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The Daily Countable: One Week Later

by Countable | 2.22.18

Greetings Friends,

It's astonishing -- isn't it? -- how the events of one single week can change our national conversation. The good news: you are determined to make your voice heard, and we've seen that here at Countable. Thank you.

A few things that've struck a chord:

One Big Thing: Trump's Gun Control Proposals

A day after meeting with students, parents, and teachers affected by the Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump tweeted various gun control proposals, including arming teachers and banning bump stocks. What else is he proposing? Click here.

On the Radar: FCC Officially Publishes Net Neutrality Rollback

If you've been with Countable for a bit, you know this is a story we've devoted lots of megabytes to: net neutrality. Well, today the FCC formally published its December 2017 order to repeal net neutrality. The rollback is scheduled to take effect on April 23. Congress now has 60 legislative working days to reverse the FCC decision under the Congressional Review Act. How do you want Congress to respond? Read up on this latest net neutrality move, then Tell Your Reps.

Under the Radar: Paid Family Leave

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, if you take leave following the birth of a child, your employer is not required to pay you. The White House is working to find a path forward to get that leave paid for everyone. Currently there are dueling proposals. The conservative proposal would allow individuals to draw against their Social Security retirement benefits to cover partial wages during parental leave. Yeah, it's a bit complicated. We de-complicate it a bit here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his daily intelligence briefing before meeting with state and local officials on school safety.
  • A press briefing with Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah is scheduled for 2pm ET.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return on Monday, February 26.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return on Monday, February 26.

Next Week's Preview

  • The Senate will consider judicial nominations. The House is expected to consider a bill to combat online sex trafficking along with bills related to financial regulations. It's possible that the House will consider a bill addressing the status of DACA recipients prior to the program's expiration on March 5, but that has yet to be added to the schedule.


We at Countable are deeply thankful that you are joining the conversation & making your voice heard.

—Andrea Seabrook

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

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/23/2018
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    The sickness of our greedy sociopathic leaders is infecting the developing minds of our children. We live in a country that spends more on prisons, cops, and soldiers than on schools, and teachers. Our military fights to spread destructive capitalism in oil rich regions but we don’t fight for victims of systemic rape and torture in Sudan and Burma. Our kids are learning what this nation truly values and their behavior is a reflection of it.

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  • Pam
    02/23/2018
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    How can trump ask a teacher with a hand gun to go after a shooter with an AK-15?

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  • SneakyPete
    02/23/2018
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    I’m in favor with several of President Trumps Gun proposals. A number of them should be acceptable by the Democrats and their supporters as they’ve advocated similarly in the past, BUT will probably express opposition as they are coming from our President. “Arming Teachers” with “concealed carry” is an good idea if the individuals select are properly vetted, receive appropriate trading and have had background experience as military or police 👮‍♀️ experiences. “Comprehensive Background Checks": The president may be referring to the Fix NICS Act, which aims to improve the accuracy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. “Raise age to 21": Under federal law, licensed firearm dealers cannot sell handguns to people under 21 and cannot sell long guns to people under 18. The 19-year-old Florida shooter legally purchased his AR-15. “End sale of Bump Stocks!": Bump stocks are a mechanism that allows semi-automatic weapons to mimic the firing speed of automatic weapons. Twelve of the rifles the Las Vegas mass shooter had in his hotel room were modified with a "bump stock." It’s my hope that the proposals put forth by President Trump will receive due considerations and be afforded support in be passed in a limited period of time without undue opposition for the best interests of our children and the nation. 2*22*18.

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/23/2018
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    Ny24th district congressman John Katko, has been paid over $9000 by NRA sponsored groups. I wonder how much pharmaceutical companies paid for his stance on medical marijuana? How much has he been paid by white nationalists? Or by oil companies?

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  • NoHedges
    02/23/2018
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    The entire conservatives party is infected by greed and a closed mindset. They can't see past the tip of their pointy little noses. 💣 This is bad as that fool who kept predicting and announcing that the recession was a figment of our imagination and we were in the 7th year of the Bush Boom. When in fact, the same policies they implemented then led us into one of the worst recession in recent history. The entire party needs to take off their little green 👓and realize this isn't some kind of emerald city fairy tale. These are actual lives, and whether or not you all give a damn, we do! 🛑The reason so many of you got your twitter account flagged for suspicious bot like activity is because you all are thinking and behaving like bots -incapable of independent thought or a shred of human decency. ⚡️Whether or not there WAS known collusion during the election may be unknown. BUT THERE IS AMPLE EVIDENCE OF CURRENT CORRUPTION ON MORE LEVELS THAN I CARE TO POST. 🥁Stop the Republican Death March. 💣Anybody know where the majority of big shot conservatives in Washington are heading this weekend, how about an annual conference defending current gun laws and 2nd amendment rights supported by none other than... you guessed it... the NRA.

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  • Christine
    02/23/2018
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    BOYCOTT the following companies who support the NRA According to Thinkprogress: Among the companies are: 4Ever Active: Five percent discount on healthcare supplies. American Cellars Wine Club/Vinesse: Discounted membership in the American Cellars Wine Club. Americap: Discounted custom-decorated caps, pistol holsters, clay bags, and apparel. Avis/Budget Group: Discounts on Avis and Budget rental cars. Best Western: Discounted rates at hotels worldwide. Celerant Technology: A 25 percent discount for gun clubs and stores buying software systems. A spokeswoman told ThinkProgress: “We have been a longtime partner of the NRA because we have many clients who are firearm dealers and several who are NRA members. We are a retail software company, and we specialize in many different retail verticals, one of them being firearms. We offer a discount to NRA members and do not have any plans to discontinue our partnership.” eHealthInsurance: Discounted insurance plans. Emergency Assistance Plus: Discounted emergency medical assistance. FedEx: Discounted shipping through the FedEx advantage program. Globalinx: Discounted telecomm service. GoHealth Insurance: Discounted health insurance plans. Harland Clarke: Discounted personal check printing. Hertz: Discounted rental cars. Holiday Card Center: Discounted holiday cards. Insperity / HR Tools: Fifteen percent discount on management software. Life Insurance Central: Discounted life insurance. LifeLock: Discounted identify theft protection. Life Line Screening: Discounted health screenings. A spokeswoman told ThinkProgress that “NRA members, along with members of literally dozens of other national associations, including unions, can receive a small discount off of our screening packages as a benefit of their membership. We believe that access to good, affordable healthcare is not a political issue and should be available to everyone.” Lockton Affinity / Gun Store Insurance: Discounted business insurance for gun vendors. National/Alamo/Enterprise: Discounts of up to 25 percent on rental cars. Outdoor Affinity: Discounted telecomm services. Payment Alliance International: Discounted credit card processing, especially for gun vendors. Rescue 360: Discounted emergency rescue services. SIRVA: Discounted moving services. A spokesman told ThinkProgress: “The relationship with NRA is one of many similar relationships with membership groups all over the country. These arrangements do not represent an endorsement by SIRVA.” Smartwaiver: Discounted legal waivers. Sportsmans Bench Products/ND Industries: Discounted adhesives. Staples Advantage (Corporate Express): Discounted Staples office supplies. Starkey Hearing Technologies: Discounted hearing aids TN Marketing L.L.C.: Discounted gun videos. TrueCar: Discounts on new and used cars. Wild Apricot: Discounted membership and website software. A spokesman told ThinkProgress that it allows any lawful group to receive a commission if they sign up as affiliate partners. Though the NRA Business Alliance site identifies them as offering a discount, he explained: “We do not pay any fee to the NRA, and their affiliates do not receive any discount on our software.” Wyndham Hotel Group: Discounts at Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Super 8, and other Wyndham hotel chains.

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  • Clint
    02/23/2018
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    For what ever reason they want to arm all of us. Regardless of what is said. We were supposedly going to ban bump stocks last time. Now its back on the table. This is stupid. They don’t want to fix this problem. They never have. In 1996, the Republican-majority Congress threatened to strip funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless it stopped funding research into firearm injuries and deaths. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of promoting gun control. As a result, the CDC stopped funding gun-control research — which had a chilling effect far beyond the agency, drying up money for almost all public health studies of the issue nationwide. https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/04/gun-violence-research-has-been-shut-down-for-20-years/

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  • Christine
    02/23/2018
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    I am watching the insane djt deliver a nonsensical speech to CPAC. He talks about teachers loving their students so they will shoot and kill the bad guys. What a nut job.

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  • NoHedges
    02/23/2018
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    I hate to burst the bubble of what seems to be a good idea, but what about the military? How do we reconcile to very opposing laws with one Federal law saying one thing and military law saying something totally different. 🛑 Wouldn't it be better to institute a schedule type policy that limits ANYONE from owning assault rifles other than those who are trained and have a legitimate reason to own such a weapon.

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