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Jimmy Kimmel Shreds the Graham-Cassidy Bill

From his monologue:   “I know you guys are going to find this hard to believe. But a few months ago, after my son had open heart surgery … a senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, was on my show … Continue reading

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Trump’s ‘election integrity’ group is waging war on the right to vote

The president’s commission lead by Kris Kobach, a champion of repressive voting laws, could do significant damage to hard-won voting rights The Guardian by Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles Sunday 17 September 2017    The Trump presidency is opening up a … Continue reading

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East Coast Republicans join Dems to lobby Trump against Atlantic oil exploration

McClatchyDC.com BY TONY PUGH   SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 5:15 PM WASHINGTON State and federal lawmakers from both parties have joined East Coast business interests to convince the Trump administration to halt its plan for fossil fuel development in the Atlantic … Continue reading

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The Seventeenth Amendment Is Under Attack By The Right

What is the 17th Amendment?  The Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have … Continue reading

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DeVos to revamp Obama-era schools sexual assault policy

POLITICO    By BENJAMIN WERMUND  09/07/2017 12:20 PM EDT Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Trump administration will revamp the guidance through a rule-making process that likely will take months. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday that … Continue reading

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Trump’s DACA decision could strip thousands in New York of Medicaid coverage

When President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012, thousands of New Yorkers who were brought to the United States at a young age were suddenly eligible for Medicaid. | Alex Wong/Getty Images POLITICO By DAN GOLDBERG The Trump … Continue reading

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Trump Promised to Help Workers — But, Did He Really Mean It? His Justice Department just dropped appeal to save Obama overtime rule

BY JOHN BOWDEN – 09/05/17 12:35 PM EDT 47 © Getty Images   The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it will not defend an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have extended overtime benefits to more than 4 million … Continue reading

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The Trump Administration Now Has Tons Of DACA Data And Is Poised To Weaponize It

DAILY BEAST — BAD DREAM BETSY WOODRUFF  Sept. 5, 2017 JASON REDMOND/GETTY DREAMers trusted the government with their information. Immigration agents could now use it to expedite their deportations. DACA recipients – often called DREAMers – are facing a new … Continue reading

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ICE Wrongly Imprisoned an American Citizen for 1,273 Days. Judges Say He’s Owed $0.

Daily Beast — NIGHTMARE By Harry Siegel  Sept. 5, 2017 An ICE agent sent through—and his supervisors approved—mistaken paperwork ‘proving’ Davino Watson wasn’t a citizen. And no one’s been held to account for the catastrophic screw-up. The thing that happened … Continue reading

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It’s Time For an Apology from the GOP

Published in The East Hampton Star Dear David:   Republicans owe America an apology. Sadly, we have arrived at a point at which the White House, the political crown jewel that the GOP so ardently sought, is in disarray, which … Continue reading

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Zeldin & Unity?

Published in The East Hampton Star Re: Letter to the Editor – Morally Bankrupt? Dear David: Mr. Zeldin penned a letter in the aftermath of the Charlottesville tragedy. In it, our congressman extolled: “This is a day to be an … Continue reading

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Where the truth lies in Donald Trump’s tax reform pitch

During a speech on tax reform on Wednesday, President Donald Trump recalled memories of President Ronald Reagan’s rewrite of the tax code in the 1980s. “In 1986, Ronald Reagan led the world by cutting our corporate tax rate to 34%,” … Continue reading

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Trump Just Got Slapped In The Face; Landslide Win For Democrats In Fairfax County Tonight

Posted on Daily Kos By ursulafaw Tuesday Aug 29, 2017 “WTF?! The KKK guy didn’t win and the black woman did?” I wrote a few days ago that Fairfax County Virginia is ground zero in the fight against racism and … Continue reading

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Trump’s Revenge

The president’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is revolting for many reasons. Most disgusting of all is that he did it to torment anyone who doesn’t support him. Slate.com By Michelle Goldberg Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters at … Continue reading

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Trump nominated a climate denier as USDA chief scientist — here’s why that matters

Salon.com — MONDAY, AUG 28, 2017  Democrats vow to fight Sam Clovis, who isn’t a scientist and whose ignorant views threaten our food supply AMANDA MARCOTTE In all the Donald Trump-created chaos, it might seem a little odd at first … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Ivanka’s Business Partner

From Politico The first daughter’s longtime friend and associate is falling afoul of his creditors—and the courts. By BEN SCHRECKINGER | August 27, 2017 His vendors call him a “career grifter.” His father’s creditors claim he’s a fraud and a … Continue reading

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A Catholic Nun Schooled Paul Ryan in Humility Last Night

From Esquire.com It was a Biblical beatdown. Getty BY CHARLES P. PIERCE AUG 22, 2017 While the president* was fastening on his Serious World Leader face Monday night, Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin, was … Continue reading

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Resignation From President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

  Note: The first letters of each paragraph spell “RESIST”   Melania Trump Honorary Chairman John Abodeely Acting Executive Director   Ex Officio: Carla Hayden, Librarian Library of Congress John Parrish Peede, Acting Chairman National Endowment for the Humanities Jane … Continue reading

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The Open Internet Rule expands online streaming video options

From  BROOKINGS.EDU/TECHTANK Tom Wheeler  Tuesday, August 15, 2017 The front-page story in The Wall Street Journal announced, “Walt Disney Co. just became the biggest cord-cutter Hollywood has ever seen.” The iconic company announced it was starting two online streaming services that will … Continue reading

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Mr. Zeldin Learns the Trump “Two-Step”

How many times is Congressman Zeldin going to try to disavow his embrace of Trump’s pro-white supremacy, without really doing so By Sally Persons – The Washington Times – Friday, August 18, 2017 Rep. Lee Zeldin said Friday that there were parts … Continue reading

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