Donald Cried and the Comedy of Humiliation


Donald Cried traffics in the comedy of humiliation, and full disclosure: I can barely make it through an episode of the American The Office. So a movie like this, where grown men socially eviscerate themselves in very grounded scenarios... to me, it’s like eating handfuls of bullion cubes. But if you’re a fan of the genre, I imagine it’s a nice hot shot of schadenfreude espresso!

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Another Republican Against Trumpcare: Washington State's Jaime Herrera Beutler

Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler represents southwest Washington, including Centralia and Longview.
Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler represents southwest Washington, including Centralia and Longview. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Earlier this week, as we attempted to get all of Washington's Congressional representatives on the record about their stance on the Republican health care plan, better known as Trumpcare, a couple of offices gave me the runaround. One of those was the office of Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican who represents Southwest Washington's District 3.

This morning, Herrera Beutler made her position clear: She'll vote no.

Ahead of tonight's expected vote on the Trumpcare, Herrera Beutler said in a statement she's concerned about the effects of the bill on children who depend on Medicaid. "I will not vote to let those kids fall through the cracks," she said.

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Discover all the best things to do in town all in one place. On the new and improved Stranger Things To Do app, you can browse critics' picks and other suggested events, save events to your calendar, and even buy tickets.

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Dems Are Going To Filibuster Gorsuch But We're All Going to Die Anyway Because of the AHCA

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No to Gorsuch Getty Images

New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced that the Democrats will (sort of) filibuster the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who, though dashing and handsome, is actually to the right of the dead and terrible Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch has no business even being nominated, since Trump is under investigation by the FBI for possibly working with Russia to destroy American democracy, and because the Republicans refused to even give Obama nominee, Merrick Garland, a far more moderate justice, the floor.

There's a caveat, though, writes the WaPo: "Schumer’s vow to help block Gorsuch with a filibuster did not include calls for the rest of his chamber to join him in opposition — a sign that he is leaving political space for more moderate Democrats, especially those facing reelection next year, to potentially side with Republicans under political pressure sparked by a multimillion-dollar ad campaign bankrolled by conservative groups in hopes of securing Gorsuch a filibuster-proof vote tally."

The Democrats may have finally become the party of no. Unfortunately, it's too late.

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Reminder: Today's Vote on Trumpcare Is Also a Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood serves 2.5 million patients a year. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Republican health care plan is on the rocks. Late yesterday, it looked like the far-right Freedom Caucus had the votes to help sink the American Health Care Act. Since then, they've been bargaining with House leadership to try to get changes to the bill. As of midnight, CNN reports, they had no deal, but they're still negotiating. A vote is expected tonight; it's not clear exactly when.

It's worth remembering, as we watch this all go down today, that this is not only a proposal to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan that threatens insurance coverage for millions and gives the wealthy a huge tax break. It's also yet another Republican attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Person of Interest: Troy Osaki, a Young Writer Celebrating Asian American Heritage Through Poetry


As a grade-schooler, Troy Osaki had already accepted that his dream career as a musician wasn't going to pan out. His love of Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday couldn't make up for his inability to keep a rhythm—or sing, for that matter. Osaki, who is Filipino and Japanese American, later turned to spoken-word poetry while he was a student at Garfield High School, eventually signing up for Cafe Allegro's open-mic poetry night and finding a writing community at Youth Speaks Seattle, a youth literary arts organization.

Poetry became a source of therapy for Osaki after five teenagers were fatally shot in Seattle in 2008, one of who was 16-year-old Quincy Coleman, a Garfield High School student gunned down on campus. "I began to learn how poetry can be used as a tool to reflect and process what is difficult and complicated to understand," Osaki said. "I now write in hopes of building a safe and just place to live by reimagining the world through poetry."

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Morning News: GOP Still Searching for Trumpcare Deal, Police Scoop Up Burglary Suspect in a Kayak

This is where Medicaid recipients stand to lose coverage in Washington state.
This is where Medicaid recipients stand to lose coverage under the GOP health plan in Washington state. Washington Health Plan Finder

The Trumpcare Vote in the House Is Still Scheduled for Today: But it looks like the GOP could be short of votes to repeal and replace Obamacare. The ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus is meeting with President Trump today to try and negotiate even more cuts to regulations that ensure basic health insurance coverage (like maternity care, emergency services, and check-ups, the New York Times reports).

This Could Scare Off Moderate Republicans: Like Washington State's own Jaime Herrera-Beutler, who released a statement saying she couldn't support the GOP replacement bill in its current form. “While I appreciate this week's effort by Speaker Ryan and his leadership team to better protect older Americans from health care cost increases, the difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed," Herrera-Beutler said. During a House Rules Committee hearing yesterday, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) also expressed concern about an estimate from the Washington State Insurance Commissioner that 700,000 people in the state could lose coverage under the GOP plan.

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A Majority of the Seattle City Council Supports Giving All Workers Six Months of Paid Family Leave

Want paid family leave for everyone? Contact your city council member.
Want paid family leave for everyone? Contact your city council member. City of Seattle

Yesterday, Seattle City Council member Lorena González introduced a pretty badass proposal to give all workers in Seattle six months of paid family leave to care for a new child or a sick family member. The proposal would create an insurance program into which employers pay 70 percent and employees pay 30 percent of the benefit. Workers would get 100 percent of their pay during their time off, up to $1,000 a week.

The proposal sounds good, but comes with a few important caveats.

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Trumpcare Doesn't Even Pretend to Care About New Moms with Low Incomes

He may as well have just written We hate women over and over.
He may as well have just written "We hate women" over and over. CHRISTOPHER HALLORAN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

On Monday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan submitted two new amendments to the American Health Care Act, the monstrosity that intends to tear apart the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood, and dismantle insurance coverage for abortions.

These amendments, parts of which are "substantive changes," Vox reports, "show a clear rightward shift in the Obamacare replacement plan, including harsher cuts to Medicaid."

And what do those cuts include?

"The worst provision in the manager’s amendment is a Medicaid work requirement that would allow states to revoke Medicaid coverage from new mothers who haven’t found a job within two months after giving birth," Slate reports.

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State Unemployment Drops to 4.9 Percent—The Lowest in Nearly a Decade

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In its latest report, the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) announced that, as of February, statewide unemployment is at 4.9 percent, compared to 5.1 percent in January. This is the lowest state unemployment has been since 2008. The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month, the department notes.

Although 0.2 percent may not seem like a lot, ESD notes that Washington gained about 6,100 jobs last month. The Seattle-Everett-Bellevue area isn't doing too bad, either. As of last month, the unemployment rate was at 3.7 percent.

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Get Your ITMFA Gear!


Seems like as good a time as any to remind people to order some ITMFA gear! Hats, t-shirts, buttons, mugs and stickers available at! All proceeds benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project!

FBI: Trump "Associates" Communicated With Russian Operatives


The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN. This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

They were communicating... and they may have been coordinating... but did the communications and coordinating add up to collusion? That's the impeachy question and it looks like we're going to have an answer sooner rather than later.

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London's Muslim Mayor Wants to Ban Cars From Schools

London Town from space...
London Town from space... NASA

While everyone's talking about Muslims and the deadly terrorist attack in London today, the Muslim mayor of that city, Sadiq Khan, is pushing hard for a policy that will save thousands of British lives. Khan wants cars to stay away from schools and has "accused the Government of 'ignoring' toxic air and [failing to raise] taxes for the most polluting vehicles..." What Trump wants Americans to see are terrorists (and not what the destruction of the EPA really means); and what Khan wants Londoners to see is the car-related pollution that's associated with 9,000 early deaths a year.

Muslim terrorists have killed less than 10 civilians over the past 10 years in London. Let's be rational about this. Let's always try to see the world from a god-like perspective. From this view, a certain truth becomes visible: Children should fear cars far more than they fear Muslim terrorists.

Free Will Astrology: For the Week of March 22


ARIES (March 21–April 19): Of course you want to get the best of everything. But that doesn't mean you should disdain cheap thrills that are more interesting and gratifying than the expensive kind. And of course you enjoy taking risks. But there's a big difference between gambling that's spurred by superstitious hunches and gambling rooted in smart research. And of course you're galvanized by competition. But why fritter away your competitive fire on efforts to impress people? A better use of that fire is to use it to hone your talents and integrity.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Why Is My Friend With Benefits Being An Asshole?


I have been seeing this guy as a friend with benefits for years. He recently told me that we seemed to be in a relationship. I thought that meant he would make more of an effort to communicate and spend more time with me. We went to a dinner and concert after this discussion. It was late and I ended up getting very tired. I could tell this annoyed him. Instead of telling me, he unilaterally decided he needed a break and then didn't see me for about two weeks. I asked to see him about four days after as I was leaving town for a few days for a weekend but he said he didn't have time—that he had a happy hour and "didn't know what he'd get into after." Then a week later we saw each other on a Saturday, then talked the following week at which point he told me about being annoyed I couldn't keep up and feeling that he needed someone who could keep up with him. When we had the relationship talk he told me that I could ask him for things but then it seemed like he would still be calling the shots. Why is he doing this?

Seeks Insightful Guess, Homo

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for President?

Howard Schultz: The next president?
Howard Schultz: The next president? Getty Images

Apparently, those in the room during his farewell speech as CEO at Starbucks' annual shareholders' meeting seemed to think that Howard Schultz wasn't retiring, but pivoting toward a much bigger job: Commander-in-Chief.

I mean, why the fuck not?

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