Government shutdowns, sequesters and medical research

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When Congress can’t fund itself, medical research takes a huge hit. We can’t let that happen.

Sequester cut funding to 1,000 researchers

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But the harm went far beyond the researchers. It affected students, other researchers, and sick people worldwide.
Jon Stewart on the sequester

Jon Stewart blasts Congress’ selfish sequester fix

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Congress fixed the sequester for air travel, which affects them, but not Medicare patients losing chemo.

Cancer is inconvenient, but missing your flight is death

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How the US Senate put its own personal pork – flight delays – ahead of the needs of people dying of cancer.
Hostage, terrorist, prisoner, sequester, sequestration, budget

One way to blackmail progressives in office — put a hostage in the bill

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Neoliberals love offering hostage-filled choices. Progressive are prone to say No. Grayson on hostages in bills.

All flights could be delayed 30 min because of sequester

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Sequester already having major, and growing, impact on air travel.

Thousands of Medicare cancer patients lose chemo because of sequester

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In one series of NY clinics, over 5,000 Medicare chemotherapy patients are now being turned away.

Republicans up in arms over duck sex

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GOP is upset that NSF is funding duck penis research, but their real target is science and truth.
Virtually Speaking

Sequester, guns & the filibuster: Gaius & Cliff Schecter on Virtually Speaking tonight

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Join Cliff Schecter & Gaius for a discussion of the week’s events, including the Sequester & gun legislation.
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How 3 decades of weak Democratic messaging undermined Medicare and Social Security

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Reagan, Bush & congressional Republicans broke the budget, and Democrats don’t note it nearly enough.

Is “liberal” Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushing Obama’s Grand Bargain cuts?

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Does Sen. Amy Klobuchar support Chained CPI, gutting Social Security? Ask her at 202-224-3244.

Sequester news: Pelosi again onboard with “Chained CPI”; HR 900 now has 26 cosponsors

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The division among House Democrats on the Sequester and benefit cuts widens.

Is there a Democratic war over Sequester and benefit cuts?

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There are four teams in the field — us, two potential allies, and the enemy. Here’s how to win.
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