Note to conservatives: The House Republicans have voted to give ‘uncapped” billions in aid to a foreign country. Your party has run you over again.
Banks win, we lose.
Marco Rubio is back.
After a laudable, but politically disastrous, bid last year to convince his fellow Republicans to support citizenship for illegal immigrants, he’s now trying a new route to 2016: Foreign policy. Rubio made America’s role in the world the centerpiece of his speech last week to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). And among journalists, he’s getting good reviews. Rubio, reported Jonathan Martin in The New York Times, is “trying to become the leading voice for a muscular brand of foreign policy.” On Sunday, Times columnist Ross Douthat noted that “events in Venezuela and Crimea may be making [Rubio’s] hawkish foreign policy vision more appealing to conservatives.”
It’s too early to judge Rubio’s new foreign-policy focus politically. But intellectually, this much is already clear: If this is what passes for serious in today’s GOP, I’d hate to see unserious.
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Four same-sex couples and the advocacy group Wyoming Equality have filed a lawsuit against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Like others that have recently been filed all over the country, the suit asserts that Wyoming’s marriage ban violates the Wyoming constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
The couples are Cora Courage and Wyoma “Nonie” Proffit, who were married in Iowa in 2009; Carl Oleson and Rob Johnston, who were married in Canada in 2010; Anne Guzzo and Bonnie Robinson; and Ivan Williams and Chuck Killion. The latter two couples were denied marriage licenses by the Laramie County clerk’s office February 27. Wyoming Equality is a statewide LGBT rights organization.
In the press release, Courage, who is clinical director at the state psychiatric hospital and a major in the Army Reserve, said, “As a member of the military, having the federal government recognize our marriage was a huge step forward, but Wyoming’s refusal to do the same has left our family without critical legal protections that many married couples are able to take for granted.”
Get it, Wyoming! Woo!
What is it we’re addicted to? You guessed it: fossil fuels. And from the look of these graphics, even our governments are supporting Big Oil.
Growing up in the 1970s, I loved science. I watched Tommorow’s World, I subscribed to a comic called Science and I spent hours trying to make bombs and laughing gas with my chemistry set.
It wasn’t just me, either. Pretty much everyone loved science. Science was revered and the men in white coats were the high priests of an increasingly secular age. There was a widespread, unspoken belief that science could and would solve all our problems. Scientists had put men on the moon, they’d eradicated diseases, they’d developed new crops and they’d given us all sorts of crazy orange furniture that looked like a set from The Jetsons.
CPAC .. the Conservative Political Action Conference .. potential 2016 right-wing presidential candidates test their stand-up comedy routines .. (here)
The strategy is unlikely to succeed and could backfire on Republicans. Delaying the individual mandate is a nonstarter for the Democratic-led Senate and White House. By demanding a largely partisan unraveling of Obamacare in exchange for must-pass bipartisan legislation, they risk being blamed by seniors and the health care industry if the doctor pay cuts go into effect. When Republicans insisted on such an approach for federal funding last fall, the government shut down and they took most of the blame.
"This bill represents a new low, even for House Republicans," fumed Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who decried the plan as "irresponsible and dangerous" and promised it’d be a "legislative dead-end."
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged the conservative movement on Saturday to focus primarily on promoting its ideas rather than attacking individuals and said that strategy could help the GOP win decisively and ‘govern for two generations.’”
Clearly he isn’t paying attention to current demographic trends or the fact that no one is interested in their “ideas” - or rather, their explicit lack of substantive policies that get people back to work and move the country forward.
Hint: regulating women’s uteruses and relentlessly focusing on teh gayz are not effective strategies that will return this country to prosperity.
Howard Dean dropping science.
Holy shit…THIS!!! I can’t tell you how many messages I get saying ‘why do you hate republicans?’ I don’t hate republicans individually, but I do hate what they stand for collectively. Period.
Is this satire?
Set your clocks ahead tonight. Via Go Left
COLA: cost of living adjustment. It’s the norm for the top, it should now be the norm for everyone. End income inequality and improve the economy.
The Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity has been running ads in New Hampshire, using Republican activists as “victims”—and lobbying the legislature to kill Medicaid expansion. They just lost on Medicaid.
With an 18-5 bipartisan vote, the Senate Thursday approved a plan to provide private insurance for the state’s low-income adults paid for by Medicaid funds under the Affordable Care Act.
Suck on that, Koch suckers!