Can we step back and get a little perspective? Yes, millions of people are getting cancellation notices from private insurance companies, but very few will actually lose their health care. There are, however, five million Americans having health care coverage taken away, not by Obama, but by the Republican governors in their states.
By Bill Maher
Despite all his victories, Eric Holder can’t win. Republicans hate him, Democrats are suspicious of him, and his lack of warmth and a clear public persona means the media largely ignores him.
But that man is getting shit done. He is kicking ass and collecting bills. He is the Notorious B.A.G. (Black Attorney General).
Just this month, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay the government $2.2 billion for fraudulent drug marketing practices. Also this month, hedge fund SAC Capital gave in to federal prosecutors, pled guilty on every single count of an insider trading indictment and agreed to cough up $1.8 billion. And, last week, JP Morgan Chase finally agreed to pay $13 billion for their role in the 2008 meltdown while still not wriggling free of criminal charges.
Chasing down the white-collar criminals everyone says they want brought to justice? Making them pay tens of billions of dollars back to the people? That’s gotta be worth just a little love, right?
Dan Savage is the author of American Savage: Insights, Slights and Fights On Faith, Sex, Love and Politics. He pens a weekly sex advice column called "Savage Love" and doles out wisdom on the air via his Savage Lovecast.
Last week we saw some more pictures of towns devastated by severe weather – this time in America, so it counts more. In Illinois, six people are dead and more than one hundred injured after a series of tornadoes touched down. Hundreds of homes were completely destroyed. Seven counties were declared disaster areas. Two in Michigan are also dead.
Most Americans think President Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy. Some combination of mobsters, Cubans, Texans and Yalies at the CIA. (Who were the two aides he was banging in the pool, according to Seymour Hersh? Frick and Frack? Do they have an alibi?)