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Home State Ed Boards and Observers: McConnell and GOP Senators Should Bypass Trump, Forget the Wall, and Re-open the Government

A growing number of home state editorials, columns, and letters to the editor are calling on Senator Mitch McConnell and fellow Senate Republicans to find a way forward to end the absurd and damaging government shutdown over the offensive and ridiculous border wall. Below are a few of our favorite recent examples of in-state voices … Continue reading »

This Shutdown is Not About National Security. It’s Not About Immigration Policy. It’s About Racism.

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between Steve King and Donald Trump The following is a reflection from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice: As the damaging and absurd government shutdown continues with no end in sight, it’s time to take stock of its central premise. Is it fundamentally about national security? No. … Continue reading »

New Polls: Trump Has Lost the Argument, Bigly

When is McConnell Going to Do His Job and  End this Absurd and Damaging Shutdown? A host of recently-released polls confirm that Americans overwhelmingly blame President Trump and Republicans for the government shutdown, oppose the border wall and oppose a national security declaration. Despite his fulminations, his oval office address, and his driveby at the … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Republicans Have Learned Nothing From the Midterms”

In a must-read piece, Alex Shephard of The New Republic captures the fact that the GOP is repeating the errors of the 2018 midterms by leaning on racism and xenophobia. It backfired then, and it is backfiring again. Shephard’s piece is excerpted below and available in full here. Ahead of last year’s midterms, President Trump … Continue reading »

Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans Are Enabling a “Fool’s Impulse”

Today’s Must-Read Pieces from Gerson, Vox and TPM The absurdity of the ongoing government shutdown over the border wall implicates a President who is in over his head and can’t find an exit strategy that feeds his ego. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are not operating as a co-equal branch of government, but … Continue reading »

As Trump Fails, McConnell Hides

A Profile in Stupidity, A Profile in Cowardice We’ve come to this: Trump’s incompetence and narcissism leaves him with no manhood-affirming exit strategy; and McConnell’s cowardice and coddling of Trump’s incompetence and narcissism means he won’t take the exit ramp before him. Here are some smart takes: Frank Wilkinson of Bloomberg writes, Pelosi Should Recognize … Continue reading »

New Poll: By 52-33% Margin, Americans Blame Trump/GOP for Government Shutdown over the Border Wall

New Poll: By 52-33% Margin, Americans Blame Trump/GOP for Government Shutdown over the Border Wall New polling from Politico/Morning Consult shows that Trump and Republicans are losing the battle of public opinion on the shutdown: By a combined 52-33% margin, Americans blame Trump/Republicans for the shutdown with a huge plurality holding President Trump responsible. When … Continue reading »

National Security and Immigration Policy Experts Address Trump’s Falsehoods and Plea for a Border Wall

A recording of the call is available here. Immigration experts and advocates gathered on a press call earlier today to respond to President Trump’s excessive and hyperbolic plea for an ineffective, wasteful and unpopular border wall that the American people have largely rejected. Below are quotes from today’s speakers. Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s … Continue reading »

After a Speech that Fell Flat, the Real Crisis is in the White House and in the Republican Congress, Not at the Border

After last night’s dark, unpersuasive, and unhinged Oval Office speech from President Trump, it’s clear: the real crisis is in the White House, not at the border. Consider this: Only 25 percent of Americans support shutting down the government until Congress approves funding the border wall and only 35 percent support including wall funding in … Continue reading »