February 7, 2017

AP Fact Check on Travel Ban-Halting Judge Is Incomplete, Watered-Down

Given its usual tendencies, I suppose we should be grateful that the Associated Press deigned to fact-check federal judge James Robart at all.

The AP’s Eric Tucker reported on Monday that the Western Washington District Court judge’s claim — that no arrests of foreign nationals have occurred since 9/11 from the seven countries which had been subject to President Trump’s temporary travel ban before the judge halted it — was “wrong.” So far, so good. But Tucker later seriously watered down that evaluation to “not quite right,” and he never genuinely quantified how incredibly wrong Robart really was.

The AP reporter also decided that his fact check would be a good opportunity to take a swipe at Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway over an error she had acknowledged three days earlier.

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Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh (Yeah, HER) Creates Childish ‘Trump Warning System’

At the Media Research Center, the unhinged infamy of Nina Burleigh, who now toils at Newsweek as its national politics correspondent, goes back to years before NewsBusters began.

Burleigh’s most recent childish move is something one might expect from an unsupervised freshman writer at a high school newspaper. She has created a “Trump Warning System.” It includes four icons, three of which are well-known current and former totalitarian dictators, as shorthand to categorize Donald Trump’s presidential actions. It’s every bit as pathetic it sounds.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020717)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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9:15 a.m.: This Associated Press’s rundown of the February 1 roll call vote rescinding the “Stream Protection Rule” (discussed in detail here on Saturday) tells us that John Boehner did note vote, because “the speaker by tradition often does not vote.”

Earth to AP — Boehner did not vote because he hasn’t been Speaker of the House since October 29, 2015, and left Congress on October 31, 2015.

The AP also tells us that Warren Davidson, Boehner’s 8th Congressional District successor, voted for rescission, which passed by a margin of 228-194.

Positivity: This proposed law would protect doctors who object to abortion

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Feb 6, 2017 / 04:37 pm

A bill that would protect health care providers’ freedom to opt-out of abortion mandates they find objectionable has once again been introduced in Congress.

“This bill is needed to give health care providers the right to provide medical care without violating their deeply held beliefs,” Sen. James Lankford, sponsor of the bill in the Senate, stated on Friday.

“Americans have very different views about abortion, but we should not force anyone to participate in it or provide coverage,” he added.

The Conscience Protection Act would protect health care providers from federal, state, and local abortion mandates if they conscientiously object to assisting with abortions. It would also protect religious employers from having to cover elective abortions in their health plans, and establishes a “right of action” for all entities if they believe their religious beliefs on the matter are violated.

The bill was introduced in Congress last year and passed the House 245-182, but did not receive a vote in the Senate.

Its sponsors say that doctors religiously objecting to abortion are not sufficiently protected from abortion mandates. Medical professionals must file a grievance with the civil rights office at the Department of Health and Human Services, and some complaints reportedly sit undecided for months or years.

Some states have already been forcing religious employers to offer abortion coverage and have coerced health providers into assisting or performing abortions.

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who introduced the Conscience Protection Act in the House, pointed to California and New York abortion mandates as examples of this, including the case of a New York nurse who in 2009 was forced to assist with an abortion. …

Go here for the rest of the story.