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Missouri woman now have one more hoop to jump through to receive an abortion. State lawmakers voted Wednesday night to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill to expand wait period for abortions from 24 hours to 72 hours. That means over two thirds of both the House (117-44) and the Senate (23-7) voted in favor of the veto override, making Missouri one of three states that makes women wait several days before getting the procedure, along with Utah and South Dakota.

While Utah grants exemptions for rape and incest, the Missouri bill purposefully does not. As the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Kevin Elmer, told USA Today when the bill first passed in May, this isn’t about the mother. “The crux of it is for me when does life begin, and how do you value it?” Elmer said. “For me, even though that tragic situation may occur, I still believe that God is at work in this world and that he’ll let bad things happen and he doesn’t cause it.” Supporters of the bill argue that making women “reflect” on their decision is compassionate, as is informing them about options like adoption.

This is insulting to women, particularly in light of what the law already requires.

Opponents of the bill argue that it’s insulting to assume that women don’t already consider their options, especially in cases of rape, incest, or fetal illness. It’s an example of the conservative desire for less government intervention is trumped by social conservatism. As Gov. Nixon put it when he rejected the bill it “presupposes that women are unable to make up their own minds without further government intervention. This is insulting to women, particularly in light of what the law already requires.”

The law has also eliminated all but one abortion clinic in the entire state, meaning women have to either spend extra money and time in St. Louis waiting for the clock to run out or go to a different state. Planned Parenthood St. Louis hasn’t said whether it will challenge the law, which takes effect in 30 days, in court.

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Mitch McConnell Desperately Defends Citizens United In Unhinged Op-Ed

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Mitch McConnell Desperately Defends Citizens United In Unhinged Op-Ed

So....angry!!!

So….angry!!!

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is outraged, OUTRAGED, I tell you! He’s so outraged that he wrote a scathing op-ed for Politico on Sunday. Just don’t expect McConnell to actually tellyou what he’s outraged about.

In what can only be described as a masterpiece of Orwellian doublespeak, McConnell rants and rages at Harry Reid and the Democrats for threatening free speech and…

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UGH. FRANKLIN FROM NICK JR. WHY DID YOU GROW UP TO BE MITCH MCCONNELL!?

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This is just a friendly reminder that minimal wage for the American Congress and the Senate is $288,000 a year-that’s roughly $150 an hour in salary, while the American minimal wage is $7.25 an hour.

and when they finally get off their butts and do some work, they do a terrible job.

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1. While speaking to college students, he assumed (wrongly) that an immigration activist was undocumented.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

No really. It went like this:

http://www.flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/gov-nathan-deal-presumes-uga-immigration-activists-are-undocumented

Gov. Deal: I presume you are…. [undocumented]
Woman: I don’t know why you thought I was undocumented. Is it because I look Hispanic?

Apparently you can tell a person’s citizenship status just by looking at them. #NewSuperpower

2. An investigation showed Gov. Deal rewarded the families who bankrolled his campaign with plum seats on the state’s top boards.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Yea, we did a spit take too when we saw the headline.

Side note: Gov. Deal appointed only 5 women and 1 African-American out of 51 seats. #Diversity

3. A leaked email from Gov. Deal’s staff promised favors for state legislators in return for campaign contributions.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

You just can’t make this stuff up.

4. On Wednesday, a watchdog group filed a complaint against the governor’s top staff for illegal conduct.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

The governor’s top staff intervened in an ethics investigation of his campaign, allegedly even threatening the top ethics official. The silver fox has seen a lot in his day, but we think he would agree this is just wrong.

5. Now the governor is struggling to explain why he takes $10k a month from a business that owes Georgia $74 million in back taxes.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Because earning millions for yourself always takes priority over funding education or helping middle-class families…

6. And a judge is questioning why the state hid evidence in a major ethics trial that kept the governor off the witness stand.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

What memos? There were no memos? We promise!

7. When you act like this, it’s probably better to keep the press away. Maybe that’s why he stayed silent as a journalist was dragged out of a GOP rally Gov. Deal was headlining.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Gov. Deal sat idly by as a videographer was dragged from a public rally.

Did we mention that she was invited to the event? So much for transparency.
Gov. Deal, of course, had no comment.

What. A. Week.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

7 scandals in 7 days.

We know, it’s hard to keep up.

We think it’s safe to say that #GeorgiasReady for an honest government. #ChangeTheDeal

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The right-leaning Washington Post’s 2014 election experts are now predicting that Republicans have an 86 percentchance of taking over the U.S. Senate. The New York Times puts it at 58 percent. Other top pollsters agree with the Times, saying the GOP’s odds of a Senate majority are strong but slimmer. Only Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball strongly disagrees, saying that many Democratic incumbents will not be beaten.

What would it look like if Republicans controlled Congress under President Obama? In the short term, there is no evidence that they would govern with restraint. The specter of veto wars from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other looms large. In the long term, the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court hangs in the balance. And today’s younger voters, who helped elect Obama, will keep seeing a government that can’t solve problems, which pollsters aresaying has pushed some millennials to embrace Libertarian values.  

The results could be even worse for the country than Rupert Murdoch’s latest corporate takeover attempt, in which his Fox News media empire is seeking to buy Time Warner, Inc. If successful, that merger could mean that right-wing propaganda would creep into much of the media content fed to Americans. That’s discouraging enough. But a government held hostage by Republicans ideologues only benefits the GOP. Too many of today’s Republicans have run for office pledging to obstruct government and to cut public services.

Let’s start with the federal budget.

The latest plan put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan, the House budget architect, distilled “every form of right-wing lunacy,” Democratic Florida Rep. Alan Grayson said in April. Ryan released his 100-page budget bill at 7pm on a Friday and Democrats had to file their amendments by noon the following Monday, Greyson noted, calling it a typical strong-arm tactic. Today, those proposals go nowhere in a Democratic Senate. But what would the GOP do if it could?

“It’s all in there,” Grayson wrote in a Huffington Post column:

“Tax cuts for the rich, the so-called ‘job creators.’ Tax cuts for multinational corporations, the other so-called ‘job creators.’ (Why don’t we ever call them by their real name, job exporters?) Cuts in middle-class tax benefits, like deduction for pension benefits and IRAs, to pay for this (Robin Hood in reverse). Cuts in Medicaid and food stamps, because, you know, the Republicans want to make millions of sick, hungry people more self-reliant. A legal requirement to force the president to cut Social Security benefits and/or raise Social Security taxes, to make Obama do the Republicans’ dirty work for them. Big jumps in student loan interest rates. And massive increases in military expenditures.”

There’s more devilish details. Right now, Medicaid—state-run healthcare for the poor—pays below-market reimbursements. Under Obamacare, many blue states used additional federal funds to extend Medicaid coverage to millions of uninsured people. Ryan’s plan, however, seeks to cut $732 billion in future Medicaid spending. That would hit children, elderly and disabled people the hardest, wrote Bruce Leslie of First Focus Campaign for Children. Similarly, you could expect a GOP-controlled Congress to pass bills ordering federal agencies they don’t like to issue new rules that would stymie specific programs, such as how Obamacare works at Health and Human Services, or gutting new power plant emission standards at EPA.

You could also expect Republican vendettas to try to block Democratic governors from tackling problems that have been frozen in Congress. As the Times reported Thursday, the House’s new Majority Leader, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, pledged to block funds for California Gov. Jerry Brown’s biggest response to climate change: a high-speed rail link between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Other examples were cited, suggesting that extreme stances by the GOP leadership could become law.

What else might Americans see? The House GOP has enough votes to start the impeachment process, as some members seek, but there aren’t enough Republicans in the Senate—two-thirds are needed—to remove Obama. In contrast, a GOP Senate could launch investigations into the deaths of four diplomats in Libya, as a way to keep attacking Obama and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 aspirations. Republicans could empower a special prosecutor to look into what they claim is an IRS scandal over denying Tea Party groups the legal status of tax-free charities—a cause celebreat GOP-friendly Fox News.

A GOP Senate would likely do everything to thwart Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee, if one of its aging justices retire or die in 2015 or 2016. The public has seen who Republicans like on the Court. Republican presidential appointees, especially Chief Justice John Roberts, have issued rulings that have resulted in the Court being labeled the most pro-corporate Court in 70 years. Senate Republican anger over Obama appointing federal judges—after Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid changed the filibuster rule to thwart GOP obsructionism on federal judgeships—would emerge.

Obama, for his part, would likely become the vetoer-in-chief, rejecting bill after bill from the GOP-run Congress. In the recent past, House Republicans have tried to break up major legislation—such as immigration reform— into smaller bills to pass what they like and kill what they don’t. We could expect similar uncompromising tactics, like Republicans sending Obama spending bills restoring cuts from the so-called sequester for the Pentagon, and then separating bills cutting funds for agencies they don’t like.

From the outside looking in, the GOP would claim that Obama and the Democrats have become the party of vetos and saying no. People who don’t pay close attention would see a federal government tied up in terrible knots. Republicans would like that, saying they are fulfilling campaign pledges to stop spending. And young people who want to believe in government as a problem-solving force would become increasingly skeptical, and keep drifting in Libertarian directions, which pollsters say is already happening.

Right now, WaPo is forecasting there’s an 86 percent chance the Senate will have a Republican majority after November. Those aren’t the odds found at the  New York Times, the  Cook Political Report or the  Rothenberg Political Report. And Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball says the GOP has a long way to go toward ousting the Democratic incumbents who stand between it and a Senate majority.

But that doesn’t mean Democrats should not be worried. If Democrats keep their Senate majority, it will likely be by one or two seats. Meanwhile, Americans who care about effective federal government and a fair-minded judiciary should take notice. If you think things are tied up in Washington now, they can get a lot worse.      

Please no!

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clutchmag:

Feds Rule Georgia Can’t Tie Food Stamps To Drug Tests
Georgia tried it, and failed. Georgia recently tried to pass H.B 772, which would have allowed the state to make food stamp recipients pay to prove that they don’t use drugs.  

oh thank god

I don’t understand why states keep trying this.  Besides the fact that it’s based on classist/racist assumptions about poverty and drug abuse, IT DOESN’T WORK. It wastes thousands of dollars every single time. Look it up…. Minnesota….Florida….Missouri….Utah…Oklahoma… Everywhere the policy is put into place, the state ends up spending so much to test people and only catching a few people (and how ridiculous is it to take food out of a child’s mouth just cause their parents are on drugs?).
 It should be declared a scam at this point.

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clutchmag:

Feds Rule Georgia Can’t Tie Food Stamps To Drug Tests

Georgia tried it, and failed. Georgia recently tried to pass H.B 772, which would have allowed the state to make food stamp recipients pay to prove that they don’t use drugs.  

oh thank god

I don’t understand why states keep trying this.  Besides the fact that it’s based on classist/racist assumptions about poverty and drug abuse, IT DOESN’T WORK. It wastes thousands of dollars every single time. Look it up…. Minnesota….Florida….Missouri….Utah…Oklahoma… Everywhere the policy is put into place, the state ends up spending so much to test people and only catching a few people (and how ridiculous is it to take food out of a child’s mouth just cause their parents are on drugs?).

It should be declared a scam at this point.

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