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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:46 AM mt

Reporter to Sanders: Whats Your Reaction to Lefty Fears GOP Health Care Plan Will Kill People



During Thursdays audio-only White House daily briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders received a question from CBS Radio News that touted far-left Senate protesters that have claimed that the proposed Senate Republican health care bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare would cause people to die.

I wanted to ask just about some of the reaction from the left that we've seen this week, White House correspondent Steven Portnoy began to which Huckabee Sanders joked that shes sure its friendly.

Portnoy continued, promoting this nonsense from the militant left that a Republican health care plan would kill people:

Well, our microphones caught a woman who was dragged off from McConnell's office this morning. She was screaming, my child is going to die, and my family is going to die and they don't give a damn about it. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said this week the Democrats are going to lie down on the train tracks to stop this bill from passing. What do you make of all that? What's your reaction to it?

Huckabee Sanders immediately responded, in part, that she certainly think[s] that not just Republicans but I think any American would certainly not support something that allows a child to die and the goal is, again, to look for the best health care possible that actually provides care, not just gives insurance, but actually provides care.

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Earlier, NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson framed the medias narrative in the briefing that the health care questions would all be from the left:

And on that final product, the President the Senate bill by analysis so far, cuts -Medicaid, it doesn't look like it will cut deductibles for folks. Does that have enough heart? Does the President think that is a bill that is not mean?

Further indicating the reality that this new proposal was created by Senate GOP leadership and not the White House, Huckabee Sanders maintained that President Trump is going to continue that process of negotiations with both House and Senate members and his administration until we get the best bill that we can.

Heres the relevant portions of the transcript from CNNs Wolf on June 22:

CNNs Wolf
June 22, 2017
1:53 p.m. Eastern

HALLIE JACKSON: And on that final product, the President the Senate bill by analysis so far, cuts -Medicaid, it doesn't look like it will cut deductibles for folks. Does that have enough heart? Does the President think that is a bill that is not mean?

SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I haven't had that conversation but I do know that he made a statement earlier that said this is a negotiation and so, he's going to continue that process with both House and Senate members and his administration until we get the best bill that we can.

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1:57 p.m. Eastern

STEVEN PORTNOY (CBS News Radio): I wanted to ask just about some of the reaction from the left that we've seen this week. Our microphones

HUACKBEE SANDERS: I'm sure it's friendly.

PORTNOY: Well, our microphones caught a woman who was dragged off from McConnell's office this morning. She was screaming, my child is going to die, and my family is going to die and they don't give a damn about it. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said this week the Democrats are going to lie down on the train tracks to stop this bill from passing. What do you make of all that? What's your reaction to it?

HUCKABEE SANDERS: I certainly think that not just Republicans but I think any American would certainly not support something that allows a child to die and the goal is, again, to look for the best health care possible that actually provides care, not just gives insurance, but actually provides care. That's been a goal from the administration on front end and we're looking for ways to do that. Right now, we know ObamaCare is not sustainable. It is literally collapsing under itself. Providers are pulling out every single day, out of states. We are down to multiple counties that don't have providers, and we are working day in, day out to make sure we have the best piece of legislation possible. If Democrats really cared, they would try to be involved in on the process. They said from day one that they didn't want to be in the conversation if it had anything to do with repealing or replacing ObamaCare. I think that it's sad that they've chosen to play partisan politics instead of trying to have a seat at the table.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:43 AM mt

Vox Compares Trump to Hugo Chavez Calls Him 'a Threat to Democracy



On Thursday, Voxs Carlos Meza released a Video on its YouTube channel comparing President Trump to Latin American dictator Hugo Chavez. This in addition to flatly calling the President a Threat to democracy in the same video.

Following the recent call from the Editor-in-chief of Vox to Not trust the government so long as Trump is President, Maza went full tin foil hat after releasing a video titled The decline of American democracy won't be televised. The video, which compares Republican Donald Trump to the socialist Chavez, attempts to prove that Trump is attempting to destroy American democratic institutions.

Meza goes on to rant about all the things that he believes the President has done, saying:

Trump shows a deep distrust of America's democratic institutions. He lashes out at judges, calls journalists the enemy of the people, accuses watchdog agencies of conspiring against him, [and] he questions the legitimacy of an election that he won. His white house stonewalls reporters to avoid answering questions, is suspicious of the mechanisms that limit his authority, and he encourages his supporters to be. That is a catastrophic thing to be happening in a democracy. Its how democratic backtracking starts.

To justify this statements, Meza overlaid tweets and clips of Trump rallies, as if arguing that the oldest democracy in the world can be taken down by a tough campaign and 120 characters. When Meza said that Trump is suspicious of the mechanisms that limit his authority, he put up a short clip of President Trump speaking of the lower court decision to stay the travel ban, saying This is an unprecedented judicial overreach, something that many agree was, in fact, an unprecedented judicial overreach.

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When trying to compare Trump to Chavez, Meza assails:

What's scary about [the] Chavez story is that he didn't need a military coup to screw up Venezuela's democracy, he did it legally by slowly turning his supporters and political allies against the country's democratic institutions.

The things Meza forgot to mention is that Hugo Chavez did attempt a military coup in 1992 and that his socialist policies have led to the near collapse of an oil-rich nation. What is even odder is that when Chavez did finally get democratically elected, with the help of the communists, he moved his country away from democracy by rewriting the entire constitution, not by sending out a tweet.

But to even compare President Trump, who Vox has repeatedly attacked for wanting to cut too many taxes and cutting government agencies, to a man that had nationalized entire sectors of his nations economy is ridiculous.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:42 AM mt

MSNBCs Elise Jordan Compares President Trump to a Suicide Bomber



If you had any doubts whether the MSNBC cable television channel is run by and for liberals and Democrats, former Rand Paul official and MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan erased them during her appearance on Thursday morning'sMSNBC Livewhen she compared Donald Trump to a suicide bomber.

Jordan made the statement after host Craig Melvin indicated he wanted to talk with her about tweets made by the Republican president regarding whether any tapes exist of his conversations with former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

Melvin began the discussion by noting: You might remember that the president of the United States tweeted a while back that James Comey better hope there are no tapes of such encounters.

Just a few minutes ago, the host noted, the president hit us with another online message:

With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are tapes or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.

Earlier in the broadcast, Melvin stated, I said the president was bluffing. I may have been, perhaps, too fair. It would seem as if the president may have been lying all along about the existence of these tapes.

No, Jordan responded, hes just wasting -- he wasted the countrys collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed or not. Its a sad day when you cannot depend on the presidents word.

Of course, the president actually said that such recordings might exist, and if they did, they could create problems for Comey.

Nevertheless, Jordan continued: My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him. Its just like hugging a suicide bomber. He blows you up in the process with him.

Melvin, who was taken aback by his guests hostile statement, told Jordan that her remark was a little strong.

Jordan stumbled a bit in her reply: This is not -- look at what -- if you go out on the limb -- if youre a Republican who went out on a limb and defended Donald Trump over saying, Well hes got tapes that are going to back up his point of view, you just got burned up, too,

Unfortunately for Jordan, the decision to waste time on the matter was not made by the president, but came instead from the mainstream media in a perpetual quest to bring down Donald Trump over anything, ranging from the president getting two scoops of ice cream or his decision to fire Comey.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:41 AM mt

MSNBC's Ruhle: Planned Parenthood Funding Not About 'Pro-Choice vs. Pro Life'



The mainstream media doesnt understand pro-life Americans. They think youre either stupid, uninformed, or some bizarre religious troglodyte opposing progress to satiate a deep lust for misogyny. Nowhere was this more evident than in Thursday mornings bizarre tag team effort between the hosts on MSNBC Live with Velshi and Ruhle:

RUHLE: Teenagers in Europe and the United States, data will tell you, have the same sexual habits. Now, the care they're given, what they're provided in Europe is significantly more than we have here. And teen pregnancies are three times the amount here than they are in Europe. So it is about education and prevention, simply isn't, well, Planned Parenthood is where you head over for an abortion.

First, as The Week's socially conservative correspondent Matthew Walther asks, is there some ethereal golden mean of fornication that is part of the fabric of reality itself? Are the sexual habits of the American populous that Ruhle cites some immutable phenomenon predestined to a particular incidence? Or do people have agency? No matter- Ruhle points to the godless socialism of Europe as the panacea.

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Second, Planned Parenthood is in fact where one head[s] over for an abortion. Its the nations largest abortion provider, and it provides about one-third of U.S. abortions. Planned Parenthoods abortion to adoption referral ratio is 113:1. The organization has been a tried and true opponent of banning partial-birth abortions, a procedure described below by NRLC:

[A] procedure in which the abortionist pulls a living baby feet-first out of the womb and into the birth canal, except for the head, which the abortionist purposely keeps lodged just inside the cervix. The abortionist punctures the base of the babys skull with a surgical instrument, such as a long surgical scissors or a pointed hollow metal tube called a trocar. He then inserts a catheter into the wound, and removes the baby's brain with a powerful suction machine. This causes the skull to collapse, after which the abortionist completes the delivery of the now-dead baby.

Of course pro-life Americans would be livid that their hard-earned tax dollars are going to support such an organization. And when Ali Velshi proceeds to break down for the audience what exactly Planned Parenthood does besides abortion, he misses the point- these services have been reliably provided by community health centers, and it doesnt matter to pro-lifers what else Planned Parenthood does. To us, this is how that logic sounds. Trump has already challenged Planned Parenthood- give up the abortions, and well significantly increase your funding. The response was, predictably, no.

Read the full June 22nd transcript below:

11:30 AM ET

STEPHANIE RUHLE: Much like in the outline weve seen so far, to simply defund Planned Parenthood, there's a lack of understanding with what Planned Parenthood does and who it takes care of. People are quick to mark it off and say that's about abortions. It's a lot more than that. Women's health, that's their primary caregiver. When, Ali Velshi, when you think of your primary caregiver, youre thinking of your general practitioner.

ALI VELSHI: Correct.

RUHLE: For women out there, it's their gynecologist, so to lose Planned Parenthood funding completely affects millions of Americans, it is not a conversation about pro-choice versus pro-life.

11:57 AM ET

RUHLE: They have no chance of getting a Democrat if they go the way of Rand Paul.

VELSHI: But to your point about Planned Parenthood, if you want them, the Collins, Murkowskis, women look at Planned Parenthood differently. We have framed this whole thing as Planned Parenthood being an abortion factory. But in fact, for many women, it is primary health care. You made this point for --

RUHLE: For millions of women, it is their primary health care. We like -- people like to give the quick and dirty, Planned Parenthood stands for abortion, it doesn't. It stands for women's basic health. When women think of basic health, that's the doctor they consider. My husband can tell you everything he knows about his cholesterol, about his heart rate, he knows all those things. When he gets the flu, he has a doctor to call. Women, it is their OBGYN. And to say we're going to defund Planned Parenthood, that's millions of Americans.

VELSHI: But do you know who made that point in the Republican primary?

MICHAEL SPARER: Donald Trump.

VELSHI: Donald Trump made that point. He said, I don't like the abortion part, but Planned Parenthood serves a lot of women and their basic health needs. He actually said that. He seems to --

SPARER: Of course Donald Trump also said I'm going to have a program that provides health insurance to every American.

RUHLE: But think about this --

VELSHI: No one is going to die on my watch.

RUHLE: Teenagers in Europe and the United States, data will tell you, have the same sexual habits. Now, the care they're given, what they're provided in Europe is significantly more than we have here. And teen pregnancies are three times the amount here than they are in Europe. So it is about education and prevention, simply isn't, well, Planned Parenthood is where you head over for an abortion. As soon as we get our head around what it actually is --

VELSHI: While Stephanie is talking, lets zoom in on this. This is what Planned Parenthood does. It does pregnancy testing, pelvic exams, breast center-- breast cancer screenings, birth control, emergency contraception, I want to skip over the abortion just for a second so that you can concentrate on the other things. Educational programs and men's health services, abortion is one of the things Planned Parenthood does.

RUHLE: You want to wipe out cervical cancer? The best chance you have is if women can consistently get health care. And to simply say were going to get rid of it is extraordinary.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:40 AM mt

Salon: 'Sociopathic' GOP Should Learn From 'Bigot' Scalise's 'Baptism by Fire'



In an article posted today, Salon politics writer Chauncey DeVega trashed Republican Rep. Steve Scalise as a "bigot" and accused the Republican party of being a "sociopathic" entity that has "weaponized" the Scalise shooting and is "drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs."

He also repeated the discredited claim that Scalise spoke to a "white supremacist" group in 2002, and even went so far as to claim that he was an "honored guest" at the racist group.

DeVega began his June 22 article, titled, "Steve Scalise is a Victim of Political Violence -- But That Does Nothing to Excuse His Hateful Politics," by recounting the shooting attack on Republican congressional members in Alexandria, noting that two Capitol Hill police officers heroically came to their defense.

The Salon political writer then continued:

David Bailey is a black man. Crystal Griner is a black lesbian. Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes. As reported by Salon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke.

Not mentioned by DeVega is that even liberal outlets like Slate, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast have run stories that undermined claims that Scalise spoke to the white racist EURO organization that were based on three eyewitnesses, a promotion flyer for the conference, and a newsletter writeup after the event that did not mention Scalise's presence.

And, as the article noted that Scalise made a "tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference," it did not note that the Republican admitted that he was actually not sure whether he spoke to the group -- as he recalled that he had spoken to many groups in the same hotel without always knowing exactly what they were about -- and may have just made the apology to cover his bases. It was not until later that evidence and testimony surfaced that he was not a part of the EURO event after all.

The Salon article then became more harsh as it continued:

Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recently reported, "Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker."

After recalling that the Republican congressman has a record of opposing liberal agenda items on gay rights, DeVega argued that it was appropriate to take on the Louisiana Republican in spite of his current suffering as he obnoxiously referred to his shooting injury as a "baptism by fire." DeVega:

And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalise's personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution.

He then opined: "These objections are misguided."

A bit later, the political writer wondered if Scalise and Republicans would have a "grand epiphany" and change their ways as he claimed that "racism" and "bigotry" drive the Republican party's agenda:

As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities?

Will the Republican party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their party's agenda?

He soon further descried conservatives as he added:

Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, today's version of American conservatism -- as well as the Republican party -- is divorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs.

The Salon writer branded the GOP as "sociopathic" as he continued:

In addition, today's Republican party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, it's followers have little if any sense of linked fate and sympathy with those they consider "the other," including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims.

DeVega then used the words "racist" and "bigot" again, and accused "white conservatives" of feeling an "animus" toward minorities as he continued:

Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for individual LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both of these groups collectively.

After quoting President Donald Trump's recent declaration that "We are strongest when we are unified," the politics writer mocked the President as he added: "Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth."

The Salon writer then charged that Republicans had "weaponized" the Alexandria shooting as he concluded the article:

Given the politics of Trump and the Republican party, that "we" cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trump's comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the Thursday, June 22, article from Salon:

David Bailey is a black man. Crystal Griner is a black lesbian.

Steve Scalise is a white Republican man. He has also long been associated with racist movements and causes. As reported by Salon, in 2002 Scalise was an honored guest at a meeting of a white supremacist group founded by David Duke. Scalise reportedly went so far as to describe himself as being like "David Duke, without the baggage." He eventually offered a tepid, obligatory apology for attending the conference.

Scalise is also a bigot who does not believe that lesbians and gays should have full rights and equal citizenship in America. As the Washington Blade recently reported, "Scalise has built over the course [of] his tenure in Congress since 2008 among the most anti-LGBT reputations of any lawmaker."

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Some observers have argued that highlighting such facts is inappropriate, mean, untoward or overly insensitive behavior toward a man who is lying in a hospital bed, trying to recover from life-threatening injuries. Others say Scalise's voting record is irrelevant and the focus should instead be on healing the country's rancorous political atmosphere.

Many of these same voices, I would suggest, ignore how this situation has been caused almost exclusively by Donald Trump, the Republican party, and the right-wing media. And undoubtedly some observers would rather avoid the inconvenient facts about Scalise's personal politics, throwing them down the memory hole, as though his injuries and baptism by fire offer some type of absolution.

These objections are misguided.

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As he recovers from his injuries, will Steve Scalise experience a grand epiphany about his beliefs and how they hurt people like David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as their families and their broader communities?

Will the Republican party and its leadership reflect on how David Bailey and Crystal Griner risked their lives to save Steve Scalise and his colleagues and reject the racism and other types of bigotry that drive their party's agenda?

The answer to both questions is most likely no.

Conservatives do not practice systems-level thinking. Modern conservatism is also extremely anti-intellectual. As a movement, today's version of American conservatism -- as well as the Republican party -- is divorced from reality and drunk on conspiracy theories and other hallucinogenic beliefs. This nurtures a willful blindness to how macro-level political decisions about public policy actually affect individual people on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, today's Republican party could be called sociopathic. American conservatism has become increasingly authoritarian and tribal. Consequently, it's followers have little if any sense of linked fate and sympathy with those they consider "the other," including people of color, gays and lesbians, the poor or Muslims.

Ultimately, this is not an after-school TV special from the 1980s where the racist or bigot realizes the error in his ways and becomes a changed person because a stranger came to his aid. Steve Scalise, like other white conservatives, may have affection for an individual black person or perhaps feel love for individual LGBT children and family members, while still maintaining deep animus and hostility toward both of these groups collectively.

After the shooting in Alexandria, President Donald Trump issued a statement where he proclaimed, "We are strongest when we are unified." Those words should turn into ashes in his mouth.

Given the politics of Trump and the Republican party, that "we" cannot possibly be read as including black people, immigrants and gays and lesbians. Trump's comments serve as a neat summary of how the American right wing is willing to weaponize the Alexandria shooting to serve its own narrow, divisive and dangerous goals.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:38 AM mt

NBC Claims Trumps Rhetoric Ruined ObamaCare Smears Senate Bill



Republican Senators released the draft of their replacement for the failing ObamaCare program on Thursday, and with it came the wrath of the liberal media. The cat is out of the bag tonight on the Senate Republican plan to overhaul ObamaCare. The veil finally lifted today on the draft of a health care bill written in secret, chided Anchor Lester Holt to begin NBC Nightly News. Despite the bill keeping their favorite parts of ObamaCare, they chastised the bill while at the same time casting blame on President Trump for ObamaCares death-spiral.

And we can't lose sight of the fact that while lawmakers do battle over all this in Washington, there are real people with very real problems across this country left in suspense over the future of health care, declared Holt, as he said people were caught between the Senate bill and rising premiums.

Reporter Gabe Gutierrez sat down with a single mother from Kentucky named Sarah Halfacre, who was losing her health insurance because Humana was pulling out of the states exchanges. In a written statement in February Humana said it was leaving the exchanges because of further signs of an unbalanced risk pool, he reported but didnt mention that meant they were losing money. Humana is just one of the insurers leaving the affordable care act pools either nationwide or in certain states.

According to Gutierrez, the reason insurance companies were leaving a third of counties in the U.S. have just one provider was because of the Presidents rhetoric. People think that it's gone away because of all the rhetoric that we're hearing, Emily Beauregard, a health care advocate, told the reporter. Her statement was followed up with clips of Trump talking about how ObamaCare was failing. Gutierrez then asserted that Trump was fueling market turmoil.

One industry person, Sam Glick, told Gutierrez that the slowness of clear guidance from Washington is really what's driving all of this premium increases and people pulling out of the marketplace. But thats not true. NBC News had interviewed Halfacre once before when her previous insurer, United Healthcare pulled out of Kentucky. At the time, NBCs Tom Castello cited how the company was losing money as the reason. And two days prior to her interview airing, NBC had censored the skyrocketing ObamaCare premiums from the evening broadcast.

Both of these instances occurred in late October 2016, thats before Trump was elected president and Hillary Clinton was considered the default winner. NBCs Clinton super-fan Andrea Mitchell even described the hikes as just nagging problems for her candidate.

When it came to the Senates replacement for ObamaCare, NBCs Kasie Hunt turned up the heat. Wheelchair-bound protesters 43 arrested and dragged from a Senate office building, she noted as she hyped the protests of the bill on Wednesday. The draft Senate bill would repeal the mandate to buy insurance but keeps protections for people with pre-existing conditions and creates a new fund to support the individual insurance market, she explained, going through the popular parts that would stay. But that wasnt good enough for her.

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It keeps the expansion of Medicaid through 2020 but then phases it out, she declared without explaining that its because prices were expected to come down to balance it out. It also ties Medicaid funding to inflation, which means a dramatic reduction over time. That was false because in our economy inflation almost constantly increases so that means so would the funding. But, of course, to the, its a cut because the rate of increase is not what they would like it to be.

Hunt then used clips of noted liberals to smear Senate Republicans as evil. These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear. Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives, Elizabeth Warren angrily declared on the Senate floor. Shocking, since it had only been a week after Congress vowed to stop the violent rhetoric following the almost deadly attack on Congressional Republicans.

This bill covers fewer people, charges them more for the coverage they're going to get and gives them a poorer product for that coverage, smeared Yale Professor Abbe Gluck. What Hunt failed to disclose was that Gluck was a liberal activist. She had even written a piece for Vox where she argued for social solidarity in health care. The GOP plan is basically a tax cut for the rich that takes health care away from the poorest Americans and leaves the states holding the bag, she decried in her article.

Its clear by NBCs set up to their reports, the tone they struck, and the experts they tapped that their goal was to tear down the bill from the left. They failed to accurately explain how and why certain provisions existed in the bill, yet were glad to spread accusations that the GOP wanted to kill poor people.

Transcript below:

NBC Nightly News
June 22, 2017
7:01:15 PM Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Good evening. We're glad you're with us on this Thursday night. The cat is out of the bag tonight on the Senate Republican plan to overhaul ObamaCare. The veil finally lifted today on the draft of a health care bill written in secret and now being seen by most members of the Senate for first time, just a week before the likely vote. Democrats predictably are unhappy, saying it will put millions at risk who depend on coverage, but it's dissent among a handful of Republicans that threatens to doom the passage of the plan as it stands tonight. Our Kasie Hunt now on how the law might affect you and the battle lines forming tonight.

[Cuts to video]

KASIE HUNT: Wheelchair-bound protesters.

PROTESTER BEING CARRIED BY POLICE: Save our Medicaid! Save our Medicaid!

HUNT: 43 arrested and dragged from a Senate office building.

PROTESTER: I worked all my life with my disability, but I'm not rich enough to keep my daughter alive without Medicaid.

HUNT: All happening just as the draft of the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare was finally made public this morning. The draft Senate bill would repeal the mandate to buy insurance but keeps protections for people with pre-existing conditions and creates a new fund to support the individual insurance market. It keeps the expansion of Medicaid through 2020 but then phases it out. It also ties Medicaid funding to inflation, which means a dramatic reduction over time. Fewer people will qualify for tax credits to help them buy insurance, but the Senate provisions are more generous than the House version. And it defunds Planned Parenthood.

ELIZABETH WARREN: These cuts are blood money. People will die. Let's be very clear. Senate Republicans are paying for tax cuts for the wealthy with American lives.

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ABBE GLUCK: This bill covers fewer people, charges them more for the coverage they're going to get and gives them a poorer product for that coverage.

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7:04:03 PM Eastern

HOLT: And we can't lose sight of the fact that while lawmakers do battle over all this in Washington, there are real people with very real problems across this country left in suspense over the future of healthcare. Many are caught between the uncertainty of how the Republican plan will affect them and the dwindling choices and rising premiums under Obamacare. NBC's Gabe Gutierrez has the impact far beyond Capitol Hill.

[Cuts to video]

GABE GUTIERREZ: It was the letter single mom Sara Halfacre dreaded.

SARAH HALFACRE: Your current Humana health plan will no longer be offered.

GUTIERREZ: Her insurance company Humana dropping the bombshell that it was pulling out of Kentucky's ObamaCare exchange. This wasn't the first time you got a letter like this.

HALFACRE: No.

GUTIERREZ: We were with her last year when her previous insurance company did the same.

HALFACRE: I don't know if I'm going to have coverage, which doctors Im going to go to, which pharmacy I'll get my medication from. I don't know.

GUTIERREZ: In a written statement in February Humana said it was leaving the exchanges because of further signs of an unbalanced risk pool. Humana is just one of the insurers leaving the affordable care act pools either nationwide or in certain states. Right now, a third of counties in the U.S. have just one provider left. In Kentucky healthcare advocate Emily Beauregard says people are confused about ObamaCare status.

EMILY BEAUREGARD: People think that it's gone away because of all the rhetoric that we're hearing.

DONALD TRUMP: Let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now. Obamacare is dead. It's a disaster. It is dead.

GUTIERREZ: That message, say insurance companies, is fueling market turmoil.

SAM GLICK: The insurance companies are dealing with quite a bit of uncertainty. The slowness of clear guidance from Washington is really what's driving all of this premium increases and people pulling out of the marketplace.

GUTIERREZ: Experts blame that uncertainty for two-thirds of anticipated premium hikes.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:38 AM mt

TBS's Bee Slimes Catholic Church: 'Sitting On More Treasure Than Smaug The Dragon'



TBS's Samantha Bee unleashed against her longstanding nemesis, the Catholic Church, during a segment on Wednesday's Full Frontal. Bee zeroed on the Church's opposition to a proposed "child victims act," and contended that "if you're an institution that has hurt so many children that paying out civil settlements would make you go bankrupt, maybe you should?" The left-wing "comedian" added, "Anyway, it's fine. It won't. You're sitting on more treasure than Smaug the Dragon [a character in "The Hobbit"], so pay up."

Bee made sure to include her usual vulgar anti-Catholicism during the segment (for example, see the screen capture at right). The comedian included several sound bites from a co-sponsor of the bill in the New York state legislature, Democratic State Senator Brad Hoylman. In a highly-edited clip, the Democratic politician emphasized that "churches, yeshivas, the Boy Scouts of America are trying to quash the ability for survivors of child sex abuse to file claims" (video below).

The TBS host quickly followed with a snippet from a New York Daily News video report from May 2016, that noted that "the [New York State] Catholic conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, spent more than $2.1 million from 2007 through the end of 2015 to lobby against the child victims act." Bee continued with a diatribe against the Church: "Way to fight the stereotype, guys. Does your flock know where the bake sale money is going? You know what? Everyday Catholics want to make things right, not have their Church forever be known as Our Lady of the Perpetual Bad Touch."

Moments later, Bee dropped her loaded line about the Church "sitting on more treasure than Smaug." She briefly targeted one of the opponents of the law State Senator John Flanagan before launching a barrage at Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League. The TBS personality inserted more anti-Christian bile into her attack on Donohue.

SAMANTHA BEE: ...When [child abuse] survivors saw their hopes dashed at last year's legislative session, this humble servant of God made an official statement on the Catholic League website...echoing the New Testament's taunting of the victims on the mount. 'And Jesus said unto them, 'Shit-out-of-luck are the meek for they can sit and spin losers.' Donohue also called the bill's sponsor, Margaret Markey, the 'principal enemy of the Church.' I guess that means he downgraded the devil to second place.

Bee also played several clips of Donohue making politically-incorrect statements where he attacked "Muslim barbarians" and claimed that the priest abuse scandal was about homosexuality, not pedophilia. She pleaded with her fellow TV hosts, "Will you please stop inviting Bill on television now? Will our senators at least stop siding with him against [sex abuse victims]?"

As you might expect, Donohue replied to Bee in a Thursday press release (MRC president Brent Bozell is a member of the board of advisors for the Catholic League):

Samantha Bee is no stranger to Catholic bashing, so it was hardly surprising to learn that she ripped the Catholic Church in her June 21st show. Her focus was the Child Victims Act, a bill being considered by the New York State legislature. The least controversial aspect of the bill is extending the number of years that alleged victims could sue; the most controversial component is allowing a one-year window to revive old cases.

According to Bee, the bill's opponents are evil-minded persons who seek to justify child sexual molestation (she went off-the-rails on me). She interviewed a sponsor of one of the bills, State Senator Brad Hoylman, who said opposition was coming from the Catholic Church, yeshivas, and the Boy Scouts.

It is striking that Hoylman did not mention the public schools. That's because they have traditionally been exempt from coverage in these bills. In 2009, when they were included, the public school establishment went ballistic and the bill failed. This year the public schools were included, but given their low profile, they either knew that the lawsuits would focus on the Catholic Church, or they were going to get another pass at the last moment.

The reason why I have long opposed these bills is twofold: a) they suspend the statute of limitations, a due process staple for the accused, and b) anti-Catholic bigotry. Regarding the latter, in every state where legislation like this has been considered, rapacious lawyers with a history of Catholic bashing have zeroed in on the local diocese, dragging up cases from a half-century ago where many witnesses have died or memories have faded. The public schools always get a pass.

The latest data show that .004 percent of the Catholic clergy had a credible accusation made against them in the year 2014-2015. No institution, secular or religious, can match that record.

It is in the public schools where child rape exists on a massive scale, and no one is doing anything about it. Moreover, they are still passing the trash, moving molesting teachers from one school district to another. Furthermore, because of the doctrine of sovereign immunity, alleged victims have only 90 days to file suit, otherwise they are out of luck.

Bees wide-ranging attack on meshe looked and sounded deliriousbears no response; the random clips her producers spliced together can be easily defended.

Samantha Bee epitomizes the worst of comedians these days: she is dishonest, crude, and without a whole lot of talent. At least Kathy Griffin can be funny. But Bee seems to have found her nichefeeding the appetite of bigots.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:37 AM mt

Steven King's TV Show 'The Mist' Sprinkles In Liberal Agenda With Blood and Gore



The Mist just premiered on the Spike channel, and if the June 22nd pilot episode is anything to go on, we are in for a long, painfully dull, self-righteous, and gory season. After all, what else can we expect from a television show based on a story by Stephen King?

To be fair, neither Stephen King nor his works have been particularly kind to religious people, small towns, or anything remotely related to traditional values, so this approach doesnt surprise me. What does surprise me is how they somehow manage to take works by King and make them even more left-leaning to the point of parody. Its almost astonishing.

To start off, The Mist is based off a 1980 novella written by Stephen King about a group of small-town citizens trapped in a grocery store when a mysterious mist engulfs the area. Anyone outside the store is attacked and viciously killed by otherworldly monsters, but tension begins to bubble in the store as paranoia takes over the crowds. To fill a less than 200-page story into a 10-season episode, the plot has been expanded to include a variety of characters throughout the town.

In just this first episode alone, we have Eve Copeland (Alyssa Sutherland) being fired from a high school for teaching a sex-ed class with condoms, black soldier Bryan Hunt (Okezie Morro) being manhandled and thrown in jail by white police officers, a pansexual student who isnt attracted to gender but personality and is shunned by his dad for wearing makeup, and an entire town that doesnt believe a girls been raped since, after all, the accused is a high school quarterback who also happens to be the police chiefs son.

Im sorry, but a person can only handle so many liberal clichs before having to call them out on it. Its only the pilot, and this show is beginning to sound like the writers took whatever headline showed up on Salon and wrote a character around it. Not even using the article, just the headline, because reading any more of it would have readers realize whats wrong with every blanket scenario I just referenced. Unfortunately, even in this extended pilot, theres no room for explanation except small-town people dont understand sex (except they do), white officers ALWAYS mistreat suspicious black people (except they dont), and people NEVER believe a rape victim even when there is evidence (do I even have to say it?). The entire situation could just be replaced with the blanket statement small towns are racist, sexist, homophobic, backwards and just plain awful and that would have saved us 50\+ minutes before the mist actually comes to Bridgeville.

And thats nothing compared to the graphic material the series offers from its horror element. Within the first few minutes, we see the matted corpse and organs of a dog which seems childs play compared to the woman whose jaw is removed. Or the man who has his eye plucked out. Since this episode gave less than ten minutes of the mist engulfing the town, Im just going to brace myself next week.

Sadly, its not just the gore I have to prepare for anymore. Its the agenda. Showrunner Christian Torpe has even gone on at length describingthe shows timely quality saying, [W]e look around at whats going on in the world, and everyone is constantly looking for someone to blame, or someone to lead them to the promised land. They find people to hate, either because of their gender or race or faith. Those are elements we tap into how fear drives things like misogyny and homophobia.

Yes, and Im sure this lengthy liberal lecture of a horror show peppered with such mainstream-approved caricatures is going to change the hearts and minds of millions. Consider me not captivated.

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Friday June 23, 2017 @ 12:18:35 AM mt

Hateful John Olivers History of Hammering Racist 'Evil' Conservatives



Last Week Tonights John Oliver is facing a lawsuit after yet another angry diatribe. This time, the HBO host targeted the coal industry and one its top CEOs.Oliver has a long history of assailing conservatives and Christians as racist, "evil" Islamophobes. The comic has mocked the United States electoral process as a four-year-olds birthday and Donald Trump as viscerally horrifying.

On November 15, 2016, the weekend after the presidential election, Oliver freaked out on his HBO show, hyperventilating, How the f#!2$ did we get here and what the f#!2$ do we do now? The British host blamed at least some of Hillary Clintons loss on America's deep racism and/or indifference to it!

Prior to his HBO show, Oliver was a correspondent on The Daily Show. During a 2010 comedy show, he seethed with rage against the Christian Tim Tebow: I hate Tim Tebow. The comic snarled, If I was in a room with Tim Tebow and Bin Laden and I had a gun with one bullet in it, Id shoot Bin Laden. Im not a monster. But if I had two bullets Id shoot Tim Tebow first.

Here are some of the worst examples of Olivers left-wing hate:

Bin Laden or Tebow? I'd Shoot Tebow First

I dislike Robert Mugabe. I hate Tim Tebow. If I was in a room with Tim Tebow and Bin Laden and I had a gun with one bullet in it, Id shoot Bin Laden. Im not a monster. But if I had two bullets Id shoot Tim Tebow first.
Comedian John Oliver during a November 5, 2010 comedy routine at Florida State University.

Loathing 'Horrifying' Trump

I always believed he was going to do what he said, which is why I was so against him becoming president. That doesnt make it any less viscerally horrifying.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver talking about Donald Trump in a February 8, 2017 interview with USA Today.

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Blaming Trump Win on 'Racist' Americans

How the f#!2$ did we get here and what the f#!2$ do we do now?... Well, clearly, there are many possible answers to that question, including a misleading forecast that bread complacency, a flawed candidate who failed to appeal to white, rural and working class and and this is worth repeating deep racism and/or indifference to it!
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver reacting to the election of Donald Trump as President, November 15, 2016.

Conservative Leader Is an 'Evil' 'Islamophobe'

Don't be deceived by his bland exterior. Where there is banality, there is evil.... But Harper's ugliest tendency is perhaps his pandering to Islamophobes.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver discussing the conservative Stephen Harper, then Prime Minister of Canada, October 18, 2015.

American Democracy Is Like a 'Four-Year-Old's Birthday Party'

No one can say that the American democratic process is not long or, indeed, way too long.... And theres a lot of balloons involved. American democracy looks like a four-year-olds birthday party.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on the October 30, 2015 edition of CBS This Morning.

Speaking the lawsuit, if Oliver has to make any payments, he should be fine. The hypoctrical liberal used a tax loophole on his $9.5 million Manhattan penthouse.

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Thursday June 22, 2017 @ 03:10:14 PM mt

Over-Spiced: Nets Gave McCarthys SNL Shtick Over Twice the Coverage of Baltimore Murders



Pity ABC, NBC and CBS News. If the fall TV season comes and Sean Spicer is no longer White House Press Secretary, theyll have to talk about something besides Saturday Night Live. Like maybe news.

Spicer is rumored to be leaving the press shop for another job in the administration. And if hes not the daily face and voice of the Trump administration, its going to be hard for actress Melissa McCarthy to reprise her lampoon of him on SNL. And that will leave some serious holes in the networks news programming.

Between inauguration day and the seasons end on May 20, the ABC, NBC and CBS news programs couldnt get enough of Melissa McCarthys Spicer. In fact, the networks dedicated 10 minutes and 49 seconds of airtime just to the impression. But while they were enjoying partisan satire that fit neatly with their biases, there was actual news they could have been reporting.

Baltimore, for example. According to a Reuters report from May 2, homicides in Baltimore have reached such alarming levels that the mayor is getting federal assistance and requesting more support from the FBI. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the city of Baltimore, Maryland, has experienced more than 100 murders before the end of April. The networks havent reported once on the carnage or the mayors unprecedented plea for help. Baltimore crime received just four minutes and 18 seconds of attention on the networks most of it reporting the hunt for Baltimores Public Enemy #1, an alleged arsonist who firebombed a home in March.

Whats more, the networks were happy to talk about police abuses and corruption in Baltimore. All three networks reported when seven Baltimore police officers were were arrested on federal racketeering charges on March 2. On May 9, CBS Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues told This Morning that In Baltimore, it was found that 44 percentwere made where 11 percentof the population was, and that was primarily the black community. So the networks know Baltimore exists, and it has a problem with police.

Unfortunately, since the 2015 riots and the larger Black Lives Matter zeitgeist (including the hands up, dont shoot lie the networks helped spread) Baltimore police have backed off aggressively policing in black neighborhoods. Not coincidentally, the murder rate has skyrocketed. At this writing, according to the Baltimore Sun, there have been 161 homicides in the city since January 1.

But really, why would the networks talk about real world consequences of the narrative they helped create? When comedians are making fun of people you dont like, Its so very entertaining, as Gayle King said of McCarthy on the April 17 CBS This Morning.

In a May 12 publicity stunt for that weeks SNL, McCarthy dressed as Spicer and drove a motorized podium around Manhattan. NBC News hyped it, but so did ABC. On World News Tonight with David Muir, the anchor introduced the video saying, Live from New York, a little early.

In fact, ABC and CBS are just as enthralled as NBC with McCarthys shtick. ABC gave her Spicer two minutes, four seconds of coverage. CBS gave it two minutes, 48 seconds. All that for a show on a competing network. ABCs Good Morning America had an entire on February 13 wondering if SNL had pushed its politics too far. If only GMA had the self-awareness to wonder if it had pushed its SNL fixation too far.

If Spicer is no longer a viable target for McCarthy next season, ABC, CBS and NBC may have to turn to other viable targets, like the tragic ones in Baltimore.

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