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What else is new? Repukes have been bragging about doing so for decades.

Don midwest

Larry Summers Had the Power to Punish Wall Street. Now He’s Slamming Obama’s Gentle Treatment.

David Dayen doing excellent jornalism which is mostly focused on finance, including excellent book on housing crimes “Chain of Title”


This is for phatkhat wherever she is.


In case @tocino is around, i wanted to add that i hope the funding does not go away for yours and the hundreds of other stations like yours. sometimes my mouth is definitely faster than my heart and brain.


I’m going to be out of town for the weekend. This link is for the Space geeks https://images.nasa.gov/#/


THX la one of my hobbies


From Bernie:

Why is it that President Trump has only positive things to say about an authoritarian type guy like Putin?



Bernie Sanders Wants to Expand Medicare to Everybody — Exactly What Its Architects Wanted

But creating a “Medicare-for-all,” single-payer health insurance system for all Americans would be fulfilling the dream of those who created the Medicare system in the first place in 1965.

Medicare’s architects ended up compromising with Congress and establishing a system that offered public-run health insurance just for the elderly, but they never intended for only retirees to benefit from the program.

Yale political scientist Theodore Marmore, commenting on Medicare, once wrote that no “other industrial democracy” other than the United States “has compulsory health insurance for its elderly citizens alone, and none started a program with such a beneficiary group.”

The reason Medicare was offered only to senior citizens is a tale of legislative compromise, not intellectual intent.

Since Theodore Roosevelt ran on a platform of health insurance for all industrial workers as a presidential candidate for the Bull Moose Party in 1912, offering government-backed health insurance to workers has been a progressive cause. Franklin Roosevelt proposed guaranteeing a right to health care shortly before his death; his successor Harry Truman worked hard to pass a form of single-payer health insurance, but was defeated in Congress after a smear campaign led by the American Medical Association that associated the president’s plan with the Soviet Union.

Thus reformers decided to focus on the most sympathetic part of the population, which the health insurance industry had the least interest in covering: the elderly.

Robert Ball was the commissioner of Social Security under presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and one of the officials who was involved in the push to create Medicare. In 1995, he wrote a short history of how the Johnson administration and its allies in civic society passed Medicare for the journal Health Affairs.

For persons who are trying to understand what we were up to, the first broad point to keep in mind is that all of us who developed Medicare and fought for it — including Nelson Cruikshank and Lisbeth Schorr of the AFL-CIO and [Under Secretary for Health, Education, and Welfare] Wilbur Cohen, [long-time Social Security administration official] Alvin David, [the Health Insurance Benefits Advisory Council’s] Bill Fullerton, [Social Security Administration officials] Art Hess, Ida Merriam, Irv Wolkstein, myself, and others at the Social Security Administration — had been advocates of universal national health insurance. We all saw insurance for the elderly as a fallback position, which we advocated solely because it seemed to have the best chance politically. Although the public record contains some explicit denials, we expected Medicare to be a first step toward universal national health insurance, perhaps with “Kiddicare” as another step.

After the passage of the initial program, Johnson administration officials didn’t wait long before calling for expanding health coverage. Johnson explained to Congress in his 1968 State of the Union address that he wanted a “child health program to provide, over the next five years, for families unable to afford it, access to health services from prenatal care of the mother through the child’s first year.” Cohen was tasked by the president to design the program, which Ball refers to above as “Kiddie Care.”

The war in Vietnam and Johnson’s fraying political coalition made Kiddie Care a vision that remained unfulfilled. Today, the United States continues to have the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world.

All that Sanders is trying to do is fulfill the original promise of Medicare, by expanding it to everyone.



Thank you, LD!!!! for keeping us up with Bernie’s activism.
And thank you, Bernie!!!!!!!!


Food for thought.

Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets

Former British Conservative MP Louise Mensch has become something of a celebrity of late in anti-Trump media. In the past two weeks, Mensch has been touted by former head of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile and prominent Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, and appeared on MSNBC (3/11/17), the New York Times op-ed page (3/17/17) and HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher (3/24/17). All this despite the fact that she routinely traffics in the most bizarre and unfounded conspiracy theories.

Here is an incomplete list of outlandish claims made by Mensch over the past six months, mostly on Twitter, that have thus far not removed her from polite society:
ProPublica and Democracy Now! “ARE [Steve] BANNON” and are “Russian shills” (1/28/17).
Putin may have killed Andrew Breitbart (2/24/17).
Russia is secretly operating the public wifi networks in her neighborhood (3/3/17).
Anthony Weiner wasn’t sexting with a 15-year-old but was set up by a Russian hacker (Patribotics, 2/24/17).
It was probably a Russian Twitter account that sent a strobe gif to Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald, causing a seizure (12/16/16).
Putin had his own ambassador killed in Turkey in a false-flag operation (3/23/17).
Putin played a role in the March 22 London attack (3/23/17).
“Russian partisans were out in the street” after London attack blaming illegal immigrants (Real Time, 3/24/17).

I like this part of her biography


Louise Mensch is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which made her realise she was “self medicating” with wine for stress, and she has now almost completely given up alcohol.[80] She also commented that taking hard drugs in the 1990s “messed with [her] brain and had long-term mental health effects


This decision makes it likely that the Dem filibuster will be a reality. I have my differences with McCaskill but this is a good thing that she is doing here, and she should be applauded.


Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Friday said she will vote to support a filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

The announcement makes it significantly harder for Gorsuch to muster the 60 votes he needs to overcome a filibuster and advance to a final confirmation vote.

McCaskill is the first Democrat facing reelection next year in a state President Trump carried by double digits to come out against Gorsuch.

She announced her opposition in a statement posted to Medium, faulting the nominee for “a stunning lack of humanity.”

“I cannot support Judge Gorsuch because a study of his opinions reveal a rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations,” she wrote.

McCaskill cited the judge’s opinion in Transam Trucking v. Administrative Review Board, which sided with an employer who ordered a trucker to stay with a disabled vehicle in sub-zero weather conditions.


She got a brief reprieve from the GOP, which is why likely she’s getting more comfortable with going with the rest of the Dems on this vote.

The blitz of $1 million in television ads and $300,000 in digital advertising, first reported by Bloomberg, is aimed at states where Trump won and Democratic senators will seek reelection in 2018.

Rather than attack the red-state Democrats such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, the ads will trumpet Trump’s early achievements, including withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The ads do not mention the GOP health care bill, which Republican leaders pulled last week in the face of bipartisan opposition.

Trump’s approval rating dipped to 36 percent in the latest Gallup poll, a low never reached by presidents Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. (George W. Bush saw his approval rating dip to 25 percent in the closing days of his presidency, and most of his predecessors dating back to Harry Truman registered lower approval numbers than Trump’s latest.)

The ads come from a nonprofit called Making America Great run by Rebekah Mercer, one of Trump’s biggest campaign donors.



On the lighter side. Part of Friday night news dump.

Try to take it in stride!


EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Dandelion yellow has reason to be blue.

Crayola announced Friday, National Crayon Day, that it’s replacing the color dandelion in its 24-pack with a crayon in “the blue family.”

The company says it will leave it to fans to come up with a name for the replacement color.

It’s only the third time in Crayola’s long history that it has retired one or more colors, and the first time it’s swapped out a color in its box of 24.

Other colors that previously got the boot include maize, raw umber and orange yellow.


Yellow prejudice! I didn’t even know there was a dandelion yellow crayon–no such color in my crayon days. I do remember raw umber though. I’m glad burnt sienna still is alive and kicking!

(I actually just looked dandelion came in only in 1990.)

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