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Does Beto Have Any Idea What He's Talking About? Does Beto Have Any Idea What He's Talking About?

Beto O’Rourke, candidate for president and naughty Great Dane who keeps jumping up on the counter, was asked about student debt last night at an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Other candidates’ proposals to counter student debt have so far ranged from tuition-free public colleges (Bernie Sanders) to a…

Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All

The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future is a lobbying group dedicated to fighting single-payer and even public option health plans, formed by the biggest players in the health insurance industry—pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and health insurers, among others. We don’t know how much money they have, but…

The Hubris of Beto O'Rourke The Hubris of Beto O'Rourke

What do we want in a Democratic candidate for president? Well, there is no “we”; different people value different things.

Dumb Starbucks Man: I'm a Troop, Basically Dumb Starbucks Man: I'm a Troop, Basically

Welcome again to Dumb Starbucks (Man), the series where we examine the very dumb things that Howard Schultz keeps saying as he pretends to run for president.

The Cruel Negligence of American Healthcare The Cruel Negligence of American Healthcare

Here is a story of how America murders its citizens through negligence, poverty, and racism. The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday on how a 23 year-old Mississippi woman, pregnant and mother to a toddler, died of an asthma attack in January near Houston, MS—where the local hospital has no emergency room.

There Is No Meritocracy There Is No Meritocracy

Many stories about the rich do a good job of demonstrating how undeserved their wealth is, but we have a real cracker today: Dozens of people, including two Hollywood actresses, were indicted today in a scheme to cheat and pay their way into obtaining admission to selective colleges for their kids.

Trump Warns America Not to Fall for Stupid Sexy Socialism Trump Warns America Not to Fall for Stupid Sexy Socialism

President Trump gave a “more than 40-minute exclusive interview” to Breitbart yesterday, covering a range of topics like “is socialism bad,” “do people like socialism,” and “does socialism work.”

Bored billionaire Tom Steyer’s dreams were crushed today when Pelosi poured cold water on the idea of impeaching Trump, a cause Steyer has spent tens of millions on, and he is upset. Gimme your money, Tom, I’ll get him impeached for $10 less than whatever you’re paying (impeachment not guaranteed).

The House Will Finally Vote on DC Statehood The House Will Finally Vote on DC Statehood

The House of Representatives will finally vote on a bill to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, the New Yorker reported on Sunday. The bill, which has 200 cosponsors, will likely pass. But it will almost certainly die in the Republican Senate, where the idea of granting hundreds of thousands of American…

Splinter's Encounters With the Horrors of Nature Splinter's Encounters With the Horrors of Nature

Nature is horrifying. Indeed, one of humanity’s greatest triumphs is the progress we have made to insulate ourselves from the most gruesome parts of the natural world; you may catch a fleeting glance of a snake or a cute lil’ moose on a particularly adventurous hike, but for most people and for most of the time, you…

Is Nancy Pelosi Lying or Just Plain Stupid? Is Nancy Pelosi Lying or Just Plain Stupid?

Yesterday, Rolling Stone published an interview with Nancy Pelosi in which she was asked about Medicare for All. Her answers were bad. A Hill article highlighted one of her worst lines, in which she wondered “how do you pay for” single-payer. This makes no sense. The United States already spends almost twice what…

No Affordable Apartments in California? Check Back in a Couple Thousand Years No Affordable Apartments in California? Check Back in a Couple Thousand Years

California may be objectively the best state in the union (do not email me), but it has a lot of problems: Wildfires, rampant inequality, and a terrible housing (and homelessness) crisis. Rent is so high that there are entertainment workers in L.A. sleeping in their cars, and supply so short that companies can get…

Bootlickers Never Learn Bootlickers Never Learn

The saga of Amazon’s search for its second headquarters, but then it turned out to be for a third as well, but then back to just a second one, was enlightening. It showed us just how thirsty and embarrassing city officials could be, and how many billions of dollars in tax “incentives” they would be willing to give up…

Oregon Becomes First to Pass Statewide Rent Control Law Oregon Becomes First to Pass Statewide Rent Control Law

The Oregon legislature approved a bill limiting rent increases on Tuesday, leaving only Gov. Kate Brown’s signature before it becomes the first in the nation to have a statewide rent control law on the books. Her spokesperson told the New York Times she intends to sign the measure.

Big Pharma Has No Good Answer for Their High Drug Prices Big Pharma Has No Good Answer for Their High Drug Prices

Everyone knows drug prices are too high—even Republican politicians, who were among those asking some reasonably good questions of seven top pharmaceutical company executives today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

AOC Makes Her First Grave Error AOC Makes Her First Grave Error

It was bound to happen. Eventually, we knew she would disappoint us. According to the garbage rag the Daily Mail, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has moved to Navy Yard, one of the lamest neighborhoods in DC. You hate to see it.

Wall Street Just Loves Sherrod Brown Wall Street Just Loves Sherrod Brown

In news from the one of the few corners of America where bankers aren’t reviled: Politico has an article today about possible presidential candidate Sherrod Brown’s relationship with the banking industry, reporting that he is “viewed by many in the industry as a reasonable alternative” to the more aggressive critics,…

Guy Who Lost to AOC Achieves Final Form Guy Who Lost to AOC Achieves Final Form

Remember Joe Crowley, the ol’ fella Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out to become the youngest woman in the House of Representatives ever? Have you wondered what he’s been up to? Well, now we have an answer: My man Joe has secured a wonderful new job at Squire Patton Boggs, the county’s fourth-biggest lobbying firm,…

Extremely Cool UK Teens Walk Out of School to Protest Climate Inaction Extremely Cool UK Teens Walk Out of School to Protest Climate Inaction

Thousands of children in the United Kingdom walked out of school today, not to smoke behind the bike sheds or to get an ASBO for loitering outside Poundland, but to protest inaction on climate change.

Folks, they ran the numbers on our big wet president, and it turns out the numbers are: 6'3 and 243 pounds. Nothing wrong with being 243 pounds, but: Do you believe it? Really? Really, though? Do you really believe it? Just asking.

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