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‘It’s about vilifying people’: Group shames Wisc. GOP with urine sample cups over welfare drug tests

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A group of Wisconsin activists delivered urine sample cups to Republican lawmakers on Monday over a plan to drug test welfare recipients.

WMTV followed members of the Wisconsin National Organization for Women (NOW) on Monday as they headed to the Wisconsin State Capitol wearing medical gloves and scrubs, where they delivered a labeled urine cup to the office of every Republican lawmaker.

Wisconsin NOW President Dayna Long said that elected officials needed to understand that drug testing welfare recipients would cause more problems that it would solve.

“First of all, it’s a violation to the right to privacy,” she explained. “Federal court of appeals has already ruled that it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment.”

“This isn’t about saving the state money or removing people from welfare, this is about vilifying people who are receiving public assistance,” Long added.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who proposed the drug tests, recently told WMTV that the plan would be an incentive for welfare recipients to stay clean so that they could get a job.

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“To ensure that we’re not spending all this time supporting them, getting them to move into the work force and then finding out they can’t get hired because they can’t pass a drug test,” he argued.

But Wisconsin NOW’s Long suggested on Monday that the governor was out of touch.

“People don’t stay on public assistance because it’s fun or because it’s glamorous or because they rather have a free ride while they use drugs,” she insisted. “They’re on public assistance because they’re struggling.”

Walker has said that he would make welfare drug testing one of his top priorities for this term.

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Watch the video below from WMTV, broadcast Jan. 12, 2015.

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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called for a "retaliatory strike on Iran" after Trump administration officials alleged that the country is behind attacks on oil tankers.

"Well, Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks, going back to 1980s," Cotton told CBS host Margaret Brennan.

"These unprovoked attacks a warrant retaliatory strikes," he added. "We can make a military response in the time and matter of our choosing."

"A retaliatory strike?" Brennan pressed. "As someone who sits in Congress, do you believe that he can act, the administration can act without coming to Congress first?"

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