Study: Senate Can Repeal Obamacare’s Regulations through Reconciliation, with Only 51 Votes

Not 60, as we’ve been told.

Obamacare is/was a deeply crony piece of legislation, written in large part by the insurance companies and pharma. The individual mandate is a travesty. Obamacare deserves/needs to be repealed. But the GOP leadership seems to think that once a program is in place it must always remain in place. Time for that kind of thinking to end.

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Washpo: On anti-Semitism and dog whistles

Antisemitism is an issue with which I am generally interested. I believe that sometimes there is actual antisemitism. But sometimes I think it is a label used to tarnish people who are entirely reasonable. Being critical of Israel does not make one antisemitic. Being anti-banking does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of lawyers does not make one antisemitic. Being critical of Hollywood does not make one antisemitic.

There are antisemitic people out there, though outside of liberal circles ironically (I guess ironically) I’ve never heard it expressed openly.

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This is what the Trump Russia nonsense is REALLY all about

The Democrats just can’t believe that they lost. And most of all they just can’t believe they lost to Donald Trump. The guy was a clown in their eyes. He was who they wanted to run against. Hillary Clinton was going to be the first woman president. It had been decreed. It was to be. Hillary was to be coronated and with this coronation would come elevated status for the Clinton hangers on. The people in the think tanks.

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Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers

Every budget has winners and losers. (Hey at least we have a budget.) But the losers for too long have been the American taxpayers. This must change. There is perhaps some – some – hope here. Though that $54 billion for the Pentagon should be given back to the American people.

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Popping our political bubbles is a good thing

This is an interesting article from Noah Millman senior editor at The American Conservative. Attached to the article is an even more interesting discussion of the social media driven “political bubbles” we all live in to a greater or lesser extent from Al Jazeera.

We think it is wise to expose oneself to different political dispositions actively. Indeed at this website we are fortunate that though we proudly proclaim our classically liberal or libertarian bias,

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Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on Sunday said that President Trump is likely correct that there was surveillance on Trump Tower

Of course Obama didn’t “order” any wire tapping.  Just like a mob boss never officially orders a hit or like a shady banking CEO never officially orders anyone to operate on inside information. It’s called “plausible deniability.” But in Obama’s case things are looking less and less plausibly deniable.

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