The GOP Wants to Cut Benefits to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich

$2 trillion for tax cuts for the rich & corporations.

$2 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

Democrats on the congressional Joint Economic Committee issued the study, based on calculations by the nonprofit Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, late last week. It shows that the estimated $2 trillion cost of the Bush and Trump-era tax cuts through 2025 is the same amount Republicans have proposed cutting from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Obamacare.

NBC News

The Left Wing’s Civil War (It’s Actually the Right Wing’s)

Trump (a.k.a. the moron): “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they’ve become. Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob.’

Here’s an excellent Twitter thread by David Neiwert about all of that screeching coming from the right wing about “civil war”.

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Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

Alan Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theory that Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways.

One of the many ways that ads get in front of your eyeballs on Facebook and Instagram is that the social networking giant lets an advertiser upload a list of phone numbers or email addresses it has on file; it will then put an ad in front of accounts associated with that contact information.

Gizmodo

Selling Missiles Takes Priority in the U.S. Over Starving Children

Starving Yemeni Child

The United States believes it’s more important to sell more weapons of war than to protect starving children and innocent civilians.

[Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo overruled concerns from most of the State Department specialists involved in the debate who were worried about the rising civilian death toll in Yemen. Those who objected included specialists in the region and in military affairs. He sided with his legislative affairs team after they argued that suspending support could undercut plans to sell more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a classified State Department memo and people familiar with the debate.

New York Magazine