Last February 121 retired generals urged Congressional leaders to elevate and strengthen American diplomacy and development. They quoted Defense Secretary Mattis, who as Commander of US Central Command said, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.” They sent a clear, eloquent letter about what matters and what works. The world’s dire problems hardly started with DJT, but his fast walk away from diplomacy and development is beyond scary.  



  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7:00p: #Not One Penny Kickoff for a campaign to urge lawmakers to vote against tax cuts for people who don’t need tax cuts. Public Library, 800 Vine St. Cincinnati.
  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 11:30a: Women’s Caucus Luncheon, followed by Run to Win training for women candidates and activists sponsored by Emily’s List and Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus.


Reps. Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup voted YES on Russia sanctions. With the recess (no burning votes), it’s easy to get through on the phones. Express your thoughts on the matter, and ask how your MoC feels about the President’s attitude toward Russia. You may be surprised at what you hear.

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Another issue we rarely get to. Sam Clovis, nominated to be under secretary in charge of research, education and economic analysis at the USDA is a climate change denier with no science background. Urge Senators to vote NO. Learn how Dept. of Interior scientist Joel Clement stood up for science


On the question of a Party litmus test, Chuck Todd asked California Gov. Jerry Brown about “the Democratic base.” Brown said: “Well, first of all, I don’t know who this Democratic base is… The litmus test should be intelligence, caring about, as Harry Truman or Roosevelt used to call it, the common man.”