The Trumpism-is-not-normal reading list


(Cartoon from Amy Martin)

Here is a bipartisan reading list I've put together as essential to understanding what's happening and hopefully what you can do to resist the normalization of what should not be normal.

Trump names his Inauguration Day a ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’
By Abby Phillip (23/01/17)

White House Shuts Down Phone Comment Line, Tells Callers to Use Non-Existent Facebook Messenger Account Instead
By Janko Roettgers (23/01/17)

Sean Spicer defends inauguration claim: 'Sometimes we can disagree with facts'
By David Smith (23/01/17)

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump’s team has ‘alternative facts.’ Which pretty much says it all.
By Aaron Blake (22/01/17)

With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Matthew Rosenberg (21/01/17)

Civil Rights, Climate Change, and Healthcare Were All Scrubbed from the White House Website
By Jack Holmes (20/01/17)

Trump Won’t Remove Press From White House, But Says He Will Pick Who Gets In
By Gabrielle Levy (18/01/17)

With All Due Disrespect
By Paul Krugman (16/01/17)

No, Trump’s America Won’t Be The Hunger Games
By Graham Vyse (16/01/17)

Top Senate Democrat Says Russian Hacks, Disinformation Influenced Election Outcome
By Alexandra Jaffe (15/01/17)

America, America
By Jonathan Kirshner (15/01/17)

Trump aide Reince Priebus warns ethics chief to ‘be careful’
By Abby Phillip (15/01/17)

Explosive memos suggest that a Trump-Russia quid pro quo was at the heart of the GOP's dramatic shift on Ukraine
By Natasha Bertrand (15/01/17)

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months
By Kim Sengupta (14/01/17)

‘My confidence has been shook’: Dems furious after meeting with James Comey — but they can’t say why
By Travis Gettys (13/01/17)

Newt Gingrich: Trump Should Use The CNN Confrontation As An Excuse To Break The Press
By Matt Gertz (13/01/17)

Trump Orders DC National Guard Chief To Leave In Middle Of Inaugural Ceremony
By Caitlin MacNeal (13/01/17)

AP Source: Trump aide in frequent contact with Russia envoy
By Julie Pace (13/01/17)

Chaffetz threatens to subpoena federal ethics watchdog over Trump criticism
By Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein (12/01/17)

Why Are the Trump Allegations Hanging Around When They Haven’t Been Substantiated?
By Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittes (12/01/17)

Rep. Lieu Statement on His Review of Classified Report on Russian Hacking of U.S. Elections
(12/01/17)

Donald Trump just used his presidential power to advertise L.L. Bean
By Danielle Paquette (12/01/17)

Clapper puts the ball back in Trump’s court
By Jennifer Rubin (12/01/17)

Comey Letter on Clinton Email Is Subject of Justice Dept. Inquiry
By Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau, and Matt Apuzzo (12/01/17)

Remarks of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter M. Shaub Jr.
(11/01/17)

BBC correspondent: Ex-British intelligence officer ‘not the only source’ for Russia’s Trump dossier
By David Edwards (11/01/17)

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia
By Ken Bensinger, Miriam Elder, and Mark Schoofs (10/01/17)

Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him
By Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein (10/01/17)

Senate Intelligence Committee Member Suggests FBI Is Sitting on Information on Trump-Russia Ties
By David Corn (10/01/17)

Donald Trump’s ‘first attempt to ignore the law’
By Aaron Blake (10/01/17)

A Troll Outside Trump Tower Is Helping To Pick Your Next Government
By Ryan Mac (09/01/17)

Donald Trump was bailed out of bankruptcy by Russia crime bosses
By Mark Summer (09/01/17)

ExxonMobil and Iran did business under Secretary of State nominee Tillerson
By Oren Dorell (09/01/17)

We were ethics lawyers for Bush and Obama. Trump's cabinet hearings must be delayed
By Norman L. Eisen and Richard W. Painter (09/01/17)

Trump Just Dismissed the People in Charge of Maintaining Our Nuclear Arsenal
By Ashley Feinberg (09/01/17)

Donald Trump and the Tainted Presidency
By Charles M. Blow (09/01/17)

Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (06/01/17)

 The American Press Is Under Threat as Never Before
 By Eric Alterman (05/01/17)

Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings on Russian Hacking
By Matt Flegenheimer and Scott Shane (05/01/17)

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency
By Damian Paletta and Julian E. Barnes (04/01/17)

Media standards on lies and false statements are changing fast
By Callum Borchers (03/01/17)

By NoFortunateSon (01/01/17)

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Made over $420,000 Selling Access to the President-elect on New Year's Eve
By Lauren Duca (01/01/17)

I watched a populist leader rise in my country. That’s why I’m genuinely worried for America.
By Miklos Haraszti (28/12/16)

Intelligence agencies sued for records on Russian election interference
By Lydia Wheeler (27/12/16)

Lindsey Graham shoots down Trump’s denials: 99 senators believe Russia behind DNC hacks
By Eric W. Dolan (27/12/16)

A journalist is suing U.S. spy agencies for more details on Russia’s hacking of the U.S. election
By April Glaser (27/12/16)

Seattle’s Franz Wassermann, 96, warns of chilling parallels with Nazi era
By Jerry Large (26/12/16)

Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer Asks for Apology from BuzzFeed
By De Elizabeth (26/12/16)

Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for
By Lisa Lerer (25/12/16)

GOP declares Donald Trump to be new king
GOP website and then in correspondence with Dan Rather (25/12/16)

The Stolen Supreme Court Seat
By New York Times editorial board (24/12/16)

Donald Trump plans to shut down his charitable foundation, which has been under scrutiny for months
By Mark Berman and David A. Fahrenthold (24/12/16)

Trump and Putin: The worst case scenario
By Sarah Kendzior (23/12/16)

White nationalist groups raise millions tax-free after IRS grants nonprofit status
By Travis Gettys (22/12/16)

Prince Charles issues veiled warning over Donald Trump and return to 'dark days of 1930s'
By May Bulman (22/12/16)

Moscow on the Potomac
By By the CAP National Security and International Policy Team (21/12/16)

Trump posse browbeats Hill Republicans
By Rachael Bade (21/12/16)

In Donald Trump’s Washington, corruption will be utterly shameless
By Paul Waldman (20/12/16)

Time to End the Electoral College
By the New York Times editorial board (19/12/16)

Austria’s Far Right Signs a Cooperation Pact With Putin’s Party
By Alison Smale (19/12/16)

Gingrich: Congress should change ethics laws for Trump
By Darren Samuelsohn (19/12/16)

Trump’s own ‘truther’ act is frightening
By Jennifer Rubin (19/12/16)

Russian Hacking Poses a Threat to American Security and the Presidency
By Lincoln Blades (19/12/16)

Trump private security force ‘playing with fire’
By Kenneth P. Vogel (19/12/16)

In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump at Monday vote
By Robert Samuels (17/12/16)

Court: Removing 'faithless' electors may be unconstitutional
By Kyle Cheney (17/12/16)

Donald Trump raises specter of treason
By John Shattuck (16/12/16)

Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy?
By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (16/12/16)

Russian hacking activity continues unabated
By Shimon Prokupecz, Evan Perez, Pamela Brown and Jeff Zeleny (16/12/16)

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt
By Ariel Dorfman (16/12/16)

The fake war on fake news
By Sarah Kendzior (16/12/16)

Celebrities Call on the Electoral College to Vote Against Donald Trump
By Chelsea Stone (16/12/16)

Putin Attacked the 2016 U.S. Election
By Alexandra Chalupa (16/12/16)

U.S. election agency breached by hackers after November vote
By Joseph Menn (15/12/16)

Obama On Russian Hacking: 'We Need To Take Action. And We Will'
By Scott Detrow (15/12/16)

Trump calls on Pennsylvania crowd to cheer African-Americans who 'didn't come out to vote'
By Tribune News Service (15/12/16)

Trump’s national security adviser shared secrets without permission, files show
By Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller (14/12/16)

Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal
By Nancy Scola (14/12/16)

Trump Lets the Truth Come Out Post-Election
By Michael K. Williams (14/12/16)

How Journalists Covered the Rise of Mussolini and Hitler
By John Broich (13/12/16)

Former CIA Officer On Trump's Battle With Intelligence Community
By Caitlin O'Keefe, Meghna Chakrabarti (13/12/16)

neveragain.tech
By various (13/12/16)

A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Foreign Elections
By Dana Roberson and T.J. Raphael (13/12/16)

A professor called Trump’s election an ‘act of terrorism.’ Death threats forced her to flee
By Peter Holley (13/12/16)

Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump
By Brady Dennis (13/12/16)

Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election
By Christine Pelosi (12/12/16)

GOP leaders shield Trump from expanded Russia probe
By Austin Wright (12/12/16)

Former CIA chief calls Russia’s meddling in US elections ‘political equivalent of 9/11’
By POLITICO (12/12/16)

McConnell Supports Inquiry of Russian Hacking During Election
By Jennifer Steinhauer (12/12/16)

McCain, Schumer urge unity in combating Russian interference in elections
By Daniel Chaitin (11/12/16)

C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence
By Mark Mazzetti and Eric Lichtblau (11/12/16)

Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes
By David E. Sanger and Scott Shane (09/12/16)

Secret CIA assessment says Russia intervened in election to help Trump win
By Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller (09/12/16)

A big change to U.S. broadcasting is coming — and it’s one Putin might admire
By Editorial Board (09/12/16)

Trump transition team for Energy Department seeks names of employees involved in climate meetings
By Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin (09/12/16)

Notes from the Resistance: A Column on Language and Power
By Summer Brennan (09/12/16)

Bipartisan group urges Trump, family to divest from private business
By Rosalind S. Helderman (09/12/16)

Obama orders 'full review' of election-related hacking
By Josh Gerstein and Jennifer Scholtes (09/12/16)

This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter
By Jenna Johnson (08/12/16)

Republicans ready to launch wide-ranging probe of Russia, despite Trump’s stance
By Karoun Demirjian (08/12/16)

Graham says he'll lead probe of Russian intervention in election
By Brooke Seipel (07/12/16)

It Was a Corruption Election. It’s Time We Realized It.
By Sarah Chayes (06/12/16)

Half of Detroit votes may be ineligible for recount
By Chad Livengood and Joel Kurth (06/12/16)

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump
By Christopher Suprun (05/12/16)

An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy
By Sarah Kendzior (05/12/16)

Trump’s Threat to the Constitution
by Evan McMullin (05/12/16)

Orwellian euphemisms like “post-truth” and “alt-right” are perfect for whitewashing fascism
By Noah Berlatsky (05/12/16)

You Heard It Here First: Trump May Not Propose A Budget Next Year
By Stan Collender (04/12/16)

A Warning for Americans From a Member of Pussy Riot
by Jim Rutenberg (04/12/16)

Law professor: Trump’s businesses make him a ‘walking, talking violation of the Constitution’
By Tom Boggioni (04/12/16)

Now Is the Time to Talk about What We Are Actually Talking About
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (02/12/16)

Authoritarianism and Post-Truth Politics
By Jacob T. Levy (30/11/16)

Spy chief adds to warnings of Russian cyber attacks on Germany
By Caroline Copley (29/11/16)

McConnell says he won’t recuse himself from wife’s cabinet confirmation
By Elise Viebeck (29/11/16)

The US election recount is a long shot – but the alternative is catastrophe
by Rebecca Solnit (29/11/16)

In Defense of Doomsaying
By Graham Vyse (28/11/16)

Why Outrage Is So Important
by Joshua Foust (28/11/16)

Conflicted Elector in a Corrupt College
By Art Sisneros (28/11/16)

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
By Craig Timberg (24/11/16)

Former Bush Counsel: Electoral College Can’t Vote For Trump if He’s in Violation of Constitution
by Justin Baragona (23/11/16)

Journalism faces an 'existential crisis' in Trump era
by Christiane Amanpour (23/11/16)

White nationalist who led 'Hail Trump' chant to speak at Texas A&M, though school didn't invite him
by Lauren McGaughy (23/11/16)

Trump turning away intelligence briefers since election win
By Greg Miller and Adam Entous (23/11/16)

Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots
by J. Alex Halderman (23/11/16)

An Erosion of Democratic Norms in America: The president-elect is testing the limits of political convention.
by Claire Foran (22/11/16)

Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted....
by Dan Rather (22/11/16)

What Journalism Needs To Do Post-Election
by Carrie Brown (22/11/16)

Voting Rights in the Age of Trump
by Ari Berman (22/11/16)

A thought on reality: Fungible, at best. Things we're not blinking an eye at today would have been unthinkable a month ago....
by Linda Tirado (21/11/16)

Wisconsin legislative map ruled illegally partisan; case will go to Supreme Court
By Robert Barnes (21/11/16)

The Scramble Has Some Questions About Our New Trumpian Reality
by Jonathan McNicol (21/11/16)

Don’t Offer To Sign Up—Stop The Muslim Registry Before It Begins
by Josh Shahryar (21/11/16)

My name is Andrew Joseph Barkett. I was the first-ever CTO of the Republican National Committee. I am currently a Central Committee Member-elect for the Republican Party Central Committee in San Mateo County, CA....
by Andrew Barkett (21/11/16)

Alt-Right Neo-Nazis Exult[s] in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory’
by Joseph Goldstein (20/11/16)

Wrong. Normalizing Trump is dangerous, because Trump isn’t normal. And his presidency is unlikely to be "just another conservative" presidency....
by Robert Reich (20/11/16)

Donald Trump Meeting Suggests He Is Keeping Up His Business Ties
by Eric Lipton and Ellen Barry (20/11/16)

McCain warns Trump on torture, waterboarding
by Michael Crowley (19/11/16)

The First 100 Day Resistance Agenda
By Robert Reich (19/11/16)

Don’t let Donald Trump’s antics distract you from what’s really important
by Matthew Yglesias (19/11/16)

Normalising Trump: The US media whitewash - The Listening Post
by Al Jazeera English (19/11/16)

AM Joy panel: Trump will manipulate foreign policy so that he and his kids can reap billions
by Tom Boggioni (19/11/16)

Steve Bannon, chief strategist for President-elect Donald Trump, gave the above quotes in an interview with a major publication this week. Needless to say, this is not how political operatives normally speak to the media....
by Murtaza Hussain (18/11/16)

An updated 'First they came for' poem written on social media is worth remembering
by Walter Einenkel (18/11/16)

A Dark View from Flyover Country
by Sarah Kendzior (18/11/16)

#TrumpTreason?—and 99% of the mainstream news media have yet to report the story
by Reyesanfrancis (18/11/16)

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump
by Sarah Kendzior (18/11/16)

Still time for an election audit: Column
by Ron Rivest and Philip Stark (18/11/16)

1. Update on Russia hacking the US election and collective actions we must take now to stop Trump and Putin from stealing the White House....
by Andrea Chalupa (17/11/16)

Nation state made 'conscious effort to influence US election' by leaking Hillary Clinton's emails, NSA director says
by Samuel Osborne (17/11/16)

No, This is Not Normal Pre-Presidential Behavior | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ
by Keith Olbermann (17/11/16)

We have 100 days to stop Donald Trump from systemically corrupting our institutions
by Matthew Yglesias (17/11/16)

Trump’s Foreign Business Ties May Violate the Constitution
by Zephyr Teachout (17/11/16)

Watching the Election from The Post-Truth Future
By Christina Xu (17/11/16)

To all those who are requesting us to "give Trump..., and his band of regressive racist cronies "a chance"....
by Bill Sienkiewicz (17/11/16)

Look, people. Donald Trump told us who he was. And people didn't believe him....
by Imani Gandy (17/11/16)

The Lies Begin As Trump Takes Credit For Keeping Ford Plant In The US That Wasn’t Leaving
by Jason Easley (17/11/16)

So, first. While I appreciate the outrage at this Muslim registry thing, where have you guys been?
by Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura (17/11/16)

#HamiltonElectors: Stopping Trump with A Vote of Conscience (Hamilton Electors)
by D.C. Douglas (16/11/16)

More than peanuts at stake in Trump business interests
by Rachel Maddow (16/11/16)

Russia's Involvement in the 2016 Election Is Growing by the Day
by Charles P. Pierce (16/11/16)

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon suggests having too many Asian tech CEOs undermines ‘civic society’
by Ashley Carman (16/11/16)

White House Confirms Pre-Election Warning to Russia Over Hacking
by David E. Sanger (16/11/16)

This is not about political parties. This is about an authoritarian kleptocracy which will use extreme brutality....
by Sarah Kendzior (16/11/16)

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham wants Congress to investigate Russian cyberattack on DNC, election
by Lisa Mascaro (15/11/16)

A number of people have been asking me for resources with which to educate themselves on what's happening in the US....
by Christopher Stroop (15/11/16)

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience....
by Timothy Snyder (15/11/16)

This Is Not Normal
by Joshua Foust (15/11/16)

When 9/11 happened, the Muslim communities I lived in did register....
by Darakshan Raja (14/11/16)

Glenn Beck: Bannon has ‘clear tie’ to white nationalism
by Mark Hensch (14/11/16)

Post-election spate of hate crimes worse than post-9/11, experts say
by Melanie Eversley (14/11/16)

Christoph Waltz talking About Trump
(12/11/16)

What Now?
by Jay Ulfelder (12/11/16)

Irish Lawmaker: 'America Has Just Elected A Fascist' (Video)
by Aodhan O'Riordain (11/11/16)

An early New York Times article about Adolf Hitler catastrophically misjudged the authenticity of his anti-semitism.
by Alex Kasprak (11/11/16)

Autocracy: Rules for Survival
by Masha Gessen (10/11/16)

Farewell, America
By Neal Gabler (10/11/16)

Russia says it was in touch with Trump's campaign during election
By Andrew Osborn (10/11/16)

Day 1 In Trump's America
by Insanul Ahmed (09/11/16)

Call for a Congressional Investigation: An Open Letter from Concerned Scholars
Various scholars (Nov. 2016)

Letter from Harry Reid to James Comey
From Harry Reid (30/10/16)

Trump’s unusual conflict: Millions in debts to German bank now facing federal fines
by Drew Harwell (30/09/16)

The Road Ahead
Kirk Douglas (19/09/16)

How Donald Trump is leading the transformation to turn the Republican Party into the new KKK
by Shaun King (09/09/16)

An American Authoritarian
by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (10/08/16)

#ShowUsYourTaxes: Here’s Every Time Donald Trump Has Said He Would Release His Tax Returns
By Teo Armus (28/06/16)

Donald Trump’s distinctly American authoritarianism draws equally from the wacko right and wacko left.
by Jacob Weisberg (04/03/16)

Here’s what demagogues like Trump do to their countries when they take power
By Michael Signer (29/02/16)

Donald Trump says he is not bothered by comparisons to Hitler
By Jenna Johnson (08/12/15)

Donald Trump's 2014 political predictions
by Donald Trump (listen around 2:03) (10/02/14)

Excerpt from They Thought They Were Free
by Milton Mayer (1955)

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