Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Progressive Breakfast: Andy 'Women Are Meat' Puzder's Troubles Grow - But Wait, There's More

MORNING MESSAGE

Dave Johnson
Andy ‘Women Are Meat’ Puzder’s Troubles Grow — But Wait, There’s More
Donald Trump didn't really appoint Walter White, the guy from Breaking Bad, to run the DEA, but his nomination of fast-food CEO Andrew "women are meat" Puzder to be Labor Secretary sure comes close ... he sees all working people as disposable commodities. Just what we need to make America Great for the working class.

RESISTANCE GETS RESULTS

“Organizing and Persistence Pays Off in N.J. for Hurricane Sandy Victims” reports OurFuture.org’s Isaiah J. Poole: “It took two years of agitation and protest, but finally this week homeowners in New Jersey still seeking relief in the wake of the devastation of superstorm Sandy could claim an important victory, as Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill giving homeowners still recovering from the disaster protection from foreclosure. Christie’s signing of a bill that he had vetoed a version of last year was the culmination of work done by the People’s Action affiliate New Jersey Organizing Project as well as other groups.”
Resist Trump Tuesdays galvanize progressives. NYT: “The Working Families Party has joined with MoveOn.org, a left-wing group that goes back to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and People’s Action, a national progressive group, to encourage people to protest weekly on what they call Resist Trump Tuesdays. Meetup.com, a site that often hosts opportunities for social gatherings, has created more than a thousand local groups called #Resist Meetups aimed at encouraging political activism … there is a risk protesting a president who revels in opposition … Activists opposing Mr. Trump still see strength in mass action, and they have begun broadening their reach.

PUZDER'S DOMESTIC ABUSE CHARGES RESURFACE

Politico uncovers 1990 Oprah appearance by Puzder’s ex-wife, detailing abuse: “During the episode, titled ‘High Class Battered Women,’ Lisa Fierstein, Puzder’s ex-wife, said he told her, ‘I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.’ … ‘Most men who are in positions like that don’t leave marks,’ Fierstein said. ‘The damage that I sustained you can’t see. It’s permanent … They don’t hit you in the face. They’re too smart. They don’t hit you in front of everyone.’ In response Tuesday, Thompson said: ‘This supports their collective claims that Andy was never physically abusive.'”
Democrats mobilize before hearing. NYT: “…on Thursday, Democrats will have their best chance to topple one of President Trump’s cabinet choices when Andrew F. Puzder testifies before the Senate … On Thursday, more than a thousand federal contractors are planning to converge on the Capitol to demonstrate in opposition to Mr. Puzder.”

REPUBLICANS TARGET CONSUMERS

Republicans plan to weaken retirement security. NYT edit board: “…as early as Wednesday, House Republicans are expected to pass a measure to thwart efforts by California, Illinois and other states to establish basic retirement savings plans for employees at companies that do not offer such coverage … both Congress and the Trump administration have shown an appetite for helping Wall Street at the expense of average citizens.”
And consumer product safety. ABC: “The Trump Administration last week elevated Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican appointed to the commission in 2013, to the post of acting chairman. Buerkle replaces outgoing chair Elliot Kaye, a Democrat who stared down industry groups during the nearly three years he was in the position, calling out businesses for not being proactive enough on safety … Kaye, who championed causes ranging from brain injuries in youth sports to risks involving lithium-ion batteries, says consumer protection will ‘absolutely, categorically, yes’ be harmed: ‘Not even a close call.'”

ACA REPEAL WOES CONTINUE

ACA repeal effort in disarray. Politico: “Republicans are sniping over how much of the law to scrap, what to replace it with and when … Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) left [a meeting with Speaker Ryan] before it was over, having heard enough of a conversation that he says centers around keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and creating tax credits that he called a ‘new entitlement program,’ … Republicans are pressing [HHS Sec] Price to do as much as he can through executive actions to buy them time to come to a consensus this spring … no one is quite sure what Trump wants.”
House GOP lacks consensus: “… the bill being pushed by the Freedom Caucus would repeal ­­ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid, an option that centrist Republicans are wary of supporting, particularly in the Senate. Asked about the Freedom Caucus’s demand to simply pass the 2015 repeal bill again, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said he didn’t think it would attract enough votes to pass.”
House GOP to meet tomorrow. Bloomberg: “The issue may to come to a head Thursday. House Republicans plan to hold a meeting then to discuss and possibly finalize Obamacare strategy … House Republican leaders say they want to produce a bill by March …”
GOP may increase Medicaid spending before cutting it. Politico: “Republicans determined to cut Medicaid may first have to pour more money into it, to keep the peace between Republican governors who expanded health care for low-income people under Obamacare and those who resisted … The goal, at the very least, is to ensure funding parity between expansion states that would stand to get more money under a capped program and conservative holdouts like Texas, Georgia and Tennessee.”
Dakota Access Pipeline foes rush to court. The Hill: “Lawyers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will file a motion this week asking a federal judge to rule on the legality of the project. And a separate tribe is suing against the pipeline on religious grounds, saying it threatens water sacred to American Indians … [Developers] could have it running within two months…”

CORPORATIONS V. TRUMP

Corporate America readies to battle Trump on trade. Politico: “Top chief executives and some of the nation’s largest business groups are clinging to hope that more moderate economic voices inside the Trump administration will eventually win out in favor of the globally focused approach from recent White Houses. But early signs are already emerging of potentially titanic battles between Trump and some of America’s largest industries.”
Republicans struggle to understand who would be affected by a border tax. Bloomberg: “There’s been little real-world analysis on how quickly the U.S. dollar would adjust under a so-called border-adjusted tax to prevent consumers from getting stuck with higher prices, according to a paper released Wednesday by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation … Republicans in both chambers have said they need more information on how the border-tax measure would work and who it would affect before they can endorse it.”

CLIMATE CRISIS THREATENS DAMS

Oroville crisis calls attention to dam maintenance. NYT: “…older dams may not be designed to deal with the severe weather patterns California has experienced because of global warming … engineers and environmentalists said similar problems [to Oroville] could occur at many of the roughly 1,500 dams that dot this state … Several engineers said it seemed likely that this episode would show the need for something that elected officials have rarely rallied around: spending money on maintenance, rather than new building.”
Emissions down in 2015. The Hill: “Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States declined by 2.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, federal officials reported on Tuesday … The EPA attributed the overall decline to lower carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, which itself came about because of less coal consumption in favor of natural gas, warmer winter weather that decreased heating fuel demand and lower electricity demand overall.”

BREAKFAST SIDES

DREAMer arrested. Yahoo! News: ” U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President Donald Trump. Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record, was taken into custody last week at his father’s home in Seattle by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.”
Tom Perez claims momentum in DNC Chair race. The Hill: “Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is claiming 180 Democratic National Committee members are supporting his bid for chairman, a number that would put him within striking distance of the 224 votes needed … But allies of Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, Perez’s top opponent, are claiming that he is closing in on the requisite votes too
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