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Old 02-23-2017, 03:38 AM   #721
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No surprise about the role that Sessions played in revoking the protections for transgender students. Unsettling though, considering this is your Attorney General.
Interesting I thought was the role Betsy DeVos played. Sure, she gave in, but I don't see how she would have won the struggle.
And even more interesting was this linked article about her very own views and support of LGBTIQ, which pitted her against her own family: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/u...er-rights.html

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“She would say it’s a part of her faith,” said Mr. McNeilly, who has worked for Ms. DeVos in various capacities for two decades. “Her faith teaches her to be tolerant. And like most of America, she’s evolved.”
If only more people could get around to at least this bit.
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:58 AM   #723
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The best part of this latest idiocy is that Betsy DeVos is another garbage person with hideous ideas, but with apparently one tolerant bone in her body. And she's already been put in her place for that. It's like a tragic comedy.
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Trump General Discussion VII

I have to say, these republican town halls and their crowds' robust defense of the ACA (i.e., "Sen Grassley, you're going to create one giant death panel by repealing Obamacare") are inspiring.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:20 AM   #725
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If you've been following the polling, the ACA now has over 50% approval which it has never had before.

I think a lot of people are experiencing buyer's remorse, likely due to ignorance.

The Republicans are choosing to ignore all of this and brand these people as paid protesters, but they do so at their own peril. The Democrats learned this lesson when they did nothing but point and laugh at the Tea Party for over a year before they got their asses handed to them in 2010.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:25 AM   #726
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One of my senators, Don Bacon, said, during the primaries, that he would hold regular town halls all throughout Nebraska, because "that's my job." Now that he realizes there are lots of pissed off constituents, he's changed his tune to "I have no plans to hold town halls in the coming weeks, or ever." His reason? He doesn't want to subject himself to questions over his actions He doesn't want activists from "the fringe minority" to disrupt them.

Everyone knows town halls are only for people who agree with you.
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:33 AM   #727
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They're going to cut taxes on the wealthy and literally their plan for making the budget work is just saying it will result in more revenue than economists say is possible.
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I have to say, these republican town halls and their crowds' robust defense of the ACA (i.e., "Sen Grassley, you're going to create one giant death panel by repealing Obamacare") are inspiring.
But will they vote these idiots out next time? They've been voting FOR them foe decades, in some cases. And the legislators' opinions on these issues have never been a secret.
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And did these angry constituents really think that idiot they voted for for president was fucking joking?
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Trump: I'm gonna replace the ACA with something soooo much better!
Voters: What's it gonna be?
Trump: slow, painful death
Voters: yaaaay!

(later)

Voters: what did he say?
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Reason #8484727217191901 in a series as to why I will NEVER forgive Trump voters.

Undocumented woman with brain tumor removed from hospital - NY Daily News
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A question for Americans who don't support Trump: Have you been able to maintain friendships with people who voted to take healthcare away from others?
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A view into the Trump White House from a patriotic Muslim woman.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...-trump/517521/
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human rights issue surely?!
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A view into the Trump White House from a patriotic Muslim woman.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...-trump/517521/
Very good article.

Very unsurprising that the West Wing is now monochromatic (white) and male + Kellyanne (or has Trump unfollowed her on Twitter by now).
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A question for Americans who don't support Trump: Have you been able to maintain friendships with people who voted to take healthcare away from others?
We don't require voters to actually educate themselves on the issues. So can I forgive someone who made an informed decision based on soundbites? Especially those who show some regret now that they actually see this ineptitude in action? Sure. Can I forgive a friend who is a Republican and thought Trump would moderate? Fine.

But I'd be lying if I said I haven't cut myself off from some of the "true believers."
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I'm not American but lived there and have a number of American friends.

I had to unfriend/unfollow a couple on Facebook as I just couldn't take it anymore. One of them was actually more irritating to me on the basis of her obsessive love of guns than the Trump love though there was that too.

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Two polls released this week offer that downside to President Trump. New surveys from Quinnipiac University and McClatchy-Marist reveal that Trump — never terribly popular nationally — continues to be seen as dishonest, a poor leader and unstable.

What’s more, the U.S. is embarrassed by him.

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thanks in part to a majority of independents saying that they’re embarrassed, 58 percent of the country uses that term to describe its feelings about Trump’s first month in office.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.fd34a47fcfbb
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