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John Legend to Paul Ryan: ‘Seriously, F*** You’

The father of two had no time for Ryan's Father's Day wishes while parents are torn from their children at the border.

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Singer John Legend had a simple but powerful message for House Speaker Paul Ryan after his attempt to send a happy Father's Day message despite Republicans tearing fathers and mothers away from their children at the border.

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The Capital of Shithole Country Is in Florida

The president knows exactly how to feed his base. That's why you don't hear Republicans complaining or even criticizing. Meanwhile, the old white man billionaire administration and its agenda keeps rolling along.

Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida / MAR-A-LAGO WEBSITE

Trump knows exactly what he's doing. After being told by the Mercers that he had to fire Bannon, he had to prove to his base that he is indeed the real king of Shithole Country.

He did that by giving his base a little of the "he's saying what we're all thinking" magic, a phrase I often heard from white people during the campaign (admit it, white people, you heard it too).

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The President of the United States said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

But you know what? He's right! Not about the people emigrating, about the shithole country within our own borders.

We are already infested with millions of people in states that chronically drag down our economy. States that dramatically lag — and have for 100 years — in national averages for per capita GDP, healthcare, and education, and exceed national averages on opiate prescriptions, poverty and social security disability recipients (Alabama is #1, Mississippi is #5). States that take more federal money than they give. Laggard states are where the core of Trump's 35 percent support base lives. People who welcome and reward overt appeals to racism. People who enable the white billionaire's agenda.

So go burn a cross. Worship in a hate-filled tax exempt "church." Tell your little joke about mud people. Fly the flag of your defeated nation over your statehouse. Erect statues of defeated generals and war criminals like Bedford Forrest. Cheer your president. But I don't want to pay for it with my taxes anymore.

We have to stop talking about "unconscious bias" and start acknowledging chronic and overt bias, bigotry and sexism. The things that got the president elected. We need to stop "sensitivity training" and start firing people! Fire them now. Reason? You violate our values! You're offensive! And you drag down productivity.

We all owe Trump a debt of gratitude. There's no point in pretending there are good people on both sides. Trump has proven the futility of trying to accommodate the citizens of the shithole country within our own borders. We have to live with them, I suppose, but no more welfare and white affirmative action!

Don't work for companies that tolerate shithole people. Divest yourself and your company of them. As you escort them out, don't resist the urge to say, "Pssst, Mexico isn't paying for a wall. AMF."

Finally, we white people need to take ownership of the mess we created. An environment where calling Mexicans rapists wasn't a career ending event. An environment where the white Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the white Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are silent on the fitness of this old white man president. We own this, I don't care who you voted for.

Oh, and by the way, my ancestors came from countries that were considered shitholes when they emigrated.

 

 

Uncertainty Over Healthcare Funding Worries Schools

Proposed cuts to Medicaid would have a dire, direct effect on services for students with disabilities.

With many Republican lawmakers and the White House still unable to accept the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land, the ongoing debate may have a direct effect on millions of vulnerable students who are impacted by severe symptoms due to their disabilities. As the future of healthcare hangs in the balance, so does the funding that provides the medical assistance for students during their school day.

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White House Interns Overwhelmingly White and Male: Photo

A photo of the White House interns under the Trump administration still appears to over represent the majority white, male Republican Party.

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President Donald Trump made waves during a White House intern photo op during which time he told a female reporter to "Be quiet." But now, photos of those very same interns have circulated and become a story of their own due to the blatant message the photo sends: the White House's interns are overwhelmingly white and male.

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Responses to Trump's Sexism: 'This Isn't Just About Trump'

President Trump's vile tweets speak volumes about what the GOP allows from its party.

REUTERS

President Donald Trump's vile sexism attacking MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski yesterday has raised questions about just how much the Republican party is willing to let Trump get away with — and about Trump's current state of mind.

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Health Care Vote Postponed, Bill Still Hurts Low-Income Americans

The bill has failed to satisfy conservatives, who still seek to slash certain health benefits. Revisions will still leave millions uninsured as well as further cut Medicaid.

REUTERS

After postponing Thursday's scheduled vote, the House is now expected to vote on Friday on the Republican health care bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Republicans remain at odds with one another as conservatives push for a complete repeal of Obamacare while moderates worry about the number of people who likely will lose coverage.

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GOP Health Care Still in Limbo, Conservatives Push to Cut Benefits

Negotiations with conservative holdouts will likely result in cuts for mental health services, maternity care and addiction treatment and severely impact low-income Americans. Changes not to take place until after the midterm elections.

House Speaker Paul Ryan / REUTERS

As Republicans remain divided over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed repeal to Obamacare, conservatives are pushing for an end to "essential health benefits" that include maternity care, addiction treatment, annual well visits and mental health services.

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Obama Mask with Noose Costume Worn by Trump Supporter at U of Wisconsin Game

University of Wisconsin-Madison said the Halloween costume was "repugnant" but "was an exercise of the individual's right to free speech."

University of Wisconsin-Madison said the Halloween costume was "repugnant" but "was an exercise of the individual's right to free speech."

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Where's the Diversity? Paul Ryan's Photo with Interns Called 'World's Whitest Selfie'

Ryan's selfie with Capitol Hill interns goes viral, but not for the reason he was hoping.

A hashtag on social media with the phrase "So white" has re-emerged. This time, it does not pertain to Oscar nominations, but rather House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) selfie with more than 100 Capitol Hill interns that shows a shocking lack of diversity — #InternsSoWhite.

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Paul Ryan Does Not Blame Trump for Anti-Semitic Tweet

Ryan said he does not have time to address all of Trump's racist social media messages.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is once again calling out Trump for his racist behavior — but still will not revoke his endorsement for the Republican candidate and refuses to cast blame on Trump.

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House Dems' Gun Common Sense Sit-In Incorporates Social Media Strategies of Millennials

A form of protest coined in the Civil Rights Movement is aided by techniques of modern-day protests.

UPDATE: June 23, 2016 at 2:51 p.m. ET

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GOP Blocks LGBT Rights Amendment Days After Orlando Shooting

After Republican leaders claimed to "stand in solidarity" with the LGBT community following the tragedy in Orlando, GOP leaders rejected a proposal to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

Pete Sessions

A proposal that would protect LGBT employees from discrimination by federal contractors was rejected by House Republican leaders — just days after GOP members publicly pledged their "support" for the LGBT community.

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