Archive for March 27th, 2012
Republicans For Mandating Coverage (RMC) is a 51-member coalition representing Republicans who supported a federal health care mandate before President Barack Obama endorsed it. Check out the highlight reel:
Republicans who were for the individual mandate in health care before they were against it just because President Obama was for it:
Frmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) | Frmr. Rep. Newt Gingrich (GA) | Frmr. Gov. Tim Pawlenty | Frmr. Sen. Bob Bennett (UT) | Frmr. Sen. Chris Bond (MO) | Frmr. Sen. William Cohen (ME) | Frmr. Sen. John Danforth (MO) | Frmr. Sen. Bob Dole (KS) | Frmr. Sen. Pete Domenici (NM) | Frmr. Sen. David Durenberger (MN) | Frmr. Sen. Duncan Faircloth (NC) | Frmr. Sen. Slade Gorton (WA) | Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA) | Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) | Frmr. Sen. Mark Hatfield (OR) | Frmr. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (KS) | Sen. Dick Richard Lugar (IN) | Frmr. Sen. Alan Simpson (WY) | Frmr. Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) | Frmr. Sen. Ted Stevens (AK) | Frmr. Sen. John Warner (VA) | Frmr. Sen. Hank Brown (CO) | Frmr. Sen. Conrad Burns (MT) | Sen. Dan Coats (IN) | Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) | Frmr. Sen. Paul Coverdell (GA) | Frmr. Sen. Larry Craig (ID) | Frmr. Sen. Judd Gregg (NH) | Frmr. Sen. Jesse Helms (NC) | Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) | Frmr. Sen. Dirk Kempthorne (ID) | Frmr. Sen. Trent Lott (MS) | Rep. Connie Mack (FL) | Frmr. Sen. Frank Murkowski (AK) | Frmr. Sen. Bob Smith (NH) | Frmr. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) | Frmr. Sen. Malcolm Wallop (WY) | Frmr. Sen. Don Nickles (OK) | Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL) | Frmr. Rep. Jim (LA) | Frmr. Vice President Dan Quayle (IN) | Sen. John McCain (AZ) | Sen. Scott Scott Brown (MA) | Frmr. Gov. Tommy Thompson (WI) | Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) | Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) | Sen. Mike Crapo (ID) | Frmr. President George H.W. Bush | Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) | Frmr. Sen. John Chafee (RI) | Sen. Jim DeMint (SC)
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
Even Donald Trump has problems with the Republican budget, which he calls “suicidal.”
Why do people think Chief Justice Roberts will support Obamacare?
Fans of Obamacare showed their love for health care reform outside the Supreme Court today as oral arguments got underway.
Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman’s friend: “He’s very sorry because in many ways, George has lost his life too.”
Poll: Only 37 percent of Americans want Obamacare repealed.
Romneycare’s example helped convince Obama to adopt an individual mandate, according to a White House memo.
Rock The Vote rolled out a history of voting rights in America this week.
An Iraqi woman was killed in an apparent hate crime in California over the weekend.
Other recent Progress Reports
Mar 23, 2012: Happy 2nd Birthday, ObamaCare!
INFOGRAPHIC: Two Years In, ObamaCare Is Working Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed ObamaCare Supreme Court preview part III: The perils of overreach. Texas reporter fired after shocking interview on transvaginal sonograms. POLL: 53 percent want to see ObamaCare expanded or left as is, while just 38 percent want to see it [...]
Mar 22, 2012: No Etch A Sketch Will Wipe These Away
TEN Outrageous Positions That Mitt Romney Can’t Erase Yesterday, Mitt Romney’s top adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, explained the Romney campaign’s strategy for the general election: try and erase all of Romney’s extreme right-wing positions. Watch it: HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right [...]
Last year, Republicans opened up an attack on voting rights unseen since the Jim Crow era. In states as varied as Kansas, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, conservative legislators passed a range of new laws directly intended to make it more difficult to vote. Voter ID laws, which require certain forms of government-issued photo ID in [...]
Mar 20, 2012: The Tragedy Of Trayvon Martin
On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, passed in 2005, allows people to use deadly force if they believe they’re in [...]
This Saturday marks one of the most important milestones of the election season — it will be the first opportunity in 2012 for campaigns across the country to display the depth of their support.
Midnight on Saturday is the end of the first FEC fundraising quarter of the year. Pundits and prognosticators everywhere will use this number as a measure of strength.
Nevada is going to be one of the closest elections in the nation — which means our numbers this quarter are even more important. That’s why I set a goal — $25,000 by the filing deadline on Saturday.
Special interests back in Washington, D.C. don’t think a grassroots campaign can amass the strength necessary to take on their millions. They think they’ll be able to throw so many smears at us that we won’t be able to fight back.
I know they’re wrong, but I need you to help me prove it. We need enough resources to counter the barrage that will inevitably come in this race.
I’m running for Senate because I believe in strengthening our economy and the security of the middle class. But to win, we’ll need to show that we have a different kind of strength already within us. I hope you will stand with me.
Thanks for all you do.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I am one of many girls who have been exploited and sold for sex online. And I was sold for sex on a website called Backpage.com, which makes $22 million a year from ads for prostitution.
You should know that my name is not Alissa. I’m afraid that if I use my real name, the pimps who used to sell me for sex will hunt me down and kill me. I am also afraid that Village Voice Media (which owns Backpage) will ruin my life and come after me as they have others who have stood up for girls who have been sold on Backpage.
But I’m even more afraid that if I don’t tell my story, no one will rise up to stop the people who buy and sell girls like me.
I was 16 when I met my first pimp — he told me I was pretty, that he wanted me to be his girlfriend. I was just a kid, and I believed him. But soon he was selling me for sex every day: I was raped 365 days a year.
I was sold to other pimps, back and forth between them like an animal. One pimp gouged my cheek with a potato peeler as a warning not to run away, but after two years I worked up the courage and ran anyway. He tracked me down and beat me and stomped on me, breaking my ribs and jaw. That’s when I went to the police.
It’s still hard for me to believe that this web page exists, that it’s so easy for pimps to sell terrified, unwilling girls like me. Can you go buy a child at Wal-Mart? Of course not, but you can buy me on Backpage.
There is some hope, though: Craigslist used to host ads for girls like me, but after people started speaking out, Craigslist shut down their adult section. A new study says that prostitution ads as a whole have gone down by 50% since Craigslist got out of the business. 50%! If men can’t use sites like Backpage.com to buy and sell girls, maybe fewer girls will be bought and sold.
Now, I’m in college, and work at a nonprofit, FAIR Girls, where I help other girls like me — I even got to tell my story to Nick Kristof at The New York Times. I got out, which makes me one of the lucky ones. But Backpage is still making millions a year off the ones who aren’t so lucky. I see these teenage girls, some as young as 15, every day now in my work, and it breaks my heart.
|The people of Madagascar were struggling to recover from Cyclone Giovanna when a second tropical storm,
Irina, took them by surprise last month. With nearly a quarter of the island’s population living in poverty,
these two storms made things worse.
In addition to causing more than 100 deaths, the storms ripped through homes and destroyed the few possessions families owned.
who now lack even the basics: food, clean water and shelter.
He told CARE about the night Cyclone Giovanna tore through his district,
“We saw a part of our roof blown away by the storm and our house collapsed after that.”
— not homes, stores or crops — but Jackie is thankful he and his family did.
Today, many people in his town are in a dire situation.
People are facing hunger as their food was blown or washed away and they’re living in inadequate,
temporary shelters that do little to protect them from the elements.
preventing urgent delivery of emergency response services.
Flooding and broken infrastructure also threaten to increase the spread of waterborne diseases like cholera and malaria.
However, much remains to be done before Jackie and his family can resume their normal lives.
help us prepare for future emergencies and provide people around the world access to tools,
resources and education they can use to help lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty for good.
I wanted to make sure you saw this powerful video from Mayor Mike Bloomberg talking about the Trayvon Martin shooting.
It was a devastating indictment of the Washington gun lobby‘s scheme to weaken our nation’s gun laws, one by one, state by state. That’s putting our children, our families and our police in direct and unnecessary danger.
Watch the video, then share it and ask your friends and family to join you in writing to their senators.
Together, we’re demanding that our senators reject bills that would grant violent offenders like Trayvon Martin’s killer a free pass to travel nationwide with a concealed, loaded gun strapped to their hip – even when they couldn’t qualify for a permit in most states.
Thanks to you and other strong supporters, we’re already flooding Congress with messages — more than 50,000 have been sent since just last Thursday.
That’s an amazing start — but to keep up the pressure and ensure these unthinkable bills never make it into law, we all need to speak out. Please ask your friends and family to add their voices today.
Thanks for helping keep up our momentum,
Director, Mayors Against Illegal Guns