GOP Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Fails
Aug04

GOP Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Fails

WASHINGTON — An effort to revoke federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of controversial videos taken inside the organization failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate. Democrats successfully blocked the legislation with a 53 to 46 vote; 60 votes were needed to advance the legislation in the chamber. The bill, authored by… graphic via...

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Cartoon: Planned Parenthood
Aug01

Cartoon: Planned Parenthood

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The War Against Planned Parenthood (Guest Voice)
Aug01

The War Against Planned Parenthood (Guest Voice)

Dick Polman, 7/28/2015 [Archive] The War Against Planned Parenthood By Dick Polman Whenever the Republicans target Planned Parenthood, I always remember what Jon Kyl said in the spring of 2011. Because the GOP senator’s lie – and a spokesman’s defense of that lie – nicely illustrates the party’s eternally hostile attitude. Kyl was on the Senate floor, arguing that the family-planning group should be...

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Republicans poised to trigger another government shutdown: this time over abortion
Jul31

Republicans poised to trigger another government shutdown: this time over abortion

Get ready for another government shutdown that will be triggered by Republicans, who’ll take to the conservative political media and internet to blame it on the Democrats. If past history is any indication, the public will blame it on — the Republicans. But, hey, it’ll help politicos endear themselves to the base with the dramatic speeches and writings that are now almost required groundwork to stage such a political...

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Hillary Clinton Avoids Taking A Stand On Keystone XL Pipeline & Once Again Undermines Fight For Reproductive Rights
Jul30

Hillary Clinton Avoids Taking A Stand On Keystone XL Pipeline & Once Again Undermines Fight For Reproductive Rights

  “If it’s undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.” –Hillary Clinton One reason why Hillary Clinton is dropping in the polls and Bernie Sanders is climbing is that voters prefer a more open and honest candidate such as Sanders. Hillary Clinton has practiced triangulation to avoid taking a stand on controversial issues throughout her career, and we saw it again this week on the Keystone...

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Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On.  Why?
Jul29

Politix Update: The Republican War On Women Grinds On and On. Why?

Like the White Queen in her youth, the contemporary Republican politician must be capable of believing as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ JACOB WEISBERG The news is going from bad to worse for Republicans when it comes to working women. You know, the people who give birth to and raise children, take them to daycare and later soccer practice and piano lessons and care for elderly parents while juggling their careers,...

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Factcheck.org Debunks Conservative Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood
Jul23

Factcheck.org Debunks Conservative Smear Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

The conservative attack on Planned Parenthood follows the pattern we have seen so many times in the past. Groups such as Breitbart put out edited tapes or videos to attack organizations which they disagree with based upon false claims. Now that fact checkers have had time to evaluate the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, it is becoming clear that this is just one more example, and hardly comes as a surprise considering that most...

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Military Weekend (Update)
Jul14

Military Weekend (Update)

Update: In response to and in honor of a U.S. Air Force wife who attended more air shows “than fields got dandelions,” I added a photo of the U.S. Air Force’s flight demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, at the end of this post. Well, the U.S. Navy has a “pretty good” flight demonstration team, too, the Blue Angels. They fly sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets, below. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels,...

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Ah, equal rights, we are moving closer…
Jul14

Ah, equal rights, we are moving closer…

Thursday June 25 and Friday June 26, 2015 were good days, actually great days, for equal rights. On Thursday, The Supreme Court upheld, for the second time, that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is constitutional. The decision means that everyone must have equal access to healthcare, not just the well-off and well-paid. While not a perfect system, the ACA has enabled more people to afford insurance. I know because I am one...

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Three Pinocchios for Hillary Clinton
Jul09

Three Pinocchios for Hillary Clinton

The Washington Post which, along with the New York Times and others, has not treated Hillary Clinton with kid gloves on the e-mail issue and other controversies, takes one more “deep look” at the “e-mail controversy.” The Post launches off quoting excerpts from Clinton’s July 7 CNN interview: Everything I did was permitted. There was no law. There was no regulation. There was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide...

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What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State
Jul02

What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State

Some are focusing on the more juicy revelations the latest trove of Clinton emails has to offer. For example, how, according to a quipping Gail Collins, Hillary Clinton: • Misspelled “Benghazi.” • Urged John Podesta to wear socks to bed. • Debated whether her playlist should include something from the Marvelettes. • Tutored an aide on how to use a fax. Jackie Kucinich at the Daily Beast, however, digs into some of the less...

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New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)
Jul01

New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)

Update: In a related development, “Obama aides knew of private address,” CNN reports: President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show. Read more here Original Post: After the State Department released a trove of additional Hillary Clinton e-mail messages, covering “a range of everyday events as well as...

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Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Texas Abortion Restrictions
Jun29

Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Texas Abortion Restrictions

A Texas law placing restrictive conditions on clinics performing abortions has been temporarily stayed by the U. S. Supreme Court according to news reports. If allowed to be implemented, it is believed that the restrictions would have closed more than half of Texas’s abortion providers by requiring strict hospital standards for clinics and requiring admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The Fifth...

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Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years
May29

Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years

Here’s yet another sign of how conservative Republicans who have taken over the Republican Party appear to be going against the American public’s trending — and younger voters. For the first time since 2008, Gallup finds, more Americans choose “pro choice” over “pro life.” To sum it up, it’s most likely due to a)losing an argument b)losing an argument by not trying to alter views by...

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Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails
May21

Taylor Marsh’s Take on the Blumenthal Benghazi E-Mails

While Fox News and other right wing sources have immediately jumped on Hillary Clinton after the partial release of e-mails by the New York Times dealing with the Benghazi consulate attack, one source believes the e-mails vindicate Clinton. Taylor Marsh starts a piece examining the Times’ comments on the released e-mails by saying, “The correspondence reveals that not only did Clinton share evidence of terrorist involvement in the...

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Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)
May17

Nepal: A Brave Marine’s Photos (Updated)

Update: Cpl. Sara A. Medina’s Marine Corps portfolio includes more than 400 photographs covering various Marine Corps relief efforts, missions, exercises and a score of photographs on the Marine Corps support of President Obama’s trip to and visit to Australia to attend the G-20 Leaders Summit in 2014 (below). Her entire portfolio can be viewed here. The Marine Corps Times adds the following to Cpl. Medina’s background: Medina...

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The Tsunami of Gender Transition
May16

The Tsunami of Gender Transition

The Tsunami of Gender Transition Raging Moderate by Will Durst For many, it was an apocryphal moment. One which will be remembered for a lifetime. Exactly where we were and what we were doing when Bruce Jenner shocked the world by going on television to announce that he is … a Republican. And oh yeah, the transgender thing was sort of a big deal too. A Republican. Can’t wait until Bruce tries to use the bathroom at the GOP...

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Ms. Identity Politics (Guest Voice)
May11

Ms. Identity Politics (Guest Voice)

Ms. Identity Politics By Tina Dupuy Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced this week she’s running for president. She’s not the first woman ever to dive into the GOP’s Also-Ran Industrial Complex and (wink) attempt to become the (wink, wink) next president of the United States. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll last time around. So far, Carly’s the only woman this cycle vying...

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Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day
May10

Treasure We Could Give To Others on Mother’s Day

Dear Brave Souls: SOME WAYS TO SEE MOTHER’S DAY In the United States, it is Mother’s Day. It is a time that began long ago to recognize women who are mothers. Over time, it is clear to me that the designated day is to remember those ‘mothers’ who have walked with… mothers who walked with their own and others’ children, family members, parents, village and tribal members, creature children, elders,...

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Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?
May09

Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?

Although Jeff Greenfield at the Daily Beast frames it more definitively –”Why Character Attacks on Hillary Won’t Work” — and gives reasons for saying so, I see it more as a question, “Will Character Attacks on Hillary Work?” Greenfield poses that if you’re Martin O’Malley, or one of the other Democrats pondering a race against Hillary Clinton, you’ve been presented with an unexpected opportunity — and a very,...

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