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PA Senator to Trump: Come After Me, You ‘S***-gibbon’ (Trevin)
Tweeted by state Senator Daylin Leach after hearing about Trump’s offer to destroy the career of a Texas lawmaker over his opposition to civil asset forfeiture. The practice is that of taking cash and property from crime suspects without charging them, or before obtaining a guilty verdict.
Leaks Embarrassing Trump White House (Dan)
The White House has announced it will be investigating the massive amount of leaks coming out about the administration. This includes a recent episode between Vladimir Putin and Trump where the US president had to pause the conversation to get “an opinion on the START nuclear arms reduction treaty”.
Veterans Unite for Second “Deployment” Against DAPL at Standing Rock (Jimmy)
Veterans Stand are preparing to return to Standing Rock, ND to assist protestors after president Trump signed executive orders to continue construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Who Will Lead the Democrat Resistance? (Jimmy)
Journalist Glenn Greenwald calls out the Democrat leadership who “are perceived — with good reason — to be out of touch, artificial, talking points-spouting automatons who serve Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the agenda of endless war, led by millionaires and funded by oligarchs to do the least amount possible for ordinary, powerless citizens while still keeping their votes.”
One-Third Don’t Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same (Trevin)
Only 47 percent of Republicans believe “expanded Medicaid coverage and private insurance subsidies would be eliminated under repeal (compared with 79 percent of Democrats), while 29 percent said Medicaid and subsidies would not be affected and 24 percent said they didn’t know.”
Trump’s Treasury Nominee’s ‘No Tax Cut for Rich’ at Odds with GOP (Dan)
Trump and his Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin have promised a populist tax plan that would benefit everyone, especially the American middle class. According to a House GOP tax plan however – the most substantial plan to date – tax cuts will only be coming to the rich.