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Monday News: Thank You Meryl Streep; “Trump and the Tainted Presidency”; Sunday Shows #FAIL Again

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, January 9. Also check out Meryl Streep true words about our disgraceful President-elect, who will bring shame on America – and our species, for that matter – every day he occupies the White House…

  • Robert Reich on our soon-to-be racist scumbag Attorney General.

    Senator Jeff Sessions — whose confirmation hearing for Attorney General is scheduled for Tuesday — has failed to turn over dozens, if not hundreds, of documents that the oversight committee specifically requested, including transcripts of speeches, interviews, opinion pieces and other public remarks. Sessions claims there’s no record of most interviews he has given over the years.

    Rubbish. As the Times notes below, he should have included (and the committee should consider):

    1. An interview Sessions did on “Fox & Friends” days after the release of tapes revealing Trump bragging about sexual assault, in which Sessions called the reaction “overblown” and said, “everybody knows that Trump likes women.”
    2. A number of interviews Sessions gave to “Breitbart News,” the far-right nationalist website.
    3. Testimony from multiple former Senate colleagues noting Sessions’ racist comments – in one instance, referring to the American Civil Liberties Union and the N.A.A.C.P. as “un-American” for “trying to force civil rights down the throats of people.”
    4. Transcripts of the debate and decision of his Republican colleagues not to appoint him to a federal judgeship based on his record of racist remarks and actions.
    5. His long record of hostility to voting rights, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, and other issues that lie at the heart of the Justice Department’s mandate.

    Making Jeff Sessions Attorney General of the United States would be a travesty of justice.

  • Video: President Obama’s Reflections Ahead of His Farewell Address

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gC6G1K9YSY

  • Andy Schmookler

    A propos of the Salon article presented above with the quotation, ““Trump’s oblivious denials on the Russia hack are delegitimizing his presidency before he even takes office”:

    Trump’s handling of this strikes me as akin to his self-destructive handling of the Khan, Gold Star critique of him after the Democratic convention. Then, as now, his refusal — or inability — to leave alone something that constituted a threat to his own narcissistic needs ONLY SERVED TO PROLONG THE STORY’S REMAINING FRONT AND CENTER in the national awareness.

    Back in August, his continuing attacks on the Khans evidently precipitated a major drop in his poll numbers. It seems likely that his continued resistance to the truth of the Russian hacking will keep the pot-of-controversy boiling. And eventually even low-information voters — so many of whom have been Trump’s voters — will be exposed to the perpetuated story, and some of them will draw appropriate conclusions.

    One more note: Trump, never one to show any intellectual integrity whatever, baldly asserts that the Russian hacking had no effect on the outcome of the election. The question of what its effects were — how many voters were swayed — by all the material from Wikileaks, obtained from the Russians, is virtually unanswerable. We never can be certain of how an alternate history would have played out. So it should be clear that Trump has no way whatever to know whether the outcome would have been different or not. But he makes the assertion because that idea serves his needs.

    That much should be clear to any thinking American.

    But unfortunately, as Adlai Stevenson said when told by a supporter, “Governor Stevenson, all thinking people are for you!”: “That’s not enough. I need a majority.”

  • Robert Reich:

    Meryl Streep’s short talk last night was dignified and moving (see below). Trump’s inevitable response in a tweet this morning was the opposite: “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big.” (For the record, Hillary didn’t lose big. She won the popular vote by 3 million votes.)

    When being criticized for being the bully he is, Trump reverts to bullying and lying.

    In 11 days he’ll be President of the United States. We will resist from sea to shining sea.

  • WARNER & KAINE CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO STOP PARTISAN ATTACKS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE ACCESS

    Senators make clear in new letter to Speaker Ryan they are prepared to fight back to protect “wellbeing and lives” of millions of women, men, and families nationwide that rely on Planned Parenthood

    Senators remind Speaker Ryan that President-elect Trump praised Planned Parenthood as doing “very good work for millions of women” and that families “overwhelmingly” support its work

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an announcement that House Republicans will attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in legislation that will be considered through the Senate’s “fast-track” reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan calling on Congressional Republicans to drop attacks on the nation’s largest women’s health care provider and put the health and wellbeing of women and families ahead of their party’s extreme politics.

    “We are outraged at your promise to defund Planned Parenthood…but we are not surprised…since 2007 when Vice President-elect Pence first waged the battle to defund our nation’s largest provider of women’s health care, we have seen 16 attempts and reached the brink of shutdown,” wrote the Senators in the letter. “Your decision to continue down this harmful, partisan path this year will put the wellbeing and lives of women nationwide at risk—and we urge you to put those patients’ needs ahead of scoring political points.”

    In the letter, the Senators point out that Planned Parenthood serves roughly 2.5 million patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and that many families rely on Planned Parenthood as their primary source of health care. The Senators warn Republicans against “doubling down on repeal and defunding Planned Parenthood” as the “overwhelming share of Americans—69 percent of voters including 56 percent of Republicans—support Planned Parenthood.”

    “The women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood are Republicans and Democrats alike—and they did not vote for an extreme political agenda that undermines their access to quality, affordable health care at providers they trust. We urge you to stop the attack on Planned Parenthood immediately.”

    Warner and Kaine were joined by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NV), Mazie K Hirono (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

    The full text of the letter is below and here:

    The Honorable Paul Ryan
    Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
    The Capitol Building
    Washington, D.C. 20004

    Dear Speaker Ryan:

    As we begin this new Congress, we are outraged at your promise to defund Planned Parenthood as Republicans rush to rip apart the health care system, but we are not surprised. We have seen this before. In fact, since 2007 when Vice President-elect Pence first waged the battle to defund our nation’s largest provider of women’s health care, we have seen 16 attempts and reached the brink of shutdown, led by extreme, right-wing Republicans to undermine and end women’s access to care at clinics across the country. Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood would make America sick again by denying women access to vital, affordable health care services.

    Your decision to continue down this harmful, partisan path this year will put the wellbeing and lives of women nationwide at risk—and we urge you to put those patients’ needs ahead of scoring political points.

    An overwhelming share of Americans—69 percent of voters including 56 percent of Republicans—support Planned Parenthood and oppose shutting down the federal government over its funding. One in five women uses Planned Parenthood as her primary means of health care. In fact, Planned Parenthood serves 2.5 million patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, sixty percent of whom are women and families who are Medicaid beneficiaries. In one-fifth of the counties in which they are located, Planned Parenthood sites are the sole safety-net family planning center. Doubling down on repeal and defunding Planned Parenthood ensures that women across the country must bear twice the burden.

    Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood would harm communities who can least afford it, ultimately increasing health care costs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) when scoring previous Republican proposals to defund Planned Parenthood made clear that the people most likely to experience reduced access to care would likely reside in areas without access to other health care clinics or medical practitioners who serve low-income populations. CBO even estimated that the House’s extreme right-wing bill to fully defund Planned Parenthood would cost taxpayers over $130 million because 45 percent of all births are paid for by Medicaid.

    As you know, President-elect Trump praised Planned Parenthood on the campaign trail and affirmed that it has done “very good work for millions of women.” We urge you to reconsider putting partisan political fights ahead of women’s access to health care. The women and men who rely on Planned Parenthood are Republicans and Democrats alike—and they did not vote for an extreme political agenda that undermines their access to quality, affordable health care at providers they trust. We urge you to stop the attack on Planned Parenthood immediately.

    Sincerely,

  • Quizzical

    Repealing Obamacare might cost 3 million jobs, directly and indirectly.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/will-obamacare-repeal-cost-millions-jobs-n703901

    To put that in perspective, I heard the CEO of GM on the radio this morning, saying that automobile manufacturing provides 100,000 well paying jobs to the country.
    The Wall Street Journal in a recent story noted that “There are currently slightly more than 50,000 coal mining jobs in the United States, down from more than 80,000 in 2012.”
    Another article I saw said that there are currently about 150,000 jobs in coal and about 300,000 in solar. Of course, having a job “in coal” is not the same as actually being a coal miner.
    There are currently about 88,000 jobs in wind power in the United States, a 20 percent rise since 2014. Plus, what could be more macho than climbing up to the top of a windmill tower that is sitting on a mountain, to do electrical and mechanical work? That sounds like a job that a man could be proud to do.

    It was not that long ago that it was publicly disclosed that the Obama administration, at the time Obamacare was passed, regarded it in part as a jobs bill.
    Intuitively, that rings true — think of all the times you’ve gone to the doctor and noticed that every doctor’s office seems to have at least 4 or 5 administrative employees who do nothing but billing and record-keeping.

    How did we get so quickly from an election in which the theme was jobs, jobs, jobs, and its the economy stupid, to having the number one agenda being repeal of a program that will cost 3 million jobs?