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Top Russia expert at National Security Council marched out of White House in sudden departure

Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was placed on administrative leave after an undisclosed security investigation.


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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Chris Wallace trashes Trump’s legal team for impeachment on air

Trump claims he hires only the best people. Fox’s lone respectable journalist is far from convinced.

Take Action: Demand McConnell admit damning new evidence from Giuliani’s henchman at Trump’s impeachment trial!


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As gun rights rally looms in Virginia, Richmond residents fear another Charlottesville
Many say they’ll be staying as far away as possible from the demonstration they worry will turn violent.

Take Action: No more excuses! Tell Trump and Republicans to take action to stop right wing gun violence NOW!


George Conway on Trump legal team: “This is what happens when you don’t pay your legal bills”
The noted “Never-Trump” GOP attorney blames the president’s deadbeat ways for the latest additions to his defense team: Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr.


Ronald Reagan’s son: My father would not want Republicans to vote for ‘traitor’ Trump in 2020
Ron Reagan discusses why his father would have never voted Trump, Ronald Reagan’s gay rights and AIDS record, fighting “religious freedom,” and his “burning in hell” atheism TV ad.


Schumer vows to “force votes” on witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial
The vast majority of the American people want witnesses and a fair trial, and if Republicans insist on denying that, the Senate’s top Democrat will force them to go on the record as part of Trump’s cover-up.


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Trump team in panic mode as ‘Rudy strikes again’
He thought things were going well with the reelect and impeachment—but then Lev Parnas surfaced. “This is House of Cards s–t,” said a source.


Trump’s ex-chief economic advisor says tariffs ‘totally hurt the United States’
The one-time Trump ally added, “I don’t have any intention not to vote for the president.”


U.S. Navy to name aircraft carrier after first Black sailor to be awarded the Navy Cross
The Pearl Harbor hero sprung to action on December 7, 1941 despite being segregated into custodial duties.


$11 billion and counting: Trump’s border wall would be the world’s most expensive
At $20 million per mile, so-called fiscally responsible Republicans, have abandoned their professed values.

Take Action: Tell Congress to stop Trump stealing vital funds to build his stupid, environment-destroying border wall!


Trump says he will end Obama’s protection for US waterways
The move would be disastrous for clean water in the most vulnerable communities.

Take Action: Stop Trump’s coal lobbyist EPA chief from allowing poison into our drinking water!


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Today’s Action: Volunteer for service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Fun fact: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, for Americans to volunteer and serve their communities in a positive way, in honor of the example Dr. King set for us all.

And we need this holiday – because although there have been solid advances in the rights of Black Americans since Dr. King’s work in the 1950’s and 60’s, we are far from a place of true equality. In fact, we fall short of an egalitarian and just ideal in nearly every minority/underrepresented group, in every community across the country.

We encourage the OD Action community to honor Dr. King’s legacy by engaging in the holiday the way it was intended: as a day on, not a day off. Search the National Service database for hundreds of volunteer opportunities in your community. Already have plans? Book your activity now, for another date!

National Service volunteer events run a wide range: education and mentoring, homelessness and hunger, health and wellness, fundraising and marketing, the arts, animals, and so much more. There’s a fit for everyone, and the National Service website even lets you search for indoors vs outdoors and activities for families vs seniors.

And though these events support a variety of marginalized communities, let’s also remind ourselves today specifically of the present-day plight of Black Americans:

  • A flood of voter suppression laws since 2013, strategically aimed at Black voters, passed by the GOP after the conservative Supreme Court struck down key portions of the Voter Rights Act of 1965.
  • Incarcerated at rates significantly higher than whites in every single state. Prison labor serves as a backbone to our country’s industry, a modern-day slavery that produces billions of dollars of annual corporate profit for free or close to it.
  • Black communities continue to live – and die – under an unchecked and bloody police surveillance state.

Dr. King’s fight for equality is not over – but you can continue it. Use a few of your holiday hours to make our country a little more equitable by joining one of the thousands of MLK Day volunteer opportunities in your community.

Search for MLK Day volunteer opportunities near you TODAY – sign up or start your own! Can’t schedule for today? Take a few minutes to book a volunteer opportunity for a later date!

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition telling Texas’s Governor not to refuse all refugees, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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