What’s good, January 14 to 28
One and a half to 2 million people participated in marches across the country and around the world on the second anniversary of the Women’s March—and it turns out we’ve been rallying and marching pretty much all year.
Tammy Duckworth blasted Trump in a Senate-floor speech, calling him a “five-deferment draft dodger” and referring to him as Cadet Bone Spurs. Duckworth lost both legs in 2004 in the Iraq War.
In an opinion written by a conservative Trump judicial appointee, a federal appeals court ordered ICE to reconsider the case of an Ohio mother of four who was deported to Mexico in April, ruling that the Board of Immigration Appeals “abused its discretion” when it denied her request to reopen her removal proceedings.
Not one of Trump’s blustery tweets the weekend of his shithole comment was as popular as Gary Lee’s (screen name @whoisgarylee) first tweet, introducing a thread about how Barack Obama showed his respect for other cultures. Check it out!
Democrat Patty Schachtner flipped a Wisconsin state senate state, defeating by 9 points a 3-term Republican state rep in a district Trump won by 17 points.
Pennsylvania’s supreme court ruled that the state’s GOP-drawn congressional districts were unconstitutional, ordering all 18 districts redrawn. This decision, based on the state constitution, would be difficult for the Supreme Court to overturn, and it represents a promising new approach other states might try.
Montana became the first state to pass its own net neutrality laws when its Democratic governor signed an executive order requiring all internet service providers with state contracts to adhere to net neutrality standards. New York’s Dem governor signed a similar order soon after. What a difference a Democratic governor makes.
Democratic governor 2. Pennsylvania’s governor announced a proposal to give overtime pay to more workers by raising the qualifying salary higher than the federal limit of $23,600 a year.
Democratic governor 3. In his first official act, New Jersey’s new governor signed an executive order supporting equal pay for women.
Democratic governor 4. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy rushed to a sanctuary church where an Indonesian immigrant sought refuge after ICE detained 2 other immigrants dropping their children at school.
Chris Christie was blocked from the Newark airport VIP entrance he’d used for eight years and directed to stand in the TSA screening line with everybody else.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that all 20 of its signatories must grant same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex ones. I missed this January 10 article in the previous post. I didn’t want you to miss it.
A proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to more than 1 million former felons in Florida reached the 766,200 petition signatures required to go on the November ballot.
A group of mayors canceled their meeting with Trump after the administration threatened to withhold funding from local governments they claimed weren’t following immigration laws.
Maura Healey joined a coalition of 21 states and the District of Columbia suing to block the FCC’s repeal of net-neutrality rules.
Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller in June but backed down after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit.
Meanwhile, Trump and his allies have repeatedly denied—at least 8 times since June—he ever considered firing Mueller.
Mueller’s investigation is moving much faster than previously thought. He appears to be wrapping up the obstruction portion, but other elements are likely to continue for several more months.
We’re finding out about a lot more people who’ve been interviewed by Mueller’s investigators—Jeff Sessions (first cabinet member; knows a lot), James Comey (he made those notes), former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency director Mike Rogers, and CIA director Mike Pompeo.
Steve Bannon will meet with Mueller soon, and he’s sure to be asked about the firings of Michael Flynn and James Comey. He won’t be able to claim executive privilege like he did with the House Intelligence Committee.
Holocaust survivors in Israel pleaded with Benjamin Netanyahu not to expel 38,000 African migrants, citing their own experiences as outcasts.
Israeli pilots refused to fly planes deporting refugees and asylum seekers. As one pilot said, “I won’t fly refugees to their deaths.”
The California attorney general warned employers of legal repercussions if they assist ICE in ways that contradict California’s sanctuary state laws.
The Fairfax County sheriff announced she will end an agreement allowing ICE to request they hold inmates past their release without any criminal grounds.
Rep. Debbie Dingell invited Cindy Garcia (whose husband DHS deported to Mexico after 30 years in the U.S.) to be her guest at the State of the Union.
Adam Rippon, the 2016 U.S. men’s figure skating champion believed to be the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, spoke out against Mike Pence leading the winter Olympic delegation. “The same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” he said. “I’m not buying it.”
Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved a package of health care taxes to ensure low-income Oregonians will keep their health coverage. Yes for Healthcare and Indivisible put in a lot of hard work and knocked on more than 12,000 doors to help pass the measure.
Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery, became the ninth city in less than a year to sue fossil fuel companies over climate change.
Solar energy now creates more jobs in America than any other industry, adding jobs 17 times faster than the overall U.S. economy.
CVS will ban photo manipulation in beauty images featuring its brands. Hey, it’s a start.
A newly wedded couple is believed to be the first active-duty same-sex pair to be married at West Point.
Belize is conserving their barrier reefs by ending oil activity in its oceans.
California’s attorney general and a coalition of environmental groups challenged the Trump administration’s repeal of a rule setting standards for fracking on federal land.
Chernobyl is being transformed into an immense renewable energy farm.
Trump’s 24-year-old opioid czar left due to “inaccuracies” in 3 resumes and a master’s degree he didn’t have.
The chief of external affairs for AmeriCorps resigned after racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT comments he made on radio in 2013 surfaced.
A young Republican activist from Virginia who was seen as a potential rising star quit the party over Trump’s “appalling comments” about Haitian immigrants and what he called a nativist streak in his home state.
Larry Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, has written to leading CEOs urging them to expand their focus beyond profit and work to improve the world, saying “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose.” BlackRock is a hugely influential investor that manages nearly $6 trillion in assets.
House members introduced a bipartisan sexual harassment bill that would prohibit using taxpayer funds to settle claims.
New Jersey banned bump stock sales.
California is giving people the chance to wipe marijuana-related offenses from their records.
Union membership is up across the U.S.―even in some right to work states.
Jeff Flake compared Trump’s anti-press rhetoric to Joseph Stalin in a speech from the Senate floor and said that Trump inspires modern-day authoritarians.
Tammy Duckworth will become the first US senator to give birth while in that office when she delivers her second child this spring.
The first female cinematographer and first transgender director nominees, Rachel Morrison and Yance Ford, are heading to the Oscars, and Jordan Peele is the first black filmmaker nominated for best writer, director, and producer in the same year.
Hundreds of Yelp reviewers have given the Trump International Hotel in Washington one-star reviews, describing it as a “shithole.”
Trump was booed at Davos for criticizing the media as “nasty” and “fake.”
The Guggenheim denied a White House request to borrow a van Gogh painting for the Trumps’ private living quarters and offered instead an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet—an interactive work titled “America” that’s been described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.