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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Pressure builds for more action from Congress

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Pressure builds for more action from Congress

We begin today’s roundup with Michelle Goldberg’s piece at The New York Times on Congress and its approach to an executive branch acting with impunity:[H]owever you define constitutional crisis,
Open thread for night owls: 200+ groups ask Senate not to lock us into fossil fuel dependence

Open thread for night owls: 200+ groups ask Senate not to lock us into fossil fuel dependence

Julie Conley at Common Dreams writes—200+ Groups Call on Senate to Reject Bill That Would Lock US Into Fossil Fuel Dependence 'Under Guise of National Security':More than 200 national climate action
A 12-year-old described clinging to a baseball bat to defend classmates during school shooting

A 12-year-old described clinging to a baseball bat to defend classmates during school shooting

Here’s an account from 12-year-old Nate Holley, who described the scene inside his classroom yesterday as two shooters began firing on their classmates inside STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban
Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders join forces on Loan Shark Prevention Act to cap credit card interest at 15%

Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders join forces on Loan Shark Prevention Act to cap credit card interest at 15%

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced their first piece of joint legislation Thursday: a cap on consumer loans and credit card interest of 15% titled
Cory Booker and Ayanna Pressley team up to introduce bill on maternal mortality, especially for WOC

Cory Booker and Ayanna Pressley team up to introduce bill on maternal mortality, especially for WOC

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, are introducing an important piece of legislation with the mutual goal of extending how long
Pediatrician slams treatment of migrant kids in contracted facility, including delayed booster shots

Pediatrician slams treatment of migrant kids in contracted facility, including delayed booster shots

It’s been nearly a year since now-acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Matthew Albence claimed that it’s no big deal that migrant children are being held in U.S. custody because it’s
No states want to take Trump up on his offer of crappy health insurance

No states want to take Trump up on his offer of crappy health insurance

The Trump administration has put a lot of effort into sabotaging the Affordable Care Act, some of it successful, some not. In the "not" category is allowing states to have a waiver to make crappy,
Ohio Republicans back at it with the worst forced-birther bill yet, going after birth control

Ohio Republicans back at it with the worst forced-birther bill yet, going after birth control

An Ohio Republican, Rep. John Becker, is getting backing for legislation that would ban most effective methods of birth control by deeming them abortion, and would also ban most private insurance
This Week in Statehouse Action: Dear Mama edition

This Week in Statehouse Action: Dear Mama edition

Happy almost Mother’s Day!While many of us will take a pause this weekend to thank maternal figures in our lives, Republicans in state legislatures are busy doing things their moms are probably pretty
ICE has been blocking detainees from accessing legal help, advocacy group says in complaint

ICE has been blocking detainees from accessing legal help, advocacy group says in complaint

Since 2014, RAICES has offered free legal services to immigrants jailed at Karnes Detention Facility in Texas, assisting up to 160 clients each day. Now Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials,
Trump regime exaggerated Iran threat, and lied about carrier task force's deployment to Persian Gulf

Trump regime exaggerated Iran threat, and lied about carrier task force's deployment to Persian Gulf

Samuel Johnson said in 1758, “Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” Sen. Hiram
Sen. Marco Rubio again defending himself against claims he used to have principles

Sen. Marco Rubio again defending himself against claims he used to have principles

Dunking on the hapless Sen. Marco Rubio was old even by the time Donald Trump got to it, during the 2016 campaigns, but it's become something of a national tradition. The Florida Republican could not
An unsubtle Trump threatens veto of 'Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019'

An unsubtle Trump threatens veto of 'Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019'

It's going to be damned hard for Republicans to run in 2020 on the idea that they're all about protecting people's health care when they've got Donald Trump doing things like saying he would veto a
Old survey of anti-abortion physicians from Kellyanne Conway leads to Trump regulation

Old survey of anti-abortion physicians from Kellyanne Conway leads to Trump regulation

The Trump administration new force-birther, anti-LGBTQ healthcare rule is now in effect. The rule allows health workers to refuse treatment to anyone if their "religious" beliefs are in conflict with
Republicans are shocked that a fellow Republican issued a subpoena to Trump Jr.—'It's bad form'

Republicans are shocked that a fellow Republican issued a subpoena to Trump Jr.—'It's bad form'

Of all the Republican statements about Donald Trump Jr. being subpoenaed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, that of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has to be the best.Apparently the
Trump White House revokes press access; will grant 'exemptions' as it sees fit

Trump White House revokes press access; will grant 'exemptions' as it sees fit

The Trump White House has considered the national press to be an institutional enemy, and an institutional threat, from the first day of the administration. It has been absolutely clear in that, and
Maine House overwhelmingly passes bill banning so-called 'ex-gay' therapy for LGBTQ youth

Maine House overwhelmingly passes bill banning so-called 'ex-gay' therapy for LGBTQ youth

Now that Maine is free from its former Republican governor, the state could be closer than ever to joining more than one dozen states and Washington, D.C. in banning harmful conversion therapy for

Midday open thread: MS prison reform goes awry; more older workers than before stay in labor force

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling: Is Thanos just goading the Avengers into impeaching him?• Investigative reporter finds that Mississippi’s bipartisan prison reform that was hailed by so many isn’t
Gaslighter in chief slanders Mueller with debunked conflict of interest claims

Gaslighter in chief slanders Mueller with debunked conflict of interest claims

Fresh off the high of "lock her up" chants at his Florida rally Wednesday night, Donald Trump treated White House reporters to a grievance fest Thursday with Robert Mueller taking center stage. "Bob
Pelosi warned against rallying Trump's base. Too late. They're rallied, and will stay rallied

Pelosi warned against rallying Trump's base. Too late. They're rallied, and will stay rallied

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging Democrats to slow down impeachment talk, infamously said, “Trump is goading us to impeach him. … He knows that it would be very divisive in the country, but he