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Sunday News: “Putin” Visits “Trump” on SNL: “Everything is about to get worse”; Time for Electoral College to Do Its Job


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, December 18. Also check out SNL’s “Cold Open,” in which Donald Trump receives a surprise visit from his pals Vladimir Putin and ExxonMobil head Rex Tillerson. Very funny, but it points out yet again that the next four years are going to be an absolute nightmare.

  • Video: Brian Ross on Russian Hack Evidence Strong and Getting Stronger


  • Quizzical

    With all the other things going on in the last two days I only just read this story:
    Health insurers get 1.6 percent of $6 billion they’re owed for costly ACA customers – The Washington Post

    Essentially, it says that due to the Republican sabotage of the risk corridor funding mechanism in the ACA, health insurers are being shorted on about $8.6 billion in reimbursements that they were supposed to get in 2014 and 2015.

  • Video: Van Jones – Cyberwar is real war…active attack on our country,” and Trump can’t seem to say it’s wrong..”this is not normal and it’s dangerous”


  • Robert Reich:

    Tomorrow, 538 people meet in their respective state capitols to determine who will be the next president. Nothing in the Constitution, nor in federal law, binds these electors to vote a particular way. In fact, history suggests the framers of the Constitution intended them to vote against demagogues and people under the influence of foreign powers (see Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 68). Unfortunately, we won’t have clear proof by then that Russia threw the election to Trump, although many Americans have concluded Trump is a demagogue.

    But that’s not the end of it. On Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m., members of the House and Senate gather in the House chamber to open and announce their state’s votes. At that point, lawmakers can challenge either individual electoral votes or state results as a whole. If there are any objections, the House and Senate then immediately split up to consider them and have two hours to decide whether they support the objection.

    If by January 6 it appears that Russia has delivered the election to Trump, it is the responsibility of the House and Senate to object to – and void — the results from states that voted for him.

  • Robert Reich argues for “complete reinvention of the Democratic Party” into “progressive populists.”

    It’s important to be realistic about what we’re up against – not just Trump and his dystopian administration but also a Republican Senate that will be difficult to dislodge in 2018. Only 8 Republican senators will be up for reelection in 2018, but 22 Democrats and 2 Independents who caucus with Democrats will be up for reelection. 10 of those Democrats are from states that Trump just won.

    This requires a complete reinvention of the Democratic Party – not just a new “message” or a “shift to the middle,” as some Democratic strategists are urging. In the future, the real contest is between authoritarian populism (Trump) and progressive populism (epitomized by Bernie Sanders).

    Democrats must become progressive populists.

  • Video: NPR’s Exit Interview With President Obama. Full transcript here.