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Can You Believe?

Can you believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at Georgetown University on the topic of free speech? You likely can believe that, yes, many students were barred from attending the event because they might have exercised their right to free speech.

Can you believe the use of private email was seemingly a common practice in the Trump White House, including by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and others?

Can you believe the videos popular on social media of dogs chasing their tails, or cats endlessly batting at toys? We laugh at their compulsive behavior – incessantly doing something to no avail. But the Republicans’ endless, compulsive attacks on the Affordable Care Act are no laughing matter.

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

Hit of the Week:  Susan Collins announced her bill-killing opposition to the Cassidy-Graham health care bill with this statement: “Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target. . . .The fact that a new version of this bill was released the very week we are supposed to vote compounds the problem.”

Miss of the Week:  Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) opined that the U.S. should undertake a “preemptive strike” against North Korea. Even the conservative San Diego Union-Tribune called his comments, “incendiary and dangerous – the worst thing he’s publicly said as a politician.”

House Race of the Week

I’m going to name them. Doug LaMalfa. Tom McClintock. Paul Cook. Jeff Denham. David Valadao. Devin Nunes. Kevin McCarthy. Steve Knight. Ed Royce. Ken Calvert. Mimi Walters. Dana Rohrabacher. Darrell Issa. Duncan Hunter. When $78 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) for California Medicaid programs was on the line with the Cassidy-Graham bill, NONE of these GOP House Members was willing to step up and say, “NO. My constituents come first.” That should be the measure of a Member of Congress – their constituents. They all failed. We need to work like never before to resist and replace them in 2018.

Finally…

First Amendment – Religion and Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’m taking the liberty of sharing the First Amendment to our Constitution. We all honor our country by honoring this great document. To those who think some Americans should not speak out: I see no exceptions listed.