AMERICAblog Newspetition – AMERICAblog News http://americablog.com A great nation deserves the truth // One of America's top progressive sites for news and opinion Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:32:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 Tell Starbucks that homophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism are bad business http://americablog.com/2018/05/tell-starbucks-that-homophobia-transphobia-and-anti-semitism-are-bad-business.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/tell-starbucks-that-homophobia-transphobia-and-anti-semitism-are-bad-business.html#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 18:55:03 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144348 Starbucks just did it again. On the heels of the coffee chain’s racist treatment of two African-American customers, Starbucks is now embracing homophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism. Please sign the petition at the bottom of this page (or here) and demand that Starbucks stop coddling homophobic, transphobic and anti-Semitic bigots. As you know, in response to […]

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Starbucks just did it again.

On the heels of the coffee chain’s racist treatment of two African-American customers, Starbucks is now embracing homophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism.

Please sign the petition at the bottom of this page (or here) and demand that Starbucks stop coddling homophobic, transphobic and anti-Semitic bigots.

As you know, in response to a racist incident in one of its stores, Starbucks plans to shut down its stores on May 29th for mandatory anti-bias training. One of the groups assisting with that training was the lead civil rights group, ADL, which focusing on anti-Semitism, but has also been a longtime leader, going back decades, in the battle for LGBT rights, among others. The ADL, and America’s Jewish community, were speaking out on behalf of LGBT rights back when a lot of progressive allies were still squeamish.

Starbucks has now kicked the ADL out of the anti-bias training, in response to complaints from acolytes of transphobic, homophobic, and anti-Semitic bigot Louis Farrakhan. Yes, to prove that it isn’t a bigoted company, Starbucks just took a swipe at gays, transgender people, and Jews.

Starbucks took the move in response to a demand from Farrakhan allies, and controversial Women’s March leaders, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour. Both women demanded that Starbucks drop the ADL. Why? Because the ADL took a stand against Farrakhan’s homophobic, transphobic and anti-Semitic bigotry. And that was a step too far for Mallory and Sarsour.

Specifically, the ADL recently criticized Mallory’s attendance at a Farrakhan speech where he praised her by name, and then went on to launch a vile attack on gays, trans people and Jews. Afterwards, Mallory refused to condemn Farrakhan’s homophobic and anti-Semitic bigotry, and the ADL rightfully took her on.

Mallory and Sarsour have now gotten their revenge, by convincing Starbucks to embrace their homophobia, transphobia, and anti-Semitism by dropping the ADL from the training, and sending a message to other corporate leaders that anti-gay, anti-trans, and anti-Semitic bigotry are acceptable.

Yeah, they’re really not.

To fully appreciate just how badly Starbucks stumbled, here are the recent Farrakhan comments that Mallory & Sarsour (and now Starbucks) are embracing:

Farrakhan attacks Jews, gays and trans people in one fell swoop:

The Jews, he proclaimed, are “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men.”

On “white folks” and the “Satanic Jew”:

“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

Evil Jews control the world

“After insisting that he’s not an anti-Semite but a ‘truth teller,’ Farrakhan suggested, among other things, that Jews are part of ‘the Synagogue of Satan;’ that the white people running Mexico are Mexican-Jews; that Jews control various countries including Ukraine, France, Poland and Germany where they take advantage of the money, the culture and the business; that Jesus called Jews ‘the children of the devil’; and ‘when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.'”

Of course, Farrakhan’s history of spouting bigotry and idiocy isn’t new. Here are a few more of his other “best hits” of years recent years:

Farrakhan on President Obama embracing marriage equality (zoom ahead to 2 minutes):

And here’s Farrakhan bashing gays and advocating for sodomy laws:

Farrakhan on Hitler, the “great man”:

“The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.”

On AIDS being used as a weapon against black people:

“Another method (of depopulation) is disease infection through bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS, which are race targeting weapons. There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.”

And for added measure, Farrakhan thinks 9/11 was a “false flag” operation:

“Osama Bin Laden didn’t destroy the Twin Towers. that was a false flag operation to take the world’s attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election.”

Who does Farrakhan really think was behind 9/11? Take a guess:

“It is now becoming apparent that there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks.  Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks…  We know that many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11.”

You can read more about the Women’s March’s embrace of Farrakhan’s bigotry in this Advocate op ed.

Louis Farrakhan is a virulent bigot. And Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour are bigots for not only supporting Louis Farrakhan and refusing to repudiate his incessant attacks on gays, trans people and Jews; but for using their status in the Women’s March to attack a longtime and legitimate civil rights movement like the ADL.

As for Starbucks, shame on you for pandering to homophobia, transphobia and anti-Semitism. You clearly haven’t learned your lesson that bigotry is bad business.

Please sign the petition on this page, and make sure Starbucks learns a lesson about bigotry that it will never forget.

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GOP finance chair Steve Wynn accused of sexual abuse http://americablog.com/2018/01/gop-finance-chair-steve-wynn-accused-sexual-abuse.html http://americablog.com/2018/01/gop-finance-chair-steve-wynn-accused-sexual-abuse.html#comments Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:03:37 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144126 A blockbuster story in the Wall Street Journal alleges that billionaire Republican donor, casino mogul, and Republican National Committee finance chair Steve Wynn pressured numerous female employees to have sex with him. The story is graphic and gross. Wynn is a HUGE Republican party donor. The Republican party had no problem demanding that Democrats return […]

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A blockbuster story in the Wall Street Journal alleges that billionaire Republican donor, casino mogul, and Republican National Committee finance chair Steve Wynn pressured numerous female employees to have sex with him. The story is graphic and gross.

Wynn is a HUGE Republican party donor.

The Republican party had no problem demanding that Democrats return any and all donations from Harvey Weinstein following allegations that he had sexually harassed and abused numerous women.

So fair is fair. It’s now time for the Republican party to return their donations from Steve Wynn, and fire him as the GOP finance chair.

Sign the petition, and please share it on social media.

Thanks, JOHN

PS You can hear our latest podcast about Trump trying to fire Robert Mueller (and even more about Stormy Daniels) here. (That’s a snippet — the entire premium episode is here with a $5/month subscription — thanks!)

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Tell Congress to Hold Trump Accountable for Sexual Assault http://americablog.com/2017/12/tell-congress-hold-trump-accountable-sexual-assault.html http://americablog.com/2017/12/tell-congress-hold-trump-accountable-sexual-assault.html#comments Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:40:47 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144065 On the same day that women are demanding justice for Donald Trump’s serial sexual assault, Senate Democrats are providing Trump cover. Add your name: Demand that Democrats in Congress hold Donald Trump accountable for his already-confessed serial sexual assault. In the past 24 hours, two Senate Democrats, Chris Coons and Ben Cardin, suggested that it […]

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On the same day that women are demanding justice for Donald Trump’s serial sexual assault, Senate Democrats are providing Trump cover.

Add your name: Demand that Democrats in Congress hold Donald Trump accountable for his already-confessed serial sexual assault.

In the past 24 hours, two Senate Democrats, Chris Coons and Ben Cardin, suggested that it wasn’t their job to hold Donald Trump accountable for sexual assault. The Democrats claimed that Congress has no mechanism to investigate Trump’s sexual assault (um, hearings anyone?), and, incredibly, they repeated an absurd Donald Trump White House talking point that the election last year exonerated Trump from such charges. (Here’s video of Coons.) Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave the exact same excuse today!

That’s preposterous. First, Hillary Clinton won the election last year — at least in terms of the popular vote. It’s absurd on its face to suggest that people voted in favor of sexual assault; but it’s equally false to make the claim when 3 million more people voted for Hillary. If anything, “the people” spoke AGAINST Trump.

The fact that two Democratic Senators made the exact same statement within a day of each other means they are repeating official Senate Democrat talking points. And that’s outrageous.

America is finally waking up to the horrors of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Democratic Senators went so far as to force Senator Al Franken to resign over such accusations. But when it comes to Donald Trump, we’re supposed to give him a pass?

I don’t think so.

Sign the petition, below or via this link, demand that Congressional Democrats hold Donald Trump as accountable as they do their own congressional colleagues.

 

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The Alt Right is trying to destroy Sam Seder http://americablog.com/2017/12/alt-right-trying-destroy-sam-seder.html http://americablog.com/2017/12/alt-right-trying-destroy-sam-seder.html#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:28:51 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144041 UPDATE: We won! MSNBC has rehired Sam Seder! _________________________ ​Progressive icon and Majority Report host Sam Seder is under attack from the so-called “Alt Right.” Sam needs our help now. Sign the petition at the bottom of this page, or via this link. Far-right Republican “men’s rights activist” Mike Cernovich, with the help of Seb Gorka and […]

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UPDATE: We won! MSNBC has rehired Sam Seder!

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​Progressive icon and Majority Report host Sam Seder is under attack from the so-called “Alt Right.” Sam needs our help now.

Sign the petition at the bottom of this page, or via this link.

Far-right Republican “men’s rights activist” Mike Cernovich, with the help of Seb Gorka and Donald Trump Jr., are trying to destroy Sam. And they just might succeed, unless we stop them now. They’ve already gotten Sam fired from MSNBC, and now they’re trying to kill his podcast by going after his advertisers. ​

What was Sam’s sin? He criticized filmmaker Roman Polanski for being a pedophile who raped a 13-year-old girl. Yes, Sam took a public stand against the sexual assault of young girls, and now he’s paying with his career.

Cernovich, a well-known fake-conspiracy promoter, claimed falsely that Sam defended Polanski in a tweet Sam wrote ten years ago. In fact, Sam’s tweet did the opposite — he attacked those on the left who would forgive Polanski for raping a child, simply because Polanski “made good films.”

This isn’t the first time Cernovich has concocted a high-profile lie to advance his extreme political agenda. Cernovich was one of those behind the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that falsely claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of the basement of a Washington, DC pizza parlor. That absurd allegation inspired a man to hold the restaurant hostage at gun point.​

As thanks for taking an unpopular stand against sexual assault ten years ago, Sam just lost his job at MSNBC, and Cernovich and the Alt Right are now targeting Sam’s advertisers on his podcast.

Enough is enough. It is outrageous that MSNBC would believe a known liar like Cernovich over someone with a long progressive record of defending all of our fights, including the rights of women. Not only was MSNBC wrong to fire Sam, but now the Alt Right is using the MSNBC move to urge other advertisers to drop Sam as well. MSNBC has quite literally take a fringe kook like Cernovich and turned him into a weapon to attack good progressives like Sam. And once he’s done with Sam, he’ll attack everyone else leading our movement.

Please sign this petition to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, demanding that he rehire Sam Seder and apologize for the harm they’ve already caused Sam’s reputation.

PS Here are some of Mike Cernovich’s views on women. This is the man who MSNBC is taking advice from on sexual assault:

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Please sign the petition, and share this with your friends. Thanks so much. JOHN

NB My latest podcast with Cliff Schecter talks at length about the attack on Sam. You can listen to it here — but sign the petition first!

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Trump’s latest tweet might get him banned from UK as an extremist http://americablog.com/2017/11/trumps-latest-tweet-might-get-banned-uk-extremist.html http://americablog.com/2017/11/trumps-latest-tweet-might-get-banned-uk-extremist.html#comments Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:41:39 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144027 Donald Trump may have just gotten himself banned from entering the United Kingdom under the country’s strict anti-extremism policies. Add your name to the petition calling on the British government to endorse British law, and ban Trump from entering the UK. Trump today retweeted a series of hateful anti-Muslim videos — at least one of […]

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Donald Trump may have just gotten himself banned from entering the United Kingdom under the country’s strict anti-extremism policies.

Add your name to the petition calling on the British government to endorse British law, and ban Trump from entering the UK.

Trump today retweeted a series of hateful anti-Muslim videos — at least one of which is a known fake, according to the Dutch government — from a notorious British hate group, “Britain First.”

British Prime Minister May’s official spokesman accused Britain First of spreading “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.” He added, “The British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right, which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents — decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the President to have done this.”

The Washington Post has more on the extremist group — they’re appalling.

The problem for Trump, and now PM May’s government, is that Trump should now rightfully be banned the UK for fomenting extremism.

Under UK anti-extremism guidelines, the government has the right to exclude non-UK nationals from entering the country if they use their position to disseminate hate. Specifically note the sections dealing with “using a position of responsibility” and “express[ing] views which…. foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.” May’s statement already admits that Trump did just that: “hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke tensions.”

Whether he’s embracing neo-Nazis, endorsing accused pedophiles, or fomenting anti-Muslim hate speech, Donald Trump thinks he can spread hate and extremism without consequence. In the interest of us all, the British government must enforce its own anti-extremism guidelines and ban Donald Trump from entering the UK until, as the guidelines require, he repudiates his extremist views.

Please sign the petition to Prime Minister May, and urge her to do the right thing.

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Stop playing golf and do your damn job http://americablog.com/2017/10/stop-playing-golf-damn-job.html http://americablog.com/2017/10/stop-playing-golf-damn-job.html#comments Sun, 01 Oct 2017 14:31:14 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=143831 Most of us didn’t vote for Donald Trump. And we know his campaign colluded with the Russians when he wasn’t busy bragging about groping women, ogling teenage beauty queens, and denigrating Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, immigrants, women, veterans, the media, the intelligence community, our armed forces, and people with disabilities. Admittedly, none of us are racists. […]

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Most of us didn’t vote for Donald Trump.

And we know his campaign colluded with the Russians when he wasn’t busy bragging about groping women, ogling teenage beauty queens, and denigrating Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans, immigrants, women, veterans, the media, the intelligence community, our armed forces, and people with disabilities.

Admittedly, none of us are racists. Or misogynists. Or Russians.

And we don’t belong to Hungarian Nazi clubs, run Web sites that cater to white supremacists, or even own a tiki torch.

But we are Americans. And so are Puerto Ricans.

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.

Nearly three and a half million Americans in Puerto Rico have no water, no electricity, no food and no medicine. There are reports that Cholera may soon be breaking out — CHOLERA — in the United States of America. In only 8 months, Trump has turned the United States into a third world country, wannabe-dictator and all.

When Texas was hit by a hurricane, Trump rushed down immediately for a photo opp and to help.

When Florida was hit by a hurricane, he rushed down immediately for a photo opp and to help.

When Puerto Rico was hit by a hurricane, and the island was leveled, Trump claimed it wasn’t safe to visit, and then complained that the news reports on the catastrophe were “fake news,” and that everything was going great.

And then he went golfing, and took to Twitter to mock local officials who are doing their best to manage a disaster the likes of which we haven’t seen in our country in years.

As any child can see, it’s not going great.

It’s long past time for Donald Trump to STFU, stop golfing, and do his damn job. Help Puerto Rico now, before a lot more Americans die. Sign the petition.

PS Puerto Rico isn’t in the middle of the ocean.

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Elon Musk, you said you weighed in with Trump on Climate. How’d that go? http://americablog.com/2017/05/elon-musk-said-weighed-trump-climate-howd-go.html http://americablog.com/2017/05/elon-musk-said-weighed-trump-climate-howd-go.html#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 17:40:19 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142701 A number of us asked a few months back why self-professed do-good corporate execs like Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had signed up for Donald Trump’s “manufacturing council.” We felt that it simply gave Trump cover for abominable policies like the Muslim ban and gutting climate change accords. Initially, Elon Musk had publicly defended the Muslim ban. […]

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A number of us asked a few months back why self-professed do-good corporate execs like Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had signed up for Donald Trump’s “manufacturing council.” We felt that it simply gave Trump cover for abominable policies like the Muslim ban and gutting climate change accords.

Initially, Elon Musk had publicly defended the Muslim ban. But after the public outcry, he fortunately changed his tune.

And on climate change, and the Paris Accords in particular, Musk said he personally raised the issue with Trump earlier this year, and he was “cautiously optimistic of a positive decision.”

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Now that Trump is days away from deciding on whether to pull out of the Paris Accords — and all indications are that he will withdraw — corporate leaders like Musk need to reevaluate their presence on Trump’s business councils.

If Trump withdraws from Paris, it will be hugely devastating to the fight against climate change. And it will be equally devastating to CEOs like Musk who promised us their presence in the White House would help moderate Trump’s policy excesses. If Trump pulls out, then Musk and his fellow CEOs will be little more than trophies.

Trump said on Twitter this morning that he would be deciding imminently on what to do with Paris. Elon Musk may only have a matter of hours to prove that his continued presence on Trump’s manufacturing council was worth it.

Otherwise, it’s time for Musk to withdraw from the Trump Accords.

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Fire Jared Kushner and take away his security clearance http://americablog.com/2017/05/fire-jared-kushner-take-away-security-clearance.html http://americablog.com/2017/05/fire-jared-kushner-take-away-security-clearance.html#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 17:35:37 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142660 Top Trump White House adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, secretly talked to the Russians about setting up a covert line of communications between the Trump transition and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities, in an effort to avoid monitoring by US intelligence, according to US officials who spoke to the Washington Post. They were talking about using Russian […]

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Top Trump White House adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, secretly talked to the Russians about setting up a covert line of communications between the Trump transition and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities, in an effort to avoid monitoring by US intelligence, according to US officials who spoke to the Washington Post.

They were talking about using Russian embassies as safe spaces to have highly-classified discussions with Vladimir Putin’s senior advisers. Why? So they could hide their talks from the CIA, NSA, DOD, and State Department.

Who does that?

Former acting director of the CIA, John McLaughlin, said that if this report is true, “we’d consider it espionage.”

Join us in demanding that Jared Kushner lose his security clearance, and step down from his White House position, until these allegations are investigated and resolved.

We’ve been down this path before. A senior Trump White House official under investigation for allegations that could be considered espionage is given a pass, and permitted to continue in his job at the White House, and attend the most highly-classified of meetings. Before it was Michael Flynn. Now it’s Jared Kushner.

In a normal White House, in a normal administration, as soon as someone is under FBI investigation for potentially conspiring with the Russians — for possible espionage — they temporarily lose their security clearance and are put on administrative leave, because you can’t afford the risk of them continuing to receive classified information.

We don’t know if Jared Kushner was following Trump’s orders. We don’t know if this was an effort, as was reported by Reuters, to possibly broker the easing of US sanctions in exchange for money flowing from Russia banks to Trump business ventures and allies. What we do know is that Donald Trump’s most trusted confidante was involved in something so sensitive that he trusted the KGB more than the CIA.

Join us in demanding that Jared Kushner lose his security clearance, and step down from his White House position, until these allegations are investigated and resolved.

(Jared Kushner image by Lori Berkowitz Photography​.)

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I’m with Lawrence O’Donnell — add your name http://americablog.com/2017/05/im-lawrence-odonnell-add-name.html http://americablog.com/2017/05/im-lawrence-odonnell-add-name.html#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 16:17:14 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142470 Longtime MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell is in danger of losing his show when his contract ends in early June. Show your public support for Lawrence and his show — add your name to the petition and tell MSNBC that you’re with Lawrence. While contract negotiations have finally begun (very late, which is a bad sign), […]

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Longtime MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell is in danger of losing his show when his contract ends in early June.

Show your public support for Lawrence and his show — add your name to the petition and tell MSNBC that you’re with Lawrence.

While contract negotiations have finally begun (very late, which is a bad sign), NBC employees have said the network wants Lawrence gone because he criticizes Donald Trump too much. Specifically, the network was concerned that Lawrence has called Donald Trump a liar. More from Showbiz411:

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Donald Trump is a liar. And Lawrence O’Donnell has one of the top rated shows on cable television, only surpassed by Rachel Maddow herself. Lawrence speaks truth to power, and I’m sure Donald Trump isn’t a fan. But that’s not the point. Now more than ever, we need media who are willing to stand up to Trump and his growing kleptocracy.

I’ve been asked how you can send a personal message of support to Lawrence, but what he needs now is public support. MSNBC needs to see and hear that Lawrence O’Donnell and his top-rated show have our support.

Add your name to the petition below, and show Lawrence and NBC execs that you’re with Lawrence.

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Congress exempts self from Obamacare repeal — add your name to stop them http://americablog.com/2017/04/obamacare-repeal-exemption-congress.html http://americablog.com/2017/04/obamacare-repeal-exemption-congress.html#comments Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:01:05 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142285 The new compromise Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) contains a provision exempting members of Congress and their staff from the repeal. Yes, you heard that right. Congress is going to repeal Obamacare for you and me, and keep it for themselves. Add your name below to those demanding Congress not repeal […]

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The new compromise Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) contains a provision exempting members of Congress and their staff from the repeal.

Yes, you heard that right. Congress is going to repeal Obamacare for you and me, and keep it for themselves.

Add your name below to those demanding Congress not repeal the Affordable Care Act, and certainly not exempt themselves from any changes they make.

The latest GOP repeal effort, reportedly signed off by the Trump White House and at least one House GOP moderate, guts pre-existing conditions protections and the ACA’s requirement that all insurance include basic coverage for maternity, prescription drugs, emergency services, lab test, and more.

But none of that will apply to members of Congress or their staff, who will be exempt from the bill’s provisions, and thus will retain their pre-existing condition protections and their protections for basic benefits.

I’m at a loss for adjectives to describe just how outrageous this is.

Under the House GOP proposal, insurance companies can once again charge women more for the same policy they sell men, simply because “women cost too much.” They can also triple your premiums, or more, because you have allergies, or asthma, or high cholesterol. And forget about what they’re gonna do if you get something serious like cancer.

The House Republicans, and Donald Trump, want us to go back to a system where health insurance is only affordable so long as you don’t use it.

But not for them!

Add your name below to those demanding Congress not repeal the Affordable Care Act, and certainly not exempt themselves from any changes they make.

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Obamacare repeal is back: New Trump plan guts pre-existing conditions, basic benefits http://americablog.com/2017/04/obamacare-repeal-back-new-trump-plan-guts-pre-existing-conditions-basic-benefits.html http://americablog.com/2017/04/obamacare-repeal-back-new-trump-plan-guts-pre-existing-conditions-basic-benefits.html#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:06:13 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142236 Donald Trump and conservatives in the US House have reportedly come up with a new compromise to gut the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Under the new Trump/Ryan plan, states would be able to opt-out of the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections and basic benefits requirements. Take Action:  1) Add your name to those demanding Congress […]

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Donald Trump and conservatives in the US House have reportedly come up with a new compromise to gut the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Under the new Trump/Ryan plan, states would be able to opt-out of the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections and basic benefits requirements.

Take Action: 
1) Add your name to those demanding Congress not repeal the ACA or any of its benefits.
2). Then, follow up with an email to your members of Congress.

Pre-existing conditions protections to be removed

Under the ACA, insurance companies are no longer permitted to refuse you coverage, or charge you more for coverage, because of a pre-existing health condition. In the past, something as slight as asthma or gastritis was enough for insurance companies to refuse to sell you a plan, or to charge you an exorbitant price for lousy coverage. Under Obamacare, insurance companies must charge you the same rate they charge everyone in your geographic area and age group.

Under the new Trump/Ryan plan, states can opt-out of the pre-existing conditions requirement, and instead set up “high-risk” pools — basically, insurance ghettos. People with pre-existing conditions, from allergies to cancer, would be forced to buy insurance on a separate market where they could be charged practically anything, and there’d be no guarantee that the coverage would be any good. Many states had high-risk polls pre-Obamacare, and they routinely failed because they weren’t sufficiently funded, there were long waiting lists to even get into the pools, and people couldn’t afford the high premiums.

Basic benefits guarantee to be removed

Under the ACA, every insurance plan has to offer you a basic package of 10 essential benefits, including prescription drugs, maternity, emergency care, mental health, lab services, and more. Under the new Trump/Ryan plan, states can opt-out of the essential benefits, permitting them to pare down plans, excluding all sorts of important benefits, the way they used to.

But that’s not all the ACA did

Before the ACA, many insurance plans had annual and lifetime limits. My plan, for example, only let me buy $1,200 worth of prescription drugs per year. And while that may sound like a lot, my one asthma drug, Advair, costs around $300 or more per month.

But that’s not all. Many plans had an annual or lifetime limit on all coverage. Meaning, if you have cancer for example, you only get so much treatment per year. And after several years, they’ll eventually cut off your insurance. This happened to film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote about how his insurance had cut him off, but he was lucky enough to have multiple insurance plans because of his previous jobs.

What does this mean for you?

Well, if you stay healthy the rest of your life, don’t develop allergies, eczema, high cholesterol, asthma, heart problems, joint issues, cancer or any other health condition — and don’t care about anyone among your family or friends who might get any of those conditions — then you might be fine under the Trump/Ryan plan.

If you ever get sick, however, in any way shape or form — or anyone you love ever gets sick — they’re in trouble.

The basic compact of insurance is that you buy insurance all your life, and for many years likely pay more into it than you get out, as a form of protection against coming down with something serious like cancer, or any surgery that might cost tends of thousands of dollars (appendicitis, for example, can cost $20,000 or more, and emergency room visits routinely cost sever thousand dollars for the most benign things). Insurance is a gamble — you pay into it, hoping that you’ll never need it.

Under Trump Ryan, you’re expected to pay more into insurance than you need when you’re healthy, then when you’re finally not healthy, they dump you and charge you even more.

But I thought the ACA only applied to poor people and people who work for themselves – nope.

One thing that I’ve found confusing in the Obamacare repeal coverage is the issue of who exactly benefits from Obamacare. Much of the reporting makes it sound like the ACA only applies to people in the “marketplace,” who tend to be people who work for themselves or are unemployed or in school. In fact, many of the ACA’s protections apply to everyone.

For example, the pre-existing conditions protection protects everyone, even those at a regular job. In the past, if you had a pre-existing condition and started a new job, you might have to wait a year before your new insurance would cover that condition. Now that’s no longer the case. Also, employers didn’t have to cover all the basic benefits, now they do.

But there’s another way the Trump/Ryan bill can affect people who don’t work for themselves, or otherwise currently have insurance. What if your status changes? Meaning, what if you lose your job? When I left the UN, I wasn’t allowed to get COBRA coverage, I had to go and buy my own insurance. Without the ACA, I likely would have been turned down because of too many pre-existing conditions.

Or what if you get your insurance through your spouse’s work, and you get a divorce or your spouse dies? Then what happens? Then, you may have to go get your own insurance, and the Obamacare protections will help you massively.

One final scenario. What if you move to another state? Insurance is state-based in the US. Meaning, if you currently have Blue Cross of Illinois and move to Washington, DC, you have to end your coverage with the Illinois company and buy new insurance with the entirely separate Blue Cross company in DC. And before Obamacare, the new company in the new state could deny you, or charge you a lot more, based on your pre-existing conditions. Effectively, you can never move to another state unless you have a job with a company, and even then, pre-ACA they might not cover your existing health problems for a year.

We must save the Affordable Care Act. We know what the world was like before the ACA, and while Obamacare has its problems, it’s a lot better than the dog-eat-dog insurance market we had before.

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1) Add your name to those demanding Congress not repeal the ACA or any of its benefits.
2). Then, follow up with an email to your members of Congress.

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Lurid Trump dossier used to get FISA warrant on Carter Page. Why weren’t we told? http://americablog.com/2017/04/lurid-trump-dossier-used-get-fisa-warrant-page.html http://americablog.com/2017/04/lurid-trump-dossier-used-get-fisa-warrant-page.html#comments Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:44:48 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142207 CNN is reporting that last year’s lurid dossier about Donald Trump — the one written by the former British spy — was successfully used by the FBI in order to get a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page. Please add your name to those urging Congress to appoint a […]

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CNN is reporting that last year’s lurid dossier about Donald Trump — the one written by the former British spy — was successfully used by the FBI in order to get a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on former Trump foreign policy aide Carter Page.

Please add your name to those urging Congress to appoint a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in our election.

This means that before the election, the FBI had verified enough of the anti-Trump dossier to concern a judge sufficiently that he issued the warrant.

Why weren’t any of us informed? Didn’t we have the right to know that there was probable cause that a top Trump foreign policy aide (per Trump’s own words) “was acting as an agent of a foreign power, including possibly engaging in clandestine intelligence gathering for a foreign government”?

Yet the fact that the FBI was investigating Hillary for an email server, and that they were investigating her again only days before the election — only to have both investigations turns up bupkis — was national news up until election day.

This is really bad. Trump may not have won the election if the public knew the degree to which he and his staff were intertwined with Russia. From Page to Manafort to Flynn and beyond, there’s smoke and smoke and smoke. And now we learn that the FBI and a judge found probable cause that Trump hired a man who was secretly working with the Russians.

We had the right to know this before the election.

Please add your name to those urging Congress to appoint a special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in our election.

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Tone-deaf United does it again: Will only reimburse passengers who promise not to sue http://americablog.com/2017/04/tone-deaf-united-will-reimburse-passengers-promise-not-sue.html http://americablog.com/2017/04/tone-deaf-united-will-reimburse-passengers-promise-not-sue.html#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:31:51 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142169 Already reeling from the disastrous fallout from the airline knocking a passenger unconscious, breaking his nose, knocking out two teeth, and then dragging his seemingly lifeless body down the aisle in order to make room for a United employee who wanted the man’s seat, United Airlines apparently felt that it wasn’t hated quite yet enough. CNN […]

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Already reeling from the disastrous fallout from the airline knocking a passenger unconscious, breaking his nose, knocking out two teeth, and then dragging his seemingly lifeless body down the aisle in order to make room for a United employee who wanted the man’s seat, United Airlines apparently felt that it wasn’t hated quite yet enough.

CNN just announced that United’s promise to reimburse the cost of the flight to the other passengers who had to witness this carnage now comes with a price: You have to promise not to sue United, or you don’t get your money back from the flight of the damned.

Unconscious United passenger — after Chicago police threw him into a headrest, giving him a concussion, breaking his nose, and knocking out two teeth — being dragged out of the plane.

If you’re asking WTF, you’re not alone.

United has handled this issue disastrously from the beginning. The airline started by blaming the unconscious bloody passenger for the incident, and praising the behavior of its crew who thought this was a good idea. After the uproar got too loud even for United’s tone-deaf CEO Oscar Munoz, Munoz changed his tune and offered a full-throated apology.

But that was yesterday.

Today, newly-emboldened by some equally tone-deaf lawyers, one assumes, United is saying ixnay on the free tickets unless the other passengers promise not to sue.

Please join the over 75,000 people who have called on United to fix this situation now, and change its policies to ensure this never happens again. United still clearly doesn’t get it.

The other passengers can sue? That’s what I’d be thinking if I were one of those passengers. If United wants you to sign something promising not to sue, then you might have a real case against United in court — they seem to think so. And after United reneged on the deal to compensate them, with no strings attached, I’d be hopping mad, and ready to drag United down the courtroom aisle — just out of spite.

What could United possibly be thinking? Hasn’t that been the question all week. Hubris doesn’t stand down easily.

Today was already bad enough for United, with the Dr. Dao’s (the passenger) attorney, Thomas Demento, holding a tour de force of a press conference this morning in Chicago. Demento was amazing. (Someone on Twitter tweeted “Demento 2020.”) And after that performance, United should have been running for cover. But this is United. Never one to miss an opportunity to create an even larger public relations disaster, United responded to Demento’s devastating press conference by acting like an even bigger bully.

One wonders about the conversation in United’s board room this morning:

Munoz: That Demento presser really killed us, huh?

United PR flak: Yep.

United lawyer: Hey, how about we tick off a couple hundred more people who are contemplating suing us?

Munoz: That’s why I pay you the big bucks.

It’s harder to know who is worse at their own PR, United or Carter Page?

Please join the over 75,000 people who have called on United to fix this situation now, and change its policies to ensure this never happens again. United still clearly doesn’t get it.

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Send a letter to your Senators: Block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch http://americablog.com/2017/04/send-letter-senators-block-trumps-supreme-court-nominee-gorsuch.html http://americablog.com/2017/04/send-letter-senators-block-trumps-supreme-court-nominee-gorsuch.html#comments Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:59:56 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142007 Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is moving along in confirmation hearings. Gorsuch is a right-wing ideologue, but even Senate Democrats are not sure they’ll reject his confirmation. We can’t let Gorsuch on to the Supreme Court. Please click on this link to send a CUSTOM letter to […]

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Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is moving along in confirmation hearings. Gorsuch is a right-wing ideologue, but even Senate Democrats are not sure they’ll reject his confirmation.

We can’t let Gorsuch on to the Supreme Court.

Please click on this link to send a CUSTOM letter to your Senators now, urging them to vote NO on Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. 

Over 25,000 letters have already been sent. Please send yours now. By speaking up, we can make a difference. We beat Donald Trump and the Republicans on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act because we spoke up. We can do the same on Neil Gorsuch.

Aside from the fact that the Republicans literally stole this Supreme Court seat from President Obama and his nominee, Merrick Garland, based on his record and writings, Gorsuch is out of the mainstream and should not be rewarded with a seat on the highest court in the land.

Once on the bench, Gorsuch would likely:

– end a woman’s right to choose;
– undercut LGBT rights advances;
– give corporations unchecked power;
– eviscerate what remains of the Voting Rights Act;
– send clean water and clean air laws to the scrap heap;
– uphold extreme Republican gerrymanders;
– allow billionaires to spend unlimited amounts of money to buy elections;
and more.

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Neil Gorsuch.

By all accounts — including those of the religious right and anti-government think tanks — Gorsuch is an extreme right-wing ideologue. An analysis of his record shows Gorsuch is more conservative than 86% of the federal judiciary, to the right of Antonin Scalia himself. The current Supreme Court just unanimously overturned one of his own decisions that would take away disabled students’ right to an education.

So a number of progressive organizations are joining together to call on the Senate to reject Gorsuch’s nomination: #AllofUs, AMERICAblog, Climate Hawks Vote, Common Defense, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, End Citizens United, and RootsAction.

More than ever, the U.S. needs an independent court system to safeguard against Trump’s reckless agenda and protect people. Gorsuch won’t stand up to Trump; in fact, he’ll ensure that Trump’s extreme right-wing agenda will last for decades to come through the Supreme Court. He’ll undo years of progress.

But our Senators can vote against him. They must hear from their constituents loud and clear: Reject Neil Gorsuch’s nomination. Please send a CUSTOM letter to your Senators now by clicking on this link.

After you send that email, you’ll get redirected to a page where you can call your Senators and keep up the heat that way, too.

Participating organizations:

#AllofUs
AMERICAblog
Climate Hawks Vote
Common Defense
Daily Kos
Demand Progress
End Citizens United
RootsAction

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Tell Trump & GOP: My Web history and geo-location aren’t for sale http://americablog.com/2017/03/tell-trump-gop-web-history-geo-location-arent-sale.html http://americablog.com/2017/03/tell-trump-gop-web-history-geo-location-arent-sale.html#comments Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:20:29 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141982 The Republican Congress has passed legislation, that Trump has promised to sign, repealing Obama-era Internet privacy protections that prevent your Internet provider (Verizon, Xfinity/Comcast, Time Warner) from selling your Web surfing history and the history of where you’ve been physically, to the highest bidder. Privacy advocates are understandably a tad freaked. Add you name, Tell Trump: […]

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The Republican Congress has passed legislation, that Trump has promised to sign, repealing Obama-era Internet privacy protections that prevent your Internet provider (Verizon, Xfinity/Comcast, Time Warner) from selling your Web surfing history and the history of where you’ve been physically, to the highest bidder.

Privacy advocates are understandably a tad freaked.

Add you name, Tell Trump: “Hands Off My Internet Privacy.” Demand Trump veto this bill.

(You can also sign the same petition at the bottom of this page.)

The legislation was passed by the US House last week, was just passed by the US Senate, and Trump has already indicated he “strongly supports it.”

What would the legislation actually do? It would let anyone buy your Web and GPS history. Per CNN, here’s what the legislation did:

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing your data on everything from web browsing history to geo-location information. Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

What does that potentially mean in practice?

1. Could future employers buy your Web surfing history to check out your political views, health, sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and overall pervy-ness?

2. Could current and divorcing spouses buy your GPS history to see where exactly you’ve been all those nights you claimed to be working late?

3. Could police departments and the FBI buy your GPS data to track your location, business and personal transactions, and avoid a pesky warrant?

4. On the run from an abusive spouse? Could your abusive spouse, or stalker, use this legislation to ensure they get the info they need to track you down?

5. Could insurance companies buy your Web history in an effort to determine just how healthy you really are? Doing a few too many searches about cancer, are we? Same goes for your current or future employer.

6. Are you a gay, bi, or transgender person in the closet and surfing a bit too many LGBT sites? Anyone can find out your secret for the right price.

7. Has anyone in government done anything online, visited any site, that they really don’t want others to know about? Absolutely. This legislation could potentially open them up for blackmail.

Mind you, Donald Trump refuses to even release his taxes, which has been standard operation procedure since Nixon, but Trump thinks you should release your browsing history and geo-location to the highest bidder?

Now, detractors claim, rightfully, that the Obama-era privacy regulations that cover this topic weren’t fully implemented yet, so the repeal of those regs doesn’t really any an impact. The thing is, why is this one of the first pieces of legislation that the GOP House and GOP Senate, and Donald Trump, and putting into law? Because someone wants those regulations stopped because someone plans on selling your private information to the highest bidder. So it’s irrelevant if your privacy hasn’t been violated yet — someone is planning on it, soon.

Another criticism — this legislation won’t stop Google and Facebook from doing the same thing, tracking you and your Web preferences, and selling it to advertisers. Okay. Then maybe that’s something we should look into. But the notion that Google and Facebook may be violating your privacy, so we’d better let Verizon and Xfinity do it to, really doesn’t pass muster.

And finally, lets someone argue that there is no threat because your data is “anonymized,” it’s really not.

Add your name — demand Donald Trump veto any legislation making it easier for Internet Service Providers to sell your privacy surfing and geo-location information.

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No Supreme Court nominations until the Russia investigation is complete http://americablog.com/2017/03/no-supreme-court-nominations-russia-investigation-complete.html http://americablog.com/2017/03/no-supreme-court-nominations-russia-investigation-complete.html#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:14:41 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141814 Trump ally Devin Nunes says Donald Trump’s administration is now under a “big gray cloud” because of yesterday’s news that the FBI is investigating Trump for possible collusion with the Russians. Sign the petition at the bottom of this page, add your name — demand no action on Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination until the investigations […]

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Trump ally Devin Nunes says Donald Trump’s administration is now under a “big gray cloud” because of yesterday’s news that the FBI is investigating Trump for possible collusion with the Russians.

Sign the petition at the bottom of this page, add your name — demand no action on Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination until the investigations into Trump’s collusion with the Russians are complete.

And Nunes, the Republican chair of the House Senate Intelligence Committee, is right. A sitting president under FBI investigation for possible espionage with a foreign adversary of the United States — that’s huge and troubling news.

It’s news that should put a hold on that president’s agenda until we get the whole story on just where his true allegiances lie.

For starters, we must not proceed with Neil Gorsuch’s nomination for Supreme Court justice until we get the full story on Donald Trump and his associates.

Gorsuch is Trump’s man, and we need to know whose man Trump is before we let this president make a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

Sign the petition on this page, add your name — demand no action on Gorsuch until the investigations into Trump’s collusion with the Russians are completed.

Last year, in an unprecedented move, Republicans refused to let President Obama’s nominee to the court proceed simply because of the uncertainty of an election. This year, we have the uncertainty of possible treason by the commander in chief. It doesn’t get much more uncertain than that.

No less than top Trump sycophant Sean Hannity agrees — you simply cannot permit a president to govern, business as usual, when they are under FBI investigation. Hannity went so far as to call such a situation “a major constitutional crisis.”

And Hannity isn’t alone. There’s White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who made clear last year just how bad a thing it would be were Trump under FBI investigation:

We don’t have to imagine. Trump is.

Then there’s senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who ran the Trump campaign for a while last year. Even Kellyanne says Trump is per se corrupt as hell.

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer agrees that we must wait on any Supreme Court nominations. We waited a year for this nomination — because the Republicans stole the nomination from Merrick Garland last year. If we could wait one year for a legitimate nomination from a president not facing an FBI investigation of his loyalty to flag and country, we can wait a bit longer before dispensing with Neil Gorsuch.

I agree with Chuck Schumer.

I agree with Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

I agree with Kellyanne Conway.

And I agree with Sean Hannity.

We cannot proceed on Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination until the big gray cloud is lifted from the Trump White House.

Add your name, sign the petition, stand up to Trump. And resist, resist, resist.

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Donald Trump, apologize to Pres. Obama — Add your name http://americablog.com/2017/03/donald-trump-apologize-pres-obama.html http://americablog.com/2017/03/donald-trump-apologize-pres-obama.html#comments Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:07:52 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141766 Contrary to Donald Trump’s over-the-top claims, the Senate Intelligence Committee has just concluded that Trump was not wiretapped by President Obama. As a reporter just said on CNN, “it’s just not okay.” It’s time for Donald Trump to apologize to President Obama, and to the American people, for his outrageous, unpresidential, and un-American behavior. UPDATE: […]

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Contrary to Donald Trump’s over-the-top claims, the Senate Intelligence Committee has just concluded that Trump was not wiretapped by President Obama.

As a reporter just said on CNN, “it’s just not okay.”

It’s time for Donald Trump to apologize to President Obama, and to the American people, for his outrageous, unpresidential, and un-American behavior.

UPDATE: The Trump White House today accused British intelligence of spying on Trump on behalf of Obama. Unbelievable.

 

 

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Alec Baldwin, don’t quit SNL. Add your name. http://americablog.com/2017/03/alec-baldwin-dont-quit-snl.html http://americablog.com/2017/03/alec-baldwin-dont-quit-snl.html#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:14:09 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141654 Alec Baldwin says he may stop impersonating Donald Trump. Sign the petition, tell him he must continue.

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Alec Baldwin is considering no longer playing Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Please join us in telling Baldwin how important it is that he continue playing Trump until our national nightmare is over.

Add your name on this page, tell Alec Baldwin not to stop — we need him now more than ever.

 

 

 

Here’s a sample of the stories about Baldwin quitting:


Baldwin has expressed concern that people may tire of him playing Trump, and that the public won’t want him on SNL any longer.

“The maliciousness of this White House has people worried… that’s why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation, I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

The only president I need.

On the contrary, now is when we need Alec Baldwin the most. His impersonation of Donald Trump is nothing short of brilliant. It’s not only wonderful political satire that sends a clear message to Donald Trump that his extremism and buffoonishness won’t be tolerated, but it’s also just so darn funny. We need the humor break that Alec Baldwin gives us. Baldwin’s Trump is a respite from the madness that helps us get through another week to keep fighting and resisting.

Please join us in telling Alec Baldwin that we are not growing tired of his impersonation of Donald Trump. We need Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump, now more than ever.

Clearly, Baldwin isn’t sure if the public wants him to continue. We do!

Add your name, tell Baldwin we need him
to continue impersonating Donald Trump
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Demand DOJ appoint a special counsel to investigate Trump’s Russia ties http://americablog.com/2017/02/demand-doj-appoint-special-counsel-investigate-trumps-russia-ties.html http://americablog.com/2017/02/demand-doj-appoint-special-counsel-investigate-trumps-russia-ties.html#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:19:05 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141447 Add your name, demand the Justice Department appoint a special counsel to investigate Trump's RussiaGate.

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Donald Trump’s White House has been caught trying to influence​ the FBI RussiaGate investigation.

Please add you name to those demanding the Justice Department appoint a special counsel (formerly known as “independent counsel”) to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

The Attorney General has the power​ to appoint a special counsel when the AG “determines that a criminal investigation is warranted and that an investigation by the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest or ‘other extraordinary circumstance’ and that ‘under the circumstances it would be in the public interest to appoint and outside Special Counsel.'”

Now that the Trump White House has been caught trying to influence the FBI investigation​ into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence, we must have a special counsel who is independent and whose investigation cannot be pressured by Donald Trump.

Not only is the current investigation untenable because Attorney General Jeff Sessions works for Donald Trump — how can Sessions fairly investigate his own boss? — but Jeff Sessions was part of Trump’s campaign, and has an inherent conflict of interest as his investigation of the Trump campaign could end up being an investigation of the Attorney General himself.

Sessions must recuse himself and cede authority over the Russia investigation to a special counsel.

Add your name to those demanding the Justice Department appoint a special counsel to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.​

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I strongly oppose Donald Trump using 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants http://americablog.com/2017/02/strongly-oppose-donald-trump-using-100000-national-guard-troops-round-undocumented-immigrants.html http://americablog.com/2017/02/strongly-oppose-donald-trump-using-100000-national-guard-troops-round-undocumented-immigrants.html#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:01:39 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141394 Trump may mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants. Tell him NO.

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The Associated Press has just reported​ that Donald Trump may mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to find, detain and deport undocumented immigrants across America.

Trump promised us a “deportation force,” and it’s time we took Trump at his word.

Sign the petition, tell Donald Trump that his fascism stops here.

The use of military-style troops to target a specific ethnic group nationwide — let’s be honest, this is about Mexicans — is unprecedented in recent times.​ You’d have to back to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II to get anything close.

Sadly, targeting people by their faith and their genetics is not unprecedented for this president and this White House. During the presidential campaign, Trump made clear his animus for Mexicans​​ and Muslims​. And recently, the Trump White House has shown repeated animus towards Jews as well.

It’s no coincidence that Trump’s White House is staffed at its most senior level with Alt Right/white supremacist sympathizers. And Trump himself has shown past sympathies to fascism. Trump admires “strong leaders” like Russia’s murderous thug Vladimir Putin, who Trump defends at every instant, and the communist Chinese leaders who violently put down the Tiananmen​ Square uprising. Here is what Trump​ has to say about Tiananmen:

“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it, then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength.”​

During the recent presidential campaign, Trump referred to the democracy uprising in China as simply “a riot.” And a riot, we all know, is something every government must put down.

Enough is enough. Mobilizing the United States Armed Forces — and that is what the National Guard is, part of the reserve component of the US Armed Forces — to target a specific ethnicity in American society is fascism at its worst. And it is only a matter of time before Trump’s fascist sympathies lead to violence.

Donald Trump is un-American. Any decision to use National Guard troops in mass numbers to round-up any community in this country is un-American. We must resist Trump’s illegitimate presidency and creeping fascism with every fiber of our being. Tell Donald Trump is no uncertain terms that you will not accept him sending 100,000 troops into our towns and cities in order to round up our neighbors.

Sign the petition, tell Donald Trump that his fascism stops here.

 


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