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The Incoherent Nature of Nancy MacLean’s Narrative

Nancy MacLean is a professor of history at Duke University and she has written a book that seeks to explain the Grand Master Plan of the Right in destroying American Democracy and installing a Plutocratic Regime, and it’s Grand Master of Evil is none other than James McGill Buchanan. Yes, most of of you just went, “Who?” But see, that only underscores the sheer diabolical nature of the plan…you were completely unaware that this mild mannered political philosopher and economist was in fact a grand puppet master who was pulling everyone strings according to the directions of Charles Koch.

Senate To Move Ahead On Health Care Reform Votes That Seem Unlikely To Succeed

The Senate isn’t giving up in its efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that it seems clear that the votes aren’t there.

John McCain Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Sad news about a Washington stalwart.

Jon Huntsman Nominated To Be Ambassador To Russia

A good choice for an important position.

Trump And Putin Had Previously Undisclosed Meeting At G-20

Trump Putin G-20

Is there anyone in the Trump Administration or family who hasn’t held undisclosed meetings with Russians?

Donald Trump Fails The Leadership Test Again

President Trump’s reaction to the failure of health care reform efforts in the Senate demonstrates yet again that he doesn’t know how to be President.

Senate GOP’s Plan C On Health Care Dies In Less Than A Day

What looks like it will be the Senate GOP’s last effort on the issue of health care reform died less than a day after being put on the table.

McConnell Pulls The Plug On Senate Health Care Reform Bill

With the defection of two more Senators, the latest effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act has gone down in flames.

It’s as if it isn’t a very Good Bill…

…and that maybe the GOP leadership is showing their lack of seriousness or something. Via the NYT:  Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two More Republican Senators Defect  Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing […]

How not to be a Dean

Via the LAT: An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances […]

Americans Favor Obamacare Over GOP Replacements Two-To-One

New polling indicates that the Affordable Care Act has gained in popularity with the American public, while Republican reform efforts are viewed overwhelmingly negatively.

Speaking of the Pence-Kobach Commission…

Rick Hasen points to a link to the agenda of this week’s first meeting of the Pence-Kobach Commission.  As someone who attends a ton of meeting these days, and who sets a fair share of agendas, this reads like a meeting set because they need to have a meeting, not because they really know what they […]

Rick Hasen on our Voting System

A reading recommendation for anyone who missed it, Rick Hasen’s piece in the NYT:  Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse. He concludes as follows, but I would very much encourage a read of the whole piece: The future is scary. Public confidence in the fairness of the election process is already largely driven by who wins and who loses. […]

Trump Continues To Slump In The Polls

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With the Administration’s six-month point approaching, Donald Trump continues to lag in the polls.

Another Poor Attempt at Illustrating the Scourge of Voter Fraud

Another failed attempt to demonstrate the problems of voter fraud in the US.

Trump Reportedly Won’t Visit Britain Until He Gets Better Press Coverage

President Trump is apparently saying that he will delay his expected state visit to the United Kingdom until he gets better coverage from the British press: Donald Trump reportedly told Theresa May he will not make a state visit to the UK until he is guaranteed a “better reception”. The US President asked the Prime Minister to […]

Senate Health Care Debate Delayed Due To McCain Surgery

With the fate of the Senate health care reform bill hanging in the balance, the Senate will delay consideration of the bill due to the unexpected absence of one Senator.

Krauthammer on Don Jr.

I tweeted this link out yesterday, but if you missed it, it is worth a read: Charles Krauthammer,  Bungled collusion is still collusion The evidence is now shown. This is not hearsay, not fake news, not unsourced leaks. This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself. A British go-between writes that there’s […]

Brooks on Trump Amorality

David Brook’s NYT column on Don Jr. is worth a read:  Moral Vacuum in the House of Trump He basic conclusion is as follows: That to me is the central takeaway of this week’s revelations. It’s not that the Russia scandal may bring down the administration. It’s that over the past few generations the Trump family […]

Shep Smith’s Days at Fox Numbered?

Granted, he has been critical of the administration before (for example, having strong words about the way the administration treats CNN), but something will have to give at some point, given the overall tenor of the station’s political coverage.  Via WaPo:  ‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News’s Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia. […]

Challenges and Threats to Representative Government in the United States

Thoughts on the quality of our democracy.

A Photo for Friday: Warp Speed

“Warp Speed” July 4, 2017 Pike Road, AL

Senate GOP Releases Revised Version Of Obamacare ‘Repeal And Replace’ Bill

Senate Republicans have introduced their latest version of a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Democrat Bill Murphy Holds Huge Lead In Race To Succeed Chris Christie In New Jersey

A new poll shows the Democratic candidate for New Jersey Governor has a seemingly insurmountable lead over his Republican opponent, who just happens to be Chris Christie’s Lieutenant Governor: The latest poll in the race to succeed Chris Christie as New Jersey’s governor shows Democratic nominee Phil Murphy with a commanding 27-point lead over Republican […]

Justice Dept. Fails To Comply With Court Order To Release Details On Sessions Russia Contacts

NPR is reporting that the Justice Department has failed to comply with a Federal District Court’s Order that it provide a list of the Attorney General’s contacts with Russian officials: In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts […]

White House Under Siege As Russia Revelations Continue

Six months of revelations about ties to Russia is taking its toll on White House staffers.

Blocked Twitter Users Sue President Trump Alleging First Amendment Violation

Twitter users who have been blocked on the service by President Trump are suing him, claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated.

McConnell Delays Senate’s Summer Recess Two Weeks

In a sign that the ongoing health care reform debate inside the Senate GOP Caucus is not going well, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this afternoon that the Senate’s August recess would be delayed two weeks: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would cut the chamber’s August recess in half, saying […]

That Donald Trump Jr. Meeting Is Looking More And More Like Collusion

Donald Trump Sr and Jr

The revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with someone represented as being a Russian government official just keep getting worse.

Senate GOP Faces Another Make Or Break Week On Health Care Reform

The Senate GOP’s effort to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act is headed for a bumpy ride.

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