The Good News

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) tweeted, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning" in response to a Trump tweetstorm attacking Corker, an early Trump supporter.


Maura Healey is among the 19 attorneys general who filed suit against Trump’s plan to end subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses.


She also pledged to sue the Trump administration over its move to kill the Clean Power Plan limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.


And Gov. Baker affirmed that Massachusetts is dedicated to meeting Clean Power Plan targets.


Charlottesville activists took the streets in a march for Community Defense Against All Fascism, in response to another ten-minute terrorist photo-op torch rally by Richard Spencer and his followers.


All three Democrats running for Mass governor joined together in downtown Boston to collect signatures to put the millionaire’s tax on the 2018 ballot.


Nancy Pelosi nailed Trump’s newest anti-immigrant proposals. “They are not principles, they are trash.”


30,000 Israelis and Palestinians participated in a Women Wage Peace rally.


Russell Okung of the L.A. Chargers is building a coalition of players to stand up to owners and fight racial injustice.


The Utah police officer whose manhandling of a nurse protecting a patient’s privacy went viral has been fired.


At least 16 of the 17 pro sports teams that stayed at Trump properties in recent years are no longer customers.


Javier Flores Garcia returned to his wife and three children after 11 months of sanctuary in a Philadelphia church. He was granted a waiver deferring deportation while his immigration case moves forward.


A new package of U.S. disaster assistance sailed through the House despite President Trump’s expressed impatience with devoting federal resources to the recovery of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.


The Massachusetts Senate voted to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks (two attachments that increase the firing rate of a weapon) the day after the Mass. House passed a bump stock ban. The versions must be reconciled before a final bill goes to Charlie Baker, who has said he would sign it.


The chairs of the Mass Financial Services Committee asked the Center for Health Information Analysis to expedite its mandated cost analysis of the ACCESS contraceptive bill so that the legislature can consider the bill soon.


The National Women’s Law Center announced a new Legal Network for Gender Equity staffed by 73 lawyers to aggressively defend women and girls from sex discrimination in the workplace, schools, and the health care system.


The Office of Congressional Ethics reported that there’s substantial reason to believe that New York Rep. Chris Collins, one of Trump's strongest congressional allies, violated federal law in insider stock trading.


On Columbus Day, people in New York City, Pittsburgh, protested for the holiday to be renamed Indigenous People’s Day. The Boston protest took place the Saturday before.


Bloomberg Philanthropies is donating $64 million to help the Sierra Club’s campaign to close two-thirds of U.S coal-fired plants by 2020.


The judge who ordered Dreamhost to turn over data about protesters said this week that information on third-party users must be redacted to protect their identities


India’s supreme court ruled sex with a girl under 18 is considered rape, regardless of whether she is married or not. Girls who are raped by their husbands can now bring charges within one year of the offense.


Pope Francis said the death penalty is "inadmissible" and called for church doctrine to prohibit it, the church's strongest comments yet on the issue.


Governor Jerry Brown and California lawmakers took a big step to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for skyrocketing prescription drug prices by passing a law that will require drug makers to notify the public ahead of price hikes, provide a detailed explanation for the increases, and file annual reports outlining how drug costs impact health care premiums.


Hustler's Larry Flynt placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post offering $10 million for information leading to Trump's impeachment and removal from office.


Robert Mueller’s team interviewed Reince Preibus Friday, another sign the investigation is reaching into the highest levels of Trump’s aides and former aides.


Paul Manafort is linked to entities that engaged in a previously unreported $26 million loan with a company owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with reported ties to the Kremlin, according to an NBC News investigation. This brings the total of their known business dealings to around $60 million over the past decade.

Compiled with lots of help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

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After months of campaigning by housing rights activists, Boston City Council approved the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act, which will inform tenants facing evictions of their rights and protections under state law. This is a huge win for local activism!


The Mass. Senate is poised to consider a wide-ranging criminal justice bill that would reform everything from the bail system to mandatory minimum sentences and fees and penalties that weigh heavily on low-income defendants.


The Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, a coalition of 17 insurance providers, has backed the ACCESS bill for comprehensive contraceptive access. They’d previously opposed the bill.


The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed an order to create a fund that would reimburse DACA application costs for Cambridge residents.


Judges keep ruling that the Trump team’s attempts to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy violate federal law. This week, a federal court ruled that the administration broke the law when it tried to delay compliance with rules curbing so-called flaring, a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane.


Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were close to being charged with felony fraud in 2012 over misleading prospective buyers of units in the Trump SoHo. When Trump’s attorney intervened, the charges magically disappeared. This story came to light as the result of intensive investigative reporting by ProPublica, WNYC, and The New Yorker—and that in itself is good news.


In a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s expanded deportation orders, California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation vastly limiting whom state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.


Ben & Jerry’s has signed an agreement with farmworker leaders from Migrant Justice ensuring that all dairy farms that supply them with milk provide humane conditions and fair wages for their workers and creating an enforcement strategy that encourages workers to speak up about violations.


36-year-old progressive Democratic candidate and Morehouse alum Randall Woodfin became the youngest mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, this week, defeating the two-term Republican incumbent by a near 20-point margin.


An Interior Department executive turned whistleblower who claimed the Trump administration reassigned him for disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities resigned this week. Dozens of other senior executive service personnel were suddenly reassigned in June, and the department’s inspector general is probing whether those reassignments were legal.


The inspector general for the Interior Department has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travel during seven months in office, from his use of taxpayer-funded charter and military planes to his mixing of official trips with political appearances.


The EPA inspector general’s office announced that it planned to expand a preliminary investigation into Scott Pruitt’s air travel.


Four organizations—the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women's Law Center, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State—announced lawsuits against the Trump administration’s new rules allowing employers to drop insurance coverage for contraception, less than two hours after they implemented the changes.


And Maura Healey announced that day that she’ll immediately sue the Trump administration over the new regulation.


Massachusetts’ only Confederate memorial, which has been boarded up for four months, will be removed from Georges Island after Columbus Day weekend.


A Texas judge ruled against Trump's voter fraud commission, saying state officials would violate state privacy laws if they provided voters’ personal information to commission members.


An attorney for the state of Hawaii said in a letter to the Supreme Court that the state is planning to challenge President Trump’s new travel ban. The ACLU and other advocacy organizations have also announced they’ll challenge the ban.


Global organization Oxfam criticized the U.S. government's “slow and inadequate response” to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The organization will pursue a two-pronged approach to help the island, advocating for an overall improved response to the disaster and supporting local affiliates who are on site in Puerto Rico and can provide relief.


Puerto Rico’s governor has proposed switching the island over to a microgrid system that would localize the production of electricity to smaller regions, each of which would be powered by a small-scale power plant, such as a compact solar array or a few wind turbines.


A German provider of energy-storage systems will install microgrids to provide electricity for at least 15 emergency relief centers in Puerto Rico.


Two charities cleaning thousands of bikes left behind at Burning Man plan to donate them to hurricane victims.


While Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch spoke patronizingly about gerrymandering, trying to make the argument that the Supreme Court couldn’t involve itself in issues of redistricting on a state level, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg shut him down with just eight words: ““Where did ‘one person, one vote’ come from?” Her response invoked previous court precedents that made it clear that the court could tell states how to run their elections to ensure fairness and equality. And Justice Sotomayor grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough and pointed questions.


Two former officials who worked on the sign-up campaigns for ACA health insurance exchanges when Barack Obama was president launched an initiative called Get America Covered to stand in for the administration's dramatically scaled-back efforts and get the word out about enrollment season. You'll want to follow them on Twitter.


Congress passed the bipartisan Women, Peace, and Security Act making it a core priority for U.S. diplomatic, development, and military personnel to include women in preventing and resolving conflicts.


People stood in lines hundreds deep across Nevada to donate blood for victims of the Las Vegas shooting.


Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) plans to introduce bipartisan legislation to ban the device the Las Vegas shooter used to make semi-automatic weapons fire more rapidly. Legislation to ban bump stocks has gathered bipartisan support rapidly over the past few days.


Rex Tillerson called Trump a "fucking moron" and nearly resigned this summer, according to NBC News. In response to the story, Tillerson denied considering resignation but did not deny the moron comment.


Representative Tim Murphy, a leading abortion opponent, announced he won’t run again after a story surfaced that the married Republican had asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion.


Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, said he will not vote for a tax plan “adding one penny to the deficit.” This could be a major obstacle for the GOP tax plan.


Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized the Trump tax-reform framework after a think tank issued a report finding that many middle-class taxpayers could see their taxes go up.


A transgender woman who was beaten and threatened with death when she refused to collect extortion money for a Guatemalan drug cartel, was raped and tortured by Guatemalan police, and received death threats from coworkers because of her gender identity gained asylum in the U.S. this week after advocacy by the Southern Poverty Law Center.


Hundreds of conservative grassroots supporters streamed into Washington, D.C. to rally for renewable energy and tell Congress why it’s critical to the county’s future.


TransCanada killed its controversial $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline proposal.


The Justice Department plans to unveil a new initiative to increase protections for women facing sexual harassment by landlords, security guards and other rental property staff


The City of San Francisco expanded its recycling program for the first time in 15 years so that residents can now put empty paper cups, paper cartons, plastic bags and bubble wrap into their blue bins.


The dean of Harvard Medical School (HMS) sent an email saying that HMS will now be recognizing "Columbus Day" as Indigenous Peoples' Day.


Saying he can “no longer stay silent” about police brutality, Michael Jordan donated $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations.


State Street Corporation, parent company of the investment firm behind Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue, agreed to pay a combined $5 million to more than 300 women and 15 black employees who were paid less than their white, male counterparts. Looks like the statue is inspiring them as well!


General Electric announced it’s working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future, with two new fully electric models next year and at least 18 more by 2023.


The Senate Judiciary Chairman said there’s no way to avoid a public hearing for Donald Trump Jr., and Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said, "Before this is over with, we will know everything about the Don Jr. meeting.”


Robert Mueller's investigators met with the author of the Trump dossier, Christopher Steele, this past summer as part of an effort to learn if people associated with the Trump campaign and suspected Russian operatives broke any laws.


Trump's associates had two more previously undisclosed contacts with Russia during the 2016 campaign, according to documents turned over to congressional committees and the special counsel. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was invited to a conference in Russia that would be attended by Putin and he received a second proposal for a Trump-branded Moscow project during the campaign. Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, low-level foreign policy advisers, and now Cohen were all contacted by Russians with interests in business and politics in the weeks before or after Trump accepted the nomination.

Compiled with much help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

Good News

We handed Republicans a defeat (again) in their attempt to repeal Obamacare, again. We spoke out fast, and we spoke out powerfully. Indivisible members pressured Congress in more than 300,000 calls and 172 events. Disability rights advocates from ADAPT protested bravely and effectively and disrupted a Senate hearing. Health-care advocates spoke up, some Republicans turned against the bill, and we won. Again.


After the president attacked football players’ rights to silent and peaceful protest, the protests only increased. Players, coaches, and team owners linked arms, spoke out, or took a knee, and NFL ratings for the weekend after Trump’s tirade were up, not down.


Even Tom Brady criticized Trump’s remarks. “I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive."


LeBron James’s “you bum” tweet directed at President Trump was way more popular than any of Trump’s tweets, retweeted more than 620,000 times as of last Sunday afternoon as opposed to 335,657 for Trump’s most popular tweet, his all-caps celebration of his election victory.


Florida’s Democratic Party picked up a crucial seat in the Florida Senate when Democrat Annette Taddeo won in a special election triggered by the resignation of Republican Frank Artiles over racist remark.


Democrat Kari Lerner pulled off a surprising win in a New Hampshire special election for a district in which Republican have a 2-1 advantage in registration. It’s the third time since May that Democrats flipped a House seat in a New Hampshire special election.


Democrats have now flipped 30% of the Republican-held state legislative seats that have come open in 2017. The average Trump margin in these seats in 2016 was 19 points.


Bethel AME, a Jamaica Plain church, opened its doors to an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, a father of five who is fleeing federal immigration authorities. The historically black congregation is the second church in Massachusetts to provide sanctuary to an immigrant facing deportation and, church leaders believe, the first African-American church nationwide to do so.


Massachusetts ranked as the most energy efficient state for the seventh year in a row, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.


Charlie Baker and Marty Walsh established a fund, Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico, to help rebuild Puerto Rico and said the state and city are ready to help those who relocate from Puerto Rico to the Bay State.


Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, delivered a forceful denunciation of racism to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs outside the dorm rooms of five black students. He warned students that he would not tolerate racism at the academy, saying "If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, get out."


President Trump waived the Jones Act, a law that restricts shipping to Puerto Rico in a way that, the island's governor said, complicates and raises the price of hurricane relief.


It’s not nearly enough, but… We celebrate where we can, and FEMA announced Tuesday they’re sending the hospital ship USNS Comfort to help the people of Puerto Rico—2 days after Hillary Clinton tweeted that they should do so.


It’s really not nearly enough, but African-American and Hispanic families and people without college degrees had the fastest rise in wealth in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016, with African-American household wealth increasing by 30% and Hispanic household wealth by 46%—but white families still have nearly 10 times the amount of wealth.


Tom Price resigned after racking up at least $400,000 in private charter flights. Yesterday, in an effort to satisfy Trump, Price offered to reimburse the government $51,887.


House Democrats introduced a discharge petition to force an up-or-down floor vote on the Dream Act.


Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight Committee requested detailed travel records from the White House and 24 departments and agencies dating back to Trump's first day in office. They’re looking into political appointees’ use of government planes for personal travel and their use of private charters for official travel.


The Senate unanimously passed the CHRONIC Care Act, a bill aimed at making Medicare more efficient and lowering costs, the same day Republicans abandoned a vote on the Graham-Cassidy Act. The act expands an ObamaCare program providing care for seniors in their homes, gives new tools to groups of doctors for coordinating patient care, and expands the use of telehealth.


A U.S. District judge permanently struck down provisions of an Indiana law that would have banned abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities and required that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated.


And a different U.S. District judge ruled that the Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to perform ultrasounds first and describe the image to the patient violates the physicians’ First Amendment rights.


The ACLU of Missouri filed suit against the city of St. Louis for unlawful and unconstitutional actions against protesters after the Stockley verdict.


NASA named a new building after African-American math pioneer Katherine Johnson.


Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree allowing women to drive. The order will be implemented by June 2018.


News from MIRA. The legislature voted to override the governor’s veto of $850,000 from a budget item to support English classes and basic education, restoring it to the original $28.8 million.


Maryland has eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers.


The first named public statue of a black person in Philly has just been unveiled, honoring Octavius V. Catto, an educator, scholar, writer, pioneering baseball player, and fearless civil rights activist who fought unflaggingly for an equitable society in the wake of the Civil War.


A group of prominent evangelical Christians are circulating a letter calling on President Trump to take further steps to condemn white supremacists, specifically those in the alt-right.


YouTube has demonetized accounts linked to hate speech, a big hit to the bottom line for conservative YouTube personalities


Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that transgender troops who meet existing standards should not be kicked out of the military.


Monsanto lobbyists were banned from entering the European parliament after the firm refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller.


Boston University researchers have moved closer to identifying a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in the living.


The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify on Russian meddling at a public hearing on November 1.


Target raised their minimum hourly wage to $11/hour in an effort to retain staff, and they plan to reach $15/hour by 2020.


A federal judge ruled that a Louisiana police officer couldn’t sue Black Lives Matter after he was injured during a protest, saying the group, as a social movement, could not be sued.


The National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” debut writers are all women.


The Royal Caribbean cruise line cancelled an upcoming cruise so that one of their ships, which holds 3,800 people, could pick up evacuees and bring supplies to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


An Indiana man was arrested for assault and battery in the Charlottesville protests. With help from Shaun King, the man had been identified from a cell phone video.


Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner shocked many on both sides of the aisle when he signed a bill expanding taxpayer funding of abortion and ensuring the procedure remained legal in the state.


A federal appeals court ruled that day laborers in Oyster Bay, New York, have a first-amendment right to find work by congregating on the streets.


A far-right March Against Communism rally scheduled for after Christmas in Charlotte, North Carolina was cancelled before planning really got underway, with one headliner pulling out and other white nationalist leaders warning their followers not to participate.


Apparently angered by Jared Kushner’s failure to mention the existence of his personal email account when he spoke with the Foreign Intelligence Committee, the committee chairs demanded he turn over every relevant document from every communication channel he might have used.


The House Oversight Committee asked the White House for information about the use of private emails for government duties by Jared Kushner and five other current and former senior aides.


The IRS Criminal Investigation division is sharing information with Robert Mueller about Trump's campaign associates, including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.


Robert Mueller could start interviewing current and former White House staff as soon as this week. On Mueller's short list are Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks, Don McGahn, Josh Raffel, and James Burnham. Related, Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has said he's been informed by Mueller that he will be indicted as part of the FBI's Russia probe, and a Democratic senator said he's "99% sure" Michael Flynn will also be indicted.


Robert Mueller, moving forward on several different fronts, appears to be getting close to a litigation phase, according to this article summarizing seven signs Mueller’s Russia investigation is getting serious.

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Mass Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he "absolutely" supports the objectives of the Safe Communities Act.


John McCain will vote no on Graham-Cassidy. “I cannot in good conscience vote for Graham-Cassidy. A bill impacting so many lives deserves a bipartisan approach.”


Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s Board finally agreed to Attorney General Maura Healey’s demand that they modify the school’s discriminatory hair and makeup policy.


Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo secured, through individual donors and organizations, more than $170,000 to cover the fees for DACA applications from the state’s 250 Dreamers.


CNN has hired Preet Bharara, whom President Donald Trump fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as Senior Legal Analyst and Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics who resigned under Trump, as a contributor.


Volunteer efforts that saved thousands of books from a Mosul library destroyed by Isis were celebrated by 3000 to 4000 people at a reading festival just months after the occupation ended.


Six Dreamers sued the Trump administration over the DACA reversal in one of several lawsuits challenging the decision, including two cases brought by state attorneys general.


The inspector general's office of the Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing Tom Price’s taxpayer-funded travel on private jets. He'll stop his taxpayer-funded travel on private jets pending the inspector general's review.


Jerry Brown and several other U.S. governors met with international and U.N. leaders to assure other countries that they, along with hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord.


In his speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Justin Trudeau issued a rallying cry for the fight against climate change, saying "There is no country on the planet that can walk away from the challenge and reality of climate change."


Nicaragua plans to sign the Paris agreement soon, President Daniel Ortega told state media, leaving the U.S. and Syria the only two nations refusing to support the deal.


Attorneys general from 41 states, including Massachusetts, are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry, looking at marketing and sales practices to find out whether the industry's own actions worsened the epidemic


Two of Trump’s lawyers discussed Russia loudly at an outdoor table at a busy restaurant near the New York Times Washington bureau, and a Times reporter heard it all.


The Washington Post article listing ten Trump lawyer missteps—any one of which, it says, “is highly unusual for a lawyer, or really any public official”—was sparked by the incident of the restaurant conversation, but it had to be updated as more screw-ups occurred.


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is co-chairing an effort to elect more Democratic women as attorneys general, with the goal of electing women to 50% of democratically elected attorney general seats by the end of 2022.


Mayor Walsh plans to throw his support behind a campaign by Boston tech entrepreneur Paul English to commission a monument to Martin Luther King Jr. on Boston Common or another prominent location.


After the policeman who killed Anthony Lamar Smith was acquitted, thousands of people showed up in solidarity with Smith and his family—and continued showing up for several days while the only synagogue in St. Louis gave shelter, food, and water to protesters escaping police violence.


Amid protests in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white police officer accused of murdering a black man after a car chase, eight-year-olds on a youth football team in Illinois decided to take a knee during a pregame rendition of the national anthem.


Here’s a sample of the opposition to the vile Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill: The AMA; American Hospital Association; America's Essential Hospitals; six doctors’ groups (the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association); AARP; Blue Cross Blue Shield groups; and the powerful insurance lobby America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). This is the first version of Trumpcare AHIP has opposed.


The bipartisan Medicaid Directors from all 50 states sharply criticized the bill as unworkable and deeply destructive.


A bipartisan group of ten governors, including Charlie Baker and Alaska Governor Bill Walker, sent a strongly worded letter to Senate leaders voicing their opposition to Graham-Cassidy. "Only open, bipartisan approaches can achieve true, lasting reforms."


A group of six major doctor, hospital, and insurance groups released a joint statement condemning Graham-Cassidy. Quite a feat to unite all sides of the health-care system to speak as one.


Louisiana's Secretary of Health blasted Louisiana Senator Cassidy’s bill.


Jimmy Kimmel’s attacks on Senator Bill Cassidy and the Graham-Cassidy bill garnered lots of attention and lots of pushback, and he took the pushback as an invitation to double down on the bill and its sponsor.


California filed a lawsuit over the Trump plan for a border wall, contending that the wall violates federal environmental standards as well as constitutional provisions regarding the separation of powers and states’ rights.


New Jersey reduced crime while reducing the number of people jailed before trial.


The ACLU plans to launch a project taking on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s policies in his home state. They’ll kick off the “Let People Vote” campaign, in Lawrence, KS, with discussions on voting rights and Kobach’s “election integrity” commission, and they'll mobilize people to organize their own communities.


Nearly 2,900 companies have declared Breitbart off limits since November thanks to Sleeping Giants’ campaign, with the help of its 109,000 Twitter followers and 35,000 Facebook followers, to flag Breitbart advertisers along with an image of the sponsors’ ad next to a Breitbart story.


Oregon added 375,000 voters to the state’s rolls in the year and a half since automatic voter registration went into effect.


New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order prohibiting police from asking about people’s immigration status in most cases.


The pro-Trump “Mother of All Rallies” in D.C. drew only about 200 people.


Three members of Congress were arrested in a Make the Road demonstration supporting a clean DREAM Act.


The US will be receiving 50 refugees through the agreement with Australia that Trump called dumb.


Marie Le Pen’s top aide, widely credited with bolstering the National Front’s image, resigned to spare himself what he called the humiliation of continuing to work for Le Pen.


Robert Mueller requested details on Trump's most scrutinized actions, including his Oval Office meeting with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak the day after the firing of James Comey, as well as documents concerning the firing of Mike Flynn and the administration's response to news of the Trump Tower meeting organized by Donald Trump Jr. The document requests provide the clearest proof yet that several aspects of his inquiry are focused squarely on Mr. Trump’s behavior in the White House.


Mueller has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the Comey firing.


Details of recorded communications obtained via a FISA-authorized wiretap of Paul Manafort last year have been provided to Robert Mueller.


When Federal agents raided Manafort's Virginia home in July, Mueller's prosecutors told Manafort they planned to indict him. Mueller's team has subpoenaed several Manafort associates.


While managing Donald Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort offered to provide private briefings on the presidential race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin.


Manafort also used his presidential campaign email account to correspond with a Ukrainian political operative with suspected Russian ties, seeking repayment for work he did in Ukraine and discussing potential opportunities in the country.


On Friday, when Trump ripped into players who protest during the national anthem, #TakeaKnee immediately started to trend on Twitter. Notable responses so far: Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell, son of an Army Vet, born on a military base, became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem, and teammate Mark Canha placed his hand on Maxwell's shoulder in a show of support. Saturday night, Stevie Wonder, performing at the Global Citizens Festival in New York’s Central Park, said he was “taking a knee for America” to cheers from the crowd, and with the help of his son, he knelt down on stage.


In London, at the first NFL game after Trump's remarks, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens locked arms, and about half of both teams' players took a knee during the national anthem. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who contributed $1 million to the Trump inauguration, locked arms with his players in what is believed to be the first visible participation in by a league owner.


When Stephen Curry said he voted “no” to visiting the White House, Trump uninvited the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors, and the team said they would use their trip to Washington to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.” Later that day, the University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men’s basketball team announced that they won't visit the White House.

Compiled with much help, and even more inspiration, from the amazing Abby Brockman.

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Boston set up a $1.4 million legal defense fund for immigrants, refugees, and temporary status holders—an effort, Mayor Walsh said, to keep the city’s families together despite the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict immigration.


California’s legislature passed a "sanctuary state" bill that establishes new protections for people who are in the country illegally and sends a clear signal of defiance against the Trump administration's tough approach to immigration enforcement. The California Values Act forbids state and local law enforcement from providing information to or acting as deputies for federal immigration authorities and prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.


A U.S. District judge in Chicago issued a nationwide injunction that blocks Jeff Sessions' attempt to deny grant funding to “sanctuary” communities, saying Sessions exceeded his authority in imposing new conditions on jurisdictions' eligibility for a major grant that funds police departments.


Both houses of Congress unanimously approved a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, describing Heather Heyer’s death as a “domestic terrorist attack” and urging the Trump administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. The resolution also calls on the Justice Department to “use all resources available” to improve data collection on hate crimes and “address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.” Trump signed the bill.


Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman said members of President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, one of the business advisory groups that Trump disbanded after many of its member resigned, "were under legitimately, astonishing pressure" to quit in response to the president's Charlottesville remarks. He added that he received hundreds of emails—that was us—and he said CEOs were concerned about employee and shareholder reactions.


Democrats won two GOP-held legislative seats in special elections in Oklahoma and New Hampshire. In Oklahoma, the Democrat won a seat for the state’s House of Representatives by nearly 21 points in a district Trump won by over 10 points. A New Hampshire Democrat defeated his Republican opponent for the state House of Representatives by 1,267 votes to 1,009 votes. Trump won that district by 16 points. This makes 6 turnovers from Republican to Democrat in contested state House and Senate races in 2017 and 26 out of 35 races at the state legislative and congressional level in which the Democratic nominee has outperformed Hillary Clinton's showing last November. Republicans have yet to flip a Democratic-controlled seat this year.


In all 10 special elections for districts where the presidential margin shifted 10 points or more toward Donald Trump compared to the 2012 margin, the margin shifted back toward Democrats. There are 35 House seats either Clinton or Obama won that are currently held by Republicans, and another 63 that either Clinton or Obama lost by fewer than 10 points. Republicans currently hold a 24-seat majority in the House. Hey, you do the math.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel declared the city a "Trump-free zone" after Trump ended protection for Dreamers.


Pope Francis said that President Trump should reconsider his decision to end DACA if he considers himself “pro-life.”


California, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine challenged Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. Last week, 15 states and the District of Columbia filed suit to defend the program.


Governor Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders are setting aside $30 million to help immigrants affected by President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA.


Justice was finally done in Ferguson MO when the city abruptly dropped its prosecution of Fred Watson, who had been approached five years ago by a police officer while sitting in his parked car, and then was charged with failure to wear a seatbelt and six more offenses. His case, which was detailed in the Department of Justice report on Ferguson’s criminal justice system, generated widespread public outrage.


House lawmakers adopted in a series of unanimous voice votes three bipartisan measures to rein in civil asset forfeiture, a law enforcement practice that allows police to confiscate property from individuals without ever convicting them of a crime, and often without even charging them. The measure blocks the implementation of a Jeff Sessions directive earlier this year encouraging such seizures.


Bernie Sanders’ bill to expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program was backed by at least 15 Democratic senators, and John Conyers Jr.’s single-payer bill is now co-sponsored by 117 representatives — a historic and unprecedented majority of House Democrats.


The top two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), introduced legislation originated by Senators. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to stop the Defense Department from following through on President Donald Trump’s directive to kick out trans service members.


The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bipartisan bill increasing the budget for the National Institutes of Health to $36.1 billion. Trump’s proposed budget had cut NIH funding by 22% to $26.6 billion.


And the Senate Appropriations Committee overseeing health, education, and labor spending voted to level fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which President Trump wanted to phase out. The House has already passed a level-funded bill.


The same committee voted to leave intact the main federal programs aimed at teacher training and after-school funding and bar the Department of Education from moving forward with two school choice initiatives pitched in its request for fiscal year 2018. A House appropriations panel also rejected the school choice initiatives. Taken together, that's a major setback for Betsy DeVos's number-one priority. The House didn’t sign off on the Trump administration's plan to eliminate after-school and summer programs, but they joined with the administration in scrapping teacher-training programs.


Congressional investigators are examining whether Michael Flynn secretly promoted a plan by private business interests to build US-Russian nuclear power plants in the Middle East while he was serving in the White House.


With a search warrant, Robert Mueller and his team obtained Russian-linked ads run on Facebook during the presidential election. Facebook gave Mueller and his team copies of ads linked to a Russian troll farm as well as detailed information on the accounts that bought the ads and the way the ads were targeted. Use of a search warrant means Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a contribution in connection with an election. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions and helped that effort, they could be charged.


Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn have hired lawyers following reports that Robert Mueller wants to interview them.


Republicans with close links to the White House increasingly believe—based on Mueller’s hiring of lawyers experienced in dealing with money laundering crimes and the Mafia and the intensity of his pursuit of witnesses and evidence—that Mueller is “going for the kill” in his investigation.


This “state of the Mueller investigation” article points out that Mueller is burrowing in hard on the obstruction of justice angle in light of the "angry, meandering" draft White House justification for firing Comey, never released but obtained by Mueller.


Current and former White House aides caught up in the probe are being advised by their attorneys to tell the truth even if that might hurt the president.


A spokesman for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Jason Maloni, testified for about two and a half hours before the grand jury probing potential collusion between the campaign and Russia.


Members of Trump’s “electoral integrity” commission and witnesses who testified at their New Hampshire meeting commission bashed Kris Kobach for screwing up the basic facts of New Hampshire’s elections law in his assertion of fraud in that state’s elections and accused him of jumping to conclusions.


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a plan to require more than 14,000 buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to upgrade boilers, water heaters, windows, and roofs to meet new fossil fuel caps by 2030. The city council must approve the program.


Two advocacy groups moved to challenge Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, alleging that the president's move was unconstitutional because it undermined the power of the federal judiciary.


A Chinese official announced that the government is working on a timetable to end “production and sales of traditional energy vehicles,” i.e., gasoline and diesel cars. China is the world’s largest car market, responsible for around 30% of global passenger vehicle sales


Maura Healey announced she will sue Equifax for violating state consumer protection laws, the first state attorney general to do so.


50,000 marchers participated in a London rally against Brexit.


The California State Assembly passed a bill requiring all presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be placed on the state’s ballot.


Martin Shkreli, the guy who jacked up prices for AIDS and cancer drugs, is in jail without bail.


When ESPN tried to keep Jemele Hill off the air after she called the president a white supremacist, her colleagues acted in solidarity and she kept her spot.


Jeff Sessions apparently put up with Trump’s insults this summer because he hoped to fulfill his deepest wish, to make life hard for immigrants. He got a chance with his DACA announcement and its vicious and often false attack on Dreamers. But then, ten days later, Trump undercut him again by tweeting, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!” It’s just kind of hard to feel sorry for Jeff Sessions.


At a White House meeting, Nancy Pelosi got men to pay attention.Does anybody listen to women when they speak around here?” she said when the men at the DACA discussion talked over her. They didn’t interrupt her again.


With Hurricane Irma, we once again saw an outpouring of caring and support, including Syrian refugees who cooked feasts for evacuees, and a chainsaw-wielding nun who cleared fallen trees from roads. The chainsaws were sitting in a closet at her school, Sister Margaret Ann said, "and they didn't belong there. They needed to be used.”

Writer Lynne Barrett described this spirit beautifully in a Facebook post about her drive from Florida to Boston. “As I was driving north, into GA, I kept seeing lines of power repair trucks going south. In the NE Georgia hills, just short of the NC border, in the parking lot of a Bojangles where people saw my license plate and wished me well, I saw a group of young men who had gathered to head south together in a couple of trucks, ready to do whatever work was needed. And as I went onward, in VA on I-81 and up into PA: more power trucks, lines of them, jauntily on the way. I cheered them, and couldn't help but think how, this is what we are at best: organized, capable, and using what we have to help each other, to repair and rebuild and support.”