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    So, despite all the troubles with the website, more than 7.5 million people signed up for Obamacare. That's more than the optimistic predictions for "success" were. Republicans are furiously trying to spin the numbers as somehow not real, but that just shows how scared they are. They've spent years and most of their political capital fighting Obamacare, the fact that people might like it is their worst nightmare.

    Kathleen Sebelius: 7.5M signed up in Obamacare exchanges - Jennifer Haberkorn - POLITICO.com

    And on the other hand Republicans continue their outreach to women, by, uh, blocking a bill that says they should get equal pay. That's a pretty strange hill to choose to die on. Maybe they don't know that women vote?

    Senate GOP blocks pay equity bill - Burgess Everett - POLITICO.com

    It's also Hillary Clinton's most perfect weapon. Any Republican Senator that was against this can't win against her now, they've already beaten themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hopkins View Post
    And on the other hand Republicans continue their outreach to women, by, uh, blocking a bill that says they should get equal pay. That's a pretty strange hill to choose to die on. Maybe they don't know that women vote?

    Senate GOP blocks pay equity bill - Burgess Everett - POLITICO.com

    It's also Hilary Clinton's most perfect weapon. Any Republican Senator that was against this can't win against her now, they've already beaten themselves.
    Here's hoping - any low - information voter probably didn't care enough to pay attention to the GOP, as usual, RUINING OUR NATION FOR EVERYONE!
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    Did we really expect them to play along? These are the same people who tell us that we can't get pregnant from a rape or that it's perfectly acceptable to let our employers decide if we need birth control or not.
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    Thought this was pretty funny:

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    This one is interesting: Social Security is nabbing people's checks because of supposed overpayments that their parents received years ago:

    Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents&rsquo; decades-old debts - The Washington Post

    I hope something like this never happens to me. My mother received SS benefits for me after my father died, and while I have an older sibling, he's never had and never will have a stable address.
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    In Ukraine, President Oleksandr Turchynov, ask for UN Peacekeepers. I got a bad felling about what might happen next.
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    Last Thursday, Canada's former Financial Minister, Jim Flaherty passed away at the age of 64. State Funerals will be held Wednesday

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    bigOfeature Blog Archive IS THE U.S. OR THE WORLD COMING TO AN END?

    I think this guy puts it best about why Russia is doing this - and how this will hurt the US in the end if they get involved and caught.

    Just kidding - this reeks of bashing the US as usual for more socialist policies, once you read the parts about gold standards.
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    So: Is the GOP set to take over the Senate (and gain in the House of Representatives) in the Fall? This article seems to think so.

    Republicans would need a net pickup of six seats to reclaim control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and many political analysts believe that will be within their reach this fall because of political dynamics and historical trends.

    "If there is even a small GOP wave come October, then the party could get to six seats," said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "By the way, that's the exact average number of seats picked up by the non-White House party since World War II in the sixth year of a two-term administration."

    With at least a half dozen Democratic Senate seats at risk in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina , South Dakota and West Virginia, Obama is wasting little time tailoring his political and policy agenda to improving the Democrats' odds in the fall election. The president and his political advisers met at the White House Wednesday evening with all 55 Senate Democrats.

    At which point, we're looking at Super Sized Gridlock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderfly View Post
    So: Is the GOP set to take over the Senate (and gain in the House of Representatives) in the Fall? This article seems to think so.

    At which point, we're looking at Super Sized Gridlock...
    No, what we're looking at is fascism - One Party Rule level fascism as bad as, if not worse, than that of a 3rd world nation.

    I'm thinking something along the lines of England like in V for Vendetta.
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    Calm down. I'm a Democrat and I don't consider losing the Senate to be the start of all hell breaking loose. We've had a GOP controlled Congress before, and anarchy didn't break out. But what did happen was an uptake in conservative legislation, and I don't like that. As someone who will need to use the ACA exchanges in the future (and as a resident of a state that refuses to expand medicaid for 'reasons'), I am concerned that bills favoring big money/big profit insurance companies will be passed.
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/us...etType=nyt_now

    It so happens that a "total revision to health insurance questions” on Census Bureau's annual survey will render its findings incomparable to past results, and it so happens that just the wording of what they're asking alone guarantees that fewer uninsured will be measured according to the Bureau's chief of the health statistics branch. It also just so happens that this makes it "difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall,".

    You don't say. Good lord, this is transparent.

    “We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked,” said Brett J. O’Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau.

    With the new questions, “it is likely that the Census Bureau will decide that there is a break in series for the health insurance estimates,” says another agency document describing the changes. This “break in trend” will complicate efforts to trace the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it said.

    A major goal of the law is to increase the number of people with health insurance. The White House reported that 7.5 million people signed up for private health plans on the new insurance exchanges and that enrollment in Medicaid increased by three million since October. But the administration has been unable to say how many of the people gaining coverage were previously uninsured or had policies canceled, so the net increase in coverage is unclear.

    Health policy experts and politicians had been assuming that the Census Bureau would help answer those questions when it issued its report on income, poverty and health insurance, based on the Current Population Survey. The annual report shows the number of people with various kinds of health insurance and the number of uninsured for the nation and for each state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defunctzombie View Post
    Calm down. I'm a Democrat and I don't consider losing the Senate to be the start of all hell breaking loose. We've had a GOP controlled Congress before, and anarchy didn't break out. But what did happen was an uptake in conservative legislation, and I don't like that. As someone who will need to use the ACA exchanges in the future (and as a resident of a state that refuses to expand medicaid for 'reasons'), I am concerned that bills favoring big money/big profit insurance companies will be passed.
    Coming back to this... I'm in the same boat, as I forgot to mention - and I loved the idea from day one. Too bad the GOP ruined it like everything else they touch...
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    Anybody hear about this "Bundy Ranch" ordeal that occurred in the last few days? Federal Government agents coming in and rounding up cows, but then militia's came in, and there was a tense stand off...this video from ABC News describes it a bit better than I can:



    The Government agents finally back down and left, but Harry Reid vows it's far from over, and calls the ranch supporters "Domestic Terrorists"...

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    I heard about that as well as the story of a link between Harry Reid and a Chinese company who was debunked by Snopes.com However one guy debunked, well sort of, Snopes by finding some old articles from Reuters and the Los Angeles Times.

    Looks like Harry Reid had taken it very personnal....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderfly View Post
    Anybody hear about this "Bundy Ranch" ordeal that occurred in the last few days? Federal Government agents coming in and rounding up cows, but then militia's came in, and there was a tense stand off...this video from ABC News describes it a bit better than I can:



    The Government agents finally back down and left, but Harry Reid vows it's far from over, and calls the ranch supporters "Domestic Terrorists"...
    I think Bundy is super, duper in the wrong and that the States Rights people are backing an idiot, but I'm glad the authorities made sure the standoff ended with no one getting shot. It seemed almost like the protesters wanted that, very badly, to give them an excuse for their Civil War 2 or whatever. Whatever else the government does about it, if anything, needs to be handled very carefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hopkins View Post
    I think Bundy is super, duper in the wrong and that the States Rights people are backing an idiot, but I'm glad the authorities made sure the standoff ended with no one getting shot. It seemed almost like the protesters wanted that, very badly, to give them an excuse for their Civil War 2 or whatever. Whatever else the government does about it, if anything, needs to be handled very carefully.
    Agreed. As highly armed as some of the protestors were, and the way many of them waved their unholstered guns at the Federal Agents, it's a miracle that didn't end in a bloodbath. Of course, the protestors say they only were waving their guns after the Federal agents brandished their own weapons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Hopkins View Post
    I think Bundy is super, duper in the wrong and that the States Rights people are backing an idiot, but I'm glad the authorities made sure the standoff ended with no one getting shot. It seemed almost like the protesters wanted that, very badly, to give them an excuse for their Civil War 2 or whatever. Whatever else the government does about it, if anything, needs to be handled very carefully.
    I'm usually for protesting Big Gov't - but this reeks of misunderstandings and illegal behavior that's going to get a lot of innocent people hurt, or worse, in the end. By the very thing they scream for if they're extreme enough about wanting it...

    All these extremists seem to want is their "Civil War II", as far as I'm concerned - when that man needs to pay his taxes like everyone else. This should be a non - issue, unless this nonsense is becoming increasingly widespread. Then, and only then, are this man's actions justifiable, which they aren't in the end to even begin with.

    There is just too much stupidity going on here for this to be considered worth protesting at all when the ones being defended here are the ones who ultimately are in the wrong. This, IMHO - is why protestors on issues in dire need of it don't get as far as they should. Not anymore - they're too overwhelmed by bad ones like this.
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    The webcomic XKCD today posted a strip codifying what I believe to be is an increasingly popular attitude among a sect of Americans, that unless you agree with "their" definitions of what's right and wrong, that you should be ostracized, boycotted, embarrassed, and otherwise removed from the public sphere (such as what happened in the Mozilla CEO kerfuffle).

    For example, the liberal comedian/actor Patton Oswalt retweeted an article by conservative commentator Mark Steyn about this growing attitude towards what is considered "non-PC speech" (you can read it for yourself here). Of course, when Oswalt posted that he promptly got ravaged by his followers and soon posted this in response to it.

    It's a little microcosm of what is slowly happening in society today, and puts the Bundy Ranch episode into a larger context. People are increasingly feeling like their viewpoints are being treated as illegal and bigoted, and so they are beginning to grow restless and angry. Yes, a lot of those "militia" were definitely there to seek a fight, though they wisely did not shoot because they were aware that would destroy their side of the debate (which is also why the Feds didn't open fire). But if you clamp down on debate and proclaim "the debate is over, shut up", when the other side feels that the debate is NOT over, it will make the other side more open to committing violence instead of working with the political system.

    Note that Harry Reid himself escalated the language by calling the people who supported Bundy "domestic terrorists". That is like seeking for an excuse to hunt down the "militia" and silence them. This is not public discourse. This is becoming dangerous.
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    But when do you declare a debate "over?" The problem is in what you said: "the other side feels the debate is NOT over." You can't debate a feeling, and yet more and more, people are holding up their feelings, their unsubstantiated opinions as absolute proof. Moreover, if they can get someone to give them "facts" that they agree with, people will go with their own feelings, regardless if their facts come from a heavily biased and compromised source. It doesn't matter if a million scientists say one thing, if one scientist with dubious methods and monetary incentives says something different then people flock to the one, usually with mutterings of conspiracy when called on it.
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