Insurance Executive Blasts GOP Health Care Proposal: 'This Bill Is Terrible'
Most insurance industry executives have been circumspect about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its proposed replacement, the American Health Care Act. Mario Molina is an exception.
"I think this bill is terrible," Molina, the CEO of Molina Healthcare, told The Huffington Post in a lengthy interview Friday. The company covers more than 4 million people scattered across 13 states ? including California, where it's headquartered, as well as Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas. That makes it the 10th-largest health insurance company in the U.S., according to a 2015 government survey. ... Read more
A President's Credibility
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We're not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.
The latest example is Mr. Trump's refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had "found out that [Barack] Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory" on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence. ... Read more
Democrats Beware: Sanders 'Movement' Turns to Midterms
... During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his "political revolution" could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders' former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections -- and setting their sights on their own. ....
Current vote count: Obamacare repeal would fail
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders race to flip holdouts a day before a make-or-break House vote.
President Donald Trump's plan to remake the nation's health care system -- and perhaps the fate of his legislative agenda -- hinges on a 24-hour battle of wills with resistant conservatives that begins Wednesday.
The president, and his allies in House GOP leadership, will bring to bear the full weight of the White House on rank-and-file holdouts as they attempt to secure a handful of votes to pass their plan to replace Obamacare. For members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, the goal is to outlast the pressure campaign. ... Read moreThe Only True Surprise? Trump's an Idiot (#49) | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 7:07
We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care
When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.
"Obamacare" he wrote in January, "does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked 'Health Choices Commissioner' to determine what coverage and treatments are available to you." There's one problem with Cassidy's ominous-sounding assertion: It's false. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 22 [12:17]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 22 (FULL) [12:17]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
Glen Ford says -> US Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 13:49
Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 25:39
*Ivanka Trump Is Moving Into The White House | TYT | 03/21/17 | 7:22
Trump Cucks Republicans | TYT | 03/21/17 | 6:41
How The Freedom Caucus May Save Obamacare | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:29
**Richard Wolff - Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs? | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:51
SCOTUS Integrity Damaged By GOP Stolen Seat | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 10:34
Bernie Sanders Town Meeting in VT | TYT | 03/18/17 | 1:03:39
David Rockefeller, Banker, Philanthropist, Heir, Dies at 101
Not Just The US: UK Bans Use Of Laptops On Flights From 6 Mostly Muslim Countries
One day after the Trump administration imposed a ban for carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the US from 10 airports in mostly Muslim countries following unspecified terrorism threats, moments ago the UK issued a similar ban, restricting the use of carry on laptops and tablets for inbound flights for flights originating in the following nations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia. ... Read moreTrump Is HISTORICALLY Unpopular. | TYT | 03/20/17 | 6:46
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted... by Sheelah Kolhatkar (2017)
The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance--and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.
Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong--and for this they have gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. Hedge funds now manage nearly $3 trillion in assets, and competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get an edge.
Cohen was one of the industry's greatest success stories. He mastered poker in high school, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 launched SAC Capital, which he built into a $15 billion empire, almost entirely on the basis of his wizardlike stock trading. He cultivated an air of mystery, reclusiveness, and extreme excess, building a 35,000 square foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and amassing one of the largest private art collections in the world. On Wall Street, Cohen was revered as a genius.
That image was shattered when SAC became the target of a sprawling, seven-year government investigation. Labeled by prosecutors as a "magnet for market cheaters" whose culture encouraged the relentless hunt for "edge"--and even "black edge," or inside information--SAC was ultimately indicted in connection with a vast insider trading scheme, even as Cohen himself was never charged.
Black Edge offers a revelatory look at the gray zone in which so much of Wall Street functions, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economy. It's a riveting, true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government's pursuit of Cohen and his employees, and raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street.
These Are The Four Political Risks Keeping Goldman Up At Night
With political uncertainty near record highs (but equity market uncertainty near record lows), Goldman's Jan Hatzius analyzes the four biggest political risks receiving the most attention from market participants (and stand to create the most chaos if the priced for perfection market is disappointed).
The Most Telling Thing About the FBI's Probe into Trump (#48) | Keith Olbermann | 03/20/17 | 6:52
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 21 [11:20]
*FBI Head: Trump Campaign Under Investigation for Ties to Russia; No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump | DN | 03/21/17 | 13:08
*Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary | DN | 03/21/17 | 18:46
Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda | DN | 03/21/17 | 11:54
*Democrats Fail to Dig into Trump's Shady Financial Ties During Hearing | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 9:27
*Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor?, Part 1 | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 19:33
FBI: We're Investigating Trump For Russia Ties | TYT | 03/20/17 | 10:01
**Sheelah Kohlhatkar: The Black Edge - Banksters, Trump & Populism | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:51
**Greg Palast -> Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own? | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:10
Russia Seeks Parity With US On Cyber-Power | 03/20/17 | 21:48
Why FBI Russia Investigation Could Take Years | MSNBC Moring Joe | 03/21/17 | 5:47
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The WERD: Screw Unto Others | Stephen Colbert | 03/21/17 | 9:57
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Lies on Twitter During a Congressional Hearing on His Twitter Lies | Trevor Noah | 03/20/17 | 3:48
Trump: Everyone knows Russia allegations are 'fake news'
Hours before FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before Congress on Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential elections, President Donald Trump renewed his attacks against those who have accused him of having ties to the Russian government.
"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia," the president wrote on Twitter Monday morning, referring to statements made earlier this month by the former director of national intelligence on NBC's "Meet the Press." "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" Read more
2 Months In, Trump May Already Own A First: Most Corrupt POTUS. Ever.
Ethics experts cannot think of a predecessor more ready to use the prestige of the office for personal gain.
Imagine a foreign potentate who uses his official position to promote his private businesses. Who makes face time with visiting dignitaries a perk for his paying customers. Whose top aide urges the citizenry to embrace products sold by the sovereign's daughter.
As President Donald Trump enters his third month in office, he has already established at least one record, however dubious: the president most open and willing to use the prestige of the White House to enrich himself and his family. ... Read moreNew Batteries for a Self-Substaining Home
The New Home Batteries | 08/20/16 | 27:59
Revenge of the Electric Car | 07/01/16 | 1:29:52
In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. (Who Killed the Electric Car?).Who Killed The Electric Car? | Sony | 2006 | 1:32:36
Sorry, it looks like you will have to view it on Netflix.
What A Shock: Comey Says, 'I Have No Information To Support Those Tweets.'
Monday morning on Capitol Hill brought us House Intelligence Committee hearing day, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers were brought in to answer questions on the alleged links between Russian officials and the inner circle of President Donald Trump's campaign, as well as some of the more outlandish claims that have recently been made by Trump concerning "wiretaps" that were allegedly dropped on Trump Tower by President Barack Obama.
It was the latest moment in a strange and ongoing saga that has necessitated the involvement of government officials who all probably have much more important things to tend right now. At one point, the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) was just reading Trump's tweets to Comey and Rogers, hoping that they would, perhaps, explain whether or not they were, you know, true. ... Read more
Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August"
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 20 [11:50]
Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Insists Cutting Meals for Poor Seniors is Compassionate | DN | 03/20/17 | 4:46
Ari Berman: Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Has Praised Discriminatory Voter ID Laws | DN | 03/20/17 | 7:40
Trump Adds Another Former Goldman Sachs Official to His Administration | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 10:14
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | Abby Martin | 03/20/17 | 26:02
Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Jubilee, Students Debt and the Credit System | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 13:50
Quick Hits: Trump's Website STILL Says Muslim Ban, Tillerson Rattles Saber, And More... | TYT | 03/19/17 | 5:58
Trump Rolls Out MONSTROUS New Budget | TYT | 03/16/17 | 17:28
How Trump Wrote Off $100 MILLION In Taxes | TYT | 03/18/17 | 2:47
Keiser Report: Economic Populism (E1046) | RT | 03/18/17 | 25:47
Watch Live: House hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election (FULL) | PBS | 05:25:28 | 7:56
FOX NEWS POLL: Bernie Sanders remains the most popular politician in the US
Fox News' poll was conducted from March 12-14, 2017 via telephone (landlines and cell phones) with 1,008 randomly selected voters from across the country. The poll was done in conjunction with Democratic Anderson Robbins Research and Republican Shaw & Company Research. The full poll results report, including answers to over 50 questions ... Read more
Tom Cotton goes after Paul Ryan's agenda in battle of GOP heavyweights
First on taxes and now on health care, the Arkansas senator has mercilessly attacked the well-laid plans of the House speaker.
Tom Cotton laid waste to the entire thing with just a few words. "The so-called three-phase plan is nothing but politician's talk," Cotton told Politico in an interview this week. "It's all talk."
The Arkansas senator and the House speaker -- both young, ambitious and potential White House material -- are engaged in a surprising confrontation these days. And it could bring down Ryan's signature legislative efforts to undo Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. ... Read more
Trump Just Sold a $15.8 Million Condo to a Consultant Who Peddles Access to Powerful People
Last week, Donald Trump's company sealed its first big post-inaugural real estate transaction, selling a $15.8 million penthouse to a Chinese-American business executive who runs a company that touts its ability to exploit connections with powerful people to broker business deals in China.
New York City property records show that Xiao Yan Chen, the founder and managing director of a business consulting firm called Global Alliance Associates, purchased the four-bedroom, six-bathroom condo in Trump's Park Avenue high-rise on February 21. Before taking office, Trump signed documents removing himself from the board of directors of Trump Park Avenue LLC, the entity that sold the unit, but he remains the LLC's owner. ... Read more
Monsanto Isn't Feeding the World--It's Killing Our Children
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 17 [15:07]
**Ralph Nader Denounces Trump Budget as Corporatist, Militarist & Racist: "The Mask is Off" | DN | 03/17/17 | 24:36
Is Trump Counterterrorism Aide Sebastian Gorka a Sworn Member of Hungarian Nazi-Allied Group? | DN | 03/17/17 | 10:50
Trump's Budget Shreds the Social Safety Net | TRNN | 03/17/17 | 5:23
*Fox News: Bernie Sanders & Plan Parenthood, More Popular Than Trump | TYT | 03/16/17 | 10:03
What to expect from Trump-Merkel meeting on Russia, NATO | PBS | 03/16/17 | 6:47
Russia Payments Intensify Michael Flynn Scandal. | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/17/17 | 22:22
Rachel Maddow raises the question of whether Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn committed a crime by accepting payments from Russia, and whether the Trump campaign knew about it before hiring him.
Trump Budget Takes Hatchet To EPA And Foreign Aid, Adds Billions To Military
President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants.
In a federal budget proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia. ... Read more
*Thank Stephen Miller’s Big Mouth For Trump Travel Ban’s Latest Court Woes
Recent comments made by a top aide to the White House contributed, in part, to a federal judge’s Wednesday ruling to place a nationwide hold on parts of President Donald Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority nations.
Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to the president, was one of Trump’s most vocal mouthpieces following the fraught rollout of the administration’s first travel ban that sparked massive protests at airports around the country. Shortly after federal judges struck down that order, Miller appeared on television to stump a watered-down version, assuring Fox News it would include only “minor technical differences.” ... Read moreInteresting Bit of History
Tsar Nicholas II abdicated on this day 100 years ago. | RT | 03/15/17 | 2:31
Europe Before WWI - George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins [48:23]Meet Shweeb: Where monorail meets bike
Note: this is an older video, but don't get put-off by the soundtrack, the information is good. It is hard to believe that at the beginning of the 20th century one "Royal Family" owned half of the worlds resources.
Meet Shweeb: Where monorail meets bike | RT | 03/15/17 | 1:10
Trump’s budget ripped from Bannon’s nationalistic playbook
The president’s first blueprint would deeply cut State Department funds while boosting defense and law enforcement funding.
The “deconstruction of the administrative state” now comes with line items. President Donald Trump released his blueprint for reshaping the American government on Thursday, a budget plan that slashes deeply into the State Department, redirects funds toward the military, guts environmental and housing programs -- and continues to run a nearly half-trillion-dollar deficit.
... Those numbers are stark, particularly for the State Department. Mulvaney said it would be cut by 28 percent -- “a fairly dramatic reduction,” he said -- but still smaller than the initial 37 percent gutting floated in February. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pushed for more time to assess where to make such severe cuts. Some domestic programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Institute of Peace, the Chemical Safety Board, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports PBS and NPR, are on the chopping block for elimination entirely. Trump is pushing numerous such cuts, long sought by conservative Republicans, in the spending plan, while allocating “more money for things like private and public school choice,” Mulvaney said. ... Read moreKeith Olbermann
*Trump Can’t Even Watch TV Correctly (#47) | Keith Olbermann | 03/15/17 | 7:55
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 16 [12:13]
Bill Black -> Trump's 2005 Tax Forms: 'Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food' | TRNN | 03/15/17 | 15:57
*Economist James Henry says -> Did Russian Oligarch Rybolovlev Bailout Trump in 2008? | TRNN | 03/16/17 | 14:26
DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn says -> Trump Fills the Swamp with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists | TRNN | 03/16/17 | 10:40
When You Have To Explain Your Boss Lied About Wiretapping... | TYT | 03/15/17 | 9:10
Republicans Now Blaming Each Other For TrumpCare Sh*tshow | TYT | 03/15/17 | 12:36
*Keiser Report: Jon Corzine’s Big, Bad Bond Bet. (E 1045) | RT | 03/16/17 | 25:43
Max and Stacy discuss the lawsuit by the administrator of MF Global against PwC for, ultimately, Jon Corzine’s big, bad European bond bet. In the second half Max interviews Charles Hugh Smith of OfTwoMinds.com about whether or not the Federal Reserve Bank has already lost control.Donald Trump Fails Again With Muslim Ban In Court | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/15/17 | 9:53
Note: remember Max and Stacy do a lot of bantering in the first half (12 min), usually pretty funny with nuggets of gold, where the second half (12 min) is usually a pretty good interview.
WH Continues Wiretap Talk: 'It Starts To Undermine Their Credibility' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/16/17 | 11:08
The White House YouTube Channel | like CSpan??President Trump Leads a Roundtable with CEOs and Union Workers | TheWhiteHouse | 03/15/17 | 26:54
President Trump Leads a Listening Session on Healthcare | TheWhiteHouse | 03/13/17 | 33:26
White House Press Briefing | TheWhiteHouse | 03/09/17 | 55:07
I looked a little closer to: The White House YouTube Channel. It appears to have been created a month ago. It appears to showcase Trumps meetings and speeches.
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Trevor Noah Warns Paul Ryan: Get Ready To Be Thrown Under The Trump Bus | Trevor Noah | 03/16/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*That Does a White Dude Have to do to Get Fired?? | Samantha Bee | 03/15/17 | 2:23
Full Frontal Is Scared: Bassem Youssef Edition | Samantha Bee | 03/15/17 | 2:23
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trumpcare | Stephen Colbert | 03/16/17 | 4:20