June 23, 2017 7:15 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, June 23, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday, June 23, 2017 By Ginny Morning Reads 27 Comments Friends to strangers, it’s not just a Southern thing. Fulton County homeowners get a breather. For this year… A blind spot? No kidding. There’s never, ever, enough juice. Super, double secret Senate healthcare bill revealed yesterday. Same ol’, same ol’ or something that might actually work? You read it and decide. No money. Seriously, dude, there’s no money. What’s a few million amongst friends? Nothing to see here. Move along, move along. What?!? She still has a security clearance?!? Not as dramatic, but still awesome. This guy will never have to buy his own drinks again. No words. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny 27 Comments Andrew C. Pope I’ve got a flight to DC and a whole bunch of work to get done before that, so I won’t have all day to debate the Senate’s latest wealth redistribution plan. Eiger, figure I’ll save folks some time and summarize the argument. Me: This “healthcare bill” is a moral abomination that disparately impacts the poor, women, old people, sick people, disabled people, and people who may become sick and/or old at some point in the future. Eiger: Obamacare is failing, look at this map. Me: 16-page treatise on the impact of block grants on state Medicaid spending that no one reads, not even Eiger. Eiger: Premiums went up under ACA, clearly it failed! Me: 194-page novella in which the protagonist’s struggle against the inevitable specter of death is an allegory for the concept of inflation. No one reads it, not even Eiger. Noway: TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP #MAGA #MAGA #MAGA Read this link from: hillaryizasecretmuzlum.geocities.com Eiger: Obama said if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. That wasn’t true. Therefore, Obamacare failed. Me: At least people can see a doctor. Collective of GaPol readership: *has already started their weeekend while I yell into the void.* Hope that saved everyone some time. Hope you don’t mind, Eiger. We changed the same number of minds we would have if we’d spent the whole day going at it. Y’all have a great weekend. June 23, 2017 7:44 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Sounds about right. What are you doing in DC? We may bump into each other. June 23, 2017 8:07 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Combo of work and fun. I have meetings all day Monday, so I figured I’d take Friday afternoon off, get up to DC early, catch a Nats game tonight, and spend the weekend seeing friends and grabbing coffee with former bosses. June 23, 2017 8:42 AM Log in to Reply xdog Poor dim gun-toting guy gets four years for believing alt-right BS and shooting up Comet Ping Pong pizza joint. I’d be willing to cut his sentence in exchange for a few more people going to jail for the incident. June 23, 2017 7:48 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Kudos to our Canadian sniper buddy for taking out the ISIS trash. I’m feeling like a Molson to celebrate. June 23, 2017 8:40 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Seattle is in the process of implementing a $15 minimum wage. A report last year (https://evans.uw.edu/sites/default/files/MinWageReport-July2016_Final.pdf) found indications that the increased minimum wage did reduced job growth, but not by much. Another (http://irle.berkeley.edu/seattles-minimum-wage-experience-2015-16/) released this year found no statistically significant reduction in job growth. Both studies have to contend with Seattle’s booming economy, which could conceivably mask lowered growth of the job rate for low-wage workers. That still however, refutes the GOP talking point against raising the minimum wage. “It’s hard to tell if even more low-wage workers would otherwise be employed without an increased minimum wage because the economy is so good” does not support claims that an increased minimum wage will destroy the economy. I only very briefly scanned the Executive Summary/Abstract of the linked documents, but perhaps interesting reading for those interested in study methodology details. June 23, 2017 8:52 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse President Trump called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday that Noway extolled. Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect “very shortly.” Trump and his 6,000 at the rally evidently don’t know that that law has existed for more than 20 years. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-proposes-a-law-thats-existed-for-20-years/ar-BBD31gF?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp June 23, 2017 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Trump tweets there are no tapes of his private conversations with Comey. It’s Trump showing himself to be a loudmouth bully who plays a game of bluff and threat with absolutely nothing to back up his BS. But hey, if you’re like many Republicans, that’s the path to Make America Great Again. So now who are you going to believe when it’s Trump’s word against Comey’s? The GOP base believing Trump speaks volumes about Republican leadership that is feckless without raw meat in hand. June 23, 2017 9:47 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Hey, it’s open thread the day before the weekend. Trump is officially holding his first fundraiser of his re-election, at the hotel he operates in a federal-government-owned building. TIC: That triggers Mitch McConnell’s SCOTUS Rule 2. No hearings for any SCOTUS nominees while the President is campaigning to be President. June 23, 2017 9:50 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Trump is abdicating Commander-in-Chief to be Clown-in-Chief. Despite Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” Petty documents mean nothing to Trump, as his recent decision this week to delegate Afghanistan strategy and force levels to the secretary of defense shows. Sure, Ryan and Gingrich explain Trump is a newby deserving of special accomodation. But not so special that he can’t be trusted with nuclear codes, natch. June 23, 2017 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn So companies are still laying off workers and jobs are still moving out of the country… So, what is the next step? https://www.axios.com/boeing-announces-layoffs-at-plant-trump-made-job-saving-speech-2446770195.html June 23, 2017 11:29 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus And Ford told Trump they wouldn’t build a new plant in Mexico, now we know why… they’re moving it to China! Unlike most libs I was never 100% opposed to NAFTA, because I think it was an attempt to at least keep jobs in this hemisphere. A better Mexican economy helps us too. (NAFTA has had some bad effects for Mexican farmers and that should have been addressed by now.) But you are going to have a hard time keeping capitalist manufacturing companies from seeking to lower their costs. June 23, 2017 11:49 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Meanwile this is happening too… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-22/these-truckers-work-alongside-the-coders-trying-to-eliminate-their-jobs June 23, 2017 3:48 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 THIS…ladies and gentlemen…. and crap like this is why Repubs showed up in unexpected numbers for Karen. And it’s why this recording will be on an endless loop in ’18. Dems got no hope of winning back the House. Snowflakes…the gifts that keep in giving!!! Lol! http://fox42kptm.com/news/local/nebraska-democratic-party-official-ousted-after-controversial-audio-recording-surfaces June 23, 2017 2:58 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Did you or I miss the whole Johnny Depp “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” line rant I was expecting you to make… followed by Depp’s “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.” Where is the snowflakery comment on this? June 23, 2017 3:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 This is why you are my Georgia Pol little sister! No, I didn’t miss it. I just hadn’t gotten around to saying anything about it. I figured the Nebraska Gift was enough! What an absolute dumba**! That quote alone will bring out “The Deplorables” like a clearance sale at Walmart! Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus…! Ohhhhhhhhh, to your point, Depp will be visited soon by the Secret Service! And his quote along with Griffin’s severed head and all the rest will also play well next year, don’t you think!? June 23, 2017 3:56 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Glad you made the deplorables love Walmart joke for me. Walmart has tons of great items to help folks like Pepe and Deplorable Mike celebrate how much they love America… https://www.walmart.com/ip/Florida-Secession-Chase-Polyester-3-X-5-Foot-Flag/48616765 As for this loser in Nebraska and Johnny Depp, what’s your take, Noway, on Trump having a guy who called for Hillary Clinton to be shot standing front and center at a bill signing in the White House? Is that more or less acceptable than inviting Ted Nugent, who advocated shooting both Clinton and Obama over for dinner at the White House? If we’re going to call out one turd sandwich, let’s call out all the turd sandwiches. Back to my previously scheduled weekend off. Y’all don’t go too crazy while I’m gone. June 23, 2017 4:08 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Enjoy your ballgame and weekend. I’ll say this: Nugent and Depp aren’t Dem Party operatives. This is gonna hurt bad in ’18. And now poor ‘ol Lo-retta is gonna be under the microscope and rightfully so. She is sooooooo screwed! Lol! June 23, 2017 5:05 PM Ellynn Don’t mention Ted Nugent. He is scheduled to play in to my home county (where I’m currently annoying my survivalistic Libertarian lumber jack and part time Holstein herding ‘Rand Paul is a God’ sibling). There are people protesting at the courthouse, already got a headache listening to it all. June 23, 2017 5:29 PM Benevolus I have a dog that appears to be part Holstein. June 23, 2017 6:51 PM Ellynn Like all little sisters’ we are annoying but always right… just saying. June 23, 2017 5:35 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lord….and like all big brothers…we love you any-dang-way!!! June 23, 2017 6:14 PM Benevolus Hey Noway, I don’t normally do this because no one else cares and I have higher expectations for this forum, but it’s Friday night and provoking you every now and then is fun. Headlines to which I could post similar ones every day if I cared to: – New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro, who said last year that Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason,” was invited to the White House Friday for President Trump’s bill signing of the Veterans Accountability Act. – Delaware State Senator Brian Pettyjohn faces a felony charge for accidentally carrying a weapon into an airport on Thursday morning, Delaware State News reports. – WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was fined $1,000 on Friday by a federal magistrate judge for “patently misleading representations” he made to the court about the contents of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump. – Americans now say by 50 percent to 42 percent they want Democrats to control Congress after the 2018 elections, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll. It’s the largest lead any party has held on that generic ballot question since 2013. Trump’s approval rating remains at a low level of 40 percent. – Intelligence obtained by the CIA last summer found that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a cyber campaign intended to help elect Donald Trump and damage the electoral chances of Hillary Clinton, according to an exhaustive Washington Post report out Friday into the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign. – IOWA CITY, Iowa — President Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation. – Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) expressed his support for the Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill Friday, although he told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that he had yet to commit to voting for it. Asked if the bill bettered the state of health care, Cassidy replied: “It depends on how you define ‘better.’” – An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general’s sworn testimony given this week. – The American Hospital Association on Thursday urged Senate Republicans to “go back to the drawing board” on their newly released bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. – Two watchdog groups have sued Donald Trump over White House records, accusing the president of illegally destroying communications that must be preserved by federal law. Just a taste. For perspective. For the children. June 23, 2017 7:28 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Love your list!! Can than same group sue Hillary for destroying her emails, which, by law, should have also been saved?! June 24, 2017 9:16 AM Ellynn Interesting list… http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/analysis-25-questions-white-house-promised-answer/story?id=48179571 June 23, 2017 3:12 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn While I flying and roaming around Lake Michigan that last 48 hours, did anyone mention or cover this? Sonny’s little agro party interrupted my ice cream enjoyment at Leopold’s earlier in the week. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-19/usda-chief-set-to-talk-irritants-with-canada-mexico-on-nafta June 23, 2017 3:36 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn In the last 48 hours, almost 4000 people have been removed from 6 residential high rises after a fire inspection blitz in London. Keep in mind, most inspections had been farmed out to private companies, hired by private management firms or corporations to run taxpayer funded housing in the name of saving taxpayers money, since conventional wisdom is the private sector will do it better, faster, and cheaper. Many states and a large number of federally elected offices want to have private code inspections of already privatly managed HUD funded projects. Additionally come manufacturers and their lobbyist want to lower or remove construction and code regulations in general, again to lower the ‘costs’ of the building. Ironically, one of these companies that wants to remove some of the flame spread class rules is Alcoa, which is the parent company of Arconic, that made panels under the Reynobond name which were used on the Grenfell Tower. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/world/europe/uk-grenfell-tower-london-fire.html?action=click&contentCollection=Europe&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/london-evacuates-650-apartments-overnight-fire-inspection-blitz/ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/world/europe/london-tower-fire-evacuation.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur http://www.npr.org/2017/06/24/534100561/some-u-s-states-relax-restrictions-on-cladding-suspected-in-grenfell-tower-fire?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170624 June 24, 2017 7:58 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.