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Russ Abbott
Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.
Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.


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Of course I'm thoroughly anti-Trump. In addition, here are some of the longer-term initiatives I support on a monthly basis.

Climate Change
o Citizen's Climate Lobby:
o Environmental Defense Fund:

Electoral and Government Reform
o Fair Vote (Ranked Choice Voting):
o Indivisible:
o (Anti-corruption):
o Represent Us (Anti-corruption):
o Southern Poverty Law Center (Anti-hate groups):
o SwingLeft:

o Guardian:
o New York Times:
o NewYorker:
o Washington Post:

Specific candidates and campaigns
o Karen Bass's SeaChange PAC (My congressional rep; working to flip local congressional seats):
o Randy Bryce (running against Paul Ryan):

o Public Banking Institute:

Also, you may be interested in this list of Think-Tanks ( You can filter them in multiple ways. Useful list.

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A critique of the paper desckbing AlphaZero.

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A "Patriotic Millionaire" shares his tax returns to show how the GOP tax bill helps the rich and hurts everyone else.

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More on the Congressional Review Act and Net Neutrality.

o Markey announced Thursday that he will introduce a resolution under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to erase any new federal regulatory action within 60 congressional days, if the president agrees

o The resolution quickly garnered support from fellow Democrats and as of Thursday afternoon had 16 co-sponsors.

o However, the resolution has yet to register any public support from Republicans, which control both the House and Senate — as well as, of course, the White House, which has supported the FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules.

o Only 107 of 239 House Republicans signed a letter in support of the FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules, which large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose, according to a recent survey.

o A simple majority is needed to pass a CRA resolution in both the House and Senate, in the latter of which Republicans are set to hold an increasingly slim 51-to-49 majority. However, a two-thirds majority in both chambers would be needed to override a likely veto by Trump.

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The ACLU is organizing an effort to get members of Congress to use the Congressional Review Act in a bid to reverse this hasty and misguided FCC action. We have 60 legislative days (i.e. days when Congress is in session) to pressure Congress to act.

Click through and sign the petition. It will be forwarded to your member of Congress.

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Apparently Paul Ryan is a lame duck. (Makes a Randy Bryce win much more likely.)

Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP. In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.

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I called. Very easy. Just leave a message.

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That's a relief.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement late Tuesday that the state's Senate race has ended.

“Now that this race has ended, may this holiday season of peace, love and hope resonate with everyone, regardless of one’s political affiliation," Lathan said.

In the statement, Lathan said the party is "deeply disappointed" in the close race, in which Democrat Doug Jones defeated GOP candidate Roy Moore, who was plagued by accusations of sexual misconduct.

But, she said, "we respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers."

via +Cara Evangelista

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Stan Collendar (pictured below) thinks that Trump might refuse to sign the government funding bill (thereby shutting down the Federal government) until Congress passes his tax bill.

In the wake of his now third-in-a-row (Virginia, New Jersey, Alabama) election loss, President Trump is likely to be desperate to re-demonstrate his authority and a government shutdown later this month may be his best and most immediate option. If Congress defies him by not passing the tax cut he is demanding because GOP senators are making demands, vetoing the funding bill and shutting the government until the House and Senate does what he wants will become a very acceptable option to the White House.

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