The Trump Campaign Doesn’t Want Reporters Covering What Happens Off Stage
Compare Trump’s limits on the media to the Mizzou “safe space” controversy. Why isn’t Trump being called out for demanding a safe space?
A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It
Between 1974 and 1979, residents of a small Manitoba city were selected to be subjects in a project that ensured basic annual incomes for everyone. For five years, monthly cheques were delivered to the poorest residents of Dauphin, Man. – no strings attached. And for five years, poverty was completely eliminated. The program was dubbed “Mincome” – a neologism of “minimum income” – and it was the first of its kind in North America. It stood out from similar American projects at the time because it didn’t shut out seniors and the disabled from qualification. The project’s original intent was to evaluate if giving cheques to the working poor, enough to top-up their incomes to a living wage, would kill people’s motivation to work. It didn’t. But the Conservative government that took power provincially in 1977 – and federally in 1979 – had no interest in implementing the project more widely. Researchers were told to pack up the project’s records into 1,800 boxes and place them in storage. A final report was never released.
House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories
Among its findings, the report says CIA personnel responded not just well, but heroically; that there was no “stand down” order, as some critics have claimed; there was no intimidation of witnesses by superiors; there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack; and that a “mixed group” of individuals, including some linked to al Qaeda, participated in the attack.
But perhaps the most significant conclusion is its finding that Rice’s talking points – a key focus of the Benghazi Select Committee empaneled by House Speaker John Boehner – were not part of an attempt to conceal the severity of the incident.
In other words, Benghazi was much to do about nothing. But the GOP got to get angry and toss around conspiracy theories.
A Midwest Republican Senator Crusades Against the Corruption of Money in Politics
“I firmly believe that we are beginning in this country to look like a Russian-style oligarchy where a couple of dozen billionaires have basically bought the government,” Sen. Dale Schultz on why he is leaving politics.
He is leaving because of a primary challenge by a Koch brothers sponsored oligarchy friendly candidate.
Rand Paul, You Failed Econ 101. Supply, Demand and the Minimum Wage
Two decades ago, both coffee and water were virtually free. Starbucks raised the price of coffee dramatically, leading to every main street and corner in America offering Starbucks coffee at $2 or more per cup. Now you need to go to a government-subsidized McDonald’s or Walmart to get a cup of coffee for a buck. Over the same time period, pricey water in little bottles became ubiquitous.
I see no reason to believe that Senator Paul is actually concerned about unemployment when he opposes increases in the minimum wage. It’s just the best counter argument he has laying around.
House Republicans Skip Obamacare Briefing They Furiously Demanded
most of the House Republicans who had demanded their own closed-door briefing from the administration on President Barack Obama’s struggling health care rollout were no-shows on Wednesday.
This is what is wrong with congress in one simple headline. There is far more interest in outrage than due diligence. You would think that they would want to actually do their jobs, or simply to sit in the briefing and then attack the parts of Obamacare they hate. But no. They just want to yell and scream and don’t care if they get any facts right.
Rick Nolan, Dem Rep, Introduces Bill Blocking Congressional Pay During Government Shutdown
The “No Government – No Pay Act” would stop members from being paid their salaries for as long as a shutdown continues.
Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect
The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
First domino! I give it three years.
Russell Brand: Remembering Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Unmaternal National Matriarch
Normally I can’t stand Russell Brand. But this is well written. Warm and witty. Maybe he should talk less and write more.