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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.

Tennessee Slate of Hate suffers a black eye

Tennessee Sen Mae Beavers attempted to re-introduce a measure which would have required schools to restrict bathroom and locker room based on sex at birth. She even had a proposed an amendment to the bill which she thought would allow "accommodations" for transgender and intersex students.

Mosul families flee with the dead bodies of their children

I don't want to post this article from Rudaw, especially the slideshow of photographs, but we're grownups, right? We need to face the reality of our foreign policy.


Mosul residents flee the city with dead bodies of loved ones
By Rudaw 18/3/2017

The role of empathy in human thought. How did we evolve separate value systems?

The human mind is not as flexible as we might like to think. The most obvious place to see this is in the political sphere. Knee jerk responses to frames are the norm, not the exception. The most common place to see this is in the mass media. Political propagandists have known this for centuries.