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GOP’s 2014 – 2016 Agenda

Mario Piperni

I have no doubt that the actual chalkboard at a GOP strategy session looks much like the one depicted above. It is clear enough to anyone that’s been following the right’s clown show that Republicans have no desire to govern for the next three years. It’s all about obstructing and dismantling and what they can’t get done at the federal level, they’ll try to implement at the state level. They’ve already accomplished much with voter suppression and anti-choice laws in red states…but here’s a bit of good news breaking out of Texas.

A federal judge in Texas on Monday blocked an important part of the state’s restrictive new abortion law, which would have required doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The decision, one day before the provision was to take effect, prevented a major disruption of the abortion clinics in Texas. It was a victory for abortion rights groups and clinics that said the measure served no medical purpose and could force as many as one-third of the state’s 36 abortion clinics to close.

Nice but you know that this is going to end up in the Supreme Court soon enough. The crazy people refuse to take no for an answer.

 

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Planned Parenthood Reports Uptick in ‘Hoax Visits’

This could be the work of our extreme right-wing conservative friends.  Who else  could come up with “hoax visits” to Planned Parenthood?

Veracity Stew

Some of you may recall the “sting operation” perpetrated by right-winger Lila Rose last year, when her organization, Live Action, went “undercover” to expose “corruption” at Planned Parenthood. That particular hit piece spawned a political war on Planned Parenthood and the funding they receive for family planning services across the country. We might be witnessing the early indications of a second round of attacks on the organization.

Laura Bassett of the Huffington Post is reporting that Planned Parenthood facilities across the country have been seeing an uptick in “hoax visits” and believe they are being targeted a second time:

A string of suspicious incidents at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country has given the organization reason to believe that anti-abortion activists are targeting it in a new organized sting operation.

According to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney, clinics in at least 11 states have reported two dozen or more “hoax visits” over the past several weeks, in which a woman walks into a clinic, claims to be pregnant and asks a particular pattern of provocative questions about sex-selective abortions, such as how soon she can find out the gender of the fetus, by what means and whether she can schedule an abortion if she’s having a girl.

It seems fairly obvious to me that that’s what is going on. Those sorts of pointed questions are hardly innocuous, and as Bassett explains, gender-specific abortion has become the new talking point for anti-choicers:

Spotlighting the issue of sex-selective abortions is an increasingly common tactic that the anti-abortion community has been using lately to turn the “war on women” around on Planned Parenthood, to galvanize social conservatives and to push legislation that would restrict abortion access. “In 2010, more than 9 out of 10 PPFA’s services going specifically to pregnant women were abortion,” National Right to Life president Carol Tobias wrote in a recent opinion column. “Roughly half of those abortions are performed on unborn girls. That’s the real war on women.”

As yet, Live Action has not confirmed an investigation, saying only, “As you can understand, Live Action does not comment on any investigations until after public release.”

Of course, time will tell. But a second “sting operation” shit storm is the last thing Planned Parenthood needs at this time. One can only hope that they’ve trained and briefed their staff accordingly.

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Tuesday Morning Blog Round Up

Santorum Condemns Bombing

Obama Says He’s Confident Health Care Law Will Stand

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Bombing Latest

The New Yorker’s Tribute to Trayvon Martin

Santorum making it up as he fails along

Karl Rove says Super PAC disclosure rules are like ‘segregationists’, ..

Partisan rulings could put Supreme Court on trial in 2012

NAACP on the bottom line: ‘There is a separation between civil law and religious doctrine’

Woman Fired for Not Handing Over Facebook Password to Employer

Before Trayvon Martin’s hoodie: A history of controversial fashion

 

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Friday Blog Round Up

Game Change

Obama’s Imaginary Tax Increase

Proof that “voter fraud” is Jim Crow 2.0

Will Adelson Bail On Gingrich?

Rubio Takes The Dream Out Of DREAM Act

Fox Defends Texas’ Voter ID Law With Fraud

Suspect in Afghan Attack ‘Snapped,’ U.S. Official Says

White House moves into full reelection mode

Mitt Romney finally gets around to condemning … Bill Maher

Greg Sargent: The Romney campaign’s idea of `tough decisions’

Texas loses Medicaid funding in effort to spite Planned Parenthood 

Video: Santorum’s pursuit of Romney hindered by money, organization

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Texas taking health care away from 130,000 poor women to punish Planned Parenthood

This entire attack on women, poor or otherwise, is just plain insanity!

Daily Kos

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s imagined war with the federal government unfortunately has real casualties—poor women (as usual). In this instance, the Texas government has decide to write Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Women’s Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program providing basic health and family planning services to low-income and uninsured women who would not otherwise be eligible for Medicaid unless pregnant.

The Department of Health and Human Services warned the state that this rule would not meet requirements for funding, because it violates the Social Security Act. They informed the state that some $40 million in funding would be pulled if Planned Parenthood, which provides 44 percent of the program’s services, was blacklisted. putting $40 million in federal funding at risk.

The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.“No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” said Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Perry, of course, is couching this as fighting back against the overreaching Obama administration, with his spokeswoman justifying cutting these women off of basic health services by putting it on the White House and saying, “This boils down to the rule of law—which the state of Texas respects and the Obama administration does not.” The state of Texas apparently doesn’t believe in the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.

And the GOP establishment is worried about their image because they think the presidential debates are starting to make them look bad. Are they paying any attention to the actual policies Republicans in office are creating?

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Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen Executive, Quits Over Planned Parenthood Dispute

Karen Handel’s resignation is warranted and should have happened sooner.   This GOP war on Planned Parenthood over their less than 3% per year abortions is absurd.

I am truly amazed at the GOP cry on one hand of LESS GOVERNMENT intrusion on our lives while at the same time proposing and implementing dozens of legislation imposing their warped ideology on women across the country.

It really reminds me of their love the fetus and starve the child philosophy which is implemented legislation in dozens of states. Simply put, these same people who claim to care so much for the fetus, care nothing at all for the child…

The Huffington Post

Karen Handel, vice president for public affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned on Tuesday following public outcry over the announcement Komen would pull funding from Planned Parenthood. After Komen reversed its decision, The Huffington Post reported thatHandel drove the decision to defund Planned Parenthood over abortion politics and crafted the strategy to clean up the public relations mess that ensued.

Although she acknowledges her involvement in the Planned Parenthood decision in her resignation letter, she also decries what she calls “gross mischaracterizations” of the situation and maintains that the decision was not about politics:

I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it. I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology. Rather, both were based on Komen’s mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants.What was a thoughtful and thoroughly reviewed decision — one that would have indeed enabled Komen to deliver even greater community impact — has unfortunately been turned into something about politics. This is entirely untrue. This development should sadden us all greatly.

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Congressman Posts Satirical Attack On Planned Parenthood From The Onion As News

How dense  DUMB can this “politician” be?

Think Progress

Fool him once, shame on you. Fool him once with a widely circulated and obviously fake story  from satirical newspaper The Onion that was published nine months ago? Yeah, that’s all on him.

Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) is going to have a rough news cycle after his office posted a link  to an outrageous story about Planned Parenthood’s intentions to build an $8 billion “abortionplex,” complete with shopping mall, movie theater and three-story night club. It’s a laughable commentary on the outrageous charges that anti-choice groups use to attack Planned Parenthood, from one of the finest purveyors of satire, but the joke appears to have been lost on Fleming.

“More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale,” wrote Rep. Fleming (or more likely an overzealous staffer) before linking to the post. Just hours after the link was posted, Rep. Fleming’s office deleted the post, but not before the blog Literally Unbelievable  grabbed a screenshot:

Getting duped by false stories in The Onion is a common occurrence, as Literally Unbelievable demonstrates. But rarely does it happen to someone so public. And adding another layer of humor to the incident, the story Fleming posted is nine months old and was already a viral Internet phenomenon: several fake Yelp reviews  of the abortionplex were published, and the story was the basis  for Literally Unbelievable in the first place.

Fleming has been a punch line before. Think Progress reported in September that Fleming complained that he and his family struggled to live on an annual income of $400,000, more than enough to qualify Fleming as a member of the 1 percent.

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Susan G. Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Decision, Does Not Promise To Renew Grants

Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker

Women across the country have won this battle, but apparently, the Komen Foundation’s reluctance to  promise renewal of future grants to Planned Parenthood indicate that there will  undoubtedly be more hurdles to cross…

The Huffington Post

Following a massive public backlashover its decision to pull funding for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy Brinker apologized to the family planning organization on Friday and said Komen will preserve its eligibility for future grants.

Brinker said in a statement that the decision is a result of “distress” at the “presumption” that Komen, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood for political reasons:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

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Andrea Mitchell To Komen Chief: I’m Expressing ‘Anger’ Of Many People (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had some tough words for Susan G. Komen chief Nancy Brinker about the growing firestorm over Planned Parenthood.

Mitchell and Brinker were discussing the controversy that has erupted around Susan G. Komen’s recent decision to end its funding to Planned Parenthood. The funding supported Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide breast cancer screenings for its patients.

Shortly after the interview started, Mitchell disclosed her connection to breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “Let me just put out there first of all, I have have been identified, an outspoken supporter and participant in the races over the years long before I, myself, ended up being diagnosed with breast cancer.” Mitchell announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2011.

Mitchell added that she and Brinker have known each other a long time through Brinker’s role at the foundation and her time as a diplomat at the State Department. “But I come to you today, you know, expressing the anger of a lot of people,” Mitchell said. “Channeling through them, you see it on Twitter, you see it everywhere.”

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Komen’s $7.5 Million Grant to Penn State Appears to Violate New Policy

Remember, the reason the Susan G. Komen Foundation gave for cutting off funding of Planned Parenthood:  Due to a new rule implemented by their new conservative Senior Vice President of  Public Policy, Karen Handel.

Handel’s decision to  pull funding of about $600,000 per year to Planned Parenthood for the purpose of breast cancer screening for poor women came about  allegedly because they are being “investigated” by government authorities.  (Which actually turns out to be one Congressional Representative, Cliff Sterns (R-FL) who has yet to hold a hearing on any matter regarding Planned Parenthood.  Thus, nullifying any notion of an “investigation.)

Meanwhile, compare and contrast: The Susan G. Komen Foundation gave $600,000 per year to Planned Parenthood and gives $7.5 million per year to Penn State who is in fact under investigation.

Handel says this is not about politics. Yet it wreaks of politics on so many levels.

There’s something not quite right in Komen Foundation Land

Mother Jones

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which recently announced that it is ending grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening because of a controversial investigation launched by an anti-abortion Republican congressman, currently funds cancer research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to the tune of $7.5 million. Like Planned Parenthood, Penn State is currently the subject of a federal government investigation, and like the Planned Parenthood grant, the Penn State grant appears to violate a new internal rule at Komen that bans grants to organizations that are under investigation by federal, state, or local governments. But so far, only the Planned Parenthood grants appear to have been cancelled.

An internal Komen memo written by President Elizabeth Thompson and obtained by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic states that if “an applicant or its affiliates” is under investigation “for financial or administrative improprieties by local, state or federal authorities,” then “the applicant will be ineligible to receive a grant.” Penn State, the Pennsylvania university that the Hershey center is affiliated with, is currently under investigation by the federal government over the sexual assault scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been indicted on multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. In 2008, the Komen foundation awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to the Hershey center to study treatments that could reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Komen suddenly claimed a new rule prevents them from donating to any organization under investigation by a governmental body, this rule is not being applied to any other organization and insiders say it’s being used as an excuse to cut funding from Planned Parenthood.

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, university officials are required to “issue a timely warning if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community.” The Department of Education announced that it was investigating Penn State over possible Clery Act violations last November, and a Penn State spokesperson told Mother Jones that the investigation is ongoing. The Komen foundation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Komen’s founder, Nancy Brinker, is a former Bush administration official who has given almost $200,000 to Republican officials over the years, and Karen Handel, Komen’s top lobbyist, is a pro-life Republican who was elected secretary of state in Georgia. Komen officials have insisted that Brinker and Handel’s right-leaning politics weren’t a factor in the decision to cut off funding, but Goldberg reported that the new grant standards were written as a pretext for denying funds to Planned Parenthood, and that the decision was “driven” by Handel.

Brinker, appearing on MSNBC Thursday afternoon, denied the decision had anything to do with politics.  “I’m troubled that it’s been labeled as political. This is not a political decision,” Brinker said.

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