Oklahoma enacts a blatantly anti-free speech law which jacks up trespassing fines, as well as fines for any organization found to be "conspiring" with the trespasser. You may find judges who'll see this for what it is -- a way of stifling protests against gas and oil pipelines -- but you probably won't find such judges on the Supreme Court, at least for the foreseeable future. And of course this law takes effect immediately under an "emergency" provision, because, after all, conservatism is all about shrieking about fake emergencies. (Full disclosure: conservatism is, of course, not about that -- but the reactionaries who call themselves conservative sure seem to think so.)
Among the many other good Americans who'll get shafted if the House's Obamacare repeal bill (or something like it) becomes law: some seven million military veterans who will no longer qualify for tax credits. I foresee a million Democrat campaign ads about this matter, echoing Mr. Hayne's statement that Republicans "feign() patriotism in the form of flag pins"! I kid, of course -- these are Democrats we're talking about, who pretend all fighting is uncivil. It's not good news that Trump spokeshack Sean Spicer was ready for a question about this matter, but kudos to the Newsmax reporter (now, there's a phrase I don't say every day!) for not taking any of Mr. Spicer's guff.
Don't look now, but I think I've found the phrase Republicans will deploy to protect themselves against the political consequences of their own health care bill: "we repealed Obamacare." "Midterms are base elections, and this could energize GOP voters," one analyst says, and I suppose that's true, but we repealed Obamacare ain't nothing compared to the simple statement their Democratic opponents could deploy: they took away your health care. But, again, these are Democrats we're talking about. Republicans have had, like, 50 Obamacare repeal votes over the years; think maybe we should have seen those attack ads already?
With so many folks on both sides doing victory laps over the bill House Republicans just passed, it sure is a good thing Thom Hartmann is around to point out how the Obamacare repeal vote is "Just Part of a Sinister Long Game." Republicans are, after all, lying out their wazoos about what this bill does, and sheer repetition of lies sure does resemble truth after a while; soon they'll blame the Democrats for their Super-Awesome bill getting watered down. The solution: simply say Trumpcare is "a Big Lie, it’s really about cutting taxes on billionaires!" Which, of course, it is, since tax hikes on the rich fund Obamacare in the first place.
Then again, House Speaker Paul Ryan isn't exactly helping his cause by saying "the most recent CBO score showed that we’re perfectly in compliance with the Senate budget rules, which is what matters here." "Which is what matters here"? Most good Americans would be scratching their heads wondering how that could possibly "matter" more than you took away my healthcare. Maybe the Democrats should try to recruit Mr. Ryan for their So-Smart-We're-Dumb Caucus.
Finally, France elects center-right candidate Emmanuel Macron to the Presidency by a 65-35 margin over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. But the incoming President faces the very real possibility of actual labor unrest -- caused, of course, by government efforts to curtail workers' rights, efforts which the former banker Mr. Macron has embraced, and it's good to be reminded that labor unrest did help unseat Charles de Gaulle, who was only the face of the French resistance to the Nazis. I wish the French people luck in making their government work for them, since the very purpose of someone like Emmanuel Macron (or, for that matter, Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton) is to make the citizen lose focus.