PP SCANDAL // Pro-life investigator David Daleiden has been charged by the Attorney General of California with 15 felonies for exposing Planned Parenthood baby parts sales. Daleiden called the charges “bogus.’ http://cvote.it/2of4c0n
DEFUND PP // House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was a better way to eliminate federal spending on Planned Parenthood than attaching it to a must-pass measure next month to keep the government open. Instead he wants to use the reconciliation method to make sure it becomes federal law. Pro-life groups believe this strategy might have a better chance of success. http://cvote.it/2oeQPgz
DEMOCRATS // New DNC Chair Tom Perez has asked all staffers at the party’s national headquarters to submit their resignation letters. Some turnover is expected, but this move was from top to bottom and represents a concession that the party whiffed on identifying their voters and getting them to the polls. http://cvote.it/2oeUwCV
ENERGY // President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rolling back a number of Obama-era climate policies. The order also calls on the EPA to review, repeal, or revise the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan requires states to transform their electricity mix away from conventional fuels toward renewables. http://cvote.it/2oeJhdI
WEDNESDAY WORD // Continuing resolution – Regular appropriations bills are passed annually, with the funding they provide covering one fiscal year. The fiscal year is the accounting period of the federal government, which runs from October 1 to September 30 of the following year. When Congress and the president fail to agree on and pass one or more of the regular appropriations bills, a continuing resolution can be passed instead.
2016 // Many Democrats thought Hillary Clinton lost the election because of poor turnout. But the data suggests that the story of winning the 2016 election wasn’t turnout. It was millions of white working class voters who broke from Obama to Trump. http://cvote.it/2nKymux
LIFE // Left-wing feminists and conservative Catholics in Europe unite to ban the practice of surrogacy. http://cvote.it/2oeFjBL
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // Health care providers and institutions opposed to assisted suicide gained more legal protections under a new Arizona law that aims to help ensure doctors and nurses aren’t fired for their beliefs if the practice is ever legalized. http://cvote.it/2of1YxK