The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Trump Thinks the CIA Is Russian to Conclusions

Can the Dems Fight Back?: There is a serious power vacuum within the Democratic Party as President Obama leaves office and the Democratic National Committee awaits a permanent chairperson. Congressional Democrats are worried the party won’t be able to get its act together in time to block Trump’s early initiatives. (Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico)

‘A New Mission’: Khizr Khan, the father of an Army captain killed in the Iraq War and one of the speakers at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, is working to encourage young Muslims to become more politically active in the wake of the election. (Jaweed Kaleem, The Los Angeles Times)

Naming Names: The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson identifies 13 women she thinks should run for president in 2020—including two Republicans. “Here’s another test to think of before asking whether a woman is enough of a national figure to jump into the presidential race: How well known was the state senator Barack Obama in 2004?”


What Happened to the Ghost Ship?: Using photographs and 3D graphics, The New York Times analyzes the factors that contributed to a deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, California, earlier this month. (Ford Fessenden and Anjali Singhvi)

Question of the Week

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees Monday for this year’s Golden Globe Awards, which has us thinking about our favorite characters from political films and television. Candice loves Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, the lovable deputy director of an Indiana city’s parks department, and Elaine is partial to Bob Roberts, the conservative Senate candidate in the 1992 mockumentary film Bob Roberts.

Who are your favorite political characters in movies and TV—and why?

Send your answers to, and our favorites will be featured in Friday’s Politics Policy Daily.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Candice Norwood (@cjnorwoodwrites)

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