Congress lets states block certain Planned Parenthood money
- March 31, 2017

The 50-50 split vote came after two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska crossed the aisle in opposition, as evidence that the measure should not have been taken up. The New York Times notes that the Obama-era measure protected Planned Parenthood , guaranteeing that individual states could not decide to strip funding from the organization. (more...)
Pre-order book commemorating Oregon Ducks magical trip to the FInal Four
- March 26, 2017

But for Kansas, this is still a win-or-else. There's been no doubt that these Jayhawks could put up points, but now their defense is finally starting to peak and it's looking less and less likely that a team will be able to stop them from being so explosive. (more...)
Chris Chiozza hits buzzer-beater to send Florida to the Elite Eight
- March 25, 2017

The Gators have already beaten the No. 7 seed SC in their most recent meeting and No. 3 seed Baylor looks soft inside and struggled against USC in the round of 32. Hayes made two free throws on the other end, before the inbounds to Chiozza that would complete the storybook ending for the Florida Gators . Not the number, but the region . (more...)
Midwest Region: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Purdue
- March 25, 2017

The Jayhawks' athleticism, swagger and skill came together in those 360 degrees. But no one has come close to halting the Jayhawks' blistering pace. Down 59-56, N.C. State missed a wing jumper that would have made it a one-point game . Presumably, the Big Ten Player of the Year left empty-handed on both accounts. (more...)
Sanctuary Cities: The Line Splitting The Thin Blue Line
- March 24, 2017

Greg Abbott says 142 charged suspects on requested immigration detainers were released from the Travis County jail during a one-week period last month . Washington County, like every other county in OR, does not honor U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on Tuesday questioned the constitutionality of ICE detainers and the truthfulness of the DHS report. (more...)
What would Medicaid work requirements mean for those who receive it? What would Medicaid work requirements mean for those who receive it?
- March 23, 2017

Lance says that he campaigned on a platform of replacing and repealing Obamacare, but that the new provisions in the bill will not be enough to get his vote. Open letter to my congressman: Thank you for seeking my views regarding the proposed American Health Care Act. They chose to do things detrimental to their health, then seek lower-cost care! The 2009 law requires insurers to cover specified services like maternity care for all policy holders, which are sharply driving up ... (more...)