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The Daily Countable: Drills, Joints & Votes

by Countable | 1.4.18

Greetings, Folks. Hope the first Thursday of 2018 is going well.

One Big Thing

The Trump administration announced plans to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. waters. The reaction has been…mixed. Drill deeper into the story here.

On the Radar

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded Obama-era guidelines that eased the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. Can you get tossed in a federal prison for lighting a joint in a state that legalized pot? Check out our article "Justice Dept. Cracks Down on Legal Marijuana."

Under the Radar

President Donald Trump has disbanded the commission he’d charged with investigating voter fraud. Read who he blames here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • In the morning, the president met with Republican members of the Senate to discuss immigration.
  • In the afternoon, Trump presented the National Security Medal to Richard Ledgett Jr.
  • Later in the afternoon, the president once again met with GOP Senators, this time about 2018 legislation.
  • Trump finished his day meeting with the Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday January 8th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday January 8th.



Keep in touch, Countable folk. We’re anxious for your ideas and suggestions.

—Josh Herman

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  • Barbara
    01/05/2018
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    Listen to the governors. Work on renewable energy. A spill would not only destroy the environment but put millions out of work. What are they thinking. Oh I forgot they don’t think just pander.

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  • Marianne
    01/05/2018
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    With pruitt, zinke, ad trump trying to ruin the natural world by doing this and removing safety precautions, no one should be surprised, but all should be horrified, but I KNOW a lot of you just aren’t

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  • FoxVoter9
    01/05/2018
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    More drilling will harm ecosystems and marine life. If oil breaks, it will reach to beaches and children will not be able to play on beaches. People will not be able to sunbathe in the sun or swim in the ocean. Greedy people must be stopped!!

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  • SirRobert
    01/05/2018
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    The offshore drilling is Trump repaying big oil campaign contributors! Sessions is attempting voter suppression using enforcement of Federal marijuana laws and arresting people so they forfeit voting rights or required voting identification like drivers license. Not to mention Sessions owns lots of stock in privately operated prisons. JOIN THE BLUE WAVE AND VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT OF OFFICE!

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  • Ed
    01/05/2018
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    How many times do you have to feed the oil lobbies that butter your bread ???

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  • DrCindyBean
    01/05/2018
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    ✊🏼Fight back NOW against plans to auction offshore drilling rights that have been off limits for decades! 🌊 Give to candidates like Brandon - to save our waters. 🌊 How much is it worth to stop this attack on coastal areas off pristine FL & CA coasts? https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/350896/brandon-peters

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/05/2018
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    Cannabis rights are not an arbitrary matter. Drug cartels don’t have anything to do with domestic cannabis. Cannabis cures cancer, and opiate addiction.

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  • Mancos
    01/05/2018
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    Congress is broken. The only way to get anything done is through executive regulations that don’t require Congressional approval, making any environmental protections subject to the whims of the rich and their Lobbyists. If our representatives would instead listen to the will of their constituents instead of their donors, we wouldn’t have these problems. Please, everyone, do some research before you vote in November. Take a close look at where your candidate is getting his or her funding. It really is possible for the voters to get their message across.

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  • Donna
    01/05/2018
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    Glad to see our government is continuing their assault on the citizens of this nation in 2018. That will allow the Resistance to maintain and build momentum going into the mid-terms in November. Off-shore drilling on all coasts? Really? Does Tillerson not get a big enough payoff from Exxon? Is Zinke out of his friggin mind? Has he run out of GOVERNMENT LAND to sell off? Now he is selling off COASTLINE? Wonder how many pockets those profits will line. Jeff Sessions and his latest attempt to impose his will and lack of values on the citizens of individual states with legal recreational marijuana reinforces the fact that he needs to be stopped. He is NOT working as the head law enforcement officer of this country. He is attempting to mold the justice system into whatever the hell he wants it to look like. His actions are unbelievably backward-looking, dangerous and deplorable. He could be the poster-child for Senate term limits. After 20 years in the gilded cage of the Capitol, he has lost touch with the reality of the country. This is not 1984 and never will be again. Then there is the man in the WH. No matter how many times he repeats it or how loudly he tweets it or how many fraudulent commissions he convenes, he will NEVER have won the popular vote in 2016 and will NEVER prove there were 3M votes illegally cast. That is not reality and, although I know it is hard for him and his minions, he has to accept it and move on. I am tired of reliving an election that occurred 14 months ago. It's a new year. We need to look forward -- to the next election and put people in DC who are willing to carry out the responsibility of checking this corrupt and out of control group of criminals. Our democracy depends on it.

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  • Erickson
    01/05/2018
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    Sirs, the need for fossil fuels needs to come to an end.

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  • Pat
    01/05/2018
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    Im surprised that Trump didn’t already expand offshore drilling

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  • Wallace
    01/05/2018
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    Why have federal law conflict with state law on such an arbitrary manner? This will only confuse law abiding citizens and help drug cartels!

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  • Surender
    01/05/2018
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    You know at least half of Fire & Fury has substance! No company, person in their right mind would hire such a person? And he sits in the oval office? Has the country, congress, citizen who voted him in gone mad? If not impeached or de-fanged soon we are headed for a debacle! Republicans have shown how low they can stoop. Time to get rid of them.

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  • Justin
    01/05/2018
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    We need to get Sessions out. The dude is out of his mind, and I get the president is irrational, but this guy is nuts.

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  • Janet
    01/05/2018
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    Is there a way to identify companies that use off shore drilling? I’d like to boycott them unless it means walking everywhere.

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  • Lynn
    01/05/2018
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    Want to minimize offshore oil? Allow offshore drilling, but add monstrous fines and the total cost of EVERY spill cleanup directly to the DRILLING CONTRACTOR. That will do it better than legislation.

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  • Rebecca
    01/05/2018
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    Oil, gas, and coal are technologies of the past, in addition to devastating pristine natural landscapes. Long-term economic development will benefit more from investment in clean, renewable energy.

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  • Dave
    01/05/2018
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    Sense we are looking in to Clinton foundation, can we start looking into Trumps foundation and collage as well!

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  • Terry
    01/05/2018
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    Clinton Foundation everyone knows this is a corrupt illegal unethical liberal socialists Democratic PAC to support the Clinton’s and there greed for power and money. The DOJ has better end this and end the Clinton’s for good.

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  • Dave
    01/05/2018
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    Sen. Charles E Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey O Graham (R-S.C.) want dossier author investigated for criminal charges, which is great. This will dig even deeper in to Trump-Russia tries. Not sure what they think they can charge Christopher Steele with, but it will open up a can of worms on Trump and family!

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