House Republicans move one step closer to criminalizing dissent in the United States

Donald Trump hasn’t been able to tweet-harangue Jeff Sessions into resigning as attorney general (yet), but his constant stream of attacks on Sessions for not targeting Hillary Clinton is having an effect in the House of Representatives, where Republicans on the Judiciary Committee took the next step toward Trump’s goal of criminalizing dissent. When Democrats on the committee pushed for an investigation of Trump’s firing of James Comey—you know, the possible obstruction of justice a special counsel is investigating—committee Republicans decided they’d rather investigate Clinton’s emails again, targeting Comey’s investigation of the emails specifically.

“If it’s in the public interest to investigate the Trump administration, it is most certainly in the public interest to investigate the real crimes by the real criminals,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a committee member.

Sure, we could investigate the sitting president’s campaign’s ties to a foreign country’s interference in our democratic elections, and the

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Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary

Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.

Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary

Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.

A reason to believe—and why this is important to the Democratic Party

I get that we can’t run Bernie Sanders in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. I get that you have to start where people are rather than where you want them to be. I get that people don’t vote based on policy; instead, they tend to vote for who they like. I get that corporate special interests dominate our media.

I can explain much of this to people who I talk to about the Democratic Party. I can explain how they are better than Republicans.

Nevertheless, I’m struggling—especially when I talk to my friends on the left, the people who are fighting the grassroots fight. Especially because the right is speaking to the left. The right is telling them that the reason the Democratic Party is losing is because it’s not “left” enough.

I don’t think this is true (and will explain why below), but it doesn’t matter. If enough people believe

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Right-wing media politicize murder of NYPD officer to attack Black Lives Matter, Hillary, and Obama

Not long after midnight on Wednesday morning, Miosotis Familia was murdered for being a cop. Alexander Bonds walked up to the command post vehicle where she was sitting, in uniform and on duty, and fired a bullet into her head. According to a preliminary investigation, he ran and officers pursued him. After Bonds fired on the officers, they returned fire and killed him. Bonds was a black man who had taken part in an assault on a police officer in 2001, had expressed anger on social media about police brutality—including abusive treatment he absorbed while in prison—and who had a long history of severe mental illness.

Roma Martinez, who has lived for years in the neighborhood north of Yankee Stadium where Officer Familia was killed, called her “a good policewoman.” Familia lived on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, close to the street where she died. A neighbor, Rafael Mercedes,

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RNC asks Democrats ‘Where’s your plan?’ for health care, gets owned in response

In a move so dumb even the right-leaning The Hill has to call it out as stupid, the Republican National Committee released an ad calling out Democrats who’ve criticized Trumpcare, asking “where’s your plan?” As The Hill can’t help but point out, “Senate Republicans have criticized their own party for negotiating and writing a healthcare bill largely behind closed doors and without input from Democrats.”

But that’s not the best part. The best part is how the RNC picked Democrats who all have their own plans and ideas on how to make Obamacare and/or our whole system better. Literally all of them, as this Twitter thread spells out. But the very best burn of them all is this one.

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Hillary Clinton and EMILY’s List announce 15,000 women interested in running for office

In the wake of the 2016 elections, EMILY’s List renewed its efforts to recruit women to run for office, and apparently a lot of women are interested:

@HillaryClinton: For more than 30 years, @emilyslist has paved the way for women to run & succeed in elected office, including me.

@HillaryClinton: Today, @emilyslist announced that 15,000+ women have reached out since Election Day about running for office! 7,000+ want to help them run.

@HillaryClinton: Their determination & passion is truly inspiring. And I can’t wait to see what this new generation of women leaders accomplishes. Onward!

Safe to say many of those 15,000 won’t follow through, and it would probably be more helpful if those proportions were flipped and twice as many women wanted to help other women run, but for those who are serious about running, EMILY’s List will have resources:

EMILY’s List’s largest-ever national recruitment program, Run

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