The Republican resistance to this bill is maddening:

The Violence Against Women Act reauthorization passed through the Senate on Tuesday afternoon, by a vote of 78 to 22. Of those opposing the legislation, all 22 were Republican men. Every female Senator supported the bill.

Among the most notable votes against the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

VAWA expired during the previous Congress, and because of Republican opposition to provisions for Native American, undocumented, and LGBT victims of domestic violence, the different versions approved by the House and by the Senate were never reconciled, and the bill died without final passage at the end of 2012.

Since its inception in 1994, VAWA has established a system for helping women in danger. The law created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, made stalking illegal, and helped drive down the number of partner homicides.

[…] The version passed by the Senate today will next go to the House for a vote, where it is expected to encounter some difficulties, particularly over the protections of tribal women included in the bill.

Debtors prison

This was hard to read, because as I’ve mentioned, the IRS is after me. Imagine, as little money as I make — while these multinational corps don’t pay a cent. It sickens me, I just don’t know what to do because now they want to put a lien against my bank account. I’m afraid. (I don’t get afraid very often.)

I don’t deserve this. No one does. Justice now is only for the powerful and the wealthy, not people like us.

Bill would legalize pot in PA

I can’t imagine it passing, but it sure would be smart. (Which is why I can’t see it passing.)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -While marijuana is still against federal law, states are moving in the opposite direction.

Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach, a suburban Philadelphia Democrat, wants Pennsylvania to join the movement, treating marijuana like tobacco and alcohol.

“There are other intoxicants that are far worse that we do not treat the same way. We do not accuse people of criminal offenses for consuming,” Leach said at a Harrisburg press conference Monday afternoon as he introduced a bill to legalize pot.

Leach argues marijuana is safer that other legal drugs.

“Marijuana is not physically addictive,” he said. “Alcohol and tobacco are physically addictive.”

I don’t know about the addictive part, but we already know tobacco and alcohol are. So what’s the difference?

The Hail Mary pass

Sounds like he’s going to go for the chained CPI instead:

The Obama administration has ruled out raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as a means of reducing spending, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced during a briefing on Monday.

The measure — which the President floated as part of a larger deal to reduce the deficit in 2011 — is widely supported by Republicans, but would only save the federal government a net $5.7 billion, while shifting an added $11.4 billion in health care spending to states, employers, and individuals.

The proposal could also devastate the majority of seniors. While the richest Americans have fared well during the sluggish economic recovery, most Americans continue to struggle with falling wages and job uncertainty. According to a recent report from the Conference Board, 62 percent of workers between 45 and 60 plan to delay their retirements, a stark jump from 2010 — when 42 percent of workers planned a delay.

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