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CBO: Senate tax bill would hurt poor

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found that the proposed Senate tax legislation would hurt Americans in the lowest income brackets if passed, The Washington Post reported late Sunday.

The bill would negatively impact individuals who make less than $30,000 per year by 2019, the CBO said, while most of those making under $75,000 would be negatively affected by 2027.



President Donald Trump continues to escalate a war that he had roundly criticized before taking office.

“We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan,” Trump tweeted in 2013. “Let’s get out!”

On Monday, NBC News reported that the U.S. Air Force was on track to triple the number of bombs dropped in Afghanistan in 2017 compared with last year.

As of Oct. 31, the U.S. had dropped 3,554 bombs on the country, the report said. That stands in contrast to the 1,337 bombs from all of 2016 and the 947 bombs dropped on Afghanistan in the entirety of 2015.



The overthrow turned out to be a debacle. Libya exploded into chaos and civil war and refugees flooded Europe, destabilizing governments there. But at the time, Clinton thought it was a great triumph — “we came, we saw, he died,” she joked about Gadhafi’s overthrow — and her adviser Sidney Blumenthal encouraged her to tout her “successful strategy” to the press as evidence of her fitness for the highest office in the land.

It’s surprising the extent to which Clinton has gotten a pass for this debacle, which represents a humanitarian and strategic failure of the first order. (And, of course the damage is still compounding: How likely is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons, after seeing the worthlessness of U.S. promises made to Gadhafi?)

Still, Libya is in a class of its own. In Syria and Yemen, at least, the situation was already bad. Libya, before Clinton got involved, was comparatively stable and no strategic threat to the United States or its allies. Now it’s a shambles, with people literally being sold in slave markets.

Back in the 2012 presidential campaign, former vice president Joe Biden told a group of African Americans that the GOP was going to ”put you all back in chains.” But it turned out that it was Clinton’s policies that led to black people being sold. As some ponder another Hillary Clinton run in 2020, that’s worth pointing out.



Days before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Department of Justice released its complaint against the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. The complaint is a history-making document. It announces a return to long-discarded approaches to antitrust, and argues that these old ways have regained relevance in the digital era.

The Justice Department’s arguments for this rediscovery are sophisticated and even compelling—so much so that they raise a retrospective question: If this big merger of content creators and content carriers is banned as anti-competitive, why was the previous big merger of Comcast and NBC Universal permitted? The issues raised by AT&T-Time Warner were also presented by Comcast-NBC. What has changed between then and now?

Then, the morning after Thanksgiving, President Trump tweeted his latest and most outrageous attack yet on CNN, a unit of Time Warner.

These are ominous words. Inside the U.S., CNN’s reporting is protected by the First Amendment and the courts. Outside of the country, U.S.-affiliated journalists do ultimately depend on the protection of the U.S. government. Trump’s tweet is a direct attack on those international journalists’ freedom and even safety. Trump is inviting rogue regimes and other bad actors all over the world to harass CNN journalists—or worse. Trump’s words inspired this lament from General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Trump’s animus against CNN raises a searching and troubling question. What if the Department of Justice is doing the right thing for the wrong reason? Or what if the president’s personal determination to silence a critical media institution—or, worse, to force its sale to an ally like Rupert Murdoch—explains the sudden pivot in the Department’s antitrust philosophy?


I definitely take Hayden and his ilk with a massive grain of salt!!! CNN is craporate media. Maggot Brain is the dumbest imbecile to ever win POTUS. I would be nice to see the antitrust laws dusted off and used properly again. In this case, nope, it’s all about stupidity and greed$$$$$$$$. T and R to the usual suspects!! LD: hope you and JD had a good, peaceful and safe holiday! 🙂

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn Greenwald speaking on Allard Prize

He was a semi finalist, but the finalists could not leave the country to participate.

Speaks about how politics has become international

2017 Allard Prize Keynote: Glenn Greenwald

Don midwest
Don midwest

Correction: He was not a finalist, he was the keynote speaker.

The speech was in October 2017 but he just tweeted it

I don’t know how accurate youtube counters are, but less than 800 have viewed it.

In short, politics have become international. Obama went full bore against whistle blowers which has emboldened governments around the world, including here in the US to attack whistle blowers. And they are increasingly important to preserve what semblance of the rule of law and human rights.

(well, going off the track again: What if Greenwald took up the cause of the non humans, the water, the trees, the earth? I keep trying to contact people like him but I have to figure out how to do it. I have not tried explicitly to get in touch with him, but others like him have been contacted with uneven success.)


Trump can be so inappropriate!

Here is the audio of today’s event. Navajo Peter MacDonald, the president of the thirteen surviving members of the Navajo Code Talkers Association speaks first for about nine minutes, then the track switches to Trump who babbles incoherently for a couple of minutes before throwing in his Pocahontas line. He probably thought he was being funny, or something.

Peter MacDonald is worth a listen, quite a recounting!


Hey Sarah, see above. The editors of Indianz.com disagree with you. They should know a lot better than you do.


Hey Sarah, your boss is a racist scumbag.



Supreme Court refuses to take up Maryland’s assault weapons ban

The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from gun owners and dealers in Maryland challenging the state’s ban on military-style rifles and detachable magazines.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the (2013) ban. That court said the weapons are excluded from Second Amendment protections because they are the kind of weapons most often used by the military.

Put simply, we have no power to extend Second Amendment protection to the weapons of war that the Heller decision explicitly excluded from such coverage,” Judge Robert King wrote in the majority opinion, citing a landmark Supreme Court case from 2008.

Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 bans the AR-15 and other military-style rifles and shotguns, often referred to as “assault weapons,” and detachable large-capacity magazines.

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