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x Vimeo Video U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is getting curiouser and curiouser. Soon after President Trump's recent visit, a major rift happened between Saudi Arabia and Qatar . Trump came out firmly in support of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. If you were just getting a handle ...

Republicans blocked President Obama from telling the public about Russian actions to help Trump

Donald Trump asks the question frequently, and always with a sneer: If President Barack Obama knew that Vladimir Putin had intervened in the United States' election with the direct intention of helping Trump, why did Obama wait so long to say anything? The answer detailed in a new story from the ...

The Senate Trumpcare bill: Mean, mean, mean

Campaign Action Mitch McConnell released what he and his leadership team are calling a "discussion draft" of Trumpcare on Thursday, calling it the "Better Care Reconciliation Act" . It's being carefully presented as just a discussion bill to give Republican senators the opportunity to publicly ...

Morning Digest: Nevada Democrats land their first major candidate in pivotal 2018 gubernatorial race

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● NV-Gov: On Thursday, Democratic Clark County Commissioner ...

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I'm not taking the day off. I'm a method actor, studying for the role of Daniel Day Lewis portraying me preparing for the biopic, The Day Off,' in the Lewis biopic, Not a Day Off.' It hurts your brain to think about it, but trust me, it's procedurally sound. Anyway, the real point is, I've got an ...

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Senate GOP unveils massive tax cut for the rich as its health care bill

We begin today's roundup with The New York Times and its editorial on the Senate Republican health care bill, which is nothing more than a massive tax cut for the wealthy at the expense of the nation's most vulnerable: It would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on ...

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

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 ...

Seattle's $15 minimum wage raised pay with zero effect on restaurant jobs, new study shows

Raising the minimum wage does not kill jobs, no matter what Republicans tell you—and a new study of the Seattle restaurant industry, where some businesses are already paying a $15 minimum wage, provides another data point showing just that. According to the University of California, Berkeley, ...

Maine Democrats are about to seriously screw voters ... and themselves

What if I told you that, last year, Maine voters passed one of the most substantial voting reforms in American history? And now, what if I told you that Democrats in the state legislature were about to kill it? That's the situation we're dealing with here in the great state of Maine, as the ...

Republicans ready to shut down government in Washington state

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 ...

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

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 ...

Donald Trump to hold 2020 re-election fundraiser next week at his Washington hotel

Donald Trump started spending money on his 2020 re-election effort on November 24, 2016—less than three weeks after the election. He officially launched his re-election effort on inauguration day. It's a move that allows Trump to do two things: First, he can hold rallies at which he can voice ...

Trump goes beyond saying Russians weren't involved, claims that the DNC hack was a 'hoax'

If Donald Trump's Thursday morning Twitter stream is designed to provide a smokescreen for the Senate chopping away health care for millions of Americans, he's definitely lighting up the diesel fuel and damp garbage. Not only did Trump flat-out lie about the nature of former Homeland Security ...

Months after Trump's hype, Carrier announces 600 layoffs

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 ...

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

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 ...

Betsy DeVos: The Higher Education Act is 50 entire years old, so it should be killed off

Betsy DeVos, who famously didn't know what was in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act during her confirmation hearing as education secretary, suggested Tuesday that another major federal education law should be repealed and replaced: "We are advancing and growing as a people at an ...

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

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, ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

The supposed Senate GOP 'no' votes already caving

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: xBRK: Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are all opposed to the current Senate #AHCA, saying it doesn't go far enough.— Christina Wilkie ...

Midday open thread: Roadkill, retractions and remains

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Because health care works best when it's free market: A well-known journalist was fired for an ethics conflict: The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged of his involvement in ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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. xPoint 1: The ACA is not repealed. Health care for poor people, kids, the disability ...

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

Donald Trump injects another gallon of coal oil into the Twitter smokescreen he's throwing up around the GOP Senate's healthcare-killing bill. x...whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.— Donald J. ...

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

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 ...

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

Chuck Todd apparently fell off a turnip truck this morning. xPer solid source: at least 3 GOP sens plan to announce public opposition to McConnell health bill later today. Developing— Chuck Todd June 22, 2017 Maybe he didn't. Maybe he doesn't actually believe what his "solid source" is telling ...

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

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. ...

McConnell blames Democrats for not contributing to health care process he entirely shut them out of

Republicans just released the text of their healthcare repeal bill and, at this very moment, they are currently dodging reporters in the halls of Congress so they don't have to answer for the monstrosity drafted by about a dozen white men entirely behind closed doors.  No fanfare, no press ...

Senate Trumpcare 'discussion draft' would kill even more than the House bill

The Senate Republicans' "discussion draft" of Trumpcare—a bill scheduled to be voted on in one week and which has not been available to anyone but lobbyists—is now out. They're calling it the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," presumably implying that it's better than the Affordable Care ...

Trump 'the one individual in America' who doesn't believe Russia attacked our democracy

Sean Spicer couldn't tell us Tuesday whether Donald Trump believes Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, but former Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson didn't mince words on the topic during a House Intelligence hearing Wednesday. Here's a transcribed back and forth between Johnson and ...

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, ...

Trump offers an hour of lies, bragging, and bragging lies at Iowa campaign rally

"Trump turns an Iowa rally into a venting session," reads the New York Times headline. Which is a polite way of saying Donald Trump spent an hour stoking his ego with bragging and lies, as Maggie Haberman's story makes clear: He derided trade deals despite an Iowa economy that relies in part on ...

Cartoon: Because healthcare works best when it's free market

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Senate Republicans set to reveal Trumpcare: Tax cuts for the rich, Medicaid destroyed

Campaign Action After weeks of secret, backroom negotiating in which lobbyists seem to have played a much bigger role than either senators or health care experts, Mitch McConnell is ready to release his version of Trumpcare Thursday morning—a "discussion draft"—the first step in a rushed process ...

Comey wasn't alone: Trump told other intelligence chiefs to say there was no collusion

At a Senate hearing earlier this month, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Director of the National Security Agency Mike Rogers refused to answer questions about any conversations they had held with Donald Trump, leaving Senators steaming. But behind closed doors, both men dropped ...

Morning Digest: Democrats lead in the first independent poll since Virginia's gubernatorial primary

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● VA-Gov: Quinnipiac is out with their first post-primary ...

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

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Wow, yesterday felt like the longest day of the year! I'm exhausted! Being a Democrat, I am compelled to note that in terms of daylight, it is all downhill from here. Listen LIVE, right here at 9:00 AM ET! NPR not doing it for you? Have the networks left you mad as hell? Think The New York Times ...

Open thread for night owls: Few Republicans willing to meet with children their bill may uninsure

Timmy Morrison, age 6, arrived this morning at the Capitol with his mother and two other families to lobby the Senate. Timmy has a deeply personal stake in the health care debate, which could come to a Senate vote as early as next week, even though Republican leaders still have not released the ...

Jared Kushner solves government's technology problems by reading his book report

Among the now uncountably large list of government functions Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is now in charge of, for some reason: our government's "technology." Something about it, anyway. It's unclear. The job seems to entail throwing a lot of buzzwords at the wall and seeing what sticks. But ...

LAPD chief, Santa Cruz sheriff, Eric Holder back pro-immigrant 'California Values Act'

Campaign Action The California Values Act—a pro-immigrant bill that advocates have called the most strident anti-deportation bill the country has ever seen'—won major endorsements from Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart during a press ...

Donald Trump does not want you to know what he's really doing, from golf to environmental policy

Whether the question is Did Donald Trump play golf last weekend' or What policy changes is the Environmental Protection Agency planning,' don't expect answers from the Trump regime. Trump has gone from campaign promises of draining the swamp and transparency to stocking the swamp with alligators ...

Former Attorney General Eric Holder plans national effort to oppose Trump policies

President Obama has been taking only tentative steps back into the public eye, but former Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to become a lot more visible in his opposition to Team Trump's efforts to gut a half-century of American progress. I thought, frankly, along with everybody else, that ...

Trumpcare secrecy endangering fight against opioid epidemic

Campaign Action The New York Times tells us that "G.O.P. Rift Over Medicaid and Opioids Imperils Senate Health Bill" based on rumors and quotes from Republican senators, but misses a key part of the story—they're having to base their reporting on rumors because there isn't a public bill. Because ...

Tempted to ask strangers 'where they are really from?' Here's why you shouldn't

Where are you really from?' is a question you are likely to hear if you are not white. This is a person's terrible way of trying to figure out what, rather than who, someone is. It is usually reserved for people of color—often those people whose looks are just racially or ethnically ambiguous ...

Health insurance costs soaring? Blame Trump and his plan to break Obamacare

Screwing over poor people has definite feature-not-bug status for Republicans. Screwing over middle-class people is usually something they try to pretend they're not doing, because party that everyone knows screws over the middle class' is not a good electoral strategy. So the question about Donald ...