Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 17

Good morning! It seems like we have a lot of four-day weeks this year, and we are only in the third week of 2017. So.

Onward!

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gcp
gcp

Several media outlets report Tom Price purchased shares of a medical device company and several days later introduced legislation favorable to that company. I am a supporter of Price but this report is disturbing. Definitely unethical and possibly illegal behavior by Price.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

shh. dont say this too loudly. Hassinger may take exception and call you a liberal who is trying to smear Price…

The Eiger
gcp
gcp

According to your article the purchase was made by his broker 3/17/2016 without his knowledge. I looked at the chart and the stock, Zimmer Biometric (ZBH) was moving up prior to his purchase.

Article further states he started work on his bill in 2015. His legislation was introduced in April 2016 and ZBH continued upward move. Working on a bill would not necessarily be public knowledge while introducing the bill would be public knowledge.

If he had no knowledge of the purchase he is clear but if he had knowledge it looks bad.

The Eiger
The Eiger

As the article states, he had no knowledge of the trade until April 4th. Members of Congress have to file disclosures when they trade individual stocks according to the STOCK Act. He did this.

“I looked at the chart and the stock, Zimmer Biometric (ZBH) was moving up prior to his purchase.” Meaning that a good stock broker would notice this trend and buy a few shares.

There is no there there. This is simply an attempt to tarnish a good man’s reputation.

gcp
gcp

Stocks move for various reasons and clearly his legislation did not slow the upward move of ZBH. He needs to explain this whole mess at his confirmation hearing.

To repeat one of my earlier posts; members of congress should not buy individual equities.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m sure he will get questions and the answer will be very similar to Ellen’s point by point rebuttal because those are the facts.

Bart
Bart

$2700 stock purchase for a man with a net worth around $15M, come on CNN. Another failed fake news story by the formerly respectable ‘news’ organization that seems hellbent on destroying DJT.

xdog
xdog

Oh come on. I’m not up in arms over Price’s stock dealings but can’t you find a better defense than that? You’ve got a former employee of Price and current Price PR/messaging vendor who tells us how wonderful Price is like that’s supposed to mean something.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I was being lazy and she said everything that needed to be said. I can say everything that she said over and it will all continue to be true whether it comes from Ellen, me or anyone else.

It means something if the facts are true and what she says is true.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I realize Teri only links ’em.
The NPR religious article about Trump’s inauguration speakers says this:
“All have personal ties to Trump or his family or have in some way signaled their approval of him, his politics or his wealth.”
Is it really a surprise that he’d invite those he has respect for?
Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather receive comfort from the words of Franklin Graham’s than sit in the congregation of Jeremiah Wright for umpteen years.

xdog
xdog

In Georgia, 2 Trumps exist across urban, rural divide. Lula isn’t East Atlanta.

Noway2016
Noway2016

More on the precious John Lewis. As I posted yesterday, did he simply forget that he boycotted W, too? Or was this just a theatrical pronouncement of a seemingly dire action of last resort? Maybe a teensy white lie?
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443896/john-lewis-boycotted-george-w-bush-inauguration

Will Durant
Will Durant

I didn’t want to take the Lewis v. Trump thread even further afield but the discussion touched on my favorite non-fiction read of 2016. So I thought I would recommend it here.
The First Congress:
How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government

By Fergus M. Bordewich

Yeah it gets into some sausage making though it is a tale of doing it without a recipe for the sausage.

Bart
Bart

Almost 40 open seats for the inauguration as dems continue to prove they have no idea what to do when confronted by a strong leader with a plan to make America more prosperous – http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/16/trump-inauguration-boycott-grows-30-members-congress-won.html

Hopefully they keep dropping, more open seats for folks who care about our future. Trump should announce that the abandoned seats will be filled by veterans, first responders and community volunteers who actually work to help others instead of constantly living a massive ongoing pity party.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I didn’t even know which thread to post this under, this one or the CNN one…
THIS, this is truly pathetic… What is a “Mediocre Negro?” Thank you for that Pearl of Wisdom, Marc Lamont Hill. This is truly indefensible. Our country is done…
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-marc-lamont-hill-denounces-fellow-panelist-as-mediocre-negro-for-defending-trump/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think the larger point Hill was trying to make is that Trump isn’t speaking to leaders in the African American community, but rather a bunch of famous people he knows that happen to be black (i.e., Steve Harvey, Kanye West, Omarosa, Ben Carson, Don King) and a handful of prosperity gospel preachers.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The larger point is that MLH is a blatant racist…nice try, Drew. Please do not attempt to further defend this, Andrew. Please…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not defending it, just trying to move you and everyone else past the shock-jock headline and into the substance of the argument.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Obama is commuting the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, she will be released on May 17.

What’s the over/under on how long it takes for Assange to renege on this promise?
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/819630102787059713

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

How do you say Oh S**t in Swedish?