Monday, September 26, 2016

Stronger Together Hillary Unity Luncheon with The Honorable Ted Deutch

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 Join us for a

 Stronger Together

Hillary Unity Luncheon

with

The Honorable Ted Deutch

                                     
At the home of

Linda Bird

2790 NE 57 Court

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

North of Commercial Blvd., East of Federal Hwy.
 Saturday,October 1st 
Noon-2:00 PM
Please bring a dish to share.
Host Committee
Senator Nan Rich, Senator Eleanor Sobel,
Anne Castro, Former Mayor of Dania Beach
Mitchell Stollberg-Appleyard,  Nadezda Stefanovic,
Linda Bird and Stacy Boegem, FL & Broward Moms4HRC Co-Leads
RSVP to Carol Osno, carolopa@msn.com
 

Broward Hillary Office locations
Fort Lauderdale, Open Now - 1033 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pompano Beach, Open Now - 2720 W Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL
Sunrise, Open Now - 3519 N Pine Island Road, Sunrise, FL
Coral Springs, Open Now - 8035 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL
Tamarac. Open Now - 5467 N State Road 7, Tamarac, FL 
Hollywood, OPENING SOON - 2334 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
Weston, Open Now - 1730 Main Street, Suite 210, Weston, FL
Pembroke Pines, OPENING SOON - 8190 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Broward Debate Watch Parties 09/26/2016


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Deerfield Beach Debate Watch Party with Mothers of the Movement
WHERE: 660 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach
WHEN: 6PM-11PM (Phone bank first)

Pompano Beach Debate Watch Party
WHERE: Local 3080 Firefighter’s Union Hall, 304 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach
WHEN: 6PM-11PM (Phone bank first)

A Conversation with the Mothers of the Movement (Pompano Beach):
WHERE: E Pat Larkin Center, 520 NW 3rd St, Pompano Beach
WHEN: Arrive no later than 5:45 / Program will begin at 6:00PM

Oakland Park/Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Debate Watch Party
WHERE: The Sly Fox, 3537 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale
WHEN: 8PM-11PM

Lauderdale Lakes - Carribbean Americans Debate Watch Party
WHERE: The Garden, 4340 N State Rd 7, Lauderdale Lakes
WHEN: 7PM-10:30PM




Broward Hillary Office locations
Fort Lauderdale, Open Now - 1033 NW 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pompano Beach, Open Now - 2720 W Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL
Sunrise, Open Now - 3519 N Pine Island Road, Sunrise, FL
Coral Springs, Open Now - 8035 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL
Tamarac. Open Now - 5467 N State Road 7, Tamarac, FL 
Hollywood, OPENING SOON - 2334 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL
Weston, Open Now - 1730 Main Street, Suite 210, Weston, FL
Pembroke Pines, OPENING SOON - 8190 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL

Join Us At The Pride Center This Saturday

This Saturday, October  1st The LGBT Alliance will be tabling at the PRIDE CENTER in Wilton Manors from 8am to 1pm


As we Promote Progressive Candidates and Civic Associations and events




It gets a huge crowd weather pending  

We will be here every first Saturday till after the November election

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rep. Deutch: “Bondi’s remarks raise more questions than they answer”

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Bondi’s Trump Donation Remarks Reinforce Need For Justice Department Review
Deutch: “Bondi’s remarks raise more questions than they answer”

 In the wake of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's news conference this morning, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said her explanations "raise more questions than they answer" and called for an immediate federal investigation into potential violation of federal law by Bondi and Donald Trump.

This morning, Bondi stated that “there was not an investigation, at all” by her office into the dozens of complaints against Trump University that were filed  by former students with the Florida Attorney General’s office. She claimed today that “there was nothing improper” with her decisions and actions.

"Pam Bondi's murky answers only raise more questions than they answer," said Rep. Deutch. "There are timeline questions that must either be clarified by her or a federal investigator. If she in fact did 'nothing improper,' then the public needs to know exactly when she solicited the donation and if it was before or after her office decided not to join the New York case or initiate one independently. Bribery is a serious federal offense, and the Department of Justice needs to determine if Pam Bondi was paid to look the other way as Trump University was cleared of wrongdoing."

Bondi's comments this morning necessitate a fresh review of the timeline of events.

On August 25, 2013, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office would be filing a lawsuit against Trump University alleging fraudulent practices.

On August 29, 2013, the Orlando Sentinel asked Attorney General Bondi’s office whether it was considering joining New York’s lawsuit against Trump University.

On September 9, 2013, Trump Foundation illegally wrote a $25,000 check to Bondi’s political committee And Justice for All, for which it paid a $2,5000 fine to the IRS three years later.

On September 13, 2013, the Orlando Sentinel published a story that “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is reviewing the New York lawsuit's allegations, to determine whether Florida should join the multi-state case.”

On September 17, 2013, Bondi’s political committee deposited Trump’s check.

On October 15, 2013, according to public records received by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Bondi's office stated that “there was no consideration of whether to join [the New York lawsuit]. In light of the fact that the Attorney General’s Office received only one consumer complaint 2.5 years ago, there is no investigation at this time.”

On October 17, 2013, the Miami Herald reported that Jenn Meale, Bondi's spokeswoman, stated that the Attorney General's office would not take action.

On July 29, 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump said during an interview that, "as a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do."

On September 13, 2016, the Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Department of Justice to investigate alleged criminal misconduct, citing multiple federal laws regarding bribery.

Around two dozen complaints were filed by former Trump University students in Florida to the Florida Attorney General’s office, most of which preceded Bondi's term. According to the New York Times, Florida was second in the nation with 950 Trump University transactions and third in the country with national sales of $3.3 million.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Five Year Anniversary of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell



U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the United States military:

“Today we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and its impact on our courageous women and men currently serving in the armed forces, and every young person who wishes to serve their country in uniform.

“The repeal of this policy was a major milestone to ensuring no one is denied an opportunity to serve in our armed forces because of their sexual orientation. We hope that all young people aspire to a career that helps enrich our nation, including serving in our armed forces. 

“Today we celebrate our active duty military members, veterans, LGBT sisters and brothers, and our children, who will grow up in a nation more inclusive and free for all of her people

Friday, September 16, 2016

Broward County Commissioners cut the property tax rate for FY2017 by one-percent

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Broward County Commissioners cut the property tax rate for FY2017 by one-percent from the year before. Homeowners with a homestead exemption should see no increase in the county portion of their property tax bill.

Commissioners gave tentative approval to a FY2017 budget totaling $4.7 billion, which includes all tax supported and non-tax supported funds. The proposed one-percent reduction sets the FY2017 millage rate at 5.669. Overall the total budget increases by $505 million primarily due to key projects at Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport and Broward County Water and Wastewater services. These projects create jobs and economic development opportunities using enterprise funds that do not rely on taxpayer dollars for support.

Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Fund investments include $286 million to modernize and improve airport terminals and other infrastructure at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Port Everglades moves forward with $55-million for projects to improve cargo and cruise passenger operations as Broward County continues its tradition as a world class seaport and airport. Infrastructure improvements in County water and sewer systems move forward with an $82-million dollar boost in FY 2017 funding.

The fiscal year ahead welcomes the opening of the new 40-thousand square foot Animal Care and Adoption facility and the new Pompano Beach Library, providing services for residents and visitors in state of the art buildings.

Innovative programs to address homelessness such as rapid rehousing, supportive and permanent housing and homeless assistance centers will benefit from an approved increase of $1.9 million. The FY2017 budget earmarks a total of $13 million for homelessness services.

The Broward Sheriff's Office will receive $460.2 million in FY2017, approximately half of all county property tax dollars received and a $24.2-million increase from the year before. Overall budgets for the Constitutional Offices and County Agencies (excluding the Property Appraiser's Office) increase by 5.5 percent.

The FY2017 budget won't be final until the public has a second opportunity to comment at a second and final public hearing on September 27th beginning at 5:01 p.m. at the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale.

Final budget approval is expected at the end of the meeting. The fiscal year 2017 budget begins on October 1, 2016.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wasserman Schultz Statement on Signing of United States-Israel Memorandum of Understanding



U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement today after the United States signed a new, 10 year Memorandum of Understanding with Israel:

“The signing of this new Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel is a significant and historic achievement for our two nations. It will extend our robust partnership with Israel, and ensure the Jewish state’s continued quantitative military advantage which is critical in a region with too many hostile actors who wish to destroy her. I am pleased that the new MOU is the largest bilateral aid package ever agreed upon which underscores our nation’s unwavering commitment to Israel. 

“As the first Jewish woman to ever represent Florida in Congress, and a Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, my commitment to Israel’s long-term security is unyielding, and I am proud that this MOU reflects that commitment by providing not only foreign military assistance but also missile defense funding for the first time ever. With this sustained missile defense funding, Israel will have the resources and weapons required to defend herself for years to come.

“I congratulate President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as the Israeli and American people on this historic agreement that helps secure both of our nations into the future, and reaffirms our strong and enduring friendship.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wasserman Schultz, Bipartisan Group of FL Members Send Letter to Governor Scott on Zika



Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) led the following letter to Governor Scott urging him to advocate for a clean Zika funding bill during his visit to Washington, DC.

The letter was signed by: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27); Rep. Ted S. Deutch (FL-21); Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20); Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22); Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18); Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14); Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24); Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26); and Rep. Gwen Graham (FL-02).



The full text of the letter is below:


September 13, 2016

Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Dear Governor Scott:

As Members of Congress representing Florida, we urge you to call on Congress to pass a clean Zika supplemental funding bill. Floridians have overcome partisan politics and have stood as a united front against the spread of Zika, and we are asking you to continue this bipartisanship by urging Congressional leadership to provide the funding the President requested.

The stakes are too high to allow partisan riders to hold up this critical support, and existing funding is set to run out by the end of this month. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Tom Frieden, stated in no uncertain terms that researchers are dangerously close to running out of money, and that medically, it is unethical for them to begin clinical trials without knowing they can fully complete them. Without increased and sustained funding, Dr. Frieden will have to order researchers to stop before they can identify and test a vaccine.

There are over 300 cases of Zika in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, 84 of which involve pregnant women. For pregnant mothers in areas with Zika, not knowing whether one mosquito bite will dramatically alter their unborn child’s life is a daily fear, especially in South Florida, where mosquitos are year-round inhabitants.

The time to pass a clean funding bill is long overdue. The crisis is no longer on our doorstep – it is now in the homes of too many Floridians and Americans. We hope you will join us in our bipartisan fight for a clean funding bill that will help prevent the spread of the Zika virus and protect the wellbeing of our constituents.  

Sincerely,



To view a digital copy of the letter, please click this link.       

To read this release online, please click this link.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton Meets with Bipartisan Group of National Security Officials

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On Friday, Hillary Clinton convened a group of bipartisan National Security experts to discuss a number of global issues. The key focus of the group's discussion was defeating ISIS and combating terrorism. Following the meeting, Clinton held a press briefing during which she spoke about the importance of Republicans and Democrats working together on issues of national security. She also criticized Donald Trump saying that the experts she has spoken with are "chilled" by what Trump has said and proposed. A video of Clinton's remarks is below as is a release from Hillary for America about the meeting, including list of those who attended.
Hillary Clinton today brought together a bipartisan group of distinguished national security officials to discuss the challenges our next commander-in-chief will face. Today’s conversation, which focused largely on defeating ISIS and the global network of terrorism, gave Clinton the opportunity to discuss these crucial issues with a wide range of experts with different background and diverse perspectives – something she has always been deeply committed to and will continue to seek as president.
Clinton said, “We won't always see eye to eye, but when it comes to questions of war, peace and the safety of our country, we can't let party affiliations stand between us. We need to put partisanship aside and work together for the good of all of us. I know we can do it. I have seen it happen under both Republican and Democratic presidents. That will be my goal if I am elected this fall.”
Clinton added, “National security experts on both sides of the aisle are chilled by what they're hearing from the Republican nominee. That may be the number one reason why this election is the most important in our lifetime. So I'm not waiting until November, I'm bringing Democrats and Republicans together now because I plan to get right down to work on Day One. The stakes are too high, and the issues too serious for anything less than that level of preparedness. Americans should be able to count on their president and Commander-in-Chief to provide rational, confident and even keeled leadership, especially in tumultuous times like these so I'm very grateful to the men and women that I met with today -- experts with a broad range of understanding and willingness to share their insights-- and I look forward to receiving their advice in the days and weeks ahead.”
Today’s conversation included a wide range of experts, including nonpartisan military leaders as well as top national security officials who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations.
Working Session Participants:
  • General John Allen, USMC (ret.), former Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (via videoconference)
  • Rand Beers, former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Daniel Benjamin, Former Ambassador-at-large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State
  • Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Former U.S. Ambassador to the AU, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
  • Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Richard Fontaine, former foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain
  • Chris Fussell, former Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal at the Joint Special Operations Command, former Navy Seal
  • Kathleen Hicks, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces
  • Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security
  • Michael Morell, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA
  • Secretary Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security (via videoconference)
  • Matt Olsen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)
  • General David Petraeus, USA (ret.), former Director of the CIA, former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (via videoconference)
  • Admiral James Stavridis, USN (ret.)former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (via videoconference)
  • Vikram Singh, Former Deputy Assistant secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia
  • Michael Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
This morning, the campaign also rolled out an updated list of 110 retired generals and admirals who have endorsed Hillary Clinton as the only candidate in this race prepared to be commander-in-chief, 15 of whom came out in the 48 hours after the Commander-In-Chief Forum.
Clinton is honored by the overwhelming support of those who have served our country and looks forward to continuing these important national security discussions with bipartisan leaders in the coming months. In a new Hillary for America television ad released today, Hillary Clinton makes the case that the “Only Way” we solve problems is bringing people together like she did today.
Also, be sure to subscribe to the campaign’s official Podcast, With Her.

Hillary Clinton Apologizes for “Basket of Deplorables” Comment


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Last night, Hillary Clinton made a comment during a New York fundraiser that has gotten negative press. In her remarks, Clinton spoke about the supporters of Donald Trump saying that half of them are a "basket of deplorables." Today, Clinton apologized for making the comment saying she was being "grossly generalistic." She went on to outline her criticisms of Trump saying that she understands that many of his supporters are hard working Americans that, if elected, she will work for because she wants to build a country that is "strong together." A copy of Clinton's statement is below.
"Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic,’ and that's never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ -- that was wrong. But let's be clear, what's really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign and that David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values. It's deplorable that Trump has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people. It's deplorable that he's attacked a federal judge for his ‘Mexican heritage,’ bullied a Gold Star family because of their Muslim faith, and promoted the lie that our first black president is not a true American. So I won't stop calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric in this campaign. I also meant what I said last night about empathy, and the very real challenges we face as a country where so many people have been left out and left behind. As I said, many of Trump's supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them.  I'm determined to bring our country together and make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. Because we really are ‘stronger together.’"

News Source: USA Today

Friday, September 09, 2016

The History of Online Gambling

                                                                                      
The internet cannot be overemphasized when we look at the number of ways it has influenced the world. One of those ways in which the internet has exerted its influence is in Online Casinos. The moment the opportunity to float casinos on the internet surfaced, a lot of casino operators tried to create a seat for themselves at the table which brought about different online casinos, sports bookmakers, and poker sites. This development has however, not been without its own challenges.
The middle of the 1990s brought about the very first sets of online casinos and this was around the time the Free Trade and Processing Act was passed by Antigua and Barbuda. This act made it possible for casino operators get the required licenses in starting an online casino.
When this act was passed, a technology company named Microgaming sprang up. This company was the first company to create a really functioning online gaming software. The company is standing up till today and is regarded on of the most trusted software providers in the internet gaming industry.
In Canada, another big leap was taken and this is the opening of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, a Mohawk Indian Tribal commission established to issue licenses to online gaming operators.
In 1996, he first casino opened online but there is an argument about which website was first and when it opened. Some sources claim it was InterCasino while some think it is GamingClub (created by Microgaming) and that it opened in late 1995. For the rest of the 1990s, online gaming became increasingly popular and irrespective of who was believed to be the first to come aboard, before the end of 1996, several others had come on board so it was no longer about who came first, it became about who got patronized more. Within a year the number of online casinos had reached 200 and by 1998, revenues from the industry had reached a staggering $830 million.
With the strong foothold online casino had gotten, sports betting came into play. InterTops came to be in 1996 and with the success they had, several others were willing to take advantage of this goldmine. Ideally there were offline sports betting businesses but they all started going online to expand their operations. These websites started with giving huge bonuses and free bets to attract new customers but then the variety and number of promotions increased and included things like cash back offers, contests that gave mouth-watering prizes, special odds. Over time, the sports betting industry matured and the promotions reduced but then some sites still offer them.
Around the year 2000, BetFair was launched. This site allowed players make bets between themselves and on whatever the players wagered, BetFair took a commission. In the year 2002, live betting was introduced. With live betting, players could place bets while the sporting event was actually going on. Live betting proved to be an exciting sports betting innovation and today, there are numerous events available in the live betting option. Now, players can place bets anywhere and any device now including mobile phones, tablets and any other mobile devices.

There may be a history to online gambling, but it has been recognized in Europe that internet gambling is the right of any legal adult and everyone can do as they wish.


HFA Statement in Response to Trump’s Speech in Philadelphia



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    Following Donald Trump's speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri released the following statement:
    "Like a schoolyard bully who can’t rely on facts or issues, Trump has only one way of responding to legitimate criticism of his own vulnerabilities: ‘I know you are, but what am I?’
    Hillary Clinton’s well-founded criticisms of Trump, laid out in meticulous detail, become taunts and insults from Trump with no basis in reality. When she lays out a thoughtful speech outlining why he is unfit to be Commander in Chief, he calls her unhinged.  She gives a speech on his disturbing history of racial discrimination and ties to white supremacists and the alt-right movement, he calls her a bigot.  You could dismiss these actions as insecure schoolyard behavior but this man is running to be President of the United States.  As Hillary Clinton has said, anyone you can bait this easily is not someone you can trust be Commander in Chief."

    Thursday, September 08, 2016

    Clinton Calls for Passage of the Miners Protection Act

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    Hillary Clinton released a statement on Thursday calling for the passage of the the bipartisan Miners Protection Act, a bill sponsored by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). The plan would rescue the pension offered by the United Mine Workers (UMW) and ensure that retired miners continue to receive their benefits. UMW will be on Capitol Hill on Thursday to gather support for the bill. In her statement, Clinton expresses her support of the act saying that it will ensure that miners receive the benefits they have earned. A copy of Clinton's statement is below.
    "I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark. For more than a century, America’s coal miners have put their own health and safety at risk to provide affordable and reliable energy for the nation. They are entitled to the benefits they have earned and the respect they deserve.
    That’s why I am proud to stand with Senator Joe Manchin and the United Mine Workers of America in calling on Congressional Republicans to stop playing politics and give the Miners Protection Act a vote before the benefits of these hardworking men and women start expiring later this year.
    We also have a shared responsibility to reinvest in the coal communities that have been an engine of American economic growth. That’s why last fall, I proposed a comprehensive revitalization and job creation plan including building 21st-century infrastructure and high-speed broadband, repurposing abandoned minelands and power plants to support new economic activity, and creating a Coal Communities Challenge Fund to support locally-driven economic development priorities in small business, agriculture, health care, tourism, housing, and other industries.
    And we need to invest in carbon capture and sequestration, which will reduce emissions from coal and natural gas combustion, and will help us meet the global climate challenge more quickly and at lower cost, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s why I support Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act, which Senator Kaine has also co-sponsored."
    Throughout her campaign, Hillary Clinton has stood up for the healthcare and retirement security of American miners and their families and challenged attempts by coal companies, including Patriot Coal, Peabody EnergyAlpha Natural Resources, and Walter Energy to use bankruptcy courts to shirk their responsibilities.
    While under pressure some of these companies have since reversed course, a federal backstop is required to protect coal miners, their families, and their communities. Hillary Clinton has called for such a backstop as part of her plan to revitalize coal communities.
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    Jonathan Capehart Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Doing what needed to be done

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    “I didn’t need a title to go out and do everything I could to help elect Democrats before I was DNC chair, and I don’t need one now.”
    “You don’t sign up for this work to be carried through the streets on people’s shoulders.”
    Those 16 words bespeak an aggressive politician willing to take brick bats from all comers on behalf of the interests of her constituents and her party, and they tell you a lot about the person who said them, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Florida Democrat had plenty else to say in her first extensive interview since and about her departure under fire as the chair of the Democratic National Committee in July.
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    career. They give you an insight into her tumultuous relationship with Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. And they highlight her stubborn insistence to hang onto and then her willingness to relinquish the leadership of the DNC.
    “I would not have chosen to finish my term as chair in that way,” she said, “But I haven’t looked back.” Yet, we did as I asked her to recount what went down at the chaotic Florida delegation breakfast on the first day of the Democratic convention. And I asked her directly if the rumors that President Obama personally called her to tell her to step down.
    “That’s absolutely untrue. That did not happen. Did not happen,” she said emphatically. “There is no one that asked me to step down. I took myself out.” Besides, Wasserman Schultz said confidently later, “I didn’t need a title to go out and do everything I could to help elect Democrats before I was DNC chair, and I don’t need one now.”