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Saturday, January 20, 2018

President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address live the anti-choice March for Life activists who are working to overturn Roe v. Wade to make abortion illegal. But the president made a bit of an error in his speech, telling them he opposes allowing women to carry their pregnancies to term, and giving birth in the ninth month. "Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change." Some believe he meant to say "torn," not "born," but video clearly shows he said "born" in the ninth month. read more

Friday, January 19, 2018

Despite protests by civil rights leaders, the Senate voted Thursday to advance a judicial nominee who helped draft North Carolina's voter suppression law, defended racially discriminatory gerrymandering and may have lied to the Senate about his role in disenfranchising black voters when he worked for the late Sen. Jesse Helms. The Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move forward with the nomination of Thomas Farr, President Donald Trump's choice for a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. A North Carolina lawyer, Farr helped draft the state's sweeping voter ID law passed in 2013 -- one of the most restrictive in the country. When civil rights groups challenged the law, Farr represented the state before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in 2016, arguing it "was not a nefarious thing." The court struck down the law later that year, ruling that it "targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision." read more

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections. It's unclear how long the Torshin inquiry has been ongoing, but the news comes as Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sweeping investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including whether the Kremlin colluded with Trump's campaign, has been heating up. read more

It's been one year since Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to the president, assumed office, but he's yet to receive full security clearance for his role in the White House. The unprecedented delay in clearance represents a violation of security norms and suggests that Kushner continues to receive special treatment due to his relationship to President Donald Trump, according to legal experts familiar with the process. The White House has maintained that the delay is "completely normal," and that there is extra scrutiny for advisers like Kushner who need the highest level of clearance. A White House official said that the process can take around 300 days: it's now been 362. read more

If President Donald Trump and the Republican Party were already worried about defending their majorities in the House and Senate come November, they will now have another major factor to contend with: Barack Obama. The former president enjoyed a busy year since leaving the White House but has largely stayed under the radar. Now Obama is reportedly planning to return to the political stage in 2018, setting the stage for a prominent role in the lead up to the crucial midterm elections. Close associates to the 44th president predict a politically active year, including campaign stops and other displays of public support. Obama will "continue to be politically active in 2018, with more endorsements and more campaigning," his spokeswoman Katie Hill told The Chicago Tribune. read more


5 immigration myths debunked

Myth # 1: They don't pay taxes

Myth # 2: They don't pay into Social Security

Myth #3: They drain the system

Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other public benefits. Most of these programs require proof of legal immigration status and under the 1996 welfare law, even legal immigrants cannot receive these benefits until they have been in the United States for more than five years.

Non-citizen immigrant adults and children are about 25% less likely to be signed up for Medicaid than their poor native-born equivalents and are also 37% less likely to receive food stamps, according to a 2013 study by the Cato Institute.

Citizen children of illegal immigrants -- often derogatorily referred to as "anchor babies" -- do qualify for social benefits. Also, undocumented immigrants are eligible for schooling and emergency medical care.

Currently, the average unlawful immigrant household costs taxpayers $14,387 per household, according to a recent report by The Heritage Foundation. But in its 2013 "Immigration Myths and Facts" report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says most economists see providing these benefits as an investment for the future, when these children become workers and taxpayers.

A CBO report on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 concluded that a path to legalization for immigrants would increase federal revenues by $48 billion. Such a plan would see $23 billion in increased costs from the use of public services, but ultimately, it would produce a surplus of $25 billion for government coffers, CBO said.

Myth # 4: They take American jobs

Myth # 5: It's just a matter of following the law


"The sticking point is DACA, all 650,000 registered ones who have til March before it ends absent legislation. Many millions will suffer with the immediate suspension of WIC, TANF and CHIP. I mean, do we care about those mostly poor less than we care about undocumented aliens who everybody is looking for a fix for anyway?"

It's about more than DACA (although I understand why the GOP want to frame it that way in order to pit "real Americans" against Dreamers. Bob Casey explained what, to his mind, this is about:

Senator Bob Casey‏ @SenBobCasey

The bill we got from the @HouseGOP last night doesn't even have the unanimous support of the @SenateGOP.

It's not a bill that can pass and that's because it has gaping holes on a serious of urgent matters. @SenateMajLdr talked about urgency last night so let's go through what he left out.

Funding for community health centers is not in the bill. That's an urgent matter for 800,000 Pennsylvanians who use them.

Funding for fighting the opioid crisis is not in this bill. That's an urgent matter.

A fix for pension plans, including the coal miners that @realDonaldTrump promised to help, is not in this bill. That's an urgent matter.

The Republicans talk about including CHIP, but thousands of children in Pennsylvania get their care from community health centers which they allowed to expire on September 30th of last year. That's an urgent matter.

What's so frustrating about this is that we have already negotiated bipartisan agreements to fix these issues- bills that are supported by Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans have total control of two branches of government, and they can't keep the lights on because they're genuflecting to their extreme far-right colleagues in the House.

@SpeakerRyan defers over and over again to this group of extremists, and that's how you get this bill last night that's full of holes- A bill that was negotiated by the @freedomcaucus, with the @freedomcaucus, and with only @freedomcaucus priorities in mind.

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