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DeVos melts down and cries fake news after being unable to answer questions in House hearing

“You really should resign” was the conclusion from House Democrats after the outrageous performance.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Betsy DeVos humiliates herself with failure to answer BASIC question

BTC dives into the Education Secretary’s disastrous day on Capitol Hill.

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Speaker Pelosi shreds Trump for claiming that the debate caused a stock market slide
The Speaker made sure the president took responsibility for the economic downturn his incompetence has sparked.

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Trump fires Pentagon policy chief as part of disloyalty purge
“He never hesitated to tell the White House that he disagreed on stuff. He definitely wasn’t a loyalist.” said a former Trump official.

Take Action: Trump installed a spy chief with zero intel experience. Demand he hire someone who knows what their doing!

I can’t even’: Emails reveal EPA officials’ reaction to Trump rant on toilets, showers
The president’s claims about water pressure caught the attention of his environmental agency.

Take Action: Stop Trump’s sneaky scheme to gut the EPA and send deadly pollution through the roof!

DeVos raked over the coals by Rep. Barbara Lee for trying to hide data about Black and Latino children
Toddlers are being suspended from school at an appalling rate, and Trump’s Education Secretary refused to provide adequate answers.

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White House muzzles National Institute of Health doctor about coronavirus outbreak
Desperate to downplay the threat facing the American people, the White House has started restricting what experts can and cannot say about the coronavirus.

Trump spends day with right-wing playwright and D-list FOX hosts while markets plunge
As the stock market records historic drops and coronavirus fears skyrocket, the President is busy horsing around with his favorite TV pals.

Manhattan DA Cy Vance files brief in Supreme Court case seeking Trump’s tax records
Prosecutors argued that shielding Trump from investigations of his private financial dealings pre-Oval Office will set a dangerous precedent that runs contrary to “the bedrock principle that no person is above the law.”

Democrats introduce bill to reverse Trump’s shift of military money toward wall
The bill would restore the $3.8 billion taken from the Pentagon to build about 177 miles of border fencing back to the military accounts.

Unpaid bills and legal discipline: Devin Nunes’ lawyer questioned over ethics in complaints
Nunes’s lawyer is almost as corrupt as he is.


Today’s Action: Oppose Trump’s Medicaid Spending Caps

Seema Verma, Trump’s administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, likes to use the word “transform” when discussing her myriad changes to Medicaid.

“Obliterate” is more accurate.

Verma is one of the masterminds behind the Medicaid work requirement ‘field study’ that kicked 18,000 low-income individuals in Arkansas off of coverage in 2018. With that attempt to keep poor people away from doctors locked in the courts, she and Trump are pushing forward with a new scheme at a national level: allowing states to cap Medicaid spending under the guise of “block grants.”

Medicaid covers 71 million Americans. And dressed up in whatever bogus language they’re using (ex: “the Healthy Adult Opportunity”), the policy changes essentially boil down to one thing: remove as many people as possible, and spend less on those they can’t kick off.

Call or email your Members of Congress (especially Republicans!) and urge them to oppose Trump’s Medicaid block grant funding program.

Under the proposed changes, the states would use the spending caps to determine in advance how much they’ll spend on Medicaid for the year…but rue the day a recession sends surges of unanticipated enrollees its way, as the state would not have the funding to cover the adjustment.

Drug coverage is also at risk, as the policy will allow states to exclude certain drugs from coverage. States would also have the option to choose who exactly they cover. And certain standard Medicaid benefits like long-term care and transportation to medical treatment would be potentially out the window.

Needless to say, many Republicans are hangry for this policy to get enacted – the sooner to blame the poor for being poor the better. But other Republicans have resisted changes to the ACA and Medicaid in the past, thanks to their enrolled voters, and we need them to once again join with Democrats to keep these lifesaving entitlements entact (or improved, but one battle at a time).

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and ask them to oppose Trump’s changes to Medicaid – tell them to say NO to state spending caps, which will reduce the quality of care and hurt states’ ability to provide coverage during recessions.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition This is no time for Republicans to deny science! Demand funding to comabt the deadly coronavirus NOW, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.


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