So much was made of the hit job on Planned Parenthood . . . and so much is being done to restrict access to reproductive health care . . . should the story of the Planned Parenthood case be simply a quick, “Never mind” and then dropped? (A Republican-impaneled Texas grand jury not only failed to indict Planned Parenthood they indicted the accusers instead.) Should it not stretch over more than a single news cycle?
In the interest of emphasizing the event . . . and perhaps piling on at least a little . . . here’s Trevor Noah’s take on it from Wednesday’s “The Daily Show.” (Afterward, he had an interview with Jerry Seinfeld, now 61 and loving it.)
A couple of other things that have not proven true despite much insistence from certain quarters: Clinton’s first budget, that got not a single Republican vote, did not destroy the economy . . . “by far the vast majority” of the benefits from George W. Bush’s tax cuts did not go to those “at the bottom of the economic ladder” . . . invading Iraq was not the “last resort” to protect America . . . Barack Obama was not born in Kenya . . . Obamacare has not killed the economy (or deployed death panels or cost Ted Cruz his health insurance) . . . and . . .
. . . drum roll please . . .
. . . Senator Inhofe’s snowball does not disprove global warming.
Much as Republicans love to mock Al Gore — and employ the same “scientists” who whitewashed tobacco to whitewash carbon emissions — it turns out that 2015 was the warmest year in 136 years of record-keeping.
And by a record margin.
And that 15 of the 16 warmest years have occurred since 2000 (with the 16th being 1998).
“Moderate” Republicans like Chris Christie are emphatically unconcerned (here, at 38:51).
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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