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Republicans attacked Democrats for passing Obamacare in “secret.” Now they’re doing the same.

  • Republicans are planning to vote Thursday evening on an amended version of the American Health Care Act.
  • But with conservatives and the Tea Party’s Freedom Caucus in revolt, the GOP didn’t have the votes to get the House Republican bill through. So they started changing it.
  • Now, mere hours before the vote, it’s unclear what changes Republicans are actually making to the bill, giving Americans almost no time to understand what it is the House is actually going to vote on, and how those changes would impact Americans.
  • In 2009, however, the same Republican Party bashed the way the Affordable Care Act was passed because — you guessed it — the American people supposedly couldn’t get all the necessary information about the the Affordable Care Act before Congress voted. Read more (3/23/17 8:45 AM)

The Koch brothers plan to bankroll any Republicans opposing Trump’s health care bill

  • The conservative billionaire Koch Brothers are ready to go to war with Paul Ryan and Donald Trump over the Republican health care bill working its way through Congress.
  • On Wednesday, Politico reported that Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, two big Koch-backed conservative grassroots groups, are joining together and creating a seven-figure fund to support any conservative member of Congress who votes against the American Health Care Act. Read more (3/22/17 10:40 PM)
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And the institutional coddling of white racists under the Trump administration continues. 

This excerpt is *important* for context:

Speaking to reporters, [Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)] expressed anger about what had happened.

“I’ve been here 25 years and I’ve never been told by the Speaker of the House that I can’t attend a meeting I’ve requested,” he fumed.

The speaker of the house PAUL RYAN is facilitating a system of racism and oppression when he chooses to bar Representatives of color, their colleagues, from voicing their concerns about racist acts. 

As we can see the decision to prevent notably outspoken and critical voices of color from attending the meeting they requested goes against 25 years of precedent. Ryan is GOING out of his way and ignoring precedent because the feelings of sensitive white racism is too valuable.

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Black Caucus hopes to put race front and center during Jeff Sessions’ AG confirmation

  • Democrats are hoping to make race a major issue in Sen. Jeff Sessions’ attorney general confirmation hearings this week.
  • They’re requesting that members of the Congressional Black Caucus be allowed to testify in his vetting session on Tuesday, Politico reported.
  • Not only was Sessions once denied confirmation to a federal judgeship in the 1980s over racist comments he allegedly made
  • Democrats also oppose his record on voting rights — which Democrats say has the greatest negative impacts on minority voters. 
  • And they are hoping to highlight those issues by having three members of the CBC testify, according to Politico
  • Democratic Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon; Rep. Cedric Richmond, the new chairman of the CBC; and Sen. Cory Booker. Read more

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The Congressional Black Caucus wants answers about Facebook’s racial ad targeting

On Friday, a brief investigation by ProPublica found that Facebook’s ad targeting system allows advertisers to exclude certain ethnic groups from seeing advertisements. If used to advertise housing, Facebook could be violating civil rights laws like the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Members of the Congressional Black Congress sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday morning asking for an immediate response to the allegations. When the news first broke, Facebook defended the practice.

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Bi-partisan co-chairs of Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus urge Trump to take action to end epidemic

  • Throughout his campaign and tenure as president thus far, Donald Trump has remained relatively mum on the issue of HIV/AIDS. 
  • But in a letter sent to the president on Tuesday, the co-chairs of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus urged him to continue decades of effort to make battling the epidemic a public health priority at the federal level.
  • “As co-chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, we write to encourage you to continue the long-standing American commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, both here at home and abroad,” the letter, signed by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), reads.
  • “The Trump administration has a simple choice to make,” Lee said in a statement to Mic. "The United States can either continue building on our bipartisan legacy on HIV/AIDS, or we can retreat from our leadership in the world.“      
  • In the letter, Lee and Ros-Lehtenin call on Trump to continue support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — a federal initiative created by former President George W. Bush — which they laud for increasing the number of people receiving treatment for the deadly disease by "nearly 11.5 million” over the last two decades. Read more (3/14/17 4:09 PM)
PSA

If you are planning on caucusing/voting for Bernie today in Washington, Alaska, or Hawaii, please pay attention to the following:

Alaska: Your caucus closes at 10 A.M.!! Please wake up your friends and other Bernie supporters so you guys can go vote!!

Hawaii: Your caucus closes at 1 P.M.!!

Washington: Your caucus closes at 10 A.M.!! Please wake up your friends and other Bernie supporters so you guys can go vote!!

Please get out there today and go vote! Your vote could be the deciding factor in this race!