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Libby Watson Libby Watson Aug 03, 2019. 20 comments

Did Sebastian Gorka Fart on His Radio Show?

Did Sebastian Gorka Fart on His Radio Show?

Everyone except me has been there: After a big meal, you shift in your seat a little and receive an unexpected visit from Mr. Botty Gas whom, unbeknownst to you, was waiting patiently at the door. The door to your butt.

Given that this is totally natural and not something to be embarrassed about, I feel there’s no problem in asking: Does it sound to you like Seb Gorka farted on his radio show...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Aug 02, 2019. 20 comments

The Congresswoman Who Wrote the Medicare for All Bill Is Sick of Democrats' Lies

The Congresswoman Who Wrote the Medicare for All Bill Is Sick of Democrats' Lies

If you are a Medicare for All supporter, the recent discourse on the topic might have given you such high blood pressure that you’ve had to turn to our nightmare healthcare industry to fix it.

But maybe this will soothe you: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the author of the House Medicare for All bill—which many advocates consider superior to the Senate version introduced by Sanders—published an

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Aug 02, 2019. 13 comments

Great News for 2020: Voter Purges Are Still Going Strong

Great News for 2020: Voter Purges Are Still Going Strong

For Democrats looking to win in 2020, the prospect of voter suppression is a huge, ominous cloud on the horizon. Republicans have a varied and powerful toolbox at their disposal when it comes to suppressing Democratic voters, and they’ve used these tools to great effect.

One of those tools is purging the voter rolls, which Republicans argue is necessary to prevent the nonexistent problem of...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Aug 01, 2019. 5 comments

Tonight's Healthcare Debate Is Utterly Worthless

Tonight's Healthcare Debate Is Utterly Worthless

The healthcare discussion in the second night of debates so far has been, to no one’s surprise, extremely bad.

The immediate fracas was between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris over her recently-released healthcare plan , which would allow private companies to keep selling Medicare plans. Biden attacked Harris over the cost of the plan, saying it would cost $3 trillion, and Harris shot back, saying...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 31, 2019. 5 comments

Just Try to Understand This NYT Editor's Racist, Incoherent Twitter Thread

Just Try to Understand This NYT Editor's Racist, Incoherent Twitter Thread

You know that feeling when you wake up after a late night watching the dumbass Democratic debates , defined by the moderators’ absurd commitment to centrist ideology and repeating Republican attacks as if those are good-faith questions about public policy , and an editor from the New York Times has done a thread about how black people from cities aren’t really from the places they’re from?...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 31, 2019.

Please Enjoy Bernie Sanders Shutting Jake Tapper Down Over Medicare for All

Please Enjoy Bernie Sanders Shutting Jake Tapper Down Over Medicare for All

Bernie Sanders came out swinging for Medicare for All and against CNN’s prime dipshit Jake Tapper, attacking him for asking questions that he said were “Republican talking points.”

Tapper asked Elizabeth Warren repeatedly whether her Medicare for All plan would raise taxes on the middle class, even while noting that would be “offset” by paying less in premiums and other health costs. (Which...

Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 30, 2019. 15 comments

Rural Hospitals Are Dying

Rural Hospitals Are Dying

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to expand Medicaid nationwide, but the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to opt out of Medicare expansion has had dramatic, deadly consequences . New data shows that rural hospitals in states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are struggling at worse rates than in the rest of the country.

According to an investigation by...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 30, 2019.

NARAL Email Instructs Field Staff Not to Say Abortion Should be Safe and Legal

NARAL Email Instructs Field Staff Not to Say Abortion Should be Safe and Legal

An email sent to NARAL Pro-Choice America field staff and volunteers last Friday instructed them to refrain from using language like “abortion should be legal” and “abortion is normal” in their work and messaging for the organization.

The email appears to have initially been sent by the organization’s deputy field director, Travis Ballie, to the field department, before he forwarded it to...

Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 30, 2019. 11 comments

Conservatives Are Furious Over Trump's One Not-Horrible Idea

Conservatives Are Furious Over Trump's One Not-Horrible Idea

One of the only ideas that’s even close to being good ever proposed by the Trump administration is the proposal to limit drug prices based on what other countries pay for them—though only for Medicare Part B, or physician-administered drugs, covering just 22 percent of Medicare drug spending. So close to being a good idea, in fact, that the conservative establishment in Washington is...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 29, 2019. 24 comments

Kamala Harris' Useless Medicare for All Compromise

Kamala Harris' Useless Medicare for All Compromise

After proposing the most complicated student debt relief program in history, Kamala Harris is out with her healthcare plan, which she is describing as Medicare for All despite it not being that. Whatever!

The major difference between her plan and Medicare for All: Private insurers would be allowed to offer Medicare plans, like Medicare Advantage does today. Her plan would also have a 10 year...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 26, 2019. 18 comments

Biden Goes All In On Revolting Defense of Private Health Insurance

Biden Goes All In On Revolting Defense of Private Health Insurance

Is Joe Biden running for president of the United States or the private health insurance fan club? It’s hard to say at this point.

In the latest iteration of his campaign for Best Good Insurance-Loving Boy , he posted an ad featuring a woman who just loves her private insurance and wants to keep it.

The rhetoric in this ad is fundamentally conservative. The woman in the ad, identified only as...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 26, 2019.

One Weird Trick Ex-Legislators Use to Lobby Their Former Colleagues

One Weird Trick Ex-Legislators Use to Lobby Their Former Colleagues

One thing you have to respect about the corrupt lobbying and campaign finance scene in Washington is that it’s creative, and always finding new ways to disappoint you. (You do not, in fact, have to respect it.) The Daily Beast, in conjunction with the Campaign Legal Center and the Center for Responsive Politics, reported today that at least nine former legislators have used their campaign...

Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 26, 2019. 17 comments

PBR Has Declared War on Decency With This Garbage Beverage

PBR Has Declared War on Decency With This Garbage Beverage

The perennial problem facing the modern blogger: Should I make fun of this company’s bullshit marketing stunt that I hate? Or am I just doing their work for them by spreading the word? There’s no easy solution to this question, no hard-and-fast rule. The guiding principle, for me, is: Do you hate the thing enough to justify the risk that someone buys the product because of your blog?

Reader,...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 25, 2019. 17 comments

It’s Medicare for All or Nothing

It’s Medicare for All or Nothing

Despite the number of Democrats who have co-sponsored Medicare for All bills in the past few years, the idea is falling out of favor with prominent Democratic leaders, including those running for president. Instead, we are hearing more and more about voters who want to keep their employer-based insurance, as tenuous as the evidence for those voters is. 

The focus on the minority of Americans...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 24, 2019.

The NAACP’s national convention voted unanimously today to support the impeachment of President Trum

The NAACP’s national convention voted unanimously today to support the impeachment of President Trum

The NAACP’s national convention voted unanimously today to support the impeachment of President Trump. Everyone is on board with impeachment, except for the people who actually have the power to decide, who are instead convinced Trump is “self-impeaching.” Not a good situation!

Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 23, 2019. 11 comments

Meet Boris Johnson, the Latest Wanker in Charge of Britain

Meet Boris Johnson, the Latest Wanker in Charge of Britain

The day I have dreaded since I was a child is here: Boris Johnson will be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. By winning the Conservative Party leadership contest on Tuesday—he secured a majority of votes from the 160,000 members of the party in a country of 66 million people (that’s 0.24 percent of the population), Boris is replacing Theresa May and will be moving into 10 Downing Street...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 23, 2019. 1 comments

Thousands of People Die Annually Because States Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Thousands of People Die Annually Because States Refuse to Expand Medicaid

We already knew that Medicaid expansion saves lives . Now, a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper published today found that the decision of 14 states not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act cost approximately 15,000 lives.

The Affordable Care Act would have expanded Medicaid in all states, allowing anyone making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line to...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 22, 2019. 5 comments

There's a Mental Health Crisis in ICE Detention

There's a Mental Health Crisis in ICE Detention

Nooses made from bedsheets, suicidal detainees being pepper sprayed, and mentally ill migrants placed in solitary confinement: These are just some of the horrible aspects of the dire state of mental health care in ICE detention facilities, according to a Politico report published yesterday.

The story details “a largely unseen mental health crisis,” with the agency “ill-equipped to screen and...

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 20, 2019. 3 comments

The Intercept reports that a super PAC affiliated with a bipartisan caucus in Congress, which has se

The Intercept reports that a super PAC affiliated with a bipartisan caucus in Congress, which has se

The Intercept reports that a super PAC affiliated with a bipartisan caucus in Congress, which has several moderate Democratic members, is backing a Republican primary challenger to the center-left Democratic Rep. Katie Hill. I eagerly await the tweet from @HouseDemocrats about this!

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Libby Watson Libby Watson Jul 19, 2019. 3 comments

Former Staffers at Tom Steyer's Political Action Group Say It's Hell to Work For

Former Staffers at Tom Steyer's Political Action Group Say It's Hell to Work For

Billionaire Tom Steyer announced last week that he is running for president, but this is far from his first foray into politics .

Steyer has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into progressive causes —including $120 million for the 2018 elections, $75 million in 2016 and $70 million in 2014—most notably at the organization he founded in 2013, NextGen Climate, which became NextGen America...

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