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Drain the Swamp

Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp.” But considering the culture of corruption inside of his administration, Washington is looking awfully...swampy.

The Watergate Blueprint for Impeaching Donald Trump

Elizabeth Holtzman The Intercept
In Watergate, there was a criminal investigation and congressional inquiries, including an impeachment process. All were thorough and fair and together they re-established the public’s faith in the viability of our democracy and the Constitution.

A New Generation of Activists Is in the House

John Nichols The Nation
Democrats have to keep reminding themselves, and America, that they beat Trump and the Republicans in the competition that mattered most - the only truly national competition this fall. The Democratic mandate is not overwhelming. But it is real.

books

Looking Back at the 2016 Campaign

Christian Lorentzen Bookforum
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" revisits (and tries to make historical sense of) the convulsions of the 2016 election as prelude to--and forewarning of--the perfervid run-up in Trump country to the 2018 midterm contests.
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