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September 12, 2018

Common Dreams: 'Outrageous': Fury as Pompeo Puts US 'Rubber Stamp' of Approval on Saudi Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen

by Julia Conley

As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose three-year assault on the country has been made possible by U.S. support, are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties."The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the … Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

BuzzFeed: More Than 2,000 Puerto Ricans Applied For Funeral Assistance After Hurricane Maria. FEMA Approved Just 75.

by Nidhi Prakash

FEMA approved just 3% of applications for funeral assistance from more than 2,000 Puerto Rican families who lost loved ones after Hurricane Maria, according to a letter the agency head wrote to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In response to an earlier letter from Warren, Brock Long, director of FEMA, wrote on Aug. 14 that as of July 30, his agency had received 2,431 requests for funeral assistance from Puerto Ricans related to the hurricane — they approved just 75 of them, meaning 97% have either been … Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

New Republic: Obama endorses “Medicare for all” and gives a special nod to Elizabeth Warren’s ideas.

by Jeet Heer

Speaking to an audience largely made up of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, former President Barack Obama spoke approvingly of the aggressively reformist agenda being put forward by Democratic candidates.“So Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on good new ideas like Medicare for all, giving workers seats on corporate boards, reversing the most egregious corporate tax cuts to make sure college students graduate,” … Continue Reading

September 07, 2018

American Banker: Two lawmakers urge CFPB, FTC to keep pressure on Equifax

by Neil Haggerty

Two Democratic lawmakers are calling for an update on regulators' progress investigating Equifax a year after a massive data breach at the credit reporting giant came to light. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., have sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission urging them to hold credit reporting agencies accountable. Equifax disclosed the breach that ultimately affected 148 million consumers, in September … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren: If Trump officials are so worried, they should invoke the 25th Amendment

by Jaclyn Reiss

US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told a TV news reporter that if Trump administration officials are so worried about the country, they should invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office. Warren’s comments to CNN reporter Manu Raju on Thursday came after an explosive New York Times op-ed written by a senior administration official claiming that a group of staffers is trying to sabotage parts of Trump’s agenda from inside the White House. The senator reportedly … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

Washington Post: Senate Democrats ask Justice Dept. to review Giuliani's work for foreign clients

by Felicia Sonmez

Seven Senate Democrats asked the Department of Justice to examine Rudolph W. Giuliani’s work for foreign clients Thursday, arguing that recent reports on his activities “raise significant concerns” about whether he is improperly lobbying government officials as President Trump’s personal attorney. The letter was written by Democratic Sens. Tom Udall (N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Richard … Continue Reading

September 06, 2018

CNN: Elizabeth Warren: Time to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from Office

by Manu Raju

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on an explosive op-ed from an anonymous administration official, said Thursday that it's time to use constitutional powers to remove President Donald Trump office if top officials don't think he can do the job. "If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," Warren told CNN. "The Constitution provides for a procedure whenever the Vice President and … Continue Reading

September 01, 2018

The Hill: Warren: McCain always told me to get in the fight and ‘throw some punches’

by Morgan Gstalter

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) honored the late Sen. John McCain in the Capitol Rotunda on Friday, saying the Arizona Republican always encouraged her to get into the fight and “throw some punches.” “When John McCain and I worked together, he’d say: ‘Show some fight. Get in there - throw some punches,’ ” Warren tweeted as lawmakers gathered in front of McCain's flag-draped casket as it lay in state Friday.“That was his approach to life - if you’re gonna be in a fight, you better give it your … Continue Reading

August 29, 2018

Vox: Exclusive: Sen. Warren asks for investigation of Trump administration’s “alarming” steel tariff exemptions

by Alexia Fernández Campbell

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is accusing the Trump administration of rigging its trade wars.  On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Democrat asked the Commerce Department’s inspector general to investigate the agency’s process of granting and rejecting exemptions to the steep tariffs Trump placed on imported steel and aluminum products in March. She said the agency has made “troubling” decisions, such as granting relief to the US subsidiary of a sanctioned Russian company.Thousands of US-based companies … Continue Reading

August 28, 2018

Center for Financial Stability: Senator Warren Introduces Anti-Corruption Legislation

by Steven Lofchie

Senator Elizabeth A. Warren unveiled a wide-ranging bill that seeks to “eliminate the influence of money in our federal government.”The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act would, among other things:ban “Members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, federal judges, and other senior government officials from owning and trading individual stocks”;institute a lifetime ban on former Member of Congress, Presidents and agency heads from lobbying;require conflicts of interest disclosures in … Continue Reading

August 28, 2018

Yahoo: New Study Says Hurricane Maria Killed 2,975 Puerto Ricans. Congress Must Take Action.

by Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez

A new study released Tuesday found that Hurricane Maria killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. Most of those who died after the storm were poor Puerto Ricans living in hard-hit municipalities. And I ask: How many more studies and cries for help does Congress need to do something?For nearly a year now, boricuas like me have emphasized that more people than officially reported have died as a consequence of the Category 4 storm that ravaged the island on September 20, 2017. This was based on … Continue Reading

August 28, 2018

The Atlantic: Elizabeth Warren’s Theory of Capitalism

by Franklin Foer

While so much of the action on the American left in recent months has come in the form of revived enthusiasm for socialism, Senator Elizabeth Warren has positioned herself quite differently. During the past two weeks, she has expounded about the prospects for capitalism in a much-covered speech and in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Instead of championing the system’s demise, she presents herself as its savior. Embedded in her musings were two aggressive proposals for overhauling American … Continue Reading

August 27, 2018

Wicked Local: Hintermeister: An all-around antibiotics bill from Sen. Warren

by Henry Hintermeister

Rising strands of super-resistant bacteria ? that is, bacteria capable of resisting even hardcore antibiotics ? do not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans. Our immune systems, it turns out, are pretty much the same. Given this fact of human biology, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Bill to Strengthen Oversight of Antibiotic Use in Animals should earn your support, no matter what of the aisle you stand on. The bill, introduced in late June, would restrict the reckless overuse of antibiotics … Continue Reading

August 27, 2018

Rolling Stone: Elizabeth Warren: Jeff Sessions Acted as “Catalyst” for Weed Legalization

by Matt Laslo

This year, President Donald Trump broke ranks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and signaled he supports new legislation called the STATES Act, which would end the outright federal ban on marijuana by allowing each state to decide their own pot policy. This was good news for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the bill’s original sponsors. Warren teamed up on the effort with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) who was pivotal in getting the president to endorse the broad contours of their bill. … Continue Reading

August 27, 2018

Boston Herald: John McCain remembered, respected by members of both parties

by Laurel J. Sweet

Opposing sides of the political aisle set aside their differences to remember the late U.S. Sen. John Sidney McCain III — a true-blue patriot they agreed exemplified impartiality in deed and speech.The “Straight Talk Express” conductor, 2008 Republican presidential nominee and a Vietnam prisoner of war, died Saturday at 4:28 p.m., his wife, Cindy, and their family at his side in Arizona. McCain’s yearlong battle with aggressive brain cancer claimed his life at age 81.Read the full story on the … Continue Reading

August 24, 2018

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren’s revolutionary plan to reduce income inequality

by Kyle Williams

Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation last week that could have big consequences for big business.One of the most ambitious policy ideas in decades, the Accountable Capitalism Act would breathe new life into the movement to restrain corporate power. Warren (D-Mass.) proposes forcing corporate boards to balance the pursuit of profits with the interests of stakeholders like workers, consumers, suppliers, the general public and even the environment. In short, she wants to change the rules … Continue Reading

August 23, 2018

Daily Beast: Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Actually Drain the Swamp and Save Capitalism

by Gideon Resnick

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is determined to let you know that she’s a capitalist.It is, perhaps, a semi-radical thing to say in this day and age in Democratic politics. The party’s base has veered more comfortably to the left, embracing broad progressive policiesfrom Medicare for All to a federal jobs guarantee. And though the senator from Massachusetts is backing these very legislative proposals, she’s also making a play for nuance. There is, she explains, wisdom in capitalism, provided the … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren’s plan to drain the swamp

Give Senator Elizabeth Warren points for exquisite timing — introducing her sweeping new anti-corruption proposal on the very same day President Trump’s former personal lawyer and his former campaign manager added the word “guilty” to their resumes in federal courts.“There’s no real question that the Trump era has given us the most nakedly corrupt leadership this nation has seen in our lifetimes,” Warren said on the day that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign fraud and Paul Manafort, a … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

NBC: Warren, Democrats slam Trump for letting employers off the hook, call it 'wage theft' program

by Suzy Khimm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democrats are demanding answers about a new Trump administration program that rewards employers who self-report wage and overtime violations, warning that the initiative could "seriously harm workers being cheated by their employers."Under the pilot program, which was the focus of an NBC special report on Monday, employers who come clean about minimum wage and overtime violations can avoid additional penalties and private litigation by bilked … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Washington Post: Elizabeth Warren is right: Corruption is rotting the U.S. from within

by Helaine Olen

Tuesday was the perfect day for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to debut ambitious new legislation designed to combat government corruption. President Trump’s former “fixer” Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to banking and tax law violations, as well as violating campaign finance laws “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” while Trump’s former campaign boss Paul Manafort was found guilty by a Virginia jury on eight counts of tax and bank fraud. And just as the day was ending, news … Continue Reading

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