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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Progressive Briefing for Thursday, October 11

Bernie slams Trump’s Op-Ed and calls him a liar, Republican official caught purging tens of thousands of black voters, Monsanto seeks to undo $289M Roundup verdict, and more.

Republican official caught purging tens of thousands of black voters from his own election for governor

Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who previously made a splash for pointing a gun at a teenager in a campaign ad, is running against Democratic former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, who would be the first African-American woman governor in U.S. history, if elected.

So it is more than a little suspicious that Kemp, who also happens to be the Georgia Secretary of State, is implementing a massive voter purge that just happens to have caught up tens of thousands of black voters.

Bernie slams Trump’s Op-Ed and calls him a liar

In response to President Donald Trump’s recent op-ed in USA Today concerning Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, Sanders immediately released a statement referring to Trump’s assertions as “lies” while contradicting the president’s blatantly false claims. In addition, The Washington Post fact-checked Trump’s op-ed and discovered that “almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.”

On Wednesday, USA Today published an op-ed written by Trump that directly attacked Democrats and Sen. Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal. In the op-ed, Trump wrote, “As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I have kept that promise, and we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.”

Monsanto seeks to undo $289M Roundup verdict as 8,700 similar lawsuits await

Monsanto will ask a San Francisco judge on Wednesday to throw out a jury’s $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who claimed the company’s glyphosate-based weedkillers, Roundup and Ranger Pro, caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who oversaw the trial, has the power to overturn the verdict, reduce the award amount or order a new trial.

The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, was the first among 8,700 people in the U.S. who have made similar cancer claims against Monsanto, which is now owned by Germany’s Bayer.

FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on ‘Medicare For All’

USA Today published an opinion column by President Trump Wednesday in which the president falsely accused Democrats of trying to “eviscerate” Medicare, while defending his own record of protecting health care coverage for seniors and others.

The column – published just weeks ahead of the midterm elections – underscores the political power of health care to energize voters. But it makes a number of unsubstantiated claims.

Federal watchdog group calls for investigation into Nikki Haley’s acceptance of ‘gifts’ while in office

A day before Nikki Haley announced her resignation as United Nations ambassador, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a federal watchdog group, called into question her acceptance of free private luxury plane flights from GOP donors. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is asking the State Department’s Inspector General to investigate seven flights Haley took while in office.

Haley, who listed the private plane flights under “gifts” when reporting her 2018 financial disclosures, CREW is questioning if these private plane flights, which were provided by three South Carolina businessmen who supported her “gubernational’ campaign, are eligible for exception from ethics regulations as she claimed, Open Secrets reported.

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