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Latest attack on sanctuary cities meets major resistance

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[UPDATE — GOOD NEWS! The judge in San Francisco v. Trump just issued a temporary preliminary injunction blocking the DOJ action described in this article – at least for now. – details at end of this post.]

From the campaign onward, Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric also targeted sanctuary cities. Since his inauguration, his administration has made three moves against sanctuary cities: an executive order, a failed series of ICE reports, and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attack on nine sanctuary cities. With battle lines drawn, sanctuary cities are fighting back. Continue reading

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50 ways to kill your health care

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Photo by Images Money, published under Creative Commons license. 

Republicans are singing a new song since failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in March. The flurry of verses includes ending basic benefits, charging sick people higher premiums, and destroying the current system through uncertainty. With apologies to Paul Simon, their song sounds something like this:

The problem is all inside your head, he said to me,
but there’s no coverage for your therapy.
The answer is easy if you post a GoFundMe,
There must be fifty ways to kill your health care.

Raise that deductible, Jill, and premiums, too, Lou,
No more Medicaid, babe, just listen to me.
So I repeat myself, at the risk of being cruel
There must be fifty ways to kill your healthcare.

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From Lynda McDonnell’s A Pilgrim’s Way: Living in our dirt

Now begins the latest chapter in our new President’s dissembling.

Before cheering crowds in Florida last weekend, President Trump declared his resolve to deport “gang members – bad, bad people.” But in the crowded basement of my church in Minneapolis last Sunday, tearful women worried that their children will return to empty apartments, effectively orphaned by our president’s pledge to deport anyone who is in the U.S. without the proper papers except those brought here as children.

Read more from Lynda McDonnell’s A Pilgrim’s Way here. This post re-blogged with permission.

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I remember Watergate

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I was in law school during the Watergate years, watching in horrified fascination as the Executive Branch, under President Richard Nixon, attacked the very foundations of our constitutional system. Over a period of years, investigations, indictments, resignations, and impeachment revealed a law-breaking administration riddled by corruption and contempt for the Constitution. Today I see attacks that may be even more serious and damaging to our country and Constitution. Now, as then, every day brings new revelations in a seemingly endless cascade of outrages.  Continue reading

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Fact check: Police, crime rates, statistics

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Joe Friday – Just the facts, ma’am

Is crime increasing? Are police under attack and being killed in large numbers? Despite three Executive Orders this week – which amount to a combination of fear-mongering and orders to conduct studies – crime is decreasing in the United States, and so is danger to police. The numbers come from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the FBI, neither of which is noted for any left-wing bias. Continue reading

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Say it loud, Senators: Stop Sessions!

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Last night, the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren. Her offense? She read a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing the nomination of Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. King wrote about the 1986 nomination for a federal judgeship, which the Senate voted down. Warren spoke to the 2017 nomination to Attorney General. The Republican Senators not only want to put this anti-civil rights Senator in charge of enforcing civil rights laws: they want to silence voices speaking the truth about him. And it’s time for Democratic Senators to stand up and show the world just how despicable the Republican support for Sessions is. Here’s how:

Today, before the vote on Sessions, every single Democratic Senator should stand up on the floor and read the same Coretta Scott King letter that got Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced. Let the Republicans show their true colors by silencing every voice of opposition, one at a time. Make them show their shameful behavior to the world.

Republican majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, used an archaic Senate rule, Rule 19, to shut up Elizabeth Warren. The rule says

“No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

It was passed after a fistfight broke out between Senators on the floor of the Senate. Senators usually ignore the rule, as Vox observes:

 “Senate Republicans appear to have violated the rule on multiple occasions, one of which occurred less than a week ago — with no apparent consequences.

“On February 1, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) took to the Senate floor to directly attack Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after Schumer cried at a press conference about Trump’s executive order. ‘The minority leader’s tear-jerking performance over the past weekend belongs at the Screen Actors Guild awards, not in a serious discussion of what it takes to keep America safe,’ said Perdue in a speech on the floor.

“Additionally, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton used the Senate floor to attack the ‘sad, sorry legacy’ of former Minority Leader Harry Reid on May 25, 2016. On July 24, 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz accused McConnell of a ‘flat-out lie.’”

Moreover, as Senator Chris Murphy pointed out on Twitter: “Rules against criticizing other Senators cannot apply when you are DEBATING THE NOMINATION OF A SENATOR!”

I’m attaching the PDF of Coretta Scott King’s letter. Here’s an excerpt:

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship. …

“The irony of Mr. Sessions’ nomination is that, if confirmed, he will be given a life tenure for doing with a federal prosecution what the local sheriffs accomplished twenty years ago with clubs and cattle prods. …

“We still have a long way to go before we can say that minorities no longer need be concerned about discrimination at the polls. Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian Americans are grossly underrepresented at ever level of government in America. If we are going to make our timeless dream of justice through democracy a reality, we must take every possible step to ensure that the spirit and intent of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution is honored. …

“I do not believe Jefferson Sessions possesses the requisite judgment, competence, and sensitivity to the rights guaranteed by the federal civil rights laws to qualify for appointment to the federal district court.

It was true in 1986 – Sessions was unfit to be a federal judge. It’s true now – he is unfit to be Attorney General.

And it is unfitting for the U.S. Senate to deny Elizabeth Warren, or any other Senator, the right to say so.

What you can do:

Call your Senators. Tell them to read the Coretta Scott King letter on the Senate floor today. Tell them to stand up to Mitch McConnell and not allow the silencing of debate. Tell them to vote against the Sessions nomination.

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Elliott Abrams: Contra Wars capo coming back?

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UPDATE 2/13: Abrams is out! Not because he’s an all-around nasty piece of work (see below) but because he didn’t support Trump in the primaries.

Elliott Abrams avoided a felony conviction for his official crimes during the Iran-Contra era by pleading guilty in 1991 to misdemeanor charges of withholding evidence from Congress. Then he returned in the State Department under Bush II. Now he may be coming back for a third act as second-in-command in the Trump State Department. According to the New York Times, Abrams “is described politely in foreign policy circles as a ‘controversial’ figure, but that deeply understates the case.” I think calling him a war criminal would not be overstating the case. Continue reading

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The fox, the henhouse and Trump’s roll-back of financial regulations

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Yeah, I know – financial regulations make your eyes glaze over. But really, the Turmp roll-backs are important. Here’s how a Facebook friend explained it:

“You know what Obama did? He shut the fox out of the henhouse. That was just stupid, you see, because the fox is actually good for the hens. And they like the fox. Because he’s a great fox, a magnificent fox, and he does great things for those hens. But I know how to fix this. So I’ll tell you what I’m going to do: I’m going to put the fox back in the henhouse, just like that. I’m going to make you hens pay for it, but you’ll thank me, because it’s going to be great having that fox in there, believe me.”

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Fact check: Trump, terror and refugees

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Photo by Fibonacci Blue. 2017-01-20 This is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Trump justified today’s anti-refugee, anti-immigrant executive order by saying that he’s protecting and defending U.S. citizens from terrorism. His order targets refugees from anywhere in the world and all immigrants and non-immigrant visitors from the predominantly Muslim countries of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Does he know that the last time a refugee killed someone in the United States in an act of terrorism was in the 1970s? That terrorist was a Cuban refugee. A Christian Cuban refugee. Continue reading

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Vote for your favorite lie-of-the-week: Week 1 of Trumpocalypse

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Let’s call a spade a spade, and admit that a lie is a lie. And this first week of Trump’s term has been filled with lies. The day after the inauguration, Trump sent his press secretary out to lie about the size of the crowds. The next day, special advisor Kellyanne Conway said those lies were just “alternative facts.” I’m a pretty good fact-checker but I can’t begin to keep up with the flood of presidential prevarications. So I’m offering up three big fat lies from the first week, and asking you, my loyal readers, to vote on your favorite. Heck, ask your friends to vote, too!

My nominees for the three biggest lies are: Continue reading

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