June 25 – July 1, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Healthcare


Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips
(New York Times – 6/25/17)

Kellyanne Conway: Those on Medicaid who will lose health insurance can always get jobs
(CNBC – 6/25/17)

Trump likely to break many of his health-care promises — no matter what happens
(Washington Post – 6/26/17)

Senate Health Bill in Peril as Congressional Budget Office Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured
(New York Times – 6/27/17)

Trump Warms to Old Idea: Kill Health Law Now, and Replace It Later
(New York Times – 6/30/17)


Russia


White House blames Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion
(Washington Post – 6/25/17)

Russian radio takes over local DC station
(The Hill – 6/30/17)

Russia hackers discussed getting Clinton emails to Michael Flynn – report
(The Guardian – 6/30/17)


Voter Fraud Commission


Trump’s voter-fraud commission wants to know voting history, party ID and address of every voter in the U.S.
(Washington Post – 6/29/17)

21 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel
(The Hill – 6/30/17)

Trump challenges states on voter fraud: ‘What are they trying to hide?’
(Washington Post – 7/1/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


 World Opinion


Most of the World Has Little Confidence in Donald Trump, Poll Finds
(Time – 6/27/17)

The White House’s international credibility collapses in Trump era
(MSNBC – 6/27/17)

The 4 most brutal numbers in that poll showing the world hates Trump
(Washington Post – 6/27/17)


Asia


With Provocative Moves, U.S. Risks Unraveling Gains With China
(New York Times – 6/30/17)

Trump: US patience with the North Korean regime ‘is over’
(CNN – 6/30/17)


Mika Brzezinski


Conflicts of Interest


The Swamp Hotel: How the President’s D.C. outpost became a dealmaker’s paradise for diplomats, lobbyists and insiders
(Time – 6/19/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Byron York: On Russia, a senator’s deception and a timeline of Trump frustration
(Washington Examiner – 6/26/17)

I’ve Overestimated Donald Trump
(New York Times – 6/29/17)

Ways to Stay Motivated
(Warning: contains profanity)
(Terrible Minds – 6/29/17)


Interviews


Ralph Nader: The Democrats are Unable to Defend the US from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History
(The Intercept – 6/25/17)


Alternative Facts from an Alternative Universe

Self-selecting our news sources, a reluctance to hear opposing ideas, and the choice by many of us to surround ourselves only with like-minded individuals has resulted in many Americans becoming oblivious to the beliefs of those with whom they disagree. This bubble helped create the world of “alternative facts” in which Donald Trump could become President.

To counter this, each week I will present a little of what Trump’s supporters are thinking. Their reality may be very different from yours. Please listen/read to the end, and consider what respectful questions you could ask to better understand and have a conversation, rather than seeking to prove them wrong as quickly as possible and shut them down. We can’t change minds if we can’t talk to each other.


Woman’s “Top 10 Reasons I Am No Longer A Leftist” Goes Viral
(Truth Uncensored – 3/13/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


Below is a video that you should be aware of. It is allegedly undercover video of a CNN Producer describing his perception of CNN’s Trump-Russia coverage. It is getting a lot of views particularly among Trump supporters, and appears to feed the narrative that the Russia story is just a witch hunt for the media to get ratings. The video was filmed, edited, narrated and produced by the organization that recently did the undercover “sting” operation on Planned Parenthood (“selling baby parts”) as well as the undercover sting of the nonprofit group ACORN a few years ago. (video contains profanity)


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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

June 18 – 24, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Cuomo, Trump lawyer clash over Russia probe
(CNN – 6/19/17)

White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill
(New York Times – 6/21/17)

Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians
(CNN – 6/22/17)

Trump’s new morning ritual involves a ‘venting session’ to his legal team about Russia
(Business Insider – 6/23/17)

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault
(Washington Post – 6/23/17)

Schiff: Obama should have acted on Russian interference, but Trump shouldn’t complain
(LA Times – 6/25/17)


Senate Healthcare Bill


Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
(New York Times – 6/22/17)

‘We’re Amending Obamacare. We’re Not Killing It’
(The Atlantic – 6/22/17)

You Snooze You Lose: How Mitch McConnell weaponized our short attention span
(Slate – 6/21/17)

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill
(New York Times – 6/23/17)

How the Senate’s Health-Care Bill Would Cause Financial Ruin for People With Preexisting Conditions
(The Atlantic – 6/23/17)

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal
(Vox – 5/2/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Leaking and Hacking


‘The mother lode of all leaks’: A massive data breach exposed ‘information that can be used to steal an election’
(Business Insider – 6/20/17)

Obama White House Knew of Russian Election Hacking, but Delayed Telling
(New York Times – 6/21/17)

Jeh Johnson says FBI delayed notification of DNC cyberattack
(CBS News – 6/21/17)

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution
(Office of the Director of National Intelligence – 1/6/17)


Robert Mueller


Meet the all-star legal team who may take down Trump
(Vox – 6/15/17)

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes
(Reuters – 6/19/17)


Kushner


Kushner Is Said to Be Reconsidering His Legal Team
(New York Times – 6/18/17)

Democrats Ask Why Jared Kushner Still Has a Security Clearance
(NBC News – 6/21/17)

Abbas said enraged by Kushner meet, refuses to halt pay even to worst terrorists
(The Times of Israel – 6/23/17)


Impeachment


Sitting presidents can’t be prosecuted. Probably.
(Washington Post – 6/8/17)

A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted?
(New York Times – 5/29/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Tired of ‘Winning’? You Should Be
(New York Times – 6/20/17)

The GOP’s hard, messy options for destroying Trumpism
(Michael Gerson, Republican, former top aide to President George W. Bush
Washington Post – 6/19/17)

Five ways Trump’s Washington is more secretive
(BBC – 6/22/17)

Trump Supporters Celebrate Imminent Loss of Their Health Insurance (satire)
(The New Yorker – 6/22/17)

Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America
(Washington Post – 6/22/17)


Alternative Facts from an Alternative Universe

Self-selecting our news sources, a reluctance to hear opposing ideas, and the choice by many of us to surround ourselves only with like-minded individuals has resulted in many Americans becoming oblivious to the beliefs of those with whom they disagree. This bubble helped create the world of “alternative facts” in which Donald Trump could become President.

To counter this, each week I will present a little of what Trump’s supporters are thinking. Their reality may be very different from yours. Please listen/read to the end, and consider what respectful questions you could ask to better understand and have a conversation, rather than seeking to prove them wrong as quickly as possible and shut them down. We can’t change minds if we can’t talk to each other.


The great American fallout: how small towns came to resent cities
(The Guardian – 6/19/17)

Gregg Jarrett: Will Mueller & Comey use a false case of obstruction to trigger impeachment?
(Fox News – 6/23/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations