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August 2: Redefining "Winning"

by Countable | 8.2.17

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017

What to Watch

What Everyone Is Watching

  • What happens now that aides confirm President Trump did "weigh in" on Donald Jr.’s original statement to the press concerning his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. What do you think about it? Take our survey and then let your reps know.

  • The administration is reported to be directing federal funds to go after colleges who are alleged to be discriminating against white students, going against decades of affirmative action focus and Supreme Court precedent. A secondary goal is to redefine the concept of "winning".

What’s Worth Watching

  • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on a variety of topics. Notable is weighing whether to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking. Also, they’re looking at whether to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities. Short answer, to my mind, is yes and yes, but you can watch live at 10 AM EDT.

  • The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues (say that five times fast) clearly doesn’t have enough to do, so they’re going to hold a hearing to assess the status of the Colombian peace process. Discussion starts at 10 AM EDT.

The President: IN D.C.

  • At 11:30 AM the president will make an announcement with Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) about the immigration legislation they’ve been crafting.

  • At 2:00 PM President Trump will meet with Sen Rob Portman (R-OH).

The House of Representatives: OUT OF SESSION

  • The House is on recess until September 5.

The Senate: IN SESSION

  • Debating the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Stay cool, CountaFam.

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—Josh Herman & Asha Sanaker

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  • Matthew
    08/02/2017
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    I am deeply disturbed how openly racist, bigoted, and sexist this "administration" is. Last night I heard the "administration" is going to look into whites being discriminated against being admitted to colleges and universities because of Affirmative Action. This is deeply troubling and I doubt hardly a massive issue as far as numbers go. Having a multi-cultural campus is important since our country is multicultural!!! I see this as an issue that effects a small percentage of students that didn't get accepted into their first choice. Colleges and universities are typically upfront on their numbers (how many admitted, applied, ethnic background). So you know what to expect and the odds when you apply. Affirmative Action is important, just open your eyes and look around to see why. This shit going on ain't winning it's destroying, ruining, hurting our country.

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  • John
    08/02/2017
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    It's my understanding that the President is pushing to drastically cut back legal immigration. Immigration is what made American and what keeps America great. Perhaps the President may want to change this ... "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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  • Gloria
    08/03/2017
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    HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED! NOW,

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  • Deirdre
    08/02/2017
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    Affirmative action is to benefit all people who have financial issues to further their goals. It's for women, all races, all religions. This is so that just because you are you doesn't mean that you can't get ahead

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  • Keith
    08/02/2017
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    I'm asking my representatives to stand against the executive branch's plan to "go after" colleges that supposedly discriminate against white students. That is *the* definition of white privilege. We had to create a law to ensure that women and people of color would have the same shot at a job, as their white male counterparts. Living in the South there are still active KKK meeting "in our backyard." We had slavery, and the civil rights movement. And now we have a president who wants to end decades of affirmative action? This is inexcusable, and I will make it my mission to vote you out of office if you do not stand against him. Moreover, I ask that you do not pass the law that would prevent people who used a commercial vehicle to commit a crime from getting a regular license. Until we ban people on the no-fly list and with certain mental illnesses from purchasing a firearm, this bill should never be considered. That's called a hypocritical double standard, because far more people are killed by firearms, than are trafficked, but we won't regulate them. Lastly, I'm not sure what defining "winning" will do, other than appease the executive branch.

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  • Brandon
    08/04/2017
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    Identity politics is why the democrats lost in the first place. Keep it up! The vast majority of middle America don't care about these "micro aggressions" and all this safe space bs. Racism was not a major problem until obama set us back 50 years and now watching all the rtards self segregate is hilarious. But hey keep that prison culture up! Your easier to maintain in your little groups!

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  • Stacy
    08/03/2017
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    I'm tired of all the "winning." So much winning. Sigh. Six months of Trump and his merry band of morons feels like six years.

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