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Jeb Bush Says ‘Not Sure We Need A Half-Billion Dollars For Women’s Health’ Then Says He Misspoke?

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Late Tuesday Jeb Bush rushed to walk back comments he made speaking to a high-level Southern Baptist and evangelical crowd. Was this a “gaffe”? It doesn’t seem so.

Jeb Bush Tuesday told a large Nashville crowd as he sat with Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention that the videos that purportedly claim to show Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetus parts prove the next president should defund Planned Parenthood. 

And then he added, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars in funding for women’s health programs,” Bush insisted. “If you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine organizations, community health organizations that exist, federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues.”

“But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government in my mind,” he concluded.

It’s not, by law. MSNBC’s Steve Benen called the comment “needlessly dishonest,” and adds:

In other words, it appears one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination scoffed at investing in women’s health, and when questioned, he lied about the work of an organization he opposes for reasons he can’t explain.

Hillary Clinton was quick to pounce, and rightly so.

Bush issued two statements trying to walk back his comments suggesting women aren’t worthy of a mere $500 million of federal investment in their health care, saying he “misspoke.” He then called Planned Parenthood “an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs.”

That of course is false, as has been proven countless times, but conservatives keep pushing the lie because their base so desperately wants to believe it’s true.

Bush’s history would lead many to believe he did not misspeak, that he fully believes what he said.

Just two weeks ago, Bush insisted that America needs to “phase out” Medicare. Medicare, one of the most cost-effective, successful, and beloved government programs of all time.

And less than a month ago, Bush said Americans “need to work longer hours.” Too many Americans are working two or three jobs just trying to make ends meet, but the former Florida governor – who made tens of millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards and delivering speeches – wants working class Americans to work even more? 

He later tried to claim he meant people looking for full-time work, but his message was clear.

Jeb Bush’s plan for America seems pretty clear: defund Planned Parenthood, get rid of Medicare, force Americans to work longer hours.

 

Image by Michael Vadon via Flickr and a CC license

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Bill Barr Ouster Demanded by Over 1100 Ex-Justice Dept Officials in Scathing Letter

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According to a report from the New York Times, over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to step down.

The report states the letter insists, “Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice,” adding those actions “require Mr. Barr to resign.”

The Times notes that signers of the letter come from across the political spectrum, adding, “Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more.”

Pointing out that the impetus for the letter is related to Barr’s interference in the Roger Stone case that led to prosecutors who handled it resigning en masse, the Times also reports that the signees, “Also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress.”

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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’

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For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.

Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”

Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”

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Trump Deploying Border Patrol’s Highly-Armed Elite Tactical Agents to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities

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Continuing his attacks on his enemies one week after being acquitted on articles of impeachmenmt President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a group of the Border Patrol’s elite tactical agents to deploy in major sanctuary cities to round up and arrest undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports.

Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Unit, BORTAC, are being sent to sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.

BORTAC “acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol.”

These are top border patrol agents, who use stun grenades and other weapons usually reserved for warfare “in the most rugged and swelteringly hot areas of the border.”

BORTAC agents receive “enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification,” and “the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

“Their presence could spark new fear in immigrant communities that have been on high alert under the stepped-up deportation and detention policies adopted after Mr. Trump took office,” the Times notes.

Former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske calls the decision a  “significant mistake.”

“If you were a police chief and you were going to make an apprehension for a relatively minor offense, you don’t send the SWAT team. And BORTAC is the SWAT team,” Kerlikowske, a former chief of police in Seattle, told the Times. “They’re trained for much more hazardous missions than this.”

 

Image by Kristoffer Grogan/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr 

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