2017: The Year of Resistance

It’s difficult to escape the feeling that 2017 was a year far longer and far more unsettling than those past. We’ve witnessed constant attacks on our rights, the passage of an extremely unpopular tax bill, and a manufactured crisis that has left 800,000 young immigrants at risk for deportation. But before we take on another...

I’ll Be Closed for Christmas (Maybe).

After passing a tax bill designed to benefit the wealthiest Americans and large corporations and spending the afternoon patting themselves on the back at the White House, congressional Republicans have now finally turned their attention to funding the government—with only hours to spare. Latest reports indicate that the continuing resolution to fund the government through...

Robbery on Capitol Hill

In the dead of night, the Senate passed the Republican tax bill, along party lines. The bill was also passed by the House earlier yesterday, but they had to re-vote on the legislation today because two provisions and the title of the bill violated the Senate’s Byrd rules. The mistake exemplifies the hurried, sloppy process...

Corker Kickback.

Two weeks ago, Senator Bob Corker was the only Republican Senator to vote against the GOP’s sweeping tax legislation, which would add $1.4 trillion to the deficit and rip healthcare from 13 million people. After the bill went to a Conference Committee to reconcile its differences with that of House, the new bill did nothing...

The Sale You Don’t Want to Miss

Today is the final day in most states to sign up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov! This may be the best sale of the holiday season, with some people able to find premiums as low as $0 in many counties. Young adults, too, have appealing offers available to them—check out what they are here. Despite...

Fake Comments Commission.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules, enacted under President Obama. The rollback of the rules will allow dominant companies like AT&T and Verizon to discriminate against potential rivals and prioritize their own content. The decision was not entirely surprising, given that the new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, was a...

Decision Day in Alabama.

Today, voters in Alabama will decide who gets the privilege of representing them in the U.S. Senate. This election has become the center of attention for most of the country, and it's sure to be a nail-biter as the votes begin to be counted tonight. If somehow you've managed to avoid any news over this...

Trump’s Tailor-Made Shutdown.

Yesterday, both the House and the Senate passed a continuing resolution to continue funding the federal government for the next two weeks. While the majority of the vote was along party lines, some members of each party defected from their party’s stance. But this doesn’t mean the fight over the budget is over. In just...

Taking Responsibility.

Today, from the Senate floor, Senator Al Franken announced his resignation from Congress. His resignation comes after a number of women stepped forward, alleging inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct from Franken. Several Democratic female members of Congress came out yesterday to lead the charge of urging Franken to resign. Similar allegations against Democratic Representative John...

Under the Gun.

In the first effort to move legislation related to gun policy since the Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs massacres, the House voted to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, a dangerous piece of legislation that will “allow concealed-carry permit holders from one state to legally carry their guns to any other state.” Rather than making...