One of the biggest dangers of the Trump administration is the way the drama and BS overwhelms the actual news. We’re so busy paying attention to tweets, sensational books, presidential temper tantrums and administrative meltdowns that we sometimes don’t notice that bad things are actually getting accomplished.
A few excellent sources to help you keep an eye on the actual news and accomplishments of the Trump administration and Republican Congress include What The Fuck Just Happened Today?, Politifact, FactCheck.org, and GovTrack.us. Axios AM and Axios PM are handy newsletters that offer quick overviews of various events, frequently political, and the Politico Playbook, AM and PM editions, are also hugely useful.
5 Things to Read Today (1/9/18)
FiveThirtyEight: Do Republicans Really Have A Big Turnout Advantage In Midterms?
“[…] if you’ve followed politics recently, you’re used to hearing what may seem like an immutable law of elections: Midterm turnout favors the GOP. That was incredibly true in the last two midterm cycles, 2010 and 2014. And it’s true generally too. But it masks an important factor: which party holds the White House.”
Reuters: North Korea says it will not discuss nuclear arms in talks with South
“North Korea said after its first talks with South Korea in more than two years that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its ‘brethren’ in South Korea.”
Daily Beast: Secret Pro-Life Meeting With Mike Pence Killed Obamacare Fix – For Now
“Pro-life groups held a behind-closed-doors meeting with VP Mike Pence shortly before the bipartisan compromise deal to patch up Obamacare went down in flames.”
Vox: We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does.
“Think about your elementary school. If you attended an American public school, chances are you went to that school because your family lived in that school’s attendance zone. You probably didn’t think twice about it. We tend to assume these are neutrally drawn, immutable borders. But if you take a step back and look at the demographics of who lives in each attendance zone, you’re faced with maps like this […]”
Motherboard: Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy
“The so-called social media revolution isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Sites like Twitter and Facebook exacerbate emotions like outrage and fear—and don’t help democracy flourish.”