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Real Clear Politics actually carried a great rant by Cenk about how CNN hires more former Trump staffers rather than “doing their job” as a watch dog in response to Trump calling CNN “fake news” and an enemy of the people. I’m using RCP because the video is behind a paywall otherwise.



More disruption to come…

There is a flurry of anti-regulatory legislation floating around Capitol Hill, but it is becoming clear that the key Republican vehicle to rein in rulemaking will be Ohio Senator Rob Portman’s Regulatory Accountability Act. A 16-page draft of the legislation obtained by POLITICO was significantly less radical than several aggressive bills recently passed by the House of Representatives, but industry groups have pinned their hopes on this one attracting support from enough moderate Democrats to overcome a Senate filibuster and make it to Trump’s desk. And even if the Portman bill won’t automatically ensure “the deconstruction of the administrative state” promised by White House adviser Steve Bannon, it could still dramatically curtail the power of government regulators in the long run.

Portman has not yet introduced the bill, but behind the scenes in Washington it is already the subject of furious lobbying by more than 150 public interest groups that oppose it as well as more than 600 business groups that support it. It is much narrower than a bill the House passed last month with the same name, but would still revamp and insert new bureaucratic hurdles into the federal regulatory process, which the Obama Administration used to enact tough new restrictions on coal plants, Wall Street banks, for-profit colleges and other corporate entities. The Portman bill would add new obstacles for agencies to overcome before enacting economically significant rules, require them to choose the most cost-effective alternative, and give judges more discretion to block regulations when the regulated interests object.

What are the repercussions?

“Trump is temporary. Regulatory reform is forever,” Faber said.

Supporters of reform argue that rulemaking has spiraled out of control, with agencies exploiting the deference of the courts to ignore the potential damage to businesses and the economy. The Chamber says the number of rules on the books imposing at least $1 billion in economic costs has soared from just three in 2001 to 34 in 2015. The government now issues several thousand new rules every year, but while the House version of the Regulatory Accountability Act would apply to just about any rule that could affect jobs or wages in just about any industry, Portman’s version would only apply to the small fraction with costs exceeding $100 million.

Several elements of the Portman bill echo previous executive orders signed by Democratic presidents—including a required public notice before a rulemaking, an opportunity for a public hearing once it’s underway, mandatory cost-benefit analyses, and a legal assurance that any new rule is based on “the best reasonably available scientific, technical, or economic information.”



Always keep in mind the media source: it’s no “deep state” secret that POLITICO is RW.


It is, but at the same time, it’s mellowed a little after Ben Smith and one of the other founders left. This is important because it is Reaganesque.


Tulsi Gabbard’s Stop Arming Terrorist Act Gets Introduced in the Senate

Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul. The bipartisan legislation (H.R.608 and S.532) would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.

The legislation is currently cosponsored by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Scott Perry (R-PA), Peter Welch (D-VT), Tom Garrett (R-VA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Veterans for Peace, and the U.S. Peace Council.

“For years, the U.S. government has been supporting armed militant groups working directly with and often under the command of terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government. Rather than spending trillions of dollars on regime change wars in the Middle East, we should be focused on defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, and using our resources to invest in rebuilding our communities here at home,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “The fact that American taxpayer dollars are being used to strengthen the very terrorist groups we should be focused on defeating should alarm every Member of Congress and every American. We call on our colleagues and the Administration to join us in passing this legislation.”


h/t Way of the Bern

This may have some teeth, but these days I get concerned about Rethugs twisting things around. It’s a pretty good idea. I doubt the war mongers will go for it though.


For a little levity… (@LisparDestin, if you happen to glance at this)

Some conservatives and Donald Trump supporters are freaking out online because there’s a new pirate station called Resistance Radio, dedicated to fighting fascism and Nazi propaganda. Only one problem: It’s fake.

Amazon announced this week that it was launching Resistance Radio as a companion program for The Man in the High Castle, an alt-history drama loosely adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel. The pre-recorded radio program is basically a bunch of people talking about how the Third Reich is bad and does bad things. For some, they thought that applied to America’s current president (and/or they didn’t bother actually listening to it). In response, several irate opposers flocked to Amazon’s sponsored #ResistanceRadio hashtag to complain about the station’s “liberal agenda.”

Now, there are two possible explanations for this. The far more likely one is they didn’t bother researching the website before deciding a radio station about “the Resistance” was against President Trump, essentially creating a modern-day War of the Worlds where panic was quicker than fact-checking. However, it is also unfortunately plausible that a few people heard about a radio show bashing Nazis and thought, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t like that, because Trump and stuff.” Guys, listen, if Captain America’s Marvel Comics’ various Hydra debacles have taught us anything… it’s don’t defend Nazis. Real or fake, they’re still fucking Nazis.

No word whether this was just a case of mistaken Twitter-identity, or whether Amazon had an idea that this could happen (thus getting more eyes on the show). I’m giving Amazon the benefit of the doubt, but this wouldn’t be the first time it has drummed up controversy for The Man in the High Castle with a public display. We’ve reached out to Amazon for a response. In the meantime, anyone at SXSW can visit Amazon’s Resistance Radio Headquarters at the Market and Tap Room in Austin— clearly the perfect front for anti-Trump propaganda. Also craft cocktails.



If the Democratic party is to offer hope, grit and stamina for the battle ahead with Donald Trump, it needs leadership. In his Guardian interview Bernie Sanders, the Democratic-allied senator from Vermont, makes a strong claim to provide that to a party that is in its worst state since the 1920s. The stakes could not be higher. The senator rightly calls out the US president for attempting to destroy the credibility of the American political system – using lies so that he can run it unchallenged as well as unhindered by the moral obligation to exercise power in an informed way.

Mr Trump seeks authoritarian control of republican government and is exploiting the Republican establishment’s desire for power and the Democratic party’s disarray. Not only do the Republicans control both chambers of Congress but the Democrats today have just 16 governorships – almost half what they had in 2008.

If there is no change by 2020, when states next redraw their legislative and congressional districts on the basis of a US census, Republicans could gerrymander to ensure Trumpism dominates US politics. Hence it is good to see Mr Sanders call for Republicans to join hands in opposing Mr Trump. It’s not just Republicans who must change. The US senator is clear that the Democrats should become a bottom-up party again and reconnect liberals with the concerns of ordinary working Americans. This means the party has to consider how to prevent wages from sinking and prevent jobs from being exported. It needs to make the case to white-collar workers, who are frightened of being downsized themselves, that paying taxes to provide benefits for all is a necessary act for social stability.

Read the rest here:



Bernie Sanders: Trump Should Avoid a Bad Zika Deal

Now his [Trump] administration, through the Army, is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the exclusive license to patents and thus a monopoly to sell a vaccine against the Zika virus. If Mr. Trump allows this deal, Sanofi will be able to charge whatever astronomical price it wants for its vaccine. Millions of people in the United States and around the world will not be able to afford it even though American taxpayers have already spent more than $1 billion on Zika research and prevention efforts, including millions to develop this vaccine.

The Department of Health and Human Services gave Sanofi $43 million to develop the Zika vaccine with the United States Army. And the company is expected to receive at least $130 million more in federal funding.

Sanofi is not a nonprofit or a tiny start-up struggling to bring medicine to market. Its chief executive, Olivier Brandicourt, earns about $4.5 million a year. Even the government of France criticized this salary, calling it “incomprehensible,” yet the American government is perfectly happy to enrich Mr. Brandicourt even more.

Before President Trump makes this deal, he must guarantee that Sanofi will not turn around and gouge American consumers, Medicare and Medicaid or our military when it sells the vaccine.

The problem is that Sanofi has not been a good corporate citizen. Bernie cites a recent example.

The critical prostate cancer drug Xtandi was developed at U.C.L.A. with taxpayer-backed research grants and support from the Army and the National Institutes of Health. The patents, which were assigned to U.C.L.A. by the United States government, were transferred ultimately to a pharmaceutical company that is charging Americans $129,000 a year. Across the border in Canada, the same drug costs just $30,000 because, unlike the United States, Canada regulates drug prices.

Under this insane system, Americans pay twice. First we pay to create these lifesaving drugs, then we pay high prices to buy those drugs. And at the same time, we subsidize consumers in the rest of the world, including in advanced nations, by financing the research behind the medications they buy.

What’s odd is that Chelsea Clinton tweeted a praise for Bernie’s op-ed.


Trump turns apolitical Mennonites into protesters


Mary Beth Martin and Lindsey Martin Corbo each held one side of the large cardboard poster, the mother and her adult daughter eager to deliver a personal if unconventional message to their congressman, Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker.

“Hey Smucker,” said the sign, written in red, green, and blue marker. “300 years ago our Mennonite family took sanctuary in PA, just like yours did.

“Lancaster values immigrants.”

The anger might have been directed at Smucker, but Martin and Corbo were really there – like 100 others – because of President Donald Trump.

The two women were among a hundred newly engaged activists assembled in Republican-heavy Lancaster County – an area that went to Trump in November by 57 percent – braving toe-freezing temperatures to protest Trump and the lawmaker, who was 200 yards away at a chamber of commerce breakfast.

That Martin and Corbo were protesters was – by their own admission – a remarkable development. Both are members of the Mennonite Church, a religion that encourages its members to stay away from politics just as it asks them to shun the wider culture.

For most of their lives Martin, 57, and her daughter, 30, did just that, occasionally voting for Democrats but rarely paying attention to politics outside the polling booth.

“I’ve never been politically active . . . because we have a really strong belief in separation of church and state,” Martin said. “Mennonites have always felt our allegiance is to Christ, and not to our state.”



Regarding progressives stepping up to run for public office, Kathryn Allen is a doctor who has decided to run for Utah’s 3rd District in 2018. This snippet is from her FB page:

Past Leadership:

For about 25 years, I have been active in organized medicine. I am a past president of the Salt Lake County Medical Society. In the Utah Medical Association, I held many positions of leadership, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates. I was usually in a small minority of left-leaning voices. The underdog role is one with which I have intense familiarity. The UMA Women’s Section awarded me the Deborah Robinson Memorial Award for my activism.

My Philosophy:

I have been a democrat for most of my life. My husband and I, along with a group of friends, visited Scandinavia last year. One thing that struck us in these social democracies was how seriously their citizens pledge to look after one another’s welfare. In America, we state that we are created equal and have certain unalienable rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There are parts of the world which take this commitment to heart. I believe that people are not only created, but continue to actually be equal throughout their lives. I am dismayed by our elected leaders’ unrealistic promises to people whose livelihoods are threatened by technological changes in our world. The funds earmarked for the California coal port were originally intended to stimulate the economies of rural areas of Utah. Once again, the greed of a few individuals overcame what could have been a real effort to bring clean industries to our rural areas and re-employ our rural citizens.

I hope she and Bernie connect. Keith Ellison could also work with her on some common ground as Utah is very faith based, a minority faith at that.

Don midwest

What a giant step to run for office!

Great to see people like this stepping forward

Eileen R

Sounds like a GREAT candidate. I hope she wins, but would regret the loss of another strong person in the medical field.

Don midwest

Where did Steve Bannon live?

Where did he register to vote (know that) And know not lived there.

During his political rise, Stephen K. Bannon was a man with no fixed address

Where did he pay taxes


This video is now making the rounds. If it was mentioned here a few days ago, my apologies. This is worth watching and reading again.

NYU tested the theory of gender bias in the 2016 election. If Hillary had been a man would she have been more likeable? Two professors portrayed Clinton and Trump from one of the debates, in which a male actor portrayed Clinton, using exact words and mannerisms, and a woman played Trump, using his exact words and body language.

The Name of the Video is Her Opponent.

Watch the video clip (they only released a 2 min clip) then read about the reactions of the audience (considered center and left on the political spectrum). The responses from the audience will surprise you (you won’t see their reaction directly), but various quotes in the article reveal some of them. If you can’t see the video link, try via this link: http://www.dailywire.com/news/14203/what-if-trump-and-hillary-swapped-genders-james-barrett



Benny, I found this read very helpful as well as fascinating. Have already forwarded it to several very dear (to me) progressives. Rec’d!!


Great to have an evening roundup – AND a place for night owls like me, LOL.


Also too 3/12. :O)

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