Editorial Roundup: Let Them Eat Cake Edition

This week the nation grieved the deadliest mass shooting in our history and Americans in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands continue to suffer without electricity from Hurricane Maria. As only he knows how, President Trump managed to add insult to injury. He visited both Las Vegas, which he inexplicably described as “wonderful,” and Puerto Rico, where he threw paper towels into the crowd as if the dire situation was a playful opportunity for him to enjoy his trip. Additionally, we learned more about Trump’s tax cut for the super rich and his Cabinet members wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to jet around on private planes.

Here’s what Americans read in their local newspapers this week:


Arizona Republic: By Now, Donald Trump Should Know His Border Wall Is A Loser

There is a national consensus on the border and immigration, in spite […]

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American Bridge Statement On Repeal Of Access To Birth Control For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Women

This morning, President Trump announced his administration will end guaranteed coverage for birth control without out-of-pocket costs, leaving it to individual employers to decide what health care services and prescriptions their female employees deserve to access.

In response, Emily Aden, Director of American Bridge’s Protect Women’s Health Care Initiative, released the following statement: 

“Access to birth control is fundamental to women’s health care, and to politicize it as the Trump administration is doing is an insult to women across the country. Decisions about birth control are decisions women make on their own with consultation from their doctors, not their bosses, and it’s sad that in this day and age politicians like Donald Trump still don’t understand that. He ought to be ashamed of this partisan attack on women’s health that will hurt hundreds of thousands of American women.”

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By The Numbers: Trump Is Failing the Economy And Working Families

The economy ending 83 consecutive months of job growth is the latest evidence of the Trump Administration negative impact on the economy.  Even after you ignore the impacts of recent hurricanes, job growth during the first nine months of 2017 is slower than in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Donald Trump has derailed 83 straight months of private sector job growth and jog growth is moving at its slowest pace since 2010.  His corrupt administration is hurting economic growth in a way nothing in the past six years had been able to do,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Trump isn’t working. It’s time for him to stop vacationing on our dime and implement a real plan to create jobs and grow the economy.”

Here is a look at Trump’s time in office by the numbers:

200,744 American workers have […]

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BREAKING: 200,000+ Layoffs Under Trump

Donald Trump’s economy isn’t working. Ever since he took office, American Bridge has tabulated Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notifications and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) petitions from all fifty states to track layoffs, plant closings, and jobs hurt by foreign trade under the Trump administration, and this week the country hit a disappointing milestone.

Yesterday, the Trump economy crossed the 200,000 layoffs threshold – a reality that discredits empty rhetoric coming from the White House as it relates to the economy and monthly jobs reports, the latest coming tomorrow. The real story of the Trump economy is clear: 200,000 Americans are set to lose their jobs and Donald Trump is doing nothing about it.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement: 

“The Trump economy isn’t working; 200,000 Americans have received pink slips since Donald Trump took office, but all he cares about is cutting taxes for himself and his rich […]

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ATTN: Senators Burr and Warner: More Evidence Than Ever That Steele Dossier Is Accurate

This afternoon, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Member Mark Warner reiterated that the “question of collusion” remains open in their investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win.

One of the key focuses of the congressional investigation is the Steele dossier, which first unearthed explosive allegations against Trump and his top aides back in January. Chairman Burr stated in this afternoon’s press conference that “the committee has hit a wall” when it comes to probing the claims in the dossier because its author, British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, will not testify.

Luckily for Burr, Warner, and the rest of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the team at American Bridge has compiled the latest evidence verifying some of the most damning accusations in the dossier.

Here’s an overview of what we’ve recently learned:

Trump pursued real estate deals in Moscow during the campaign.
Trump’s aide and career criminal Felix […]

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Trump Administration Gutting Consumer Financial Protections Will Hurt Americans Defrauded by Wells Fargo

Today, during the same Senate Banking Committee hearing at which he admitted responsibility for his company’s defrauding of 3.5 million Americans, Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan also defended’s the bank use of “forced arbitration,” a mechanism used by big banks and credit card companies to deny customers legal protections as a condition for using services or products.  This comes as Donald Trump, as well as Republicans in Congress, are also working to eliminate a rule implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created after the 2008 financial crisis that protects customers from this very practice.  This summer, the Trump Administration argued against CFPB’s rule, saying it “hurt financial institutions by increasing litigation expenses and compliance costs.”

This is just the latest example of the Trump Administration and congressional Republicans siding with corporations, big banks, and Wall Street lobbyists over hardworking Americans who have been victims […]

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American Bridge Launches Women’s Health Initiative

Today, American Bridge launched a new women’s health initiative, Protect Women’s Health Care, that combines a world-class opposition research operation, video tracking, and media monitoring to expose the Trump administration for what it is: a clear and present danger for women. Coinciding with the roll out of this new website, American Bridge kicked off a digital advertising campaign to promote select content on Facebook.

The new site can be viewed by clicking here:

“Every day under President Trump brings a new controversy or crisis, but we cannot lose sight of the danger he poses to women amidst all the other chaos,” said director of American Bridge’s women’s health initiative Emily Aden. “This initiative is designed to shut out the noise and hone in on all of the the big and small ways the Trump administration is rolling back decades of progress for women.”

This new website features explainer-style […]

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NEW VIDEO: The Price is WRONG, Swamp Edition  

To highlight how much taxpayer money has been wasted by Donald Trump’s cabinet on private and military jets, Bridge Project is releasing a new web video, “Trump’s Swamp Battle Royale,” showing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, EPA Director Scott Pruitt, and now-foremer Health & Human Services Sec. Tom Price competing to see who can spend the most government money on unnecessary private jets.

To watch the new video, click HERE.

“Donald Trump is exploiting the presidency to cut his own taxes – and lying about it – and his cabinet members have been practically racing each other to see who can waste the most taxpayer money using luxurious private jets for junkets around the country,” said American Bridge Communications Director Harrell Kirstein. “This video may make folks laugh, but there’s nothing funny about what the Trump Administration is doing with our tax dollars. This corrupt cabinet is pummeling taxpayers, and Trump […]

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Republicans try to prevent CBO from scoring tax plan that ind. experts agree would benefit 1% over middle class  

American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates released the following statement after Republicans attached legislative language to their budget proposal that would bypass the need for the nonpartisan ​Congressional Budget ​Office to ​study the effects of their tax plan:

​”Republicans know their tax plan would further rig the U.S. economy in favor of the rich, and they want to keep that a secret from the American people. At the same time that the Tax Policy Center determined the tax proposal Donald Trump and Republicans wrote behind closed doors would give enormous new tax cuts to the rich while raising taxes on millions of middle class Americans, it turns out the GOP is trying to prevent Congress’s nonpartisan budget scorekeeper from warning the public about the plan’s consequences.  Republicans have already been caught lying about the fact that this tax plan would benefit Trump himself while also trying to hide the truth about corporate tax cuts for […]

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Editorial Roundup: Unsportsmanlike Conduct Edition

This week editorial boards across the United States reacted to President Trump’s attack on NFL football players and criticized his delayed and insufficient response to the devastation in Puerto Rico. While millions of American suffer from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Trump instead decided to use his time to  attack the First Amendment and propose a huge tax cut for himself and the very rich.

Here’s what Americans read in their local newspapers this week:


Chicago Tribune: Trump’s Fumbling Grasp Of Democracy

Trump’s playbook is no secret. He was in Alabama addressing political supporters, so he talked about football and race. In doing so, he again failed a basic test of moral leadership, which requires that a president work toward bridging differences and healing wounds, not pandering to division.

As we’ve all read and heard, Trump said after the Charlottesville riots, which involved white supremacists and […]

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