Dylan Scott, TPM: With a little-noticed proposal, Republicans took aim at Social Security on the very first day of the 114th Congress. The incoming GOP majority approved late Tuesday a new rule that experts say could provoke an unprecedented crisis that conservatives could use as leverage in upcoming debates over entitlement reform. "The rule change would prohibit a simple reallocation! It will require more significant and complex changes to Social Security," Social Security Works, an advocacy group, said in a statement Tuesday. "In other words, the Republican rule will allow Social Security to be held hostage."
One hundred percent of newly elected Republican Senators have agreed to vote to eliminate the food stamps program including;
Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).
"I realize that conservatives have a difficult time believing the "liberal media." For that reason I want to assure any conservative who is brave enough to evaluate their own positions, that the information used to design this quiz comes straight from the American Nazi Party platform. You can read it for yourself right here, on their official website." read more
Michigan's Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a controversial religious freedom bill, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which protects people from laws that substantially burden their sincerely held religious beliefs, unless the government can prove that the offending law serves a compelling interest and accomplishes that goal using the least restrictive means possible. Civil liberties advocates warn it could be used as a defense for the landlord who wants to evict a gay tenant, the pharmacist who doesn't want to provide birth control or the religious hospital that refuses such procedures as a pre-viability pregnancy termination in the case of a miscarriage. "In many religions, it's OK for a man to beat his wife," said Brooke Tucker, staff attorney at the ACLU of Michigan. "Based on language in this bill, all he has to say is my religion allows me to do this." read more
Michigan Citizen: In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District. The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading read more