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Will April Stand-Offs Bring May Hand-Offs?

Ignoring climate change, inequality and unemployment,
America has focused on a showdown with a Nevada rancher,
which now transforms from news story to GOP talking point
for this year's midterms and the Presidential race to come.

Ignoring international outrage and opposition,
Russia continues its encroachment into Ukraine.
So far the world has warned, watched and waited,
but will this new cold war heat up or cool down?

Ignoring a century of precedent, the Supreme Court decided
a stand-off between good government and big money.
As super-rich donors hand over even more of their coffers,
will April's money showers turn into November political power?

We hear that April showers bring May flowers.
As this month's unresolved issues extend and amplify
we may see April stand-offs bring May hand-offs.
Let's see who picks up the ball to run with them.

In the meantime, sit down instead of standing off,
and hand over a pitcher while you sound off on the news
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL signs and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Stephanie Hunt
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
.

This is the LAST HOUR to get discounted tickets
to the LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION.
$50 tickets available until noon today.
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/livingliberally2014

Join us for food, drink and liberal company
as we honor the Working Families Party
and toast the Living Liberally organization
while supporting our national work throughout the year.

THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
May Day - Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30pm
The DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette, Lower Manhattan
Get discount tickets by noon today!
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/livingliberally2014

For more information:
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2014

Last Chance for Discount Tix to the Liberal Party of the Year

Dear Liberals -

This is your last chance for $50 discount tickets to the Living Liberally Annual Celebration on Thursday, May 1st -- a festive night of progressive revelry with food, open bar, amazing honorees and proud liberal company.

If you order by noon tomorrow (Thursday, April 24th), you can get your tickets for only $50.

Reserve your spot here and now:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/livingliberally2014

As you know, we run the Drinking Liberally happy hours, Laughing Liberally comedy shows, Screening Liberally film events and countless more occasions to gather with fellow liberals to learn, organize and build community.

We do most of these events for free -- and in over 200 cities across America, we provide this same service. We have an all-volunteer staff and shoestring budget, but we are able to continue empowering local liberals in even the most conservative areas.

Every year, this fundraiser helps support our national work. Please join us to keep up the momentum of our liberal community.

Your invitation is waiting - the early bird price only lasts until noon tomorrow:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/livingliberally2014

We are delighted this year to be honoring the Working Families Party, a force for progressive change in New York and beyond.

We are joined by great sponsors:
Act.TV, ActBlue, AFL-CIO, Advomatic, Berger Hirschberg Strategies, BerlinRosen Public Affairs, Daily Kos, Democrats.com, Ethical Electric, Tarbell NYC

Our Honorary Host Committee includes Professor Joseph Stiglitz, ActBlue, New Organizing Institute, State Senator Brad Hoylman, City Council Member Ben Kallos

We have a team of amazing hosts:
Kate Albright-Hannah, BC Ashmall-Liversidge, Katrina Lynne Baker, Jill Blackford, Mary Bruch, Lily Fan, Bob Fertik, Julianna Forlano, TJ Helmstetter, Michele Hirshman and Russell Pearce, Stephanie Hunt, Tracey Keij-Denton, Justin Krebs, Elana Levin, Nicole Lindenbaum, Michael Mallon, Matthew O'Neill, Matt Rosenberg, Peter Rothberg, Rachel Schweitzer, Lauren Strayer, Kerry Trueman, Harry Waisbren, Aaron Welch

And the contributions of incredible partners:
DCTV, The Nation, Rudy's Bar and Grill, Jimmy's No. 43, Harlem Blue

Now all we need is you!

THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
May Day - Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30pm
The Downtown Community Television Center Firehouse
87 Lafayette St

Get your discount tickets before noon tomorrow:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/livingliberally2014

And see you on May 1st.

Tea Party Pharaohs and Right-Wing Romans

At Passover, we tell the story of a Pharaoh
who was inhospitable to strangers in his land.
In America today, it's Tea Party that attacks
anyone in favor of sensible immigration reform.

Over Easter, we hear about the Roman rulers
who punished a man who stood for the poor.
These days, Right Wingers retaliate against
any efforts to challenge inequality in America.

At these holidays, we remember the lessons
of the leadership of Moses and sacrifice of Jesus.
Now, we see the cautious calculation of centrists,
and the self-serving statutes for corporate cronies.

It's good to have holidays that tell the old tales,
because we're fed up with today's stories
of Tea Party Pharaohs, Right-Wing Romans
and the compromisers who enable them.

At least both the Resurrection and the Exodus
teach that it seems darkest before the dawn.

Join fellow lefties for lofty ideas or light chit-chat
as we pour out our souls and pour a few pints
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the upper deck of the heated yard.
Tonight's hosts: Justin Krebs and Justin Gerald.
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
.

Join us on May Day - Thursday, May 1st
for the liberal event of the year:
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
A night of food, drink and progressive camaraderie
to raise funds to support our work around the country.
Honoring the Working Families Party.
May Day - Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30pm
the DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration2014
.

And tomorrow night, need a laugh?
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, April 18th - 7:30pm
A free evening of pointed political comedy.
Featuring: Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad,
Myq Kaplan, Leighann Lord, John F O'Donnell,
Julianna Forlano, and host Scott Blakeman
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
More details or RSVP (optional) --
https://www.facebook.com/events/604585042964715/

Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance,
lack of action on climate change and immigration,
and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare,
pushing for fair wages and pay equity,
defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little.
The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already.
The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare,
we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war
and our limping economy isn't toppling completely,
we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man
who recklessly led us into a disastrous war,
crashed our economy and tanked our reputation.
Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy,
some focus on global poverty and climate change.
Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo
so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and onward
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the heated upper deck of the backyard
Tonight's hosts: BC Ashmall-Liversidge & Thomas Kim
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
.
PLUS

Tomorrow - Friday, April 11th - 7:30pm
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
A free night of progressive political comedy
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
Featuring: John Fugelsang, Katie Halper,
Julianna Forlano, Scott Blakeman, Ken Schultz,
Frank Conniff and Jeff Kreisler
RSVP and more details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/456870071125368/
.

And don't forget: Thursday, May 1st
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
It's our big night - and we want you there!
Honoring the Working Families Party
DCTV Firehouse - 87 Lafayette St
Tix: http://livingliberally.org/celebration2014

Seven Million - Check. Untold Millions - Unchecked.

The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups,
surpassing the Administration's targets,
and giving a boost to this new program,
while getting more Americans covered.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down
limits on individual overall campaign donations,
giving a boost to wealthy contributors,
letting millions more dollars flood our elections.

Obamacare gets our government working for the many.
McCutcheon gets our government working for the few.
This week may see Americans get healthier,
but also witnesses our democracy get more diseased.

Seven million Americans - check.
Untold millions in contributions - unchecked.
A few million steps forward,
an unlimited number of steps back.

Share healthcare tales, swap Court gripes
as you trade drinks and thoughts through the night
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and signs
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Keith Stewart
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org.
.

Mark Your Calendars: Thursday, May 1st - 6:30-9:30
THE LIVING LIBERALLY ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Food. Drink. Good Company. Special Guests.
Honorees: THE WORKING FAMILIES PARTY
A team of terrific hosts and sponsors
are putting together a feisty, fun, festive night
to celebrate the Living Liberally network
and raise funds for our work in the upcoming year.
http://livingliberally.org/celebration2014
.

Plus, the next LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Fridays - April 11, April 18, May 9, May 23
All shows 7:30pm. All shows FREE.
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
www.laughingliberallynyc.com
https://www.facebook.com/LaughingLiberallyNYC

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