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We’ve Got to Work Our Ossoff

Is it more frightening that Trump
escalated military tensions with North Korea
or that the U.S. fleet was nowhere near
where the White House thought it was?

Is it satisfying to witness O’Reilly’s ouster
or infuriating since it’s taken 2 decades
of bad politics and abusive behavior
before he was removed from the air?

And as Tillerson threatens Iran,
Exxon tries to make Russian deals,
and ICE deports protected immigrants,
for every Trump agenda item we thwart
there are a dozen more outrages sprouting.

But then a progressive candidate
surges into first in a Republican district,
evidence that Trump can be trumped,
and Republicans may get thumped and dumped.

Trump may scare our butts off,
but we just have to work our Ossoff.

So if you’re ready to get off
on company, conversation and camaraderie
come lift a pint and make a point
at your local progressive social club.

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No Tact, Yes Tax, Too Many Attacks

Trump launches missiles into Syria
with no plan and no authorization,
and now considers more of the same
in Syria, North Korea and beyond.

Republicans ready to tackle tax overhaul
as Americans prepare for Tax Day,
and a national call for Trump’s taxes
so we can learn who’s been paying his bills.

Spicer disqualifies himself as a spokesperson,
protesters pack Congressional town halls,
and more Trump Russia revelations
amplify the calls for independent investigations.

Easter has a message of renewal,
Passover of freedom,
but Trump’s message is recklessness and secrecy
amidst attacks, taxes, and no tact whatsoever.

Find friends festive, feisty and a little fierce
as we debate, discuss, delight and drink
at your local progressive social club.

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Nuclear Republicans, Newly Clear Democrats

Democrats show spine to stop Gorsuch,
a right-wing judge tapped for a lifetime seat
by a White House under criminal investigation.
So McConnell will go nuclear to ram him through.

White supremacist and warmonger Steve Bannon
is removed from the National Security Council!
But Trump beats the drum for military action
against North Korea, Iran, even Syria.

Devin Nunes, the House Intelligence chair,
steps aside from investigations into Trump-Russia
after compromising himself and his committee.
But the GOP resists an independent investigation.

Republicans turn vicious toward each other
over their failure to blow up health care so far,
while Dems hold new clarity and resolve …
but will Dems stay strong on tax deforms next?

While Republicans go with nuclear options,
Democrats have found newly clear options
of putting up a principled fight.

Now let’s hope they new clear Democrats
keep standing up to nuclear Republicans
over new wars, tax talks, and the fights ahead.

Want to share or care, vent or rant,
raise your voice, ideas, and a glass
at your local progressive social club.

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We Stopped Repeal. Now How About We Replace?

The ridiculous Republican “Repeal and Replace”
was roundly and resoundingly rejected,
a relief to Americans who rely on the ACA,
and reason to rejoice for Dems who found their resolve.

Trump’s team’s Russia ties tangle tighter and tighter,
as the House Intel Chair compromises himself,
the Kushners get pulled deeper in the web,
and the FBI leaks become a flood.

Yet Republicans hedge on investigations,
and support Trump’s lifetime Supreme Court nominee,
despite ongoing criminal investigations
that may completely deligitimize the administration.

We may have stopped “Repeal and Replace,”
but maybe we could come back to “Replace”—
replacing this whole administration
and the Congress that keeps backing them.

Meanwhile, revive, rejuvenate, reconnoiter,
and rejoice at the defeat of Trumpcare
at your local progressive social club.

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Collusion and Collision

The FBI director appears before Congress,
the House Intel chair privately briefs Trump,
amidst new reports of hard evidence of collusion
as Trump’s Russia ties rush into the headlines.

Republicans collude on a rushed repeal
to take healthcare from 24 million Americans,
but face intra-party collisions between
moderates feeling pressure from voters
and right-wingers who think it doesn’t repeal enough.

And as Trump’s Court pick gets a hearing,
Democratic leaders demand no action on Gorsuch
until criminal investigations into Trump are complete
setting up a collision over the contested confirmation.

But as some Dems consider breaking a filibuster,
the real collision might come with their constituents,
who won’t tolerate their careless collaboration.

Collusion, collision, and one conclusion:
You deserve conversation and a libation
at your local progressive social club.

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Unhealthy, Unwealthy, Unwise

The majority of Americans, including Republicans,
dislike the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare,
which would increase the uninsured by 24 million.
So Paul Ryan tries to pass it even more quickly.

The courts again block Trump’s Muslim ban,
noting the same problems of the first Muslim ban
which had already been ruled unconstitutional.
So Trump just pledges to try it again.

Trump’s 2005 taxes tell us what we know:
That there’s far more we need to know
about who he owes and his entanglements.
But his team is focused on bizarre wiretap claims
to deflect from the calls to investigate his Russia ties.

And meanwhile, Trump has a budget
that cuts the EPA, NEA, Meals on Wheels and PBS.
But puts more money into missiles and The Wall.

From a plan to attack our healthcare,
to a budget that eviscerates our communities
to unconstitutional influences and assaults,
the GOP agenda is Unhealthy, Unwealthy and Unwise.

Need a change? Raise a toast to your health,
share the wealth of friendship,
and wise up with engaging conversation
at your local, progressive social club.

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TrumpNoCare

In the Republican frenzy to replace Obamacare,
their plan would cover less, cost more,
has been rejected by hospitals, doctors, seniors,
yet they rush forward to avoid scrutiny
and ditch Affordable Care for unaffordable and careless.

After Sessions' revelations and recusal,
and amid ongoing calls for his resignation,
Trump makes accusations against Obama,
unconcerned that they're baseless and bizarre.

Trump issues a second Muslim ban,
despite evidence it won't make us safer,
concerns it's unconstitutional and divisive,
and just weeks after his first was struck down.

But Trump doesn't care about rule of law,
about the truth, or about how his policies affect
the health and livelihood of regular Americans.

We've gone from Obamacare to TrumpNoCare
and the GOP's acting like it doesn't care either.

But if you care for conversation and camaraderie,
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Disjointed Sessions

Trump hoped to dominate the week's media
with an address to the joint session of Congress
but instead the revelations of Sessions' perjury
has unsettled any efforts at a Trump reset.

The unqualified man with a racist history
lied under oath about Trump's Russia ties
proving right the voices of both parties
demanding an immediate independent investigation.

And as Republicans return from a recess
in which constituents confronted them on the ACA,
they'll have trouble supporting Trump's repeal
if none of them can agree on how to replace.

Whatever bump Trump got from his joint session
has been bumped by a disjointed houses of Congress
and thumped by the only Sessions now in the news.

After a speech of falsehoods and revelations of perjury,
Trump and Sessions have one thing in common:
they both lied before Congress.

And we're not taking those lies lying down.

Join a session of socializing, strategizing and sipping
with like-minded liberals and lots to discuss
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Recess Actions vs. Regressive Factions

Constituents show up in record numbers
to confront members of Congress during recess,
but Republican reps retreat from public events
faster than they retreat from defending
our civil rights and liberties in Washington.

Voters defend health care and democracy
their communities and their neighbors,
while Trump denies Russian entanglements,
depletes our good will with global allies,
and seeks to derail the Constitution.

And while Americans everywhere stand united,
the divided, divisive administration repeals
rights and respect for transgender students.

In choosing between a rightwing agenda
and a remarkable, rejuvenating resistance,
it's been recess actions vs regressive factions.

On Monday, it’s back to DC
… and the work continues.

Take a break to lift spirits, voices, and pints
as you share a toast to friendship and resistance
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National Insecurity

Trump’s national security chief resigns,
the White House can’t get its story straight
on who knew what and when they knew,
and Flynn kept getting briefings even after
the DOJ warned he could be blackmailed.

Executive orders are stopped by courts,
but Trump advisers say they can ignore judges,
as they try to appoint a Supreme Court justice,
and as ICE detains DACA recipients
and other folks just for not having ID.

Israel and China policy change on the fly,
legions of civil servants resign en masse
while others go rogue within departments
that are being led by a Swamp Cabinet
of kleptocrats, oligarchs, and autocrats.

Puzder is sunk, Conway is scolded,
campaign aides were emailing with Russia,
Trump handles North Korea in public over dinner,
and finds time to tweet against critics and companies
to divert attention from his team’s impeachable offenses.

If you’re feeling nervous, you’re not alone
as this is all a matter of National Insecurity.
And for better or for worse it seems
that Trump may be as insecure as the rest of us.

Find safety, security, savvy and sanity,
as you share ideas and a few beers
at your local progressive social club.

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