s taken no salary from ACLJ since 2002, but he has outsourced his own legal services to the group and became a private contractor. That role requires no public disclosure of his salary, which he told the Legal Times was “above $600,000 a year.” “Through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, (Sekulow) has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle — complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,” reported Legal Times. Former employees complained that Sekulow told them they were doing God’s work, while jetting off at donor expense — on private jets owned by his family — to play golf."

CIA's Mike Pompeo Ducks Senate Judiciary's Query

Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible ‘money laundering by Trump associates’

Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible ‘money laundering by Trump associates’

"In addition to investigating whether or not Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly investigating “money laundering by Trump associates,” the New York Times reports. The Times report corroborates a separate bombshell Washington Post article, published Wednesday, that said in addition to possible obstruction, investigators are also “looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates"."

Who is buying Donald Trump's properties? It's a secret

"Shell companies aren’t that unusual in real estate. What is unusual is the extent to which they’re being utilized to purchase Trump properties. Over the last 12 months, about 70% of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies – corporate entities that allow people to purchase property without revealing all of the owners’ names. That compares with about 4% of buyers in the two years before. What’s particularly interesting about this is: It’s not the first time. A decade ago, when Donald Trump’s seventh bankruptcy had wiped out his ability to borrow, he was dragged back from the brink of financial failure by money from Russian oligarchs. That infusion of money came not only in the form of big investments in new building projects, it also came through a money-laundering scheme that created LLCs for the express purpose of grabbing Trump properties at premium prices. Among the dozens of companies the Almaty lawyers say the Khrapunov laundering network used were three called Soho 3310, Soho 3311 and Soho 3203. Each was a limited liability company, meaning their ownership could easily be concealed. What was sold then is a fraction of what secretive LLCs are buying from Trump today."

Democratic Senators Ask CBO For Copy Of Republican Secret Health Care Bill

Trump picks right-wing blogger for a judgeship, his confirmation hearing was a complete train wreck

"Here’s a pro tip. If you are a judicial nominee, and you have to spend much of your confirmation hearing denying that you endorsed birtherism, maybe “judge” isn’t the ideal job for you. And yet John Bush, a lawyer and conservative blogger who spent years publishing many of his most controversial opinions under a pseudonym, is in line to be a judge on a powerful federal appeals court. Given Bush’s prolific history as a political blogger, those opinions were on full display during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday."

Seth Meyers Delivers a Takedown of Senate Republicans to End All Takedowns of Senate Republicans @alternet

Seth Meyers Delivers a Takedown of Senate Republicans to End All Takedowns of Senate Republicans @alternet: Calls GOP's handling of health care bill 'one of the most cynical acts of governance in American history.' While much of the country is focused on Trump's expanding collusion scandal, the GOP is inching ever closer to passing the House's calamitous health care legislation.

Bernie Sanders On Secret Health Care Bill: "I'm Speechless"

Jeff Sessions is misleading Congress to advance his inhumane war on medical marijuana

Jeff Sessions is misleading Congress to advance his inhumane war on medical marijuana

"what Sessions is doing with this letter is wrong. It is disingenuous, underhanded, and incredibly counterproductive."

Here Are The Numbers that Prove Trump’s a Pathological Liar Who Can’t be Trusted

"As it stands on June 9, 2017 (the date I’m writing this), only 17 percent of what Trump says is honest, while a jaw-dropping 69 percent of the comments Politifact has investigated have been dishonest. Furthermore, 49 percent of these comments didn’t contain a shred of truth, earning Politifact’s two lowest scores for honesty of “False” and “Pants on Fire"."

Senator Elizabeth Warren Speaks on Health Care

Voting Machine Digital Ballot Images Could Let Public Recount Elections, But Many Locales Aren't Saving or Sharing This Data @alternet

Voting Machine Digital Ballot Images Could Let Public Recount Elections, But Many Locales Aren't Saving or Sharing This Data @alternet:

"These new digital systems scan paper ballots and create exact copies; enable trackability through each link of the chain-of-custody, reconcile ballots by precinct, and empower anyone to audit and verify election results."

WATCH: Samantha Bee Rips Attorney General Sessions on His Hideous Drug Policies @alternet

WATCH: Samantha Bee Rips Attorney General Sessions on His Hideous Drug Policies @alternet: The Full Frontal host slices and dices the 'apple-cheeked hate goblin' in a bleakly hilarious critique of his embrace of longer drug sentences. Samantha Bee ripped into Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his embrace of a return to harsh drug war sentencing policies on Full Frontal this week. By directing federal prosecutors to seek the most serious charges possible in drug cases, Sessions is undoing long overdue sentencing reforms embraced by both the Obama administration and Congress.

Sanders Floor Speech on Republican Health Care Plan

In an Aging Nation, Single-Payer Is the Alternative to Dying Under Austerity

"Meanwhile, the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed the House last month would gut ACA provisions that kept insurance companies from gouging older customers and cut $839 billion from Medicaid over the next decade. The bill would increase private insurance rates for older people with lower incomes and leave 5.1 million people between the ages of 50 and 65 without insurance by 2026, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Despite the popular misconception that Medicare covers all of seniors' health care needs, millions of Americans over 65 are also enrolled in Medicaid. Elderly people would certainly suffer if the program saw deep cuts. The proposed cuts to Medicaid are generally unpopular, and the Republican House bill has slumped in the polls. The repeal effort has recently stalled in the Senate due to deep divisions among Republicans. However, reports now indicate that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been hammering out a compromise on Medicaid behind closed doors, with the goal of holding a vote on a Senate repeal package before a July 4 recess. A repeal is not a given, but it will take a sustained push from those who value affordable health care for low-income and working families to prevent a repeal while the GOP has a majority in Congress. Amid this crucial resistance, a renewed push has also emerged for the creation of something different: a single-payer system. A House bill for a "Medicare for All" health plan has more co-sponsors than ever among progressive Democrats, and grassroots activists are rolling out campaigns across the country. When it comes to the issue of how to best serve elderly patients, advocates say guaranteeing health coverage for everyone would help prepare the system for an aging nation."

Trump, You're Debunked: California Has Added Jobs and Cut Emissions—at the Same Time @alternet

Trump, You're Debunked: California Has Added Jobs and Cut Emissions—at the Same Time @alternet:

"In withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate agreement June 1, President Trump tried to set up a false conflict between the "well-being of American citizens" and the "economic burden" of honoring commitments to reduce emissions. Yet California is hardly hurting as it leads the way on climate progress. Enacting climate-friendly policies has proven to be an economic asset to California, one that delivers cleaner air, jobs, and opportunity."

Franken: Where Is GOP's "Terrific" Health Care Bill Trump Promised? - Full Speech

Global renewables rise from the ashes of coal’s collapse

"While President Donald Trump touts a new coal mine that provides fewer jobs than a typical supermarket, the world is switching off coal at a stunning pace to create millions of new clean energy jobs. World coal production had its biggest drop ever last year, 230 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe), BP reported Tuesday in its 2017 Statistical Review of World Energy. China led the way with a 7.9 percent decline in coal production (140 mtoe), followed by the U.S. with a 19 percent drop (85 mtoe). And while Trump is proposing to gut clean energy funding by a staggering 70 percent, the world saw the largest jump ever in renewable power production last year. Of particular note among BP’s findings regarding renewable energy: For the first time, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest producer of non-hydro renewables."

Donald Trump is handing the federal government over to fossil fuel interests

"Trump has been erratic and unpredictable in many ways, but when it comes to fossil fuels, there is no wavering. The administration has moved with remarkable speed and consistency to prosecute the industry’s interests — stocking government agencies with industry-friendly staff, removing regulatory constraints, and hacking away at support for competitors — without any resistance from Congress or its base. The Washington Post calls the takeover of the federal government by fossil fuel interests a “breathtaking power grab.” But they didn’t have to grab anything. They barely had to lift a finger. Trump and the GOP are already united in doing their bidding."

Sen Klobuchar: MN Wants To Know What's In GOP Health Care Bill - Full Speech

The GOP is working stealthily to shred health and financial protections for ordinary Americans

"While Trump scandals dominate the headlines, Republicans are quietly working on legislation that could hurt millions."

How the Republican Coward Caucus is about to sell out its own constituents — in secret

"A bill of stunning cruelty, crafted in secret, and all that stands in its way is a bunch of weak-kneed GOP senators."

Sen Markey Blasts GOP Secretive Health Care Bill- Full Senate Speech

Trump’s brand of populism goes out of its way to help Wall Street

"In February, Trump spoke at CPAC and assured conservatives, “The GOP will be, from now on, the party also of the American worker…. We will not answer to donors or lobbyists or special interests.” It was as audacious a lie as any Trump has ever told."