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Blane Beckwith
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I am an activist in the disability rights movement, and a writer. I live in Berkeley, CA
I am an activist in the disability rights movement, and a writer. I live in Berkeley, CA

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A House committee in the state of Minnesota voted in favor of a bill that would force demonstrators to pay for law enforcement, at political demonstrations. In other words, people would have to pay for the right to express their opinions under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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An interview with a Trump supporter at a pro-Muslim support demonstration at an airport. After listening to this dumb ass, it's easy to see why the United States is going down the toilet. Hopefully, this guys mentality, or lack thereof, is not typical or representative of the average person.

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Donald Trump's administration is already starting to attack people with disabilities. It didn't take him long to go after us us, 

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A former CIA deputy director says that the travel ban on Muslims will make it less safe for American citizens. He also makes a point of saying that to allow Steve Bannon, advisor to Donald Trump, on to the National Security Council is unprecedented and a threat to national security because it brings a political element into the decision-making process of the National Security Council.

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As a person with a lifelong disability, this woman's attitude about children with disabilities receiving an education is extremely scary. Her mentality belongs somewhere back in the 1920s.

If people like her would have been in control of the educational system, back when I was a kid, I would not even know how to read or write. She is basically openly advocating for discrimination against people with disabilities. She is unfit to serve as Secretary of Education.

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Senator Bernie Sanders questions Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Donald Trump's nominee for Sec. of Health & Human Services. Senator Sanders makes a point of telling about how Donald Trump promised during his campaign not to cut Medicare or Social Security. Trump takes this position despite the GOP taking a position to the contrary. Senator Sanders asks Rep. Price, whether or not Donald Trump's position has changed since his campaign. Price says that he doesn't believe so.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make a point about how every other country provides healthcare to its citizens, and then asks Price if the United States should be doing the same thing. Price then says that the United States is a compassionate country; something which Senator Sanders then vehemently disagrees, saying that the United States is not compassionate about providing healthcare to its citizens.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make the point that prescription drug prices in the United States are skyrocketing; something that Rep. Price agrees with. Senator Sanders makes a point of saying that the reason for skyrocketing drug prices is because the big pharmaceutical companies are given free reign to raise prices as they see fit. He then asks Price if he thinks that big Pharma should be controlled, to which Price becomes rather invasive and gives the politically expedient excuse, saying that he "looks forward to working with Senator Sanders on this topic." In other words, Price kisses Senator Sanders ass.

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Senator Bernie Sanders grills Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about his position on climate change. Senator Sanders gets Pruitt to admit that President-elect Donald Trump was wrong when he made the statement that climate change/global warming was a hoax. Pruitt readily admits that he believes otherwise. However, when Senator Sanders tries to ask Pruitt his opinion about why the climate is changing, Pruitt tries to evade the Senators question by saying that his opinion is, "immaterial". Senator Sanders disagrees about Pruitt's opinion being "immaterial", especially since he will be in charge of the agency that is supposed to protect the environment.

Senator Sanders points out that 97% of the scientific community says that climate change is caused by human activity. Pruitt then gets into a debate about semantics, saying that the climate is," impacted" by human activity. Senator Sanders argues with Pruitt over the difference between "impact" and "causes", because Pruitt is trying to minimize a very important topic that he will be confronted with as head of the EPA.

Senator Sanders then goes on to make a point about Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma having a record number of earthquakes and the relationship between these earthquakes and fracking (a.k.a. hydraulic fracturing). Senator Sanders asks Pruitt about what he has personally done in his home state to hold the fracking companies accountable. Again, Pruitt becomes evasive and tries very hard to escape from Senator Sanders relentless questioning. At the end, Senator Sanders said that Pruitt will not get his vote. This is classic Bernie Sanders!

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