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Stepping backward on civil rights at HHS

Roger Severino most recently was director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, where he concerned himself with "religious liberty, marriage and life issues." But the Trump Administration has been staffing itself with Heritage people, so Severino has been chosen to be director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS.

Aren't I bothered? Why yes, yes I am, just in a different way then you think. (Rant of the day)

(Small editor note: some of these links are probably a repeat from previous posts, but I'm sharing this with friends outside C99 who haven't seen those posts. So that would be the reason. Some of them... well some of them deserve a repeat anyway.)

Sunday Album Open Thread: The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!

Some Albums really stood out for one reason or another, but never seemed to get the recognition they deserved. There are others that I just like to play every once in a while.

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!

Naturally, this is an open thread too.

The Weekly Watch

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I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come
Emily Dickinson


I many times thought Peace had come
When Peace was far away—
As Wrecked Men—deem they sight the Land—
At Centre of the Sea—

And struggle slacker—but to prove
As hopelessly as I—
How many the fictitious Shores—
Before the Harbor be—

Republicans' Titanic sinks; Democrats offer rowboat for survivors

First off, I would like to thank my inspiration for this article or essay or rant, whatever to the following:

1. CS in AZ whose post about Ryancare (AKA Trumpcare, AKA Death panels for the sick) provided the primary inspiration.

Anticipating the Caucus99percent Candidates' Forum

Here I'd like to briefly interrupt the ongoing discussion of how we're being screwed by the neoliberals to suggest that C99% do two things:

1) institute a candidates' forum, in which candidates who actually claim to do something for us can receive some scrutiny

2) create a coalition for vetting candidates

DMW's Congressional Rules of Order (Observed)

There are a lot of ethical guidelines with regards to proper conduct in our highest levels of government. For the most part, these are formalities that allow the proper flow of business. However, there are some unwritten rules which are the highest authority within the hallowed halls of congress.

Therefore, I present to you, the ACTUAL rules of Order that our representatives observe, and obey with almost slavish devotion.

Why failure to repeal Obamacare could cause cascading failures for Trump

A few hours before House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled the vote for Ryancare, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump Administration was ready to do "comprehensive tax reform".
There was just one little problem: the math.

Trump's healthcare bill is going down in flames

I just read that Paul Ryan went to the White House to tell President Grump they don't have the votes. Trump's long-promised "beautiful" alternative to repeal and replace the ACA is apparently DOA. I'm not surprised. Their promises were obviously lies and bluster all along. Still, it's enjoyable to see them fail so spectacularly.

The Hate Bus

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They're calling it a "Free Speech Bus." By "they,' I mean The National Organization for Marriage, the International Organization for the Family, and a new hate group called CitizenGO. The latter is a Madrid-based organization with ties to the Church. The leading figure in all these organization is, of course, Brian S. Brown.

Alright. There is nothing for nothing that would mean nothing.

This will work.

Chuck. Luv y'a dude.

http://hotair.com/archives/2017/03/23/chuck-schumer-democrats-will-filib...

“My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech today. And with that, Democrats have officially decided to give their base the fight it wants, a filibuster of Judge Gorsuch.

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