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.

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

January 29, 2018 2:19 am

By Russell Berman for The Atlantic If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements. They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is headed, and so far, 2018 is…

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Voter Suppression Laws a Concern in 2018, Though Many States Looking to Expand Access

January 28, 2018 5:36 pm

From Brennen Center for Justice New York, N.Y. – A first look at voting laws introduced in state legislatures across the country finds that voter suppression efforts continue to be a concern at the outset of a pivotal election year.…

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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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Scott Walker Is Literally Preventing Wisconsinites From Voting

January 27, 2018 8:57 pm

By John Nichols for The Nation Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies have never been enthusiastic about democracy. After grabbing power in the “Republican-wave” election of 2010—with a massive boost from heavy spending by the Koch brothers and…

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Cathy Myers for Wisconsin’s 1st District

January 26, 2018 5:37 pm

“Decisions about your health should be made by you and your doctor, not corporate executives or politicians. I have always been 100% pro-choice and will never compromise on women’s health.” – Cathy Myers The American Women’s Party is proud to…

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Elaine DiMasi for New York’s 1st District

January 23, 2018 12:36 am

“Reproductive equality means that women should have the right to determine what type of family makes the most sense for them, and this includes the freedom to control and plan their own families. Family freedom for women is a health…

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Women and independents drive advantage for Democrats ahead of midterm elections, Post-ABC poll finds

January 22, 2018 4:14 pm

By Scott Clement for The Washington Post Strong support from women and independents is fueling Democrats’ large early advantage ahead of this year’s congressional elections, a sign that two groups that have recoiled from Donald Trump’s presidency will play a…

Episode One: Comstock, Hyde, and Pence aka The Deciders

January 20, 2018 2:34 am

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The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

January 16, 2018 7:44 pm

Women face more obstacles to voting than men do. By Mandy Velez / AlterNet Trump got one thing right. The voting system is “rigged”—though not in the way he thinks—and it has serious consequences for women. Every election, poor folks,…

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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…

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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…