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Anyone got two $10s for a $5?

Fitzmas. Remember Fitzmas.

Temper your emotions.

Why not let people buy into Medicaid?

For people whose incomes disqualifies them for Medicaid, why not just let them buy into Medicaid at a lower premium?

How to fix the ACA: Create a default govt. health insurance plan--The Public Option

If any American cannot get an affordable plan or does not qualify for Medicaid, then they can buy the Public Option which would also be supported by a small federal sales tax on non-essential goods and services. Food, housing, education, some forms of energy, healthcare, clothing would be excluded from the federal sales tax. Sales taxes on alcohol, cigarettes, and sugar would be levied higher.

Has WikiLeaks ever leaked something from Putin's government?

Or some other totalitarian regime in the world? Why is it only US secrets that get leaked?

The real culprit in our problems with Russia? Sarah Palin.

She was supposed to keep an eye on Putin from her house in Alaska, but she dropped the ball.

See, this is what happens when you raise dogs and cats together

The dog starts imitating the cat:

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(Dog on the right) "Dude, you know you're being filmed, right? And you know this is going up on Youtube, right?"

Pre-existing conditions and the Republican healthcare plan

There's a gaping hole in the Republican healthcare plan. Under their plan, I can go without health insurance until I need it at the very last minute. For example, without the mandate, I can go for years without having health insurance until I get a cancer diagnosis, and then I can buy health insurance, pay a penalty for not having it, but the insurance companies would still have to cover me.

What incentive is there for anyone to ever have health insurance? Just wait until you need it, buy it, and just pay the penalty.

Question about Rachel Maddow's story on Wilbur Ross and the Fertilizer King of Russia

For your reference, here's the link to Rachel's masterful reporting on the Fertilizer King of Russia:



My question is how does one become a multi-billionaire by being in the fertilizer business.

Is it possible that Trump's aides were working with Russia without Trump knowing it?

Or, they kept Trump in the dark so that he would have plausible deniability? My theory is that Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Paul Manafort all didn't think that Trump had a chance of winning. They went along with Russia's plan to undermine Hillary's presidency so that they could do business with Russia's oligarchs.

Maybe Trump knew or maybe he didn't. Or maybe he didn't want to know at all. Or, maybe he wanted to be in the dark, but wanted Russia to know that he was on their side and look forward to the post-election deals to come. Besides, no one would investigate the tampering since Hillary won anyway.

After Trump won, he was stunned. He had two problems. Could he still do deals with the Russian oligarchs and what if his team's collusion with the Russians was investigated? For the first problem, he signaled to the Russians through Flynn and others that they could still do business. But on the second problem? Well, we're seeing how they're handling it now.
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