Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:00:01 +0000
Politico tells me that Republican Obamacare opponents in Congress have a tough road ahead:
After meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Tuesday to hash out plans to repeal Obamacare, top Senate Republicans are no closer to resolving an issue that’s splintering the GOP heading into the start of Donald Trump’s presidency: how long to give themselves to replace the law....
The only firm plans are for the Senate to kick off the repeal effort as soon as Jan. 3 by passing a budget resolution -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling it the “Obamacare repeal resolution” -- that sets the table to repeal the Affordable Care Act on a simple majority vote. Then, shortly after Trump is sworn in, Republicans aim to have a repeal bill on his desk to sign.
It’s what comes after that moment of catharsis that Republicans are struggling with.
Lawmakers have proposed putting off the effective date of repeal from as little as six months to as long as three years to come up with a replacement -- and give insurance markets a chance to prepare. Several senators suggested at the meeting with Pence that additional measures from Congress or the administration may be needed to address rising insurance premiums and avoid roiling the insurance markets in the period between repeal and replace, attendees said.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:32:00 +0000
President-elect Donald Trump is using his "spare time" during the transition to Twitter-punch anyone who criticizes him. Does he even realize he's turning America into a banana republic?
While on CNN, Robert Reich was given the news that Trump had responded, via Twitter of course, to the criticism from Carrier Union President Chuck Jones that Trump lied about the number of Carrier jobs he "saved." It's important to always note the the Union was not invited to the table in all the concession meetings Indiana Governor/Trump Vice Mike Pence held with the owners.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
Robert Reich knew Trump was watching, and addressed him directly:
"Let me just say with all due respect, Mr. Trump: you are President elect of the United States. You are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin-skinned and vindictive. Stop this. This is not a fireside chat. this is not what F.D.R. did. This isn’t lifting people up.”
...You are going to be president very shortly. You are going to have at your command not just Twitter but also the CIA, the IRS, the FBI. If you have this kind of thin-skinned vindictiveness attitude towards anyone who criticizes you, we are in very deep trouble.”
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:00:01 +0000
Peter Thiel is, bar none, one of the most eccentric and frightening billionaires involved in conservative politics today. As a member of the Trump transition team, he's pushing Trump to put people into government with one single purpose: to break it forever and ever amen.
Rachel Maddow's report above gives you some great insight into who Thiel is, and how utterly bizarre his thought processes are. This is a guy who thinks death is an ideology, and is obsessed with finding eternal life on this earth through technology. And that is only the beginning.
Bloomberg reports that one of his closest associates is under consideration for the FDA, of all things.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering a Silicon Valley investor close to billionaire Peter Thiel to head the Food and Drug Administration, according to people familiar with the matter.
Jim O’Neill, the Thiel associate, hasn’t been officially selected, according to the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the decision process is private, and the Trump team could still go in another direction.
O’Neill is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, and last served in government during the George W. Bush administration as principal associate deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. He’s also a board member of the Seasteading Institute, a Thiel-backed venture to create new societies at sea, away from existing governments.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:01 +0000
On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, Rep. Peter King said that he agrees with the intelligence community who has concluded thatRussia was involved in hacking our election process.
That's in direct conflict with Donald Trump, who told Time Magazine that he didn't believe Russia interfered.
Andrea Mitchell asked, "I wanted to ask you about some comments that Donald Trump made in his "Time" magazine "Man of the Year" interview where he questioned whether or not the intelligence community's unanimous conclusion that Russia was behind some -- the hacking that targeted Democratic organizations, Democratic institutions, the potential that they weren't going to influence our elections."
She continued, "That conclusion -- and he said I just -- I don't believe it. I don't believe they interfered, Trump said. He still is refusing to acknowledge something that DNI Clapper said was the conclusion. What do you think of that?"
Rep King replied, "I would think as far as the public statement that the director of National Intelligence made about the Democratic National Committee, I think the evidence is strong that the Russians were involved there."
Rep. King remained uncertain if the Russians hacked John Podesta's emails, however.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:00:01 +0000
Greg Lake started out his musical career as a guitarist. After meeting Robert Fripp, who convinced him the switch to playing the bass, the two formed King Crimson. Not only did Greg provide the lead vocals and played bass on the band's debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King, he did the production work on the record too.
About a year later, Lake became one third of the prog-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
On Lake's Facebook page today his long time manager Stewart Young posted: “Yesterday, 7 December, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”
Greg Lake was 69 years old.
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Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:00:01 +0000
The universal cries of fear, disgust, outrage and frustration are inescapable when it comes to the 'election' of Trump, Time Magazine's latest "Person of the Year." This is rather macabre, considering Adolf Hitler was the winner in 1938. But seriously, did I really need to give another reason to be depressed? No, but it's easy to be defeatist. What's more effective and takes a little more effort? We should proactively combat the grotesque actions of this grifter-in-chief elect. There's a way you can do that: re:act.
Don't simply throw wet towels around in frustration. You can still make a difference. This helpful resource was founded by Derek Nelson, an OFA alum who provides a weekly newsletter with topics that are most paramount to thinking Americans who are terrified about the next inauguration.
Perhaps you find the foreclosure machine, Steve Mnuchin of Goldman Sachs, to be a disgracefully poor choice for Secretary of the Treasury? Here's what Re:ACT proposes:
1. “Trump’s Treasury Pick Steve Mnuchin Ran a Bank Critics Call 'A Foreclosure Machine'"