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Not sure if Bernie’s speech in Berlin has already been posted here….





and Jane’s interview at the Peoples Summit about the new Sanders Institute that she leads:




The House GOP health care bill is a job killer, says a new report

In addition to potentially increasing the number of uninsured by 23 million and being unequivocally unpopular, House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan could leave nearly a million people unemployed.

That’s according to a new study published Wednesday by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund projects, which finds that the U.S. economy could see a loss of 924,000 jobs by 2026 if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law.


Is the Milken Institute related to Michael Milken? No snark.


yes–from Wikipedia:

Since his release from prison, Milken has funded medical research.[5] He is co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, chairman of the Milken Institute, and founder of medical philanthropies funding research into melanoma, cancer and other life-threatening diseases. A prostate cancer survivor, Milken has devoted significant resources to research on the disease.[6] In a November 2004 cover article, Fortune magazine called him “The Man Who Changed Medicine” for changes in approach to funding and results that he initiated.

On March 11, 2014, President Steven Knapp of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. announced the university would rename its public health school after Milken as a result of a total of $80 million in gifts, $50 million from the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation and $30 million gift from Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone. These gifts are designated to research and scholarship on public health issues.[


Still trying to clear his name after the white collar corporate criminal crap he pulled during the curse of Raygun, huh? Some of us remember all too well! Thanks, @jcitybone. 🙂


If AHCA becomes law, I sure hope somebody figures out a way to track those lost jobs as it’s own thing as of Day One.

Because if we need to wait until 2026 to illustrate the full negative impact, I think it’ll be far too late to be able to be pinned on AHCA supporters.


Trump’s budget would cut nearly half of EPA science research

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific research programs by nearly half, according to a new report prepared by former EPA staffers.

The newly formed Environmental Protection Network is a coalition made up of retired employees from Republican and Democratic administrations, many of whom have had decades of experience running the day-to-day work at the agency. And on Monday, this group of lawyers, scientists, and policy wonks released an analysis of the White House budget ahead of congressional testimony that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is set to deliver on Thursday. The hearing will be the first time that Pruitt will have to defend the dramatic cuts the administration has proposed for the agency.

Trump’s budget slashes the EPA’s main science programs by 47 percent, according to the former staffers’ analysis. “This area would be the most severely cut, contrary to verbiage in the Budget document acknowledging the important role of science in carrying out EPA’s regulatory, permitting, and enforcement responsibilities,” says the report. “The damage is not only to EPA, but to scientists across the country.” The budget includes an additional 7.9 percent cut to the Science Advisory Board, which provides expert guidance on the science that underlies EPA rulemaking.



The Trump Administration is using a deliberate and systematic approach to undermine, weaken and disempower America’s most vulnerable communities. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed budget cuts are a clear-cut example of this ongoing attack. The cuts will gravely reduce the ability to enhance communities across the United States – including low-income communities made up of white, blacks, Latino, Indigenous and Asian Americans, in urban and rural settings alike.

As President Trump’s appointed leader of the EPA gets set to testify on Capitol Hill this Thursday, it is important to understand the consequences of the actions they want to take. The bottom line is that real people will get sick and many will prematurely die. Communities, particularly our most vulnerable, will greatly suffer if these cuts happen.

The road the Trump Administration is taking us down puts us full-speed in reverse. Almost like a scene from “Back to the Future”, their actions would embrace a time when rivers caught fire and air pollution darkened the skies over our cities. A time when many communities of color were relegated to the back of the bus and their voices did not have an influence of the decision making process. Yep, the good ol’ days were actually not so good for many of our citizens.



Significant majorities in both parties are in favor of raising the minimum wage and are supportive of a slew of other anti-poverty programs, according to a poll from University of Maryland Program for Public Consultation (PPC) and the non-partisan group Voice of the People.

The survey could come as bad news for President Trump, who suggested slashing many of the programs in question in his 2018 budget proposal.

“Contrary to what we see in Congress, when Americans consider federal options for addressing poverty they find quite a lot of bipartisan common ground for taking action,” said PPC Director Steven Kull, who headed the survey. “There is a clear consensus that the federal government has a role to play in fighting poverty.”



It is now painfully clear that Mueller has opened the ballgame on the Trump organization’s entire business model, which always has been aromatic but which now has become entangled with the intelligence community, the institutions of government, and the national interest, as interpreted by Robert Mueller. He isn’t some roofing specialist that you can stiff and then drag through the courts until he can’t afford the trip any more. He isn’t someone you can scare off with your usual gang of billable-hour button men. He isn’t some dingy Russian banker who can float you a loan to tide you over. He is honest and respected and relentless, and the only way you’re going to get rid of him is to fire him. In a way, the country is daring you to do that, just to see if you have the stones for what comes next, and (possibly) as the last excuse it needs to insist on a new president. Go ahead. Make our day.

For a long time, I didn’t believe that the president* would bring all this down on himself just to hide the fact that he isn’t as rich as he says he is, but now I’m less sure. I think, maybe, that’s what’s at the bottom of everything else. I think he isn’t that rich, so he and the family business allegedly needed freshly laundered Russian money to keep the business—and his image—afloat. Then, of course, the bill came due from Moscow, and that required another set of malodorous transactions which, in turn, required that they be concealed by another set of malodorous transactions, including the firing of James Comey, and so on.


Reminder: Democracy Does Not Exist In America

If this Caitlin article was posted while I was in baby bliss, apologies. Caveat: Of course, if Trump is involved in money laundering to hide his bank sheet, it needs to be investigated. But she is speaking to the overall hysteria of stomping on anyone who thinks we’re going overboard (it seems to be especially hitting Jill Stein). Here’s a tidbit:

Phil Rockstroh

There is a howling chasm of difference between being a Russiaphile and recognising the fact that Russia has the right to defend herself against US/NATO economic and militarist aggression. And no, sneaky pants Putin did not undermine (non-existent) US democracy (how is it possible to interfere with something that does not exist?) and insert his tangerine-tinged minion into the office of the US presidency.

Ever since the reversal of fortune of Madame Deplorable, Democrats have chased after the chimera of impeachment rather than engaging in sessions of reflection. In short, hope desperate Democrats are clinging to a fool’s mythos. Result: The only thing lower than Trump’s dismal and deserved approval rating is the dismal and deserved approval rating of Russia-deranged Democrats.

Her point is, how can Putin or anyone damage our “democracy,” when it really doesn’t matter what we want? It’s time to start calling what we have any number of things, but not a democracy.


I just saw an Orwell quote, gimme a sec, going to look…

Couldn’t find the one I wanted, it was something about how TPTB will ‘let’ people keep democracy but will control everything nonetheless.

But I did find this little George Orwell snippet that I liked:

“Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it. It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. Everyone writes of them in one guise or another. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows.”


The Emerging Senate Repeal Bill Eviscerates Protections for Millions in Employer Plans Nationwide

This week Axios reported that the emerging Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will allow states to waive coverage of essential health benefits for small employer and individually purchased plans. In waiver states, this cut in benefits would be catastrophic for people who are sick or have a pre-existing condition and need prescription drugs, treatment for opioid addiction, or other services that could be excluded.

But the waivers would have a much broader impact, affecting millions of workers with employer coverage in every state—even nonwaiver states. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the waivers of essential health benefits would also eviscerate important financial protections that apply to large employer plans.

The Center for American Progress combined the results of a survey by Willis Towers Watson and census data to estimate the number of people with employer-based coverage who would be affected in each state. Nationally, we estimate that the Senate bill would erode or eliminate financial protections for about 27 million workers and their dependents.

The Republican bill’s waivers of essential health benefits threaten coverage not just for the individual market but also for the roughly 134 million Americans covered through large employers. Unlimited coverage for basic services like mental health, prescription drugs, and maternity coverage could disappear. Without it, cancer patients would not be able to access life-saving drugs, families would not be able to help a loved one obtain substance-abuse treatment, and new mothers would take home both babies and medical debt.


That’s why the REPUKELICANS pull this crap behind closed doors. They made no secret about it. Senate RW vomit put this baby together quietly. The American people need to get with the program and VOTE. Otherwise, we’ve got a new version of the 1929 Depression staring us right in the face. It will be worse in 2017 than it was 89 years ago!!


A picture worth a thousand words


I took it out of the published. I’ll see if I can recreate it here. Most of it you already know though.


Were you not up for a pie fight?


So did you take it down, or did the jackbooted thugs at DK do it? I got the 403 error.


I’m reposting it at 9ET. It wasn’t getting any traction at all, so I’m electing to retry. I’m not expecting too much pie because I’m not writing about Bernie in that diary, it’s more about the FAQs I saw at TOP. There is some suspicion about PS because of ignorance as no one has discussed it fully, all they read is in 140 characters or the MSM. For all I know, I may be only Nester/TOP person who attended. My desire to provide some information, and I have some limited data PS provided in that diary.


Good morning LD and TPWs. Hope you are all enjoying summer and holding up under the insanity that is the US government. If any of you are on Twitter or Facebook, please drop by to give caucus99percent a like and a follow. Gulfgal98 is manning Twitter, and I have Facebook. We’d both love to see you if you are in the neighborhood.

Take care. Counting the days, but I’m not sure to what. The horizon still looks very far away.


PS: Nice job on the website. You did a nice job of putting it together. Hope it is behaving for you.


Great to see you dkmich!

I just ‘followed’ at this twitter address:


Hopefully that’s the one. Cheers!


Maybe it is my warped sense of humor but I think this is kinda funny.


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday offered to give political asylum to former FBI Director James Comey, poking at tensions between Comey and President Trump.

“If Comey will be under the threat of political persecution, we are ready to accept him here,” Putin said at a press conference, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.


Oh for the good old days when we actually had a Free Press!


And the extremist centrists are queuing up to all take their swings.

I read that Dems struck deal with Repubs – tepid Dem pushback on AHCA in exchange for Repubs signing on to Russia sanctions. I hope that report is inaccurate, but it jives with what I’ve been seeing.


Wait, didn’t Obama work hard on the Iran nuclear agreement? Why are all those Hillary supporters piling on Bernie for this vote? That doesn’t make sense, unless they really didn’t like Obama that much after all?


See my comment in Subir’s diary.


This is an interesting read I would say.


In his Senate testimony on June 8, fired FBI Director James Comey was asked whether Donald Trump obstructed justice by pressuring him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey, as he did many times during the hearing, referred senators to Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special counsel, saying it was now his job to sort it all out.

As special counsel, Mueller is investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. He is vested with a unique set of powers, the extent of which won’t be clear until he attempts to exercise them. Mueller has the traditional tools of a federal prosecutor: He can issue subpoenas, pull people in front of grand juries, and bring criminal charges. In theory, he can interrogate the president, though it’s unclear whether Trump would willingly submit. Mueller can also seek to expand his probe beyond the original mandate into places he believes are relevant.

Mueller inherited months of work already under way at the FBI, including criminal investigations of Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Over the past month he has set up shop in a federal office building in downtown Washington and begun assembling a team of investigators. Some of them worked for him during his 12-year tenure running the FBI; others he met more recently while a partner at the Washington law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. Some estimate that Mueller will need 50 to 100 lawyers and investigators, comparable to the staffing of the Watergate congressional committee and the Sept. 11 Commission. Rosenstein, who controls Mueller’s budget, says he’ll have the resources he needs.

There is more at the link.


This is one way for Justice to be served. Too bad that the family had to resort to this.


Some good news for a change.

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