Open Thread: Local Races, Utah Edition — High & (Very, Very) Low

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The professionals weigh in…

As a fellow Masshole, I concur with Mr. Pierce:


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Wanna-be Breitbrat Jacob Wohl chips in with a cunning plan

TBH, since the Fusion GPS / Wolff book news dropped this morning, I suspect Steve Bannon’s got quite enough on his plate without an expensive referendum on how much consistent GOP voters don’t like him. But it’s good to know the hardcore racist/sexist/nativist bigots will be harrassing Romney from the right while the Democrats are pushing our “leftist” (humanist) agenda!



Johnny goes Buh Bye

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In(dict) like Flynn

Open thread

Go long popcorn



Thursday Morning Open Thread: When the Going Gets Weird…


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I, for one, welcome our new SkyNet overlords. Our current “leaders” are failing fast…



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Gosh, Ms. Haberman, you sound bitter! Maybe you can rewrite your ‘exclusive access’ Trump bio as a memoir: “Donald, Glenn, and Other Men Who I Let Lie to Me”…

Speaking of professional liars, anyone old/educated enough to remember the Watergate days should’ve known better than to trust a single word out of Roger Stone’s mouth:

Not the Onion:

President Trump’s longtime associate Roger Stone was in contact with a New York radio personality who had conversations with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 campaign season, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The radio host, Randy Credico, is the individual Stone referred to as an intermediary between him and Assange. Stone initially declined to reveal his name to the House Intelligence Committee because he said they had an “off-the-record” conversation, though he insisted there was nothing untoward about their conversation. Stone later did privately disclose the identity of the individual to the panel.

Credico received a subpoena this week to appear Dec. 15 before the House Intelligence Committee, something Credico’s attorney Martin Stolar says he “certainly” plans to comply with. Credico tweeted out a copy of the subpoena on Tuesday.
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ACA 2021 and waivers

Dylan Scott at Vox had a great piece earlier this week.  He tried to imagine what the ACA looks like in 2020 as the Open Enrollment period for 2021 was gearing up just before the Presidential Election.  We talked for a while and he represented my thinking quite well.  There is one thing that I think he is missing which makes me more optimistic than most people in the story.

Over the past three years, Republicans never found a plan to repeal and replace the health care law that they could actually pass. But the dream that they could still end the law entirely prevented any bipartisan measure to stabilize the law from being enacted.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has nicked and cut the ACA wherever he could….

The people whose income qualified them for the ACA’s tax subsidies could still find affordable coverage, available for as little as $150 a month. But when somebody making too much for that assistance checked their choices — like a single woman making $75,000 a year — they didn’t see any prices that most middle-class people would be comfortable paying every month…..

Health insurers didn’t abandon the law’s market. The incentives were too good: They can price their rates as high as they want, and those 9 million people should continue to buy their plans because they are protected from the hikes by the federal subsidies….

The entire piece neglects probable state waivers.  This is critical.

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12 Counts

Mr. Manafort and Gates are each facing a twelve count indictment.

The indictment against both of these individuals makes the following charges:

Count 1 Conspiracy against the United States
Count 2 Conspiracy to Launder Money
Counts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 — Failure to report foreign accounts
Count 10 — Unregistered agent of a foreign principal (FARA)
Count 11 — False or Misleading FARA statements
Count 12 — False statements

The interesting to me, as I am not a lawyer, is the last couple of pages of the indictment. Paragraph 52 is a notice of intent to seize assets. If there is a conviction on Count 2 (Money laundering) or count 10/11 (FARA violations) the Feds intend to get all of the ill-gotten gains. That to me is an invitation of Mr. Gates to think about his children and his wife. Does he really want to impoverish his family or does he really want to flip and start talking…



Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Lyin’ Paul Ryan, Continuing to Debase Himself

(Jeff Danziger‘s website)
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