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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to watch the presidential debate(s) in Berkeley/Oakland?

The first debate is coming up in a week. I could watch it at home, but I'd rather watch it with some like-minded (i.e. fiercely anti-trump) people for psychic support. Anyone know a good bar/cafe/other public venue in Berkeley or Oakland that will be screening the debate(s)?
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Sep 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Where to donate to help get out the vote? (aside from candidates/PACs)

I'm in a situation where I'd (A) like to keep my personal info and donation amounts from being a matter of public record, and (B) identify good organizations I can keep donating to, even after this election cycle is over. I'm a US citizen. So, putting political candidates' campaigns and PACs aside, what other organizations will help with any of the following? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Family and Politics

How do I convince my stepfather that Hillary Clinton is not actually an evil, "ice queen", and might be worth giving a second chance? [more inside]
posted by madelf on Jul 31, 2016 - 27 answers

Backfired: The Briefing

I watched this Clinton ad today that used footage from James Comey's testimony to Congress yesterday. How long did this take to make? There aren't many edits, or anything, but it's professionally put together and very concisely argued. I'm just curious, from conception to completion, how many person hours would something like this take?
posted by OmieWise on Jul 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Name some Christian politicians in majority Muslim countries!

Following the election of a Muslim mayor in London, I've seen lots of bigotry on-line along the lines of 'no Muslim country would elect a Christian mayor'. I know this isn't true, so I'm looking for the names of successful Christian politicians in Muslim countries. I know Lebanon has had a Christian president, and Pakistan has a Christian minister of shipping, but I need more please! THANKS MEFIS!
posted by matthew.alexander on May 7, 2016 - 11 answers

NY Presidential Primary results

Can anyone explain why several NY neighborhoods that went strongly for Zephyr Teachout in the NY gubernatorial race then went strongly for Clinton in the presidential primary? I'm looking at Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side and Park Slope in particular. I thought Teachout was running on a campaign finance reform platform.
posted by mike_bling on Apr 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Realistically, could Trump lose the nomination?

Few people doubt that Donald Trump will win a clear plurality of votes and pledged delegates. But many people are suggesting the possibility that, assuming Trump doesn't have a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, he could lose on a second ballot, due to his pledged delegates switching their vote to another candidate. But wouldn't they be scared to do so? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Apr 6, 2016 - 16 answers

What individual actions can best help a Democrat be elected this year?

I cannot stomach the idea of a Trump presidency. Given the resources available, what actions can I take that will best stop from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2016 - 17 answers

What fuels Trump's rise?

I possess no affinity for Trump and therefore feel a complete lack of understanding to why his message has gained such traction with voters. I have read that he is feeding off a general discontent of the US population. His ascendancy seems to go beyond the normal conservatives-pushing-back after 2 terms of liberal presidency, so what's fueling this? What I'm asking for is reasoned, well thought-out articles examining current or building social, political, economic trends that led us to Trump
posted by shaqlvaney on Mar 2, 2016 - 40 answers

How to make best use of time supporting my political party.

Other than posting 50 memes a day on FB denigrating the Republican party, how can I best ensure a win for a Democratic candidate. [more inside]
posted by waving on Feb 29, 2016 - 16 answers

Why hasn't a mayor become the president of the US?

I'm sure this is a question Michael Bloomberg has a few answers to! The Atlantic has a good video explainer from the mouths of mayors, but there must be more to it.
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Jan 24, 2016 - 11 answers

Election sites that track positions on issues on a per-candidate basis?

There's a municipal election coming up, and a friend of mine is hoping to develop a Web site that allows users to cycle through key questions (e.g. "Do you think the city should allow a casino to be built downtown?" "Do you support the closure of the Simpson History Museum?") and see the positions of various candidates, grouped by electoral district. Can you think of a Web site that does such a thing? Bonus points if it's created by a group that might be willing to share their infrastructure. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Crash course on election-related software and volunteers' use of it

I'm creating a database and corresponding web-app to assist a progressive "hyper-local" political action committee. The system will cover get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer tracking. I'm looking for real-world (non-technical) advice on GOTV and fundraising systems. Have you used one? What did you like/hate about it? [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr on Apr 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Situation with work and politics

I'll be on a work trip with my boss and some coworkers during the election tonight, and it was suggested that we all watch the results unfold at a bar somewhere. I usually avoid politics talk at work for the sake of sanity and career, and because my views may not easily fit within the big corporation I'm part of. How do I best navigate this night without anything going wrong (keeping in mind alcohol is involved)?
posted by naju on Nov 6, 2012 - 16 answers

Where to watch election results in Berkeley?

Anybody have a good idea where to watch the election tomorrow in Berkeley or North Oakland? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 5, 2012 - 7 answers

LIVE coverage election night 2012 - on the internet?

LIVE coverage election night 2012 - on the internet? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Oct 29, 2012 - 6 answers

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power.

I want to make a web-page which will track if UK political parties' election manifesto promises once they are in power. I don't want to devote my life or income to this and i'm only doing it because i think i ought to=i am lazy. Comments? Suggestions? Need to know? Sarcasm? Thanks^_^ [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Oct 6, 2012 - 2 answers

2012 debate live commentary

Looking for live commentary on the 2012 presidential debate because I don't know much about politics. Suggestions?
posted by Strass on Oct 3, 2012 - 2 answers

2012 election debate bingo cards and drinking games?

The presidential and vice presidential debates are coming up quick, with the first one on tomorrow, Wednesday 10/3. What are the best debate bingo cards and drinking games you've seen this season?
posted by Korou on Oct 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Mitt Romney then and now

How was Mitt Romney able to win the election for Governor of Massachusetts? How effective was he as governor? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Sep 21, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me make a list of the can't miss speeches of the 2012 DNC convention.

I need help so I don't miss out on watching the best "can't miss" speeches of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Barack-ing the vote?

Should I vote in the upcoming presidential election? If so, for who? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Aug 23, 2012 - 55 answers

Graphing Politics

Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Looking for advice on choosing not to engage in discussions of politics, personal beliefs, and morals.

Looking for advice on choosing not to engage in discussions of politics, personal beliefs, and morals. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Aug 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Tell me about a fictional peoples.

Does there exist a demographic of humans currently living in the United States of America that are "on the fence" about who they will be voting for in the upcoming 2012 presidential elections? Additionally, I'd like some sort of description of these people. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Aug 17, 2012 - 25 answers

Why should I vote for a major party candidate for POTUS?

I am looking for convincing arguments about why I should vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States. This isn't as direct a question as it sounds. [more inside]
posted by Invoke on May 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Alabama primary: Gingrich or Santorum?

To help Obama win, do I vote for Santorum or Gingrich? I'm an anarchist/socialist living in Alabama, where crossover voting is permitted. I'm looking for sound logic and effective strategy. [more inside]
posted by Clay201 on Mar 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me find a good, realistic political novel

I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Sep 17, 2011 - 17 answers

Scammy political billboard of questionable legality: what to do?

There's a misleading political billboard up in my small Massachusetts town, implying photo ID is required for voting. This is not true. I'm hopping mad & trying to figure out what would be an appropriate response to this situation. (More info & a photo link below.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 - 30 answers

Voting turnout in different countries

“A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election” Why is there an apparent apathy of political participation in America, and to extend it a bit, how come voting turn-out is higher in some countries in others even if the countries in comparison are both recognized liberal democracies?
posted by espada0 on Mar 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me follow election returns on the go.

Please recommend a good iPhone app or mobile-optimized website for following U.S. election returns on Tuesday night -- not just the outcome of races, but the returns of individual races as they come in. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Nov 1, 2010 - 5 answers

California gubernatorial race poll numbers

Was there a single event that happened on or shortly before September 7th, 2010, that caused Brown's poll numbers to start to rise and Whitman's numbers correspondingly fall in the current gubernatorial race for US state of California? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Oct 27, 2010 - 14 answers

U.S. State data maps.

How do I easily make a map like this, from data like this? [more inside]
posted by Stu-Pendous on Aug 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Dates of the 1964 Presidential Primaries?

What were the dates of the early Presidential primaries in 1964? I don't need them all, just the first few - New Hampshire, Illinois, Texas etc. [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

UK election compatibility quiz website?

UKElectionFilter: What's the name of that amazing website that asks you a series of questions and then displays your compatibility with the various parties? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Jan 29, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months?

How do I get 6000 signatures in five months? [more inside]
posted by flarbuse on Jan 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Where do the insiders go?

What are the best "inside baseball" political blogs covering the upcoming New York City elections? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 3, 2009 - 0 answers

So, now that I've spent 30 minutes talking to you, will you vote for my guy?

For the politicos out there: how effective is phone banking / canvassing, statistically speaking? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Apr 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Who gave the best McCain endorsement speech?

Who gave the most powerful, most persuasive, and most memorable endorsement of John McCain in this election? [more inside]
posted by josh on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

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