2019-04-06: Social Media Postees

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Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular 2020 Candidate Among Hispanic Voters, New Polling Finds
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
Thirty-three percent of Hispanic voters polled by Morning Consult support Sanders for president. He's followed by Joe Biden, with 24 percent of support.
theintercept.com/2019/04/06/bernie-sande…

AOC accused of using 'verbal blackface' during speech to black audience
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-06
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being accused of faking a southern accent during a speech to a black audience, a transgression that makes her very much like… Hillary Clinton, according to detractors. | …
rt.com/usa/455703-aoc-fake-southern-acce…

Lies our Senators Tell Us, or, Whither Congress?
Matthew Pappalardo | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-05
Last month, a group of student activists from various Bay Area climate justice groups visited Senator Feinstein's office in California to deliver a letter urging her to support the Green New Deal. While the students may have held out some hope Feinstein would see the light after agreeing to meet them without a scheduled appointment,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/05/lies-our-sen…

Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…
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Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media
Lisa Hymas | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It's been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it's about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of …
peoplesworld.org/article/green-new-deal-…

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
Geraldine Perry | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-05
Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious …
globalresearch.ca/word-to-the-wise-bewar…

Elizabeth Warren Signals Willingness to Kill the Filibuster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
Calling on the nation to "wake up to the reality of the United States Senate," Sen. Elizabeth Warren is set to announce Friday that she supports eliminating the filibuster. | The 2020 presidential candidate is expected to endorse the proposal in a speech at the National Action Network Convention in New York Friday morning. | "When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We're done with two sets of rules–one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," Warren is expected to say. "And th…
truthdig.com/articles/elizabeth-warren-s…

Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-04-05
Some Democrats Haven't Learned the Lessons of #MeToo…
thenation.com/article/biden-metoo-kavana…

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-05
WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…
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The Brexit rollercoaster
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Two very different demonstrations within less than a week of each other neatly illustrated just how polarised British politics is. | On March 23, an estimated 1 million people took to the streets calling for a second referendum or "people's vote" on Britain's decision to leave the European Union (EU). | They argue that the electorate has a better idea now of the deal it might be getting and what the consequences are for the economy and people's rights to live, work and travel freely in any of the 27 member states. | This crowd was socially liberal and mostly leftish-leaning. The People's Vote campaign leadership…
greenleft.org.au/content/brexit-rollercoaster

The Reluctance of Bernie Sanders to Release His Damn Tax Returns Is Part of a Bigger Issue
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
By failing to release his tax returns despite repeated promises to do so any minute now, Bernie Sanders is being the stubborn curmudgeon he's always been.
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/bernie-sande…

Pelosi Accused of Deploying 'Most Dishonest Argument' Against Medicare for All
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
"The truth is that people who love their employer-based insurance do not get to hold on to it in our current system. Instead, they lose that insurance constantly, all the time, over and over again. It is a complete nightmare." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As Trump Reportedly Scrambles to Find Climate 'Victories' Ahead of 2020, Green Group Says: 'There Are None'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
After it was reported this week that President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign has ordered the EPA to find climate "victories" that he can brag about on the 2020 campaign trail, a green group on Friday said the administration can stop looking "because there simply are none." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Top Progressive Consulting Firm Is Doing PR for an Israeli Spy Company
Alex Kane | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
A prominent political communications shop that works on Democratic campaigns, employs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign alums, and boasts of its role in the fight for gun control and LGBT equality is representing an Israeli firm notorious for selling powerful surveillance technology to authoritarian governments around the world. | NSO Group, which is facing multiple lawsuits charging that its technology was used to spy on journalists and dissidents, hired SKDKnickerbocker to help with media inquiries as the spy firm tri…
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/pegasus-spyw…

Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-guaido-stripped-immunity-protest-erupt-over-blackouts

'Denial': House Democrats Pass Law for a Fossil Fuel Future
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-05
"This bill is yet another example of the denial of the realities of our climate crisis in practice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/05/denial-…

After Mueller: Trump's presidency a product of US capitalism
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
The most important finding of the long Mueller investigation into United States President Donald Trump — that there was no collusion with the Russians to fix the 2016 US election so that Trump would win — came as a shock to most liberals, progressives and even many socialists. | I have seen only one figure in the mass media who faces even parts of the truth. Farhad Manjoo, an op-ed writer in the New York Times wrote on March 25: "Trump's win was not the illegitimate product of a treasonous conspiracy … The president was not a Manchurian candidat…
greenleft.org.au/content/after-mueller-trump%E2%80%99s-presidency-product-us-capitalism

Interview: How Chemist Warehouse workers won
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
After a 16-day strike, workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres declared victory on March 28. Among their biggest gains were an 18.75% wage rise over four years and the conversion of labour hire workers to permanent positions after six months of work. | These are significant wins — and much better than those that workers have been winning recently in times of wage stagnation and high unemployment. | Workers at Chemist Warehouse distribution centres in Somerton and Preston, in Melbourne, and Eagle Farm, in Brisbane, began their indefinite strike on March 12 over three main issues: a wage rise to bri…
greenleft.org.au/content/interview-how-chemist-warehouse-workers-won

Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Abdullah àñcalan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with Kurdish solidarity activists on March 30, according to the campaign website freedomforocalan.org. | The activists have been working with Imam Sis, a Kurdish activist living in Wales who has been on hunger strike since December 17, protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah à&ntil…
greenleft.org.au/content/jeremy-corbyn-calls-lawyers-be-allowed-visit-abdullah-%C3%B6calan

Bernie Sanders shows he truly understands the inequality in the US today
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-04
Bernie Sanders has railed against inequality in the US. He pointed out that many working people have no proper healthcare. Also, he said, Wall … | Read more Bernie Sanders shows he truly understands the inequality in the US today | By Bryan Wall…
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Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance — Wendell Potter
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-04
Trump's "great healthcare plan" and opposition to Medicare for All's "socialism" and Pelosi's defense of the ACA and opposition to single-payer are both aimed at garnering support from the private insurance industry…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-and-pelosi…

Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes… Even in Winter
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
Global warming is starting to hit hard like there's no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement! The most sensitive areas to global …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/arctic-permaf…

Word to the Wise: Beware the Green New Deal!
Geraldine Perry | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
Seemingly overnight, the Green New Deal has arrived. Given the sorry state of our environment, what possible objections could there be? In this case, plenty — and they all trace back to the Green New Deal's deeply complex and surreptitious ties to UN Agenda 21. Those who claim that Agenda 21 amounts to little more …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/word-to-the-w…

Lawmakers to push worker safety bills, but timetable uncertain
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
WASHINGTON–The majority Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee will push two key pro-worker safety bills this year, but the exact timetable is uncertain. In an informal conversation after the first congressional briefing in years on worker health and safety, a top committee aide on the issue said he expects the legislation will hit …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmakers-to-pu…

Lee Camp Weighs in on Mueller Report, Self-Defeating Media, and "Dingle Sticks"
Nick Rehwaldt | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
"I'm not saying that Trump isn't corrupt, but by creating this laughable and baseless conclusion about Russian collusion, that has now been completely and utterly refuted, the Democrats, the faux resistance and our media have caused deep harm" — Lee Camp, Redacted Tonight…
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'Gravelanche': Anti-war ex-Senator with teen campaign managers is making a splash in 2020 race
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
A new unlikely sensation entering the 2020 Democratic primaries could become a headache for the political establishment — and it isn't the 77-year old independent senator from Vermont. | …
rt.com/usa/455586-gravel-campaign-democr…

Federal elections: Why you should support the socialists
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Following on from its successful state election campaign last year, Victorian Socialists is standing three candidates in the forthcoming federal election: Sue Bolton in the seat of Wills, Kath Larkin in the seat of Cooper, and Jerome Small for the seat of Calwell. | Green Left Weekly's Alex Bainbridge spoke to Sue Bolton about the block the major parties pose to progressive politics and why it is important to support socialist candidates. | What struck you the most about this budget? | This budget does bugger all for anyone on a low income and gives handouts to the wealthy and corporations. | All the income tax c…
greenleft.org.au/content/federal-elections-why-you-should-support-socialists

When it comes to beauty, rich white men have no idea
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
We see and judge women based on the perspective of super rich white men who also tend to own the beauty competitions and the cosmetic companies. | If US President Donald Trump met me, he would probably say I was ugly. He would not see the degrees, published books and articles, or the gentle being that I am. Instead, he would see measurements. | That does not bother me at all, because Trump and people in similar positions of power are not qualified to even talk about beauty. | For two decades, Trump owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Contestants confirmed that he would enter Miss Teen USA changing rooms while…
greenleft.org.au/content/when-it-comes-beauty-rich-white-men-have-no-idea

We need a budget for the 99%
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The Coalition's budget has ensured that its neoliberal agenda remains in intact. It has deepened cuts to social spending while given tax breaks to high income earners and greedy corporations. | Meanwhile, the cost of living for ordinary people is rising, real wages are falling and those on social security benefits remain below the poverty line. | Despite a growing national campaign to raise the rate of Newstart, the Coalition has refused to budge. It is under no pressure to act, largely due to Labor's unwillingness to commit to raise Newstart. | The most we can expect from a potential Labor government is a "root…
greenleft.org.au/content/we-need-budget-99

Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…
greenleft.org.au/content/mandatory-detention-history-bipartisan-cruelty

Guns and politics: the manipulation of political will
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Steve Dixon, a Queensland Senate candidate for Pauline Hanson's One Nation, may have put it clumsily, but he was right — in politics, money wins the day in Australia. | Dixon's pitch to the powerful US National Rifle Association (NRA), recorded as part of Al Jazeera's three-year undercover sting operation, was: "We can change the voting system in our country, the way people operate, if we have got the money to do it." | Dixon, along with Hanson's chief of staff, James Ashby, went to the US to lobby the cashed-up N…
greenleft.org.au/content/guns-and-politics-manipulation-political-will

Blatant bias against 'crazy hair' Bernie Sanders at Wash Post goes unnoticed by rest of media
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
The Washington Post has a problem with Bernie Sanders. Since March 18, the newspaper has run no less than 10 anti-Sanders op-eds — and its agenda approaching the 2020 election has become glaringly obvious. | …
rt.com/usa/455588-bernie-sanders-washing…

House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Determined to stop President Donald Trump's efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, House Democrats voted to challenge his national emergency declaration in court. | …
rt.com/usa/455582-house-democrats-sue-tr…

ICE Is Teaming With North Carolina Republicans to Fight Pro-Immigrant Sheriffs
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
The First Amendment to the Constitution serves as something of a gauge for our national priorities. Embedded in there is the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." | But what if the government itself is aggrieved? No government agency feels more under siege lately than U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and in North Carolina, it's helping the government do something about that. | Over the course of four days in February, federal immigration officials arrested more than 220 u…
theintercept.com/2019/04/04/north-caroli…

Major parties fail #ClimateElection test
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg only mentioned the word "climate" twice in his election budget speech, and almost as an afterthought. | The lack of priority given to the urgent problem of climate change was revealed by the spare change that the Coalition government allocated for climate change measures in the budget: $3.5 billion, most of which will not even be spent in the next four years. | This compares to hundreds of billions allocated to polluting infrastructure, corporate tax cuts and governm…
greenleft.org.au/content/major-parties-fail-climateelection-test

Venezuela delegation urges concrete solidarity action
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Solidarity activists who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Venezuela are calling for concrete actions by the Australian community to assist the Venezuelan people currently facing economic hardship, primarily as a result of harsh US sanctions. | Among the proposals raised at a March 30 forum held in the Maritime Union of Australia Sydney offices were to send a container's load of goods directly to grassroots organisations and to raise funds for an agro-ecological school. | There is also a proposal to send a solidarity delegate to Venezuela in January next year. | Freelance journalist Joe Montero told t…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-delegation-urges-concrete-solidarity-action

A ship adrift: Cuba after the 'Pink Tide'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
In the early years of…
greenleft.org.au/content/ship-adrift-cuba-after-%E2%80%98pink-tide%E2%80%99

Ecological agriculture needs to be made a priority
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
The number of farmers moving to ecological agriculture in its various forms — agroecology, organic, biological, biodynamic, regenerative — continues to grow as farmers and consumers become more aware of the harm pesticides and synthetic fertilisers cause to health and the environment. | Alan Broughton takes a look at this phenomenon and asks why the majority of farmers are still holding on to chemical methods and what can be done to increase the ecological uptake. | *** | At an organic soil management class that I taught in Shepparton, Victoria, I asked each of the dozen participants why they were int…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecological-agriculture-needs-be-made-priority

RTBU demand reinstatement of sacked union delegate
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Train operator and Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) delegate Robert Car was sacked by the privately-owned Metro Train Sydney (MTS) company on March 27. | In response, the RTBU, together with members from the Maritime Union of Australia, the Electrical Trades Union, the United Services Union, and the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, rallied outside MTS headquarters in Rouse Hill to demand Car's reinstatement on April 3. | Below is Car's address to the rally. | *** | I was the union delegate for RTBU until last Wednesday, when I was sacked for no reason. | I was fighting for a mass determin…
greenleft.org.au/content/rtbu-demand-reinstatement-sacked-union-delegate

Ecuador: Correismo resurges in regional elections
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
"They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds". The old Mexican proverb never sounded more true than in the early hours of the morning of March 25 across Ecuador. | The local and regional elections that took place the previous day were meant to put a definitive end to the political phenomenon of the Citizens Revolution and bury, once and for all, the legacy of former left-wing president Rafael Correa. | Correa's 10 years in power from 2007 to 2017 has been named "the victorious decade" for its achievements in reducing poverty, inequality and bringing back political and economic stability. | New poli…
greenleft.org.au/content/ecuador-correismo-resurges-regional-elections

Manly Fast Ferries workers strike again
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
Crew members on the Manly Fast Ferries service between Circular Quay and Manly Harbour went on strike on April 3 for the second time as part of their ongoing campaign for improved wages and conditions. | The workers are demanding a 38-hour work week, annual and sick leave, permanency of employment and proper pay loadings for casual work. | The Fast Ferries company, owned by the corporatised motorists' organisation NRMA, is the only privatised section of Sydney's ferry fleet. It also has the lowest wages and conditions on the harbour, and a fully casualised workforce. | The Maritime Union of Australia (M…
greenleft.org.au/content/manly-fast-ferries-workers-strike-again

Former DCCC Chair Distances From Controversial New Policy: "Different Leaders Have Different Approaches"
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Former DCCC chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján suggested that the new policy to blacklist vendors that work with primary challengers could undermine party unity.
theintercept.com/2019/04/04/dccc-blackli…

Major protest called for 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Milwaukee, WI — An April 4 press conference, to take place at Milwaukee's City Hall, will announce a major protest at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. | "The Coalition to March on the DNC is excited to announce a rally and march on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, Monday, July 13 at 12 p.m. within sight and sound of the arena," said Chris Antimo Perez, spokesperson for the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. "All eyes will be on Milwaukee as the DNC takes place at the Fiserv Forum from July 13-16th, 2020. We call on all progressive, left, democratic a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/3/major-pro…

The Green New Deal Means Power to the People
Denise Fairchild | progressive.org | 2019-04-03
The transition to renewable energy envisioned in the Green New Deal holds the potential for a radical decentralization of power, not the top-down control Mitch McConnell claims.
progressive.org/op-eds/green-new-deal-po…

LTR Mueller Probe Observation and Nation
Thomas A. Prentice | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
Democrats, the Mass Media Industrial Complex and the Deep State Pentagon Intelligence Surveillance Industrial Apparatus seem to have missed these two memos in ninth grade world history from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Niccolo Machiavelli. In September, 1843, Ralph Waldo Emerson said to Oliver Wendell Holmes: "I read your piece on Plato. Holmes, when you strike …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/ltr-mueller-p…

How the Media Launders Fossil Fuel Industry Propaganda Through Branded Content
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-04-03
There it was in black and white ≠– or black, white, and a palette of gentle greens and blues. With a headline predicting that natural gas "will thrive in the age of renewables," the article made the case that there are limitations on solar and wind power and that — as a subhead spelled out in aquamarine type — natural gas "is part of the solution." Why was the Washington Post weighing in on the need for continued production of this fossil fuel in the face of cli…
theintercept.com/2019/04/03/branded-cont…

Perth's Victoria Park Hotel is hosting a new staging of Orwell's relevant morality tale
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-03
Animal Farm | Play adaption by Nelson Bond, based on the novel by George Orwell | Directed & produced by Sarah Christiner. | Life on Hold Productions. | Victoria Park Hotel, Perth | Until April 12 | http: //www.whatson.com.au/animalfarm | Adapted from George Orwell's 1945 allegorical fable, and directed by Sarah Christiner who directed last year's adaptation of A Clock Work Orange for Life on Hold Productions, Animal Farm tells the story of a barnyard of farm animals, who after overthrowing their tyrannical human masters, seek to create…
greenleft.org.au/content/perths-victoria-park-hotel-hosting-new-staging-orwell%E2%80%99s-relevant-morality-tale

Scandal-Plagued Baltimore Mayor Takes Leave of Absence
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-02
By Brandon Soderberg. | Mayor Catherine Pugh, who has been enduring weeks of scandal surrounding the sales of "Healthy Holly" and a series of related–janky, equally bizarre, generally unreadable and rather memeable–children's books for hundreds of thousands of dollars is officially taking a leave of absence due to sickness. | The leave of absence begins tomorrow. City Council president Jack Young will be the acting mayor and City Council vice president Sharon Green Middleton will be acting City Council president. | Article XI,…
therealnews.com/columns/scandal-plagued-…

"This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/this_presi…

"The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/the_system…

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