As always, please go to the links for the full articles/ op eds.
E.J. Dionne, Jr., nails the imperative of holding nitwit Il Douche Donald "Rump" Trump to account for his latest, public attempt to get foreign intervention in our elections:
While the vile Trump and his addled attorney Rudy "Ghouliani" Giuliani were busy trying to gin up a scandal involving the Bidens and Ukraine, there was collateral damage to a distinguished career Foreign Service Officer who apparently wouldn't "play ball" in the scheme:
...[A]s investigations proceed and Americans consider these revelations, they should hold in mind another transgression: the president’s egregious mistreatment of one of the country’s most distinguished ambassadors. Even before the rough transcript of the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was released, we knew that the administration had prematurely curtailed the appointment of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch following public attacks on her by the president’s eldest son and by his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani. Administration officials then falsely claimed that she was leaving her post “as planned.” Now, we also know that Trump went on to denigrate the ambassador in a phone call to a foreign leader, telling Zelensky that “the woman” was “bad news” and vaguely but ominously noting that “she’s going to go through some things.”The op/ ed goes on to show how Trump and his bootlick Secretary of
Russia watcher Julia Davis points out that not only is Trump looking out for his own interests in pushing Ukraine to "investigate" the Bidens, but yes, it's also the usual thugs:
The unconscionable demand for Ukraine to make “a deal” with an invader— which has annexed and occupied its territory and continues to fuel an armed conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives—would mean a surrender of Ukraine’s national interests for the benefit of the Kremlin. It would also lead to the lifting of sanctions against Russia for its aggression in Ukraine. Casting doubt on Russia’s involvement in the hack of the DNC server would potentially lead to the lifting of sanctions against Russia for its election-meddling and other malign activities.
Attacking the credibility of Biden, frequently described by Kremlin-controlled state television as “Trump’s most dangerous rival,” would also benefit Putin, who openly admitted that he wanted President Trump to be elected in 2016. That preference remains intact, in spite—or perhaps because—of multiple missteps by America’s bumbling commander in chief. Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of Russia’s most popular Sunday news program, Vesti Nedeli, urged Trump to keep digging in Ukraine for “the sweetest” kompromat of all: “Proving that Ukraine—not Russia—interfered in the U.S. elections.”
The pressure on Ukraine to investigate Biden has been not only from Trump, but also from the Kremlin. One of the expectations, voiced on Russian state-television channel Rossiya 24 by analyst Alexander Kareevsky, was that taking down Biden would inevitably lead to the “revelation”—in fact, an outrageous fantasy—that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was ordered by the Obama administration and carried out by Ukraine, not Russia.
In another fantasy, pundits on Russian state television continually assert that Trump’s impeachment is all but “impossible.” In the meantime, the impeachment fallout is beneficial for the Kremlin, creating a spectacle of unprecedented political turmoil in the United States while placing Ukraine in the untenable position of alienating both parties, as well as the country’s European allies, and distracting from Russian election interference and the imposition of any additional sanctions. (our emphasis)This is what you get when you have a compromised Russian asset sitting in the Oval Office, protected by a party composed of spineless, self- serving nullities.
We have to get this mention in concerning the efficacy of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) nearly ten years (!) on:
Poor people in Michigan with asthma and diabetes were admitted to the hospital less often after they joined Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. More than 25,000 Ohio smokers got help through the state’s Medicaid expansion that led them to quit. And around the country, patients with advanced kidney disease who went on dialysis were more likely to be alive a year later if they lived in a Medicaid-expansion state.
Even with it's flaws, and despite a decade- long campaign of sabotage by Republicans and their unhinged jamokes in the judiciary, Obamacare is saving lives, Medicaid expansion among the most successful provisions. That means the comfort- the- comfortable, afflict- the- afflicted Republican Party will continue to try to destroy it as long as it's able.
As always, we strongly recommend you check out Infidel 753's excellent link round- up for the best survey of interesting items you're going to find anywhere. (Be sure to click on to Infidel's link to "oddities about life in the U.S." -- it's pretty revealing.)