As you know, President Trump signed some more Executive Orders late last week pertaining specifically to financial reform, one mandating a "review" of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law passed in 2010, the other delaying the implementation of the Obama Administration order mandating that pension advisors put their clients' interests before their own. We'll have an opportunity to file public comments on just why that's such a terrible idea, unless Mr. Trump declares martial law or something by then, but in the meantime, you can call your Congressfolk (using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page) and tell them to reject any attempts to gut Dodd-Frank or allow pension advisors to screw pensioners. (If you can't get through directly to their D.C. phones, call 126.96.36.19921, then their local offices, and if that doesn't work, Americans for Financial Reform will help you email them.) Remember: most of Mr. Trump's supporters hate banksters, too. Not many will call their Reps and Senators about it, because they still think their team is Trump and not America -- but still, you won't be alone.
Meanwhile, what Sean Spicer called an attack by Iran's government against an American naval ship was actually an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels against a Saudi ship, and that's as good a reason as any to remind you that the U.S. has been involved in the Saudi-Yemen war (on the Saudis' side, of course) for many years now, and that Congress has never authorized it. The U.S. Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war, yet President Obama never asked, and Congress never passed, any authorization to go into Yemen. And once Mr. Trump gets out of Remedial Presidenting class, I'm sure he'll use the same excuse Mr. Obama did: that the Authorization to Use Military Force, passed in 2001 after the 9.11 attacks, gives him all the authority he needs. But the AUMF only authorizes military action against "nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001" -- no, "he determines" isn't a loophole, since no reasonable person could "determine" that Houthi rebels attacked us on 9.11. And that's before we get to whether the AUMF itself is a proper exercise of Constitutional authority (it's not). Anyway, Just Foreign Policy joins with MoveOn to help you tell Congress to debate, and vote on, American involvement in the war between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
In other news, H.R. 490, the so-called Heartbeat Protection Act, would make abortions illegal if one can detect a fetal heartbeat. The problem, of course, is that one can detect a fetal heartbeat after a mere six weeks of pregnancy, and most women don't even know they're pregnant at that point. If we've decided, as a civilization, that women should have the right to decide on their own whether to terminate a pregnancy or not -- and we have, as a civilization -- then H.R. 490 would essentially take that right away, by making it illegal to act on their decision until after they have all the information they need to make a decision. Why don't politicians simply try to pass a Constitutional amendment to ban abortion? Nearly two-thirds of state legislatures are under Republican control now, and that's almost what you'd need on the back end; on the front end, if they've got the better case, they should be able to persuade the rest of Congress into going along. How do I know they don't have the better case? Because they resort to manipulative bill titles like the "Heartbeat Protection Act," when they sure don't care about your heartbeat unless you're not one of their big donors. CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject H.R. 490.
Finally, Moms Rising helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass a vigorous paid family leave law. The Family Medical Leave Act guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave, as you know, but a little more than one in eight American workers have access to paid family leave -- about two in five American workers can get personal medical leave through their employers, and that ain't much better. Remember those two numbers the next time your Trump-loving uncle tells you the "free market" will guarantee that corporations that offer paid family leave will attract more workers, because they prove that the "free market" ain't guaranteeing it now, and corporations aren't hamstrung by our government no matter how much they whine about it. And no use arguing that if folks get it, they'll abuse it -- just remind those folks that they might need paid family leave one day, and they surely wouldn't abuse it, would they? (If you feel like piling on, you can always remind them that no law of physics prevents us from helping our countryfolk and battling fraud at the same time; it's a lie that the latter somehow precludes the former.)