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Conservatives In Denial Over Equal Pay Day


Some other things I’ve read this week: Jamelle Bouie’s advice on how to cover race in the age of Obama, Felix Salmon’s examination of the rise of data journalism, and Paul Krugman’s review of an important new book on inequality.

John Whitehouse
Twitter: @existentialfish

Equal Pay Day Denial

Melissa FrancisEqual Pay Day was this past Tuesday, with many noting its importance because of the breadth of the gender pay gap. One of the strangest arguments in defense of the gender pay gap was a Fox host arguing that women are better off making less than men: http://mm4a.org/1dP01Rr Related: Fox News on the whole is in denial over the gender pay gap: http://mm4a.org/1edFM06 When cable news discusses the economy, the guests are almost always men: http://mm4a.org/PMQBen

Three Libel Cases

LibelIn general, making a libel case is very difficult due to established legal protections. But today three high pro-file libel cases are working their way the legal system against conservative outlets The Blaze, The New York Post, and National Review: http://mm4a.org/1ssfpYc

 

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BoehlertAppearing on All In With Chris Hayes, Eric Boehlert discussed how conservatives are avoid a factual debate on Obamacare: http://mm4a.org/1eb3bPW

EXPLAINING BREAKING BAD TO FOX NEWS

Walter WhiteAn actor who played a character whose life was ruined by sub-par health insurance supports Obamacare. Fox News doesn’t get it. http://mm4a.org/1i9UMcg

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Take the pledge. Reduce your meat consumption!


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earthdaylogoDid you know that the meat industry is responsible for about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? That’s more than the entire transportation sector! The production and distribution of meat doesn’t just consume a lot of energy and cause greenhouse gas emissions, it also requires a huge amount of water—up to 2,500 gallons to produce just one pound of beef. Take the pledge to reduce your meat consumption today! And the problem is getting worse. Over the last 10 years alone, global meat consumption has increased by 20%. So what can we do to help solve this problem? It’s simple—eat less meat! In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, eating just one less burger a week for a year is the equivalent of skipping 320 miles of driving. Join us in pledging to not eat meat one day a week. Thanks for your support. -The Earth Day Network Team

Republicans, In their own words


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GOPers Explain Why Congress Needs to Pay Our Bills

A growing number of Republicans are downplaying the significance of next week’s default deadline. Frighteningly, these default deniers are also downplaying the catastrophic economic impact of defaulting on our obligations, be they to bondholders, seniors, veterans, or millions of others.

It was not always this way. In fact, some of today’s most ardent opponents of a clean bill to take the threat of default off the table were among the most ardent supporters of raising the debt limit under President George W. Bush.

Here they are, in their own words (click through to watch):

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As ThinkProgress notes, nearly $4 TRILLION of debt limit increases were routine matters under President Bush:

Boehner, Cantor, and the GOP leadership voted for five separate debt limit increases during George W. Bush’s presidency, requiring no similar concessions.

In November 2004, 104 Republican Representatives and Senators who are still serving today voted for an $800 billion increase in the federal debt ceiling, with no strings attached. Other increases in 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007, requested by the Bush administration, were enthusiastically backed by his Republican allies.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joint Economic Committee Kevin Brady (R-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) were among the most vocal supporters of debt limit increases between 2002 and 2006. They defended an increase as not only necessary, but also a basic matter of responsibility and good governance.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s time for Republicans to follow their own advice and agree to pay the bills Congress has already racked up in order to avoid an unprecedented and catastrophic default on our obligations.

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  • The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, July 8, 2013.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #90, the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit with 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), there will be a roll call vote on confirmation of the Phillips nomination.
  • After the senate convened today, Senator Reid moved to proceed to Calendar #124, S.1238, Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013 (Reed (RI)). A vote on the motion to proceed to the student loan bill has not been scheduled at this time.The Senate is in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. Senator Scott is currently delivering his maiden speech.At 5:00pm, the Senate will turn to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #90, the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. There will be up to 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If all time is used, the vote would begin at approximately 5:30pm today.Before the recess we were able to lock in agreements to consider the Dorsey (Nevada District Judge) and West (Associate Attorney General) nominations. We could vote on confirmation of those nominations tomorrow.Order to consider Dorsey nominationAt a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #97 Jennifer A. Dorsey, of Nevada, to be United States District for the District of Nevada. There will be 1 hour for debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.Order to consider West nomination

    At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #186 Derek Anthony West, of California, to be Associate Attorney General. There will be one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

  • After the senate convened today, Senator Reid moved to proceed to Calendar #124, S.1238, Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013 (Reed (RI)). A vote on the motion to proceed to the student loan bill has not been scheduled at this time.The Senate is in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. Senator Scott is currently delivering his maiden speech.

    At 5:00pm, the Senate will turn to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #90, the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. There will be up to 30 minutes for debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If all time is used, the vote would begin at approximately 5:30pm today.

    Before the recess we were able to lock in agreements to consider the Dorsey (Nevada District Judge) and West (Associate Attorney General) nominations. We could vote on confirmation of those nominations tomorrow.

    Order to consider Dorsey nomination

    At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #97 Jennifer A. Dorsey, of Nevada, to be United States District for the District of Nevada. There will be 1 hour for debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

    Order to consider West nomination

    At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Executive Calendar #186 Derek Anthony West, of California, to be Associate Attorney General. There will be one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form. Following the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

  • 5:30pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #90, the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit;Confirmed: 88-0
  • Senator Reid filed cloture on the  motion to proceed to Calendar #124, S.1238, Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. Under Rule XXII, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday. Senators will be notified when the vote is scheduled.
  • WRAP UP
  • ROLL CALL VOTE1)      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #90, the nomination of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Confirmed: 88-0

    LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

    Passed S.793, a bill to support revitalization and reform of the Organization of American States, and for other purposes.

    No additional EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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