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January 23, 2017 at 22:22:13
Watch Democracy in Color's DNC chair candidate forum tonight

Tonight you can watch Democracy in Color's DNC chair candidate forum at 7:25 PM ET/4:25 PM PT at this link. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, political analyst Jehmu Greene, and former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez all plan to attend.

 

January 23, 2017 at 20:36:42
Democrats demand more information on alleged insider trading from Trump HHS pick Tom Price

Georgia Rep. Tom Price, popular vote loser Donald Trump's pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services, has emerged as perhaps the most ethically challenged of all of Trump's nominees--which is saying a helluva lot. The very strong whiff of corruption hovering around Price has Democratic senators demanding more information from him to clarify his direct involvement in stock trades related to his actions as a lawmaker. A letter to Price from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, asks for the congressman to hand over the brokerage agreements for two Morgan Stanley accounts and for any other unstated accounts no later than noon on Monday. ["] Now, Murray and Wyden, whose committee will hold a hearing on Price's nomination on Tuesday, are asking Price to reveal the actual agreements for his two Morgan Stanley brokerage accounts and any other accounts holding stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics or other health care stocks. The accounts the senators are asking for relevant documentation on are labeled "Morgan Stanley #1" and "Morgan Stanley #2" in Price's financial disclosure form. Democrats have already called for a delay in Price's hearings until an ethics investigation into his stock trading can be completed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics asking it to conduct an investigation into Price's actions.

 

January 23, 2017 at 19:34:31
Dear White House press corps: Send the interns to cover Trump's verifiably false 'alternative facts'

Campaign Action Kellyanne Conway finally admitted the truth over the weekend: The Trump administration is trafficking in "alternative facts." Translation: lies, lies, and more lies. Donald Trump's distorted worldview that he was elected by a landslide, his inauguration crowd was massive, he was maybe the first to hold a Lincoln Memorial inaugural concert, and the media has completely misrepresented his posture toward the CIA is all verifiable garbage--the rantings of a madman who is completely and likely permanently disconnected from the planet the rest of us inhabit.

 

January 23, 2017 at 19:29:39
Senate Democrats want a second confirmation hearing for Betsy 'potential grizzlies' DeVos

Campaign Action Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, got a high-speed, abbreviated confirmation hearing thanks to Republicans presumably wanting to protect her from embarrassment of the sort she managed anyway, with her defense of guns in schools because of "potential grizzlies." Now, Senate Democrats are pushing for a second hearing for DeVos: "Education is too important an issue, and the Secretary of Education is too important a position for the country and for this Committee, to jam a nominee through without sufficient questioning and scrutiny," they wrote to Alexander in a letter Monday. "This is not about politics, it should not be about partisanship -- it should be about doing the work we were elected by our states to do to ask questions of nominees on behalf of the people we represent."

 

January 23, 2017 at 17:46:47
Trump spent his first weekend in a hissy-fit over reports of his small inauguration crowd

Donald Trump is, and forgive us if you've heard this before but when the Nobel Prize for Obviousness comes around next year we want to make damn sure we're in the running, mentally unfit for office. He proved that yet again only hours after being inaugurated, and it would have ripple effects throughout the weekend. Mr. Trump grew increasingly angry on Inauguration Day after reading a series of Twitter messages pointing out that the size of his inaugural crowd did not rival that of Mr. Obama's in 2009. But he spent his Friday night in a whirlwind of celebration and affirmation. When he awoke on Saturday morning, after his first night in the Executive Mansion, the glow was gone, several people close to him said, and the new president was filled anew with a sense of injury. And it was this "sense of injury", also known in less polite circles as a pouting infantile tantrum , that led him to order new press secretary Sean Spicer to go out and lie outright to the nation's assembled television cameras. The pictures were faked! The media is in on it! We did too have a crowd more bigly than Obama's! (This was not a tough sell; the Times reports that Spicer was more than eager to launch the attack and apparently voiced no qualms over how it would require him to brazenly lie about something any semi-functioning American with a television set would immediately know was a lie.)

 

January 23, 2017 at 17:12:22
Schumer on Supreme Court: 'We absolutely will keep the seat open' if nominee isn't 'mainstream'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated Sunday that Democrats will not accept an extremist on the Supreme Court. "If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open," Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union." ["] Schumer said he is prepared to fight "tooth and nail" should Trump not choose a mainstream nominee. Former President Barack Obama had nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy. The Senate did not take up Garland's nomination for a vote.

 

January 23, 2017 at 17:03:41
Supreme Court rejects latest effort to salvage Texas's odious voter ID law

The Supreme Court on Monday took a pass on hearing challenges to a lower court ruling that struck down Texas's voter ID law, providing a temporary victory to voting rights advocates. Richard Wolf writes: Chief Justice John Roberts warned that the case could come back to the high court after further skirmishes at the federal district court level are completed. The Trump administration received a 30-day delay in the lower court case Friday amid speculation it may switch sides and defend the law. (emphasis added)

 

January 23, 2017 at 15:48:04
Trump's Obamacare replacement plan includes big cuts and big changes to Medicaid

Popular vote loser Donald Trump will propose restructuring Medicaid into a block grant program, says his staff, ending the guarantee of the program to low-income people. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's White House counselor, said Sunday that this change will be a part of the regime's healthcare plan, and that the move would ensure that "those who are closest to the people in need will be administering" the program. Medicaid is an open-ended entitlement, paid for by both federal and state governments, covering more than 70 million people in the U.S. and more than half of the 20+ million who gained coverage through Obamacare. The "open-ended" part means that it is flexible. If something like an economic downturn means more people lose their jobs and become eligible, states can respond by getting more federal aid. Turning it into a block grant would cap that spending, giving a set chunk of money to the states.

 

January 23, 2017 at 15:25:16
After the march, the real organizing starts

It's possible that Saturday was the single largest day of protest ever in the United States, with march after march across the country exceeding all expectations. The fact that the marches were so organic, with organizers scrambling to keep up with popular demand rather than working to mobilize people to show up, was one of the beautiful things about Saturday, but it's also a challenge. How many of those millions of people will stay active? How can organizers ensure that this is a moment of movement-building and not of collective venting that leaves participants thinking they've done their part and can relax now?

 

January 23, 2017 at 14:21:49
Democrats reintroduce Equal Rights Amendment as millions of women march nationwide

The United States fell three states short of having an Equal Rights Amendment back in 1982, and, as Women's Marches across the country drew millions of people, Senate Democrats came back for another try at it: On Saturday, [Sen. Ben] Cardin joined Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey in reintroducing the amendment. Co-sponsoring were Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Chris Coons of Delaware, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Ed Markey of Massachusetts in reintroducing the constitutional amendment first proposed in 1923.

 

January 23, 2017 at 02:10:25
Kentucky passes bill telling unions how to spend voluntary dues--and House Speaker can't explain why

Remember when a conservative Supreme Court ruled that political contributions were speech, and therefore protected under the First Amendment? Apparently what they meant was that contributions to Republicans were protected by the First Amendment--because the new Kentucky Congress recently passed a bill barring labor unions from using union dues to make political contributions.

 

January 23, 2017 at 02:10:25
Kentucky passes bill telling unions how to spend voluntary dues--and House Speaker can't explain why

Remember when a conservative Supreme Court ruled that political contributions were speech, and therefore protected under the First Amendment? Apparently what they meant was that contributions to Republicans were protected by the First Amendment--because the new Kentucky Congress recently passed a bill barring labor unions from using union dues to make political contributions.

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