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Open thread for night owls: 'Pizzagate' gunman gets 4-year prison sentence

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:00
The gunman who entered a Washington pizza restaurant to investigate false allegations peddled by Alex Jones and other conspiracy theorists that the building was a hub for a child-trafficking ring supposedly connected to Hillary Clinton has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Federal prosecutors countered in their memo to the judge that it was “entirely the product of good luck” that no one was shot. They urged Jackson to send a strong message to deter those who would commit violence based solely on “malicious and misguided” Internet rumors.

“Beyond Pizzagate, the Internet is full of wild conspiracy theories where people urge members of the public . . . to take action,” wrote the assistant U.S. attorneys Ahn and Sonali D. Patel. [...]

“A significant sentence is required to deter other people from pursuing vigilante justice based only on their YouTube feed,” prosecutors wrote.

Prosecutors had asked for a four and a half year sentence.

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At on this date in 2007Good ideas that are bad politics:

So here's the deal.  Five years, no new highways.  No new bridges, bypasses, nothing.  Instead, we allocate the same money for highways, but we spend half of it on fixing up the infrastructure we already have, and the other half building up public transportation so we don't need as many highways.  Bonus funding for any city that gets rid of existing lanes.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, you didn’t have to wait for the Gop health care tax bill text to know how bad it was. Greg Dworkin told you! The FBI once “fired” Sebastian Gorka for his anti- Muslim scamming. The argument for treating Trump-Russia as a campaign finance violation story. x Embedded Content YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Keep us on the air! Donate via Patreon or Square Cash

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'Blood money': Senate Republicans introduce a 'healthcare' bill even meaner than the House version

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:00

Today Senate Republicans unveiled their own attempt at healthcare "reform." It is meaner than the House bill, will likely leave even more Americans without insurance, and is targeted especially at phasing out the Medicaid program as we now know it. A roundup of what we know and what's happened so far:

URGENT: Give your Republican senator a piece of your mind about Trumpcare.

• The text of the bill—introduced as a "discussion draft" by Republicans—reveals an effort even more extreme than the House Republican version. It strips subsidies for insurance, replacing them with tax credits and reducing the number of families that can get them. As with the House bill, older Americans are especially hard-hit. It not only allows states to waive essential health benefits, allowing plans to be sold which refuse coverage for maternity care, cancer treatments, or other carve-outs, but does away with the requirement that those waivers be granted only if the state can provide equivalent coverage.

But the most dramatic measure is a phase-out of the Medicaid program. Not only is the expansion of Medicaid undone, but states would be free to eliminate coverage altogether; deep cuts to federal funding would all but require that they do so.

We won't know coverage estimates until the Congressional Budget Office is able to analyze and score the bill, but expectations are that the Senate bill will uninsure more Americans than even the House version.

• Sen. Bob Casey's office provided a public rundown of some of the biggest individual planks: The requirement that insurers cover certain essential health benefits is stripped. Price protections for those with preexisting conditions are stripped. "Decimating" Medicaid. A pittance towards the opioid epidemic—less than a twentieth of what Republican senators were previously demanding. And on, and on.

• A measure of how gargantuan the tax cuts for wealthy Americans are, and how much Medicaid coverage needed to be stripped in order to provide them: The "tax cuts that the 400 wealthiest families will get" from the Senate's healthcare repeal bill "roughly equal the federal cost of maintaining the expansion in Nevada, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Alaska combined."

Protests outside McConnell's offices were met with arrests, with officers forcibly removing some disabled protesters from their wheelchairs and handcuffing others while still seated in them. The protesters were unable to meet with McConnell because he is a coward.

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Obama rips the 'fundamental meanness' of the GOP's healthcare repeal bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:04

President Obama took the gloves off Thursday after getting a look at the Senate version of health care repeal.

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” the former president wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.  It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.  Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions.  Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.  Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.”

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” he added. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

Obama staked his presidency on signing a bill into law that ultimately expanded healthcare coverage to tens of millions of Americans. He won a second term despite the GOP’s vicious and misleading attacks on the legislation, but congressional Democrats suffered consecutive losses at the polls in the wake enacting the Affordable Care Act. But as Obama noted Thursday, providing basic healthcare coverage to more Americans should never be subject to callous political calculations:


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Months after Trump's hype, Carrier announces 600 layoffs

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:58

Remember how, back before the media caught on to Donald Trump’s habit of announcing he’d “created” jobs that had been long planned or “saved” jobs that either didn’t need saving or weren’t actually saved, his Carrier deal was major headline news? Trump supposedly saved 1,000 jobs from being sent to Mexico, and we were supposed to ignore the fact that many of the jobs being “saved” were never planned to be cut, and the giant tax subsidies he doled out to make that happen, and all the jobs that were still going to Mexico, and the fact that the deal was going to help the company eliminate jobs through automation.

Well, Carrier isn’t in the headlines so much these days, which makes it about time for the asterisks on Trump’s big deal to kick in with a vengeance. Layoffs are officially coming for more than 600 workers at the plant:

"The jobs are still leaving," said Robert James, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999. "Nothing has stopped." [...]

[The CEO of Carrier’s parent company] said the laid-off workers would be offered jobs at other factories across the country.

"We're going to be hiring something like 5,000 people this year," he said.

But union officials say they have heard nothing from the company about any job offers elsewhere within the company. All they have received is the official notice, as required by federal law, that the first round of cuts — 338 jobs — will take place on July 20, with an additional 290 employees terminated on Dec. 22, three days before Christmas.

But of course this reality won’t get nearly as many headlines as Trump’s hype did. 

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Arrests outside Mitch McConnell's office: he won't meet with the Americans his bill might kill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:45

We've got more pictures from this morning's protests in front of Sen. Mitch McConnell's office. Mitch spent last night meeting with lobbyists in his effort to fine-tune a bill that does pretty much every evil thing you might expect it to do, from gutting patient protections and phasing out Medicaid to tax breaks for companies that want to give their wealthy healthcare executives bigger bonuses.

  U.S. Capitol Police remove protesters from in front of the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) inside the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Members of a group with disabilities were protesting the proposed GOP health care plan that was unveiled today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Here's the simplest takedown of the Republican scheme to take away health care from millions

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:22

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.

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Midday open thread: Roadkill, retractions and remains

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:01
Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - Because healthcare works best when it's free market

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in prospective commercial deals — including one involving arms sales to foreign governments — with an international businessman who was one of his key sources.

The reporter, Jay Solomon, was offered a 10 percent stake in a fledgling company, Denx LLC, by Farhad Azima, an Iranian-born aviation magnate who has ferried weapons for the CIA. It was not clear whether Solomon ever received money or formally accepted a stake in the company.

  • It may be practical, but it still just sounds gross:

A bill recently signed into law in Oregon allows drivers who crash into deer and elk on the road to harvest the animals’ meat for food.

It’s not as rare as you might think.

About 20 other states also let people take meat from animals killed by vehicles. And advocates say roadkill can be high-quality, grass-fed grub.

  • This has to rate high in the history of retractions:

A wooden big toe that enabled a priest's daughter to walk around 3,000 years ago has been found to be even more complex than researchers believed. It is thought to be one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found. [...]

The surprisingly lifelike toe was made to look natural by a skilled artisan who wanted to maintain aesthetic as well as mobility during the Early Iron Age. It was designed to be worn with sandals, the popular footwear at the time. The prosthetic, which replaced an amputated right toe, was still attached to the woman's skeleton when it was found.

Fire crews have returned to a Hudson fire station nearly two weeks after they were forced out by possibly thousands of bats. [...]

Crews reported seeing the animals near the station for years, and as time went on, spotted more of them more often.

Eventually, firefighters said the bats were everywhere: in the sleeping quarters, the weight room — even the bathroom.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, you didn’t have to wait for the Gop health care tax bill text to know how bad it was. Greg Dworkin told you! The FBI once “fired” Sebastian Gorka for his anti- Muslim scamming. The argument for treating Trump-Russia as a campaign finance violation story.

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The nation's first 'clean coal' power plant ... won't burn coal

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:58

Though Donald Trump throws the term around with abandon, the number of “clean coal” power plants in America today is exactly zero. These entirely theoretical plants, in which carbon dioxide is captured and either piped underground or used for some other industrial process, have a long history, including the FutureGen project launched by George W. Bush in 2003. Originally estimated at $1.65 billion, FutureGen was supposed to test, not just carbon capture, but a whole suite of technologies designed to make burning coal less environmentally harmful and more efficient. The project dragged on for more than a dozen years, but despite the government offering to kick in $1 billion, costs eventually climbed out of sight and the plant never broke ground.

Meanwhile, in Mississippi, the Kemper County Energy Facility was a good deal less ambitious. Though it was budgeted at $2.4 billion when it began construction in 2010, Kemper avoided much of the gee-whiz technology slated for the failed FutureGen and instead made the idea of capturing and storing CO2 its primary party trick.

Now, with the project running three years behind schedule and costs having ballooned to over $7.3 billion, the nation’s first “clean coal power plant” appears to be adding another very special feature.

After years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns, Mississippi regulators on Wednesday called on Southern to work up a deal that would have the Kemper plant fueled only by gas. …

Settling for gas only at Southern’s Kemper plant threatens to undermine the business rationale for the kind of clean-coal technology the Trump administration has hailed as a way to save jobs at mines. 

What Kemper has demonstrated isn’t “clean coal,” but the folly of pouring money into technology designed to keep an industry in business when there are already better alternatives.

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The supposed Senate GOP 'no' votes already caving

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:56

As our own Joan McCarter predicted earlier, several GOP senators would soon come out against the Senate bill and they would be “lying.” Right on cue:


Sen. Rand Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill that the Senate bill just didn’t go far enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in America who’s more against Obamacare than myself,” he said. “I just didn’t run on Obamacare-lite.”

But Paul stressed that the version released Thursday morning was just a “draft” and that GOP senators at their morning meeting all said they were “open to changes.” So sure, it’s quite possible that every Republican who says they’re a “no” gets to add some amendment that they can tout as a “win” (and maybe get a behind-closed-doors commitment from McConnell on something else). And then there’s Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, who just wants someone to hold his hand.


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NY governor pardons 9/11 recovery worker facing deportation after 30 years in U.S.

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:37

A 9/11 recovery worker facing imminent deportation for a nonviolent conviction from over 25 years ago has received a pardon from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, an important step that advocates hope will help keep him in the country after 30 years here.

Despite the fact that Carlos Humberto Cardona suffers from respiratory issues due to his recovery work and has not been in trouble since his 1990 drug conviction, the Trump administration has decided this 9/11 worker is a threat and should be torn from his U.S. citizen wife and teen daughter. Cardona was “detained because of a rash, ultra-conservative” immigration policy, Cuomo tweeted in issuing the drug pardon:

Cuomo, a Democrat, said that if Carlos Cardona is deported he might not be able to receive adequate health treatments for ailments he suffers after working in the Sept. 11, 2001, recovery effort.

“In the more than 30 years since Carlos Cardona has lived in this country, he has built a family and given back to his community, including in the aftermath of 9/11 when he assisted with ground zero recovery efforts at the expense of his own health,” Cuomo said. “It is my hope this action will not only reunite Mr. Cardona with his wife and daughter but also send a message about the values of fairness and equality that New York was founded upon.”

"Mr. Cardona is deserving of our thanks—not the cold shoulder," Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) wrote in his letter calling on DHS Sec. John Kelly and acting ICE Director Thomas Homan to halt Cardona’s deportation. “Deporting Mr. Cardona would send a chilling message not just to the immigrants who call our country home,” wrote Rep. Crowley, “but to all who would help when their country calls on them. This is not what the United States represents.”

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) told Univision that when Cardona went to ground zero to help, “ICE wasn’t there, immigration wasn’t there to ask for papers and ask, ‘Are you legal or illegal? You can’t help us in rescuing our fellow human beings.’ We need to keep mobilizing, we keep have to showing up when there’s a protest.”

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Sen. Warren calls Senate Republican cuts to Medicaid 'blood money—people will die'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:12

Donald Trump wanted a Senate healthcare repeal bill that wasn't "mean," like the House version, and had "heart."

Sorry, Don, the Senate version of Trumpcare sucks for everyone other than America's richest—all your best buds who are now running the country and have no idea what it's like to want for food or shelter or lifesaving healthcare treatment.

From the Senate floor Thursday, Elizabeth Warren excoriated the bill, saying that Republicans had treated Medicaid like a "piggy bank" they could rob at the expense of “American lives.”

Far from being kinder and gentler than the House version of the bill, Warren said, the Senate version would still "slash hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicaid, leaving states with no choice, no choice but to cut services that kids with disabilities desperately need."

"These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear—Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives.”

It’s no coincidence that some of the Americans who would be hit hardest by this heartless piece of legislation staged a raw and gutsy protest outside of Mitch McConnell’s office Thursday.

Watch Warren rip into the GOP bill below.

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Republicans ready to shut down government in Washington state

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:25

Public workers in Washington state are getting temporary layoff notices, as the state could be headed for a government shutdown on July 1 if the Republican-held state Senate and Democratic state House and governor can’t reach a budget agreement before then. The legislature is under court order to fix school underfunding, and—surprise!—Republicans are rejecting most options for adding revenue and refusing to negotiate. The editorial board of The Olympian writes:

Basically this fight didn’t need to play out this way. It pits the Democratic-majority state House against a Republican-controlled Senate, but fundamentally it is ideology on the GOP side that is blocking progress.

The Democrats have been realistic about the need for new revenue. Republicans have dug in with fervor against new taxes — with one self-serving exception.

The GOP favors jacking up property taxes on mostly urban areas that have sky-high property valuations, housing affordability issues and Democratic representation. That won’t work morally or politically. Their members are justify this overall tax increase by telling their supporters that it actually means tax cuts in their districts.

So far, Democrats have showed some willingness to compromise. First, Gov. Jay Inslee suggested House Democrats pull a capital gains tax proposal off the table. Inslee, a Democrat who had proposed the tax, was acknowledging it would probably not pass in the Senate where Republicans adamantly oppose it.

But Republicans, of course, won’t compromise. As a result, Washington residents and workers are looking at a shutdown that would cause more than 50,000 senior citizens to lose meals, tens of thousands of families to lose child care, and state parks to close. Workers’ compensation claims wouldn’t be processed, workplace safety inspections would stop, veterans would lose PTSD counseling, an enormous range of healthcare services would halt, people with disabilities wouldn’t get vocational rehabilitation services, and much, much, much more.

Par for the Republican course, in other words. Stay tuned.

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Trump admits there were never any tapes of his meetings with fired FBI director James Comey

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:11

Donald Trump injects another gallon of coal oil into the Twitter smokescreen he’s throwing up around the GOP Senate’s healthcare-killing bill.


That’s correct. Donald Trump never had any kind of recordings of his meetings with Comey. And since the meetings were one on one with the former FBI director, that means Trump knew from the outset that there were no recordings. It’s not a mystery now. It wasn’t a mystery then. All the smug threats, all the “you’ll find out” promises, all the strum and drang and dang strumming all leads to … nothing. Because there was nothing.

Nothing of course, except further proof that Trump is a loudmouth bully who plays a game of bluff and threat with absolutely nothing to back up his bullshit statements. Which is really good evidence that Trump is likely to be exaggerating, overplaying, and utterly lying about everything else. Robert Mueller, please take note.

And no recordings also means that, when it comes to Trump’s word against Comey, Trump has nothing to back him up except for many, many, many examples of his lying.

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Shhh—White House quietly urging Republicans to weaken Russian sanctions bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:11

Well, well, well, look what we have here ...

The White House is quietly lobbying House Republicans to weaken a bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last week that would slap tough new sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and allow Congress to block any future move by President Trump to lift any penalties against Moscow.

The effort is designed to head off an awkward and politically damaging veto fight between the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress on Russia at a time when Mr. Trump is laboring under the shadow of multiple investigations about his campaign’s potential collusion with Moscow.

House Republicans, normally hawkish on Russia, face a choice between demonstrating a hard line against Moscow in the face of its misconduct and sparing their own president a potentially embarrassing confrontation.

The reporting from the New York Times notes that GOP Rep. Kevin Brady, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, has already initiated a procedural move that could result in the measure being rewritten.

On Tuesday, Sean Spicer dodged an inquiry about the White House's official position on the legislation. But anonymously speaking, White House officials peddled the notion that they're concerned the measure "usurps the president’s authority to impose such penalties" and interferes with his ability to conduct international diplomacy.

The officials said the White House wanted lawmakers to eliminate a congressional review process that would allow the House and the Senate to block the president from lifting sanctions against Russia, or to add a waiver that would permit him to circumvent such an action.

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Poll: Americans oppose House Trumpcare bill by three to one margin

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:33

As Senate Republicans release their draft Trumpcare bill—you know, the one that’s been the closest-guarded secret in Washington until now—a new poll confirms that the House bill it’s based on is wildly unpopular with the American public. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that just 16 percent of people think the House American Health Care Act is a good idea, while 48 percent think it’s a bad idea. The percent thinking it’s a bad idea held steady from May, while support dropped by seven points.

Opposition comes across the board:

Strikingly, even Republican respondents in the poll are lukewarm about the House bill, with only 34 percent viewing it positively (and 17 percent viewing it negatively).

By contrast, 73 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents view it negatively.

By another contrast, Obamacare garnered more support than opposition in its third straight NBC/WSJ poll of 2017, with 41 percent calling it a good idea and 38 percent a bad idea. 

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Advocates fight to stop deportation of high school student arrested on day of prom

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:24

Advocates continue to fight to save an undocumented mother and son, arrested by ICE just one day apart from each other, from deportation to danger. High school student Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was swept up by federal immigration agents the same day of his prom, and one day after his mom Rosa’s arrest:

His cousin, Gaby Macancela, said a frightened Puma Macancela came to her Prospect Avenue apartment Wednesday night after his mother's arrest. The following morning, she said they cowered in fear in one of the bedrooms when they heard agents banging on the door of the apartment.

“Wake up, the police are here again," she said Puma Macancela told her. "They’re coming for me.”

She said her cousin eventually walked outside and was arrested.

“He’s not a criminal; he didn’t do anything bad to nobody," she said. "He was just going to school, working. He was trying to make his dreams come true for him, for his family, for us. I don’t know why. He’s just a kid.”

Both Diego and Rosa fled to the U.S/Mexico border in 2014, after escaping gang violence in their native Ecuador. Once in the U.S. they applied for asylum, and according to AM New York, Diego had been issued a work permit and driver’s license. He worked two part-time jobs at fast food restaurants, and was scheduled to graduate this summer in hopes of training to be a mechanic.

But instead, federal immigration officials decided Diego and Rosa—who according to their family members have no criminal records here in the U.S. or in Ecuador—are priorities for deportation. Today, both are sitting in a Louisiana detention facility and waiting to hear about their fates. 

Because federal immigration officials have not yet ruled on their latest appeal, Diego and Rosa may not be put on the next ICE flight to Ecuador—scheduled every Friday—but advocates in their community are remaining cautious. At the very least, they hope he would be allowed to remain in the country long enough to get his diploma.

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Three Republican senators will announce opposition to Trumpcare. They will be lying

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:18

Chuck Todd apparently fell off a turnip truck this morning.


Maybe he didn't. Maybe he doesn't actually believe what his "solid source" is telling him, but is simply passing it on. Because this is a completely transparent ploy for anyone who's paid any attention to Mitch McConnell's kabuki. Like Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (CT):


There was a long and heated exchange between Republican and Democratic leaders on the floor this morning in which Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn repeatedly said that what they released this morning is just the “discussion draft” and it will be amended. That’s just one clue that the fix is already in with the supposed “opposition” from three Senate Republicans. Here’s another:


These three senators—my guess is Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Rob Portman—will stake out their supposedly “principled” opposition, only for at least one of them to be “won over” by “concessions” by next week. Don’t let them—or any Republican—off the hook on this. 

URGENT: Give your Republican senator a piece of your mind about Trumpcare.

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Police literally drag people away from McConnell's office as protests break out over GOP bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:06

As Mitch McConnell finally surfaces to reveal a “healthcare” bill that rewards the wealthy with tax breaks and promises to kill even more Americans than the “mean” bill from the House, Americans affected by this kill-the-poor bill have gathered around his DC office. But they’re not staying long.

Police are literally dragging people away, including those who are disabled or in wheelchairs, leaving the hall of the Senate offices streaked with blood.


Consider this a portent of the injuries that Americans will suffer if this hateful bill becomes law.

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A town comes together to protect man accused of sexual assault and his accuser commits suicide

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:02

As a society, we are a long way from dealing with rape humanely. In part, this is because many of us still don’t understand what consent is and that it’s not just about a person’s right to say no but also about their right to say yes. Our legal system is woefully inadequate when it comes to addressing sexual assault and victim shaming combined with laws that favor the accused are powerful reasons that many choose not to come forward.

In Alabama, college student Megan Rondini did everything victims are told to do when she reported her assault by a prominent local businessman. Her experience with the criminal justice system was so horrific that she committed suicide. 

Under Alabama’s archaic rape law, victims must prove they “earnestly” resisted their attackers, and the investigator who interviewed Megan quickly decided she hadn’t fought back against Bunn — she hadn’t “kicked him or hit him," he explained. His investigation would conclude that no rape occurred. But he didn’t stop there. Instead, he started building a case against Megan, questioning her for multiple crimes she wasn’t even aware she had committed.

Megan met T.J. Bunn, Jr. in a local bar. She did not remember how she ended up in his car on the way to his house but she did clearly recall that she was sober enough to tell him that she did not want to have sex with him. After telling him that she had to go multiple times and him not allowing her to leave, she “felt like just letting him have sex with me was the only way he would let me go.” This is absolutely not the same thing as consent. After he passed out, she tried to get out of his bedroom but the door was locked. She took his handgun for protection and $3 from his wallet, just in case she needed it. She then climbed out of a window in his house and broke into his car looking for her keys. She could not find them but managed to text a friend who picked her up and took her to the hospital where she met with law enforcement to report her assault. That is when she learned that the law and the community would do it all could to protect Bunn, the son of an influential family, instead of her. 

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Former Obama healthcare adviser goes in on the Senate's 'ugly step-sibling' of House Trumpcare bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:48

The Senate’s draft Trumpcare bill is out, and it’s bad. Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, detailed just how bad on Twitter.


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