This Week on Between The Lines

Posted March 22, 2017 for week ending March 31, 2017


"[Trump] dubbed it, 'America First,' which is terrifying when you think about all the things that will now be last, from protecting our environment to protecting our safety."

– Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs with Public Citizen, and chair of the Clean Budget Coalition, on the Trump administration's proposed "slash-and-burn" budget for fiscal year 2018

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Trump's Proposed Slash and Burn Budget Hurts the Vulnerable Most

MP3 Interview with Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs with Public Citizen, and chair of the Clean Budget Coalition, conducted by Scott Harris


President Donald Trump’s first formal budget proposal to Congress, unveiled on March 16, is one of the most extreme of any president in recent history. The White House proposal, dubbed the "America First" budget, increases defense spending by $54 billion and offsets increased funding of the military with reductions to non-defense spending, including deep cuts for education, environmental protection, health and human services and foreign aid. The proposed budget appears to follow a philosophy laid out by Trump’s chief strategist, white nationalist Steve Bannon, who declared that the new administration is in a battle to “deconstruct the administrative state.”  Story continues

Voices of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Protest

MP3 Excerpts of rally speeches by anti-pipeline activists Ericka Faircloth, Valerie Williams and Marvin Winstead, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus


A group of anti-pipeline activists just completed a 15-day, 200-mile walk across the North Carolina portion of the proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline, which would also traverse West Virginia and Virginia, bringing more fracked natural gas through these three states. It’s a project of Duke Energy and Dominion Resources, which the companies say will increase the gas supply in the mid-Atlantic region; however, opponents have reasons to believe the gas will be exported.  Story continues

Campaign to Convene Constitutional Convention Jeopardizes Americans' Fundamental Rights and Values

MP3 Interview with Jay Riestenberg, campaigns & states media strategist with Common Cause, conducted by Scott Harris


A well-funded campaign by conservative groups calling for a constitutional convention to enact a balanced budget amendment has flown under the radar of most of America. Now, the effort to convene such a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution is within striking distance of gaining the required number of states to succeed. If only six more states sign on, proponents of a convention will have the 34 states needed to hold the first constitutional convention since the original convention of states drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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