5 pro-choice women leaders share what ‘Democratic Unity’ means to them

The Democratic Party took their show on the road earlier this week for a mix of campaigning, morale-boosting, and crisis management deemed the Unity Tour. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said the goal of the tour was to heal the deeply divided party by going to rural America, to urban America, to every corner in between, to talk and listen and learn.”

The tour headliner, Bernie Sanders, who is not a Democrat, drew enthusiastic crowds, but also sparked controversy for his criticisms of the party and his support for anti-choice Democrats like Heath Mello, whose Omaha, Nebraska, mayoral run was one of the Unity Tours campaign stops.

After coming under fire from womens rights groups, Sanders refused to apologize, telling NPR, “If we are going to protect a woman’s right to choose, at the end of the day we’re going to need Democratic control over the House and the Senate, and state governments all over this nation…I think you just can’t exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.”

Behind the scenes, Tom Perez made a call to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and put out a statement denouncing Mellos personal beliefs about abortion. Perezs aides told news outlets the Mello campaign stop was Sanders idea.

So yeah, unity.

In light of this widening rift in the party, we asked some pro-choice women leaders from around the country to share their thoughts on what real Democratic unity might look like and what it could achieve. Spoiler alert: None of them listed roll back abortion rights as a requirement.

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Yamani Hernandez, executive director, National Network of Abortion Funds:

The voting demographics of the last election made clear that the Democratic Partys success is reliant on a base of people of color, the LGBTQ community, and people with lower incomes. The Democratic Party needs to invest their vast resources on candidates, policies, and voting blocks that reflect those same demographics and who have real experience with the issues and struggles that matter to people who live and work in this country, and we cant afford leave out abortion access and coverage.

While abortion access is often painted as a partisan issue, it shouldnt be. Its about bodily autonomy, personal decision making, and support for families which should be something that all politicians stand behind. No politician should impose their own beliefs on other people. They have to understand that creating unnecessary non-medical barriers actually endangers our health, and data has shown that abortion barriers do negatively impact our health.

Truly inclusive politics would ensure that those who are most deeply affected are centered and uplifted in the conversation, so it is crucial to see a conversation like this and political decisions guided by those of us whove had abortions.

Ashley Wheeland, senior policy and political director, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:

“Progressive values include the economic rights of all people, including women. Barriers to reproductive health care continues a cycle of poverty. Every person must be able to choose when to start their familybecause caring for a family is one of the greatest factors to an individual’s economic well-being.”

Pamelya Herndon, executive director, Southwest Womens Law Center:

A united Democratic Party is one that looks to place some new faces in strategic, decision-making positions who are from places like New Mexico and Montana and South Dakota and Rhode Island. The united Democratic Party will remember millennials need a seat at the decision-making table while also remembering to make space for Baby Boomers who are still a viable part of the party.

The united Democratic Party must blend the Hillary Faction and the Bernie Faction in one well-simmered pot flavored with remembrance that the election for the 45th president is over, and now is the time to walk in lock step as we get ready to elect the 46th president, a Democrat.

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Elizabeth Potter Graham, member of Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates:

Many members of Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates are mothers. We understand what it means to bear and raise children. ARRA believes that women know best when they are prepared to embark on pregnancy and motherhood. While Republicans refuse to read, understand, and follow U.S. Supreme Court rulings, Democrats respect the right and ability of women to make their own reproductive decisions, free of government involvement.

Sadalia King, president, Black Young Democrats of Sacramento:

A united and inclusive Democratic Party would allow for its leadership to look like the diversity the party enjoys showing during its conventions. At any convention, the camera pans over its crowds of people from various races and ethnic groups, able and disabled bodies, genders and sexual orientations; however, the Democratic leadership, and the candidates running as Democrats, seems rather lackluster.

The party could actually be effective and responsive. A representative body actually talking to each other, promoting policies and ideologies that their members believe, and running quality leaders to enact themthe party would be a force to be reckoned with! To make it a reality, there needs to be value placed in humility. Truly value mentorship so when leaders step aside, the next person is well-equipped to capitalize on their predecessors success. There shouldnt be a wait your turn mindset when it comes to serve. Do your time, make an impact, and move on.

“Also, as a millennial, overlooking or stigmatizing younger generations is doing the party a disservice. We are all uncomfortable with change, but utilizing power to dissuade and suppress ambitious, progressive voices is counterproductive to what the party claims to be.

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Democrats in Congress move to ban conversion therapy, labeling it ‘fraud’

In a huge step forward for LGBTQ rights, Democrats in Congress have just introduced a bill that would ban conversion therapy across the nation.

Called the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, and introduced by Representative Ted Lieu (D-Ca.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa.), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), the bill would label conversion therapy treatments as fraud with the Federal Trade Commission, bringing an end to most anti-LGBTQ therapy programs across the country.

“The bill is very simple. It says it is fraud if you treat someone for a condition that doesnt exist and theres no medical condition known as being gay,” Rep. Lieu told the Washington Post. “LGBTQ people were born perfect; there is nothing to treat them for. And by calling this what it should be, which is fraud, it would effectively shut down most of the organizations.”

Conversion therapy is an anti-LGBTQ therapy method in which counselors try to psychologically convince a queer or transgender person (especially youths) that they are not LGBTQ. While many right-wing and conservative Americans support the measure, conversion therapy has been derided as abuse by both activists and medical practitioners alike.

The Human Rights Campaign calls conversion therapy a “range of dangerous and discredited practices” that has been “rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades.” Undercover investigationshave also revealed that conversion therapy camps are both traumatic and misleading, often employing guilt and shame techniques to convince queer and transgender victims(and theirparents) to continue spending money on “treatments.”

Despite ethics and research, the conversion therapy bill will likely face a turbulent battle in Congress. While 70 other Congressional members have supported the bill, all of them are Democrats. Republican leaders may provide backlash or resistance against the measure, too, with some of the White House’s own cabinet membersallegedly supporting conversion therapy programs. Most notably, activists allege that Vice President Mike Pence wanted to use federal LGBTQ organization funding and redirect resources to conversion therapy programs across the nation, significantly damaging LGBTQ citizensacross the U.S.

H/T the Washington Post

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Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News

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One of the key figures behind the introduction of the triple-lock pension policy is calling for its revamp.

Steve Webb, pension minister from 2010 to 2015 and now a director at mutual insurer Royal London, has proposed a “middle way” on state pension policy.

Under triple lock, the state pension rises each April to match the highest of inflation, earnings, or 2.5%.

However, it is becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and some have called for it to be scrapped.

A recent review by former CBI director-general John Cridland, who was appointed as the government’s independent reviewer of state pension age last year, recommended that the triple lock be withdrawn in the next Parliament.

The Conservatives have not committed to maintaining it.

The Labour Party has said it will keep the policy in place through the next parliament.

How much does the triple-lock cost?

Labour pledges to keep the triple-lock

In his report for Royal London, Mr Webb proposed that the government retained the triple-lock for pensioners who retired before 6 April 2016.

Those retiring after that date would have their pension increases linked to earnings only. The report said the move would save almost 3bn per year by 2028.

It also said that, as newly retired pensioners are on average 100 per week better off than those aged over 75, the policy would increasingly target money on the older, poorer group.

“There’s a big difference between pensioners who retired 20 years ago… for whom the state pension really matters, and someone who just retired,” Mr Webb said.

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Media captionAngus Robertson: “Will the PM give a clear and unambiguous commitment to maintaining the triple lock on the state pension?”

Mr Webb says his proposals would control costs and give pension increases to those most in need.

“This is the first time that someone has said anything other than scrap it or keep it,” Mr Webb told the BBC.

He said the triple lock had delivered “big improvements” to pensioner incomes since 2010, but political parties would be concerned about the long-term cost implications of the policy “on top of increased spending on health and social care associated with an ageing population”.

But Tom McPhail, pensions expert at stockbrokers Hargreaves Lansdown, said the plan added a layer of complexity to pension policy.

“It would be better to review the triple-lock; the level of the state pension, which was set too low; and state pension ages as a complete package,” he said.

He added: “The challenge has always been how and when to move away from the triple-lock without upsetting a key constituency of voters.”

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Teenager dropped by football club loses post-traumatic stress claim

Sen Cookes father says his sons dream of playing in the UK was harmed when he was denied the opportunity to play in front of talent scouts

An Irish teenager has lost a case taken against his former football club, where he claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after he was dropped from the team as a 13-year-old.

Sen Cooke, 18, sued Carrigaline United over alleged ill treatment by coaches at the club. Cooke told Judge Sen ODonnabhain at Cork circuit court that he was a good player who hoped to play professionally in Britain, but was not given the chance to play in front of talent scouts after he was allegedly dropped.

His father, Declan Cooke, brought a vote of no confidence against the clubs coaches in the 2012-2013 season, the Irish Independent reports. He lost by a vote of 9 to 2.

Tim Mawe, who succeeded Declan Cooke as manager of the club in 2011, said everything possible was done to accommodate Sen.

Mawe said Sen played regularly during the successful 2011-2012 season, but he was told by other parents that there was non-stop complaining about the clubs management from his father.

The court heard Mawe was very hurt when Cooke brought the vote of no confidence against him, but rejected suggestions from barrister Matthew Maguire that he took any bad feelings out on Sen. We were volunteers. We were doing a great job. It was hurtful. There was no appreciation. He was the same as any player. We picked on merit.

Mawe said Sen was injured in the summer of 2012, missed a lot of pre-season training as a result and had to come off the pitch one time because he was injured.

Sen Cooke told the court that before a game in 2012 Mawe pulled him aside and said that he was not good enough to play. Mawe denied this, saying Sen Cookes mother arrived at the match and once she realised her son was not playing there was a huge commotion.

Maguire told the court that Cooke was not allowed to play during a match which was attended by a talent scout from the English club Aston Villa.

The judge said it was an emotional and difficult case and that Declan Cooke was undoubtedly a caring parent but was not over-blessed with insight.

In dismissing the case ODonnabhain said Mawe appeared to be conscientious and truthful.

In a statement published on Twitter, Sen Cooke said he had no regrets in taking the case. We wanted justice to be served, he wrote.

Cooke added that he had to leave the club I played for and loved since the age of six as a result of being dropped from the team.

Im very proud of my parents for taking the stand for me and sticking up for what was the right thing to do … We feel justice has been served as this case has now been exposed and we can move on from these traumatic years and leave this case behind us.

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Trump just appointed anti-abortion leader to top Health and Human Services position


Today, President Donald Trump announced he is naming anti-abortion activist Charmaine Yoest as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Heath and Humans Services, according toPolitico.

Yoest is a senior fellow at American Values and the former president of the prominent anti-abortion organization Americans United for Life. On AUL’swebsite, Yoest is referred to as“public enemy no. 1” ofabortion rights organizations. Among the state bills backed bythe anti-abortion group under Yoest’s leadership were measures to ban most abortions after 20 weeks,according to the Associated Press.

Prior to her presidency in the group, Yoest worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel during the Reagan administration and advised former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during his 2008 campaign.

As the assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, Yoest would shape communication efforts for the department. Though she is appointed, her position doesn’t need to be confirmed by the Senate. Yoest succeeds Kevin Griffis, who was recently named Planned Parenthood’s vice presidentof communications.

H/T Politico

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DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab

After recently postponing a slew of concert dates, it’s been revealed

His manager Pat Gallo and ex-wife Tashera Simmons did encourage him to take this step too.

In a statement to his client’s fans, Pat explained:

“It is important right now that he take some time off to focus on his health so that he can be a better father, friend and entertainer. We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of concern and support that has poured in. We ask that you please keep X in your prayers as he embraces your support.”

We’re wishing DMX the best.

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Green heating system accused of causing ‘fuel poverty’ – BBC News

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Image caption District heating is seen as a new cleaner, cheaper way to keep homes warm, but some residents say its not working as well as it should.

A heating system meant to reduce bills is leaving people in fuel poverty, according to campaigners and residents.

The government wants millions of us to get heat and hot water from “district heating networks” to help meet carbon reduction targets.

But residents on some networks say they are more expensive than traditional heating and have been beset with problems.

Providers are working to tackle issues and say some schemes work brilliantly.

Instead of having a gas boiler in every home, heat networks send heat and hot water to numerous properties along a system of underground pipes from one central communal heat source.

This could be a mini-power station in the middle of a housing estate, or waste heat from a recycling plant or a factory.

Image caption Uzoamaka Okafor says the heating provided by the submarine power station has been beset with problems.

Those living on the Myatt’s Field North Oval Quarter estate get heat from a small power station in a building known as the submarine. The system, run by E.on, was installed when the estate was redeveloped.

Uzoamaka Okafor, chair of the residents’ association, said the problems were causing a lot of distress, particularly to elderly and vulnerable residents.

She said some smart meters did not work, which meant people were being sent high estimated bills, including some who were being asked for hundreds of pounds a month.

She said: “It’s been riddled with issues, from intermittent hot water and heating, a number of outages, to concerns around high estimates bills, customer service and technical faults.

“There are lots of residents that do not put their heating on at all; they go to bed early. I’ve bought one resident blankets, because she’s so distressed about bills she doesn’t want to put the heating on.”

Residents said some people were having to choose between heating and eating.

No food

A report about the problems on the estate, written by Ruth London from Fuel Poverty Action and Stuart Hodkinson from the University of Leeds, said there had been heat outages on 48 days in four years.

It detailed individual cases of vulnerable people left without heat for weeks and months on end.

It also details the case of Edward Connell, an elderly man thought to have been suffering with a form of dementia who told people he was struggling with high bills. He died of heart failure in October. The report said there was no food in his flat when he died.

In February, after a meeting with E.on about problems on the estate, residents were sent a letter of apology by the head of the company’s heat division, Jeremy Bungey.

A spokesman told the BBC E.on did not agree with all of the points raised in the report, but acknowledged there had been issues.

He said many had been resolved some time ago. He urged anyone with problems with their smart meter to get in touch.

In relation to Mr Connell, he said: “This is clearly a very sad case, but we have no insight into the wider circumstances of his death and the factors which may have led to it.”

He said the company had spoken to Mr Connell a number of times when he moved into the property in 2015 and that in June, after providing a manual meter reading, he was found to be in credit.

‘Potential to reduce costs’

At the moment, 200,000 people rely on district heating, but the government is championing the system and has put up 320m in seed funding to encourage more heat networks to be built in towns and cities across England and Wales.

It wants 18-20% of heat to come from district heating by 2050, in a bid to help meet carbon reduction targets.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy website, heat networks “have the potential to reduce heating costs, in some cases by more than 30%“.

But some customers say they have not seen the promised savings, and a traditional gas boiler would be much cheaper for them.

Charles Montlake, who lives in New Capital Quay, Greenwich, has district heating in his flat which is also provided by E.on.

He was given 669 in an out-of-court settlement with the energy giant after he lodged papers with the small claims court saying he had been overcharged for his heating for a year.

E.on says it believes it offers Mr Montlake value for money.

80-year contracts

Unlike traditional energy customers, people like Mr Montlake on district heating cannot go to Ofgem to complain about bills, because district heating is currently largely unregulated.

Customers can go to the energy ombudsman and a body set up by a number of providers called the Heat Trust, but their powers are limited.

And while traditional power users can switch suppliers if they are not happy with pricing or customer service, those on district heating are locked into long contracts.

Mr Montlake told 5 live Investigates: “Our contract is for 25 years, so our current alternatives are move or don’t use heat.”

Ms London said she had come across contracts locking customers in for 40 and even 80 years, and estates where those who owned their own homes were moving house because they could not afford the mortgage and the heat bills.

She said the problem was particularly acute for people on low incomes, like some of those living on the Myatt’s Field North Oval Quarter estate.

She said: “It’s some of the worst fuel poverty we’ve seen.

“We’re afraid the same thing is going to happen to heating systems all over the UK, where people are actually not able to cover their heating costs and they’re going cold and potentially even losing their lives, as well as their health, as a result.

“The industry has to be regulated, it is absolutely not acceptable that it should be a wild-west situation where companies can do what they like.”

‘Tackled these issues’

Tim Rotheray, director of the Association of Decentralised Energy, said: “Across the country, these schemes have been lifting people out of fuel poverty and making cold homes warm.

“But any evidence of unhappy customers is a serious concern.

“A good experience for customers is not only vital for them, but also for the future of the industry.

“We recognise the new and changing nature of this industry means that sometimes quality and customer service standards are not good enough. The industry has tackled these issues head on.

“In March we launched a new task force, attended by consumer groups, investors, developers and observed by government and Ofgem.

“The group is examining both industry and regulatory options to ensure all aspects of consumer protection can be an integral part of enabling new investment.”

To hear more about this story, tune into 5 live Investigates on Sunday April 30 at 11am or listen to the podcast.

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Shannen Doherty Reveals She’s In Remission Following Breast Cancer Battle!

Sharing her emotions in a candid caption, Shan shared:

She’s for real a cancer slayer!! We’re wishing her the best health.

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Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trumps 100th day in office

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trumps 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies.

In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break records.

The marches occurred as a slew of executive orders and policy moves from the Trump Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (along with the proposed budget for the EPA) reveal a disregard for climate science (and science in general), while pursuing a pro-business agenda that even some conservative pundits say poses health hazards for the US.

In an editorial forThe Atlantic(its worth reading the whole thing),Christine Todd Whitman, the EPA Secretary under President George W. Bush writes:

There are a number of health risks inherent to the proposed budget cuts, thanks in part to Trumps promises to leave only a little bit of federal regulations. For example, the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention runs a program that screens and tests endocrine disruptors, which are harmful chemicals that pose a threat to reproductive health and childrens growth and development. Under the Trump budget, funding for this program would be cut from $7.5 million to $445,000rendering the program inoperable and ineffective. Trump also wants to significantly cut the federal radon program to the tune of 80 percent. Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, is believed to cause lung cancer and is linked to 21,000 deaths annually. An estimated one in 15 homes has high levels of the gas, and this small program promotes radon testing in homes.

Pollution poses an undeniable threat to public health, as the Supreme Court has validated. A 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology study reported that roughly 19,000 more people die prematurely from automobile pollution each year than die in car accidents. The same year, Harvard University researchers found that pregnant women living in areas with elevated levels of air pollution were up to twice as likely to have an autistic child, compared with women in low-pollution locations. And a new study released in January found that air pollution increases the risk and expedites the onset of dementia and other forms of cognitive decline.

Just yesterday the EPA removed pages related to climate change research from its website. In a statement explaining the changes, the EPA said that the website was being updated to reflect outdated language.

Much of that outdated language reflects the consensus of what can best be described as a supermajority of scientists, according to a December 2016 study by an energy professor from the University of Houston.

Speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania this evening, Trump said that there would be an announcement on the Administrations continued participation in the Paris Accords in the next two weeks.

Rallies werent limited to Washington as thousands of protestors also marched in Boston;


and Seattle.

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100 days in, Donald Trump is losing

For someone who is obsessed with winning, Donald Trump isnt doing a very good job of it.

Prior to planned celebrations commemorating the presidents first 100 days in officea benchmark used to judge the success of the early presidency going back to Franklin Delano RooseveltTrump bragged to a crowd in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about his litany of accomplishments since the January inauguration. No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days, he boasted. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer touted the decrease in border crossings this year, as well as the 500,000 jobs created in 2017. Tellingly, a press release from the president also cited his travel ban, which has twice been stymied by federal courts.

But three months into the new administration, Trump has failed the presidency by virtually every possible standard, including his own. Prior to the election, Trumps campaign released the Contract with the American Voter, a document spelling out everything he pledged to do as commander-in-chief. The Chicago Tribune noted that of the 38 specific promises listed on the document, he has only fulfilled 10 of them, a 26-percent ratio. If he were being graded in school, that kind of score wouldnt just earn him an F. Thats basically a G.

It only gets worse from there. Of the 10 legislative efforts Trump planned to spearhead, not a single one has come to fruition. Roosevelt, in comparison, passed 15 bills during his first 100 days. The campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has repeatedly crashed and burned, with a shell-shocked president claiming that nobody knew health care could be so complicated.

Another last-minute rally to push for a Republican vote on Obamacare before the 100-days markin order to give Trump a much-needed winstruck out, just as the the president has so many times during his short stint in the Oval Office.

Trumps utter ineffectiveness isnt merely the result of an energized left that has vowed to oppose every single policy designed to attack and strip away the rights of marginalized communities; its his own bureaucratic ineptitude. Trumpwho has spent much of his time golfing or lounging at the Mar-a-Lago, his private Florida resorthas shown little interest in how government works or even the basic duties of the presidency. That has resulted in his executive orders being continually blocked and challenged for their constitutionality. Its led to a White House where many offices and positions remain vacant, another empty mansion for its landlord to occupy.

The president is a leader without governance, a president without an office, and a man without a country. Trump can try to save face with a tax reform Hail Mary, a brief proposal that New York magazine has called a one-page assemblage of campaign bullet points full of hyperbole, bereft of most crucial details, and tied to no legislation. But the man who has filed bankruptcy six times will keep doing what he has always donedrive his office into the ground until he cashes out.

Just this week, Trump planted himself on the whoopee cushion of the legal system yet again. On Tuesday, a San Francisco judge halted an executive order that would have denied money to sanctuary cities, a term for municipalities that offer asylum to undocumented workers. His prior order barring entry from seven majority Muslim nations has been repeatedly blocked by federal courts, while Trump has announced that a proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico is likely not in the fiscal budget for 2017. The presidents absurd claims that our neighbors to the south would pay for its construction were met with hostility and mockery by Mexican President Enrique Pea Nietos government.

Trumps administration has been as impotent as his policies. The White House bureaucracy has been beset by frequent leaks from within its ranks and reports of infighting, which allegedly forced former Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon out of his role as the chief strategist to the president. Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law, just couldnt get along. While the president has filled major roles in the White House with loyalists and yes men, the Miami Herald reports that that Trump has yet to rehire for 85 percent of federal positions requiring confirmation from the Senate, which includes some major cabinet spots.

The level of ineptitude in the Oval Office is historic. The lack of vetting for key officials led to the ouster of Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, who was asked to resign just three weeks after being named National Security Adviser over allegations that he lied about connections to Russia. He boasts the shortest tenure in the history of the office. Former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions will have to recuse himself from any subsequent investigations into the role of Russian hacking of political entities during the 2016 election after reports the attorney general lied during his confirmation.

Trumps few weeks in office have likewise been ridden with scandalfrom the White House violating ethical standards to promote the presidents private businesses to details emerging about his possible ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Even his so-called victories are suspect. After a year of Republican gridlock over the appointment of Obama pick Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the bench earlier this month, a right-wing jurist who fulfills Trumps pledge to appoint a justice in the mold of Scalia. What got Gorsuch there, however, was not the presidents wheeling and dealing but Sen. Mitch McConnell. The Majority Leader circumvented a Democratic filibuster by using the nuclear option to get the Colorado judge appointed. Thats McConnells win, not Trumps.

The president, who has yet to shepherd the passage of any major piece of legislation, will continue to talk a big game, but his braggadocio is nothing but clown and fury. Trump trumpets his many executive orderswhich number 77, the most since Truman. These orders have not only accomplished very little, but they also break one of his key campaign promises: The POTUS claimed during the 2016 election that he would not use the Oval Office to act unilaterally, decrying the federal overreach of the Obama presidency.

Trump has claimed Hillary Clinton paid immigrants to vote in the election and that he was illegally wiretapped by Obama. Neither has proven to be true. He has said that he would find evidence to back up his allegations when they were proven false. He has not. The president said he would invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. He has not. In a 2016 speech at the New York Economic Club, Trump said that he would advocate on behalf of a silent nation of jobless Americans and fight to bring prosperity to every part of this country. He will not. Trumps soon-to-be unveiled tax plan will lead to the most drastic cuts for the wealthy in history, benefitting his friends, donors, his own family, and himself.

After the Electoral College voted Trump into office, his supporters asked the country to give him a chanceto let the president have a fair shot at leading the country before judging him. America has given Trump a chance, but he has squandered it at every possible opportunity. Trump is losing, and make no mistake, he is losing badly. The people who will pay for those losses, however, arent the administration officials who continue to be record-breakingly unpopular. Its a beleaguered public who has to put up with 1,360 more days of this shit, as well as decades of political repercussions. No one will win.

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