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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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Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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