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The Resistance Now: big, angry crowds to fight back against Trumpcare The Resistance Now: big, angry crowds to fight back against Trumpcare
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Republicans duck town halls after voting for Trumpcare...Republicans duck town halls after voting for Trumpcare...
After working hard to pass a bill that would strip millions of Americans of their health insurance, Congress is taking a well-earned recess for the next week. The idea is that politicians return to their home districts to meet their constituents. But if your representative is a Republican, you’ll have a hard time finding them.After working hard to pass a bill that would strip millions of Americans of their health insurance, Congress is taking a well-earned recess for the next week. The idea is that politicians return to their home districts to meet their constituents. But if your representative is a Republican, you’ll have a hard time finding them.
According to the Town Hall project, which tracks face-to-face meetings held by members of Congress, only nine out of the 217 Republicans who voted for Thursday’s healthcare bill have plans to hold town halls during recess week.According to the Town Hall project, which tracks face-to-face meetings held by members of Congress, only nine out of the 217 Republicans who voted for Thursday’s healthcare bill have plans to hold town halls during recess week.
In lieu of the great Republican no-show, Indivisible, a progressive group which aims to use Tea Party tactics to influence politicians, has posted the names and office telephone numbers of every Republican who voted for the bill. Indivisible is encouraging people to call those representatives.In lieu of the great Republican no-show, Indivisible, a progressive group which aims to use Tea Party tactics to influence politicians, has posted the names and office telephone numbers of every Republican who voted for the bill. Indivisible is encouraging people to call those representatives.
… but not all of them… but not all of them
A big, angry crowd is expected at a Tom MacArthur town hall in Willingboro, New Jersey, on Wednesday.A big, angry crowd is expected at a Tom MacArthur town hall in Willingboro, New Jersey, on Wednesday.
MacArthur, who is a “moderate”, is being credited with helping to pass the American Health Care Act. He worked with the hardcore conservative Freedom Caucus to get the bill passed. Specifically, MacArthur drafted an amendment that would allow states to waive rules that protect individuals with pre-existing conditions being charged more for healthcare coverage.MacArthur, who is a “moderate”, is being credited with helping to pass the American Health Care Act. He worked with the hardcore conservative Freedom Caucus to get the bill passed. Specifically, MacArthur drafted an amendment that would allow states to waive rules that protect individuals with pre-existing conditions being charged more for healthcare coverage.
MacArthur represents New Jersey’s third congressional district – which voted for Obama twice and only narrowly swung for Trump in 2016. He told the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino he expects to encounter angry residents, but said he would “relish” talking to them.MacArthur represents New Jersey’s third congressional district – which voted for Obama twice and only narrowly swung for Trump in 2016. He told the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino he expects to encounter angry residents, but said he would “relish” talking to them.
Liberals raise over $1m for Democratic challengersLiberals raise over $1m for Democratic challengers
The passing of the Republican bill has prompted tens of thousands of people to contribute to Democratic congressional candidates in states where Republicans are particularly vulnerable ahead of the 2018 midterms.The passing of the Republican bill has prompted tens of thousands of people to contribute to Democratic congressional candidates in states where Republicans are particularly vulnerable ahead of the 2018 midterms.
ActBlue, a Democratic supporting political action committee, has identified 24 Republican congressmen and women who voted for the bill and represent districts where Trump won less than 50% of the vote in 2016. It has set up two fundraising pages and had raised more than $1.3m by Friday morningActBlue, a Democratic supporting political action committee, has identified 24 Republican congressmen and women who voted for the bill and represent districts where Trump won less than 50% of the vote in 2016. It has set up two fundraising pages and had raised more than $1.3m by Friday morning
In many districts Democrats have not even declared yet, but ActBlue said the money will be reserved for the eventual candidates.In many districts Democrats have not even declared yet, but ActBlue said the money will be reserved for the eventual candidates.
There’s no accounting for tasteThere’s no accounting for taste
Republicans reportedly celebrated their healthcare #win with “cases and cases of beer”. In particular, the Bud Light was flowing, according to Vice’s Alexandra Jaffe.Republicans reportedly celebrated their healthcare #win with “cases and cases of beer”. In particular, the Bud Light was flowing, according to Vice’s Alexandra Jaffe.
BeerAdvocate.com users do not appear to be fans of Bud Light.BeerAdvocate.com users do not appear to be fans of Bud Light.
Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheetCases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet
What we’re readingWhat we’re reading
• We’re sorry for a healthcare-heavy email this week, but needs must. Adam Gaffney, writing for us here at the Guardian, describes the Republican healthcare bill as “homicidal”. Gaffney says that in passing the bill, moderate Republicans “proved to be a cheap date” as they kowtowed to the hard right Freedom Caucus.• We’re sorry for a healthcare-heavy email this week, but needs must. Adam Gaffney, writing for us here at the Guardian, describes the Republican healthcare bill as “homicidal”. Gaffney says that in passing the bill, moderate Republicans “proved to be a cheap date” as they kowtowed to the hard right Freedom Caucus.
• The New York Times editorial board said the way Republicans rushed through the bill showed “breathtaking hypocrisy” after they had, for years, “falsely accused Democrats of rushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress”.• The New York Times editorial board said the way Republicans rushed through the bill showed “breathtaking hypocrisy” after they had, for years, “falsely accused Democrats of rushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress”.
Teaching time at Trump TowerTeaching time at Trump Tower
The environmental group 350.org is holding a “teach-in” at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday.The environmental group 350.org is holding a “teach-in” at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday.
The organization is encouraging New York City’s government to divest pension funds from fossil fuel companies, and thereby “lead on fighting climate change”.The organization is encouraging New York City’s government to divest pension funds from fossil fuel companies, and thereby “lead on fighting climate change”.
Trump is expected to decide whether to stay in the Paris climate agreement – in which 195 nations, including to US, committed to limit global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels – as early as next week.Trump is expected to decide whether to stay in the Paris climate agreement – in which 195 nations, including to US, committed to limit global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels – as early as next week.
Activists plan to head to the public terrace in Trump Tower – as the name suggests, the terrace is open to the public – and the event will feature “music, speeches, chanting, teaching, merry-making and colorful signs”.Activists plan to head to the public terrace in Trump Tower – as the name suggests, the terrace is open to the public – and the event will feature “music, speeches, chanting, teaching, merry-making and colorful signs”.
Despite visiting New York City on Thursday, Trump is yet to visit his home since the inauguration. He is not expected to attend the teach-in.Despite visiting New York City on Thursday, Trump is yet to visit his home since the inauguration. He is not expected to attend the teach-in.
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