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Oprah Rocks! - Real Message Was About Us

Oprah Winfrey; Megan Friedman; Dahlia Lithwick; Osita Nwanevu
Oprah lit. it. up. at The Golden Globe awards in her acceptance speech. Once Winfrey took the stage, she delivered an inspirational, uplifting speech which discussed race and gender and the fight for equality. "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men," Winfrey said, bringing the audience to its feet. "But their time is up. Their time is up."

DACA Recipients’ Message to Democrats: Stop Playing with Our Lives, and Pass a Clean DREAM Act Now

Amy Goodman, Erika Andiola; Will Drabold
Progressive leaders said they will punish House and Senate Democrats politically, including by withdrawing endorsements in 2018, if they do not demand passage of the Dream Act by the end of the year. Pressure is on Sen. Schumer and Rep. Nancy Peloisi who have signaled they may back GOP effort to fund government without DACA or CHIP action. Progressive activists say that approach is unacceptable.

The Year in Resistance

Michelle Goldberg New York Times Op-ed
Trump became president despite the will of a majority of the American people. A recent poll shows that 53 percent of voters want him to resign. The Resistance has been able to slow but not stop Trump’s agenda. Trump has done more to spur progressive political organizing than Bernie Sanders, George Soros and Saul Alinsky combined.

Tidbits - December 21, 2017 - Reader Comments: Alabama Election; #RememberInNovember; Tax Bill; Mueller Firing Rapid Response; Police Shootings; 7 Words; Birth Control; Stealing Workers' Tips; William Pelz - R.I.P.; U.S. Foreign Military Bases; and more..

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Reader Comments: Alabama Election - What Lessons?; Tax Bill - #RememberInNovember; Nobody Is above the Law — Mueller Firing Rapid Response - Check your zip code to find action near you; Police Shootings; Those 7 Words; Elected Officials - Men - Don't Know Sh*t About Birth Control; Stealing Workers' Tips; William Pelz - R.I.P.; Oscar Grant Vigil in Oakland; Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases; and more....

Laying the Groundwork for a Groundswell of Turnout

Sabrina Smith California Calls
Our challenge and opportunity is to harness the energy and passion that has been sparked by the federal assault into increased turnout of the people most impacted by these policies – low income voters, communities of color, immigrants and young people – to assert a vision of justice, equality and inclusion.

Mounting GOP Retirements Threaten House Majority

Jonathan Easley and Scott Wong The Hill
Trump's approval rating is at historic lows for a first-term president, and the party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in midterm elections. The GOP held on to four House seats in special elections this year that took place in red districts, but Tuesday's shellacking at the polls is more in line with how many political observers believe 2018 will shake out.
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