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Pelosi Accused of Shutting Down Progressives and Their Agenda

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  • Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees
  • The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include anyoftheprogressivelawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.
  • Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules.
  • Pay-go … is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

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Part 1: 'So Frustrating': Pelosi Accused of Shutting Bold Progressives Out of Powerful Committees

 

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The House Speaker's list of assignments does not include any of the progressive lawmakers advocacy groups recommended for key committee slots.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Thursday, January 10, 2019 | "At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled."

That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.



"No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand." 
—Mike DeBonis, Washington Post




Critics immediately pointed out that the bold progressives advocacy groups have been pressuring Pelosi to pick for seats on the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees—such as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)—were entirely absent from the House Speaker's list of assignments.
Jake Johnson <>, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Part 2: Pelosi would sabotage progressive agenda with pay-go rules

The issue here is whether they need special rules that needlessly narrow the scope of what can be considered. This is what pay-go does, and it is really bad politics in a world where the other party has no respect for any rules whatsoever.

Dean Baker, the Hill

12/11/18 | As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are using lame-duck sessions to overturn the outcome of last month’s elections, throwing aside long-standing procedures and basic democratic principles, House Democrats seem determined to throw up roadblocks to limit what they can do with their new majority.

Specifically, likely Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is proposing the House adopt pay-as-you-go (paygo) rules that require all new spending be offset with either budget cuts or tax increases.

Dean Baker, opinion contributor, the Hill, is an American macroeconomist and co-founder, with Mark Weisbrot, of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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https://s3.amazonaws.com/campusreform/11713/Screenshot_(410).jpgHarvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside <https://portside.org>

This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

Of Special Interest | The Trump Tax Cut: Even Worse Than You’ve Heard, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

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Skeptical reporting has still been too favorable.
 

Bloggers & Columnists | George Monbiot



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  • Part 1: These Are The Best Resolutions You Can Make, According To Therapists
  • If you've been slow to choose or implement a New Year's resolution this year, this will help you get on track.
  • Part 2: Six secrets of people who keep their New Year's resolutions.
  • “People who are successful realize that resolutions are not a one-time change.”

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Government & Politics

Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny, ‪Rainer Shea‬, Medium
 

  • https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/1*vCpvw26daVD5cgM6ZyAK-w@2x.jpegThe lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
     

 

 

Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

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Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support
  • A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

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The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts

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The longest shutdown, by the numbers.

Javier Zarracina <https://www.vox.com/authors/javier-zarracina>and Li Zhou <https://www.vox.com/authors/li-zhou>, Vox <https://www.vox.com>

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Jan 12, 2019 | It’s now Day 24 of the partial government shutdown, and it’s officially the longest one ever.

While President Donald Trump and Democrats continue to duke it out over the politics of a border wall, the impact of the stalemate has already become very, very real for hundreds of thousands of federal workers, many of whom missed their first paycheck on Friday.

The National Parks Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the IRS are just a few of the government agencies that have been affected by the impasse, which is expected to cause serious economic fallout as well.

Here are eight charts that illustrate what exactly the costs of the shutdown are.

Javier Zarracina creates infographics,mapsand charts for Vox.com. Before he worked at Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and El Correo (Bilbao),

and Li Zhou: Politics and Policy Reporter, Vox

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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today.

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Dara Linddara, Vox
 

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Jan27,2017 | Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don't want to accept them. They worry https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don't see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

This is what President Donald Trump is about to sign America up for, if widespread reports are correct that he’s on the verge of signing an executive order that would ban all refugees from settling in the US for 4 months and ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.

We’ve been here before.

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Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading And Outright False Claims From His Border Address

 

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  • Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.
  • Again, Mexico is not paying for the wall.

Nick Visser, Carla Herreria, and Saba Hamedy, Huffington Post

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01/09/2019 | President Donald Trump addressed the nation live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in an attempt to drum up support for his border wall. But the 10-minute address, carried on every major television network in America, was rife with double-speak, cherry-picked statistics, and outright falsehoods. (Evergreene Digest Editor's Note: Read 'lies'.)

Take a look at some of the biggest lies from the president’s speech below.

Nick Visser: Senior Reporter; Carla Herreria: Hawaii-based reporter; and Saba Hamedy: news editor; Huffington Post

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Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'. Jon Street, Campus Reform

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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

Harvard law prof: Trump is a 'national emergency'.


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  • Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig says President Donald Trump is a "national emergency."
  • Lessig made the comment on MSNBC on Sunday, just after Trump entertained the idea of declaring a national emergency to secure border wall funds.
  • Related: Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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Jon Street, Campus Reform

Jan 07, 2019 | Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig said Sunday that President Donald Trump is a "national emergency." 

Lessig's comments came on the heels of Trump saying that he "may declare a national emergency" if Congress does not act to appropriate enough money for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some congressional Democrats raised legality questions after Trump made the comment. Lessig was not pleased by the statement, either. 

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate. Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.
 

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Matt Taibbi and the Truths He Spoke Against the Industries of Death, Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

“Political power in this country is not divided between right and left, and not even between rich and poor. The real line is between a war party, and everyone else.” --Matt Taibb

Publisher's Choice

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/flagsteth121.jpgIn-Depth Analysis by Team of UMass Amherst Economists Shows Viability of Medicare For All. Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Jared Sharpe, Common Dreams / Portside

Comprehensive plan is estimated to reduce U.S. health consumption expenditures by nearly 10 percent, while providing decent health care coverage to all Americans

Of Special Interest

How to Be a Better Thinker, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda_0.jpgPart 1: How Rational Are We?
  • Is Logic Lost?
  • How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
  • Related: Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book
  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Matt Taibbi



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The market will not fix Twin Cities' affordable housing crisis. Carol Becker, Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

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  • Developers are building new luxury units in the metro, but they are out of reach for most. Without subsidies, that math won't change. 
  • Related: More Housing, Not Shelters

Religion & Spirituality

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  • We get one shot at life and we get it on this one planet. Let's not ruin it.
  • Related: Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

Let the church die, so that the church might live, Mark Piper, National Catholic Reporter

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  • Young Voices: Catholic ritual and liturgies counter our culture's death-denial. But what of a church that refuses to look upon itself and denies that it is in its own season of death?
  • Related: Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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Trump's border wall demand is constitutionally illegitimate.

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 / ‘The president ran on a promise to build a wall paid for by Mexico.’ Photograph: UPI/Barcroft Images

No reading of our constitution would ever uphold the view that a president can stop the functioning of government, to insist upon a program unsupported by the public.

Lawrence Lessig, the Guardian

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Friday 4 January 2019 | t feels quaint – maybe a bit absurd – to remark the fact that Donald Trump has no constitutionally moral justification for his demand that Congress fund the building of a wall on the Mexican border. Such an argument feels absurd when made against this president. Yet it should not be insignificant to Congress.

The president ran on a promise to build a wall “paid for by Mexico”. No majority of Americans has ever voted to support that idea. But that idea is not the notion that is now shutting down the government. A wall paid for by taxpayers is. That wall certainly was a central issue in the 2018 midterm elections. Overwhelmingly, the public rejected it as well. Thus has the president earned public support for neither version of his Mexican wall. Yet he is using his veto power to demand that Americans pay for a wall before he will allow the government to reopen.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L Furman professor of law and leadership at Harvard Law School and the director of the Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

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