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Friday, January 20, 2017

Top 10 Reasons Congress Members Are Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration

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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The idea got started in November 2016, when Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-IL, said he would not attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. It spread as Trump’s erratic and unrepentant behavior continued through the transition. It gained credibility when Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, endorsed the idea by saying he didn’t think Trump was a “legitimate president.” And it exploded when Trump (once again) attempted to malign the reputation of a good American by insulting Lewis and lying about his accomplishments.

Now 58 (and counting) Democrats have proclaimed their intention to boycott Trump’s inauguration. Such action is not unprecedented in American history, but the size of the boycott is.



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Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Hammered Over Offshore Tax Havens

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he would work to eliminate the need for offshore tax havens, as Democratic senators accused the Wall Street veteran of using such vehicles to shelter hedge fund money from the government.

In a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Treasury was attacked for failing to promptly disclose he was a director of an offshore business vehicle domiciled in the Cayman Islands and owned more than $100 million in real estate.

Offshore tax havens used to shield income have become a symbol of the growing divide between rich and average Americans.



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The Press Never Stopped Blaming Obama For Radical GOP Obstruction

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters for America.

Right on cue, as President Obama readies his exit from office, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza this week published a misguided critique of the Democrat’s two terms. His analysis focused specifically on Obama’s broken “promise” and parroted a favorite Beltway media talking point: Both sides are to blame for the federal government being mired in “partisan gridlock” during his eight years, and it’s largely Obama’s fault he didn’t “fix” politics. Obama didn’t create “a government that worked for all of us”; he failed to create “something new, different and better,” wrote Cillizza.

Cillizza acknowledges that “Democrats immediately point to the fact that congressional Republicans, almost from the first day of Obama’s time in the White House, made opposing him a political strategy,” but dismisses it as being the primary cause for the partisan mess.



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