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Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Sexual-Harassment Scandal and The Real Story Is ...

(Mother Jones) Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that he led the Senate in ousting a GOP colleague accused of sexual harassment in 1995. But news reports from that time show that late in the investigation, McConnell tried to stall the probe against his fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). He derided efforts by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to hold public hearings on Packwood as "frolic and detour"—after the Senate ethics committee had substantiated nearly two-dozen claims of sexual harassment leveled against Packwood by female lobbyists and former staffers.

onehandle

Christie’s Presidential Chances Declining in New Hampshire

(Philly Mag) Who knows if it’s because of Bridgegate, or because of conservatives’ underlying suspicion of him, but Chris Christie’s New Hampshire support in the 2016 presidential election has declined precipitously. Power Line, a conservative blog, reports on the result of a new poll of Granite State Republican primary voters.

For Christie, there is very little good news in this poll. Sure, he places fourth with 12 percent support. But last July, the Granite State poll had him in the lead at 21 percent.

babylonsister

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Guts David Gregory’s GOP Cheerleading On Meet The Press

(Politicus USA) David Gregory repeatedly told Rep. Wasserman Schultz that he wasn’t interested in facts, or the merits as he called them. Gregory made it clear that he was only interested in pushing the Republican fantasy that Democrats are doomed because of Obamacare.

Wasserman-Schultz put him in his place by explaining reality. Millions of people do understand the ACA, because they now have health insurance, or they aren’t getting dropped because they have a preexisting condition. As far as the 2014 electoral map is concerned, Democratic Senate incumbents are leading in places like Arkansas and Louisiana, and they could easily pick up two more seats in Kentucky and Georgia.

applegrove

"Here’s how we got to 8 million Obamacare signups"

(WaPo) After a two-week extension of the Obamacare open enrollment deadline, the White House announced today that 8 million people have signed up through the health-care law's insurance marketplaces since it opened in October. That means about 900,000 people picked a health plan in the two weeks since the end of the original March 31 enrollment deadline.

babylonsister

Josh Marshall: How the GOP Bet on Failure And Lost

(TPM) As I noted recently, GOP policy analysts are pretty clear now that Obamacare isn't collapsing, hopes of the politicals notwithstanding. And strategists have started to hint that flat opposition - repeal with no alternative that provides something like the same range of benefits - may no longer be viable from a political standpoint.

Of course, in the Obamacare gotterdammerung bubble, Obamacare is on its last legs and President Obama will soon resign and ask the country for mercy as he's hustled off by federal marshals to stand trial for Obamacare and socialism. Back on planet earth though reality-based opponents see the writing on the wall.

The Straight Story

Construction underway for 'USS Gabrielle Giffords'

(CBS 5) Construction of the "USS Gabrielle Giffords" is underway in Alabama. Gabrielle Giffords etched her initials into the keel of the combat ship being built for the U.S. Navy. It's the first naval vessel of its kind to be named after a living woman.

babylonsister

McAuliffe moves to restore voting rights

(MSNBC) Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that he will shrink the time violent felons must wait to seek reinstatement of their voting rights and will remove some offenses from that list.

The policy slated to take effect April 21 comes on top of years of work to streamline the process, and aims to make the system easier to understand and to allow more felons to petition the state more quickly.

DonViejo

Obama Blasts GOP Govs Turning Down Medicaid Expansion: 'That's Wrong'

(TPM) President Barack Obama was uncharacteristically blunt Thursday while addressing the Republican governors and state legislators who have turned down Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

"That's wrong," Obama said from the White House briefing room after he announced that 8 million people had enrolled in private coverage under the law. The White House simultaneously released a fact sheet, which said 5.7 million people would be left uncovered in 2016 if the 24 states that have not expanded the program maintained their opposition.

kpete

REID Finally Says it: Bundy supporters are ‘domestic terrorists’

(The Hill) “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said Thursday at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to the newspaper. “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”

Hissyspit

Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit 8 Million in Remarkable Turnaround

(HuffPo) In a remarkable rebound from the botched rollout of Obamacare, 8 million people signed up for private health insurance via the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act since October, President Barack Obama announced during a press briefing at the White House Thursday.

March and April saw an uptick in the share of young people signing up for private plans using the exchanges. These people, who are presumably healthier, are needed to balance out the medical costs of older, sicker consumers. About 35 percent of people who signed up throughout the open enrollment period were under 35 years old, including children, Obama said. Twenty-eight percent were between the ages of 18 and 34, according to a White House fact sheet.

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Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

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W.Va. SOS Calls Conservative Group's (Koch Bros) Voter Registration Mailing "Misleading"

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US Troops Head To Poland, Baltics To 'Reassure' Allies

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No-fly list used by FBI to coerce Muslims into informing, lawsuit claims

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(Arizona Gov.) Brewer vetoes gun bills

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'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter

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Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications reform they say will allow for censorship

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UConn Grad Student Employees Will Soon Bargain First UAW Contract

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Tom Steyer: I’m not the Koch brothers

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At a rare field hearing, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls Miami Beach ground zero for sea level rise

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Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

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Cuban-American youth nonprofit secretly helped with U.S.-built ‘Cuban Twitter’

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Judge In Cole Attack Case Orders Prosecutors To Share CIA Secret Prison Details With Defense

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Court critical of Ohio law punishing campaign lies

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Gov. Ghris Christie Named 'Father of the Year'

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Court: Ohio man must pay $489,000 for false call

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Rahm, in a switch, opens door to 2016 Democratic convention

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Groups protest same-sex marriage near Allen Street gates (Penn State University)

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Russian social network founder says he has been fired

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(Arizona Supreme) Court: THC in driver's blood not enough to prove DUI

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Prohibitions against outdoor smoking in Ann Arbor win approval from City Council

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Russia Ready to Protect Economy, Medvedev Says

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Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Fall for a Third Month

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Justice Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As 'Out Of Touch With Reality'

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Emergency Heart Surgery for US Senator John Boozman

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