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Putin Has Higher World Approval Rating Than Trump

In a new Pew Poll that span 37 countries, only 22% had confidence that Trump will make the right decisions when it comes to foreign affairs, while Putin grabs a 29% rating. Pew writes, "The sharp decline in how much global publics trust the U.S. Show More Summary

McConnell On the Ropes. For Now.

I wanted to start the morning with a brief update on the latest developments with the Republican Senate’s drive to pass Trumpcare. For the last several days I’ve been saying that I thought it was much more likely than not that McConnell...Show More Summary

Jason Chaffetz: Congress Would Be Happier With $2500/Month Housing Allowance

While average Americans wait to see if they will have health insurance next month, "retiring" member of Congress and "I can't investigate Hillary Clinton so bye" Republican Jason Chaffetz has a helpful suggestion as the door hits his...Show More Summary

GOP Delays TrumpCare Vote Amid Defections

Senate Republicans Tuesday postponed a planned vote on the GOP bill to replace Obamacare until after the July 4th recess. Senators were told of the delay at a Republican lunch by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to multiple sources. Show More Summary

GOP Donors Threaten Congress: No Tax Cuts, No Money

The fate of the disastrous and craven Trumpcare bill hangs in the balance, with the final vote tally in limbo after Monday's awful CBO report. Yahoo is now reporting that big name GOP donors are cutting off donations to Republicans until...Show More Summary

Reverse bait & switch: Wind farm moratorium moved from Budget to Energy bill

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Laura Leslie at WRAL has the details: An ambitious attempt to rewrite state laws to expand the solar industry and lower its cost may be in trouble after Senate leaders made big changes to the carefully negotiated deal. The most controversial provision added by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown has nothing at all to do with solar energy. Show More Summary

Ringless Voicemail Spam Won't Be Allowed

As the name suggests, a ringless voicemail is the delivery of a voice message to a voicemail box without ringing the recipient's phone. The now-withdrawn petition asked the FCC to declare that this type of message does not count as a...Show More Summary

Sen. Angus King: Syria Is 'One Of The Most Complicated Situations'

Morning Joe's Willie Geist asked Sen. Angus King about the statement from the White House "suggesting that an attack by Syria, a chemical attack on its own people was imminent. "You sit on Intel and Armed Services. Did the White House...Show More Summary

Tuesday News: Gerrymandering the courts

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

NC REPUBLICANS REDRAW MAPS TO STACK THE COURTS WITH FRIENDS: North Carolina House Republicans pressed ahead Monday with legislation redrawing electoral boundaries for trial court judges and district attorneys that its author said was months in the making but surfaced with the days left in this year's session quickly dwindling. Show More Summary

BREAKING: Mitch McConnell will delay healthcare vote till after July 4th recess

With Senate Republican leadership scrambling to appease members peeling away from passage of the bill to takedown Obamacare, President Trump has just called for a meeting today at 4pm; Republicans only, just senators. Mitch McConnell made the announcement a few...Read more

Scotus Rules States Can Pay Religious Schools

The U.S. Supreme Court reduced the wall of separation between church and state Monday in one of the most important rulings on religious rights in decades. The decision could doom provisions in 39 states that prohibit spending tax dollars to support churches.... Show More Summary

Tuesday Twitter roundup

13 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

The word of the day is "Veto": Gov Cooper announced yesterday he was vetoing the budget, according the #NCGA website, veto hasn't been received yet #NCPOL — Jonathan Kappler (@jonathankappler) June 27, 2017 It's called strategy. When...Show More Summary

Why New Jerseyans should care about our Hispanic population. Part IV: Their wondrous, diverse culture enriching ours

New Jersey’s Latino Visitor’s Guide (a 38-page color brochure) points out “Jersey is home to expanding traditions and many new attractions with a distinctly Latino flavor. We owe much of this cultural growth to neighborhoods which proudly honor their Hispanic heritages.”...Read more

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Where Due Process Goes to Die

Kevin D. Williamson, National Review: Police can take your money or property and keep it, even if no charges are filed. Clarence Thomas is famously taciturn on the bench. But his few words carry a great deal of weight. Though the matter...Show More Summary

Civics 101

This past Sunday, two women from Action Together New Jersey gave a comprehensive tutorial on the structure of our various levels of government and what’s at stake in the elections of 2017, 2018, and beyond. Although this briefing is Burlington...Read more

New Cyberattack Makes Europe Wanna Cry

A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry is spreading across Europe, hitting major companies from Rosneft PJSC in Moscow to A.P. Moller-Maersk in Copenhagen while disrupting government systems in Kiev. More than 80 companies in Russia and...Show More Summary

6 Nobel-Winning Economists Oppose TrumpCare

Sarah Kliff, Vox: Forty economists, including six Nobel laureates, sent a letter Monday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) outlining their opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Show More Summary

Contribute to LGBT Members of Congress

Progressive values have never been more under attack. Please join us in showing your pride in, and support for, LGBT members of Congress with a generous donation to each of them. We’ve set up an easy contribution page where you can make one donation and have it evenly divided between Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marc Pocan […]

GOP Sen. McConnell’s childhood Polio therapy paid for by charity

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had polio as a child, and benefited in his recovery from the charity of the others. This is an interesting fact, as Vice President Pence recently claimed that people ought to take “personal responsibility” for their own illnesses. In a 1990 political ad, McConnell mentioned his polio, and that […]

Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge

Trump cited a series of steps the administration has taken to boost energy production and remove government regulations that he argues prevent the United States from achieving "energy dominance" in the global market. "Together, we are...Show More Summary

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