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The Clinton Uranium Deal

What’s up with the “Clinton Uranium Deal”? Well, the facts as we know them as of today… A Russian company bought a Canadian mining company with US assets that specializes in uranium. To do this required a permit. From the NY Times: “For starters, there seems to be a suspicion on the right that American uranium is going to Russia, while in fact there’s no export license—so the uranium stays in...

Ryan on Congress

Interesting observation of the week: “We basically run a coalition government without the efficiency of a parliamentary system.” Speaker Ryan on the US Congress.

Trump the Unprecedented

Historian Julian Zelizer explains in the Atlantic what is actually unprecedented about Trump, and what is frequently called unprecedented, but actually has lots of precedent. The short version: Two things are unprecedented: 1. Unfiltered spur-of-the-moment communications from POTUS (Twitter, rambling interviews) including spontaneous constant attacks on friends and enemies alike. 2. Trumps’s financial conflicts of...

The cost of mass shootings

Mass shootings in the US have cost the victims over $750 million in medical expenses over the past 25 years. Just another form of wealth transfer built into the system; gun company investors get rich selling 200 million firearms into the population. Medical industry profits from ER (seriously, have you seen what a trip to ER for dehydration costs?). Ordinary people pay to fix their own damage when they get hit with a bullet....

GOP Tax Plan III

The race is on: Can Republicans pass huge billionaire tax cuts before the average voter figures out how much they will have to pay to cover it? Today the House narrowly passed a budget blueprint that transfers huge amounts of wealth to the super-rich on the backs of the upper-middle and middle class. Will the Senate go along? Can they get Trump to sign it and thus please the major donors before the reaction builds to levels...

GOP Tax Plan II

So today we get a few hints and details. From what we can gather, Republicans are pushing for a multi-trillion dollar tax cut, at a time when the budget deficit is at a 4-year high and growing. 80% of the cut is going to the 1%, with most of that actually going to the top 1% of the top 1%. This is nothing less than a raid on the US Treasury by the ultra-rich. There is simply no public-good argument to be made for bankrupting...