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Planned Parenthood reportedly blocked from delivering petitions to Paul Ryan’s office

  • Planned Parenthood volunteers arrived at House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office armed with nearly 90,000 petitions in response to GOP plans to strip the organization of its funding.
  • Ryan delivered the news at a press conference, announcing that the legislation would be folded in with the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Apparently, the House speaker wasn’t quite ready for the impending backlash: According to tweets from Planned Parenthood’s official account, volunteers were greeted by a sign on Ryan’s door informing visitors that only “scheduled appointments” would be admitted into his office.
  • The organization also alleged that six security guards had been sent to physically block the delivery of the petitions. Read more.

Watch: Samantha Bee says House Speaker Paul Ryan is the “Taylor Swift” of the GOP because he feigns innocence and is completely disingenuous

Bee focused on Ryan’s big shift on everything related to Trump in a segment called Paul Ryan: Portrait in Courage. Last year, the speaker went from saying he wasn’t ready to support Trump, to penning an op-ed endorsing the then-presidential candidate, to defending Trump’s policies. Check out Ryan’s full descent into brown (orange?) nosing territory.

Gifs: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee


The Republican health care bill would not affect Americans equally. Older, poorer people would see big reductions in coverage and cost increases, according to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. This first step in the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would also create a modest deficit reduction.

5 Charts That Explain The CBO Report On The Republican Health Plan

Charts: Danielle Kurtzleben and Alyson Hurt/NPR


GOP is happy to spend billions on Trump’s wall. Here’s what they wouldn’t pay for.

  • Trump is seeking billions of federal dollars to pay for his border wall between the United States and Mexico — an $8 to $14-billion price tag.
  • Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s happy to foot the bill, even without a clear revenue source.
  • Yet for the past eight years, Republicans railed against bills that had hefty price tags and no clear source of funding
  • Including:
    • Health care for 9/11 first responders
    • Hurricane Sandy aid
    • The Flint water crisis
    • Zika virus funding
  • Only 37% of Americans support the border wall. Read more
The staggering turnout of young college educated males voting for Trump was by far the most disheartening thing about the election. They were all there almost exclusively because they support Trump as this ‘last of the alpha males, when men were men’ type mindset. The younger demo of Trump supporters, men in particular, like Trump because he represents the last great vestiges of old white man’s America, where woman are 2nd class citizens, gays and blacks and minorities are pests and pariahs on the purity of society to be subtly persecuted, and the concept of a 'real man’  is key to the functioning of society. Male identity as a whole not just in the USA but around the world is undergoing a rapid change in the world we live in today. Not everyone understand or agrees with the idea, but it is happening regardless because you cannot stop progress, you can only slow it down. A lot of what these young men idolise in Trump is this archaic ideal of what a “real man” used to be, but America as a whole, and the white male in particular has fallen and become pussified and a part of the whole 'Make America Great Again’ rhetoric is about re-establishing archaic toxic macho culture as the norm when it just doesn’t fit into the 2000s anymore.
A lot of those misguided but very educated young men probably don’t give 2 fucks about the knock on effects of Trumps economics on small rural communities where maybe their parents or grandparents came from, they were the ones posting Ppepe memes and trolling liberal cucks on line for the lulz, and wanting Donald to win so 1. they can troll some more and 2. feel like they have “taken back” male identity and re-established it in the way it used to be where men didn’t have feelings and never cried and dealt with mental health issues by bringing on whiskey and beating their wives. There’s a whole generation of young men who grew up watching Mad Men and seeing the way things used to be for men and thought to themselves 'Man I wish we could go back to that.' 
And that is where Trump got such a huge level of support from young white college educated males. Stupid idiotic foolish macho bravado.

A young guy I knew had a real ‘drop the mic’ moment.

I didn’t say this. But, dear God, I wish I had.