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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Real Worry Voter Suppression, Not Fraud

October 13, 2017 4:03 pm

For people who take seriously the idea of free and open elections, it’s been a busy (and exhausting) few months. In no particular order, we: — Eagerly anticipate the Supreme Court’s decision on the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford,…

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Enrolling in Obamacare? You will have half the time to do it this year

October 12, 2017 4:38 pm

Open enrollment for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1, but consumers will have half as long to enroll as they’ve had in previous years. And that, combined with other recent changes to the ACA, also known…

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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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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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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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Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election

September 6, 2017 4:50 pm

Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that the social network has discovered that it sold ads during the U.S. presidential campaign to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters, according to several people familiar with the company’s findings.…

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Hate That Doesn’t Hide

August 18, 2017 3:37 pm

Angry white men holding tiki torches and shouting their throats raw chanting “blood and soil,” spittle hanging from their lips. Angry white men, arms outstretched in the Nazi salute. Angry white men playing soldier, heavily armed in public. Nazi flags,…