January 20, 2017 7:12 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, January 20, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday, January 20, 2017 By Ginny Morning Reads 32 Comments Enjoy the Inauguration festivities today. As my grandma used to say – Pretty is as Pretty does. Really, people, just settle down. Oh, my. “…inconsolable apoplexy. And it’s led to some truly tragic, and embarrassing, behavior among some.” And there’s this. Only the bestest, gold-plated axe will do. New hope for Education? Judith! Judith! Judith! Math is hard. It was just too good to fact-check. Oh look, a new bank in Georgia. Football can be scary (for some). Know tons of folks who’d be great at this job. The only problem? You’d have to wear a lot of orange. This is soooooo so awesome. Take it home, Eagles! Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 32 Comments Benevolus If Price would have just sold that stock right after he found out about it and donated the money this would not be an issue for him. January 20, 2017 8:32 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger You mean sell the 26 shares and the $300 he’s made since the purchase……….? Yeah, this isn’t a story. I can’t remember who said it, but it was on the twitter. If Tom Price is a crook he is pretty lousy at being a crook. January 20, 2017 8:36 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Oh right, he should give back the campaign contribution they made to him too. Thank you. You are actually too trusting on this. It deserves further investigation. I mean, what are the odds that he would write a law benfitting on 6 companies in the whole world, and unbeknownst to him a broker buys stock in one of those companies for him, at the same time he is writing the law? Maybe a coincidence, but if there is nothing to hide, let’s look into it. January 20, 2017 9:14 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger What about the donations given to the democrat members in the Senate that are overseeing Price’s confirmation? They have many more trades that Price yet voted to help large pharma companies while sitting on the Senate HELP committee. I’m happy to continue this debate, but the facts are in my favor. http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/05/breaking-senate-dems-attacking-trumps-hhs-nominee-also-own-healthcare-stocks/ “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, owns stock in major insurance companies that benefit from Obamacare, including. Aetna, United Healthcare and Anthem. He also owns stock in many biotech companies, including Amgen, Celgene, Biogen and Gilead, as well as pharmaceutical giant Merck and the prescription-writing company Express Scripts.” “Jointly, Whitehouse and his wife also owns stock in CVS Caremark, Bristol Myers Squibb, Biogen, Gilead, Johnson & Johnson. The Whitehouse family’s total investments in the health care industry totals $805,000.” “Sen. Tom Carper, a former governor of Delaware, has been in the Senate since 2000 and now sits on the Senate Finance committee, which votes on legislation proposed by its subcommittee on health care. He also is a member of three health care-related caucuses in the Senate.” “Carper owns stock in Medtronic, and BioPharma, while his spouse owns stock in Omega Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson. Carper also has shares in tobacco giant Altria and his wife owns stock in Phillip Morris. The Carper family investments in health care interests total $130,000” “Virginia’s Sen. Mark Warner is the Senate’s wealthiest member and has extensive investments in the health care industry. He sits on the Senate Finance Committee’s health care subcommittee.” “Warner’s investments favor biotech companies, including Holozyme Therapeutics, Intrexon Corporation, Harvest Intrexon Enterprises Fund and MedOptics. His total health care industry stock investments are worth in excess of $1 million.” “Warner also owns stock in Ziopharm, which saw its stock fall in June 2016 when it announced that a cancer patient died after being injected with a substance produced by the biotech company. The substance was not part of its main experimental program but the stock plummeted 18% in June and is still at historic lows.” January 20, 2017 9:22 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger “You are actually too trusting on this.” No, I’m not. I just have more information than you do. The bill he was writing started almost a year before the stock purchase and it has only gone up $300. Come on. January 20, 2017 9:24 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Look, I have a lot of faith that Price is upstanding and probably did nothing wrong here. But, if you were an investigator looking for trouble I think this is exactly what it would look like: Something that on the surface looks like an obvious quid pro quo but is too minor to be a problem. Everybody says “Oh it’s nothing. Move along.” The issue isn’t that the stock went up only $300, the issue is is there anything else that we haven’t seen yet. That is why you have an investigation. It’s just too weird of a coincidence . January 20, 2017 10:35 AM Andrew C. Pope Hmmmmmmmmmmm https://www.propublica.org/article/when-a-study-cast-doubt-on-heart-pill-the-drug-company-turned-to-tom-price January 20, 2017 10:36 AM The Eiger So a company in Tom Price’s district has an issue with a study that they believe is inaccurate and they contact their congressman’s office with assistance in dealing with the federal agency that posted that study. That is called constituent service. If you would like help like this from John Lewis https://johnlewis.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency Or Hank https://hankjohnson.house.gov/serving-you/help-federal-agency January 20, 2017 10:48 AM The Eiger The only reason people know about this is becasue has has to disclose everything he owns and this is the only thing the democrats can find to tarnish his image. He has been filing these reports since 2005 and this is what they have. Again, come on. January 20, 2017 10:40 AM Benevolus Exactly what I mean when I say you are too trusting. You assume that the disclosures are all there is. You have to think like a cop. Look at that Tex McIver shooting. It looks like an accident, but a weird one. So you investigate, and you find out that she owed her company a million dollars, and was “very close” to her boss. And who knows what else you might find. Maybe he’s a gambler or something. That’s why you investigate. Maybe it’s still an accident in the end, but maybe not. January 20, 2017 11:01 AM The Eiger So Tom Price is in the same ballpark as a murder? Okie dokie. Why do you think the Office of Congressional Ethics hasn’t taken this up? Why hasn’t the SEC? Because there is no there there. January 20, 2017 11:05 AM bethebalance so, i certainly didn’t know all that detail abt the pharma connections to congresspeople. thanks for that eiger. i believe the likely scenarios are that the congressman knew his health care industry well, and had a standing order to his broker to have a % of his portfolio invested in those industries. now, that’s walkin a line of sorts, but these relationships, and the inability to police every conversation between a man and his broker (similar to communications re: “independent” committees) just equals this is the way that politics is done. it’s hard to begrudge ppl their careers, but in this case, did they ask the broker to answer any questions? a quick chat with him would resolve the issue, i think. and he would be subject to SEC authority, so 10 mins could cross this concern off the list. January 20, 2017 1:39 PM Andrew C. Pope Trump’s pre-inauguration concert: 10,000. Obama’s pre-inauguration concert: 400,000. Sad! January 20, 2017 9:06 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger BHO = No longer President DJT = President The reason Trump didn’t have 400,000 people is becasue Toby Keith was singing. No one wants to listen to that crap. January 20, 2017 9:16 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope But what about 3 Doors Down? They requested time off from their shifts at Applebee’s to come and play this concert. January 20, 2017 9:23 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Damn! I missed them. You know you listened to Kryptonite. January 20, 2017 9:27 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I also used to think puka shell necklaces were cool…. Lot of regrets from my teenage years. Lot. of. regrets. January 20, 2017 10:24 AM MattMD_actual Lead singer is worth $8M so I doubt he’s working at Applebee’ unless it’s just something to do. January 20, 2017 10:47 PM Log in to Reply xdog Well, Lee Greenwood will be there. So will Tony Orlando. Marie Osmond offered to perform but no one got back to her, and I find that sad. Sorry, Marie. January 20, 2017 9:37 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Did Scott Baio encore as MC? January 20, 2017 9:50 AM Log in to Reply augusta52 Sad are the numbskull demonstrators up there who think they can block streets and damage property with impunity. Doubtless there will be more of them at the so-called “womens march ” up there tomorrow, where those still not over the election can rant to the upteenth degree. But hey, that probably plays right into Trump’s hands…. January 20, 2017 1:46 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth LOL, that reliable far-left “news” network MSNBC estimates 10,000 people and others repeat! Hmm… do I believe them or my lying eyes? I watched the mix-of-America concert, saw the huge crowd, which actually grew larger as the concert went along, leading to spectacular fireworks. Not to mention the military bands and chorals, that actually exemplify what this is all about. The pics shown online comparing 2009 to now are a joke – shots of the Lincoln area yesterday before people came in, shots while they were beginning to gather, midway during the concert, etc., but none of the crowd in full. Such comparisons are simply a form of partisan competitiveness. Just like they underestimated Trump folks during the campaign, the media continues to underestimate. Of course the first black President was a grand historic occasion that drew out all the movie and music stars of the far left, who attracted unusually big crowds for the free concerts. And even Obama’s crowd dropped by half in 2013, even with the lefty entertainers’ draw. Trump’s crowds seem to be pretty much back to normal, similar to Bush and Clinton. We also have to remember that most of Trump’s working class voters are not able to get off from their jobs, can’t afford to be in Washington. January 20, 2017 3:57 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Most of Trump’s working class voters are not able to get off from their jobs But I thought Obama shipped all their jobs to Mexico and China? January 20, 2017 5:35 PM Log in to Reply CoastalCat It’s a little early for whining and excuse making… January 20, 2017 5:46 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope More “partisan competitiveness”: Trump’s inauguration crowd smaller than Obama ’09 and ’13 and Bush in ’01. Was likely smaller than ’05 as well. Some “movement.” January 20, 2017 6:19 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth verifiable sources for those numbers? (as if it mattered) I guess only anarchists in the streets qualify as a “movement.” January 20, 2017 8:50 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth The inauguration ceremony is a Joint Session of the House and Senate. It is the duty of every elected Congressman and Senator to attend. The grand-standing publicity seekers in Congress who have used boycotting as a fund-raising tool (just check all the requests for contributions in my loaded inbox!) most definitely should not be paid for today. Sure, that’s peanuts to them but at least taxpayers would see even those who feel themselves above the law have consequences to their actions. January 20, 2017 2:11 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Several outgoing presidents have declined to attend and we survived. I reckon we’ll survive this. But if these boycotters have upset you they have probably, in some small way, achieved their goal. January 20, 2017 2:32 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Not outgoing presidents, Benevolus. Sitting congressmen and women are still in office, supposed to be doing their jobs. January 20, 2017 4:24 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Good lord, you have got drunk on the Kool Aid. This doesn’t have to be a Cult of Personality, a religious experience. He’s not the 2nd Coming. Enjoy the day though. The hard work is still to come. January 20, 2017 8:10 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Of course he’s not. And I don’t like Kool Aid. From either the right or the left. I’ve had plenty of elections where the candidate I supported didn’t win — good example, 2008 when Hillary won the most votes in the primary fair and square, but the DNC gave the nomination to Barack instead. First time in history the person who won the primary was not the party nominee. I sucked it up, accepted the outcome, supported Prez Obama. All the snark on here is not necessary. Maybe some folks could take a civics lesson from the Talladega University Band. January 20, 2017 8:42 PM CoastalCat Two words: Emoluments Clause. January 20, 2017 3:15 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.