Trump Is Done Negotiating On Health Care, Demands Vote On Friday
The Trump White House is done negotiating over repealing and replacing Obamacare, senior officials said Thursday night, and Republicans are moving ahead with a vote on their bill Friday, even though they seem to lack enough support for passage and recalcitrant conservatives and moderates continued talking.
Tension boiled over in a meeting between top administration officials ? including top strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus ? and Republican lawmakers hours after House leadership delayed a scheduled vote on their health care legislation Thursday. President Donald Trump, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is done negotiating, and House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday. If the vote fails, Mulvaney said, the president was prepared to leave Obamacare in place. ... Read more
Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill
In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.
The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude those who vote for the health care bill they oppose on Thursday. The effort, which they described as worth millions of dollars, is an explicit warning to on-the-fence Republicans from one of the most influential players in electoral politics not to cross them. ...
'I'm president, you're not': Here are the 5 craziest quotes from Trump's bonkers Time interview
President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine for an interview this week in which he doubled down on multiple falsehoods that he has said over the course of the past two years.
During the interview, Trump repeatedly refused to admit that he had ever said anything that was incorrect, and at times he justified spouting falsehoods by simply claiming that he was quoting "very respected" sources in the media. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 24 [13:20]
*Will House Republicans "Jump Off the Cliff" and Cut Healthcare for 24 Million Americans? | DN | 03/24/17 | 15:31
*Attorney for "Frozen Trucker": Neil Gorsuch May Have Been Most Hostile Judge I've Ever Encountered | DN | 03/24/17 | 9:27
Sen. Al Franken Grills Neil Gorsuch on Frozen Trucker Case in Extended Questioning | DN | 03/24/17 | 10:29
New Provisions Eliminate Healthcare From GOP 'Wealthcare' Bill | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 3:41
Trump Stooge Spectacularly Undermines Investigation | TYT | 03/23/17 | 6:42
Trump DESTROYING Wall Street Regulations | TYT | 03/23/17 | 10:44
Will Our Democracy Survive the Right-Wing Takeover? | ThomHartmann | 03/22/17 | 11:45
Hayes: President Donald Trump Doesn't Want Or Care About AHCA | MSNBC Chris Hayes | 03/24/17 | 7:38
Everything About This Republican Obamacare Repeal Vote Is Nuts
An unpopular president and a House Republican leadership team with a seemingly weak grasp of its own members' priorities is preparing to rush through legislation that would trade 24 million people's health coverage for a huge tax cut on wealthy households and health care corporations.
This nearly friendless plan goes by the name of the American Health Care Act, a dull title that belies not only the havoc it could wreak on the health care system but the chaos it's creating within the Republican Party, from the White House to Capitol Hill to the monied interests that fund the GOP's agenda.
The Republican health care reform bill polls poorly, has sparked protests across the country, and would have disproportionately harmful effects on the older, poorer and rural voters often credited with President Donald Trump's electoral victory while having disproportionately positive effects for well-off urbanites.
It doesn't solve the Affordable Care Act's problems, or fulfill Trump's promises to offer universal coverage or his and other Republicans' promises to reduce health care costs for consumers. ... Read more
Russian Agent, Paul Manafort, Ran Trump's Campaign
Evidence shows that Paul Manafort was influencing the Trump campaign to be more pro-Putin.**Russian Agent, Paul Manafort, Ran Trump's Campaign | TYT | 03/22/17 | 15:09
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.
Manafort pitched the plans to aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.
"We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success," Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government."" ... Read more
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (2017)
In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.
Why is America living in an age of profound and widening economic inequality? Why have even modest attempts to address climate change been defeated again and again? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? In a riveting and indelible feat of reporting, Jane Mayer illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats -- headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys -- who have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Mayer traces a byzantine trail of billions of dollars spent by the network, revealing a staggering conglomeration of think tanks, academic institutions, media groups, courthouses, and government allies that have fallen under their sphere of influence. Drawing from hundreds of exclusive interviews, as well as extensive scrutiny of public records, private papers, and court proceedings, Mayer provides vivid portraits of the secretive figures behind the new American oligarchy and a searing look at the carefully concealed agendas steering the nation. Dark Money is an essential book for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
Obamacare repeal in jeopardy as Trump offers 11th-hour concessions
The Republican plan to replace Obamacare -- backed vehemently by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan -- continued to bleed support from moderate House members Thursday morning just hours before an expected vote.
An effort to woo conservatives, hatched late Wednesday, appeared to backfire with other factions in the House Republican Conference, and the growing rebellion threatens to derail Trump's guarantee that he will repeal and replace the seven-year-old health care law.
"After careful deliberation, I cannot support the bill and will oppose it," Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) announced after he joined moderates for a two-hour meeting with Ryan and House leaders late Wednesday. "I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals." ... Read moreKeith Olbermann
The Truth Of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard (#50) | Keith Olbermann | 03/22/17 | 8:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 23 [13:03]
*Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & the Dark Money Behind Trump and Bannon's Radical Vision | DN | 03/23/17 | 19:19
We look at Robert Mercer, the man who is said to have out-Koched the Koch brothers in the 2016 election. The secretive billionaire hedge-fund tycoon, along with his daughter Rebekah, is credited by many with playing an instrumental role in Donald Trump's election. "The Mercers laid the groundwork for the Trump revolution," Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon said. "Irrefutably, when you look at donors during the past four years, they have had the single biggest impact of anybody, including the Kochs." Before Bannon and Kellyanne Conway joined the Trump campaign, both worked closely with the Mercers. The Mercers bankrolled Bannon's Breitbart News, as well as some of Bannon's film projects. Conway ran a super PAC created by the Mercers to initially back the candidacy of Ted Cruz. While the Mercers have helped reshape the American political landscape, their work has all been done from the shadows. To talk more about the Mercers, we speak with Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest piece is headlined "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer exploited America's populist insurgency." She is also author of "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," which just came out in paperback.*Dark Money Billionaires Push for Pro-Nuclear Radiation Climate Denier for White House Science Post | DN | 03/23/17 | 15:52
*Dark Data: Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter | DN | 03/23/17 | 7:01
Nick Brana discusses -> Should Sanders Continue the Fight Outside the Democratic Party? | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 11:43
**Jeffrey Tayler, Contributing editor to The Atlantic, discusses -> Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? Part 2 | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 21:51
Keiser Report: Heading for Global War (E1048) | RT | 03/23/17 | 25:48
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss the racket that is war. In the second half Max talks to JP Sottile of NewsVandal.com about trumping Trump and howling at the Moonves: how corporate media raked in the big bucks pushing a reality TV star as president.Donald Trump Russia Case 'More Than Circumstantial' | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/22/17 | 21:33
Insurance Executive Blasts GOP Health Care Proposal: 'This Bill Is Terrible'
Most insurance industry executives have been circumspect about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its proposed replacement, the American Health Care Act. Mario Molina is an exception.
"I think this bill is terrible," Molina, the CEO of Molina Healthcare, told The Huffington Post in a lengthy interview Friday. The company covers more than 4 million people scattered across 13 states ? including California, where it's headquartered, as well as Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas. That makes it the 10th-largest health insurance company in the U.S., according to a 2015 government survey. ... Read more
A President's Credibility
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We're not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.
The latest example is Mr. Trump's refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had "found out that [Barack] Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory" on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence. ... Read more
Democrats Beware: Sanders 'Movement' Turns to Midterms
... During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his "political revolution" could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders' former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections -- and setting their sights on their own. ....
Current vote count: Obamacare repeal would fail
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders race to flip holdouts a day before a make-or-break House vote.
President Donald Trump's plan to remake the nation's health care system -- and perhaps the fate of his legislative agenda -- hinges on a 24-hour battle of wills with resistant conservatives that begins Wednesday.
The president, and his allies in House GOP leadership, will bring to bear the full weight of the White House on rank-and-file holdouts as they attempt to secure a handful of votes to pass their plan to replace Obamacare. For members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, the goal is to outlast the pressure campaign. ... Read moreThe Only True Surprise? Trump's an Idiot (#49) | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 7:07
We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care
When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.
"Obamacare" he wrote in January, "does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked 'Health Choices Commissioner' to determine what coverage and treatments are available to you." There's one problem with Cassidy's ominous-sounding assertion: It's false. ... Read more
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Glen Ford says -> US Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 13:49
Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 25:39
*Ivanka Trump Is Moving Into The White House | TYT | 03/21/17 | 7:22
Trump Cucks Republicans | TYT | 03/21/17 | 6:41
How The Freedom Caucus May Save Obamacare | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:29
**Richard Wolff - Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs? | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:51
SCOTUS Integrity Damaged By GOP Stolen Seat | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 10:34
Bernie Sanders Town Meeting in VT | TYT | 03/18/17 | 1:03:39
David Rockefeller, Banker, Philanthropist, Heir, Dies at 101
Not Just The US: UK Bans Use Of Laptops On Flights From 6 Mostly Muslim Countries
One day after the Trump administration imposed a ban for carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the US from 10 airports in mostly Muslim countries following unspecified terrorism threats, moments ago the UK issued a similar ban, restricting the use of carry on laptops and tablets for inbound flights for flights originating in the following nations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia. ... Read moreTrump Is HISTORICALLY Unpopular. | TYT | 03/20/17 | 6:46
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted... by Sheelah Kolhatkar (2017)
The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance--and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.
Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong--and for this they have gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. Hedge funds now manage nearly $3 trillion in assets, and competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get an edge.
Cohen was one of the industry's greatest success stories. He mastered poker in high school, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 launched SAC Capital, which he built into a $15 billion empire, almost entirely on the basis of his wizardlike stock trading. He cultivated an air of mystery, reclusiveness, and extreme excess, building a 35,000 square foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and amassing one of the largest private art collections in the world. On Wall Street, Cohen was revered as a genius.
That image was shattered when SAC became the target of a sprawling, seven-year government investigation. Labeled by prosecutors as a "magnet for market cheaters" whose culture encouraged the relentless hunt for "edge"--and even "black edge," or inside information--SAC was ultimately indicted in connection with a vast insider trading scheme, even as Cohen himself was never charged.
Black Edge offers a revelatory look at the gray zone in which so much of Wall Street functions, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economy. It's a riveting, true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government's pursuit of Cohen and his employees, and raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street.
These Are The Four Political Risks Keeping Goldman Up At Night
With political uncertainty near record highs (but equity market uncertainty near record lows), Goldman's Jan Hatzius analyzes the four biggest political risks receiving the most attention from market participants (and stand to create the most chaos if the priced for perfection market is disappointed).
The Most Telling Thing About the FBI's Probe into Trump (#48) | Keith Olbermann | 03/20/17 | 6:52
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 21 [11:20]
*FBI Head: Trump Campaign Under Investigation for Ties to Russia; No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump | DN | 03/21/17 | 13:08
*Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary | DN | 03/21/17 | 18:46
Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda | DN | 03/21/17 | 11:54
*Democrats Fail to Dig into Trump's Shady Financial Ties During Hearing | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 9:27
*Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor?, Part 1 | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 19:33
FBI: We're Investigating Trump For Russia Ties | TYT | 03/20/17 | 10:01
**Sheelah Kohlhatkar: The Black Edge - Banksters, Trump & Populism | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:51
**Greg Palast -> Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own? | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:10
Russia Seeks Parity With US On Cyber-Power | 03/20/17 | 21:48
Why FBI Russia Investigation Could Take Years | MSNBC Moring Joe | 03/21/17 | 5:47
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The WERD: Screw Unto Others | Stephen Colbert | 03/21/17 | 9:57
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Trump Lies on Twitter During a Congressional Hearing on His Twitter Lies | Trevor Noah | 03/20/17 | 3:48
Trump: Everyone knows Russia allegations are 'fake news'
Hours before FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before Congress on Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential elections, President Donald Trump renewed his attacks against those who have accused him of having ties to the Russian government.
"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia," the president wrote on Twitter Monday morning, referring to statements made earlier this month by the former director of national intelligence on NBC's "Meet the Press." "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" Read more
2 Months In, Trump May Already Own A First: Most Corrupt POTUS. Ever.
Ethics experts cannot think of a predecessor more ready to use the prestige of the office for personal gain.
Imagine a foreign potentate who uses his official position to promote his private businesses. Who makes face time with visiting dignitaries a perk for his paying customers. Whose top aide urges the citizenry to embrace products sold by the sovereign's daughter.
As President Donald Trump enters his third month in office, he has already established at least one record, however dubious: the president most open and willing to use the prestige of the White House to enrich himself and his family. ... Read moreNew Batteries for a Self-Substaining Home
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In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. (Who Killed the Electric Car?).Who Killed The Electric Car? | Sony | 2006 | 1:32:36
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What A Shock: Comey Says, 'I Have No Information To Support Those Tweets.'
Monday morning on Capitol Hill brought us House Intelligence Committee hearing day, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers were brought in to answer questions on the alleged links between Russian officials and the inner circle of President Donald Trump's campaign, as well as some of the more outlandish claims that have recently been made by Trump concerning "wiretaps" that were allegedly dropped on Trump Tower by President Barack Obama.
It was the latest moment in a strange and ongoing saga that has necessitated the involvement of government officials who all probably have much more important things to tend right now. At one point, the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) was just reading Trump's tweets to Comey and Rogers, hoping that they would, perhaps, explain whether or not they were, you know, true. ... Read more
Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August"
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 20 [11:50]
Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Insists Cutting Meals for Poor Seniors is Compassionate | DN | 03/20/17 | 4:46
Ari Berman: Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Has Praised Discriminatory Voter ID Laws | DN | 03/20/17 | 7:40
Trump Adds Another Former Goldman Sachs Official to His Administration | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 10:14
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | Abby Martin | 03/20/17 | 26:02
Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Jubilee, Students Debt and the Credit System | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 13:50
Quick Hits: Trump's Website STILL Says Muslim Ban, Tillerson Rattles Saber, And More... | TYT | 03/19/17 | 5:58
Trump Rolls Out MONSTROUS New Budget | TYT | 03/16/17 | 17:28
How Trump Wrote Off $100 MILLION In Taxes | TYT | 03/18/17 | 2:47
Keiser Report: Economic Populism (E1046) | RT | 03/18/17 | 25:47
Watch Live: House hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election (FULL) | PBS | 05:25:28 | 7:56