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Top 10 Reasons We Need to Defeat Chris Christie :::::: repost

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Speculation is already running rampant around the 2016 presidential race and we’ve barely had a chance to think about the upcoming 2014 midterm elections. But before those come to pass, there are a few big races in 2013 that you need to know about — including the race for governor in New Jersey. Chris Christie is running for reelection, and we don’t need to tell you that what happens in this race could have major implications for the 2016 Republican primary, not to mention the general election. This could be the year we stop Chris Christie in his tracks. He’s been a disaster as governor, especially for New Jersey women and their families.

Here are the top 10 reasons we need to defeat Chris Christie this November.

10. Chris Christie Vetoed Same-Sex Marriage:  With the tide in America turning against bigotry and discrimination, and in one of the most solidly blue states in the country, Christie vetoed a bill sent to him by both houses of the New Jersey legislature that would enshrine marriage equality into law.

9. Chris Christie Is No Friend to Workers:  Christie has built himself a reputation as one of the most anti-union governors in the country, referring to public school teachers as “thugs” and supporting a bill that would “destroy collective bargaining.”

8. Chris Christie Doesn’t Believe in Universal Pre-K:  Not only does Christie oppose government-funded preschool for every child in his state, he attacked his predecessor’s plan as “simply wrong” and called it “government babysit[ting].”

7. Chris Christie Misuses State Funds:  At a cost of $2,500 an hour, Christie used a state helicopter for personal travel. Probably not the use taxpayers had in mind.

6. Chris Christie Supports the Ryan Budget:  Paul Ryan’s proposed federal budget would end Medicare as we know it, but Christie joined ultraconservative governors like Texas’s Rick Perry, Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell to tell Ryan that his budget was what “voters clearly asked for.”

5. Chris Christie Vetoed a Hike in the Minimum Wage: Just last month, Christie vetoed a bill passed by the legislature that would raise the minimum wage in New Jersey — a state with the third-highest cost of living in the nation — from $7.25 an hour to $8.50, and index it to the consumer price index so it grows with inflation. Christie proposed a smaller increase, phased in over more time, which would not be indexed.

4. Chris Christie Vetoed Equal Pay Legislation : Christie isn’t shy about much, and that includes the use of his veto pen. He vetoed three of four bills passed by the legislature designed to outlaw pay discrimination against women in the workplace and called them “senseless bureaucracy.”

3. Chris Christie Targeted Poor Families in His Budget:  It’s no surprise that Christie is a fan of Paul Ryan’s budget once you look at his own. His budget cut aid for tuition, for a center for abused children, for legal services, and for transitional aid to some of New Jersey’s neediest communities. When asked about the cuts, he said “I don’t care.”

2. Chris Christie Cut Funding to Family Planning Organizations:  Christie got out his veto pen again for a budget that would have given $7.5 million to family planning organizations in the state, including Planned Parenthood. He blocked attempts to restore the funding, even using a line-item veto specifically to target women’s health in New Jersey.

1. Chris Christie Is Proudly:  Anti-Choice Christie has declared himself against the side of women’s reproductive rights and on the side of those who would deny them, saying “I am pro-life.” We can’t trust Chris Christie, not in New Jersey, and certainly not in the White House. This November may be our best chance to stop his ambitions.

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Progressive Breakfast: Why Republicans Can’t Stop The Iran Deal (And Shouldn’t Want To)

Bill Scher

Why Republicans Can’t Stop The Iran Deal (And Shouldn’t Want To)

As Donald Rumsfeld might say, you can’t start a war with the Republican Party you wish to have. Republicans in Congress may want to stop the international nuclear deal with Iran. They may prefer to provoke a war with Iran than break bread. But they can’t. And it’s their own fault.

Global Day of Action Tomorrow SupportING United Flight Attendants

OurFuture.org’s Larry Cohen urges support for striking United Airlines workers:Thursday’s global day of action and the battle for a fair contract are symbolic of the corporate profit and power grab that is strangling our nation. Details for the actions are at ourcontract.org. If you are passing through a United hub on Thursday or can get to one, join the pickets. If enough of us are there together, we’ll all start winning.

Bernie Tries To Pin Down Hillary On Issues

Sanders highlights contrasts as Clinton visits Capitol Hill. WSJ:“He repeated that Mrs. Clinton voted in favor of the 2002 Iraq War resolution that he opposed … And he listed several issues on which he had taken a firm position while Mrs. Clinton, he said, had declined to be forthcoming: climate change, financial regulations and a $15 minimum wage.”

Hillary’s agenda “isn’t enough” says NYT’s Eduardo Porter:“Not only does the American economy suffer from one of the least skilled work forces, according to the O.E.C.D. The American political system has not done enough to build a social insurance apparatus to help everyday workers and their families sustain prosperous lives … A future Clinton administration might help change the norms of corporate governance to foster the kind of labor relations that everyday workers have not experienced in decades.

Sen. Warren renews call for Glass-Steagall. The Hill:“Warren’s comments come a day after an advisor to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Clinton has no plans to push for the bank break-up bill … Two of Clinton’s challengers, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have called for re-instating it.”

Robert Reich knocks Hillary Clinton for refusing to back Glass-Steagall:“It’s a mistake politically because people who believe Hillary Clinton is still too close to Wall Street will not be reassured…”

House, Senate Pursue Different Highway Bills

McConnell moves to pass “multi-year” highway bill. The Hill:“The Republican leader moved to end debate on a motion to proceed to a House-passed bill … which senators will use as a shell for the highway legislation … highway legislation could be next on McConnell’s agenda after the Senate finishes its work on its rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law … McConnell said Tuesday that there’s ‘bipartisan enthusiasm’ for a multi-year bill … ‘I’m fairly optimistic that we can do that.’”

House to vote on “short-term” highway bill today, with eye toward blocking Ex-IM Bank. The Hill:“[Rep. Paul] Ryan and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) used roughly $5 billion in tax compliance measures and a $3 billion extension of Transportation Security Administration fees to pay for their highway bill. Ryan has said the short-term extension would allow lawmakers to work on a revamp of the U.S.’s international tax structure that would pay for a long-term highway bill.”

IMF Calls Greek Deal Too Harsh

IMF says Greece needs more “debt relief.” Bloomberg:“’Greece’s debt can now only be made sustainable through debt relief measures that go far beyond what Europe has been willing to consider so far,’ the IMF said in the analysis …”

Prime Minister Tsipras scrambles to win parliamentary vote today. Bloomberg:“…Tsipras said in an interview with ERT-TV before a parliamentary vote on the deal on Wednesday[,] ‘My priority is to make sure that the choice I made the other day, with a knife at my neck, is finalized.’ … Tsipras’s comments set up a day of parliamentary maneuvering that threatens to rupture his coalition. Still, opposition lawmakers are likely to back the package at a plenary vote scheduled for about 10 p.m. Athens time Wednesday.”

Tsipras retaining popular support, reports NYT:“Analysts say he has quickly fashioned an appealing, or at least credible, narrative in the face of what most Greeks consider a negotiating disaster: The deal may be bad, but it was the best we could get and must be carried out in a way that puts average Greeks ahead of the rich, particularly the oligarchs.”

Understanding The Iran Deal


The United States Reaches A Deal To Cut Off Every Pathway For Iran To Obtain A Nuclear Weapon

After more than two and a half years of intense negotiations, the United States, along with its partners and allies comprising the world’s greatest nations, has reached an agreement that will put Iran’s nuclear program under unprecedented international scrutiny. In exchange for easing economic sanctions, the deal will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This agreement is the result of years of tough-minded American diplomacy and a comprehensive strategy. When President Obama took office, Iran was hiding a covert nuclear facility and was well on its way to producing a bomb. But after instituting tough sanctions on Iran that helped the United States and the world’s other leading powers negotiate from a position of strength, we have reached an accord that proves that American diplomacy — and not war — can bring meaningful change to make our homeland and the world safer and more secure.

Despite the rhetoric from many who would rather try to score political points instead of do the hard work of actually governing, this agreement is in fact a good deal. In April, the Center for American Progress laid out five criteria to be met in order to ensure US interests are protected and its security concerns are met. The deal reached yesterday meets every single one:

  • The agreement cuts off all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon.
  • The agreement is verifiable through rigorous international inspections of Iran’s nuclear supply chain and facilities.
  • Sanctions relief is conditional on Iran fulfilling its commitments and sanctions can “snap back” if those commitments are broken — without being blocked unilaterally by Russia or China.
  • The United States retains the ability to counter Iranian human rights abuses and support of terrorism.
  • All options remain on the table to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

The many months of negotiations and the decades of economic sanctions have paid off with a meaningful agreement. But now that a deal has been reached, the hard work of monitoring and verification begins. The ultimate success of this deal rests on its robust implementation in the future.

Congress played an important role leading up to the deal by approving sanctions, but now the ball is back in their court. After the hard work of our diplomats, President Obama has made clear that he will veto any attempt to undo the agreement. Congress has 60 days to approve the deal, and has the opportunity to play a constructive role in making the deal even stronger. Instead of the political grandstanding many elected officials employed earlier this spring, Congress should approve the deal and take concrete steps to strengthen it.

BOTTOM LINE: This agreement with Iran is a crucial first step that will allow the United States and its allies to more strongly oppose Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the Middle East. This is just the beginning, not the end, of the hard work. Congress must work to approve and strengthen the deal so attention can turn to robust implementation of the agreement.

Quote of the day … White House

“Our nation is stronger when prosperity is broadly shared. And as we’ve seen throughout our history, one necessary ingredient of shared prosperity is working people banding together and raising their voices.”