Discussing Politics: The only way to make substantive change
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Today we discuss how to lessen people’s fear of having healthy political discussions. It is easier than you think. Here is the reality, there are enough Progressives in this country that if activated, would win every election. However, winning elections is not enough. Governing requires more than fifty plus 1.
Interestingly, the problem isn’t just between parties or major ideologies. It can occur intraparty as well. There is a continued feud in the Democratic Party with cross-demonization of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that is not only unhealthy but corrosive for 2016.
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MediaITE: Fox News’ Howard Kurtz called out the Associated Press for writing a story which did not accurately represent a series of events on his show, MediaBuzz, and of all people, CNN’s Brian Stelter came to his defense. Kurtz explained that a graphic of a poll he intended to show was onscreen prematurely, so he asked the control room to take it down and put it up later. Meanwhile, AP reported that Kurtz simply asked that the graphic––showing numbers on how much the biggest cable news networks are trusted––be removed. “This echoed partisan chatter online that I had somehow panicked or didn’t want to show the poll graphic, which is flatly contradicted by reality,” Kurtz said in a Facebook post. “I felt viewers deserved all the facts. That’s more than I can say for the AP, which owes me a correction.”
CBSNews: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, became the first sitting U.S. senator to give birth while holding office, with the delivery of her second daughter on Monday. Duckworth and her daughter, named Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, are both in healthy condition and recovering well, according to a statement from her office.
CNBC: The Republican overhaul of America’s tax code and increased government spending are projected to boost economic growth to 3.3 percent this year but push the national debt to nearly the same size as gross domestic product by 2028, according to government data released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office forecast that the new tax law will generate an average of 0.7 percent growth over the decade and create 1.1 million jobs. It also predicted the two-year federal spending deal would increase GDP by 0.3 percent this year and 0.6 percent in 2019. However, larger budget deficits would crowd out private investment in later years, dampening economic growth. As a result, the CBO estimated the cumulative deficit over the next decade will be $1.6 trillion larger than previously projected. By 2028, the national debt would total 96 percent of GDP.
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