The Global Gag Rule – Real Concerns

I have seen comments on some friends’ timelines that lead to me to think some people don’t really understand the consequences of the Global Gag Rule that Donald Trump reinstated this week via Executive Order. The fact is that US funds already can’t be used to perform abortions, but the Global Gag Rule bars US …

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Rushing through the Honeymoon

Re/ Ethics office accuses GOP of rushing Trump Cabinet confirmations (The Hill) The frantic pace at which Congress is trying to push things through – from changes in ethics rules to repealing Obamacare without any plan for replacement other than an insistence that there will be one – speaks less of excitement over being back …

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Tippy the Turtle is a Hypocritical Asshat

Re/ With New Congress Poised to Convene, Obama’s Policies Are in Peril (NYT) I don’t do hate well. I don’t hate many people, and it doesn’t sit well with me when I do. But I hate this man. He is one of the men most responsible for the hyperpartisanship that has run rampant the last …

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On the plus side, I may not need to worry about a lot of things for much longer

Re/ Trump threatens to upend U.S. nuclear weapons policy (Politico) I avoided this yesterday because I’ve been trying to ignore the inflammatory tweets that often seem to be diversionary tactics. But then he follows it up today with scary ass language like “Let it be an arms race … we will outmatch them at every …

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Update – POPLINE database

I’m happy to say that full access has been restored to the POPLINE database. Once the Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found out about the restriction, he reversed the decision immediately. The database is now fully functioning. Today, he released a more detailed accounting of how and why the decision …

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