This Week on Between The Lines

Posted July 19, 2017 for week ending July 28, 2017

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"A couple of weeks ago, (Kansas Secretary of State) Kobach sent a letter to all 50 states and asked them to provide voter data on name, date of birth, last four digits of their Social Security number, felony conviction history, and whether or not they voted in elections going back to 2006."

– Tomas Lopez, counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program, on concerns that President Trump's new Voter Integrity Commission is being run by those who have actively sought and/or implemented more restrictive, voter suppression tactics in the past


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Is Presidential Commission on Election Integrity a GOP Trojan Horse to Expand Voter Suppression?

MP3 Interview with Tomas Lopez, counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program, conducted by Scott Harris

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Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory in the November presidential election surprised most political pollsters and the majority of voters who had supported Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots, which caused a frustrated Trump to repeatedly make the false claim that 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants had voted for the Democratic candidate.  Story continues

Israel and Palestinian Authority President Impose Extended Power Blackout on Gaza

MP3 Interview with Stan Heller, executive director of the Middle East Crisis Committee and producer of the Struggle TV program, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

gaza

Israel has conducted three military invasions of the Gaza Strip - the Palestinian territory controlled by Hamas - since 2008. Gaza has been under an Israeli military blockade since 2006, after Hamas defeated the other major Palestinian political party, Fatah, which exerts some control over the West Bank, though Israel is ultimately in control of both territories.  Story continues

As GOP Senate Repeal and Replace Bill Dies, Support for Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare System Grows

MP3 Interview with Susan Rogers, retired Chicago internist and advisor to the group Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Scott Harris

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Not long after it was unveiled on July 13, the second version of the proposed Senate Republican healthcare bill to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed. A total of four senators announced their opposition to the legislation, which could only afford to lose two votes among the Republican’s slim 52-seat Senate majority. All of the 46 Democrats and two independents had pledged to vote against the measure.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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