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    Healthy California Update


    While our President and the US Congress are working hard to replace Obamacare with something way better, um, or something, California State Senator Richard Lara introduced Senate Bill 562 in February to create a state-wide single payer, universal health care system which would be called ‘Healthy California’.

    The kind folks at the Daily Kos put together a FAQ about SB 562.

    Latest reports indicate the bill is in trouble:

     


    Presidential Lies to Date


    Dang. Ouch. Wow. The New York Times compiled a list of publicly uttered, written or tweeted lies made by our President since he entered office.


    Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Tour


    Heads are exploding and jaws are hitting the ground across America as accused sexual assaulter and hung jury beneficiary Bill Cosby announced plans to … go on a tour of the country holding “town halls” on the subject of sexual assault.

    Usually, comedians who are busted for something give humorous remedial driving classes to help work off their debt to society, but Cosby appears to be taking the Teachable Moment to strange new places.

    As a public service to our readers, Needful News is pleased to present our own prescription for how to avoid being charged with sexual assault. Ready?

    Do not sexually assault people. Ever.

    You’re welcome.


    Spotlight: The San Francisco Chronicle


    No matter how you feel about San Francisco, Babylon by the Bay is a test tube for all of the opportunities and afflictions of a city in modern-racing-to-the-future America.

    Coverage of how the city responds to homelessness, gentrification, displacement of the poor (anyone who can’t afford skyrocketing housing prices, which is becoming everybody), transportation, crime, education and all the other challenges of the compact urban hive, is provided by the local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The Chron has recently upgraded its web site and really unleashed its stable of columnists and reporters. This has resulted in excellent reporting which both educates and illuminates how the City is moving forward in meeting the needs (or not, in some cases) of its residents.

    The storied Herb Caen is long gone, as is the mysterious Night Cabbie, but the excellent Chronicle columnists continue to witness, observe, and put words to a truth or a point of view which resonates with their readers and speaks to their lives.

    This is demonstrated by the raw emotion and distress expressed in this column by Otis R. Taylor Jr:


    Obama Sort of Fumbled the Russian Thing


    The Washington Post is running an exclusive story today which explores the Obama administration response to Russian attempts to hack our democracy.

     


    Senate Health Care Bill Update


    The Senate Health Care Bill, drafted in secrecy, is losing support amongst its own party as more GOP senators defect and American voters and the press get to see what’s under the hood of this fine piece of work.

    Meanwhile, the knives are out for Republican Senators who do not support the bill, with attack ads ready to hit the airwaves and promises of primary challenges being muttered.

    The spin machine is working overtime, let’s see what the horses are talking about on the Merry-Go-Round:


    Adults Are Lame, Though Sometimes Not So Much


    It’s no secret to the youth of America that adults can be dim, lumbering beasts of mean intelligence and belligerent attitude. This is especially demonstrated in a recent round of kids being shut down by their elders for reasons.

    On the other hand, sometimes kids and adults get along, and the results are beautiful.


    Late One Night in Coal Country


    Late night serious comedy guy and prominent Olsen Twin Denier John Oliver is being sued for … well… just see for yourself, then check out what the press is reporting about it, below.

    Didn’t expect the talking squirrel thing, right?

    Behold the headlines:

    Comedy and pointed remarks about a coal king aside, it should be noted the John Oliver bit presented a thoughtful, sympathetic look at the people of coal country and the challenges to the coal economy upon which they depend.

    The decline of the US coal industry as an economic trend was recently explored by the press:

     


    Today in Trump Town


    The Tapes:

    Okay, our President admitted he, personally, did not tape his conversations with then FBI Director Comey but somebody, somebody, could’ve might’ve.

    Terrorism:

    Now, this might be interesting:

    That Investigation Thing:

    More shade is being thrown on the former FBI Director and the current Special Counsel and the investigation into who-knows-where-this-will-end-up:

     


    Senate Health Care Bill Roundup


    The reaction to the (finally) released text of the Senate “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” was swift in manifesting along mostly party lines.

    Democrats remain opposed and outraged, outraged, at the massive shift in dollars from the poor to the rich. Meanwhile, a ripple of unease is becoming apparent in GOP ranks, though Republicans remain adamant that Obamacare must be replaced, and soon! to ssSHHH! (in part correct the massive redistribution of dollars from the rich to the poor).

    Thus spaketh the usual suspects:


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