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.