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The DC: 🤔 Are you politically prejudiced? and... Should Trump pardon Paul Manafort?

by Countable | 3.14.19

Welcome to March 14, left, rights, and centers...

Are you politically prejudiced?

Your answers were divided almost equally across all possible responses:

We asked the question in concert with a story on recent research into to the most and least politically open-minded counties in the U.S. The findings provided a fascinating guide into the geography of partisan prejudice across the country.

Nationwide, the research found Suffolk County, Massachusetts (which includes Boston) to be the most politically intolerant county. The counties most accepting of political differences? Randolph, Onslow, and Davidson counties in North Carolina and North Country in New York.

The study also found that older respondents and people living in or near large cities “seem to be more likely to stereotype and disdain people who disagree with them politically.”

Are you politically prejudiced?

On the Radar

  • Paul Manafort's full sentence is now 7.5 years, after D.C. federal court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Manafort to serve an additional 43 months in prison, on top of the sentence he received last week from a court in Virginia. “It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved,” Jackson said, listing Manafort's various offenses. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.” Do you support a pardon for Manafort?

  • President Trump has signed an executive order to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes that were involved in two recent crashes. "Those planes are grounded effective immediately," Trump told reporters. "Safety is our paramount concern." The FAA had faced growing criticism for backing the jetliner, which was involved in a deadly crash over the weekend and another in October. Boeing reiterated Tuesday that it continued to have faith in its airplanes and saw no reason for a grounding: “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets." Do you support grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8?

Under the Radar

  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is again promoting the idea that robots who replace human workers should be taxed as if they were alive. “Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things,” Gates told The Verge. “If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) agrees with “distributing wealth created by automation.” The freshman rep told an audience at South by Southwest festival this weekend that “what [Gates is] really talking about is taxing corporations. But it’s easier to say: ‘tax a robot.'” Do you support a tax on robots?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:00am EDT, the president will participate in an expanded bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Ireland.
  • At 12:00pm EDT, the president will participate in the Friends of Ireland Luncheon at the Capitol.
  • At 6:00pm EDT, the president and first lady will participate in the Shamrock Bowl presentation with the Irish prime minister.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a resolution that'd call for the Mueller report to released publicly to the greatest extent possible.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to terminate the border security emergency declared by President Trump.

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should American Forces Helping the Saudi Coalition Fight Iran-Backed Rebels in Yemen Be Withdrawn?

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Actors, wealthy parents, elite college coaches, and college-prep executives are accused of bribing sports coaches and administrators to get students admitted to institutions like Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, and USC—regardless of academic or athletic ability.

Now, some lawmakers are calling for investigations into college admissions.

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) told CNN he was “pissed off and appalled” by the scandal, tweeting:

"I worked 2 jobs and went to a #CommunityCollege so I could go to @UCLA and the @Kennedy_School. How many kids who share my story were robbed of THEIR opportunity by parents who bribed their way through the system?"

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tweeted that this was exactly why he introduced the REDUCE ACT: "We must require colleges to disclose legacy students and students of MEGA-donors in yearly reports."

Should Congress investigate the college admissions system?

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