Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tom Price at HHS could signal very good news on government regulations « Hot Air

This is particularly true on the subject of tobacco regulations. The FDA has been combative toward vaping (which has allowed so many smokers to finally get off of tobacco) rather than embracing it as a less harmful alternative. Other options, such as the smokeless Snus, have similarly run into trouble because the agency wouldn’t grant the manufacturer authority to label them has a healthier alternative to cigarettes. They followed a similar pattern when it comes to the labeling of cigars, where their actions have driven up manufacturing and packaging costs which put smaller producers at risk.

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They're happy in tabaccy-land tonight.

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Dem Senator: I’m kinda regretting nuking the filibuster on presidential appointments « Hot Air

When Harry Reid and the rest of the Senate Democrats teamed up three years ago to nuke the filibuster on presidential appointments, Republicans warned them they’d live to regret it. Now that day has arrived, and Chris Coons tells CNN’s Kate Bolduan he does regret it — mainly because, as Republicans tried to tell Democrats, they have no way of stopping a Republican president from appointing “extreme” nominees to key positions. Coons, who is trying to block Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General, says that Republicans need to help him and other Democrats out now.

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Politicians have *really* high discount rates, I've noticed. They shouldn't be in charge of anything.

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CDC Study Says Teen Virgins Are Healthier Than Sexually Active Teens

What makes this report particularly interesting, beyond its categorization by sexual activity, is it examines widely varied safety and health behaviors from bike helmet and seat belt use to substance abuse, diet, doctor’s visits, exercise, and even tanning bed use.

via thefederalist.com

The report also found these virginal teens did not drink Boone's Farm "wine", smoke cigarettes and marijuana, swear like truck drivers, drive fast automobiles and motorcycles, yell "whoo hoo!" a lot, or look back on their teen years with wistfulness, nostalgia, and regret.

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CDC Study Says Teen Virgins Are Healthier Than Sexually Active Teens

What makes this report particularly interesting, beyond its categorization by sexual activity, is it examines widely varied safety and health behaviors from bike helmet and seat belt use to substance abuse, diet, doctor’s visits, exercise, and even tanning bed use.

via thefederalist.com

The report also found these virginal teens did not drink Boone's Farm "wine", smoke cigarettes and marijuana, swear like truck drivers, drive fast automobiles and motorcycles, yell "whoo hoo!" a lot, or look back on their teen years with wistfulness, nostalgia, and regret.

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Al Gore: End the Electoral College | TheHill

"Our democracy's been hacked now. It's pathetic how our system is not working today," Gore said.

"And I think that moving to a popular vote for president would be one of the initiatives, getting money out of the process, which is another difficult challenge, but if we could do three or four things that could bring our democracy back to life and help us to make good decisions again."

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In the meantime, anybody know where I can get a good backrub?

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Pence says ObamaCare repeal will be 'first thing out of the gate' | Fox News

"It’ll be the first thing out of the gate," Pence told Fox News' Sean Hannity on "Hannity." "The President-elect’s made it very clear. He wants the Congress when they convene in early January to take up the task of repealing and replacing ObamaCare first."

via www.foxnews.com

It was a great legacy-defining moment while it lasted.

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Trump's conservative dream team - POLITICO

Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee is a huge critic of public schools and has pushed to steer taxpayer dollars to charter schools and voucher programs. His Health and Human Services pick wants to dismantle Obamacare and privatize Medicare.

His attorney general nominee would crack down on "sanctuary cities" and increase deportations of undocumented immigrants. And his choice to run the CIA believes shutting down “black site” prisons was a mistake, while his national security adviser contends Islam is a threat to Western civilization.

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Add them all up, and the president-elect is well on his way to building a conservative dream team that has Republicans cheering and liberals in despair.

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That's about the size of it.

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Why Trump’s Education Pick Scares Unions - WSJ

After Donald Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to become education secretary, teachers union honcho Randi Weingarten tweeted: “Trump has chosen the most ideological, anti-public ed nominee since the creation of the Dept of Education.” Since what’s good for the unions is often bad for the schools, and vice versa, Ms. Weingarten’s apoplexy is reason to cheer.

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I'm cheering.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pope warns Trump: Do not back away from UN climate pact – Pope declares ‘crisis of climatic change’ | Climate Depot

Pope Francis warned of the “crisis of climate change.”  “The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else,” Francis said, in what Reuters described as “a message that looked to be squarely aimed at” Trump.

via www.climatedepot.com

The Pope is now an expert on climate.

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Trump signals he’s serious on ObamaCare repeal | TheHill

Price, an orthopedic surgeon and six-term congressman, has been on a mission to destroy ­ObamaCare since the minute it was enacted during Obama’s first term. He has the policy command, and connections both on Capitol Hill and within the conservative movement, to give him a good chance of getting it done.

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He looks like an Obamacare repealer.

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