Senate Republicans can't pass an inoffensive healthcare bill -- they need an effective one
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June 26, 2016

Highlights:

Senate Republicans can't pass an inoffensive healthcare bill -- they need an effective one
Byron York: On Russia, a senator's deception and a timeline of Trump frustration
What the hell is going on with the Nebraska Democratic Party?
Reminder: Many reporters are basically clueless about Christianity

Senate Republicans can't pass an inoffensive healthcare bill -- they need an effective one: Most conservatives have come to recognize and even accept that neither the votes nor the political will exist at this point for the "root and branch" removal of Obamacare that they were promised. Ideological imperfection is simply part of the landscape now. Obamacare's augmented and unnecessary federal interference in health insurance markets is not going anywhere. But what Republican senators must understand, both for the common good and for their own political survival, is that they cannot afford to pass a merely inoffensive bill if it doesn't dramatically change a bad situation for the better.

Byron York: On Russia, a senator's deception and a timeline of Trump frustration: Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's accusation that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lied about President Trump and the Russia investigation — that Schumer said the president was under investigation after he, Schumer, had been specifically told by the FBI that Trump was not — is shedding new light on the events that led to the president's rising frustration over the Russia probe, the FBI, and Democrats who sought to make political hay out of Trump's troubles.

Reminder: Many reporters are basically clueless about Christianity: No topics confound media with greater regularity than firearms and Christianity.

What the hell is going on with the Nebraska Democratic Party? The Nebraska Democratic Party could use a facelift. Its leadership is filled with bad, nasty people, and its chairwoman is similarly disappointing.

The buckets of the Senate Republican healthcare bill -- not all hot air and cold water: Given our starting point of a rapidly failing Obamacare, and the gridlock of a Republican-led Congress and White House that are still figuring out how to all march in the same direction — the Senate bill looks pretty good, or at least not bad enough to want to live with Obamacare.


 

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Nasty political rhetoric is okay -- as long as politicians use it on each other, not on policies: If politicians want to be nasty to each other, have at it. But leave the rest of us out of it. Debate policies on the merits instead of resorting to fear mongering.

The sharing economy is much bigger than Uber: The key to understanding the sharing economy is the realization that the real driving force behind these changes is not flashy smartphone apps, but lower transaction costs.

Fantasizing about Trump's assassination, Hollywood shows its moral sickness: The fetish for Trump’s violent demise is now infecting most of Hollywood. Here’s why it’s happening.

Trump’s pick for U.S. Ambassador to London is unqualified. Woody Johnson owns the New York Jets, but he’s not ready for life as America’s chief representative in London. Here’s why.

Don’t underestimate the threat posed by visa-waiver nation terrorists. There’s a long track record of Britons and Canadians who want to infiltrate America to carry out attacks. They are much harder to track, and much more likely to succeed. Here’s what’s going on.

Obama choked on Russia? Does a bear crap in the woods! President Obama was weak on Russia from day one to January 20th 2017. Here’s what he did wrong. And why his strategic rationale was so impotent.

Ten quotes from the paper written by a doctoral student who identifies as a hippopotamus: Playing within the framework constructed last century by the post-structuralist philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, doctoral student Florentin Félix Morin challenged standard progressive theories of transgenderism to write a paper published this month justifying a person's decision to identify as a hippopotamus, which is how Morin identifies.

Are we supposed to take Elizabeth Warren's 'blood money' rhetoric seriously or literally? Just last week, there seemed to be consensus among political leaders that it was time to cool down the heated rhetoric traded between partisans in the nation's capital, an idea pitched as a plan to show the value of building relationships across the aisle in the wake of a mass shooting that targeted Republican congressmen at a baseball practice. Flash forward one week, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is saying Republicans plan to pay for their newly-released healthcare bill with "blood money."

University of Florida asks students to evaluate 'emotional risk' of campus events: Before approving student events, the University of Florida asks campus organizations to evaluate the "emotional risk" a potential event could pose. According to Young America's Foundation (my previous employer), the event permit application student organizations are required to complete, hosted on the university's online portal GatorConnect, includes a subsection titled "Emotional Risk" that asks students to "select all possibilities of Emotional Risk that may apply to your event." The options include "Sensitive Subject Matter," "Reaction of Participants," and "Potential Controversy."



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