Understanding Syria

Understanding Syria

National Politics
Starting Place For Understanding Syrian Conflict. By Janni Simner Apr 20, 2018 After the president authorized airstrikes in Syria, I started sorting through the wide range of responses on social media, only to quickly realize something—that while I knew about the huge toll Syria’s civil war had taken on Syria and its people, I knew less about the war itself: how it got started, how it kept going, who the many groups now fighting there were and how they’d all gotten involved. So I closed my social media apps and started reading. When I returned online, I found myself more well equipped to follow what others were talking about, as well as more equipped to form my own opinions of where to go from here. If, like me, you’re not…
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McSally on Michael Flynn- phone in townhall recording

McSally on Michael Flynn- phone in townhall recording

National Politics
Dec 2, 2017 With today's Michael Flynn admission of lying to the FBI and willingness to cooperate with the investigation, suddenly this audio recording of Martha McSally is again relevant. In it, you can hear her say "it's time to move on" after Flynn's ouster. (Heaven forbid we actually look for wrongdoing.) Let's hope Mueller is on it... Thanks to Connor Welton for sharing this recording with us! https://vimeo.com/210868393
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Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill

Donors, Fact Checks, Jobs & Business, National Politics
Fact-check: McSally on the Tax Bill Nov 5, 2017 On the same day House Republicans unveiled their new tax cut proposal, Martha McSally indicated her enthusiastic support, both in an official statement and a flurry of tweets.   How enthusiastic? Unlike with the health care bill, she managed to refrain from using f-bombs. But it’s clear she’s all in.   That’s not a surprise. McSally is hugely dependent for her campaign financing on House Speaker Paul Ryan and his political ally, New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; it was a given they’d have her support on this, their top legislative priority.   Why are they so eager? It’s no mystery; the bill was written to benefit the donor class. Here’s a partial list of the bill’s provisions which impact…
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McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy

McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy

Accurate Representation, Fact Checks, Jobs & Business, National Politics
McSally Dodges On Internet Privacy Aug 9, 2017 It’s a challenge to get Rep. Martha McSally to answer questions about where she stands on important issues. But when we do get an answer, and it turns out to be no answer at all, then its easy to understand Southern Arizona voters’ growing frustration with her. Take for example her vote to overturn Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations on internet privacy. This spring, McSally joined other Republicans in Congress to approve a bill that lets internet service providers such as Comcast, Cox, and Verizon gather highly personal information from you without your permission. That info includes what web pages you visit, what apps you use, and information about your finances. The companies can then use that data to bombard you with…
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McSally Defends Her Healthcare Vote – Fact Check

McSally Defends Her Healthcare Vote – Fact Check

Fact Checks, Healthcare, National Politics
Aug 2, 2017 Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02) has a request to make. Please forget she ever voted for the Republican health care bill. That’s going to be very important for her reelection bid in 2018; polling shows people who’ve heard about that vote view her less favorably. Did you happen to see the two-page letter she sent out defending her vote? If so, she’d like you to forget that, too. Especially the part where she claimed she only had two options - keeping the Affordable Care Act as is, or voting for the AHCA. Now that she’s openly admitting she had a 3rd option all along - working in bipartisan fashion with Democrats - it would be most inconvenient for you to remember she used to pretend otherwise. If you…
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Where Does McSally Stand on Transgender Military Ban?

Where Does McSally Stand on Transgender Military Ban?

Defense, Equality, National Politics
McSally's Positions on LGBTQ Rights are Confusing Jul 27, 2017 Martha McSally's positions on the issue of LGBTQ rights are a confusing bag.  As with most issues that aren't related to the border or the A-10, it is hard to unpack her positions.  Yesterday the President set off a storm with a series of Tweets about banning people who are transgender from serving in the military. After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow...... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 ....victory and cannot be burdened with the…
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McSally Finally Calls for Civility

McSally Finally Calls for Civility

Accurate Representation, National Politics
McSally's Recent Cable News Tour Calling For Civility Misses the Mark Jun 20, 2017 Typically when someone speaks about a desire for change, and expresses a shared responsibility for an issue, their next statement, as an act of good faith, speaks about their own missteps. Not so with Martha McSally.  Since the terrible and tragic attack on her GOP colleagues on June 14th that left the shooter dead and 3 others seriously injured, she has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News and in various print articles speaking about how we need to take stock in the current political climate.  In her interview on 6/14 with Joe Ferguson she states “we are all responsible for bringing the temperature down” and on Fox News on 6/17 she muses “what is it that…
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McSally on Trump

McSally on Trump

National Politics
Jun 3, 2017 Martha McSally played it safe in her 2016 campaign, refusing to endorse or disavow Donald Trump.  She would only say that she “might” vote for him, insisting it was a private decision between “me, God and the ballot box.” She told local press she “hadn’t been paying that much attention” to Trump’s campaign: “I just don’t have the time.”[1] She said the outcome of the presidential race wouldn’t impact the way she did her job: “I’m going to continue to be that independent voice for Southern Arizonans regardless of who wins the White House.”[2]   Pre-election, she demonstrated a willingness to criticize Trump when it was called for.  She said she “utterly disagreed” with his proposed withdrawal of support from NATO, and after Trump was caught on…
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