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In Major Blow To Trump, GOP Health Care Bill Vote Delayed
The bill faced opposition from the center and right within the party. And Trump, for all his efforts at deal-making, hasn't been able yet to secure the votes.

John Boehner, when he was speaker of the GOP-controlled House, once likened his job to keeping 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow.

President Trump and current House Speaker Paul Ryan are running into the same problem.

NPR’s Susan Davis reports that the long-promised Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been delayed. It was supposed to get a vote Thursday night, but it has been running into trouble — from both the right and the center.

Because I’m once again procrastinating on my thesis

Relationship status: in a relationship

Favorite color: black

Lipstick or chapstick: chapstick

Last song I listened to: songs from Moana

Last movie I watched: Zoolander 2

Top 3 TV shows: Modern Family, Black Mirror, American Horror Story

Books I’m currently reading: lol what are books

Top 3 characters:
Harry Potter (who I have always pictured as East Asian), Moana, Lily from Modern Family

Top 3 ships:
James Potter and Sirius Black, Lily Evans and Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger and Cho Chang (sorry, I only have Harry Potter ships - I’m HP trash)

5 things in my bag:
laptop, calculator, ID badge, meds, pens

5 things in my room:
bed, two lamps whose light bulbs I need to replace, an overhead light whose bulb I also need to replace, my stuffed animals, desk

5 things on my to-do list:
WRITE MY FUCKING THESIS T_T, get a job, get my life together, figure out what I want to do with my life, actually do that

5 things I’m currently into: 
food, sleep, netflix, not failing, financial stability

Tagging the other mods if they want to do it! And any of our followers

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Twitter suspends Martin Shkreli for harassing journalist Lauren Duca

  • Martin Shkreli spent his weekend persistently harassing writer and Teen Vogue editor Lauren Duca on Twitter. 
  • On Thursday, Shkreli began his bombardment with an invitation, asking Duca to be his “+1 to the inaug.”
  • After being rebuffed, Shkreli apparently added a note to his Twitter bio: “also i have a small crush on @laurenduca (hope she doesn’t find out).”
  • He then updated his profile picture to one of Duca and her husband but with Shkreli’s face edited onto her husband’s body.
  • He also replaced his cover photo with a collage of her face, which was allegedly “fan-made.”
  • The pharma bro told the Verge that he wasn’t harassing Duca — because she hadn’t directly told him to stop, he couldn’t knowingly be acting “against Duca’s will.”
  • Twitter suspended him at approximately 1 PM Sunday. Read more
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Chanyeol’s Birthday Countdown: The ABCs of Chanyeol
➥ Day 23 - B for Boyfriend material

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Take the courses. Brace the main and mizzen aback. Haul in the guns. Close all the gun ports. You’re letting up? With the damage done to the rig, I can’t maneuver our broadside around fast enough to be of any effect. The sloops are too nimble. But hauling in the guns? They’ll board us easily.

Requested by @catsupy

Here at the Scientific Pokedex, we like dealing with scientifically-proven facts. Here is one such fact for you: Cutiefly is flippin’ adorable.

This is one of those rare pokémon that’s straight-up ripped off from our world. Cutiefly is the “Bee Fly” pokémon, and Bee Flies are the Bombyliidae family in our world:

Bee Flies are in fact flies, not bees. They are also fuzzy and adorable. Like bees, they feed on nectar and pollen. Looking like a bee works to their advantage: bee flies will infiltrate bee nests, eating the bee’s hard-earned storage of nectar and honey. They also eat the bee’s eggs, replacing them with their own bee fly eggs for the bee mom to raise unsuspectingly. 

The pokédex states that Cutiefly can “sense auras” of flowers, and because of that can they tell which flowers are about to bloom. Usually when a pokédex entry mentions the word “aura”, things start to slip scientifically. In Cutiefly’s instance, this is not the case at all: real bees (and bee flies) have special eyes that show them a lot more about flowers than we can see.

Human eyes, as you might know, can only detect a small wavelength range of light. All other kinds of light–infrared, radio, microwave, x-ray etc. – are invisible to us. This is not the case for bees (and bee flies): A bee’s eye can see a different wavelength range than us, and therefore they can see more “colors”. Specifically, they can see farther into the ultraviolet:

Flowers are colorful enough as they are to us, but it turns out flowers are even more colorful in the ultraviolet. Specifically, flowers “light up” close to the center: basically a big neon sign saying “the nectar is right here!” for creatures that can see it. Here’s a few examples of what flowers might look like to Cutiefly:

Beyond this, bees can also sense electric fields. Pollen has a slight negative charge to it which creates an electric field, so when a flower has a lot of pollen it will light up even more on a bee’s radar. A flower has a lot of pollen when it is in full bloom and hasn’t been visited by a bee yet. With this, bees can “sense” when a flower is in its prime, just as Cutiefly’s pokédex entry suggests.

Cutiefly is a Bee Fly, with special eyes that can see ultraviolet light. Because of this, Cutiefly can sense when a flower is rich in nectar and pollen.

My Visit to Trump’s Washington

I spent much of this past week in Washington – talking with friends still in government, former colleagues, high-ranking Democrats, a few Republican pundits, and some members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. It was my first visit to our nation’s capital since Trump became president.

My verdict:

1. Washington is more divided, angry, bewildered, and fearful – than I’ve ever seen it.

2. The angry divisions aren’t just Democrats versus Republicans. Rancor is also exploding inside the Republican Party.

3. Republicans (and their patrons in big business) no longer believe Trump will give them cover to do what they want to do. They’re becoming afraid Trump is genuinely nuts, and he’ll pull the party down with him.

4. Many Republicans are also angry at Paul Ryan, whose replacement bill for Obamacare is considered by almost everyone on Capitol Hill to be incredibly dumb.

5. I didn’t talk with anyone inside the White House, but several who have had dealings with it called it a cesspool of intrigue and fear. Apparently everyone working there hates and distrusts everyone else.

6. The Washington foreign policy establishment – both Republican and Democrat – is deeply worried about what’s happening to American foreign policy, and the worldwide perception of America being loony and rudderless. They think Trump is legitimizing far-right movements around the world.

7. Long-time civil servants are getting ready to bail. If they’re close to retirement they’re already halfway out the door. Many in their 30s and 40s are in panic mode.

8. Republican pundits think Bannon is even more unhinged than Trump, seeking to destroy democracy as we’ve known it.

9. Despite all this, no one I talked with thought a Trump impeachment likely, at least not any time soon – unless there’s a smoking gun showing Trump’s involvement in Russia’s intrusion into the election.

10. Many people asked, bewilderedly, “how did this [Trump] happen?” When I suggest it had a lot to do with the 35-year-long decline of incomes of the bottom 60 percent; the growing sense, ever since the Wall Street bailout, that the game is rigged; and the utter failure of both Republicans and Democrats to reverse these trends – they gave me blank stares.

Back in Uni..

Non-Default Eyes for Toddlers

Hey guys, I apologise for basically being dead over the Christmas period. I’m back! I’ve had a lot of requests to make a few of my eyes compatible with toddlers since their release, so here they are!

I’ve updated the original files so the links should still work as they are, if you have any of these eyes and want them for toddlers just re-download and overwrite the original. 

These are non-defaults, I can also do contact and default replacement versions. Those are coming soon, it’s a little difficult keeping up with what I’ve done already :P (I think I’ve already updated the Lovers eyes to have contacts)

Here are the links to the posts for the eyes, as I said the files for each should be updated but please let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Dreamy V1 & V2

Lovers

Elsewhere V2


P.S. Daydream skin is now also available for the little ones too :)

Next up on the list of old CC to be revamped is the ruffled dress from RGS, now with actual shading and definition where the previous version was flat as a sad pancake. (Ignore the part where both models are pulling the same pose. I was too lazy to retake the shots once I realised.)

  • Requires Romantic Garden Stuff!
  • Available for teen-elder sims of any gender/frame combination
  • 28 standard swatches + 4 bonus duotone swatches, all with custom thumbanils (first swatch only on male version)
  • Enabled for Everyday, Party, and Formal, also enabled for random
  • Does not replace the old version of this recolour, if you still have that one you should delete it

Download under the cut:

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Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for questioning Muslim ban

  • On Monday, Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for publicly questioning the legality of his immigration executive order and ordering Department of Justice lawyers not to defend it in court.
  • According to a White House statement, Yates had “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” and was an “Obama administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.” Read more

Trump replaces acting Director of Immigration Enforcement Daniel Ragsdale

  • Trump also relieved another holdover from the Obama administration from his duties. Monday night, he replaced acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Daniel Ragsdale, NBC News reported.
  • Thomas Homan, ICE’s executive associate director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, will take Ragsdale’s place.
  • Homan is a former New York police officer and Border Patrol agent. No reason was given for Ragsdale’s sudden replacement. Read more