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

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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. 

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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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Two weeks after the political class’s response to President Joe Biden’s poor debate performance threw the 2024 election into chaos, four political experts share their thinking about where the race actually stands and what Biden’s supporters should do.

“He can’t win right!? They point to the polling right?” wrote political strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher, a frequent NBC News/MSNBC political analyst, linking to a report about the latest polls which show President Biden ahead of Donald Trump. “Well this is the 2nd poll (credible poll) in 2 days showing the Pres race in statistical deadlock two weeks after debate! Using polls to push Biden out feels like red wave 2020 bs all over again.”

Belcher was commenting on the latest Marist College poll produced for NPR/PBS NewsHour. It found Biden beating Trump 50-48 in a one-to-one matchup. When factoring in the four third-party/independent candidates including RFK Jr., Trump came out ahead of Biden, 43-42.

FiveThirtyEight’s regularly updated polling aggregator currently shows Trump up over Biden by 1.9 points, a drop from Thursday where he was more than two points over Biden. FiveThirtyEight also currently shows; “Biden wins 50 times out of 100 in our simulations of the 2024 presidential election. Trump wins 49 times out of 100.”

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Former Republican and former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer, a resident scholar at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, says the Democratic “freak out needs to stop.”

“Enough.”

Pointing to that same Marist poll, she focuses on a different question.

“This poll also shows character matters more than age. That’s to Biden’s advantage.”

NPR’s headline on its article detailing the poll reads: “After Biden’s debate performance, the presidential race is unchanged.”

“Biden actually gained a point since last month’s survey, which was taken before the debate,” NPR reports, adding: “the survey also found that by a 2-to-1 margin, 68% to 32%, people said it’s more concerning to have a president who doesn’t tell the truth than one who might be too old to serve.”

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To Setmayer’s point, NPR also says, “A majority said Biden has the character to be president (52%), while a majority also said Trump does not (56%).”

Mike Madrid, the Latino GOP political consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder, offered advice to Biden supporters on how to think about Democrats and pundits pushing for the President to drop out of the race, and how to deal with the day-to-day emotional toll.

“Getting lots of questions on how to lower the anxiety level people are feeling. Best thing you can do is unfollow the people attacking Biden gratuitously. Don’t engage them. Unfollow them. It’s not an honest discussion. It’s a frenzy that’s doing real damage.”

“You will not get an explanation from the political arsonists fueling this panic,” he added. “Stop looking for one. Unfollow them. Drop your subscription. Quit listening. That’s the best thing you can do in the pro-democracy fight right now. Their gaslighting is now a suppression tactic.”

To someone who said they are “scared,” and the situation is “confusing, maddening and sad,” Madrid advised: “Nothing has changed. Stop watching TV and get off Twitter. Take the weekend off. Please.”

The Lincoln Project’s Stuart Stevens, a political strategist for decades and author of “The Conspiracy To End America,” writes: “I worked in campaigns for 30 years. I am hardwired to respond one way when your guy is in trouble: fight harder. Don’t start looking for exit ramps or magic bullets. Play the next play. Do your job. Ignore the scoreboard. It’s supposed to be hard.”

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RFK Jr. Apology Over Sexual Assault Allegation ‘Disingenuous’ – Unsure if More to Come

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the independent candidate running for president, has apologized to the woman who accused him of sexual assault, and separately told reporters he does not know if there are more potential accusers.

The 70-year old anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist who has said a worm ate a portion of his brain, has not denied allegations of sexual misconduct. A recent Vanity Fair profile reports that in 1998, Eliza Cooney, 23-years old at the time and working as a part-time baby sitter for RFK Jr. and his wife’s children, felt his “hand moving up and down her leg under the table” during “a meeting in the family kitchen.”

There are other allegations in the Vanity Fair profile that include Kennedy being shirtless in Cooney’s bedroom and asking her to rub lotion on his back, which she said was “totally inappropriate.”

And this: “A few months later, Cooney says, she was rifling through the kitchen pantry for lunch after a yoga class, still in her sports bra and leggings, when Kennedy came up behind her, blocked her inside the room, and began groping her, putting his hands on her hips and sliding them up along her rib cage and breasts. ‘My back was to the door of the pantry, and he came up behind me,’ she says, describing the alleged sexual assault. ‘I was frozen. Shocked.’ ”

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The Washington Post Friday morning reported RFK Jr. “privately apologized to a woman who accused him of sexual assault, saying he does not remember the alleged incident and that any harm he caused was ‘inadvertent.’ ”

“’I have no memory of this incident but I apologize sincerely for anything I ever did that made you feel uncomfortable or anything I did or said that offended you or hurt your feelings,’ Kennedy wrote in a text message to Cooney sent at 12:33 a.m. on July 4, two days after her accusations became public. ‘I never intended you any harm. If I hurt you, it was inadvertent. I feel badly for doing so.’ ”

Cooney told The Post that Kennedy’s texted message was “disingenuous and arrogant.”

“I’m not sure how somebody has a true apology for something that they don’t admit to recalling. I did not get a sense of remorse.”

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Also on Friday, hidden in the middle of a Boston Globe soft profile of the presidential candidate whose support has reportedly now hit ten percent – possibly enough to change the outcome of the election – is Kennedy’s apparent acknowledgment there could be more allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Asked if other women might come forward with similar allegations he said, ‘I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.’ ”

The Globe notes Kennedy “is currently on the ballot in nine states, and submitted enough signatures to eventually get on the ballot in 15 states. There are five other states where the campaign claims to have enough signatures but hasn’t turned in them in yet, in some cases because the window to do so hasn’t opened.”

FiveThirtyEight reports there is a 58% chance the election “is decided by a smaller margin than the vote share for third-party candidates,” meaning Kennedy, who has the largest portion of third party votes, may have the potential to change the election outcome.

In a parenthetical addition, Vanity Fair updated its report, writing: “After this story was published, Kennedy told the Breaking Points podcast, in response to Cooney’s allegations, that he is ‘not a church boy… I have so many skeletons in my closet.’ When pressed to respond directly to her claims, he told the anchor, ‘I’m not going to comment on it.’ ”

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Critics: Where’s Trump’s Hour-Long Press Conference With Policy Questions from Reporters?

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Following President Joe Biden’s 58-minute long unscripted, solo press conference without a teleprompter, fielding questions from reporters and responding with nuance and depth on a range of issues including foreign and domestic policy, some critics are calling on his opponent, ex-president Donald Trump, to do the same.

It’s been a long time since Trump has held an actual unscripted, lengthy, solo press conference, with questions from reporters, and well-over a year since he did one that wasn’t centered on his legal crises.

“When is last time Trump did an hour long press conference? Anyone know?” asked Bloomberg News’ Steven Dennis Thursday night after the President’s press conference.

“So now the media will demand that Trump hold an hour-long press conference on complex foreign policy issues — right?” snarked attorney and legal commentator Tristan Snell, who headed the successful New York State civil prosecution of Trump University.

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“Trump is getting a free pass just like he did in 2016. No way he could do a press conference for 40 minutes after 3 long days with world leaders. He is incoherent most of time when he’s not spewing bile,” declared CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney Friday morning.

“It’s now time for the corporate media to dissect every word Trump says for the next two weeks, have debates on his mental state, amplify the small number of Republicans who want Trump to drop out and demand he hold a press conference where we can dissect him even more,” remarked attorney and SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah Friday morning.

“Per CSPAN last time Trump held a press conference that approached an hour in length at which he took questions from reporters, he was still president,” observed Aaron Fritschner, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Friday morning.

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He adds, “Per the CSPAN archive, the last time Donald Trump took questions from reporters in a press conference was on February 8th. National and campaign reporters made an issue of the lack of press conferences with Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. To date, they have not done so with Trump.”

On November 8, 2022, from Mar-a-Lago, after polls closed, Donald Trump delivered remarks discussing the midterm elections. He spoke for about four minutes to supporters and took no questions from reporters, whom he mocked. (Full C-SPAN video.)

Semafor’s David Weigel argues, “A lot of the ‘whatabout Trump’ stuff is cope, but he really is getting an easy ride with interviewers compared to 2016 or 2020.”

“Most of his interviews are softball-fests. When he did All-In the campaign had to clean up his green card/diploma answer.”

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