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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GOP Smear Of Bronze Star Winner Backfires In Minnesota Race

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) thought they had a perfect attack ad against Dan Feehan, the Democrat running in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District: attack him as unpatriotic for his support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s right to take a knee during the national anthem.

“Millions have paid the ultimate price defending the values our flag represents,” says the narrator over a backdrop of soldiers’ headstones. “Land of the free. Home of the brave. And they never took a knee. But liberal Dan Feehan celebrated Colin Kaepernick’s protests of our national anthem, even said Kaepernick’s kneeling ‘matches the patriotism of our military’.…

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GOP Attack Ads Smear Military Veterans

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Today’s Republican party isn’t exactly known for its civility or honesty — but if you thought the GOP couldn’t sink any lower, think again.

Apparently fearing an electoral bloodbath in November, House Republicans have released a series of ads attacking their Democratic opponents — many of whom happen to be military veterans and former intelligence officers — by questioning their patriotism, smearing them as anti-American, and even falsely labeling them as terrorist sympathizers.

The ads are funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, Politico reports.

In one ad, Republicans slam House candidate Jason Crow — a Colorado Democratic candidate who received a Bronze Star for heroism in the Iraq war and an award for being a “lawyer of the year” for his veterans advocacy work — by falsely claiming he “neglected” Colorado veterans.…

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Trump Appointee Scraps Veterans’ Strongest Safeguard Against Predatory Lenders

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Trump’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to abandon its most effective means of protecting military service members from being ripped off by payday lenders — part of Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney’s mission to gut the agency from the inside.

According to The New York Times, a CFPB draft proposal shows that Mulvaney, the agency’s interim director, wants to scrap proactive oversight and enforcement of the Military Lending Act.

Mulvaney’s plan calls for the CFPB to stop performing “supervisory examinations,” which proactively look for patterns of abuse by lenders against members of the military.…

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