November 3, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

November 3, 2019

1. H.Res.660 [116th] Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.
2. H.Res.296 [116th] Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide.
3. H.R.1111 [116th] Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2019
4. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
5. H.R.3055 [116th] Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020
6. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
7. H.R.4695 [116th] Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act
8. H.R.823 [116th] Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act
9. S.1838 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
10. H.R.724 [116th] Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act

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Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature | TheHill


The Democratic Party won control of the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, giving the party total control of the Old Dominion’s state government for the first time since 1994.

Democratic candidates outpaced Republican incumbents and nominees in the three most populous regions of the state, picking up seats in Hampton Roads, Richmond and the surrounding suburbs, and the fast-growing Washington suburbs.

Source: Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature | TheHill

Analysis: Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide


The suburban revolt against President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is growing.

And if nothing else, the GOP’s struggle across the South on Tuesday revealed that Republicans don’t have a plan to fix it.

In Kentucky, Trump and his allies went all in to rescue embattled Gov. Matt Bevin, who literally wrapped himself in the president’s image in his pugnacious campaign. In Virginia, embattled Republicans ran away from Trump, downplaying their support for his policies and encouraging him to stay away.

In the end, neither strategy was a sure winner.

Source: Analysis: Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide

To unite a divided nation, we must tackle both vertical and horizontal inequality


America was once a country defined by our confident self-perception that we sometimes called “American exceptionalism.” Our “can-do” spirit helped us win two world wars, land on the moon, invent much of the world’s economy, and create a working class that was the envy of the world.

Now we wonder whether we are a nation coming apart at the seams.

Source: To unite a divided nation, we must tackle both vertical and horizontal inequality

The Democracy Playbook: Preventing and Reversing Democratic Backsliding


The Democracy Playbook sets forth strategies and actions that supporters of liberal democracy can implement to halt and reverse democratic backsliding and make democratic institutions work more effectively for citizens.

The strategies are deeply rooted in the evidence: what the scholarship and practice of democracy teach us about what does and does not work. We hope that diverse groups and individuals will find the syntheses herein useful as they design catered, context-specific strategies for contesting and resisting the illiberal toolkit.

This playbook is organized into two principal sections: one dealing with actions that domestic actors can take within democracies, including retrenching ones, and the second section addressing the role of international actors in supporting and empowering pro-democracy actors on the ground.

Source: The Democracy Playbook: Preventing and Reversing Democratic Backsliding

It’s time to get US nukes out of Turkey


U.S.-Turkish relations have plunged to a new nadir.

In the past month, a senior Republican senator has suggested suspending Turkey’s membership in the NATO alliance, while the secretary of state implied a readiness to use military force against America’s wayward ally. In these circumstances, U.S. nuclear weapons have no business in Turkey. It is time to bring them home.

Source: It’s time to get US nukes out of Turkey

Air Pollution Levels Were ‘Off The Charts’ In New Delhi | Time

Air pollution levels in India’s capital have soared to hazardous levels this week, leaving a toxic grey haze hanging over the city and causing poor visibility. The pollution has been so pervasive that national monuments were largely obscured by thick smog. Many who venture outside suffer teary eyes and troubling coughs.

Delhi was already considered one of the world’s most polluted cities, and it’s only gotten worse this month.

Source: Air Pollution Levels Were ‘Off The Charts’ In New Delhi | Time

Democrats Flip Virginia State Legislature | Time

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The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, looked out at a jubilant crowd on the evening of Nov. 5. “Two years ago,” he said, “you here in Virginia taught America that we Democrats could win again. Tonight, you’re going to finish the business.”

Perez’s prediction proved accurate. Democrats seized control of both houses of Virginia’s state legislature for the first time in 25 years, aided by unusually high turnout across the state.

It was an intensification of the trend that began in 2017, when Virginia’s off-year election provided some of the first signs of the backlash against President Donald Trump that would help Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

Source: Democrats Flip Virginia State Legislature | Time

Solidarity is not dead: how workers can force progressive change | Aeon Ideas


What happened at Google is a clear case of what people can do to pursue justice at work. Rather than ignoring the facts, or engaging in self-indulgent private complaining, 20,000 people – a fifth of Google’s full-time workforce – decided to speak up and do something about it.

This was an ethically motivated organized political strategy for change, and it offers a valuable case of what people can do to make organizations more fair. There are at least five lessons we can learn.

The first is that taking action is not futile. The activists at Google showed that making an organization fairer comes at the hand of actively fighting against injustice. This is not a comfortable thing to do.

Source: Solidarity is not dead: how workers can force progressive change | Aeon Ideas

Scientists Around the World Declare ‘Climate Emergency’ | Smithsonian


The world’s scientists are increasingly worried about our civilization’s reluctance to tackle climate change, so in a paper released today, thousands of them are raising the alarm.

In a report published in the journal BioScience, over 11,000 of the world’s leading climate scientists have added their names to a declaration calling the planet’s current warming trends a “climate emergency.” Titled “World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency,” the paper takes an urgent tone, detailing a dire situation that will require extreme responses to avert disaster.

Source: Scientists Around the World Declare ‘Climate Emergency’ | Science | Smithsonian