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Details of the Senate’s “draft” health care bill, which Republicans were set to unveil Thursday after weeks of secretive negotiations, have finally leaked—and from the sound of things, Mitch McConnell and his cohorts have written a morally appalling piece of legislation that many conservatives will nonetheless find deeply underwhelming.

Source: Perspectives: Bernie Sanders: Mr. President, I have some bad news for you (VIDEO)

 

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“A news report today sent Washington into another spasm when it appeared that ABC and other news outlets reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed that he might have to recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russian investigation.”

Source: Perspectives: The Hill — If Rod Rosenstein recuses himself, Robert Mueller may be next

 

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans are so accostumed to just saying no to Obama and Democrat legislative efforts that now they have lost the ability to lead and initiate policy.

Source: Perspectives: From Robert Reich: REPUBLICANS WHO ARE NOW CONTROL THE HOUSE – AS WELL AS THE SENATE – DON’T LIKE GOVERNMENT

 

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Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan

“Has it come down to this? The party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower in the thrall of a petulant, impulsive, preening and shamelessly amoral president who thinks Vladimir Putin is the apex of effective management.”

Source: Perspectives: Bill Moyers and Company: Republicans, when all is said and Done How Will You be Remembered? (more…)

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Most major news outlets, so far, have uncritically reported the Senate’s failure to pass the Manchin-Toomey expanded background check bill. Even among the so-called left-leaning news outlets, there has been little condemnation. There has been almost no uproar from Social media. Why isn’t there indignation, an outcry of condemnation? Why isn’t there anger expressed beyond that expressed by President Obama and a few others?
Part of the reason, of course, is the Boston Marathon bombing rightly upstaged any media criticism of the Senate’s failure to act. The answers to two questions, however, will be interesting: Where did the bombers get their guns? Would any of the failed gun control measures have prevented the two from acquiring a gun?

Legislatively, the most significant in-your-face reason rests in one acronym: NRA. The National Rifle Association and its lobbying group, the Institute for Legislative Action, are a focused, influential, and sufficiently moneyed organization who can successfully turn any congressional gun legislation to their favor.

Read article here: Mass Shooting, Gun Control, Background Checks: Americans Part of Cause When They Fail To Act

 

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