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Mitch McConnell is a sad, sad turtle

Mitch McConnell clearly did not have a speech ready for this moment. McConnell was carrying only the happy' envelope as Republicans called Mike Pence down to the Senate fully expecting that they had the votes they needed to pass the skinny repeal.' They didn't. And in the aftermath of the vote, ...

In shocker, Senate Republicans fail to strip health care from millions in dead of night

A remarkable thing happened in the Senate tonight. Enough Republican Senators realized that they could stop a bill that they did not want to become law by voting against it. The skinny Trumpcare bill failed, 49-51, when Republican Sens. Susan Collins , John McCain , and Lisa Murkowski  voted no. We ...

Republicans holding procedural vote open longer, possibly still looking for last vote

Though Republicans certainly seemed to think they had this in the bag—twenty minutes ago, now they're holding the procedural vote open, even though all votes are in, to allow some extra arm-twisting time. Rumors are flying that McCain, and possibly others, may be more wobbly on the Skinny Repeal' ...

Republican stooge for McConnell stages mini-filibuster, allows not a single question to be asked

With the bill finally arriving in Democratic hands for the first time, you might think Republicans would set aside some time for discussion and questions. A few days. A few hours. Maybe a few minutes. You'd be wrong. With an hour before the vote, Republican Senator Mike Enzi refused not just to ...

CBO scores skinny Trumpcare: 16 million lose coverage, premiums increase 20 percent by next year

We've got skinny Trumpcare or Zombie Trumpcare 5.0—or the John McCain Surrenders the Last Shreds of His Integrity bill—finally on the floor and the CBO worked fast to figure out what it's going to do. What it's going to do is kick 16 million people out of their health insurance in the next ...

Senate Republicans release 'skinny' healthcare repeal bill, schedule vote for dead of night

What a joke: Mere hours before the Senate prepared to vote on a skinny repeal' health care bill that would get rid of Obamacare's individual mandate, among other provisions, Senate Republicans finally released the bill they plan to vote on. The Health Care Freedom Act would repeal the individual ...

Open thread for night owls: Would a nat'l Medicare-for-All march be a good use of activists' time?

Ethan Young at Jacobin writes—What a Medicare March Could Do: A waste of time, money, and energy. Boring. Ineffective. These arguments against national protest marches appear whenever an organization calls for a major mobilization. On cue, they resurfaced following Dustin Guastella's ...

A conservative estimate on how much an uninsured Sen. John McCain would pay for cancer treatments

By now you know that Sen. John McCain squandered his last chance at making a real positive difference in the United States. He voted yes' to allow the Republican-controlled legislative branch of our government to continue to pursue the human and economic disaster of repealing Obamacare.  The fact ...

David Brooks tries to explain 'woke' to the rest of us, fails miserably

David Brooks should really stop trying to explain stuff to the rest of us. While he has a specific perspective that, for some inexplicable reason, appeals to some fan base out there somewhere, he is most definitely unqualified to speak on certain topics. After the Women's March, he wasted his words ...

Sen. Graham: 'Any effort to go after Mueller could be beginning of the end of the Trump presidency'

Sen. Lindsey Graham gave an interview to CNN's Manu Raju, and the Republican senator from South Carolina did hold not pull any punches. Graham not only said there will be holy hell to pay' if Donald Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he also said any attempt to remove special counsel ...

Connecticut mom leaves sanctuary after court issues emergency stay of deportation

Nury Chavarria, a housekeeper who went into sanctuary in a Connecticut church a week ago, has been granted an emergency order protecting her from deportation by a federal judge. Chavarria, an undocumented immigrant mother with no criminal record, emerged from a New Haven church yesterday with her ...

The doctor is OUT: Virginia Democrat takes on physician who's led fight against reproductive rights

All 100 seats in Virginia's House of Delegates are on the ballot this fall, and Democrats are running in a record-setting 88 of them. Currently, the GOP controls the chamber with a 66-34 majority, and flipping 17 seats in a single cycle would require a tremendous wave, especially in light of the ...

Facing possible deportation, Temporary Protected Status families continue fight to stay in the U.S.

Facing possible deportation by the Trump administration, some 300,000 refugees who have been granted permission to stay in the U.S. under a program supported by presidents on both sides of the aisle are fighting to stay in the country they've adopted as their home. Temporary Protected Status ...

Udall introduces bill to ban brain-damaging insecticide that EPA decided can still be used on farms

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and seven other Democratic senators introduced a bill Tuesday to regulate or ban a neurotoxic insecticide if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe. You can read a summary of the bill, S. 1624, here. An organophosphate, the insecticide named ...

The new number two in the Interior Department: A lobbyist against environmental protections

Even in the context of Donald Trump's other anti-government, pro-corporate hires, his choice of industry lobbyist David Bernhardt for the No. 2 position in the Department of the Interior is remarkably cynical. Bernhardt, who ran the natural resources department at lobbying and law firm Brownstein ...

Russia sanctions heads to Trump's desk after Senate approval, putting him in a bind

The Senate put their stamp of approval Thursday on a sweeping sanctions bill that will now go straight to the desk of Donald Trump. The New York Times writes: The Senate vote, 98-2, followed the passage of a House bill earlier this week to punish Russia, Iran and North Korea for various violations ...

Scaramucci calls Priebus 'paranoid schizophrenic' and says Bannon sucks ... Bannon

Campaign Action Overnight, White House communications director Tony Mooch' Scaramucci threatened to sic the FBI on chief of staff Reince Priebus for supposedly stealing documents that turned out to be in the public domain. That kind of royal screw up might be expected to produce a bit of contrition, ...

This Week In Statehouse Action: Bills' and Laws' Excellent Adventures edition

With old and busted things like the rollback of LGBT rights and voter suppression becoming all the GOP rage lately , July 2017 is beginning to feel like a one big rift in the space-time continuum. But there's always new hotness to be had in statehouses. And don't worry—it'll all make sense. I'm ...

John McCain and friends demand that Paul Ryan doesn't let the bill they want to pass become law

Sens. John McCain , Ron Johnson , and Bill Cassidy all really, really don't want the skinny Trumpcare bill they are going to vote on in the coming hours to become law. They really, really hate it. They just held a press conference to say so.   Johnson says "'virtually nothing we're doing in any of ...

Republicans just lost an extremely winnable special election. Here's why they should be terrified

As readers of Daily Kos Elections knew within less than two hours of the closing of the polls Tuesday night, Democrats denied the New Hampshire GOP a much-coveted victory in a special election for one of the state's 24 Senate seats. Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh, a Manchester city alderman, scored an ...

Kellyanne Conway defends Scaramucci: These public financial disclosures are making our team sad

The good news inside the White House is that the efforts to defend rookie communications director Anthony Scaramucci from his own thick-headed stupidity come naturally to the rest of his new team. Kellyanne Conway, for example, has spent her entire Trump-attached career defending thickheaded ...

Houston man arrested and attacked by police dog for mowing lawns while black

Many college students work during the summer for extra cash. Marlin Gipson, of Houston, Texas, is no exception. The 20-year-old student has a side business mowing lawns in his neighborhood. Now, as anyone who owns their own business can attest to, advertising is key to getting customers. So Gipson ...

Senate Republicans continue to pretend like McConnell isn't totally screwing them on Trumpcare

The wheels are falling off this thing we call Congress over Trumpcare, and it's all going to come down to whether anyone can trust Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Which means we, as a nation, are fucked. At the lunch today in which Senate Republicans were supposed to ...

Lowlights from the depths of the White House press briefing: 'Is the president aware?' edition

So the bigger the hole the White House is in, the shorter the briefings get. Wednesday's Q&A portion with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lasted all of about 16 minutes, almost exactly the same as Thursday's. Perhaps the most newsy piece of information from the session was Sanders siding ...

Is Nevada Sen. Dean Heller going to continue to hit himself over the head with bad Trumpcare votes?

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, the most vulnerable Senate Republican in 2018, had a very, very bad Wednesday—downright humiliating. After getting totally bashed by state activists for his caving in to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and voting to move forward with a bill to strip health coverage away ...

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War vet, confirms Trump's transgender ban is complete lunacy

Donald Trump has absolutely no business making decisions about the United States military, and this latest ban preventing transgender soldiers from serving is yet another perfect example. Democrats and Republicans alike think this is a terrible decision. And for someone who has never served his ...

Midday open thread: Record number of Democratic challengers lined up; chemical documents revealed

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A helluva way to run a government: House, Senate, Republicans in utter chaos over Trumpcare

We've seen an awful lot of chaos on repealing Obamacare, that thing that was going to happen on day one of the Trump administration. Seven years after Republicans vowed to repeal it and seven months into 2017 and Senate Republicans might have cobbled together a bill over lunch that might just be a ...

Donald Trump 'getting outsmarted at every turn, while the United States gets nothing'

The idea that America was getting shafted in international deals wasn't just a theme of the Trump campaign, it was the theme. Donald Trump promised that not only was he a red-hot maker of deals, he was going to bring in a team of all the best people' while throwing those horrible, terrible deals ...

'Congress cannot allow DREAMers to be targeted': Bipartisan DREAM Act introduced in House

Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida have introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives, meaning that bills protecting undocumented immigrant youth—commonly known as Dreamers'—are now in both chambers of Congress. Like ...

Senate Parliamentarian nixes ACA regulation waivers in skinny Trumpcare: Will McConnell go nuclear?

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled out another part of the plan Senate Republicans have for their skinny repeal/Trumpcare proposal. The provision saying states could waive Obamacare's essential health benefits regulations is nixed. If it's going to happen, it's going to have to get 60 votes—and ...

Military leadership tells Trump to take a hike after he declared war on transgender service members

Donald Trump may be a big fan of meddling, but the nation's military leaders aren't. Personnel policy is deadly serious to them and they're making clear that even a commander in chief can't make policy decisions on the fly without any consultation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the people charged ...

McCain says the health and lives of millions of Americans aren't as important as his defense bill

Arizona Sen. John McCain made his position on whatever it is the Senate is doing today on Affordable Care Act repeal and Trumpcare very clear in an exchange with Sen. Chuck Schumer Thursday morning: just get done with this so we can get to what matters—McCain's defense authorization bill. ...

Trump administration slaps Murkowski over repeal vote ... she punches back

Ha ha ha. Donald Trump is on another rage bender about Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vote against Obamacare repeal, so his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, threatened Alaska's energy industry. It doesn't look like Murkowski is feeling too scared, though: xDELAYED: Hearing to confirm a series of ...

Shocker: Trump dreamed up transgender ban all on his own, Joint Chiefs blindsided, Mattis appalled

This is the commander in chief of our military, folks, where transgender service members are currently deployed overseas with the units they serve in depending on them to perform critical tasks. Everyone has to believe that everyone else has their back and vice versa. And then there's the Don, ...

Planned Parenthood defunding reportedly back in 'skinny repeal' proposal

One of the things scratched on the napkin Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be taking into lunch today, where a cabal of Republican senators apparently plan on writing their Obamacare repeal bill, is Planned Parenthood defunding. But wait, you say, didn't the Senate Parliamentarian already say ...

Senate Democrats to Trumpcare protesters: 'Fill the streets outside every Republican office'

Senate Republicans are determined to jam through an Obamacare repeal bill, no matter what it takes, and Democrats don't have much power to stop them. So Senate Democrats are looking for whatever leverage they can get to make the votes as painful for Republicans as they can. One way they're doing ...

Trump plots recess appointment to replace Sessions while senators provide tepid defense

Trump versus Sessions. Scaramucci versus Priebus. If someone would only pair off against Mike Pence, the White House uncivil war would need a second bag of popcorn. But Donald Trump is making plans to end his fight with a knockout blow, one to be delivered below the belt. Still raging over ...

Republicans decide to write new 'skinny repeal' over lunch, have final vote tonight

So I wonder what Sen. John McCain , has to say about this departure from "regular order"? xSource has told colleague @yabutaleb7 that Rs will *write* skinny bill @ today's policy lunch. Unclear if wish list meets reconciliation.— Amanda Becker July 27, 2017 Oh, it gets better. xCornyn indicates ...

House Republicans move one step closer to criminalizing dissent in the United States

Donald Trump hasn't been able to tweet-harangue Jeff Sessions into resigning as attorney general , but his constant stream of attacks on Sessions for not targeting Hillary Clinton is having an effect in the House of Representatives, where Republicans on the Judiciary Committee took the next step ...

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Trump administration threatens Alaska's energy industry over Murkowski's Trumpcare vote

Sen. Lisa Murksowski is getting extra special attention for her decision to look out for her state's citizens and vote against the motion to proceed to the Affordable Care Act repeal fiasco. When a Wednesday morning Twitter attack from popular vote loser Donald Trump left the senator completely ...

Sessions' Justice Department says gays aren't protected from discrimination under federal law

Despite their recent rift, Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are in sync on one thing: it's a perfect time to declare open season on LGBTQ Americans. After Trump declared a ban on transgender military service Wednesday morning, Sessions' DOJ followed up that evening by filing a 23-page ...

Scaramucci brings the Trump team the unified message they've been seeking: We're all morons

On Wednesday evening, Politico produced financial records showing that White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was still involved with investment firm SkyBridge Capital. The document showed Scaramucci is still collecting fat checks from the firm even though it was sold to a Chinese ...

Morning Digest: Mo Brooks complains that Trump has 'publicly waterboarded' Jeff Sessions

Leading Off Campaign Action ● AL-Sen: With less than a month to go before the Aug. 15 GOP Senate primary, we finally have a proper poll. Cygnal, on behalf of several unnamed "businesses and associations," gives appointed Sen. Luther Strange the lead with 33 percent, while Roy Moore, the former ...

Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… > > > 2 < < <  Weeks 'til Netroots Nation Atlanta Two weeks from today, Kossacks and other lefties from a who's who of progressive organizations will descend on Atlanta for the annual activism party that is the Netroots Nation convention. The grapevine tells me ...

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Zombie Treasoncare walks the Earth for another day. And nobody knows where it's going. We're perhaps well' beyond the point where it makes any difference to say things like, Imagine the outrage if Democrats had done things this way,' but, well, imagine it. In my vision of things, Republicans are ...

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Transgender ban not a distraction, but a transaction; McCain fumbles

Lucia Graves at The Guardian writes—John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed: Had McCain simply voted no to the question of whether the Senate should begin debate on a repeal or replacement of Obamacare, which squeaked by in the Senate with a vote of 51-50, the ...

Open thread for night owls. Reviewer: Too much Al Gore in 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

Jordan Reife reviews Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' at TruthDig: While George W. Bush was mired in the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, former Vice President Al Gore was on his way to becoming the most successful also-ran in history. His climate change documentary, ...

Republican health care vote: The butcher's bill

Glioblastoma multiforme is considered a rare cancer. It affects only about 3 people in 100,000. And yes, that sounds pretty rare. Thank goodness. However, according the the CBO, the various versions of the GOP healthcare bill will take health care away from 22 to 32 million Americans. With numbers ...