This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Sept. 27, 2017 for week ending Oct. 6, 2017

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"I think it's important for all people who are concerned, really, ultimately about human survival, to weigh in on our congressional representatives (and say), 'Look, the obvious way forward on this is to negotiate.'"

– Joseph Gerson, disarmament coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee, on Donald Trump's and Kim Jong Un's ratcheting up a nuclear war crisis


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Reckless Trump-Kim Insult War Could Trigger Catastrophic Conflict

MP3 Interview with Joseph Gerson, disarmament coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee, conducted by Scott Harris

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Since Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a speech before the UN General Assembly on Sept. 19, the war of insults between the American president and Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un has intensified. After North Korea threatened to detonate a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean, Trump responded with a tweet that the North Korean Leader was, “obviously a madman… that would be tested like never before.” Later, Trump tweeted that if North Korea’s foreign minister echoed the thoughts of president Kim in his UN speech, “they won’t be around much longer!”  Story continues

Protests Help Defeat Latest GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill

MP3 Interview with Chad Bolt, policy manager with the national Indivisible movement, conducted by Scott Harris

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After Senate Republicans’ latest unsuccessful attempt to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act, opponents breathed a sigh of relief. The third failed bill to repeal Obamacare, sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, would have ended ACA provisions mandating health coverage, insurance premium subsidies, expansion of Medicaid and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Graham-Cassidy went down to defeat after three Republicans announced their opposition, preventing the Senate from using a time-limited rule to pass a healthcare bill with only a slim majority vote.  Story continues

Supporters of Couple Ordered Deported Stage Direct Action Protest, Win Brief Court Stay

MP3 Interview with Erick and Jason Ramos, sons of Giaconda and Franklin Ramos, who faced deportation order, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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Before this year, most undocumented immigrants who have been caught up in the U.S. legal system for years or decades, were allowed to stay in the U.S. as long as they regularly checked in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, because they weren’t deemed a priority for enforcement. But under the Trump administration, many have now become targets for deportation. People who have no criminal record, are gainfully employed, paying taxes and integral members of their communities now face separation from their families by being forced to return to a country they haven’t lived in or visited for years.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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