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It's been too long since I made a roundup, and I have MANY ARTICLES to link. Here's the first half, which is all healthcare-related. This is pretty much all news/analysis.

* Is Trumpcare already here? (Politico)

* Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans (MinnPost)

* Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead — and win (WaPo)

* Sanders, Democrats rally thousands across the country to save Obamacare (Chicago Trib, Jan 2016)

* Will Obamacare Really Explode? (Politico). Interview with Kaiser Family Foundation health care expert Larry Leavitt.

* Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle: Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president (Politic). Nice summary of events and what went wrong.

* The Republican Waterloo (Atlantic). AHCA post-mortem by conservative David Frum, who's watched his moderate views be completely eclipsed in recent years by the far right. Very interesting perspective from the other side.

* HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts (press release from Sen. Warren). I'm not sure what this might amount to, if anything, but it seems hopeful?

* How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office (Salon)

* The GOP’s top priority is in trouble (WaPo). Explanation of some of the difficulties in making the tax cuts GOP wants and how the AHCA was supposed to smooth the way for some of them.

* President Trump's healthcare plate is full, and it won't go down easy (Modern Healthcare). Laundry list of health-related issues Trump + Congress will be dealing with this year, not just ACA.

* GOP senator acknowledges Americans’ ‘right’ to health care (MSNBC)
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Activism / resources - both of the articles below are AWESOME and MUST-READS. They are good for the activist soul, you guys.
* Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option (Guardian)

* What Calling Congress Achieves (New Yorker)

News / analysis
* Amid Trump resistance, Virginia Democrats see surge of candidates for House of Delegates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

* Behind the Quiet State-by-State Fight Over Electric Vehicles (NYT)

* Democratic legislators in 30 states to rebut Trump's Congress address (USA Today). This was from 2/27 and I never heard about it, so I'm not sure how successful this legislation rollout was. But it seems like a step in the right direction?

* The Lessons of Obamacare (Vox). A long, in-depth retrospective of how the ACA was written and passed, its effects, and what we can takeaway from it with hindsight. Also, clearly there are a million articles being written on the AHCA, but Sarah Kliff is one of the top people covering it IMO. Colleague Matt Yglesias is also a solid twitter follow for this stuff.

* Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget (Atlantic). I don't really understand sequestration yet, but it was the first I'd heard of it and it seems pretty darned important (and also a great relief to those of us who think federal funding for Meals on Wheels and heating assistance for poor people are good things).
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Activism / resources
* flippable on Twitter - a fantastic resource for keeping track of state-level news

* The Ides of Trump - group trying to get a WHOLE BUNCH of people to mail postcards to Trump on March 15.

News / analysis
* Can This Democrat Win the Georgia Sixth? (New Yorker)

* The American Health Care Act: The Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained (Vox)

* Meet the U.S. attorney who will oversee the Russia probe now that Sessions is recused (Chicago Tribune)

* Trumpcare Is the Culmination of All the GOP’s Health-Care Lies (NY Mag). Despite the leading and clickbaity title, this was one of the most informative of the many (many many) articles I've read on the AHCA and provides some good context for how we got where we are.

* Bill of the Week: In Memory of Sandra Bland (Austin Chronicle). A bill introduced to TX legislature, chock full of important criminal justice reforms.

* Washington state Senate passes accommodations for pregnant workers (Sen. Karen Keiser's page). The senate is the GOP-majority chamber in WA state, so this is pretty sure to sail through the Dem-majority house. \o/

* State Republicans Push For More Restrictive Voting Laws (NPR)

* Supreme Court Allows Prying Into Jury Deliberations If Racism Is Perceived (NPR)

* Federal court invalidates parts of Texas congressional map. (Twitter thread w/commentary/implications)

* Stronger than Tea: The anti-Trump resistance is much bigger than the Tea Party — and it has to be (Salon)

* Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government (Pro Publica)

* How the ACLU is gearing up to take on Trump, one city at a time (Yahoo!)
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Activism / Resources
* The Tap (Ballotpedia). This is a weekly newsletter of politics news and events, including Trump news, special elections, SCOTUS activity - a whole wide range of stuff. Definitely worth subscribing.

* State legislative special elections, 2017 (Ballotpedia).

* WTF Just Happened Today, a daily politics news twitter. Nice for getting just the headlines from, without all the repeated retweets some twitters do.

News / Analysis
*Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media (Guardian). Read only if you want to turn your panic up to 11.

* Ohio Gov. Kasich says House conservatives may cause "problem" passing Obamacare replacement. This is REALLY interesting to me - it suggests that some GOP congress members are so conservative that there's no satisfying them AND the base that's demanding that they get to keep their health care benefits, so the Republicans will have to work with (/ make at least moderately happy) some Dems to make up for those lost conservatives. (In addition to the Dems they'd have to have to pass any bills at all, obviously.)

* Chris Christie tells GOP lawmakers to hold town halls: ‘You asked for the job. Go do it.’ (WaPo)

* Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump (Buzzfeed)

* I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House (Atlantic)
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The White House is still working on a new Muslim ban, but has delayed release of the revised executive order to next week.

Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.


DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)

Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.

It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.

The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants

Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.

Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.

Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.

(Note: if you hit your monthly limit for articles from the Washington Post, you can still view them by opening them in a "private browsing" window.)
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Activism / resources (To Do)
* How to build a resilient culture of resistance in hard times (Waging Nonviolence)

* How to Run for Your Local School Board (Teen Vogue)

* Why I Ran: Rep. Erin Maye Quade (Elle)

News / analysis (To Read)
* The Morality of Voting? (Emily Ellsworth)

* ‘I’m a Dead Man Walking’ (Politico). Lengthy profile of Rep. Mark Sanford (SC), who is vocally anti-Trump.

* When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back (NPR)

* How India Saved the Internet (Waging Nonviolence). On how a bunch of Indian activists prevented India from becoming a "digital colony" of Facebook.

* The Movement for Black Lives, with their platform. This is the group that calls itself the United Front. I believe it grew out of Black Lives Matter, but is built of a coalition of a whole bunch of groups. Their platform is long, thorough, and really worth a read-through (which I haven't done yet).

* A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats’ Deadliest Weapon (HuffPo)
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As always, check the comments for links as well. (I often forget to mention that in the post, sorry.)

Activism / Resources (To Do)
* Report Shows ‘Untapped Power’ of Constituent Advocacy (Roll Call). I wasn't sure how to take this, as it seems to argue against phone calls in addition to arguing for in-person advocacy.

Analysis (To Read)
Here's How Much Betsy DeVos And Her Family Paid To Back GOP Senators Who Will Support Her (MSN)

* Voting Laws Roundup 2017 (Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law)

* The voting rights manifesto: a state-by-state plan to defend democracy (Vox)

* No Limits: How Obamacare made health insurance work for this sick boy — and thousands like him. (Vox)

* The Real Reason Why Andy Puzder Won’t Become Labor Secretary (The Nation). Really interesting how the Betsy DeVos hearings helped kill Puzder's nomination.

* The Resistance Prevented Puzder from Becoming Labor Secretary (The Nation). I feel like this article stopped about 2/3 of the way through, before talking about what the organized labor resistance was actually DOING. But still interesting.

* This Emoluments Thing Isn’t Going Away (Slate)

* E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance (NYT)
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Activism / resources
* DonorsChoose - a charity for funneling donations directly into projects supporting specific classrooms in the US. Given top rating by Charity Navigator.

* Jason Kander Launches Let America Vote To Fight Voter Suppression Laws Across The Country (main website here)

* VoteRunLead, an organization which "VoteRunLead supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders."

* CAWP: Center for American Women and Politics (Rutgers) (including their Ready to Run campaign training)

* Vote Riders, an organization that is "making sure that no eligible citizen is denied his or her right to vote for lack of ID."

* Knock Every Door, a nationwide canvassing effort

* Movement Voter Project: "Movement Voter Project (MVP) is a service to donors – from grassroots individual donors to major donors and foundations. We talent-scout both national movement-building efforts and local efforts in all 50 states that are focused on voter engagement."

Good news
* Pentagon recommending exemptions to immigration ban for Iraqis working with U.S. forces (Politico)

* These 23 Republicans hold congressional districts that voted for Hillary Clinton (Daily Kos)

Bad news
* Lawmakers move to fine charities that help refugees (AZ Capitol Times)

* The big lesson of Trump's first 2 weeks: resistance works (Vox)

* The Rise of Progressive 'Fake News' (Atlantic)

* Liberals On the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown (Politic). An opinion piece on whether Trump really has a secret plan.

* Why Congress just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams (Vox). This has a lot of background and recommended reading on stuff like the making and repealing of rules, why Congress went after this rule specifically, etc - chewy stuff that applies to a lot of topics besides streams.

* The dream of a conservative carbon tax will never die (Vox)

* Democrats look to 2018 governors races for rebuild (Politico)

* Let’s be clear on the precedent here: it’s the 1836-44 gag rule that forbade any consideration of abolition in the House. 1/ (Twitter). The background of the rule that silenced Sen. Warren. WOW.
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Activism / Resources
* Anonymous Group Reveals Direct Phone Numbers For White House Staff (Gothamist)

* March. Organize. Win. It's Much More Than One Women’s March (Glamour). Glamour saw what Teen Vogue was doing and decided to get in on the action, I guess. (I'm being snarky here, I have no idea how politically conscious Glamour generally is.)

* Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump (538)

* Spreadsheet: List of known town halls for all members of Congress

Good News
* Two GOP senators still undecided on final DeVos vote (The Hill)

* Diplomats defy White House warning, criticize travel ban (AP). To me the really striking bit is at the end, where it talks about diplomats trying to rush visas for people from countries they thought would be affected.

* Believe it or not, #TheResistance is working. These are not small things. [LIST] (Twitter). I had no idea about some of these. (Please note, I have not verified.)

* White House says it won’t roll back LGBTQ protections (Seattle Times). I'm deeply suspicious, but I won't complain, I guess.

* How Chuck Schumer Found His Spine (Slate)

* This is from an American friend of mine working with the UN in Iraq. (Twitter). An anecdote that made me a bit wibbly, in a good way.

* Southern Baptist Convention sends letter condemning Muslim ban (WaPo)
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Yes, I know it's the 31st, but these are yesterday's links.

Activism / resources
* A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up (Medium)

* bill that would prevent any discriminatory registration, based on religion or national origin in MA (ACLU via Twitter). MA folks, call your reps!

* I'm not saying you should call this number to tell White House staff what you think. I'm also not saying you shouldn't. (Twitter). Supposedly the number listed is the White House switchboard.

* "A cool-ass Mennonite pastor in my town went to one of Pat Toomey's offices today. Great insight here on EFFECTIVE protest. Widely applicable". This is the ffa transcript; the original image post on Twitter is here.

Good News
* Starbucks pledges to hire thousands of refugees in response to Trump ban (The Hill)

* Fear of authoritarianism pervades Koch network seminar, as billionaire donors grapple with Trump (WaPo). To my thinking, if very rich Republicans are scared of Trump for some of the same reasons we are, that is a Very Good Sign, because those are the guys who help the Republicans in Congress get re-elected, and they will be putting pressure on them that we can only dream of. And they're also concerned by a huge backlash against Republicans, which is just bonus.

Bad News
* a thread on how much evil ordinary citizens have already done under this regime in last seven days (Twitter)

* A matched set: Trial Balloon for a Coup? (Medium) and a critique of it, Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders (professor at Cornell)

* Why the Women’s March may be the start of a serious social movement (WaPo). The latest in a WaPo series analyzing the Women's Marches through the lens of social science. Earlier pieces linked at the top of this one.

* In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. (WaPo)
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If you read only ONE thing from this roundup, read this:
* Republicans Begin to Break With President Trump (Time).

Activism / Resources
* Outside the US, it's easy to feel powerless in the face of Trump's #RefugeeBan. A few resources for the UK and Europe: (Twitter/storify)

* $$ Flip this seat! Special election to replace Trump's anti-Obamacare health chief is huge opportunity (Daily Kos). Please note I have done zero research on the other two Dems running for this seat.

* Spreadsheet: What your senators and governors have been saying about the ban

* Geometry of Redistricting: Summer School - five-day course for math PhDs on topics needed to become an expert court witness on gerrymandering

* $$ Spreadsheet: Rapid Response Giving. IDK anything about most of these; be sure to investigate before you give them money!

* Hate the phone? Voicemail full? Fax the bastards for free online! (Twitter). NOTE: I've been told that the free ones are very invasive, so proceed with caution and/or consider looking into some of the paid ones instead.

* Campaign for New York Health - NY state introduces single-payer health care paln. Further context explained by a nonnie here. NYC folks, call your reps if this is something your for!

Good News
* Trump administration issues waiver to let green card holders avoid travel ban (Washington Times)

* Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing (Twitter, Airbnb CEO)

* Court says Wisconsin GOP must draw new Assembly map after ruling current map is illegal gerrymander (Daily Kos)

* NEW: @ACLU now says it has received 290,000 online donations totaling $19.4 million since Saturday morning. Average per year is $3-4 million (Reuters via Twitter)

* Breaking: In new fed case, Judge Dolly Gee (CD Cal) requires the *return* of a [specific] person deported under the Trump EO (Buzzfeed via Twitter)

* California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address (LA TImes). Sen. Feinstein introduces legislation that would a) rescind the Muslim ban executive order and b) "prevent a president from unilaterally banning groups of immigrants. "

* Uber vs. Lyft: Rideshare Companies Dragged Into Immigration Debate (NBC). This stuff matters, you guys. Forget the right side of history; there are a whole lot of companies and corporations out there who desperately do not want millions of Americans lumping them with Trump.

* Today, at Detroit Metro Airport, protesters made room for Muslims to pray. They used protest signs as prayer mats. (Twitter)

* 10 Senate seats that could flip in 2018 (The Hill)

* Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump’s Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas - scathing review of the Muslim ban, not just as a policy but as a document, by someone who professes himself to "believe in strong counterrorism powers" and be "positively enthusiastic about American surveillance policies," aka not exactly your usual quarter for denouncing something like this.
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This links list feels woefully sparse given all that's happened yesterday and today; I hope y'all have found other sources for the airport protests, the NY taxi driver protest, and Steve Bannon's elevation above the National Security Council.

See the comments for more links!

Activism / resources
* How to Take Action – and Stay Sane – in the Trump Era (Rolling Stone)

* CAIR to Announce Constitutional Challenge to Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order. You can donate to CAIR here.

* As we wait on the EO, if you hold a passport from: Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen & aren't a U.S. citizen, call for free legal advice. (City of New York CLEAR project - their homepage w/more info is here).

* Get your credit cards out. These are all the orgs I can find who are already lodging legal resistance to the Muslim ban. (Twitter)

* Resistance Manual - a wiki that collects info on Trump's agenda, actions so far, effects, and what we can do about it. Today, I am clinging to this bit.

* Basically a tractor rolling in slow motion in front of a sunset with the American flag superimposed ([personal profile] rydra_wong). Frankly at this point my calls to my GOP Congressman are 60 seconds of barely contained fury, but this post advocates for a different approach. I suspect it's one of those things where it takes both kinds.

Good news
* BREAKING: We sued Texas in December. Today, a federal district court has BLOCKED Texas's unconstitutional fetal burial rule! (Twitter)

* Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal (NYT)

Bad news
* Helping undocumented immigrants now a crime under Trump (Univision)
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See the comments for links from other folks!

Activism / resources
* Don’t get caught panicking about the wrong legislation (Emily Ellsworth)

* Tracking Trump’s Agenda, Step by Step (NYT)

* Confirmation spreedsheet #1 - tracks nominees, committee membership

* Confirmation spreadsheet #2 - tracks how senators have voted for each nominee, in committee and in full senate

Good news
* Chemerinsky, other scholars file suit claiming emoluments clause violations by Trump (ABA Journal)

* The First Step to Electing More Democrats? Getting Them to Run (Mother Jones). An article on that org I previously linked, Run for Something.

* Reversing course, Trump administration will continue Obamacare outreach (Politico)

* Republican split on Obamacare strategy evident during private meeting (Politico). I try to mostly avoid rumors and "so and so spoke on condition of anonymity," but this is apparently a verified leaked tape of private Republican discussion, and hearing them stressing out about how to repeal Obamacare without screwing over the country and themselves gives me life.


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