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From The Reporter’s Notebook
A subcontractor that worked on Donald Trump’s new luxury Washington, D.C. hotel has filed a lien claiming that the Trump Organization and its construction manager have not paid it almost $2.1 million, TPM’s Matt Shuham wrote Friday. Tim Miller, the executive vice president of AES Electrical told The Washington Post his claim was not meant to be political. “We’re not in this for any sort of political reasons,” Miller told the Post. “We have no ax to grind, political or otherwise. We’re a business. We have 700 employees that we pay every week. We have bills. We are effectively financing this work, and we don’t think it’s right. That’s really it.”
Agree or Disagree?
Josh Marshall: “Whether these senators will stick to their guns and effectively block repeal absent replacement I don’t know. I’d say be skeptical. But it highlights another point. These used to be very Democratic states, in significant measure because they’re generally poor and benefit a lot from federal programs like Obamacare – and earlier ones like Social Security, Medicare and so forth. Both have shifted hard to the GOP as cultural and social issues have grown more salient and as the urban/rural divide has aligned more closely with partisanship.”
“Joe if me asking @wikileaks questions is so repulsive why did you use that information on your low rated show?”
– Two modest cable news egos were at each other’s throats Friday after MSNBC’s Joe Scarbough said Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s interview with Julian Assange was “repulsive.” Hannity, naturally, fought back.
BUZZING: Today in the Hive
From a TPM Prime member: “Even if you think of it as a zero sum financial gain for society, there are a lot of positive externalities for having a universal health care system—the easiest to understand is that sick people with infectious conditions not being treated is a risk to everyone, but our general economic productivity also improves when people are healthier and there is a general loss of productivity when people go bankrupt due to health care costs. Are there negative externalities for universal health care—perhaps you could say that having universal health care might encourage unhealthy behaviour.”
Related: Only one in five Americans agrees with the current Republican plan of repealing Obamacare without details of a replacement, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found.
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What We’re Reading
An Investigation Into The “Liberal Tears” Mug (The Outline)
A Selection of the 30 Most Disappointing Under 30 (The New Yorker)