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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?

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—Josh Herman

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