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Jimmy Kimmel slams Republican healthcare bill: 'This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face'

Jimmy Kimmel is not happy that Sen. Bill Cassidy's healthcare bill fails the Jimmy Kimmel' test Cassidy set up for himself and promised to honor. And the thing about Jimmy Kimmel is, he has a late-night talk show, so when someone—say, a Republican senator from Louisiana—lies to him about ...

HHS Secretary Tom Price constantly flying by charter jet is a 'misuse of taxpayer funding'

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was known to be corrupt before ever being named to the post. And now that he's in the job, he's enjoying the perks. In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate ...

Morning Digest: As two polls show a close race in Virginia, another has Democrat Ralph Northam up 10

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: Three groups released polls of November's race for ...

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Coming Soon to the Flickers It was looking like a better-than-average year for movies. Then August came along and the celluloid offerings shriveled up and died. Fortunately, it looks like things are poised to pick up this fall. Before Star Wars Episode VIII blows ...

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It's Wednesday, and everyone knows that the first Wednesday after Talk Like A Pirate Day is Take A Vacation Like Ivanka Day, which is why we'll be without Joan McCarter today. But Greg and I are rule-breakers by nature, so we're here, defying Trump's vacation order. Stickin' it to the man! Listen ...

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The erosion of norms... and decency

EJ Dionne, Norm Orenstein, Thomas Mann/Atlantic with excerpts from a new book: How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms The Republican Party laid the groundwork for dysfunction long before Donald Trump was elected president. Norms are defined as a standard or pattern, especially of social ...

ICE allegedly went to the home of an undocumented mom in sanctuary in order to harass her children

Facing imminent deportation despite having no criminal record and following ICE's rules to check in, Leonor Garcia went into sanctuary in a Cleveland Heights, Ohio, church one week ago. It wasn't an easy choice for Garcia to make: after her husband was deported in 2011, she became a single mom ...

Trump picks lawyer who works to restrict minority votes as head of civil rights at Homeland Security

In what is sure to be another devastating blow to minority rights under the Trump administration, Donald Trump has chosen a woman named Cameron Quinn to head civil rights at the Department of Homeland Security . Since we know that all of Trump's picks are wholly unqualified to do the jobs they've ...

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to return national monuments to 'traditional' mining and logging

The Washington Post has obtained a copy of a report from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke suggesting that millions of acres of public land be given away while millions more should be open to mining and logging. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 ...

Manafort issues his own shock-and-awe response to wiretapping reports

The spokesman for Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, issued a jazzy but meaningless statement Tuesday responding to reports that the FBI obtained two separate warrants to wiretap Manafort before, during, and after the 2016 election. CBS News, which confirmed the wiretapping ...

Why exactly was Trump talking to Manafort as recently as earlier this year?

Remember back in March when then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer tried to sell us on the notion that Paul Manafort "played a very limited role" in the Trump campaign, for which Manafort served as chairman? Yet in CNN's Monday night scoop that the FBI obtained FISA warrants to wiretap ...

In the Trump era, hate crimes rose in 2016 and are on track to rise again this year

A new report on hate and extremism confirms what we already knew: hate crimes are up in the United States, in part due to the current resident of the White House. This is the first time in more than 10 years that there have been consecutive yearly increases in hate crimes. And sadly, it ...

Ryan, Trump kill bipartisan health effort, force vote on reckless GOP healthcare repeal bill instead

The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't want a bipartisan health care effort interfering with their last-ditch push to strip health care coverage from millions of Americans, so they blackballed it. Politico writes: House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have informed Senate ...

'This is not the American Way': NAACP sues Trump over decision to end DACA

The historic civil rights organization NAACP has joined in the legal action against Donald Trump over his cowardly decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, alleging that Trump violated due process, the equal protection clause and regular administrative procedures in ...

Manafort was under investigation before, during and after his time working for Trump—for good reason

Paul Manafort was under surveillance by the FISA court before, during, and after his six months as Donald Trump's campaign chairman. That wasn't because President Obama both hated Donald Trump and somehow knew that Manafort would sign onto the Trump campaign. It's because there are few people in the ...

Congressional members, leaders arrested in Trump Tower protest demanding clean DREAM Act vote

A group of ten protesters—including Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, New York Congressman Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito—were among the immigrant rights advocates arrested during a demonstration in ...

Ten governors, including four Republicans, urge McConnell to ditch Graham-Cassidy bill

Ten governors—Democratic, Republican, and independent—have written to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him not to hold a vote on Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican effort to gut health coverage, and instead "renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available ...

Midday open thread: Hurricane Maria, Uday Trump Jr., and snakes

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is What if we talked about white poverty the way we talk about black poverty? From the Prime Minister of Dominica, horrifying news on the impact of Hurricane Maria: xHeartbreaking statement from Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica:"We will need help, my ...

Strong earthquake strikes Mexico City as season of disasters continues

A powerful earthquake, tentatively fixed at a magnitude of 7.1, has hit near Mexico City. The epicenter appears to be southeast of the capital near Raboso.  Early reports indicate that there is widespread damage and fires burning in Mexico City. This quake follows a massive 8.1 magnitude quake ...

White House all in for repeal; Pence to tell Senate GOP: 'This is the moment'; McCain wavering?

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are revved up for repeal and have been working the phones to get the 50 Senate votes necessary so Pence can cast the tie-breaker, according to Tuesday's traveling press pool report. Perhaps most importantly, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a co-sponsor of the repeal ...

Trump admin rejected anti-refugee study it ordered because the result turned out pro-refugee

In its ongoing effort to replace the Statue of Liberty with a racist border wall as the symbol of the United States, The New York Times reports that the Trump administration commissioned a study from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a rationale for reducing the number of ...

GOP health care repeal would inflict deepest Medicaid cuts on expansion states like Alaska, Nevada

One of the most obviously cruel parts of the new Cassidy-Graham health care repeal bill is that it would take money away from America's neediest by slashing federal Medicaid spending nationwide. The measure not only proposes deeper cuts to the program than its predecessors, it also targets the ...

Huckabee Sanders fakes endorsement of Trump's 'destroy' North Korea policy—from Barack Obama

When you take the position of press secretary in the Trump White House, the first thing they teach you is highly selective editing. That's how you can get something like this: xPresidents have always been clear to deter threats: “We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our ...

Senate Intel Committee quashes meeting with Trump's lawyer for violating agreement to keep quiet

The Senate Intelligence Committee canceled a meeting Tuesday with Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, because he too suffers from the same loose-lips syndrome that's been afflicting all of Trump's attorneys. xSenate Intel Committee cancels meeting with Trump lawyer Michael ...

Sen. Bill Cassidy said he'd apply a 'Jimmy Kimmel test' to health care. His own bill fails that test

Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, we can see just what a liar Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy is. Cassidy talked big to Kimmel: Sen. Bill Cassidy  told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who had delivered an impassioned speech on health care after his own son was born with a heart defect, he would only support a ...

Trump attacks North Korea, Iran, and others as he tells UN that 'Rocket man is on a suicide mission'

Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations was highlighted—in the most bizarre sense of the word—by his direct threat to North Korea. If it is forced to defend itself or it's allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself, and ...

American Heart Association and 15 other groups oppose latest Republican health care bill

The radicals over at the American Heart Association—and 15 other patient and provider groups—are opposing the Republican Graham-Cassidy health care bill, because Affordable, adequate care is vital to the patients we represent. This legislation fails to provide Americans with what they need to ...

Hurricane Maria rapidly strengthens, heads toward Puerto Rico, may take aim at US east coast

You may have hurricane fatigue, but nature, she doesn't care. Two more waves of low pressure coming off the warm ivory coast of Africa into the tropical Atlantic earlier this month have given rise to two new Cape Verde style storms. One of them, Maria, virtually exploded yesterday, racing up the ...

Louisiana senator's bill 'uniquely and disproportionally hurts Louisiana'

Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy's name is on the latest Republican attempt to strip health coverage from millions of people by repealing Obamacare. If you're thinking that means Louisiana might somehow be protected from the worst Graham-Cassidy has to offer, think again. The state's health secretary, ...

Cartoon: What if we talked about white poverty the way we talk about black poverty?

To state the obvious, I am not saying that we shouldn't care about white poverty or that poor whites haven't had to endure their share of shaming from a punitive culture that uses wealth to determine the value of a human being . That said, there's been a spate of sympathetic talk lately about the ...

Open thread for night owls: Social programs suffer as $80 billion more is added to Pentagon budget

At CommonDreams, Jake Johnson writes—U.S. Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have': Where were the pundits and elected lawmakers who complain about the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans when the Senate voted to spend $700 billion ...

Hurricane Maria approaches St. Croix as a Category 5 storm, will hit Puerto Rico tomorrow

Hurricane Maria About 40 miles SSE of St. Croix About 135 miles SE of San Juan, Puerto Rico Sustained Wind Speed 175 mph Moving west north west at 10 mph Central Pressure 909 mb At 10PM AST, Maria is 60 miles southeast of St. Croix with sustained winds at 175 mph. This extremely dangerous Category ...

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'mother!' imagines the creative process through a lens of narcissism and abuse

A hunger to know and create is a common theme in literature and mythology, but it's been balanced over thousands of years with messages which posit the pursuit of knowledge and the power of change as the destroyer of paradise. In a lot of stories, curiosity is treated as a "sin," since the ...

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt continues to be terrible at his job

New Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had two choices after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He could rise to the challenges of his office, or he could tool around the country pooh-poohing people who asked about climate change, giving friendly interviews to conspiracy sites like Breitbart and issuing ...

House Democrats are raising big money aimed at winning in 2018

There are a lot of barriers to Democrats retaking the House in 2018—with Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression at the top of the list—but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting up some very good fundraising numbers: While their Republican counterparts haven't yet ...

It's happening: Trump is gaining cash based on his policies as president

This is crooked. In Florida this year, the president's politics attracted a new client for one of his businesses. Steven M. Alembik, a conservative activist, is planning a $600-per-seat gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club. His logic: Trump helped Israel. So Alembik will help Trump in return. He's got ...

Donald Trump goes to the UN to explain how 'America First' is what the world needs

Today is the day that Donald Trump has to make the ultimate sacrifice. He must stand in front of cheap 12 inch marble tiles at the United Nations to tell other world leaders that they need to be like Trump. In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Trump ...

GOP's new health care repeal bill even worse than the last one, yet it's gaining steam

It's still hard to believe that we're doing this drill again, but we are and the stakes are even higher. In fact, the bill authored by Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham threatens to throw more people off health care than the last attempt did, writes Washington Post reporter Paige ...

Cartoon: What if we talked about white poverty the way we talk about black poverty?

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Paul Ryan really hopes Senate Republicans give him one more shot at destroying health care

If Republicans can ram their latest assault on health care through the Senate, the House will face a take-it-or-leave-it situation, since the Senate's ability to pass a bill with just 51 votes ends on September 30. But even though the House had trouble passing its own Obamacare repeal bill months ...

Republicans rush to destroy healthcare with 'cruel' bill that smashes both ACA and Medicaid

Donald Trump and the Republicans are so fixated on blowing up everything that Barack Obama touched, that they don't give any thought to how many people are caught in the explosion. While it may have seemed that their efforts to annihilate the American health care system with a poorly-constructed, ...

Morning Digest: Trump to campaign with Luther Strange in Alabama, but new poll has Roy Moore ahead

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 ● AL-Sen: Appointed Sen. Luther Strange is calling out the ...

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Avast…or something. It's me...Captain Billybeard, swarthy fear-instiller of the deep blue kiddie pool. Today is the most blow-me-downest day of the year: International Talk Like A Pirate Day.  And arrrway we go… Tesla Motors: "Take yerself for a spin in our new ...

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Big day on the Trump-Russia front. What a perfect time to try to throw everybody off of their health care! And also gather the world together at the UN and insult time, singly and as a whole! At least it's Friday. Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Podcasts! They're hip! They're hot! Everyone's got ...

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Republicans try again to take health care away from millions

We begin today's roundup with The New York Times and its take on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act: It is hard to overstate the cruelty of the Graham-Cassidy bill. … he formula for determining state grants would penalize the 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the A.C.A. so ...

Hurricane Maria intensifies into 'catastrophic' Category 5 storm as it takes aim at Puerto Rico

Defying earlier predictions, Hurricane Maria intensified into a Category 5 storm on Monday evening and made landfall at Dominca with sustained winds of 165 mph. Dominca is a fairly large island, and Maria's path will put it over some mountainous land for about 16 miles, but the hurricane is ...

Crazy person riles Trump up; crazy person blocked from riling Trump; Trump steams. Repeat.

It seems there are only two stories that ever come out of the White House. There are stories about Donald Trump surrounding himself with horrible people, and stories about Donald Trump chafing and pouting when slightly less horrible people stop him from doing the things the more horrible people ...

Michael Flynn's family sets up a legal defense fund for Flynn, but not his son

Defending Michael Flynn is apparently burning through the legally dubious payments he received from Russia and Turkey, requiring a new source to keep his legal team fighting. The family of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund for him, ...