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In Dangerous Move, Republicans Push to Strip Health Care From Millions Without Holding Any Hearings 26.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Sen. John McCain arrives in Washington, DC, to deliver a vote to proceed to debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on July 16, 2017. (Image: Democracy Now) Choose media with integrity: Support the independent journalism at Truthout by making a tax-deductible donation now! As protesters shouted "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!" Senate Republicans voted Tuesday, by the narrowest of margins, to open debate on repealing Obamacare. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Two Republican senators -- Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska -- joined Democrats in voting against the motion to proceed. Republican Senator John McCain cast a decisive vote to open debate, after flying in from Arizona, where he is being treated for brain cancer. But hours later, the effort to repeal or replace Obamacare faced another setback, when nine Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the first healthcare proposal. We speak with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek about the latest news ...
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The Koch Brothers and Trump: The Men Who Sold the World 13.6.2017 Truthout.com
When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American . The Washington Post's " Fact Checker " column, which hands out "Pinocchios" for false or misleading statements, was forced to note that "we do not award Pinocchios in roundups of speeches." But by then Trump probably had more Pinocchios than the Disneyland gift shop. But Trump is not the only truth-denier in the Republican Party. In a front-page story by Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton, the New York Times documented the GOP's transformation from a party with leaders like John McCain and Newt Gingrich, who accepted the scientific consensus on the climate , to one whose leader believes it is a hoax perpetrated by China. When Trump pulled the US from the Paris agreement, "the Senate majority leader, the speaker of the House and every member of the elected Republican leadership were united in their ...
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Lawmakers are baffled that immigration is getting a short shrift in Washington 2.6.2017 Washington Post
Many believed immigration would be among President Trump's first issues of concern given that one of his central promises was building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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A Small Senate Victory Maintains Methane Regulation 15.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Trump administration’s relentless march to repeal federal regulations is not limited to environmental rules, but the environment is a real target. The shame of these attacks is that rather than seeking to improve and refine our approach to environmental protection, we see a destructive effort at dismantling the structure of environmental law. The attack thus far has focused on Obama-era executive orders, since those are easier to change than rules issued by EPA, sometimes under court order, to implement specific statutory requirements. Writing in the New York Times last week, environmental journalist Coral Davenport reported that: …the Senate voted on Wednesday to uphold an Obama-era climate change regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells on public land. Senators voted 51 to 49 to block consideration of a resolution to repeal the 2016 Interior Department rule to curb emissions of methane, a powerful planet-warming greenhouse gas. Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey ...
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Republicans Lose Big-Oil-Backed Bid To Repeal Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Rule 10.5.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Republicans’ bid to roll back an Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions from drilling rigs on public lands narrowly lost in the Senate on Wednesday after a three GOP senators voted against the repeal. In a 49-51 vote, the Senate preserved the rule, passed after last November’s election, that limited the amount of the powerful greenhouse gas methane that can be vented and burned from oil and gas extraction sites on federal lands. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were expected to vote against the rule, but the surprise defection of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) helped tilt the scales on a vote environmentalists are hailing as a rare victory over President Donald Trump’s assault on policies that address climate change. “Today’s victory against Trump’s plan to hand our public lands to Big Oil is a win for the American people,” Lukas Ross, climate and energy campaigner at the nonprofit Friends of the Earth, said in a statement. “Today the Senate proved it will not always rob taxpayers ...
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Trump Army Secretary Pick Withdraws After Uproar Over Anti-LGBTQ Comments 6.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R) withdrew his name from consideration to become the next Army secretary Friday, making him the second person to back out from the nomination.  “I am honored that President [Donald] Trump nominated me for this position,” Green said in a statement . “I appreciate his support and confidence in me, as well as that of Secretary Mattis and many others, and their desire to Make America Great Again by preparing our military to face the many challenges in the world for the safety and security of our nation.” Green engendered significant opposition to his nomination after HuffPost first reported  on  comments he had made about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.  He recently sponsored legislation that would bar local governments from considering companies’ internal policies (such as whether they discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation) when doing business or giving out contracts. He has also said he believes being ...
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Trump's Pick For Army Secretary May Be In Trouble 3.5.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), President Donald Trump’s choice for Army secretary, is increasingly drawing scrutiny, with the Republican head of the Senate Armed Services Committee saying Green’s comments on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are “very concerning.” “There’s a lot of controversy concerning his nomination,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told USA Today on Tuesday. “We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee. I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up.” Green needs to clear McCain’s committee in order to be confirmed. The White House has not yet formally submitted Green’s nomination to the committee, so there is no date scheduled for his hearings. McCain said he found a “broad variety” of Green’s comments “very concerning,” including remarks “concerning the Muslim faith, concerning the LGBT community, [and] other issues.” CNN also reported Tuesday that there is speculation Green may withdraw ...
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Fight Heats Up Over Trump's Army Secretary Pick As Lawmakers Decry His Anti-LGBTQ Views 29.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Democratic House members are calling attention to the anti-LGBTQ views of President Donald Trump’s nominee for Army secretary, increasing the profile of a confirmation battle that has largely gone under the radar.  “LGBT soldiers are willing to make tremendous sacrifices to protect our rights and freedoms,” wrote a group of 13 Democrats in a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chair and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, respectively. “It would be deeply disrespectful to their service to appoint a Secretary of the Army whose history of homophobia and transphobia makes it clear that he is not willing to do the same for them.” Trump’s pick to be the civilian head of the Army is Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green (R), a West Point graduate and physician. He was an Army medic for the special operations team that captured Saddam Hussein in 2003.  But Green has also spoken out against equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. He ...
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Who Says It Can’t Happen Here? 1.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Harvey Kaye

Donald Trump’s candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression — an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of a fascist-tinged authoritarian regime over liberal democracy. It’s a fear Sinclair Lewis turned into a 1935 bestselling novel, It Can’t Happen Here — although, as Lewis told it, it sure as hell could happen here.

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Army Green-Lights Completion Of Dakota Access Pipeline 8.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Army said Tuesday it will abandon an environmental study of the Dakota Access Pipeline and grant a permit that allows its completion. Army Deputy Assistant Secretary Paul Cramer wrote in a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, that the service planned to grant an easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to build a section of pipeline in a bitterly disputed federal waterway.  The decision follows an executive action from President Donald Trump that sought to resume construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline despite objections from a Native American tribe living near its path in North Dakota and a halt ordered by former President Barack Obama last year.  “Today’s announcement allows for the final step, which is granting of the easement,” Acting Army Secretary Robert Speer said in a statement. He said another study on the project’s possible environmental impact was unnecessary, according to NBC News. Pipeline opponents denounced the Army’s ...
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Western states react to Trump’s immigration travel ban 4.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
At least eight Republican Congressmen have broken with their party line in opposition.
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350.org on Upcoming Senate Vote for Secretary of State 23.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

In response to reports that Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and John McCain (R-AZ) plan to vote in favor of recent former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Jason Kowalski, U.S. Policy Director at 350.org, issued the following statement:

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McCain, Graham Announce Support For Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson 22.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) declared Sunday that they will be voting to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Tillerson’s close business ties with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, had troubled senators from both parties ― especially foreign policy hawks such as McCain.  “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests,” read a joint statement from McCain and Graham. “Now more than ever, with America’s friends growing more discouraged and our enemies growing more emboldened, we need a Secretary of State who recognizes that our nation cannot succeed in the world by itself.” McCain spoke about his intentions Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”  “I will be voting in favor of his nomination,” he said. “I have had numerous conversations with him.  And, again, my concerns ...
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John McCain Offers Sassy Response When Asked If He'd Support Rex Tillerson 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Asked by reporters Wednesday if he would support Trump’s nomination of the oil tycoon, a  friend of Russia , McCain quipped: “ Sure ― there’s also a realistic scenario that pigs fly .” McCain stopped shy of promising to vote against Trump’s pick for America’s top diplomat. Hoping to alleviate concerns about his ties to Russia  in advance of an upcoming confirmation hearing, Tillerson met with lawmakers from both parties  on Wednesday. McCain and Tillerson had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. And if his previous comments are any indication, McCain needs some serious convincing. “I have concerns,” McCain told Reuters shortly after Trump announced Tillerson as his pick. “It’s very well known that [Tillerson] he has a very close relationship with (Russian President) Vladimir Putin.” McCain has also spoken out against reported Russian cyberattacks against the United States, describing them as “ an act of war ” and calling for a Senate committee to investigate the hacks . He has described Putin as ...
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Democrats Look At The 2018 Map And Get Ready To Fight For The Filibuster 5.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The outcome of the 2016 election shocked and worried Democrats across the country. Unfortunately for them, there may be worse to come in the 2018 midterm elections. In less than two years, 33 Senate seats will be up for grabs. Senate Democrats , armed with the filibuster, are the last line of defense against incoming President Donald Trump and the congressional Republican agenda. That means the electoral stakes are high in 2018, and Democrats must fight to keep up their numbers. The picture looks reasonably sunny for Republicans, who have only eight Senate seats on the ballot next year. Six of them (Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming) are likely safe for the GOP. Democrats, on the other hand, have 23 Senate seats to defend ― 25 if you count the independents who caucus with the Democrats. A dozen of those seats are likely safe in the Democrats’ camp. They’ll probably hold onto seven seats in the Northeast ― Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and ...
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Secretary of State Nominee Rex Tillerson's Climate Con 19.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump's unorthodox selection of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state touched off a flurry of stories about how an engineer from humble beginnings rose through company ranks to become one of the world's most powerful corporate titans, negotiating with potentates and presidents in dozens of countries spanning the globe. Much of the coverage has focused on Tillerson's chummy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has raised eyebrows among Democrats and Republicans alike, including Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Marco Rubio. Tillerson's bromance with the Russian strongman, however, has largely overshadowed another major area of concern: ExxonMobil's leading role in promoting climate science denial and blocking government efforts to address global warming. Instead of exploring those issues, many news organizations have accepted at face value statements Tillerson and his lieutenants have made about company climate policy. A closer look, however, shows that while ...
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Nothing in the Constitution Stands in the Way of Dumping Trump in the Electoral College 15.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Electoral College was founded in part to defend the country against foreign influence on unscrupulous politicians, according to the Federalist Papers. With news that Russia actively aided in Trump's victory, people across the political spectrum are asking whether we're in the midst of such an emergency. Spectators view a projection of the Electoral College tallies, provided by Digital Obscura, on the Empire State Building in New York, on November 8, 2016. (Photo: Christopher Lee / The New York Times) Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today if you can. In the month since the election, Donald Trump has demonstrated loudly and clearly that he plans to rule based on blatant disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law. Pressure on the Electoral College could keep him out of the Oval Office. But the clock is ticking. We learned last week that Russia actively aided Trump in his run for the White House. ...
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Could Massive Russian Oil Deal With Exxon Explain Why Putin Appears to Have Meddled in US Election? 12.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
We continue our conversation about ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, whom Donald Trump is expected to nominate for secretary of state. Speaking on "Face the Nation" Sunday, Sen. John McCain said Tillerson should be given a fair hearing but reiterated his concerns about Tillerson's ties with Putin. One of the enormous deals that Vladimir Putin and Rex Tillerson worked on was a $500 billion oil exploration partnership between Exxon and the Russian government's oil company, Rosneft. The Obama administration blocked the deal when it imposed sanctions against Russia for its intervention in the Ukraine. In a recent column for ThinkProgress titled "Trump, Putin, and ExxonMobil team up to destroy the planet," Joe Romm, founding editor of Climate Progress, writes, "This deal could explain why Putin appears to have interfered in US elections in favor of a Trump victory." Romm goes on to say, "if the sanctions are lifted -- something a new Secretary of State could help make happen -- it would pay off big time for ...
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Election roundup: What happened in the West 14.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.
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A roundup of the high-stakes climate races 8.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
For the climate-interested voter, these are the Western races to watch on Tuesday.
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