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Ben Shapiro's March for Life Speech Loses Him That Sweet Millennial Toothbrush Money  Ben Shapiro's March for Life Speech Loses Him That Sweet Millennial Toothbrush Money 

Quip, the millennial-focused subscription toothbrush company, has discontinued its relationship with Ben Shapiro’s podcast after Shapiro read an ad for the company at the anti-abortion March for Life—a venue the company “didn’t endorse,” it said.

Oddly Enough, More Big Pharma Kickbacks for Docs Are Associated With More Opioid Deaths Oddly Enough, More Big Pharma Kickbacks for Docs Are Associated With More Opioid Deaths

It’s been an infuriating week on the opioid news front. Just days ago, the New York Times reported on court documents revealing how the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin, pushed doctors to prescribe more and more dangerous opioids, urging “that sales representatives advise doctors to…

Key House Democrat Wimps Out of Holding Medicare for All Hearings Key House Democrat Wimps Out of Holding Medicare for All Hearings

Earlier this month, Nancy Pelosi signaled her support for House Democrats holding hearings on Medicare for All in the Rules and Budget committees. But those aren’t the major committees that would consider Medicare for All. So it was significant news when the Hill reported yesterday that Rep. Anna Eshoo, chair of the…

The NYT's 'Racially Tinged' Problem The NYT's 'Racially Tinged' Problem

It seems like every time the New York Times takes a step towards covering the racism at the heart of the modern Republican Party correctly, it steps on its shoelaces and falls headfirst into a pile of shit.

The Media Can't Get Enough of the Same Worthless AOC Take The Media Can't Get Enough of the Same Worthless AOC Take

Big news today: Centrist Democrats are not so sure about this Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gal. Have you heard? You probably haven’t heard this four thousand times since she won her primary last summer, so let’s talk about it again, just in case you didn’t hear.

Politico reported on Monday that “So many former House Republicans are considering heading to K Street that not all of them are likely to find work.” Lol. Get a real job, morons.

Make DC a State Already Make DC a State Already

Perhaps one of the biggest policy no-brainers on its merits that apparently remains politically unfeasible is statehood for the District of Columbia, which has a population larger than Wyoming and Vermont but still has no voting representation in Congress. It is simply absurd that 700,000 Americans—not to mention…

Congrats To Raj Shah On His Cool New Lobbying Gig Congrats To Raj Shah On His Cool New Lobbying Gig

Raj Shah has left his role as White House deputy press secretary for greener pastures—and I mean “green” as in the color of that symbolic method of assigning value to products and services we all love: money.

Top Trump Adviser: Shutdown Is Just a Nice Vacation for Federal Workers Top Trump Adviser: Shutdown Is Just a Nice Vacation for Federal Workers

Are you a glass half-full or half-empty sort of person? If you’re a Negative Nancy, you might think about this government shutdown in terms of the 800,000 federal workers currently missing their paychecks, some of whom are putting up GoFundMes and selling their children’s toys to scrape by. You might be livid on…

Massive Babies at the Chamber of Commerce Whine About Democrats' Anti-Corruption Bill Massive Babies at the Chamber of Commerce Whine About Democrats' Anti-Corruption Bill

The Chamber of Commerce is straight-up evil. It takes millions of dollars from America’s biggest corporations and uses that money to advocate for whatever advances their financial interests at the expense of everyone else. It’s advocated for the tobacco industry, denied the science of climate change, and sought to …

Photo Shows Bugs Bunny Could Get Through Trump's Border Wall Design With a Damn Saw Photo Shows Bugs Bunny Could Get Through Trump's Border Wall Design With a Damn Saw

The premise of the insane border wall/fence/magic forcefield fight and ensuing shutdown is that the government is capable of building a barrier that would be both impenetrable and effective—a “great, great wall,” as Trump put it in his 2015 campaign announcement speech. Since the early weeks of his presidency, the…

Turning Point USA Students Also Reportedly Find Charlie Kirk's Head Amusing Turning Point USA Students Also Reportedly Find Charlie Kirk's Head Amusing

Turning Point USA, the well-funded conservative student organization, is most famous for three things: launching the career of Charlie Kirk, a man so dumb he included a definition of the moon when referencing it in an article, having racist members, and diapers. It is a cascading waterfall of incompetence, which is…

Senator Who Became Lobbyist Who Became Senator Becomes Lobbyist Senator Who Became Lobbyist Who Became Senator Becomes Lobbyist

Jon Kyl has been back and forth between K Street and the Capitol more than a DC Uber driver during the weekday lunch hour. After leaving the Senate in 2013 and heading straight to the massive law and lobbying firm Covington & Burling—also home to Obama Attorney General Eric Holder—Kyl headed back to the Senate back in…

Literal Vanderbilt Wants to Know How AOC's Gonna Pay For All That Literal Vanderbilt Wants to Know How AOC's Gonna Pay For All That

Yesterday was the big day, folks: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress who defeated an entrenched incumbent in the primary to get there, finally Arrived with an interview on the old people news program. Truly, nothing could be a greater honor.

Kirsten Nooo Kirsten Nooo

The Democratic presidential primary field is very crowded this cycle, which is bad in most ways—for example, it makes me want to die—but good in the sense that it means Democrats have a lot of candidates to choose from. This means you can cast quite a critical eye on candidates.

Hospital Price Transparency Is Useless for Patients Hospital Price Transparency Is Useless for Patients

One of the many things that makes American healthcare so ridiculously expensive is the bizarre and deeply shady practice of hospital billing. Hospital pricing is not, as you might hope, closely tied to the cost of providing the service or procedure that the patient receives. A Minnesota Department of Health study from…

House Democrats Will Finally Hold Hearings on Medicare for All House Democrats Will Finally Hold Hearings on Medicare for All

In a sign of just how much the boundaries of mainstream Washington thought on healthcare have changed, House Democrats will hold hearings this Congress on Medicare for All, the Washington Post reported today.

I Don't Think Harry Reid Likes Chuck Schumer Very Much I Don't Think Harry Reid Likes Chuck Schumer Very Much

It is my position, and the position of many of my Splinter colleagues, that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sucks at his job.

Drug Prices Just Keep Going Up Drug Prices Just Keep Going Up

Happy New Year! Your meds might cost more this year, starting yesterday. According to the Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical companies are raising the prices of “hundreds” of drugs, with an average increase of 6.3 percent.

The Democrats Who Lost Have Some Ideas on How to Win The Democrats Who Lost Have Some Ideas on How to Win

People who just lost elections generally shouldn’t offer a lot of advice on how their party should win, in my opinion, particularly if that advice is not “do not what I did” but instead “do what I did, but it’ll work next time.”

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