It's pretty quiet right now on Capitol Hill. Congress is in recess, a time for elected officials to head back to their districts to talk with constituents about what's on their minds. This normally laid-back week is getting renewed attention thanks to a surge of liberal political activism.
After a dismal 2016 election for their party, a handful of former Democratic congressional aids posted "The Indivisible Guide" online. It's a manual for political organizing and grabbing the attention of elected officials and the media. They call it "A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda."And if this all feels familiar -- disrupting town hall meetings, hounding representatives in public, posting embarrassing clips to YouTube -- it should. Vocal protests over Obamacare in 2009 formed the bedrock of the Tea Party movement, and sparked a conservative wave that helped Republicans retake the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.
Now Democrats are hoping to harness a similar mojo, drawing increased scrutiny to town hall meetings held during the normally relaxed days while Congress takes a break. Libby Denkmann filed a report on how two Southern California congressmen spent their recess.
(Note: A previous version of the story indicated The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is located in 42nd Congressional district. It's in the neighboring 41st District.)