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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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Trump Appears to Think Jeb Bush Was President: ‘He Got Us Into the Middle East’



During a rally in South Carolina on Monday, Donald Trump appeared to confuse former Florida GOP Governor Jeb Bush with his brother, former President George W. Bush, while bragging to supporters how he beat him.

Jeb Bush, who was largely considered to be the default Republican Party nominee for the 2016 presidential election when he launched his campaign, dropped out in February of 2016 after the South Carolina primary.

“When I come here, everyone thought Bush was going to win,” Trump said, before claiming he was “up by about 50 points” over Bush. “They thought Bush because Bush was supposedly a military person.”

“You know what he was…He got us into the Middle East,” Trump claimed, wrongly. “How did that work out?”

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“But they also thought that Bush might win. Jeb. Remember Jeb? He used the word ‘Jeb,’ he didn’t use the word ‘Bush,’ I said, ‘You mean he’s ashamed of the last name?’ and then they immediately started using the name Bush,” Trump claimed.

The ex-president went on to continue denigrating Jeb Bush, accusing him of bringing his mother to campaign with him.

“Remember,” Trump said, “he brought his mother, his wonderful mother who’s 94 years old and it was pouring and they’re wheeling her around and it’s raining and horrible. I said, ‘Who would do that your mother, 94 years old. How desperate are you to win?”

Media Matters’ Craig Harrington, commenting on Trump’s latest gaffe, observed: “In the past two weeks, Donald Trump has:

– Warned that Joe Biden might start ‘World War 2’
– Confused his 2016 election opponent (Hillary Clinton) with former President Barack Obama
– Confused his 2016 primary opponent (Jeb Bush) with former President George W. Bush.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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Fulton County Judge in Trump Case Orders Jurors’ Identities and Images Must Be Protected



The Fulton County Superior Court judge presiding over Georgia’s RICO, conspiracy, and election interference case against Donald Trump on Monday afternoon ordered the identities and images of all jurors and prospective jurors to remain secret, ordering they may only be referred to by a number.

“No person shall videotape, photograph, draw in a realistic or otherwise identifiable manner, or otherwise record images, statements, or conversations of jurors/prospective jurors in any manner” that would violate a Superior Court rule, Judge Scott McAfee ordered, “except that the jury foreperson’s announcement of the verdict or questions to the judge may be audio recorded.”

“Jurors or prospective jurors shall be identified by number only in court filings or in open court,” he added.

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Judge McAfee also ordered no juror’s or prospective juror’s identity, “including names, addresses, telephone numbers, or identifying employment information” may be revealed.

MSNBC’s Katie Phang posted the order, and added: “Another important part of the Order: no responses from juror questionnaires or notes about jury selection shall be disclosed, unless permitted by the Court.”

Judge McAfee’s order comes after Donald Trump’s weekend of attacks on his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. Trump strongly suggested he should be executed for treason. Trump also strongly suggested he would target Comcast, NBC News, and MSNBC if he wins the 2024 presidential election.

Responding to the news, MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan observed, “We have just normalized the fact that the former president, and GOP presidential frontrunner, is basically a mob boss.”


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‘Isn’t Glock a Good Gun?’ Trump Asks Before Saying He Is Buying One – Campaign Forced to Deny He Did



During a photo shoot at a South Carolina gun shop, Donald Trump posed with and then said he wanted to buy a Glock, asking if it is “a good gun.”

Some say it might be illegal to sell a gun to anyone under criminal indictment, and if he took the gun with him that too might be illegal. It was not clear if, despite saying he would, he actually bought the firearm. The Trump campaign initially said he had, although later backtracked on its claim, and deleted the social media post saying he had.

In the photo op (video below,) Trump posed with several people, including the Republican Attorney General of South Carolina, Alan Wilson, who has held that elected position since 2011.

“Trump’s spokesman announced that Trump bought a Glock today in South Carolina. He even posted video,” wrote former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob. “If Trump took the gun with him, that’s a federal crime since he’s under indictment. There’s also a law against selling a gun to someone under federal indictment like Trump.”

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Reuters’ crime and justice reporter Brad Heath posted the federal laws that might apply, as well as Trump’s campaign spokesperson’s clip of the ex-president’s remarks, and his spokesperson saying, “President Trump purchases a @GLOCKInc in South Carolina!”

CNN analyst Stephen Gutowski, who writes about gun policy, added, “It would be a crime for him to actually buy this gun because he’s under felony indictment. Did he actually go through with this purchase?”

“People under felony indictments can’t ‘receive’ new firearms. That also means you can’t buy them,” he also wrote.

MSNBC anchor and legal contributor Katie Phang wrote, “I don’t know if he actually bought the gun. At least it didn’t happen in this video. Also, the Attorney General of South Carolina is in this video. Is he watching Trump commit a crime?”

But some pointed to a federal judge in Texas’ ruling from last year. Reuters reported, a “federal law prohibiting people under felony indictment from buying firearms is unconstitutional.”

Watch the video below or at this link.



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