Our Common Good

Vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable industrial chemical, was spilling from the tanks, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Cindy Oldham.

Authorities evacuated a half-mile (805-metre) area around the spill, which took place in Paulsboro, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

The waterway was closed as well, the Coast Guard said.

We have to spend some money on infrastructure!

changewalmart:

New Jersey Warehouse workers who move goods for Walmart join the Walmart Strike at the store in Piscataway, NJ. 

changewalmart:

New Jersey Warehouse workers who move goods for Walmart join the Walmart Strike at the store in Piscataway, NJ. 

Over the weekend, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) challenged a tea party-affiliated critic to join him in living on food stamps for a week, and now it appears the challenge has been accepted.

The challenge was prompted by a tweet on Sunday from Twitter user @MWadeNC, whose bio reads: “Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism.. Army Veteran, Army Daughter, Army Wife.”

Booker had touched off a Twitter argument by quoting the Greek historian Plutarch, who wrote that “an imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”

That quote, he explained, underpins an argument for public investment in education and nutrition, which he said would save money on police and prisons. That’s when @MWadeNC chimed in, saying ”nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”

“Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month,” Booker wrote. “U game?”

The critic accepted. “Great,” Booker replied. “Lets do this. I hope you live in New Jersey. Lets film it and see how we do.” Several other respondents offered to referee the challenge, and Booker appeared to welcome their assistance.

He followed up again on Tuesday, responding to another user who asked if he’s really prepared to participate in the challenge. “Yes preparing 2 if my challenge is truly accepted,” Booker wrote.

The New Jersey Legislature passed a bill on October 18 creating a state-based online health insurance marketplace; it did so because under Obamacare a state must either create its own insurance marketplace or let the federal government do it. Christie vetoed a similar state-based insurance exchange bill in May, but he said last month he wouldn’t decide what to do about the new bill until after Election Day. Enter the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-backed conservative grassroots group. AFP-New Jersey is pressuring Christie to reject the state exchange bill and rebuff Obamacare’s requirements before November 16, the date by which states must submit its health insurance plans to the federal government.

Koch-Backed Group Warns Chris Christie | Mother Jones

The silly thing about AFP’s lobbying is that New Jersey will get a health care exchange regardless of whether Christie vetoes it. In that case, the federal government would set up an exchange for New Jersey instead of the state setting it up for itself, and the resulting exchange would be run by federal bureaucrats instead of state bureaucrats. So this is just ideological posturing. (via dendroica)

demnewswire:

Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM ESTNote: States and counties are still making changes to Election Day information. Please check back frequently at http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/hurricane-sandy-election-changes,and if you encounter any problems voting call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
 ConnecticutThe in-person voter registration deadline has been extended from October 30 at 8:00pm to November 1 at 8:00pm. Polling locations without power may be moved, but the status of these polling locations will not be decided until November 5. Theoretically, power is not needed at polling locations because Connecticut uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.
DelawareDelaware does not offer early in-person voting or absentee voting without a valid excuse. The state’s registration deadline passed on October 13, 2012. No changes to voting in Delaware have been announced.
District of ColumbiaDue to Hurricane Sandy, Early Voting was suspended for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Early voting resumed October 31st with extended hours - closing at 9pm instead of 7pm as previously scheduled. Early voting began October 29th and concludes November 3rd.Maryland Early voting hours have been extended so that all early voting centers will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Thursday, November 1, 2012, and Friday, November 2, 2012. The deadline for submitting a request for an absentee ballot was extended to October 31st. Generators are being moved in to run polling sites without electricity. Election officials expect all polling sites to open on Election Day as scheduled. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-01/news/bs-md-early-vote-thursday-20121101_1_poll-workers-deputy-state-elections-administrator-provisional-ballot).Massachusetts Massachusetts does not offer early voting, and only offers absentee ballots to voters with qualifying excuses. There are no changes due to Hurricane Sandy.
New Jersey The application deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot in New Jersey was extended to those received by close of business on November 2. County Clerks and Election Offices are required to remain open from Friday November 2 through Monday November 5, at a minimum from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may go to their County Clerk’s office to fill out and turn in absentee ballots on Election Day. Polling places that have power will open as planned, but alternate plans are being coordinated for those locations without power. Some polling places are being consolidated or set up in temporary shelters, and military vehicles are being outfitted to serve as temporary polling places. Voters can text 877877 to find out the location of their polling place. Polling locations on Election Day will be open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. 
New YorkAbsentee ballots can be requested online and over the phone until Friday, November 2nd. Absentee ballots may be obtained in person until November 5th. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by Monday, November 5th. The state is allowing 13 days instead of 7 days from November 5th for ballots to be received. Board of Elections offices in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, are open between 10AM and 9PM. The Manhattan and Staten Island offices are closed, but Manhattan’s office has been relocated to the Manhattan Voting Machine Facility. Polling places may have to be relocated in certain areas, but efforts are being made to keep them as close to their original location as possible. Power is not needed at polling locations because New York uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. Updates, as well as the addresses of current Board of Elections offices, can be checked at http://www/vote/nyc.ny.us.
North CarolinaOn Monday, Oct 29th early voting sites were closed in Currituck County. Dare County was closed on both October 29th and October 30th. Ocracoke Island in Hyde County closed on October 26th, and won’t open until ferry service returns. Early voting sites in Pamlico County closed an hour early on October 27th and were closed entirely on October 28th.OhioOhio allows in-person early-voting and no-excuse vote by mail. Early Voting runs from October 2nd-November 5th. There was no change in voting due to the storm.
PennsylvaniaThe deadline for voters to request absentee ballots (5:00 pm Tuesday, October 30th) will be extended by one day for each day that a county’s offices were closed. The deadline for county election offices to receive completed absentee ballots to be extended until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, on a county-by-county basis. Allegheny Co., PA has extended the deadline to accept completed absentee ballots to 8pm on Election Day.
Rhode Island Rhode Island does not offer in-person early voting or absentee voting without a qualifying excuse. No changes have been made due to Hurricane Sandy.
TennesseeTennessee allows early voting from October 17th through November 1st. No changes have been announced because of Hurricane Sandy.VirginiaVirginia suspended in-person absentee voting (excuse required) on October 29th. As of October 30, all but nine counties have reopened their early voting. For information about specific counties, please visit:http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/EmergencyClosings.html
West VirginiaWest Virginia allows in-person early voting but does not allow absentee voting without a valid excuse.  Early Voting hours are set by county and runs from October 24th-November 3rd. There were no statewide changes due to the storm.

demnewswire:

Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 7:00PM EST

Note: 
States and counties are still making changes to Election Day information. Please check back frequently at http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/hurricane-sandy-election-changes,and if you encounter any problems voting call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

 
Connecticut
The in-person voter registration deadline has been extended from October 30 at 8:00pm to November 1 at 8:00pm. Polling locations without power may be moved, but the status of these polling locations will not be decided until November 5. Theoretically, power is not needed at polling locations because Connecticut uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.


Delaware
Delaware does not offer early in-person voting or absentee voting without a valid excuse. The state’s registration deadline passed on October 13, 2012. No changes to voting in Delaware have been announced.


District of Columbia
Due to Hurricane Sandy, Early Voting was suspended for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Early voting resumed October 31st with extended hours - closing at 9pm instead of 7pm as previously scheduled. Early voting began October 29th and concludes November 3rd.

Maryland 
Early voting hours have been extended so that all early voting centers will be open between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Thursday, November 1, 2012, and Friday, November 2, 2012. The deadline for submitting a request for an absentee ballot was extended to October 31st. Generators are being moved in to run polling sites without electricity. Election officials expect all polling sites to open on Election Day as scheduled. (http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-11-01/news/bs-md-early-vote-thursday-20121101_1_poll-workers-deputy-state-elections-administrator-provisional-ballot).

Massachusetts 
Massachusetts does not offer early voting, and only offers absentee ballots to voters with qualifying excuses. There are no changes due to Hurricane Sandy.

New Jersey 
The application deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot in New Jersey was extended to those received by close of business on November 2. County Clerks and Election Offices are required to remain open from Friday November 2 through Monday November 5, at a minimum from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voters may go to their County Clerk’s office to fill out and turn in absentee ballots on Election Day. Polling places that have power will open as planned, but alternate plans are being coordinated for those locations without power. Some polling places are being consolidated or set up in temporary shelters, and military vehicles are being outfitted to serve as temporary polling places. Voters can text 877877 to find out the location of their polling place. Polling locations on Election Day will be open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th

New York
Absentee ballots can be requested online and over the phone until Friday, November 2nd. Absentee ballots may be obtained in person until November 5th. All absentee ballots must be postmarked or submitted in person by Monday, November 5th. The state is allowing 13 days instead of 7 days from November 5th for ballots to be received. Board of Elections offices in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, are open between 10AM and 9PM. The Manhattan and Staten Island offices are closed, but Manhattan’s office has been relocated to the Manhattan Voting Machine Facility. Polling places may have to be relocated in certain areas, but efforts are being made to keep them as close to their original location as possible. Power is not needed at polling locations because New York uses optical scan voting machines that are run by batteries. Changes are expected for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th. Updates, as well as the addresses of current Board of Elections offices, can be checked at http://www/vote/nyc.ny.us.

North Carolina
On Monday, Oct 29th early voting sites were closed in Currituck County. Dare County was closed on both October 29th and October 30th. Ocracoke Island in Hyde County closed on October 26th, and won’t open until ferry service returns. Early voting sites in Pamlico County closed an hour early on October 27th and were closed entirely on October 28th.

Ohio
Ohio allows in-person early-voting and no-excuse vote by mail. Early Voting runs from October 2nd-November 5th. There was no change in voting due to the storm.

Pennsylvania
The deadline for voters to request absentee ballots (5:00 pm Tuesday, October 30th) will be extended by one day for each day that a county’s offices were closed. The deadline for county election offices to receive completed absentee ballots to be extended until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, on a county-by-county basis. Allegheny Co., PA has extended the deadline to accept completed absentee ballots to 8pm on Election Day.

Rhode Island 
Rhode Island does not offer in-person early voting or absentee voting without a qualifying excuse. No changes have been made due to Hurricane Sandy.

Tennessee
Tennessee allows early voting from October 17th through November 1st. No changes have been announced because of Hurricane Sandy.

Virginia
Virginia suspended in-person absentee voting (excuse required) on October 29th. As of October 30, all but nine counties have reopened their early voting. For information about specific counties, please visit:http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/EmergencyClosings.html

West Virginia
West Virginia allows in-person early voting but does not allow absentee voting without a valid excuse.  Early Voting hours are set by county and runs from October 24th-November 3rd. There were no statewide changes due to the storm.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Is the Ultimate Hurricane Hero

cognitivedissonance:

jezebelcom:

Hurricane Sandy has provided politicians across the Northeast with an excellent opportunity to prove how much they care about their constituencies — especially via social media, the easiest means by which public officials can demonstrate how ~in touch~ they are with real people.

But Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has truly redefined the concept of civil servitude by going above and beyond by helping his Twitter followers search for their relatives, locate supplies, and de-stress; he invited some New Jerseyites OVER TO HIS HOUSE to power their electronic equipment and “relax.”

He’s asked people to contact him directly (via Twitter Direct Message) so he can come over and charge their cell phones, and, earlier today, he invited a neighbor over to his house to charge her devices and watch DVDs. According to another recent tweet, he also had lunch delivered for the now “twelve or so” people hanging out at his place. What a guy. Bloomberg, can we come over?

Here are some of his other tweets:

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Dude. Cory Booker is truly a superhero.

paxamericana:

Desperate New Jersey drivers wait in long lines to buy gasoline. One line was two miles long

The media blame “a lack of electricity” and report that “Governor Christie has acted to boost supplies of gasoline…by directing Treasury officials to waive licensing requirements that affect merchants’ ability to buy fuel from out-of-state suppliers.”

That would help, but Christie would help more if he could suspend New Jersey’s foolish law forbidding price increases of more than 10% during an “emergency,” and if he’d apologize for bragging that the state will crack down on price “gouging!”  

Complaining about greedy profiteers is probably politically smart. But if you’re one of the people the law “protects,” you won’t fare as well.

What politicians call “gouging” is just the free market. When markets are allowed to work their magic, lines disappear.  The high price is a big flag planted in the ground that says, “Hey, come over here and make money.”  

Today, some car owners wait in line just to top off their tanks. If gas stations could raise prices, many of those drivers would wait, and drive less.  Drivers who really need gas would be able to get it.    At the same time, entrepreneurs would rush gasoline to gas stations that have the highest prices.   The lines would quickly vanish, and prices would come back down.

And it goes on like this for some time.

reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. REUTERS/Larry DowningNEWS/UPDATES/RESOURCES: Live coverage of storm Sandy recovery 

reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) hugs North Point Marina owner Donna Vanzant as he tours damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, New Jersey, October 31, 2012. At left is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Putting aside partisan differences, Obama and Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey together on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and burning homes in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. REUTERS/Larry Downing

NEWS/UPDATES/RESOURCES: Live coverage of storm Sandy recovery 

dendroica:


We’re used to seeing hurricane-battered beaches and flooded cities in Florida, North Carolina, and the Gulf Coast. But to see these images from the Jersey Shore and New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is a shocking experience. New Jersey only rarely gets hit by hurricanes because it lies in a portion of the coast that doesn’t stick out much, and is too far north. How did this happen? How was a hurricane able to move from southeast to northwest at landfall, so far north, and so late in hurricane season? We expect hurricanes to move from east to west in the tropics, where the prevailing trade winds blow that direction. But the prevailing wind direction reverses at mid-latitudes, flowing predominately west-to-east, due to the spin of the Earth. Hurricanes that penetrate to about Florida’s latitude usually get caught up in these westerly winds, and are whisked northeastwards, out to sea. However, the jet stream, that powerful band of upper-atmosphere west-to-east flowing air, has many dips and bulges. These troughs of low pressure and ridges of high pressure allow winds at mid-latitudes to flow more to the north or to the south. Every so often, a trough in the jet stream bends back on itself when encountering a ridge of high pressure stuck in place ahead of it. These “negatively tilted” troughs have winds that flow from southeast to northwest. It is this sort of negatively tilted trough that sucked in Sandy and allowed the hurricane to take such an unusual path into New Jersey.
The 1903 Vagabond HurricaneThe only other hurricane to hit New Jersey since 1851 besides Sandy was the 1903 Category 1 Vagabond Hurricane. According to Wikipedia, the Vagabond Hurricane caused heavy damage along the New Jersey coast ($180 million in 2006 dollars.) The hurricane killed 57 people, and endangered the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was sailing on a yacht near Long Island, NY, when the hurricane hit. However, the Vagabond Hurricane hit in September, when the jet stream is typically weaker and farther to the north. It is quite extraordinary that Sandy was able to hit New Jersey in late October, when the jet stream is typically stronger and farther south, making recurvature to the northeast much more likely than in September.

(via Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : Why did Hurricane Sandy take such an unusual track into New Jersey? | Weather Underground)

dendroica:

We’re used to seeing hurricane-battered beaches and flooded cities in Florida, North Carolina, and the Gulf Coast. But to see these images from the Jersey Shore and New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is a shocking experience. New Jersey only rarely gets hit by hurricanes because it lies in a portion of the coast that doesn’t stick out much, and is too far north. How did this happen? How was a hurricane able to move from southeast to northwest at landfall, so far north, and so late in hurricane season? We expect hurricanes to move from east to west in the tropics, where the prevailing trade winds blow that direction. But the prevailing wind direction reverses at mid-latitudes, flowing predominately west-to-east, due to the spin of the Earth. Hurricanes that penetrate to about Florida’s latitude usually get caught up in these westerly winds, and are whisked northeastwards, out to sea. However, the jet stream, that powerful band of upper-atmosphere west-to-east flowing air, has many dips and bulges. These troughs of low pressure and ridges of high pressure allow winds at mid-latitudes to flow more to the north or to the south. Every so often, a trough in the jet stream bends back on itself when encountering a ridge of high pressure stuck in place ahead of it. These “negatively tilted” troughs have winds that flow from southeast to northwest. It is this sort of negatively tilted trough that sucked in Sandy and allowed the hurricane to take such an unusual path into New Jersey.

The 1903 Vagabond Hurricane
The only other hurricane to hit New Jersey since 1851 besides Sandy was the 1903 Category 1 Vagabond Hurricane. According to Wikipedia, the Vagabond Hurricane caused heavy damage along the New Jersey coast ($180 million in 2006 dollars.) The hurricane killed 57 people, and endangered the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was sailing on a yacht near Long Island, NY, when the hurricane hit. However, the Vagabond Hurricane hit in September, when the jet stream is typically weaker and farther to the north. It is quite extraordinary that Sandy was able to hit New Jersey in late October, when the jet stream is typically stronger and farther south, making recurvature to the northeast much more likely than in September.

(via Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog : Why did Hurricane Sandy take such an unusual track into New Jersey? | Weather Underground)

President Obama and Governor Chris Christie today in New Jersey, surveying the damage from Sandy.  (Photo:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama and Governor Chris Christie today in New Jersey, surveying the damage from Sandy.  (Photo:Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

firstfamily:

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie look at storm damage along the coast of New Jersey on Marine One, Oct. 31, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

firstfamily:

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie look at storm damage along the coast of New Jersey on Marine One, Oct. 31, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

When the RNC then publicly claimed to have "fired" Sproul’s new company, after the fraudulent forms came to light, it’s likely that the RNC also knew full well that many of their state GOP affiliate organizations were still quietly employing Sproul’s firms for partisan work in a number of other states.

[…]

Perhaps even more disturbing is the evidence suggesting that his companies are still operating in states around the country under different names. That, despite the RNC’s claims to have “severed our relationship” with Sproul, and the assertion that they “acted swiftly and boldly” to cut ties with the group only after the allegedly fraudulent registration forms came to light in Florida (and as Democratic registration forms were also alleged to have been destroyed by Strategic workers in other states, such as Colorado and Nevada.)

[…]

Shortly after the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal first broke late last month, $430,000 in payments from the California Republican Party made to “Grassroots Outreach, LLC”, a firm which shared the same corporate Tempe, AZ address as Sproul’s companies Sproul & Associates and Lincoln Strategy Groups.

Most of the payments in this election cycle, according to the database, are said to be for “Signature Gathering” (presumably for ballot initiatives, etc.), though $34,000 of those payments are noted to be for “Voter Registration”.

Sproul confirmed to The BRAD BLOG that Grassroots Outreach is, indeed, one of his companies, though he insists the CA database is in error, because, he says, his companies have done no voter registration in the state this year.

[…]

Now, Flynn has uncovered new evidence of another company calling itself “Issue Advocacy Partners”. He documents help wanted ads, some posted as recently as September 26th, mirroring those published previously by Strategic Allied Consulting.

"Similar ads were being posted in other states, namely Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New York and New Jersey, for almost identical jobs with another entity, Issue Advocacy Partners," writes Flynn. "Some of the listings are connected directly to Sproul’s Lincoln Strategy Group. Others use Sproul’s Tempe, AZ, business address for contact information." [Update: Since original publication this morning, Flynn writes in to note that Issue Advocacy Partners has also now “popped up” in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana as well. “Also,” he adds, “two former supervisors of Sproul’s NC operation have moved to OH, one now hiring ‘Voter Outreach Representatives’”.]

"Some of the ads specifically mention voter registration," Flynn details, while others use "terms like ‘seeking to hire grassroots canvassers to identify conservative voters’, ‘voter recruiter’, ‘conservative voter identification’, ‘voter ID’, ‘identify conservative voters’."

One of the ads Flynn found, posted on 9/27 and since removed, reads: “Issue Advocacy Partners is a conservative organization working to register voters as well as remind voters to vote conservatively in the upcoming election.”

[…]

From the evidence detailed above, it’s clear that, despite the RNC’s claim to have cut ties with Sproul, and his own originally unqualified assertion that he and his companies were not “still work[ing] for the RNC or other state or local parties,” there is a great deal of evidence that his operations are still working on behalf of Republicans in California and Oregon under the name Grassroots Outreach, and in Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New York and New Jersey under the name Issue Advocacy Partners.

[…]

Last week, three ranking members of high profile U.S. House committees sent a letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus, seeking more information about the RNC’s work with Sproul. It was signed by Democratic Reps. Charles Gonzalez, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Elections; John Conyers, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee; and Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.

The letter, which cites reports on this matter by The BRAD BLOG in a number of its footnotes, details the Republican Party’s “unfortunate history of voter suppression” and its “Years of illicit and unethical behavior” which “led to the 1982 consent decree under which the RNC agreed to ‘refrain from undertaking any ballot security activities’ or anything else that might ‘deter qualified voters from voting’.”

"Despite your party’s requests over the past thirty years, federal courts have repeatedly declined to lift that decree," the letter to Priebus continues. "The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on December 13, 2010, pointed to violations as recent as 2004 and found no evidence of ‘any significant change that renders prospective application of the Decree inequitable.’"

The numbers of jobs we create has nothing to do with the unemployment rate.

cognitivedissonance:

Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina.

While Obama supports Planned Parenthood, the direct Title X grants are not exactly unusual: HHS has contracted directly with Planned Parenthood providers for years, including under former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But the Planned Parenthood clinics that are receiving new federal grants this year are applying for those grants for the first time after defunding in their states created a need for federal money.

Paige Johnson, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, said that clinic has never appealed to HHS for Title X grants because it was always able to partner with the state. But after the state stopped contracting with Planned Parenthood, the clinic made the case to HHS that it is the primary provider of family planning to low-income women in the area. Under federal law, HHS is required to award grant funds in a manner that expands women’s access to care in the most cost-effective way possible in areas of the greatest need.

Trust me, they mad.

A huge thank you to the Obama administration for putting women’s health above the GOP’s hissy fits.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) plans to “reintroduce legislation that would curtail the ability of a shooter to fire at length without reloading” following the shooting in Colorado on Friday, the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein reports. “If reports are correct and a high-capacity gun magazine was used to commit these awful murders, Senator Lautenberg will absolutely renew his effort to limit the availability of this dangerous firearm attachment,” Lautenberg’s communications director Caley Gray said.