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The DC: 🖋 Congress passes bill to end border emergency, and... Do you support slavery reparations?

by Countable | 3.15.19

Welcome to Friday, March 15th, Alabamians to Wyomingites...

You always remember your first.

President Donald J. Trump is expected to exercise his first veto to block a Congress-approved bill to terminate the border security emergency he declared in mid-February.

The issue of executive overreach proved to be a bipartisan concern as Democrats were joined by 12 Republicans in voting to end the emergency.

It’s not clear how soon the president will veto the bill, but once he does Congress may attempt to override the veto. Based on the the 245-182 vote in the House and the 59-41 vote in the Senate, it appears neither chamber has the two-thirds majority needed for a successful override.

Should Trump veto the bill?

On the Radar

Crime & Reduced Punishment

During Paul Manafort’s sentencing yesterday, his lawyers argued that the former Trump campaign chairman would never have ended up in a courtroom under normal circumstances.

“If not for a short stint as a campaign manager in a presidential election, I don’t think we’d be here today,” said Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lawyer.

A day earlier, while announcing charges in a massive college admissions scandal, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling noted: “We’re not talking about donating a building so that a school is more likely to take your son or daughter; we are talking about deception and fraud.”

Should it take a special counsel to catch tax fraud? Does there need be a massive conspiracy before we investigate admissions fraud? In summation: Does the U.S. need to invest more resources in catching white-collar criminals?

Under the Radar

40 Acres & A Mule & Mental Health Treatment

The issue of reparations to the descendants of slaves has become a growing debate among the 2020 Democratic nominees for president. Presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro have all called for some form of reparations.

Harris, for example, recently told NPR that the black community had suffered abuse handed down through generations.

"The term 'reparations' means different things to different people. We need to study the effects of generations of discrimination and institutional racism and determine what have been…the consequences and what can be done in terms of intervention to correct course.”

At the same time, a new INSIDER poll found that a majority of liberals – 54 percent – support reparations. Meanwhile,13 percent of respondents who identify as moderately conservative or very conservative respondents support reparations.

It's very close on Countable:

Do you support slavery reparations?

Undue Unborn Burdens

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an 11-6 opinion on Tuesday which upheld an Ohio law that prohibits abortion providers from receiving taxpayer funds through the state’s public health programs.

Planned Parenthood challenged the law, arguing that it unduly infringed on women's right to obtain abortions by requiring it to stop performing abortions to continue receiving state funds. By upholding Ohio’s law, the full Sixth Circuit Court reversed rulings made by a district court and a three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit that were in favor of Planned Parenthood’s position.

Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote in the majority opinion that the law “will not create an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion."

Do you support blocking public funding for abortion providers?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • TBA

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, March 25th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, March 25th.

What You're Saying

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Dirty Dozen Years - Unless We Go Nuclear

After the world’s leading climate scientists announced that the world has about a dozen years left to rein in greenhouse gas emissions enough to prevent catastrophic climate change fallout, a debate currently rages as to whether or not nuclear power should be a part of the solution.

In announcing this year’s Green New Deal resolution, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released a fact sheet that was inconsistent with the actual legislative text of the resolution. Among other things, the fact sheet said the Green New Deal plan would “transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible.”

But can we achieve the necessary greenhouse gas emissions without nuclear energy? That seems to depend on whom you ask.

And asked we did. Read what they had to say here. Then tell your reps:

Should policymakers include supports for nuclear energy in their efforts to combat climate change?

I'm writing this while dressed like a cocker spaniel. Happy True Confessions Day,

—Josh Herman

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  • D
    03/15/2019
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    Both Terrible- The DNC calls its citizens deplorable and its illegals dreamers. All you need to know about the DNC.

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  • David
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    Reparations? No way never. How about reparations for the American Indians, Indentured servants. If you go back far enough you’ll find that your ancestors were enslaved or oppressed in some way.

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  • Robert
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    Get bent on this reparations nonsense. Who gets the money and gets to pay? Asinine in the extreme

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  • Chuck
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    President Trump will veto this TREASONOUS Bill that opposes the Wall for out Southern border to keep America safe! As for reparations just study our history back in the 16th and 17th centuries about the Barbary Slave Trade where white people were kidnapped by Muslims from Europe and Ireland to work the men to death on Muslim ships and the white women were taken to North Africa to be sold as sex slaves to North African Kings...........yes I think the Muslims should have to pay us white people reparations for what OUR ancestors went through!!!

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  • Darth
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    Both terrible ideas

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  • Roy
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    Answer to both is no,Alavert happened 150 years ago,generations now have no clue and care,it’s all about money and votes for you Democrats

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  • Doug
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    If you mean the 40 acres and a mule the reparations that were paid to slaves that were freed over 130 years ago than yes I agree, but I don’t know of any slaves that are being freed today.

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  • Brad
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    We should not pay slavery reparations, it is opening a can of worms that we should leave alone. Where would it end, how about paying all the indentured servant families that came from Ireland and Scotland. Slavery was a tragedy understood. It is a chapter that should be left where it is in the past. We should celebrate the courage of the soldiers from both sides not punish either side for their believes. The Union and Confederates both fought valiantly in this gruesome war, let them keep their self respect and heritage.

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  • Tony
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    I do not support reparations.

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  • Mark
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    Support the president! No reparations!!! Slavery goes a.long way back. A large part of history ALL over this planet we call home. As well as murder, rape and pillage. Not a real utopia, anyway you look at it.

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  • Brian
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    Impeach trump !

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  • Caren
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    REALLY disappointed by those who voted against President Trump’s Emergency Declaration!! Reprobated political pawns! I will not soon forget and if ANY are my representatives I will do my best to help them into retirement permanently!! And, NO, HECK NO to slave reparations. Much has been done to help the Black Community that apparently hasn’t worked and for all that has been done isn’t appreciated. To note, ANY government assistance should not come with a tricked out flat screen TV or a low or high end computer with housing. A novel thought, people work to have those things no matter what ethnicity. To be sure I have to make that statement since I will be branded a racist by those who are just as much a racist. Unfortunately pea brains won’t be able to comprehend that.

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  • Steve
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    Build the wall, stop lining your pockets with tax dollars,

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  • Kevin
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    Reparations for any group will cost everyone eventually. The extra tax money taken from the taxpayers for reparations will create higher prices for everyone and artificial booms in industries that normally would not, creating a govt subsidized industry that could not be propped up for any great length of time. Govt subsidies have already ruined healthcare and colleges tuitions. Then there is the question of how it is done and for how long? How can you formalize that? When you do, there is no doubt that many will be insulted enough to ask for more saying things like “how dare you try and measure the suffering of my people with this small amount”? I think this gets out of hand quickly and lasts for decades.

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  • HAILEYComet
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    I, myself Do NOT Agree with Going Against Our Border Security AT ALL. That’s 1 of The Reasons He Is Our President Now. No one has Wanted to Listen to Us. The Legal US CITIZENS of America. Too many of Us Are VeryTired Of Our Representatives Doing What They want, there by Not Doing What We Voted Them Into Office For 🧐 Their Actions (most of them) Shows Us that They Are Out For One Thing. To Do The Opposite Of What’s Needed and What the US Citizens Want. Our Border Patrols Are Even Trying To tell you 🤯. We Are Watching and We Do Remember. TicToc Politicians. Absolutely. Positively. N. O. to any kind of reparations to A Non Existence Of Slavery here in USA. If that’s happened to someone “Speak Up and File Charges. What happened in the past ( 4-5 ) Generations Past. NO. It should Never have happened. Though Remember. The First Slave Trader Was A Person From Africa and the “Chief” Sold his Own People. I couldn’t believe it when I found that. That’s How it started..

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  • Orion
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    Good. He have reparations for other oppressed people. We should have started with descendants of slaves. White Americans are extremely gross for supporting the border emergency and opposing reparations.

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  • Bullmom
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    Reparations? What about affirmative action, minority scholarships, EEOC requirements, fellowships, financial aid, different admissions exams for competitive schools (law, medical, etc.), and how many generations are going to be involved in these REPARATIONS? And how is that ever going going to be proven? And none of my ancestors were even here so no, I don’t want my tax dollars going to something that I had no part of - and truly, EVERYTHING cannot be free and some things cannot be solved with a dollar bill - go visit Auschwitz or Birkenau - what reparations did they get or the Native American or or or - stop it

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  • Fern louise
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    Vote no on both issues. The Presidents tax return is his business. Thank you Fern Louise Ward

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  • Eugene
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    The Democrats are only against border security, not our safety, but because President Trump brought it to light.

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  • Mary
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    Hell no, no one living today has ever owned slaves. Let’s give the support to the Native Americans.

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