Category: Current Events

Why So Much Attention Paid to Planned Parenthood?

I’ve been wondering why so much attention has been paid, and continues to be paid by legislators and members of the general public, to Planned Parenthood. Doctors affiliated with Planned Parenthood perform many services for women and men: cancer screenings, often in the form of Pap smear tests for women; prescriptions for birth control in many forms for women (prescriptions…

Gorsuch Confirmed

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court today. Let’s look at how we got here. In March 2016, President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, a completely qualified judge, to the Supreme Court seat created by the death of Antonin Scalia. For much of election year 2016, the Republicans in the House and Senate said that “the…

Troubling Events In Trumpland: Wiretapping

There have been some very troubling and concerning events during the last two weeks. For example, on March 15, there was a very high-security, highly classified briefing held by FBI Director James Comey with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Grassley. Grassley is the Republican and Feinstein is the Democrat.  This briefing was held in a specially compartmented facility to…

The GOP Tries To Trash The CBO

Today, March 13, 2017,  the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the GOP American Health Care Act. In its analysis, the CBO concluded, among other things the GOP finds very annoying, that in 2018, 14 million Americans would lose their health insurance. Ironically, Trump, in January, said that the “repeal and replace” solution provided by the GOP, would…

DHS Concludes Trump’s Travel/Immigration Ban Of No Value

There are three connected stories here.  All three of these stories concern the Department of Homeland Security’s  conclusion after examining all available information that the travel and immigration ban proposed by Trump provides no significant value in terms of national security.  ….. One is that the Trump administration asked the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a report that concluded…