Author: The BPI Squirrel

The Future of Truth

Are we doomed to a dystopic future where lies swamp facts? (More) “This significantly undermines the intelligence community’s credibility” Yesterday Outhouse chief of staph John Kelly lied: Kelly criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson for claiming “she got the money” for the new [FBI] building during the 2015 ceremony while he and others in the audience were focused on the heroism of agents Benjamin Grogan and Jerry Dove, killed during a 1986 shootout with bank robbers south of Miami. Thursday night, Wilson said Kelly got the story flat-out wrong. In fact, she said Washington approved the money before she...

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You Don’t Have to Be Racist or Sexist…

You don’t have to be racist or sexist to benefit from white or male privilege. You just have to live in a society where racism and sexism exist. (More) “I just don’t see the paved open road in front of working class whites” So declared Tom Maguire in response to an excellent essay by Shaun King. Most of King’s essay quoted comments by San Antonio Spurs’ coach Greg Popovich for Black History Month (podcast) and more recently about athletes protesting racial injustice: Gregg Popovich: 'We still have no clue of what being born white means.' pic.twitter.com/whTL7y4ktu — Sports Illustrated...

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Alexander-Murray Bill Could Save Obamacare

Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have a bill that could save Obamacare. (More) “In my view, this agreement avoids chaos” The text of the Alexander-Murray bill was released yesterday, but here are the key details: Funding For Cost-Sharing Subsidies – The key component to the deal is stable funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies that President Trump last week said he would no longer pay. These subsidies lower out-of-pocket costs for individuals enrolled in the Affordable Care Act exchanges with incomes between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Changes To Section 1332 Waiver Rules...

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God-King’s Obamacare Sabotage Continues

The God-King will sabotage Obamacare again…. (More) “Millions of Americans rely on these benefits to afford their coverage and care” Last night the God-King confirmed that he will end cost-sharing payments to insurers that cover hardworking families: President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law’s requirements. The White House confirmed late Thursday that it would halt federal payments...

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The Bulliest Pulpit

Is the God-King playing a Nixonian madman, trying to provoke a war, or looking for someone, anyone, to beat up? (More) “You tell them, ‘This guy’s so crazy he could pull out any minute.’” One theory holds that the God-King’s tantrums are calculated negotiating gambits, based on reports like this from Axios’s Jonathan Swan: In an Oval Office meeting in early September, President Trump gave his top trade negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, an Art of the Deal-style coaching session on how to negotiate with the South Koreans. […] “You’ve got 30 days, and if you don’t get concessions then I’m...

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