WHAT'S HAPPENING

As we gear up to take back the House in 2018, read some of the latest news and blog posts that demand our attention and action.

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Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

January 16, 2018 7:34 pm

By Mike DeBonis, Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan for the Washington Post Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline. GOP leaders are…

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White House Aides “Infuriated” as Trump Bulldozes His Own Infrastructure Plan

January 8, 2018 8:22 pm

By Bess Levin for Vanity Fair As a candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly railed against America’s “crumbling roads and bridges,” “dilapidated airports,” and “factories moving overseas to Mexico,” adding that such problems “[could] all be fixed . . . only by…

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Sharon Fairley for Illinois Attorney General

January 4, 2018 10:18 pm

“I will be an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights, and also aggressively defend HB 40, which repealed the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 – a ban on abortion in our state if Roe v. Wade were overturned – and…

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Trump’s controversial election integrity commission is gone. Here’s what comes next.

January 4, 2018 9:58 pm

By Charles Stewart III for The Washington Post On Wednesday, President Trump announced that he had terminated his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This has raised a variety of important questions about the commission’s work and what comes next.…

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Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President

January 4, 2018 9:46 pm

By Michael Wolff Excerpt from Fire and Fury for NYMag Illustrations by Jeffrey Smith Election Night: It “looked as if he had seen a ghost.” One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration’s shocked first days. On the…

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The latest 2018 election-hacking threat: 9-month wait for government help

January 2, 2018 9:47 pm

By TIM STARKS for Politico States rushing to guard their 2018 elections against hackers may be on a waiting list for up to nine months for the Department of Homeland Security’s most exhaustive security screening, according to government officials familiar…

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Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan

January 2, 2018 9:40 pm

By CARA BUCKLEY for NYTimes Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative…

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How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

December 20, 2017 4:05 pm

Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change. By SUSAN CHIRA and CATRIN EINHORN Photographs by ALYSSA SCHUKAR for NYTimes CHICAGO — The jobs were the…

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“Do something!”

December 20, 2017 2:36 am

From NYTimes Editorial Board “Do something!” It’s what Americans plead after each successive mass slaying — in Newtown, in Orlando, in Sutherland Springs — sickened by the ease with which one man with a gun can massacre dozens of people.…

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Being a Doctor Is Hard. It’s Harder for Women.

December 18, 2017 11:13 pm

By Dhruv Khullar for NYTimes Dec. 7, 2017 Happy medical residents are all alike. Every unhappy resident would take a long time to count. It’s no secret that medical training is grueling: long hours, little sleep, rigid hierarchies, steep learning…

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How Putin’s proxies helped funnel millions into GOP campaigns

December 17, 2017 4:53 am

Ruth May, Contributor As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian government, investigators are taking a closer look at political contributions made by U.S. citizens with close ties to…

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Did Alabama Just Violate Federal Voting Law?

December 17, 2017 4:40 am

Mark Joseph Stern for Slate “As long as I’m secretary of state of Alabama,” John Merrill proclaimed in 2016, “you’re going to have to show some initiative to become a registered voter in this state.” Merrill, a Republican, is still…