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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9 ways Trump is undercutting Obamacare without Congress

October 12, 2017 4:33 pm

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at expanding the availability of health plans that skirt Obamacare’s robust coverage requirements – a move that may make coverage more affordable for healthy people while also threatening to destabilize the…

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Trump ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission Violates Federal Law, Lawsuit Claims

October 12, 2017 4:15 pm

President Donald Trump’s controversial “election integrity” commission is facing yet another legal challenge with a privacy-rights group saying the panel is breaking federal law by gathering massive amounts of information on the nation’s registered voters. The Electronic Privacy Information Center,…

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SHOULD FACEBOOK AND TWITTER BE REGULATED UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT?

October 11, 2017 4:54 pm

DONALD TRUMP’S TWITTER account now has 40 million followers. It ranks 21st worldwide among 281.3 million or so accounts. It’s no secret that Trump is proud of his ability to use the account to communicate directly with his constituents. This…

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Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus

October 11, 2017 4:49 pm

They were once Steve Bannon’s favorite analytics shop. Now investigators want to know if the Kremlin had a thing for Cambridge Analytica, too. A data firm backed by some of Donald Trump’s closest allies is now facing scrutiny as part…

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Virginia Is for Haters

October 10, 2017 6:48 pm

Why is America the only wealthy nation that doesn’t guarantee essential health care for all? (We’ve made a lot of progress under Obamacare, but not enough, and the Trump administration is doing its best to kill it.) Why do we…

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Trump Election Commission Leader Sought a Radical Change to a Key Voting Law

October 6, 2017 4:22 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission, urged the Trump administration to weaken a key federal voting law, according to documents released by a federal court on Thursday. Kobach called for…

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As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law

October 5, 2017 4:33 pm

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump’s message in late August…

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Trump Still Hasn’t Gotten Around to Appointing Someone to Protect Our Elections From Cyberattacks

October 3, 2017 4:40 pm

The National Protection and Programs Directorate remains leaderless 10 months after Trump promised to get cybersecurity personnel in place. On January 6, after intelligence agencies briefed Donald Trump on cyberattacks against the United States during the election, he pledged to…

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A Strong Nominee. A Divisive Opponent. But Can Democrats Win in Alabama?

October 2, 2017 6:50 pm

The Republican primary victory last week by Roy S. Moore initially delighted Democrats who saw the inflammatory Alabamian’s humiliation of the Republican establishment as prime evidence that the Trump era had intensified the right’s unremitting internecine wars. But now Democrats…

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Get Involved With the Fight to Restore America’s Voting Rights

September 29, 2017 4:20 pm

After President Obama’s election in 2008, some state legislatures responded to the increased turnout among young people and people of color by attempting to curb voting rights. The wave of voter suppression measures accelerated after the 2010 elections, with politicians…

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What Happened Book Club

September 27, 2017 3:55 pm

So, I know lots of Shakers are already reading Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, and many more are planning to read it as soon as they can bring themselves to do it without walking into the sea, so I figured…

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The Resistance Is Female — It’s Time Our Government Represented That

September 20, 2017 3:24 am

By Remy Anne for RANTT The 2016 Presidential Election generated a huge increase in political activism, the likes of which haven’t been seen in decades. People got involved, joined groups, jammed their senator’s phone lines, and took to the streets.…