Good News Special Edition: The Helpers

Good News from the Resistance: It’s been a horrible week. We’ve heard from many Resisters who are sick with despair – so many that we decided to publish this Special Edition. Our goal is simple: we want to inspire you to stop compulsively checking your newsfeeds, get up from the couch and move away from the TV, and put the Ben & Jerry’s back into the freezer. We urge you to Sign Up. Show Up. Never Give Up.

From the beginning, we knew this presidency would test us; we didn’t know the specifics, but we knew it would be bad. This week, more than others, we learned that our institutions are letting us down. Congress is in cahoots with a corrupt president, and we can no longer count on the courts for justice. In times like these we turn to one of our favorite philosophers for insight: Mr. Rogers, who told us, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You always find people who are helping.’

The Helpers rarely make headline news. Which is why we need to seek them out, applaud and elevate the work they’re doing, learn from them, and be inspired by them. We dedicate this Special Edition to all of The Helpers — individuals and organizations — that continue to work to make America a country we can be proud of. Thank you.

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Good News June 5

Good News from the Resistance: Trump-enthusiast Roseanne Barr tweeted – while in an Ambien haze — that former Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett was the love child of “the muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes,” and in response, the sleep medication manufacturer tweeted back, “racism is not a side effect of our drug.” The Good News? It took ABC’s African-American female president a nanosecond to cancel Barr’s show. Then Barr was dropped by uber-agent ICM. Icing on the cake? Hulu and Viacom will no longer show her reruns. Now that Roseanne’s nest egg is in jeopardy, will our Racist-in-Chief offer her a job as his Communications Director? Stayed tuned for the next episode of the nation’s favorite reality TV show, Whacko in the White House.

Meanwhile, our Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) file is overflowing with GOP lawmakers, and misguided deplorables trying desperately to touch our Slimer-in-Chief’s golden ring. Congressman Costello (R-PA) is leaving the House because “all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump,”; state Congressman Garrett (R-VA) stepped down after aides outed him for forcing them to pick up his laundry, groceries, and dog poop (his excuse? “I’m an alcoholic.”); GOP rising star Missouri Governor Greitens (and Ken doll look-alike) resigned in the midst of yet another sex scandal (ho hum, getting boooring).

As for those misguided deplorables? Novartis’s general counsel resigned for paying Fixer-in-Chief Michael Cohen $1.2 million for access to the White House (his excuse? “It was legal.”); Manafort’s son-in-law, who recently signed a deal with DOJ to cooperate with multiple criminal probes, is in the market for new lawyers, after his team called it quits over their client’s “lack of candor” and unpaid bills.

The most surprising Good News this week? After attending a classified briefing, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he fully supports Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. And House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy said that Trump should not pardon himself. This is the strongest (only?) evidence to date that GOP leaders are indeed capable of evolving into vertebrates. Hey boys, Just Do It.

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Good News March 13

Good News from the Resistance: This week, Resisters, we are going to play a new game, Corrupt, Stupid, or Just-Plain-Mean. Here’s how to play: When you see the name of a current or former member of 45’s Cabinet, your task is to slap a judgment on him/her as quickly as you can. You need to choose one, and only one option – Corrupt, Stupid, or Just-Plain-Mean, which is where the game gets difficult. If you can’t decide, click on the name, where we’ve embedded non-fake news to inform your judgment. You can play alone or with friends. The person with the fastest overall reaction time wins. (In the spirit of the times, there are no right or wrong answers. You are rewarded for acting quickly and impulsively). Ok, Resisters, get on your mark, get set, go:

Education Secretary (I’ve Never Visited an Underperforming School) DeVos; Housing and Urban Development Secretary (This Job is Harder than Brain Surgery) Carson; Environmental Protection Agency Secretary (First Class is Way Better than Coach ) Pruitt; Interior Secretary (Drill, Baby, Drill!) Zinke; Treasury Secretary (Doesn’t My Wife Look Hot Handling All of that Money?) Mnuchin; Attorney General (I ♡ Rosenstein) Sessions; Veterans Affairs Secretary (I 😠 My Staff) Shulkin; Health & Human Services Secretary (Private Planes Rock!) Price; Secretary of State (Gone, Baby Gone) Tillerson. Look for future editions of Corrupt, Stupid, or Just-Plain-Mean, as four members of 45’s Cabinet remain scandal-free. For now. (Extra credit: Name them).

Yes, it’s been the same old, same old, as members of 45’s swamp continued to resign and flee; the “Trump” brand was forcibly stripped from golf tee markers and another hotel; and a porn star tightened her vise around the president’s “reputation,” which may or may not be why he summoned Bill Clinton’s impeachment lawyer to the White House for a meet and greet.

This week, Good News seekers, we salute a few of our favorite Resisters who continue to surprise, delight, and inspire us with the many ways they delay, dilute, and defeat 45’s assault on the America we love. A big thank you to:

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Good News February 20

Good News from the Resistance: It was a dark week in America as we were reminded, once again, how much the NRA has spent to elect politicians who pledge their allegiance to ensuring Americans’ unfettered access to guns: Over $30 million to elect Trump, and tens of millions more to elect and keep in office a who’s who list of legislators, topped by John McCain ($7.7 million), Richard Burr ($7 million), Roy Blunt ($4.5 million), and Marco Rubio ($3.3 million), men whose prayers are cheap and price tags are steep. Recognizing that adults have so profoundly let them down, kids are springing to action. Their activism began immediately after the shooting, and continued throughout the weekend, as their friends began to be buried. And they’re just getting started. Save the dates: March 14, 10 a.m., the Women’s March organizers have planned a National School Walkout for all students, teachers, and allies, and March 24 students will March for Our Lives in D.C. and other cities across the U.S. The Good News? The kids (who are not old enough to vote) just may get Congress to act.

Mueller’s 13 new indictments made headline news (yeah!), but there was more Good News under the radar: The judge presiding over the Manafort and Gates cases chided their lawyers over sealing so many documents, ordered several to be unsealed, and told them to stop it. Takeaway: More Good News will be seeing the light of day in the weeks to come.

Being married to a White House staffer is now a bit safer, as is taking the train. Two of 45’s wife beater buddies are out, staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorenson, and the Federal Railroad Administration acting head resigned in the aftermath of another fatal train crash. Chief-of-Staff for the Veteran’s Administration “retired,” after getting caught lying and altering a document that got the VA to pay for his boss’s (the 45-appointed VA Secretary) wife’s travel and tickets to Wimbledon. 45’s D.C. swamp is draining so quickly, it’s starting to resemble a California reservoir.

Our hunch is that more Good News is lurking within the files of the journalists and government agencies actively investigating four more members of 45’s Inner Circle: Veteran’s Affairs secretary David Shulkin, EPA chief Scott Pruitt, FCC chairman Ajit Pai, and Housing and Urban Development head Ben Carson. In case you’ve lost count: 40% of 45’s cabinet-level picks have faced controversies, typically concerning ethics. Our prediction? Ever the over-achiever with impeccable judgment to boot, 45’s not going to rest until that 40% gets huuuger.

This week we were reminded of all the ways our Bully-in-Chief continues to tap our Resistance Creativity. (And we thought we’d peaked with our Women’s March signs and Pussy Hats). Women in Arizona mailed a legislator Tampons after he voted to stop providing them to inmates; over President’s Day weekend, more than 4,000 Resisters threw “Trump Impeachment Parties,” featuring finger foods like Comey Cake Balls and Putin Pudding Cups; in a rebuke of Mueller’s uncovered truths, 45-sympathazier Devin Nunes (R-CA ) created his own “untruthy” website, which hackers immediately brought down; when a Texas man was asked to leave a restaurant for wearing a FUCK TRUMP t-shirt, he was ready with the perfect response; an Arizona county resisted 45 by turning down money to “secure” its border; a Utah elementary school is now named after the first black female NASA engineer, Mary W. Jackson, rather than slaveholder Andrew Jackson; professors at Jesuit-based Loyola University started a punk band to resist 45, called no.no.no.NO; and after Dutch women speed skaters won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Olympics, they taunted 45 with a sign reminding him who’s First.

All of which suggests there may be more ways to resist than there are to illegally launder extra-marital affairs hush money. Yes, good news seekers, there’s even more Good News:

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Good News February 5

Good News from the Resistance: Last week in D.C., Democratic legislators revived the 1982 Clash song, Should I Stay or Should I Go? as each struggled with how he/she would spend the evening while 45 delivered his first State of the Union address. A dozen chose to boycott, while the Black Caucus, female Democrats, and First Lady Melania decided to attend, and signal their resistance through fashion. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thought it would be the perfect evening to bond with R.I. law students over a “fireside chat.” To just about everyone’s surprise, the questionably literate 45 managed to stick to his Tele-Prompter script. Good Job, Donny! Afterwards, Bernie Sanders delivered a (non-DNC-sanctioned) rebuttal and Joe Kennedy delivered the official one. The score?  The Truth-O-Meter tally of the speech: two False statements, four Mostly False, two Half True, three Mostly True, and one True. Not included in this tally was 45’s claim that more people watched his SOTU on TV than had ever watched an SOTU before. Truth-O-Meter rating of that claim: False.

Resisters were on pins and needles most of the week, anticipating the “Nunes Memo.” 45 claimed its release would 100% vindicate him on charges of colluding with the Russians, and put an end to Mueller’s investigation. (Admit it, Resisters, you were a tiny bit worried). Soon after the big reveal, the memo  was described (generously) as both a “big fat Nothingburger,“and a “sad trombone.” Social media went nuts over Yo’ Memo So Stupid jokes. (Example: Yo’ Memo So Stupid Eric Trump beat it on the SAT). Looks like Mueller won’t be on the job market quite yet. The Democrats claim to have a “counter-memo,” and are pushing for its release. Bacon cheeseburger, anyone?

The GOP swamp continues to drain. Republican legislators are retiring in droves; 45’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) appointee lost her job after it was revealed she’d bought tobacco stock (couldn’t make that one up); 45’s pick to be Ambassador to Singapore withdrew from consideration after she was implicated in the Russia investigation; the White House nominee to head the Council for Environmental Quality is no longer under consideration because she’s a climate change-denier. Which begs the question, “how did she get as far as she did in the nomination process?” But we’ll squelch that thought, and simply rejoice that she’s out. Yes, Resisters, it’s been another rockin’ and rollin’ week in our new reality, but don’t despair, because there’s even more Good News:

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Good News January 22

Good News from the Resistance: Congratulations, Resisters! You made it through Year 1 of our Dystopian Nightmare. As 45 tried to dismantle our democracy, we woke up, signed up, showed up, and did not give up. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of marchers turned up in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, to insist, resist and persist. Last year’s Women’s March organizers kicked off Power to the Polls in Las Vegas, a drive to register 1 million new voters in time for the midterm elections.

On-going investigations into 45 and his Inner Circle continue, and much like a Whac-a-Mole, they keep popping up. Bannon’s expected to squawk before Mueller’s truth squad, which experts say now has razor-sharp focus on the trail to 45’s dirty Russian money. This week, Mueller’s investigators knocked on the door of the Italian girlfriend of 45’s former campaign aide, George singing-like-a-bird Papadopoulos, and the NRA (yes, that NRA) may have laundered money for the Russians in an effort to get 45 elected.

You know that feeling you get a few minutes before a party, when you fear that all your preparation will be for naught, because no one will show up? For 45, that fear became reality at last year’s Inauguration. After raising $107 million to fete thousands of friends and admirers with the most bigly, huuuge musical stars in the world, most didn’t show up. Which means there was a lot of leftover money. Where’d it go? 45 won’t say. It’s under investigation.

Speaking of tightly held secrets, 45’s dalliance with porn star Stormy Daniels has led to yet another investigation. No, it’s not about the sex – Stormy’s revealed that in horrifying detail. As is often the case with our Real-Estate-Developer-in-Chief, it’s about the cash. Looks like his lawyer set up a shell company to hide Stormy’s hush money. Now, dear Resisters, it’s time to flush from your brain that image of 45 chasing Stormy around the bed in his tighty whities, and read this week’s Good News:

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Read more Good News January 22

Good News Happy Holidays 2017

This week’s Good News from the Resistance: Good News is going on vacation. Yes, even those of us who focus on good news need to take time to practice these self-care techniques. We’ll be back on Martin Luther King’s birthday. But before we bid adieu until 2018, there are many 2017  “best of” lists and promising numbers to report: 10 best protests of the year; 17 women of color who rocked the Resistance; 83 high-profile men in Axios’s sexual misconduct spreadsheet; 7 banned words (projected onto a hotel); 45’s record-breaking Christmas approval ratingAnd there’s even more Good News:

Good News June 20

This week’s Good News from the Resistance:

  • Congressional Appropriations Committee refuses to gut EPA budget
  • Gay, black D.C. policewoman saves life of homophobic racist Congressman
  • Not to be missed: video of Australian prime minister mocking 45
  • Career diplomats in Beijing, London, Qatar are resisting
  • Supreme Court (finally) takes on illegal GOP gerrymandering
  • Handy, uplifting list of 45 associates under investigation .. so far
  • WNBA steps up to support Planned Parenthood
  • Battle for healthcare down to 10 states: what you can do to help

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Good News May 8

This week’s Good News from the Resistance: Thursday’s healthcare vote was fuel for the Resistance. Congress is on recess, but Town Halls are becoming as rare as a Republican with a backbone. What’s a Resister to do? Thousands are planning  “Die-Ins” outside of Congressional district offices. Camera-ready, community-building, and downright fun. All of this and more in this week’s Good News:

  • Tired of standing up at all of those rallies and marches? Attend a Die-In and lie down!
  • Payback’s a bitch (who can’t be grabbed): Non-partisan Cook Report predicts this week’s healthcare vote will flip at least 20 Red seats Blue
  • London’s Victoria & Albert Museum adds Pussyhat to its collection
  • So goes the nation: Very Red Nebraska City Council flips Blue
  • Every major U.S. TV network has says NYET to airing 45’s lying campaign ads
  • GOP’s latest attempt to suppress voting in Ossoff election fails
  • Dutch website helps American women to safely end early, unwanted pregnancies

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Good News March 20

This week’s Good News from the Resistance: 45 and his Tea Party cronies inspire progressive legislators to introduce anti-masturbation and Viagra acts; well-connected 45-Resister Jon Ossoff has a good shot at flipping Atlanta Congressional seat next month; insulting (yet true) tweet from McDonald’s to 45 causes a stir; paranoia running high in the White House, as staffers use secret apps to protect email accounts from one another; unexpected Voting Rights win in Texas is very good news for the Dems; pharmaceutical company introduces new drug to help us through 45’s reign; Action of the Week: Sign up for Rise Stronger.

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