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Obamacare Needs a Touch-Up

In case anyone is interested, Margaret Atwood just did a IAmA on Reddit:


I’m Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, and executive producer of the Hulu original series based on the novel premiering April 26.

I am the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. My novels include The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize), Oryx and Crake (short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize), The Year of the Flood, and—my most recent novel—Hag-Seed.

Watch the latest trailer for the show:
Handmaid’s Tale on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/handmaidsonhulu
Handmaid’s Tale on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/handmaidsonhulu
Handmaid’s Tale on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/handmaidsonhulu
Proof: https://twitter.com/MargaretAtwood/status/839258321425207298

Hello: Now it is time to say goodbye! Thank you for all your questions, and sorry I could not get to the end of all of them... save for next time! Very best, Margaret

A cappella 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(damental Rights)' is your new feminist anthem

Source: Mashable

Just in time for International Women's Day, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University have dropped an empowering cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Cyndi Lauper's 1983 version of the song — written by American musician Robert Hazard — might be your favourite Saturday night dance anthem, but this feminist reboot by The Oxford Belles could give Lauper a run for her money.

The Oxford Belles' version of the song features a feminist rap about smashing glass ceilings. "Can you stand over there and cover your eyes cuz Imma break glass ceilings, is that a surprise?" raps one of the Belles.

The video not only features the a cappella group's mellifluous singing, it also shows leading Oxford academics holding signs with feminist messages for International Women's Day. "Why does the term career woman exist when the term career man never has?" reads a sign by lecturer Mary McMenamin.

Happy International Women's Day!


Sherrilyn Ifill: He [AG Sessions] listened respectfully and said that I was "articulate." (tweets)


Monica Crowley Insists Plagiarism Scandal Was Political Hit Job, Its Been Debunked

Source: Mediaite

Would-be Donald Trump foreign policy advisor Monica Crowley spoke out for the first time Tuesday night about the plagiarism scandal that forced her to forgo that White House position, saying on Fox News’ Hannity that it was a false hit job.

“What happened to me was a despicable straight-up political hit job,” insisted Crowley. “It’s been debunked, my editor has completely supported me and backed me up.”

“There is a very toxic and it’s getting increasingly toxic and poisonous atmosphere of personal destruction in Washington and the media. It’s always sort of been there, but now it’s at a whole different level,” Crowley said.

“I was something of the canary in the coal mine; the attack on me was a test,” she continued. “What happened to me, what happened to General Flynn, what’s happened to Attorney General Sessions and others is all of a piece. There is a very dangerous and very effective destabilization campaign underway against this president, his administration and his agenda.”


Dripped (En Hommage a Jackson Pollock)

Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific Marine Protected Areas

From March 7 – 29, 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Howland and Baker Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

NOTE: ROV dives are planned, weather permitting, most days from March 8 - March 27, typically from about 8 am to 5 pm WST (March 7 - March 26, from 1 pm to 10 pm EST).


Hello, friends. It's SPICEY TIME (video tweet)


Jezebel posted this on Twitter when the White House Press Briefing started.

CBO: Obamacare Costing The Feds A Third Less Than Expected

Source: TPM

The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that its projections for the federal government's spending on the Affordable Care Act's coverage provisions in 2019 are now a third lower than what they were when the law was passed in 2010.

CBO Director Keith Hall said in written responses to questions posed by the House Budget Committee that the CBO expects the federal government to spend $148 billion in 2019 on the law's coverage provisions, down from the $214 billion estimated when the law was passed.

Hall cited a number of reasons for why the law is costing the federal government less than originally expected. One is that less people are using the individual market than anticipated, lowering the feds' spending on things like the subsidies for insurance premiums. Additionally, Medicare and Medicaid's costs are coming in under expectations, as are the costs of private insurance -- a slowdown in health care costs Hall speculated could have been driven by the recession.

"Although it is unclear how much of that slowdown is attributable to the recession and its aftermath and how much is attributable to other factors, the slower growth has been sufficiently broad and persistent to persuade the
agencies to significantly lower their projections of federal costs for health care," Hall said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/cbo-third-obamacare-costs?utm_content=buffer8bfe3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A few screwed up videos from Michigan trump rallies yesterday (video tweets):






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