Thank You

Thanks to all of the kind comments yesterday. I really appreciate it. And I have stayed away from the news. Friday’s are slow news days anyway so it’s not like there would be breaking news about a high level aide to Trump, like Kushner, trying to set up secret communications channels to our biggest rival or anything. So I’ll just admire some of the views of this amazing city. 

Birthday

It’s my birthday today. 43rd!  So I’m taking the weekend off and staying away from the Internet and spending some time on this little island.


  Have a good weekend Cynics. 

Remember When Slamming the Press was Figurative

I turned off the news and internet after the CBO report came out yesterday thinking, “Well, the big news of the day is over.” I seemed to have forgot that in a post-Trump world, the news just doesn’t stop coming.

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice … He got on me and I think he hit me … This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna, field producer Faith Mangan and photographer Keith Railey witnessed the incident at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Montana, according to an account published by foxnews.com. After Jacobs asked Gianforte his question, Acuna wrote: “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.

Will this matter though?

23 million fewer Americans insured under House GOP bill, says CBO

Welp:

The House Republican health care bill would leave 23 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

The highly anticipated CBO score is likely to trigger another round of negative headlines and more hurdles for Republicans as they look to advance a controversial piece of legislation that was passed in the House earlier this month.

The CBO also found the bill would reduce deficits by $119 billion compared with Obamacare.

Eager to notch a political win in the GOP’s years-long mission to repeal Obamacare, Republican lawmakers took a gamble by voting before the CBO could analyze last-minute changes to the bill.

The new CBO report will serve as an important report card for Senate Republicans as they deliberate over their own version of the health care bill.