Morning Reads — March 13, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday, so let’s keep the drinking to a minimum as we prepare for the festivities. Also…please watch the video.

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The following bills will be on the Senate floor on MONDAY,MARCH 13:

  • HB 41 – Architects; allow certain students to take examination; change qualifications (RI&U-27th) Harrell-106th
  • HB 260 – Special license plates; Georgia Electric Membership Corporation; establish (RI&U-51st) Powell-32nd

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Snowflake US Attorney whining about being asked to resign. Not Fake News but it is No News. Funny, nary a peep when The Rapist cleans house when he came in, including sacking the sitting FBI Director but let a Repub do the same thing and the media makes it out to be the end of times. Maybe the tearful US Attorney can go to work in the law office og Gary Martin Hayes!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The “dealmaker” demonstrated his word is a good as a fart.

Ellynn
Ellynn

What you should be asking Noway is why after requesting that Bharara in November (and with Sessions approval up until last Wednesday) stay in his position, Trump would want to get rid of a star AG who has sent a number of high power New York democrats to jail on corruption, forced a few banks into mega deals for corruption, and is the lead on the El Capo trial plus half a dozen other terrorist trials. Even law enforcement is annoyed over this move. Could it be his office is currently investigating FOX news (which it is – over related… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

You are assuming that being on Team Trump should involve some level of logic or reason, and clearly that is not the case. Team Trump won so anything Team Trump does is OK and any resistance is the enemy. Why Team Trump does certain things is irrelevant. That’s how much charisma he has. It’s so much charisma, you won’t believe it. It’s like the old Chuck Norris jokes, except many Trump supporters actually believe whatever he says I guess. Like, Trump could fire all state department staff and federal prosecutors with no notice and no replacements and diplomacy and justice… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

A resigning Richard Nixon apparently had a 24% approval rating. That’s roughly equivalent to the % of ppl who would tolerate anything in the name of their team.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Nothing to see folks… short list of taking Bharara’s cases… Roger Ailes lawyer… nope nothing to see…

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/nyregion/federal-inquiry-of-fox-news-moves-to-a-grand-jury-but-without-preet-bharara.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yeah, only Bharara can prosecute, that’s it…move on Ellynn, to quote Holder and Barry, “Elections have consequences.” This is No News at its highest.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Bharara is not my point on the last post. My point is the most likely candidate to take over as AG for the SDNY which includes the current stockholder fraud grand jury case against Fox News seems to be a past lawyer for Roger Alies.

There’s consequences and then there is quid pro quo. You didn’t like it when the Clinton might have been doing it, you shouldn’t like when others might be doing it either.

Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s standard practice. I didn’t dislike it when The Rapist did it. But when a Repub does it, it suddenly became bad. It’s not news. On any level whatsoever. But it fits the Lib narrative, so the media cries crocodile tears. Oh, and name me the only prez to replace a sitting FBI Director. That’ssssss right – Slick Willy. And nobody said jack sh-t. Typical.

Benevolus
Benevolus

That’s because W. Sessions was a terrible, corrupt Director! It was the right thing to do = no controversy.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Rightttttttttt! Lolol!

Ellynn
Ellynn

Google is a wonderful thing… The Bush AG is the one who wrote the ethics report on violations and started the process of forcing him to resign. Also note the terms Ruby Ridge are not mentioned in the article, but the Bush AG also cited him for protocol errors there. Not mentioned was Waco either, which was under his watch.

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-20/news/mn-15006_1_law-enforcement-agencies

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Damn Trump is good. Trump changed Obama’s “phony” BLS to a jam up agency in only 50 days….or at least until the next unfavorable BLS report. Then it’ll be time to return to the Obama holdover meme. On to the CBO! The talking point is that the Office isn’t properly evaluating the deliberate damage the GOP has inflicted on Obamacare. It’s a Congressional Office operated in a non partisan manner by a Republican. However if Trump watches a Fox show to the contrary, it’ll be fact that the Office is corrupt and rife with Obama holdovers. Maybe Sean Hannity will… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Said it before, will say it a million more times: this is a massive upper class tax cut masquerading as a healthcare bill.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I don’t understand how ppl continue to acquiesce to the manipulation of their own minds, as in allowing the alternative fact that labor staistics under Obama were phony, but they’re real now. Well, they’ll be real until they look bad again. Then they’ll be rigged.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Its not limited to the belief that the BLS numbers are phony. Republicans are also backpeddling on what constitutes a “good” jobs report:
http://www.businessinsider.com/jobs-report-trump-kevin-brady-obama-2017-3

At the end of the day, Trump hasn’t done anything in terms of legislation or (de)regulation to explain the February job numbers, they’re just as much (if not more) a product of Obama policies. But hey, since when has Donald Trump ever turned down an opportunity to take credit for someone else’s work?

bethebalance
bethebalance

My understanding is that about at least a third of the bump up was in construction, in part to blame on warmer weather, and more on the consistently up-trending real property markets. There’s a mix of optimism and pessimism out there, both of which Trump can claim credit for, but optimism alone doesn’t create jobs. The effect of policies will be trickling down, if at all, drip by drip.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Will, Your description of H.B. 41 is not correct. It does not change qualifications of who can take the tests on being a licensed architect. It adjusts the when you can take the tests. All schools of architecture have to currently meet the same set of National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) standards and the intern hours of work required by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). They still have to pass each of the 7 Architect Registration Examination (ARE) tests. This bill allows 20-28 students in a very specialized and NAAB approved program to take the tests while… Read more »

Bart
Bart

SNL finally found a decent cast member this season – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snl-dog-trump-supporter_us_58c4dbb9e4b0ed71826d1cd7 – hint, it’s the one being attacked by all the humans failing miserably posing as comedians.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I give you the pinnacle, the summir, dare I say the absolute zenith, of Dem legislative achievement! Is it any wonder why y’all are irrelevant?
https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/12/rep-farrar-bill/

Ellynn
Ellynn

The government in general has no right to regulate ANYONE’S reproductive organs and what consenting adults do with them.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Tell that to yor Dem sister in TX! LMAO!

Ellynn
Ellynn

I see you missed the irony at first…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is the fetus consenting right before the abortion? Thatssss right, it gets no say in the matter.

Ellynn
Ellynn

As I have stated a few times, the deciding factor to overturning Roe will come down to the SCOTUS having to decide all people from conception to death are equal under the Constitution except pregnant women. That sets a dangerous judicial precedent that the US government can legally regulate a human body; male or female.

As I have also stated, I would not have an abortion and have worked to prevent them. However; I refuse to let anyone tell me what I can or can not do with my own body.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

whoosh!

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Tick tock. Where’s the evidence, Donnie?

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

CBO has spoken. 14 million without insurance next year.

Can the GOP stand the blow back?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Let me help you out by siting the source….

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52486

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Don’t just stop there: – 26 million people will lose coverage by 2026. – Deductibles will go up in the non-group market immediately. All to save <0.2% of GDP off the deficit over the next 10 years and give a huge tax cut to wealthy people. The net premium for a 64 year old with an income of $26,500 would go up from $1,700 under ACA to $14,600 under Trumpcare. That’s an increase of $12,900 and over half of that person’s salary. Keep in mind that Trumpcare saves its biggest subsidies for older folks but, unlike ACA does not fix… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

…and Sec Price was on Meet The Press and told a bold faced lie. He said “NO ONE would be financially harmed by this bill.” Even though he didnt say “uninsured” he was still telling a lie, and its an obvious lie that he had to know he was telling.
If I was a democrat running in GA06 I would have an ad up touting this CBO report and nail republicans to it…especially Gray who not so wisely tied himself to Trump in his latest ad. Republicans own healthcare now…make sure everyone knows it.

xdog
xdog

Price predictably says the administration disagrees with the CBO’s conclusions, but he goes on to complain that the CBO’s scoring ignores the other two legs of the gop’s strategy, which is downright comical since they don’t exist.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Price selected the current CBO head.

xdog
xdog

If Hall hadn’t used dynamic scoring Price really would have had some big numbers to wave away.

“Keith Hall will bring an impressive level of economic expertise and experience to the Congressional Budget Office,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, in a statement. “His vast understanding of economic and labor market policy will be invaluable to the work of CBO.”

That was then, of course.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/keith-hall-congressional-budget-office-115584

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump and his band of goons can scream “FAKE NEWS” about the CBO until the cows come home. They won’t be able to convince 14 million Americans that the cancellation notices they received in the mail are fake or phony. They won’t be able to convince the Americans seeing higher premiums that those premiums are a librul conspiracy. Campaigning and governing are two different things because the latter imposes real world consequences for the words you say. Trumpcare is going to disproportionately impact his voter base (since young people living in urban areas tend to do better under AHCA) and,… Read more »

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

DOJ says dog ate its homework; wants more time to address wiretapping claims.

Benevolus
Benevolus

They didn’t realize they needed to check the appliances.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“It’s just not believable is what we would suggest.” – HHS Secretary Tom Price

No, what isn’t believable is that a party that’s spent the past 7 years bragging about how they could do a better job on healthcare just put out a giant turd sandwich of a healthcare plan that’s going to cost 24 million Americans their insurance. Tom knows he’s getting scapegoated when this thing fails, right?

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m generally in a secure enough position that I don’t have to think of every piece of legislation in terms of how it affects me personally; I’ll usually be OK. But this…! I am facing entering my sixties with no health insurance? Bleak.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s the GOP’s idea of choice. Choose not to pay for it if you can’t afford it, or give up your smart phone instead.