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Handel: "I do not support a livable wage"

During Tuesday night’s debate for an open U.S. House seat in Georgia, Republican candidate Karen Handel said that she does not support a “livable wage.”

“This is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative: I do not support a livable wage,” she said on Atlanta’s WSB-TV in response to a viewer question about raising the minimum wage. “What I support is making sure that we have an economy that is robust with low taxes and less regulation.”

Handel said that raising the minimum wage could “dramatically” hurt small businesses.

Jon Ossoff, said that “the minimum wage should be a living wage.” He noted that he supports raising the minimum wage gradually so that businesses can slowly adapt to the increase.

Ossoff: "Someone working full time should earn a decent standard living.

Ossoff, Handel Get Into Highly Charged Debate Over Health Care

Source: TPM

Last night was Ossoff v Handel first debate ahead of the runoff, the two candidates butted heads in a charged exchange about the effort to repeal Obamacare underway in Congress.

Republican Karen Handel defended the House GOP’s American Health Care Act in Tuesday night’s debate, hosted by Atlanta TV station WSB, arguing that the current system under Obamacare is “collapsing.” She dismissed an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office projecting that 23 million Americans would end up losing their health insurance under the House bill.

“I reject the premise of the CBO,” she said, adding that the CBO was wrong about Obamacare’s impacts.

Democrat Jon Ossoff criticized Handel for backing a bill “that would gut the protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.” He also brought up his opponent’s role in the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut off its funding for Planned Parenthood.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/ossoff-handel-charged-health-care-debate

Handel also stressed that she did not “singularly” decide that the Komen foundation would stop funding Planned Parenthood.
“I will not be lectured by you or anyone else,” she told Ossoff.

In response, Ossoff charged that Handel campaigned in 2012 on her role in cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood and noted that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Handel “engineered” the move, which resulted in disastrous PR for the organization.

Although Handel argues the AHCA offers protection for preexisting conditions, a recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, however, found that under a waiver option the American Health Care Act offers states, there are more than six million people that are vulnerable to being charged more by insurers because they both have a preexisting condition and a lapse in insurance coverage.

Discussions are underway for 3 more debates. Ossoff declined a nationwide CNN debate.

Special Counsel Mueller puts an expert in the Mafia and fraud at the heart of his investigation

Source: Daily Kos

The biggest reason James Comey’s is likely to disappoint when he appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee is not because he doesn’t have a good story to tell, but because he’s concerned about getting in the way of the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s almost certain that Mueller and Comey have met to discuss the limits of what the former FBI director can say on Thursday. Comey’s silences may help to define the edges of Mueller’s investigation, but there is other information coming out that’s giving an even better glimpse into the special counsel’s thinking.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is assembling a prosecution team with decades of experience going after everything from Watergate to the Mafia to Enron as he digs in for a lengthy probe into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The diversity of Mueller’s hires reinforces early signs that the investigation is going to be broader than some expected. So far, indications are that Mueller has his eyes on Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s pro-Kremlin activities, former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s work as an unregistered foreign agent, as well as poking around Trump’s actions when it comes to Comey’s dismissal. There have also been indications that Mueller will look into business interests of Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, a prospect that may be the most daunting to the White House.

Mueller’s biggest hire to date was [Andrew] Weissmann, who is taking a leave from his current post leading the Justice Department’s criminal fraud section. The two men have a long history together at the FBI, where Weissmann served as both the bureau’s general counsel from 2011 to 2013 and as Mueller’s special counsel in 2005.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/6/1669296/-Special-Counsel-Mueller-puts-an-expert-in-the-Mafia-and-fraud-at-the-heart-of-his-investigation

Weissmann was instrumental in going after Enron CEO Ken Lay and also in breaking up New York crime families. His position at the heart of Mueller’s team suggests what kind of case this is going to be.

Not sure how long it will take to evict these degenerates from the WH and send them to the Big House but it's about to hit the fan.

WashPost Reports Trump Asked Coats To Intervene With Comey

Source: WaPo via Daily Kos

The Washington Post has breaking news that Trump might have asked Director of National Intelligence Director Coats to intervene with Comey to get him to back off the Flynn investigation.

I’m putting this up quick, but it raises a very important question.

Trump has loyalty to no one, yet he has consistently tried to stop the investigation of Flynn. Now why would that be? I think, more and more, that Flynn has the keys to the kingdom, and knows just how deeply Trump was involved in the Russian act of war when they meddled in our election.

Trump has not hesitated to throw any of his close krew under the bus. Christie, Giuliani, now even Sessions — all these guys sold their very souls for Trump, and he has thrown every one of them under the bus. Yet Flynn? He’s the golden boy.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-intelligence-official-told-associates-trump-asked-him-if-he-could-intervene-with-comey-to-get-fbi-to-back-off-flynn/2017/06/06/cc879f14-4ace-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html?tid=a_breakingnews?tid=a_breakingnews&hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar

This just keeps getting better and better.

Only four months into the job, sycophantic Jeff Sessions is already threatening to resign

Source: Daily Kos

Nothing to see here, just the complete collapse of trust and cooperation between the idiot man-child and the hired members of his own administration.

As the White House braces for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, sources tell ABC News the relationship between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has become so tense that Sessions at one point recently even suggested he could resign. [...]

Asked by ABC News if the attorney general had threatened or offered to resign, Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment.

Jeff Sessions was one of Trump's most reliable backers, shares Trump's contempt for civil rights and the rights of immigrants, and has been on the job for less than four months—and the relationship is already going to hell.

Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/6/1669455/-Only-four-months-into-the-job-sycophantic-Jeff-Sessions-is-already-threatening-to-resign

Perhaps it does not matter how many sycophants and loyalists Trump surrounds himself with. Regardless of how much assistance they give him or how slavishly they attempt to cater to his rapidly shifting whims Donald Trump is simply incapable of carrying out the duties of the office.
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