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Comey's Tale

Comey raises possibility of Trump obstruction and condemns his "lies." NYT: "The recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed President Trump had tried to derail an investigation into his national security adviser, and accused the president of lying and defaming him and the F.B.I. Mr. Comey, no longer constrained by the formalities of a government job, offered a blunt, plain-spoken assessment of a president whose conversations unnerved him from the day they met, weeks before Mr. Trump took office."

House votes to roll back post-2008 financial rules. WaPo: "The Republican-led House has moved closer to fulfilling President Donald Trump’s goal of doing “a big number” on Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent future meltdowns. But the effort will likely require some major changes to bring about Democratic support in the Senate. Such support was missing entirely when the House voted 233-186 Thursday for a bill that would undo much of Dodd-Frank."

Arizona Rep. McSally shares GOP fears of "going down with the ship" with Trump in 2018. Tucson Weekly: "McSally complained that President Donald Trump and his tweets were creating troubling 'distractions' and "it's basically being taken out on me. Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we're going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And right now, it doesn't matter that it's me, it doesn't matter what I've done. I have an 'R' next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail."

Progressive Gains in UK

UK election results could slow or soften Brexit. CNN: "Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap U.K. general election in the hope of strengthening her hand in negotiations to take Britain out of the European Union. But that gamble has backfired: Rather than handing May a landslide victory, the election wiped out her parliamentary majority after a surge in support for the opposition Labour Party."

Labour's gains in UK election signal progressive rise. Guardian: "This was about millions inspired by a radical manifesto that promised to transform Britain, to attack injustices, and challenge the vested interests holding the country back. Don’t let them tell you otherwise. People believe the booming well-off should pay more, that we should invest that money in schools, hospitals, houses, police and public services, that all in work should have a genuine living wage, that young people should not be saddled with debt for aspiring to an education, that our utilities should be under the control of the people of this country. For years, many of us have argued that these policies – shunned, reviled even in the political and media elite – had the genuine support of millions. And today that argument was decisively vindicated and settled."

The (bad) theology conservatives use to justify cutting benefits for the poor. ThinkProgress: "No, that's not what Jesus says. In recent months, GOP lawmakers have taken to spouting Christian scripture to defend budget cuts and their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The first example came from Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS), who argued... 'Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us... There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.' He added that 'morally, spiritually, socially,' some poor and homeless people 'just don’t want health care.' Marshall’s comments triggered a flurry of criticism from several sources, including more progressive faith writers who chided him for rebuking the traditional Christian instruction to help the poor."

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What I Learned Carrying a Cross From Chicago to Springfield. Erica Nanton:"Everyone I met on our March to Springfield for a People & Planet First Budget made it clear to me we are all on the same side. We all share the same journey. It’s time for our elected officials to step up and do their share."

DeVos Education Hires Bode Ill For Students’ Rights. Jeff Bryant: "U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos had another rough day in Congress when Senators grilled her over her plan to cut $9 billion from the education department and divert $1.4 billion to privately operated schools such as charterEven Republican senators expressed strong reservations for cuts to Special Olympics, after-school programs, and a cluster of programs for supporting low-income and first-generation college students. But the fireworks in the media focused primary on what DeVos said about enforcing federal government laws related to discrimination in schools."

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