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The Corporate Commandments

Posted by on Tuesday, July 8, 2014,


In case you have not been keeping up, last Tuesday the Supreme Court expanded their ruling to include ALL forms of birth control. On Thursday, the Supreme Court allowed cases to be revisited where certain Christian entities complained that even filing a form that they would not provide such coverage due to religious objections was a "burden". (Nevermind the fact that having to get a permission slip from your boss for basic healthcare is an insult to women).  However, President Obama punked th...
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7.1 Million and Counting!

Posted by on Tuesday, April 1, 2014,
Today marks a historic day. President Obama's Affordable Care Act enrollment goals have been met and surpassed.  Below, watch his remarks.  Be sure to move the video's cursor to the 10:50 mark where he begins speaking.

For a more detailed analysis of the impacts of the ACA, go HERE, and check other parts of that site too!





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Renewed Showdown over Texas Anti-Choice Law Highlights State-by-State Battle for Abortion Access

Posted by on Wednesday, October 30, 2013,
A legal battle is being waged in Texas over the controversial new anti-choice law that inspired a people’s filibuster over the summer. This week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (who is also running for Governor) has asked a federal appeals court judge to immediately reinstate a key part of the new law a day after it was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court judge.

On Monday, that lower court judge, District Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the provision requiring onerous hospital admittin...

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The Koch Brother's War On America

Posted by on Sunday, October 20, 2013,
Over the past 30-some years, the Koch Brothers have poured more than 100 million dollars into a sprawling network of foundations, think tanks, front groups, advocacy organizations, lobbyists and Republican lawmakers, all to the glory of their hard-core libertarian/hard right agenda. They oppose not just so-called "big" government, but government, period. This includes taxes, environmental protections, safety-net programs, social security, healthcare, worker protections, public education, basi...
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Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted by on Thursday, August 29, 2013,



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Great Video from Monday, July 1st, Stand With Texas Women Rally in Austin

Posted by on Thursday, July 4, 2013,
The fight to maintain women's reproductive rights is going on all across the country. Choice over our own private, healthcare decisions is being slowly chipped away by Republican dominated state legislatures, often under the cloak of night or attached to unrelated bills (the latest being in Ohio and North Carolina).  Find out what is going on in your state and get involved, before it is too late.




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A Message to Congress Regarding "Entitlements"

Posted by on Saturday, January 5, 2013,
Not surprisingly, when it comes to deficit reduction and spending, the only thing the GOP mentions cutting is "entitlements"-- benefits that Americans have EARNED and have kept our elderly from sinking into the despair of poverty. Yes, health care costs are rising out of control but that is due to the for-profit factor. Republicans have long wanted to do dismantle Medicare (and Social Security) to turn it over to feed the voracious and damaging appetite of Wall St. However, neither SS no...
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The 2012 Election Tsunami

Posted by on Friday, November 9, 2012,
As explained by Rachel Maddow:





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Romney's Agenda is Revealed in the GOP Congress

Posted by on Thursday, October 18, 2012,
If you want to understand Romney's game plan, just look at what Republicans have been doing in Congress.


It was tempting to dismiss Mitt Romney's hard-right turn during the GOP primaries as calculated pandering. In the general election – as one of his top advisers famously suggested – Romney would simply shake the old Etch A Sketch and recast himself as the centrist who governed Massachusetts. But with the selection of vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the shape-shifting Romney has lock...

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That was Flip-not-Mitt-Romney Who Showed Up At the Debate

Posted by on Thursday, October 4, 2012,



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A Ted Kennedy Tribute, Including His Fight for Health Care, Ted Kennedy vs. Mitt Romney Debate

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5, 2012,
This amazing tribute to Ted Kennedy aired Tuesday evening on the first night of the Democratic Convention.





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The President of Ireland tells off the Tea Party

Posted by on Saturday, August 25, 2012,
President Michael D. Higgins, of Ireland, is fed up with over-the-top Tea Party rhetoric, and he isn't afraid to show it. Listen to him call out radio host Michael Graham, from Newstalk 106-108fm, on everything from health care to foreign policy in this heated exchange from 2010. This one is too good to pass up.





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Republican VP Nominee Paul Ryan Argues FOR Stimulus Spending

Posted by on Sunday, August 19, 2012,
Long before he became one of the right’s most vocal critics of the idea that government spending could help boost the flagging economy, Mitt Romney's choice for his Republican Presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan offered a forceful, full-throated defense of stimulus spending — when then-President George W. Bush wanted it in 2002.

Ryan has denounced the 2009 Recovery Act signed by President Obama as “a wasteful spending spree” and “failed neo-Keynesian experiment,” an...
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The Republican War Against Women's Health Care is Real

Posted by on Monday, July 30, 2012,




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Test Your Knowledge of Obamacare

Posted by on Wednesday, July 11, 2012,

Take this short, 10-question quiz to test your knowledge of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, and then find out how you compare to the rest of the country, as represented by the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly Health Tracking Poll.  You might actually learn something about it you didn't know before!

Go here for the quiz:  http://healthreform.kff.org/quizzes/health-reform-quiz/


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Watch the GOP War On Women In Action

Posted by on Thursday, June 14, 2012,
Michigan State Reps. Lisa Brown, D-West Bloomfield, and Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, were told today by GOP floor leader R-John Stamas that they wouldn’t be recognized to publicly speak on any matters before the House.

This was after their impassioned attempt to speak out on the floor against abortion bills that not only severely limit the Constitutional right of a woman to obtain an abortion, but actually puts a woman's life at risk! One of the Reps also wondered aloud why is it that only the Ch...
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THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE CENTRIST WOMAN

Posted by on Tuesday, March 13, 2012,

I would call myself, if I had to pick a label, a social libertarian, fiscal moderate, and an ecological conservative. I am put off by big-government meddling into people's private lives, excessive spending on wars without funding, and government subsidies to oil corporations who are making record profits while my gas prices remain high and Wall Street speculators make out like bandits.

I am frustrated by the waste of my tax dollars on the burgeoning prison industry, the failed War on Drugs, t...
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DING-DONG SHE'S GONE!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 8, 2012,
As reported previously below, Karen Handel, vice president for public affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, had come under pressure to resign following public outcry over the announcement Komen would pull funding from Planned Parenthood.
On Tuesday, she did just that.

Click to read her Resignation Letter.

Whether or not the Komen foundation will regain its reputation or be able to maintain the same level of donations after this public relations disaster remains to be seen.  From where I am si...
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OCCUPY WALL ST: Too Big to Ignore

Posted by on Saturday, October 15, 2011,










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SAVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Posted by on Wednesday, October 5, 2011,
Below are the key points of the "Contract for the American Dream" created from the ideas of over 125,000 Americans who gathered online and in their communities. Who better to present those ideas than the people whose future depends on them?

Critical Steps to Get Our Economy Back on Track

1.  Invest in America's Infrastructure
2.  Create 21st Century Energy Jobs
3.  Invest in Public Education
4.  Offer Medicare for All
5.  Make Work Pay
6.  Secure Social Security
7.  Return to Fairer Tax Rates
8.  End ...
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