I Don’t Want My Trump TV
– “Trump TV” launched on Trump’s Campaign Facebook page this week. On the broadcast, ex-CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany reads what she deems the “real news.” It is much closer to real state propaganda. Despite her being a Harvard Law grad, not sure that I trust McEnany’s opinion on what is real – in November 2012 she tweeted: “FUN FACT: @dominos
is wayyyy better than any NYC pizza.”
I Don’t Want My Trump TV – Local News Edition – Sinclair Media is the nation’s largest TV broadcaster and is best known for making a deal with Jared Kushner to provide Trump with positive coverage during the presidential campaign and for requiring its stations to run conservative editorial pieces during local news broadcasts. If Sinclair Media closes on its proposed purchase of Tribune Media, it will own stations in 72% of U.S. markets. This dominance of our airwaves has been made possible by Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai citing a loophole to allow Sinclair to exceed the nationwide audience cap of 39%.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Looking for assurance that he remains the fairest in the land, Trump has White House staffers deliver to him a folder full of positive tweets, news chyrons, and “sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful” twice a day.
Getting Rid of Our Hired, Our Financially Secure, Our Families Already Breathing Free – Set loose by Trump, ICE has been aggressively seeking to deport those that were once considered very low priority. This week’s examples of our government ripping apart families come from Connecticut and Oakland. In Connecticut, a father with no criminal record, with an American wife and two U.S. citizen children, and who has been in the same job for 12 years is set to be deported because he failed to show up for a hearing in 2004. He missed the hearing because government officials had his name and address wrong, so he didn’t even know about it. In Oakland, ICE is forcing an oncology nurse and her truck driver husband to leave with their 12-year-old U.S. citizen son after being in the United States for 23 years. They are leaving behind their three daughters, ages 23, 21, and 16. The parents own a home, pay their taxes, are active in the community, and tried since their arrival to get legal status. Their eldest two daughters attended UC Santa Cruz. The tearing apart of these families is a loss for their children, their community, and America.
OBGopYN – Looking through the speculum at the GOP’s latest attack on women’s health:
- Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA) said he would help direct federal funds to Georgia to help address the extensive backlog of rape test kits . . . unless the rape kit was in a sanctuary city, in which case he would block those funds.
- Rather than addressing the fact that Texas has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world, the Texas House instead passed a bill that would ban private insurance plans from covering abortion. The bill’s sponsor Republican Representative John Smithee claimed he had moral and economic objections to abortion coverage. The economic objection is that since he’s not a woman, he wouldn’t use it (apparently forgetting how a woman gets pregnant). When asked by Democratic Representative Gene Wu why he didn’t go after other procedures like hysterectomies and breast exams, Smithee said he didn’t know “medically” whether he could have a hysterectomy or not.
The Trump Name Carries Quite a Premium – A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that the uncertainty caused by Trump throwing a fit about whether he’ll provide promised federal subsidies to insurance companies has led insurance companies to significantly raise their premiums for 2018.
Climate Change is Here, Have Fear, Get Used to It – A draft report from 13 federal agencies finds thatwe are already experiencing the effects of climate change. The scientific community (and all sane people) is waiting to see if the Trump administration acts on this report or, more likely, tries to bury it.
Friendly Fire – Trump took a break from his vacation to tell fellow Senate Majority Leader and former Tootsie Pop commercial star Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to get back to work. He later followed up this tweet by saying he was “very disappointed in Mitch” and that if McConnell didn’t deliver on taxes, health care, and infrastructure, Trump wouldn’t rule out asking him to step aside.