Last Chance to Stop the GOP Tax Scam

By Newsroom America Feeds at 19 Dec 2017

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Congress has to vote one last time on the GOP's tax scam of a bill. The worst parts of it are raising taxes on the middle class, giving handouts to corporate polluters, and opening up the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling.

Call your senator today: 202-750-2411

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If you live in Arizona, Florida, Maine, Nevada, or Tennessee—your senator needs to hear from you!

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A Look Back at 2017

Nearly 11 months into the Trump presidency, the administration's assaults on American values, institutions, and our environment are perhaps even more brazen and odious that we had feared. It would be disingenuous not to acknowledge that there was much to lament in 2017. But you, our members and supporters, chose to rise up and resist. And even as we wait on pins and needles to see if the GOP rams through one of the most dreadful and inequitable tax bills in our nation's history, we are buoyed by recent elections in two southern states that may be harbingers of a turning tide.

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Talking Turkey Over the Holidays

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Hope Trumps Nope: A Blueprint for Resistance

We are almost at midnight on the climate clock, with a fossil fuel zealot as our president. How can we effectively respond to achieve the world that we want and need? According to Naomi Klein in her cover story for Sierra magazine, our moment of crisis could catalyze historic transformation—"but first we need to reclaim the utopian tradition that animated so many transcendent social movements in the past."

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GOP Jonesing to Vote On Reprehensible Tax Bill

Within hours of Doug Jones's election to the U.S. Senate, Republicans in the House and Senate hurriedly reached a compromise that will allow them to vote on the GOP tax bill next week. The abhorrent bill would slash taxes for corporations and the wealthy while raising taxes on the middle class; open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling; and repeal key provisions of Obamacare, even though the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 13 million people who now have health care will lose it if the bill passes.

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Trump's Terrifically Terrible Tuesday

With the election of Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate last Tuesday in Alabama, Donald Trump suffered arguably the most resounding defeat of his presidency after going all-in for Jones's opponent, the most compromised U.S. Senate candidate in memory. "For anyone who has watched his administration's relentless attacks on the issues and values we care about, it was a definite morale boost," says Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. "But even though the Alabama special election was the biggest news of the day, it wasn't the only welcome development."

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This holiday season, help the outdoor enthusiasts in your life hike that trail, scale that mountain, paddle that river, or even just sleep in the woods.

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Talking About Climate Change in Trump Country

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Keep Trump's Hands Off Our Public Lands

Last week, President Trump made an illegal move to shrink both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments. The very next day, Interior Secretary Zinke released a plan to gut two more monuments and reduce protections for six others. We're going to fight this horrendous scheme in the streets, in the courts, and in Congress.

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This will be the last Insider of 2017. We look forward to catching up with you in the new year; look for your next Insider the second week of January.

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