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CALL TO ACTIVISM
11/12/2020

CALL TO ACTIVISM

CALL TO ACTIVISM for much needed sanity!

11/12/2020

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Dear Dennis,

Emily Murphy, the administrator for the General Services Administration, is intentionally BLOCKING the Biden-Harris transition.

Click now to tell Murphy to put our country first and do her job.

This is NOT normal. After a presidential candidate secures 270 electoral votes, the federal government begins the transition process. That includes starting daily national security briefings for the president-elect and allowing members of their transition team to meet with executive bench staff.

Ms. Murphy has the power to do this. But she is REFUSING to accept reality and let the country move forward.

Will you send a message to Murphy? She must respect the decision of 77 million Americans who chose Joe Biden as their next president.

Thousands of American lives hang in the balance. Ms. Murphy needs to put partisanship aside NOW for the good of the nation.

Thanks for all you do.

Sincerely,

Richard Fiesta
Executive Director
Alliance for Retired Americans

11/12/2020
Dear Friends,I just signed the campaign: Elimination of the Unfair GPO and WEP Provisions of the Social Security ActIt w...
11/12/2020
Elimination of the Unfair GPO and WEP Provisions of the Social Security Act

Dear Friends,

I just signed the campaign: Elimination of the Unfair GPO and WEP Provisions of the Social Security Act

It would mean the world to me if you could also add your name to this important issue. Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.

Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/elimination-of-the-unfair?share=a093da05-36b0-4c8f-9497-a98925535fde&source=s.fwd&utm_source=s.fwd

After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others. It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email.

Thank you!

Dennis

To urge all Alliance for Retired Americans members, friends or everyone subject to the GPO/WEP to increase their efforts to make sure the Congress of the United States enacts legislation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act.

11/11/2020
11/11/2020
'Obamacare' likely to survive, high court arguments indicate
11/10/2020
'Obamacare' likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

'Obamacare' likely to survive, high court arguments indicate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more conservative Supreme Court appeared unwilling Tuesday to do what Republicans have long desired: kill off the Affordable Care Act, including its key protections for...

11/10/2020

Despite little evidence of voter fraud, AG Barr OKs election probes after race called for Biden
NATION/WORLD
by: Associated Press

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 / 03:55 PM PST / Updated: Nov 9, 2020 / 03:55 PM PST
Attorney General William Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Attorney General William Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal prosecutors across the U.S. to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities before the 2020 presidential election is certified, despite little evidence of fraud.

Barr’s action comes days after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump and raises the prospect that Trump will use the Justice Department to try to challenge the outcome. It gives prosecutors the ability to go around longstanding Justice Department policy that normally would prohibit such overt actions before the election is formally certified.

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Trump has not conceded the election and is instead claiming without evidence that there has been a widespread, multi-state conspiracy by Democrats to skew the vote tally in Biden’s favor.

Biden holds a sizable lead in multiple battleground states and there has been no indication of enough improperly counted or illegally cast votes that would shift the outcome. In fact, election officials from both political parties have publicly stated the election went well, though there have been minor issues that are typical in elections, including voting machines breaking and ballots that were miscast and lost.

In a memo to U.S. attorneys, obtained by The Associated Press, Barr wrote that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

States have until Dec. 8 to resolve election disputes, including recounts and court contests over the results. Members of the Electoral College meet Dec. 14 to finalize the outcome.

11/09/2020
11/09/2020

Dear MoveOn member,

Voters like you just made history by turning out in record-shattering numbers and doing what had been done only three times in the past century: defeating an incumbent president. And we delivered a historic, people-powered victory to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris!

To celebrate this incredible moment and commemorate this victory, MoveOn is printing a huge batch of these "We Resisted, We Voted, We Won" stickers and giving them away for free—while supplies last.

Click here or on the image below to order your free "We Resisted, We Voted, We Won" sticker!

In this election, voters from all walks of life—young and old, new citizens and Native Americans, of every race and background, in small towns and in big cities—came together to defeat Donald Trump and choose love over hate, truth over lies, democracy over fascism, and science over fiction.

Our record-setting turnout has washed Trump out of office.

Because of us, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, and Kamala Harris will make history when she is inaugurated as vice president.

As a MoveOn member, you've earned our profound gratitude.

MoveOn members like you fueled the most powerful election campaign in our 22-year history and helped reach tens of millions of voters in critical battleground states. Our efforts—your efforts—helped deliver this remarkable victory.

For four years, Trump and his allies have done so much to violate our rights, damage our communities, and pervert our Constitution. The wall. The Muslim Ban. The cages. He pandered to white supremacists. He stole from the working class and gave away our money to massive corporations. And he tried—desperately—to undermine our democracy and suppress our votes.

But every step of the way, we fought back. We rose up. We signed petitions. We marched. We protested.

And then, we voted him out in numbers this nation had never seen before.

As the old saying goes: They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds.

There's no doubt about it: We have a lot of work ahead of us, including the continuing work to win control of the Senate in the Georgia runoffs. But today, we celebrate our huge victory.

Click here to order your free "We Resisted, We Voted, We Won" sticker and show the world you were part of this historic effort.

Thanks for all you do.

–Chris, Dan, Oscar, Kelly, and the rest of the team

Alliance for Retired Americans
11/06/2020

Alliance for Retired Americans

Count every vote!

Alliance for Retired Americans
11/06/2020

Alliance for Retired Americans

It's taking a while to call races -- and that's okay. Democracy takes time. The most important thing is to make sure every single vote is counted.

Alliance for Retired Americans
11/05/2020

Alliance for Retired Americans

We can't count on Big Pharma to lower drug prices, especially when they keep spending outrageous amounts of money to do the opposite.

It's time for Congress to take action.

11/04/2020
11/02/2020
New Mexico for Biden-Harris: Final GOTV Push Featuring Former Secretary of State John Kerry · 2020 Victory
11/02/2020
New Mexico for Biden-Harris: Final GOTV Push Featuring Former Secretary of State John Kerry · 2020 Victory

New Mexico for Biden-Harris: Final GOTV Push Featuring Former Secretary of State John Kerry · 2020 Victory

Join us for a New Mexico's final GOTV push on the evening before election day with keynote remarks from former Secretary of State, John Kerry. Hosted by Biden for President’s New Mexico State Director Raul Alvillar, the event will feature Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Speaker of the House Brian...

10/31/2020
benraylujan.com

In these final days of the election, the airwaves are buzzing with television ads — and our campaign has been getting a lot of questions from supporters about the false claims in Mark Ronchetti’s television ads.

Without the opportunity to visit communities across the state in person, we’re depending on folks like you to help us highlight Ben Ray’s record and defend against Ronchetti’s attacks. To help, we’ve created a fact sheet that explains the truth about Ben Ray’s record.

Click below to download the fact sheet and use it to confront misinformation wherever you see it.
Download the fact sheet

https://benraylujan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Debunking-False-Claims-Ben-Rays-Record-of-Service.pdf

Mark Ronchetti’s attacks are disappointing, but they’re the result of a simple reality. Only one candidate in this race has delivered for New Mexico — and Ben Ray’s record is something that all New Mexicans can be proud to support.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico also operates an election hotline in English and Spanish at 1-833-NM4-DEMS, which is staffed between 9 AM - 5 PM. Hotline staff are ready to answer your questions about voting, volunteering, and more.

Questions? Reach out to our campaign at [email protected].

Thank you,

Travis Brimm
Campaign Manager
People for Ben

10/31/2020
Robert Reich
10/31/2020

Robert Reich

Nothing scares the GOP more than democracy.

[Cartoon by Bill Bramhall.]

Greater Good
10/30/2020

Greater Good

10/30/2020

"It's about time" for Graham to be defeated

There have been few high-profile Republican politicians more publicly and slavishly devoted to President Trump over the last few years than Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Words like "toady" and "lapdog" have frequently been used to describe the senator's subservience. Apparently that near-total fealty hasn't been enough for Graham to earn a little loyalty in return.

The Trumpiest corners of the conservative ecosphere have made it plain in recent weeks that they're ready to abandon Graham — who is locked in a tight re-election race with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison — even if it means losing his Senate seat. "I don't know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It's just outrageous," Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said last week.

"It's about time" for Graham to be defeated, added a writer at the right-wing American Greatness website.

Graham has never been particularly popular among hardcore conservatives, but it is still shocking to see them turn on a fellow Republican candidate in a close general election race. For right-wing activists, the senator's problem is that he is only about 97 percent steadfast in serving Trump's wishes, instead of a full 100 percent. Dobbs, for example, pointed out that Graham — in his role as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — had failed to pursue evidence of the fake "Obamagate" scandal that Trump has tried — and failed — to get going. It's the same reason Trump has talked about getting rid of FBI Director Christopher Wray after the election.

"He's done absolutely nothing to investigate Obamagate except to tell everyone, 'Stay tuned,' time and time again. Stay tuned," Dobbs said. "Senator Graham needs to be tuned out in South Carolina."

The rhetoric could endanger Graham's campaign: If even a small portion of South Carolina conservatives decide to withhold their support, he could lose his seat. Trump could possibly discourage the attacks on Graham if he wanted to, but so far, he hasn't. One has to wonder if the president had Graham in mind last week when he told GOP donors there were some Republican senators he just couldn't support for re-election.

"There are a couple senators I can't really get involved in," Trump reportedly said. "I just can't do it. You lose your soul if you do. I can't help some of them. I don't want to help some of them."

Trump's worried about his soul? This is the same man who endorsed Roy Moore for the Senate back in 2017 while Moore was under a cloud of allegations of pursuing relationships with teen girls when he was in his 30s. More recently, Trump endorsed QAnon conspiracy devotee Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling her a "future Republican star." It's difficult to determine the boundaries of Trump's conscience.

But Trump's silence on Graham — and his willingness to savage other GOP candidates of dubious loyalty, like Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) — suggests the president either doesn't understand or doesn't care how important a GOP-controlled Senate might be to governing in his own possible second term in office.

Republicans in the Senate have already saved Trump from conviction on impeachment charges; the president presumably liked having that security blanket. If Trump should win re-election and Democrats take the Senate, though, he will probably face more investigations and scrutiny of both his personal affairs and his operation of government. His biggest achievement, stacking the judiciary with conservative judges, would probably come to a halt. Trump wouldn't be totally powerless in such a scenario — he could speed up the pace of deregulation and continue to misuse the Justice Department — but his life would probably be a lot more difficult.

Other presidents have recognized that their power depends on their relationships with the House and Senate, of course, which is why they usually grin and bear it when taking criticism from elected members of their party. Usually, they see the bigger picture of exercising power effectively, and they know not to take it personally if a senator or member of congress expresses a bit of independence. But Trump has shown little regard for the legislative branch of government, and there isn't evidence he cares about much beyond his own ego and well-being.

Thus, it seems Lindsey Graham is being left to twist in the wind. And Republicans are in greater danger of losing their Senate majority.

It's hard to feel sorry for Graham. Any reasonable observer has seen that for Trump, loyalty is a one-way street. Yet Graham gave it, and demanded it of others. "To every Republican, if you don't stand behind this president, we're not going to stand behind you," Graham told a South Carolina crowd last year. Which raises the question: Who is standing behind Lindsey Graham now?

Alliance for Retired Americans
10/30/2020

Alliance for Retired Americans

If you haven't mailed in your ballot, go to plan B and vote in person or drop it off in a dropbox to make sure your vote is counted!

ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
10/30/2020

ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

10/30/2020

Have you ever noticed how Donald Trump tends to project his own legal problems and unethical behavior onto his political opponents?

He’s incorrectly claimed that Hilary Clinton’s campaign colluded with Russia when it was Trump’s campaign that was caught speaking with Russian assets and illegally coordinating with the Russian government before taking office.[1]

He’s incorrectly accused the Biden family of unethical actions related to Ukraine, but it was Trump who was impeached for holding international aid hostage to Ukraine in exchange for personal (and unethical) political demands.[2]

And, in yet another conspiracy theory, Trump claims incorrectly that the Biden family has accepted money from China, when it’s Trump who has a secret Chinese bank account.[3] Remarkably, he even paid nearly $190,000 in taxes there between 2013 and 2015.

Trump is $1 billion in debt.[4] We don’t know who $421 million of that debt is owed to. But, thanks to the New York Times’ investigative reporting, we know that more than $300 million of it is coming due over the next four years.[5]

Check out the quotes below from three U.S. intelligence and security experts who view Trump’s massive debt as a U.S. security nightmare. Then chip in to remind the American people that Trump continues to keep his shady financial dealings secret.

“That has always been the suspicion about Trump—that the Russians were bankrolling him. If he were a ‘normal’ employee, that would certainly be a counter-intelligence vulnerability. It’s frightening all around.” ―James Clapper, former Director of Intelligence [6]

“A second term for President Trump would result in increased vulnerability—and thus, potentially, risk.” ―Robert Cardillo, former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency [6]

“For a person with access to U.S. classified information to be in massive financial debt is a counterintelligence risk because the debt-holder tends to have leverage over the person, and the leverage may be used to encourage actions, such as disclosure of information or influencing policy, that compromise U.S. national security.” ―David Kris, former head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division [6]

Frank Clemente
Executive Director
Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund

[1] “All the known times the Trump campaign met with Russians,” Washington Post, November 13, 2017

[2] “TRUMP IMPEACHED: House of Representatives charges the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,” Business Insider, December 18, 2019

[3] “Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits,” New York Times, October 20, 2020

[4] “Donald Trump Has At Least $1 Billion In Debt, More Than Twice The Amount He Suggested,” Forbes, October 16, 2020

[5] “Long-concealed records show Trump’s chronic losses and years of tax avoidance,” New York Times, September 27, 2020

[6] “‘It's Frightening All Around.’ Former Intelligence Officials Warn Trump's Debt Is a National Security Threat,” TIME, September 29, 2020

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