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.

Millions of Black Voters Are Being Purged From Voter Rolls, Often Illegally: Report

August 1, 2018 7:21 pm

By Michael Harriot for The Root As the end of Barack Obama’s presidency grew closer, election officials began preparing for the next election. Instead of strengthening the security of voting machines and making voting more accessible to citizens, states did…

A guide to the 2018 midterm elections

June 7, 2018 9:23 pm

From Vox.com The elections held on Tuesday, November 6, are the first midterms under President Donald Trump, and the stakes for both parties are incredibly high. A fired up Democratic base threatens Republicans’ unified control of federal government — and…

People Voted for Trump Because They Were Anxious, Not Poor

April 24, 2018 9:21 pm

By Olga Khazan For the past 18 months, many political scientists have been seized by one question: Less-educated whites were President Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters. But why, exactly? Was their vote some sort of cri de coeur about a changing…

Adding Citizenship Question Risks ‘Bad Count’ For 2020 Census, Experts Warn

March 27, 2018 4:45 pm

By Hansi Lo Wang for NPR Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau asks some personal questions for the national headcount required by the constitution. But since 1960, one topic that hasn’t come up for all U.S. residents is citizenship. The…

Georgia GOP pushes elimination of Sunday voting to suppress black turnout. The proposal would also shorten voting hours in Atlanta.

March 20, 2018 8:48 pm

By Kira Lerner for ThinkProgress Georgia Republicans are advancing a bill through the state legislature that would suppress African-American turnout by eliminating Sunday voting and cutting the hours that polls are open in Atlanta. The bill, SB 363, would force…

The Nancy Pelosi Problem: The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.

March 16, 2018 7:44 pm

By Peter Beinart for The Atlantic Last May, The Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current Democratic House members had opposed the Affordable Care Act when it first…

Why Colleges Are Embracing the #NeverAgain Movement

March 11, 2018 2:30 am

By Laura McKenna for The Atlantic As high-school students around the country organize in support of stronger gun-control legislation in the wake of the Parkland shooting, many are finding that, at the very least, one thing they don’t have to…

Michelle Obama to Release Memoir in November

February 27, 2018 12:00 am

New York (AP) — Michelle Obama’s memoir, one of the most highly anticipated books in recent years, is coming out Nov. 13. The former first lady tweeted Sunday that the book, to come out a week after the 2018 midterm…

Trump’s Controversial Pick to Run the 2020 Census Withdraws

February 12, 2018 11:22 pm

Ari Berman for MotherJones The Trump administration’s controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau. In November, Politico reported that the…

How the GOP Rigs Elections

February 7, 2018 11:23 pm

By Ari Berman for RollingStone Magazine On a quiet, tree-lined street in Racine, Wisconsin, in a neighborhood known as the Danish Village for its Scandinavian ancestry, sits a two-story white house with a large American flag hanging from the porch…

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How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

January 27, 2018 9:02 pm

By Roger McNamee for Washington Monthly In early 2006, I got a call from Chris Kelly, then the chief privacy officer at Facebook, asking if I would be willing to meet with his boss, Mark Zuckerberg. I had been a…

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Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List

January 16, 2018 7:39 pm

By DAVID LEONHARDT and IAN PRASAD PHILBRICK for NYTimes Donald Trump has been obsessed with race for the entire time he has been a public figure. He had a history of making racist comments as a New York real-estate developer…