The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance
EXCERPT: “The Trump resistance has been the most hopeful sign of activism in decades. Thousands and thousands of people, mostly women, have been inspired to march, organize, dive into local politics and get out the vote. They have already proven that their activism can make a difference. A lot of Americans owe their health insurance today to this new movement.
But relative to the scale of the country’s problems — and the strength of past political movements — the new movement remains too small and too weak. Figuring out how to build it up is a vastly more important question for progressives than, say, figuring out who the ideal 2020 Democratic nominee will be. Get the movement right, and the politicians will follow.” David Leonhardt | NYTIMES
IN THE NEWS
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW/ Friday, November 30
In the first 25 minutes of the show, Rachel connects the dots on the Russia investigation. Her segment Lifting Russian Sanctions Key to Trump Deal Exposed by Cohen explains events reaching back from 2015 to the post-inauguration period.
That segment is followed by a powerfully informative interview with John Tester: Tester Pushes Democrats to Focus on Issues, Rural Outreach.
THE FACEBOOK DILEMMA
‘The Facebook Dilemma’ Review: A Message That Can’t Be Ignored ? An unrelenting ‘Frontline’ documentary wants you to know that Facebook is not your friend.“ The overarching theme of “The Facebook Dilemma”—an aggressive, indignant, illuminating two-nighter presented by “Frontline”—is the blissfully amoral way a social-media site has morphed into a sociopolitical evil. … There’s not a lot of TV that’s genuinely “must see,” but “The Facebook Dilemma” qualifies. Part 1, which airs Monday night, concerns itself with the warnings that arose, very early on, about the dangers Facebook posed to democratic institutions. Tuesday’s Part 2 deals with the company’s response, or lack thereof, to charges that it has enabled “fake news” and the disruption of electoral politics.” WALL STREET JOURNAL
NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW—MUELLER FIRING RAPID RESPONSE
Donald Trump is publicly considering firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible criminal actions by Donald Trump and members of his presidential campaign, as well as the efforts to conceal those activities.
Our response in the hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him. That's why we're preparing to hold emergency "Nobody is Above the Law" rallies around the country, in the event they are needed.
Rallies will begin just hours after national events are triggered:
If actions are triggered BEFORE 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ 5 p.m. local time.
If actions are triggered AFTER 2 p.m. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day.