July 2 – 8, 2017


Articles & Editorials:

Main Stories

North Korea

U.S. Confirms North Korea Fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
(New York Times – 7/4/17)

As concern about North Korea deepens, the U.S. and China are at odds  
(Washington Post – 7/5/17)

U.S. prepared to use force on North Korea ‘if we must’: U.N. envoy
(Reuters – 7/6/17)

US to test THAAD missile defense system
(CNN – 7/7/17)

How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)

Trump’s “First Time” with Putin

Rex Tillerson says Trump’s meeting with Putin took so long, the First Lady was called in to ‘get us out of there’
(Yahoo News – 7/7/17)

Putin says Trump was ‘satisfied’ with his election meddling denials
(Reuters – 7/8/17)

U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)

G20 Summit

Ivanka Trump Sat In for Her Father at the G-20 Leaders’ Table
(Bloomberg – 7/8/17)

Trump’s ‘America First’ approach receives a cold reception at global summit
(Los Angeles Times – 7/8/17)

Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)

Other Stories That You Should Know About:

Unwinding a Big Mistake

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him
(The Atlantic – 7/6/17)

The Five Types of Trump Voters: Who They Are and What They Believe
(Voter Study Group – June 2017)

Voter Fraud Commission

44 out of 50 states have declined to provide data to President Trump’s voter fraud commission
(NY Daily News – 7/4/17)


CNN Story About Source of Trump Wrestling Video Draws Backlash
(New York Times – 7/5/17)

Maddow warns other media of fake NSA documents
(The Hill – 7/7/17)

Rural America

In Minnesota town that voted Trump, a Muslim doctor tries to understand his neighbors
(Twin Cities Pioneer Press – 7/2/17)

US Standing in World

World Leaders Move Forward on Climate Change, Without U.S.
(New York Times – 7/8/17)

Japan and Europe counter Trump with colossal trade deal
(Washington Post – 7/6/17)

Iranians Hold ‘Trumpism’ Cartoon Contest to Mock U.S. Leader
(Bloomberg – 7/3/17)

G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?
(ABC News Australia – 7/9/17)

Keeping Track of the Basics:


Trump Caves to Putin
(The Weekly Standard – 7/7/17)

Putin Meets Tons of Trumps
(New York Times – 7/7/17)

How to handle an unhinged president
(Michael Gerson, Former Senior Advisor to George W. Bush – Washington Post – 7/6/17)

Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’
(Miami Herald – 7/5/17)

Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money
(New York Times – 7/7/17)

Cartoons, Images & Videos



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Events & Actions

Resources & Organizations


June 25 – July 1, 2017


Articles & Editorials:

Main Stories


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)


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)


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:


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)


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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