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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Danziger on Trump, Kellyanne, and their "alternative facts"

Danziger: Stubborn Things And Stupid Things

Previous presidents found that facts could be frustratingly “stubborn” or even “stupid” — but as Danziger observes, Donald Trump and his advisers feel free to invent their own “alternative facts,” always in the service of a larger lie.

January 23, 2017
Media, Spicer

Trump’s War With the Media Has Begun And We’ve Seen Nothing Yet

According to a handful of lawyers specializing in First Amendment and press issues, Trump is primed to use his office’s great power to intimidate, obstruct, censor, spy on, and silence the media. In the most visible instances, bullying, the president faces no restrictions on his speech, regardless of its truth or who he victimizes.

January 23, 2017
Trump, Executive Order, Gag Rule

How Trump’s Latest Executive Order Will Negatively Affect Women’s Health Worldwide

“Women’s health and rights are now one of the first casualties of the Trump administration,” said Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington. “The global gag rule has been associated with an increase in unsafe abortions and we expect that Trump’s global gag rule will cost women their lives,” she said.

January 23, 2017
Susan Collins, Obamacare

Republican Senators Propose Giving States Option To Keep Obamacare

Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare. However, a legislative proposal by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would let states choose to keep Obamacare or move to a replacement program, for which states would also receive some federal funding.

January 23, 2017
SNL Cold Open Starring Vladimir Putin

#EndorseThis: A Friendly Message From Putin In SNL Cold Open

“Relax, I got this,” smirks Vladimir Putin in SNL’s cold open, directly addressing the troubled American majority. “Putti is going to make everything OK. I promise that we will take care of America. It’s the most expensive thing we ever bought.”

January 23, 2017
Trump, Ethics

President Trump Sued Over Foreign Government Payments To His Firms

The lawsuit filed in federal court by the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington contended that Trump is “submerged in conflicts of interest” because of ties with countries such as China, India, and potentially Russia. It seeks to stop Trump from accepting any improper payments, citing a constitutional provision known as the “emoluments” clause that bans them.

January 23, 2017
Women's March

After The March, 500 Women Learn How To Run For Office

The day after the Women’s March brought half a million people to Washington, 500 women from across the country spent Sunday learning how to run for office. The candidate training held by EMILY’s List, the largest Democratic women’s group in the country, focused on overcoming the “intimidation factor” when navigating political campaigning.

January 23, 2017
Trump, Blind Trust, Ethics

Trump Promised To Resign From His Companies — But There’s No Record He’s Done So

To transfer ownership of his biggest companies, Trump has to file a long list of documents in Florida, Delaware and New York. ProPublica asked officials in each of those states whether they have received the paperwork. The officials said they have not.

January 23, 2017

Progressives Need A Compelling Narrative To Thrive

To counteract the forces that would reverse Obama’s policies to fight climate change or exacerbate income inequality by cutting taxes for the wealthy, progressives need to come together and find ways to clearly articulate what they stand for, while telling a simple and compelling story that shows how their ideas will help shape a better future.

January 23, 2017
Climate Change

What Climate Change? White House Touts Energy Plans

Minutes after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Obama’s White House energy page was swiftly replaced with a box of text under the headline “An America First Energy Plan.” Climate change was still mentioned on the energy page, but only once, and only to dismiss any concern. The missing piece is a plan to address climate change.

January 23, 2017

Justice Department: Trump Son-In-Law Kushner Can Serve As White House Adviser

The Justice Department said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency. However, if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and also give him security clearance, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply.

January 23, 2017
Conway, Alternative Facts

Trump Team Welcomes Made-Up ‘Alternative Facts’ In Media Fight

Kellyanne Conway and team Trump seem to think that unless every inauguration attendee was personally counted, the Trump team can assert whatever it wants—evidence be damned. “I don’t think you can prove those numbers one way or the other,” Conway said. “There’s no way to really quantify crowds. We all know that.”

January 23, 2017
Trump, Healthcare

Investors Gird For Impact Of Trump Healthcare Measures

An order by President Donald Trump that could scale back enforcement of some Obamacare provisions is unlikely to sink health insurance stocks, but shares of hospitals and Medicaid providers could be under pressure over fears more poor people would lose coverage.

January 23, 2017

UK’s May To Defend Free Trade, Iran Deal In Talks With Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May will stress the value of free trade and her support for the Iran nuclear deal when she meets President Trump later this week. When asked during an interview about controversy over Trump’s comments on women, May said she would not be afraid to challenge any “unacceptable” talk from Trump.

January 23, 2017

Trump To Sign Orders To Renegotiate NAFTA, Pull Out Of TPP

U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday morning intended to renegotiate NAFTA. In addition to wanting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported.

January 23, 2017
Millions marched to protest a minority president

The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.

January 23, 2017
Trump, ethics

Ethics Lawyers To Sue Trump Over Foreign Payments

A group including former White House ethics attorneys will file a lawsuit on Monday accusing President Donald Trump of allowing his businesses to accept payments from foreign governments, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

January 22, 2017
Trump Cronies, White House

White House Vows To Fight Media ‘Tooth And Nail’ Over (Accurate) Coverage

Trump said he had a “running war” with the media and accused journalists of underestimating the number of people who turned out for his swearing-in. White House officials made clear no truce was on the horizon in television interviews that set a much harsher tone in the traditionally adversarial relationship between the White House and the press corps.

January 22, 2017

Donald Trump Poses A Never-Before-Seen Threat In American History

We must view Trump as a real threat to our institutions, to our democracy, and to our future. The Trump presidency and Trumpism is a new phenomenon in our country’s history. Never before has such an authoritarian personality been president. We’ve had demagogues in the House and Senate, but never in the Oval Office.

January 22, 2017
Women's March

Women’s March: Millions Rally In Defiance Of Trump

The march, believed to be one of the largest-ever demonstrations in the history of the United States, started as a Facebook post in the days after the 2016 presidential election. Within two months, it morphed into the largest event in defiance of Trump’s presidency over inauguration weekend.

January 22, 2017
Immigration, DACA, Dreamers

Whatever Trump Does, ‘Dreamers’ Could Be Deported Soon

Trump is not expected to immediately launch raids targeting the students, but fears among so-called Dreamers could grow as Trump executes plans to deport more than 2 million immigrants with any kind of criminal records. In the process he’s inevitably going to sweep up many DACA students who will be unlikely to be able to protect themselves.

January 22, 2017
Women's Marchers

Challenging Trump, Millions Of Women’s Marchers Stun US And World

The Women’s March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump’s swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Boston, adding to a public outpouring of mass dissent against Trump unmatched in modern U.S. politics for a new president’s first full day in office.

January 22, 2017
Women's March protest signs

Protesters Bring Their Best Placard Game To Women’s March

Mothers brought their sons, fathers brought their daughters, and countless attendees brought their most refined placard game. Here are just a few of the more inspired and inspiring offerings from New York, Los Angeles and beyond:

January 22, 2017
Trump leaves CIA headquarters

Trump Seeks To Reassure CIA Staff At Headquarters Rally

“Many people are asking whether we can serve under a president and national security adviser who’ve expressed such contempt for the intelligence community,” said a veteran CIA officer.

January 22, 2017
Obamacare, Trump

In A Hastily Arranged Ceremony, Trump Signs First Order On Obamacare

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

January 21, 2017