Conflict update: May 5 2017

FRANCE France’s runoff election is this Sunday, and active campaigning ended today, so there shouldn’t be any more major developme– With mere minutes to go before the end of active campaigning in France’s presidential election on Friday evening, front-runner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign released a statement saying it had been the victim of a “massive” computer… Continue reading Conflict update: May 5 2017

Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

Wonky graphs. A laser-point-y thing. Rolled-up sleeves and an attentive audience. @SpeakerRyan is so happy right now pic.twitter.com/UhW1RiDeYw — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 9, 2017 OH. MY. GAWD. He’s so wonky and neat! And so smart! Other politicians don’t get into the policy and really understand it the way Paul–I’m allowed to call him Paul,… Continue reading Paul Ryan: Policy Wank

With Democrats like these…

Prices for prescription drugs in the United States are out of control and multiple times higher than they are in other countries around the world: U.S. prices for the world’s 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters. The finding underscores a transatlantic… Continue reading With Democrats like these…

Republican candidates unveil their generous “Die Quickly” healthcare initiatives

Marco Rubio and Scott Walker both revealed their alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, and if you’re anything shy of a millionaire, prepare to get excited: you’re not going to live too long under either of these plans! Scott Walker’s plan makes the interesting decision to subsidize healthcare, like the ACA, but to base the… Continue reading Republican candidates unveil their generous “Die Quickly” healthcare initiatives

The Worst Person in America

I think you can make a strong case that it’s David M. King of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the named plaintiff in the King v. Burwell case that is giving the Supreme Court another bite at the “gut healthcare reform” apple. Why, you ask? Well, this is why: But Mr. King said that he was… Continue reading The Worst Person in America

In the Crossfire tonight!

…arguing that climate change is a real danger and that the federal government must take action to address it, please welcome Newt Gingrich 2008! Opposing him, arguing that climate change “hasn’t been proven,” and calling on the current Secretary of State to resign for suggesting that climate change is a serious threat to American security… Continue reading In the Crossfire tonight!

On people who are paid to punch down

Atrios, on Jay Leno: Leno’s an asshole because too much of his comedy involves punching down. Ratings demonstrate lots of people like that, but I didn’t. Glad he’s outta there. Over at Balloon Juice, DougJ expands on “punching down”: More and more, I’m inclined to group everyone I encounter, whether on teevee screen or on… Continue reading On people who are paid to punch down