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Special Project | Money in Politics: Here’s how much health insurance companies paid Republicans to flip their vote on Trumpcare

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

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If the list of the 12 (or 13, depending on the source) members of the Senate working group writing a new Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill is any indicator, the new healthcare bill is very likely to be just as punishing, if not more, than the bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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The Democratic Party Is a Ghost, Tone-Deaf and Gross

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  • Part 1: The Democratic Party Is a Ghost
    • Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.
  • Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross
    • Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.
  • Related: Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

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Democratic Party elites don’t have ideals. They just need you to be scared of the Republicans.

Jacob Bacharach, Jacobin Magazine 

05.06.2017 | I’ve said before that the Democratic Party isn’t really a political party at all, but rather something closer to a think tank — a kind of failed academic enterprise whose principal output is dubious research written in the style of a press release and the occasional bemusing and ineffectual appearance on cable news.

Although they endlessly carp that dastardly Republican gerrymandering has locked them ever out of real legislative power, in point of fact it’s the institution of the Democratic Party that’s benefited. The GOP gave birth to a feisty swamp monster of Tea Party activism. Convince yourself all you want that this was the result of Koch Bros astroturfing; in reality, it’s the Republican Party that’s been roiled by primary challenges to established teat-suckers; it’s the Republican Party that’s tossed out its goldfish-mouthed leadership in favor of a class of politicians really committed to exercising power.

Jacob Bacharach is the author of The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates.

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Part 2: Democrats’ Reaction to the Trumpcare Vote Was Tone-Deaf and Gross

Come on, Democrats. If you really believe that Republicans are voting to hurt vulnerable Americans—that this bill would cost people their lives if passed—then you can’t act like the joke’s on the GOP. And, as a rule, if your whole strategy is to take the high road, then you’d better not turn around and take a moral-victory lap on the low one.

Will Oremus, Slate 

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May 4, 2017 | There’s principled opposition, and then there’s political gamesmanship, and today’s Democratic Party has a remarkable knack for choosing the wrong one at the wrong time.

In the moments after it became clear that House Republicans had passed the Trump-endorsed American Health Care Act, a handful of legislators began to sing. The voices rose up from the House floor: “Na na na na / hey he-hey / goodbye.”

Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer. 

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction, Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

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The Forgotten History of Cinco De Mayo

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This image depicts the Battle of Puebla between Mexican forces and invading French forces that took place on May 5, 1862.

It's not about beer. It's about rich countries strangling poor ones. 

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

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May 5 2017 | Today is Cinco De Mayo, May 5. To the degree most Americans think about it all, it’s as a day to drink lots of Mexican beer.

But the forgotten history behind Cinco de Mayo is fascinating and remains extremely relevant today. In fact, it’s so relevant for small countries around the world that it’s hard not to believe that’s exactly why it’s been forgotten.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexican troops over the invading 

French army at the Battle of Puebla southeast of Mexico City on May 5, 1862. Because the Mexican soldiers were badly outnumbered and outgunned, the unexpected triumph was a watershed in forging the country’s national identity. (Militarily it wasn’t that significant — the next year France captured the Mexican capital and installed a member of the Austrian nobility as Maximillian I, “Emperor of Mexico.”)

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How Much Does a Politician Cost?

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  • A groundbreaking study reveals the influence of money in politics. 
  • Related: “The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

Jon Schwarz <>, the Intercept

May 4 2017 | An ingenious new Roosevelt Institute study on the influence of money on politics begins with an incredible story about how the world actually works:

In the spring of 1987, Paul Volcker’s second term as chair of the Federal Reserve was running out. Volcker had first been appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1979, and was willing to stay for another four years if President Reagan asked. While Volcker had used high interest rates to engineer a crushing recession at the start of Reagan’s first term, he then allowed the economy to expand rapidly just in time to carry Reagan to a landslide reelection in 1984.

Yet Reagan wanted to replace him. Why?

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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

 

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The United States has demonstrated an almost religious devotion to the task of developing and deploying ever more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: Senior Airman Tyler Woodward / US Air Force)

Here, then, is a trend line intimately connected to global violence that is not heading downward. In 1996, the UN’s estimate was that there were 37.3 million forcibly displaced individuals on the planet. Twenty years later, as 2015 ended, this had risen to 65.3 million — a 75% increase over the last two post-Cold War decades that the declinist literature refers to as the “new peace.”

John W. Dower,  TomDispatchTruthout / Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMarch 30, 2017 | On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled “The American Century.” The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism.

Luce acknowledged that the United States could not police the whole world or attempt to impose democratic institutions on all of mankind. Nonetheless, “the world of the 20th Century,” he wrote, “if it is to come to life in any nobility of health and vigor, must be to a significant degree an American Century.” The essay called on all Americans “to accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation in the world and in consequence to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such measures as we see fit.”

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Mainstream Media as Arbiters of Truth ~ Robert Parry

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  • "Arbiters of truth" sounds bad enough, but when that "truth" is the US government's approved line, uniformly spouted by the press, it's much worse. From Robert Parry at consortiumnews.com: An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon.
  • Related: NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It

Robert Gore, Straightline Logic

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Fake%20Media.jpg April 5, 2017 | An angry mainstream U.S. media is shaking its fist at anyone who won’t clamber onboard the Russia-gate groupthink bandwagon, reports Robert Parry.

The mainstream U.S. media is never more unctuous and unprofessional as when it asserts that it alone must be the arbiter of what is true and what is not, regardless of what the evidence shows or doesn’t show.

Robert Gore is a writer, investor, attorney, and former bond trader. His website is Straight Line Logic <http://straightlinelogic.com>. He is also a regular columnist for The Savy Street <http://thesavvystreet.com>.

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Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, is available in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It, Adam Johnson, FAIR.org

The whole point of granting war-making powers to Congress, it should be noted, was so that Congress could serve as a barrier to war. Somehow for the paper of record, this task has morphed into a “duty” to approve wars that are already taking place, lest the self-evidently good and noble war effort be undermined.

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Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

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  • Republicans are working to gut net neutrality and other consumer protections online, and Democrats are using the issue to drive a wedge between the GOP and voters. Meanwhile, the same activists who turned net neutrality into a household name two years ago have vowed to make Republicans pay.
  • Related: Live at Truthdig: What Is the Future of Net Neutrality Under Trump?

Mike Ludwig, Truthout 

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The internet is quite popular these days, but companies such as AT&T and Comcast that provide internet service are not. That's one reason why Democrats are betting that voters will punish Republicans in the next election for scrapping rules designed to stop internet providers from harvesting personal information without permission and manipulating how easily users can access certain parts of the web.

The threat of voter disapproval was not enough to thwart the legislation repealing online privacy rules that the Republican majority recently rushed through Congress with party-line votes. Democrats hammered their Republican colleagues for selling out their constituents' personal information to big business, a charge that could come back to haunt the GOP now that a looming fight over net neutrality at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promises to keep the broadband lobby in the media spotlight.

Mike Ludwig is an investigative reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

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An open internet is being threatened by the Trump administration:

According to an article by the media-advocacy organization Free Press, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, “vigorously opposed rules [the FCC] adopted to protect the rights of internet users” when Pai worked at the FCC under Obama.

 

 

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