You know the new Trump-drenched FCC is hot to kill the Open Internet order -- which prevents your internet service provider from prioritizing some web traffic over others, so that you, and not some corporation, get to dictate where you want to go on the internet. But Congress is hot to kill it, too: Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who made noises about killing net neutrality in the last Congress, is readying a bill that would, as they say, destroy net neutrality in order to save it. Mr. Thune sure talks a good game about internet freedom -- he says he wants to outlaw paid prioritization and active throttling or blocking of websites, but the FCC's already done that, and his net neutrality bill from 2015 had loopholes you could drive a Mack truck through. When you're trying to kill something as broadly popular across the political spectrum as net neutrality, that's how you have to do it. I recommend you call your Reps and Senators and tell them to leave the internet alone -- to reject any efforts to weaken or undo the FCC's Open Internet Order from 2015.
Meanwhile, whistleblowers won a big victory not so long ago when the U.S. Tax Court (that's where you go if you want to challenge an IRS finding that you owe our government money) ruled that folks blowing the whistle on tax fraud may receive an award based on all the money our government manages to get from folks guilty of tax evasion. Yet the Treasury Department is trying to get that decision overturned in an appeals court, arguing, dig this, that whistleblower awards should only be for civil cases, not criminal ones. But, as you might guess, the criminal cases get the biggest fines! Always they protect their own! I bet Donald Trump thinks whistleblowers are all gold-diggers, but the truth is they're very, very courageous people doing what they can to bring wrongdoers to justice -- and usually at a great price to themselves, as so many of them become unemployable in their former fields after pursuing this justice. So the National Whistleblowers Center helps you tell Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to stop his department's effort to hurt whistleblowers -- and also tell your Senators to pressure the Treasury Department.
Finally, Moms Rising helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject efforts to make benefit cuts and other harmful changes to Medicaid. Medicaid doesn't get a lot of love (well, it does from Trump supporters, apparently) because we look at it like it's just health care for poor people. Of course, we should give it a lot of love -- because it's health care for poor people, and could well help form part of the platform (along with programs like Medicare, which mostly bcovers seniors, and CHIP, which covers children too well-off for Medicaid, and, oh, hell, even the Obamacare exchanges) to Medicare-for-all, single-payer health insurance in America. But in the meantime Congress is all hot to turn Medicaid into a block grant program, as if states don't already have enough leeway in how they use federal money. If Medicaid were a block grant program, of course, states would have a lot more leeway in how to use it -- why, they might even use it for purposes other than helping poor folks get health care, which is not how civilized people do things. So let's remind Congress how civilized people do things.