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The House has been out, and the Senate will end session today. Members of Congress are returning home, and will likely be closer to you.

From ResistanceRecess.org:
The tsunami of constituent activity prompted by the last two Resistance Recesses have been widely credited with building the power to delay the GOP’s vicious plan to take away health care from millions of Americans.

We're back, and we're ready to mobilize again during the monthlong August recess.

This Resistance Recess, July 28—September 4, MoveOn members and allies will show up at members of Congress's town halls—the few not too scared to face us—or organize our own rallies outside their district offices to demand health care for all and fight for our progressive values.

Activists all over the country, including MoveOn members and Resistance Summer Mobilizers, are hosting events all over the country on issues from health care and calling for medicare for all, to the environment to immigration.
You can go here to search for an event near you, or to create a new one.

If you've never been to one of these, you want advice about how to diffuse situations, or you'd like some talking points to start from, visit here for Resistance Recess's August recess materials. Many of these materials have been revised and updated specifically for this congressional recess, so even if you've seen them, go take a look.

This post will remain sticky'ed through Labor Day weekend. If I make major updates to it, I'll make another post pointing to it, so you don't miss it.

Please comment with things you'd like to do, things you have done, and ways you have resisted during this August recess.


Here's a tweet thread by [twitter.com profile] chadderr, Policy Manger for Indivisible, about things that are going to be brought up by Congress after the recess. He links to Indivisible's August Recess guides, which are here:

August Recess Organizing Toolkit
August Recess Health Care Toolkit
August Recess Immigration Toolkit
August Recess Protect the Environment Toolkit
August Recess Tax Reform Toolkit
August Recess Budget Toolkit


Link to a tweet thread by Friend of the Pod [twitter.com profile] benwikler from August 3rd, about the upcoming fight about the GOP's plans for a tax cut. "If you want to #ProtectOurCare, the next battle is to make sure the GOP can't give away the government revenue that helps pay for that care."
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The aftermath of Charlottesville, considered from the right and the left. First [4:36] , Naval War College professor Tom Nichols ([twitter.com profile] radiofreetom) helps us understand how our enemies and allies abroad will interpret Charlottesville and Trump’s response to it. We also argue about whether it’s helpful, politically speaking, to connect the modern GOP to white supremacy. Then Jane Coaston ([twitter.com profile] cjane87, MTV NEWS FOREVER!) hops on the line [48:46] to argue that Trump’s defense of white supremacy was a tactical error — but still terrifying. We respond to an email from a listener (a new weekly segment!). Finally [1:23:55], some personal thoughts on what happens next.

Relevant to the discussion: - Tom on how Trump’s Twitter feed undermines national security (it’s not that he’s revealing state secrets, it’s what he reveals about himself): here
Jane on “virtue signalling”: here

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Trump’s press conference goes off the rails as he defends the ‘fine people’ who were chanting Nazi slogans in Charlottesville, and the world reacts to the madness. Then Jon and Dan talk to VICE News correspondent Elle Reeve ([twitter.com profile] elspethreeve) about her Charlottesville reporting, as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks about the rise of white supremacist extremism.

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Tommy talks with former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano ([twitter.com profile] UC_President about her efforts to combat right-wing extremists. Then he is joined by former Deputy CIA Director David Cohen ([twitter.com profile] cohendavid) to talk about what it was like to learn the world’s most closely guarded secrets, how the CIA works, and hear David’s views on North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs.

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DeRay talks to Common ([twitter.com profile] common) about The 13th’s Emmy nomination, Charlottesville, and art + activism, criminal justice and the NFL. DeRay chats with Nathanial Pearlman ([twitter.com profile] timeplots) about the Resistance Dashboard. Clint ([twitter.com profile] ClintSmithIII), Brittany ([twitter.com profile] mspackyetti) and Sam ([twitter.com profile] samswey) join to talk about the history of white supremacy in relation to this past week’s news.

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As discussed on yesterday's Pod Save America with Julissa Arce ([twitter.com profile] julissaarce), today is a National Day of Action for DACA and Immigrant Youth.

Visit DefendDACA.com to find an event near you, as well as some talking points to use when calling your congressional representatives to ask them to please support DACA.
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White supremacists and neo-Nazis descend on Charlottesville to provoke violence, and President Trump gives a statement where he refuses to condemn them. Then DeRay Mckesson ([twitter.com profile] deray) talks to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about his perspective on Charlottesville, and immigrants rights activist Julissa Arce [twitter.com profile] julissaarce) joins in studio to discuss what we can do about new threats to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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DeRay talks with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ([twitter.com profile] TerryMcAuliffe) about the deadly white supremacy violence in Charlottesville, VA’s police and state response, and the leadership needed to move forward locally and nationally. Wes Gobar ([twitter.com profile] WES_Du_Bois) and Devin Willis from UVA’s Black Student Alliance join DeRay, as does Danyelle, the NAACP’s UVA chapter leader to talk about their experiences on the ground and what’s next.

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Todd Barry ([twitter.com profile] toddbarry), Natalie Morales ([twitter.com profile] nataliemorales), and Dan Pfieffer ([twitter.com profile] danpfeiffer) join Jon to discuss North Korea, the opioid crisis, McConnell v. Trump, immigration, and the rest of it. Recorded live at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco.

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This week’s episode is a dive into the intra-left culture wars: Who is sufficiently woke, and who gets to tell what stories (about whom)?
Segment A [1:31]: New York magazine writer Kat Rosenfield ([twitter.com profile] katrosenfield) discusses her piece on “The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter."
Segment B [30:32]: Culture critic for The Daily Beast and GQ and #friendofthepod Ira Madison III ([twitter.com profile] ira) joins to help us figure out what parts of the YA debate are helpful, and how it is and isn’t like the parallel debates over “Confederate” and “Detroit.” There are some digressions.

Other pieces linked to in the episode notes by Ana Marie:
Ira on "Confederate"
Ta-Nehisi Coates on "Confederate"
Ira on "Detroit"
The story Ana Marie sent Ira about how the Confederate flag is back

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The U.S. confronts a madman with nuclear weapons as well as Kim Jong Un, and Trump picks a fight with McConnell. Then NARAL President Ilyse Hogue ([twitter.com profile] ilyseh) joins Jon and Dan to talk about litmus tests, and Ana Marie Cox ([twitter.com profile] anamariecox) discusses Sinclair Broadcasting’s subtle propaganda.

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Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes ([twitter.com profile] brhodes) talks through Trump’s promise of “fire and fury” if North Korea threatens the US and today’s reports on advances in North Korea's nuclear program. Then Tommy is joined by Bill Browder ([twitter.com profile] Billbrowder), a businessman who became Putin’s #1 enemy after exposing corruption in Russia. Browder was the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act sanctions to punish Russian Human Rights abusers.

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DeRay interviews NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio ([twitter.com profile] NYCMayor) at Gracie Mansion about policing, universal pre-K, and turnstyle jumping. Sam ([twitter.com profile] samswey), Clint ([twitter.com profile] ClintSmithIII) and Brittany ([twitter.com profile] mspackyetti) join to talk about the myths of meritocracy and rehabilitation and a myriad of other issues facing America. DeRay and Chris Hayes ([twitter.com profile] chrislhayes) talk about the debt ceiling, the opioid crisis, and cross-racial solidarity together.

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Mueller impanels a grand jury to investigate Trump, more Republicans start to challenge the President, and Democrats continue to debate their own way forward. Then Lovett interviews Joshua Green ([twitter.com profile] JoshuaGreen) about his new Steve Bannon book, and Pod Save the People’s DeRay Mckesson ([twitter.com profile] deray) joins to talk about the opioid crisis.

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Trump plays to the base, foreign leader transcripts leak, Mueller makes some moves, a C+ Santa Monica fascist takes the podium, and Dunkirk is best in 70mm. Joe Mande ([twitter.com profile] JoeMande), Cameron Esposito ([twitter.com profile] cameronesposito), and Ann Friedman ([twitter.com profile] AnnFriedman) join Jon to break down the week's news and introduce a new game that worked... pretty well.

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First [1:24], Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brian Lyman ([twitter.com profile] lyman_brian) joins to discuss covering the criminal justice system in Alabama -- including being present at the most recent execution conducted in the state. Also, what can the Alabama senate race tell us about the country at large? Second [40:50], #friendofthepod Jamil Smith ([twitter.com profile] jamilsmith) talks about the moment his life intersected with the question of capital punishment.... and stays for an extended chat about what the future of criminal justice looks like at this moment in American history.

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The Mooch Era is a short one, General Kelly takes control, Jeff Flake takes on Trump, and Trump and Sessions play the hits. Then Jon Lovett talks to Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto ([twitter.com profile] SenCortezMasto) about the future of the Democratic Party.

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Tommy talks with former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken ([twitter.com profile] ABlinken) about the Iran deal, whether it’s working, and if we can apply the lessons learned to the dangerous situation in North Korea. Then they talk about Secretary Tillerson’s record at State and tensions in Israel and Venezuela. Both of them really miss Joe Biden.

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Sam ([twitter.com profile] samswey), Brittany ([twitter.com profile] MsPackyetti) and Clint ([twitter.com profile] ClintSmithIII) are on for the news, and Andy Slavitt ([twitter.com profile] ASlavitt) joins for another health care update. Former US Secretary of the Navy under Obama, Ray Mabus ([twitter.com profile] SECNAV75), joins DeRay to talk about the joint chiefs’ reaction to Trump’s transgender ban by tweet, climate change as a national security issue, and our international reputation. DeRay sits down with rap artist Vic Mensa ([twitter.com profile] VicMensa) to talk about misogyny, hypermasculinity, therapy, Malcolm X and police violence, all related to Vic’s new album, The Autobiography.

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Reincey goes home, and the Resistance kills Trumpcare. Then Joy Ann Reid ([twitter.com profile] JoyAnnReid) and Symone Sanders ([twitter.com profile] SymoneDSanders) join Jon, Jon, and Tommy to talk about the future of the Democratic Party. Recorded live on Saturday in Pasadena, at Politicon.

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