Recommended Reading

Legal Scholars: Why Congress Should Impeach Donald Trump. Time Magazine article:

Red State, Blue City

Americans are in the midst of what’s been called “the Big Sort,” as they flock together with people who share similar socioeconomic profiles and politics. In general, that means rural areas are becoming more conservative, and cities more liberal. Even the reddest states contain liberal cities: Half of the U.S. metro areas with the biggest recent population gains are in the South, and they are Democratic. Texas alone is home to four such cities; Clinton carried each of them. Increasingly, the most important political and cultural divisions are not between red and blue states but between red states and the blue cities within.

Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination

If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity.

President Trump and the ‘Shock and Awe’ Doctrine

Officials involved in transition planning told the Washington Post that Sen. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general-designate, lobbied for a “shock and awe” approach in the first days of the administration in an attempt to rattle Congress. The military strategy promotes the use of overwhelming speed and disinformation, among other things, to paralyze the opposition

TEDx talk, how to talk to the other

Robb Willer is a social psychologist who studies the moral values that unite and divide us. And in this surprising talk, he shows how moral values — too often a source of division — can also be used to bring people together, to help people hear one another better. He shares some compelling insights on how we might bridge ideological divides, and offers intuitive advice on how to speak (and listen) better when talking politics.

Bill Moyers’ daily analysis of the day

A daily newsletter that covers the important decisions and actions in DC, including some that fall through the news cracks. For example:

Eric Pianin at The Fiscal Times (via Business Insider): “After congressional ethics experts, voters, and President-elect Donald Trump forced House Republicans to back down last week from a rules change that would have eviscerated the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, one important sentence quietly slipped through another rule change. That sentence enables individual members to hide official documents that could prove embarrassing or even incriminating if they were suddenly investigated by the ethics office or the Justice Department for criminal activity.

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From Rogan’s List

Here is a new tracker for Trump’s agenda where you can also sign up for updates:

And a similar tracker for Trump’s nominees:

Here is another way to track Trump’s nominees.  Tracking how Senators voted on the confirmation of each member of Trump’s Cabinet.  Updated after each vote. Click on a Senator’s name for contact information.