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Dear Friends,
It is good to finally learn that the Progress Report in taking an interest in U.S. Election System Integrity.
I recommend clicking the “released a state-by-state report” link.
This is a comprehensive article prepared by the Center for American Progress.
In this report you will find an assessment of Illinois Election Security.
What letter grade do you think Illinois received?
Larry Quick 
Quick n Clean Foundation http://qnc.us/
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:48 AM, The Progress Report <progress@americanprogressaction.org> wrote:
February 20, 2018
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued new charges in the Russian probe, charging 13 Russian nationals and three companies with conspiracy “to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes.” The indictment reports on evidence that the Russians worked up to the 2016 presidential election to support Trump’s campaign, while undermining his opponents. Given the long-standing ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, and the high national security stakes, Max Bergmann of the Moscow Project lays out why Trump must answer every question Mueller has, and let the public see his answers.
The new charges highlight the need for action to protect our election systems, especially leading up to the 2018 midterms. Last week, the Center for American Progress released a state-by-state report on the status of election security in the United States. The results were not that reassuring: no state received an “A” grade, and 17 states received either a “D” or “F.” Check out how your state ranks. Then, urge your elected representatives to take action—call them at 202-224-3121 and demand they protect our elections. Action to protect our democracy would only cost $1.2 billion—or the cost of one military plane.
No Rest During Recess. This week, Congress will be in recess—but that doesn’t mean we’ll be taking the week off. Here’s some actions you can take today!
  • If your member of Congress is holding a town hall, show up, and make your voice heard! To find town halls near you, go to TownHallProject.com.
  • Can’t make it to an in-person town hall? Organizing for Action is hosting digital town halls in 34 key districts. Find out more here.
  • Angry about the attempts to cover up or stop the Mueller investigation? Join the Cover Up Caucus next week.
  • Frustrated by Congress’s refusal to take action on gun violence? Check out NoNRAMoney.com.
  • And for more rallies, protests, and events, head to ResistanceNearMe.org!
Student Leaders. Even as some members of Congress try to shy away from a real conversation on gun violence, students across the country—especially the survivors from Parkland—are making sure the most recent massacre doesn’t fade from the public’s mind too quickly. Of course, the power of these students is threatening to the gun lobby and the NRA, and some conservatives have already attacked the students as participants in a vast conspiracy theory. But these students have shown that they are stronger than any attacks they face. In fact, just yesterday, students in D.C. used their day off to stage a lie-in at the White House and demand Trump take action.
Protect Our Care. We know Trump’s budget is an attempt to pay for the tax cutsfor millionaires and billionaires that were passed in December. But who is impacted by his budget? A new report finds that the budget harms pretty much everyone—from children to veterans, and women to communities of color. Individuals’ health care access is particularly under fire. By attacking crucial health care programs, especially community-run ones, it targets millions of Americans, from infants to older Americans, who rely on these programs to get access to safe, affordable medical care. And a new ad from Protect Our Care highlights that Americans are fed up with Trump’s and Congress’s attacks on their health care. Check it out here.
Robin Hood in Reverse. Just six weeks after jacking up the deficit by $1.5 trillion to give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, Trump released his plan to pay for these cuts in his budget. The budget slashes funding for crucial programs on which millions of Americans rely. To learn more about the budget’s winners and losers, listen to the latest episode of Off-Kilter. You’ll also hear from Anita Cameron, a longtime activist with ADAPT, about how the House attacked the Americans with Disabilities Act.
An Enduring U.S.-India Partnership. Today, the Center for American Progress released an explainer video on the future on diplomatic relations between the United States and India, featuring two former ambassadors. The video comes after a new report details the importance of the democratic partnership between the countries and how the partnership should continue in the future. The report concludes that the two countries “must build on the strategic investments made by successive administrations in the long-term relationship, looking past short-term differences to invest in one another’s capabilities to be forces for peace, prosperity, and democracy in the world.”

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