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Ryan: Trump Not the Kind of Conservative Who Says Darn

He’s not my kind of conservative, but I come from a different part and wing of the party… I think he is a conservative. There are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure.

— Speaker Paul Ryan, asserting that he believes that Donald Trump is a conservative — just “not my kind of conservative,” The Hill reports.

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This Anti-Trump Ad Might be the Best One Yet

Most of the anti-Trump ads I’ve seen miss the mark, for me anyway. As I watch, I never think, “Now THIS will sway the people who really hate Hillary, and make them vote for her despite their objections.” And this spot, made by the founders of ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, doesn’t either. But it comes close.

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Jeb Pronounces Conservatism Dead

Conservatism is temporarily dead. I mean, if you look at it, we have two candidates. Donald Trump is barely a Republican. He’s certainly not a conservative.

— Jeb Bush, in an interview with the Washington Post.

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Following Yet Another Moment of Silence, House Democrats Ask: “Where’s the Bill?”

U.S. House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) tried to put the same “moment of silence” coin in the slot the day after the Orlando mass shooting as he did after others, but House Democrats discovered they have backbones and acted accordingly.

“The fact is that a moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that. But it is a not a license to do nothing,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters off the House floor afterward.

“Members have just had enough of having one minute, a moment of silence on the floor, and then take no action,” she said.

Yep. Haven’t we all?

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Unexpected Obamacare Savings for Women Could Lead to Fewer Abortions

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The numbers are in for the Obamacare provision that ended women’s out-of-pocket expense for family planning, and they are huge, according to the policy journal Health Affairs, and quoted by Kaiser Health.

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs…But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.

The study looked at out-of-pocket spending from nearly 800,000 women (sic) between the ages of 13 and 45 from January 2008 through June 2013. For most plans, the requirement began Aug. 1, 2012, or Jan. 1, 2013.

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Why Aren’t BMW and Adidas Condemning the Rebel Flag?

Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol
Now flying over the South Carolina state capitol

Both BMW and Adidas have plants in South Carolina but neither company has shown any interest in asking state legislators to stop flying the Confederate flag* over government buildings.

When these companies decided to take advantage of the cheaper, mostly non-unionized labor there, they made a decision to identify with the state. So why aren’t they speaking up? After all, it’s their state now.

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Enumerati

And Marco’s Not One of Them

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Number of people who have signed up for Florida Health Choices, the Obamacare alternative health insurance plan devised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R) back in 2008 but only rolled out last year. “Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone,” according to Politico, which adds that Rubio doesn’t mention his plan as part of his presidential platform.

On Message Verbatim

The Sisyphean Task of Gay Republicans

Watching gays try to be conservative Republicans is like watching people beat themselves up.

— Steve Silberman, Wired writer and editor, tweeting a link to an AP story about the Western Conservative Summit barring Log Cabin Republicans from taking a booth at their expo this summer, where Republican presidential candidates are expected to speak. “We’d love to have them attend the summit and be in the discussion,” the group’s president said. “But we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs.”

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You’re More Likely to be Killed by a Gun than a Car

Graphic from Americans for Responsible Solutions
Graphic from Americans for Responsible Solutions
The good news is cars and driving are getting safer, thanks to better construction, a trend away from younger drivers, and maybe even because of harsher penalties for things like texting while driving or not wearing a seatbelt.

The bad news is you’re more likely to take a bullet, especially if you’re under 25.

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Verbatim

Tailgunner Ted Cruz Says He’s Not ‘All That Conservative’

I don’t think I’m all that conservative.

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the New York Observer.