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Social media erupts in worry after Trump’s disturbing coronavirus presser

The president’s attempt to reassure the nation had the complete opposite effect, and the response was immediate.

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Trump calls Warren a “chocker” and disparages Dem debaters with petty insults
The president tried to roast his 2020 rivals but his typo turned him into the joke.

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#TBT: How Pence’s slow walk on needle exchange helped propel Indiana’s health crisis
The GOP vice presidential nominee’s response to Indiana’s opioid scourge offers a window into his approach to handling a crisis.

Take Action: Tell Congress to investigate Pence after transcripts show he was complicit in the president’s crimes


House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime
Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.


The NRCC’s press secretary sends “FOR SALE” sign to southern Black Congresswoman
A spokeswoman for the House Republicans’ fundraising arm found herself in hot water for this implicitly racist stunt.


Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show
The corruption engineered by the president’s private attorney is plain as day.

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Obama sends cease and desist over GOP’s misleading Biden attack ad
The ad is the latest in a string of Republican efforts designed to torpedo Biden.


Trump rages about a top CDC official telling the truth about coronavirus risk
The president is furious at his team for telling the uncomfortable truth.


White House confirms it’s purging disloyal employees ‘from the bowels of the federal government’
Administration will “take appropriate action” when officials find workers not sufficiently loyal to Trump, spokesman says.


Trump escalates war on press as his campaign files lawsuit again New York Times
The king of “Fake News” is taking his unhealthy projection to a new low ahead of the 2020 election.


Top Senate Democrat asks Justice Department to investigate Richard Grenell’s consulting work
Schumer is acting on reports of Grenell’s work in support of the Hungarian government and a Moldovan politician.


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Today’s Action: Tell your MoC’s to cosponsor the Neighbors Not Enemies Act

The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 were a series of laws signed by President Adams, under the ‘justification’ of war, which would be considered solidly right wing by today’s standards: anti-immigrant, anti-protest, and rife with voter suppression.

All but one of these acts have since expired or been repealed…but one, the Alien Enemies Act (AEA) of 1798, remains to this day. The AEA gives authority to the president for determining how and if any foreign national in our country should be “apprehended, restrained, secured, and removed.”

Getting nervous yet? You should be – because the AEA is a choice weapon of Trump’s. He used it to justify the Muslim travel ban, which has been fully functional and in operation since 2018 and was expanded to 13 countries this past week.

Call or email your Members of Congress and tell them to cosponsor the Neighbors Not Enemies Act (H.R.5734) or introduce similar legislation in the Senate to repeal the xenophobic Alien Enemies Act of 1798. If they have already cosponsored, thank them and encourage them to keep pushing.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), herself a frequent target of Trump’s anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, racist, and sexist attacks, introduced the Neighbors Not Enemies Act. Omar was born and raised in Somalia, a country currently blocked from travel by Trump’s Muslim ban.

Shutting down the AEA means closing off one of Trump’s loopholes to legally justify his heinous deeds. Because, technically, some laws like the AEA do exist to support his choices to carry his xenophobia out to these extreme measures under the right circumstances. A dash of an 18th century law, a sprinkle of a right-leaning court, plus half a pound of Trump cooked under pressure makes a pretty nasty bowl of soup.

Email or call (202.224.3121) your Members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the Neighbors Not Enemies Act (H.R.5734) – or introduce similar language to the Senate – to fully repeal the Alien Enemies Act of 1798.

P.S. Did you see Trump rev up his racist base by complaining about South Korean film Parasite winning Best Picture at the Oscars this year? After you’ve called your MoC’s, stick it to Trump and please watch Parasite. And if it’s not your genre of choice, we also recommend the superb Chinese-American dramedy The Farewell, which didn’t make it to the Oscars this year because it was directed by a woman.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling on Congress to defund William Barr’s office, 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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