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  • Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?
  • We broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).
  • Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill
  • Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.
  • Related: No country for people with disabilities

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Part 1: Senate Republicans' Healthcare Bill: What's Changed & What's the Same?

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Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Thursday (6/22/17) morning. While the 142 page text is subject to change before the Senate votes on it — given that it’s only a draft at this point — we broke down what senators have changed from House-passed version of the American Health Care Act, and what they’ve kept (for now).

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Eric Revell, Countable

June 22, 2017 |

What’s different

• States couldn’t allow insurers to increase a person’s health insurance premiums because of pre-existing conditions if they had a lapse in their coverage, as was permitted under the House bill.

• Etc.

What’s the same

• The individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance are repealed.

• Etc.

Eric Revell is a staff member of Countable

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Part 2: Which GOP senators have concerns with the health-care bill

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As of Thursday afternoon, 11 GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail.

Amber Phillips, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Kevin Schaul, and Kevin Uhrmacher, Washington (DC) Post 

June 22, 2017 | Senate Republicans have pretty much no room for error as they try to rush through a health-care bill in the next week. Assuming no Democrats vote for this bill (a safe assumption because it attempts to unravel Obamacare), Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons this bill was kept secret until the very last minute. The less time the legislation is out there in the open, the less time there is for opposition groups to coalesce and pressure senators not to vote for it.

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No country for people with disabilities, Karen Dolan, the Hill <http://thehill.com>

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The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

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Special Report | Days of Revolt: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine (Video)

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  • Here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted. And for your convenience, I’ve tried to boil it down to a 5-step plan.Adapted from Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, published by Haymarket Books. 
  • Related: Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need

Naomi Klein, The Intercept

https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/simgad/5585284140253900075 June 13 2017 | Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy.  Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent.

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Naomi Klein on Winning the World We Need, Naomi Klein and Brit Marling, The Nation and Haymarket Books

The acclaimed journalist and author joins Brit Marling to explain why just resisting Trump is not enough.

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Joan Baez's Fighting Side: The Life and Times of a Secret Badass

The Sixties icon helped invent the idea of the protest singer – more than five decades later, she's still at it.

David Browne, Rolling Stone

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April 5, 2017 | When Joan Baez shared a bill with the Indigo Girls about 20 years ago, a young fan approached, asking for an autograph – for his grandmother. "Tell your grandmother to go fuck herself!" said Baez, who saw the show as a way to connect with a new generation of fans. Today, in the airy kitchen of her home near Palo Alto, California, with its view of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a painting of a nude woman above the fireplace, Baez winces at the memory. "I felt so awful and said, 'I'm sorry – of course I'll sign it.'"

Baez, 76, loves to play against her image as the serene, hyperserious matriarch of folk music. Resting her chin on her hand, she flashes her recent metal-chick tattoo: a series of circles and arrows that rings her right wrist, from a visit to New Zealand with her son, Gabe. "Most mothers would say, 'Oh, honey, really?' " she says proudly. "But I said, 'Ooh, can I get one too?' " In 2010, when she was invited to perform at a White House celebration of music from the civil-rights era, Baez refused a request, from Michelle Obama, to sing "If I Had a Hammer." "That is the most annoying song," Baez says. "I told them, 'If I had a hammer – I'd hit myself on the head. Ain't gonna do it.' "

David Browne, Contributor, Rolling Stone

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It's Time for People with No Country to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant (2)

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  • Part 1: No country for people with disabilities
  • The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles. (These cuts) would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. 
  • Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant
  • If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. 
  • Related: Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: No country for people with disabilities

The depth and breadth of the harm that would come to the most vulnerable in our society, to those least able to take the hits — even as those savings are handed over to those who already live luxurious lifestyles — would make this a country in which children and adults with disabilities are no longer welcome. The United States of America would become no country for those with disabilities.

Karen Dolan, the Hill

06/02/17 | No president’s budget in the modern era has slashed more funds from those most in need than the budget proposal recently put forward by Donald Trump. Not since the end of World War II have we experienced an administration so ruthless in its approach to people with disabilities and people of low and moderate income.

While the budget pushes a massive hike in military spending, it entails enormous cuts to domestic spending. Of those proposed slashes, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates, fully three-fifths are aimed at programs that help struggling families make ends meet — and, frankly, survive.

Karen Dolan, Opinion Contributor, the Hill, directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Part 2: It’s Time for Disabled People to be Unapologetically Selfish and Intolerant

If you’re wondering why I’m asking you to be these things, the answer is very simple: you are a real person, not an idea or concept. I want you to show what disability looks like—because it looks like you and it looks like me. Let them know that the person before them is at risk, not some idea of a person.

Imani, crutches and spice

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June 6, 2017 | You heard me! Fight me. I want disabled people to be unapologetically selfish. I want you to bathe in hedonism and to move with the bravado of a mediocre man explaining to a woman her own expertise. I want to see you striving to love yourselves and in the moments you cannot, being patient with yourself, and if you can’t be patient, at least be kind. I want to see your selfies, I want to see how #DisabledandCute you are. I want to see you being sexy, vulnerable and yourselves. I want to see my Quips, my crips of color, my indigenous disabled, my hijabi disabled. I want to see you all in all your glory, your good days and your bad.

I want you to be intolerant. I want you to shut down the voices that question the necessity of your existence. I want you to block the discourse that portrays you as anything less than human. I want you to use all the four-letter words you know. Shut down the devil’s advocates and speak truth to power. How long are we expected to entertain the idea of our genocide? Be intolerant of the violence that seeks to rob you of your peace, and take self-care when you feel drained.

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Special Project | Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America, Melissa Blake, New York (NY) Times

  • I’m a woman. I’m physically disabled. And I’ve never been more scared than I am right now.
  • Related: Trump Scrubs Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Climate Change from WhiteHouse.gov.

 

 

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In an Unprecedented Court Escalation, Trump Protesters Could Be Facing Decades in Prison for Inauguration Demonstrations

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  • A frightening crackdown on free speech is underway across the country.
  • Related: With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent.

Celisa Calacal & Lauren Kaori Gurley, AlterNet

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According to Al Jazeera, the 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and initially charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property. 

Celisa Calacal is an intern for AlterNet. She is a senior journalism major and legal studies minor at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Previously she worked at ThinkProgress

Lauren Kaori Gurley is a freelance writer and master's candidate in Latin American studies and journalism at New York University. Her work has been published in In These Times, the American Prospect and the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

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With Executive Order on Policing, Trump Declares Racialized War on Dissent, Flint Taylor, Truth-out 

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  • The order can be read as an official authorization, from one white supremacist -- Steve Bannon -- to another -- Jeff Sessions -- to pursue the most racist and reactionary criminal legal policies in recent memory.
  • Related: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights
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Special Report | Days of Revolt: To Save America We Must Stop Being Polite And Immediately Start Raising Hell

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  • Everything that’s already been undertaken ― the marches, the phone calls to Congress, the letter-writing, the protests, the town halls, putting up candidates for House races ― has been powerful and needs to continue. But it’s time to also be more forceful and more captivating.
  • Here’s how to really turn up the heat on elected officials.
  • Related: After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves.

Michelangelo Signorile, Huffington Post 

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05/10/2017 | Donald Trump made his most frightening authoritarian power grab yet in firing James Comey, the FBI director who was leading an investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia

This could be viewed as a direct step toward consolidating power and, yes, toward fascism, as we’ve seen play out in other countries ― in Turkey recently, and in many other countries in history from which you could choose as an example.

Michelangelo Signorile: Editor-at-large, HuffPost Queer Voices

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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves, Alice Pettway, the Progressive

It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

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Sign now: Why We Protest Killing Net Neutrality

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  • Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality
    • Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.
  • Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home Teaser
    • FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.
  • Related: Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now

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Part 1: Sign now: Don’t kill net neutrality

Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

Net Neutrality Defense Team (via DemandProgress.org

May 11, 2017 | Net neutrality. The idea that every site, and every user, is treated the same online.

It’s the principle that the internet should be an open platform where anyone can build a website, open a business, make art, start a movement, and create community. And that no cable company or internet provider has the right to interfere with what you do online.

Now that fundamental principle is in mortal danger. This is our fight.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngSign your name: Save the Internet. Tell FCC Chair Ajit Pai to drop his plan to kill net neutrality.

When Aaron Swartz co-founded Demand Progress in 2010, he knew that a free and open internet was fundamental to freedom of speech and expression in the 21st century. The internet has eclipsed all other mediums as a platform for the free exchange of ideas. It has unleashed the power of ordinary people like nothing else. Online activism has literally toppled dictators.

But all the good the internet does for people could be stifled or destroyed by the likes of Comcast and Verizon if Trump’s FCC chair gets his way.

If Comcast, Verizon, and the other big internet service providers are allowed to block or throttle sites, or create paid prioritization schemes, they will essentially be in charge of the internet.

  http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngDon’t let Comcast take the internet from you. Sign our petition to save net neutrality.

You worked hard to win the FCC’s Open Internet Order in 2015, which classified the internet as a public utility, thus guaranteeing net neutrality. It’s going to take all of us working even harder to save it.

Just last Sunday, John Oliver featured the fight to save net neutrality on his show, and the number of people submitting their comments to the FCC to save the free and open internet crashed the website. (Don't worry, ours is still up and running fine!)

That’s why Demand Progress and our coalition set a goal to gather 1 million grassroots actions in support of Title II net neutrality protections before the FCC has its first vote on whether to kill the rules. We know we’re up to the challenge.

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Thanks for all you do,

The Team at Demand Progress



Part 2: Protesters Take Net Neutrality Issue To FCC Chair's Home 

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai Needs to be Personally Protested Because He Comes to the FCC With a Personal Agenda.

Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance 

May 15, 2017 | Ajit Pai, the Chair of the FCC, is on a mission to destroy the Internet by reclassifying it so that it is no longer a common carrier where we all have equal access and repeal net neutrality rules so Comcast, Verizon and A&T can discriminate based on content..

Net neutrality activists began a vigil at the FCC chairman’s home in Arlington on Sunday, May 14 to protest. They will continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the public meeting at the FCC on Thursday, May 18. Twenty people stood outside of his home holding signs urging “Save The Internet,” “We Want Democracy Not Net Monopolies,” “Ajit Pai Stop the Lies” “Protect the Internet” and “Equal Access for All.”

Kevin Zeese is a participant in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. 

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Net Neutrality: Internet Groups Need to Fight for a Fair Internet Now, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Net neutrality: why the next 10 days are so important in the fight for fair internet

US campaigners rejoiced in 2015 when ‘net neutrality’ enshrined the internet as a free and level playing field. A vote on 18 May could take it all back.

  • Part 2: John Oliver on net neutrality: 'Every internet group needs to come together'

The Last Week Tonight host discussed the potentially serious implications of new legislation that could affect the power ISPs have over what we view.

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