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Benny

Trump to oust VA Secy Shulkin. As appropriate, Bernie’s response since he’s one of members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Another interesting tweet, this one about health insurance industry pouring funds into the Blue Dogs PAC:

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A rare winner from the NYT:

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wi60

MSNBC is a Neolib network, they canned their progressives quite awhile ago.

wi60

Wiconsin Foxconned even more

Paul Ryan calls eminent domain takeovers wrong, but won’t help homeowners in Foxconn case

When it comes to the general idea of using eminent domain to seize someone’s private property in the name of economic development, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan hasn’t minced words.
He has called it an abuse of power and “wrong,” and twice has voted for bills — one of which he co-sponsored — to curb the practice.
But when it comes to the specific case of the Village of Mount Pleasant possibly using eminent domain to take homes away from people in the area where Foxconn Technology Group plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing complex, Ryan, who represents the village’s residents in Congress, doesn’t have much to say.
“Kim, I wish I could assist you in addressing this matter,” Ryan wrote in January to a constituent worried about losing her home to the Foxconn project through eminent domain. “Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with the assistance you need, as this issue is one that falls under the primary jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin, not the federal government.”
Ryan struck a much different tone in 2005, when he co-sponsored a bill to deny federal economic development money to states or communities that use eminent domain to take private property without the owner’s consent and turn it over to another private party for use in a profit-seeking business. “When someone works years to secure a home or establish a successful family store or restaurant, only to be forced by the government to give it up so a corporation can redevelop the land, that’s wrong,” Ryan declared at the time.
“I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and this means protecting citizens’ right to own private property and prevent the government from abusing its power,” he said in a news release after voting with the 376-38 House majority to pass the bill.
The legislation, proposed in the wake of a widely criticized U.S. Supreme Court decision that authorized the government’s taking of private property for private development, went no further. Similar bills have been introduced in every congressional session since without being enacted.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/03/26/paul-ryan-calls-eminent-domain-takeovers-wrong-but-wont-help-homeowners-foxconn-case/458241002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycommoney-topstories

jcitybone

The March for Our Lives proves red states and rural areas also want gun control

According to officials in numerous areas, March for Our Lives rallies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia drew large crowds and hundreds of thousands of protestors on Saturday. The march in Washington, D.C. saw the largest turnout and featured the teenage survivors of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. Large rallies in areas like New York City and Los Angeles also drew anticipated crowds. But in more traditionally conservative areas, support for the movement also abounded.

Across the South, Midwest, and other regions often held up as pro-gun “Trump country,” students, teachers, and their allies marched, calling for action from lawmakers and a heightened culture of awareness.

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https://www.gq.com/story/parkland-teens-discredit-desperation

To date, the sequence of events that has followed every mass shooting since anyone can remember has been as heartbreaking as it is predictable: thoughts and prayers; cries for reform; immediate, indignant admonishments not to “politicize” tragedy; a creeping sense of powerlessness; spikes in firearm sales; and, eventually, the perpetuation of a status quo that treats senseless gun violence as an acceptable byproduct of living in the United States of America. Over the past month, though, the Parkland survivors have worked diligently to turn that narrative on its head, and if you needed any more evidence that what they’re doing is working, look no further than the brand of lunacy that right-wing types trotted out this weekend in order to explain away their ideas, ignore their voices, and pretend like the millions of people who turned out across the country for sensible gun-safety legislation actually aren’t a big deal after all.

The Parkland teens were subjected to bad-faith arguments and dumb conspiracy theories in the tragedy’s immediate aftermath, but their success at keeping gun safety in the headlines since then has prompted opponents to rely on increasingly desperate ploys to try and discredit them. And while no number of marchers could ever prompt Paul Ryan to take action on legislation that 90 percent of Americans support, a major component of every event on Saturday was voter registration. The kids are exposing feckless legislators and forcing politicians to take them seriously, and for any Republican incumbents who hope to keep their jobs this fall, “CPR classes for all” isn’t going to cut it.

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