Top Social Trends In Politics Yesterday

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Biker group vowing ‘wall of meat’ to block protesters hopes for ‘peaceful transition’

The leader of a pro-Trump motorcycle group that recently vowed to form a “wall of meat” to keep inauguration protesters at bay said Monday they’re anticipating a smooth transition.
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370 'Sister Marches' Planned For Day After Trump's Inauguration | The Huffington Post

It's so much bigger than just the Women's March on Washington.
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Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Backs Out Of Playing Trump Inauguration Party | The Huffington Post

The B Street Band canceled out of respect for The Boss.
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Letter From Birmingham Jail' - The Atlantic

King's famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail," published in The Atlantic as "The Negro Is Your Brother," was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights movement.
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Clinton Global Initiative to lay off employees, shut down amid dwindling donations

The Clintons are moving ahead with plans to downsize their controversial foundation’s network of offshoots, a decision carried out as the powerful family’s political influence wanes and its once-lengthy donor list shrinks.
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Capitol building to remove controversial pigs as police painting

A controversial painting on Capitol Hill depicting a police officer as a pig will be removed after sparking a scuffle between Democratic and Republican lawmakers, the architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers told Fox News Friday.
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Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore And More Celebrities To Lead Anti-Trump Rally In New York | The Huffington Post

The event is scheduled to take place on the eve of Trump's inauguration.
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John Lewis’ Book Sales Skyrocket After Trump's Appalling Tweet | The Huffington Post

Three of his books occupied the top five spots on Amazon over the weekend.
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Repealing The ACA Could Be A Nightmare For Mental Health Care | The Huffington Post

Yet another way our society is failing those with mental illness.
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Trump reportedly insists healthcare replacement will have 'insurance for everybody'

President-elect Donald Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he’s almost finished with a plan to replace ObamaCare and vowed to have “insurance for everybody.”
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This Bill Would Allow 'Accidentally' Driving Into And Killing Protesters | The Huffington Post

It's aimed at Dakota Access protesters, and it doesn't bode well.
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CNN Politics 4 days

Monica Crowley bows out of Trump administration post following plagiarism revelations

Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump's incoming administration, CNN confirms.
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NBC Politics 4 days

John Lewis goes high at MLK breakfast in his honor

On Monday, Lewis chose not to rehash controversy or engage Trump, instead focusing on his political evolution and the cause of his life.
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These 8 Men Have As Much Money As Half The World | The Huffington Post

A new Oxfam report finds income inequality is benefiting a few billionaires who already have "biblical" fortunes.
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CNN Politics 4 days

Here's how Rep. Lewis responded to Trump without saying his name

Rep. John Lewis told the moving story of his life Monday at an event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr -- and let the tale of forgiveness overcoming hatred stand as his response to attacks against him from President-elect Donald Trump.
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Pro-Lifers Are Going to the Women's March on Washington - The Atlantic

Is there room in the movement for people who morally object to abortion?
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CNN Politics 6 days

These Democrats aren't attending Trump's inauguration

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
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T.I. Writes 'Honest' Unapologetic Letter To Trump | The Huffington Post

This is the rapper's second in a series of letters about American social issues.
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In 2 Terms, Barack Obama Had Fewer Scandals Than Donald Trump Has Had In The Last 2 Weeks | The Huffington Post

This is a major departure from the presidencies of George W. Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Nixon.
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CNN Politics 4 days

Ivanka Trump stepping into powerful role as first daughter

Those closest to her describe her as smart, independent-minded and relentless.
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Politicians Honor MLK Day While Working Against The Rights He Fought For | The Huffington Post

If your policies lead to voter suppression, you're not actually fighting for justice.
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5 Lessons From Martin Luther King Jr. To Apply To Trump's America | The Huffington Post

His lessons went far beyond “I Have A Dream.”
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CNN Politics 4 days

Obamas visit swing set they donated to DC shelter

The first family spent some of Martin Luther King Jr. Day visiting a former fixture of the White House -- and saw it getting some good use.
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Donald Trump Expanding Scottish Golf Resort After Vowing Not To Make New Foreign Deals | The Huffington Post

"No new foreign deals ... whatsoever" apparently doesn't include this one.
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Up Your March-On-D.C. Game With These Commanding Works Of Poster Art | The Huffington Post

Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena want to visualize the non-partisan principles that characterize America.
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The Republican Obsession With Dismantling Social Security And Medicare | The Huffington Post

Today’s Republicans want to avoid political accountability by destroying Social Security and Medicare without leaving clear fingerprints.
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Hill Republicans try to ease purchase of gun 'silencers,' as NRA-backed Trump arrives

Congressional Republicans are trying to change federal guns regulations to make buying silencer, or suppressor, easier. But critics don’t agree with the argument that the proposed legislation is a safety measure to prevent hearing injuries.
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Hill Republicans try to ease purchase of gun 'silencers,' as NRA-backed Trump arrives

Congressional Republicans are trying to change federal guns regulations to make buying silencer, or suppressor, easier. But critics don’t agree with the argument that the proposed legislation is a safety measure to prevent hearing injuries.
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NBC Politics 4 days

Tweeter-in-Chief: Trump to maintain personal handle after inauguration

The move comes amid uncertainty over how Trump's administration will use White House certified handles, including @POTUS and @FLOTUS.
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Bill would cut off aid to countries that don't take back their illegal immigrant criminals

A proposed law that would punish countries that refuse to take back their illegal immigrant criminals is two years too late to save Casey Chadwick, but the Texas congressman behind it figures it’s the least Washington can do.
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Trump Hints At Obamacare Replacement That Would Look Nothing Like What Republicans Have In Mind | The Huffington Post

Maybe he's channeling Bernie Sanders. Or maybe he has no idea what he's saying.
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After Years Of Birther Conspiracies, Trump Aide Claims GOP Never Questioned Obama's Legitimacy | The Huffington Post

Reince Priebus wants President Barack Obama to stand up and vouch for Donald Trump's legitimacy. Really.
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D.L. Hughley To Trump: 'F**k You Now And F**k You Forever' | The Huffington Post

The outspoken actor took aim at Trump over his treatment of black America.
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NPR Politics 4 days

Trump Pressures Congress To Replace Obamacare Quickly : The Two-Way : NPR

President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post he's close to unveiling a healthcare plan he expects Congress to pass soon. But GOP lawmakers are in no hurry to replace the Affordable Care Act.
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NBC Politics 4 days

Monica Crowley won't take role in Trump Admin amid plagiarism reports

The moves comes after the conservative media commentator was hit with allegations of plagiarism.
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8 Reasons To Worry About Rick Perry Running The Department Of Energy | The Huffington Post

For one thing, he doesn't seem to understand what the DOE even does.
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This MLK Quote Sums Up The Rise Of White Supremacy Post-Trump | The Huffington Post

King's words are eerily prophetic.
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MLK's Daughter On Why Her Father's Legacy Is Important Now More Than Ever | The Huffington Post

The Rev. Bernice King spoke to HuffPost about the lessons from her father all Americans should seek to uphold.
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NBC Politics 4 days

Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon, takes on Trump as U.S. marks MLK Day

A hero of the civil rights movement has taken on a new fight, questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump as president-elect.
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NPR Politics 5 days

Bernie Sanders Headlines Democratic Rallies To Save Obamacare : NPR

Just days after Congressional Republicans took the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders headlined Democratic opposition at a rally in Michigan.
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This Texas Gun Owner Has Been An NRA Member For 46 Years. Now He's Speaking Out. | The Huffington Post

“It’s mind-boggling they could come up with laws like that.”
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CNN Politics 4 days

Women's March on Washington: What you need to know

Women's March will bring a potentially huge crowd of protesters to Washington for inauguration weekend.
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NPR Politics 4 days

'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness : Code Switch : NPR

In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.
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