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The Daily Countable: Breaking the Internet, Alabama & Kids Suing Trump

by Countable | 12.12.17

Greetings, Folks. Hope you're having a good Tuesday.

One Big Thing

No matter which state you vote in, you're probably aware of the Senate race in Alabama. Presidents - and former presidents - certainly are. Read our story about Donald Trump and Barack Obama recording robocalls for the Alabama Senate candidates.

On the Radar

On Thursday, the FCC will vote on repealing net neutrality rules. Which is why today there's a digital "Break the Internet" protest. Is your homepage joining the fight? Check out who's participating - and what they're doing - here.

Under the Radar

21 tweens and teens are suing the Trump administration, claiming its policies are endangering their, and future generations’, constitutional rights to a clean atmosphere. Will the case make it to court? Find out in our story.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president is signing H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
  • Post-lunch, Trump is meeting with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to give community banks relief from mortgage regulations under certain circumstances.
  • Voting on a bill to condemn the persecution of Christians and religious minorities around the world.
  • Voting on six other bills, plus an additional six bills that rename post offices.

The Senate: In Session

  • Possible confirmation vote on the nomination of Steven Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court.



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  • Jay
    12/12/2017
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    Do not repeal net neutrality. A free and open internet is important for Americans to have access to.

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  • Gerald
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    Tweens & teens sue Trump. I always find it hard to believe that anyone opposes teen involvement in politics. Democracy is a participatory activity. The Bush policies of exporting Democracy at the point of a gun failed because they didn’t take in to account the necessary requirements for a democracy to work. 1. an educated population 2. A deep respect for the function of law & 3. A tradition of democratic participation. We should be encouraging our young to learn about the politics and social issues of the day & to get involved early in their lives so that they develop a habit of social and political activism. Our democracy needs that to survive.

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  • John
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    The only way to make Corrupt Conservatives listen (other than through protest) is to Sue their Wealthy Overlords. The more Lawsuits filed, costing Conservatives money, the more they Stop acting like Idiots and Wake Up! Go for it, youthful Environmental Advocates ✅

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  • justintmcmahon
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    How fuckinnold and tired are the comments about “get a job”... these kids are working their asses off to make the whole world a better place. What did u do today?

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  • Bc
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    “21 tweens and teens are suing the Trump administration, claiming its policies are endangering their, and future generations’, constitutional rights to a clean atmosphere.” EXCUSE ME WHILE I THROW UP! Get off of your asses and get a job! It can be a job that supports a clean environment. I don’t mind!

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  • Mary jo
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    Please stand up to represent the best interests of your constituents and push to keep net neutrality

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  • Michele
    12/13/2017
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    I stand with the young Americans speaking out about what is important to them. Democracy is at risk and it will take each and every one of us to stop this momentum towards a constitutional crises. It appears this administration turned a deaf ear to what America and its people stand for. We must stop this tax bill, defend net neutrality, protect our planet and remember all people are created equal and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We are watching you as is the entire world.

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  • Russell
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    There is no Constitutional right to a clean atmosphere. These kids should be sued for vexatious litigation and barred from future lawsuits.

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  • lachancp
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    "break the internet"? Don't look now, but Countable's left wing, authoritarian bias is showing!

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  • Wallace
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    I’m getting real tired of the lack of representation for most of us! Unless you’re rich, republicans don’t care about your problems! Trump only cares about himself!!!

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  • Susan
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    Do not repeal net neutrality

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  • Walter
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    Keep net neutrality. What is the possible benefit to us, your constituents (remember us?) of letting big corporations throttle competition? I Thought conservatives supported free enterprise.

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  • Andrew
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    Please don’t let the FCC repeal net neutrality on Thursday!

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  • AC-ount-W
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    I do not support any decision to repeal Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is essential to keep the internet fair for everyone and repealing it would be a mistake. I am not a voter in Alabama, but in my personal opinion, I think a Democrat is a lesser evil than an accused womanizer and accused pedophile.

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  • Cheryl
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    Please keep CHIP net neutrality and fair taxes!!!!

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  • Angela
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    I will be calling you tomorrow and Thursday. The People want Net Neutrality.

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  • Terry
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    Put it back to where it was before Obama screwed it up.

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  • Abbi
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    Can we sue Ajit and Paul Ryan too?

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  • Russell
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    Net neutrality is a scam invented by the largest censors on the internet to prevent from having to pay for access to their audience. Twitter is implementing a policy beginning December 18th that will require you to follow their websites rules 24/7, 365, on any platform, online or in real world, or face suspension. They are literally trying to use the addictive nature of their platform to enforce their own behavioral standards on you in your own home, out in public, or on any other website. And you people have the audacity to complain about Comcast? Get a clue.

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  • Walter
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    Makes no difference that mainstream media is exploiting children for cynical political purposes. Everyone loves the concept of a Children’s Crusade. Of course if you look up the history of the original Children’s Crusade of 1212, you may note that it failed in its mission to regain the Holy Land and the children themselves were mostly sold into slavery.

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