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Mar 2017

March 30, 2017

In Latest Whip Count, 34 Democratic Senators Support Filibuster to Stop Pro-Billionaire Stealth Ideologue Gorsuch, With Two Pledged to Vote Yes and 14 Undecided; Make Sure Your Senators Hear From You; Republicans Vulnerable to Ossoff Challenge in Georgia 6, Where Early Voting is Already Under Way for April 18 First Round; Despite White House Posturing on Opioid Epidemic, HHS Secretary Price Refuses to State That Real Insurance Must Include Anti-Addiction Services; Trump Hits New Low of 35% in Gallup Poll; French Presidential Candidate Marine LePen Makes Pilgrimage to Moscow

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Mar 2017

March 29,2017

Gorsuch’s Inhuman Cruelty in Frozen Trucker and Disabled Student Cases Renders Him Unfit for the Supreme Court; GOP Stealth Ideologue Widely Compared to Eddie Haskell of Sitcom Fame; Nominee Would Promote Chaotic Deregulation of U.S. Economy; More Democratic Senators Join Filibuster, But Others Still Vacillate; British, Ignoring Lessons of History, Leap Into Brexit Abyss; President Must Act to Save Westinghouse for Science, Jobs, and the Nuclear Navy; Latest German State Election Sees Anti-Immigrant AfD Party Fading as CDU and SPD Take Center Stage; Marine Le Pen Stagnating

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Mar 2017

March 28, 2017

Senate GOP Boss McConnell Boasts He Will Impose Stealth Ideologue Gorsuch on Supreme Court on Friday, April 7; Twenty-One Democratic Senators Pledged to Support Filibuster and Reject Gorsuch; Voters Must Demand Total Commitment to Filibuster; More Shades of Nixon: Did White House Eye Executive Privilege to Muzzle Former Attorney General Sally Yates on Russiagate at Today’s Cancelled House Intelligence Hearing?; Increasingly Erratic Rep. Nunes Under Massive Pressure to Step Aside; “I’m President and You’re Not” as the Distilled Essence of Empiricism and Pragmatism

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Mar 2017

March 27, 2017

Gorsuch Nomination Vulnerable to Democratic Filibuster; Nominee’s Evasiveness on Constitutional Issues Generates Pushback; Democratic Base Must Mobilize Now to Block Another Billionaires’ Advocate; Nunes First Shown Alleged Info on Wiretaps at White House Compound; Jared Kushner to Lead New Team for Privatization and Deregulation; “Office of American Innovation” Sets Up Three-Way Power Struggle With McMaster NSC and Bannon-Miller-Gorka “Strategic Initiatives Group”; Kushner To Be Questioned by Senate Intelligence Committee on Russiagate

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Mar 2017

March 25, 2017 WCR

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Trump-Ryan Attack on Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare Repulsed Without a Vote as GOP Ultra-Reactionaries and Moderates Revolt; Entire White House Deconstruction Agenda in Deep Trouble; Danger Is Now Deliberate Republican Sabotage of ACA to Validate Big Lie of “Death Spiral”; HHS Secretary Price Commands Many Wrecking Tools; Emboldened “Freedom Caucus” Extremists plus Assorted Austerity Ghouls May Stage Debt Ceiling and Default Crisis; Time to Parlay Healthcare Win into Anti-Gorsuch Filibuster; Rep. Schiff Cites Russiagate Evidence that Goes Beyond Circumstantial; CNN Reports FBI Counterintelligence Sources Say Coordination May Have Occurred; Obamacare Victory Won for American People by Activists and Demonstrators at Countless Town Hall Meetings, Protest Marches, and 5.5 Million Person Women’s March of January 21, The Largest in American History; Now Mobilize to Reject Gorsuch

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Mar 2017

March 23, 2017

Obamacare’s Ten Essential Health Benefits Junked in Desperate Bid for Votes of Reactionary Freedom Caucus; Many Governors Fear Costs of Wrecking Medicaid; Tell Your Congressman to Vote No; Sen. Schumer Declares Democratic Filibuster Against Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch, Exposed By Hearings as Evasive Right-Wing Ideologue; Democratic Senators Must Join In

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Mar 2017

March 22, 2017

Rep. Nunes of House Intelligence Committee Muddies the Waters on Russiagate; White House’s Promised Tax Bonanza for Corporations and Wealthy In Danger as Ryancare Bill Lacks Votes to Pass Late Thursday; Tell Congress to Vote No; Wall Street Stock Bubble Could Deflate If Fiscal Windfall is Not Forthcoming; Gorsuch’s Crusade Against Chevron Deference is Pretext for Massive Deregulation of Economy Against Public Interest; Bannon’s “Deconstruction of Administrative State” is Goal; Frozen Trucker Case Shows Bankruptcy of Gorsuch’s Textualism; U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Gorsuch Opinion in Case of Disabled Student He Relegated to De Minimis Education

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Mar 2017

March 21, 2017

GOP Factions Split As Thursday Vote on Ryancare Approaches; Even Trump’s Hard-Core Supporters Nervous About Obamacare Demolition; Leahy: Gorsuch Owes His Selection to Hard Right, Big Money Pressure Groups; Gorsuch Indifferent to Rights of 60 Million Working People He Trampled in Hobby Lobby Decision; Gorsuch’s Dismal Originalism and Textualism in Sharp Opposition to the Great John Marshall, Who Recognized That a Durable Constitution Needs “To Be Adapted To the Various Crises of Human Affairs”; White House Praise of Henry Clay and American System Totally Negated by Commitment in Practice to Catastrophic Andrew Jackson Policies; Time to Contact Your Congressman on Health Care

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Mar 2017

March 20, 2017

Comey of FBI and Rogers of NSA/Cybercommand Publicly Confirm Investigation of Russian “Active Measures” Interference in November 2016 Election, Including Any Links or Coordination Between Trump Campaign and Kremlin; FBI Started Probe Last July; Comey and Rogers See No Proof of Wiretap Charges By White House Against Obama, and No Proof of Alleged British Role; Attempts To Embroil Germany’s Merkel “Not Helpful”; GOP Not Interested in Russiagate, But Indignant About Leaks, Eyeing Punishment for Leakers and Reporters; Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz Seen as Key Gorsuch Backer; Martin Schultz Wins Social Democratic Nomination to Oppose German Chancellor Merkel in September Vote

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Mar 2017

March 18, 2017 WCR

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House Must Reject GOP Demolition of Obamacare in Thursday Vote; Tell Your Congressman to Defeat Ryan Bill; Medicare For All Paid for by Wall Street Is the New Public Option; Comey Faces Russiagate Accountability in Monday Hearing; More Wages of Scandal-Hopping: White House Drags Britain and Germany into Swamp of Wiretap Accusations; Combination of Negotiations With THAAD Deployment Is Best Formula For War Avoidance with North Korea; Senate Must Reject Gorsuch for Supreme Court Seat; Wilders Defeat in Netherlands Signals that Planned Nihilist International May Fail to Launch

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Mar 2017

March 16, 2017

Support for Ryancare Cratering as Bill is Reported Out of House Budget Committee by a Single Vote, with Tea Party Voting No; Federal District Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Latest Trump Immigration and Refugee Ban; White House FY 2018 Budget a Saga of Broken Promises: No New Infrastructure Program, But Department of Transportation Will Cut Already Meager Funding for Amtrak and Light Rail; Army Corps of Engineers Reduced by 16%; National Institutes of Health Face Cuts of $6 Billion or 20%, Equal to Total Current Funding for Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Mental Health Research; WIC High-Protein Foods for Expectant Mothers Curtailed; No More Federal Money for Meals on Wheels for Elderly and Disabled; LIHEAP Heating Assistance Cut; Fierce Backlash Against Brutal GOP Austerity Building Up; After Defeat of Wilders in the Netherlands, Prospects Dimming for Anti-Immigration Candidate Marine Le Pen to Win French Presidency

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Mar 2017

March 15, 2017

Partisan Republican Chair of House Intelligence Committee Forced to Concede He Has No Evidence that Obama Bugged Trump Tower; Surfacing of President’s 2005 1040 Tax Document Appears as Deliberate Exercise in Scandal-Hopping, Trying to Focus Public Attention On the Least Dangerous Story of the Moment To Divert from More Threatening Issues; Tactic Cannot Work For Long If News From All Fronts is Bad; Anti-Immigrant Pseudo-Populist Wilders, Purveyor of Angry Tweets, Falls Short in Netherlands Vote as Governing Party Keeps First Place; Reactionary Populism Seen Declining in Europe; Recalling the Catastrophic Presidency of Andrew Jackson

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Mar 2017

March 14, 2017

White House Internal Estimate Forecasts 26 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Health Care Coverage by 2026 Under Ryancare; GOP Bets Everything on Fear-Mongering with Baseless Demagogy of Obamacare “Death Spiral”; Reported “Manager’s Amendment” Might Placate House “Freedom Caucus” Reactionaries with More Savage Cuts, But Would Leave Bill DOA in Senate; GOP Factions Crystallize: Breitbart Features Ryan Attack on Trump From Last October, Condemns Ryancare as “Obamacare Lite”; Republican Blather About Choices and Lower Costs Hides Brutal Reality of Mini-Med Placebo Policies, Which Bill Would Revive; Congress Must Vote No On This Turkey

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Mar 2017

March 13, 2017

Bi-Partisan Congressional Budget Office Forecasts GOP’s Ryancare Bill Will Strip 14 Million Americans of Health Insurance in 2017-2018, Leave 24 Million Without Coverage by 2026; Premiums To Increase by 15% Over Obamacare Levels, Violating Campaign Promises; Many Will Take Refuge in Fake Mini-Med Plans GOP Would Bring Back; Bottom Line: Immense and Needless Human Suffering, All to Save a Wretched $34 Billion on Yearly Deficit-Far Less Than Ryan’s Tax Cuts for the Rich; Netherlands Green-Left Party Gains on Eve of Wednesday Vote, Eclipsing Wilders Anti-Immigration Party

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Mar 2017

March 11, 2017 WCR

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Over 15 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Medical Insurance By Ryan Plan, Forecasts Brookings Institution; Republican Freezing and Capping of Medicaid Would Devastate Program that Pays for Half of U.S. Births and Long-Term Care, Says Former Medicare-Medicaid Director Slavitt; Medicare Trust Fund Would Be Left in Crisis and Defenseless Against Next GOP Attack; Ryan’s AHCA Is Massive Tax Windfall for “Unpopular” Cartels and Wealthy Rent-Seekers, Resulting In Upward Income Redistribution from Modest Earners to the Affluent; Chinese and Russian Arguments Against THAAD Anti-Missile Defense for South Korea are Without Merit; Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Calls on Ryan to Raise Debt Limit, Implements “Extraordinary Measures” to Stave Off Catastrophic U.S. Default; White House Must Invoke Fourteenth Amendment, Which Makes National Bankruptcy Illegal

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Mar 2017

March 9, 2017

Speaker Ryan’s Bid to Replace Obamacare Rejected by Retirees, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Governors, Medicaid Officials, Insurance Lobby, Tea Party Groups, and GOP Senators; House Leaders Escalate Obamacare “Death Spiral” Rhetoric; Embattled Bill Was Top Secret, Is Now Being Rammed Through Congress at Warp Speed; Vote No on This Turkey; Civil Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+, With $4.59 Trillion in Spending Needed to Improve to B; TWSP Demand For Fed to Buy $5 Trillion in 0% Century Bonds for Infrastructure Vindicated; White House Lacks Vision of Great Projects Like Transcontinental Maglev and NAWAPA; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Radio Shack Declaring Bankruptcy for the Second Time, Closing 200 Stores

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Mar 2017

March 8, 2017

Demonstrations That Fail to Advance Mass Traction Economic Demands Are A Tragic Waste of Precious Political Energy; Parochialism and Identity Politics Are Recipe for Defeat; In Order to Grow, Movement of 2017-2018 Must Get Results on Issues of Vital Importance to Broad Spectrum of Working Families; Avoiding the Baleful Mistakes of Occupy Wall Street, Which Camped in the Park But Left Behind Zero Elected Officials; U.S. Deployment of THAAD Anti-Missile Defense in South Korea is Urgent, Despite Beijing’s Complaints; Time for U.S. Negotiations Without Preconditions With North Korea; A Century After the Start of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Laws of Mass Strike Development Still Require Political Movements to Mobilize New Social Strata or Ebb Away

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Mar 2017

March 7, 2017

House GOP’s Health Care Replacement Bill Would Strip Many Americans of Coverage and Raise Costs for All; Bill Would Freeze Medicaid Enrollment and Block-Grant the Program, Ending Entitlement and Shifting Costs to States; GOP Approach Gives Power to Insurance Companies, Not Patients and Doctors; Ending Obamacare Taxes Will Yield $35 Billion Bonanza for Super-Rich; Tea Party Ultra-Reactionaries Decry “Obamacare Lite;” Deportation Dragnet Now Targeting Black Africans; Wikileaks Dump of CIA-NSA Techniques Delights Nihilists; #WomenWorkersRising Rally in DC for Living Wage and Paid Family Leave at U.S. Dept. of Labor, 3:30 to 5:30 pm Wednesday-Judiciary Square Metro-www.womenworkersrising.org

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Mar 2017

March 6, 2017

“Day Without a Woman” Strike On March 8 Needs A Clear Purpose in the Form of Mass Traction Class-Based Economic Demands; Two-Thirds of All Minimum Wage Workers Are Women; Tillerson, Sessions, and Kelly Sent Out to Proclaim Modified Travel Ban; GOP Cannot Agree on How to Maintain Health Insurance Coverage for 22 Million Obamacare Beneficiaries, Showing Republicans Incapable of Governing; Mulvaney of OMB Replaces Price of HHS as Top Health Austerity Enforcer; Hedge Funds Reported Bracing for Sell-Off; Orgy of Deregulation Threatens National Interest

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Mar 2017

March 4, 2017 WCR

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Russiagate Takes Center Stage in Washington; Republicans Split Over Anti-Obamacare Tactics and “Border Adjustment Tax,” With No Joint Strategy for Fateful March 15 Attempt to Re-Impose Federal Debt Ceiling; Stock Bubble in Growing Peril; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Over 1,500 Stores Closing in Early 2017;

Nixon’s Anti-Leak Campaign Discovered No Leakers; Recalling the Late Nikita S. Khrushchev, a Populist Russian Leader Who Imagined a Quick Fix Could Solve His Strategic Problems But Blundered Into the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; He Was Toppled Two Years Later for “Subjectivism,” “Hare-Brained Scheming,” and Adventurism

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Mar 2017

March 2, 2017

Under Pressure From Both Parties, Sessions Recuses Himself From Russiagate Probe; Beware the Ides of March: In Less Than Two Weeks, Federal Debt Ceiling Will Be Re-Imposed, Risking U.S. Default; Crisis Comes Amidst Largest-Ever Net Shorting Of Treasury Notes; With Intransigence of Reactionary Republicans Visible in Obamacare “Replacement” Debate, National Solvency May Be In Doubt; White House Must Prepare for Normal Operations Under Fourteenth Amendment; More On Retail Apocalypse, With Thousands of Store Closings Due 20% to E-Commerce Competition, 80% to Declining Real Disposable Personal Income

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Mar 2017

March 1, 2017

Wall Street Bubble Tops Dow 21,000, Largely Based on Expectations of Tax Cut Bonanza Which May Not Arrive; Is Systemic Financial Crisis Once Again In Sight?; Despite Cosmetic Changes, Trump Speech to Congress Confirms Pre-Existing Policy, But Fails to Deliver Specifics; No Effective Replacement for Obamacare Offered; Deportations Continue As Revised Immigration and Refugee Ban is Postponed for Public Relations Reasons; Ryan-McConnell GOP Is Not Committed to Infrastructure; In Real World, Serious Upgrades Will Require Trillions of 0%, Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit

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Mar 2017

February 28, 2017

Has the Trump Administration Given Up on Building Infrastructure, or Is This Program Already Postponed to Next Year For Political Expediency?; GOP Congressional Leaders Ryan and McConnell Are Hostile to What They See as a “$1 Trillion Stimulus”; Rollback of Obamacare Proving to be “So Complicated”; Perils of a Stock Market Bubble Based on Tax Cuts for the Rich that May Be Months in the Future; Irrationalism and Mysticism in Times of Social Upheaval