Breaking!

Via Crooks and Liars:

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin County Justice Court between now and June 7, 2017.”

So, the likely Republican Congressman (come’on, it is Montana) is going to start off his term in jail? Seems about right.

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A-B-3s Today!

NPR:

Democrats questioned DeVos about whether she would allow federal funds to go to private schools that discriminate against particular populations.

Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts brought up Lighthouse Christian Academy, a school in Bloomington, Indiana that receives $665,000 in state vouchers and denies admission to children of LGBT parents.

“Is there a line for you on state flexibility?” Clark asked.

“You are the backstop for students and their right to access quality education. Would you in this case say we are going to overrule and you cannot discriminate, whether it be on sexual orientation, race, or special needs in our voucher programs?” Clark added. “Will that be a guarantee from you to our students?”

DeVos sidestepped the question.

“The bottom line is we believe that parents are the best equipped to make choices for their children’s schooling and education decisions,” DeVos said. “Too many children today are trapped in schools that don’t work for them. We have to do something different than continuing a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.”

We should note that The Russian Usurper’s budget calls for “$1.4 billion to expand school choice — namely vouchers and charter schools — but slashes $10.6 billion from after-school programs, teacher training and federal student loans and grants,” which really means that Lighthouse Christian Academy is getting that money from us to discriminate against gay kids.

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The Summary (UPDATED)

Data: Census Bureau Current Population Survey Data, Congressional Budget OfficeChart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Let’s start with the CBO Score of the Trickle-Down Health Care Act, you know the thing that says giving tax breaks to billionaires will make us all healthy.

Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the morning email thingie at Axios:

Under the CBO projections, the House bill will still un-insure a lot of people (23 million vs. 24 million before the “fix”), save less money in deficit reduction than the prior version, and open up a can of worms that could make people with employer-sponsored insurance worry that their policies might change.

Anyone with a preexisting condition now covered by Obamacare will worry that they might lose coverage (and they could). Opponents will argue that it disproportionately hurts older, sicker, and poorer Americans, and makes insurance more expensive for the sick and the pregnant.

The big takeaway … “Final House health care bill could cause some state markets to unravel,” by Axios’ David Nather: “The last-minute changes to the [House] bill didn’t affect the cost or coverage estimates that much. … But CBO is warning Congress that the latest changes — letting states opt out of two of the ACA’s main insurance regulations — could ruin the insurance markets in those states even if they make insurance cheaper for healthy people.”

and now a jump cut to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:

“The nonpartisan scorekeeping office also forecast the GOP plan would cut the deficit by $119 billion over a decade, primarily because of its cuts to Medicaid and private insurance subsidies. That exceeds $2 billion of minimum projected savings the bill needed to hit, which should clear an important hurdle and help the bill’s prospects of getting to the Senate. Senate GOP aides are still checking the analysis to ensure the bill can travel safely across the Capitol.” 

So… technically it could go to the Senate and be part of the Reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority to pass.

Amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell poked his head outta his shell and drawled, y’all: “I don’t know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment. But that’s the goal. And exactly what the composition of that [bill] is I’m not going to speculate about because it serves no purpose.”

We’re screwed.

And the hot-potato (potatoe if you are Dan Quayle) nature of this thing had some repercussions, too. Greg Gianforte, a Montana candidate for a special election body-slammed a reporter who asked him about the CBO score (Note that Ben Jacobs is also the guy who reported that software CEO millionare Gianforte has deep Russian ties, too):

And of course, being Republicans, his campaign reacts with a stone-cold lie:

“Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions. Jacobs was asked to leave. After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.”

…and the fallout includes that both of the papers have un-endorsed Gianforte. The election is today, so this might be a fun one to watch.

Moving overseas… Trump strikes again!

“Greater Manchester Police released a statement condemning the leaks on behalf of the National Counter-Terrorism Policing units that suggested a severe rupture in trust between Britain and the United States, who have traditionally shared intelligence at the highest levels. … Police and security services are also upset that the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked by U.S. officials and published while police in Britain were withholding the name for what they said were reasons of operational security.”

UK Prime Minister Theresa May “said she would tell Donald Trump at a Nato meeting that shared intelligence ‘must remain secure.'” — Lots’a luck with that.

Drip… drip… drip…

And then we toodle over to Russia, because why not? Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer

American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence. The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump … Some Russians boasted about how well they knew Mr. Flynn. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.

And CNN tells us:

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN Wednesday.

Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years, officials said.

The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials. He has come under withering criticism from Democrats following revelations that he did not disclose the same contacts with Kislyak during his Senate confirmation hearings earlier this year.

Poor Jefferson Beauregard Sessions! How hard it must be to remember all the names of the spies and traitors you consort with! An honest mistake!

And I think that brings us up to speed for today. So what’s catching your eye, Scissorheads?

UPDATE 1: In my rush, I forgot to add this: Trump Records Robocall For GOP Candidate In Montana Special Election. Robocalls are illegal in Montana. Note, too, that Pence has recorded one, too (3?)!

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Bedside Reading, Cont.

little house on the prarie

Well, that will get a new generation of readers. Wild west, indeed.

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News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Mike (Gomer) and Jetherine (the Gomerette) Huckabee

Get excited, people:

It’s the Elmer Gantry Show!

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Midday Palate Cleanser

An editor at heart, methinks:

“Re-write!

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Just Sayin’ Hannity’s Been A Fraud From The Beginning

Sean Hannity, at college radio station KCSB (UC Santa Barbara)
where he was NOT a student, but on the air.

Hannity is “dropping” the Seth Rich conspiracy theories for now. But why?

After Fox News pulled a report based on a conspiracy theory about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, Sean Hannity, one of the most prominent voices pushing the theory, said on Tuesday night that he would stop talking about Rich for the time being.

…or could it be

Yeah, that’s the reason.

After going through all the benghazi! Benghazi! BENGHAZI!!1! years watching my high school friend Chris Stevens’ death politicized, I can only imagine what Seth Rich’s family is going through with this conspiracy theory, and it probably is worse.

I really hope my friend Alan Colmes is somewhere having a chuckle. He never said anything bad about Hannity to me, but when I said anything bad about Hannity to him, he never corrected me.

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Shorter OMB Dir. Mick Mulvaney:

Which one is Mick?


Shorter OMB Director Mick Mulvaney: assisting the poor is thievery. Here’s the longer version:

Mick Mulvaney:

For years, we’ve focused on how we can help Americans receive taxpayer-funded assistance. Under President Trump’s leadership, we’re now looking at how we can respect both those who require assistance and the taxpayers who fund that support. For the first time in a long time, we’re putting taxpayers first.

Taking money from someone without an intention to pay it back is not debt. It is theft. This budget makes it clear that we will reverse this larceny.

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Second Helping of Claim Chowder?

American Exceptionalism: Dumpster Diving Eagle

Today seems to be the world telling us we were right:

Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure

The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top officials and advisers. In his proposed budget released Tuesday, President Trump called for spending $200 billion over 10 years to ‘incentivize’ private, state and local spending on infrastructure. Trump advisers said that to entice state and local governments to sell some of their assets, the administration is considering paying them a bonus. The proceeds of the sales would then go to other infrastructure projects.

We’ve been saying The Russian Usurper’s infrastructure grift was going to be selling off assets like airports, FAA, Amtrak, and so on. I don’t think he’s found a way (yet?) to sell off water works, but I bet he’s trying to.

This is a travesty.

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Your Claim Chowder is Served

Fool for a Client Chronicles

Putin Rides Again
(credit: The Art of Buddy McCue via Scissorhead B-4)

Yesterday, we said that The Russian Usurper was not going to get one of the high-powered lawyers to defend him from the mountain of collusion he has with the Kremlin, and it seems we were right, he’s sticking with his regular lawyer Marc Kasowitz (who has a few Russian conflicts of his own):

“President Donald Trump plans to select Marc Kasowitz — his longtime, New York-based lawyer — to lead his outside legal team as an investigation of Russian election interference heats up, an administration official said. Kasowitz has represented Trump in legal matters for decades and is considered to have the president’s trust. He has a well-established rapport with Trump and has spoken to him regularly since Trump was sworn into office.

“In selecting Kasowitz, Trump once again is turning to a person with extensive experience working with him — rather than a seasoned, Washington-based operator — to deal with a high profile challenge. While Kasowitz is expected to take the lead on Trump’s outside legal team, the administration source said it is not yet clear how large an operation that will be. Administration officials are still not certain of the scope of the work but expect intense action over the summer, as the probe led by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.”

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