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  • Open thread for night owls: The blue wave activists are working toward in November could be pink
    on January 21, 2018 at 3:30 am

    John Nichols at The Nation writes—Women Aren’t Just Marching Against Trump—They’re Running Against Trumpism: If Trump is ever on the ballot again, it will not be until 2020. What matters now is who else is on the ballot. The 2018 mid-term elections will be a critical test for the president’s Republican Party and, if patterns hold, they could see a turn in the electoral math sufficient to check and balance the president in Washington while removing his allies in the states. That’s an essential combination because it is not just Trump but Trumpism–as practiced by presidential allies such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker–that must be addressed if the crisis of conservative hegemony is going to ease. Walker suffered a severe setback on the Tuesday before Trump’s one-year anniversary. In a historically Republican state Senate district–where Trump won by 17 points in 2016–political newcomer Patty […]

  • Cartoon: Welcome to the Shite House
    on January 21, 2018 at 3:00 am

    After a year of the exhausting Trump Presidency, it is no surprise that we have hit yet another new low. Trump has us talking about his “shithole” country comments against black and brown countries affected by 45’s TPS cancellation. You know how you can tell if you are from a “shithole country”? Your president is a shithole. […]

  • Nuts & Bolts: Inside the Democratic Party—Unity Reforms meet the Rules & Bylaws Committee
    on January 21, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every so often, our structure changes. And for the next few weeks, we’re going to be focusing not on campaigns directly, but on party structures. This week, as you read this, I’ll be on a flight home from Washington, DC, where the Democratic National Committee Rules & Bylaws Committee meets to discuss the recommendations of the Unity Reform Commission, as well as proposals from members for charter changes. There is a lot to unpack here, and a lot of people have questions about how this process would work. One of the problems of the internet era is that it is easy to create conspiratorial views of the process or to assume the worst is about to happen. This week, with […]

  • This week in science: in sickness and in health
    on January 21, 2018 at 1:50 am

    There is a flu or a cold going around that is particularly vicious. It knocked me completely out of commission for three weeks straight. It got worse everyday for a week, and even when it finally peaked, the recovery was painfully slow: I’ve never been that sick for that long in my life. In fact I can still feel it four weeks later. One bug that’s going is called the Aussie Flu, or maybe I just had a cold that was especially virulent. Whatever it is, it’s all over Texas: The HCPH is the local public health agency for the Harris County and the 2017-2018 has been one of the busiest on record for cold and flu. It hit the Houston-area sometime in early November. National flu season usually runs between October and May. Colds only rarely come with a fever and body aches. Runny noses and a sore throat are the most common hallmarks. If a cold sticks around longer than a week its best to seek the attention of a health care provider. At the risk of sounding like a broken […]

  • Iraq vet Duckworth to 'Cadet Bone Spurs' Trump: 'I won't be lectured by a 5-deferment draft-dodger'
    on January 21, 2018 at 1:10 am

    This is Donald Trump engaged in another round of disinformation: xDemocrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can’t let that happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018 And this is Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois pounding him for claiming that it is not he and the Republicans but rather the Democrats who are hurting the military with the #TrumpShutdown: x!!@SenDuckworth: "I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft-dodger. And I have a message for cadet bone spurs: If you cared about our military, you'd stop baiting Kim Jong-Un into a war that could put 85,000 American troops .. in danger." pic.twitter.com/BBXVna819m— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 20, 2018 “Does he even know that there are service-members who are in harm’s way right now watching him, looking for the Commander-in-Chief […]

  • ‘The system is broken!’ Jorge Garcia and his family speak out about Trump's devastating ICE policies
    on January 21, 2018 at 12:40 am

    “We tried to fix his status, and the system failed us. It’s a broken immigration system, and it needs to be fixed.”  Cindy Garcia is not taking Monday’s deportation of her husband, Jorge, sitting down. The Garcias, along with their daughter Soleil and their son Jorge Jr., appeared on ABC’s The View on Thursday, in a solemn interview with Whoopi Goldberg and Sonny Hostin. Find nine minutes to watch it from start to finish. x Embedded Content The family doesn’t want your sympathy: they want your rage. They want your action. They want you to call your elected representatives and tell them to find a path to citizenship that makes sure that this never happens to another family. Campaign Action Garcia’s wife and children are both US citizens. Garcia and his aunt joined his parents in the USA when he was just ten years old; with DACA only applying to those born before the arbitrary date of June 16, 1981, he was too old to be […]

  • This week in the war on workers: 460,000 more workers could get overtime in Pennsylvania
    on January 21, 2018 at 12:10 am

    The Obama administration’s effort to extend overtime eligibility to millions of workers may have stalled first in the courts and then because, well, Donald Trump. But for workers in at least one state, there’s hope of progress. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed phasing in a higher overtime eligibility threshold in his state: The first step will raise the salary level to determine overtime eligibility for most workers from the federal minimum of $455 per week, $23,660 annually, to $610 per week, $31,720 annually, on Jan. 1, 2020. The threshold will increase to $39,832 on Jan. 1, 2021, followed by $47,892 in 2022, extending overtime eligibility to 370,000 workers and up to 460,000 in four years. Starting in 2022, the salary threshold will update automatically every three years so workers are not left behind.  Additionally, the duties for executive, administration and professional workers will be clarified to make it easier for employers to know if a worker […]

  • 'The word Neanderthal comes to mind' about Trump civil rights nominee
    on January 20, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    As the Senate Judiciary Committee rolls through Donald Trump’s nominees, Democrats and members of the Congressional Black Caucus were sharply critical (to say the least) of Trump’s pick to lead civil rights enforcement at the Justice Department. “He testified it’s not in the best interest of the American people for women to be paid the same as men,” according to Sen. Patrick Leahy. “Now, the word Neanderthal comes to mind, but I will not use it. I will only think it.” But there's more: After leaving government, [Eric] Dreiband cashed in on his tenure at the EEOC to start working on behalf of companies fighting off discrimination suits brought by his former employer. He defended big corporations against the EEOC, including CVS Pharmacy in a case over its severance agreements and Bloomberg in a pregnancy discrimination case. Most famously, Dreiband was part of a team that defended the retailer Abercrombie & Fitch for […]

  • Republicans mocked and punished California voters: Now they're facing a true wave election
    on January 20, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    The California Republican Party is already battered and bruised and missing several limbs, but Team Trump singling out the state for punishment has managed to do what many thought impossible: make them even more hated by California voters. In California, his numbers threaten to become an anchor that weighs down his own party: Just 28 percent of adults approve of Trump’s job performance, according to a December survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. Just 30 percent told pollsters at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies they approve of Trump. Two-thirds of independents disapproved of Trump’s performance, and 57 percent of all voters said they strongly disapproved. The number of things national Republicans have done that even California Republicans consider (rightly) to be targeted attacks on the state continue to rise. Trump's new push for offshore drilling is widely loathed in a state that both prizes its […]

  • Trump Shutdown continues unabated with 'no exit strategy' from leadership
    on January 20, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    The House and Senate have remained in session Saturday, the first day of the Trump Shutdown with absolutely no sign of progress happening anywhere. The Senate will vote Monday on the same spending bill that failed Friday night, but with a slightly shorter duration, to February 8 rather than February 16. Republicans remain adamant that they will not negotiate on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals as long as the government is shut down. Democrats will not let Republicans continue to postpone dealing with DACA and will not bail Republicans out of the shutdown until they have real negotiations. McConnell has made a stab or two at getting unanimous consent to move the vote up from Monday. Democrats have remained on the floor to block him. At the same time, Democrats have been attempting to defuse the situation and release some hostages. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) offered an amendment to remove CHIP and community health center funding, so it could be done as a stand-alone […]

  • A message for Trump and his Republican lackeys: We're going to 'grab you by your midterms'
    on January 20, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the self-admitted serial sexual assaulter taking office, and the beginning of the non-stop attack on women, children, Dreamers, LGBTQ … the list goes on and on. And on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across America to make their voices heard and to send a message to Donald Trump and his Republican lackeys in Congress: November is coming and so are we. Here are just a few of their messages. […]

  • Denver expanding program to give homeless Americans paying jobs
    on January 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Hey, it turns out that homeless Americans very much want work if they can get it, and giving them jobs is a good thing. In the first year after the program’s launch in November 2016, Denver Human Services says 284 people worked at least a day — with all but 10 sticking around longer — performing landscaping duties in parks, helping out at the Denver Elections Division, aiding public-works crews and other job assignments. Of those participants, Maes was among 110 who found full-time work, with 15 landing permanent or project-based city jobs and the rest finding work with dozens of outside private and public employers. There's a notion here in this country that people who have been thrown out of their homes are somehow "damaged goods" or just really, really want to sleep in dangerous conditions in bitter weather for reasons unfathomable to the rest of us. But being homeless means you can't afford a home. Perhaps you lost a job; perhaps one single medical […]

 

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