Kobach email confirms goal of voter fraud commission to gut National Voter Rights Registration Act
The Trump administration’s voter fraud commission is poised to attack a federal voting rights law that prevents states from capriciously disenfranchising citizens. Slate
The First Public Meeting of Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel Was a Horrifying Parade of Outright Lies Slate
NYT Editorial: The Bogus Voter-Fraud Commission
The truth can’t be repeated often enough: The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which held its first meeting last week, is a sham and a scam.
It was born out of a marriage of convenience between conservative anti-voter-fraud crusaders, who refuse to accept actual data, and a president who refuses to accept that he lost the popular vote fair and square. The New York Times
America’s voting systems are not ready for midterm elections The Guardian
Don’t Let Detroit’s Revival Rest on an Injustice
While Detroit is undergoing a renaissance in housing, its scope is limited to 7.2 square miles of its total of 143 square miles. The author sites issues of illegal foreclosures and tax assessments, as African-Americans continue to face discrimination in housing. The New York Times
Three Things Trump Is Already Doing to “Let Obamacare Fail.” The New York Time
These State Attorneys Are Demanding Betsy DeVos Keep Campus Rape Rules In Place. BuzzFeed News
Supreme Court: Trump Refugee Restrictions Allowed for Now; Ban on Grandparents Rejected. The New York Times
The Mothers Being Deported by Trump. The New Yorker
The Immigration Effect
In an analysis for ProPublica, an independent economics firm, estimated that for every 1 percent increase in U.S. population made of immigrants, GDP rises 1.15 percent. So a simple way to get to Trump’s 4 percent GDP bump? Take in about 8 million net immigrants per year. ProPublica
President Trump’s Contempt for the Rule of Law
In less than an hour last Wednesday afternoon, President Trump found a way to impugn the integrity and threaten the livelihoods of nearly all of the country’s top law enforcement officials, including some he appointed, for one simple reason: They swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not him. New York Times.
Message from Senators Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL) to treat DACA Children Fairly. The DACA program, implemented under President Obama in 2012, protects immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. President Trump campaigned for an immediate end to that protection, but modified the hard-line stance after taking office. The Department of Homeland Security last month said DACA recipients "will continue to be eligible" for renewed status, and the president has called DACA a tough issue to decide. In an interview with CBS, Graham and Durbin state that they are reviving a new version of a bipartisan bill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and urge the president and fellow Republicans to treat law-abiding immigrants whose parents brought them as children "fairly."The question for the Republican Party is, what do we tell these people? How do we treat them? Here's my answer. We treat them fairly. We do not pull the rug out from under them," Graham said, adding those immigrants, "are no more connected with a foreign country than I am." Play video.
An interesting article on 2 successful referenda against gerrymandering. Reclaim
A CBO score of the latest GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act found it would leave 32 million more people uninsured by 2026 compared to current law.
This straight repeal, no replace legislation compounds the uninsured more than other recent plans and could see a vote next week. CNN Money
With 4 Bills In Play To Repeal Obamacare In the Senate, Confusion Reigns
An extensive analysis of contents of each bill and their effect if they were to be adopted. Shots - Health News NPR
Don’t get distracted: The GOP’s cruel health-care plan isn’t dead yet. The Washington Post
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office defended by all eight former directors.The nonpartisan CBO has been under attack by the White House and members of the Republican party. All the former directors - both Republicans and Democrats - have come to the defense of the agency. Rollcall.com
Interior Department Scientist Reassigned for Speaking up about Climate Change Washington Post