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According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 53 percent of Americans believe that Congress should investigate whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had contact with the Russian government in 2016, while a quarter say that lawmakers should not probe the issue. Meanwhile, 54 percent of Americans believe that Congress should look into Russian interference in the election generally.

Source: Majority of Americans Say Congress Should Probe Contact Between Trump, Russia: Poll – NBC News

Deeper and deeper: Congress wakes up as Trump’s ties to Russia look more tangled, and more troubling, than ever

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Targeting PBS is part of a long tradition in conservative politics. Once again, viewers like you must fight for it

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Source: Repealing Obamacare May Be Easy. Replacing It Won’t Be. – Bloomberg View

Show your support for John Lewis, Donna Edwards and the other House members participating in the #NoBillNoBreak sit-in on the House floor right now.

Source: Stand with the House sit-in: Add your name now | Democracy For America

Original post from The Washington Post

‘…………. March 25 2015

The political push for labeling genetically engineered foods is spreading  across the country. Groups in more than 20 states are pushing local initiatives.

Now Congress could step in, and scuttle all of them.

A bipartisan bill to be introduced today by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and Rep G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) would bar states from requiring the labeling of foods derived from genetically-modified organisms.

The proposed legislation would set up, as an alternative, a U.S. labeling program that would certify foods that are free of genetically modified organisms. But the program would be voluntary, and does not require genetically-modified foods to be labeled.

Butterfield described the bill as a means of keeping food affordable and reducing the confusion that could come from a “50 state patchwork of varying labeling standards.”

Forcing food companies to comply with disparate labeling standards, Butterfield said in a statement, would cause food prices to rise and cost the average family more than $500 a year.“This bill would provide clear rules for producers and certainty for consumers at the grocery store checkout lane,” Butterfield said.The bill has support from eight Democrats and nine Republicans, most of them on key committees.

While many scientists believe that genetically modified foods are safe to eat, advocates of GMO-labeling continue to raise questions and argue that at the very least, those who are concerned about safety have a right to know what their food contains. They decried the proposal as another version of what they have called “the DARK Act,” using the acronym for Deny Americans the Right to Know.

Already, three states – Connecticut, Maine and Vermont – have approved legislation that would require that genetically-modified foods be labelled. Similar efforts are under way in several other states. None yet have been put in effect.

“If the manufacturers of these technologies think they are so fantastic, why aren’t they advertising them to the public?” said Heather Spalding,  deputy director for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, which pushed the Maine legislation.

She dismissed the argument that the labeling could raise prices.

“They’re just diverting attention from the fact that they want to keep people in the dark,” Spalding said.

Peter Whoriskey is a staff writer for The Washington Post handling investigations of financial and economic topics. You can email him at ………’

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