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Disappointment With General Kelly
by Dave Mindeman

Something struck me about General Kelly's "defense" of Trump at the press briefing yesterday. Here is a quote that caught my attention:

"When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. Women were sacred. They were looked upon with great honor. That's obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent cases. Life, the dignity of life was sacred - that's gone. Religion - that seems to be gone as well. Gold Star families - that left at the convention over the summer. I just thought that . . .
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Republicans Simply CANNOT Govern
by Dave Mindeman

Republicans have always had this mantra that government is too big. That less government is smart government.

Well, can we say mission accomplished?

Frankly, there is no government. We have a President who is more concerned about whether or not he gets "good ratings" on what he does, rather than making sure things get done properly.

Watching him in the Oval Office today giving himself a "10" on Puerto Rico... only commenting on things that were done, and totally ignoring or making excuses for the things that didn't was well, pathetic.

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The Trump Health Care Disaster
by Dave Mindeman

Who is most affected by Trump's decision to suspend ACA subsidies....

States with the highest average monthly tax credit for premiums:

AK - NC -WV - OK - AZ - TN - AL - NE - WY - CT - SD - MN - LA - PA - SC

If it looks a little red to you, you are right. 13 of 15 are Trump states.

States with total dollars received from ACA premium credits:

FL -CA -TX -NC -VA -PA - GA - IL - MI - NJ - MO . . .
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Using The 25th Amendment
by Dave Mindeman

According to the workings of the 25th amendment, it would take 14 people to set in motion the removal of Donald Trump.

13 Members of the cabinet (a majority) and VP Mike Pence.

So, let's speculate about where his cabinet people would come down on this:

Sec of State - Rex Tillerson (think he wouldn't do this right now?)

Treasury - Steve Mnuchin (follower not a leader, so don't count on him)

Defense - James Mattis (I think he'd be in the 'kick him out' camp)

Attorney General - Jeff . . .
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Single Payer Is NOT A Litmus Test
by Dave Mindeman

I have long been a single payer advocate. Four years ago I wrote a piece for Minnpost regarding this - and I stand by those words.

However, in the political world, single payer gets jacked around with false notions and false assumptions. Conservatives have managed to hijack a lot of perceptions about single payer. False perceptions but out there never-the-less.

The pushback against single payer is still a problem. And for this reason, I will not force Democratic candidates to abide by some single payer litmus test. If they hold to the universal . . .
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