Via LGM, it seems Republicans are whining about procedural roadblocks that are getting in the way of them failing to repeal health care reform, and doing so with a level of hypocrisy that is dazzling to see:
But a bill to repeal the health care law drew the full force of both parties Tuesday as debate on the measure opened in the House, launching a two-year battle over President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
Ahead of the vote Wednesday, House Republican leaders pressed a new line of attack, accusing Democrats of thwarting the will of the people by not committing to give the bill an up-or-down vote in the Senate……
“We are here because we heard the American people in the last election,” Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on the House floor. “We said we’d do a straight up-or-down vote to repeal this health care law and that’s what we’re doing here today.”
Here’s a chart measuring the rise of the filibuster after Democrats got the majority in the Senate:
As Ezra notes, this chart actually underestimates the number of bills killed with the mere threat of a filibuster. The House passed over 400 bills that died in the Senate because they never reached the floor for an up-or-down vote.
Conservatives have ceased speaking English nowadays, and speak only in Bullshit. I get that. I read Roy Edroso and see things like, oh, wingnuts claiming if MLK had lived, he’d now wish he’d voted for Goldwater and objected to the Civil Rights Act. But this was such a swift heel turn that it leaves me breathless, especially since I imagine the filibuster as usual will continue in the Senate.
Giuliani associates’ company promised to build a bizarre temple over Jersusalem
The Wall Street Journal has uncovered new details about the strange work done by Fraud Guarantee, the company founded by Lev Parnas, the indicted henchman of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Specifically, the Journal was given information from an investor who says he plugged $250,000 into Fraud Guarantee after Parnas told him that he could use his connections with President Donald Trump to help promote his initiative to create peace in the Middle East.
Devin Nunes’ hometown newspaper fact checks his claims that the IG report ‘vindicated’ him
In the wake of the release of the Inspector General's report on the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) claimed that its findings vindicated his so-called Nunes Memo that was released in the midst of Robert Mueller's investigation, where he alleged that the FBI illegally obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Nunes has also made claims of a politically biased "Deep State" plot against Trump within the intelligence community. But as Nunes' hometown newspaper The Fresno Bee points out, the IG's report does not back up that contention, and it cites the report's own words, which state that there was no "documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page."
Liberal PACs gear up for major ad blitz to flip GOP-controlled legislatures in states where Trump is vulnerable
According to a report from Politico, two left-leaning PAC's are working in concert to flip GOP-majority legislatures in reliably conservative or too- close-to-call states.
With Donald Trump expected to be at the top of the Republican ticket, "Arena and Future Now Fund, are planning to spend $7 million to try to flip GOP-controlled state legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina," the report states.
According to Daniel Squadron, co-founder of the Future Now Fund, "If you look at where the important states are, the places most people are watching are the Electoral College to secure the White House. But the truth is that when you talk about the impact of 2020, electoral control of the state legislatures is critical.”