ANASCO, Puerto Rico—The lights remain off in bustling cities and in small rural villages. Gas generators, the only alternative to the downed power lines that seem to be everywhere, continuously hum outside hospitals and bodegas. Continue Reading →
I think this is the nut graph:
“Nobody speaks up for the poor,” said Jamie Walsh, a white working-class woman who grew up in Muncie, explaining Trump’s appeal to those she grew up with on Muncie’s Southside. “There is systemic racism, but black people have advocates. Poor white people don’t. They’re afraid. They’re afraid that they’re stupid. They don’t feel racist, they don’t feel sexist, they don’t want to offend people or say the wrong thing. But white privilege is like a blessing and a curse if you’re poor. The whole idea pisses poor white people off because they’ve never experienced it on a level that they understand.
as they struggled over a bottle of body wash. David Hayes, 18, spat in a guard’s face. And 18-year-old Lavell Staples was accused of shoving a guard as he tried to force his way out of his room. Continue Reading →
This is a thing of beauty — and also induces despair:
Ben Carson dodged questions about budget cuts & Congressman Al Greene let him have it. This is awesome! 👊pic.twitter.com/GRkLKyhbUl
— Ricky Davila 🇵🇷 (@TheRickyDavila) October 24, 2017
Donald Trump tells so many lies that it’s hard to keep up with them all. When he’s not lying about Russia, Obama, or his own sordid sexual past, he’ll drop a line in that can catch some by surprise. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider every word that leaves his mouth complete bullshit. Continue Reading →
A joint investigation with CBS 60 Minutes and the Washington Post uncovered how Big Pharma rewrote the enforcement rules the DEA used to fight the opioid epidemic. Morning Joe talked to Washington Post reporter Scott Higham, who co-wrote the story with Lenny Bernstein. Continue Reading →
The budget resolution passed by the House on Thursday will push millions of already struggling people off food stamps, leaving the neediest Americans—children and the elderly among them—without food. The $4.1-trillion budget will take over $150 billion away from several poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps low-income people keep food on… Continue Reading →
But you can’t underestimate these bastards, so:
With multiple failed attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, all eyes are on Republicans as they prepare to pass major tax reform measures that would effectively provide a hefty tax cut to the top tax bracket while lowering the corporate tax rate to around 20 percent from 35 percent.
As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his plan to “cut taxes tremendously for the middle-class” tomorrow, details about the tax reform plan, which was largely constructed in secrecy by former Goldman Sachs employees now in the administration, are beginning to make their way to the public. On Tuesday, Axios reported Republicans have agreed on a plan to raise the bottom tax rate from 10 percent to 12 percent, while also doubling the standard deduction.
This increase in the bottom tax rate is one of the ways the Trump administration is planning on paying for the massive tax cut for the rich. Trump’s plan is expected to slash the top individual tax rate from 39.5 percent to 35 percent.
“[Republicans] are clearly looking for ways to offset the enormous tax cuts their plan gives to the wealthy and corporations. Just the tax cuts that have been reported would cost $5 trillion,” said Seth Hanlon, senior fellow specializing in tax policy at the Center For American Progress.
WASHINGTON – Federal and military aid for Puerto Rico increased Tuesday, including news that the hospital ship Comfort would be deployed, as officials got a clearer picture of the obscene destruction Hurricane Maria wrought on the U.S. territory.
What federal officials visiting the island have found: Eighty percent of the island’s electrical transmission system – its substations and transmission lines, – and 100 percent of its distribution system was damaged by the storm, said Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.
As of Tuesday, only 11 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals had fuel or power, Davis said.
On Tuesday, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long told reporters at the White House that it was dispatching the Navy hospital ship Comfort, a converted super tanker with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a CAT-scan, and radiology capabilities to Puerto Rico.
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. He thought he was being a good player by co-signing on Lindsay Graham’s latest attempt to take health care away from millions of Americans for the sake of Republican donor’s tax cuts. But then, he got the full force of the “Kimmel… Continue Reading →