Kentucky's maniac Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is publicly freaking out over the news that ProPublica, what he calls «a left-wing activist group funded by the likes of George Soros» (yes, that's the sound of a dog whistle) is partnering with the Louisville Courier-Journal for a year-long investigative reporting project into a state government program. The best part (besides the ratio Bevin racked up with his tweet) is the response from ProPublica. «You asked who @ProPublica is,» they respond. «We thought we’d give you some answers. Like everything we do, they are, you know, actually accurate.» They start out saying that they're «thrilled to be partnering w/ the fine folks» at the Courier Journal, one of 14 newsrooms they'll be partnering with over the next year. And they say the «paper's reporting project is [very] promising.» That'll trigger Bevin. They also don't let his calling out of Soros slide, saying «We noticed you mentioned two of our donors – who just happen to be Jewish.» As for those donors, they had 34,000 of them last year, and Soros's Open Society Foundations provided «less than 2 percent of our revenue.» They go on to point out that «we believe in evidence. Hard, indisputable evidence. Carefully gathered and precisely told.» That's perhaps why, they say, «our peers have given us 4 Pulitzers, 3 Peabodys, 2 Emmys, 6 Polks, a duPont and a National Magazine Award.» Zing. They also let Bevin know that «We'll be in touch with questions and would love *your* answers.» In a P.S., they point out how the Courier Journal has «been doing lots of good work, like this recent story about how @GovMattBevin hired a buddy for a govt job and then gave him a $215,000 raise.» That points to this investigation into the hiring and massive salary hike for his «old army buddy and longtime business associate» Charles E. Grindle, who got the 134 percent increase in his salary in August, after he'd been in the job for less than a year. Note, his annual salary isn't $215,000. That's how much his raise was, coming «four months after the passage of a state budget that included no pay increases for more than 42,000 Kentucky public school teachers and most of the state's nearly 30,000 state workers.» The Courier Journal seems committed to covering Bevin, like with this week's story: «Is Bevin's road show informing Kentuckians or an early campaign lap?» It seems Bevin's suddenly decided that he has to get out and about in the state, «a new feature of Bevin's schedule this year, the year before he says he will seek re-election as governor,» the paper points out. They actually have the gall to talk to a Democrat, Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Ben Self who says the forums are «obviously politicking on the taxpayer dime.» Sounds like Bevin might have an awful lot to worry about with ProPublica and the Courier Journal teaming up. No wonder he had such a public freak-out.
Yeah, okay, so Melania Trump went to get herself interviewed by, of course, Sean F--king Hannity, presumably as part of a please don't send my crooked family to prison speaking tour or something. Melania Trump, mind you, has spent most of these two White House years having nothin' to say about nothin'. There's been no cruelty on the part of her husband that has resulted in a public scolding, no freakish new policy or child detention camp that has rated more than a designer-coat slogan. Her approval rating has dropped to a dismal 43 percent, and yes apparently «first lady approval ratings» are a thing, and so here we are sitting down with Donald's frothiest public supporter, Sean F--king Hannity, a man absolutely devoted to the notion that Donald Trump should seize command of government, end this rule-of-law and democracy-is-good bullshit, and do whatever the hell he wants so long as Sean F--king Hannity, also known as Michael Cohen's third client, stays out of prison. Fine, whatever, let's just do this thing and get it over with. After supporting many of the actions of her husband's sewer-pipe administration and having absolutely zip to say about the rest of it, Melania is currently most peeved that the little people are trading on her name. «I would say the opportunists who are using my name or my family's names to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists, to performers, bookwriters,» she said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity which aired Wednesday. It's not clear from that whether she's more outraged that people are telling stories about her and Donald or that she and Donald aren't getting their proper cut of the profits. But yeah, she doesn't like «opportunists.» That's clearly been the Trump family motto, over the years: Do what you want in business, kids, but don't be opportunists about it. Also, no bullying please. Melania Trump does not care for bullies. Oh, right, the bully was right there the whole time. How awkward. «So as I said before, sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn’t,» she said. «I said, 'You know, I don't think you need to tweet that out.' But in the end it's his decision, he knows the consequences. He is an adult, but he is a fighter.» Who is this interview for? Why now, on the heels of Michael Cohen going to prison, and Paul Manafort going to double-prison, and the NRA's Russian spy pleading out and federal and state prosecutors signaling in no uncertain terms that her husband is most definitely positively involved in The Crimes, is anyone thinking that a soft-focus profile of Individual 1’s spouse is going to patch anything, anywhere, up? Is this Melania testing the waters for her own tell-all book, once Individual 1 is behind prison bars or hiding in an Ecuadorian embassy? Is it a Fox News attempt to, having failed completely at humanizing their party-leading malignant narcissist and sociopath, instead suggest that well golly all this talk about what crimes Donald Trump and his offspring did or didn't do is if nothing else terribly stressful for his rich-as-snot don't-give-a-rats-ass-about-you-and-never-did family. Law enforcement sticklers are so terribly mean. I don't know. We are clearly not the target audience. And I'm not buying a tell-all book about the tribulations of having to support an authoritarian psychopath as he makes a wreck of everything he touches because Money so you can kiss all the way off with that one in advance, thank you very much We sincerely, sincerely do not care. Do u?
Rebecca Nagle at High Country News writes—What the Violence Against Women Act could do — and one major flaw: The 24-year-old Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA — the largest policy measure addressing sexual assault and domestic violence — comes up for reauthorization every five years. On Dec. 3, Congress passed a resolution extending the landmark legislation for two more weeks, and now the current deadline is Dec. 21. Since its 2013 reauthorization, the law has also included important provisions to address the epidemic of violence against Native women. If VAWA lapses, it will not change any statutes in the existing law or even necessarily cut funding. During the last reauthorization fight, for example, VAWA expired for 500 days, and yet program funding continued. But whether or not the bill is reauthorized, it still must go through the appropriations process, in which Congress allocates the necessary money. “Rather than allow the fear of unauthorization drive efforts surrounding VAWA, Indian Country should focus its attention on meaningful enhancements,” says Caroline LaPorte, a descendant of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and senior Native Affairs policy advisor at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. “Specifically, provisions needed to address the jurisdictional gaps that continue to leave Native women vulnerable to extremely high rates of violence.” As it stands, almost every Native woman will experience violence: Eight in 10 will be raped, stalked or abused in the course of a lifetime, and a shocking one out of three is raped, stalked or abused every year. Prosecuting these crimes is difficult; 97 percent of crimes against Native victims are committed by non-Natives, and due to a complex web of federal laws and statutes, tribes have long been unable to prosecute non-Native perpetrators who commit their crimes on tribal land. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.” ~~Wendell Berry, Grist (2004) TWEET OF THE DAY xDavid Pecker sure made a lot of campaign contributions pic.twitter.com/StRwt2NR2H— Andrea DubÃÂ© (@AndDube) December 12, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Our Broken Health System: It’s Not Just About Insurance: As part of a comprehensive reform plan, we're going to have to figure out a way to get and keep more doctors in primary care. Insuring the un- and under-insured is absolutely critical, but providing insurance doesn't do you a helluva lot of good for people who don't have any doctor to accept it. Among the issues that must be addressed are 1) the huge costs of medical education; 2) the significant pay differential between primary and specialty care; and 3) reduction in overhead costs for family practitioners, meaning a reduction in bureaucracy and paperwork. Consider this, from the Statesman story about Roser: At the University of Washington medical school, which has a special program to take in some Idaho students, 87 percent of graduates are in debt. The median debt was $105,202 in 2006, according to a study published by the university. Being a specialist helps pay off that debt the fastest. A new primary care doctor initially earns about $130,000 to $150,000 a year, compared with $250,000 to $500,000 a year for newly minted specialists, Patmas said. Getting the insurance companies to the negotiating table is going to be challenging enough. Getting the AMA and the nation's medical schools to agree to take a hard look at both compensation and at pushing a course of study in primary care is going to another big ol' ball of wax, but one that has to be dealt with to fix this system. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin & Armando join us in a tour of today’s topics: Trump's wall flop; Chief of Staff Newt; National Enquirer ready to blab; NY's new AG is on the case; Pelosi locks it down; Muller's phase two; just go ahead and indict, already; Inhofe steps in it. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)
There’s no doubt that both Donald Trump and Elon Musk have towering egos. In fact, Musk’s ambition to “turn human beings into an interplanetary species” is at least a couple of orders of magnitude more vaunting that Trump’s desire to skim, scam, sleep around, and get two scoops of ice cream on his chocolate cake. Since Trump moved into his new residence, the two men haven’t had that much to argue about—though Trump’s using the excuse of GM closing some plants to end all electric vehicle credits is certainly a shot at Musk’s Tesla corporation. However, they’re about to have an even more direct conflict, because Trump’s “Great Wall” is about to cross directly through the area where Musk is slated to test his “Big Falcon Rocket.” As the New York Times reports, it was Rick Perry—then Texas governor, now Trump’s energy secretary—who accompanied Musk to dig golden shovelfuls of dirt from what would be SpaceX’s South Texas launch facility near Brownsville. As the site Teslarati reports, activities at the South Texas facility have been increasing in the second half of 2018 as SpaceX approaches the first test of the rocket that’s supposed to replace the workhorse Falcon 9, become the first 100 percent reusable space vehicle, and carry human beings to Mars. That rocket, which was until recently known as the BFR—the Big something Rocket, with the F standing in for “Falcon” in polite company—has been most recently re-dubbed “Starship,” presumably so science fiction fan Musk can drop a few names, like Enterprise, on the individual craft. Starship, a vehicle projected to be large and powerful enough to send people to Mars 100 at a time, is slated to begin doing tests at the South Texas site in 2019, similar to the “hop tests” SpaceX conducted with the Falcon 9 in 2014 and 2015. Those earlier tests were also conducted at the Texas site. But even compared with the office-building sized Falcon 9, Starship will be enormous. But while SpaceX is building the enormous structures that form this towering new rocket, there’s an obstacle in their way that’s even bigger because the plan for Trump’s border wall cuts right across SpaceX’s property. Construction of that wall would definitely interfere with SpaceX’s plans for the next two years, and potentially make the property useless for the purpose for which it was purchased. SpaceX could quite easily be left with a rocket testing ground no longer suitable for testing rockets. Musk isn’t alone. The proposed route for the wall cuts across private land belonging to thousands of companies and individuals. Building the wall would require forcing every one of those land owners to either sell or have their land seized. Either way negotiations and court costs can be expected to make the genuine cost of the wall astronomically higher than Trump wants to admit—pun intended. And, no matter what Trump says, not one foot of new wall has been built. However, that is slated to change in 2019.
Months after the Trump administration ripped four-year-old Brayan from the arms of his dad, Julio, at the U.S./Mexico border over a false allegation of gang affiliation, officials have backtracked, ProPublica reports, returning the boy to Julio this week. “He feels skinnier to me,” he said, embracing the child at a Texas airport. “Isn’t he beautiful?” Border officials used a loophole in a judge’s order to separate Brayan and Julio, claiming that Julio, a Salvadoran asylum seeker who was fleeing gang violence and carried with him “sworn statements from his former employer vouching for his character,” was himself a gang member. Officials still haven’t provided any evidence of Julio’s supposed gang affiliation to ProPublica, the New York agency that held the child for weeks, and, astoundingly, to a judge. ”So, two weeks ago, an immigration judge released Julio from detention on bond to pursue his asylum claim. And late Tuesday night, authorities returned Brayan to his dad in Austin, where Julio’s mother lives,” ProPublica continues. “I still don’t understand why they did this to us,” Julio said. “I guess they can do whatever they want.” Immigration officials are still doing it, separating yet another father from his children due to claims of gang affiliation while yet again refusing to show any evidence. Carlos Arias, also a Salvadoran asylum seeker fleeing gangs who threatened to kill his children unless he paid a fortune in ransom, said that officials forced him to take off his shirt in search of MS-13 affiliated tattoos, then “expressing surprise when he had no tattoos.” But unlike Julio and Brayan, Carlos and his two children, 11-year-old Alison and 7-year-old Carlos, are still detained and separated from each other by hundreds of miles. “I didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye,” he said. It’s 140 days past a federal judge’s reunification deadline, the Trump administration still has over 170 kids torn from families due to the “zero tolerance” policy in U.S. custody, despite a White House PR stunt purporting to end family separation this past June. Officials are still tearing families apart at the border, and children are still suffering. Family separation remains a crisis.
Saturday. You have until Saturday to either sign up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov, or get someone you know who needs insurance on board. For two years, Individual 1 has made it a top priority to keep as many people from getting insurance as he can. Even while open enrollment has been ongoing, his administration has been rigging the process to try to keep people from getting coverage. Well, fuck him. Fuck all of the Republicans who spent the last eight years trying to destroy this law, trying to keep YOU and everyone you know who isn't a millionaire from having the health care you need. We goddamned beat them in the voting booth in 2018 and we did it because of health care. Do it again. Do it by making Obamacare 2019 as robust as it has been every year until now. Help spread the word about open enrollment and about the free help that's available just a quick call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov, or make a one-on-one appointment now. Here are the states with extended deadlines for enrollment: California — January 15, 2019 Colorado — January 15, 2019 D.C. — January 31, 2019 Massachusetts — January 23, 2019 Minnesota — January 13, 2019 New York — January 31, 2019 Rhode Island — January 31, 2019
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