Female Republicans Stage Last-Minute Revolt Against Draconian Anti-Abortion Bill

What GOP war on women’s rights?
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The fanatical Republican men in the House of Representatives faced a revolt from their own female members today, and backed down on a horrible Personhood-inspired anti-abortion bill at the last minute.

House Republican leaders abruptly dropped plans late Wednesday to hold votes on an anti-abortion bill amid a revolt by female GOP lawmakers concerned that the legislation’s restrictive language would once again spoil the party’s chances of broadening its appeal to women and younger voters.

In recent days, as many as two dozen Republicans had raised concerns with the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” that would ban abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Sponsors said that exceptions would be allowed for a woman who is raped, but she could only get the abortion after reporting the rape to law enforcement.

A vote had been scheduled for Thursday to coincide with the annual March for Life, a gathering that brings hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion activists to Washington to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Republican leaders dropped those plans late Wednesday amid ongoing disagreements with a bloc of lawmakers, led by Reps. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who were elected in the 2010 tea party wave.

I wonder if they invoked the Lysistrata Option?

Republican leaders love to say there’s no “war on women,” but hey — when even your own Republican female Representatives are freaking out over a crappy piece of legislation you tried to sneak through that would cause untold harm to women all over the country, then this, my friends, is a serious War on Women’s rights. And I won’t be intimidated out of calling it that.

State of the Union Follow-Up Open Thread

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Well, here’s an open thread for follow-up discussion of the President’s state of the union address. I’ve already suffered a crushing blow on Twitter, but I think I’ll make it somehow.

Watch Live: President Obama Delivers the State of the Union Address (Enhanced Version)

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President Obama will deliver his sixth State of the Union Address.

Watch it live at 9 p.m. ET at to follow along with exclusive interactive graphics and charts showing what the announcements mean for you.

Then, be sure to stick around after the speech for an exclusive live video Q&A.

Steve Scalise Voted Against MLK Day, but Today He’s Praising MLK

Standard GOP hypocrisy
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Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, in the news recently for his associations with white supremacists like David Duke, has a very nice message at his website commemorating MLK Day: Scalise Statement on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Congressman Steve Scalise.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in recognition of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“As we reflect upon the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, we also recognize how our nation has been strengthened by his legacy,” Rep. Scalise said. “Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill the promises of liberty, equality, and justice prescribed in the founding of our great nation. Leading by example, he stressed the teachings of tolerance, service, and love, regardless of race, color, or creed. Today, his writings and speeches continue to empower and inspire those who seek liberty, equality, and justice.”

A lovely sentiment, no? Reading this, you’d never know Scalise voted against making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday in Louisiana, would you?


Will Joni Ernst “Make ‘Em Squeal” in Her State of the Union Response?

Castration as political metaphor
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Well, the Republican Party has chosen the person they think most represents their party to give the State of the Union response, and it’s hog-castrating Tea Party extremist Joni Ernst.

Because nothing says rebranding like a loon who ran on the slogan “Make ‘em squeal!”

At this point anyone who follows politics could probably write Ernst’s speech in advance; they always say the same things. The only real question is: will Joni brandish her ceremonial hog castrating device at this shindig?

Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter in the Republican Party’s continuing descent into far right bad craziness.

Senate to Vote on Whether Climate Change Is Real

Beyond parody
Politics • Views: 23,671

Senate Democrats led by Bernie Sanders have proposed a measure designed to make Republicans go on the record as climate change deniers: Senate to Vote on Whether Climate Change Is Happening.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet.


But a measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had raised questions about whether he would stick to that commitment.

The Sanders measure asks whether lawmakers agree with the overwhelming consensus of scientists who say climate change is impacting the planet and is worsened by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Democrats believe the measure could be a tough vote for some Republicans, particularly GOP senators running for reelection in 2016 in states carried by President Obama in 2012.

I predict the Republicans will have no problem coming right out with a public denial of the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. This is absolutely mainstream Republican head-in-the-sand policy, and they’ll all toe the line or risk being labeled a RINO. It’s also completely insane and irrational, and seriously dangerous.

Maybe after they vote that climate change isn’t real, the next vote should be on whether the Earth is round or flat.

Are You Ready for the Return of the Son of the Romney Experience?

Aggressive outreach
Politics • Views: 22,742

And just like that, Mitt Romney’s preliminary feelers about running for President in 2016 have turned into an “almost certain” 2016 bid.

Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign.

Romney’s message, as he told one senior Republican, was that he “almost certainly will” make what would be his third bid for the White House. His aggressive outreach came as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — Romney’s 2012 vice presidential running mate and the newly installed chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee — announced Monday that he would not seek the presidency in 2016.

He’s next in line, he doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and he’ll never stop.

You Mean People Didn’t Already Know Romney Was Going to Run Again?

Next in line, please
Politics • Views: 25,276

I’m a bit surprised anyone’s surprised by this news: Romney Tells Donors He Is Considering 2016 White House Bid.

Of course he is. It’s his turn, damn it.

Breaking: Another Tea Party Fail - John Boehner Reelected as Speaker of the House

Extreme right gets spanked again
Politics • Views: 21,942

The political news of the day: the House of Representatives has reelected John Boehner as Speaker, as another Tea Party insurrection fails spectacularly.

The GOP establishment clearly still holds the reins of power in the House; unfortunately we won’t have the comedic extravaganza of a Speaker Louie Gohmert this time. But keep trying, Louie! Please!

White House Press Secretary: GOP Support for Scalise ‘Says a Lot’ About Party’s Values

Republican values on display
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Unusually direct words from White House press secretary Josh Earnest, as the House Republican leadership unites to defend Majority Whip Steve Scalise despite his association with a white supremacist group founded by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

“There’s no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference’s priorities and values are,” Earnest said during the briefing.

“Ultimately, Mr. Scalise reportedly described himself as ‘David Duke without the baggage,’” he continued, referring to a comment Scalise allegedly once made to a reporter. “It will be up to Republicans to decide what that says about their conference.”


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