Mar 27, 2017

Facebook lets you call elected officials straight from the News Feed

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Facebook is tapping into the Trump-era groundswell of interest among Americans in contacting their elected representatives.

The details: A new Facebook feature will provide users with ways to contact their representatives if they like or comment on their posts on the platform. Those users will be able to get in touch with lawmakers through a single click. A feature called Town Hall will also help users determine and contact their representatives. The company will also start reminding people about local elections for the first time.

What we're watching: Facebook's voter turnout messages have been known to drive more people to the polls. What will be the impact of adding lawmaker contact buttons to its landmark product, at least in some cases?

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Nikki Haley poaches top conservative from Heritage Action

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Nikki Haley has hired Tim Chapman, the head of Heritage Action, to run her conservative policy group Stand For America, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the hire. Haley and Chapman confirmed the hire, which was first reported by RealClearPolitics' Philip Wegmann.

Why it matters: Chapman is among the most influential conservative policy leaders in the country. His hire is Haley's highest-profile outside recruitment since leaving her job as UN ambassador under President Trump.

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Trump has declared war on sanctuary cities

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Armed with subpoenas, lawsuits and immigration SWAT teams, the Trump administration has declared war on sanctuary cities.

The big picture: President Trump and his administration have used every available tool to try to crack down on local governments that refuse to hold immigrants in criminal custody, block immigration agents from working in county jails or deny federal authorities access to immigrants' records.