Tag Archives: federal government

TRAILER: How To Survive A Plague

Opening September 21st in NYC, SF, LA.

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Obamacare Will Ban Anti-Transgender Discrimination By Health Providers

A senior official from the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, federally funded agencies and providers will be barred from discriminating against transgender patients. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: In response to a letter sent by a dozen LGBT health and advocacy organizations to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in June, Leon Rodriguez ...

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HUD Proposes Regulations Banning Housing Discrimination Against Gays

From the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which notes that a 2007 study showed that 30% of same-sex couples in Michigan faced discrimination when attempting to rent or buy a home. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today proposed new regulations intended to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of ...

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DADT Cost $200M Since 2005

According to a just-released report from the federal Government Accountability Office, in the last five years almost $200M was spent on ejecting gay troops. Most of that money went to training replacements. That means the average expulsion under DADT cost taxpayers $52,800, partly because a significant number of those discharged held a “critical occupation or important language skill,” the GAO ...

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Obama Calls For Federal Wage Freeze

President Obama today called for a two year freeze on the wages of all federal employees. According to the administration, the two-year pay freeze would save $2 billion for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 and $28 billion over the next five years. The freeze would not apply to military personnel, but would apply to all civilian federal employees, including ...

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Daily Ungrumble

Looking for some bright light in today’s darkness, over the last year we’ve all learned waaay more about how the federal government works than we probably ever got out of years of high school civics classes. I mean, come on, “cloture”?

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And Now, The Coffee Party

In response to the Tea Party, a Facebook-generated movement calling itself the Coffee Party says that the federal government isn’t the enemy. Fed up with government gridlock, but put off by the flavor of the Tea Party, people in cities across the country are offering an alternative: the Coffee Party. Growing through a Facebook page, the party pledges to “support ...

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