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The Daily Countable: March(es) Madness

by Countable | Updated on 3.26.18

Greetings, folks, welcome back.

March does not seem to be going out like a lamb, but whether you were participating in March Madness brackets, March For Our Lives, or pro-gun rights marches, we hope you had a relaxing/meaningful weekend.

If you could use a bit of distraction on this Monday, check out and cast your vote in the Elite 8 of Countable’s bill acronym bracket.

On the Radar

How was your Friday? Probably better than the nine Iranians who were charged by the Justice Department for "one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns" ever prosecuted by the U.S. The cyberattacks targeted 144 American universities, dozens of U.S. companies and government agencies, and the United Nations. Click here for the full story.

Under the Radar

A summons has been sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in a lawsuit alleging President Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. The attorneys general for Washington, D.C. and Maryland argue that Trump is violating the clause, which bans public officials from receiving gifts and cash from foreign governments without approval from Congress. To read why the AGs believe the president is running afoul of the Constitution, click here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his intelligence briefing before having lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.
  • Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah will hold an on camera press briefing at 2pm ET.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 9th.

Next Week's Preview

  • Congress will be observing the first week of a two week recess for Easter and Passover.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

We know it's not always easy to re-engage in democracy on Mondays (especially if you're also taking a two-week recess for Easter and Passover), so thanks for clicking on Take Action today.

—Josh Herman

​ 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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  • OlderNWiser
    03/26/2018
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    This is the most corrupt White House in my memory of 76 years. That a candidate who ran on racism, bigotry, misogyny, and xenophobia was put in office possibly by the Electoral College and probably by Russia is devastating.The attempts to end freedom of speech and press, the Vote, to destroy protection of the non-wealthy in our country, bizzarre behaviors, strange communications, and raking in money from the office, all speak to a dictator wannabe already behaving like a Dutarte and Putin. protecting the NRA, the pharmaceutical profits by allowing citizens deaths, pretending the answer to all problems is war or murder is sickening. We can take care of each other, care about each other, and return to being the country of “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness ”

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  • Tina
    03/26/2018
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    We don’t need a stupid wall. They will just tunnel under it!!! We need better programs for recovery!!!

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  • Richard
    03/26/2018
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    It’s just amazing that not one of Trump’s supporters seem to care that all his actions show that he wants to be a dictator for life, like China and Russia (always wins the vote my ass!) Not one word about his ranting about the fake stock market numbers, or how Pres. Obama spent so much time playing golf. We need a calculation of just how much his trip to play golf in Mar-a-Lago have cost so far. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself. His presidency has already cost Don Jr. his marriage, and Ivanka has disappeared (thank goodness). Is it November yet?!

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  • ZacZamora
    03/26/2018
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    If you have to have your little slab of racism so badly, just confiscate the drug money from Big Pharma and build it. Believe me, the narcos and coyotes have tunnels and insiders already to get around your great big fancy waste of taxpayer dollars. What a joke.

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  • David
    03/26/2018
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    Liberalism is caught in a sophistry feedback loop.

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  • Matthew
    03/26/2018
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    I am very proud and hopeful seeing our next generation(s) taking a stand and using their voices to demand change. This current third reich administration has shed light on all that is wrong with America by its behavior, actions, words, and beliefs. It has been absolutely despicable to see the state run right wing media and the third reich gop mouthpieces attacking young Americans for using their intellectual ability to demand change. These young Americans ARE TRUE PATRIOTS AND HEROES! They should be supported, they should be heard, and they should cheered. I am extremely more optimistic about our country this past month because of these true Americans and their perseverance and courage. They truly are more braver and courageous than any iteration of the cowardly third reich gop mouthpiece.

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  • Joan
    03/26/2018
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    Build the wall with any monies available preferably confiscated drug money!

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  • Phil
    03/26/2018
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    When are politicians going to realize they work for the american public not the american dollar!!! Vacations should be earned not taken whenever they want to. The government runs 24/7 365 days a year not 261 days a year.

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  • Kaitlyn
    03/26/2018
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    We need gun control. My dad is a public school teacher and I’m afraid for him everyday. My dad has never shot a gun in his life, and putting a gun in his hands as a means of “protecting students” is even more frightening. The shear number of accidents that could be caused makes this logic deeply flawed. Instead of passing dumbass policies, do the logical thing. Less guns, less violence, less children and teachers being murdered. Please protect my dad. Protect his students. Please help pass comprehensive gun control. I’m not asking, I’m begging.

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  • RickEberhardt
    03/26/2018
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    Why do people say the wall is racist? Are the boarder crossing checkpoints racist? They accomplish the same things. They help keep illegal immigrants and contraband out of the country. How is that racist?

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  • Terry
    03/26/2018
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    Our Govt. is out of control, agencies not doing what there task to do, overspending, employees enhancing there own life at our expense, lying, false explanations, immoral acts and unethical. What are we, as Americans, going to do ? Let America continue to fall into a socialistic like society similar to Mexico, USSR ? Become a country of haves and have nots ? Where the haves cave in to what there leaders say or they fall into the have nots ? Change is trying to be made now, The Revolution has started. But the liberal socialists democrats, GOP Establishment and powerful union like groups like there power and money are fighting this thru lies, giving away small perks for there own benefit. If you read this and understand ? Good. If you don’t ? Well I feel America’s road is not uphill to continued greatness but down to ruin.

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  • Michael
    03/26/2018
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    It’s truly a sad day in our country when liberals have to stoop as low as to parade children around to push their anti-American agenda. A gun did not take the life of anyone at Parkland Douglas HS. It was another troubled teenager, who the government was already aware of but failed to take the necessary steps to protect the students and staff. Countable should also be ashamed of playing on the emotions of both sides. Like the rest of the media outlets, it’s only further dividing our nation!

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  • Joan
    03/26/2018
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    Build the wall with any monies available preferably confiscated drug money!

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  • Caren
    03/27/2018
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    March for Our Lives seems to be just another political vent having nothing to do with caring about human life. When the same group can stand up for and validate the lives of the unborn then I might believe there is good intentions.

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  • Stickyfingers
    03/26/2018
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    These marches are just another liberal ploy. Look what is happening in Europe. Of course we need the Wall. If you care about our sovereignty then no, we don’t need a Wall. We don’t borders, we don’t need English to communicate with one another. Let’s just let everyone in and live in peace and harmony.

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  • Andrew
    03/26/2018
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    TRUMP IS MOST CERTAINLY AN EMOLUMENTEE (RECEIVER OF EMOLUMENTS) !!!!! I

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  • Mark
    03/26/2018
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    60 Minutes has already shown us that there is, at least, one tunnel from one side of the border, to the other.

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  • NoHedges
    03/27/2018
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    I agree that this is the most corrupt administration we have had in a very long time and the electoral college bears a portion of responsibility. I would add that a large share of the responsibility also lies with the RNC and DNC for not properly vetting their final candidates in the first place and for pulling the anchor of the party ideology so far apart. Given the political climate it is quite clear the people want centrist candidates not radicals. which party actually starts listening to the people is anyone guess.

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