The Scoop: Iowa Agriculture, Town Meetings, Oversight
<> About Grassley < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww> Constituent Services < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww> News Center < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww> Contact Grassley < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww> Grassley Direct I spoke with < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww 041944340097447> Mike Peterson of KMA Radio in Shenandoah and Tom Cullen of the Storm Lake Times about my county meetings, immigration, Obamacare, border security, the wind energy production tax credit, President Trump's team, the renewable fuel standard and the new Secretary of Education. Q&A: Iowa Agriculture Q. Are you concerned about how new trade agreements may impact Iowa's economy? Q. How will you work to keep markets open for American agriculture? < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww =156555721595471> Quick Links Since the Senate did not have votes this week, I was home in Iowa holding county meetings. There was very good turnout and vigorous discussion. Representative democracy is a two-way street. I'm one half of the process and the people of Iowa are the other half. I always appreciate the chance to hear from Iowans and answer questions. I also recorded a few of my thoughts in a video < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww> . I'm working with Senator Ernst to get answers from the Department of Justice about The Abbey of Le Mars nursing home in Iowa < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww s-justice-department-troubled-iowa-nursing-home&redir_log=92133513253787 3> , which was ordered closed and required to pay a $100,000 penalty. In our letter < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww 17%2520CEG%2520%252B%2520JE%2520to%2520DOJ%2520%2528Iowa%2520Nursing%252 0Home%2529.pdf&redir_log=424832247239836> , we ask why abuse of patients was allowed to occur and what steps will be taken to prevent this type of abuse in the future. The Justice Department Inspector General < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww or-marshals-service-staff-punished-employees&redir_log=815630719693852> announced findings < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foi> of reprisal, abuse and lack of candor by senior supervisors in the U.S. Marshals Service. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I published a report < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww -us-marshals-service-needs-greater-oversight-address&redir_log=070679320 287909> last November about the committee's own investigation of improper behavior in the Marshals Service. This case highlights my belief in the critical role of inspectors general and whistleblowers in ensuring government accountability. Post of the Week < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww 6hl%3den&redir_log=047125474674557> In honor of Presidents Day, here I am w a statue of George Washington that can be found in the US Capitol Rotunda. A photo posted by @senatorchuckgrassley < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww 6hl%3den&redir_log=047125474674557> on February 20, 2017 Keep in Touch < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftw> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fme> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fin> < &crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww> Unsubscribe < ey&__sid=100003&__crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002> Open a plain text version of this email < _text=Y&link=SenGrassley%2501103274%2501The%2bScoop_%2b02-24-17%25011407 nity%2bFeed%2501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2501> Forward this email < rd=Y&link=SenGrassley%2501103274%2501The%2bScoop_%2b02-24-17%250114075.8 y%2bFeed%2501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2501> Open in its own browser window < SenGrassley%2501103274%2501The%2bScoop_%2b02-24-17%250114075.8573750.545 501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2501> < crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002> < crop=14075.8573750.5450908.7038002>
· Sat, Feb 25 · grassley

Week 5: Achieving Results For The American People
Unity, With just over a month of presidency under his belt, you've seen what President Trump’s incredible work ethic has accomplished in a short period of time. The President is jump-starting job creation, saving taxpayers money, restoring public safety, draining the swamp, and keeping his promise to defend the Constitution. You want a government that serves the people -- not the donors and not the special interests. You want a Government that keeps its promises. A great spirit of optimism is sweeping all across the country. It is a new day in America and President Donald Trump is making us proud again. Learn more about how the President and Vice President are achieving results for the American people below. THIS WEEK
· Fri, Feb 24 · trump

Five For Friday: A Weekly Digest from the Bush Center
[image: George W. Bush Presidential Center] Five for Friday A Weekly Digest from the Bush Center February 24, 2017 Explore More BUY ENGAGE TICKETS < READ THE CATALYST < UPCOMING EVENTS < [image: Next week marks the debut of Portraits of Courage: A Commander In Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a new book and special exhibit that stem from President George W. Bush’s own personal outreach and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative. Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally. ] Experience PORTRAITS OF COURAGE Next week marks the debut of Portraits of Courage: A Commander In Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors < a new book and special exhibit that stem from President George W. Bush’s own personal outreach and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative. Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally. The Military Service Initiative helps post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life < and addresses issues of veteran wellness, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Explore the Book and Exhibit < In Focus Warrior Writes on Bush Center’s Impact Warrior Dave Smith, featured in Portraits of Courage , recently wrote a reflection on his recovery. “I can honestly say that the Bush Center’s sports programs and transition resources were instrumental in pulling me out of the darkest spot in my life and giving me the tools I needed to thrive today,” he said. We’re humbled by his words and grateful for his service. Read article [image: arrow] < Announcing the Warrior Wellness Alliance With effective care, invisible wounds can be overcome. Unfortunately, less than half of veterans with invisible wounds seek care. To help more veterans access high quality care and reduce stigmas, we’re announcing the Warrior Wellness Alliance, linking peer-to-peer veteran networks with best-in-class health care providers. Learn more[image: arrow] < Set Your DVR Catch President Bush as he embarks on a national media tour to discuss Portraits of Courage. Highlights include The TODAY show on Monday, Feb. 27; The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, March 2; and Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist on Sunday, March 5. You can also hear from President Bush each night next week on Fox News Channel's Hannity show, and read his interview in PEOPLE magazine, hitting newsstands March 1. Follow along on social media[image: arrow] < VET Roadmap Employment is a top issue for post-9/11 veterans. That’s why the Bush Institute has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap. Learn more [image: arrow] < [image: George W. Bush Presidential Center] < 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205 T. 214-200-4300 | E. xxx [image: Twitter] < [image: Instagram] < [image: Facebook] < [image: Flickr] < [image: YouTube] < Email Preferences < | Privacy Policy < | Give Today <
· Fri, Feb 24 · bush-george-w

My meeting with the President
I wanted to send you a short update about my visit with President Trump and members of his staff to discuss the lessons we've learned in Ohio about healthcare and how this can be very helpful as Congress looks to reform Obamacare. Unity, I wanted to send you a short update about my visit with President Trump and members of his staff to discuss the lessons we've learned in Ohio about healthcare and how this can be very helpful as Congress looks to reform Obamacare. The President was generous with his time as we also discussed education & job training, the need for the administration to speak with one voice on national security issues, trade, how we can do more to prevent human trafficking, the opioid drug abuse that is straining our communities and the high costs of prescription medicine and various remedies to this growing problem. Here was my statement after the meeting: I'm looking forward to continuing the conversation about healthcare reform, at the President's invitation, with HHS Secretary Price and White House Chief of Staff Priebus on Saturday. I will also meet with fellow governors to discuss these reforms. If you'd like to watch a short clip from my remarks to the media after my meeting at the White House, you can watch it on C-SPAN (here). You can also read my latest op-ed in Forbes: A Roadmap To Responsible Health Care Reform, If Washington Leaders Partner With States Finally, I will be a guest on CBS "Face the Nation" Sunday morning. Find your local listing (here). Thank you for your ongoing support and please continue to follow along on social media for more updates: Twitter (here) and Facebook (here). -John John Kasich Governor of Ohio Paid for by Kasich for America This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system March 3, 2016. For more information please follow the URL below: Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Feb 24 · kasich

A great week in the First State
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window < =Sen_Carper%2501397474%2501402824%2b-%2b02-24-2017%2beNewsletter%2501181> Click here to open a plain text version of this email < n_text=Y&link=Sen_Carper%2501397474%2501402824%2b-%2b02-24-2017%2beNewsl> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 55> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 61590577447443> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc 63376> < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc > e-Newsletter Header < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc> Carper's Connection February 24, 2017 Dear Friends, In the first few weeks of this year, the number of calls, emails and drop-ins to my offices in Delaware and Washington, D.C. increased five-fold from this time last year, and I appreciate every one of them. The groundswell of civic engagement and activism across the First State is unlike anything I've witnessed before. My team has had all hands on deck to answer every phone call and respond to every email and letter. It is truly an important time for citizens to participate in our democracy, and I hope I continue to hear from you about the issues that matter to you, your family and our communities. Along with keeping in touch, I encourage everyone to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @SenatorCarper and on Facebook at < crop=18149.19524036.11887586.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ff> so you can stay up to speed on what I'm working on each day. This week, Congress took its first recess of the New Year, which means I was able to spend time doing one of my favorite things - traveling up and down the First State and talking with my constituents. On Tuesday, I spent the day in New Castle County. In the afternoon I made a "customer call" to Trellist Marketing, a veteran-owned business that helps its clients in Delaware and around the world use technology effectively to market their goods and services. Whenever I make a "customer call" to a business in Delaware, I always ask the same questions: How are you doing? How are we in Congress doing? What can we do better? How can we help? I always appreciate the candid answers I get from business owners and employees on what they need most from Congress and from me as their voice in Washington. < pg> On Wednesday, I spent the day in Sussex County where I began my morning at "1 Million Cups," a weekly educational program at Del Tech designed to support local startups. Each week, entrepreneurs give presentations to talk about their companies' highlights, challenges and successes. Then the audience, which is made up of fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, students, and officials from Delaware's Small Business Development Center, our Economic Development Office and the U.S. Small Business Administration, engages in a discussion where everyone may offer feedback and suggestions to help one another's businesses continue to grow. It was great to see such collaborative, supportive efforts for these young businesses in Sussex County. The First State has some truly incredible talent and I was impressed not only by the presenters I saw, but by the earnest advice and guidance offered by those in the audience. < JPG> After a full day in Sussex County, I traveled to Del Tech's Dover campus to host one of my favorite events of the year, our annual Service Academy Night. This year, we brought together more than 250 students, parents, teachers and advisors to learn more about the process of applying to one of our nation's service academies. As a former naval flight officer, I love seeing our men and women in uniform and talking with students interested in attending a service academy. Our service academies provide world-class educations and produce the leaders of our future. I have no doubt that many of the young men and women I met Wednesday night will go on to serve our country and make all of us in the First State very proud. Next week, Congress is back in session. 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· Fri, Feb 24 · carper

A Firsthand Look at the Texas Border
The Lonestar Weekly A Firsthand Look at the Texas Border Ask any Texan and they'll tell you there is nowhere else like the Texas border. This week, I joined with Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and John Carter to show some of our North Carolina and Nevada counterparts how what happens here along the border impacts the rest of the country. As Congress and the Administration work to find the best way to finally secure our southern border and enforce the law, understanding how this region generates millions of jobs for our communities and billions of dollars for our economy will be key. Monday, February 20: Rio Grande Valley Sector On our first day, I took my Senate colleagues Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Dean Heller of Nevada and Reps. John Carter (TX-31), Mike Conaway (TX-11), and David Rouzer (NC-07) through the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border. The group saw parts of the border where the county partnered with the federal government to build a dual purpose levee wall to provide flood control in addition to border security. We toured the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and discussed the importance of cross-border trade. In the McAllen area we visited the Border Patrol Station and the Central Processing Center, as well as a stash house used by human traffickers who hold children and women for ransom in deplorable conditions. No one should ever be subjected to such inhumane treatment. We concluded the day with a visit to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint and a tour of the surrounding ranch land used by those attempting to circumvent the checkpoint. At each of the stops, we learned about law enforcement's multi-layered approach to securing the border. Tuesday, February 21: Laredo Sector At this portion of our trip we saw the Border Patrol's Laredo Sector from every angle, including from a helicopter, onboard an airboat, and on horseback. We visited the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo, an essential port of entry for U.S.-Mexico trade. And we met with federal and immigration court judges to hear their perspectives as well as with local leaders who help drive the economic success of the border region. Wednesday, February 22: Del Rio Sector We wrapped up our trip in the Border Patrol's Del Rio Sector. After an air tour of the unique and rugged terrain in this region, we honored Border Patrol agents' work at an awards ceremony with the Del Rio Border Patrol. We were also briefed by a federal judge and law enforcement on Operation Streamline, a collaboration at the federal, state, and local levels that effectively deters illegal entries through increased apprehensions, detention, and prosecutions of border crossers. I'm glad that not only these Members of Congress, but others I've brought to the border on previous trips will now have the benefit of a Texas perspective on border security. I'm optimistic that my colleagues are up to the challenge of helping to craft a way to once and for all secure our border while protecting the legitimate trade and travel that Texas so greatly depends on. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Fri, Feb 24 · cornyn

Sign my petition: Demand an independent investigation of the Trump administration’s collusion with Russia
The email below is from Sen. Jeff Merkley, a progressive champion from the state of Oregon. Sen. Merkley started a petition on [1]CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Sen. Merkley pressure U.S. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump administration's collusion with Russia by [2]signing his petition and sharing it with your friends and family?
· Fri, Feb 24 · obama

My 100% Guarantee
Dear Friend, The 2016 presidential election marked a seismic shift in the American political landscape—a shift that ruptured the old order and launched our nation on a new trajectory.  Now, with Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, we have the most significant opportunity in decades to pass meaningful reforms that will jumpstart the economy, strengthen America’s families, and bolster our national defense. In the Senate, I’m fighting harder than ever to advance an ambitious legislative agenda that will bring about the change Utahns have been demanding for years.
· Fri, Feb 24 · hatch

Horrifying anti-choice laws >>
Patricia, You should know about what's happening in Arkansas. Emboldened by Donald Trump's anti-choice agenda, Republicans in the Arkansas State Legislature have been on the warpath taking away women's reproductive rights. Just a week after the inauguration, they banned one of the safest and most common abortion procedures -- AND the law allows family members to sue abortion providers to stop it. The law is so loosely worded that rapists may even be able to sue the doctors of survivors. This is absolutely unacceptable. And the only way we're going to stop this is to elect more pro-choice Democratic women who will fight this kind of unconstitutional legislation. Donate $3 today to recruit, train, and elect women in Arkansas and state legislatures across the country who will stop horrifying anti-choice laws like this: Right now, women make up only 19 percent of the Arkansas State Legislature. There is no way this kind of dangerous anti-choice legislation would move forward if there were more women there to hold them accountable. At EMILY's List, our goal is to elect pro-choice Democratic women from Arkansas to Alaska and from Maine to Hawaiʻi -- because a woman's right to a safe, legal abortion shouldn't matter based on her zip code. With the GOP ramping up anti-choice attacks, we have to fight harder than ever to elect the champions who will stop them. Donate $3 to help elect pro-choice Democratic women who will stand up for reproductive rights: Thanks, Kate Black Vice President of Research, EMILY's List
· Thu, Feb 23 · clinton-hillary

Saturday, attend an Obamacare rally near you:
Friend -- It's thanks to people like you that Obamacare opponents are feeling the heat -- take a look at just a few recent headlines: Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired-Up Over Health Care Are Waiting -- New York Times Congress members met with crowds and protests at town halls -- ABC News GOP Town Halls give constituents chance to vent -- Pensacola News-Journal That's because this week, members of Congress who support repealing Obamacare are being confronted with personal stories from their constituents about the life-saving impact of this law. In communities all over the country -- from New York to Arizona -- supporters like you and me have been speaking up to make sure our elected officials know that the rush to repeal will have catastrophic and very real consequences for millions of people -- and we're not going to stand for it. So as Congress finishes their recess and returns to Washington, let's build on the momentum we've seen this week and send them off with our voices ringing in their ears. This Saturday, February 25, OFA supporters -- along with pro-Obamacare members of Congress and our partners at Our Revolution -- will be hosting rallies nationwide. Together, we'll be speaking out against the irresponsible and cruel scheme to tear down this law. Here are the details for an event happening near you: WHAT: Defend Obamacare Day of Action WHERE: Northeast corner of Vista Village Drive and South Santa Fe Avenue Vista, CA 92084 WHEN: Saturday, February 25ᵗʰ 12:00 pm RSVP now: This week's town halls are a great example of how we can shift the tide on important issues when we come together and speak up. We all have a role to play in the fight to protect the progress of Obamacare -- we have to stay vocal about the impact the law is having on the lives of millions of people. We can't sit by quietly and let it be taken away. Let's keep the energy high. I hope you can make it to an event near you this weekend. Thanks, Jennifer Jennifer Warner National Organizing Director Organizing for Action
· Thu, Feb 23 · obama

SHOCKING: Islamic Professor Defends Rape and Slavery at Catholic University
<> SHOCKING: Islamic Professor Defends Rape and Slavery at Catholic University Unity -- In today’s media culture, it seems one can get away with advocating even the most heinous ideas, so long as you’re Islamic… Via Bill Donahue at The Catholic League <>: WHAT’S WRONG WITH SLAVERY AND RAPE? Bill Donohue comments on media reaction to a speech given by Georgetown professor Jonathan Brown on February 7: Two weeks ago today, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, and not a single major media outlet—with the exception of a blogger on the Washington Post website and a brief posting on—has said a word about it. The absence of outrage is not hard to figure out: Jonathan Brown’s defense was limited to Islam. Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. The Jesuit-run institution has a wealthy benefactor in Saudi Arabia, a nation which bans Christianity. How sweet. What did Georgetown get from this arrangement? Money, and a lot of it. Twelve years ago, Saudi Arabia wrote a check to the Jesuit-run institution for $20 million; it went to support the school’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, run by Brown. And what did Saudi Arabia get from this peculiar “understanding”? Legitimacy. The fruit from this decayed tree is now apparent. Georgetown now employs a tenured professor who defends slavery and rape, provided the slavemasters and rapists are Muslims. This is apparently Georgetown’s idea of diversity. It also shows how phony the school is. Why all the handwringing about Georgetown’s ownership of American slaves in the 19th century when it employs defenders of slavery today? Brown’s position was not made in the heat of debate. If anything, his comments were well prepared: they were delivered at the Islamic Institute for Islamic Thought. After being criticized by some, he tried to walk it back, offering a lame Tweet that meant nothing. “As a category, as a conceptual category that exists throughout states and trans-historically,” Brown said clumsily, “there’s no such thing as slavery.” It gets better. “I don’t think you can talk about slavery in Islam until you realize that there is no such thing as slavery.” It is not certain what Brown would say to slaves in Mauritania and Somalia today—they are owned by their Muslim masters. Would he tell them to stop promoting fake news? Would he tell them that slavery is a mirage? Would he tell them that they are delusional? Better yet, would he switch places with them? Brown is also incompetent. If slavery doesn’t exist in Muslim-run nations, why the need to justify it? “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself,” he opined. He really means it. “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us.” (Who he owns he did not say, but perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center will look into it. Maybe I’ll convert to Islam and see if I can buy him. I’ll use my credit card—Mastercard for the Master.) When someone in the audience challenged Brown, he became indignant, as well as inconsistent. “The fact that there was slavery is wrong [thus did he contradict his remark that there was no such thing in Islam]. Okay. If you’re a Muslim, the prophet of God…had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Are you more morally mature than the prophet of God? No, you are not.” One would hope that all of us are more morally mature than Muhammad. After all, he was not only a slavemaster and an advocate of violence, he consummated his marriage with his bride Aisha when she was nine years old. That’s what we call rape. Speaking of which, Brown went on to say that non-consensual sex—it’s called rape—is okay with him, at least if the offenders are adherents to Islam. He took aim at the Western notion of “consent,” maintaining that “It’s very hard to have this discussion because we think of, let’s say in the modern United States, the sine qua non of morally correct sex is consent.” Continuing his defense of rape, Brown criticized Americans for making a big deal about individual rights. “We fetishize the idea of autonomy to the extent that we forget, again who’s really free? Are we really autonomous people?” In other words, since none of us is really autonomous, the difference between us and a rape victim is more contrived than real. Brown and Georgetown would be on the front page of every newspaper in the nation if he had justified Christians enslaving and raping Muslims. It would be the lead news story of the night on television, and the Internet would explode. But because Brown was justifying slavery and rape committed by Muslims—whose real life victims are Christians and Jews—there’s hardly a peep. This is moral relativism gone off the cliff. It is a direct consequence of multiculturalism run amuck. On campuses and newsrooms across the country, the Judeo-Christian ethos and heritage has been slashed and burned beyond belief, the rubble of which is Professor Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University, and the media. <> SHARE Our "America First <>" Petition < < < <> SHOCKING: Islamic Professor Defends Rape and Slavery at Catholic University
· Thu, Feb 23 · actforamerica

Senator Manchin's Newsletter - February 22
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window < =SenManchin%2501216904%2501201121%2b-%2b02-17-2017%2beNewsletter%2501176 ed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%250aCi%252c%2b WV%2b90210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email < n_text=Y&link=SenManchin%2501216904%2501201121%2b-%2b02-17-2017%2beNewsl %2501Mr.%2bFeed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%2 50aCi%252c%2bWV%2b90210%2501> < r_bannergreen.jpg> February 22, 2017 "Welcome to my email update. As always, it is an honor to serve you. I believe in something called "retail government," which means government should work for the people. Government should be accessible and provide excellent customer service. My door is always open. I encourage you to call my office and offer feedback and suggestions, and if the phone lines are busy, please feel free to write or email me. My staff and I work for all West Virginians and we will always remember that. --- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin From the Hill to the Mountains I am so proud to come from a state with so much resilience � where the people work together, stick together, and we truly fight for every job and every worker. The $23 million settlement this month between Century Aluminum and the United Steelworkers Union along with their retirees is a real story of triumph not only for Ravenswood, but for our entire state. We have shown the rest of the country and the world that West Virginia has the best workforce and we can compete with anyone. To say that this has been a long fight is an understatement. I applaud the United Steelworkers, the retirees and Karen Gorrell, the fearless leader on behalf of the retirees, who all remained steadfast in their commitment to fight the wrongful termination of their healthcare. These hardworking people lost a lifetime of hard work with the a stroke of a pen. The lawsuits, the picket lines, Occupy Century Aluminum, and the road trips across our nation are just some examples of the tenacity and resolve that the retirees showed. Also, we must not forget the retirees that are no longer with us. I know they are rejoicing with us today in spirit. More than 700 retirees and their families lost their healthcare that was promised to them. These folks were not eligible for Medicare coverage. Still vulnerable and in need of medical and prescription coverage, they were falling through the cracks and needed help. That is why, I am proud to have fought for temporary benefits through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP)�a program made possible through the Affordable Care Act. We would not be where we are today without the assistance of Century Aluminum's President and CEO, Mike Bless, who I personally want to thank for his willingness to sit down and talk with the retirees and their families. Without Mike's direct, compassionate leadership and dedication to West Virginia, the promise would not have been kept to these retirees. In speaking with Mike multiple times through the years, I learned a lot about the price of aluminum and the electric bills. All of us � federal, state, and local officials, company and industry executives, union officials, and the retirees � worked tirelessly to see if we could find a solution and preserve the retiree benefits. Over the years, through multiple meetings and conference calls, I never stopped fighting for Century to keep its promise to their retirees. I believe that West Virginians are the hardest working people in the nation and these retirees represent the backbone of our state. This is great news for the Century Aluminum retirees and their families. On the Road with Senator Joe Moorefield High School Skype Session < kype.jpg> Senator Manchin speaks via Skype in Washington with students at Moorefield High School. Bill Signing at the White House < 2.jpg> Like Senator Manchin always says, "I will meet with anyone, anywhere to help West Virginians." He was recently at the White House for a bill signing that will help the coal industry and he will continue to fight for the Miners Protection Act. Spotlight On... Pat Murphy < jpg> Recognizing Pat Murphy, photography instructor for 38 years of voluntary service with the Boys & Girls Club in Martinsburg. (Photo credit: The Martinsburg Journal.) Do you have a nomination for a Spotlight Feature? Click here to inform my office. How May We Help You? Working for West Virginians is truly my honor. As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. I have a team of caseworkers in each of my four offices to help you with matters of concern. While I have no direct jurisdiction in the administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be experiencing and ask that full consideration be given to your case. My case team was able to help Samantha Lidel from Buckeye, West Virginia in Pocahontas County with obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for her young son, Mason. If you are a veteran, or know of someone in need of assistance with VA benefits, healthcare or recognition, please let me know. < elpic.jpg> Samantha Lidel and her son, Mason. Please contact one of my offices listed below, or email me to start the case process. My team of caseworkers can assist you with a variety of issues including: social security, veterans and black lung benefits, passport and immigration assistance, taxes, housing, student loans and more. 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· Thu, Feb 23 · manchin

Boozman Bulletin: Rolling Back Regulations
< r_640.jpg> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. 6> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. 389> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. 75> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. r_log=604307096242480> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. 7388> < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww. 1> Boozman Bulletin: Rolling Back Regulations President Ronald Reagan delivered one of the best lines on how an effective government should operate during his first inaugural address. Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, he told the American people the way to fix Washington was to make government "work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride our back." Regulations that protect consumers, borrowers and the environment improve the quality of life for all Americans. They ensure we have safe food to eat, access to credit at fair rates and clean air to breathe. When agencies overregulate, the rights of law-abiding Americans are ignored and our economic growth comes to a grinding halt. Overbearing, excessive regulations take farmers away from tending to their crops, slow the lines at manufacturing plants and sap resources that could otherwise be put toward hiring more Americans. Someone who normally would be doing work that creates revenue is taken off task for a considerable amount of time to fill out burdensome paperwork. Overregulation became the norm during President Obama's administration. Under his direction, agencies issued regulations at such a rapid pace that the New York Times dubbed him the "Regulator-in-Chief." Congress has been moving quickly to deliver on its promise to reverse ill-advised and economically damaging Obama-era regulations by using the powers granted to the Senate and the House of Representatives through the Congressional Review Act. This law allows Congress to overturn any new regulation, within sixty days of its submission, with a joint resolution of disapproval. So far, the Senate has passed resolutions of disapproval to eliminate misguided regulations that: * threatened thousands of American coal workers' jobs; * placed unreasonable compliance burdens on our energy sector; and * potentially deprived seniors and disabled Americans of their Second Amendment rights without due process. Confirming Cabinet members is another important step that the Senate will play in this process. The new administration shares this view of overregulation and is putting forth nominees who will work to support our efforts to address it. Our system of government grants the executive branch the ability to make regulations. In doing so, we entrust agency officials with the responsibility of making sensible rules that do not encroach on our freedoms. When regulations go too far, Congress has a responsibility to protect the rights of the American people. We've taken the first steps of many to roll back regulations and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the White House moving forward. _____ Quick Takes: * Let's Talk: I regularly host telephone town halls from my Washington, DC office. These events allow me to reach thousands of Arkansans in a live, interactive town hall meeting conducted over the telephone at the touch of a button. This is a convenient way to talk with Arkansans about issues important to families, businesses and the future of our country. I find that telephone town halls are a great way to engage with Arkansans while voting in Washington. I look forward to our next telephone town hall on Monday, February 27. Click here to provide me with your information so we can call you < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww s&redir_log=401930010704554> . * Repeal and Replace: Obamacare drives up health care costs, busts our budget, stifles job growth and raises taxes on hardworking Arkansans. I voted against passage of Obamacare and have fought to repeal the law for the past six years. While the Senate has already taken steps toward repealing the law this year < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww 2-A39C-4FAE-936C-DA47AF46538B&redir_log=102172504405619> I'm urging the Trump administration to provide relief for Arkansans. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the White House to replace Obamacare with sensible solutions that give states more flexibility and Americans more options < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww D-4D5D-4AB5-9A65-3A9388FC54DD&redir_log=74954618755619> . * Confirmation Process: The President deserves a fully functioning Cabinet to provide him with the information and guidance he needs, and deserves, to carry out the work he was elected to do. Unfortunately, we've experienced historic levels of obstruction for Cabinet confirmation < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww B-0910-48F1-9DB5-DB88857E4DA9&redir_log=513944870828618> . After more than a month in office, several Cabinet secretaries have yet to be confirmed. In comparison, on day one of President Obama's term, the Senate confirmed seven nominees and nearly all were in place within two weeks. * Voice for Arkansas Agriculture: As a member of the Senate Ag Committee, I have a unique role to improve opportunities for Arkansas farmers and ranchers. I was pleased to meet with the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue < crop=14512.6735069.5986500.7402899&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww E-573A-4024-8CB5-C6D610B0442E&redir_log=095211454174617> , and shared the importance of agriculture to our state and the hurdles our producers face in providing a safe and abundant food supply that helps feed the world. 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· Thu, Feb 23 · boozman

Sign if you agree: Congress must investigate Trump's conflicts of interest
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Anne, progressive champion Rep. Elijah Cummings says" target="_blank">">says House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz “appears to be taking marching orders directly from Trump’s tweet.”

Instead of investigating Michael Flynn or Trump’s ever-widening web of corruption, Chaffetz parroted Trump’s tweets and asked the Inspector General to target the people who brought to light Flynn’s lies and the administration’s suspect ties to Russia. In the face of potential treason and clear conflicts of interest, in fact, Chaffetz decided" target="_blank">">decided to instead seek criminal charges over Sec. Clinton’s emails.

Once again, Chaffetz has refused to use his power as head of the House Government Oversight Committee to investigate Trump directly. But he’s feeling the heat – hundreds chanted" target="_blank">">chanted “do your job!” at him at a recent town hall in his district. We need to join that call and turn up the pressure on Chaffetz to do his job.

Sign" target="_blank">">Sign the petition from CREDO and Daily Kos to House Government Oversight Chair Chaffetz: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption.

After Kellyanne Conway broke federal ethics rules, Chaffetz refused to investigate Trump corruption and merely referred the case to the White House ethics office, which recommended repercussions. He has politely asked" target="_blank">">asked the Trump administrations for documents about sensitive discussions being held in the open at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, after spending years and countless dollars investigating Benghazi. Chaffetz has ignored Cummings’ repeated" target="_blank">">repeated calls for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to investigate Trump’s corruption. Rep. Mark Pocan is now circulating a letter demanding" target="_blank">">demanding Chaffetz act, and we need to echo that message.

What Conway did is just the tip of the corruption iceberg. Trump’s massive web of potential corruption is on a never-before-seen scale. Past presidents have sold assets and placed money and investments in blind trusts. Trump, by contrast, claims to be handing over his businesses to his children. But he lashed out at Nordstrom in a tweet objecting to the store ceasing to sell Ivanka Trump products, and still receives" target="_blank">">receives regular updates on Trump Organization earnings.

Because he is still hiding the full extent of his business entanglements, we have no way of knowing if he is under the thumb of foreign interests, whether his business interests in the Middle East or other countries run counter to American foreign policy or whether he is merely using the presidency to enrich himself. We can’t let Trump Republicans try to pretend it is normal for a president to profit off his time in office.

Tell" target="_blank">">Tell House Government Oversight Chair Chaffetz: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption.

No one knows the full extent of Trump’s foreign financial and business entanglements because of his unprecedented secrecy and refusal to release his tax returns. Government ethics experts have already said Trump is likely violating" target="_blank">">violating the Constitution by personally profiting from the presidency and called his pretend show of giving his sons control of his company “meaningless.” On top of it all, we still do not know whether he is indebted" target="_blank">">indebted to foreign interests that would give them influence over the commander in chief.

After spending untold hours investigating Clinton’s non-scandals, Chaffetz owes it to the American public to investigate naked conflicts of interest emerging in the Trump administration.

Tell" target="_blank">">Tell House Government Oversight Chair Chaffetz: Do your job. Investigate Trump’s corruption.

Thank you for speaking out,
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· Wed, Feb 22 · obama

Be one of the first to meet our next DNC Chair this weekend!
The time has come to welcome new leadership to the Democratic Party! Pitch in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to win a free flight to Atlanta for you and a guest, two nights in a great hotel, and a chance to meet our new Chair:
· Wed, Feb 22 · obama

Sign if you agree: Stop Trump from starting a nuclear war
[1]Stop Trump from starting a nuclear war The petition to Congress reads: Donald Trump currently has unrestricted power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at will. Support H.R. 669, the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, to stop him from starting a nuclear war. Add your name: [2]Sign the petition ► Dear Anne, [3]No Nuclear War Donald Trump has shocked the nation with his flagrant disregard for national security. While hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida resort, he held national security strategy sessions and received confidential security briefings while an army officer carried the “nuclear football” ^1 around in plain sight and earshot of paying club members. This behavior is not rational or safe. Trump could start a nuclear war today. And frankly, he might. Right now, Trump has unrestricted power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons at will. Fortunately, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ted Lieu have now introduced legislation – the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act – that would limit Trump’s ability to launch nuclear weapons without an act of Congress.^2 We need to let Congress know with a massive showing of public support that we are counting on them to support this legislation before it’s too late. [4]Tell Congress: Stop Trump from starting a nuclear war. Click here to sign the petition. The Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act would require a congressional declaration of war in order to use nuclear weapons, except in response to an incoming nuclear attack, effectively blocking Trump from starting a nuclear war on a whim or because someone hurts his feelings on Twitter. Under the current system, the president has unchecked authority to use the thousands of nuclear weapons at his command - a process that takes less than five minutes. Trump has already expressed his dangerous views on the use of nuclear weapons, including a complete lack of understanding of the nuclear triad, casual threats regarding using nuclear weapons on the battlefield or to combat terrorists and a desire to be “unpredictable” in his use of nuclear weapons.^3 Trump’s first few weeks in office have been a series of horrifying demonstrations of this administration’s recklessness and incompetence. Just this week he publicly handled classified information about North Korea’s missile launch at his Mar-a-Largo hotel, ^4 and his top national security adviser resigned in disgrace after lying about his contact with the Russian government.^5 We cannot trust Trump to make rational or informed decisions about the safety of our country and the world. That’s why we’re joining with our friends at Win Without War, Daily Kos and other progressive allies to tell Congress that they must keep us safe by supporting the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. [5]Tell Congress: Stop Trump from starting a nuclear war. Click here to sign the petition. Trump and his dangerous cronies in the White House cannot stop himself from making bad decisions. We must pressure Congress now to take away the blank check to stop him from making the biggest one. It is time to take the “nuclear football” away from Trump. Click the link below to sign the petition: [6] Thank you for everything that you do, Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager [7]CREDO Action from Working Assets Add your name: [8]Sign the petition ► References: 1. Kathleen Parker, “[9]America, meet the nuclear ‘football,” The Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2017. 2. Emily Tamkin, “[10]Lawmakers Introduce Bill Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons,” Foreign Policy, Jan. 24, 2017. 3. Ibid 4. Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman, “[11]From Trump’s Mar-a-Lago to Facebook, a National Security Crisis in the Open,” The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2017. 5. Maggie Haberman, Matthew Rosenberg, Matt Apuzzo, and Glenn Thrush, “[12]Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser,” The New York Times, Feb. 13, 2017.
· Wed, Feb 22 · obama

[Watch] EMILY's List women demand answers
Patricia, With non-stop news coming from the Trump White House nearly every day, it's easy to miss some of the great work our women are doing on Capitol Hill to resist his agenda. From Maggie Hassan questioning Betsy DeVos on how she plans to include children with special needs like her son in our education system to Claire McCaskill grilling Steven Mnuchin on sanctions against Russia to Elizabeth Warren persisting in questioning Jeff Sessions, our EMILY's List senators have been showing us exactly why we elected them. We put together a video of some of the best moments from our Senate women taking on Trump's nominees and rallying women across the country. Take two minutes to watch it. And if you're inspired, chip in a little to help elect more women like them: We know pro-choice Democratic women are a powerful force in politics. And our women have spent the last month working tirelessly -- marching, protesting, and asking tough questions of Trump's nominees. With nine EMILY's List senators up for re-election next year, we need to make sure their voices remain in the Senate where they belong. Watch our short video highlighting some of the ways EMILY's List women are resisting Trump's agenda, and then make a donation so they can keep up the fight: Thanks, Caitlin Mitchell Vice President of Digital, EMILY's List
· Wed, Feb 22 · clinton-hillary

🍑 Be there in Atlanta when we elect our next DNC Chair 🍑
This Saturday in Atlanta, we're electing a new DNC Chair. Pitch in $3 or more and you'll be automatically entered to win free flights and hotel stay in Atlanta so you can meet the new Chair right after the election! Enter now:
· Tue, Feb 21 · obama

The next DNC Chair + you, Anne!
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· Tue, Feb 21 · obama

Update from Senator Corker - February 21, 2017
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *U.S. at Historic Turning Point in Global Fight to End Modern Slavery* Ahead of the END IT Movement [link 1]�s fifth annual �Shine a Light on Slavery� day this week, Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, convened a hearing on Wednesday to assess progress by the U.S. to end modern slavery and human trafficking internationally, including recent enactment of authorizing legislation for the End Modern Slavery Initiative [link 2]. The hearing featured testimony from actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn [link 3], and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First.� �We are at a historic turning point in the global fight to end modern slavery thanks to the incredible efforts of so many committed individuals, faith-based groups, and aid organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world,� *said Corker*. �In marking END IT Day, we highlight the horrific nature of modern slavery. We also highlight progress being made as the U.S. prepares to embark on an unprecedented global effort to end this scourge on humanity. This is important as we implement the authorization of the End Modern Slavery Initiative to measurably and sustainably ramp up all our efforts worldwide.� [image =] [link 4] **Click here [link 5] or on the image above to watch Corker's opening remarks.** [image =] [link 6] **Click here [link 7] or on the image above to watch Kutcher's testimony.** To join Senator Corker and the END IT Movement [link 8] in raising awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking, take a photo with a* red X *on your hand and post it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter this Thursday, February 23, using *#EndSlaveryAct* and *#enditmovement*.� This simple action opens the door to conversations and allows us to tell more people that slavery still exists and that we are working to end it. To learn more, click here [link 9]. [image =] *Honoring Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds* Senator Corker, joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), last week introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick �Roddie� Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis ordered him to identify and separate out the Jewish-American soldiers under his command. Disregarding the orders, Edmonds and all 1,275 soldiers stood together. Upon seeing the soldiers united as one, a German officer angrily shouted, �They cannot all be Jews!�, to which Edmonds replied, �We are all Jews here.� The German officer eventually turned away and left the scene. The actions taken by Edmonds saved the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American members that day. �The courage and foresight Master Sergeant Edmonds showed that day to save the lives of approximately 200 Jewish-American soldiers is truly remarkable,��*said Corker*.��Even when faced with death himself, Master Sergeant Edmonds and the men under his command stood united to protect their fellow soldiers. His moral fortitude and humility serve as an example for us all, and I am pleased to join my colleagues to honor his life in this way.� Full text of the legislation, which includes details on Master Sergeant Edmonds� heroic actions, is available online here [link 10]. *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 30 Tennesseans at �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click here [link 11]. [image =] Last Tuesday, Senator Corker met with Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard to discuss our state's financial status and future.� [image =] On Thursday, Senator Corker met with the Tennessee Hospital Association to discuss a number of issues impacting hospitals across the Volunteer State.� [image =] On Thursday, Senator Corker had a wide-ranging discussion with Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Horizon. The Memphis-based company employs more than 4,000 people.� [image =] *Mick Mulvaney Understands That the Inability to Get Our Fiscal House in Order Is One of the Greatest Threats to Our Nation* On Thursday, Senator Corker released the following statement after voting for Congressman Mick Mulvaney, President Donald J. Trump's choice to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget. �Director Mulvaney understands that the inability to get our fiscal house in order is one of the greatest threats to our nation, and I am glad he will be serving our country in this capacity,� *said Corker*. �The U.S. is over $20 trillion in debt, and massive annual deficits are projected for years to come unless we drastically change spending habits in Washington. I have spoken with Director Mulvaney about the need for the Trump administration to put forward fiscally responsible budgets, and I will continue to push for reforms of our broken federal budget process.� *U.S. Fiscal Course Is Unsustainable* During a recent hearing to discuss the Federal Reserve�s semiannual monetary policy report, Senator Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, questioned Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about the role Congress and the administration should play to put the United States on a sustainable fiscal trajectory. �You're hoping the administration will develop policies that cause a sustainable trajectory relative to fiscal issues,� *said Corker*. �Is there anything that you�re seeing coming down the pipe or being debated that has caused you to raise that issue?� �I think we�ve known for many, many years that the U.S. fiscal trajectory is not sustainable,� *replied Yellen*. Corker added that Congress has been conducting itself �in a totally inappropriate way as it relates to the deficit� and agreed with Yellen that our country�s fiscal trajectory has been a long-standing problem that could be made worse by certain policies being discussed on Capitol Hill. �Well, some of the policies that are being discussed might well raise deficits and, in that context, they may also have impacts on economic growth� I do think it�s worth pointing out that fiscal sustainability has been a long standing problem and that the U.S. fiscal course, as our population ages and health care costs increase, is already not sustainable,�* said Yellen*. �[I] agree 100 percent,�* replied Corker*. [image =] [link 12] **Click here [link 13] or on the image above to view video.** *Seeking Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey* On Wednesday, Senator Corker and members of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. To view a signed copy of the letter, click�here [link 14].
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