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Jim Fawcette
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.

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*Senate Intelligence Committee to start Russia probe interviews next week"

Will Senate take over from dysfunctional House?

"The Senate Intelligence Committee will begin as soon as Monday privately interviewing 20 people in its ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election as well as potential ties to the Trump campaign, its leaders said Wednesday."

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Think Insurance Companies are the Big Problem in Healthcare?

Think again. Often they're the only thing protecting you from hospitals. And when they're gone?

"Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They’re One Reason Health Care Costs So Much.

Except: "In vetting Wickizer’s bill, the experts encountered roadblocks from the medical center at every turn in a contentious battle that lasted for over a year. Multiple legal requests to review Wickizer’s chart and complete bill — with its coding elucidated — were refused. Nora Johnson, a retired hospital bill-compliance auditor from West Virginia who volunteered to help Wickizer, noted that not revealing the billing codes constituted a violation of federal law. No insurer would have paid the bills without seeing them, allowing at least a rational attempt at negotiation. As Wickizer’s team wrote to the University of Virginia in one of their letters: “No Codes = No Pay.” The University of Virginia Physicians’ Group, which independently charged Wickizer $54,000, eventually turned over its billing codes. Wickizer’s experts were able to use the bill fragments they had received in discovery, supplemented by those codes, to get a better idea of what medical procedures Wickizer received during her three-week hospitalization. From there, they tried to extrapolate how the hospital had, perhaps, coded her case. By examining the cost reports the University of Virginia hospital must file with Medicare, which indicate the amount it spends delivering certain types of care, Christine Kraft, another medical-billing expert, estimated that even by its own calculations, the medical center spent less than $60,000 treating Wickizer.

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So Will Ivanka Stop Hawking Jewelry Out of the White House?

Ivanka Trump will officially become a White House employee 

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What's Trump's Middle-East End Game

What have we learned? "Two months after the inauguration of President Trump, indications are mounting that the United States military is deepening its involvement in a string of complex wars in the Middle East that lack clear endgames"

U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight

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Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim

Sour of least credible but most salacious accusations.

WaPo: "Trump had a long-standing relationship with Russian officials, Millian told an associate, and those officials were now feeding Trump damaging information about his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Millian said that the information provided to Trump had been “very helpful.”

"Unbeknownst to Millian, however, his conversation was not confidential. His associate passed on what he had heard to a former British intelligence officer who had been hired by Trump’s political opponents to gather information about the Republican’s ties to Russia."

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Christie Allies Get Prison in Bridgegate Scandal

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Trump's "Un-Presidented" Disapproval Rating

None have been lower this early in their term, and he's got a lot of time to work on the all-time record as well! Losing. Bigly. Highest "disapprove" rating as well as highest, negative differential. This is from 538's compilation.

Earlier, I posted Gallup's numbers that put him at 35/6% approval, also their lowest ever at this point in an administration. Others went into 20% but after lengthy fights with crises.

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Trump Interior Sec: Mexico Will Have to Host Wall, Too

This is getting hysterical. Not only can Trump45 not figure out how to pay the potential $25 Billion price for it's "beautiful {but useless} wall", it can't figure out how to get the land to build it on. Plus, that would give Mexico the Rio Grande. So ... punt to Mexico! Yours! Did Team Trump spend 5 minutes thinking this through before he made it a central, campaign pledge? Five (5) minutes?

WaPo: "The border is complicated, as far as building a physical wall,” Zinke said, according to E&E News. “The Rio Grande, what side of the river are you going to put the wall? We’re not going to put it on our side and cede the river to Mexico. And we’re probably not going to put it in the middle of the river.”

Zinke’s suggestion? We build it on the Mexican side of the river so we don’t “cede” that territory to our southern neighbors. There are a few problems with that idea, but one is more immediate than others: Under Zinke’s formulation, we’ve already “ceded” a lot of land to Mexico.

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