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Cardi B & Nancy P Take on Trump

Trump fires back at Nancy P after she proposes postponing the State of the Union address. Cardi B sounds off about the government shutdown. Michael Kosta unpacks the use of crowdfunding to help unpaid federal workers.

It’s Time for Federal Workers to Get Sick

Joseph A. McCartin The American Prospect
A sickout by unpaid federal employees could bring the impasse—and their status as hostages to the president’s whim—to an end. Federal workers might learn from the successful example set by teachers from West Virginia to Arizona in 2018.

How Federal Workers Could Fight the Shutdown

Ben Beckett, Ryan Haney Jacobin
Federal workers have dealt with low pay, degraded working conditions, and repeated employer lockouts. If they want to improve their conditions, they’ll have to organize.

TSA Screeners Call Out Sick

Rene Marsh and Gregory Wallace CNN
Two of the sources, who are federal officials, described the sick outs as protests of the paycheck delay.

The Republican Shut Down of the U.S. Government

DSA's Immigrants’ Rights Committee Democratic Left
Immigration reform is desperately needed. Dreamers and TPS recipients need their legal status maintained and millions more need legal protection. It should be possible for those millions of immigrants working in this country to gain a route to legalization and citizenship.  Instead, the Trump White House demands a border wall, more ICE, more border guards, and even less legal protection for immigrants.

This Document Reveals Why The House Of Representatives Is In Complete Chaos

Judd Legum Think Progress
The House Freedom Caucus, a relatively new group of about 40 Republicans loosely associated with the Tea Party, has an extraordinary amount of power in this process. Any potential speaker needs the support of 218 Republicans on the floor of the House. There are currently 247 Republicans in the House. That’s a large majority but without the Freedom Caucus, no candidate can get to 218.
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