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TRUMP'S LIES ONE BY ONE: PART II

Trump’sLiesBy DAVID LEONHARDT and STUART A. THOMPSON
The New York Times June 23, 2017
PART TWO
FEB. 16 “We got 306 because people came out and voted like they've never seen before so that's the way it goes. I guess it was the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” (George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all won bigger margins in the Electoral College.)FEB. 16 “That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports.” (Delta's problems happened two days later.)FEB. 16 “Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.” (The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in October 2016.)FEB. 16 “When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they’re not giving classified information.” (Not always. They have released classified information in the past.)FEB. 16 …

FLEEING TRUMPLAND

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AND LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!






Have been taking a vacation from all things Trump for the past week.We are doing an art excursion, “Documenta” in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany, and the Venice Biennale in Italy.So far it’s been a great relief to be away from the United States and away from the daily Trump Breaking News Headlines blaring across the room from the television.You might ask: “Well why don’t you just turn the television off, for God’s sake?”Yes, it’s true.I could.Here checking the news once a day on my laptop keeps me as informed as I want.But at home, somehow it’s different.Can’t say what the compelling urgency is, but its there like an infant crying in the night for attention.But I have to admit that without the Trump Effect, my stress levels have plummeted.

And this, by the way, as I’m yelling at my partner who’s about to get on the wrong vapparreto (The No. 1) heading in the opposite direction from where we want to go or not having the faintest clue about where St. Ma…

TRUMP'S LIES: ONE BY ONE

Trump’sLies Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump’s lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office. By DAVID LEONHARDT and STUART A. THOMPSON
The New York Times June 23, 2017
PART ONE: JAN. 21 “I wasn't a fan of Iraq. I didn't want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)JAN. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)JAN. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There's no evidence of illegal voting.)JAN. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama…

ONE "EVERYBODY KNOWS" ECONOMIC MANTRA BITES THE DUST

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CAN THE SAME BE SAID FOR "CUTTING TAXES CREATES JOBS?" 
Raising the minimum wage does not kill jobs, no matter what Republicans tell you—and a new study of the Seattle restaurant industry, where some businesses are already paying a $15 minimum wage, provides another data point showing just that. According to the University of California, Berkeley, study, the increased minimum wage had employment effects that were “not statistically distinguishable from zero,” which is a fancy way of saying “we looked and we could not find a damn thing.” The Seattle Timesreports: Indeed, employment in food service from 2015 to 2016 was not affected, “even among the limited-service restaurants, many of them franchisees, for whom the policy was most binding,” according tothe study, led by Berkeley economics professor Michael Reich. [...] It can be hard to separate what impact the wage law had on employment in Seattle versus the effect of the city’s white-hot economy andtight labor market,but “we…

20 MILLION FEWER FOLKS COVERED, MEDICARE GUTTED, TAX BENEFITS FOR THE RICH

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IS THIS A HEALTH CARE ACT OR AN EXCUSE FOR WRECKING THE ONE WE HAVE?  
From: VOX June 22, 2017 The Senate GOP’s health care bill is a strange document. It doesn’t fix what conservatives dislike most about Obamacare. But it takes what everyone else hates about Obamacare and makes it much, much worse. The plan keeps Obamacare’s basic structure intact. The tax credits remain tied to income. Many of the insurance regulations remain in place. Medicaid is, in theory, gutted down the road, but the cuts don’t even begin until 2021 — raising the fear for conservatives that they’ll never happen at all. Even the cost-sharing reductions to insurers — which Republicans bemoaned as an illegal “bailout” — are restored. So Obamacare — the government program that makes it the state’s responsibility to cover people with health insurance — mostly survives. If you are a conservative angry that the federal government has created a new health care entitlement, this bill doesn’t solve your problem. But under…