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Former staffer at the Heritage Foundation

Trump appoints leading opponent of LGBT civil rights to lead civil rights office

Hello Mr. Fox, I’d like you to look after this hen house for me.

In 2016, for example, Severino co-authored a Heritage report criticizing proposed Obama administration rules preventing discrimination against transgender patients within the health care system. Protecting trans people against such discrimination, Severino warned, would “penalize medical professionals and health care organizations that, as a matter of faith, moral conviction, or professional medical judgment, believe that maleness and femaleness are biological realities to be respected and affirmed, not altered or treated as diseases.”

Similarly, in 2007, Severino published a law review article entitled “Or for Poorer? How Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty,” where he claimed that marriage equality would lead to “both government compulsion of religious institutions to provide financial or other support for same‐sex married couples and government withdrawal of public benefits from those institutions that oppose same‐sex marriage.”

As the head of the HHS civil rights office, Severino will not only be able to push from within the department to dismantle existing protections for LGBT Americans, he could also potentially push for special rights for anti-LGBT employers and health providers — such as regulations explicitly permitting these employers and providers to engage in discrimination if they believe that their faith requires them to do so.



A super-PAC aligned with House GOP leadership is doubling its spending in a Georgia House special election, launching another $1.1 million ad campaign against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The Congressional Leadership Fund’s (CLF) latest ad campaign brings the total spending against Ossoff to $2.2 million in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

The ad, which starts airing Friday, accuses Ossoff — an investigative filmmaker and former congressional aide — of “inflating his resume” and argues he’ll be a “rubber stamp” on Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) agenda.


Poll: Ossoff Leads in GA6; Handel Tops Republicans

Latest poll has Ossoff at 40% and nearest Republican candidate at 20%. For the general election, he’s neck and neck with each of the top four Republican candidates in the low 40s


I like this move. TYT is doing some hiring.


Progressive online news network The Young Turks has hired former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, radio host David Sirota and former MSNBC producer Jonathan Larsen.

Ratigan is the former host of “The Dylan Ratigan Show” on MSNBC, the network’s highest-rated non-primetime program from 2009-2012. Prior to MSNBC, he was a host on CNBC and served as Bloomberg’s Global Managing Editor.

The 44-year-old is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Greedy Bastards.”

Ratigan will serve as a news commentator per a network announcement.

Larsen most recently served as a senior executive producer for politics at Al Jazeera America. Before that, he was a producer for Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” on MSNBC and Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central.


No surprise here!


Stunning polls show Sanders soaring while ‘TrumpCare’ crashes

To fully understand the huge public appeal of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the catastrophic unpopularity of TrumpCare, let’s first consider some polling and then the truth that Sanders and other Democrats have exposed against “TrumpCare.”

In the latest example of Sanders’s soaring popularity, a recent poll from Fox News found that Sanders remains by far the most popular political leader in America. Sanders’s favorable rating is 61 percent, while his unfavorable rating is only 32 percent; compare that to Trump, whose favorable rating is 44 percent while his unfavorable rating is 53 percent.

BTW who did Nancy Pelosi say was the leader of the Democrats?


Nothing to see here. Nancy, “the people don’t want change” (paraphrased) Pelosi. Chuck (let’s do a fake run left) Schumer.


Yes, the 1% donors to the DNC, insert a corporation that needs a law written or any other favor.


Isn’t this nice of Trump? You get to pick your choice.



Mr Trump has long rejected the claim that Russia had come to his assistance or the member of his campaign team colluded with the Kremlin. Moscow also denied the allegations.

Mr Sanders remains unconvinced.

“How does it happen that we have a president who has nothing but nice things to say about Mr Putin? What do the Russians have on Mr Trump,” he asked.

The Vermont Senator has previously called for a transparent investigation into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also come under scrutiny for failing to disclose his two meetings with Mr Kislyak.


I wish Bernie wouldn’t join in.


That is my hope also.


I’ve thought about it a little, and I can see why Bernie did say something. The hack revealed the DNC had a thumb on the scale for Clinton, but for him not to say something would look as though he didn’t care about the election. I’ve noticed he’s not saying too much.


I hope Bernie keeps it low on the priority list, as its well known that the Dems screwed Bernie over during the primary’s. Thiers bigger issues for Bernie to stay focused on. The Russian thing reminds me of mad magazines Spy v Spy, Both sides are like fly’s on shit when it comes to spying ,hacking and so on on each other. Their is no innocent side. Just a distraction to deflect from Trumps inc’s real issues and the rest of the countries as well.


Well he’s joining in because he believes there’s a major problem here. And he can do that without taking away his attention from his other issues.




House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) headed to the White House midday to brief President Trump on an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system, amid mounting evidence that enough House Republicans would spurn their pitches and send the bill to defeat.

Ryan was prepared to tell Trump there are not enough votes to pass the legislation, two GOP aides familiar with his plans said. It was unclear whether leaders would proceed with a planned afternoon vote. As Ryan met with Trump at the White House at 1:30 p.m., Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing that a vote would proceed at about 3:30 p.m.

A House GOP aide confirmed the expected timing of a vote.

If the bill does not pass Friday, a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers, it would represent multiple failures for the new president and the Republican Congress.

It would leave the Affordable Care Act in place and leave a major GOP campaign promise undone. It would cast doubt on the GOP’s ability to govern and specifically to move forward on other high-stakes agenda items, such as tax reform and infrastructure spending. And it would undermine Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward.

In one stunning defection Friday, Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) announced at midday that the health care bill is “currently unacceptable” and that changes made late Thursday to placate conservatives “raise serious coverage and cost issues.”

“We need to get this right for all Americans,” he said.


Trumpcare vote pulled at last minute

Loser President!! Loser Speaker!!


I guess it will soon head to the Supreme Court.


A U.S. federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump’s travel ban was justified, increasing the likelihood the measure will go before the Supreme Court as the decision took an opposing view to courts in Maryland and Hawaii that have halted the order.

U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga rejected arguments by Muslim plaintiffs who claimed Trump’s March 6 executive order temporarily banning the entry of all refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries was discriminatory.

The decision went against two previous court rulings that put an emergency halt to the order before it was set to take effect on March 16. The order remains halted.


I wonder how the results will be spun if the vote actually takes place?


The White House said Friday the House will vote on the Republican healthcare plan despite serious doubts it has the votes to pass.

“The House will be voting on the American Health Care Act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

He spoke as President Trump met with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has struggled to break conservative and moderate opposition to the bill.


Not happening!!

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