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On Tuesday, October 17, the long-awaited Gran Turismo Sport arrives for the Playstation 4. This seventh installment of one of the world's best-selling games franchises introduces a number of updates designed for high-end TVs, virtual reality, and e-sports enthusiasts. Although we've had a copy for a few days now, you'll have to wait a few more days to read a proper review.

In large part, that's because Sony's Gran Turismo Sport servers were down for the past few days. Since being connected to those servers is such an integral part of the game, there's very little left to do if you're offline.

But let's not pretend like we weren't warned. In a blog post last month, Sony revealed that "[i]n order to ensure fair racing for all, GT Sport will require an Internet connection for the majority of functionality. This connectivity requirement is to ensure that progress, car availability, and driver ratings are properly maintained at all times."

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It turns out there is some good news in Washington.

Tapper also asked Tillerson to respond to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who said during his weeklong feud with the president that Trump had “publicly castrated” the secretary of state. ...

“I checked; I’m fully intact,” Tillerson responded.

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This highlight in American history brought to you by the Trump White House. The Trump White House, bringing you daily insanity since … can it only be nine months? Tillerson provided this anatomical reassurance during an interview in which he once again failed to refute calling Trump a moron … make that f#$&ing moron. 

And now that we know that Tillerson is “intact,” someone needs him to explain why he won’t stand up to Trump when he thinks Trump is putting the nation at risk.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday he believes staying in the Iran nuclear deal is in the best interest of the U.S.

Maybe it’s not the presence of all Tillerson’s parts that’s in question. It’s just the ownership.

“I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification,” Trump said during a speech at the White House.

And Tillerson is not the only person feeling the squeeze.

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Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy teamed up with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to create the very worst of the still-standing "replacement" plans for Obamacare, and he's still trying to make it happen. That means Cassidy must keep popular vote loser Donald Trump on his side. That also means lying like a rug about the damage Trump is inflicting on innocent Americans with his sabotage efforts.

"If you take the totality of what the president did, I think it actually helps the family," Cassidy said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Republican said Trump created an opportunity for Congress to address an "unconstitutional" requirement, and he believes "Congress should pass that short-term extension" of the payments.

"And that's exactly what the president is asking," he said. "But we absolutely have to think about that family around the kitchen table, which is why I think Congress should pass them. Republicans have been trying to do so, but with flexibility so that premiums go down."

The "flexibility" Cassidy is referring to is the ability for states to decide that insurers might not have to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, or maybe that they don't have to cover all the essential benefits one expects insurance to have. That's the demand Republicans are making of Democrats in passing a guarantee that the cost savings reduction payments Trump has ended will be paid. In other words, they expect Democrats to compromise to make the Trump administration uphold the law instead of flouting it.

Premiums will not go down. The Congressional Budget Office has debunked that one repeatedly. It's a basic thing about how health insurance works that was the whole basis of our system before Obamacare. Not covering everyone equally causes premiums to skyrocket for people who have to use insurance. That's just what happens.

But that's good for "the family," Cassidy says. He's lying.

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Enlarge / Apple's FaceTime has been found to infringe patents belonging to VirnetX, a public patent-holding company. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A patent-holding company called VirnetX has won a massive patent case against Apple, for the third time. Today, it became clear just how big the win was.

An order unsealed Friday (PDF) reveals that, not only did a federal judge award VirnetX the full $302 million jury verdict that it won last year, but the judge tacked on $41.3 million in enhanced damages and $96 million in costs, attorneys' fees, and interest. In all, Apple has been ordered to pay a staggering $439.7 million to VirnetX because its VPN on Demand and FaceTime features were found to infringe VirnetX patents.

In a statement today, VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen said he's "elated" with the court's final judgment.

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Donald Trump promised he’d create jobs as president. He didn’t mention they’d mostly be jobs for lawyers representing himself and his son in the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia:

The $1.1 million the campaign spent on lawyers during the third quarter of the year is nearly double what the president's fundraising committee spent on legal fees during the previous three-month period, campaign reports filed Sunday show. They include more than $237,900 to Alan Futerfas, the New York lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, in the Russia probes.

Another $30,000 went to Williams & Jensen, which also has helped the younger Trump in the investigation.

Yes, it’s legal, because Junior was representing the campaign, so it’s a campaign expense.

While the Trump campaign is spending a ton of money on lawyers, it’s raising a whole lot more money, so if he’s still in office at that point he’ll be going to go into 2020 with a major financial advantage over his opponents.

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Donald Trump has his priorities.

One Week in Donald Trump's Twitter Feed Attacking Promoting Bragging About
Free Press — 13 tweets Fox News — 4 tweets Himself — 8 tweets
Democrats — 8 tweets Other Trumps — 3 tweets Stock Market — 7 tweets
Healthcare — 6 tweets GOP candidates — 2 tweets
Puerto Rico — 4 tweets Tax cuts — 2 tweets
NFL — 4 tweets Las Vegas — 1 tweet
Iran Treaty — 4 tweets
Hillary Clinton — 1 tweet
North Korea — 1 tweet
Government — 1 tweet

While 69 tweets may seem like a lot, it clearly wasn’t enough to say anything about Puerto Rico other than how bad things were before the storms, or to say anything at all about the wildfires raging across California. 

Also missing in action on these tweets: any mention of American soldiers who were killed more than one week ago in Niger.

On Saturday October 7, the day the body of 25-year-old Army Sgt. La David Johnson was returned to Dover Air Force Base after he was killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger, President Donald Trump was golfing. It's not known if the President ever planned to attend the return of remains ceremony at Dover as he has in the past. But since the ambush on October 4 in Niger, he has not commented publicly on the deadliest combat incident involving US troops since he took office.

Trump has continued to carve out a slot between tee times for complaining about the NFL’s “disrespect” for soldiers. But he hasn’t freed up one second to discuss actual Green Berets actually dying on his watch.

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump still seems to be operating under the assumption that no one is going to blame him when he destroys Obamacare. On this, as on most things, Trump is delusional.

Seven in ten Americans (71 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while one in five (21 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later. The vast majority of Democrats (93 percent) say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work, as do about three-fourths (74 percent) of independents. Republicans are more divided in their opinions of what the Trump administration should do next. About half of Republicans (48 percent) say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law work while 43 percent of Republicans say the administration should do what they can to make the law fail.

Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation didn't ask people whether they thought Democrats in Congress should do what they can to make the current health care law work, because Democrats in Congress can't do that. They can do everything in their power to try and force Trump to do the job a president is supposed to do—faithfully uphold the law—but that's about it. This is all on Trump and his fellow Republicans.

By the way, Obamacare gets majority support in this survey, again, with 51 percent of respondents in favor of the law.

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The presidents of George Mason University, Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College have penned a joint op-ed calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth and students, writing that “we believe, as presidents of colleges and universities, it is imperative that we protect these young people through the passage of the DREAM Act...we cannot ignore the joy they bring to our communities and the degree to which we are strengthened by their presence”:

They have grown up here in America. They’ve gone to grade school, middle school and high school with our children. They are student body presidents, medical students and doctoral candidates. Some serve in high school ROTC and volunteer in their churches. Others help single parents raising younger siblings and tutor their peers as they prepare for college. They are members of our communities.  They have done all the things we expect of our young people, and for their efforts so many have been able to earn places on our college campuses. They want — and deserve — the chance to continue learning and living in America without the constant fear of deportation.

The Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area is home to approximately 23,000 DACA recipients, and “almost half of all DACA recipients are in school or pursuing a college degree,” according to the op-ed. Nationally, one survey estimates that 45 percent of DACA recipients are in school, with 72 percent of those pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. “A robust 94 percent said that, because of DACA, ‘I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.’”

Undocumented immigrant youth aren’t just tomorrow’s leaders, they’ve already been leading for years, and our nation should embrace them on paper, not kick them out of the only home they’ve ever known.

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A federal judge ruled today that patents protecting Allergan's $1.5 billion blockbuster dry-eye drug, Restasis, are invalid due to obviousness. The international drug company's stock dropped about five percent on the news.

The ruling by US Circuit Judge William Bryson could have wide effects on the patent landscape because the Restasis patents are at the center of a novel legal strategy that involves using Native American sovereignty rights to avoid certain types of patent reviews, called inter partes reviews, or IPRs.

Last month, Allergan gave its six Restasis patents to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, located in northern New York. The tribe was paid $13.5 million up front and promised $15 million annually as long as the patents were valid. Shortly after the transfer, lawyers representing Allergan and the tribe moved to dismiss an IPR against their patents on the grounds that the patents now enjoyed "sovereign immunity."

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Enlarge / Rep. Barbara Lee (center) spoke along with Rep. G.K. Butterfield (right) at the San Francisco offices of Hustle on Monday. (credit: Cyrus Farivar)

SAN FRANCISCO—Days after two leading members of the Congressional Black Caucus got Facebook to commit to hiring a black member to its board of directors, they again pressed major tech firms to diversify the hiring of executives and rank-and-file employees.

In brief remarks before dozens of assembled employees at the downtown offices of Hustle, a texting startup, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina) said Monday morning that they have been meeting with companies including Uber and Salesforce to improve on a longstanding issue of underrepresented minorities in Silicon Valley.

"To our surprise, all of [the companies], without exception, acknowledged that they had a problem and need our help to fix this problem," Butterfield said, noting that he expected other companies to follow Facebook’s example.

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The attorneys general of eighteen states and the District of Columbia are now suing the Trump administration over his decision to suspend cost-sharing reduction payments, required by the Affordable Care Act, to health insurers to make health care more affordable for low-income people.

"By refusing to make the CSR reimbursement payments mandated by the ACA and its permanent appropriation," the states argue in their filing, "the President and the Secretaries are deliberately seeking to undermine, rather than faithfully execute, the ACA." It's entirely possible that health insurers will also file suit, as they are still required by the law to provide the subsidies to customers and the government is withholding the funds they're supposed to use to do that.

But there's another suit pending that could very well thwart Trump's sabotage of the CSR payments, ironically the suit that Trump is using as the excuse for his action.

For years, Republicans have argued that Congress never properly authorized the payments when it passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, because it did not appropriate specific funds for them. The GOP-led House filed a lawsuit to that effect in 2014, and last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled in agreement, declaring the payments illegal but keeping them flowing pending an Obama administration appeal. In August, with the administration out of power, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that Democratic attorneys general could instead defend the subsidies in court. New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has indicated that he will continue to pursue that litigation, but that Friday’s filing, seeking the injunction, will take precedence. Given that Collyer's punitive ruling came as a surprise to many legal observers, it's likely that other judges will disagree with her interpretation of the law.
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Heading into his big Monday meeting with Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a nice shout out from his nemesis Steve Bannon. The Associated Press writes:

Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart News after helping Trump win the presidency and serving in the West Wing, is committed to dumping McConnell, R-Ky. In a speech to religious conservatives Saturday, Bannon put on notice some of those incumbents who are at risk of a challenge from his flank of the party. He said the lawmakers possibly can avoid that wrath if they disavow McConnell and meet other conditions.

“This is our war,” Bannon said. “The establishment started it. ...You all are gonna finish it.”

The White House wasn't offering much pre-meeting love either.

The senators’ weeklong recess also drew criticism from the White House: “They’re on another vacation right now. I think that we would all be a lot better off if the Senate would stop taking vacations, and start staying here until we actually get some real things accomplished,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said.

Trump piled on the misery of Senate Republicans at a Monday morning cabinet meeting, saying pointedly, "They're not getting the job done." But by Monday afternoon, he gave a whiplash performance alongside McConnell in the Rose Garden, assuring reporters that he was totally lockstep with Senate Republicans.

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Winning Was The Thing

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:59 pm
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Just quit, Donald. It's okay. Even a Pope did it recently. I am not the Trump whisperer, but even I knew that being president would make him miserable. You're old. You're fake rich enough. You like to play golf. You'll always have enough sycophants around, and not ones who will go trash you anonymously to the press. Spend your life hitting golf balls and letting Trumpkins take selfies with you.

Let Mike Pence destroy the country. He's more into it, really.
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Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, has found another way to gut the agency’s mission. Deriding the EPA’s practice of settling lawsuits brought by environmental groups trying to get it to enforce its own rules as “Sue & Settle,” Pruitt said the EPA wouldn’t be doing that anymore. 

The rule change could force environmental groups to spend much more time and effort on lawsuits aimed at making the EPA enforce its own rules and abide by agreed-upon timelines—spreading them thinner and making it harder for them to expend effort on other, more complicated cases. The EPA’s decision to refuse to reimburse lawyers’ fees also could be costly to environmental groups, as well as make it harder and less likely for average citizens and localities to undertake lawsuits to get the EPA to do what it’s legally required to do. [...]

The new memorandum formalizes a position of fighting every lawsuit tooth-and-nail that Pruitt had announced early in his tenure at the EPA. Back in February, he’d promised he wouldn’t allow “regulation through litigation.” The Justice Department also has stopped negotiating settlements that end up with payments to outside groups to cover attorneys’ or other fees.

In short, if you want the government to follow the rules, you had better have great lawyers and deep pockets, because you’re going to court. The Sierra Club fired back:

“Scott Pruitt and his polluter cronies continue to perpetrate lies about the law as an excuse for refusing enforcing it — but when it comes to the law, the truth has a way of catching up with you,” Sierra Club Environmental Law Program Director Pat Gallagher said in a statement. “If Pruitt thinks that by frivolously litigating deadline cases he will deter the Sierra Club or other citizen groups from holding him accountable in court, he should think again – we will not be deterred.”

But unless its donors step up in a big way—huge—even the Sierra Club is going to end up finding its resources strained in the fight to keep the Trump EPA from turning into the EDA (Environmental Destruction Agency).

Aspiration Interrupted

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:15 pm
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I am completely making this up, but I do think once upon a time the basic story of "Americans want rich people to have their taxes cuts because they think they'll be rich one day" had...some truth to it. A little bit, anyway.

I don't think it does anymore. It's what happens when .1%ers get greedy and don't just screw the poors and the middle class but also the not-quite-rich-enough, too. It's tough to be merely a 10%er.
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday rejected Equifax's bid to retain its $7.25 million "taxpayer identity" contract—the one awarded days after Equifax announced it had exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data of some 145 million people.

At its core, the Equifax-IRS ordeal reveals the strangeness of the government contacting system. That's because Equifax wasn't even originally chosen to continue its contract with the IRS's Secure Access online program, which enables taxpayers to store and retrieve online tax records. But because Equifax protested when the agency gave the contract to rival Experian for a fraction of the cost, the IRS said contracting rules demanded that it offer a "bridge" contact to Equifax until the GAO sorts out the protest.

The GAO sorted everything out on Monday. It set aside the challenge from Equifax which contended that Experian, whose bid was worth up to $795,000 annually, didn't have the technological wherewithal to verify taxpayers signing up for the Secure Access program.

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On the heels of signing the most sweeping anti-deportation bill in the nation, California Jerry Brown has signed legislation blocking the creation of any so-called Muslim registry should President Trump choose to act on a proposal he repeatedly suggested during his 2016 campaign.” The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hailed the bill, authored by one of the state Senate’s most leading pro-immigrant voices, as a "momentous victory”:

Senate Bill 31 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database. It also prohibits them from using resources to create their own lists.

Dubbed the California Religious Freedom Act, the bill coasted through the legislative process this year, the only proposal to gain bipartisan support from a package introduced by majority Democrats to counter Trump's policies.

In authoring the bill, Lara cited an NBC News interview in which Trump, then a presidential candidate, said there "should be a lot of systems," beyond a database, that track Muslims in the country.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, it was just a year ago “that Trump surrogates referenced Japanese internment camps from World War II as ‘precedent’ for a Muslim registry,” and since his poorly attended inauguration, Trump has stuck to his deplorable campaign promise by issuing three legally shaky bans so far on Muslims trying to enter the U.S.

In a large rally earlier this year, CAIR and more than 700 Muslim-Americans gathered in Sacramento to urge legislators to prioritize the legislation, which was also supported by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) California, and others. As the numerous Muslim bans have shown, Trump is intent on furthering his anti-Muslim attacks, but this bill is an important first step. 

"We applaud Governor Brown's commitment to preserving the civil liberties of all Californians," said CAIR-CA’s Yannina Casillas. "Today, California took a proactive stance in protecting the civil liberties and religious freedoms of all Californians. With the signing of SB 31, Californians know that our great state will stand up to any federal policy that targets vulnerable communities." 

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Unless the Children's Health Insurance Program is reauthorized in the next two weeks, Nevada is probably going to be forced to freeze enrollments in the program, meaning no more families will be able to get health care for their sick kids.

The state is preparing to be completely out of federal funding for the program in about six weeks. The state budgeted for the money, so if it doesn't come, they will have to have a special legislative session to try to figure out how to continue coverage for kids. Nevada isn't the only state facing disaster. All of them are, just maybe not as immediately as Nevada.

Meanwhile, the House is out on recess for a week. And House Republicans are continuing to hold CHIP hostage, demanding damaging and untenable cuts to public health and to Medicare in exchange.

"It's clear that House Republicans want to use reauthorization of children's health insurance and Community Health Centers as a way to further undermine the Affordable Care Act and weaken Medicare," [Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) ranking member on Energy and Commerce] said.

"Republicans remain fixated on sabotaging the ACA anyway they can. I reject the premise that we can only offer health care to children by taking it away from others, and, to date, Republicans refuse to budge in that regard."

Republicans want to cut public health funding included in Obamacare and put more means-testing on Medicare premiums. Those are obscene negotiating demands. They are made even more obscene by the fact that the highest priority Republicans now have is giving the top 1 percent more than $200,00 average in tax cuts every year. Which don't have to be paid for.

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There's no way to overstate what a show of desperation took place in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon during a joint press conference between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

For his part, Trump touted how many tremendous successes he's had—including an "A+" rating from a former Clinton administration official on the administration's response to hurricane relief. But after bragging about his work on judicial nominations—which he boasted "will set records" then moments later said Democrats were "holding up beyond comprehension" (yes, one second, Trump was having tremendous success and, the next second, Democrats were blocking him at every turn)—Trump managed to finally say what they were really there for.

"Just so you understand, the Republican party is very very unified," he said, pointing the finger at Democrats for the GOP majority’s every failure. "When we get things approved, we have to go through hell because we have no Democrat support."

Oh, so perhaps Trump hasn't had quite as much success as he claimed, just a whole lot of “hell.” Anyway, after Trump was predictably all over the place—Puerto Rico, taxes, health care, Democrats—McConnell stepped to the mic to whittle Trump’s blunt instrument into a fine point.

"I think what the president and I would both like to say to you today, contrary to what some of you may have reported, we are together totally on this agenda to move America forward."

Okay, so Trump and McConnell are in it together today. It's only a matter of time, folks.

McConnell also conveniently made sure to tag Trump's appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch as "the single most significant thing this president has done to change America." In other words, forget all our failures, Trump's most important accomplishment is also the ONE thing we in the Senate have managed to do. He’s not wrong, in many ways. But touting your only major accomplishment as the most important accomplishment is like declaring that mud is mud.

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Enlarge / Emissions rise from smokestacks at Pacificorp’s 1,000MW coal-fired power plant on October 9, 2017 outside Huntington, Utah. (credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

Late last week, power company Vistra Energy announced that it would close two of its Texas coal plants by early 2018. In a press release, the company blamed "Sustained low wholesale power prices, an oversupplied renewable generation market, and low natural gas prices, along with other factors."

Just the week before, Vistra subsidiary Luminant had announced another Texas plant closure, according to Reuters. The three Texas coal plants reflect more than 4GW of capacity. The plants are only the latest in a string of announced retirements from power companies that find their coal units offline more and more often due to low electricity prices.

But these closures came at a surprising time: the Trump administration has been pushing some of the most aggressive policies aimed at helping out coal plants that we've seen yet. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved to roll back the Clean Power Plan just last week, and, in late September, the Department of Energy proposed a rule that would increase compensation for facilities that can store 90 days of fuel onsite (i.e., coal and nuclear energy). Industry watchers expected the proposed lifelines would forestall exits from coal generation.

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The dreams of Atlanta teen Cinthya Moran, who is dually enrolled in high school and college classes, stand to get derailed if Congress does not move on a passing the bipartisan DREAM Act, Congressman Hank Johnson writes. An estimated 100 DACA recipients are enrolled in medical schools around the country—including Denisse Rojas, who recently addressed Congress—and Cinthya is striving to join them:

As an aspiring cardiovascular surgeon, Cinthya took her studies seriously – accumulating a 3.8 GPA by staying up nights and studying – pushing herself to work twice as hard.

But now her dreams of becoming a doctor could be shattered forever.

That’s because Cinthya is one of about 800,000 DREAMers nationwide – young children brought to this country by their parents.

Thanks to President Trump’s craven decision to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program or DACA, Cinthya’s contributions and those of hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers to our community and country could come to an end.

Cinthya, 100 DACA medical students, and 800,000 others are at risk of being torn from the only country they’ve ever known as home following Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announcing the end of the program. And despite Donald Trump’s claim, he can’t extend a program he’s already rescinded. Protecting undocumented immigrant youth like Cinthya is now in the hands of Congress. Johnson says:

Cinthya isn’t alone. DREAMers are models of what we hope our citizens become. They go to school, join the armed forces and become productive members of society. In Georgia, the rescission of DACA could mean that 24,000 people would be deported.

It is cruel to banish people to a strange land where oftentimes they don’t know the language or culture. It’s for constituents like Cinthya that I’m proud to join my Democratic colleagues in fighting to pass the DREAM Act.

”Cinthya has the potential, vision and dedication to become a cardiovascular surgeon,” Johnson writes, “but she wonders how she will be able to apply the knowledge and skills she has acquired ‘if I’m hiding away in fear of being taken back to a country I have no memory of?’” Cinthya and 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth like her need our help. Make a call to your member of Congress today and urge a clean vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act.

The Amazon Games

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:11 pm
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I don't care if Philadelphia wins the Amazon olympics. Likely the city and/or state will hand over the entire treasury to lure them to come and I doubt that would be worth it. Still from a purely "arguing about things on the internet" sense, of course Philly is the obvious choice. It's cheap and we have an underutilized and massive (if flawed) transit system and it's probably the most walkable city in the country (yes, yes, NYC is NYC and you really can't compare anything else to it, but NYC has absurd real estate prices).


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