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    While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills

    March 4, 2017

    The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.

    With both houses of Congress solidly under Republican control, there’s little in the way to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) from sending bills to President Trump’s desk that embody the most dangerous aspects of radical right-wing ideology.

    However unlikely these bills’ passage would have seemed in the 114th Congress, the possibility of these nine bills becoming law is much higher now, especially considering the flurry of headlines around Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal on the ongoing investigation into the president’s Russian connections, and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s multiple meetings with several of Trump’s top lieutenants

    Here are the nine worst bills to keep an eye on:

    1. H.R. 861: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

    This bill — cosponsored by Republican members of Congress from fossil fuel-producing states — is just one sentence long, and says nothing about what would happen to the multiple environmental regulations the EPA has instituted since 1970, or its multibillion-dollar budget, or its thousands of staffers. H.R. 861 is currently awaiting action in the subcommittee on environment.

    2. H.R. 610: Tax dollars for private schools

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced this bill in January, which would redistribute funding earmarked for public schools in the form of vouchers for parents to send children to private schools. Over the long term, this would eventually bankrupt public schools, and create a stratified education system in which cash-strapped public schools would be unable to meet the educational needs of low-income students. The bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

    3. H.R. 899: To terminate the Department of Education

    If this bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), becomes law, the U.S. Department of Education would terminate by the end of 2018. The bill’s brevity leaves many questions unanswered, like what would happen with Department of Education grants for public schools and universities, its budget, or its staff. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she would personally be “fine” if the agency she heads were to be abolished.

    4. H.J.R. 69: To repeal a rule protecting wildlife

    Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), whose constituents likely include hunters who kill wildlife for sport rather than for food, introduced this joint resolution voicing displeasure with a Department of Interior rule that prohibits “non-subsistence” hunting in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The resolution passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

    5. H.R. 370: To repeal the Affordable Care Act

    While President Obama was in office, House Republicans voted at least 60 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — despite its futility. However, the Trump administration has made the repeal of Obamacare a top priority, meaning the repeal bill from Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is likely to pass.

    6. H.R. 354: To defund Planned Parenthood

    Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill that would prevent any federal grants from going to Planned Parenthood for a full year unless they swore to not perform abortions.

    7. H.R. 785: National Right-to-Work legislation

    Conservative ideologue Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is aiming to cripple unions at the nationwide level with a bill that would systematically deprive labor unions of the funding they need to operate. Unions often provide one of the crucial pillars of support for Democratic candidates and causes, and conservatives aim to destroy them once and for all by going after their funding. It’s important to note that right-to-work is bad for all workers, not just union members — in 2015, the Economic Policy Institute learned that wages in right-to-work states are roughly 3.2 percent lower than in non-right-to-work states.

    8. H.R. 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act

    Multiple cities and states around the country have openly stated that they won’t abide by President Trump’s plan to aggressively round up and deport undocumented immigrants. A bill by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) would strip all federal funding of any city that doesn’t obey Trump’s immigration policies for up to a year.

    9. H.R. 147: To criminalize abortion

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) wants to aggressively prosecute pregnant women seeking abortions, along with abortion providers, by making abortion a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

    To fight back against these bills, call 202-224-3121, ask for your member of Congress, and tell them to vote no.


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    New Delhi: Gang-raped, woman walks nude, begging for help

    The woman told the police that the accused forced her to consume alcohol. The five accused have been arrested

    A 26-year old Nepalese woman walked the streets of Delhi nude, begging for help on Sunday morning after escaping her rapists who thrashed her and confined her to a room in East Delhi.

    The woman scaled the wall of the first floor apartment in Pandav Nagar and jumped to escape the torture after being allegedly raped by five men. As she walked on the roads nude, passersby stood as mute spectators and did not even offer her clothes.

    The police said all five accused have been arrested.

    According to the police, a person who saw her jumping from the balcony of the apartment informed the police at 5:45 am. CCTV footage from one of the cameras in the locality showed the woman walking on the road naked, with men walking by but none helping her or giving her clothes.

    She was finally seen taking the help of an auto-rickshaw driver who offered to drop her. A sedan car also passed by but none of them stopped to help and others watching her talking to the auto driver.

    "The Emergency Response vehicle of the police rushed to the location and took her to to the LBS hospital. She had suffered minor injuries on her legs while jumping from the apartment. She resides in the Munirka area,"a senior police officer said.

    In her complaint, the woman told the police that the five accused forced her to consume alcohol. The men have been identified as Naveen Kumar, Prateek Kumar, Vikas Mehra, Sarvjeet and Lakshya. All five work at a call centre.

    The victim reached Pandav Nagar with one of her friends, Vikas, who had invited her for a party at a friend's residence. On the way, she met two other friends of his and the trio reached their friend's house in Pandav Nagar where two other accused were also present. Vikas told the girl he had to head out for some work and would be back later.

    A case under Section 376D (gang rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 377 (unnatural sex), 506 (criminal intimidation), 342 (wrongful confinement) was registered.


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    No Evidence That A Single Muslim Voted For The BJP In UP

    Claims to the contrary aren't backed by data.


    A lot has been said about Muslim support for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh given the scale of its victory, but none of this is borne out by the numbers. What can we say about how Muslims voted?

    1. There is no evidence that Muslims voted for the BJP.

    Despite political statements and some stories in the media, there is just no evidence for this. There is not a single constituency where the BJP's voteshare exceeds that of the Hindu population of that constituency.

    Sahibabad is the only constituency where it's close--the winning BJP candidate, Sunil Kumar Sharma, won 61% of the votes in the constituency, while the share of Hindu population in the constituency is between 60 and 65%. Data on voteshares and the Hindu and Muslim population come from Datanet India, which compiled the data from the Election Commission of India and the Census of India respectively.

    In that constituency, the Congress and BSP candidates between them got 36% of the votes; the Muslim population of that constituency is between 35 and 40%.

    2. BJP candidates winning from a large number of seats with a significant Muslim population does not mean that Muslims voted for the BJP.

    In a first-past-the-post system, candidates typically need between 30-35% of the voteshare in a constituency to win. In this election, BJP candidates did particularly well; the median voteshare of winning BJP candidates was a whopping 43.64%.

    Yet what most forget is that even in UP, there are few Muslim-majority constituencies. There are only seven constituencies in UP with more than 50% Muslims (meaning that a party can win the state without a single Muslim vote)--and the Samajwadi Party won all of these. The BJP's winning streak essentially begins when the Muslim population goes below 45%.

    3. Strategic voting failed

    Of 82 constituencies with more than 30% Muslims, the BJP won 62. But it appears that the Muslim vote was split between the SP and the BSP--in 60 of these constituencies, their combined voteshare was higher than that of the Muslim population. Given that in a majority of these constituencies both or one of the SP/ INC and BSP had a Muslim candidate, it is very likely that the Muslim vote got split between the SP and the BSP.

    So rather than strategically voting to keep the BJP out, it could be argued that UP's Muslims actually failed at strategic voting.



    BJP and Modi are doing election fraud to say that Muslims voted for them or that they can win in UP without a single Muslims vote.


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