Conservative pundits have been all over Democrats in recent weeks for supposedly handing Republicans political gifts, such as Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder recently advocating for fighting Republicans more aggressively. «Democrats are blowing it, again,» chided conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens last week in an op-ed that echoed several others in the Washington Post and elsewhere. Now GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has handed Democrats a trifecta of political gifts within the course of a couple days—a rather stunning display of either hubris or stupidity. It's hard to know exactly which, or maybe he’s trolling for more cash from Republican donors. But in the midst of GOP candidates trying to rewrite their history on attempting to strip tens of millions of Americans of health care coverage, McConnell has been openly advocating for further attacks to healthcare access on three separate fronts. In a Tuesday interview with Bloomberg news, McConnell not only lobbied for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, he defended the Trump administration's lawsuit seeking to kill pre-existing conditions coverage. «It’s no secret that we preferred to start over» to repeal and replace Obamacare, he said. That vote failed in 2017. «So no, I don’t fault the administration for trying to give us an opportunity to do this differently and to go in a different direction,» the majority leader said. Never mind the fact that the GOP had two years of unilateral control to «start over» on healthcare coverage, and couldn't pass a damn thing. McConnell followed up on that Bloomberg bomb with a Reuters interview Wednesday in which he promised to take another whack at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, if Republicans end up with enough power to do it following the midterms. “If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks," McConnell explained. Goodness, Mitch. Congrats on all the transparency, since Donald Trump has been out-and-out lying about Republican efforts to dismantle pre-existing conditions coverage. Want to help Democrats vote but unsure how? Try this: click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift. Want to do more? Chip in $3 to help put Democrats back in charge of health care in the Senate!
Donald Trump’s handling of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is an expression of his theory of foreign affairs in general—it’s a model of quickly established personal connections, not long-term relationships between nation states. Trump’s business relationship with the Saudi royal family goes back almost a decade, and all those apartment sales that made him “like them very much” get in the way of Trump taking appropriate action on a national level. The same effect can be seen in Trump’s slice of cake, game of golf “friendship” with Chinese president Xi, his exchange of love letters with Kim Jong Un, and most certainly in his “he says nice things about me” relationship with Vladimir Putin. Trump’s first, second, and last thought about anyone is how they relate to him, not how the goals of the nation they lead may be in conflict with what’s good for the United States. But the murder of Khashoggi, and the way Trump has attempted to handle it by insisting that the U.S. can do nothing to upset the Saudi royals and that the Saudis should be given all the time they want to investigate a crime where they're the primary (and, in fact, only) suspects, is rankling even to Republicans in Congress. Republicans have made their party all about Trump and nationalized the midterms to a greater degree than any election in history. But that Trump connection isn’t looking particularly helpful as they ride into the teeth of bad poll numbers with Trump openly defending a grisly murder. It also doesn’t soothe Republicans that in his effort to put a lid on any intelligence leaks concerning what happened at the Saudi consulate, Trump has shut down briefings on the subject. That’s even true for Republicans senators, who found a scheduled Tuesday briefing un-scheduled at the last minute. As Bloomberg reports, Trump’s beyond kid glove treatment of Saudi murderers is opening rifts even with those who had reconciled themselves to a party that was all Trump, all the time. Trump may be shocked, but there are some in Congress who don’t like a crown prince who rose to power by murdering or imprisoning his relatives, or think much of the nation that’s dropping U.S. bombs willy nilly on civilian targets. “There are a number of constituencies in Congress that are hostile to Saudi Arabia,” said Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. U.S. lawmakers have complained about the kingdom’s egregious human rights record, its suppression of religious freedom and civilian deaths in the Yemen war. Until now, there hasn’t been enough energy within this bipartisan group to bring out Republicans willing to stand up to Trump on his support for Mohammed bin Salman, or to challenge the fiction of the “largest arms deal ever.” But that may be changing. Send just $1 to help elect people who are willing to challenge Donald Trump, day in and day out.
As Tom Friedman of the New York Times (and others) furiously backtrack on the Saudi prince, an ugly truth emerges
Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen is effectively tied with GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Trump country
Fighting for gender justice isn’t just women’s work, as many men are starting to realize
GOP House candidates no longer want to talk about tax cuts; most voters haven’t seen the promised benefits
The pilot fund will help European companies develop clean energy technologies and bring them to market, the European Commission says.
The ride-hailing company could also become a temp agency.
Sanctions are forcing Russia to find alternative settlement currencies to the US dollar to ensure the security of the country's economy, according to President Vladimir Putin. Read Full Article at RT.com
Move over, Homer Simpson. These realistic 3D renderings of Pokemon characters make them look alive.
Apparently the «P» is for «pricey.»
Broadband providers are investing in their networks again thanks to the FCC's repeal of net neutrality, says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
The little sea monster used its mouth full of scissor teeth to rip flesh from other fish.
When I last wrote about Knotch, the company had just patented its color-based feedback system that helps advertisers measure the effectiveness of their sponsored content. Since then, it’s added a competitive intelligence product and now Blueprint, a tool for marketers who want to find the best topics, formats and partners to reach their desired audience. […]
After wrestling for more than a decade with the development of a technology that would create a three-dimensional map of the physical world, the team at 6D.ai is finally ready to open up to developers its toolkit that the company says has done exactly that. When company chief executive Matt Miesnieks announced the launch of […]
A lot of uncertainty hangs over the UK as continues its slow march out of the European Union, but today one of the world’s biggest companies announced plans to expand its presence in the country. Amazon today said it would add another 1,000 workers in the UK, including establishing its first corporate and R&D office […]
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World says it's going to build a new nature-themed resort. The Florida-based theme park resort said Thursday that the as-yet-unnamed resort will open in 2022. It will have 900 hotel rooms as well as villas for Disney's timeshare program. The new project ...
Food trends come and go, but pizza is here to stay. There’s something magical about the combination of crust, cheese, and tomato sauce that keeps us coming back for more. Many people enjoy […] The post Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza Pie Flavors appeared first on Geek.com.
Waiting for Fallout 76 can make you hungry. So why not whip up a true Wasteland dinner with recipes from the new Fallout: The Vault Dweller’s Official Cookbook ? The new cookbook by Victoria […] The post Eat Like a Vault Dweller With These ‘Fallout’ Recipes appeared first on Geek.com.
Want a pristine 4K copy of one of the best action movies of all time? Right now, you can pick up an Ultra HD Blu-ray version of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with a […] The post Geek Deals: $49 off Terminator 2 with Endoarm, $40 for NBA 2K19 appeared first on Geek.com.
As part of a unique collaboration with the Design Museum of Chicago, Colossal asked some of our favorite poster makers, illustrators, designers, and artists from around the world to make prints featuring bicycles. The international exhibition is in conjunction with the museum’s upcoming exhibition, Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture. Participating artists include Arna Miller (previously), Janice Chang, Alex Senna (previously), Ovadia Benishu, Lisa Congdon, Fran Labuschagne, Jay Ryan, Eleni Debo, Mara Piccione, Brent Couchman, Mart Aire (previously), Daniel Jamie Williams, Vance Lump, Lydia Fu, JW and Melissa Buchanan, and Rafael Esquer (previously). More
BOSTON (AP) - The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has received a gift of 52 works of art either by Native American artists or depicting Native American culture from the Rockefeller family. The museum announced the gift from the estate of David Rockefeller on Thursday. The pieces were assembled ...
Wainwright's contract put on hold until after free agency
Giants look to solve scoring woes, snap 3-game losing streak, against injury depleted Falcons in matchup of last-place teams
Teaira McCowan and the Mississippi State women's basketball team look to take that one final step: winning a championship
The Bengals bring one of the NFL's worst defenses to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night to face the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs
Don Garber honors Lamar Hunt with his enshrinement in the National Soccer Hall of Fame