Looking for the Bright Side
While the red wave came for my home state of Florida, it mostly stopped there, and we saw wins across the country of which we can all be proud.
The Tides They Are A Changin'
Climate change, women’s reproductive rights, individual sexual autonomy, voting rights, and more are on the ballot in November and voting is our only way of protecting these rights and our future.
In today’s highly charged political landscape, “woke” has come to mean two very different things depending upon which side of the aisle you find yourself on.
Take a Break
When exhaustion hits you, you should pay heed to what your body and mind are telling you and take a mental health break. Do not let hitting the wall be the first time you notice that you need help or just a break.
The Fall of Roe: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Reproductive healthcare is not the only fundamental right that has a date with the executioner.
Alito spends a considerable portion of the first 68 pages of his decision blathering on about what the abortion laws were in the US in the mid-1800s when the 14th Amendment was ratified—when women were chattel.
165,000,000 people may be one unanticipated hardship away from finding themselves without a roof over their heads or food in their stomachs.
Follow the Money
As has been the norm since America’s founding, the prospect of successful Black communities rattles the cages of White conservatives who often view the success of the “Other” as a detriment to their own prosperity. Mason City and BlueOval City are no different.
The Crushing Weight of the Mortar Board
The student-debt crisis and the gender gap make it difficult for women to get by, let alone ahead.
This History of Us
Regardless of where we find ourselves in history, white Americans continue to find new ways to shore up their sense of superiority at the cost of the Black mind and body.
Don’t Destroy Section 230, Fix it
The EARN IT act contains a number of bad provisions, including what’s effectively a repeal of Section 230. Section 230 can and should be fixed, not removed.
This Seat is Taken
Care about the map, and maybe you will get an elected official that cares about you.
The Hallway Commute
What was thought impossible by most employers just a few years ago has become commonplace. Teleworking is the new normal for many industries.
We may not hear as much about Sanctuary Cities in the daily news as we did just a couple of years ago; however, they remain an important component of our immigration policies at the state level.
Congregate Care: Far From Home, Far From Safe
On any given day between 10,000-20,000 children are residing in congregate care facilities across the country. Many of these children are living in states far from home in conditions and with people who are far from safe.
Where The Wild Things Are
Constructing destructive tar sands oil pipelines through First Nations' lands is the latest in a long legacy of atrocities committed by European settlers in North America and the United States Government.
They Belong to Us
In the intervening 48 years since Roe, more than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been enacted nationwide with the express aim of restricting a woman’s access to abortion.
Our American Stories
Americans are encouraged to think in terms of what it will cost us to be welcoming to immigrants. Those “costs” generally focus on the idea that immigrants take jobs away from hard-working Americans as well as the burdens that newcomers might put on education, healthcare, and social service.
The Golden Door
Almost every piece of U.S. immigration legislation passed over the past 231 years has changed what coming here, “the right way” actually means.
Save the Women
On any given day in America, 771 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. On that same day, 119 will die—for every hour of every day, breast cancer will kill 5 women.
The Debt Ceiling (Again)
Once again, the Federal Government is running out of money, which happens at semi-regular intervals because the way Congress spends and allocates money is objectively stupid.
Milley: Peril at the Pentagon
The idea of uniformed members of the military making foreign policy or promising to divulge attack plans is a concerning one. That is doubly true when the Pentagon appears to be acting out of fear that the President might order something, “crazy, illegal, immoral or unethical.”
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th. It is a day aimed at helping those in our lives who struggle with depression and who may have suicidal thoughts. It is a day for putting your hand out and asking someone to take hold.
Big Money in Politics is the Enemy of Progress
Big money from wealthy donors and corporations is truly a bipartisan problem.
It's Time For Vaccine Mandates
The pandemic has claimed enough lives. We have a vaccine. It is safe. It is effective. It is time to require it as the price of admission to society.
One Day Longer: The Battle Cry of Alabama Miners
It is long past time for the industries in this country to respect and honor American workers.
Summer Thunder Part 3: A Better Way
Ask yourself if the situation is such that only law enforcement can or should respond. In many cases, that answer is “no”. Here’s a guide to looking beyond 911.
The New New Deal
Millions of Americans rely on social security for their basic needs. However, for more than 50 years, public policy has forced them to live in poverty.
Summer Thunder Part 2: Defund the Police
Despite America’s reliance on law enforcement as the end-all, be-all to society’s problems, their presence may only make the situation worse.
Summer Thunder Part 1: The History of Policing in America
“Out of the stillness of the shutdown, the voices of protest have roared like summer thunder. An overwhelming majority of Americans, of both parties, support major reforms in American policing.” –Jill Lepore
One in Every Three
With a global population nearing 8,000,000,000 people, millions of women will be brutalized by someone who is meant to care for them.
By the People, For the People
The time is ripe for Congress to enact H.R.1 so that our right to vote is valued and administered as it was intended to be.
Sleep For Today, But Tomorrow We Fight
There is a lot of work to be done and a short time in which to do it. The Biden-Harris administration has promised us a lot, and we mean to hold them to it.
Statehood for Puerto Rico
On the question of "should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted into the Union as a state," on the November 2020 ballot; 623,053 voted yes, or 52.34% of voters.
The Case for D.C. Statehood Now
D.C. isn’t a state because the Republican Party would sooner boil Mitch McConnell and eat him in a savory soup (getting the roux right is critical) than give a city that voted 92% for Biden two Senators and a Representative.
A Shot in the Arm
The COVID vaccine is rolling out across the country and most states have developed a plan of action in dispensing the vaccine.
The CASH Act of 2020 has one purpose: amend the current COVID Relief package to include $2,000 for each eligible American instead of the $600 it currently provides. But, McConnell has sabotaged the bill.
Every day, more families face the reality of losing the roof over their heads, an inability to keep the lights on, or put food in their bellies.
In a year that has seen more than 250,000 Americans die at the hands of a global pandemic that has been left unchecked by an indifferent administration, family has come to mean so much more.
When She Runs, We All Win
When The Hill looks more like those we see in the mirror, the better chance we have at enacting policies that work to the benefit of everyone instead of a select few.
Basking in the Glow
Thousands of women and men who share our democratic values ran in down-ballot races across the country — and many of them won.
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Just as many modern day Halloween celebrations do not resemble the festivals of old, Halloween in the age of COVID may be a mere shadow of its former self.
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RBG - What Happens Next
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died and while her family deserves time to mourn her, the fight for her seat on the Court is about to begin.
It would be easy to look at the unending torrent of scandals that beset the Trump administration and conclude that nothing matters, but that's far from the case.
Black Lives Matter
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Desmond Tutu
It took 70 days for the White House to take Covid19 seriously; in that time they squandered hundreds of thousands of American lives.
Please, Please Take This Seriously
The next month will be a bitter one and we must face it together separately.
Order your favorite pizza and beer, and raise a glass to the men and women who bring it to your doorstep.
A Horse of a Different Color
The GOP can’t refute testimony from fact witnesses like Amb. Yovanovich and Dr. Hill, so they’re trying to confuse Americans by conflating impeachment with a criminal trial.
I Do Declare
Whether we are immigrants seeking a better life, or American-born seeking equality in how the world sees us, how we see ourselves, and with whom we are in love, the words “all men are created equal” must include _all_ of us.
Making A Stand, Taking A Knee
We resist, and in doing so, we speak up for those whose voices are ignored.
From Russia with Love
Without the ability to vote for our leaders, the heart of what it means to be American, America no longer exists.
We’re Running Out Of Money
The CBO estimates that the U.S. deficit will hit a **trillion dollars** by 2022
Cash Crop: Slavery in America
H.R. 40 is meant to address “the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865.”
They Belong to Us
Women have a right to self-governance of their own bodies. Congress has the power to make that a reality.
Not So Fast McConnell
While our Representatives in the House are advancing legislation that benefits the country, our Senators are hiding behind a blockade in the Senate.
Besides the usual business before the House, three “Emergency” bills are on this week’s docket
Voting: We Have The Right, What We Lack Is Access
Through the centuries, blockades to enfranchisement have been both erected and demolished
Republicans have to choose between loving the Constitution and repelling asylum seekers
What We Don’t Know About Brett Kavanaugh
Senate Republicans are derelict in their constitutional duty
Trump’s Immigration Dystopia
The Trump administration is forcing children to take mind-altering drugs.
Trump, Putin Collude to Rewrite History
The White House and the Kremlin are trying to change what happened in Helsinki
Call Them What They Are: Hostages
The GOP’s use of immigrant children to force funding for the wall is shameful
Republicans Own EPA Corruption
Scott Pruitt is looting the EPA and House Republicans refuse to stop him
The FCC Lied About Cyber-Attack During Net Neutrality Fight
These are not the actions of honest government
Trump Pardons An Election Cheat
Dinesh D’Souza pled guilty to campaign finance violations; now Trump will pardon him
The Childhood Cancer STAR Act
The Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act improves all of those things
Republicans want to pretend that “cutting” $15 billion makes them fiscal conservatives again
One Vote For Net Neutrality
Democrats need one vote to put the House on the record on Net Neutrality.
Mueller and the Red Line
Robert Mueller is treading on dangerous ground; Americans have to protect him.
After Parkland, Student Activists Have Kept Our Focus on Gun Safety
What Resistbot data can tell us about how we respond to mass shootings.
GOP Won’t Fund Government Without Defunding Planned Parenthood
Last-minute demand ignites fears of a March shutdown.
John Bolton Is A Menace To Society
The hawkish former U.N. ambassador tops the short-list of candidates for National Security Advisor.
Pollution Waiver for Coal Plants Goes To House Floor
The SENSE Act will lift many pollution caps on coal refuse power plants
The Nunes Memo Was An Absolute Lie
The release of the Democratic Memo shows how much the GOP twisted the truth
Why Politicians Respond to Some Callers and Not to Others
Five steps you can take to make more effective calls to Congress
Senate to Consider 20-Week Abortion Ban
The bill is unlikely to pass but Republicans need to shore up their religious base
Dems, DACA, CHIP & a possible Shutdown
Democrats face a political hostage situation: the Dreamers for CHIP
There Is No “Party of States’ Rights”
Not on slavery. Not on gay marriage. Not on gun control. Not on marijuana.
Of Taxes, Economics, and Intellectual Honesty
Trickle Down Economics is the lie the White House loves to tell
Gunning for Mueller
The Trump Administration and Conservative Media are gearing up for an assault on Robert Mueller
Why Deficits Matter
The Trump Tax Plan will add $2.5 Trillion to the deficit over 10 years; this is a terrible idea.
Force Congress To Take A Stand On Net Neutrality
HR 4585 demands the FCC take seriously citizen demands to protect Net Neutrality; it deserves a vote
Congress Can’t Find Money For Children’s Healthcare
They’ve been promising since April but time is running out and there’s still no sign of funding
Taking Away Trump’s (Launch) Keys
A bill before Congress would restrict the President’s ability to launch a preemptive nuclear strike.
How Congress Can Defend Net Neutrality
It’s one thing to tell Congress to defend the net; it’s another to tell them how to do it.
The Republican Tax Bills will gut higher education and send college costs skyrocketing
Indictments are coming down from the Russiagate investigation and Mueller still serves at the pleasure of the President
Trump’s Tax Wishlist: The Estate Tax
Trump’s Tax plan would repeal taxes on multi-million-dollar inheritances
Trump Slashes Birth Control Requirements
New rules from Health & Human Services eliminate Obamacare’s birth control coverage requirement
Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Silencers, Concealed Carry, and Armor Piercing Rounds top the NRA’s 2017 wishlist.
Your Cable Company Loves Ajit Pai
If you hate your cable company, now is a good time to let Congress know.
Tax Cuts Aren’t Simple
The GOP’s Tax Plan is being sold as a “simplification” but that’s just not true
Pressure Points on the Obamacare Repeal
Meet the nine Senators who stand between Trump and the Affordable Care Act
The Gory Details of the GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal
Deep cuts and painful sacrifices are buried in Cassidy-Graham’s legal labyrinth
Equifax and the Failure of American Privacy
Something is rotten at the heart of the American consumer credit industry and Equifax is a symptom of the problem
Medicare For All
Senator Sanders’ “Medicare For All” Bill is a play for the soul of the Democratic Party
The CHIPS are down in Congress
The Children’s Healthcare Insurance Program will run out of money at the end of Sept; Congress hasn’t started on funding it.
What Dreamers May Come
President Trump has said he’ll end the DACA “Dreamer” program; now Congress has to decide how to handle undocumented natives
Budget Amendment Targets Russia Investigation
A GOP budget amendment would halt the Russia investigation and limit its scope while Democrats move to protect it
Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season
Houston is drowning but there are storm clouds on the Washington horizon
Get Foreign Money Out Of Politics
Jamie Raskin is trying to get to the root of the Russiagate question: money.
Terminating the Environmental Protection Agency
The right’s favorite whipping boy is the target of H.R. 861 and a lot more besides
Leaders must vote against “dirty” energy sources
Mary T. Danhauer in the Owensboro Messenger & Inquirer
The Bipartisan Fight To Protect Robert Mueller
As the Special Counsel empanels a Grand Jury an effort is underway to protect his job
Trump, Senate Move To Cut Legal Immigration
The RAISE Act would turn away 500,000 legal immigrants yearly
Just A Brick In The Wall
The House Defense Budget will slash military funding by 13% and fund a US/Mexico border wall
Religious Freedom order prioritizes one expression of faith over another’s
Zebulun Treloar-Reid in the Des Moines Register
The Healthcare Bill You’ve Never Heard Of
The Medicare Part B Improvement Act is sober policy in a frenzied political world
Don’t deny healthcare to those with pre-existing conditions
Kendrick Arnett in the Fort Worth Star Telegram
Does the Trump family have something to hide in Russia business dealings?
Jacob Michalik in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CBO Scores Republican’s Skinny Repeal
16 million set to lose coverage, premiums to rise 20% each year.
Who Voted “No” on the Latest Healthcare Bills
Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman remain key.
Congress Wants to Restrict First Use of Nuclear Weapons
The authority to launch a nuclear first-strike has always rested unilaterally with the Commander-in-Chief.
The Republican Health Care Journey
Latest GOP health care effort still drives up ininsured and premiums, removes pre-existing protection protections.
32 Million Estimated to Lose Coverage if ACA Repeal Passes, CBO Says
Additionally, average premiums would increase about 25% in 2018, about 50% in 2020, and would double by 2026.
Privatized Air-Traffic Control Awaits Takeoff in House
The “21st Century AIRR Act” would take government out of the air-traffic-control business
Medicine On The Road
Should doctors be able to carry/administer drugs outside of their licenced state?
House Moves To Prevent Debt-Ceiling Showdowns
Bill would issue bonds; allow President to cut spending, sell assets
Congress May End Funding for Voting Cybersecurity
Election Assistance Commission among cuts in 2018 FY budget
CBO Scores Senate Healthcare Bill
Number of Uninsured Will Spike to 15M in the First Year Following the Bill’s Passage
Trump Demands State Voter Data
Is the Trump Vote Fraud commission protecting or suppressing your vote?
Last Chance To Weigh In On Healthcare
The Senate will delay its vote on S-106, the Republican “Obamacare Repeal Act” until after the July 4th recess.
Massive Cyberattacks Hit US, Europe
Another major round of ransomware cyberattacks struck Europe and the United States today.
House To Reaffirm U.S. Commitment To NATO
Trump rhetoric on Article V prompts Congress to act to assure nervous NATO allies.
Medical Malpractice Caps Head To House Floor
Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) 'Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017' heads to the House floor this week as H.R. 1215. The bill aims to impose a $250,000 cap on 'non-economic' damages brought in medical malpractice suits.
The Senate Healthcare Bill
Senate Republicans revealed their secret healthcare plan on Thursday: The Better Care Reconciliation Act. Find out what’s inside.
Congress’ Next Secret: Tax Reform
Tax reform, which aims to remake the federal tax system, will likely be drafted in the same way as the AHCA: behind closed doors.
No Sanctuary for Criminals Act Introduced in The House
This act would require that cities and counties comply with federal immigration orders, such as detainers, that keep immigrants in jail to be picked up for deportation.
Ensure Efficient Reporting on Terrorism
The REPORT bill seeks to ensure that reporting on acts of terror gets to Congress in a timely manner.
Introducing: The COVFEFE Act
Mike Quigley (D-IL) has introduced a bill to prevent deletions of the President’s tweets.
Reconciliation and Repeal-and-Replace in the Senate
What is reconciliation and why does it matter right now?
Sen. Corey Booker introduced a bill, S. 1140, which would take away the ability of the Republican majority to scrap regulations without any oversight.
The White House Budget Has Deep Cuts to Education
Trump wants to cut $9.2 billion, or 13.5% of the current budget, spread out across K-12 funding and federal student aid.
Getting Rid of Wall Street Accountability, Pt. 2
H.R. 10 quietly passed the house during the Comey hearings. Now it’s the Senate’s turn with S. 1117.
Another Way to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act
The House is voting to weaken accountability of healthcare provided through federal programs, subsidies, or tax benefits.
White House Budget Cuts Science, Medical Research, and Disease Prevention
The Trump Administration is proposing massive cuts to NIH, National Cancer Institute, and the CDC.
Arizona Congresswoman Sponsors Bill to Increase Hiring of Border Patrol Agents
H.R. 2213 looks to increase the number of agents by waiving polygraph requirements.
Trump Isn’t the Only One Who Wanted Out of the Paris Climate Agreement
22 Senators urged the President to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement
Getting Rid of Wall Street Accountability
The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, or H.R. 10, is set to come up for a vote this week.
Robin Hood Is Coming to Washington
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) want to tax stock and bond trades to pay for free undergraduate education and student loan forgiveness.
Could the Administration Shut Down Robert Mueller’s Investigation Before it Begins?
A special counsel’s investigation could be weakened or shut down — here’s one way.
Should Disabled Veterans Receive a Cost-of-Living Increase?
Congress to vote May 23 on increasing the rates of compensation for veterans’ living expenses.
Rapid DNA Testing in the Field
Should law enforcement have technology that would allow them to perform rapid DNA tests in the field?
Congress to Vote on a Way to Distribute Cyber Crime Information to States and Cities
Should the Secret Service add a division that distributes cybercrime information?
FCC to Reconsider Net Neutrality
On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission will reconsider Net Neutrality
Protecting Data at the Border
Stop warrantless searches of your electronic devices at the U.S. border!
Overtime Pay or Comp Time?
Health Care wasn’t the only bill to pass the House last week. Also moving to the Senate: a bill that lets workers choose comp time instead of overtime pay.
Senate Considers Bill to Guarantee Coverage for Women
In the wake of the passage of the Republican health care bill, members of the Senate are moving to mitigate its impact on women.
Senate to Vote on Nominee for FDA Commissioner
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who has been paid millions by the pharmaceutical industry, could be the new guy in charge at the FDA
Who Voted “No” on the Health Care Bill
**The American Health Care Act** (H.R. 1628) narrowly passed in the House of Representatives today 217 to 213
The GOP is Trying Again to Repeal the ACA
Republicans have tried to repeal Obamacare over 60 times since 2011
With Trump in the White House, “Drill, baby, drill,” is Back
Drilling in the Arctic and other federally-protected waters is back on the table
“I will build a great wall, and El Chapo will pay for it!”
Senator Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to use El Chapo’s seized assets to fund a border wall with Mexico