Benjamin Hart: I don't read the news anymore, and it's great — the only thing I know is how happy I am. Sick of the news? This is no time to tune out. Post-election depression: Why all of us need to be politically active. We have two choices in the Trump era: You can fight back, or you can live your everyday life and acquiesce — do something. The course of history, and the meaning and worth of our own lives, rests on how we respond — may we rise, together, to the demands of our moment. How to build the Resistance: What can American progressives learn from the struggles of the Israeli Left? Notes from the Resistance: Summer Brennan writes in defense of linguistic infrastructure. Anti-Trump chants, rated: Some suggestions for your next protest event. The tweets of a clown, when no one is around: Richard Kaplan on how comedy will demolish Trump.

Democrats fear another Trump trouncing: Leaderless and lacking a strategy, top party officials worry they're not ready for Trump's first 100 days. Heather Gerken on how we're about to see states' rights used defensively against Trump. Utah Republican Evan McMullin is challenging Trump more effectively than 99 percent of Democrats. Trump supporters to detractors: "Pull up your panties" and stop whining. Buck up, Democrats, and fight like Republicans: The Democratic Party has avoided fighting the legitimacy of Donald Trump's election — this is a mistake the Republicans would not have committed. Fight Donald Trump with normal politics, not crazy Electoral College schemes.


Masha Gessen on the Putin paradigm: The electors have not even voted yet, but Trump already thinks that he is the United States and citizenship is his to grant and revoke. Trump to inherit state-run TV network with expanded reach: A provision tucked into the defense bill guts the Voice of America board, stoking fears that Trump could wield a powerful propaganda arm. Trump is using cabinet picks to wage war on the executive branch: He is setting records in how many people he’s appointing who don’t believe in the core missions of the agencies they will run. Thread: “Apparently at @Heritage today @newtgingrich gave away the game; said goal of Trumpism is to eradicate FDR government”. How Trump and the GOP will try to turn the entire country into Dixie.

“Wag the Dog” for the age of Trump: Maybe a distracted president isn't such a bad thing, if the distractions keep him and his fans happy. Trump's presidency is shaping up to be an American tragedy: His administration is likely to be just as bad as you think — and possibly worse. It can always get worse: The U.S. is rich and powerful, but its luck could run out — or worse, get tossed out the window. No president: There is every reason to expect the worst. What anarchists have been saying for years, and what liberals need to start hearing: It’s going down.

“Every day I pray a GOP leader will call Trump out as a danger to American democracy and vow to obstruct. Every day I'm disappointed”.


Karen L Remmer (Duke): The Political Economy of Investor-State Disputes. “Complete meltdown of humanity” in Aleppo proves ongoing need for “responsibility to protect”. When tyranny takes hold: Xu Hongci’s experiences in China show that autocracy demands collaborators. Europe braces for Russian hacking in upcoming elections. Trump’s Secretary of State pick is the best of a bad lot: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson could serve as a check on hawkishness (and more and more). Why Rick Perry would be a disaster as Energy Secretary. Federal judge says religion gives you a right to discriminate. Michael Lipka on why America’s “nones” left religion behind. We’re living in the Joan Rivers age of comedy.


The perfect weapon: How Russian cyberpower invaded the U.S. Are we giving Russia too much credit? Joshua Keating interviews Andrei Soldatov, co-author of The New Nobility and The Red Web. Leah McElrath on Putin's coup against America. How Russia wins an election: You don't need a security clearance to understand how Vladimir Putin does it — just open your eyes. Key Republicans prepared to overlook allegations against Russia. Russian meddling in the election is already a partisan fight. More electors join call for Russia interference briefing before vote. Clinton campaign backs call for intelligence briefing before Electoral College vote. Trump legal action seeks to limit free speech in Electoral College.

Thread: "Some thoughts (six, to be exact) about the Electoral College and machinations this week". The Electoral College should do what it wants: This isn't hypocrisy — it's what resistance to President Trump looks like. Challenging the Electoral College vote isn’t futile, though Trump will still win.


Six donors that Trump appointed gave almost $12 million with their families to back his campaign and the party. Trump isn’t draining the swamp — he’s creating his own cesspool. Where Trump critics see conflicts, partners see golden opportunities. How Donald Trump's business ties are already jeopardizing U.S. interests. Trump tweeted his business will make “no new deals” while he’s president — that solves nothing. Former Clinton staffer launches new anti-Trump site: corrupt.af. A guide to Donald Trump's huge debts — and the conflicts they present. Christopher Hayes: “So let's review what's happened shall we?” Donald Trump will still be violating the Constitution as soon as he’s sworn in. Trump’s failure to exit his business gives the Electoral College a legitimate reason to vote him down.

New York should seize Trump Tower: It would save the city money, and Trump loves eminent domain anyhow.

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