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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jeff Sessions Just Kicked Off A Brand-New Civil War In The Republican Party

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out against a painstakingly cobbled-together Senate sentencing reform bill Wednesday, sparking a public food fight with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the face of dour Corn Belt conservatism.

In a letter reported by Reuters, Sessions warned the committee not to approve the sentencing reform bill, S. 1917, claiming it would reduce sentences for “a highly dangerous cohort of criminals.” Passage of the bill would be “a grave error,” Sessions said.

The measure is actually a mixed bag, a product of lengthy discussions among senators seeking a compromise that could actually pass the Senate.



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#EndorseThis: Oprah Humbly Smacks Down Reporter’s Suggestion Of Posturing For 2020 Run

In a time of mourning over the Florida school tragedy, there is a cry for leaders to set aside politics and do what’s right to protect our children from guns. So it’s ironic that in a CBS interview for 60 Minutes, recorded before the Parkland massacre took place, one of America’s bravest progressive voices was asked if a recent touching moment was a political ploy.

In today’s clip, Oprah Winfrey answers a question about White House overtones in her recent Golden Globes speech in succinct fashion: “Are you kidding me?”

Winfrey laughs off the notion that her amazing prime-time oration was about anything but protecting women and minorities from oppression in a time of Constitutional and moral crisis.…

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Trump Turns Farmers Into A Sacrifice

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water.

President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that’s on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.

U.S. farmers have been buffeted by the bumper crops of corn and soybeans.…

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