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Welcome to your daily roundup of good news about good people, how you can help make a difference — and a picture of President Obama to keep you motivated.
On a day of action against the dangerous tax scam being pushed by Trump and the Republican leadership, Indivisible groups across the nation turned up and spoke out, to let their elected officials know just how they feel about this nightmare bill.
In Ohio, Americans reminded GOP Sen. Rob Portman that “facts matter.”
Down in Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz also got an earful.
GOP Sen. Cory Gardner’s office in Durango, Colorado, saw a whole lot of visitors.
In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio may have closed his office, but that didn’t deter anyone.
And in Charlotte, North Carolina, everyone’s favorite giant inflatable chicken-Trump joined in the protest, complete with Monopoly man attire.
See all of the amazing displays of resistance. You know what to do next …
In addition to calling your senators — whether they are Republicans or Democrats — and demanding that they oppose the tax scam, you can also sign up to call your fellow citizens around the nation and help spread the word, and grow the resistance.
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You’ll be connected to voters in key states with Republican senators, and you can remind them what is at stake with this terrible bill, and that they have the power to help defeat it. And you’ll be able to patch them right through to their senator’s office.
The voice of the people has worked before, and it can work again, if we all speak up now.
It has been a long, long year, and often a difficult one, to say the least.
But it is crucial to remember that there have been a whole lot of inspiring, powerful, and important moments and victories for progressive Democratic politics and policies.
Jess O’Connell, the CEO of the Democratic National Committee, wants just two minutes of your time to make sure you know what we’ve fought for — and where the fight goes from here:
Who knew dictionaries could be so good at trolling?
In the Trump era, Merriam-Webster has made an art of the shade, from “covfefe” to “alternative facts.” They also offered a helpful hint to Ivanka when she tried to insist that she didn’t know what it meant to be “complicit.”
That gem of a statement was brought back to the forefront when Dictionary.com announced that “complicit” was their word of the year for 2017.
With the Russia investigation, sexual harassment scandals, and the nepotism free-for-all in the White House, online lookups for the term increased nearly 300 percent this year, according to Associated Press lexicographer Jane Solomon.
“This year a conversation that keeps on surfacing is what exactly it means to be complicit,” she said. “Complicit has sprung up in conversations about those who speak out against powerful figures in institutions, and those who stay silent.”
Perhaps 2018’s word of the year will be “indictment” or “impeachment” or “disgraced former president Trump” (just go with it!).
Rep. Waters and 25 current and former Democratic lawmakers file amicus brief in support of CFPB’s Leandra English
After Richard Cordray announced that he was stepping down as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he used his authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to appoint Deputy Director Leandra English as his acting replacement.
But of course, Donald Trump wasn’t OK with that, and tried to do an end-run around the law to install his own lackey, budget director Mick Mulvaney, in place of English.
Mulvaney has already tried to take control, instructing all officials at the agency to ignore English and any directives or communications she sends.
English is not backing down, though, and has filed a lawsuit to block Mulvaney from ousting her. And now 25 current and former Democratic members of Congress, led by California Rep. Maxine Waters, have filed an amicus brief in support of English.
The lawmakers note that the structure of succession at the CFPB “is consistent with the independence that was so central to Congress’ design in establishing the Bureau as a primary protector for American consumers.”
“President Trump is entitled to choose who the next Director of the Bureau will be, but he must nominate that person, and the Senate must agree to confirm him or her,” the lawmakers wrote. “Until that happens, Dodd-Frank makes clear who should be running the Bureau: its Deputy Director.”
Trump may care vanishingly little about the rule of law, but that doesn’t mean it simply ceases to exist when he wants it to. And English, along with these current and former Democratic officials, are making he sure he knows it.