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Court smacks down Trump’s appointment of acting immigration chief Ken Cuccinelli as illegal

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss’s decision also requires that all of the immigration directives that Cuccinelli issued “must be set aside.”

Take Action: Asylum seekers are NOT criminals. Tell Trump to end his “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy now!


Pete Buttigieg drops out. Which candidate is primed to inherit his supporters?
The historic candidacy comes to an early end, but his impact is likely to be felt all the way to the convention.

Take Action: Use SwingLeft’s tools to see what you can do to help Democrats win in the states that matter most today!


Check out this week’s episode: Trump hits point of no return on US descent into tyranny

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Rapper YelloPain lays out the imporance of voting in fresh terms

“If we gonna fix the US, we gotta start with them two letters.”


Chuck Todd grills Pence, says it feels like team Trump is ‘gaslighting’ on dems’ coronavirus rhetoric
“This doesn’t help. This does not help us, no?” Todd exclaimed at one point.

Take Action: Check out the WHO’s list of precautions you can take to avoid infection WITHOUT panicking.


New York making its own coronavirus test after Trump administration’s test repeatedly fails
Hong Kong is testing over a thousand people a day for coronavirus, while the US has only tested a total of 445 — partially because the CDC’s test didn’t work.

Take Action: Trump fired America’s pandemic response team. Demand he reassemble it to confront the coronavirus pandemic immediately!


John Lewis urges attendees of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ commemorative march to ‘redeem the soul of America’ by voting
“Fifty-five years ago, a few of our children attempted to march … We were beaten, we were tear-gassed. I thought I was going to die on this bridge. But somehow and some way, God almighty helped me here,” Lewis said . “We must go out and vote like we never, ever voted before.”


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Election year is here!

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“Moron”: George Conway eviscerates Donald Trump with a single tweet
After the president claims that New Yorkers can’t stand their former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Conway sets him straight with the embarrassing truth.


“The food is GREAT”: Amidst coronavirus crisis, Trump tweets out Yelp-like restaurant review
The president went on Twitter to promote a taco shop owned by supporters, but he’s never been to it AND got the location wrong.


Trump Sunday tweet roundup — Pandemics and politics, Fake News and FISAGATE dominate his mind
The president was back on the beat, providing alternative facts for anyone who dares to believe a word he tweets.


Trump Sunday tweet roundup — Pandemics and politics, Fake News and FISAGATE dominate his mind
The president was back on the beat, providing alternative facts for anyone who dares to believe a word he tweets.


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Today’s Action: Take action on Trump and Coronavirus, Part 1

As we prepare for the inevitability of coronavirus taking a pass in the United States, we also face a grim fact: Trump has done so much during his presidency to weaken our ability to keep the spread of this disease to a minimum.

  1. In 2018, Trump first fired and then eliminated both the senior position and entire security team that oversees pandemics...right in the middle of the Ebola crisis. In the past few months of the coronavirus buildup, we have not had an expert at the National Security Council in charge of preventing spread to the United States.
  2. He shut down Predict, a successful pandemic preparedness program. Predict, which ran under both Bush and Obama, was instituted in 2005 during the H5N1 bird flu crisis. Its goal: to collect samples from animals to better understand and identify potential life-threatening viruses to humans (the flu, Ebola, HIV, and coronavirus are just a few examples). Predict discovered more than 1,000new viruses before Trump shuttered the program this past fall.
  3. Trump has attempted to sabotage the Center for Disease Control every year of his presidency. This includes his 2021 budget, which has a 16% reduction in the budget, released 11 days after the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency over coronavirus. Thankfully, Democrats have fought back each year and kept CDC funding intact – but we will need to fight again this year.

Call (202.224.3121) or email your Members of Congress and urge them to call for all of the following:

  • the reinstallation of an experienced senior director at the National Security Council dedicated to overseeing global health threats
  • the immediate re-opening of Predict
  • a boost, not a cut, to CDC funding in the 2021 budget

These are steps that fight the damage Trump has wrought in the past, which we need corrected ASAP. Trump and his administration are now taking action to combat the spread of the virus in the United States, but those steps also (big surprise) come with some serious flaws. Tomorrow, we’ll share how you can push for a better coronavirus plan than the one Trump has proposed.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling for the DOJ Inspector General to investigate AG Barr’s interference in Roger Stone’s criminal sentencing, 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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