TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS: WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU LATELY?? – The government shutdown entered its third day with no end in sight, as the Republican-led house carried on their delusions of grandeur (despite immense evidence to the contrary) aided by conservative pundits like Bill Kristol who said on Morning Joe: “I don’t think it’s the end of the world.” READ Media Matters’ new report “How Broadcast and Cable News Cover The Economy.”
Progressive groups continue to demand action. CREDO Action launched a page for visitors to call House Republicans and demand they back down, as well as another to urge Democrats not to buckle under GOP pressure.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): “HOSTAGE TAKING IS ALL THEY HAVE LEFT” … Robert Costa: “WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS THE END OF INSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN POWER” … Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind): “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT EVEN IS” …
READ: “House Republicans and the Betrayal of Democracy,” by University of Chicago Law Professor and Top Wonk Geoffrey R. Stone; “GOP Temper Tantrum” and “Government Shutdown Will Hit Federal Workers, Poor Americans” over at The Nation.
… MEANWHILE, AFFORDABLE CARE IS FINALLY HERE — Despite the questionable efforts of conservatives, the Affordable Care Act is NOW LIVE.. Planned Parenthood recently launched a new site educating users about Obamacare, including a guide for women choosing insurance. Check it out HERE. READ: “15 Myths the Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation.”
DOJ CALLS OUT RESTRICTIVE NC VOTER ID LAW — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be suing North Carolina over its highly restrictive voter ID law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit joins current litigation filed by Advancement Project, on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP, to contest the legislation. Advancement Project staff attorney Donita Judge lauded the DOJ’s decision: “We are extremely pleased the United States Department of Justice has brought a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina. It’s clear they agree with our assessment that the North Carolina case is one of racial discrimination. We believe the DOJ lawsuit will prove North Carolina’s extreme voter suppression law was intentionally designed to block African Americans’ access to the ballot box and prevent these voters from participating equally and fairly in North Carolina elections. Thanks to prompt legal action from Advancement Project, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ACLU and the DOJ, we are now one step closer to ensuring elections remain free, fair and accessible to all people.”
Advancement Project and the North Carolina NAACP State Conference also recently launched a toll-free voter education hotline. SHARE 855-NO-ID-4-US (855-664-3487) with those you know who may be impacted by the current ID laws.
BATTLING BIG BROTHER — On October 26th — the 12 year anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act — the StopWatching.Us Coalition will march on DC to deliver a 571,000 signature petition to Congress demanding government transparency and an end to mass government surveillance. Members of the coalition include Free Press, Freedom Works, the ACLU, Demand Progress, and Students for Liberty. RSVP, SIGN the petition, and FIND OUT MORE HERE.
READ: “Justice in the Surveillance State,” a report by Alliance for Justice assessing the issues surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, recently submitted to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
TACKLING CITIZENS UNITED 2.0 – Elizabeth Warren joined Harvard Law professor and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig at the Constitution Accountability Center last Thursday to discuss McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The upcoming case has become known as the next Citizens United, expanding campaign financing to allow direct campaign contributions of over $3.5 million from individual donors. WATCH the discussion, entitled “The Founders v. The Roberts Court: Corruption, Campaign Finance, and McCutcheon v. FEC,” HERE.
THE STATE OF WOMEN IN AMERICA — African-American women make 64 cents for every dollar that their white male counterparts make, according to a new study released by the Center for American Progress (CAP). “The State of Women in America” analyzes the progress made and challenges still faced by women in all 50 states, determined by economic and leadership factors. It is in conjunction with the recently launched “Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead” initiative by CAP, American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the Service Employees Union. READ: “The State of Women in America.”
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… PLAYGROUND POLITICS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why the President should not make any concessions when it comes to Obamacare in negotiations with House Republicans.
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… INEQUALITY FOR ALL … Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich investigates the correlation between the widening income gap and the country’s economic health in the new documentary Inequality For All. Venture Capitalist and Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer is also featured … The Roosevelt Institute: “‘INEQUALITY FOR ALL IS ‘THE PROGRESSIVE ECONOMIC NARRATIVE: THE MOVIE’” … NOW PLAYING in cites nationwide.
FIND a screening near you and WATCH the trailer HERE. TWEET @InequalityFilm.
… TOP WONKS: THE ENVIRONMENT … The first ever complete on-line searchable directory of the most Important thinkers in the country on Climate Change and the Environment … COMING SOON … Stay tuned!
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