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Over the weekend, White House officials doubled down on controversial plans to nominate two political allies of President Donald Trump to the Federal Reserve board.
Trump reportedly plans to nominate one-time pizza chain owner, political commentator and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain (above) and longtime conservative economic writer and 2016 Trump advisor Stephen Moore. Both would likely face contentious Senate confirmation hearings, as the two picks are proving unpopular on Wall Street and among economists. Both Moore and Cain have long histories in the intersection of money and politics.
The discussion of elevating Cain, who built a fortune as CEO of Godfather Pizza, to the Fed was surprising because of his history as a critic of the organization, including a suggestion that the U.S. return to the gold standard.
On April 8, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a four-term congressman, became one of eight current or former House members in the 2020 Democratic primary. In his announcement, Swalwell said his primary campaign issue will be combating gun violence. Read More
Contributions to federal candidates, parties and committees from the labor sector hit a record high in 2016 to the tune of $218 million. Since 1990, the total amount of contributions from labor increased by more than 300 percent. Read More
Dating back to 1990, pro-Israel groups have given more to Democratic candidates than Republicans in every election cycle. Conservative groups are laying the groundwork to reverse this longstanding trend.Read more
Above: As Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) attempts to get his Democratic colleagues on board with President Donald Trump’s new North American free trade deal, he’s facing pressure from a progressive Democratic group with rising influence within the party.
The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats group is raising money toward an effort to primary Cuellar, who represents Texas’ 28th district, labeling him the “most conservative Democrat in Congress” in a fundraising appeal. The group’s push comes as Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a member of the Justice Democrats, pushes back against “NAFTA 2.0” over protections for pharmaceutical companies included in the deal.
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"That all citizens will be given an equal start through a sound education is one of the most basic, promised rights of our democracy. Our chronic refusal as a nation to guarantee that right for all children.... is rooted in a kind of moral blindness, or at least a failure of moral imagination.... It is a failure which threatens our future as a nation of citizens called to a common purpose... tied to one another by a common bond." —Senator Paul Wellstone --- March 31, 2000