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And the red ink just keeps flowing

Can You Believe?

Can you believe that the federal government is on track to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year? That is almost double what the government borrowed in FY2017 and is a direct result of the GOP’s disastrous tax bill.

Can you believe that Speaker Paul Ryan has refused to even start an investigation of Rep. Jim Jordan, who is accused of knowing and allowing a pedophile to victimize young people? Do you think it is because of Jordan’s role as one of the lieutenants in the GOP’s relentless attack on Robert Mueller’s investigation?

Can you believe that Donald Trump continues to support and defend domestic terrorists? That he didn’t just defend the Charlottesville white supremacists, but has now pardoned the father-and-son Hammonds, the cattle rancher/domestic terrorists who staged an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016?

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: California has again shown the rest of the nation why it is such an environmental leader. In 2006, California set greenhouse gas emission goals for 2020. And the state has already met those goals. In sum, 2016 carbon emissions were 13 percent below the 2004 record high levels, and for the same time period, the state’s economy grew by 26 percent. More evidence that we can address climate change without hurting the economy.

Miss of the Week: It is not just the miss of the week but could be the miss of several decades. Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could swing the court far to the right for a very long time, endangering our most basic rights and freedoms. And what is so deeply troubling is that Kavanaugh has already announced that a sitting president is immune from criminal charges. This is a nomination that must be fought.

Hot Race of the Week

When Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy against Ted Cruz, many skeptics rolled their eyes, thinking about how deeply red Texas politics were. Not so much any more. O’Rourke, or “Beto” as he is commonly called in Texas, is fighting like a Texan, filling rallies, and raising money. Lots of money, and he is doing it with only individual contributions. Last quarter he raised $10.4 million to an expected $4 million for Cruz. This Senate race remains tough for a Democrat, but Beto may be the person for the job.

Fight Back

Every week my daughter Nicole and I tackle the news of the day with a podcast, and I invite you to tune in this week. This week we have a great conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff who is doing more to save our democracy than all the GOP House Members combined. And we talk to producer/director/writer Civia Tamarkin about her groundbreaking film work. You can find the podcast here.