CNN’s Jake Tapper Fact-Checks Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Health Care Claims

CNN’s Jake Tapper called out Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday for their claim that a Koch Brothers-funded study found Medicare for all would save the government trillions of dollars. The claim from two self-proclaimed Democratic socialists stemmed from a report from the Mercatus Center, a non-profit think tank that the Kochs have donated millions to, and reportedly influence the hiring and firing of professors. According to a Sanders spokesperson, the study concluded that healthcare-for-all would expand the budget by $32 trillion but cause overall health care expenses across the U.S. to drop by $2 trillion. Tapper cited the author of the report, researcher Charles Blahous, who insisted that the Kochs had Continue reading "CNN’s Jake Tapper Fact-Checks Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Health Care Claims"

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Rule Out a 2020 Run

Towards the end of his interview on The Late Show, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) didn’t flat-out reject the idea of another presidential run. Stephen Colbert began by asking Sanders “where’s the revolution?” if the income inequality gap is as bad as he alleges. “What is our chance at avoiding what will eventually become a clash of money and interest against the forgotten?” Colbert asked. Sanders responded by saying that “more and more people” are “adopting a progressive ideology.” “But that’s not reflected in the number of people who are controlling state houses, the number of governors that are elected,” Colbert pushed back. That conversation is being had on a national level… but the Democrats must not have been putting out this message if people agree with it because they’ve lost 1,000 offices over the last eight years!” “Absolutely, not only have they lost 1,000 legislative seats, they have Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Rule Out a 2020 Run"

Colbert Grills Bernie Sanders on Failed Candidates He Endorsed: Maybe There’s a ‘Taint’ to Socialism

On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert confronted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about his self-identification as a Democratic Socialist. He began the conversation by noting Sanders’ alliance with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have hit the campaign trail together on behalf of other candidates and asked him what it means to be a Democratic Socialist. “Well, I think it means, among other things, that if you work 40 hours a week in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, you should be earning a living wage, 15 bucks an hour,” Sanders told Colbert. “It means that we end the international disgrace of the United States being the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a right while we end up spending twice as much per capita on health care as any other major nation. It means that we understand that the future of this country are Continue reading "Colbert Grills Bernie Sanders on Failed Candidates He Endorsed: Maybe There’s a ‘Taint’ to Socialism"

Bernie Sanders Thanks the Koch Brothers For ‘Accidentally’ Supporting Healthcare For All

Koch Brothers, you done played yourselves. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pointed out in a video for Twitter, a study by the Mercatus Center – which is “significantly funded” by the Koch Brothers – found that, in a ten-year period, Medicare for All would save Americans $2 trillion. “I suspect that that is not what the Koch Brothers intended to do,” Sanders quipped. “At a time when the United States spends far more per capita on health care than any other country on Earth… a Medicare For All health care system would save the average American significant sums of money,” he continued. “The insurance industry[‘s]… main function in life is not to make people well, but to make stockholders incredibly rich,” he added. Sanders then explains that Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Thanks the Koch Brothers For ‘Accidentally’ Supporting Healthcare For All"

Former Top Bernie Sanders Aide Reportedly Assisting in Manafort’s Prosecution

A former chief strategist for Sen. Bernie Sanders is reportedly now aiding in the prosecutor of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.  According to Buzzfeed News, Tad Devine will be assisting the prosecution regarding past campaigns in Ukraine. Julian Mulvey, a partner at Devine’s political firm, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, provided Buzzfeed with the following statement:
“The Special Counsel has asked Tad Devine to assist in the prosecution of their case against Paul Manafort regarding his firm’s work on media consulting on past political campaigns in Ukraine.”
Devine’s role was first noted in a court filing reported on last week. Buzzfeed previously reported on how Devine’s emails and documents could be presented as evidence:
Emails and documents from Tad Devine, a political operative who served at the highest levels of the Bernie Sanders campaign, could be presented as evidence in the Special Counsel’s Office’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, Continue reading "Former Top Bernie Sanders Aide Reportedly Assisting in Manafort’s Prosecution"

Who is America? Is Telling Us Who to Listen To, and Who To Kick To the Curb

There’s a debate raging about the ethics of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new venture on Showtime, Who is America?, which hinges on the morality of deceiving people into making asses of themselves on camera. That debate, while worthwhile, misses a huge part of what Cohen appears to be trying to accomplish with his new set of characters. For years now, Cohen’s tactic of getting into elaborate make-up and costume to dupe unwitting victims has delighted and intrigued audiences. But there’s one significant difference between this piece and Borat or Brüno: Cohen highlights the people who aren’t getting fooled. Cohen takes care to put his less “successful” segments into the show to illustrate who really didn’t fall for his schtick. Bear in mind that these are people from all sides of the political aisle: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – a guy, mind you, I am incredibly loath to defend Continue reading "Who is America? Is Telling Us Who to Listen To, and Who To Kick To the Curb"

Oops! Dem Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Dems to ‘Flip This Seat Red’

Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made an unfortunate gaffe Friday night while campaigning for fellow Democrat in Kansas. Cortez, who pulled off a big upset against top House Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District in last month’s primary, is campaigning alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for Brent Welder, who is running for Congress in Kansas’s third district. In a joint video message uploaded on Sanders’ Twitter account, Cortez said the following: “Hello, everybody! So excited to be here on Sen. Sanders’ account and we’re here in Kansas City to rally for Brent Welder,” Cortez said to the camera. “We’re gonna flip this seat red in November.” Obviously, she meant to say “blue” instead of “red” since Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) currently
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