Monthly Archives: March 2017

Hillary Clinton: “Let’s not be distracted. Let’s continue to stand up, organize, resist, put forth good ideas to improve the existing system & peoples’ lives.”

RECOMMENDED READING Kristin Salaky: “Hillary Clinton Cheers Move To Pull ACA Repeal Bill As ‘Victory For All Americans’” (TPM) Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Friday to celebrate the House Republicans’ pulling of a vote on their … Continue reading

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“We knew the president [Obama], if we could get a repeal bill to his desk, would almost certainly veto it. This time we knew if it got to the president’s desk it would be signed.” — Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)

[Obama] Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/leadership-pulls-obamacare-repeal

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Greg Sargent: “Moral: When people figure out that ‘choice and freedom’ really means ‘millions uninsured + huge tax cut for rich’ it’s hard to pass.”

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Approximately 30 Republican Representatives would not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. You are heroes and have saved many lives.

RECOMMENDED READING Ben Jacobs and David Smith: Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote (Guardian) Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to create GOP consensus around replacement bill in stunning defeat for … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman: “We have an obligation to tell our politicians what we want, to vote against politicians of whatever party who do not understand the value of reading in creating worthwhile citizens, who do not want to act to preserve and protect knowledge and encourage literacy.”

Source and Recommended Reading Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (Guardian) A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 17 Retelling — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy

Chapter 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy Phaëthon had heard rumors that he was the son of Apollo, and he went to Apollo to see if the rumors were true. Apollo assured him that the rumors were true, but Phaëthon demanded … Continue reading

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GOPCare: Take Coverage Away from 24 Million People and Cost an Additional $186 Billion

David Kurtz: So Much Winning (TPM; published 23 March 2017) The nugget that probably best captures the day came from the Congressional Budget Office. It assessed the most recent version of the bill and concluded that it will still take … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 16 Retelling — Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence

Chapter 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence Dante the Poet thought, Having pride in the noble blood of ancestors is trivial, but I will no longer be amazed that men on Earth take pride in the noble blood of ancestors. After … Continue reading

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Rep. Adam Schiff on Russia scandal

Rep. Adam Schiff on Russia scandal (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcMa7H2eK7A Laurel Raymond: Rep. Adam Schiff’s short speech crisply lays out the evidence connecting Trump and Russia (ThinkProgress) Think of it as congressional SparkNotes. https://thinkprogress.org/this-congressmans-short-speech-crisply-lays-out-the-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-and-russia-d166801a11fa#.j79mzi7ca  

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 15 Retelling — Mars — Cacciaguida

Chapter 15: Mars — Cacciaguida The love of others — caritas — has an opposite: self-serving love. Caritas is always magnanimous, and self-serving love always leads to inequity. These souls who appeared on Mars have the love that loves others, … Continue reading

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