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GOP senator who calls impeachment a 'hoax' says Democrats are too biased

( From yesterday news)

By Josh Israel -January 17, 2020 4:42 PM

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is complaining that Democratic colleagues running for president against Trump cannot be 'impartial' when it comes to his alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has dismissed the impeachment of Donald Trump as a "hoax" and said her colleagues should not trust anything the House managers present in the impending trial. But on Friday, she accused four Democratic colleagues of not being "impartial" because they are seeking the presidency.

Blackburn, appearing on Fox Business Network, argued that Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are each campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination and thus must want to see him removed from office.

"When you look at the fact that these four candidates are spending hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to defeat Donald Trump and they take an oath to provide impartial justice," she said, "I think that is a difficult standard for them to meet." She noted that she thinks they should "step aside" from the trial."

"They got sworn in yesterday to be a juror, to provide impartial justice and they're going to be campaigning against him this weekend in Iowa," Blackburn continued.


And this hypocrite signed the book that said that she would be impartial.............................well not only has she just perjured herself, which took less than a day..........................but just maybe, she should recuse herself completely and resign her seat..........................your enabling treason Blackburn, and sounds like your all for extortion and blackmail..............got any principles lady......... .............its that simple..................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough

Trump judge lashes out at a transgender litigant in a surprisingly cruel opinion

Judge Kyle Duncan was a prominent anti-LGBTQ lawyer before joining the bench.

By Ian Millhiser Jan 17, 2020, 8:10am EST

Federal appeals courts hear cases that impact the rights of millions. They decide matters with billions of dollars at stake. They sometimes hear cases where thousands of lives hang in the balance.

United States v. Varner is not one of those cases. The main thing at stake in Varner is whether three judges will treat a woman with courtesy or with needless cruelty.

Two of them chose the latter option.

The case involves Kathrine Nicole Jett, a trans woman who is incarcerated in a federal prison. (Jett does not appear to use the name “Varner,” but for the sake of clarity, this piece will refer to her case as United States v. Varner because that is the only name the courts have assigned to it.) Jett made a couple of requests from the federal judiciary relating to her transition from male to female. She asked that her name be changed on certain court documents from “Norman Keith Varner” to “Kathrine Nicole Jett,” and that judges hearing her case refer to her as a woman and use feminine pronouns.


US states sue Trump administration over drastic cuts to food stamp program

13 states file lawsuit over new measure they say could disqualify nearly 700,000 from federal food assistance

A coalition of 13 states, New York City and Washington DC are suing the Trump administration over new restrictions for food stamp benefits for unemployed Americans – a measure they say could disqualify nearly 700,000 from federal food assistance.

The new rule, introduced in December, would eliminate states’ discretion to waive work requirements in distressed economic areas, saving the federal government $5.5bn in spending over five years.

The lawsuit is the latest pushback by Democratic states against the Trump administration, as opponents criticize the president for what they say are proposed changes that target the poor, unemployed and those in large metropolitan areas.

In the suit, filed Thursday, states say that by limiting their discretion, the new rule would actually terminate “essential food assistance for benefits recipients who live in areas with insufficient jobs”.

The coalition includes states like Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota and more areas hit hard by economic decline and job scarcity. The suit claims cuts to food stamps benefits, known as the Snap program, would burden states with new administrative and economic costs from “the negative health effects of malnutrition and instability”.


What is truly remarkable is that there is not one red state or "all fifty states" pushing back on what this criminal enterprise is doing in this arena..................this is a disgrace...................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough...........................

The Netherlands has universal health insurance -- and it's all private

How the Dutch harnessed the market to cover everybody.

By Dylan Scott@dylanlscottdylan.scott@vox.com Jan 17, 2020, 8:00am EST
Photographs by Marlena Waldthausen for Vox

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands — Dr. Elise Nillesen walks briskly toward a compact SUV striped in red and yellow, the evening twilight fading. She slides into the passenger seat, stethoscope tucked in her handbag and a small pharmacy in the trunk, and heads off into the chilly November night.

With her driver, Henry, who is trained in basic medical care, Nillesen roves the small Dutch city of Nijmegen as a one-woman primary health care clinic. Once they leave the hospital building that serves as home base, where Henry has set up a makeshift bed so he can catch some sleep between calls, they won’t return for hours.

The night starts at a block of rowhouses where a man is enduring severe pain. Nillesen recommends some diagnostic tests and tells him to call his regular doctor in the morning, to whom she will also send notes.

En route back to the hospital, she gets a new call: A middle-aged woman is worried about some chest discomfort. Henry makes a U-turn, and 15 minutes later they pull into a sleepy enclave of single-family homes. A young child waits at the door. After seeing the woman, Nillesen decides to call an ambulance. Henry pulls their SUV across the street and puts on flashing yellow lights while they wait for paramedics to arrive.


GOP Sen. Facing Tough Election Takes Trumpy Victory Lap After Calling Reporter A Hack

By Matt Shuham
January 17, 2020 11:36 a.m.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who faces a tough election fight in 2020, took a campaign victory lap Thursday after calling a CNN reporter a hack.

The day started with a straightforward question from CNN’s Manu Raju, who approached McSally in a Senate hallway just hours after hundreds of pages of records from Lev Parnas’ iPhone were released publicly by congressional investigators.

“Sen. McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?” he asked.

“Manu, you’re a liberal hack,” McSally replied. “I’m not talking to you.”

Raju asked if she would comment at all.


Hey McSally do want witnesses.........................its a simple yes or no.........................

And has for the reporter...................he has first amendment right to ask you a simple question for the people want to know if you support the "rule of law" at a trial, are you that much of chickenshit to not answer with a yes or no..........................

Maybe you can open a t-shirt shop after you lose.............that says "has been political hack, two for one shirts on sale"..................going out of business.....................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough......................

Pompeo Denies Knowing Parnas Or Anything About Yovanovitch Surveillance

By Kate Riga
January 17, 2020 10:44 a.m.

In a Friday interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo finally addressed the alleged surveillance of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, saying that he’d “never heard about this at all.”

“Until this story broke, the best of my recollection, I’d never heard of this at all,” Pompeo told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Pompeo also washed his hands of any association with Lev Parnas, the associate of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who provided a tranche of messages to Congress that included exchanges about getting rid of and tracking Yovanovitch.

“Never met him,” Pompeo said.


What were doing there asshole, hiding under some rock while this was going on.................your so full of shit.....................your a disgrace to ever have worn the uniform of a officer from west point.........................if you think Parnas is full of shit, why don't tell the senate that you will testify, since you failed in your integrity mission to testify in the house.............................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough.......................

Eric Trump's wife Lara mocks Joe Biden's stutter

By Emily Singer -January 17, 2020 9:51 AM

The former vice president has battled a stutter from childhood.

Lara Trump, wife of Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, mocked former Vice President Joe Biden's stutter at a "Women for Trump" event in Iowa Thursday night, calling the speech impediment Biden has suffered with since he was a child "sad."

"I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden, and you know that's when it's not going well for him right? Because I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage and they turn to him I'm like, 'Joe can you get it out? Let's get the words out Joe.'" she said on stage. "You kind of feel bad for him."

Biden opened up about his stutter last year in an interview with a reporter from the Atlantic who also suffers from the speech impediment. Biden talked about how he spent years trying to overcome his stutter, which he said made him feel "shame" in his youth.

"Anger, rage, humiliation," Biden told the Atlantic, describing how the stutter made him feel. "A feeling of, uh—like I'm sure you've experienced—it just drops out of your chest, just, like, you feel … a void."

This is not the first time someone in Donald Trump's orbit has mocked someone with a disability.


Did anyone in the woman's audience stand up and say that this is wrong, my child has a disability................did anyone...................or where they all sitting on there fucking hands, yes, they were sitting on there hands, and they then had on their fucking goofing smiles, clapping, with no fucking conscience for ones actions.....................now that is a disability.................

Conservative Supreme Court justices prove they don't really care about free speech

( piece from yesterday)

By Lisa Needham -January 16, 2020 7:00 PM

The court's refusal to review an invasive Kentucky abortion restriction says a lot about conservative's purported support of free speech.

Last month, the United States Supreme Court refused to review a case, EMW Women's Surgical Center v. Meier, that challenged Kentucky's transvaginal ultrasound law. That means the law, one of the most invasive anti-abortion laws on the books, is now in effect. And while the law itself is repugnant, the court's failure to take it up flies in the face of their ostensible concerns about free speech.

At first glance, this doesn't look much like a free speech case. Rather, it looks like yet another extreme anti-abortion law was enacted, one that will severely restrict reproductive health choices. Doctors performing abortions in Kentucky must perform ultrasounds and describe, in detail, what they see, including the development of the organs. They also have to play sounds of what the bill calls the "fetal heartbeat," but that's misleading. At the early stage of pregnancy, there is no heart. There's simply a group of cells that are pulsing and beginning to display cardiac activity.

Even worse, the ultrasound will, in most instances, be transvaginal. That's because a transvaginal ultrasound — an incredibly invasive procedure where a person is forced to have a probe inserted into their vagina and then moved around inside — is the only way to get accurate fetal development images in the first trimester. The far less invasive transabdominal ultrasound, which does not involve penetrating the patient, is used in the second and third trimester. is the only way to get fetal images prior to 12 weeks.

People can't say no to the procedure, and doctors can't refuse to perform them. In the smallest of mercies, people are allowed to turn their head away and cover their ears, but they can't make it stop. It's all in the name of a twisted form of "informed consent." Informed consent is a sound medical idea. The American Medical Association defines it as patients having "the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so they can make well-considered decisions." The AMA goes on to say that "successful communication in the patient-physician relationship fosters trust and supports shared decision making."



This isn't the only case where this ultra-conservative court has expressed consternation about speech far more minimal than what is now required of Kentucky doctors and their patients. In Janus v. AFSCME, also decided in 2018, the conservative majority held that public-sector unions run afoul of the First Amendment if they charge a "fair share" fee to non-union members.

Unions negotiate on behalf of all employees, and prior to Janus, people who opted out of union membership still had to pay a fee to cover that. They weren't required to pay the portion of membership that dealt with union lobbying, precisely so none of their money went to political stances a union might take. However, the Court decided that the mere act of having to pay any money to a union compelled Janus to engage in speech to which he was opposed.

Put another way, the court was willing to say that paying money to a union to negotiate working conditions when you opposed the union's political speech — which you were not paying for — was compelled speech.

I am really tired of courts double standard, its either the conservative way of the highway...................

GOP senator attacks government watchdog for doing its job

(this piece is from yesterday)

By Dan Desai Martin -January 16, 2020 6:00 PM

The GAO is responsible for determining whether administration officials have broken the law.

Republican senators criticized a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday which concluded the Trump administration broke the law by withholding military aid to Ukraine.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) went so far as to attack the employees of the GAO for doing their job.

"I don't think they [the GAO] should be deciding who broke the law," Shelby told Politico.

Part of GAO's responsibility is to determine if administration officials broke the law.


I don't know about you asshole ( Shelby) but since it is "my" tax dollars that are being spent, and your party has a traitor that is breaking the law by extorting and bribing countries, I am quite happy that I, a taxpayer has a agency in whats left in my government overseeing and making sure that things are done right, maybe you and your other fucking cronies is this piece should resign, since you all don't like doing your job ............................because I would really like to know if you took any foreign money, that has been handed out..............................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough...................

GOP leader: It was 'rightful' for Trump administration to break the law

By Dan Desai Martin -January 16, 2020 2:37 PM

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended the Trump administration after a GAO investigation found it broke the law.

During a Thursday press conference, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attempted to brush aside a GAO investigation that found the Trump administration broke the law by withholding military aid from Ukraine.

"I think it was the rightful thing to do," McCarthy said hours after the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office released a report calling those actions illegal.

McCarthy repeated Trump administration talking points defending holding back the aid out of concerns for corruption, a concern that was debunked by the GAO report itself.

The GAO concluded the Trump administration's hold on Ukrainian military aid violated the Impoundment Control Act.


No asshole is not alright to try and normalize your traitors criminal behavior.....................and to think asshole you are in Congress supposedly defending the "rule of law and laws that were passed to protect the country from this kinda of shit............your a disgrace to put it mildly ........

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough..........................

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