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Robert Reich responds to Donald Trump's lies

Trump's address to Congress this evening was chock full of lies. Here's a sample:

1."Obamacare premiums nationwide have increased by double and triple digits," Trump said, citing a 116 percent increase in Arizona as an example.

Wrong. Most people get their health care through the employer, and those premiums haven't spiked by nearly this amount. And for many people on the health care exchanges, federal subsidies are offsetting premium increases. Overall premium increases were actually faster under President George W. Bush than under President Barack Obama.

2. “We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.”

Wrong. The data are mixed on the amount of drugs coming through the borders, but illegal immigration flows across the Southern border in fiscal 2015 were at the lowest levels since 1972, except for in 2011.


Washington Post: Trump's speech was "filled with numerous inaccuracies."

An address to Congress is such an important speech that presidents generally are careful not to stretch the truth. The “16 words” in George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address that falsely claimed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein sought uranium from Africa led to significant turmoil in the administration, including the criminal conviction of a top aide.

President Trump’s maiden address to Congress was notable because it was filled with numerous inaccuracies. In fact, many of the president’s false claims are old favorites that he trots out on a regular, almost daily basis. Here’s a roundup of 13 of the more notable claims, in the order in which the president made them.


Not so unifying: Jake Tapper nails Trump for nationalistic undercurrent in speech to Congress

(Raw Story) CNN host Jake Tapper looked beyond the pageantry of Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday to point out that the speech had a “nationalistic undercurrent” that would trouble many Americans.

“It was a much more subdued President Trump,” Tapper noted following the speech. “He stuck for the most part — 95 percent — to the teleprompter and the words that had been written for him, with him, by his speechwriters. It was a speech in which he was clearly trying to reset in a lot of ways.”

But Tapper observed that many Democrats would have a hard time swallowing Trump’s call for unity when they look beyond “the wrapping in which he presented the policy.”

“There is a clear America-first, nationalistic undercurrent to a lot of the things he talked about,” the CNN host remarked. “He talked about a total revamp of our immigration system. Shifting from one taking in refugees to have a more self-interested immigration policy, one based on bringing in people of higher skill.”



Cabinet coming in....applause on Cspan tepid at best.....


Trump Blames SEALs Death On Military: They Lost Ryan

(Huffington Post) President Donald Trump on Tuesday dodged responsibility for a botched mission he ordered in Yemen last month, placing the onus on the military and Barack Obama’s administration instead.

Bill Owens, the father of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in the operation, demanded an investigation into his son’s death over the weekend. Owens further revealed he couldn’t bear to meet Trump at the airport as Ryan’s casket was carried off the military plane last month.

Asked about the matter during an interview with Fox News’ “Fox ‘n’ Friends,” Trump repeatedly said “they” were responsible for the outcome of the mission, in reference to the military.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do,” he said. “They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”


Raid on Yemen that left Navy SEAL dead yielded NO significant intelligence, U.S. officials tell NBC

(NBC News) Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced "actionable intelligence," senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any, even as the father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday.


McConnell: Republican Agenda 'Is Exactly The Same As The Trump Agenda'

(TPM) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Monday that congressional Republicans’ agenda "is exactly the same as the Trump agenda." McConnell, addressing reporters alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) outside of the White House on Monday afternoon, made reference to Trump’s planned address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. That is a bold commitment, given the parts of Trump’s professed agenda that run against Republican orthodoxy.


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