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Jared Kushner wants to run government like Sears and Kmart

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will reform the United States federal government by privatizing and downsizing it. Wielding vast powers and little practical understanding of government, Kushner will set out to ‘run government like a business’ in the very fashion that Trump promised. Unfortunately for Americans, this process is more likely to end up making the… Continue Reading →

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Pandering to the ‘Freedom’ Caucus

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And by that, I mean “freedom from healthcare coverage and emotional security.”

In order to get the votes of the most extreme and cruel members of the party, the Republican leadership has stripped their healthcare bill of anything that might remotely resemble coverage. People like us basically pay through the nose for a plastic card with our name on it, and the wealthy get yet another huge tax cut.

I suppose the upside is, the Republicans will inadvertently lay the groundwork for a single-payer system.

Anyway, the congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121. You know what to do.

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Former lobbyist with for-profit colleges quits education department

A former lobbyist for an association of for-profit colleges resigned last Friday from the Department of Education, where he had worked for about a month. As ProPublica reported last week, the Trump administration had hired Taylor Hansen to join the department’s “beachhead” team, a group of temporary hires who do not require approval from the U.S.… Continue Reading →

Ali Velshi destroys Trumpcare: ‘No free market insurance systems work!’

Ali Velshi was simply on fire on MSNBC as he dismantled every single baloney talking point Republicans have been putting out there about the Affordable Care Act and their Trumpcare replacement. On the topic of selling insurance across state lines, Velshi stressed, “I can’t say this enough times, there are no federally imposed restrictions to selling… Continue Reading →

Tribes: Hundreds march to White House in pipeline protest

Hundreds marched from the Washington office of the U.S. Army Corps to the White House in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline this morning. Photo by Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder.

Hundreds of protesters this morning marched from the Army Corps of Engineers office in Washington to the White House, where they held a rally against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Throughout the week, Native American protesters and their supporters have been holding water blessings, cultural workshops and presentations at a ceremonial teepee camp set up by the Washington Monument.

This week, tribes and other groups were outraged by a federal court’s decision to reject arguments from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe that the project violates their religious freedom rights.

During the march that was organized by Native Nations Rise, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dave Archambault II and Yakama Nation Chairman JoDe Goudy read a proclamation that questioned the separation of church and state when dealing with tribal matters.

“The Dakota Access Pipeline crisis is a direct result of the United States government using the religious underpinnings of U.S. federal law against our Nations,” Goudy said in a statement.

Cheyenne River and Standing Rock still have pending legal cases against the pipeline, although the pipeline could start moving oil as soon as next week.

“In order for us to take the steps necessary to assure our own future, we have to understand historically what has happened to us and understand what is currently happening to us,” Archambault said.

Rules frozen by Trump could melt away without a trace

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Ridding day care centers of fluorescent lightbulbs with toxic PCBs. Requiring a backup engineer on freight trains to avoid crashes. Restricting drones from flying over people. Federal agencies were preparing these rules and dozens more when Donald Trump was elected. In one of his first acts, the president quietly froze them. That isn’t unusual. Presidents Clinton,… Continue Reading →

Republicans and The Great Purge

Because we all buy new iPhones every damned month.

After digging through the Republican “healthcare” bill until late last night, I can tell you it’s not meant to provide healthcare to anyone who isn’t already doing well. I’d also like to point out that this isn’t a healthcare bill at all — it’s a vehicle to gut Obamacare and use the money to fund yet another massive tax cut for the wealthy.

It will also literally will defund the Medicare trust fund by 2024.

And it may pass. Because even though four Republican senators say they won’t support it, they may have to. We’ll see.

So what “Republican” now means, flat out, is: Kill off people like us, anyone who isn’t Republican and/or well-off. Force as many black and brown people as you can out of the country by empowering border police to ignore the law and hold people in detention because they look funny.

Doctors make up one of the largest parts of the Republican base. I wonder how many of them will be able to make as much money when Medicare is no longer sending them a steady stream of people who need replacement knees and bypass surgery. Sure, rich people will get those procedures — but how many?

Like most Republican plans, they haven’t really thought this through. They don’t have to. They know under Trump, they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to destroy it all, and they’re going for it.

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