1. That Old Pesky Zombie Healthcare Just Won't Die!
Rumor has it that Pence is calling moderate Republican representatives to let them know they have enough votes to pass TrumpCare 2.0. Truthful or not, we cannot take chances.
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Or you could mention that fact that Trump seems to believe that the new health care bill "will 'beautifully' protect those who have preexisting medical conditions." Read more about that here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/trump-guarantees-protect…/…Come on people, you can do it! Put a little power to it! Goooooooo contact your representatives!!!!!! Do it! Do it! Do it!
2. Oh No You Didn't, The New York Times!
Over the weekend journalist Bret Stephens, formally of the Wall Street Journal, joined the New York times. His inaugural column, an op-ed, discussed the probability that climate science is flawed. "While acknowledging that the planet has warmed over the past century and that humans have contributed to it, he wrote, 'much else that passes as accepted fact is really a matter of probabilities. That’s especially true of the sophisticated but fallible models and simulations by which scientists attempt to peer into the climate future.'"
Here is a Washington Post article with a link to the original: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-skeptical-climate-change-column-whips-up-a-storm-among-ny-times-readers/2017/04/30/68b1fe8e-2da6-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_nyt-350pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9f604197c9d4#comments
I don't know about you, but I am so very tired of debating the validity of climate change. While we are busy letting the naysayers have their time in the spotlight, we are missing opportunities to have real discussions on how to fix our warming planet!
Amirite, Bill Nye, the Science Guy? http://www.mediaite.com/tv/youre-doing-a-disservice-bill-nye-rips-cnn-for-having-climate-skeptic-on/ Come on people!
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4. The Bad News
Amy Siskind, President and Co-Founder of The New Agenda has been diligently keeping track of all the changes since Trump won the presidency. I have to admit, my stomach and my poor eyesight have kept me from reading the whole thing, but I offer it up to you here to keep you abreast of it all.
5. The Good News
I don't need to tell you twice that these are difficult times. But much like the phoenix from the ashes, perhaps something great will come from this struggle. I dare say it already has. Check out this article: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/national-party-news/331143-trumps-america-has-a-silver-lining-democratic-women
Women are running for public office like never before! Perhaps it really is women's time to shine. I hope this article will inspire you (women and men) to try running for public office. Start small and work your way up!
6. Budget Deal
As I am finishing this tonight I see that a budget deal been settled. More on that for Tuesday!
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Out and About
Monday 5/1, 10 AM - 1 PM
2017 American Indian Month Kick-off
Cedar Avenue Field
2500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Monday 5/1 12-4:30 PM
Day Without Immigrants March to the Capitol
239 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102-1811, United States
Monday 5/1, 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Marcha el 1 de mayo | May 1 march! #DiaSinInmigrantes
East Phillips Park
2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Monday 5/1, 4 -7 PM
Fast Food May 1st Strike
2307 S 17th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404-3373, United States
Tuesday 5/9, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Medicare For All Rally at the Capitol
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
Tuesday 5/16, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Case for Impeaching Donald Trump
with Prof. David Schultz
Maplewood Ramsey County Library
3025 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109
Saturday 5/20, 12 - 3 PM
Invest in Success Rally for Public Education
41 Sherburne Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103
As the great Sec. Hillary Clinton says, “Resist, insist, persist, and enlist.” And also, Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam- Given to Fly