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The Daily Countable: The First "Facebook Bill" & A Scathing Rebuke of Trump?

by Countable | 10.19.17

Greetings from all of Countable, and from me, Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook. Scroll down for the daily update, Your Gov at a Glance.

Happening Right Now

On the Radar: You!

Yesterday we asked you, our Countable users, a question about one of the four pillars of our democracy: What is the Importance of A Free Press?

Many of you weighed in, writing eloquently about the role of a free press in providing necessary checks on the government. Others, though, were dismayed by this questions, suggesting that asking it at all implies a certain bias.

Here at Countable, questions of democracy and its institutions are fundamental to what we're trying to do — break open government and civic processes, making them ever more accessible. Reflecting on the foundational building blocks of our democracy offers us all an opportunity to articulate, for ourselves and to others, why this grand democratic experiment really matters.

And articulating the answers to these questions - over and over again - helps us all remember what we share: responsibility for democracy. Please keep answering. You help us make Countable what the press is supposed to be, a “marketplace of ideas”.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will meet with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello in the afternoon.
  • Later in the afternoon, the president will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
  • In the evening, the president will participate in a gala dinner for the UN Refugee Agency honoring First Lady Melania Trump at the Kuwaiti Embassy.

The House of Representatives: OUT

  • The House will return Monday, October 23.

The Senate: IN Session

  • Voting on amendments to the GOP budget resolution for fiscal year 2018 that allows reconciliation to be used for tax reform.

Good Thursday, friends. Keep in touch, and talk to you tomorrow.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Reach out to Andrea and all of Countable on Twitter: @RadioBabe & @Countable.

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  • Nicholas
    10/20/2017
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    After reading the excerpts from George W Bush’s speech, I think it was well put together. I found myself agreeing with the points made. Many people are not Bush fans, including me, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. Many times we poked fun at W for things he said or how he conducted himself. Many were outraged over Katrina, the war in the Middle East and other things. I will say this though: I don’t think that the Bush’s, Clinton’s or any other presidents have made us look as bad as the current one. We may have had other issues, other controversies, and other scandals, but now we are seemingly out of control. People don’t trust the president or the media, have animosity toward other racial groups or cops, fear Russia and Islam and North Korea... there is just distrust and fear and hatred everywhere. We are spiraling out of control, and we need it to stop. We’ve got some serious global issues with which we have to contend, and we are in no shape to fix even our own problems. I’m not judging republicans or democrats, Christians or atheists, whites or blacks. We need to start coming together, even if it’s on seemingly mundane or trivial things. We have to get on track and move toward peace and progress. We need some semblance of unity and fellowship or we aren’t worthy of the title United States of America.

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  • Russell
    10/20/2017
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    How about eliminated instead of regulated. When it takes millions to win an election what are you really winning? I think a high percentage of Americans are simply sick of the ads altogether. I’ve never seen or heard one that swayed me from my core values. Instead I read and research when I’m on the fence. Sheep follow ads alone.

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  • KansasTamale
    10/20/2017
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    These ads need to be ELIMINATED ONLINE, ON TV & ON RADIO. NO ADS THAT REPRESENT ANYTHING ABOUT THE OPPOSING CANDIDATE; ONLY ADS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT EACH CANDIDATE CAN DO TO MAKE AMERICA BETTER.

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  • Rob
    10/20/2017
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    I was impressed with W's speech. He said many empowering things that are true. I was not a Bush fan when he was prez but have a much better opinion of him now. I realized that listening to him rebuke Trumps policies etc... that i felt uplifted to hear a sane man speak publicly again about unity not division and treating all people of different races with respect. We Americans have a lot of work to do, so put a side the B.S and let's get our country back. Can I get an Amen?

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  • Charles
    10/20/2017
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    I have not logged into my Facebook account in over 3 years, I saw the handwriting on the wall. I would rather spend an hour in outdoor toilet in July than 5 minutes on Facebook, the smell is the same.

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  • Cindy
    10/20/2017
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    Thank you so much for putting this site together. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and relearn what is the democracy of our great nation. And what is not. I have a question about the President & why the GOP base, doesn’t recognize what they are losing for the win. I’ll be voting in my cities mid terms, which I often skipped. Never again. I was once a stanch republican. But, I’ll be voting for women and dems. Thanks for this forum.

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  • Maureen
    10/20/2017
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    Regardless of what we thought of the younger Bush next to Trump he was a Rhodes Scholar . I wasn’t for him when he was president but I wasn’t worried about facing a Third World War with him either!

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  • Peter
    10/19/2017
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    NWO Bush’s ..... no more Bush’s or Clinton s ...

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  • Lawrence
    10/19/2017
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    Do your jobs!!!!!

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  • Marylynn
    10/20/2017
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    After all the despicable election ads on Facebook last year, I closed my account. I'm done with social media, it's filled with hate and lies. Just look at what the Liar in Chief tweets about. Social media outlets like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc., do more harm than good. It's too bad that so many people need constant self gratification and look to social media to get it.

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  • Sheryl
    10/20/2017
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    Regulating ads on social media is a slippery slope but after seeing the destruction caused by rogue ads this past election I think I’m in favor of some oversight.

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  • Jeff
    10/20/2017
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    This feed prompted me to message my rep. RIGHT! I have messaged and e-mailed our District Rep for Rockwall County, John Ratcliffe, but never a response. Either they don’t give a crap about our country as Trump unravels our cultural fiber, or they must enjoy hearing the fiddle being played from the WH as America burns!!

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  • Malachi
    10/19/2017
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    As a conservative trump needs to stop tweeting and start fulfilling his promises.

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  • Randpaul2024
    10/23/2017
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    Bush destroyed our economy, killed thousands of Americans in an unjust war that he lied us into. Where does he have the room to talk about this President?

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  • Kyle
    10/20/2017
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    I don’t support moderation (regulation) of the internet in any way. (Unless it ISIS, they bad 😅)

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  • Randpaul2024
    10/23/2017
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    Bush is a neocon war criminal! What is he spewing about Trump this time?

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  • Blackhawk.U.S.Army.Vet
    10/20/2017
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    I’m surprised how many people use Facebook. I’m glad that I don’t have a Facebook account.

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  • Azrael
    10/20/2017
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    Great speech by Bush Let’s hope more follow his lead

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  • Caren
    10/20/2017
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    I didn’t get see or perceive that former President Bush was bashing or referring badly toward President Trump. That would be inappropriate. What I understood him to say was about the decisiveness being bad and no one in authority speaking out against it. I personally think all of the violence is a result of the tensions and decisiveness, much of it coming from liberals. Note I said, ‘much of it.’ The decisiveness needs to stop. The mainstream media needs to stop their reporting of fake news and bashing. If the people of this country do not start respecting others who do not share their views then perhaps it’s time to come up with a way to divide the country into separate governments since it seems no one is interested in living peacefully together. There is a war going on, lives are being lost. How many more lives and people have to die in protest.

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  • Monica
    10/20/2017
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    Political ads and opinions should be banned from social media. We have witnessed the dangers of this in the last election

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