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Saturday News: Trumpcare Badly Betrays Trump Voters; “Virginia’s sudden turn to progressivism”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, March 11. Also, check out last night’s NewsHour discussion of “the House Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower and how it ties into potential investigations of Trump ties to Russia.”

  • Quizzical
  • Quizzical

    Mitt Romney’s former policy director makes the case for the GOP’s health bill – Vox

  • Video: Del. Mark Levine speaks at anti-neo-Nazi rally in Alexandria. (Del. Levine wrote on his FB page: “Speaking at a rally against the Trump-loving Neo-Nazi who has taken up residence in my wonderful city. He and his ilk are very unwelcome here. But the question I address is what do about it. How should we best fight them?”)


  • A Facebook friend posted this, thought it was worth sharing.


  • Robert Reich:

    The House Intelligence Committee will hold its first Russia-related hearing on March 20.

    But how can it be a fair inquiry when Republicans control it? The chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), has been openly critical of the allegations that Trump’s associates were in contact with Russian operatives.

    The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), says Democrats will object if they’re “walled off” from conducting a legitimate investigation in the future. Other Democrats say they won’t participate if it’s not legitimate. “If it’s not a legitimate and comprehensive and in-depth investigation, why would we be party to it?” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif).

    That’s not enough. The intelligence agencies report “continuous” contacts between Trump associates the Russian operatives during and after the election. 5 associates of Trump, 3 of them now in the White House or cabinet, have already lied or withheld information about such contacts. Why would they do so if they weren’t trying to hide something?

    If the public is going to trust the investigation, it can’t be run by House Republicans. It has to be a bipartisan select committee of Congress. We’ll probably need a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of it.

    • More good stuff from Robert Reich:

      It’s important to distinguish between Republicans we disagree with or even think may be actively doing wrong—say, taking health insurance away from millions of people in blind pursuit of an ideological passion—and people like Trump who are dangerous because they have passed beyond the ability to actively reason with evidence about the world.

      The normalizing of Trump that goes on now is like the normalizing in old tales of crazy monarchs making pronouncements that everyone, including those closest to the ruler, knows are pure fantasy, unhinged from reality (“three million illegal voters” and “the evil conspiracy of Barack Obama”), but everyone pretends the mad king isn’t nuts. The great enablers in today’s drama are the Republican representatives and senators who, by shrugging off the loony on a daily basis, do more than anyone else to make it seem normal.