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‘Stop playing politics with people’s lives’: Kamala Harris rips GOP healthcare bill in scathing op-ed

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Friday penned an op-ed for the LA Times on the current draft of the Senate healthcare bill, charging her colleagues with voting “blindly on a bill that has life-or-death consequences for those we represent.”

The bill, revealed Thursday, includes massive cuts to Medicaid, and strips the current healthcare law of protections for people with preexisting conditions. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week, though in its current iteration, Republicans lack the votes necessary to push the bill through the chamber.

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Harris, in her op-ed, took issue with the GOP’s secretive drafting of the bill.

“Republicans are trying to ram their healthcare proposal through the Senate with little to no transparency,” the former California attorney general wrote. “There have been no hearings, no debate, and hardly any time to examine the details of the proposal. We are being asked to vote blindly on a bill that has life-or-death consequences for those we represent.”

“The American people deserve better,” she added. “The American people deserve greater transparency.”

Harris pointed out that even the president of the United States has called the draft of the bill “mean,” arguing legislatures should focus on improving the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to gut existing protections afforded to Americans.

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Harris referenced a bill co-written by herself and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that helps families who need help affording their premiums. “That’s the kind of innovation that Democrats and Republicans should both be able to support,” Harris wrote. “That’s the kind of innovation that would help—not hurt—the people we represent.”

“The ACA isn’t perfect,” Harris acknowledged. “And I’m ready to work with anyone who really wants to make it work better.”

“So let’s stop playing politics with public health and people’s lives,” she added. “Let’s reject this hasty and harmful legislation and work together to actually strengthen our healthcare system.”

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Read the whole op-ed, at the LA Times.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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