We Have Two Victories to Celebrate This Week!
Two resistance actions were successful this week! Daniel Ramirez was released and the ACA was saved. Read on for more information about these two actions and to read about the rest of the news.
DREAMer Daniel Ramirez Released By ICE!!!
A 24-year-old undocumented immigrant protected under President Obama’s deportation relief program has been released, six weeks after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained him during an enforcement operation near Seattle, Washington. (ThinkProgress)
The ACA Is Safe… for Now
This week in politics started off on Friday with the Republicans pulling the AHCA off the floor for vote. Trump made it clear that he blames the Democrats for the bill’s failure to pass, but the Republicans have a House majority, so did not need a single Democrat vote to pass this legislation.
Mike Flynn Will Testify in Exchange for Immunity
All those rumors about Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Adviser, testifying have been proven to be true. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mike Flynn has told the FBI that he is willing to testify about the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia, in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Public Hearings Canceled
Last Friday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee abruptly canceled a public hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday. The meeting was with former DNI director James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. The hearing is part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives. (ThinkProgress) Nunes has behaved strangely ever since. First he met someone at the White House (it is believed that the someone was Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and formerly worked on the staff of the House Intelligence Committee – New York Times). This “someone” showed Nunes some information that upset him, which he then showed to the White House, who in theory was the one who gave it to him, which is weird. He has not shown this information to anyone else on his committee and will not reveal his sources. His committee is not even holding it’s regular meetings at this point in time. There have been many calls for Nunes to recuse himself, but he doesn’t plan to do so.
What Did the Climate Ever Do To Him?
The Trump administration has been hard at work, destroying all of our environmental protections this week. In fact,
a supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication. (Politico)
On Wednesday, Trump, flanked by company executives and miners, signed a long-promised executive order on Tuesday to nullify President Barack Obama’s climate change efforts and revive the coal industry. (New York Times)
Also, on Friday, Trump granted a permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “The $8 billion project would span 1,200 miles, connecting Alberta’s massive tar sands crude with pipelines and refineries on the Texas gulf coast that are particularly well-suited to handling the thick oil.” (Washington Post)
As always, there were many other stories that were important, but I can only fit so much in one column. In case you want to follow up on them, though, Mike Pence cast a deciding vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood, Congress votes to repeal online privacy laws, Jason Chaffetz lied when he said he retracted the bill to sell off public lands, a bank in Cyprus investigated Paul Manafort’s accounts for money laundering, Ivanka Trump has been given and office and unpaid position in the White House, DNC Chairman, Tom Perez, has asked all staffers for their resignations, Russia State News applied for a White House press pass, and Jeff Sessions declared that federal grants will be withheld from sanctuary cities (Seattle is suing the Trump administration for this).
I hope you all have a good week! Stay safe, stay sane, and stay strong!