We hear that a Brookings Institution study finds that the Graham-Cassidy health care "reform" bill will deprive 21 million Americans of their health insurance by 2026, but, because of the headline, we may not know that Brookings's findings are actually completely in line with the Commonwealth Fund's 32 million figure, because Brookings also finds that 32 million will lose their insurance in 2027 if Congress lets the Medicaid block grants expire, as Graham-Cassidy intends that they do. I note this in the perhaps vain hope that it'll stop some right-winger, somewhere, from pretending the difference in the two figures (which, as I've said, really isn't a difference) proves that all liberals are wrong about everything.
Republicans reconfigure Medicaid payouts in the Graham-Cassidy bill in a blatant attempt to bribe four holdout Senators. You know what's even more notable than the fact that Republican leaders are openly trying to bribe them? The fact that these are bad bribes! A 3 percent increase in Medicaid spending for Alaska over six years? Inflation will almost certainly rise four times faster in that time! (Maine gets the biggest hike, but nowhere near as big a hike as South Dakota gets. It must be coincidence that South Dakota gave all of its electoral votes to Mr. Trump, right?)
Good news, everyone: Target, the other big-box department store chain in America, plans to hike its entry wages for its workers to $11/hour next month and $15/hour by 2020. Perhaps not coincidentally, the most recent minimum wage hike legislation in Congress would get workers to $15/hour by 2020. Don't let right-wingers tell you BUT TEH HIGHER WAGEZ BITEZ INTO TEH PROFITZ!!!! without questioning why they take it as gospel that profits are the only important thing -- particularly when doing so would be, among other things, sacrilegious.
Connecticut state legislature gets rid of public financing program in its new budget, though Gov. Dannel Malloy has pledged to veto it. If I were a more (or less) spiritually elevated person, I might find it amusing that one state Senator, after professing relief that she never had to run for office under the pre-public financing regime, of course voted to gut it, because WE'RE BROKE!!!!! As usual, politicians have a difficult time discerning between being fiscally "broke" and spiritually broke -- even when the right spiritual path also happens to benefit them electorally.
Finally, Fox News punditoids whine about the massive expansion of NFL players (and owners!) protesting institutional racism and Trumpian assholery, claiming that "(t)his is the least sexist, least racist, most free, most equal, most prosperous country in the history of humankind." We could debate all of those contentions (are overly-spied-upon 21st century Americans freer than 19th century frontiersfolk, for example?), but, ah, how did America ever make gains in these areas? Because good Americans demanded them, and fought for them, and not because Our Glorious Elites permitted them out of their natural wisdom and generosity, as I'm sure Fox News clowns tell each other when they're not on camera.