Monday Morning Open Thread: Remember the Ladies!

What’s on the agenda as we start another week in the Resistance?
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… “I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump,” the California Democrat told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia, and we want to see his tax returns, so we can have truth in the relationship between Putin, whom he admires, and Donald Trump.”…

Trump on Saturday diminished Russian President Vladimir Putin’s human rights violations in an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, saying, “You think our country’s so innocent?”

Earlier Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Todd asked Vice President Mike Pence, “Why can’t [Trump] say a negative thing about Vladimir Putin?”

“The president has said many times if we got along with Russia better, that would be a good thing for the world,” Pence answered. “Maybe it’s not going to work out. But I think he’s absolutely determined. He had a productive conversation with President Putin.”

It’s not just Trump: All the Republicans are happy to enable Vladmir Putin!



Nancy Smash Drops a Truth Bomb

BOOM!

Republicans will call Pelosi the REAL racist, but it wouldn’t surprise me if some Democrats freak out about her comment too. Do we really want to bring “identity politics” back into the conversation?

Fuck that noise, I say. I’m grateful to Pelosi for telling it like it is. If anything good comes of the Trump debacle, let it be that we finally decided to stop lying to ourselves and sugar-coating unpleasant truths.








Monday Morning Open Thread: Scenes from the Resistance

Bahstin Strong!

Some immigration lawyers are advising green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Trump’s order and who are traveling overseas to fly back to the United States through Boston because a Massachusetts judge’s order blocking the enforcement of President Trump’s executive order offers them more protection than similar judicial orders elsewhere.

The order signed by Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein, issued early Sunday morning, requires the government to release approved refugees and individuals with valid visas from the seven majority-Muslim countries listed in President Trump’s executive order — Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Iran, and Yemen.

A similar order from a New York judge blocks immigration officials from deporting those individuals upon their arrival, but it allows the government to detain them pending further legal review…

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning that the order will not affect any green card holders going forward, but he also said that border agents would have “discretionary authority” over whether to question travelers from the seven countries listed in Trump’s order.

The New York order preventing the deportation of approved refugees and other immigrants with valid visas should apply nationally because it was filed on behalf of a national class of petitioners, but Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said federal agents have not universally complied with it.

“We continue to face Border Patrol noncompliance and chaos at every airport across the country and the world, despite the fact we had a great victory last night,” the told reporters on the same conference call on Sunday…

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Apart from continuing to fight, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?
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Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Nancy (Once Again) Smash

May her shadow never grow less!:

Democrats are wandering around in the wilderness once again, shut out of power in Washington after losing a close, hard-fought presidential battle. The last time this happened, after the 2004 elections, the newly reelected president, George W. Bush, over-read his mandate and launched an ill-fated effort to partially privatize Social Security, providing a rallying point for Democrats to begin turning things around.

In an interview with me, House Dem leader Nancy Pelosi argued that history might repeat itself, if House Speaker Paul Ryan — with Donald Trump’s blessing — makes good on his hints to press forward with his plans to privatize Medicare. Pelosi vowed that Democrats would remain united in the battle to stop Ryan’s plan, a goal she described as crucial to defeating it, just as unity enabled Dems to block Bush’s Social Security plan…

In that 2005 fight, Pelosi recalled, Democrats actively avoided developing an alternative plan to Bush’s. Instead, Democrats said their plan was to defend Social Security, a very popular government program. At the time, some Democratic strategists warned against uncompromising opposition. But the gamble paid off. Observers noted that Bush’s plan sank in popularity as Dems remained unified behind a refusal to budge in defense of Social Security, a move that was widely credited with helping to put Dems on track to winning back Congress in the 2006 elections.

Pelosi argued that if Republicans did try to privatize Medicare, it would afford a chance to underscore “the difference between Democrats and Republicans” at a time when Democrats are trying to regain their footing after this year’s loss. “This is such a stark difference that people know we have to be unified,” Pelosi said….

… Pelosi adamantly stated that Democrats would not give any ground on the core ideological dispute here, which is over whether to maintain a government coverage guarantee. “We are not going to a casino — this is a guarantee,” Pelosi said. “This is a value system for us, and we will fight for it. Is it a guarantee, or not?”…

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Apart from vowing to fight on, what’s on the agenda for the day?



And the Lord said, whack ye all the serpents which crawl on their bellies …

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What’s the Warren equivalent of Nancy Smash!?



Tuesday Evening Open Thread: I’m With Her, Too

Nacy Pelosi plays the Good Cop. And the Bad Cop? Well, last week, there was this Politico report:

“I’ve never been too good at math, but I can figure that one out. I think he better do a little mathing,” Reid said…

Reid went on to say that while Sanders has the right to continue his presidential campaign, he doesn’t recommend extending it.

“No, I don’t think he should. I don’t know what that’s going to prove. Sometimes you just have to give up. I’ve lost before. The numbers aren’t there.”

Sen. Sanders has had all the fun made the best impact he can in this election cycle. Anything less than a gracious concession, at the very least, is not going to make his future career path pleasant…



Good news everybody

Just some more good news:

and the good news will probably continue for the first quarter of 2016:

So in 3 years, all of the data sources suggest that we’ve cut the uninsured rate in half and slowed the cost curve. There are another couple percentage points of easy gains once the rest of the Confederacy and the everyone between the Mississippi’s left bank and the Columbia’s south bank expand Medicaid.

Then we’ll actually need to take another whack to get the last 5% of the population covered AND get better coverage for 25% to 30% of the currently covered population.