News & Politics
Out d'Coup | Trump Assault on Obamacare; Leaving Puerto Rico?; FBI's new extremists; Right-wing v. Left-wing Media; Space News; and, of course Beer!
Trump continues the assault on Obamacare through what Rick Smith likes to call the “Cut, Gut, and Punish,” model of right-wing politics. In the absence of legislative action to repeal the ACA, Trump is doing everything he can to give it a slow, painful death. Millions of people will be at risk. Also, Trump’s new federal rule will let employers opt out of having to cover birth control in their health insurance plans if God tells them not to. Trump’s had enough with having to pay attention to Puerto Rico. Rep. Scott Perry’s got his back on that one. And turns out the FBI was onto the problem of extremists ahead of the violence in Charlottesville. Only problem was they had the wrong extremists. The FBI was laser-focused on what they saw as the emerging threat of “Black Identity Extremists.” Their words. Rick Smith airs special on Janus v. AFSCME - the Supreme Court case that will likely gut public sector unions.
What happens if the right wing media wins? That’s the title of a recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review by McKay Coppins. He was interviewed on the Majority Report this week and that’s got us thinking again about the need to build progressive media networks - and fast. We’ll take a peek at the right’s infrastructure and wonder why the left does not invest in our own media in the way they do on the right. We’ll talk Bradley Foundation, Hillsdale College, and even attempts to flood student government elections with billionaire cash.
In today’s last call, we’ve got space news and beer. Scientists think we might have a ninth planet after all. It’s thought to be 10 times more massive than Earth and about 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune. Also, asteroid got cozy with Earth early this morning. Say hello and goodbye to 2012 TC4. Free Will Brewing has got a much anticipated sour release today. Today at 3 pm at both locations, Free Will releases Wildhack, a Foudre & Barrel-Aged Sour Brown w/Blueberries; and, Industrio Rustique, a Foudre & Rum Barrel Aged Funky Belgian-style Dark Ale. Pizza Boy also released a pumpkin Sunny Side Up on Tuesday. Cans only, folks.
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