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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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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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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Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

December 15, 2017 2:58 am

By Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker for The Washington Post In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had…

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Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.

December 14, 2017 1:21 am

By Claire Cain Miller for NYTimes Many people are familiar with typical corporate training to prevent sexual harassment: clicking through a PowerPoint, checking a box that you read the employee handbook or attending a mandatory seminar at which someone lectures…

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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

December 11, 2017 4:04 am

By Nina Martin for NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black…

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Why Women Vote For Sexual Predators

December 11, 2017 4:00 am

By Kaz Weida for RANTT In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the women of America stumbled around feeling more than a little shell-shocked. How had we gone from anticipating a woman would become the first president of the United…