We Resist: Day 4

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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they disgorge every single day.

Which is to say nothing of the reprobates in the Republican Congressional caucus, who, working with unofficial White House Congressional liaison Vice-President Mike Pence, will be unleashing their own relentless series of terrors onto the U.S. public.

And naturally there will be all sorts of myriad trash coming from Republican-majority state legislatures, who have been empowered by the Trump presidency, a Republican Congressional majority, and an open seat on the Supreme Court.

It is going to be tough for any individual person to follow. Which, of course, is precisely the point.

To that end, I am launching the "We Resist" thread, which is a space for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Some of these things I, or one of the other contributors, will write about, but we can't cover all of them. Between all the members of this community, however, we have a better chance of at least making sure everyone gets as much info as they can about what is happening every day.

So each weekday, sometime during midday (and always to be followed by the Daily Dose of Cute, except on days when something breaking intercedes), I will post this thread, with links to relevant news items I have seen, and invite you to share what you have been reading.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Here are some things I've read today:

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] Eric Bradner at CNN: What the Trump Administration Has Done So Far. He's already gone haywire in his first 72 hours.

Jeff Pegues at CBS News: Sources Say Trump's CIA Visit Made Relations with Intel Community Worse. Which should not come as a surprise to anyone here, as I've been saying for months that Trump is waging a campaign to discredit the intelligence community so he can replace them with "his own people." What's new in the piece is the confirmation that Trump brought "his own people" to clap and cheer at the event, to give the appearance of his being well-received by the intelligence community. Wow.

Eric Lipton and Adam Liptak at the New York Times: Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution, Suit Will Claim. His first full day of work (since he took the weekend off), and a lawsuit has been filed against him.

David Smith at the Guardian: Trump Will Issue Executive Order to Begin NAFTA Renegotiation, Report Says.

Cyra Master at The Hill: Report: Trump White House Hiring Breitbart Writer. Welp. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is launching an all-out assault on the political media.

Robert Pear at the New York Times: Trump's Health Plan Would Convert Medicaid to Block Grants, Aide Says. This would be utterly devastating.

And, already today:

Jennifer Haberkorn at Politico:
If there was any doubt about President Donald Trump's stance on abortion, he settled it Monday by using an executive order to bar U.S. aid to groups that provide or promote the procedure overseas.

The decision to reinstate the Republican policy known as the "Mexico City policy," or the "global gag rule," was delivered a day after the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and two days after the Women's March on Washington and similar events across the country drew crowds to rally for reproductive rights, among other issues.
What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

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