A short reading list this week, because it’s all hands on deck on the phoning/tweeting/letter-writing/town-hall front. American democracy feels pretty fragile right now, and we’re arguably on the cusp of a Constitutional crisis (not quite there yet, but watch this space). Accordingly, if you’re not already, please make your voices heard! Check out our Resources section (right sidebar) for help on getting engaged. 5 Calls and the Town Hall Project are great starting points. If you need more rallying, here–whether you like CNN’s Fareed Zakaria or not–is a pretty clear-eyed, urgent assessment of what’s going on, and why it matters. Eminently worth your four minutes.
- A silver lining of this administration is that we’re in a golden age of journalism, so here are a few pieces to contextualize this week’s news (mostly Comey, with a soupçon of Trump’s secret-sharing): From Lawfare blog, on the newest development of this story, Trump’s intelligence disclosures to the Russians. | From libertarian Conor Friedersdorf, writing in The Atlantic on why we’re right to be alarmed at Comey’s firing. | In the New York Review of Books, a straightforward piece from the ACLU’s David Cole on Trump and the Constitution. | From the NYT, conservative Max Boot’s “When Will Republicans Stand Up to Trump?” | Timothy Egan’s “Who Will Save the Republic?” | And a little reminder of Trump’s primary concern on the campaign trail: our nation’s security. (But her emails…)
- While we’re here, a couple more of our President’s grotesqueries. First, a transcript of Trump’s depressing and terrifying Q&A with the Economist. If you want confirmation that our business-minded nation’s elected a businessman who’s clueless on matters economic, it’s worth the read. | And just yesterday, during a memorial service for fallen police officers, a video of Trump throwing one of his signature baseball caps at the family of a slain officer. #MAGA #moderncondolences
- Finally, the Director of the Census resigned on Tuesday. This is alarming: the 2020 census is imminent and census results determine the allocation of legislative representation. Worried that people of color and other marginalized populations might be at further risk of underrepresentation? You should be. Read more here and here.
We’ll aim for more of a content mixture (jokes! art! random joy! poetry! humanity!) next week so that we don’t all go insane. But this week we’re more or less laser-focused. (And to think we were in a state of high alert just last week about the AHCA! Time, in this administration, certainly does fly.)