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I can’t stop laughing over the racist neckbeards on the Marvel Facebook page upset about a completely innocuous illustration of Miss Marvel urging people to vote as being too politically biased towards Hillary (it doesn’t say anything about who to vote for, but apparently a Muslim superhero talking about the election is too much).

And the fuckboys in the comments trying to argue that freaking Steve Rogers would be an enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter. I’m fairly certain they’ve either never read a Captain America comic or watched one of the films, or they’re just misinterpreting the character to a BAFFLING degree.

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Trump’s approval rating hits new low, according to a new Gallup poll

  • Just two months into his first term, only 37% of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, according to a Gallup poll released Sunday. 
  • His disapproval rating, meanwhile, hovers around 58%.
  • The numbers are a stark contrast to the approval rating of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who at the same point in 2009 had a 61% approval rating according to the same poll. Read more (3/20/17 8 AM)

Most young people in the US think Donald Trump is an illegitimate president

  • A majority of young adults in the U.S. think that President Donald Trump is an illegitimate president, according to a new GenForward poll.
  • The poll found that 57% of Americans between ages 18 and 30 believe that Trump’s presidency is illegitimate.
  • The poll also found that young adults across all races and ethnicities disapprove of Trump’s performance as president and believe that the country is on the “wrong track.” Read more (3/20/17 9 AM)
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An overwhelming majority of people disapproves of Republican lawmakers’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a ready replacement for the health care law, according to a poll released Friday.

And judging by the letter-writing and lobbying in the first week of the new Congressional session, many health care and business groups agree.

A poll released Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 75 percent of Americans say they either want lawmakers to leave Obamacare alone, or repeal it only when they can replace it with a new health care law. Twenty percent of those polled say that want to see the law killed immediately.

But Drew Altman, CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the poll shows lawmakers don’t have a strong mandate to repeal Obamacare.

“Most of the American people said they’re either against repealing it or they’re against repealing it unless Republicans put a replacement plan on the table,” Altman says. “They want to see what comes next before they seen the ACA repealed.”

Poll: Most Americans Say Don’t Repeal Obamacare Without A Replacement

Graphic: NPR, Kaiser Family Foundation 

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Trump is historically unpopular a week before his inauguration

  • More than half of the country views Trump unfavorably, according to a new Gallup survey
  • That makes him the most unpopular incoming president since Gallup began tracking presidential transitions.
  • In the early January survey, 51% of adults living in the United States disapprove of the way Trump is handling his transition, an increase from the last poll.
  • For comparison, just 12% disapproved of President Barack Obama’s transition in 2009, 25% disapproved of President George W. Bush’s transition in 2001 and 18% disapproved of President Bill Clinton’s transition in 1993. Read more

Why are we even surprised anymore? Anything these people hear, that they don’t agree with, they say it’s fake news.

Meanwhile, in a better world
  • Steve Rogers: Donald Trump is proudly ignorant, proudly bigoted, and entirely unfit for the highest office of the land. I've been an American longer than Trump has been alive, and his plans to make America great again would only bring back all the things I was glad to find gone when I woke up.
  • Donald Trump: Captain America, what does he know? They say he's a hero, he's not a hero. He's just a hero because he got frozen. I like guys who don't get frozen.
6 numbers sum up Trump’s collapsing agenda:

2 — the number of federal court decisions striking down President Donald Trump’s newest travel ban.

After the president’s first executive order banning travel and immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries was struck down, the White House had hoped the second, narrowed order would not face a similar fate. But hours before the ban was to go into effect, a judge in Hawaii said the order should not be implemented. The judge’s decision relied heavily on past public statements made by Trump and his advisers. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote, “the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion, in spite of its stated, religiously neutral purpose.” Read more from Watson’s decision.  

On Thursday, a federal judge in Maryland also ruled against Trump’s revised order.

5 — the number of times Trump’s two bans have lost in federal court.

So Trump’s latest ban has lost twice in court — that’s on top of the three times his original order faced comprehensive legal blows. The lead attorney in the Hawaii case told MSNBC that presidents rarely lose cases on national security grounds. “There’s only been a handful of presidents that have lost cases on national security grounds in an entire history,” Neal Katyal said. Trump’s losses are “not a good omen for the future.”

24 million — the number of additional people who will lose or go without health insurance by 2026 under the American Health Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office estimate, released Monday, immediately raised alarms that the Republican health insurance plan was in trouble. A little more than a week after the bill’s release, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is now saying the AHCA will need changes to pass the House. A dozen Republican senators have already criticized the legislation, making passage of its current form doubtful. The CBO score will allow the House to “make some necessary improvements and refinements,” Ryan said Wednesday — a break from his earlier comment that voting on the bill was a “binary choice.” Vice President Mike Pence also told House Republicans the bill could change.

So did Trump. “It’s very preliminary,” Trump said of the AHCA on Wednesday night. The president also told reporters on a flight back to Washington from a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, “We will get something through.”

28% — the proposed reduction in funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development under the president’s budget.

Among all the numbers in the Trump’s proposed budget blueprint, the $10.1 billion cut to America’s diplomatic infrastructure may attract the most opposition on Capitol Hill. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have said they will not support a budget with such a deep cut to the agencies overseeing foreign policy.

Read more on the budget proposal, full of cuts to federal agencies, below.

2 — the number of Congressional Republicans leading investigations into Russian hacking who are demanding proof of wiretapping.

Graham and Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, have both joined with their Democratic colleagues to demand the Justice Department show proof President Barack Obama had Trump wiretapped during the campaign.

Nunes, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday, “I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.” If the FBI does not respond to his inquiry, Graham said he will subpoena the agency to tell his Senate committee whether a warrant was issued to wiretap Trump.

40% — the portion of Americans who approve of Trump’s presidency.

Near its lowest point since Trump took office in January, a majority of Americans have not approved of the president since he took office, according to Gallup. A RealClearPolitics aggregation of all polls shows a similar level of dissatisfaction, reporting an average 43.9% approval rate. Polling on the AHCA has found the voters do not like specifics of the Republican proposal — and are supportive of some of the core tenets preserved from the Affordable Care Act.

Nearly two months into the presidency, Trump’s agenda is on the rocks. Read more (3/16/17 10:41 AM)

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In Pennsylvania, election observers are guarding against voter suppression tactics

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Minority voters here may notice the presence of election observers milling about polling places during Tuesday’s election. Pennsylvania organizers from Election Protection, a nonpartisan organization run by the the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, planned to dispatch close to 700 observers. These volunteers have been trained to spot suppression tactics, record those incidences and report them to the appropriate authority. This year could be particularly bad for minority voters — and not because of Trump.