August 2017

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: NO NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTOn - Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) are urging Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke to protect the Pacific Ocean from dangerous activities by the oil and gas industry. In a letter cosigned by 36 of their colleagues, the members say Zinke should exclude all new Pacific Ocean lease sales from any future offshore drilling plan.

The Hill: Democrat lawmaker claims that Ivanka Trump blocked him on Twitter

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is claiming that Ivanka Trump has blocked him on Twitter.

On Sunday, Lieu tweeted out an image showing that Trump, who is the president's daughter and serving as an unpaid adviser in the White House, had blocked him on the social media site.

Hey look, a senior White House official is afraid of tweets from a Congressman. Ivanka blocked me. Also, why is she in the White House?

Mic: Can Trump launch a strike on North Korea without congressional approval? It’s complicated.

 

President Donald Trump has the authority to launch a strike against North Korea without congressional approval, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.

“There’s nothing in the Constitution limiting the ability to use force to protect America,” Graham told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, as the president ramped up his war of words with Pyongyang.

The Hill: Dem rep: Trump North Korea statements 'reckless'

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday slammed President Trump's rhetoric toward North Korea as "reckless" and urged him to pursue a diplomatic solution to Washington's escalating tensions with Pyongyang.

"We need to engage in diplomacy. That's the one thing that Donald Trump has not yet done," Lieu said in a video posted on Twitter by VoteVets, a progressive advocacy group. 

The Courier-Journal: Louisville would not escape the ravages of nuclear war between the United States and North Korea

The past week has turned the news into a white-knuckle experience for many. What's at stake?

Fifty-four years ago, 27 volunteers ensconced themselves for 48 hours in the basement of the Courier-Journal building, one of the dozens in the Louisville area selected as official fallout shelters.

The Washington Post: Can Congress stop Trump from launching a nuclear attack on North Korea?

President Trump alone knows the codes that can authorize a nuclear attack on North Korea. Lately, it sounds like he hasn't ruled that out. This week alone, he's threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” and “things that will happen to them like they never thought possible,” and Friday morning, he tweeted this:

Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!

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