Pictures from the FUNdraiser, June 17

Our FUNdraiser was a success! The rain stayed away and about 100 people showed up. We heard from many dignitaries and candidates. We ate terrific food. We met and talked to members and new folks alike. We raised a lot of money for the organization. And we had FUN.Thanks to […]

GOP Beavering Away to Immiserate American Lives

While we are all absorbed in the dance of the seven veils being done over at the White House WRT Russia and DJT’s contempt for the norms that have held our democracy together for 220+ years, Republican legislators elsewhere in DC are wreaking their own havoc.  Today’s illustrations: health care and financial […]

Trump Playing Games, Undermining Americans’ Health Care

  …there is a powerful faction inside the White House, led by the president himself, that is rooting for the American health care system to collapse. The executive branch’s strategy is to persuade the public that the ACA’s meltdown is inevitable and thereby prod recalcitrant Republicans in the legislative branch […]

Trump and Paris: Spite as a Guiding Principle

“Conservative politics is now less about ideas than about making the right enemies cry out in anguish.” — Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) May 12, 2017 Jonathan Chait comments on DJT’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement.  The interesting observation here – for me, at least – is the “why?” part. […]

CBO Score for the Latest GOP Health Plan: “Devastating”

Devastating. CBO: Under GOP bill, “less healthy people would face extremely high premiums…more difficult for them to buy insurance” — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 24, 2017 The CBO released its “score” last night for the latest iteration of the House plan, the one they rushed to pass before the CBO […]

Tribalism and Democracy

Jason Chaffetz, the GOP Congressman in charge of the House Oversight Committee had years of investigations ready to go when we all thought Hillary was going to be President.  When the historically corrupt DJT got his surprise win, suddenly there was nothing worth worrying about, and it took a long time […]

The Comey Firing is Worse Than Watergate

This isn’t remotely like Watergate. During Watergate, honorable people in government resigned rather than be associated with improper acts. — David Frum (@davidfrum) May 13, 2017 As so often, James Fallows explains, clearly and patiently, reminding us what Watergate was and was about, and exploring how the current goings-on are […]

A Moral Disgrace: House GOP Passes TrumpCare 2

They claim they have the votes to pass it today. (UPDATE: So apparently they’ve actually done it.  Shameful and monstrous.) The heart of the bill is the same one that was polling at under 20 percent and failed two months ago: a near-trillion dollar tax cut for wealthy investors, financed […]

What’s in the GOP Health Care Bill? Who Cares?

JOHN DICKERSON: So tell me what in the bill you’ve been negotiating to get– PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: But let me– JOHN DICKERSON: –in that helps your supporters. I’m just trying to get the details of how your people– PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Let me just tell you. JOHN DICKERSON: –will be […]