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Politico: Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath

Those closest to Trump are bracing for a possible bloodbath in the 2018 midterms, which could obliterate the Republican congressional majorities and paralyze the president’s legislative agenda. The potential for a Democratic wave has grown after Republican losses this fall in Virginia, New Jersey and Alabama, and as the president’s approval ratings have plummeted to the 30s.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/21/2018-midterms-republicans-trump-warning-312404

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USA Today: Who are we as a country? Time to decide: Sally Yates

We are not living in ordinary times, and it is not enough for us to admire our nation’s core values from afar. Our country’s history is littered with individuals and factions who have tried to exploit our imperfections, but it is more powerfully marked by those whose vigilance toward a more perfect union has prevailed.

So stand up. Speak out. Our country needs all of us to raise our collective voices in support of our democratic ideals and institutions. That is what we stand for. That is who we are. And with a shared commitment to our founding principles, that is who we will remain.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/19/what-kind-country-we-speak-out-core-american-values-sally-q-yates-column/951828001/

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Big News as Flip the 14 and Code Blue Announce Strategic Partnership

I have a big update on the future of Flip the 14, and I want you to be one of the first people to know about it.

We’re launching a strategic partnership with Code Blue, an organization that has supported over 60 Democratic candidates in state, local, and national races across 17 states since the November 2016 elections, helping to flip over two dozen from red to blue. 

Our missions are similar – to flip as many congressional seats held by Republicans as possible – and we both bring to the table a large network of Resistance leaders across the state who are ready to take back Congress.

Please contribute today to build on our momentum and continue our Resistance work.

Combined, we now have representation in all 14 of the congressional districts in California currently represented by a Republican.

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Speaker Ryan Just Spilled Beans: Medicare & Medicaid are Next for the Chopping Block

These guys must be stopped!

If the GOP succeeds in passing their tax bill, they’re going to add up to $1.7 TRILLION to the deficit to give the richest 1% a massive tax cut. But the harm doesn’t end there.

Speaker Paul Ryan announced yesterday that the Republican Caucus will use the deficit they’re creating to justify huge cuts to “entitlements.” That’s what Republicans in DC call Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and nutrition assistance for struggling families and seniors. Read for yourself in the Washington Post: “Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018.”

 

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The Hill: VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report

The Department of Veterans Affairs is slashing funding for a key program that helps provide housing to homeless veterans, according to a new report. ...

Elisha Harig-Blaine of the National League of Cities told Politico after the call that the VA was "putting at risk the lives of men and women who've served this country."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/363681-va-slashes-program-that-helps-homeless-veterans-obtain-housing-report

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Washington Post: Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018

“We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” Ryan said during an appearance on Ross Kaminsky's talk radio show. "... Frankly, it's the health care entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt, so we spend more time on the health care entitlements — because that's really where the problem lies, fiscally speaking.”

Ryan said that he believes he has begun convincing President Trump in their private conversations about the need to rein in Medicare, the federal health program that primarily insures the elderly.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/01/gop-eyes-post-tax-cut-changes-to-welfare-medicare-and-social-security/

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