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Month: February 2014

February 28, 2014
Iowa GOP Bill Lets Women Sue Doctors over "Abortion Regret"

In the upside-down world of Republican anti-abortion extremists, accepted medical standards constitute malpractice while lying to patients does not. That's inescapable conclusion from the latest torrent of draconian abortion restrictions now pouring out of GOP-controlled state legislatures. While Kansas has banned lawsuits by parents against physicians who refused to inform them of catastrophic fetal disorders, […]

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February 26, 2014
Camp's House GOP Tax Plan Hits Blue Staters Hard

For three straight years, 95 percent of Republicans in Congress voted for the Paul Ryan budget and its overhaul of the tax code to just two rates of 10 and 25 percent. But while Ryan refused to identify a single tax break he would end in order to make those lower rates possible, on Wednesday […]

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February 25, 2014
95 Percent of Congressional GOP Voted Three Times to Cut Medicare Advantage

A funny thing happened on the way to the demise of Medicare Advantage. The program under which 16 million seniors purchase federally subsidized coverage through private health insurers, the carriers and Republicans warned, would be jeopardized by the $150 billion in cuts to providers over 10 years used to help fund the Affordable Care Act. […]

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February 24, 2014
Want a Larger U.S. Military? Then Finally Pay for It

The New York Times reported Monday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is has proposed cutting the U.S. Army from its wartime peak of 570,000 troops to as few as 440,000. Under pressure from the 2011 sequester and the recently inked Murray-Ryan budget plan, Hagel's blueprint would shrink the active duty Army to its lowest strength […]

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February 22, 2014
New Georgia License Plate to Mark 150th Anniversary of Sherman's March

The state of Georgia this week began offering a new version of its vehicle license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag. Sponsored by the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (to whom a portion of the purchase price and annual registration fees will go), the revised design has many people inside the state […]

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February 21, 2014
John "Today We Are All Georgians" McCain Calls Obama "Naïve" on Ukraine

John McCain is experiencing another bout of premature emancipation. Just hours before Ukrainian President Yanukovych and opposition leaders reached an agreement that could help end the chaos and carnage in Kiev, the Arizona Republican lashed out at Barack Obama Thursday, calling him "the most naive president in history." McCain's latest bout of apoplexy is more […]

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February 19, 2014
Five Years after Santelli's Rant, a Look Back at 10 Lessons for Tea Baggers

Five years ago today, CNBC regular Rick Santelli launched into the infamous rant that many credit with birthing the Tea Party movement. That the Tea Party's toxic mix of blind rage, shocking detachment from the facts and periodic descent into racist rhetoric pre-dated Santelli's frothing at the mouth performance has largely been overlooked. Nevertheless, five […]

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February 18, 2014
Georgia Republicans are Killing Hospitals--and People

By now, millions of Americans--most of them in red states-- are growing familiar with the "coverage gap." Thanks to their rejection of the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid in states they control, GOP leaders are leaving at least five million people in an insurance "dead zone," earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but […]

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February 17, 2014
CBO Destroyed GOP Lies about Obama Stimulus Program

As their recent disinformation campaign over mythical Obamacare job losses shows, Republicans love the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Except when they hate the CBO, which is most of the time. After all, GOP leaders are using the fifth anniversary of the $787 billion Obama economic stimulus program to mark it is a failure despite the […]

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February 17, 2014
GOP Abortion Foes Are Criminalizing the Doctor-Patient Relationship

"The doctor-patient relationship." For over 20 years, conservative propagandists and their Republican allies have used that four-word bludgeon to beat back universal health care reform. In 1994, GOP strategist Bill Kristol warned that "the Clinton Plan is damaging to the quality of American medicine and to the relationship between the patient and the doctor." Kristol's […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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