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Trump's first attempt at legislation fails miserably, while Senate slips further into dysfunction

Trump's first attempt at legislation fails miserably, while Senate slips further into dysfunction

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Campaign Action The White House's first attempt at writing legislation netted precisely 39 votes, all 36 of them Republicans. That's 39 percent, and would be a big fat "F" on anyone's grading scale. In the few other legislative pushes during Trump's first year—all two of them, taxes and Trumpcare—a handful of congressional Republicans wrote the bills. This is the first time the White House provided legislative text, undoubtedly crafted by white supremacist White House aide Stephen Miller, so it makes Trump's defeat here even more humiliating. Over on the House side, Speaker Paul Ryan can't come up with the votes to pass it. It's a dud. That Mitch McConnell's big "open-ended, free-for-all" immigration push came to nothing isn't terribly surprising. None of the bills got the necessary 6
What Mitt Romney wants you to forget

What Mitt Romney wants you to forget

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Mitt Romney would like you to know he’s running for Senate to represent the state of Utah, and, just to be sure, he says “Utah” 14 times in his two-minute announcement video released Friday morning. I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to Washington. pic.twitter.com/TDkas6gD2p — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 16, 2018 “I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah’s values and Utah’s lessons to Washington,” Romney says in the announcement video. “Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah.” (I’d make a joke about taking a shot every time he says “Utah” but this is Utah we’re talking about.) So what doesn’t  Romney say, even once during his announcement
Trump’s Russia Woes Worsen As Rick Gates Flip Could Confirm Crimes

Trump’s Russia Woes Worsen As Rick Gates Flip Could Confirm Crimes

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The cooperation of Rick Gates with the Mueller investigation opens the door for the Special Counsel to confirming Trump collusion with Russia and financial crimes. Video of attorney and former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman on MSNBC: The flip of #RickGates could confirm collusion and Trump financial crimes with Russia. pic.twitter.com/VNFSfCPE1G — PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 16, 2018 […] The post Trump’s Russia Woes Worsen As Rick Gates Flip Could Confirm Crimes appeared first on Politicus USA.
Paul Ryan calls for gun violence data while blocking CDC from collecting gun violence data

Paul Ryan calls for gun violence data while blocking CDC from collecting gun violence data

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Campaign Action House Speaker Paul Ryan’s classic evasion of responsibility for or reckoning with the Parkland school massacre included this deceptive line: Congress, Ryan said in a radio interview, needs to “take a breath and collect the facts.” The Republican leader added, “We don’t just knee-jerk before we even have all the facts and the data.” Collect the facts? Have facts and data before responding? What a great idea! If only Republicans hadn’t spent more than two decades standing between scientists and gun data: In 1996, the Republican-majority Congress threatened to strip funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless it stopped funding research into firearm injuries and deaths. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of promoting gun control.
Media implores White House to take action on gun control following Parkland shooting

Media implores White House to take action on gun control following Parkland shooting

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The pattern most politicians followed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, which left 17 people dead, was infuriatingly familiar: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted his prayers for the victims while quickly taking to the Senate floor to argue against any sort of gun control legislation. President Trump delivered remarks about the shooting but failed to mention the word “gun” once. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blamed Democrats for “politicizing” the tragedy so soon. America’s newspapers, however, took a much more forceful approach. The front pages of the two main New York tabloids — the New York Daily News and the New York Post, one of Trump’s go-to papers — implored the president to take action on gun control. Daily News’ cartoonist Bill B
Trump Pouts And Blames Democrats For His Decison To Deport Dreamers

Trump Pouts And Blames Democrats For His Decison To Deport Dreamers

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Trump revoked Obama executive action on DACA. Trump blew up the bipartisan deal to protect Dreamers, but he is blaming Democrats for his decision to deport people from the only home that they have ever known. Trump tweeted: Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned! Republicans are still working […] The post Trump Pouts And Blames Democrats For His Decison To Deport Dreamers appeared first on Politicus USA.
Five decades after the Fair Housing Act, people of color are still denied access to homeownership

Five decades after the Fair Housing Act, people of color are still denied access to homeownership

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Most Americans think of racism as limited to interactions between people—in which one person targets another because of the color of their skin. Every once and a while, folks will also admit that racial hate groups exist, though there is widespread denial about how many of them are actually out there. But, collectively, we still can’t seem to wrap our heads around how institutions, policies and processes create and perpetuate structures that disenfranchise people of color. Yet, they are everywhere—and they often serve to prevent people of color from economic advancement.  A recent analysis by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Journalism found that despite laws to ban racial discrimination in housing loans, blacks and Latinos are still denied mortgage loans much more often than whit