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John Boehner’s Miracle Solution To Mask GOP’s War On Women? Powerpuff Girls.



Speaker John Boehner and his merry band of mostly white mostly Christian and overwhelmingly mostly men on the Republican side of the aisle actually believe putting an animated GIF of the Powerpuff Girls atop a set of anti-women, anti-family policies will solve their disastrous record on women’s rights. 

In the U.S. House of Representatives there are 435 seats. On the Republican side of the aisle sit (when they actually bother to be in session) 234 Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen and 199 Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen. On the GOP side, there are 19 Republican Congresswomen. On the other side, there are 60 Democratic Congresswomen. Despite the fact that the GOP has the majority in the House, there are more than three times as many women on the left as on the right.

That in itself should be a huge red flag (pun intended) for Americans, but it’s largely an ignored and accepted fact.

Another accepted fact: the GOP is virulently anti-women, and despite their claims to the contrary, their policies are virulently anti-family as well.

This afternoon, Speaker Boehner (or one of his interns) took to Twitter and posted this misleading tweet:

The link leads to the House GOP’s website, paid for with your tax dollars, and a list of the three things the GOP would like you to believe they are “doing for women.”

(For a laugh, take a look at all the responses to Boehner’s tweet. The American people aren’t fooled.)

Adorned atop the blog post is an animated GIF of the Powerpuff Girls. 


Now, they may be fierce, but the Powerpuff Girls are as invented a fiction as are John Boehner’s claims that he and his Republican Congressmen and Congresswomen are doing anything to help women — or the American people.

Let’s take a quick look at the lies Boehner and there House GOP just told the American people.

Boehner claims that Obamacare’s “Employer Mandate, which requires businesses to cover the insurance of all employees who work at least 30 hours a week, is leading many companies to slash workers’ hours to avoid paying outrageous Obamacare fees.” 

A headline at the uber-conervative National Review, published at 6:00 PM today, reads: “Boehner to Sue Obama over Employer-Mandate Delay.”

So it’s amusing that John Boehner claims the employer mandate is “leading many companies to slash workers’ hours,” since Obama did issue an executive order delaying the effective date of the employer mandate to 2015 or 2016. In other words, there is no employer mandate in effect, so if people are having hours cut it’s not due to Obamacare. It’s likely due to the poor policies the GOP supports that have hindered job growth. And despite those policies, there’s this just-published headline from the New York Times: “U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Before Recession.” 

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to one of its lowest levels since before the 2007-9 recession, a sign of increasing health in the labor market.

John Boehner says the House Republicans’ solutionv to this unemployment problem is “The Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575)” which “restores the work week back to 40 hours – putting more Americans, and more women, back into good-paying, consistent positions.”

Reality translation: H.R. 2575 lets employers stop paying benefits, like vacation pay, sick pay, and lets them stop funding 401(k) retirement plans for anyone who doesn’t work a full 40-hour week. That, John Boehner says, is how House Republicans are “are working for women and all Americans.”

Another lie of Boehner’s on his “3 things House Republicans are doing for women” list: Flooding the market with gasoline will lower gas prices. Gas prices are set by the oil companies, just as the GAP sets the price of their jeans and tees. But John Boehner just doesn’t get it.

The “House Republicans’ solution: Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899) is a package of bills passed by House Republicans that target America’s energy production. By expanding production, allowing for more exports, and reducing red tape in the energy industry, we can drive gas prices down. Lower gas prices puts more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans.”

The oil companies don’t need any more expanded production — President Obama, for better or worse, has vastly expanded oil leases the federal government controls. And that “reducing red tape in the energy industry” means reducing safety and safety inspections. Anyone care to remember the BP Oil Spill of 2010, just four years ago? Multiple states are still dealing with the disaster and cleanup.

These are the types of pro-corporate policies John Boehner and his Republican band of merry liars are trying to jam down the throats of the American people — sugar coated and camouflaged as “pro-women.” They are not.

But they are the perfect example of how out of touch and how willing to lie John Boehner and the GOP truly are.

Powerpuff Girls may rule — it’s time to make sure the GOP does not.


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Tennessee Governor Slammed After ‘Praying’ for Nashville School Community Without Mentioning Mass Shooting



Governor Bill Lee quickly drew tremendous outrage in the wake of a school mass shooting where six people including three young children were shot to death. Social media users criticized the Tennessee Republican, who had signed a permit-less gun carry law, for declaring he was “praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community,” without posting any mention of the mass shooting.

Tweeting he was “closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant,” Gov. Lee said, “As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.”

There was no mention of any loss of life, and, as Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts passionately noted, the “situation” was a mass shooting.

“If thoughts and prayers alone worked to stop gun violence, there wouldn’t have been a shooting at a Christian elementary school. It’s your actions – including weakening the state’s gun laws – that’s killing kids in Tennessee,” Watts also tweeted. “SHAME ON YOU.”

Gov. Lee signed a permit-less carry bill into law in 2021, at a Beretta gun manufacturing plant.

According to the CDC, as of 2020 – one year before the permit-less carry bill was signed into law – Tennessee ranked tenth in the nation in per-capita firearm mortality.

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Meanwhile, others took notice of the gun culture Gov. Lee has fostered in “The Volunteer State.”

MSNBC analyst and Bulwark writer Tim Miller commented, “Tennessee governor Bill Lee issued a statement recently about how the drag ban in Tennessee ‘protects children.’ If only he would have instead focused on laws that might have prevented the mass murder of children in his state today.”

Historian Kevin Kruse pointed to an article from last year, after the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, titled: “Rep. Clemmons Seeks Renewed Gun Laws, Gov. Lee Requests Prayer.”

“You chose prayer over gun reforms last year after the Uvalde massacre,” Kruse wrote. “And now here we are.”

The progressive website Tennessee Holler pointed out that Gov. Lee, along with GOP lawmakers, “just appointed Jordan Mollenhour to the [state] board of education— whose company was sued for selling ammo to an underage mass killer (SANTA FE) and sold ammo to at least one more (AURORA) He has ZERO education experience.”

Let’s Give a Damn founder Nick Laparra tweeted, “We are 86 days into 2023. So far, 9859 people have died by gun violence and there have been 128 mass shootings. Meanwhile, @GovBillLee spends his days being outraged over drag queens and CRT and book bans. This is Bill Lee’s and the GOP’s fault.”

See the tweets and video above or at this link.

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Mystery Grand Jury Witness in Trump Hush Money Probe Is Former ‘Enquirer’ Publisher and Trump Ally



Avid followers of the Manhattan District Attorney’s moves noted the grand jury had been called into service for Monday, and soon news leaked that yet another witness would be testifying in the probe into Donald Trump’s alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.

Monday afternoon, NBC News’ Garrett Haake reported live on MSNBC that the mystery witness was David Pecker, the former tabloid publisher of the “National Enquirer,” who reportedly had been looking for stories in 2016 to protect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Haake notes Monday was Pecker’s second appearance before the grand jury in the hush money case.

The New York Times also reported David Pecker as the grand jury witness, calling Pecker “a key player in the hush-money matter. He and the tabloid’s top editor helped broker the deal between the porn star, Stormy Daniels, and Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s fixer at the time.”

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“While the focus of Mr. Pecker’s testimony is unclear, he could provide valuable information for prosecutors. A longtime ally of Mr. Trump, he agreed to keep an eye out for potentially damaging stories about Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign,” The Times reports. “For a brief time in October 2016, Ms. Daniels appeared to have just that kind of story. Her agent and lawyer discussed the possibility of selling exclusive rights to her story of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump to The National Enquirer, which would then promise to never publish it, a practice known as ‘catch and kill.'”

Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, noting, “nothing about that decision [to have Pecker testify] suggests any change of heart on Bragg’s part to indict Trump.”

Former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU professor of law, notes that Pecker’s “testimony can show the [hush money] scheme was designed to affect outcome of election.”

“He reportedly communicated directly with Trump on payment,” Goodman adds.

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‘Our Children Deserve Better’: First Lady Jill Biden Speaks Out After Six Die in Nashville School Mass Shooting



First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, speaking Monday afternoon at a National League of Cities conference, told attendees, “Our children deserve better,” as she broke the news of the Nashville school mass shooting at Covenant Presbyterian School where three children and three adults were shot dead.

“You know,” Dr. Biden, herself an educator and clearly pained by the news, began her remarks by saying, “I hate to say what I’m gonna say next because you know you’re so enthusiastic and with so much energy and hope and I feel it.”

“But while you’ve been in this room, I don’t know whether you’ve been on your phones but we just learned about another shooting in Tennessee, a school shooting and I am truly without words and our children deserve better, and we stand – all of us – we stand with Nashville in prayer.”

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The First Lady, a former public high school English teacher and currently a professor of English at a community college, was speaking at the organization’s Congressional City Conference.

Watch Dr. Biden below or at this link.

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