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Rich GOP Donors Have Come Around on Trump, Which, Duh Rich GOP Donors Have Come Around on Trump, Which, Duh

In the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Donald Trump was consistently beaten by his Republican rivals in fundraising; in October 2015, he had raised less than Chris Christie. The wealthy donors flocked to establishment candidates like Jeb Bush, whose campaign and super PACs wasted an incredible $130 million on…

Medicare for All Is Already Costing Wall Street Money but They're Not Worried at All, It's Fine!! Medicare for All Is Already Costing Wall Street Money but They're Not Worried at All, It's Fine!!

Earlier this week, shares of healthcare companies began to plummet after UnitedHealth Group CEO David Lichmann said Medicare for All is bad. I do not understand exactly why this happened. The stock market is a strange and mysterious creature to me.

They’re Not Even Going to Try Huh They’re Not Even Going to Try Huh

The sole acceptable reason for Democrats not to try and impeach Trump is that Republicans in the Senate will never be persuaded to vote in favor, and it is thus doomed. This reason is vastly outweighed by other good reasons, such as that there is a lot of evidence he has done crimes, even beyond the quite clear…

The Rise of Useless Health Insurance The Rise of Useless Health Insurance

What is the point of having health insurance that you can’t use?

Head Chicken Slams Pot Pie Plans Head Chicken Slams Pot Pie Plans

Brace yourselves, sit down, make a strong drink, etc: The CEO of the largest health insurer in the United States, UnitedHealth Group, thinks Medicare for All is a bad idea.

Why Is It Normal for Journalists to Give Speeches to Lobbyists? Why Is It Normal for Journalists to Give Speeches to Lobbyists?

There are many things that are considered normal in Washington that are nevertheless very fucked up. The routine nature of those things doesn’t change how bad they are, but it does change how they’re perceived, and how objections to it are received.

Neera Tanden Is Simply Too Online Neera Tanden Is Simply Too Online

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a truly bonkers story about the head of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden, and her many ongoing feuds online with anyone who has ever been mildly critical of Hillary Clinton.

Your Employer-Based Insurance Doesn't Love You Back, Especially If You're Poor Your Employer-Based Insurance Doesn't Love You Back, Especially If You're Poor

Perhaps the most prominent argument offered against single-payer healthcare, at least by those who don’t just call it “socialism” and leave it at that, is that many people say they like their employer-sponsored insurance, which is the largest single source of insurance coverage in America (though it still covers …

Healthcare Lobbyist Tells Other Goblins That Pelosi Won't Do Medicare for All Vote Healthcare Lobbyist Tells Other Goblins That Pelosi Won't Do Medicare for All Vote

Since the start of the 116th Congress, Nancy Pelosi has made it abundantly clear that she is not interested in Medicare for All and does not think it’s a good idea. According to Maplight and Sludge, that message has been clearly received by the goblins at the American Hospital Association, which is deeply opposed to…

What Exactly Did These Racists Think Would Happen? What Exactly Did These Racists Think Would Happen?

Both the Washington Post and the New York Times reported the incredible story last night of the Trump administration’s proposed plan to bus detained immigrants to sanctuary cities, a way, as the Times put it, “of punishing Democrats for resisting budget requests for more money to detain undocumented immigrants.”

Why Is the New York Times So Weird About Bernie's Accent? Why Is the New York Times So Weird About Bernie's Accent?

There are many problems with the New York Times’ approach to politics coverage (though there aren’t nearly as many problems as there are with the opinion section). It tends to cast centrist ideas as “pragmatic,” as if there’s no ideology behind centrism. It frets about civility, under the guise of hard news. It covered

Bernie Will Release His Tax Returns and I'm Sure Everyone Will Be Satisfied Bernie Will Release His Tax Returns and I'm Sure Everyone Will Be Satisfied

In a move that is sure to be received in good faith and with nuance by everyone, Bernie Sanders has told the New York Times that he will release 10 years worth of his tax returns by Monday—and confirmed that he is now a millionaire, something we already knew from his 2017 Senate financial disclosure.

Bon Appétit's Claire Saffitz Will Teach You How to Bake a Cake Bon Appétit's Claire Saffitz Will Teach You How to Bake a Cake

If you were to go to YouTube and let the algorithm guide you towards some content, much of what it suggests will be complete shit, and this is especially true of food and cooking content. It will recommend videos of food ‘hacks’ teaching you to make an orange into a cube for some reason, or titles like “I Baked…

Congress Poised to Help Tax Prep Lobby Keep Bilking Americans Congress Poised to Help Tax Prep Lobby Keep Bilking Americans

Last year, during tax season, I wrote that every year, we are reminded that the tax preparation lobby ensures that filing taxes remains complicated and expensive:

Democrats Are Finding Creative Ways Around Corporate PAC Pledges Democrats Are Finding Creative Ways Around Corporate PAC Pledges

During the 2018 midterms, almost 200 Democrats swore off money from corporate PACs, a huge shift from previous recent elections. But as we wrote at the time, many of these Democrats still benefitted from big money in other ways, with super PACs funded by the rich spending heavily to support them. It’s a mark of how…

According to Axios, healthcare CEOs made more than $1.1 billion in 2018. One guy got a nice $3.3 million bonus “even though his hospital chain lost $788 million.” These are the people who say Medicare for All would be too expensive. Fuck these guys.

Trump Can't Get Out of His Own Way on Healthcare Trump Can't Get Out of His Own Way on Healthcare

Shocker: Trump’s inexplicable decision to promise a new GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act is continuing to flounder. A story in Politico this morning highlights the difficult and ridiculous position Republicans are in now: They can’t offer any kind of positive healthcare agenda, because everything they…

Dumb Starbucks Man Has Precisely Two Thoughts Dumb Starbucks Man Has Precisely Two Thoughts

Welcome again to Dumb Starbucks (Man), the series where we examine the very dumb things that Howard Schultz keeps saying as he pretends to run for president.

Warren Will Become First Major 2020 Dem to Call for Ending the Filibuster Warren Will Become First Major 2020 Dem to Call for Ending the Filibuster

The range and depth of left-leaning policies that 2020 Democrats are proposing is very encouraging, but one major roadblock hangs over all their bright ideas: the Senate. The unrepresentative, antiquated, stupid-ass Senate. More specifically, the stupid-ass filibuster, and the fact that the Democrats have essentially…

State Politics Are Completely Broken State Politics Are Completely Broken

Remember the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? If you were a politically-aware progressive between about 2011 and 2013, you probably do. A spate of stories came out during that time, exposing ALEC as the force behind conservative bills in dozens of states, a powerful conduit for its corporate members to…

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