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House Republicans say they have enough votes to pass Trumpcare today, despite being a lethal moral obscenity that the CBO hasn’t scored, that could strip your employer plan of prescriptions and maternity care (among other things), that considers sexual assault to be a pre-existing condition, that is so good that Republican legislators have gone and exempted themselves and their staffs from.

▲ Here’s What Republicans Are Voting For on Thursday


FBI director James Comey stands by his decision to alert Congress, days before the election, about his agency’s investigation into emails related to Hillary Clinton’s server. “Look, this is terrible. It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” Comey said. “But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.” Personally, I’d be puking my guts out for weeks, but okay.

President Trump celebrated today’s National Day of Prayer by undoing a ban on political activity by churches and freeing them from requirements that they provide contraception coverage in their health insurance plans. "Freedom is a gift from god,” Trump said, which I sincerely doubt he actually believes.


You are now invited to a tortoise party.


Stephen Colbert finally (and unapologetically) responds to #FireColbert backlash: ‘I would do it again’
Prince Philip, who turns 96 in June, to step down from carrying out royal engagements
Obama endorses Emmanuel Macron in French election

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Best Quality: His wiggles.


Some tweets are a true gift of unfortunate beauty.


I love a good art.

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“Felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body.”


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Beto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz's Punk-Rock Problem
How a progressive congressman – and former bassist – from El Paso is threatening to unseat the Senate's most hated Republican.

I’m following this guy, and will probably send his campaign some $$$, even though I don’t live in Texas or have any connections to Texas. Regardless of what the experts say, I think he can win and move from the House to the Senate. Running as a Democrat for Ted Cruz’ Senate seat in Texas. Dems don’t win in Texas. But Beto O’Rourke has never lost a campaign. What do people in Texas think about Cruz? Some info to consider:

By the election – after Cruz grudgingly endorsed the man who threatened his wife and implicated his father in the plot to kill JFK – 49 percent of Texas voters disapproved of the job Cruz was doing. Today, his 37 percent approval rating in the state is about as dismal as Trump’s is nationally.

Some stuff about Beto O’Rourke:

Few people knew of his crusade to combat gang violence by legalizing marijuana, or the years he spent playing bass with Cedric Bixler-Zavala (now a member of the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In) in their old punk band Foss. That started to change last summer, after Speaker Paul Ryan ordered C-Span cameras turned off during Democrats’ 25-hour sit-in to protest inaction on gun control, and O'Rourke launched his own broadcast on Facebook Live (Ryan has since passed a measure that would fine live-streaming from the House floor). O'Rourke’s profile spiked again earlier this year after a blizzard canceled flights into D.C. – he and a Republican colleague, Rep. Will Hurd, live-streamed a 1,600-mile rental-car drive (#CongressionalCannonballRun) from Texas to the nation’s capital. Tens of thousands of people, including dozens of colleagues in the House and Senate, plus Mark Zuckerberg, tuned in for the 36-hour bipartisan “town hall,” during which O'Rourke and Hurd grabbed doughnuts, talked health care and border security, and made a detour to Graceland.

Besides supporting limits on guns, O'Rourke, who is 44, is pro-choice and a vocal advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. If that sounds like a tough way to win a race in Texas – where political moderation is considered symptomatic of a disease known as “Californication” – O'Rourke has vowed to do it without accepting a cent of PAC money. He has reason to be confident: For one thing, he’s never lost a race. He won his first bid for Congress campaigning in a district on the Mexican border, on a platform calling for the legalization of marijuana. His rival in the primary, an eight-term incumbent, had the full support of the Democratic establishment – Barack Obama endorsed him; Bill Clinton came to El Paso to stump – but O'Rourke, whose political career at the time consisted of two terms on the El Paso City Council, stole the seat nonetheless.

“Trump has only been in office a few months. We can’t blame him for how things are right now.”

Really? Really? 

Obama wasn’t in the news every other day having a tweet war or rant like a fucking toddler. Obama wasn’t in the news every other day with an article about taking rights away from a minority group of people. Obama wasn’t in the news because he wanted to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, WIC, funding for libraries and museums, or healthcare for 20 million Americans. Obama wasn’t taking away LGBTQIA and disabled people’s federal rights to employment protection in spite of the disability / sexuality. Obama didn’t have his VP having to say things like “Well he did say that” about things because of outlandish claims that had no backing. Obama didn’t spark what might be the largest organized protest in American history. Obama didn’t want to take care away from poor women who may not have access to OBGYN care due to economic status. Obama wasn’t endorsed by groups like the KKK. Obama’s administration wasn’t under investigation with just a few months in office. Obama didn’t make criminal accusations about the administration before him with absolutely no proof. Obama didn’t want to defund things like National Public Radio or the National Endowment for the Arts. Obama didn’t call the press liars every time they said something he didn’t like. Obama didn’t try to actively suppress free media. Obama wasn’t in the news because he had managed to act like a fucking adult for two hours during a speech. Obama didn’t need people around him to coddle him into doing his job. Obama didn’t get his news from notoriously unreliable sources. Obama didn’t spread false news stories, he fact checked them. Obama wasn’t a laughing stock to the rest of the world. Obama was better than Trump. I could go on and on, but honestly, this is getting exhausting.

So yeah. Yeah. I think we can blame Trump and his administration for how fucked up things are right now. I think we can pretty easily and with much justification blame Trump for the state of America right now. I think it’s pretty obvious. 

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🇫🇷 President Barack Obama endorsed the intelligent & inclusive Centrist, pro-E.U. candidate Emmanuel Macron last week. However on the eve of the French Presidential election we learned of similar Russian interference and hacking of the anti-Putin candidate just as they did of the Hillary Clinton campaign in the US. Let’s hope the French electorate isn’t fooled towards the bigoted & fascist candidate preferred and openly endorsed by Putin.

Vive-la-france🇫🇷

“He was endorsed by the KKK but HE HASN’T BEEN RACIST” You’re right you know sometimes the KKK just feels like maybe we just wanna endorse a guy who doesn’t preach our beliefs thats why we endorsed Obama.

Except that didn’t happen you slimy prune.

I’m just already excited for next summer because if Dreamworks is going to have the same pacing as HTTYD2, we’ll be getting more information come Winter 2017. Then a trailer Summer 2017. Then Barack Obama will endorse Hiccstrid again. Then a full trailer as a Christmas present. Then 2018 we’ll get two more trailers. I just want the joy of discovery again. 

…maybe a little exaggerated, but come on, 2013/2014 was a really fun time for our fandom

The 2016 US presidential election has been dominating our collective consciousness for the last two years. We tried to distract ourselves with women Ghostbusters and @linmanuel​ Miranda and Leo’s Oscar, but the 2016 campaign kept sucking us in. As it comes to a close, the conversation keeps getting louder, and we’ve compiled the highlights.

The charts below track the volume of the conversation about the election on Tumblr, as measured in original posts, reblogs, likes, and searches. These terms included, but weren’t limited to, #election 2016, #presidential election, and #voting. The spikes tell us what got people talking—primaries, debates, alleged serial killers, etc.

April 1 - May 21, 2016

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#Obama’s campaign promise of “hope & change”?

In the beginning, Obama did keep his campaign promise of “hope and change” by banning gifts from especial interests to the Democratic National Committee. But then, in Obama’s final year in office. Failed to stand up to Debbie Wasserman Schultz who removed the gift ban from especial interests to the DNC.

To add insult to injury, Obama endorse Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her re-election campaign which makes Obama part of the problem.

Is this really the so called “hope and change” that we expected from him?

Former President Barack Obama Has Endorsed Macdennis Now That He Is Out Of Office Says “everybody chill, it’s cool now”, Leftists Call Him  A P*ssy For Not Doing It Sooner

Sanders promises to help Clinton defeat Trump in November.

Washington (CNN) Democrats took giant steps toward party unity Thursday as Bernie Sanders vowed to work together with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump in November and President Barack Obama formally endorsed Clinton for president.

Sanders’ decision to continue his White House bid even after Clinton became the party’s presumptive presidential nominee has had Democrats on high alert as they seek to quickly change gears and take on Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Sanders’ first explicit promise on Thursday to join forces with Clinton to take on the Republicans will help quell concerns among Democrats about divisions in the party.

Emerging from the White House after a meeting with Obama that lasted more than an hour, Sanders warned that a Trump presidency would be a “disaster” and that he would “work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States.”

“I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%,” Sanders told reporters.

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So Bernie sanders has some good sense and he knows the number one goal has to be defeating Donald Trump.  Is everybody else ready to get on the same team?

Of course not.  Look at this comment (which I will leave anonymous this time because it’s by a friend and I’m not finna put him on blast like that):

Bernie didn’t say he was going to help Hillary.  He said he he would work to make sure Trump isn’t President which could mean he’s running as an independent!

I’m like…boy if you don’t get your delusional head on outta the clouds!  We out here working toward party unity and some folks are still hoping he runs as an independent…to what effect?  Splitting the Liberal vote and letting Trump walk away with the White House? 

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Transcript: The Michelle Obama Speech That Brought Down The House At The DNC
The first lady on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on the opening day of the Democratic convention in an emotional speech that led the crowd to chant, "We love you."
By Michelle Broder Van Dyke

On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

She talked about how Clinton “didn’t get angry or disillusioned” when she lost eight years ago to President Obama, and made the case for her becoming the first female president in the history of the US.

At the end of the speech, the audience gave the First Lady a standing ovation, while screaming“We love you, Michelle!”

Read the full transcript of the speech here:

Thank you all. Thank you so much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.

Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?

I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.

When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.

And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, what have we done?

See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them.

That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.

With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kids who tell us I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.

Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?

And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.

And I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.

That’s right.

See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection, but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.

You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives, advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.

And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.

Hillary did not pack up and go home, because as a true public servant Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.

So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.

And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing. What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.

And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.

I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.

Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.

I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.

And we give back even when we’re struggling ourselves because we know that there is always someone worse off. And there but for the grace of God go I.

I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.

And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together.

And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why in this election I’m with her.

You see, Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.

Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.

People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.

Leaders like Tim Kaine who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.

Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.

That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.

And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.

And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.

So, look, so don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth!

And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago.

We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!

So let’s get to work. Thank you all and God bless.

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straight ppl take for granted how commonplace it is to show support for the lgbt community now completely forgetting that the political atmosphere was so different very very recently. in literally in 2010 you couldn’t serve openly in the military as a gay person. it wasn’t until literally 20fucking12 until obama was able to endorse same sex marriage. when no corporation besides like fucking Oreos would take a stand for the lgbt community because they were too afraid to lose customers. i see straight people out here pretending like this acceptance and support for the community has just always been there like all of this isn’t EXTREMELY EXTREMELY new and as if there still isn’t rampant violent homophobia in the US

President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address reiterated his support for a federal plan to allow Americans with expensive federal student debt to refinance into cheaper loans.

About 41 million Americans owe a combined .3 trillion on their student loans, according to data from the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of Education. Unpaid debts have doubled since 2008, making student loans the second-biggest source of household debt after home mortgages. The average debtor with federal student loans owes nearly ,000.

“I want to work with this Congress, to make sure those already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so that student debt doesn’t derail anyone’s dreams,” Obama said Tuesday evening.

The most popular version of the proposal, championed last year by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), would have given millions of borrowers the opportunity to lower their monthly federal student loan payments. Obama and a majority of the Senate supported Warren’s plan, but nearly all Senate Republicans blocked it from advancing.

Under the plan, borrowers with student loans would be able to refinance debts that sometimes exceed 10 percent into new loans ranging from 3.86 percent to 6.41 percent.

The state of California recently enacted a similar plan into law, giving potentially thousands of borrowers with student loans the opportunity to refinance into cheaper debts. Prominent bankers and financiers, as well as federal policymakers, have been warning about the dangers of mounting student debt burdens for about two years. Many experts suspect that student loans are holding back key parts of the economy, and risk doing so for the foreseeable future.

Warren’s plan failed to advance in large part because most Republicans refused to consider a a tax increase on the richest households to pay for it. When borrowers with loans refinance into cheaper debts, the owners of the loans – in this case, the U.S. government – suffer losses because of reduced future interest payments.

In Warren’s plan, those losses would largely be borne by the richest U.S. households, who would have to pay higher taxes in order to fund the refinancing scheme.

The richest U.S. households have generally fared the best during the current economic recovery, which followed the Great Recession.

Warren’s bill failed in the Senate in June about a week after Obama endorsed it. Obama’s reference to the plan Tuesday night may cement it as a key Democratic issue for candidates in future national elections.

Shahien Nasiripour