Trump calls for review of Dodd-Frank. Wall Street thrilled that Trump wants to undue Dodd-Frank. Intended to protect consumers and regulate the banks. Restricts speculative trades in banks own accounts, toughens credit card rules, lending, etc. Banks would have to offer you lower costing options – not just the higher ones. If they toss out Dodd-Frank the banks can rip you off legally !!! Contact your Senators and Congressman now. Do the bankers really need to get richer??


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Letter to Ivanka Trump – one Jewish mom to another !

An Open Letter to Ivanka, from One Jewish Mother to Another

February 1, 2017By Hadley Davis Rierson
Ivanka Trump, Jewish mother.
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Ivanka Trump, Jewish mother.

Dear Ivanka-Yael,

I’ve been wanting to write. It’s been almost two weeks since you became our first Jewish First Daughter, but as a fellow Jewish mother I thought I’d wait until the kids and nanny were settled into your lovely, new DC home and Arabella was adjusted at Jewish Primary Day School. JPDS sounds like a no-brainer! What more could we want for our children – or the kids of America for that matter – than a school, which, according to its website, is intent on “fostering a deep sense of mutual respect and pluralism” in “compassionate” students?

I have to say, you remind me of one of my closest friends – another East Coast prep school blonde who converted to Judaism (after she fell in love with a fellow med student at Yale). I remember how intensely she studied the laws and traditions of the Torah – all of those stories and holidays and prayers — for her conversion. The only way in was to be all-in. By all accounts you were, too, picking the Hebrew name Yael (“God’s strength”) and impressing the tough, three rabbi panel known as a Beit Din, along with your devout Kushner in-laws.

I, on the other hand, have non-practicing Presbyterian in-laws. Shabbat at my house is better known as “pizza night” and pepperoni is permitted. We don’t shut off our phones or refrain from using transportation like you and Jared do – unless you’ve got a special rabbinical pass for inaugural balls. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the Pikuach Nefesh supposed to be invoked when one’s life is in danger? For example, if you had to jump in a car von Trapp-style to escape the Nazis and it happened to be after sundown on a Friday?

There I go. Observant or not, it never takes long for us Jews to reference the Shoah does it? As a kid I sometimes pretended to be Anne Frank in our attic crawl space. I’d bring a composition notebook into a dim corner and scribble away as quietly as possible. I guess this kind of imaginary play is expected when your parents take you to visit gas chambers while you’re still in elementary school. “The world stood by and let this happen,” my father told me outside of a crematorium in France.

Somehow, even my 10-year-old mind connected that afternoon at Struthof to Bounn Hong, a refugee who escaped through the jungles of Laos and cleaned our house while she learned English and saved up for cosmetology school. Hers was the shared story of my ancestors who fled pogroms in Poland and your husband’s survivor grandparents. I haven’t committed many biblical quotes to my mostly secular memory, but I do know this one: We were all strangers in Egypt.

I’m guessing you’re pretty aware that the fact your dad’s Muslim Ban was decreed on Holocaust Remembrance Day struck a ton of American Jews as egregious. Some said the timing was purposeful – kind of like the weird omission of the word “Jew” and the number “six million” from the Remembrance Day statement.

I’ve heard you’re well aware the Internet scoffed when, after the sun fell last Saturday, you powered up Instagram and shared yourself in that shiny silver dress en route to the Alfalfa Club (an organization so frivolous it was named after a plant that “can’t get enough to drink”). The problem was, what with the detentions and protests unfolding, your image bore the image of indifference; the kind of indifference Elie Wiesel meant when he wrote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”

Ivanka, mom to mom, citizen to citizen, me (reform Jew) to you (modern-orthodox Jew), I am writing today to ask for a sign. Send me a sign that you are not, in fact, indifferent. That when you see a photo of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Greek beach you share my visceral understanding: he could be my child. That you subscribe to the Talmud’s teaching “(S)he who saves one life, saves the world” along with Hillel’s question you tweeted in September, “if not me, who? If not now, when?”

Because I do want to believe – to paraphrase JPDS Head of School and Argentinian immigrant Naomi Reem’s message – you’ve moved to Washington intending to harness the creativity you’ve shown in business, your Ivy League education and Jewish moral values for tikkun olam. Because, Ivanka-Yael-first-Jewish-First-Daughter, no Jewish American woman-who-works has ever been more powerfully positioned to help repair the present moment than you.

Best wishes,


Hadley Davis Rierson’s television and feature film screenwriting credits include Dawson’s Creek, Spin City, Scrubs and Disney’s Ice Princess. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Recites ‘I Am a Nasty Woman’ Poem at Women’s March on Washington (Watch)

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GAG ORDER ON THE EPA !  Why??  I have no doubt money is or will change hands on this issue.  CONFLICT??  Hard to know as he’s yet to release his tax returns. (Maybe he has invested in the Keystone & Dakota pipeline??)


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The conservative American Action Network PAC jumped the gun with local market spots during CBS March Madness games on Friday, asking viewers to call their members of Congress to thank them for gutting the Affordable Care Act . Except, of course, the bill was pulled Friday afternoon ahead of the scheduled vote.


Trump states he lost the popular vote because of illegals ! FALSE !

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To those who are confused or surprised about why millions of people showed up to protest Saturday. . .

“Women are marching because our children deserve a secretary of education that cares about education.”

“Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare.

Did you know that before the ACA, newborns in the NICU would hit their lifetime caps on health insurance coverage. That’s right, Babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.”

“Women are marching because domestic violence crisis centers and after school programs deserve funding.”

“Women are marching because we deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.”

“Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.”

“And most of all, women are marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the first amendment. That’s right, #1! It is one of our most fundamental American rights.”

“Saying that we’re whining, throwing temper tantrums, or that we’re immature, or that we need to get over it will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.”

“We’re not marching because Trump won”

“We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.”

“And we’re not giving up easily.”

“Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we lost just simply isn’t listening. We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.”
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Rallies !

Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from us before this parade of greed and hate is confirmed to a Cabinet that will attack working people, civil liberties, and the environment, while benefiting fellow billionaires and corporations.

That’s why on Tuesday, Jan 24, Daily Kos is teaming up with members and other allies across the country to rally outside Democratic and Republican senators’ in-district offices with a clear message: “Stop the #SwampCabinet.”

Will you to join your neighbors at the rally nearest you on Tuesday, January 24, Marion?
Rally to Resist Trump’s Nominees
Start: January 24, 2017 – 12:00 PM

Senator’s District Office
780 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Rally to tell your senator and everyone on the street that greed, corruption and nasty politics is not what we need! Make signs around the theme “Drain Trump’s #SwampCabinet”.

Click here to RSVP.
Can’t make it? Please write a personalized letter to your Democratic senator(s) urging them to delay the confirmation process and force cloture and a roll call vote on every Trump nominee.

During the rallies, we will tell our senators and the media why Trump’s cabinet is not what America wants or needs. We will demand that senators use their power to block and resist Trump’s cabinet of hate, greed and corruption.

With just 48 votes in the Senate, Democrats do not have the votes to stop any of Trump’s nominees without GOP defections. They can, however, slow the work of the Senate. The longer Democrats can delay Trump’s nominations and legislative agenda, the more time we have to organize resistance and move public opinion. Over the long run, delaying becomes blocking.

Republicans, for their part, claim to be “draining the swamp” and chasing corruption out of Washington. But, so far, Trump has nominated a cabal of corruption that will continue to foster the same cronyism and misconduct Republicans claim to be cleaning up.

Here are a few of Trump’s cabinet nominees:
Jeff Sessions, nominee for attorney general, enemy of civil rights and women’s rights. Was deemed too racist to confirm to a federal judgeship by fellow Republicans in 1986. Would be responsible for enforcing the country’s civil rights laws.
Steve Mnuchin, the nominee for treasury secretary, former Goldman Sachs executive who got rich at the expense of working Americans. He ran a bank called a “foreclosure machine” that kicked people out of their houses, using techniques so coldblooded a federal judge called them “harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive.”
Scott Pruitt, nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, climate science denier. As Oklahoma Attorney General, he has repeatedly sued the EPA to attack the Clean Power Plan and Clean Water Rule, even passing off as his own a letter criticizing the EPA written and delivered to him by a big oil company’s top lobbyist.
The Senate will be narrowly divided 52-48 between Republicans and Democrats in 2017 and many key Senate committees hold a slim partisan split. If Democrats stick together, it could only take one or two principled Republican votes to block many of Trump’s nominees.

Progressive activism is building pressure. A little more than a week ago, Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman fled a listening session after being confronted by constituents demanding to know why he supported taking away their healthcare. We must keep holding our elected officials accountable and we can do that by showing up in numbers at their offices, earning local media, and making sure our voices are heard.

There’s no time to waste. Will you join your neighbors and attend the nearest office visit this Tuesday, January 24?
Rally to Resist Trump’s Nominees
Start: January 24, 2017 – 12:00 PM

Senator’s District Office
780 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Rally to tell your senator and everyone on the street that greed, corruption and nasty politics is not what we need! Make signs around the theme “Drain Trump’s #SwampCabinet”.

Can’t make it? Please write a personalized letter to your Democratic senator(s) urging them to delay the confirmation process and force cloture and a roll call vote on every Trump nominee.

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Petition Links

Sign this petition to block Scott Pruitt, global warming denier, from becoming head of the EPA.

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Trump’s Pick to Enforce Civil Rights Is an Expert at Defending GOP Voting Laws (New York Magazine – Jan 21, 2017)

Donald Trump’s Pick to Enforce Civil Rights Is a Civil Rights Disaster (Slate – Jan 20, 2017)

Top Trump Civil Rights Official Is An Expert At Defending Republican Redistricting (BuzzFeed – January 20, 2017)

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10 Actions / 100 Days

Hear our voices !!! Take action now !

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