Majority of Americans Fear Power of Feds | Contraception Mandate Compromise? Nada | Hillary Rules Writes Lloyd Green
1. Hillary Clinton in 2016. ‘Be Afraid, Republicans’ writes Lloyd Green for The Daily Beast. Republican research counsel to the George H.W. Bush campaign writes that Hillary is set to pick up where Bill left off. Green walks us through a review of the last 50 years of politics.
Clinton could perform in the South in a way Obama couldn’t — and she can kick back with steel workers and enjoy a beer. Educated, high-end America is also up for grabs in 2016. Hillary could be their girl — to say nothing of large numbers of half the gender base in America who see Hillary as the ultimate revenge on the GOP and Catholic bishops War on Women.
Recognizing Democratic Party potential in the next four years — and the total disarray of the Republican party — could be a reason why Top GOP Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races, writes The New York Times.
Interview With Hillary Clinton New York Times
2. Government & freedom. A growing # of Americans see government as a threat to personal rights and freedoms, reports Pew Research.
Conservative Republicans lead the new poll results, in which a majority of Americans now says the federal government threatens personal rights and freedoms, with 54% describing the threat as ‘major’. Three years ago 62% of conservative Republicans saw the federal government as a threat; currently 76% agree.
About 62% of gun-owning households are in the threat column, compared with 45% without guns.
Only one-quarter of the 1502 adult polled trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. ” Virtually identical majorities of Republicans (58%), Democrats (57%) and independents (56%) say that lawmakers, rather than the political system, are the problem with Congress.”
There is an 8-point gender gap in the poll results with 57% of men regarding the federal government as a threat, compared to 49% of women.
See also: Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013.
3. Contraception Mandate Compromise? On Friday Feb. 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a solution to the conflict between religious figures and the Obama Administration over free contraception services to women employees.
Pew Research backgrounds the conflict and interviews legal scholars on the outcome. Clearly this issue is headed to the Supreme Court, even though the Obama Administration exempted to completely remove religious institutions — which include one in six US hospitals owned by the Catholic Church — as facilitators of birth control coverage. The Obama Administration says that insurance companies will be expected to offer women employees coverage directly and at no cost. Writes Pew:
” … all object to being put in a role where they are helping their employees gain access to such services. In light of these objections, the new rules may not sufficiently relieve these organizations of what they see as “sinful complicity” in the provision of pregnancy prevention services.”
4. AOC Carversville Country Coasters 4/$25
Anne writes: I never thought that when I wrote Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville’s Country Air, that I would be be looking at my own photography on GlamTribale’s first set of country coasters.
This set of four 4x4” Carversville coasters is decoupaged with my own photographs of theCarversville Inn and Carversville Country Store. The other two are scenes from Stover’s Mill Road and Fleecydale, running out of Carversville down to River Road. Fleecydale always reminds me of Chipping Campden in the Cotswold.
British scientists say their new method of making ‘parts’ for microscopic biological factories reduces time from 2 days to only 6 hours. The innovation could impact better drug delivery treatments, more effective ways to mine minerals from deep underground and advancements in biofuels.
6. Altruistic plants? Earlier this week, researchers presented a new study on innate altruism in bonobos. These findings will be widely adopted by social conservatives. Corn embryos with the same mother and father as the endosperm in their seed weighed significantly more than embryos with the same mother but a different father. The endosperm with a different father appears not to act nearly as cooperatively in nourishing its tethered embryo bit of corn. via Science Daily
7. Dairy products intake: not all products are equal and bring health benefits in different parts of the body.
8. Want to talk to social conservatives about environmental action? Try disgust as a strong motivating argument. via Psychology Today