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Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Districts Over Use of Race and More In Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Supreme Court blocks Virginia districts over use of race"

"The Supreme Court dealt another blow Wednesday against the use of race in drawing election districts, demanding further review of 11 state legislative districts that Virginia Republicans designed to ensure that 55% of eligible voters were black."

"The 7-1 ruling was at least a temporary victory for Democrats who challenged 12 districts drawn after the 2010 Census by the GOP-led state Legislature. They argued that the maps were drawn to pack more blacks than necessary into those districts, in order to give Republicans the advantage in many more surrounding districts."

Read more at USA Today.

2. "Trump poised to lift federal coal ban, other green rules"

"U.S. President Donald Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week, a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday."

"Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are seeking to unravel former Democratic President Barack Obama's initiatives to combat global climate change, which they say are costly for U.S. business and have hampered drilling and mining without providing any clear benefits."

Read more at Reuters.

3. "Left threatens Trump-friendly senators with primary challenges"

"Progressives are threatening primary challenges for Democratic lawmakers who don’t commit to full obstruction of President Trump’s agenda."

"Democrats already face a daunting 2018 landscape, with 10 senators up for reelection in states that Trump won. However, the threat of primaries foes going up against vulnerable Democrats such as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin further complicates the party’s chances of coming out with a net victory."

Read more at The Hill.

4. "Russian airstrike in Syria hits U.S. allies by mistake"

"Russian aircraft mistakenly bombed Syrian fighters who were being trained by the United States, the commander of the American-led operation in Iraq and Syria said on Wednesday. American advisers were about three miles away when the Russian strike occurred."

"The episode pointed to the risk of unintended clashes among the myriad forces operating on a fluid battlefield in Syria, as the American command looks toward the fight to take Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in the country."

Read more at the New York Times.

5. "Stocks Surge to Record Highs; Dow Hits 21,000"

"The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 21,000 for the first time, the dollar advanced and Treasuries fell as investors grew increasingly confident global economic growth is accelerating, clearing the path for higher interest rates in America."

"Major lenders led gains among equities, with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. trading at all-time highs as the odds for a rate hike in two weeks swelled past 65 percent and President Donald Trump’s address to Congress did little to alter views that his administration will seek pro-growth policies. Industrial and energy shares also surged as the S&P 500 Index rallied the most since the day after the election."

Read more at Bloomberg.

— Erin Wright

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  • Suzie
    03/02/2017
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    We need to stop gerrymandering in all our states.

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  • Helen
    03/02/2017
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    Please speak against Trump targeting Obama green regulations. The environment must be protected.

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  • larrysschwartz
    03/01/2017
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    Raise your voice against Trump targeting Obama green regulations. The environment must be protected.

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  • Mickey
    03/02/2017
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    The repeal of the federal coal ban should be stopped. We have renewable energy that should be the focus, not coal. To pay no heed to the environment will be destructive and our children will pay the price for these wreckless choices for years to come!

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  • Dawn
    03/02/2017
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    This is awesome news, and I would LOVE to hear more about fixes for gerrymandering in Pennsylvania!!!! Corruption and gerrymandering are robbing us of our Republic and democracy!

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  • Jane
    03/02/2017
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    Please push for the investigation on the Russian hacking of the election. We need to know about Trumps dealings with Russia!!

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  • Milan
    03/02/2017
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    Do not repeal green acts that provide clean water and clean air - coal country is already suffering - instead retrain them for green energy -otherwise you are giving them a death sentence

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  • Dave
    03/02/2017
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    District Gerrymandering is Corruption at it best and under the table. Seem be more on the republican side and also in the red states? So much for fair election and representation! This is stacking the deck for republican senators and representatives. This is a different kind of voter fraud. The fraud that the GOP complain about and the ones they do not, always seem show up in their camp? It about winning, not about what is right.

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  • Wayne
    03/01/2017
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    Texas is becoming just as bad. Voter suppression laws. Have to pay Texas for an ID to vote. I had two clear work IDs and was unable to use them, even though my voter registration card had my current address which matched the elector registry. The GOP talk a good talk on unity, but it's only within the party

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  • Kay
    03/02/2017
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    As a Virginian, thanks to the Supreme Court for overruling the ridiculous gerrymandering laws! Maybe we can get a fair vote now!

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  • Dawn
    03/02/2017
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    Clean coal is an oxymoron. Please, please for the sake of our planet and our descendants, do not vote to roll back coal regulations. Vote instead to spend money to bring jobs to mining communities and train/retrain workers.

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  • Lisa
    03/01/2017
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    New policies that undermine the progress we have made in reducing the effects of climate change cannot be allowed to take hold

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  • Frankie
    03/02/2017
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    Ridiculous. NO to racial gerrymandering, no to dirty coal

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  • VSB
    03/02/2017
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    The Supreme Court should block gerrymandering, which is only used to block minority voters! It is obstructionist and needs to stop!

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  • Rita
    03/01/2017
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    Soon Trump will have reversed so many environmental protections we won't have to worry about Nuclear Arms held by enemies, they can just drop a match on us or wait until our lungs fill with soot!

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  • Jp
    03/02/2017
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    There's a really simple, logical way to draw voting districts...LET A DAMN COMPUTER PROGRAM DO IT. All it needs it the numbers from the census data and boom. Perfectly proportioned districts based solely off population distributions and completely unaffected by race. It's so easy to do, and it blows my mind that no one has done it yet.

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  • Sherrie
    03/02/2017
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    Voting districts need to be impartial.

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  • Pru
    03/02/2017
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    No to gerrymandering and dumping fracking waste into the gulf!

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  • M
    03/02/2017
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    Now hopefully this court decision will lead toward reversing gerrymandering in other states especially North Carolina!

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  • Richard
    03/01/2017
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    Sometimes ,I think the republicans and Trump are doing a lot of this just to spite democrats ,not for any good reason or ideal. How else could you explain some of the things they are doing. Do they purposely want to wreck the environment after all the gains that were made.

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