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The Daily Countable: War Funds, Climate Crisis and 'The Night of Terror'

by Countable | 11.15.17

It's a high-octane Wednesday, Countable friends. Here's what you need to know:

One Big Thing

  • America is still at war. This bill, would authorize some $700 billion to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan, as well as various branches of the military and it's specialized work in the Global War on Terror. The bill is up for a final vote in the House of Representatives. More here.

On the Radar

  • There are a lot of questions surfacing these days, about Russian hackers, campaign backers, Twitter attackers, and how to pronounce Independent Council Robert Mueller's last name. (Pro-tip: It's MULL-er.) Let Countable keep you up to date with our constantly-updated segment, Who's Who in the Russia Meddling Investigation.
  • Watch key video clips here of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' nearly six hours of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Republicans & Democrats both grilled the former senator from Alabama, though on strikingly different topics - from Russia to Roy Moore. Check it out here.

Under the Radar

  • "Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course," says a dire warning issued by a consortium of thousands of scientists from around the world. There is little time left, according to these expert climate scientists, to mitigate the human effects on global climate change. Find out more here.

  • 'The Night of Terror' for women struggling to gain the right to vote, took place 100 years ago. Women demonstrators — or suffragists as they were known — were arrested and imprisoned, then beaten and abused in jail, for their conviction that women should have the right to vote. It was a day that turned the tide in popular opinion. Read more here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in Washington, D.C.

  • The president has no public events

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting to structure debate on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for the remainder of the week.
  • POSSIBLE VOTE on a bill to help federal agencies use data as evidence in the policymaking process.
  • POSSIBLE VOTE on a bill to require that all new or updated federal websites be mobile friendly.
  • Voting on seven bills renaming post offices.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on the confirmation of Mark Esper to be Secretary of the Army.
  • Potentially voting on the confirmation of David Zatezalo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

It's never been more critical that you — the most engaged, most intelligent, most thoughtful of the American electorate — stay in touch with your representatives in government. Please let us know what you're doing, and what you hear back from them. And as always, our Countable team is eager for your thoughts & ideas about how we can serve you better. That's what we're here for.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Find Andrea on Twitter, @RadioBabe, or on email: andrea [at] countable.us

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  • Deanna
    11/15/2017
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    I’m beginning to wonder what happened to our government. Not that they have been all that honest in the past, but it’s gotten to the point of flat out criminal. The lying, the cheating, the shear disrespect for law and order. Our allies don’t trust us, hell, most of your own constituents don’t trust the government. The tax reform must not pass, it’s nothing but a scam to rob the working class so the top 1% can hold on to the money. Sessions needs to be out. He can recall anything, so how can he do his job. The GOP would rather support a candidate who prays on young children and then try to back it up with the Bible. I don’t know about any of you, but greed, sloth, envy, gluttony, lust,pride and anger are all sins, and the GOP has made sure to hit the mark on every one of them. This country deserves an administration that will make it flourish and grow, not divide. Do not pass these bills that will hurt the major population of this country. Fight for what’s right!!

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  • Luqman
    11/15/2017
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    Our “defense” spending needs to be changed to our offensive spending. Our military spending gradually increases year after year (Yes, even with Obama) with a 2018 budget of 700 billion with multiple direct and proxy wars across the globe. If we put even a quarter of that spending into education, health care, infrastructure, science research, and mental health services our country would be a better place. When providing social services to citizens, reducing college cost, and advancing our society has become a negative action but a blank check for war and destruction has not, our society has regressed. I urge congress to assess what additional military spending would benefit Americans in the short or long term.

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  • Rosalind
    11/15/2017
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    Why is it so easy and uncontroversial to pass this, yet so difficult to allocate funds to feed the hungry, educate the masses, provide affordable medical care and support and repair this country’s infrastructure and environment?

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  • Amy
    11/15/2017
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    I thought Trump promised to end senseless wars, not spend trillions to build up military. Vote NO!!!!!

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  • Gregory
    11/15/2017
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    Our government is totally unacceptable as is. We The People need to stand up and demand a complete reorganization. If we continue to allow this false representation in Washington, this great country is finished! Our government is not able to agree on whether it's daylight or dark.

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  • Wallace
    11/15/2017
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    Let’s fully and completely investigate russian interference in our election!! They should pay a heavy price!!!! Women deserve equality and freedom from sexual harassment!!! When we do these things, let’s consider other issues!!!

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  • Esther
    11/15/2017
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    That’s just great. Increase the budget for the military and eliminate health coverage. Sounds like a plan to reduce the size of the population to me. SMH!

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  • Ryan
    11/15/2017
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    We should not keep spending Billions for these wars.

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  • Poodle
    11/15/2017
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    Do not put healthcare in the tax bill! If you do I️ insist you vote against the bill. Why do you always insist on packing bills. Stick to one thing and you might get something done!

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  • Donald
    11/15/2017
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    The primary Conservative agenda: Keep their wealthy handlers happy by making sure their profits are high and their taxes are low... Screw everything and everyone else...

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  • Matt
    11/15/2017
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    Why are we still "at war?" End the war and stick to a long-term commitment that targets terrorism with global partners. This war has gone on long enough. Terrorism isn't going anywhere anytime soon. You can't just call it a war when the end goal is an ideal.

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  • denali
    11/15/2017
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    Always money for endless and senseless wars. Never money for healthcare and education. Recall Congress.

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  • Sherri
    11/15/2017
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    Our “defense” spending needs to be changed to our offensive spending. Our military spending gradually increases year after year (Yes, even with Obama) with a 2018 budget of 700 billion with multiple direct and proxy wars across the globe. If we put even a quarter of that spending into education, health care, infrastructure, science research, and mental health services our country would be a better place. When providing social services to citizens, reducing college cost, and advancing our society has become a negative action but a blank check for war and destruction has not, our society has regressed. I urge congress to assess what additional military spending would benefit Americans in the short or long term.

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  • Patricia
    11/15/2017
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    Who is making money from increased military spending? What proof is there that it is making us safer? I would really appreciate an answer using fact-based evidence. Don’t insult me with canned talking points. I’m massively tired of our dysfunctional government that takes from the poor and gives to the rich.

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  • Lawrence
    11/15/2017
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    At the highest rate in the world, the 35% corporate income tax brings in only 9% of Federal revenue. The top 10% of wage earners bring in 70% of Federal revenue. Since 1998 and renewal of Most Favored Nation with China, the accumulated trade deficit has been driving the accumulated Federal deficit almost straight down. Here are the globalist big lies: 1. A strong dollar is good. 2. NAFTA and Mexico cause the trade deficit. 3. Steel is a big part of the trade deficit. The facts are that a strong dollar that is pumped up by foreign currency exchange for dollars makes it improbable that small companies can export. NAFTA and Mexico are only 8% of the trade deficit. China is 51%. Steel is only 4% of the trade deficit. Clothing is 43%, automotive is 23%, energy is down from 46% to 19% (thanks to fracking), electronics is 11%. Unless we reduce the corporate rate to 25 to 20% and reduce the value of the dollar against other currencies our economy will fail in a freeze on liquidity. Right now our economy bleeds a half trillion or more every year out of the country to pay for imports and we have lost the demand for about 70 million jobs making our taxable economy too small to afford Federal spending. This loss of jobs and the "deplorables" that suffer from it took a chance and voted for Trump to hopefully fight the corruption in Washington. The Russians had nothing to do with it. This lie by the Democrats and their media shows the extreme lies and corruption they propagate at the expense of our people and economy. They are traitors to this nation. The bleeding of half a trillion and the Federal deficits are being supported by "Quantitative Easing" which is nothing more than the Fed telling the banks that they can legally lend more than they have. The difference between ignorance and stupidity is choice. Most economists, just about all of Congress, and most Democrats have decided to be economically stupid on the effects of the trade deficit because they are financially supported by the globalists who are benefiting from off shore cheap costs that they then pay with "strong dollars." These are the facts. We need a lower corporate income tax rate and a market access charge on foreign exchange to increase exports this year. WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT!

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  • Joey
    11/15/2017
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    We need to focus on our people who have lost everything or loved ones in the floods or wildfires and focus on getting in the green climate agreement

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  • Stephen
    11/15/2017
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    We could be millionaires many times over. What do u think the response will be twit.

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  • Brandon
    11/15/2017
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    Praying

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  • Dicr
    11/15/2017
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    We deserve better choices.

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  • Emiliano
    11/15/2017
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    Instead of billions to destroy life. How about invested it in “Pro Life” services like Healthcare for all, Education for all, Medicaid, Infrastructure, the Environment and Green Energy.

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