November 26, 2018

Trump White House Goes With Saudi Story in Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Source: Roll Call

By John T. Bennett

President Donald Trump again broke with U.S. intelligence Tuesday, this time siding with senior Saudi leaders and their denials they ordered the killing of a Washington Post journalist.

It came in a most unusual written statement from the White House, issued as the press corps on duty ahead of Thanksgiving gathered in the Rose Garden for the generally light-hearted turkey pardoning.

“King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi,” Trump said in a White House statement that began with these unusual lines: “America First!” and “The world is a very dangerous place!”

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November 26, 2018

Push for “Green New Deal” Gains Steam in House

Source: Democracy Now

Long-serving Congressmember John Lewis has joined other lawmakers in supporting incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a Green New Deal. Lewis is the highest-profile congressmember so far to back Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to create a bipartisan committee that would work on a plan to bring the U.S. to a carbon-neutral economy and adopt 100 percent renewable energy. The proposal for the committee also seeks to bar lawmakers who have accepted money from the fossil fuel industry. Other lawmakers who support the formation of the committee include Congressmembers Ro Khanna and Carolyn Maloney, as well as incoming Congressmembers Deb Haaland, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

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November 26, 2018

A GROWING NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS ARE SIGNING ON TO OCASIO-CORTEZ’S GREEN NEW DEAL

Source: The Daily Caller

By Jason Hopkin

Democrats are beginning to show support for a “Select Committee on a Green New Deal,” a proposal first introduced by New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Nine Democrats — a group made up of longtime congressmen and newly-elected lawmakers — have joined Democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez’s demands for a special “Green New Deal” House committee that, if formed, would push a bevy of climate change legislation. The move indicates Ocasio-Cortez could be gaining strong influence among her party’s more progressive wing.

“In just one week, 10 members of Congress have issued their support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Select Committee for a Green New Deal. New supporters include Representatives John Lewis (GA-05) Joe Neguse (CO-02), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Jose Serrano (NY-15), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07). One thing is clear: the plan for a Green New Deal is catching fire in the Democratic Party,” read a Sunday statement from Varshini Prakash, the founder of Sunrise Movement, an environmentalist organization.

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November 26, 2018

Congresswoman Maloney Heads to Williamsburg for Women’s Issues Town Hall on Nov. 19

Source: Greenpoint Post

By Laura Hanrahan

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is offering a new platform for the women of New York’s 12th district to discuss issues that matter the most to them.

Maloney will host a town hall on Nov. 19 at Bushwick Inlet Park’s Community Room to consult with her constituents on current women’s issues and what the priorities of the new Congress should be.

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November 16, 2018

Forest Service chief grilled over charges of sexual harassment in agency

Source: Arizona PBS Cronkite News

By Alexis Egeland

Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen came under fire Thursday for her department’s handling of sexual harassment complaints, the same issue that led to the retirement of her predecessor as chief.

Christiansen, the former Arizona State Forester, was grilled by members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who also heard explicit testimony from a former employee who said she had faced abusive behavior in several posts.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were visibly upset by the lack of response to a letter from 119 current and former female Forest Service employees complaining of harassment and being silenced.

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November 16, 2018

Hadassah urges national education on Holocaust

Source: San Diego Jewish World

By Janice Weinman

Anti-Semitism has been called the oldest form of hatred. In America, we are now witnessing a horrifying escalation of anti-Semitic violence, such as cemetery desecration, vandalization of Jewish schools and synagogues and inflammatory anti-Zionist rhetoric on college campuses. This week, CBS News reported the existence of a prom night photo taken last spring of around 50 male Baraboo, Wisconsin,high school students who appear to be giving a “Heil Hitler salute.” The entire Jewish community continues to mourn the heinous murder of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Shabbat morning – These acts have us all questioning “Is this the new future for Jews in America?”

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November 16, 2018

Ohio Congressman Wants to ‘Eliminate’ SEC Jurisdiciton over Crypto Industry: Report

Source: CCN

Now that Bitcoiner Jared Polis has left Congress for the Colorado Governor’s Mansion, support both moral and material for the crypto industry in Washington, DC may be seen as lacking. While it is largely unelected bureaucrats who rule the financial arena in this country and occasionally make brash decisions in regards to innovative technologies like cryptocurrency, all agencies and employees of the federal government eventually answer to Congress and its purse strings.

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