- Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans
( Breitbart ) A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say.” A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.
73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Another 10 percent disagreed with that statement, and 17 percent said they are undecided.
The poll reveals that there is bipartisan agreement with regards to freedom of speech. Despite overwhelming support for speech rights, Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans.
- Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote
- Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare
The Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in a dramatic floor vote early Friday morning, yet again stalling — for now — the key campaign goal that eludes the GOP six months into the Trump administration.
Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote. McCain, who recently returned to the Senate after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, cast his “no” vote to audible gasps on the chamber’s floor, according to reporters there.
Senate Republicans released the plan late Thursday just hours before voting on an amendment to take up the bill.
Here are the provisions in the so-called skinny repeal bill, which the GOP titled the Health Care Freedom Act:
- It would repeal the individual mandate, which is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty. The provision was intended to help control costs by encouraging younger, healthier people to enter the market. Republicans have said it forced people to buy plans they did not want.
- The bill would roll back the employer mandate, a similar provision that says large employers have to provide insurance for their workers.
- The plan would expand a program that allows states to waive certain provisions under Obamacare.
- It would suspend the medical device tax.
- The proposal would increase contribution limits for tax-free health savings accounts.
- It would defund women’s health provider Planned Parenthood for one year.
The House of Representatives voted down a Republican proposal to ban the Pentagon from paying for gender-transition surgeries after 24 GOP congressmen crossed party lines to join the Democratic side.
These are the 24 Republicans who voted against the legislation that would have removed funding for transgender military members’ medical costs:
- California Rep. Paul Cook
- California Rep. Jeff Denham
- California Rep. Steve Knight
- California Rep. Darrell Issa
- Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
- Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
- Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
- Florida Rep. Brian Mast
- Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
- Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
- New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
- New York Rep. John Faso
- New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
- New York Rep. Tom Reed
- New York Rep. John Katko
- New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
- Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
- Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
- Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
- Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
- Washington Rep. David Reichert
- “When it comes to generous tipping, Republicans definitely beat Democrats,” Creditcard.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz told Fox Business.
( Daily Wire ) According to a study conducted last month by Creditcard.com, Republican men from the Northeast are among the best tippers, ironically, yet unsurprisingly, tipping better than liberal do-gooders.
The study, running a survey via the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, “examined tipping behavior at restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and hair salons. It sampled 1,002 adults who used cash, credit or debit cards,” notes CNBC.
Republican men dining at a restaurant were found to have tipped a median of 20%, as opposed to Southern Democrats who tipped at a 15% median. Women also averaged on the stingy side, tipping a median of 16%.
“When it comes to generous tipping, Republicans definitely beat Democrats,” Creditcard.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz told Fox Business. “Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say their typical restaurant tip exceeds 15%, while just 46% of Democrats say the same. Democrats are also more likely than their GOP counterparts to say that they never tip hotel housekeepers, hair stylists/barbers and coffee shop baristas.”
Though there were some significant differences connected to one’s politics, the study found that tipping mostly aligned with income level.
( Daily Wire ) Campus Reform is reporting that John Griffin, a professor from the Art Institute of Washington, called for Republicans to be “lined up and shot” for voting to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House of Representatives.
One might think it was hyperbolic — not so, according to Griffin (image courtesy of Campus Reform):
“They should be lined up and shot. That’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.”
Griffin later amended his post, writing:
From the Daily Caller:
Twenty House Republicans voted against the American Health Care Act Thursday, breaking with their party and President Donald Trump to oppose the Obamacare replacement bill.
The AHCA passed with 217 votes in what is being billed as a big victory for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, after their first attempt to pass a replacement bill failed in March.
Here are the 20 Republicans who joined Democrats to vote against the bill:
- Andy Biggs of Arizona,
- Mike Coffman of Colorado,
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida,
- Thomas Massie of Kentucky,
- Walter B. Jones of North Carolina,
- Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey,
- Christopher Smith of New Jersey,
- Leonard Lance of New Jersey,
- Dan Donovan of New York,
- John Katko of New York,
- Michael Turner and David Joyce of Ohio,
- Ryan Costello, Patrick Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania,
- Will Hurd of Texas,
- Barbara Comstock of Virginia,
- and Jaime Beutler and Dave Reichert of Washington.
“Republicans have taken an important first step toward fixing our healthcare system. Obamacare is falling apart and has saddled the American people with rising costs, less choice, and skyrocketing premiums. The time to act is now, and that’s exactly what Republicans have done,” the Republican Party said in an official statement.