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The most vulnerable Republicans who voted "yes" on AHCA

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Of the 23 Republicans representing districts won by Hillary Clinton, 14 voted in favor of the GOP health care bill. Here those members are, ranked by the size of Clinton's margin in their district:

  • Carlos Curbelo (16.2%)
  • David Valadao (15.6%)
  • Erick Paulsen (9.5%)
  • Ed Royce (8.6%)
  • Darrell Issa (7.5%)
  • Peter Roskam (7.0%)
  • Steve Knight (6.7%)
  • Mimi Walters (5.4%)
  • Martha McSally (4.9%)
  • Jeff Denham (3.0%)
  • Pete Sessions (1.9%)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (1.7%)
  • John Culberson (1.4%)
  • Kevin Yoder (1.2%)

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587 days ago
Good to know.
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This Second Comey Communication Matters

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So FBI Director James Comey has now come forward and said, in essence, that they’ve completed the review (announced so unfelicitously in Comey’s notorious letter to Congress), and that Hillary is basically in the clear. The decision that prosecution is not called for has been affirmed.

I believe this matters. It matters less, I think, in terms of how many votes Hillary will get on Tuesday, though there could be a bit of that. More important is that it matters in changing the mood. A shadow that Comey unwisely cast over the presidential race in its final days has now been dispelled.

That changes the feel, the climate of our glide path to Election Day.

Yes, the battle against those determine to demonize and criminalize Hillary will still have to be waged. This is not the end of the Republicans’ attempts to discredit her, and rob her of her presidential powers.

But we can go into Election Day with a bit less burdened brow, and a sunnier sense of possibility. Less bull determination to vanquish the SOBs, and more celebration of what we have good reason to hope will be, come Tuesday night, an important victory.

The spirit plays a role in human affairs.

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766 days ago
Nicely said
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Picasa Is Going Away: 11 Apps That You Can Use Instead

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Now that Picasa is going away, a lot of people are going to be looking for an alternative to the much-loved photo organizing and editing app. There are a lot out there, and our readers have made a lot of recommendations, but there doesn’t seem to be an obvious answer. We’ve come up with a list of 11 good options that might work well as a replacement for Picasa, and we want to hear your favorites in the comments! A quick note: for the most part, I’ve tried to stick with free or affordable options here. There are a lot...

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Debt and Demand

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While growth in the advanced economies seems to have picked up, it remains weak. A more stable growth model will require less of the "wrong" debt – that is, debt that finances purchases of existing assets, supports consumption without addressing inequality, and arises from unsustainable global imbalances.

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1812 days ago
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Oops, CBS '60 Minutes' Benghazi Source Is A Liar

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CBS "60 Minutes" with Lara Logan.

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UPDATE: From the comments, witsended notes a report inThe Telegraph on October 14th of last year:

"Blue Mountain, the Camarthen firm that won a $387,000 (£241,000) one year contract from the US State Department to protect the compound in May, sent just one British employee, recruited from the celebrity bodyguard circuit, to oversee the work."
"Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched. The Daily Telegraph has learned that relations between the firm and its Libyan partner had broken down, leading to the withdrawal of Mr Davies."

Then there's this:

" US congressional investigators have told the Daily Telegraph that consular staff had reported Blue Mountain guards to the Libyan police on one occasion last year. The diplomats believed that two disgruntled Blue Mountain employees were behind a minor pipe bomb attack on the facility.

However after questioning no action was taken by the police or company over the incident."

A pipe bomb attack on the consulate committed by the "security contractors," members of congress were aware of this, and yet Blue Mountain was left to continue to "guard" the diplomats. WTF?

And more confirmation that "Darryl Davies" was no where near the Benghazi consulate.

That belated "60 Minutes" hit job on the Benghazi tragedy -- highly touted by Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and others on the right -- is now under attack over serious credibility issues.

Graham used the “60 Minutes” report to justify calling Monday for additional hearings into Benghazi and threatened to block a vote on President Obama's nominees until lawmakers had heard from all the surviving witnesses to the attack.

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung strongly calls into question the star witness promoted by Lara Logan, who just happens to have a book to sell, has asked for money for his account, and told a completely different tale in his official report on the night of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The man CBS called Morgan Jones, a pseudonym, described his heroic efforts to save the besieged Americans at the Benghazi compound while the attack was underway, scaling a 12-foot wall and taking down a terrorist with the butt end of a rifle.

So brave. So full of shit.


"But in a written account that Jones, whose real name was confirmed as Dylan Davies by several officials who worked with him in Benghazi, provided to his employer three days after the attack, he told a different story of his experiences that night.

In Davies’s 21 / 2-page incident report to Blue Mountain, the Britain-based contractor hired by the State Department to handle perimeter security at the compound, he wrote that he spent most of that night at his Benghazi beach-side villa. Although he attempted to get to the compound, he wrote in the report, “we could not get anywhere near . . . as roadblocks had been set up.”

He learned of Stevens’ death, Davies wrote, when a Libyan colleague who had been at the hospital came to the villa to show him a cellphone picture of the ambassador’s blackened corpse. Davies wrote that he visited the still-smoking compound the next day to view and photograph the destruction.

The State Department and GOP congressional aides confirmed that Davies’s Sept. 14, 2012, report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, was included among tens of thousands of documents turned over to lawmakers by the State Department this year."

After the program aired, Fox News' correspondent Adam Housley revealed that he had spoke with Jones on the phone a number of times, but the conversations ended when "he asked for money."

Jones' new book written about the attacks, "The Embassy House," was released this week by a publisher with ties to CBS, a disclosure not included in the "60 Minutes" segment.

Damien Lewis, who co-authored Jones' book, was unaware of the incident report submitted to Blue Mountain but offered one possible explanation to the Washington Post:

“All I can presume, and again I’m speculating, is that his boss told him to stay in the villa and not go anywhere. So he would have penned a report and said he had done what was ordered."

When asked if Senator Graham's hold on all White House nominees was still in effect in light of the criticisms of Jones's account, Graham's spokesman said "no change."

CBS spokesman for "60 Minutes" Kevin Tedescosaid, “We stand firmly by the story we broadcast last Sunday.”

Media Matters chairman David Brock is calling on CBS to retract its story. In his letter to CBS executives, Brock writes that the story should be "immediately retracted and an independent investigative committee needs to probe all aspects of how the story was reported."

You can read Brock's full letter to CBS here.

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