We have been at war in Afghanistan for almost 16 years now, and for much of that time, it’s been two steps forward and three steps back. This week, we went three steps back as ISIS captured the mountain fortress of Tora Bora. The ISIS forces in Afghanistan include the remnants of Al-Qaeda. Tora Bora is where Bin-Laden went immediately after 9/11. It’s a large complex with miles of tunnels, roads and caves dug into granite mountains. If you think this is only two steps back, recall that Tora Bora was originally built with funding from the CIA. The CIA helped build this …Continue reading →
Greetings…your faithful reporter from The PS 2017, Day-1 (or should I say, Evening). I will be adding pictures and snippets as I go along. The livestream for this evening is located below. …Continue reading →
As the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza approaches, there will be several lengthy retrospectives. One of the better ones was, surprisingly, published by the NY Times today. Nathan Thrall is a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group. He’s also the author of “The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine.” he makes a persuasive case that the Israeli occupation is on track to run another 50 years, aided and abetted by the US. The widely held misconception that the occupation is unsustainable and prone to collapse any minute now, under the weight …Continue reading →
Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to “fight for its own destiny”. […] “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Mrs Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. […] The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said. — BBC There are multiple threads here. Clearly EU allies were not pleased with the current US administration’s unwillingness to commit to …Continue reading →
While TPW has two new excellent posts up by Subir (please read them and make comments!), I’m creating an open thread. Bernie slammed Trump on his budget proposal this afternoon and had the ranking Budget member from Congress, John Yarmuth, join him in the presser. Spoiler warning: the Minority leaders also give remarks but they are the last two. Sanders highlighted the tax savings the wealthiest Americans will see and the cuts to welfare programs. “This is a budget that says if you are a member of the Trump family, you will get a tax break of up to $4 …Continue reading →
While much of the discussion of Kushner’s real-estate empire has focused on glitzy high-rises in New York City, Kushner also owns far more modest low-rise residential rental complexes across the country. The NY Times has a superb exposé of shoddy conditions and exploitative, extortionate tactics used in Baltimore housing complexes owned by a company called “JK2 Westminster”. The JK stands for Jared Kushner’s initials. The article describes the travails of one young woman who terminated her lease early, with permission from the landlord, a few months before Kushner bought the property. Kushner’s lawyers filed a court-case to extract several thousand dollars …Continue reading →
April Showers bring May Flowers on the month’s ides. Let’s get to it as some of this news is not making the media conglomerates due to revelations of Trump’s continued incompetence as the commander-in-chief.
Hello everyone..I’m taking a day off from planting my gardens , catching up on my neglected emails and just relaxing. I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s Day weekend in your neck of the woods. 🙂 While reading my email notifications I came across an interesting and revealing new documentary that’s being talked about on Twitter. It details how Democratic Party DNC Political Strategists influenced, planned and eventually set-up the election of the Orange One. I learned a lot of new stuff watching it. It’s a citizen journalism documentary film showing the terrible corruption that comes when big money …Continue reading →
Sen. Bernie Sanders did not hold anything back Thursday when he condemned the House passage of the Republican-backed bill to replace Obamacare.
“If the bill passed today in the House became law, thousands of Americans would die, because they would no longer have access to health care,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”
The Vermont lawmaker and former presidential candidate claimed the Obamacare replacement provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%.
“What kind of health care bill are we talking about when you throw 24 million people off of health insurance,” Sanders said.
Cooper asked Sanders to weigh in on health care giant Aetna pulling out of Obamacare in Virginia, citing major losses.
“What (Republicans) are doing now is consciously sabotaging the Affordable Care Act,” Sanders said. “For example, not enforce the individual mandate — many billions of dollars are not coming into the system and then rates are going up. And then they say, ‘Oh look, it’s a terrible situation rates are going up’.”
Donald Trump and Republicans just celebrated voting to let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks. Think about that. pic.twitter.com/hbOp7k2TQe
As several news sources have pointed out, prior to the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to victims of sexual assault. Prior to the passage of Obamacare, survivors of sexual assault who sought medical attention for injuries sustained during the assault could be denied coverage later on because rape was considered a pre-existing condition. The National Women’s Law Center launched a campaign at the time “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition,” as Gina Scaramella from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center recalled. Under the new MacArthur-Meadows Amendment in Trumpcare, states would be allowed to waive the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. It …Continue reading →
The House just passed the ACHA , 217-213. Twenty GOP’ers did vote against it. However, none of those same 20 did not vote against the exemption of Congress from the pre-existing conditions and other things in the bill. Tax breaks for the Koch Brothers, commoners may lose access because why? Follow me after the jump.
Over the weekend, I mentioned that Saturday Night Live (SNL) had a series of sketches that packed some punches. One of them was the Open Cold, which featured Alec Baldwin reprising his role as Trump. Read more…
Still lots of news & opinions about Syria, as well as levity. SNL had some great sketches last night. There’s one in particular that isn’t getting much attention, perhaps because the humor was lost on many. You can find it after the jump.