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Two weeks' worth.

Both Massachusetts senators stood up for Dreamers last week when they opposed the continuing resolution because it didn't include a clean Dream Act. Senator Warren committed to this some time ago. We called (and called and called...) Senator Markey, and on the day of the vote, he came through, too! Massachusetts is the only state with two senators on the Dream Hero list.


People protested outside 700 Verizon stores around the country (including in Boston) to defend net neutrality.


Nearly 200 Dreamers and their allies were arrested on Capitol Hill as protests across the country called for a Clean Dream Act.


Raise Up Massachusetts—a coalition of labor, religious, and community organizations—collected 274,652 signatures on petitions for its two Mass ballot questions, 139,055 for the $15 minimum wage and 135,597 for paid family and medical leave, far more than the 64,750 required for each.


Meanwhile, abortion opponents collected only 57,400 of the requisite 64,750 for their (failed) petition to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services.


Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the deadly shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American man. Shaun King: “For the first time in any national case of police brutality in this generation, a police officer is being held responsible for his violence and corruption.”


In Salt Lake City, thousands protested Trump's decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah two days before his visit to the state, and thousands more protesters greeted him when he arrived.


The day Trump made his announcement about the monuments, Patagonia’s website read, “The President Stole Your Land. In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” The company joined a coalition of environmental, archaeological, and Native American groups in suing the Trump administration to protect the monuments.


Thousands of Alabamians have seen their voting rights restored thanks to an incredible volunteer effort.


German pilots grounded more than 220 flights that were to be used to deport failed asylum seekers.


David Ermold, the gay man whom Kim Davis denied a marriage license two years ago, visited her in her office again, this time to file to run against her for county clerk.


"I am throwing in with the Democratic Party." Kurt Bardella, a rising Republican star, detailed in a brutal op-ed the reasons he's leaving the Republican Party.


Public outcry forced the VA to reverse course on their plan to drastically cut a $460 million program that helps provide housing to homeless veterans—just a week after they announced the cuts.


The Silence Breakers are Time’s Person of the Year in tribute to the “Me-too” movement of women and men speaking out about sexual harassment.


A judge found the NYPD in contempt of court for failing to turn over undercover surveillance footage of Black Lives Matter activists.


The Washington Post exposed a Project Veritas sting attempt involving a woman who falsely claimed to the newspaper that Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager.


New York State may revoke Project Veritas’s fundraising license because it didn’t disclose that its founder, James O’Keefe, had a criminal record.


Young voters in Virginia came out in historic numbers and overwhelmingly cast their ballots for the Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, 69% versus 30%, with a turnout rate of 34%, double the youth turnout in 2009.


Jen Jordan flipped a Republican seat in a special election for the Georgia state senate, ending the Republican two-thirds supermajority in that body. Lots of women flipping seats this year!


Obama had three of the top 10 most retweeted posts of 2017. None of Trump’s tweets made the top 10.


A federal appeals court ruled that judges cannot deny bail to immigrants in criminal cases solely because they are living in the country unlawfully and could be deported before trial.


A federal judge in Northern California ruled that immigration judges must release teens who don't pose a danger, saying, "They can't just arrest someone, ship them across the country and lock them up based on nothing more than suspicion."


The only man who can actually fire Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein, says he's satisfied with the special counsel’s work.


In the financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics, Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his role as co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law.


Prosecutors working for Robert Mueller are pushing for Paul Manafort to remain confined to his home on GPS monitoring because he enlisted a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to Russian intelligence to help him ghostwrite an op-ed to justify his political consulting in Ukraine.


Zeroing in on Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank, Robert Mueller issued a subpoena that forced the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family.


Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Trump Jr. asked her for evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation during their Trump Tower meeting—and when she told him she didn't have information about the Clintons, he lost interest and the meeting fizzled out.


The federal court that partially blocked Trump’s transgender policy in an earlier ruling issued a clarification saying the military must accept transgender service members by January 1.


The Supreme Court declined to review a Maryland law banning the sale of semiautomatic guns with certain military-style features, similar to weapons used in recent mass shootings. Several other states (including Massachusetts) and many cities and towns have similar laws.


The Supreme Court also refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public.


The House of Representatives unanimously approved the SAFE Act increasing the maximum penalty for female genital mutilation.


Maura Healey joined 18 other state prosecutors in an amicus brief backing Pennsylvania's suit against the federal government over new administration rules that roll back contraceptive coverage.


The Office of Special Counsel opened a case file into whether Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act when she assailed Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.


Subpoenas were sent to 23 Trump businesses requiring them to preserve records for a lawsuit accusing him of profiting from his office through continued ownership of his businesses.


The Treasury's inspector general is investigating whether Steve Mnuchin hid a Treasury Department analysis of the Republican tax bill, or if the department even did one. Mnuchin had said their analysis proved economic growth from the tax cuts would offset lost revenue, but no report was ever released.


The New York City council voted to ban paid LGBTQ conversion therapy for kids and adults.


Billy Bush said that seven additional people heard Trump brag about grabbing women by their genitalia. Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the Access Hollywood video.


Austria’s supreme court ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry starting in 2019, saying a law to the contrary violated the principle of non-discrimination.


Iceland elected a 41-year-old Democratic Socialist, environmentalist, and feminist as their new prime minister.


The transit authority in Cairo hired its first female bus driver after introducing a female-only bus service to protect women from sexual harassment.


The school board in Portland, Maine, voted to enact a new policy protecting transgender students.


More than 50 mayors signed a formal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities and agreed to meet goals similar to those in the Paris climate accord.


Volunteers for the group Postcards to Voters handwrote postcards to every registered Democrat in Alabama, urging them to vote for Doug Jones in Tuesday’s election.


Deval Patrick, Cory Booker, and John Lewis are campaigning in Alabama this weekend for senatorial candidate Doug Jones; Lewis cancelled his appearance Saturday for the opening of the Civil Rights Museum after it was announced that Trump would attend.


Lawrence MA pushed back against a warning by Jeff Sessions that he will cut off its federal public safety grants unless the city reconsiders its Trust Act.


Tobacco companies have been ordered to run ads admitting they lied about the dangers of smoking while at the same time making cigarettes more addictive.


Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama are pushing to remove Trump's name from the building as the tower attempts to revive its business.


Nike is closing the Niketown location housed in a property managed by the Trump Organization. It's the organization's biggest tenant in a single space, estimated to be worth $235 million.


And—oh yeah—Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel's office.

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When Charlie Baker signed the ACCESS bill ensuring access to free birth control, Massachusetts became the first state to counter Trump’s gutting of the ACA’s birth-control mandate.


The Mass legislature passed (with only one vote opposed) and Governor Baker signed the LOOK bill eliminating the requirement that all public-school course content for English-language learners be taught in English, an approach that left many students to fall through the cracks.


GQ named Colin Kaepernick its 2017 Citizen of the Year.


A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled against the Trump administration's policy of withholding law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.


A week later, a second federal judge permanently blocked Trump's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary communities, saying he cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.


Enrollment on the federal Obamacare marketplace hit nearly 2.3 million in the first three weeks of sign-up season, beating by almost 900,000 people—or 64% — the number who signed up during the first four weeks of enrollment in 2016.


Allison Ikley-Freeman, an open lesbian in a same-sex marriage, won a state senate seat in an Oklahoma district that Trump won by 39 points—the fourth seat Democrats have flipped in the state since 2016.


LaToya Cantrell was elected the first woman mayor of New Orleans.


Democratic New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller won the race to become Albuquerque's next mayor with 62% to 38% of the vote after 8 years of Republican control.


A second federal judge halted Trump's transgender military ban, saying that active-duty service members are "already suffering harmful consequences" because of the policy. This injunction goes further than the previous ruling by preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries.


One of Michael Flynn’s lawyers told an attorney for President Trump that he can no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the election—a sign that Flynn may be preparing to cooperate with the investigation.


Robert Mueller's team issued a subpoena to the Trump administration asking multiple campaign officials to produce Russia-related documents.


Jared Kushner failed to disclose that a senior Russian official tried to arrange a meeting between Putin and Trump.


Kushner testified that he didn't recall if anybody on the campaign communicated with WikiLeaks, but a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee shows Trump Jr. emailed Kushner to tell him WikiLeaks had contacted him on Twitter.


Papa John's Pizza apologized for CEO John Schnatter's comments blaming sluggish pizza sales on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The company's stock fell by nearly 13 percent after the comments.


Conservative activist Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, a conservative Christian organization, is pulling out of contention to become ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.


Rev. Jamie Johnson resigned as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at DHS after a CNN report revealed racially disparaging remarks he made during talk radio appearances.


Australia took a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality when, in an unprecedented national postal survey, 61.6% of voters approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry.


A federal judge overturned the Texas ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure, dealing another blow to the state’s efforts to restrict abortion.


More than 400 American millionaires and billionaires sent a letter to Congress urging Republican lawmakers not to cut their taxes and not to pass any tax bill that “further exacerbates inequality” and adds to the debt.


Out of 38 economists surveyed by the University of Chicago's Initiative on Global Markets, 37 said the GOP tax plans would cause the debt to increase substantially faster than the economy. The 38th economist says he misread the question


Not One Penny, a campaign by progressive groups to oppose tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy, will launch an ad campaign of more than $1 million attacking the Republican tax plan and targeting 25 House GOP districts. Here’s a sample ad.


An all-volunteer group of activists defied the odds by collecting hundreds of thousands of voter signatures for a 2018 ballot initiative to overhaul redistricting in Michigan and end partisan gerrymandering.


Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, filed a complaint over Kellyanne Conway's attacks on Alabama Democratic candidate Doug Jones. He believes she may have violated the Hatch Act prohibiting federal employees from using their positions for political purposes.


Eight Senators introduced bipartisan gun legislation to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report criminal history records to the national criminal background check system.


Thousands marched in DC to protest how Congress and the administration have handled Puerto Rico’s hurricane recovery and to pressure them to step things up.


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating what he believes is a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC with fake public comments on net neutrality.


President Trump’s company agreed to remove his name and give up management of Trump Soho following signs that business has flagged for months, beginning during his polarizing campaign. And rates at nearly all Trump hotels have plummeted.


The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq.


A federal court appointed a special official to course-correct the lack of investment Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities.


Sherwood, Arkansas, will stop jailing people who can’t afford to pay court fees, thanks to a suit filed by the ACLU and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


A South Carolina judge is putting a stop to the illegal practice of locking up people for traffic tickets.


A federal court ordered DHS and ICE to comply with a Southern Poverty Law Center request asking the agencies to disclose documents concerning their raids on the homes of immigrants in Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas that placed 121 women and children in detention.


A weekend conference organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer was shut down after the owners of the Maryland farm he rented discovered he was behind the event.

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“Anti-Trump backlash fuels a Democratic sweep in Virginia and elections across the country.” November 8 headline in the Washington Post.


Charlotte Alter's tweet nails this moment. “A trans woman beat the guy who introduced the bathroom bill. A gun victim's boyfriend beat a delegate with an "A" grade from the NRA. A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia. Something's happening here, folks.”


The 15 seats Democrats flipped in the Virginia House of Delegates were all held by men. Eleven were won by women, and some of those women made history: Virginia’s first openly transgender person to win elective office and the first open lesbian, first Asian American woman, and first two Latinas elected to the House of Delegates.


Six women of color won seats on the 13-member Boston City Council.


Yvonne Spicer, who was elected Framingham’s first mayor, is believed to be Massachusetts’ first popularly elected female African American mayor.


Salem voters upheld the proposed change the city's charter deeming it a sanctuary for peace and reelected Mayor Kim Driscoll, who supported the designation.


Charlotte, North Carolina, elected its first African-American woman mayor, Vi Lyles, and St. Paul, Minnesota, chose the city’s first mayor of color, Melvin Carter.


The first openly transgender woman of color elected to public office, Andrea Jenkins, won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council.


Eight transgender candidates were elected in races across the country.


Every member of the Palm Springs, CA, City Council identifies as LGBTQ+.


Manchester, New Hampshire, elected its first female mayor. Joyce Craig is also the first Democrat to be elected mayor of Manchester in 14 years.


Wilmot Collins, a black refugee from Liberia who ran as a progressive, was elected mayor of Helena, the capitol of deeply red Montana.


Maine voted by an overwhelming margin to expand the state’s Medicaid program after Republican Governor Paul LePage vetoed expansion 5 different times. Maine will be the 32d state to expand the program, and the first where voters directly authorized the expansion.


You can learn about more historic victories across the country here and here.


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Demanding that Congress pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year, thousands of immigrant youth and their supporters took over the Hart Senate building Thursday, and thousands more walked out of schools nationwide.


Twenty-five House Democrats took the Dreamer pledge, saying they won’t vote for any government spending bill, risking a shutdown, unless Congress passes the Dream Act. Four Senators—Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker—also pledged to withhold their votes on the spending bill unless there's a DACA solution.


And twenty House Republicans pressed Paul Ryan to act quickly on legislation to protect Dreamers. They indicated that it would easily pass the House, with dozens in the GOP set to join Democrats in backing any bill.


At least five companies, including Keurig and Realtor.com, have pulled their ads from Sean Hannity's show in response to his coverage of Roy Moore.


Five states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to halt the administration’s rollback of the ACA’s birth control mandate, arguing that the change is unconstitutional and discriminatory.


The Montgomery County, Maryland, Council voted unanimously to require a $15-per-hour minimum wage starting in 2021.


Los Angeles County adopted a new plan to divert about 80% of arrested youth away from the criminal justice system and offer them support services instead.


Spelman and Morehouse college students went on hunger strike to call attention to food insecurity on campus, and they convinced both schools to offer 14,000 free meals to students each year.


In a Pennsylvania case that could force the redrawing of congressional maps before the 2018 election, the state’s Supreme Court ordered a lower court to decide a gerrymandering lawsuit by the end of this year.


A group of US states, cities, and businesses with a combined economic power equal to the world’s third-biggest economy joined together at the Bonn conference on climate change to take "America’s pledge,” a commitment to combat global warming in stark opposition to the Trump administration.


Trump has succeeded in getting every other country in the world to sign the Paris climate agreement. Nicaragua signed last month, and now Syria, the last holdout, has announced it will sign.


A record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment compared to the same period in previous years despite the administration's cutbacks in outreach and advertising.


Trump's "election integrity" commission was sued by one of its own members. Matt Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the 11-member board, filed a suit claiming that he's being denied access to the commission's records and has been effectively frozen out of its activities.


Massachusetts became the first state to impose a ban on bump stocks since the Las Vegas shooting.


Robert Mueller's team interviewed Stephen Miller.


At least nine Trump associates (Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, J.D. Gordon, Michael Flynn, and Jeff Sessions) had contacts with Russians during the campaign or presidential transition.


Sam Clovis—a right-wing radio host who is not a scientist—withdrew his nomination from a senior USDA position, due to his ties to the Russia scandal.


New York City passed a series of bills to protect undocumented residents and prevent city employees from working with ICE.


Framingham-based TJX Cos has continued to pay the employees of its 29 still-closed stores in Puerto Rico.


Directly contradicting much of the administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report saying humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.


Denver is the latest city to mandate rooftop gardens or solar installations on large new buildings, joining San Francisco, New York, Paris, London and other cities around the world.


Justice Department prosecutors dropped their second case against the woman who laughed at Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing.


George Bush called Trump a "blowhard" who is only interested in feeding his own ego.


A law to honor the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birth sailed through Congress, and the president signed it.


Lamar Smith, the preeminent climate change denier in Congress and chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, will retire.


The University of Notre Dame will continue providing students and employees with access to birth control free of charge, reversing an earlier decision.


Over one hundred tech companies filed a brief supporting the lawsuit brought by four states over Trump’s decision to end DACA.


The Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the Donald Trump Jr meeting said he told her that if Trump won, he’d be open to pushing for changes to a U.S. law targeting Russian official, and he requested financial documents showing that money that evaded U.S. taxes had gone to Clinton’s campaign.


500 protesters met Trump in Hawaii. Some of the signs are great.


We don’t normally report polls, but the timing of this one felt significant. Approaching the first anniversary of the election, Trump had an approval rating lower than any previous chief executive at this point in his presidency over seven decades of polling. Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans — 37 percent — say they approve of the way he is handling his job.

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Everyone who advocated with the Mass Senate for a truly progressive criminal justice reform bill saw their efforts bear fruit last week when they passed a bill that promises a historic reform of the criminal justice system. Next stop—the House.


Puerto Rico's power company said it will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy.


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the Anderson-Murray bipartisan deal to shore up ObamaCare's insurance markets would reduce the deficit by nearly $4 billion by 2027 while not substantially impacting the number of people with health insurance.


Reliable electricity was restored to San Juan's children's hospital with the help of Tesla’s solar-powered panels and batteries.


Counterprotesters outnumbered, and often drowned out, the White Live Matters rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Another set of protesters lined the streets of nearby Murfreesboro, where a second rally was scheduled, but the bus of white supremacists never showed up.


The number of children engaged in exploitative and often life-threatening work worldwide plummeted over the past 16 years. In 2016, there were 98 million fewer boys and girls forced to work than in 2000.


The day after a U.S. Court of Appeals sided with an undocumented pregnant teenager against the Trump administration's attempts to block her access to abortion, she ended her pregnancy.


Oregon added 375,000 voters to the state’s rolls in the year and a half since they enacted automatic voter registration to register voters when they interact with the DMV. The Massachusetts Automatic Voter Registration bill is awaiting action by the Joint Committee on Election Laws.


The Maryland attorney general is investigating one of the Kushner family's real estate businesses in light of media reports about allegedly abusive debt collection practices and poor conditions at several of its properties.


A historic number of well-funded Democratic candidates have flooded Republican House districts ahead of 2018, about 4 times as many candidates as House Democrats had at this point before the 2016 or 2014 elections and more than twice as many as Republicans had at this point when they captured the House in 2010.


Robert Mueller’s team is working with the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office to determine whether Paul Manafort was involved in a money-laundering scheme. The investigators are seeking to push him into cooperating with their probe into the possible collusion, two sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said.


A Kentucky judge who refused to hear adoption cases involving gay parents will resign rather than fight a state judicial panel’s charge that he violated rules requiring judges to perform their duties impartially.


Ad revenue for Fox News plunged 17% in September from the previous September while CNN lost just 1% in revenue and MSNBC was up 2%.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called on the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, saying that revoking TPS would “adversely impact several key industries where TPS recipients make up a significant amount of the workforce."


The head of Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm that worked for the Trump campaign, said he asked Julian Assange for help finding Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Assange confirmed the story, saying he refused the request.


Germany is producing so much renewable energy that its grid operators will pay consumers for using electricity this Sunday.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that polio could be wiped out by the end of 2017.


The Government Accountability Office will investigate Trump's “election integrity” commission in response to a request by Democratic senators to look into the federal funds used to support the commission, its work on voter participation, what information and methodology it is using for its conclusions, how it is protecting any voter information collected, and how it’s following regulations.


Reddit is purging Nazi, white-supremacist, and other hate-based groups from its site as part of a new policy that bans certain violent material.


Oh, and NBC reported that a federal grand jury approved the first charges in Robert Mueller’s investigation, with an indictment to be made public Monday.

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A federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump's third attempt to implement his travel ban, finding that it “plainly discriminates” based on nationality.


The federal judge in Maryland who also issued a halt to the travel ban asserted that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.


Tom Marino, pal of big pharma and Trump’s nominee for drug czar, withdrew from consideration after a Washington Post/60 Minutes investigation detailed how he’d steered through Congress legislation weakening DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors.


Of the 2,500 people who turned out for Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida, nearly all were protesters.


Progressive Democrat Paul Feeney withstood a heavy (and sleazy) negative campaign against him to win a Massachusetts state senate seat with 49% of the vote to 43% for the Republican and 9% for an independent candidate. The man he’s replacing, James Timilty, was considered the most conservative Democratic state senator.


George W. Bush, without using the president’s name, attacked Trump on many fronts in a wide-ranging speech. Here’s a sample: “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children."


John McCain blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” in his speech accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal.


The Supreme Court ordered a New Mexico city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall.


Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion.


Tulane University is offering a tuition-free semester to college students in Puerto Rico displaced by Hurricane Maria.


Summer Zervos, who accused Donald Trump of groping her, has subpoenaed his campaign for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”


Jeff Sessions sent an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student.


San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called Trump “a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others,” after the president said his predecessors didn’t call families of service members killed in the line of duty.


Sean Spicer met with Robert Mueller's team for an interview, lasting most of the day, in which he was asked about the firing of former FBI director James Comey, his statements regarding the firing, and Trump’s meetings with Russians officials, including the Oval Office meeting with Sergei Lavrov.


Agawam small businessman Dave Ratner, who attended President Trump’s signing of his executive order on healthcare, does not support the order. “I was duped by the White House,” he said.


The NFL ruled that players can’t be forced to stand for the national anthem.


An Ohio police officer who punched a black driver more than a dozen times during a traffic stop has been fired.


A memorial fund honoring Philandro Castile, who often helped kids pay for lunch at the school cafeteria where he worked, raised enough money to clear a year’s worth of student lunch debt across St. Paul.


Women are speaking out about sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, and in France, it could lead to legislation.


A U.S. District judge ordered the Trump administration to turn over emails, letters, memos, and other materials related to its decision to end DACA. Acting in lawsuits filed over the decision, the judge said the administration had waived its attorney-client privilege by claiming the decision was based on concerns that the program is unconstitutional.


California legally recognized a non-binary gender option on state documents like driver’s licenses and made it easier for people to update documents with their accurate gender identity.


The Jackson, Mississippi, elementary school named for Jefferson Davis will be renamed for Barack Obama.


The retired Navy SEAL who praised Trump on Fox News October 8? He never served in the SEALS. Despite the fact that a former SEAL told Fox on October 9 that the story wasn’t true, the network left it on its site until October 19, where it amassed 1.5 million viewers.


A U.S. District judge denied Joe Arpaio’s petition, in light of his pardon by Trump, to clear his record of his criminal contempt conviction and prevent it from being used in future litigation.

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