Latest Revelation: ‘I Love It’
Republican rage. The New York Times keeps piling on with its Donald Trump Jr. story. Even Republicans are angry about emails that show Trump Jr. welcomed the Russian government’s help in his father’s presidential campaign. “The emails are very problematic, very disturbing,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Republican senators blame the White House for Congress’s inability to pass any major legislation. The emails contradict White House denials of ties between Trump’s campaign and Russians. The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, said she “did not have an assignment from the Kremlin.” Trump is claiming he was not aware of the meeting and did not attend. He also tweeted support for his son, who appeared on friendly Fox News with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.
Trump for guns. New permissive gun laws are being written in Congress and statehouses nationwide. So far this year, there have been more than 7,407 gun deaths, almost 42 a day and 168 mass shootings. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in June during baseball practice. Gun capitalists like Smith and Wesson created the gun market that is killing so many of us today. Stock prices for major gun companies plummeted after Trump’s election. About a third of American households own a gun. Trump has made it easier for people with mental problems to buy guns and has eased restrictions on people with warrants buying guns.
Deregulation teams. An investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times identified 71 appointees, including 28 with potential conflicts. Interior Department appointees met regularly with industry representatives, including at least 58 representatives of the oil and gas industry.
Trumpcare: I’m baaaack. The Senate health care bill once again could allow insurance companies to offer individual plans that exclude sick people. A provision lets self-employed people buy into health plans that large employers provide which are more loosely regulated. An estimated 1.4 million people who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or one in five people who are covered by the program, are self-employed.