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As promised, Donald Trump's first day in office included a string of executive orders — most prominently to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal negotiated by former President Obama. The action brought praise from progressive Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and criticism from veteran Republican Senator John McCain, as we hear from William Mauldin, who covers trade policy for the Wall Street Journal.
What started out as the Women's March on Washington turned out millions of people in dozens of cities in all 50 states — and around the world. In addition to women's rights, it was all about racial justice, immigration, climate change, jobs and gender discrimination: a vast array of political and social issues. The one, unifying grievance might have been opposition to Donald Trump, but is there a way to consolidate it all into concerted action? Was it the beginning of a movement for real political change or a feel good moment that's liable to fade away?
Dana Fisher, University of Maryland (@Fisher_DanaR)
Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice / Black Lives Matter (@culturejedi)
Micah White, Occupy Wall Street (@beingMicahWhite)
Aisha Moodie-Mills, Victory Fund (@AishaMoodMills)
Christian Ramirez, Southern Border Communities Coalition (@RamirezUSMEX)
The Trump Hotel in Washington is the place to be — at least for the moment. How long will that last?
Photo by Mr. Gray
As the new president never tires of pointing out, his new Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is midway between the White House and Capitol Hill. Luxury suites command hundreds of dollars a night as foreign officials and business people compete for overnight bookings. Sounds like a roaring success — but that's exactly the problem, according to some of America's foremost Constitutional scholars. One member of the legal team filing suit today is Zephyr Teachout, Professor of Law at Fordham University and author of Corruption in America.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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