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PLANNED PARENTHOOD FIGHT ROILS OBAMACARE DEBATE
They tell us that everything is new in politics after the election of 2016.
And it is true… except for all the problems, and 99 percent of the people.
The many years of struggle for the approx. half a billion Federal tax-allocated dollars to planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, has become again with a vengeance in Washington this week.
Forget the part about “elections have consequences” Democrats seemed surprised to learn that the ObamaCare repeal measure put forward by speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan include Stripping Federal funds from the group.
You should not be. The same provision has a plan in Ryan’s previous repeal of ObamaCare-and it is something that the speaker and almost all Republicans agree on.
Planned Parenthood was on the receiving end of Federal funds for more than 40 years and is untouchable for the majority of Democrats. Since 1977, the group has not been in the position to Federal funds directly provide abortions, and says that taxpayer-Dollar support of other programs such as the free contraception, and gynecological exams.
Republicans scoff, pointed out that money spent to build, staff, and service a clinic is at least an indirect subsidy for abortions.
The question is controversial, because now the Republican migration in the direction of the pro-life position in the last 20 years. President-elect Donald Trump‘s about face on the issue reflects the shift in his party. Trump went from defending partial birth abortion in 1999 to “totally against abortion” in the year 2016.
More on that later…
Ryan’s confirmation that the switch-off of the spigot for Planned Parenthood was still a part of his plan is some interesting political consequences as it relates to ObamaCare.
First, it is conservative Republicans is rather quiet, are concerned about a possible bait-and-switch on the lifting. There is a growing restlessness in the house and Senate on a plan that calls for the repeal, in principle, now, but not in reality, for two or three years.
Republicans reminded that other priorities are part of the package will certainly help, some on the right accept Ryan of the fragmentary approach.
Democrats are, predictably, is outraged. This is probably okay with Ryan. This is a great wedge issue for the left. The most ardent supporters of maintaining access for the elective abortions are just as intense as their counterparts on the pro-life.
What can also always have the policy or the messaging priorities of Democrats, as a result, a new focus in the debate. Plus, Ryan was not expected to pass any democratic help in the house-the repeal. It’s not like they can vote against it twice, because you really hate, really.
The Senate, however, could be a little more difficult.
To use because of the procedural gimmick Republicans plan to pass the repeal through the upper chamber, used by the Democrats to pass the law – you must vote in only 51. But then again, she’s only 52.
If the Republicans passed a similar plan by Ryan by the Senate starting in 2015, the Planned Parenthood provision the Republicans two votes. Man, Illinois’ Mark Kirk, Senator. The other, Susan Collins of Maine, is still very much around.
But you can still lose Collins and rely on Vice President-elect Mike Pence, in his new capacity as President of the Senate to break the Band in the GOPs favor.
In the light of the new realities of the red-state Democrats, such as the sudden Trump-enthusiastic, pro-life Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Republicans might be able to choose from a from the other team.
But you can be assured that by the time we last passage on the planned Parenthood measure is a far greater political implications.
The organization is very important for the liberal Democrats, but it remains largely popular. There is not a lot of new polling on the issue, but last time, only about a third of the voters thought the organization should be defunded, compared to 58 per cent, supported by continued support by the taxpayers
And these results came after the revelation of the shocking video in which planned Parenthood employees discuss in cold blood, the removal of fetal tissue for sale to medical experiments.
So while Ryan doesn’t need to worry about democratic outrage on the house page, it could look a strong issue for the Democrats to slow down the measure in the Senate.
This brings us back to the president-elect. During the campaign, Trump finally landed on the support of the elimination of tax money for Planned Parenthood, but the organization praised, which is anathema to most in his party.
Trump climbed from his initial opposition to defunding, but not all the way. He claimed that while the “wonderful things” planned Parenthood has.
If this topic is to the core point of the debate in the Senate, it is trump to hang with Ryan and the pro-lifers? Or say, his party in a series of tweets to clear the Problem?
One of the consequences of the political stalemate since 2011 is that many of the Problem has been secured, in Washington. Fights like this as tax reform, entitlements, immigration, the approval of the use of military force, internet regulations, and more have remained in limbo during the era of “divided government”.
Since both sides of the political divide will be remembered this week, it all comes around again.
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THE RULES: QUI PRO DOMINA JUSTITIA SEQUITUR
“Justice is the end of the government. It is the end of civil society. It has ever been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – Alexander Hamilton or James Madison, Federalist No. 51
TIME-OUT: THE HEARD MENTALITY
New York: “Verbal rehearsal of material – the shopping list you present as you walk through the aisles of a super market – part of the working memory system. But for some of us talk to ourselves goes much further: it is an essential part of the way we think. The experience of the other auditory hallucinations verbal promptings voices, not theirs, but that of the beloved, long deceased mentors, unknown factors, your conscience, or even God. Charles Fernyhough, a British professor of psychology at the University of Durham, England, studies, such ‘inner speech.’ …Fernyhough has in his research on the assumption that the are not talking to ourselves and hearing voices phenomena, which he sees as related—only quirks, and that you have a deeper function. His book offers a chatty, somehow not conclusive tour of the subject, so that a case for the role of inner speech in memory, athletic performance, religious revelation, psychotherapy, and literary fiction.”
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STAR RECRUIT MATTIS SAID collision WITH the TRUMP TEAM
WaPo: “The honeymoon seems to be ending between the retired gen James N. Mattis and Donald Trump‘s transition team in the midst of an increasingly bitter dispute about who gets the top jobs in the defense Department — and who gets to make such decisions. With only two weeks before the day of the inauguration and the day before Mattis Senate hearing, most of the large Pentagon civilian positions remain unoccupied. Behind the scenes, Mattis, the rejection of large numbers of candidates has been offered by the transition team for several top posts, two sources close to the transition said. The dispute over staff appointments contributes to a tighter relationship between Mattis and the transition of the officials could set the stage for the turf wars between the Pentagon and the White house in the coming Trump administration.”
The former CIA chief Woolsey distanced himself from the trump – WaPo: “Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr, a veteran of four presidential administrations, and one of the country’s leading intelligence experts, joined on Thursday by President-elect, Donald Trump, the transition team, because of the growing tensions over Trump’s vision for the intelligence services. Woolsey’s resignation as a trump senior adviser comes amid Frustration about the upcoming government of national plans for the safety and Trump public comments undermine the intelligence services… The person in the vicinity of Woolsey described him as a rubbing of Trump, the loose style on Twitter. You described Woolsey as a “very principled’ diplomat, who takes care of the communication, the right message with the right words. ‘This guy [for whom] commas, points, etc, all have said a special meaning,” this person.”
[Woolsey explained his decision on “The Kelly File” Thursday. You can see here.]
D-DAY FOR TRUMP TO RUSSIA HACKS
USA Today: “The nation’s top intelligence officers meet on Friday with President-elect, Donald Trump on the topic that created friction among them: the Russian participation in the election of 2016. Only a few hours before the intelligence community planned to brief Trump protested to a report on Russian hackers, the elect, the Democratic officials at the election of the President, news leaks about the report, is still theoretically secret. “How NBC’s ‘an exclusive insight into the top-secret report, he (Obama) was presented?’ Trump tweeted late Thursday. “Who gave you this report and why? Policy!’ Trump and helpers have called into question the government’s position that the Russians developed, the hacking to undermine the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, a conclusion of officials confirmed during a Senate hearing on Thursday.”
Report: Intel identified as go-betweens for WikiLeaks, the Kremlin – CNN: “U.S. intelligence has determined that the go-betweens, the Russians used to be the stolen E-Mails to WikiLeaks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the classified intelligence report was presented to [President Obama] on Thursday. President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to receive a briefing on Friday. In a Fox News interview earlier this week, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied that Russia was the source of the leaked E-Mails, the democratic roiled the 2016 election, to the detriment of the President of Donald Trump’s rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.”
POWER PLAY: NEW CONGRESS-DOOMSDAY FOR OBAMACARE?
The 115th Congress will open with Obamacare in its crosshairs. The GOP went to work for the repeal of the law, while Dems get a visit from President Obama. Political speakers Chuck Rocha and Dave Avella to the political struggle – and risk – on the repeal of Obamacare. HERE IS A LOOK AT.
Who is Trump taking on spies, or politicians? – Donald Trump stirred the Russian hackers in the pot this week by seemingly siding with Julian Assange on the CIA and the FBI. Chris Stirewalt, will ask our political panel: who does Trump over his enemies – Democrats, or the US intel? HERE IS A LOOK AT.
AUDIBLE: IT IS NOW
“Grow up, Donald. Grow up. Time to grow up to be. You’re the President. You have got to do something. Show us what you have.” – Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with the “PBS NewsHour.”
Obama condemns apparent hate crime of torture, the disabled Chicago teenager – WLS
Trump confirmed taxpayers will initially Fund the border wall – The hill
Survey shows only 20 percent, again, to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement – Kaiser Family Foundation
Trump says Obama’s Ambassador overseas, your items to leave by inauguration day, breaking precedent – NYT
Self-described in the reviews of the machine, ” trump parody of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ successor, Arnold Schwarzenegger – Us Weekly
Trump sold Thursday for civil process over feud with celebrity chef José Andrés – NPR
Grudge match: Trump, Kasich showdown over Ohio state party chief, the vote today – the Cincinnati Enquirer
The Republicans are slowly going to Trump the trillion-dollar infrastructure-spending-plan – Politico
Elizabeth Warren announces 2018 re-election bid – the Boston Globe
Gay, Marine reservist mayor of South Bend, Ind., Jumps in the race for the DNC chair – The hill
FROM THE STANDS
“Dana Perino said on The Five that you do not agree with the term limits. Ted Cruz is now sponsor a term limits bill. As my go-to guy, I, you, Chris, please, what the term limits, in your opinion. What are the pros and cons of fixed-term contracts? I hope you see fit to respond to my request. I always read the report, half of the time and especially enjoy I’m going to Tell you What to do with Dana. It appears y’all are on the T. V. Sunday afternoon. I’m on the search for you! Keep up the good work.” – Dianne Dantzler, Chapin, S. C.
[Ed. Note: What is a good question, Mrs Dantzeler! Conditions are difficult. Sure, the author might have, as you had known it at greater length you, how long some of the barnacles would hang the hull of the ship and of the state. But there is another, perhaps larger, problem is that the guys in Philadelphia saw, but not in its full scope: the dominance of lobbying. Legislation is extremely complex, partly from Federal grandiosity and partly out of a desire to obscure, unpopular or controversial positions. Lawmakers to lobbyists to help craft legislation, which is often the case with the tender of the former members of Congress, focusing on other, more lucrative side of the revolving door. In the end, time limits could be an even more powerful cadre of lobbyists, and the still weigh more on the procedure produce. The proposed time limit of three two-year terms in the house of the legislator put seem to be at a disadvantage when fighting entrenched lobbyists. Lobbying is not bad, per se, but if the legislature, which, in a way, lobbyists for the people, overwhelmed, it’s not healthy. There is a strong case to be made, in any direction, that is the reason why it is good that the change process takes so long. We have a lot of time to talk.]
“Hey – love does not ‘cheat on your newsletter, but…the Patriots.’ And you are still going to win, without any evidence at all that the ‘cheat.’ We return now to our regularly scheduled programming.” – Frank Townley, Dover, Mass.
[Ed. Note: rest assured, Mr. Townley, that the fanatical patriots fan Sally persons already terminated has, in the length, our position on the deflated footballs and other antics of the New England team. At this point we will not agree, but please know, you’re point of view is loud, and always maintained. Oh, and one more thing: Here we go Steelers!]
“Thank you, Chris, for doing the research for me. I always feel informed and up-to-date after reading your column every day and can really tell (since my grandfather was Virginia, born in the West, you feel more like a cousin to me, as all the ones I know, that is a very big state. Happy New year to you and your staff!” – Connie Chancellor,, Warner Robins, Ga.
[Ed. Note: this is the best thing to say to me, Chancellor. Our goal here is to help people lead a normal, busy life put the political news of the day in some useful context. Our Republic relies on an informed electorate, but it also creates the space and freedom for the people to go about their business, hopefully, safe in the knowledge that your advocates and representatives to pursue their interests here in Washington. Your full-time job is to be you. Our full-time job is not giving you precise, to serve relevant information on the government, which are supposed to be, but very often. You probably know all that, though. Finally, are you at least a quarter of a West Virginian…]
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HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE
You know him as a Fox News contributor and irascible author of the “Nuclear Option” – column. But the pride of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. add you can add a new title: opinion-editor for DC’s conservative newspaper the Washington Times. Way to go Carlos!
MEN ARE FROM MARS, AND WOMEN, OBVIOUSLY
Hollywood Reporter: “The Washington Post Express, a free daily newspaper in tabloid Format given-mass-transit passengers in DC, drew ire on Thursday with his cover of the women of the March on Washington, which mistakenly featured a male sex symbol. … The Express does not outright apologize for the cover, but tweeted that it is ’embarrassing.’ The tabloid later tweeted what looked like the cover should be, with the correct gender icon. The women of the March on Washington, held Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump has vowed to office, such as the 45. The President of the United States. Gloria Steinem is honorary co-Chairman of the March, along with Harry Belafonte. The event begins at 10 a.m. in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW. Olivia Wilde, Jessica Chastain, Samantha Bee and Amy Schumer have all said they are to participate in the planning.”
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Chris Stirewalt, Fox News Channel (FNC) entered into force in July 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, DC in addition, he is the author of the daily “Fox News First political news note and hosts “Power Play,” a feature video series, on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including “The Kelly File”, “special report with Bret Baier” and “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.