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Well, the Republican National Convention technically convenes today, though thanks to Hurricane Isaac most of the action is postponed until at least Tuesday. That didn’t stop Republican mouthpieces from hitting the Sunday talk show circuit to try and leverage any remaining public interest in the campaign. So what did they talk about? Abortion, naturally. Virginia Governor and Republican platform committee chair Bob McDonnell told ABC’s George Stephanopolous that he didn’t expect the GOP to lose any votes over their no abortion never plank. Perhaps, but Republicans won’t likely be gaining any votes over it either.
Curious who will be speaking and who will be simply shaking their fists at the sky (ahem, Ron Paul)? Here’s a brief rundown on what to expect this year, which is mostly a lot of aging angry white guys.
With so much on the Republican platform plank on abortion, one which essentially adopts Rep. Paul Ryan’s stance, why would Ryan also outright lie about the Republican position on contraception? I mean, seriously. At this point it’s like they’ve stopped even trying.
Maybe Ryan’s taking cues from his running mate and learning to be “fluid” when describing GOP policy. In case you’ve gotten lost among Mitt Romney’s various iterations on choice, here’s a great timeline to clear it all up.
Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day, 92 years since women were granted the right to vote. Kinda surprised the Republicans haven’t put repealing women’s suffrage into this year’s party platform. Oh well. There’s always 2016.
Cathryn Wellner asks the provocative question of whether now is the time to close food banks and feeding programs.
Apparently this is something that needed clearing up. This glamorous new Barbie doll is not a drag queen.
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