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#3102 Jun 26 2017 at 2:30 PM Rating: Excellent
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From the New York Times a couple weeks ago:
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Fox News is “Fair and Balanced” no more.

In the latest sign of change at the cable news network, the “Fair and Balanced” motto that has long been a rallying cry for Fox News fans — and a finger in the eye of critics — is gone. The channel confirmed on Wednesday that slogan and network have parted ways.

“The shift has nothing to do with programming or editorial decisions,” the network said in a statement. Instead, the slogan was dropped in part because of its close association with Roger Ailes, a network founder, former chairman and the originator of the phrase, who was fired in August in a sexual harassment scandal.

Interview questions from yesterday on Fox to President Trump:
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Mr. President, you face resistance on this bill; but, of course, you’ve faced resistance on the entirety of your agenda. Who’s been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? What’s -- when you think about it, what holds it up the most?
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How frustrating is it to have former president Obama there, out there leading the resistance?
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I opened up the failing "New York Times" and "The Washington Post" this morning. No mention at all of this bill that you're signing today. For veterans who are so passionate about this, it's such a historic bill, are they going to cover this? And if they don't, why don't they cover it the way they cover every breathless scandal in the media today?

Smiley: laugh At least they got rid of "Fair & Balanced" first.
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#3103 Jun 26 2017 at 4:57 PM Rating: Good
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It turns out that increasing the minimum wage actually does harm low-income workers (at a certain point).

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Using a variety of methods to analyze employment in all sectors paying below a specified real hourly rate, we conclude that the second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9 percent, while hourly wages in such jobs increased by around 3 percent. Consequently, total payroll fell for such jobs, implying that the minimum wage ordinance lowered low-wage employees’ earnings by an average of $125 per month in 2016.

Who would have guessed?*

* Other than nearly every economist in history except partisan shill Paul Krugman.
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#3104 Jun 26 2017 at 5:15 PM Rating: Excellent
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More complete story
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#3105 Jun 26 2017 at 7:41 PM Rating: Good
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Fare and ballast
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#3107 Jun 27 2017 at 7:19 AM Rating: Good
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Who would have guessed?*
For $5 I'll tell you.
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#3108 Jun 27 2017 at 7:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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Five bucks ain't even minimum wage.
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#3109 Jun 27 2017 at 8:40 AM Rating: Good
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#3110 Jul 19 2017 at 1:11 PM Rating: Good
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Is Kid Rock really running for senate or is it an extremely elaborate hoax?
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#3111 Jul 19 2017 at 5:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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He confirmed it was legit on Twitter.

Forget federal public office, the "Sweet Home Alabama" mash-up song alone should disqualify him from running for Mayor of McDonaldland
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#3112 Jul 19 2017 at 6:57 PM Rating: Decent
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The Rock for President, The Kid Rock for Senate.

Considering our past and current political climate, it's not *that* strange.
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#3113 Jul 19 2017 at 7:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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There might be a senate seat in Arizona opening soon for him. McCain has brain cancer.
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#3114 Jul 19 2017 at 7:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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The ZAM servers are cancer.

Edited, Jul 19th 2017 8:49pm by Jophiel
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#3115 Jul 20 2017 at 7:34 AM Rating: Good
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He confirmed it was legit on Twitter.
This is the kind of situation that movies like Amityville Horror are based off.
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#3116 Jul 21 2017 at 10:23 AM Rating: Good
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Been calling it for a while, but Sean Spicer has apparently resigned as the Press Secretary.
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#3117 Jul 21 2017 at 10:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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And the Trump legal team spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned last night. Who will be left to speak for Trump?!
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#3118 Jul 21 2017 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
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Pet rock is currently leading in its house of representative race.
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#3119 Jul 21 2017 at 1:44 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wasn't Pet Rock found at a spa on a woman's back?
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#3120 Jul 28 2017 at 5:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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So how about that GOP health care plan, seven years in the making, eh? Well, not the last one... that one was about two hours in the making. But, you know, the one they spent seven years making.
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#3121 Jul 28 2017 at 5:27 AM Rating: Excellent
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Edit: When your best plan is "Let's pass literally anything we can scrawl out at the last second, taking coverage away from 15 million people, on a vague promise that it won't really become law" and it only falls one vote short of passing -- nice job there, guys.

Edited, Jul 28th 2017 6:31am by Jophiel
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#3122 Jul 28 2017 at 7:05 AM Rating: Good
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it only falls one vote short of passing
Bet they regret McCain's speedy return.
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#3123 Jul 28 2017 at 7:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Was reading about how the three GOP senators to vote against weren't really able to be threatened.

Collins is expected to run for governor of Maine after this term so she's just finishing out her time in the senate
Murkowski managed to win with a write-in campaign before, a testament to her popularity. She's not up for re-election until 2022. Trump had the Sec of the Interior try to threaten her (or Alaska, really) but she's Chairman of the committee on energy and natural resources, by which the Dept. of the Interior lives and dies. She responded to the threat by placing a hold on a markup bill the Dept of Interior desperately needs done.
McCain, well, has brain cancer and I guess that's when you can try voting your conscience. Plus he's still pissed about that "Only loser heroes get captured" thing.

Edit: "conscious" =/= "conscience"

Edited, Jul 28th 2017 8:24am by Jophiel
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#3124 Jul 28 2017 at 9:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Allegedly at least four Republicans voted "Aye" only after being assured the vote would not actually pass.

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#3125 Jul 28 2017 at 9:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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It still feels a bit too much like a show to me at this point. Basically they know none of this is going to pass, but political needs are outweighing other things at the moment. There's too many people who promised to make a big deal about this, so they can't back down from it too fast or risk losing face. There's enough people that want the vote on people's records. For extra ammunition against dissidents in eventual primaries, and so they can say return to their own districts with an "I voted to destroy Obamacare" bumper sticker.
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#3126 Jul 28 2017 at 10:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Samira wrote:
Allegedly at least four Republicans voted "Aye" only after being assured the vote would not actually pass.

I wouldn't be surprised. Pretty common for members of Congress to get the nod to cast a vote protecting themselves once the whip count is in. McCain, Collins & Murkowski were already willing to take any hits so no reason to have some other senator get primaried on the right.

Sometimes you do the opposite and, if an unpopular bill will pass by a single vote, get some others to agree to vote "yes" so no one person can be singled out as the one who was the "deciding vote". But, in this case, having the vote against be 52+ would just look worse for the GOP.
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