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Washington Mall Photos

I saw the aerial photo taken by the U.S. Park Service which showed the difference in the number of attendees of the 2009 Obama inauguration and the 2017 Trump inauguration. President Trump was enthusiastically supported, as was President Obama. Why the stark difference? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 21, 2017 - 30 answers

Looking for a specific “call to action”

A number of digital “calls to action” have arisen since the election. I thought I had run across one that I can’t find again. [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Jan 17, 2017 - 3 answers

Should I respond when I see postings like this?

Post-election, I keep struggling with the urge to respond to comments on news sites when I strongly disagree with the comments. I can't seem to stop looking at them, yet I know it's a futile, life-destroying game of whack-a-mole at best. What are other people's strategies for dealing with this? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Dec 16, 2016 - 32 answers

Flame this tiny bit of hope

I've been seeing the reports of Russian tampering with the US presidential election, the investigations, and progressively louder voices calling for a re-vote and nullification of the recent results. Nothing would make me happier at this point than to have that happen. [more inside]
posted by teamnap on Dec 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Unable to get past my grief over the election results

I have major depressive disorder, comorbid with anxiety. I have a therapist whom I see weekly. I have a prescriber whom I see monthly. We talk about this. But I still wake up every morning and experience about 20 seconds of normalcy before horrific reality sets in, and all of the grief and fear ratchets up. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Dec 4, 2016 - 39 answers

Poetry for the Apocalypse

Inspired by some clips of poems I've read in the holiday card threads, I'm looking for more poems to read in dark political times. Now that trump is the president-elect, what poems are giving you hope, perspective, or just a sense of camaraderie with the poet? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Nov 28, 2016 - 22 answers

Lighten Your Load And Go Still Higher. War On Christmas: The Gladdening

Black Friday is fast approaching, and when the Electoral College convenes on December 19, its decision will perhaps literally decide the fate of the world. Frankly, that bare fact alone feels a hell of a lot more like an actual war on Christmas to me than anything I've ever contemplated before. And I ain't having it like that. I'd like to seize the opportunity to turn every painful barb into a paean of joy instead. [more inside]
posted by perspicio on Nov 21, 2016 - 17 answers

How can I avoid You-Know-Who?

I had a panic attack today on my way back from a weekend away. It's the second one I've had in recent weeks. After today's, I realized that my constant state of panic about the president-elect isn't just because of the obvious, but because he specifically reminds me of a person who used to verbally abuse me. I'm being triggered ALL THE TIME now. How can I avoid being triggered as much as possible until I can work through this with my therapist?
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 20, 2016 - 23 answers

Help me build a post-Trump reading list

After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Nov 20, 2016 - 33 answers

How to help progressive social/political issues: US citizen outside US

I'm a US citizen living in Mexico. I want to do my part to help the country survive Trump and the GOP-led federal government, especially the people, groups, and programs/initiatives most at risk. I can't do any on-site volunteer work. I will donate (considering this advice) , but my pesos won't amount to much. Any suggestions on how I can help, while still living outside the US? And any thoughts on how I can participate in mitigating the damage to the Mexican people? [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo on Nov 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Will hindsight be 20/20 in 2020?

Are there examples from history (ideally in modern or at least post-1776 times) of an authoritarian leader coming to power, and then being peacefully voted out of power during the next election? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me fight voter suppression

Following the election, I'm realizing that I need to spend some time fighting voter suppression, gerrymandering, and taking down the electoral college. But I'm pretty broke. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Nov 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Thanksgiving aka Presidential Debate round IV

Holding my head up high at Thanksgiving, with the majority of my relatives as Hillary supporters. But, of course, there's at least ONE person who is fiscally conservative and has been following conservative & libertarian blogs / news. I can't turn back time, but I intend to fight misinformation as much as I can at the dinner table. [more inside]
posted by hampanda on Nov 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Information to Send my Mother about the Dangers of a Trump Presidency

I would like to put together an email to my mother explaining why I’m so afraid of a Trump presidency and the people it will empower both inside and outside of the White House. I would be grateful for any suggestions you can provide about information to include, especially with sources, particularly anything that makes clear the authoritarian/fascist aspects of current events. I’m not looking to make her read long articles, I just want a clear and straightforward list of points to make that show how scary and out of the ordinary this is for America. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2016 - 10 answers

I want to volunteer and provide effective support post-election. Help!

What are some good organizations to volunteer with, particularly after this election? Ideally in Portland, OR? More special snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Nov 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Resources for student/family Thanksgiving discussions?

I'm on the faculty at a small liberal arts college, and I'm hoping you can point me toward resources to help students get through this post-election Thanksgiving break. [more inside]
posted by brozek on Nov 15, 2016 - 3 answers

Maybe it can happen here

I'm interested in reading first-person accounts of what it's like to be in a society that is falling apart - either through dissolution into civil war (e.g., Syria, Rwanda) or turning from a relatively free to oppressive government (Nazi Germany, Iran). [more inside]
posted by forza on Nov 14, 2016 - 31 answers

How do I get lefty organizations to stop using voter report cards?

I'm pretty upset by a get-out-the-vote tactic that I see Democrat-aligned organizations using to shame voters. How do I get these organizations to stop using voter report cards and especially voter report card post card mailers equating people's address with their voting history? [more inside]
posted by librarylis on Nov 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Woke up and I'm not eager to fall asleep again

What are the best resources for educating oneself about politics/current issues? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Nov 12, 2016 - 12 answers

Why are we confident our voting machines were not hacked?

I would like to understand why we should not be concerned that voting machines weren't hacked during the election. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2016 - 22 answers

"Clearing out the swamp" -- or preserving the wetlands?

Hillary was quick to concede and the media seems very quick to try to make the best of things and move on with President T. Is there any conversation about NOT accepting this outcome? [more inside]
posted by flourpot on Nov 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Can I ask people if they voted for Trump before hiring them?

Before hiring someone to do one-time tasks (by which I mean things like paying a plumber to fix something, or a painter, or whatever), can I ask them how they voted? [more inside]
posted by Another Sock Puppet on Nov 10, 2016 - 29 answers

Is there some sort of fascist-killing machine?

Are there good examples from history of fascists or proto-fascists being granted power, and then subsequently being repudiated or de-fanged before becoming completely entrenched and without significant bloodshed? I'm looking both for strategies to consider and reassurances that it might be possible.
posted by contraption on Nov 10, 2016 - 8 answers

What's taking so long in the last few states?

How come Arizona, New Hampshire and Michigan haven't been declared yet? [more inside]
posted by FavourableChicken on Nov 10, 2016 - 3 answers

photo of latinx democrats praying in texas

My friend and I are trying to find a photo he saw on one of the many live blogs on Election Day. Despite our successful Google-fu track records, we're unable to find it. Can you help us? [more inside]
posted by sums on Nov 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Understanding why Trump won.

Looking for good analysis, preferably quantitative, of how Trump won. Where are people looking at the available data and sharing ideas? What parts of Trump's message brought people out for him? How can other politicians address the legitimate concerns of his voters without all the negative stuff that goes along with him? [more inside]
posted by molla on Nov 9, 2016 - 28 answers

DC Property Prices

What's Up (or Down) with Election Results [more inside]
posted by cacao on Nov 9, 2016 - 2 answers

Women who have won the popular vote to become head of state?

Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May never ran as specific candidates at the countrywide level, but rather were elected from within their parties, a much smaller subset of the population. Was that also the case with Angela Merkel? [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Nov 9, 2016 - 15 answers

Should I get married now?

Fiancé and I were planning (and have paid deposits for) a July 2017 wedding. Given the US election news (we are Americans, living in a rent controlled apartment in New York), is there any reason we should elope in the next nine weeks?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 9, 2016 - 17 answers

"I'm going to see what I can do about that."

So, what would have to happen to undo same-sex marriage? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Nov 9, 2016 - 5 answers

How can I as a Canadian, help Americans?

I'm a Canadian woman, who is absolutely heartsick at the outcome of last night's US election. I've never had to worry about being the target of violence based on my race, gender identity or religion, being deported, or losing any of my rights, and I want to help my neighbours who are worried about those things. [more inside]
posted by peppermind on Nov 9, 2016 - 8 answers

An unfortunate series of voting events

Because I am dumb, I don't have a photo id to take to the polls. Is there anything I can do? What's the deal with provisional ballots? (Rhode Island filter) [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Nov 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Election returns from the Wild West

California became a state in 1850, and voted in the 1852, 1856, and 1860 Presidential elections before the transcontinental telegraph. Oregon became a state in 1859, so also voted in 1860. How (and when) did the rest of the country find out how they voted? Did their electoral college results get to Congress in time to be counted, and how were they sent?
posted by Huffy Puffy on Nov 8, 2016 - 15 answers

What channel should I watch election returns on?

I'm watching the U.S. election returns tonight. What network will have the best anchor, most informative commentators, and accurate calls?
posted by Alluring Mouthbreather on Nov 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Where to Celebrate the Election in San Francisco

Thanks to you fine folks and PN, I'm actually getting hopeful that there may be cause to celebrate tomorrow night. (Don't worry, I already went outside, turned around three times, cursed and spat. So while I am tempting the thing from high upon the thing, I've covered my tail.) So... Where might those in a celebratory mood be gathering tomorrow night in SF, ideally close to the Castro? Thanks!
posted by susiswimmer on Nov 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Give me your tired, your hungry, your 2008 Club Bangers

For my election night celebration (TTTCS) I'm looking for the hottest, most rare choice indie electro club bangers of 2008. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 7, 2016 - 14 answers

Trump digs coal.

I'd like one of those very simple white text on black background "Trump Digs Coal" signs that were handed out at West Virginia rallies as a memento of this...interesting...election year. I've looked around the internet but no dice. I'd rather get it from a third party than buy it from the campaign. Anyone know where I could get one? Thanks.
posted by the offing on Nov 5, 2016 - 2 answers

Donating to Fight Voter Suppression in the Home Stretch

Donating to Fight Voter Suppression in the Home Stretch: In the hands of what group will my money do the most immediate good to make sure that targets of voter suppression in the US will get to vote? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Nov 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Two Pints of Sam Adams

Dinner and an election in downtown Brooklyn [more inside]
posted by postcommunism on Nov 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Any American Expat bars to watch the election in Mexico City?

Hello, I will be in Mexico City next week and I’m trying to find an American expat bar that will be showing the coverage of the election. I’d prefer a place skewed towards younger people if possible. I got to watch the last election in an expat bar in Buenos Aires and it was quite an event. If anybody can help me out I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Election night themed party food

Some family friends through an election night party every year and everyone brings a potluck dish. Doesn't have to be themed, but where's the fun in that? Looking for ideas that are punny but nothing that would cause real offense. Trumpkin pie territory.
posted by LKWorking on Oct 27, 2016 - 49 answers

Help Selecting a Charity

Hope me; I made a thing that is Popular On The Internet, people are asking for prints/t-shirts, and I want to give to charity any money from selling such products. But WHICH CHARITY? [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Oct 20, 2016 - 21 answers

Best post-debate Nasty Woman T shirt?

Which Nasty Woman T shirt should I buy? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Oct 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Candidate phone-bank expected me to use my own cell phone

So I volunteered for a candidate phone bank tonight and was surprised to learn upon arrival that I was expected to use my own cell phone. If you've phone-banked recently, is this now normal? I felt a bit uncomfortable when I was called back by one of the folks on my list while I was in a restaurant bathroom a few hours later. "Yeah, you called this number? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Oct 17, 2016 - 33 answers

Though they moved in a long, long time ago, your neighbors will know?

You have probably heard about one political party in New Mexico sending postcards warning voters that "their neighbors will know" who they voted for. However, I was under the impression that the only public voter information is whether someone voted, and not who they voted for. What else could one know about their neighbors' voting habits?
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Which down ballot Dem candidates should I donate to?

I have some extra room in my budget and would like to support a Democratic candidate in a close race. To whom should I donate? Or is better to just donate more to Hillary's campaign? [more inside]
posted by that possible maker of pork sausages on Oct 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Why is THIS the controversy that might finally sink Trump?

Trump's comments from the 2005 tape are, obviously, incredibly offensive. But why are they so damaging to his campaign, when nothing else has seemed to affect his popularity? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Oct 8, 2016 - 44 answers

Which Republicans have stopped supporting Donald Trump?

Who are the politicians revoking support from Donald Trump? I'm looking for people who aren't on this wiki yet.
posted by andoatnp on Oct 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Clinton PWN-age

Clinton Supporter-Filter: I need Clinton Soup For The Soul, and I would like it in the form of reading/watching HRC-haters losing debates. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Real-time 2016 presidential polls vs. previous elections?

Is there a tool that allows you to compare the 2016 US presidential polls versus this point in time in previous years - in real time?
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 26, 2016 - 5 answers

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