Fire and Fury
This weekend’s power outages left many of us in unheated houses, trying to make the time go by. A good way to do that was to pull up a chair by the fireplace and read Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. When it was published right after the New Year, it set off a furor, but was also widely trashed for being sensational. Now, two months later, away from the furor, its merits and prescience can be clearly seen. It portrays the Trump White House as probably the ultimate falling-out-of-thieves story. And with last’s week’s departure of key players like Hope Hicks and Josh Raffel and the tightening noose around Jared Kushner, the context that Wolff conveys is indispensable to understanding how amoral and ambitious people almost always trip themselves up. The schadenfreude was warming indeed!
Highlights in this week’s issue
Your weekly To Do list
- Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, instead of working to prevent them. Tell your MoCs: don’t pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
- This is the top priority of the NRA and would require states to recognize the gun laws of other states. That means that gun owners from states with minimal restrictions would be able to legally carry their weapons a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e.
- This bill has already passed the House and the Senate is expected to bring it up this year. Read our resource on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and contact your Senators before this bill comes up for a vote.
- A bipartisan group of senators is trying to stop Trump’s war in Yemen using a procedure under the War Powers Resolution to force a vote on the Senate floor to declare US participation in the Yemen war unauthorized. Call your senators today and demand they support S.J.Res. 54.
- This Monday is the “DACA Cliff” when more Dreamers will lose protections. We support the efforts of Dreamer-led organizations like United We Dream, who will hold events in DC and around the country. The next opportunity will be on March 23 when Congress needs to fund the government (yet again). See our resource on how you can be an immigrant ally.
- Republicans and Democrats are teaming up… to deregulate Wall Street. (Seriously.) In a follow-up to the #GOPTaxScam, the Senate is trying to deregulate Wall Street in the form of S. 2155. You can use our resource and call script to call your Senator and tell them to vote no on S. 2155.
February 26 – March 2, 2018
Congress returned to session this week, a week consumed for the most part by legislative hearings. The only bill to come to the floor for a vote is below.
Faso also issued a press release expressing his concern about Russian interference in our electoral process, calling the recent indictments by Mueller “a wake up call.”
Feb 27 – HR 1865
Allow States & Victims to Fight OnLine Sex Trafficking Act
This bill would impose criminal and civil liability upon any on-line platform, whether social media such as Facebook, or advertiser, such as Craigslist, on which any user employs that platform to meet up with someone for paid sex. Although this bill gleaned bipartisan support and passed by a wide margin, many activist groups pointed out the myriad constitutional shortfalls of this overbroad sweep and the undue burden it would place upon internet providers. Additionally, it was seen by many as mere grandstanding since much of the conduct it opposes is already illegal under state and most local laws. Concerns voiced by the House Judiciary were overridden by Speaker Ryan who insisted on bringing it to the floor.
FASO voted Aye
From the Immigration Committee
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to our March 4 interfaith gathering to support Dreamers. We were overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of good will and local talent from 13 different houses of faith in 7 languages. Thank you to our co-sponsors and to everyone who shared in the event. Dreamers are and have always been the bedrock of our community. We will continue to hold them in our hearts and fight to make our laws more just for everyone.
Photos by Daniel Zuckerman Media A, Register Star
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When: Friday, March 9th and every Friday, noon-1:00
Where: In front of John Faso’s office, 2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
Bring a friend. It’s fun, it’s social, it’s time to connect with others and participate in the resistance.
CANDI-DATING – Sorry, this event is full.
When: Sunday, March 11 2-4 pm
Where: Hawthorne Valley School auditorium
The Candi-Dating event is now fully booked. If you wish to be on the wait-list, please email us at moc.l1529858708iamg@1529858708stnev1529858708eYNCI1529858708.
BOOKS & BREW
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Where: 4919 Crow Hill Road (aka County Rte.7) near Spencertown (and Chatham) at the home of Bruce and Ellen Burns
The book is Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass Sunstein.
Sunstein provides ample context for understanding what is obviously a very timely subject just now. Impeachment is a rare matter, historically, so the impeachment clause is something of a mystery to most citizens. But it is profoundly important to the functioning of our government.
Sunstein notes, “the impeachment clause puts the fate of the republic squarely in our hands.” It is the constitutional way for we the people to say to a leader who has abused his authority, neglected his duty or flouted the law, “No more.” He explains the founding origins of the clause, explains its intent, and clarifies how it can be applied. And outlines its possible consequences. Essential reading.
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