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The President Show: Mooch's Farewell

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Could McConnell have wanted AHCA to fail to pass?

I heard Lawrence O'Donnell raising this theory this morning at like 2 am. McConnell is a slippery, shrewd motherfucker and the Republican bill was polling at like 12%. Failing to pass it makes them and Trump look bad, but the alternative of their succeeding would have had a much worse impact on them in the midterms. Now, instead of owning people's dissatisfaction with health care, they can claim that they made a sincere effort to change it, sabotage the current system, and keep their ignorant base bitching about Obama.

Lawrence O'Donnell referred to it as a well known legislative tactic of moving a dead cat off of your porch. Republicans had promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, so they had to appear to make a sincere effort, but they were politically better off without the tar baby they would have taken on if their historically unpopular legislation had passed.

Trump clearly wanted AHCA to succeed to narcissistically claim a victory, but is it possible that McConnell realized that passing AHCA would have been catastrophic to them in the midterms?

I'm very happy that it did not pass and that millions won't lose coverage. I hope that somehow, Collins, Murkowski & McCain can be brought along to oppose the insane mega tax cut bill that is coming, but I'm skeptical about that.

How did the NY Times get Uday's emails about Russia meeting?

I haven't seen any information on this and it seems like it would be a significant question. Has anyone heard any speculation on how the NY Times got access to Trump, Jr.'s emails about the Trump Tower meeting offering Russian dirt on Hillary? It seems that either someone was hacked, or someone on the distribution list of the email is leaking. Could it be the Russians that released it, to make Trump more compliant and show that they're willing to crush him? Does Mueller have the emails from intercepts and someone on the committee leaked them?

It could be that information has been provided on this that I didn't notice, but it seems like a pretty intriguing issue that I haven't heard in the coverage.

Will Trump Attempt to Fire Mueller?

It seems like a lead pipe lock that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia & that the result of Robert Mueller's investigation will eventually be severely damaging to Trump. Trump has already demonstrated his willingness to cross any bounds, attack any messenger, try to sell the most blatant falsehoods to get by.

Given the inevitable result of Mueller's investigation and that he doesn't have the protection of the special counsel statute that used to exist, and that he can be terminated by the Justice Dept., it seems to me to be a certainty that Dump will try to terminate Mueller. He's probably waiting for an opportune moment where they can cook up some bullshit scenario to try to discredit Mueller with while doing it, that the 35% of zombies that like the CNN wrestling video will buy into.

What do you think is the likelihood that Trump will try to terminate Mueller? What is the chance that he will succeed? Firing Comey cost Trump in that Mueller was appointed, but that was still probably worth it to him, because Comey had greater resources and subpoena power at the FBI than Mueller has, and Trump bought time while Mueller assembled staff and got up to speed. I think Trump is bound to decide that he'd rather fight the consequences of firing Mueller than face the evidence that he will eventually present.

New Google News layout is awful - any suggestion for alternate news aggregator sites?

EDIT: THE OLD LAYOUT OF GOOGLE NEWS CAN NOW BE ACCESSED AT THEOLDGNEWS.COM

I've used Google News as my PC homepage since it started in 2004, I think. Last night, they implemented a new layout, which really destroys using the service for me. There was great information density and I could see dozens of stories at a glance across my screen, links to different sources providing the same story.

The new format seems geared toward phones and I can see two stories with TONS of white space on the sides and need to scroll endlessly and still don't find the info easily that was on a single widescreen PC screen before. Are any other Google News users frustrated with this change today? Are there alternate news aggregator sites that you like? I really loved Google News - lots of news at a glance from lots of good sources. But, the update is such a big downgrade that it's likely time to move on to something else.

There should be an ad campaign this week calling out AHCA

Open with video of Trump saying that he would not cut Medicaid and give the stats on how much this bill cuts it, emphasize how many people will lose coverage, how many of them are elderly, how a tax cut for the very rich is embedded in this bill. Run the ad frequently in the states of Republican Senators, specify in each ad the relevant lobbyist money that that Senator has taken. Emphasize that this bill is being rushed through with 1 week for debate, so that the people won't have a chance to understand it and object to what it is.

I guess we'd want to save the money that would cost for the 2018 races, it would be nice to associate the Rethugs with the stink of this from the outset.

The best Al Franken interview

In case people weren't aware of it, just thought I'd post a link to Marc Maron's interview with Al Franken from a couple weeks ago. Al did a bunch of interviews for his book, but Maron's one of the best at getting people to talk and this one is nice because it gets more off of his prepared material and goes deeply into his career in comedy and his childhood & Maron worked with him at Air America.

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McCain's questions to Comey sucked

I've been hoping that he's the Republican Senator with a sense of duty to country that is concerned about Putin and would most pursue Trump's collusion/obstruction. But, his questions of Comey today were awful. All he talked about was Hillary's email investigation and rambled in a practically senile way about why she isn't still under investigation if the Russians tried to influence the election and she was a part of the election.

They had Comey's statement in advance, I thought he'd have some solid questions that might delve into things. The questions I heard him ask near the end of the session were lame. Any random educated citizen could have done a better job.

Really good long interview with Al Franken on NPR/Fresh Air

This aired today and it's a fun, in depth discussion. It lasts for about 45 minutes.

http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/

Links between timing of Wikileaks release on CIA & Trump's allegations against Obama?

I haven't read much news today and don't know if any pundits have commented on this. But, doesn't it seem like the Wikileaks release about the CIA could be coordinated with Trump's allegations that he was being wiretapped? Wikileaks was strategically releasing info. during Trump's campaign and this seems perfectly timed to distract people from the allegations against Trump, and to undermine confidence in the CIA, who are the ones who likely have the info. on the Trump campaign's coordination with Russia.

Given what was already leaked about the NSA, it's not surprising that the CIA accesses people's devices. But, the fact that a our chief adversary is likely now coordinating with the President to undermine our intelligence services is absolutely chilling.
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