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  1. Senate Republicans getting fed up with Trump

    August 20, 2017 by admin

    Republicans Admonish Trump After Charlottesville Comments

    President Trump’s relationship with Senate Republicans is deteriorating by the day.

    Senate Republicans are getting fed up with what they see as Trump’s lack of discipline and chaotic leadership style. Several are criticizing him more openly than ever before.

    The sharpest critique came from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who told constituents in Chattanooga that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful.”

    GOP strategists say Corker was likely unhappy with Trump’s improvised line a week and a half ago about how threats from North Korea “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

    Trump’s comment was one of the latest examples of an unscripted moment undermining his administration’s or his party’s more carefully crafted strategy.“I suspect the fire and fury business got Corker’s attention because that came out of nowhere,” said Rich Galen, a Republican strategist, who called Corker “a truly decent man” who has “just had enough.”

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Friday criticized Trump for not unequivocally condemning the white supremacists who clashed with liberal protesters in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

    “Any time he steps up and tries to equate two groups or two conversations, I think that muddies the water,” Lankford said of Trump. “I just think you need to be very, very clear with the statements and how they’re made.”

    Meanwhile, senators have rallied behind Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, after the president tweeted Thursday morning that he was glad to see that conservative candidate Kelli Ward is running against him in the GOP primary. Trump called Flake “toxic.”

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fired back.

    “Jeff Flake is an excellent Senator and a tireless advocate for Arizona and our nation. He has my full support,” McConnell tweeted through his campaign account.

    It was a clear admonishment of the president, coming a week after Trump torched the Senate leader on Twitter for not passing ObamaCare repeal legislation in July.

    While McConnell carefully avoided confrontations with Trump during the presidential campaign, their relationship has frayed in recent weeks.

    McConnell allies have criticized Trump for at times undermining the GOP’s messaging strategy during the healthcare debate, and last week McConnell told constituents that the president had “excessive expectations” about how fast things can get done in Congress.

    McConnell also this week came out with a forceful statement condemning white-power groups in Charlottesville, which media outlets quickly seized on as a counterpoint to Trump’s response

    From The Hill


  2. Social Security Works

    August 20, 2017 by admin

     

    Whether it’s the president’s disgusting defense of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville or the carousel of staff exits in the White House, Donald Trump’s administration has been defined by moral failures and congressional inaction. While we have stood together to defeat Trumpcare—a bill that would destroy Medicare and Medicaid, and kick millions off their health care—this September, a dysfunctional Congress and their rudderless President must confront must pass legislation: increasing the debt limit.

    Republicans in Congress began negotiating raising the debt limit during Barack Obama’s presidency, holding the country’s credit rating hostage while demanding cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Even now, with one of their own in the White House, they are planning to do it again—and some Democrats are helping them.

    Democratic Reps. John Delaney (D-MD) and Scott Peters (D-CA) have teamed up with Republican Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and David Trott (R-MI) to introduce H.R. 3423, the Social Security Commission Act of 2017.

    The “commission’s” sole purpose is to justify cuts to Social Security. And they’re tying passage of this commission to a routine debt ceiling increase―effectively taking Social Security hostage.

    Social Security is not a hostage or a bargaining chip. It’s a beloved program that supports millions of retirees, children, surviving spouses and people with disabilities.

     

    Sign the petition to Congress demanding they remove Social Security from the upcoming debt ceiling debate.

    The debt ceiling must be passed by Congress before the end of September to prevent a default by the United States on its obligations. The commission’s sponsors have written the legislation in a way that would fast track cuts without amendments, with limited debate and with only a simple majority needed in the Senate.

    Sound familiar? It’s eerily similar to what we just witnessed with Trumpcare. And the fast-track nature of the commission’s recommendations is unprecedented in the history of Social Security.

     

    Sign the petition today demanding Congress remove Social Security from the upcoming debt ceiling debate.

    Not surprisingly, this so-called commission is supported by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget which includes such anti-Social Security stalwarts as Pete Peterson―the Wall Street billionaire who built the Social Security lie machine―as well as Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson―notorious co-chairs of the “Bowles-Simpson” commission to cut Social Security.

    We will not stand by while conservatives in Washington and on Wall Street take Social Security hostage. We’re fighting back and demanding our elected officials listen to the American people when we say: Expand, don’t cut Social Security!

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works


  3. We can’t let polluters invade, drill, and destroy communities!

    August 20, 2017 by admin

     

    Donate Today!
    Protect human rights, health, and the environment.

    Take action
    Right now we face a massive expansion of the U.S. pipeline network. You know Trump fast-tracked Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines — those are just the beginning. Other oil and gas pipelines are in the works that could violate human rights and threaten to destroy the environment, wildlife, and people’s way of life. And these pipelines could dash our last hopes for a stable climate.

    Stopping the construction of pipelines, and investing in clean energy, is our only option if we’re going to stop runaway climate change. Whether or not these pipelines are a direct threat to your community, more fossil fuel infrastructure is bad news for all of us. Please donate now to help Greenpeace fight back against tar sands pipelines and support all our programs to protect our climate and communities.

    More pipelines mean more spills — and that means contaminated water sources, the loss of people’s land and livelihoods, and the suffering and death of wildlife. These dangerous pipelines are also in violation of Indigenous rights — taking the lands of tribal and First Nations and building pipelines without consent. We’re working on every front to defeat pipelines and keep fossil fuels in the ground, but we won’t get anywhere without you.

    Give today to power the resistance and support all our work to protect the environment!

    Here are just a few pipelines that are in the works:

    The TransMountain pipeline is a tar sands oil pipeline headed towards the west coast of Canada. It would ship nearly 1 million barrels of the world’s dirtiest crude oil per day. The TransMountain cuts across Alberta and British Columbia, and would make the waters of the Pacific Northwest an oil tanker superhighway.

    Spill-prone Enbridge just started construction on its Line 3 Replacement tar sands pipeline on both the Canadian and Wisconsin sides of Lake Superior.

    The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would stretch from Marcellus Shale in West Virginia, bringing billions of cubic feet of natural gas through Virginia and (in the case of the Atlantic Coast pipeline) into North Carolina. In addition to the dangers of a natural gas explosion, a massive escalation in fracking and natural gas plants is a cost our climate can’t afford.
    These are just a few of the battles we face against the fossil fuel industry’s attempts to invade, drill, and pollute our communities. Your support now will help us keep fighting on every front to protect people and the environment — pressuring big banks to defund pipeline projects, training activists in non-violent direct action, and bringing the truth about pipelines into the public eye through new reports. I hope we can count on you to stand with us and stand up for our communities and climate!

    Thank you,

    Vicky Wyatt
    Greenpeace USA


  4. Elect Annette Taddeo

    August 20, 2017 by admin

     

    Our books close tonight, and we need your support before our critical deadline.

    As you know, we’re up against Trump’s “apprentice,” Jose Felix Diaz.

    Our opponent has allies from the Trump Organization and Trump Administration that are coming to his aid, and the Republican committees that support Trump’s values are putting money into the race as well.

    Here’s what’s worse: Jose Felix Diaz supports Trump’s every move. He may delete pictures of him with Trump and try and hide their relationship, but he hasn’t backed down in his support of President Trump, not even after Trump’s inexcusable support of hate groups.

    We need your support to turn the tide. As of last count, we still need to raise $1,090 from grassroots supporters to flip this seat.

    Help us stand up to the Trump administration and Trump’s “apprentice.” Chip in $27 and help us reach our goal before the books close at midnight on Friday >>>

    Your friend in the fight,

    Annette Taddeo


  5. Dems launch full assault on Trump over Charlottesville

    August 20, 2017 by admin

    Democrats are throwing the kitchen sink at President Trump to protest his ongoing equivocation about a white nationalist rally and put increasing pressure on Republican leaders to denounce their party’s standard-bearer in the White House.

    No tool has been overlooked. The Democrats have sent letters, called for hearings, launched campaign ads and promised resolutions of censure and impeachment designed to highlight the firestorm set off by the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va. — and the president’s equivocal response.

    The episode has forced congressional Republicans into a defensive crouch, caught between condemning the racist groups which organized the Charlottesville protest while taking pains not to rebuke the president, whose support they need to move the ambitious legislative agenda they’ve planned to finish before the year’s end.

    From The Hill


  6. Centrist Dems push back on Warren

    August 18, 2017 by admin

    Moderate Democrats are pushing back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) view that progressives have taken control of the party.

    “We can’t win the House back with progressives running in swing states,” said former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), a surrogate for Hillary Clintonwho is leading the “Fight Back California” super PAC aimed at winning back seven House seats in the Golden State.

    Interviews with Democratic strategists, donors and organizers from across the country reveal deep disagreement with Warren’s premise that progressives make up the “heart and soul” of the Democratic Party.

    From The Hill


  7. BREAKING: NEW SENATE RANKING

    August 18, 2017 by admin

    CNN SAYS: NEVADA’S SENATE SEAT MOST LIKELY TO FLIP RED TO BLUE >> Give $5 or more right now to turn Nevada’s Senate seat blue!
    Richard – we can’t waste any time: Jacky Rosen is running against Republican Senator Dean Heller to turn Nevada’s Senate seat blue, and this is a MUST-WIN Senate seat.

    Nevada is Democrats’ best pickup opportunity of 2018 – winning here is our ONLY chance to build a firewall against Trump and extreme Republicans’ self-serving, reckless agenda. But a recent poll shows this race is a dead heat.

    This is going to be one of the most expensive and competitive races in the country next year, and the only way to win a race this close is with an outpouring of grassroots support. We need to raise $20,000 by MIDNIGHT, or we’ll lose ground – will you give $5 or more right now to flip Nevada’s Senate seat blue?

    If you’ve saved payment info with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

    Click to donate $5.

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    Or click here to donate another amount.

    Jacky Rosen


  8. Dems launch full assault on Trump over Charlottesville

    August 18, 2017 by admin

    Democrats are throwing the kitchen sink at President Trump to protest his ongoing equivocation about a white nationalist rally and put increasing pressure on Republican leaders to denounce their party’s standard-bearer in the White House.

    No tool has been overlooked. The Democrats have sent letters, called for hearings, launched campaign ads and promised resolutions of censure and impeachment designed to highlight the firestorm set off by the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va. — and the president’s equivocal response.

    The episode has forced congressional Republicans into a defensive crouch, caught between condemning the racist groups which organized the Charlottesville protest while taking pains not to rebuke the president, whose support they need to move the ambitious legislative agenda they’ve planned to finish before the year’s end.

    From The Hill


  9. Trump’s attacks could leave him friendless if impeachment comes

    August 18, 2017 by admin

    U.S. President Donald Trump departs to travel to New York from the White House in Washington, U.S. August 14, 2017.Jonathan Ernst

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

    More than half of the 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would be central to any proceeding to remove Trump from office, have tangled with the Republican president, including on Thursday when he fired off early-morning tweets.

    In one Twitter series, Trump called Senator Lindsey Graham “publicity seeking” and said he “just can’t forget his election trouncing” in the 2016 presidential race. Trump also assailed Senator Jeff Flake, another Republican critic, as “a non-factor in the Senate,” adding, “He’s toxic.”

    Flake and Graham are members of the Judiciary Committee, whose Chairman Chuck Grassley has urged Trump to tone it down.

    “He should be 100 percent sticking to ideas and forget about personalities,” Grassley said on Friday when pressed on whether Trump might find himself without the friends in Congress he would need to defend himself in an impeachment proceeding.

    For his part, Grassley said his views would not be colored by past presidential sniping.

    “Let’s say the House of Representatives impeached the president of the United States. Then I’m a juror,” Grassley said. “The Senate is the jury that decides whether he should be impeached. The jury is supposed to be impartial.

    (Reuters) –


  10. Redistricting Hearings in NC

    August 18, 2017 by admin

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Caldwell Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at Caldwell Community College and …
    Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Building B,
    2855 Hickory Blvd.
    Hudson, NC

    2 attendees

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Wake Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Legislative Office …
    Legislative Office Building, Room 643
    300 N Salisbury St.
    Raleigh, NC

    3 attendees

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Mecklenburg Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Central Piedmont …
    Central Piedmont Community College, Hall Building, Rooms 215/216
    1112 Charlottetowne Ave.
    Charlotte, NC

    10 attendees

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Cumberland Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Fayetteville Technical …
    Fayetteville Technical Community College, GCB Room 108
    2817 Fort Bragg Rd.
    Fayetteville, NC

    3 attendees

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Guilford Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Guilford Technical …
    Guilford Technical Community College, Medline Campus Center, Roo
    601 E Main St.
    Jamestown, NC

    9 attendees

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Halifax Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Halifax Community College …
    Halifax Community College, Bdg 100, Rm 108
    100 College Dr.
    Weldon, NC

    Aug 22 201704:00 PM
    August 22 | Redistricting Public Hearing | Beaufort Make your voice heard for fair maps — attend the public hearing at  Beaufort Community …
    Beaufort Community College, Bdg 9, Rm 953
    5337 US Hwy. 264 Eas