Mitch McConnell Says the Filibuster is Safe For Now, Congress Tries to 'Stabilize' Obamacare, and More Drama Unfolds in the Seth Rich Story: P.M. Links

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that Republicans will not do away with the filibuster…just yet.

  • Having failed to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace bill, legislators are now looking at ways to "stabilize" Affordable Care Act exchanges.
  • A lawsuit filed by a private investigator that worked for Fox News investigating the Seth Rich case alleges that the news network faked quotes from him to imply that Rich was murdered by the DNC.
  • Debt ceiling talks between the White House and the Senate have broken up without any resolution.
  • Three defendants were shot dead in a Moscow court after trying to seize the weapons of the police officers escorting them.

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  1. …the news network faked quotes from him to imply that Rich was murdered by the DNC.

    Fake news is everywhere!

    1. Indeed. I’m alive and well, believe me!

        1. Alive, anyway.

          *** kicks pebble ***

          1. Alive and kicking, at least.

            1. Yeah, but turns out it was a fake pebble. 8-(

      1. Burn the wight!

  2. …legislators are now looking at ways to “stabilize” Affordable Care Act exchanges.

    Seems like the opposite of repeal.

    1. We “stabilized” Iraq, didn’t we?

    2. Congress has been ‘stabilizing’ various failures for years and look at the national debt that has gotten us.

  3. A lawsuit filed by a private investigator that worked for Fox News investigating the Seth Rich case alleges that the news network faked quotes from him to imply that Rich was murdered by the DNC.

    Hilldog’s Hillbilly Hitmen have got excellent PR chops.

    1. Their banjo player is killer.

    2. Politicians have access to much better hitmen than crime organizations.

    3. Hillbilly? What access to hillbillies does Hillary have? She’s an Illinois girl who has ALWAYS been hated in Arkansas and the South.

  4. Debt ceiling talks between the White House and Senate have broken up without any resolution.

    SHUTDOWN!

  5. Debt ceiling talks between the White House and Senate have broken up without any resolution.

    Whoa, deja vu.

    1. Not to be confused with that feeling after my morning coffee: deja poo.

  6. That picture again?
    [shudders]
    The jowls are not what they seem.

    1. Those gums you like are going to come back in style.

      1. One day, my hog will have something to say about this.

  7. Three defendants were shot dead in a Moscow court after trying to seize the weapons of the police officers escorting them.

    That was the worst Die Hard of the bunch.

  8. On the road with the boss forced to listen to CNN radio:

    Trump, Trump, Trump, Rabble, Trump, Rabble, Rabble, Rabble, Trump!

    1. At least you’ve received your daily dose of Trump.

    2. What sort of a job do you have that requires you to share a vehicle with your boss? Is it that pizza delivery and hearse services business in Pennsylvania?

      1. Corporate safety. ‘Bout ready to jump and roll on be highway.

    3. “What do you take for an upset stomach?”

      “A road trip with my boss.”

  9. Mashup for truth!

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that Republicans will not do away with Obamacare.

  10. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that Republicans will not do away with the filibuster…just yet.

    That would actually constitute an accomplishment.

  11. Peak Brooklyn?

    Brooklynites are refusing to vaccinate their pets against virulent and potentially deadly illnesses as a result of a growing crusade against the life-saving inoculations, according to borough vets.

    “We do see a higher number of clients who don’t want to vaccinate their animals,” said Dr. Amy Ford of the Veterinarian Wellness Center of Boerum Hill. “This may be stemming from the anti-vaccine movement, which people are now applying to their pets.”

    […]

    A Clinton Hill?based veterinarian, however, said she has heard clients suggest the inoculations could give their pups autism, echoing the argument of those who oppose vaccinating kids. But even if pooches were susceptible to the condition, their owners probably wouldn’t notice, according to the doctor.

    “I had a client concerned about an autistic child who didn’t want to vaccinate the dog for the same reason,” said Dr. Stephanie Liff of Clinton Hill’s Pure Paws Veterinary Care. “We’ve never diagnosed autism in a dog. I don’t think you could.”

    1. Medical authorities have one last hope, that they can get Brooklyn pet owners to vaccinate their pets ironically.

      1. “Oh yeah, i’m sooo worried about distemper. Right.”

          1. Right, like a Brooklyn hipster is gonna know the difference.

    2. What would an autistic dog look like? Overly fixated on shiny objects like sticks and tennis balls? Isn’t that, like, most dogs?

      1. Temple Grandin and other autistic folks have actually described their perception of the world as being very much like an animal’s.

        1. How would they know how an animal perceives the world? And also, what kind of an animal? A tick?


          1. How would they know how an animal perceives the world?

            What, you never saw Rain Man? Each of them have a super power, and sometimes that’s animal empathy!

      2. autistic dog

        Nice (albeit somewhat insensitive) band name.

      3. That was my first thought. But autism’s defining characteristic, as far as I know, is inability or difficulty to relate socially. And the whole point of dogs is their amazing ability to read social cues from humans. So maybe autistic dogs are the ones who can’t be trained or controlled. But I think those are mostly just brain damaged.

        1. So maybe autistic dogs are the ones who can’t be trained or controlled.

          So, just like autism where socially awkward assholes claim to be on the spectrum then? Either way, I’m going to keep this victim card in my hand. My dog isn’t racist and his crotch-based greetings aren’t poor training, he’s autistic.

          1. I’m more inclined to believe that autistic dogs are not a real thing.

            1. It’s certainly not diagnosable since it is specifically tempered to human behavior and deviation from it.

    3. I swear one of my two cats is on the spectrum. She doesn’t act like any cat I’ve known. Either that or she was really mistreated before I got her.

    4. If rabies wasn’t the most horrifying disease I can think of, I’d almost wish for a rabies outbreak among pets in Brooklyn.

      1. ?_?

        Over 2 million of us are not hipster doofuses, you know.

        1. Yes, that was a bit much. I hate it when people do grand geographical generalizations.

          The anti-vaccine idiocy really irritates me. And rabies is just incredibly horrific.

          1. It’s ok Zeb, everyone in New York does that. ^_-

        2. Over 2 million of us are not hipster doofuses, you know.

          I don’t know if the number is that high…

          1. Don’t worry. He was exaggerating the numbers before it was cool.

    5. Proving that, yet again, rich west and east coast liberals have no idea what autism actually is.

    6. free PBR with inoculation.

      1. You get a choice of that or beard oil.

        1. dang yours is more topical…unless those idiots are still drinking PBR i have no idea

    7. I thought I heard it all in people anthropomorphizing their animals.

      “Pet parents”. Shudder.

    8. “I had a client concerned about an autistic child who didn’t want to vaccinate the dog for the same reason,”

      Someone needs to reassure the anti-vaccers that they should quit worrying, considering the strong association between high IQ and autism

  12. legislators are now looking at ways to “stabilize” Affordable Care Act exchanges.

    You can’t get much more stable than *zero* exchanges.

  13. Debt ceiling talks between the White House and Senate have broken up without any resolution.

    “You know, we really ought to abolish that fucker!”

    “What?! And give up *power*?!”

    “Right! Lunch?”


  14. ?Having failed to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace bill, legislators are now looking at ways to “stabilize” Affordable Care Act exchanges.

    RE: Massive and persistent cash injections, forever, amen.

  15. Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview

    Both the president and his daughter praised Baker for a Wall Street Journal editorial published the day before, which commended Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner for setting “a disclosure example on Russia” in an 11-page statement released before meeting with Senate and House intelligence committees, describing his contacts with Russian figures during the campaign and after the election.

    “And I liked your editorial today, very nice. (Laughs.)” the transcript quotes Ivanka Trump as saying.

    “Oh, good, good. Well, you see, you know, my colleagues write those, so they’ll be ? they’ll be ?” Baker said, likely referring to the editorial section that is separate from the news section at the newspaper, before being cut off by the president.

    “You did a good job,” Trump said.

    “Yeah, you really did,” Ivanka Trump added.

    “Thank you very much. Thank you,” Baker replied.

    “You did a good job,” Trump continued before referring to Kushner: “He’s a good ? he’s a good boy.”

    “They wrote a very nice editorial, so very good,” Ivanka Trump said.

    1. PRESIDENT TRUMP: Biggest crowd they’ve ever had. What did you think?

      WSJ: I thought it was an interesting speech in the context of the Boy Scouts.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: Right.

      WSJ: They seemed to get a lot of feedback from former scouts and ?

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: Did they like it?

      WSJ: It seemed mixed.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: They loved it. (Laughter.) It wasn’t ? it was no mix. That was a standing ?

      WSJ: In the ? you got a good ? you got a good reaction in ?

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: I mean, you know, he writes mostly negative stuff. But that was a standing ovation ?

      WSJ: You got a good reaction inside the arena, that’s right.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: ? from the time I walked out on the stage ? because I know. And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.

      WSJ: Yeah, there was a lot of supporters in the arena.

      PRESIDENT TRUMP: And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful. So there was ? there was no mix.

      1. The best way to interview him is to just let him talk and publish the complete audio and transcript.

        1. I wish more politicians were this upfront with their egomania.

        2. Welch got it right when he said Trump’s true enemy isn’t the out-of-context soundbite, it’s the full transcript

      2. He probably could have said just about anything at the jamboree thing and got the same reaction. It’s a bunch of kids excited to be at a big event with an important speaker.

    2. So, you know, and these are like countries, you know, fairly large, like 300 million people. You know, a lot of people say ? they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have.

      I like to imagine Trump begins every call with a foreign dignitary by shouting “HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU HAVE?” while Mike Pence furiously tries to show him how to use Wikipedia to get that info.

  16. More stories TreasonNN (get it?) won’t cover: Joanna Krupa’s Ex I Swear, Under Oath … ‘Her Vagina Smells Amazing’

    According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Romain told Brandi’s attorney — “If you want to know the answer to this stupid comments from your client, (Joanna’s) vagina smells amazing. And I swear on God, Jesus, my father, my brothers.”

    Brandi’s lawyer asked Romain if Joanna smells better or the same as the other women — and he said, “Better than any other woman in the world.” Ringing endorsement, for sure.

    1. I still don’t get it.

      1. Maybe if you had more money.

        1. I don’t get that either.

      2. I still don’t get it.

        Joanna Krupa has a cooter that smells amazing.

        1. I enjoy an amazing smelling cooter as much as anyone, but I’m still confused and angry.

        2. i have resisted the urge to discover who joanna krupa is for 45 minutes now…do i need to know?

        3. Is that really a thing? Or is it all relative? Like, you can barely detect the dead fish, it smells amazing! I don’t know about these things.

          1. Oh, it is very much a real thing. Some of them smell downright beautiful, believe it or not. Even wet.

            Not the large majority, mind you.

  17. Daniel Handler: “Want Teenage Boys to Read? Give Them Books About Sex.”

    It is a gross generalization, of course, to say that what young men want to read about is sex ? or to imply that the rest of us aren’t as interested ? but it’s also offensive to pretend, when we’re ostensibly wondering how to get more young men to read, that they’re not interested in the thing we all know they’re interested in. There’s hardly any real sex in young adult books, and when it happens, it’s largely couched in the utopian dreams or the finger-wagging object lessons of the world we hope for, rather than the messy, risky, delicious and heartbreaking one we live in.

    The sales of my four-volume masterpiece, Are you there, Pornhub? It’s me, Crusty, are about to skyrocket.

    1. “My new novel portrays a young boy’s emotional, heteroflexible sex life”

      “, and I’m changing my name to *Dick* Handler.”

      1. He should just use his initial in add copy so he’s D. Handler.

        Easier, doesn’t require getting a judge involved, and thus on the grid.

  18. Thief steals 1,700-pound barbecue pit filled with brisket

    Daniel Morgan, the owner of Pepper’s Ole Fashion BBQ, says the smoker was cooking up a batch of brisket when it was taken.

    Dayum, there gonna be a party somewhere!

    1. That part of ABQ is a total ghetto shithole, so I’m not surprised someone made off with the damn thing. People on that side of town will steal anything left out in the open that isn’t nailed down.

      One of the favorite pasttimes of cops in that city (besides beating people) is using bait cars, and even when they have signs up all over the place announcing it, there are morons who still get caught trying to steal them.

    2. I’ve eaten at that place. It’s pretty good.

      Not good enough to steal the smoker, though.

  19. Three defendants were shot dead in a Moscow court

    long live Pussy Riot.

    1. In Putin Russia, court shoot on you!

    2. The really weird thing was that somehow they all managed to get shot just once, exactly in the back of their heads. Russian police mystified at such bizarre luck.

  20. Sarah Sanders Stonewalls on Question About Whether Trump Believes Seth Rich Conspiracy

    Does the president believe the predicate of that original Fox News reporting that Seth Rich was responsible for the release of DNC e-mails to Wikileaks?” Alexander asked.

    “I’m not sure, Peter,” Sanders said. Then she said, “Thanks, guys. We’ve got a small business event coming up shortly and hopefully you’ll all tune in.”

    1. I don’t believe for a second that Seth Rich provided WikiLeaks with those emails…

      But it’s several orders of magnitude more likely than Putin doing it.

      1. Well, for what it’s worth…

        Audio: Seymour Hersh States Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks Source

        I’m in no position to make any claims as to it’s significance.

      2. I mean even if the evidence is incredibly flimsy, Putin had all the motivation in the world to do it. Hillary was openly antagonistic towards him with stuff like the no-fly zone (which, my God, was damn near a promise to declare war). Even without Trump’s public comments about Putin and Russia, anyone would have been preferable to her from Putin’s perspective. For it to have been Seth Rich, you have to speculate that he was the one guy at the DNC with a conscience, and do we have definitive proof of that? Putin just makes sense to me as the simplest answer

        Of course direct evidence of collusion with Trump over the hack is still going to be hard to come by even if it did happen, Russia did not successfully “hack” the election in terms of reaching our voting machines, Hillary’s loss was due to larger factors than this, and this so called interference with our democracy literally showed the DNC interfering with our democracy

        That last point is the one we need to drive home with the Dems. That, and Hillary pushing for war

  21. Debt ceiling talks between the White House and the Senate have broken up without any resolution.

    What’s there to talk about? Aren’t they both on the same side about this?

    1. They’re trying to explain to Mitch that ‘eleventy jillion dollars’ isn’t a real number.

    2. No no, they’re two sides of the same coin.

    3. Conservatives are just progressives driving the speed limit. The progs will want X% increase. The conservatives will want X-1%. They’ll settle on X+10%

  22. Pity about the Seth Rich thing. Hillary escapes prison again, and might take Trump down to boot. What a crafty bitch she is.

    Congress is keeping the president as far away from any debt ceiling talks as possible, yes?

    1. Tony|8.1.17 @ 6:07PM|#
      “Pity about the Seth Rich thing. Hillary escapes prison again, and might take Trump down to boot. What a crafty bitch she is.”

      You lost, loser.

  23. You can’t stabilize communism … when will the egg heads learn you can’t control an economy though central planning.

  24. legislators are now looking at ways to “stabilize” Affordable Care Act exchanges.

    Team Stupid is well on its way to taking credit for the failure of legislation that none of them voted to pass in the first place.

    1. They were always going to take the fall for it’s failures, no matter the facts. They were being blamed for it’s failures from day one, because they wouldn’t ‘go along’ and fund everything the way Democrats ‘wanted’ even though there was no clarity and the payments went out anyway. Facts make no difference on our march to single-payer. Make no mistake, Republicans want it as well. More power for the leviathan; over your very life in fact.

        1. You lost, loser.
          Fuck off.

    2. Governing like lunatics eventually bites you in the ass.

      1. Yeah, loser, that’s the reason O-care is circling the drain.

      2. Its okay. Obama, the lunatic, left office. You don’t have to be scared anymore.

  25. Debt ceiling talks between the White House and the Senate have broken up without any resolution.

    Debt what? It’s not a ceiling if you raise it every time you approach it. It is my hope that Donald does let portions of the gov’t actually shut down (as opposed to being a dick about it like his predecessor).

    “Attention all non-essential personnel. You’re Fired.”

    1. I prefer to think of it as a Debt Elevator.

  26. Three defendants were shot dead in a Moscow court after trying to seize the weapons of the police officers escorting them.

    Well, it’s that or a firing squad. Might as well go out fighting.

  27. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that Republicans will not do away with the filibuster…just yet.

    You have to wait for the opportune moment.

  28. In other fake news, Australian weather bureau corrects temperature record when it decides the thermometer is lying about how cold it is.

    “The bureau’s quality ?control system, designed to filter out spurious low or high values was set at minus 10 minimum for Goulburn which is why the record automatically adjusted,” a bureau spokeswoman said.

    A similar failure had deleted a reading of minus 10.4 at Thredbo Top on July 16 even though temperatures at that station had been recorded as low as minus 14.7 in the past. That temperature was still blank on the bureau’s website yesterday.

  29. “Having failed to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace bill, legislators are now looking at ways to “stabilize” Affordable Care Act exchanges.”

    Paging Pajama Boy!

    1. All of the absolute insane freakishness of this administration and you cousinfucking assholes are still hung up on pajama boy.

      1. So did the girl you liked in high school get stolen from you by her cousin?

        1. The boy I liked went off and became a raver. That’s my story.

          1. That and you voting for Hillary did not help her win.

      2. Tony|8.1.17 @ 9:09PM|#
        “All of the absolute insane freakishness of this administration and you cousinfucking assholes are still hung up on pajama boy.”

        And turd-scuking piles of shit like you lost, loser.

      3. Why do you persist in acting like a procreative interaction that has only a 2% higher chance of causing genetic abnormality delegitimizes the opinion of those who *allegedly* engage in it?

        Party of Science? PFFFT!

    2. No no no but wait. A billion people could die and you inbred hill people would remain being more put off by a man wearing flannel in a way you disapprove of. What makes you and different from the most obnoxious queen giving side-eye to your outfit?

  30. Hey, ‘member that YouTube? The MySpace of video? Boy, them were the days…huh.

    YouTube will isolate offensive videos that don’t violate policies

    1. There are many, many reasons YouTube has gotten worse. This type of content censorship is one. The change in how they paid out for content.

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