Ho hum, the national percentage of Americans without health insurance is the lowest since at least 2008 -- and has dropped almost five percentage points in the last year. Of course, it'd be lower if we had Medicare-for-All -- much lower, as in zero -- and the Affordable Care Act will remain a punching bag for Republicans, even though it's as Republican a bill as they come, but we should celebrate progress, I suppose.
Good citizens of Detroit have begun to protest the city's water emergency, and the police have begun to arrest them. You won't be surprised to learn that federal investment in municipal water has sharply decreased over the last 40 years, or that the state-created "emergency managers" -- unelected bureaucrats in charge of imposing austerity regimes on good citizens -- "manage" almost exclusively poor/black areas of Michigan. We're still awaiting the shutoff notice for the Joe Louis Arena, given that they're over $50,000 in arrears on their water bill, which is over $49,850 more in arrears than other good folks getting their water shut off.
Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who served several years in the big house for corruption-related charges, now thinks our collective mania for throwing people in jail is a bit overdone. Remember that I try to avoid bashing people for coming to their senses about a bad policy after it affects them -- after all, how many lives can we lead at once? And Mr. Cunningham's case against mandatory minimums and other forms of madness would be powerful, because he clearly has some stories to tell -- if the "liberal" media is ever interested in relating them, that is.
First Read's Chuck Todd nails it in re the House's lawsuit against President Obama: "The lawsuit focuses on the White House’s decision to delay the employer mandate, which happened in 2013. If the one-year delay was so egregious, why wait a year to address it with this lawsuit?" The only smart thing about what Republicans have done here (no, it's not bringing up their bottomless hatred of the Affordable Care Act again) is they've slammed Mr. Obama for doing something most people didn't like -- and something a Republican President would have happily done for his corporate cronies, no less. Recall how well their ZOMB OBAMACAREZ CUTZ TEH MEDICAREZ!!!! line worked for them in 2010, and how quickly they moved to destroy Medicare afterward.
Finally, the Washington Post alleges that the immigrant children crisis at the border somehow makes immigration less of a sure winning issue for Democrats. My objections to the article number approximately one per point made, but let's just say I must have missed the part where Republicans actually give a damn about immigrant kids, or about anything other than criticizing Mr. Obama, and the"liberal" media really needs to get out of the habit of declaring everything excellent news for Republicans, because it gets in the way of reporting.