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The Daily Countable: MLK Day 2018

by Countable | 1.15.18

It's Martin Luther King Day!

What are you doing today to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Given his fights for civil rights and against war and poverty, there's a lot to choose from. Check out today's Your Turn and tell us how you are spending this national holiday.

You can also check out what lawmakers have to say on this important day in today's What They're Saying.

On the Radar

That false alarm in Hawaii over the weekend. What happened? And what will happen as a result? Check out our article today to get all the important details.

Under the Radar

Once both Houses of Congress come back tomorrow, it won't stay under the radar for long. Congress has mere days to avert a government shutdown (again) and come to agreements on DACA and CHIP. Then there's that whole warrantless surveillance business. Talk about under the radar! Check out This Week In Congress for the lowdown on all the important things coming for both chambers before Friday.

And if you're real government wonks like us, check out our Committee Watch. So many conversations are happening, and you should be a part of them. Tell your reps what you think on the issues that matter to you!

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in FL & DC

  • The president will be traveling back to the White House from Palm Beach, FL.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House returns Tuesday January 16th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate returns Tuesday January 16th.

    We hope it was an inspiring day, Countable folk, and that every day you are getting out there and fighting the good fight for those things you believe in.

— Asha Sanaker

Talk to Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor, via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Marc
    01/15/2018
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    I did watch various programs about dr martin Luther king and did not go outside because it was snowing and cold. But I saw a very wealthy man , who represents all of the American people go golfing and not doing or saying anything about dr king or his ideal of public service. Not my president not my role model.

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  • Tina
    01/15/2018
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    Went to MLK March here in San Antonio & listened to guest speaker Roland Martin.

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  • Brenda
    01/15/2018
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    I use MLK Day as a day of reflection. I connected with community at an MLK breakfast with a fantastic keynote speaker, David Oyelowo. I later attended another program at a local venue and returned home to watch a program broadcast of Bernice King speaking at the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church. This day has been truly inspiring!

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  • Albert
    01/16/2018
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    Watched the documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro”, based on James Baldwin’s writing and civil rights work. Raised in a white culture of racism and white supremacy, I’ve struggled through my racist indoctrination to understand the horrible legacy of terror that my fellow Americans have lived with simply because of skin color. Time for America to live up to its democratic ideals and eradicate white supremacy and racism.

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  • anitachiquita
    01/15/2018
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    Many have tossed out the ways of MLK for a violent approach to protest. One example is Antifa. So sad.

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  • Chester
    01/16/2018
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    Most people don’t know their history and Black people especially don’t know their history, but Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican and the KKK was created by the Democrats!

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  • Robert
    01/15/2018
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    I went Deer Hunting!! 👍👍

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  • Lee
    01/15/2018
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    How times have changed! Blacks and other should follow the example of MLK. Many of these people probably know nothing of MLK and could care less about his Legacy. Instead, everything today is about You are a Racist! Blacks Lives Matter! and Antifa! How Tragic and Sad!

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  • Michael n angie
    01/16/2018
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    READ, WEEP, PRINT AND KEEP! This should be on the front page of every newspaper. Charley Reese's Final column! A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL. Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.. Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel... He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN. Be sure to read the Tax List at the end. This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering! 545 vs. 300,000,000 People -By Charlie Reese Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank. I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.) The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ] It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan .. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way. There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess! Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper. What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you. This might be funny if it weren't so true. Be sure to read all the way to the end: Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, 'Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?' I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD. . . BE AN AMERICAN!!! SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW Like · · Share · 2 hours ago via mobile ·

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  • James
    01/16/2018
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    I worked! Same as every other day!

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  • Michael n angie
    01/16/2018
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    I’ve spent my day on Countable and messages spreading the 545vs300 million piece.

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  • Colin
    01/16/2018
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    Let’s never forget that when Dr. King was alive, a majority of whites disapproved of him and his work. Whites then, as now, generally think racism does not exist in their own time.

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  • Wesley
    01/16/2018
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    A. United States historian here.

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  • Tiana
    01/16/2018
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    Charting the path less traveled by people who look like me and are from where I’m from. Enjoying Black ski weekend in Breckenridge Colorado…my annual birthday trip!!

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  • Neal
    01/16/2018
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    MLK was NOT a republican— but he was NOT a democrat either

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  • Joanne
    01/16/2018
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    If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we’re alive today our politicians would not like him. trump who signed a bill one week ago turning King’s birthplace into a national park and then turns around and calls El Salvador, Haiti, and all countries in Africa “shithole” countries, stirring up the kind of racist hate King died trying to defeat. Also, the Senators who, this fall, voted for the $700bn war funding package. The Class War Tax Bill, taking from the poor and giving to the rich. The threat of taking Medicaid from people who can’t work. King believed this to be part of “the three evils of society” - “the giant triplets of racism,economic exploitation and militarism”. Do any of their actions live up to King’s vision of justice??? No they don’t!!!

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  • Gerald
    01/17/2018
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    More then the president. FORE.

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  • Laura
    01/17/2018
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    I’d rather have Washington’s Birthday as a holiday back.

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  • David
    01/16/2018
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    Try to remember what the last decade was like in terms of news from DC. Like or dislike Obama we never discussed which version of a profane and demeaning word was said at the White House. It never happened- not under Clinton, either Bush, Reagan. This is where we are. Picture what Martin would say to all this. I am one year into being ashamed of our country.

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  • Eric
    01/16/2018
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    I spent the day describing how Cotton and Purdue defended the racist president by debating which specific word he used to express his desire for more white immigrants. However, when I was describing the overt racism, I can't recall if I referred to Cotton, Purdue, and Trump as shithead racists or dickhead racists.

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