The Good News

Trump’s DACA decision sparked nationwide protests, from Trump Tower to Cedar Rapids. Students in Colorado and New Mexico walked out of school en masse. More than 30 people—mostly faculty from several Boston-area universities—were arrested for blocking traffic on Mass. Ave. United We Dream members snuck into—and took over—a restaurant at Trump’s DC hotel, and Mijente built a Confederate statue of Jeff Sessions—then tore it down.


Resistbot had response-time issues Monday and Tuesday, thanks to the 160,000 requests from people wanting to make their voices heard about DACA.


Obama’s heartfelt post on DACA went viral.


Within minutes of the announcement, a slew of top CEOs and business groups slammed the move, warning of the human toll and its impact on the nation's economy. In addition to the expected tech CEOs, Jamie Dimon, General Motors, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spoke out. Microsoft and Marriott called on Congress to pass the Dream Act, with Microsoft’s CEO saying it should take priority over tax reform. Microsoft also offered to pay their DACA employees’ legal fees to fight deportation. New Uber head Dara Khosrowshahi, whose family fled Iran as a child, used his first tweet in the new post to condemn the DACA decision.


The national business coalition, founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to advocate for immigration reform, has more than 100 corporate and conservative leaders lined up in at least 15 states to begin pressuring—via private meetings, letters to member of Congress, newspaper op-eds, and public events—Congress to act.


More than 400 CEOs—including from AT&T, Best Buy, Ikea, Kaiser Permanente, and Wells Fargo—signed a letter defending DACA.


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pledged support for Dreamers, calling the cancellation of DACA reprehensible.


A coalition of 16 attorneys general, including Maura Healey, filed to stop Trump's sunset of DACA, saying it violated due process, violated laws governing procedures for federal regulations, and was motivated by discriminatory reasons. The suit quotes inflammatory statements Trump made about Mexicans, including his attacks on a federal judge of Mexican descent.


Lawyers for the University of California system, which is headed by Janet Napolitano, also filed suit against the president’s DACA decision.


Democrats held the Senate floor into Wednesday night to protest Trump’s plan to end DACA.


Chuck Schumer indicated that if Republicans don’t bring to the floor a clean bill to protect Dreamers from deportation, Democrats will try to attach it to any must-pass legislation this fall.


Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced they would not return a “blue slip” to show approval for the nomination of Ryan Bounds to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Oregon, saying they’d informed the administration they wouldn't greenlight any candidate that hadn’t been approved by a bipartisan judicial selection committee in the state. The Judiciary Committee generally doesn't proceed with hearings for judicial nominees without approval from the home-state senators, which is done by sending a blue slip back to the committee. Earlier last week, Al Franken announced he would similarly block the nomination of Trump’s choice for a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Minnesota.


Trump’s deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling for only 3 months infuriated Republicans and made it easier for Democrats to fight for immigration reform and spending priorities.


Leaders at Washington National Cathedral, the closest thing in the country’s capital to an official church, have decided to remove two stained-glass windows honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.


Yale’s Calhoun College, named for a founding forefather of the Civil War, has been renamed after Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a boundary-smashing computer pioneer and navel officer.


Charges of willful disruption of governmental processes were dropped against Dan Heyman, the reporter who pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price with questions in the West Virginia Capitol building in May.


An amendment to cut funding to Islamic Relief Worldwide, a respected Islamic international aid charity, failed when its author, Rep. Ron DeSantis, was unexpectedly absent from the House floor and did not offer the amendment for a vote.


Robert Mueller's team has approached the White House about interviewing staffers who were aboard Air Force One when the initial misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was crafted. Mueller wants to know how the statement was put together, whether information was intentionally left out, and who was involved.


Just hours after Donald Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, committee member Chris Coons sent an email detailing the statute regarding punishments for lying or withholding information from Congress and suggested it be kept in mind "in regards to Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony today."


The Senate Appropriations Committee defied Trump to vote 16 to 14 to restore $10 million in funding for the U.N. climate agency.


After NBC News reported that ICE was planning nationwide raids to target 8,400 undocumented immigrants later this month, the agency issued a statement saying it had cancelled nationwide enforcement actions due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.


On Labor Day, fast food workers went on strike, and other workers and allies held Fight for 15 protests in cities across the country to advocate for living wages and union rights.


A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously denied the administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling to exempt grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins from Trump's travel ban.


Robert Mueller alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview six current and former advisers to President Trump—including Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer, and Reince Priebus—who witnessed several episodes relevant to the investigation of Russia’s election meddling, including the decision to fire James Comey and administration inaction after warnings about Michael Flynn’s discussions with the Russian ambassador.


Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi is pressing ahead to allow women to marry outside the Islamic faith and to give them equal rights under the country’s inheritance laws. Currently, a Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim while men are allowed to marry women of any faith, and men typically receive double the inheritance of any woman.


EMILY's List has reported that 16,000 women have reached out to them about running for office.


A newly created marine sanctuary off the coast of Easter Island, one of the world's largest, will protect at least 142 marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction.


Mars, the maker of Snickers, Twix, and M&Ms, has pledged $1 billion to fight climate change, promising to add wind and solar farms in an additional nine countries by 2018 (wind already powers their U.S. and U.K operations) and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 27% by 2025 and 67% by 2050.