If you've missed previous opportunities to tell our Department of Homeland Security to stop spying on reporters and refugee advocates, then Demand Progress still helps you do that. As you likely know, our DHS has kept fairly detailed records on these folks -- even going so far as to collect make and model info on their cars! -- and handed over that data to Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (or ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (or CBP). So did DHS get the warrants, or did ICE and CBP get the warrants? I kid, of course -- this Administration doesn't need any stinkin' warrants! Spying on folks who are fighting or recording your slow-motion train wreck of a border policy does not exactly demonstrate a whole lot of confidence in your border policy, does it? So let's remind our government (again!) that its political opponents have rights just like everyone else.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania residents, take note: HB 11 would amend the state's Alternative Energies Portfolio Standard -- which requires utilities to get some of their power from renewable sources -- to include nuclear power. Recall how hard it is for nuclear power plants to make money without massive government handouts and you'll already see why folks call this the "nuclear bailout" bill. But then the bill's lead sponsor, Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R-106), cites two nuclear power plants that'll have to close if his bill doesn't pass -- and one of them is Three Mile Island! Gosh, "pass my bill or the poster child for nuclear meltdowns will have to close" has to be one of the dumbest attempted hostage situations I've ever seen. But Republicans dominate the state legislature, and Democratic Gov. Wolf is no great battler of corporate welfare, so, as usual, it's up to us. Food and Water Watch helps you tell your Pennsylvania legislators to reject HB 11.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our USDA to reject its proposed rule changes that would result in fewer folks getting food stamps when they need them, then the National Women's Law Center still helps you do that. You'll recall our President saying that "good people need to stop paying for bad people," a statement of idiocy that rivals Paul Ryan saying "healthy people need to stop paying for sick people." You cannot reasonably divide a population into good and bad people on the basis of whether or not they receive food stamps! Why? Because everyone pays into the food stamp program with their taxes, and anyone could, at any time, hit a run of bad fortune that puts you in a position where you'll need food stamps to help make ends meet. Note well the words "everyone" and "anyone," both of which have received the blessings of the Italics Hammer, and let's stop with the real politics of division.