by Countable | 11.15.16
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:
After a major loss in the 2016 elections, House Democrats delayed their vote for leadership until after Thanksgiving on Tuesday to do some "serious soul-searching." That might not be good news for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-CA), who has led House Democrats since 2003. “No formal challenger has surfaced to Pelosi, but Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has emerged as the de facto leader of a younger group of House Democrats looking for new direction.” The election is now slated for November 30.
Read more at CNN.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was "unanimously" re-nominated by fellow House Republicans to serve as speaker next year. “Ryan still has to win a majority by the full House when the new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017. He's expected to easily win that vote, but could still face some defections.” Ryan’s leadership team including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), GOP Policy Chair Luke Messer (R-IN) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) were also reelected.
"There will be three new members of the GOP leadership in the 115th Congress": Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), who will chair the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), who will be the conference secretary, and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who will be the vice chairman of the conference.
Read more at NPR.
Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who was "coordinating … national security efforts" for Donald Trump’s transition team, abruptly resigned on Tuesday. “Two sources close to Rogers said he had been the victim of what one called a ‘Stalinesque purge,’ from the transition of people close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who left Friday. … Multiple sources indicated that Christie was demoted because he wasn't seen as sufficiently loyal to Trump, failing to vocally defend him at key moments on the campaign trail.”
Read more at NBC News.
Ben Carson has told Trump "that he isn't interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services," friend and business manager Armstrong Williams said Tuesday. Williams added that Carson will continue to serve “as an unofficial adviser.”
"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency," Williams said.
Read more at The Hill.
President Obama "issued a warning Tuesday against ‘crude nationalism’ in the wake of Donald Trump's victory," during a press conference in Athens, Greece, “on his final overseas trip.” Obama added that President-Elect Trump “had tapped into a ‘troubling’ strain of rhetoric playing on Americans' fears of globalization to win the presidency.”
Read more at CNN.
"The United Nations' special rapporteur on the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly released a forceful statement Tuesday, calling out U.S. security forces for using violence against protesters peacefully opposing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, as well as what he called “the inhuman and degrading conditions" those arrested faced in detention.”
Read more at the Washington Post.
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An investigation into the way Democratic Party collects information from the people in all states should begin. Bernie Sanders identified the concerns of the young people and others.The party failed to read this excitement about these issues. It should have been recognized and expanded around this signal. Instead it was dismissed. I believe Bernie is on to something everyone is ignoring. I know also, that the Democratic Party has done very little to no rural canvassing in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Whatever the reason they give is not relevant. It is time to change this party into a working party not a guessing party. The party has 4 years to reach people and with today's digital communication this should be possible. Bernie has the record on the pulse of tomorrow, he should the director of the next movement.
I love Bernie as much as the next person. I completely agree with his call for everyone to get engaged. Voting isn't the only thing we have in our democracy toolbelt. Anyone who uses this app frequently is well on their way. That being said, I'm afraid Bernie and his supporters are falling for some of the same rhetoric errors as Trump and his followers. I'm not positive that college should be free. We still need to pay professors and staff, and will people take their studies seriously if there is no "skin in the game" for them? Don't eat me alive for that. I agre it should be MUCH more affordable and achievable for anyone who wants to go. I'm also disappointed that he doesn't talk more about trade schools. She didn't win, but Hillary was right when she said college shouldn't be the only path to a good job. The other issue is trade. There are things that need to be addressed better in these trade deals. Safe, humane working conditions is one of them. But acting like we're going to stop trade and bring manufacturing jobs bag is a delusion. They're not coming back. Any jobs that do will promprtly be replaced with machines, like a large portion of lost manufacturing jobs already have. This has implications for all of us. Robotics will replace a lot of unskilled service jobs as well. Think ordering food, paying for groceries, and more. Our leaders need to start developing a plan for a time when many jobs will no longer require humans, regardless of trade. This focus on trade deals distracts from that.
This is a defining moment for the dems. Either they accept Bernie and his progressivism or they continue to suffer in future elections for not being bold or relatable enough
I hope President Obama pays attention here.
Pelosi should not be leading anything. The missteps with 2012 congress and backing the wrong candidate in 2016. Schumer and Pelosi are both out of touch and frankly don't know how to win. Trump will be re-elected if these two remain at the helm.
Pelosi is the single largest obstacle blocking the blue wave midwest expansion. To understand the full scope of the the threat the reinstallation of the 2010 Dem leadership, including Pelosi, poses to the blue wave, I strongly suggest reading Neil Howe’s book the 4th Turning.
That's exactly why we need a Ben Carson running a federal agency, he doesn't think he has the experience. Too many get in with grand illusions of how great they are. Some one humble and actually smart would be a breathe of fresh air.