Author: The BPI Squirrel

Liberal Populism vs. Data, plus Other Stuff

Would ‘liberal populism’ save the Democratic Party? Progressives like to think so, but several studies disagree…. (More) “Whether we go beyond identity politics” Back in November, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at Boston’s Berklee College of Music about what he believes the Democratic Party must change to win future elections: It goes without saying, that as we fight to end all forms of discrimination, as we fight to bring more and more women into the political process, Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans – all of that is enormously important, and count me in as somebody who wants to see that...

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God-King vs. Federal Workers, plus Other Stuff

The God-King’s budget would take an axe to the federal workforce to boost the military…. (More) “These are cuts that would require a wholesale triage of a vast array of federal activities” The God-King won’t release his proposed budget until Thursday, but his aides are leaking parts: President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce. This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude – and all at once – since the drawdown...

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God-King’s U.S. Attorney Purge, plus Other Stuff

Yesterday the God-King fired 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Obama. Also, his Muslim Ban got swatted down again, and Spy-a-Lago has the Secret Service worried. (More) “As was the case in prior transitions” I won’t say much about the summary dismissals of the 46 Obama-appointed U.S. Attorneys, because there’s not much to say. It’s pretty much routine: The Justice Department announced Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked all 46 remaining Obama administration U.S. attorneys across the country to submit their resignations immediately. “As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States attorneys nominated...

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God-King, Ryan Try to Sell Wealthcare Act

The God-King and Speaker Paul Ryan are going all-out to sell the GOP’s Wealthcare Act…. (More) “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” Yesterday Speaker Ryan gave a PowerPoint presentation to sell his American Wealthcare Act: “This is the chance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said the speaker, roving the stage with a wireless mic, gesturing at both the audience in front of him and the PowerPoint presentation behind him. TED Talk? Late-night infomercial? Nope – it was House Speaker Paul Ryan, making a hard pitch for his health care plan after a week of loud conservative criticism. The God-King was...

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More Thumbs Down for GOP’s Wealthcare Act

Yesterday doctors, hospitals, and insurers joined the chorus against Republicans’ Wealthcare Act. (More) “That just won’t do” The American Medical Association were unsparing in their critique: The replacement bill, as written, would reverse the coverage gains achieved under the ACA, causing many Americans to lose the health care coverage they have come to depend upon. […] That just won’t do. We all know that our health system is highly complex, but our core commitment to the patients most in need should be straightforward. As the AMA has previously stated, members of Congress must keep top of mind the potentially life-altering...

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