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.

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Ari Berman for MotherJones The Trump administration’s controversial pick to run the 2020 census has withdrawn from consideration to be deputy director of the US Census Bureau, according to sources close to the bureau.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

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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…