Thursday Numbers

When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered. – Christopher Dodd

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include healthcare, Memorial Day, unemployment, dirty money, veterans in Congress, President’s job approval, Greg Gianforte, House of Cards, Top Gun, and much more!


An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation aimed at repealing Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional agency said on Wednesday in the first calculation of the new bill’s potential impact. (Reuters)

CBO also reports that people who are less healthy (including those with preexisting or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all—despite the additional funding that would be available under H.R. 1628 to help reduce premiums. (CBO)

The GOP bill that passed the House won’t work; the Republicans and Democrats need to work together to come up with a better bill.


That’s how many (1.3 million) members of the armed forces have lost their lives in conflict. (WalletHub)


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


Great Falls (MT) police say they found approximately $250 tucked in the butt crack of a Nickolas Kevin Van Meter, who is accused of robbing a Great Falls casino Monday night. (GF Tribune)

Dirty money! I guess that’s when latex gloves come in handy…


There are 102 members of the 115th Congress who have served in the U.S. military. (WalletHub)

There are a total of 535 members of the House and Senate…


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove. (Rasmussen)


Gallup reports show that the approval rating of President Trump is 39% for Tuesday. (Gallup)


Yesterday I predicted that Republican Greg Gianforte will win today’s special U.S. House race in Montana by 7 points over Democrat Rob Quist. That was before the reports that Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter last night for asking him questions about the CBO healthcare report.

Who knows how many votes Gianforte will lose or gain now? Trump won Montana by 20 points, and he routinely verbally said nasty things about the media.

My column about the Gianforte incident can be found HERE.


Season 5 of House of Cards begins May 30 on Netflix – One Nation Underwood…


There will be a Top Gun 2 according to Maverick (Tom Cruise). (NPR)

I feel the need for speed!