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So here's a silver lining in a week when we could use some: Since last week's election, Planned Parenthood has received 160,000 donations. It probably helps that the organization rushed to reassure progressives the day afterward that they aren't going away, no matter what madness comes out of a Trump-Pence administration. And it probably didn't hurt that Elizabeth Warren made a point of going on the Rachel Maddow Show and encouraging people to volunteer instead of moping, specifically mentioning Planned Parenthood. But along with all the very much needed donations, there's also a subcurrent of Expert-Tier trolling going on: Over 20,000 donations in various amounts have been made to the group in the name of "Mike Pence," the anti-choice bonehead serving as Donald Trump's Impeachment Insurance.

Seeing as how Pence wants to ban all abortions forever and murder Planned Parenthood and, for that matter, divert AIDS money to gay conversion therapy, not to mention his complete ignorance of what condoms do, he seems like the perfect person in whose name you should troll-donate to Planned Parenthood. Not only because it sends a message to Planned Parenthood that you love them and appreciate them, but also because if you make a gift donation, it sends a message to Mike Pence, quite literally:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Foundation president Cecille Richards issued a statement saying the group has seen an "unprecedented outpouring of support" since the election. It probably has been helped along by Donald Trump's suggestion on 60 Minutes that overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn't be a big deal, since if some states ban abortion, then things will still be fine for women who get knocked up, since they'll "perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.” On their private jet, probably.

The Indianapolis Star notes that trolling Pence has become an online tradition of sorts, since he signed a bill requiring funeral services for aborted fetuses and the remains of miscarriages and women began contacting the governor's office with updates on their menstrual cycles. We're even more in favor of this new strategy, since it not only pisses off Mike Pence, it does some good for Planned Parenthood. Your gift to Planned Parenthood can be made here; don't forget to update the certificate address after the douchenozzle has been sworn in.

[Salon / New York / IndyStar.com]

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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

Resist the urge to disappear into a bottle. The kids and the families need you.

Slate has compiled a great list of places to start, which we will liberally summarize for you right now:

The thing these folks need most is LAWYERS. If you're an immigration lawyer, you're probably already swamped. But on the off chance you have time and expertise to spare, the American Immigration Lawyers Association is building a list of volunteers.

Yr Dok Zoom has given money to the fine folks at RAICES, a San Antonio-based group that has two major projects. They're getting lawyers for migrant families (and for the kids when possible) and raising money to pay migrant parents' bond so they can be out of jail and with their families. If you're in Texas, then click here to volunteer!

Also for folks who are in Texas:

The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking "volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q'eqchi' or K'iche' and have paralegal or legal assistant experience."

There's also CARA -- an umbrella organization for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together, they provide legal services at immigration detention centers.

To help kids who are already in immigration detention, there's Kids in Need of Defense, which provides children with representation in immigration court and also lobbies for children's legal interests. Donate here.

If you're not quite sure where to give, ActBlue has bundled several immigrant rights groups into a single donation button -- see the list and donate here.

Remember, there's always the ACLU, which is fighting family separation with a federal class action lawsuit.

You want to march? Former top government ethics lawyer Walter Shaub, who gave up trying to tell the Trump administration what ethics even are, will be announcing the details of a national march (think DC and local affiliated marches) tonight on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." We'll make noise here, too.

Good people are coming together to put an end to this cruelty. EVERY Democrat in the Senate is now co-sponsoring Dianne Feinstein's bill to stop family separation.

And hell, we'll even give the last word to Jennifer Rubin, who seems to have reassessed some of her previous political views. She has a reminder for all of us:

Damn straight. Remember it every damn day between now and then.

It's your open thread. Don't boo -- organize. Time to RESIST.

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Don't take for granted that the institutions you love will always be there, like democracy, and Wonkette. Click to save at least one of them!

[Slate]

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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