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28 July 2017 @ 08:42 am
Yesterday’s News  
* Dolt45 pays inadvertent tribute to George Orwell by naming a dominionist as Ambassador for Religious Freedom

* One White House staffer accuses another of wanting to perform a particularly difficult autoerotic act, thus increasing the latter’s support among the many men who wish they could do it, so as to make women completely unnecessary

* In an act of typically conspicuous courage, John McCain saves fellow Republicans from a bill they voted for in the pious hope that someone else would kill it.
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Pink Halenpink_halen on July 28th, 2017 02:22 pm (UTC)
By naming Brownback the Ambassador for Religious Freedom, the Orange Foolious has save the people of Kansas from this stupid man. He has been systematically ruining Kansas government for the last few years by implementing a Conservative plan. Recently the Kansas Legislature raised taxes ending his reign of Stupidity.

While I'm sure the Ambassador for Religious Freedom won't offer much freedom, I think it is a position where he can do little getting him out of the Legislative process.

I was surprised to hear that the ambassador position has been around since 1998 with the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. That all happened during Bill Clinton's term.

Of course, for Brownback Religious freedom means picking any protestant denomination of Christianity.
El Coyote Gordo: Blackaddersupergee on July 28th, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
Kansas's gain is religion's loss.
(Anonymous) on July 29th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC)
"John McCain saves fellow Republicans" may literally be true. He kept them from creating a class of 16 million potential assassins.

-- Bruce Arthurs
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Porsupah by Marshykipporsupah on July 29th, 2017 09:43 pm (UTC)
Whilst I can't really defend McCain's motivation, given he's consistently campaigned against ObamaCare (somehow wanting US healthcare to be all-private, yet have greater competition and lower prices), the overall move does seem to have been possibly quite well thought out:

https://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/6q1snh/us_senate_healthcare_repeal_bill_fails/dku2gyq/

See, the Republicans have been trying to pass these godawful healthcare bills through a process called budget reconciliation, which, among other things, protects the bill from being filibustered in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 50 votes (rather than 60, which the Republicans don't have).

The thing is, the Senate can only consider one budget reconciliation bill per topic per year. Of course, if the bill dies in committee and never comes to an official vote, it doesn't count- which is why they've been able to keep hammering away at the issue.
This bill, though, was allowed to come to the Senate floor, because the Republicans thought they'd secured the votes. Collins, Murkowski and the Democrats would vote no, everyone else would vote yes, and Pence would break the tie. And then McCain completely fucked them. And it was almost certainly a calculated move; he voted to allow the bill to come to the floor. Had McCain allowed it to die in committee, McConnell could have come back with yet another repeal bill; but he let it come to a vote, and now they can't consider another budget reconciliation bill for the rest of the fiscal year. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass any kind of healthcare reform now.

So now they're caught between a rock and a hard place. Either they concede defeat on the issue and try again later (causing a big, unpopular stink that could damage elections if they try it before the midterms, or risking losing the slim majority they already have if they wait) or they actually sit down with the democrats like adults and write a halfway decent healthcare bill.


The other two Republicans (both women, and therefore largely ignored by the press in the light of the opposing maverick) also deserve credit, eg:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/28/collins-urges-senate-to-bridge-partisan-divide-and-tackle-health-care-reform/

“The first ‘no’ vote from a Republican was Susan Collins. That is really hard,” said Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and has known Collins for decades. “The pressure she withstood was really astonishing.”

King said he hadn’t tried to lobby Collins, but he knew her views and that she would stand with thousands of Mainers who were in danger of losing health insurance if the so-called “skinny repeal” passed.

“She looked comfortable. She had made her decision. It wasn’t timid. She didn’t shout her vote, but it was a firm expression,” King said.