Episode 04: Show Notes and Sources


    1. History’s Greatest Monster – changed name to match the sound intro
      1. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt says Carbon Dioxide is Not Primary Contributor to Climate Change.
        1. Science is based on facts, not religion or beliefs
        1. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-says-carbon-dioxide-not-primary-contributor-n731141
        2. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/09/epa-chief-scott-pruitt.html
        3. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see ,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”But we don’t know that yet … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis,” he added.
        4. NASA and the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) disagree.
        5. Scott Pruitt says that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming
        6. “The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere,” NASA and NOAA said in January.
      1. Healthcare replacement plan a $600 billion dollar tax cut for the wealthy #wealthcare
        1. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/03/acha-tax-cut/518889/
      2. Jason Chaffetz will not investigate Trump’s claim of voter fraud
        1. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322667-house-oversight-chair-panel-will-not-investigate-trumps-voter
      3. Can’t stop meeting with the Russians and they say they haven’t or didn’t, and as such the GOP will not investigate any Russian ties or potential collusion
      4. Insisted that “Mexico will pay for the wall” They wont, per Mitch McConnell
        1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/senate-majority-leader-mitch-mcconnell-mexico-will-not-pay-border-wall-paul-ryan-donald-trump-a7621026.html
      5. Seem to be in chaos regarding healthcare replacement plan, will be unable to muster the votes in the Senate and maybe the house to pass.
        1. Had to fill the 66 page bill with 6-7 pages of ‘if a person wins the lottery, they are not eligible for medicaid’
      6. Will need to raise the debt ceiling soon, by August or September. For it under Bush, against it under Obama. Curious to see if they will vote for it under Trump.
      7. Did not punish Kellyanne Conway for clear ethics violations when pushing Ivanka Trump’s merchandise on national TV
      1. Jeff Sessions’s Worst Week in Washington
        http://wapo.st/2mpYKcq
      2. Met twice with Russian ambassador – then he met again
      3. His recusal sparked the Trumper Tantrum that led to the wiretapping accusation
      4. Says he didn’t mislead Congress in testimony
        1. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/politics/jeff-sessions-says-he-didnt-mislead-congress-in-testimony/index.html
      5. Recently said he is okay adding more prisoners to gitmo
      1. Slaves were “immigrants”
      2. “A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”
      3. HUD has no comment
      1. Travis – EPA Chief Scott Pruitt
      2. Dave – The GOP
      3. Bob – Jeff Sessions
      4. Curtis – Ben Carson
    2. “The big list” –
      1. http://www.vox.com/world/2017/3/9/14868680/trump-adviser-michael-flynn-foreign-agent-turkey-lobby
      2. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/former-trump-security-adviser-flynn-admits-turkey-lobbying
      3. Registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after $530,000 worth of lobbying work during the election for the Turkish government.
      4. Under the Foreign Agent Registration Act willfully failing to register is a felony.
      5. Flynn’s firm was tasked with lobbying the US government to extradite Fetullah Gulen — a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania who Erdogan believes is responsible for planning last year’s attempted coup and generally fomenting dissent inside Turkey.
      6. Flynn was sitting in on intelligence briefings while working as a lobbyist for Turkey
        1. https://www.yahoo.com/news/michael-flynn-key-trump-aide-sat-in-on-intel-briefings-while-advising-foreign-clients-004512931.html
      7. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Mike Pence in November to alert him to Mike Flynn’s lobbying activities.
        1. Thursday night on Fox, Pence said, “Hearing that story today was the first I’d heard of it,”
        2. http://www.businessinsider.com/elijah-cummings-letter-to-mike-pence-about-flynn-turkey-lobbying-2017-3
      1. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/politics/donald-trump-conservative-leaders/index.html
      2. In meeting in the Oval Office with leaders of conservative groups, Trump stated that his plan, should Republicare fail, would be to let Obamacare fail then blame the Democrats.
      3. Trump planning to hold rallies in states where Democrats are vulnerable to “dare them to vote against him” on the bill.
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/wikileaks-cia-vault-7-julian-assange-year-zero-documents-download-spying-secrets-a7616031.html
      2. Includes software that would allow someone to take control of almost any consumer electronic device.
      3. Public files released by Wikileaks does not include the software tools themselves, just the information that they exist.
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-barack-obama-wire-tapped-trump-tower-no-evidence-a7610951.html
      2. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-04/trump-calls-obama-sick-claims-trump-tower-was-wiretapped
      3. Republican Sasse says Trump should release FISA wiretap order
        1. http://usa.liveuamap.com/en/2017/4-march-sasse-a-republican-says-trump-should-ask-for-fisa
      4. https://www.wired.com/2017/03/feds-wiretap-trump-tower-not-obama-worry/?mbid=social_fb
      5. Second GOP lawmaker demanding Trump backup wiretap claims
        1. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322386-second-gop-lawmaker-demands-trump-reveal-backup-information-on
      6. Top Obama advisor “No president can order a wiretap”
        1. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322348-top-obama-adviser-to-trump-no-president-can-order-a-wiretap
      7. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/03/05/trump-seeks-congressional-probe-into-politically-motivated-investigation-during-2016-campaign/
      8. Just how would the government obtain a wiretap in a counterintelligence probe?
        http://wapo.st/2n0yZwh
      9. Comey asks DOJ to rebuke claim that Obama administration ordered wiretap of candidate Trump
        1. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/322435-comey-asks-justice-department-to-reject-trumps-claims-report
      10. James Clapper, former director of national intel (under Obama) “I can deny wiretap”
        1. http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/clapper-i-can-deny-wiretap-of-trump-tower-890505795832
      11. Spicer has stopped talking about the wiretaps during press briefings, saying that Trump wanted congress to investigate the “possibility” of wiretaps, which is very different than what Trump tweeted that Obama did wiretap him. Big difference
        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/07/the-trump-white-house-is-changing-its-tune-on-wire-tapping-and-hoping-you-dont-notice/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.7975ade9aff7
      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPJfKdp3bDs
      2. http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-obamacare-repeal-20170306-story.html
      3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/new-details-emerge-on-gop-plans-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/2017/03/06/04751e3e-028f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html
      4. Changes to the ACA, its repeal will be handled by a special budget rule known as reconciliation, which allows the Senate by pass bills by a simple majority and is filibuster proof. However, the legislation cannot increase the deficit after its first 10 years in effect
      5. Growing backlash from more libertarian republicans who don’t think the new healthcare bill goes far enough.
        1. Rand Paul among those (R-KY)
        2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/backlash-grows-against-house-gop-proposal-to-replace-obamacare/2017/03/08/7f0c0148-03f8-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html
      6. No analysis of how much it will cost and who will lose coverage – NO CBO analysis
        1. “If you’re looking at the CBO for accuracy, you’re looking in the wrong place,” Spicer said during the White House press briefing.
        1. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/jan/12/keith-ellison/keith-ellison-wrong-cbo-cant-analyze-cost-obamacar/
        1. Though, as of wednesday, nonpartisan congressional budget analysts estimated that bill would cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance coverage almost immediately.
        2. Sean Spicer is already discounting the accuracy of the CBO
        3. Remember that the GOP changed House rules to bar CBO from analyzing the cost of repealing the ACA
      7. No more penalty on those without coverage – instead, you pay a 30% penalty fee to your insurer if you go more than 63 days without coverage – for a year. Unable to fully repeal individual mandate due to the reconciliation process the Senate is using to roll back the bill. Their loop hole is to reduce the penalty to 0, effectively gutting individual mandate
      8. Still stay on parent’s health insurance until 26
      9. Still eliminates discrimination based on preexisting conditions
      10. Medicaid expansion maintained through 2020 in the 31 states who expanded under ACA, after this people who are on medicaid can keep it but no new enrollees. And if you lose coverage for any reason after 2020, you are unable to re-enroll
      11. Repeals almost all of the taxes that were increased by the ACA to pay for health coverage expansion. These are
        1. Higher medicare taxes for high-income earners, 0.9% surtax on wages $250k/year
        2. Tax on investment income, 3.8% on couples making more than $250k/year
        3. Tax on health care providers
        4. Tax on insurance companies
        5. Tax on makers of medical devices
        6. Gives a big tax break to healthcare CEO’s, prevented $500k deduction on taxes
      1. Disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Admits to working as a Foreign Agent for Turkey.
      2. Trump if Republicare fails, “I’ll blame the Democrats.”
      3. Wikileaks Publishes Massive Trove of CIA Spying Files in “Vault 7”
      4. Trump claims (on twitter) that Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower
      5. Republicare plan revealed

 

  • New tax advantage for HSAs, allow more pre-tax money for HSAs and lower penalties for those who use those accounts to pay for non-medical needs

 

      1. Plan will eliminate a large portion of the funding for the CDC.
      2. Plan will also eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund which is used to fund vaccinations and prevent disease outbreaks.
        1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/03/08/obamacare-repeal-guts-crucial-public-health-funds/?utm_term=.b834dedb3bdb
      3. Ryan (R-WI) wants a vote in 3 weeks – in 3 weeks they go on recess
        1. Like they will hold town halls anyway.  Cowards.
        1. Scared of town hall yelling?
      4. AMA does not like the plan: https://wire.ama-assn.org/ama-news/physicians-reject-house-aca-replacement-bill
      5. From wapo “We as Republican have waited seven years to do this,” Paul Ryan said. “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment.”
      6. CBO said that its projections for the federal government’s spending on the ACA coverage in 2019 are now 33% lower than they were when passed in 2010
        1. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cbo-third-obamacare-costs
      7. Tax credits (fully refundable, meaning those who pay no taxes still get tax credits) are no longer based on income as in the ACA, but age. Older people getting $4,000 a year, twice that of younger people, BUT the GOP plan would allow insurers to charge those older adults five times as much as younger adults, leaving many with large premiums. Credits do phase out for incomes over $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for families
      8. With the taxes rolled back, and as the primary way to pay for the ACA, it is unsure how the AHCA will be paid for.
      9. List of groups who oppose the new proposed law:
        1. American Hospital Association
        2. American Medical Association
        3. American Nurses Association
        4. American Academy of Pediatrics
        5. America’s essential hospitals
        6. The Association of American Medical Colleges
        7. The Catholic Health Assocation of the United States
        8. The Children’s Hospital Association
        9. The Federal of American Hospitals
        10. The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems
        11. American Diabetes Association
        12. AARP
      10. Confirmed by Rep D-MA Joe Kennedy III that the AHCA excludes
        1. Mental health
        2. Substance Abuse provisions
    1. Showdown in North Korea
      1. Boycotts of ROK chain Lotte – donated a golf course for the launchers
      1. DPRK burns papers at Malaysian embassy
      2. US deploys THAAD anti-missile systems to Seoul
      3. China warns of “consequences” to provocation
      4. A war with North Korea would be a great distraction from Russiagate
    2. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein refusing to defer investigation to independent special prosecutor
  1. Lightning Round
    1. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/industry-and-apple-opposing-right-to-repair-laws/
    2. Law would require companies (whether in the tech sector or not) to make their service manuals, diagnostic tools, and repair parts available to consumers and repair shops.
    3. Similar laws also being considered in 8 other states
    1. 113 of them released during POTUS43, Bush 2
    2. http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-blames-obama-for-guantanamo-prisoners-returning-to-battlefield-2017-3
      1. http://globalnews.ca/news/3285791/great-lakes-epa-funding-trump/
      2. http://www.greatlakesnow.org/2017/02/great-lakes-scientist-says-if-we-lose-the-epa-we-lose-lake-erie/
    1. http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/03/trumps-interior-secretary-reverses-ban-lead-ammo-national-wildlife-refuges-first-official-act.html
    2. Designed to stop the poisoning of animals from residual lead from bullets, fish tackles
    3. Scientists have called lead ammunition the “greatest, largely unregulated source of lead knowingly discharged into the environment in the United States.” Since it breaks into fragments upon impact, lead inevitably makes its way into the food chain as animals feed off carcasses left in the field by hunters.
    4. This includes poisoning nation’s icon bird – Bald Eagle
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/to-fund-border-wall-trump-administration-weighs-cuts-to-coast-guard-airport-security/2017/03/07/ba4a8e5c-036f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html
    2. Proposal drawn up by OMB (Office of Management and Budget) would also drastically cut FEMA funding.
    3. Coast Guard would be cut by 14% and TSA by 11%.
    4. Department of Homeland Security would get a budget increase of 6.4%.
    5. $2.9 Billion of DoHS budget increase would go to building the wall.
    6. $1.9 Billion of DoHS budget increase would go to “Immigrant Detention Beds”
    1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4282792/Trump-punishes-senior-staff-Sessions-recusal.html
    2. Stormed out of Oval Office, flew to Florida without them
    3. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322363-reports-trump-told-aides-sessions-shouldnt-have-recused-himself
    4. Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations
      http://wapo.st/2mcq0dO
    1. 6:12 AM – F and F runs story on 122 detainees released from Gitmo returning to battlefield
    2. 7:04 AM – POTUS tweets about same, but blames Obama
    3. Only 9 were released by Obama, most by GW Bush
    1. Spending almost ⅓ of his time at Florida resort
      1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-spent-almost-third-time-office-mar-a-lago-resort-palm-beach-florida-a7611326.html
    1. https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-net-neutrality-hating-fcc-chair-is-already-gutting-public-interest-regulations/
    1. https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/5xguwy/us_to_suspend_fast_processing_of_h1b_visas_for/
    2. http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/3/14810830/us-immigration-trump-h-1b-visa-processing-wait-times
    3. https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-will-temporarily-suspend-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions
    1. Trump sold Dmitry a mansion for $95m, which was overpaid by $60m
    2. Dmitry has ties to Breitbart
    3. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article136940273.html#storylink=cpy
    1. Apple and John Deer Opposing Nebraska “Right to Repair” Law.
    2. Trump blames then President Obama for releasing “122 vicious Guantanamo prisoners to the battlefield”
    3. Leaked document shows that Great Lakes cleanup funds to be cut by 97%
    4. Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges
    5. Trump Administration Considering Cuts to Coast Guard and TSA to Fund Border Wall.
    6. Trump ‘went ballistic at Priebus and Bannon because Sessions recused himself’
    7. Fox and Friends tweets – Tuesday
    8. 5th Weekend in a row Trump went to Mar-a-lago
    9. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gutting public interest regulations
    10. US suspending fast processing for H-1B visas for high-skilled workers
    11. Trump and Russian Billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, claim to have never met, but their jets landed at the same airport and parked 300 feet away from each other
  2. Kentucky
    1. http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article136287453.html
    1. Similar to Kansas, wealthy donors helped GOP take over Kentucky government
    2. GOP bill could dismantle one of nation’s most robust school desegregation efforts
      http://wapo.st/2lJaFxU
    3. Senate Bill 8 will defund planned parenthood
    4. Senate bill 75 will allow double the currently allowed campaign contributions
    5. House bill 281 – will effectively fire KY AG Andy Beshear
  3. General Quarters
    1. New York Times
    2. Washington Post
    1. Subscribe to Reputable News Agencies
    2. Call your representatives and senators
    3. Donate to the EFF
  4. Facepalm of the week.
    1. Dave – GOP Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.) asking why males should pay for prenatal care as part of health insurance coverage
  5. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/5ylldf/this_just_happened_on_bbc_news/
    2. NASA Funding increase
    1. Travis – Sir Patrick Stewart and his girlfriend Sunny are fostering a pitbull.  Here’s an adorable gif.  http://i.imgur.com/GpCY29C.gifv
    2. Dave – BBC news reporter blooper, kids come into picture from his “home studio”