A.M. Links: GOP Lacks Votes to Repeal and Replace Obamacare, 63 Percent of Americans Don't Trust Trump to Handle North Korea, House GOP Releases 2018 Budget Plan

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    Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.

  • President Donald Trump: "Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!"
  • Republicans in the House of Representatives have released their 2018 budget plan.
  • "President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed."
  • New poll: 63 percent of Americans do not trust President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea.
  • O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing this week.

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  1. Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    It’s almost like they never really wanted to.

    1. Hello.

      “Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

      Cucks.

      1. When are these cucks gonna run out of luck? It’s time to form a group to bust up their luck with some old fashioned activism! Who wants to join the Cuck Luck Clan?

        1. You’ll need some pluck if you’re gonna get in the muck with the cucks.

      2. Mothercucking GOPers did not deliver on their premier campaign promise. I’m shocked!

    2. Or they do not have enough members that can agree on exactly how to do it to make a majority of the Senate.

    3. Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare

      And that’s great–because it was only the RINOs that wanted any sort of ‘replace’.

  2. “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”

    Someone hasn’t been paying attention. Sad.

  3. “President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed.”

    The reluctant rubber stamp.

  4. Republicans in the House of Representatives have released their 2018 budget plan.

    MOAR SPENDING

  5. O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing this week.

    I heard it’s getting good Emmy buzz.

    1. O.J. carved himself out a niche market.

      1. fits like a glove.

        1. If the glove doesn’t fit…you must acquit!

  6. Trump administration: Iran complying with nuclear deal

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/17/…..index.html

    Peanut Gallery and H&R Republicans wrong again.

    Obama’s Iran deal is working and the Con Man was lying as candidate.

    1. You bet.

    2. IT’S ALREADY AN OFFICIAL LINK.

      Also, going with a story from the fake news network? Not a good idea.

      1. Look, shreek is not very smart.

      2. CNN is only a fake news network to idiot Trumptards and their alternate facts.

        1. It’s not a lie if you believe it.

        2. I dunno, the occasional BS article is kind of irrelevant in terms of compatibility in comparison to publicly blackmailing a teenager.

  7. New poll: 63 percent of Americans do not trust President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea.

    Uh-huh. 63 percent of Americans know what the situation with North Korea is? Or where North Korea is?

    1. The real question is, what would Trump do about Aleppo?

      1. The real question is why does Reason engage in fake news.

  8. Republicans in the House of Representatives have released their 2018 budget plan.

    Is it a better plan than the Cylons had, at least?

    1. Hey, sending a beautiful blonde lady to schuttp her way into the security system was a great idea.

    2. It’s the same plan: trust God to sort all this nonsense out.

  9. New poll: 63 percent of Americans do not trust President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea

    WTF? Why can’t a hot-headed lying Con Man be trusted?

    1. Obama is no longer President

  10. briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed

    You say upending, he says appending with greatness.

    1. Haha, that’s great. Bee is on a roll.

  11. Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    On to the budget then!

    1. And big league tax reform! The greatest!

    1. It’s Progressivism in a nutshell. They want the government to run all of these things, but don’t care that government is remarkably shitty at running everything. And they want MORE public transportation when this is one of the better case scenarios for this country.

      1. They want the government to run all of these things, but don’t care that government is remarkably shitty at running everything

        It’s really more an issue of the limits of scale than the limits of government. They’ve crammed an additional 1.5 million people in the last 35 years into an area that has no room to expand outward, and those 1.5 million people all need services of various kinds.

        And they want MORE public transportation when this is one of the better case scenarios for this country.

        Exactly. NYC is a prog’s residential wet dream–driving is a goddamn nightmare there so you have to take the subway to get anywhere in a reasonable amount of time and everyone is packed on top of one another. Short of banning every automobile except taxis within the city limits altogether and expanding bus service to make up some of the difference, I don’t see how they would even come close to mitigating the issue.

        1. Same ridership as in the 40s, so it’s not like it can’t be done. There are certainly ways to mitigate the issue, but those ways cost billions of dollars that they pouring into pensions instead of repairs.

        2. They did not properly maintain the current system, and haven’t opened a new station in twenty-five years. It was bound to start falling apart eventually.

    2. Followed a link in your story to this, where I ran across something unexpected:

      In addition, the MTA has ordered a trio of powerful new track vacuum trains, with the first two trains arriving in 2017, and a third in 2018. Vacuum trains can remove up to 14 cubic yards of trash every day.

      I guess the kid in me imagines a super villain using this thing for nefarious purposes.

      1. The kid in my just assumes leather daddy John Travolta will plan some sort of heist with it.

        1. Fucking kids nowadays.

          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00…..3227695872

          Walther Matthau in plaid shirt and ugly tie trumps leatherdaddy Travolta.

          Now, get off my lawn.

          1. Hey pops, I agree that the orig is far superior, and is also a fantastic glimpse into 1970s New York.

            1. I rewatch that regularly. Everything in that movie is just perfect.

          2. tilted scales, with Matthau as the standard…

      2. I’m not saying 14 cubic yards isn’t a lot of trash, but I’m assuming this is running the vacuum mostly continuously for 24 hours and vacuuming trash in ideal conditions, so I’m a little under-impressed.

      3. Vacuum up all the rats, and then no one is left to eat up all the garbage?

      4. 14 cubic yards of trash per day? What does it say about New Yorkers that you need three of those trash trains to clean up after the pigs? I almost said lazy pigs, but you have to work pretty hard to get that much trash on the subway tracks.

        1. No, it’s lazy. Some people can’t be arsed to walk ten feet to a garbage can. And it’s a tiny fraction of riders that do that but you can guess it’s the same types that treat their home and their neighborhood like a dump too.

    3. “It looks like you’re using an AdBlocker”

      It looks like BusinessInsider doesn’t want my clicks.

      1. Why would they if you’re using an advlocker?

  12. O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing this week.

    If the risks decrease you must release.

    1. If the heart’s still cold, you must him hold.

    2. If O.J.’s up for parole you gotta let him roll!

  13. A Twitter stream from the “women’s march” showing just how to go full retard.

    Remember, Donald Trump, his family, white men, libertarians, capitalism, etc, are all icky.

    1. Man they don’t know when to shut up do they? Yak yak yak yak

    2. Bitches be trippin’.

    3. They’re lauding Assata Shakur.

      Barf.

    4. i’m getting nostalgic for another of those “day without a woman” thingy’s.

    5. I am surprised you didn’t attend to shower these creatures with your love, Crusty.

    6. Our power?your power?scares the far right. They continue to try to divide us. Today’s attacks on #AssataShakur are the latest example (3/20)

      #AssataShakur took a militant approach. We do not.

      Why you attacking Assata Shakur?

  14. Republicans in the House of Representatives have released their 2018 budget plan.

    EVERYONE GETS A BONUS!

  15. Senate Republicans do not have the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    …nor do they have the will, nor the ability, nor a plan…

    1. The repeal train left the station in 2012 when Obama won re-election. I know of at least three Tea Party groups that collapsed just after 2012 when the pessimism spread. A staffer for my local RINO congressman said he is getting little mail from repealers and tons from the Left, the exact reversal of what it was in 2010 and 2012 when he was attending Tea Party events and soliciting their support.

    2. The will is the main thing. I keep seeing CNN, the propaganda arm of the DNC, running these stories of Republican congressmen going home and being confronted at townhall meetings by angry constituents demanding a better fix for Obamacare – those aren’t your constituents, those are Democrats. Telling them to fuck off isn’t going to cost you a single vote, you spineless shitweasel, appease them all you want and not a single one is ever going to vote for you.

  16. More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

    Nationally, 119 rural hospitals that have shut since 2005, with 80 of those closures having occurred since 2010, according to the most recent data from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

    To save on insurance and staffing costs, maternity departments are often among the first to get shuttered inside financially stressed rural hospitals, according medical professionals and healthcare experts.

    “It’s been a slow and steady decline,” said Michael Topchik, the National Leader for the Chartis Center for Rural Health, about maternity ward closings. “It’s very expensive care to offer, especially when it’s lower volume.”

    The trend has escalated recently even though the national healthcare law, known as Obamacare, was designed in part to help rural hospitals thrive. But unpaid patient debt has risen among rural hospitals by 50 percent since the Affordable Care Act was passed, according to the National Rural Health Association, especially in states that decided not to expand Medicaid ? the state and federal insurance program for the poor.

    But sure, congressional GOP, fuck it up even more.

    1. But putting a whole bunch of new people on Medicaid was supposed to solve the problem!

    2. the national healthcare law, known as Obamacare, was designed in part to help rural hospitals thrive

      How, I wonder? Subsidies?

  17. Calif. cop who fatally shot partner charged with manslaughter

    A California police officer who accidentally shot his partner in the stomach will be charged for involuntary manslaughter, officials said.

    Fresno County Det. Jared Mullis shot Sgt. Rod Lucas in October. Prosecutors said Mullis accidentally fired his gun and the bullet hit Lucus in the chest.

    Mullis plans to contest the charges.

    “It’s basically a career-ending conviction. If he wants to remain in law enforcement or otherwise he needs to fight this.”

    According to KMPH, there were four people in the room at the time of the shooting. The detectives were discussing their equipment when Mullis’ gun fired. Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims described the incident as a “tragic accident.”

    I literally can’t.

    1. Well, he shot a cop, so this cop might be in actual trouble.

    2. Did he shoot him the stomach or the chest? I have a confuze.

    3. “My client is really torn up about it emotionally,” he said. “He loved Rod and Rod loved him”

      He loved him so much he pointed a loaded weapon at his gut? Do they give any weapons training to cops whatsoever?

      “It’s basically a career-ending conviction. If he wants to remain in law enforcement or otherwise he needs to fight this.”

      I was going to say that law enforcement may not be the career path for a guy who has so little understanding of guns but I don’t see why a little thing like that should ruin his whole career. Doesn’t he have a union he could go to for help with a thing like this? I”m sure they’d help him get back out on the streets, maybe give him a better gun.

    4. “It’s basically a career-ending conviction. If he wants to remain in law enforcement or otherwise he needs to fight this.”

      I can’t stop crying.

      1. Me either — but that’s because I’d have to start first.

    5. I suppose it would be a career ending conviction, but I am not sure how accidentally killing your partner because you handled a gun poorly should not be a career ender whether you are convicted or not.

  18. Judge finds pro-life activist in contempt of court over Planned Parenthood videos

    A federal judge found a pro-life activist known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates in contempt on Monday after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online.

    U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said David Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, had violated the judge’s injunction against releasing additional videos.

    1. Who could help but have contempt for Orrick? A woodchipper is too good for him.

  19. Lauren Duca, who famously took on Tucker Carlson during a guest appearance on his show, has already raised $10k in the host’s name.

    Like her Teen Vogue article, footage of “Tucker Carlson vs. Lauren Duca” went viral, with many applauding Duca’s composure and supporting her argument that taking an interest in fashion does not mean you cannot also take an interest in politics.

    “A woman can love Ariana Grande and her thigh-high boots and still love politics,” she said. “Those things are not mutually exclusive.”

    The comment led to Duca’s weekly political column for the teen magazine, “Thigh High Politics,” and also sparked her collaboration with progressive apparel brand The Outrage. The writer designed a t-shirt featuring ? what else ? a depiction of thigh-high boots alongside the phrase “I like my politics thigh-high.” She is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from each $32 shirt to Planned Parenthood.

    The kicker? Duca is making the donation in Carlson’s name, and she’s already raised $10,000.

    First, I object to the “famously” characterization. Second, cable news outrage is stupid Third, Tucker Carlson has been defeated by a writer for Teen Vogue.

    1. You can like fashion and like politics.

      It’s just that nobody intelligent will take you seriously.

      Shouldn’t her magazine be spending more time discussing the finer points of anal sex to teens?

      1. It’s just that nobody intelligent will take you seriously.

        True. The only people who deserve to be taken seriously are those completely immersed in politics.

          1. And people who host Celebrity Apprentice!

      2. You seem to have a lot of knowledge about the contents of Teen Vogue.

        1. Hard to miss the uh, CONCERNS, stated about their issue where they did go into the finer details of anal sex.

          Now, I don’t care what adults do in their bedroom. But there is a level of decorum that should be followed when dealing with the youth, IMO.

          1. Damikesc: He’s Got Opinions About Teen Vogue

            1. Yeah.

              Looks pretty terrible.

              …so, it’s like all the other women’s magazines.

    2. As a fan of ladies in thigh high boots i clicked that link, and was disappointed to see a picture of somebody’s mom.

      1. If I didn’t like you, I would make a joke anout thigh high boots and moms.

    3. “…progressive apparel brand The Outrage.”

      Of course.

      1. You! You behind the shitlord! How can we have any progress if you don’t wear our outrage?

    4. supporting her argument that taking an interest in fashion does not mean you cannot also take an interest in politics.

      Was anybody actually arguing that? Or is this just typical prog martyrdom-mongering?

      1. Shut your mouth. She is so stunning and brave.

    5. Also, a true libertarian knows politics good and likes Ariana Grande only when Morgan James* and Postmodern Jukebox folk improve her songs.

      *I shall return from my bunk post haste.

      1. I bet Crusty’s bunk is, well, crusty.

  20. “New poll: 63 percent of Americans do not trust President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea.”

    Gonna call bull shit here. As if we didn’t learn during the election.

    How many of those polled were Democrats?

    I’d go with Rasmussen over ABC.

  21. Apple continues its trend of inclusive emoji with “woman in headscarf,” “breastfeeding,” and more

    The update will also include a new “bearded person” emoji, more mythical creatures like “genie” and “zombie,” and expressive new smiley faces intended to convey such emotions and behaviors as “mind-blown” and “vomiting.”

    Other noteworthy icons in Apple’s 2017 update include new food entries (sandwich, coconut), new animals (zebra, T. rex), and additional new smileys (“starstruck”).

    1. So, if you post a woman in a headscarf, does that men can discount anything you say unless 4 other men agree with you?

      Does it also mean your clitoris will be forcibly removed?

      #ThirdWorldProblems

    2. Over the past half-decade, Apple has drastically expanded the diversity of its emoji palette in response to widespread requests for a more representative slate. After an update to include art for LGBTQ couples in 2012, African-American icons were added in 2014. An update in 2015 further expanded the skin tones on offer

      It’s worth noting that emoji are specified by a consortium, not Apple. They may nudge them in the desired direction as they move down the victim stack but ultimately it’s the Unicode folks that create them.

    3. Where is the teaching children how to use a dildo emoji?

      1. #teachingchildrenhowtouseacondom

  22. Clean Energy Is Trouncing Oil, Gas and Coal in Trump Era

    An index of 40 publicly-traded solar companies, wind-turbine component makers and others that benefit from reduced fossil fuel consumption is up 20 percent this year. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 9.8 percent gain. And better than the 8.3 percent rise by an index of leading coal companies.

    The eco-friendly stock rally — which comes as oil and natural gas-focused shares have dipped — stems from a constellation of factors, including a Nevada law to boost rooftop solar, China’s mass-transit policy and optimism that Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. might deliver its Model 3 sedan on time. In short, Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda hasn’t damaged investor support for clean energy.

    “Nothing dreadful has happened, and these companies continue to execute,” said Jenny Chase, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s lead solar analyst.

    No way.

    1. Well, until tax breaks for buying Teslas goes away. Then that company is DOA.

      1. Are you thinking of shorting Tesla?

        1. If you can find a state that is about to stop tax subsidies for electric cars, you’d be a fool not to. Those cars don’t sell for shit without taxpayers subsidizing it.

    2. It’s almost as if the President isn’t the king of the economy. I feel my consumer confidence slipping away.

    3. Imagine how many leftoids read no further than that fake headline.

    4. Three problems with this analysis: subsidies, burn rate, and survivorship bias.

      Lose the subsidies, and the burn rate will destroy most so-called clean energy companies. But a few might survive, and only the survivors’ performance will be counted in measures of the industry’s future performance.

  23. “New poll: 63 percent of Americans do not trust President Trump to handle the situation with North Korea.”

    Weird. The poll in North Korea showed that 104% trusted Kim to handle the situation.

  24. Just let the entire health care system completely collapse, and then start all over again with the free market system we had up until the mid ’60s, when the liberal scumbags ruined it by trying to make everything “free”.

    1. You can collapse the health insurance industry all day, every day. Collapsing the entire health care system? We might be needing that for disease, trauma, stuff like that.

    2. It won’t collapse, you idiot. It is too profitable. From pharma, to insurers, providers, and equipment companies they are all making bank like never before.

      1. It’s so “profitable” it’s bankrupting the fucking country Weigel, you lying JournoList piece of shit

        1. Real Talk, Simple Mikey: the only “evidence” you’ve ever provided for your belief that shreek is Weigel is that article Weigel wrote about dealing with serious depression. Shreek is obviously delusional and probably unbalanced in other ways, but that’s not anywhere close to the same thing as clinical depression. Do you have other evidence, or do you just not understand how the different categories of mental health work? I’m being serious, because unless you have something else you’re just continuing to look like a moron.

          1. No, you’re not serious, you’re a stupid, annoying douchebag. I’ve already answered this question on multiple occasions. I don’t know who the fuck you think you are, but I’m not going to keep answering the same question a hundred times just because you tell me to, asshole. To me, you’re lower than dog shit.

            1. That’s a lot of pointless bluster to just say “no i don’t have other evidence.”

    3. Uh, we haven’t had a free market system since at least the 30’s with wage controls and tax breaks for employer provided health insurance intended to counter the effects of those wage controls.

  25. US Dollar Index sinking:

    Since hitting a 14-year peak of 103.82 on Jan. 3, at 94.830 on Tuesday, the dollar index was down 8.8 per cent.

    http://www.bnn.ca/u-s-dollar-s…..e-1.807312

    One thing Republican presidents know how to do is fuck up the Dollar.

    1. So you’re pissed people will buy more US stuff?
      Fuck off, turd.

    2. 1. Dollar has been overvalued for quite a while. Bound to go down eventually.
      2. Dollar index is not particularly important.

      1. Fake currency.

  26. And Reason is stupid enough to think anyone here is stupid enough to believe these polls.

    REASON: The CNN of libertarianism.

    1. The leftards in the JournoList have absolutely nothing left to sell but fake news and fake polls.

      1. But it is galling that that fucking coward of Nick an co. think we are that stupid.

        1. I think deep down they know we aren’t, but they’re pushing an agenda like almost everyone else in the media.

    2. Why does this poll bother you so?

  27. Well, at least it wasn’t Krugman this time:

    “No signs yet of a “Trump slump” for foreign tourism”
    […]
    “Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.
    There might even be a “Trump bump,” said Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry.”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tr…..m-not-yet/

    Can’t we impeach him for that?

    1. Know why people aren’t going to stop going to America?

      BECAUSE THEY’RE FUCKING HYPOCRITES THAT’S WHY.

      Someone I know is not above saying stupid things like ‘those Americans’ just left for…Florida.

      1. Haven’t you had a recent rise in the Canadian population from all those celebs who were absolutely, positively leaving for Canada if Trump was elected?
        And they were all big-earners, too; the federal budget must be in the black with all that new tax revenue…
        BTW, leaving for Florida this time of year means they’re stupid, besides.

    2. Foreign visitors want one last glimpse of America before we morph into a Neo-Nazi Mad-Max type waste-land filled with Doomsday Preppers fighting over cans of gasoline.

      1. Fuck off, turd

      2. The Pantsuit lost.

  28. “Two Bay Area counties sue oil companies over sea-rise”
    […]
    “Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution.”

    Wonder if I can sue the state for wasting my money?

    1. Those counties should also sue themselves for continuing to use fossil fuels even thought they know it would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding.

  29. Fights break out in Taiwan legislature

    The fighting, which involved everything from slaps to water balloons to thrown chairs, started Thursday and continued Friday as the ruling Democratic Progressive tried to move ahead with the administration’s controversial NT$840 billion plan to improve infrastructure.

    The session was suspended after members of the opposition Kuomintang tried to occupy the speaker’s rostrum to prevent the bill’s passage, triggering the chaos.

    Video from the Legislature’s floor showed lawmakers knocking each other to the ground, shouting, spraying water across the room and striking each other as Premier Lin Chuan looks on.

    It was far from the first time that Taiwanese lawmakers have come to blows.

    Although the behavior is often criticized and politicians sometimes apologize for their behavior, it is seen as being red meat for their bases ? proof that lawmakers will fight for their constituents, literally if necessary.

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/ta…..-brief.htm

    1. Jackie Chan for President.

  30. >>>accidentally shot his partner in the stomach

    was aiming at dog.

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