on this day … 3/17 1972 – U.S. President Nixon asked Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.


0461 – Bishop Patrick, St. Patrick, died in Saul. Ireland celebrates this day in his honor. (More about St. Patrick’s Day)

1756 – St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in New York City for the first time. The event took place at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.

1766 – Britain repealed the Stamp Act that had caused resentment in the North American colonies.

1776 – British forces evacuated Boston to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War.

1868 – Postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued.

1870 – Wellesley College was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature under its first name, Wellesley Female Seminary.

1884 – In Otay, California, John Joseph Montgomery made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air glider flight in the United States.

1886 – 20 Blacks were killed in the Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi.

1891 – The British steamer Utopia sank off the coast of Gibraltar.

1901 – In Paris, Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings were shown at the Bernheim Gallery.

1909 – In France, the communications industry was paralyzed by strikes.

1910 – The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded by Luther and Charlotte Gulick. It was formally presented to the public exactly 2 years later.

1914 – Russia increased the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.

1917 – America’s first bowling tournament for ladies began in St. Louis, MO. Almost 100 women participated in the event.

1930 – Al Capone was released from jail.

1930 – In New York, construction began on the Empire State Building. Excavation at the site began on January 22.

1941 – The National Gallery of Art was officially opened by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, DC.

1942 – Douglas MacArthur became the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwestern Pacific.

1944 – During World War II, the U.S. bombed Vienna.

1950 – Scientists at the University of California at Berkeley announced that they had created a new radioactive element. They named it “californium”. It is also known as element 98.

1958 – The Vanguard 1 satellite was launched by the U.S.

1959 – The Dalai Lama (Lhama Dhondrub, Tenzin Gyatso) fled Tibet and went to India.

1961 – The U.S. increased military aid and technicians to Laos.

1962 – Moscow asked the U.S. to pull out of South Vietnam.

1966 – A U.S. submarine found a missing H-bomb in the Mediterranean off of Spain.

1967 – Snoopy and Charlie Brown of “Peanuts” were on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.

1969 – Golda Meir was sworn in as the fourth premier of Israel.

1970 – The U.S. Army charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre case.

1972 – U.S. President Nixon asked Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.

1973 – Twenty were killed in Cambodia when a bomb went off that was meant for the Cambodian President Lon Nol.

1973 – The first American prisoners of war (POWs) were released from the “Hanoi Hilton” in Hanoi, North Vietnam.

1982 – In El Salvador, four Dutch television crewmembers were killed by government troops.

1985 – U.S. President Reagan agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.

1989 – A series of solar flares caused a violent magnetic storm that brought power outages over large regions of Canada.

1992 – In Buenos Aires, 10 people were killed in a suicide car-bomb attack against the Israeli embassy.

1992 – White South Africans approved constitutional reforms to give legal equality to blacks.

1995 – Gerry Adams became the first leader of Sinn Fein to be received at the White House.

1998 – Washington Mutual announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Co. for $9.9 billion dollars. The deal created the nation’s seventh-largest banking company.

1999 – A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.

1999 – The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members in the wake of a bribery scandal.

2000 – In Norway, Jens Stotenberg and the Labour Party took office as Prime Minister. The coalition government of Kjell Magne Bondevik resigned on March 9 as a result of an environmental dispute.

2000 – In Kanungu, Uganda, a fire at a church linked to the cult known as the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments killed more than 530. On March 31, officials set the number of deaths linked to the cult at more than 900 after authorities subsequently found mass graves at various sites linked to the cult.

2004 – NASA’s Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury. The probe took more than 270,000 pictures before it crashed into the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015.

2007 – Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) scored his 502nd and 503rd career goals making him the all-time U.S. leader in goal-scoring.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 800 million applications downloaded.

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Medicaid: Stop the GOP plan to cut it – Sarah Chaisson Warner, People’s Action


The Republicans’ new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid is a disaster. Insurance premiums and deductibles would rise. Families would pay more for less. You, your family or your neighbors may not be able to get needed care.

Worst of all, thousands could die. Just so the GOP can give massive tax breaks to the rich, and let insurance and drug corporations profiteer from our health care.

But we’ve already slowed the Republicans down. With enough pressure, we can kill their bill before it kills us.

Write your representative. Tell them to vote against the Republican repeal bill. People shouldn’t die just so the rich can get richer.

Republican leaders have already rammed this disastrous bill through one House committee. They are moving it without hearings or nonpartisan analysis of costs and effects. They don’t want us to know how much their radical plan will cost or exactly how many people it will hurt.

This bill is far worse than a terrible repeal plan. It’s also a Trojan horse for ending Medicaid as we know it. This threatens everyone from newborns to seniors getting long-term care. Next, the Republicans plan to go after Medicare.

We can stop this unpopular plan. Write your representative. Tell them to vote against repealing our health care.

If the Republicans really wanted to improve our health care, they would open Medicare to everyone. They also would let the program negotiate lower prices with drug corporations.

Instead they want to take away our health care to give a tax break to the rich and give corporations more power. None of us voted for that. Our representatives in Congress shouldn’t either.

Thank you for being a health care champion!

– Sarah, Julie, and the People’s Action team

Tax Plan – Trump’s “OLD” – The Best, Most Luxurious Tax Plan For Those Already Living In Luxury


Compare contrast what he said 9/15 and today

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Donald Trump Releases His Tax Plan, A ‘Uge Tax Cut For The Wealthiest Few 9/2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released his tax plan today and—shocking no one familiar with American politics—analysis by the Center For American Progress Action Fund shows the plan would be another ‘uge windfall for the wealthiest few. In fact, Trump’s family stands to gain more from his plan than almost anyone, with the elimination of the estate tax giving the Trump family a tax cut of up to $3.48 billion, and the dramatic cut to the corporate tax rate also benefitting the family.

The “losers” under Trump’s plan will be anyone that relies on Medicare, Medicaid, or investment in things like infrastructure, education or job training—in other words middle class families. Like Jeb! Bush before him, Trump makes the tired argument that his tax plan is focused on the middle class, when in fact it is a big, beautiful tax cut for the wealthy. Here are three ways the plan favors the wealthy few at the expense of the middle class:

A simply tremendous gift to his kids. Among the biggest beneficiaries of Trump’s pitch to eliminate the estate tax? The Trumps themselves. The estate tax only applies to estates worth $5.43 million, and only two out of every one thousand estates pay any estate tax at all.

  • Eliminating the current 40% estate tax could mean that Trump’s kids could stand to save as much as $3.48 billion in estate taxes—given Trump’s claimed net worth of $8.7 billion.
  • Because it is easy for wealthy people to use loopholes to lower their estate tax bills, using a more cautious estimate that assumes Trump pays near the average estate tax rate of 18.8 percent, Trump’s plan would result in giving his kids $1.64 billion.

The best, most luxurious tax plan for those living in luxury. Trump’s tax plan would slash corporate, individual income, and capital gains and dividends tax rates—three moves that give bigger boosts to the nation’s richest.

  • The top 20 percent of taxpayers pay 78.6 percent of the country’s corporate taxes—meaning a tax cut on corporate income would be a huge boost for them, but do little to nothing for the other 80 percent.
  • Trump would cut the top individual tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent—even lower than Jeb Bush’s proposed top individual rate of 28 percent. An analysis by the Center for Tax Justice predicts that the top one percent of Americans would see an average break of $184,000 a year under Trump’s plan, compared to an average annual cut of only $250 for the bottom 20 percent.
  • Trump’s plan to cut tax rates on income from capital gains and dividends is yet another gift to the nation’s wealthiest people. The 400 richest taxpayers alone received 12 percent of all capital gains income and 8 percent of all dividend income. As shown in a recent Center for American Progress report, a lower tax rate on dividends and capital gains is one of the ways the U.S. tax code worsens inequality by helping those who are wealthy enough to own capital accumulate even more wealth.
  • Even the hedge fund managers who Trump says are “getting away with murder” might get a tax cut on their carried interest. Trump claims to close this loophole, but if investment funds pay taxes as businesses their tax rate on carried interests would fall from 23.8% to 15%. And even if Trump requires hedge funds to pay taxes using his individual rates, taxes on carried interest would only go up from 23.8% to 25%. Not to mention the fact that Trump would still give hedge fund managers huge tax cuts on the rest of their income.

A ‘uge increase to the deficit. Trump claims that his plan “doesn’t add to our debt and deficit,” but any reasoned analysis of the plan suggests that it would be extremely costly. The plan jeopardizes programs that working and middle class families depend on for economic security, like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

  • The Center for Tax Justice estimates that Trump’s plan would cost $10 trillion over the next 10 years.
  • Though the plans vary in some ways, Bush’s and Trump’s plans pledge to make some very similar tax cuts, which would inevitably force budget cuts from crucial programs. And even the team of advisors Bush recruited to support his plan say that it would cost $3.4 trillion over the next ten years.

BOTTOM LINE: Despite Trump’s populist rhetoric, his tax plan would only be the best, most luxurious tax plan for those already living in luxury. It gives his own family a potential $3.48 billion tax cut, jeopardizing programs that middle class families depend on for economic security along the way.

EPA … URGENT: Trump’s attacks have begun


Trump and Pruitt just launched their attack on the EPA. Support the resistance!

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Give to Greenpeace by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to join the RESIST supporter drive and fight back!

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The attack on the EPA — and our clean air and water — has begun. Yesterday, Trump started his promised rollback of the EPA with devastating budget cuts1 and a new executive order on the Waters of the United States Rule, a critical protection for streams, lakes, and other waterways.2 Before this important rule, 117-million Americans — one in three people in the country — depended on the drinking water that lacked these basic protections.3

Now, thanks to Trump, their water will be in danger again. Help us fight back!

In light of these developments, Greenpeace is raising the goal for our RESIST supporter drive from 1,000 supporters to 1,500. We need all the help we can get to resist the attacks from the Trump administration’s dangerous anti-environment agenda. Will you please help us step up our resistance with your urgent contribution by midnight tonight?

Unbelievably, Trump and new EPA head, Scott Pruitt, claim that the EPA can better protect our air and water without critical regulations like the Clean Power Plan or Waters of the US Rule.4Wrong! We have to expose these insidious attacks on our environment for what they are: favors to the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our air, water, health, and the safety of our communities. Your support for Greenpeace will give us the resources to do that.

Stand with this movement now — RESIST!

Together we will demonstrate the power of our movement — and keep demanding change until we achieve a just, sustainable world for all.

Thank you for your continued support,

Rebecca Gerber
Climate Team, Greenpeace USA

P.S. The news about this new executive order is crushing, but giving up has never been what Greenpeace stands for! Help us fight back for our communities and environment. Please donate by midnight tonight so we can reach our goal for this supporter drive and scale up our nationwide resistance across the country.

(1) http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/321481-trump-to-propose-24-percent-cut-in-epa-spending-reports
(2) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/us/politics/trump-epa-clean-water-climate-change.html
(3) https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/05/reasons-we-need-the-clean-water-rule
(4) https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2017/02/23/clean-power-plan-repeal-would-cost-america-600-billion-cause-120000-premature-deaths/#7aac71613b78

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