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Thank Bernie for the Byrd attack on Trumpcare

Not only does it look like the notorious “Byrd Rule” will come into play now, mandating that every provision of a 50-plus-one reconciliation vote meet the standards of being budget-specific, but that rule has already stricken at least three provisions from the Senate version of Trumpcare. The item in the bill that defunds Planned Parenthood will require 60 votes now, as ordered by the Senate parliamentarian. GOP leaders have indicated that amendments added by Sens. Ted Cruz and Rob Portman will require 60 votes to pass too.

Additionally, if any points of order about other sections are sustained during the debate, those items will also need 60 votes rather than 50-plus-one. At the end of the day, the GOP could end up with a “skinny repeal,” as they’re calling it, which would merely repeal the individual mandate, the employer mandate and the medical device tax. Or they could end up with an un-passable carcass of a bill.

Congressional Republicans will also soon discover that the destabilization that Trump is inflicting upon D.C. and the world in general is rendering the GOP even less trustworthy than it already was. He is dragging down approval numbers for Congress and spawning a practically unprecedented number of congressional challengers for 2018. There are reportedly 209 Democratic challengers so far, compared with previous norms of around 40 at this point in the cycle.

Trump is dead weight for any Republican who’s serious about governing and, indeed, serious about maintaining his or her seat on the Hill through next November (war or terror attack notwithstanding). Paul Ryan and others have to know this already, but D.C. is notoriously slow on the uptake, and too many naive Republicans still seem to be wishing-on-a-star that Trump will finally calm the hell down and take the job seriously. Since it appears Trump is perennially just hours away from firing either Jeff Sessions or Robert Mueller or both in order to continue obstructing the Trump-Russia investigation, matters are likely to get much more dire for the Republicans before they ever improve.

Don midwest
Don midwest

The Intercept just published an article about a woman who has fought chemical companies for 40 years and has a trove of documents obtained during the fights. She lives in Oregon and suffered chemicals sprayed by the government to protect trees. Her house burned down and all 4 children died — which sounds like fighting back by the forest industry.


FOR DECADES, SOME of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through legal discovery in lawsuits against Dow, Monsanto, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the Air Force, and pulp and paper companies, among others.

As of today, those documents and others that have been collected by environmental activists will be publicly available through a project called the Poison Papers. Together, the library contains more than 200,000 pages of information and “lays out a 40-year history of deceit and collusion involving the chemical industry and the regulatory agencies that were supposed to be protecting human health and the environment,” said Peter von Stackelberg, a journalist who along with the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project helped put the collection online.

Bruno Latour continues to point out that the divide between culture and nature, with nature being a stage for action, and nature being a back drop for “truth” from scientific results of the static nature, when in fact humans and non humans have always already been linked and we are even more linked now.

The most important political actor is The New Climate Regime. Here is the information on his book that will be out in a few weeks “Facing Gaia”

The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world.

The situation is even more unstable today, now that we have entered an ecological mutation of unprecedented scale. Some call it the Anthropocene, but it is best described as a new climatic regime. And a new regime it certainly is, since the many unexpected connections between human activity and the natural world oblige every one of us to reopen the earlier notions of nature and redistribute what had been packed inside.

So the question now arises: what will replace the old ways of looking at nature?

This book explores a potential candidate proposed by James Lovelock when he chose the name ‘Gaia’ for the fragile, complex system through which living phenomena modify the Earth. The fact that he was immediately misunderstood proves simply that his readers have tried to fit this new notion into an older frame, transforming Gaia into a single organism, a kind of giant thermostat, some sort of New Age goddess, or even divine Providence.

In this series of lectures on ‘natural religion,’ Bruno Latour argues that the complex and ambiguous figure of Gaia offers, on the contrary, an ideal way to disentangle the ethical, political, theological, and scientific aspects of the now obsolete notion of nature. He lays the groundwork for a future collaboration among scientists, theologians, activists, and artists as they, and we, begin to adjust to the new climatic regime.

A graduate student and a budding theologian is heading to the end of his dissertation on Latour’s work in religion. The book came out a couple of years ago in French and he provides a summary of the various chapters. And he has a series of three papers in the last three months on the moderns who do not live in space nor time.

The Political Theology of Bruno Latour


I’ve been an advocate for this type of initiative for years. We have some of the lowest turnouts in voting because it is not seen as a right, even though it’s supposed to be one.


I’ve never heard the expression before but I doubt it is a compliment.


Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) on Wednesday defended President Trump’s criticism of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as fair, saying someone needs to go to the Senate and “snatch a knot in their ass.”

“I think it’s perfectly fair,” Carter said of President Trump’s decision to criticize Murkowski’s vote against a procedural motion Tuesday to effectively begin the Senate’s healthcare debate.

The Republicans certainly are a sick bunch!


I can’t even fathom where that expression comes from, but yes it doesn’t seem positive.


When will this caving to big business ever stop?


There is quite a bit more to do. Keep up with the pressure!


My guess is that he didn’t consult with Hillary first. LOL!


Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book will double down on Russia’s interference and James Comey’s involvement in her stunning election defeat, according to sources familiar with the memoir.

Privately, Clinton has told friends and longtime associates that she “wants the whole story out there” as she rushes to tweak and put the finishing touches on the book due out in September.

“She really believes that’s why she lost, and she wants to explain why in no uncertain terms,” one longtime ally said. “She wants the whole story out there from her own perspective. I think a lot of people are going to be really surprised by how much she reveals.


Schumer actually has turned out better than I thought he would. Still not to be trusted, but at least he can see where the wind is blowing.

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