News Roundup for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Congressmembers Deb Haaland & Sharice Davids embrace after being sworn in as the first two Native American Congresswomen. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) 

HOUSE FRESHMEN

Waiting.

NATIONAL

Networks are giving Trump time tonight to bullshit America about the ‘emergency’ need for a border wall.

Green New Deal is PRIORITY: This is the most important issue for the 116th Congress, and younger voters make clear to anyone who listens that it is the most important issue of their lifetimes. The center of gravity on this issue has already passed to young voters – no, they have seized it, as is their right – and they are making reasonable demands – on Congress, and on all of us. The Green New Deal is sensible. Focused. Bold. So where are our New Jersey congressional representatives?  

Confronting the U.S. Census as a Weapon of White Supremacy. Trump intends to add a question to the next Census. But that’s not the only problem. By RVCC professor & author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, Karen Gaffney PhD

Frank Pallone hints at a new committee assignmentfor Bonnie Watson Coleman.

CD5: Holly Schepisi won’t run against Josh Gottheimer

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam grant executive clemency on the life sentence of Cyntoia Brown, who has already served 15 years in prison.

The first ever charter school strike in the nation it was last month in Chicago.

You’ll get your tax refund even if the government shutdown continues.

NEW JERSEY

Trump’s government shutdown is already hurting New Jersey. It could get worse, impacting businesses, Coast Guard paychecks, food stamps for those already financially struggling

REHEARSALS FOR RETIREMENT

This New Yorker cartoon by Karl Stevens:

 

 

** A member of my household worked on the Democratic campaign in Morris Township (I’d be mentioning this story even if he hadn’t).

 

 

 

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