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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

 

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/pelosi_progressives.jpg?itok=hvmqtJPh / Flanked by other House Democrats, House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) speaks as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) listens during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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The case for a national general strike protesting Trump's heartless shutdown

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  • The social cohesion for a general strike supporting federal workers is part of America’s past. How about now?
  • Related: The Return of the Strike

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January 13, 2019 | It is hard to understate the utter disdain and contempt being shown by President Donald Trump toward the 800,000 federal workers whose lives he has upended with the government shutdown.

That 400,000 of them have to continue to work without pay, because they are deemed essential, reduces them to a form of serfdom which  really amounts to a massive abuse of human rights. 

Bob Hennellyhas written and reported for the Village Voice, Pacifica Radio, WNYC, CBS MoneyWatch and other outlets. He is now a reporter for the Chief-Leader, covering public unions and the civil service in New York City.

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The Return of the Strike, Steven Greenhouse, the American Prospect / Portside


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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?
 

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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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Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support

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  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's SupportA 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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Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support

A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.

Bobby Azarian, Psychology Today

Aug 22,2018 | In the past, some prominent psychologists have explained President Donald Trump’s unwavering support by alluding to a well-established psychological phenomenon known as the “Dunning-Kruger effect.” The effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms—political knowledge.

A new study published in the journal PoliticalPsychology, carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient. In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.

Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with George Mason University and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, the Huffington Post, Quartz, and others. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping.

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Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support


Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

Bobby Azarian, Psychology Today

Dec 27,2018 | Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.

In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they haven’t destroyed his political career, and instead perhaps strengthened it. Similarly, we should be asking why his inflammatory rhetoric and numerous scandals haven’t sunk him. We are talking about a man who was caught on tape saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.” Politically surviving that video is not normal, or anything close to it, and such a revelation would likely have been the end of Barack Obama or George Bush had it surfaced weeks before the election.

Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with George Mason University and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, the Huffington Post, Quartz, and others. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping.

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