This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy talk about the FBI’s inability to determine James T. Hodgkinson’s motive, react to Camille Paglia ripping into the Democrat Party and the media, and the Senate healthcare bill.
Anyone who saw even a single post from James T. Hodgkinson’s facebook page would know what motivated him to shoot at Republican Congressman. The FBI though seems to have struggling to figure out what could possibly have been going through Hodgkinson’s mind. UNREAL. From the AP:
At a news conference on Wednesday, FBI officials gave an overview of the evidence they’ve gathered on Hodgkinson. They said he acted alone and had no connections to terror groups. But they said they had not yet clarified who, if anyone, he planned to target, or why, beyond his animus toward President Donald Trump and the Republicans he felt were ruining the country. It wasn’t even clear whether he had prior plans to attack the baseball practice or whether he just happened upon it the morning of June 14, said Tim Slater, who leads the criminal division of the FBI’s Washington field office.
“At this point in the investigation, it appears more spontaneous,” Slater said.
Hodgkinson had a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress written on it, Slater said, but the note lacked any further context and there was no evidence from his computer, phone or other belongings that indicated he planned to target those officials. Slater declined to name the officials whose names were on the note or say whether they were Republicans or Democrats or were at the baseball practice.
Camille Paglia was on Sean Hannity’s radio show this week, and she tore into the Democrat Party and the media. Via Breitbart:
Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.
“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”
“I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.”
The Georgia 6 race was another epic fail for the Democrats. Oh, and according to Nate Silver, math is dead.
It means there's a 70% chance Ossoff wins and a 30% chance that MATH IS DEAD AND DATA IS BROKEN.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 14, 2017
Finally, the Senate released their version of the healthcare bill. Axios has the highlights:
- Ends the Affordable Care Act’s mandates and most of its taxes.
- Phases out its Medicaid expansion over three years, ending in 2024.
- Limits Medicaid spending with per capita caps, or block grants for states that choose them. The spending growth rate would become stricter in 2025.
- States could apply for waivers from many of the insurance regulations — though not protections for people with pre-existing conditions and coverage for young adults.
- The ACA’s tax credits would be kept in place, unlike the House bill — but their value would be reduced.
- Funds the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies through 2019, but then repeals them.