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US Senator Sarcastically Mocks White House: ‘Freaking Fantastic’ They Don’t Know How Insurance Works



Top White House Advisor on Economic Policy Needs a Few Lessons

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) is the latest to be astonished that the White House actually has no idea how insurance works. 

Tuesday afternoon CNBC’s John Harwood posted a tweet about Stephen Moore, a Trump economic advisor and one frequently cited by the Trump White House. 

As many, many people pointed out, this is exactly how insurance works – and why it works: spreading risk among a group of people so no one takes the full “hit.”

As Raw Story put it, “Moore was explaining why it’s unfair to have an insurance system where healthy people subsidize sick people.”

Which, again, is exactly how insurance works.

Senator Murphy had a bit of fun with Moore’s – and the White House’s – lack of understanding of how insurance works:

Earlier Tuesday Sen. Murphy issued this warning, urging Americans to take action to prevent the Republicans from passing their latest “repeal and replace ObamaCare” bill:

Here’s what others had to say about Stephen Moore’s ignorance: 

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Fox & Friends Host Goes Berserk, Calls Reporters ‘Agents of Russia’ Over Report Intel Official Briefed Congress



Fox News is continuing to provide enormous spin for President Donald Trump. Earlier this week they twisted the news that Trump was angry an intelligence official briefed Congress on Russia attacking the 2020 election to help get him re-elected, by claiming “Trump Upset Over Kremlin Trying to Re-Elect Him.”

On Friday a “Fox & Friends” contributor launched into an insane – and false – rant to attack reports about an intelligence official briefing Congress that Russia is attacking the 2020 election by calling the press “agents of Russia.”

After co-host Steve Doocy delivered a fairly accurate although highly-edited accounting of The New York Times report on Congress being briefed, Pete Hegseth went berserk.

“Alright let’s be clear about what this really all is. This is all an attempt to discredit President Trump. That’s it. Delegitimize him all the way. So that’s why he wins again.”

“Every single media member in that clip, every single Democrat that parrots what they’re saying, they’re working together, they are the agents of Russia.”

“This is what Russia wants! They want to sow discord and misinformation and delegitimize our republic, destabilize it because they’re not our friends and they know that when we’re strong they’re in a worse position – which they’ve done for years before President Trump. This is what they do. The Democrats, the media, fell for it.”

“They hate Trump so much they’re will to parrot what the Kremlin is saying.”

“They are the agents of Russia. Not Donald Trump, not this White House.”

Hegseth went on to say the media is blowing out of proportion “every single time there’s a tiny itty-bitty little new nugget which could be handled by our intelligence agencies, dealt with through leaders in our government.”

The irony of course is our intelligence agencies brought the information to leaders in our government. House Republicans were furious upon hearing the news – furious that they were being told the truth, and wanted to stomp it out. So Rep. Devin Nunes told Trump, who then fired his Director of National Intelligence.


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Trump’s Intel Pick Will Blow Up in His Face as Agencies Revolt and Leak the Truth: Ex-CIA Official



Appearing on CNN on Friday morning, former CIA case officer Phil Mudd said the selection of Ambassador Richard Grennell to be the acting Director of National Intelligence will likely blow up in the president’s face because he is not respected within the intelligence community who will seek to undercut him.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Mudd first mocked Grennell, saying, “I tell you, this is taking me back to when I was a child. it’s like if I played the game of Battleship, I could be the secretary of defense — the guy knows nothing about intelligence.”

He then proceeded to explain what Grenell will likely face during what expected to be his brief tenure since it is unlikely he will be sent to the Senate for confirmation to remain in the job.

“There is an upside to this if you are an intel person, I’m going to be real cynical here. If you watch what Grenell said, he said I’m not going to be around for long — meaning he doesn’t want the job,” Mudd began. “Legally he can’t stay around that long. So if you’re an intel person you’re sitting there saying ‘I’m going to slow roll it, I’m not going to pay attention to what he says.”

“There’s a challenge there when staff comes in from the White House that stays beyond Grenell, there’s a problem and there are reports of that happening,” he explained. “First they’re going to slow roll him. Second is, what’s his ability to control the message? The information he gets on Russian hacking is going to come from people who have been around for 20 or 30 years. Is he going to change it before he goes to the Hill to testify? That’s going to get out in a leak.”

“And the last thing is, how do you control the directors of the intelligence agencies, the NSA particularly and the director of the CIA who will get out there in testimony and say stuff different than what Grenell says,” he added. “The system here is going to be interesting. I think it’ll undercut the choice for DNI.”

Watch below:


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Trump About to Toss His Brand New Director of National Intelligence to the Curb for Another Also Unqualified Nominee



Blowhard Anti-Gay Congressman Who Says ‘Democrats Are in Love With Terrorists’ Likely to Be Trump’s Top Intel Chief

Ambassador Richard Grenell had been President Donald Trump’s acting Director of National Intelligence for less than a full day and already the disloyal president is preparing to toss him to the curb. Grenell has no qualifications for the role – by law the DNI must have “extensive national security expertise” – but he does hold one card that beats all the others: blind, obedient loyalty to Trump.

That is all the president cares about when it comes to choosing the person who will be in charge of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and offices.

At 7:25 PM on Wednesday Trump officially made the announcement he was installing Grenell as acting DNI.

Grenell, who is loathed by Germany, the country to which he serves as U.S. Ambassador, started his new job Thursday.

At 10:51 PM Thursday, barely 24 hours after announcing Grenell, Trump announced Grenell’s stint would be short.

Sure enough, on Air Force One Trump told reporters he is considering plucking the also bombastic U.S. Congressman Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia, and making him the latest DNI. Collins literally could be the third DNI in a week, although he will need to be Senate confirmed.

Many Americans likely are familiar with Collins, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee who throws temper tantrums for a living on national TV.

Here he is just last month saying “Democrats are in love with terrorists.”

Congressman Collins, who is anti-gay, opposes same-sex marriage, and opposed the Violence Against Women Act, is running for an open Senate seat in Georgia. Trump and the GOP are backing his challenger, Kelly Loeffler.

Collins, like Grenell, doesn’t have to worry too much about being totally unqualified. He’s got that blind loyalty to Trump bit down pat:

Here’s how a few experts are responding to the Collins news:


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