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This state is taking big steps to recognize gender-affirming treatments as essential health care

This state is taking big steps to recognize gender-affirming treatments as essential health care

As Daily Kos continues to cover, Republicans are narrowly focused on discriminating against and excluding trans folks. Transphobia is alive and well at all levels of power in the government, but we’ve seen a particular focus on anti-trans bills move up in state legislators. We’ve seen Republicans from traditionally red and blue states support bills that would strip trans folks—and especially trans youth—of the chance to play sports, receive gender-affirming medical care, and even update identification documents.   With all of…

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News Roundup: Youngkin crowd pledges allegiance to insurrection; Trump as deadbeat

News Roundup: Youngkin crowd pledges allegiance to insurrection; Trump as deadbeat

In the news today: Glenn Youngkin rally organizers caused quite a stir when they proudly brought in a flag waved by protesters at the violent January 6 insurrection for the crowd to pledge allegiance to. A bit too on the nose, maybe? On the other end of the insurrection, Trump strategist and Trump-pardoned grifter Steve Bannon remains defiant in the face of subpoenas issued by members of Congress he helped Trump supporters attack. As for Trump himself, even his previous C-list…

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Green card installation represents hundreds of thousands of TPS families in need of permanent relief

Green card installation represents hundreds of thousands of TPS families in need of permanent relief

Affected individuals and groups continue to demand the Biden administration and Democrats fulfill their promise to deliver legalization, on Wednesday installing hundreds of enlarged green cards in front of the U.S. Capitol. The 400 placards, which read in part “United States of America Permanent Resident,” symbolized 400,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and families who need permanent relief. Among the speakers was Sitar Llama, who said he was representing nearly 15,000 Nepalis TPS holders “whose lives are on the line.” “I was not able to see my kids grow up. My…

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Lauren Boebert uses Norway bow-and-arrow attack to launch very Republican rant against U.S. gun laws

Lauren Boebert uses Norway bow-and-arrow attack to launch very Republican rant against U.S. gun laws

Nothing is more sacred to right-wing Christian conservatives than their guns. You could tell most conservatives that Jesus was crucified in gold lamé Hammer pants and sang like a Big Mouth Billy Bass the entire time he hung on the cross, and they wouldn’t be nearly as offended as if you casually called something an assault weapon that’s not technically an assault weapon, you beta lib cuck!  But whatever you want to call the “assault-style” weapons that spread like black mold on…

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Newt Gingrich is a deadbeat with a $4.3 million debt—he doesn’t care

Newt Gingrich is a deadbeat with a $4.3 million debt—he doesn’t care

What is up with Republicans refusing to pay back their debts? We know Trump owes everybody money—possibly more than $1 billion—according to Forbes, but before Trump, there’s an old-school cheater, one whose debts go back a decade. One-time GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich currently owes more than $4.6 million in unpaid bills thanks to those small firms that helped him run and supported his failed 2012 presidential campaign. That number has stayed exactly the same for the last nine years.  Monday, Gingrich’s “Newt 2012” committee…

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Lindsey Graham issues ludicrous alert about Brazilian ‘terrorists’ with ‘Gucci bags’ flooding border

Lindsey Graham issues ludicrous alert about Brazilian ‘terrorists’ with ‘Gucci bags’ flooding border

What? Forty thousand Brazilian fashionistas are keen to move to Connecticut, and Republicans want to stop them? Why? That’s the best news I’ve heard in months! Where, exactly, are they crossing? I’d like to meet them. Maybe they can help me get into some of the A-list clubs I’d normally have no chance of setting foot in because I smell like Kirkland jeans and Prell and have a head the size of an Igloo cooler. Then again, I have a hard time believing this…

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News Roundup: Abbott and McConnell find their limits; world supply chains bend again

News Roundup: Abbott and McConnell find their limits; world supply chains bend again

In the news today: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tried yet another anti-Biden, anti-pandemic-reality stunt this week, barring employers from requiring vaccinations for their workers. It didn’t work: The state’s largest employers are ignoring him in favor of employee safety (and the federal mandate they are required to comply with). Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has long had near-total control of his caucus, but that status is in jeopardy as the party adopts full-on Trumpism. The COVID-19 pandemic is once again…

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Biden pledged to end for-profit detention. So why is a closed private prison reopening as ICE jail?

Biden pledged to end for-profit detention. So why is a closed private prison reopening as ICE jail?

Joe Biden’s criminal justice reform platform pledged to “end the federal government’s use of private prisons,” saying that if he were to be elected president, he would “make clear that the federal government should not use private facilities for any detention, including detention of undocumented immigrants.” While he as president issued an executive order instructing the Justice Department to not renew private prison contracts, the order didn’t include private immigration facilities. Hundreds of organizations have now expressed further dismay upon news that the administration is set to reopen…

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Pro-Trump Virginia candidate believes sea level rise can be fixed with bathtub physics

Pro-Trump Virginia candidate believes sea level rise can be fixed with bathtub physics

A Trump-loving Republican candidate for state legislature in Virginia has some interesting thoughts on climate change. Replace the word “interesting” with “painfully ludicrous” and add some sarcastic quotation marks around “thoughts.” Scott Pio is running for state rep. against incumbent Democratic Del David Reid in Loudoun County’s District 32. On Monday, Pio Tweeted out an image that seemed to represent marine vessels in the waterways and oceans around North America. As you might imagine, there are a few ships at sea at all…

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Alaska GOP lawmakers demand pharmacists fill ivermectin scripts for COVID-19 ‘no questions asked’

Alaska GOP lawmakers demand pharmacists fill ivermectin scripts for COVID-19 ‘no questions asked’

While Alaska leads the country in COVID-19 cases, the state’s Republican lawmakers continue to talk out of both sides of their mouths. On the one hand, they remain steadfast in their calls to forgo mask and vaccine mandates. On the other, they’re demanding easier access to unproven and unauthorized medicines such as ivermectin to treat the virus they’re downplaying.  Once again, for those in the back of the theater, ivermectin is approved by the FDA only to treat conditions caused…

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