We started the show recapping the insane news from the past 2 weeks... then it was time for Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny & the Blue America PAC about politics and the race toward 2018.
Trump today introduced his tax plan, which would cut corporate and small business rates down to 15%, repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals and otherwise enrich the wealthy and hurt the struggling... Did you expect anything less? Many experts say this plan could cost upwards of $6 trillion! The GOP-led FCC started the ball rolling on reversing the Net Neutrality rules... start paying attention! D'ump signed an Executive Order calling for a "review" of our national monuments, with the goal of reversing the many lands that President Obama had designated as national monuments in order to protect them from [...]
I had to take the day off, but I spent the previous night in Miami, listening to the man who should be president, Bernie Sanders speak truth. So I thought I'd share his remarkable speech with you today...
Today, the "US" dropped the MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) - the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in Afghanistan, ostensibly against ISIS-K. Of course, they tell us that they "took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties." Of course they did, like they did in this airstrike in Syria (that the administration has been silent about) that hit Syrian allies and killed 18 people! As a bit of a lighthearted diversion, I invited my Facebook page to weigh in with their favorite euphemism for "Trump." As you know, I prefer the contraction of Donald Trump - D'ump. But there were some great [...]
It's Thursday, so Howie Klein is here today. We spoke a bit about his post, "The Type of Democrats We Need... And the Type We Don't." While we don't need Blue Dogs, New Dems or politicians by any other name who continue to vote with the Republicans. But the Dems only need to flip 24 seats in 2018 to take back the House, which is incredibly do-able. You can find the most progressive candidates on the Blue America page and help support them, and stay involved. It's going to take every one of us. That's why I started the show [...]
For a president-elect who wouldn't answer questions from the press in six months (his last presser was July 27!), Donald Trump is making us dizzy with with the number of confirmation hearings all scheduled at the same time. Can you say "he doesn't want us to hear the answers"? There were a few wonderful moments, like this from Elizabeth Warren while questioning Ben Carson, who's nominated for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development... Have I said lately that this is going to be a long four years? Howie Klein is back!! In addition to blogging at Down with Tyranny and [...]
I'm not having a great day... the show speaks for itself. Thanks to Gaius Publius for talking me down... Edit** I owe you more than that! Since the show ended, my mood went from bad to worse. It all started earlier today when I decided that I wanted to purge any Trump voters from my life. Well, from my social media, anyway. So I started a little experiment this morning. I asked my Facebook "friends" and "followers" who had voted for Trump and why. I was pleasantly surprised that there were very few. Most who identified themselves were not "friends" so [...]
On today's show, we continued the discussion about the way forward for the political revolution that Bernie Sanders has so amazingly, energetically, passionately and historically led for the past year or so. It must evolve. The question is what form it will take. After a frustrating Twitter conversation last night - 140 characters at a time is no way to discuss politics - I invited listener Kim to call in to today's show to talk things through. The point of contention was the vitriol with which many Sanders supporters now regard Elizabeth Warren. I won't try to paraphrase here [...]
Morning Jumpstart SCOTUS strikes Texas abortion restrictions SCOTUS throws out guv's bribery conviction Clinton/Warren electrify in Ohio Trump's shifting drifting Muslim ban Democrats release own Benghazi report: Committee report today Cameron to - gulp - meet EU leaders Pelosi urges Dems: Hold "family sit-ins" SCOTUS Strikes Texas Abortion Restrictions (Bloomberg, Bloomberg, Politico, Reuters, TMN, TMN, me) • The Supreme Court Monday struck down Texas abortion restrictions that had threatened to close three-quarters of the state's clinics by putting new requirements on facilities and doctors. The 5-3 ruling invalidates a law that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and forced [...]
Morning Jumpstart UK tries to calm markets - #fail Brexit: Backpedaling/Will Leave happen? Trump's strange Scotland pressers SCOTUS: 3 biggie opinions to go Draft Democratic platform: Sanders' influence Gay pride: Tinged with sadness Benghazi Committee & WH at standstill UK Tries to Calm Markets (BBC, TMN, TMN, TMN, TMN, me) • Britain's finance minister said today the UK is ready to face the future "from a position of strength " and indicated there will be no immediate emergency budget. He said there would still need to be an "adjustment" in the UK economy and it was "perfectly sensible to [...]