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Monday January 22, 2018

Federal Workers Forced To Go Without Pay As Government Shutdown Extends To Day 3
HP | Amanda Terkel | 01/21/18

The government shutdown is about to get a lot more visible. Congress wasn't able to come up with a deal to reopen the government Sunday, meaning the shutdown will extend to the third day on Monday ? the start of the work week.

Tourist spots like the National Zoo and the Smithsonian museums remained open over the weekend, but they will be closed on Monday. Sightseers who haven't been following the news will be left locked out and disappointed.

Thousands of federal workers will also be forced to go without pay. Some ? those who are deemed "non-essential" ? may have to show up for work Monday morning and then be told to go home. Others will have to work without getting paid. ... Read more

The View
Who's To Blame For The Government Shutdown? | The View | 01/22/18 | 7:59

Fractious House Republicans rally behind Ryan on shutdown
Politico | Rachael Bade | 01/22/18

The House speaker is a centrist on the hot-button issue, but he has held the line against a vote to potentially end the government shutdown.

House Republicans have long said the issue of immigration would make or break Paul Ryan's political future. So far, amid a government shutdown spurred by a partisan stand-off over Dreamers, the Wisconsin Republican is passing the test.

Rank-and-file Republicans -- including some of his fiercest critics on the right flank -- are applauding Ryan's unwavering position during the shutdown. His stance, in a nutshell: As long as the government's closed, there will be no immigration negotiations. ... Read more

Many countries feared a Trump presidency. Here's what they think a year later. Many countries feared a Trump presidency. Here's what they think a year later. | WP | 01/19/18 | 7:07

The Numbers Don't Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All
TheIntercept | Mehdi Hasan | older

Back in February, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin told CNN's Alysyn Camerota that white terrorists of the far-right variety did not pose the same level of danger to Americans as so-called "Islamist" or "jihadist" terrorists. Why? "I don't know, but I would just tell you there's a difference," proclaimed Duffy, who went on to dismiss as a "one-off" the attack on a mosque in Quebec by a Trump-supporting white nationalist, in which six Muslim worshippers were killed.

One-off? Seriously? Has Duffy been reading the news in recent days? On May 20, Richard Collins III, a black, 23-year-old U.S. Army second lieutenant, was murdered while visiting the University of Maryland by a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation." According to University of Maryland police chief David Mitchell, the group promotes "despicable" prejudice against minorities "and especially African-Americans." ... Read more

Alt-Right Terrorism Dwarfing Islamic Terrorism | TYT | 01/20/18 | 8:42
Michael Wolff and Jonathan Capehart, "Fire and Fury" Michael Wolff and Jonathan Capehart, "Fire and Fury" | Politics and Prose | 01/19/18 | 1:08:29
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 22 [11:13]
Norman Finkelstein: The "Big Lie" about Gaza Is That The Palestinians Have Been the Aggressors | DN | 01/19/18 | 1:05:55
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "The Year of Our Awakening": Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women's March & Trump Inauguration
  3. Amy Goodman Questions Ruth Bader Ginsburg About #MeToo Movement at Sundance Film Festival
  4. "RBG": New Documentary Celebrates Life of Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bill Black Interview -> Apple: The Biggest Tax Cheaters in History Repatriate Profits Under Trump's Tax Bill | TRNN | 01/22/18 | 13:27
POLL: Do Americans Like The Direction The Country Is Going? | TYT | 01/21/18 | 7:52
The1a.org
Does It Matter If The Government Is Dysfunctional? | 1a.org | 01/22/18 | 1hr
The federal government runs on money like a car runs on gas. When lawmakers can't agree on where to go or which route to take, they end up driving in circles, shouting at each other.

Some parts of a car can work even without gas. But at what point do we admit our vehicle is broken down? In an op-ed in The Washington Post, British broadcaster Mehdi Hasan writes:

"Is this really what we define as democracy? Or is this, to quote the president-elect, a "rigged" system? Rigged not against Trump and the Republicans but against the poor, against ethnic minorities, against Democrats but, above all else, against basic democratic norms and principles and pretty simple notions of equality and fairness?

This isn't a time for denial or deflection. The American political system is broken. Far from being the "world's greatest democracy," to quote President Obama, representative democracy in the United States seems further hollowed out with every election cycle."
What You Need To Know To Run For Office | 1a.org | 01/22/18 | 1hr
Have you ever looked at a politician and thought, "I could do a better job than that."? You're not alone. Many Americans with a range of political experience are deciding that 2018 is their year to either run for the first time or to move up to a higher office.

Across the country, newcomers are running for school boards, city councils and other posts. A record number of women are running for governor. And thousands of scientists are hoping to get into politics.

As of this week, the Center for American Women and Politics had identified 390 women who have filed or are likely to file as U.S. House candidates and 49 women likely to run for the U.S. Senate. Among House candidates, the vast majority -- 82 percent -- are not incumbents. If those numbers hold up, it would constitute the largest pool of female congressional candidates in history.

All of them seem to be heeding President Obama's parting words to the nation. "If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself," he said.

And there are resources available for those who are interested in running for office. Websites like Ballotpedia track races and the resources needed to be competitive. And the group New American Leaders offers trainings.

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The New Yorker: Jared Kushner Is 'China's Trump Card' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/22/18 | 11:33
Joe: Donald Trump Clearly Not Up To Task Of President | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/22/18 | 9:58
Akerman: No One In WH Except His Family Will Take A Bullet For Donald Trump | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 7:48
Graham slams Stephen Miller, White House staff | CNN | 01/21/18 | 5:41
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox on Trump's border wall plans | CBC | 01/19/18 | 10:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stormy Daniels Spanked Trump With A Magazine With His Face On It | Stephen Colbert | 01/20/18 | 2:27
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Little Donny's First Year | Trevor Noah | 01/20/18 | 2:05
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Dishonest & Corrupt President Awards | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/19/18 | 4:51
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
No Country For Pregnant Women | Samantha Bee | 01/10/18 | 7:38

Friday January 19, 2018

House Passes Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains
HP | Matt Fuller | 01/18/18

The House voted 230-197 for the four-week continuing resolution, with 11 Republicans voting no and six Democrats voting for it. A couple of hours later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up a vote to end debate on the spending bill, and then promptly delayed it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Republicans to hold the vote now, so Democrats could demonstrate that Republicans didn't have the votes and lawmakers from both sides could work toward a different solution. But McConnell wasn't having it. Now the Senate appears likely to vote Friday on ending debate, and unless something changes overnight, that vote still looks like it will fail. ... Read more

9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
HP | Jeffrey Young | 01/18/18

Here we go again: Health care for 9 million kids could disappear as soon as Friday because the majority-Republican Congress can't get out of its own way.

Friday also is the day the entire federal government might shut down because infighting among congressional Republicans over immigration, military spending and other issues has left House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemingly without the votes they need to pass yet another short-term spending bill. ... Read more

International Approval Of US Leadership Drops To New Low

What if H.R. McMaster Is Right About North Korea?
TheAtlantic | James Jeffrey | 01/18/18

In the increasingly urgent, dramatic debate about the North Korean nuclear threat, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster stands out in the Trump administration as the strongest advocate of a hawkish position. But where do H.R. McMaster's views on North Korea really come from?

Why, to pose a question The Atlantic's Uri Friedman recently did, is he so worried about North Korea? Notwithstanding the suggestion, in Friedman's piece and elsewhere, that McMaster's views represent some kind of heresy of nuclear deterrence, his worries must be seen in light of how he views Kim's motives. Indeed, those motives mean the possibility of military action against North Korea could be understood not as a "good thing," but as the "least bad." ... Read more

White House Press Briefing 01/17/18
White House Press Briefing 01/17/18 | White House | 01/17/18 | 35:54

Hawaii missile mess: That was no 'wrong button.' Take a look.
WashingtonPost | Fred Barbash | 01/16/18

Pushing the "wrong button" was the explanation provided in an official timeline for that false warning that scared the devil out of people in Hawaii on Saturday morning alerting them to an incoming ballistic missile that never was. "The wrong button was pushed," declared Vern Miyagi, head of the state's emergency management agency.

But as The Washington Post's Amy Wang reported, the errant employee actually was working with a drop-down menu on a computer program, from which the official chose the wrong item. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 19 [12:38]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect
  3. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters
  4. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"
Bob Henson -> 2017 Hottest Year On Record Without El Nino Push | TRNN | 01/19/18 | 13:41
Bill Black -> IRS Private Debt-Collection Program is 'Indefensible' | TRNN | 01/19/18 | 6:30
Mulvaney Requests ZERO Dollars To Fund CFPB | TYT | 01/18/18 | 6:59
Trump Administration is changing the CFPB Mission Statement from:
To:
Republicans Hold Sick Kids Hostage And Lie About It | TYT | 01/18/18 | 9:47
The1a.org
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 01/19/18 | 1hr
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 01/19/18 | 1hr

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Sketchy Kazakh Money Finds Its Way Into President Donald Trump's Dealings | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 20:11
President Donald Trump's Attorney Used Private Company To Pay Porn Star | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 13:30
Joe: GOP Currently On Losing Side Of History | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 5:21
Heilemann: GOP Putting Itself On Path To Political Irrelevance | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 11:08
Is Steve Bannon Ready To Tell All? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 12:13
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
General Kelly: Trump's Wall Promises Were 'Not Fully Informed' | Stephen Colbert | 01/19/18 | 6:51
The Fake News Awards Were Worth The Wait (Fake News) | Stephen Colbert | 01/19/18 | 5:16
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal Investigates: Is This Racist Racist? | Samantha Bee | 01/18/18 | 7:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Stupid It's Not Funny: Trump's Crackdown on Legal Immigration | Trevor Noah | 01/18/18 | 5:28
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump, Stormy Daniels and a Possible Government Shutdown | Seth Meyers | 01/18/18 | 9:59
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
We Have Reached The Global Tipping Point, Globalists' Depopulation Plan Is Killing The Planet | Alex Jones | 01/18/18 | 35:56
Tucker Rips Chicago Alderman Over Illegal Immigration | FoxNews | 01/17/18 | 6:48

Thursday January 18, 2018

The Jobs Trump Promised to Save Are Disappearing
TRNN | Michael Sainato | current

... Last week a round of layoffs at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Indiana took effect, in which about 215 people lost their jobs. These layoffs are in addition to the 340 jobs cut in July 2017. The factory's 700 remaining production employees are expected to be outsourced to Mexico by the end of 2018. United Technologies, the company that owns Carrier, received over $2 billion in government contracts in 2017 while offshoring jobs to other countries.

"The pace of offshoring is three times greater by federal contractors under Donald Trump," said Joseph Geevarghese, Executive Director of Good Jobs Nation, a labor coalition for low wage federal contract workers, in an interview with the Real News Network. "He campaigned to stop offshoring, yet one year in the office, he's failed to use the power that he has to deliver on that promise."

Trump and Republican leaders claim that the recently passed tax bill, which includes reducing corporate taxes from 35 percent to 21 percent, will lead to higher wages and more jobs, but these promises of trickle down economics have failed to deliver. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer, announced on January 11, 2018 it would raise its company minimum wage from $10 an hour to $11 an hour, and provide bonuses of up to $1000 to full-time qualifying employees. Later on the same day, Wal-Mart announced it would abruptly shut down 63 Sam's Club stores, laying off around 11,000 workers. ... Read more

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (12/16/18) by David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.

No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn:

The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall--if it ever gets built.

Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely.

Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.

The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest -- but not the reality.
Sen. Jeff Flake condemns President Trump's attacks on media
Sen. Jeff Flake condemns President Trump's attacks on media | C-Span | 01/17/18 | 14:27

How Trump's TV habits raised the risk of a shutdown
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 01/18/18

White House aides say the president woke up spoiling for a fight and focused his attention on the spending deal after it came up on his favorite cable news show.

If the government shuts down on Friday, President Donald Trump's television habits may be partly to blame, according to two White House aides. The president began the day on Thursday by blasting out a tweet that threatened to derail a GOP legislative package designed to keep the government open, arguing that the Children's Health Insurance Program, known by its acronym, CHIP, "should be part of a long-term solution, not a 30-day, or short-term, extension." But that is precisely the package House Speaker Paul Ryan was trying to persuade skeptical Republicans to agree to in order to keep the government open.

The Ryan deal had been discussed at length on "Fox & Friends," the president's favorite morning television program, in the hour before he sent the missive -- and the aides immediately suspected that something on the program had prompted it. They also pointed to Trump's frustration over the comments made by his chief of staff, John Kelly, in a Fox News interview Wednesday evening, to explain his seemingly random eruption. ... Read more

President Trump Contradicts His Chief Of Staff Over Mexico Border Wall | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 4:32
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 18 [16:55]
"It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office | DN | 01/18/18 | 11:49
Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in at Least 100 Years | DN | 01/18/18 | 4:13
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior
  3. "It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office
  4. Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in at Least 100 Years
  5. How Trump's Deregulatory Push Is Harming Workers, Muzzling EPA Scientists and Unleashing Pollution
  6. Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached
Whistleblowers: Congress Has Entrenched the Surveillance State | TRNN | 01/18/18 | 17:23
Stormy Daniels: Trump Said I'm Just Like His Daughter | TYT | 01/17/18 | 7:58
Bannon Isn't Talking And Congress Is MAD | TYT | 01/17/18 | 7:35
The1a.org
Bizarre Truth Triangle: The President, The Public And The Press | 1a.org | 01/18/18 | 1hr
From dubbing media outlets "fake news" to sharing memes of network logos being physically harmed, President Donald Trump's attacks on the press have been ... aggressive.

None of his efforts have been successful at quieting journalists in the U.S., who are protected from the president by the First Amendment, but denouncing news outlets has influenced some repressive regimes around the world to follow suit, jailing and threatening journalists.

As the president continues to question the integrity of the press, how much damage is that causing here and abroad? And, how much does President Trump's attitude toward journalists reflect a growing lack of trust many Americans have in the press overall?

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Mueller Subpoena Blocks Steve Bannon Congressional Testimony: NBC News | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/17/18 | 20:29
President Donald Trump's Tweets Set Off A Chain Reaction For Capitol Hill Negotiations | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 3:23
Joe: White House Doc's Update On President Donald Trump's Health Is Shameful | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 6:29
NYT Opens Up Editorial Page To Pro-Trump Voices | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 12:48
Friend Speaks Out On Stormy Daniels' Alleged Relationship With Donald Trump | Megyn Kelly TODAY | 01/17/18 | 9:45
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stormy Daniels: Sex With Trump Was 'Textbook Generic' | Stephen Colbert | 01/17/18 | 5:03
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Cory Booker Is Not Having the DHS Secretary's Testimony | Trevor Noah | 01/17/18 | 5:37
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and GOP Face a Government Shutdown of Their Own Making | Seth Meyers | 01/17/18 | 12:16

Wednesday January 17, 2018

Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To 'Large Cyberattacks'
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 01/17/18

A draft of the Defense Department's new nuclear strategy says the U.S. could respond to certain "non-nuclear attacks" with nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon is reportedly pushing a new retaliation tactic should the U.S. ever be hit by a devastating cyberattack: America could nuke the culprit. The New York Times reported Tuesday that a pre-decisional draft of the Defense Department's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, which details U.S. nuclear strategy, includes "large cyberattacks" as an example of a non-nuclear strike on American lives and infrastructure that could be countered with nuclear weapons.

"Three current and former senior government officials said large cyberattacks against the United States and its interests would be included in the kinds of foreign aggression that could justify a nuclear response," the Times wrote of the new strategy. The officials stressed, however, that "other, more conventional options for retaliation" could also be used in response to a cyberattack. ... Read more and
Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump's Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes.

Mueller Meets Trump | The Simpsons | older | 2:07

Here's Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions
NPR | Domenico Montanaro | 01/17/18

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling. That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks -- and even less confidence in big business, the presidency, the political parties and the media.

The only institution that Americans have overwhelming faith in is the military -- 87 percent say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military. That is a striking change from the 1970s during and after the Vietnam War. ... Read more
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More Than a Third of Americans Give Trump's First Year a Resounding 'F': Poll
White House Press Briefing 01/16/18 | WH | 01/16/18 | 1:14:23

Lindsey Graham thought he had Trump tamed -- but got played instead
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 01/17/18

oor Lindsey Graham. The "maverick" senator from South Carolina had spent the last two years expressing his scorn for Donald Trump, calling him "unfit" and "a kook." Then, sometime in the late summer, Graham apparently reconciled himself to the fact that Trump wasn't capable of growing or "pivoting" into the job, so he took it upon himself to cultivate the mercurial manchild, perhaps in the vainglorious belief he could influence Trump to become a mainstream conservative and stamp out the rapidly burning fuse that was going to blow up the presidency and likely the entire Republican Party.

Graham played golf with his president, he complimented him on his swing, he flattered his intelligence and he even agreed to throw some red meat at the base on Trump's behalf by taking up the ridiculous crusade to jail Hillary Clinton. He cajoled and he petted and he whispered the sweet nothings that the president needs to hear to make him feel powerful. Graham thought Trump trusted him and looked to him for guidance. He thought he could speak for the president in negotiations. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 17 [13:02]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. "Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir
  3. New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants
  4. NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"
  5. Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out
  6. "ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
Fire and Fury: The Extreme-Right in the White House Part 2 | TRNN | 01/16/18 | 18:15
The1a.org
New Thinking On Nuclear Weapons | 1a.org | 01/17/18 | 1hr
A draft of the Trump administration's nuclear weapons plan obtained by HuffPost calls for the development of two new types of nuclear weapons.

While the plans haven't yet been approved, the Wall Street Journal reports that they "have strong support in the Pentagon and are expected to go forward, according to people familiar with the review."

"A major question at the heart of the Pentagon review is how to respond to military strategy and programs in Russia and China, which American officials say provide a more prominent role for nuclear weapons. In effect, the Pentagon argues that since adversaries have failed to follow the U.S. in de-emphasizing the role of nuclear weapons, Washington needs a greater range of nuclear options to counter its potential foes, especially for carrying out limited strikes.

While the United States has continued to reduce the number and salience of nuclear weapons, others, including Russia and China, have moved in the opposite direction," said a draft of the plan. "The United States must be capable of developing and deploying new capabilities, if necessary, to deter, assure, achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails, and hedge against uncertainty."

At the same time, officials from 20 countries are meeting in Canada to discuss diplomatic strategy with North Korea. The country has been testing missiles that would be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and President Donald Trump has threatened the use of the United States' nuclear arsenal in response.

After a peak in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear weapons in the world was shrinking, even though more countries had them. Former President Barack Obama called for a "world without nuclear weapons," near the end of his administration. What will the Pentagon's new plans mean for global disarmament, and for international politics?

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Robert Mueller, House Intel Subpoena Steve Bannon On Same Day | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 17:03
Steve Bannon Will 'Tell All' To Robert Mueller: Report | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 6:58
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) doubles down: Trump said shithole | CNN | 01/16/18 | 15:26
NYT: Mueller subpoenas ex-Trump strategist Bannon | CNN | 01/16/18 | 6:27
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Is Conveniently One Pound Under Obese | Stephen Colbert | 01/17/18 | 4:56
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Explains Why Trump Isn't Racist | Stephen Colbert | 01/17/18 | 5:26
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Donald Trump Is Somehow Healthy | Trevor Noah | 01/16/18 | 2:58
Late Night with Seth Meyers
*The Check In: Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria Recovery | Seth Meyers | 01/16/18 | 5:50
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Navy Seal Responds To Left's Plan To Kill Trump | Alex Jones | 01/15/18 | 16:42
Action Star And Former Sheriff Reveals Which News Organizations Are Fake | Alex Jones | 01/16/18 | 15:55
Steven Seagal Announces Major Investigations Into Global Pedophile Network | Alex Jones | 01/16/18 | 18:39

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea
NYT | Helene Cooper | 01/14/18

Across the military, officers and troops are quietly preparing for a war they hope will not come. At Fort Bragg in North Carolina last month, a mix of 48 Apache gunships and Chinook cargo helicopters took off in an exercise that practiced moving troops and equipment under live artillery fire to assault targets. Two days later, in the skies above Nevada, 119 soldiers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division parachuted out of C-17 military cargo planes under cover of darkness in an exercise that simulated a foreign invasion.

Next month, at Army posts across the United States, more than 1,000 reserve soldiers will practice how to set up so-called mobilization centers that move military forces overseas in a hurry. And beginning next month with the Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang, the Pentagon plans to send more Special Operations troops to the Korean Peninsula, an initial step toward what some officials said ultimately could be the formation of a Korea-based task force similar to the types that are fighting in Iraq and Syria. Others said the plan was strictly related to counterterrorism efforts. ... Read more

Worker who sent false Hawaii missile alert reassigned.

Hawaii missile snafu: That was no 'wrong button.' Take a look.
WashintonPost | Fred Barbash | 01/16/19

Pushing the "wrong button" was the explanation provided in an official timeline for that false warning that scared the devil out of people in Hawaii on Saturday morning alerting them to an incoming ballistic missile that never was. "The wrong button was pushed," declared Vern Miyagi, head of the state's emergency management agency.

But as The Washington Post's Amy Wang reported, the errant employee actually was working with a drop-down menu on a computer program, from which the official chose the wrong item. On Monday, state officials released an image of that menu, provided to The Post by Hawaii News Now, and it shed some light on why it might be confusing. ... Read more

Trump has...
  1. spent 26% of his time out on the golf course
  2. spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property
  3. cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf

Trump spends Martin Luther King Jr. Day at golf course
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 01/15/18

President Donald Trump returned to his Florida golf course on Monday, appearing to disregard his own advice that people spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day performing acts of service for others. Trump arrived at his golf course shortly after 9 a.m., and the White House did not respond to a request for comment about his activity. His public schedule is empty and he is scheduled to return to the White House Monday night.

When signing a proclamation to honor King on Friday, Trump called on all Americans to honor the the late civil rights leader's birthday "with acts of civic work and community service." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 16 [17:01]
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Trump's Spiritual Adviser: God Says Give Me One Month's Pay! | TYT | 01/13/18 | 5:36
Chelsea Manning To Run For Senate | TYT | 01/15/18 | 10:22
The1a.org
America On Alert | 1a.org | 01/16/18 | 1hr
What went wrong? That was the top question after a frightening emergency alert hit people's phones in Hawaii last weekend. The message warned of an imminent missile attack on the island and told recipients to seek shelter. "This is not a drill," the warning ended.

Turns out, it wasn't a drill. It was a mistake. From The New York Times:

"Officials said the alert was the result of human error and not the work of hackers or a foreign government. The mistake occurred during a shift-change drill that takes place three times a day at the emergency command post, according to Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for the agency. "Someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer," he said.

Now the top question is: Could it happen again? And if push notifications are capable of causing such panic, should we be receiving emergency alerts alongside calendar reminders and sports scores?

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WSJ: Jared Kushner Warned About Ties To Wendi Deng Murdoch | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 6:30
NYT: Steve Bannon Subpoenaed By Special Counsel In Russia Probe | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 5:21
The Russia Investigation Closes In On President Donald Trump's Inner Circle | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 7:55
On Donald Trump And The Africa That Lawrence Knows | The Last Word | MSNBC | 01/16/18 | 5:15
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Don't Fire The Hawaiian Who Hit The Emergency Alert | Stephen Colbert | 01/16/18 | 3:48
Did Trump Say Sh*thole Or Sh*thouse? | Stephen Colbert | 01/16/18 | 6:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Backlash Continues on Trump's "S**thole" Comments | Trevor Noah | 01/15/18 | 4:48
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and GOP Face Fallout from His Racist Immigration Comments | Seth Meyers | 01/15/18 | 8:25

Monday January 15, 2018

Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche -- Which Trump Owes Millions
ibtimes.com | David Sirota | 01/09/18

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank -- which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

The waivers were issued in a little-noticed announcement published in the Federal Register during the Christmas holiday week. They come less than two years after then-candidate Trump promised "I'm not going to let Wall Street get away with murder." ... Read more

Liberals and Conservatives
The moral roots of liberals and conservatives - Jonathan Haidt | TEDTalk | older | 18:39
History
Empire Files: What the Russian Revolution Proved Possible | TRNN | 11/25/17 | 27:16
Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization. Abby Martin talks to Brian Becker, socialist organizer and co-author of the book "Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World."
Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World (2017) by Brian Becker

The Russian Revolution 'shook the world' in 1917. It was the first time a socialist revolution had taken hold, putting the workers in power, seizing private property and society's productive capacity. This was the basis for a rational, cooperative society. That revolution became the nemesis of the United States and other imperialist countries, which would not rest until its gains were undone. The Bolshevik Revolution inspired anti-colonial revolutions and national liberation movements around the world, lending solidarity and material assistance to them. As it emerged to be the second-largest economy in the world, the first to put a satellite and human into space, it became a valid counterweight to claims of capitalism's superiority. Storming the Gates looks inside the revolution, from the early years to the last -- not as a neutral observer, but a partisan for revolutionary change. Recounting the vast accomplishments, global impact, loyal followers, challenges and shortcomings, this book remembers 'the Soviet Union not as the end of communism but as its first grand, real-life experiment.' Looking to the future, Storming the Gates examines what role a Bolshevik-type party can have in the 21st Century, and how it can once again shape history. "The single biggest event that shaped global politics in the 20th century was the Russian Revolution of 1917, which gave birth to the Soviet Union. The first socialist government's existence was the pivot for world events in history's most turbulent and dynamic century. The destruction of the Soviet Union 74 years later in 1991 has been the dominant factor shaping global politics ever since."
Meet the rural Americans who voted for Trump
Meet the rural Americans who fear they're being forgotten | WashingtonPost | 07/22/17 | 11:07

Here's What The FBI Lovers' Secret Texts Actually Say About Trump, Clinton And Leaks
HP | Ryan J. Reilly | 01/14/18

Last week, a story by The Hill's John Solomon set off another firestorm in the conservative media about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The article, which was linked to by The Drudge Report and aggregated by sites across the right-wing internet before being prominently featured on Sean Hannity's Fox show, fit nicely into a theory about the FBI that some members of Congress and President Donald Trump have been pushing to undermine Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Stay with us, because this gets a bit bizarre. The theory Trump and others have been pushing insinuates that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two current FBI employees who were having an affair, were at the heart of an FBI conspiracy against Trump during the 2016 election campaign. Adherents of this theory believe that the couple's 2016 texts criticizing Trump ? which were recovered from their government cellphones, provided to Congress and shared with some reporters ? prove they were out to get the then-candidate. ... Read more

Future??
Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. | Amazon | $179.99 | 11/19/17 | 4:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 15 (FULL) | 59:02
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Fire and Fury: Insights into the Fights Within the US Ruling Elite? Part 1 | TRNN | 01/15/18 | 13:15
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahead Tamimi | TRNN | 01/15/18 | 19:55
North Korea And South Korea Reach Historic Agreement | TYT | 01/13/18 | 1:54
Trump Banking Scandal EXPOSED | TYT | 01/13/18 | 8:35
Trump's Batsh*t Stupidest Interview Yet | TYT | 01/13/18 | 8:38
The1a.org
The Personal Toll Of Civil Rights Activism | 1a.org | 01/15/18 | 1hr
The fight for civil rights has always been hard work. It takes a toll on the mind and the body. And the struggle continues today, 50 years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Every generation has their crusaders: the big names we know, and untold thousands of others whose support makes these movements possible. Who exactly are the new activists and what battles are they fighting? And how do they stay in the fight?

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Joe On Trump's Remarks: How Does GOP Not Immediately Condemn This Language? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/13/18 | 20:50
Tapper: You know who loved Trump's comments? | CNN | 01/13/18 | 5:46
McAuliffe: Trump is an embarrassment to US | CNN | 01/14/18 | 8:24
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
People Keep Buying The Wrong 'Fire And Fury' Book | Stephen Colbert | 01/13/18 | 4:37
What Exactly Is Trump Doing During 'Executive Time?' | Stephen Colbert | 01/13/18 | 3:03
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Between The Scenes - Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark | Trevor Noah | 01/13/18 | 1:07
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Jake Tapper Talks About His Stephen Miller Interview | Seth Meyers | 01/12/18 | 6:30
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
BREAKING INTEL! Hawaiian Nuclear False Missile Alert Staged By Deep State To Embarrass Trump | Alex Jones | 01/13/18 | 31:10

Friday January 12, 2018

Trump says he has 'very good relationship' with Kim Jong Un
Politico | Cristiano Lima | 01/11/18

President Donald Trump said he "probably" has "a very good relationship" with Kim Jong Un but would not say whether he has spoken to the North Korean leader during an interview with The Wall Street Journal Thursday.

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un, " Trump told the Journal in a 45-minute sit-down at the White House. "I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised."

"I don't want to comment on it. I'm not saying I have or haven't. I just don't want to comment," Trump said. ... Read more

White House Press Briefing 1/11/18 | WH | 01/11/18 | 44:12
Remember the old saying, open mouth and insert foot. I don't know how Trump is able to get around.
And we are all going to get whiplash from all the flip-flopping Trump does. You need a score card to keep track of what he says from day-to-day.

Trump rebuffs Dreamers deal reached by senators
Politico | Seung Min Kim | 01/11/18

A bipartisan group of six senators has reached a deal that would shield Dreamers from deportation and make other changes to immigration laws and border security -- but the framework has yet to win over the White House and other key players on Capitol Hill.

The package negotiated by the senators includes $2.7 billion for border security, which includes Trump's $1.6 billion request for wall planning and construction, as well as $1.1 billion for security infrastructure and technology, three sources directly familiar with the negotiations confirmed to POLITICO. ... Read more

Sen. Sanders: Trump's 'shithole' comment appalling | CNN | 01/11/18 | 11:05
Botswana is asking the U.S. to clarify whether it's considered a "shithole" country.
Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark | The View | 01/12/18 | 8:24

Which news providers make it in among the top 25 for total U.S. traffic?
journalism.org | Kenneth Olmstead | older, 05/09/11

  1. Eleven are newspaper websites: The New York Times (nyt.com), Washington Post (washingtonpost.com), USA Today (usatoday.com), Wall Street Journal (wsj.com), LA Times (latimes.com), New York Daily News (nydailynews.com), New York Post (nypost.com), Boston Globe (Boston.com), San Francisco Chronicle (sfgate.co), The Chicago Tribune (ChicagoTribune.com) and the British Daily Mail (mail.co.uk).
  2. Six are broadcast network television or cable news sites: MSNBC (msnbc.com), CNN (cnn.com), ABC News (abcnews.go.com), Fox News (foxnews.com), CBS News (cbsnews.com) and BBC News (bbc.co.uk).
  3. One is a wire service news site: Reuters (reuters.com).
  4. Three are hybrid online-only sites, which do a mix of aggregation and original reporting: Yahoo News (news.yahoo.com), AOL News (news.aol.com) and Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com).
  5. Four are pure news aggregators: Google News (news.google.com), The Examiner (examiner.com), Topix (topix.com) and Bing News (news.bing.com).
  6. The list from another main Web traffic firm, Hitwise, is nearly identical -- it contains nearly the same mix of properties. The same is true, though it sometimes groups families of sites differently, of comScore's list.

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What is the largest media company in the US?

Viacom ................ $9.61 billion in media revenue.
Bertelsmann ......... $10.04 billion in media revenue.
Facebook ............. $11.49 billion.
21st Century Fox .. $18.67 billion in media revenue.
Comcast .............. $19.72 billion in media revenue.
The Walt Disney Company ... $22.45 billion in media revenue.
Alphabet .............. $59.62 billion in media revenue.
Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities | DN | 01/11/18 | 24:52
NYC Sues Big Oil Companies Over Climate Change & Divests $5B From Fossil Fuel Firms | DN | 01/11/18 | 2:46
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 12 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. NYC: Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence
  3. "Completely Racist": Edwidge Danticat on Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti
  4. Time's Up Activists Warn Trump's "Shithole Countries" Remark Will Embolden White Supremacists
  5. Time's Up: Meet Five of the Women Who Staged Protest at Golden Globes Against Gender Violence
NYC Announces $5 Billion Fossil Fuel Divestment and Lawsuit Against World's Biggest Polluters | TRNN | 01/12/18 | 9:28
The Most Racist Thing Trump Ever Said? | TYT | 01/11/18 | 10:28
The1a.org
Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 01/12/18 | 1hr
  1. This week, President Trump has been asking for action and compassion, telling lawmakers that he wants to see "a bipartisan bill of love" on DACA.
  2. Then he reportedly called some nations "shithole countries" before denying the statement, but admitting to using "tough" language.
  3. In Arizona, pardoned Sherriff Joe Arpaio threw his hat into the ring and announced a bid for the Senate before dashing any hopes he might support a "bill of love" and renewing the long-debunked "birther" conspiracy.
  4. Farther out West, the case against rancher Cliven Bundy was dramatically dismissed.
  5. And a year after it was first published, the infamous -- and controversial -- dossier is back in the news, as the head of the firm that compiled it has begun to speak out.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 01/12/18 | 1hr
  1. Around the world, nations reportedly derided as "shithole countries" by President Trump are reacting with tough (though less vulgar) responses of their own.
  2. After talks, North and South Korea came together this week over ... sports, agreeing that northern athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympic Games, which will be held in South Korea. Will the two nations warm on other issues soon?
  3. In France, President Emmanuel Macron is going to war against "fake news" with talk of legislation to ban it from spreading. And in very real French news, 100 women signed a letter in Le Monde saying that #MeToo has gone too far.

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President Donald Trump Remarks May Undo His Racist Policies | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/12/18 | 23:28
President Donald Trump Fails To Protect US From Russia Attacks | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/12/18 | 9:58
Joe On Trump's Remarks: How Does GOP Not Immediately Condemn This Language? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/12/18 | 20:50
Senator Rand Paul On FISA, FBI Agents Conspiring Against Donald Trump | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/12/18 | 16:27
Tapper to Trump: Look up, facts are in front of you | CNN | 01/11/18 | 6:14
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Calls Non-White Countries "S**tholes" |Trevor Noah | 01/11/18 | 2:36
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Attacks Feinstein, Makes Racist Immigration Comment | Seth Meyer | 01/11/18 | 9:33
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trump ACTUALLY Called These Countries S**tholes | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/11/18 | 3:01
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
BREAKING: Evidence Mounts That Bannon Was Engineering 25th Amendment Coup With Chinese Backing | Alex Jones | 01/11/18 | 17:12

Thursday January 11, 2018

Trump Administration Paves Way For States To Force Medicaid Recipients To Work
Reuters & HP | Yasmeen Abutaleb | 01/11/18

The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow states to test requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in community activities such as volunteering or jobs training as a condition of eligibility for the government health insurance program for the poor.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued guidance making it easier for states to design and propose test programs that implement such requirements. States must propose such changes through waivers and receive federal approval.

Seema Verma, the agency's administrator, said the policy guidance came in response to requests from at least 10 states that have proposed requiring some Medicaid recipients to work or participate in activities that may include skills training, education, job search, volunteering or caregiving. Those states include Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Arizona, Indiana and Utah. ... Read more

Kellyanne Conway: Nobody here talks about Clinton | 01/11/18 | 14:30

"Executive time" and white privilege: Our laziest president and an ugly stereotype
Salon | Chauncey Devega | date

Of course, Obama's ascent did not heal the centuries of harm done to black Americans by white racism. But that next chapter in America's history -- where one more "first" for a black person was demolished -- was still symbolically intoxicating because it validated a belief in this country's ability to change for the better. ...

... Unlike Obama, Trump actually is extremely lazy. While he and the right-wing media slurred Obama for supposedly taking too many days off to vacation or play golf, Trump has spent at least 25 percent of his time as president engaging in those activities. It has been reported that Trump also spends at least three hours a day on "executive time," during which he watches Fox News endlessly, sends out streams of tweets and eats McDonald's fast food while lying in bed.

Some people in Trump's inner circle -- at least according to the account in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury," which has not been contradicted in any essential way -- have described him as intellectually vapid and incurious, uninterested in the details of his office, possessing little or no attention span and preoccupied with having his egomania and malignant narcissism fed by his coterie. ... Read more

Trump has...
  1. spent 26% of his time out on the golf course
  2. spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property
  3. cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf
Tiny Home (on Wheels) - THROW
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Amazing DIY European Style Tiny House With Pizza Oven | 01/11/18 | 15:11
Independent Woman Lives Simply in a Tiny House Community | 05/01/15 | 12:53
Open Concept Modern Tiny House with Elevator Bed | 01/30/17 | 16:28
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 11 [11:34]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Expands Offshore Drilling in "Assault" on Biodiversity and Coastal & Indigenous Communities
  3. As Erica Garner Is Mourned, Why Are Black Mothers in NYC Dying at 12 Times Rate of White Mothers?
  4. Christen Smith: The Fallout of Police Violence Is Killing Black Women Like Erica Garner
Global Warming and Extreme Cold: How One Leads to the Other | TRNN | 01/11/18 | 13:59
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Marcy Wheeler discusses -> In Fusion GPS Testimony, More Questions Than Answers | TRNN | 01/11/18 | 18:16
Trump Blasts "Sneaky Dianne Feinstein" | TYT | 01/10/18 | 8:55
BUSTED: Trump Caught Lying About Deal | TYT | 01/10/18 | 1:54
Conservatives Blasting Trump | TYT | 01/10/18 | 10:22
The1a.org
The Flu Goes Viral | 1a.org | 01/11/18 | 1hr
Even in the absence of a pandemic, a severe flu year kills nearly 650,000 people worldwide, while a mild one kills just under 300,000, the study concluded.

In recent years, the C.D.C. estimates, flu has killed about 12,000 Americans in mild years and 56,000 in moderately severe ones.
The Future Of Medicaid For "Able-Bodied" Adults | 1a.org | 01/11/18 | 1hr
A new Trump administration policy will allow states to screen for "able-bodied" adults who are recipients of Medicaid and impose work requirements on them. It's a response to what several states have requested, says the White House.

More than 40 million Americans are covered by Medicaid, although most of the funding goes to children, the elderly and those with disabilities. They won't be affected by the policy changes, but what about those who will?

"The guidelines would allow states to require that some Medicaid enrollees hold a job, participate in volunteer work, or enroll in classes or work training for a certain number of hours each week. States could choose to include caregiving for a disabled child or elderly adult as meeting the requirement."

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President Donald Trump Still Talks About Hillary Clinton 'All The Time' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/11/18 | 12:41
Joe: President Donald Trump Is Destroying GOP For Years To Come | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/11/18 | 13:14
President Donald Trump Now Says It's 'Unlikely' He'll Meet With Mueller | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/11/18 | 7:00
President Trump Lauds Own 'Performance' At Meeting With Lawmakers | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/11/18 | 5:21
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Does A 'Jekyll And Hyde' On DACA | Stephen Colbert | 01/11/18 | 6:19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Sends Mixed Messages on Immigration | Trevor Noah | 01/10/18 | 5:52
Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee: 'Fire And Fury' Is 'The Book-Length Version Of A Trump Tweet' | Samantha Bee | 01/11/18 | 5:32

Wednesday January 10, 2018

Steve Bannon Out At Breitbart
HP | Sebastian Murdock | 01/09/18

Bannon's exit comes after his quotes in a new tell-all sparked a feud with President Donald Trump.

"I'm proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform," he said in a statement. Bannon was a founding member of the board and took over as executive chairman of Breitbart News following founder Andrew Breitbart's death in 2012. ...

... Rumors of Bannon's ouster from the conservative news outlet began Thursday, when The Wall Street Journal reported that the owners of the publication were debating Bannon's future. During a press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Breitbart should consider firing Bannon. ... Read more

Trump has...
  1. spent 26% of his time out on the golf course
  2. spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property
  3. cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf
From the Hamptons to Homelessness
DACA vs Boarder Wall

Dianne Feinstein Releases Transcript Of Fusion GPS Co-Founder's Testimony On Russia
HP | Paige Lavender | 01/09/18

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office released a transcript Tuesday of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The committee questioned Simpson in August about Russian interference in the 2016 election. A dossier compiled by Fusion GPS with the help of former British spy Christopher Steele alleged collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government. ... Read more
Fushion GPS, Glenn Simpson Testimony to Senate.pdf
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Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson Testimony to the Senate website

Billionaire Tom Steyer and the Wealthy Trump Resistance Grifters
TRNN | Michael Sainato | 01/09/18

vHedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer has launched himself into the Trump Resistance, pouring millions of dollars into advertisements and a website urging the impeachment of Donald Trump. He's spent over $20 million so far on a nationwide ad campaign, starring himself, as the DNC and several grassroots organizations struggle to compete in fundraising against the billionaires backing Trump and the Republican Party. ... Read more

Just Months After His Controversial Pardon, Joe Arpaio Wants To Run For Senate. What is wrong with US. Have we lost all our decency?
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 10 [16:45]
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  1. Headlines
  2. As ICC Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, U.S. Moves to Defund U.N. Palestine Refugee Agency
  3. Finkelstein: Despite Racist Policies & Corruption Scandals, Netanyahu Holds on to Power in Israel
  4. Norman Finkelstein Slams Chuck Schumer for Pushing Trump to Declare Jerusalem Israel's Capital
  5. "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom": Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza
*United We Dream's Gregory Cendana says -> Trump's Immigration 'Bill of Love' Full of Poison Pills | TRNN | 01/10/18 | 11:06
Trump Contemplating First Strike | TYT | 01/09/18 | 8:56
Trump Avoiding Mueller Showdown? | TYT | 01/09/18 | 9:59
Sloppy Steve Fired Again | TYT | 01/09/18 | 6:09
The1a.org
Who Is Looking Out For America's Children? | 1a.org | 01/10/18 | 1hr
A new study has found that children in the United States are less likely to live into adulthood than children in other wealthy nations.

Meanwhile, funding for the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out, and has not yet been replenished. And for kids born into poverty, getting out of it isn't easy.

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Trump insiders 'afraid for the country,' says Michael Wolff | PBS | 01/09/18 | 15:00

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Potential President Trump Interview With Robert Mueller Spurs Initial Talks | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/09/18 | 14:23
Sen. Lindsey Graham On Russia Probe, 'Fire and Fury,' Comments from Bannon | The View | 01/09/18 | 9:27
"Fire And Fury" Fallout With WAPO's Philip Rucker | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/09/18 | 8:00
Ann Coulter -> Trump's immigration meeting was lowest day of presidency | FoxNews | 01/09/18 | 5:29
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Trump Still Thinks Mexico Will Pay For The Wall | Stephen Colbert | 01/10/18 | 7:00
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Trump Gets Dictator-y with the Justice Department | Trevor Noah | 01/09/18 | 5:01
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Is Becoming More Erratic and Working Less | Seth Meyers | 01/09/18 | 9:27
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump Speaks at a Fourth-Grade Level | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/10/18 | 2:12

Tuesday January 09, 2018
*"Fire And Fury" by Michael Wolff - FULL AudioBook | 01/06/18 | 11:56:18

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous?and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:

  1. What President Trump's staff really thinks of him
  2. What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
  3. Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
  4. Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room
  5. Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing
  6. What the secret to communicating with Trump is
  7. What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

"Fire And Fury" by Michael Wolff - FULL AudioBook | 01/06/18 | 11:56:18

The Children's Health Insurance Program, CHIP, Is In Peril Again. But There's Good News.
HP | Jeffrey Young | 01/08/18

On its way out the door for the holiday break in December, Congress passed a bill that was supposed to keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat until the end of March. Now, the federal government is saying it can't even guarantee continued coverage for 9 million low-income kids for the full month of January.

Before Congress passed legislation last month to inject close to $3 billion into CHIP, several states were on the verge of shutting down the program for lack of funds. A few even began notifying parents that their kids were about to lose health insurance. That could all be about to happen again. ... Read more

2017 Shatters Records With $306 Billion In Damages From Climate-Linked Disasters

Sean Spicer Dismisses Oprah Winfrey Presidential Run Because Of Inexperience
HP | David Moye | 01/08/18

ean Spicer either has a short memory or a very long nose, based on comments he made Monday morning regarding Oprah Winfrey.

The former White House press secretary appeared on the British TV show "Good Morning Britain" to discuss, among other things, Winfrey's potential presidential run, which many were discussing after the media mogul received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday's Golden Globes. ... Read more

How Stephen Miller Got What He Wanted From CNN
TheAtlatic | David A. Graham | 01/08/18

... The segment began with Tapper asking a question, which Miller happily ignored in favor of a meandering, long riff. Tapper let Miller go for a minute and a half, and Miller happily took it, running through a series of talking points that sounded carefully workshopped.

"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive," Miller said. "The whole White House staff is disappointed with his comments, which were so grotesque." (There was a lot of "grotesque" and "tragic" in the interview.) Miller went on that "the book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction," a line which might have landed better if he hadn't followed it with a poorly written, juvenile jab: "I also will say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book." ... Read more

Trump tweets that he's a genius and "a very stable genius at that!"
Vox | Emily Stewart | 01/06/18

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump characterized himself as a "very stable genius" who is "like, really smart" in a series of tweets fired off from the Camp David presidential countryside retreat, where he was supposed to be meeting with lawmakers about 2018 priorities such as infrastructure, the budget, and health care.

Apparently reacting to a new round of questions surrounding his mental health, the president used Twitter to defend himself in the weekend's early morning hours. The tweets seemed to be spurred by a Fox News segment. ... Read more

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  3. Rev. Barber & Ex-Page to Segregationist Strom Thurmond Unite to Launch New Poor People's Campaign
  4. Rev. William Barber: Trump is a Symptom of a Deeper Moral Malady Behind Racist, Xenophobic Policies
Trump Fires Entire Council On HIV/AIDS | TYT | 01/06/18 | 4:35
Jake Tapper SHUTS DOWN Trump Troll | TYT | 01/08/18 | 13:23
Steve Bannon Is Super Duper Sorry | TYT | 01/08/18 | 7:25
Trump Frantically Tweets How Stable He Is | TYT | 01/08/18 | 13:12
Why has 'Fire and Fury' angered Trump so much? ???? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 01/06/18 | 24:55
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The United States Of Alcohol Abuse | 1a.org | 01/09/18 | 1hr
Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It's not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is little stigma attached to having a drink (unlike cigarettes). And it can be abused somewhat openly, even in the company of your co-workers (unlike opioids).

Americans are drinking more than we used to. Much more. The biggest increases are among women, minorities and elderly people. An estimated 32 million adults in the U.S. binge drink weekly, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Centers for Disease Control say drinking at dangerous levels is responsible for as many as 88,000 deaths every year.

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*Radical Move Could Make Transcript Public | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/09/18 | 15:22
*James Comey Notes Claims About Donald Trump Confirmed By Priebus Notes: NYT | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/06/18 | 18:34
President Trump Gives Remarks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Convention | 01/08/18 | 37:04
President Donald Trump Relives Glory Days Of '16 In Speech | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/09/18 | 5:29
Kushner Family Businesses And Ties To Countries Around The World | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/08/18 | 5:54
Psychiatrist: Trump Acts Like A Baby But Stop Diagnosing Him | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 01/08/18 | 5:17
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
How An Oprah Presidency Would Look | Stephen Colbert | 01/09/18 | 3:57
Donald Trump Is Like, Really Not Smart | Stephen Colbert | 01/09/18 | 6:07
Michael Wolff: You Should Believe All Of 'Fire And Fury' | Stephen Colbert | 01/09/18 | 9:19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Confidently Declares Himself a "Stable Genius" | Trevor Noah | 01/08/18 | 5:18
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Mike Pence Might Hate Trump Too | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/09/18 | 2:37
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Full Show - DISMAL: Hollywood Democrats Prep Oprah Winfrey For White House Run In 2020 | Alex Jones | 01/08/18 | 2:51:52
Alex Jones Releases Donald Trump's Biggest Secret | Alex Jones | 01/07/18 | 21:22
Roger Stone: General Kelly Preparing To Leave White House And Replace Himself With Neocon Globalist | Alex Jones | 01/017/18 | 9:30

Monday January 08, 2018
Tapper cuts off Trump adviser interview: I've wasted enough of my viewers' time | CNN | 01/07/18 | 12:34
Sean Spicer: I 'screwed up' as press secretary | CNN | 01/04/18 | 18:29
Psychiatrist spoke with Congress on Trump's mental fitness | CNN | 01/05/18 | 6:22
Trump: I'm a very stable genius | CNN | 01/06/18 | 6:32
Trump has...
  1. spent 26% of his time out on the golf course
  2. spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property
  3. cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money
Michael Wolff's Bombshell Book On Trump White House | The View | 01/04/18 | 8:19

Bannon finds his regrets aren't good enough for Trump
Politico | Annie Karni | 01/07/18

Steve Bannon, like his onetime brother-in-arms President Donald Trump, is known as someone whose instinct is to double down, not kiss up.

That made his belated attempt on Sunday to de-escalate mounting tension with the commander in chief -- who had been publicly and privately raging about his former chief strategist all week -- notable to many of his allies, one of whom called it a "huge step for Steve, one of the most stubborn people on earth."

But inside the White House, Bannon's 297-word statement of contrition about comments he made in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" was seen as too little, too late for an operative unaware of the self-inflicted damage his hubris could cause.

It did nothing to quell Trump's rage at his former chief strategist or the anger of Bannon's former West Wing colleagues, according to multiple administration officials, who said the vibe in the president's circle was that people were unmoved by the statement. Asked whether there is anything Bannon can do at this point to get back in the president's good graces, one White House official said curtly, "Unlikely." ... Read more

Robert Reich: Just How Stupid Is Trump?
AlterNet | Robert Reich / RobertReich.org | 01/08/18

His cabinet thinks he's an imbecile, but it would be dangerous to underestimate him.

For more than a year now, I've been hearing from people in the inner circles of official Washington -- GOP lobbyists, Republican pundits, even a few Republican members of Congress -- that Donald Trump is remarkably stupid.

I figured they couldn't be right because really stupid people don't become presidents of the United States. Even George W. Bush was smart enough to hire smart people to run his campaign and then his White House.

Several months back when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "f--king moron," I discounted it. I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to serve in a president's cabinet, and I've heard members of other president's cabinets describe their bosses in similar terms. ... Read more

The Definitive Guide to Understanding the Sinister Tactics Behind Trump's Tweets
AlterNet | Liz Posner | 01/08/18

Over the past two years, Trump's Twitter habits have been honed and polished into an art form. And really, he is a master at it. Maybe after Mueller takes him down, he can write "The Art of the Tweet." Until then, Americans will continue to reel from unfiltered posts like his most recent threats to North Korea and play the absurd game of trying to tell if our lives are immediately under threat or not.

But one scholar of linguistics and philosophy has masterfully deciphered the strategy behind Trump's tweets, and it's just the tool we need going into 2018. ... Read more
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**The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror | DN | 01/05/18 | 45:07
How the NY Times & U.S. Government Worked Together to Suppress James Risen's Post-9/11 Reporting | DN | 01/05/18 | 30:07
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  2. Watch Oprah Winfrey's Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech at Golden Globes
  3. Time's Up: Activists Join Actresses on Golden Globes Red Carpet to Call for Gender & Racial Justice
Max Blumenthal -> on 'Fire and Fury', Clinton Probe, and Russiagate | TRNN | 01/06/18 | 16:25
Mitch Jones of Food & Water Watch says -> Trump Administration Proposes Opening 90% Of US Waters To Offshore Drilling | TRNN | 01/06/18 | 7:20
Trump Doesn't Care If 'Sloppy Steve' Is Sorry | TYT | 01/05/18 | 8:05
Trump Attacks 'Fire And Fury' Author Michael Wolff | TYT | 01/05/18 | 12:23
EVERYONE In White House Said THIS About Trump... | TYT | 01/05/18 | 7:37
Mass Resignations Rumored After Trump Book Drops | TYT | 01/05/18 | 7:37
Stock Market BOOMING Under Trump But... | TYT | 01/05/18 | 3:27
Alex Jones Declares Holy War On CNN Journalist | TYT | 01/05/18 | 12:07
CNN Brian Stelter Wikipedia page
White House: Golfing Makes Trump More Presidential | TYT | 01/06/18 | 9:02
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Tales From The Crypto: Bitcoin, Blockchain And The Future Of Money | 1a.org | 01/08/18 | 1hr
Bitcoin turned eight years old this month, but many people are only just now learning about the cryptocurrency. One reason for its sudden rise to prominence is its ballooning value -- over $14,000 as of January 4. Bitcoin has attracted a big investment from Peter Thiel, but also dire warnings that it's all just a bubble.

Bitcoin isn't the only cryptocurrency out there. Litecoin, Ethereum and others are giving investors new options.

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Michael Wolff: I Saw President Donald Trump In The White House All The Time | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/08/18 | 11:27
Michael Wolff: Donald Trump Is Not Fit To Be President | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/08/18 | 15:44
'Fire And Fury' Book Sparks Donald Trump Tweetstorm | AM Joy | MSNBC | 01/08/18 | 16:38
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Breaking: Trump And Russia, Again | Stephen Colbert | 01/06/18 | 2:41
How POTUS Got His Mooch Back | Stephen Colbert | 01/06/18 | 3:11
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Bizarre, Unverified and Fraudulent: Michael Wolff Steps Inside the Trump Presidency | Trevor Noah | 01/04/18 | 5:07
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump Lashes Out at Michael Wolff & Sloppy Steve Bannon | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/06/18 | 4:03

Friday January 05, 2018

'Fire And Fury' Author Defends Book After Trump Slams It As 'Phony' And 'Full Of Lies'
HP | Marina Fang | 01/05/18

Journalist Michael Wolff said it was "extraordinary" that the president tried to stop the publication.

Journalist Michael Wolff on Friday said he stands by "Fire and Fury," his new book about President Donald Trump's administration that has drawn Trump's ire and rocked the political world. "My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on earth at this point," Wolff said of Trump.

On NBC's "Today" show on Friday, in his first interview since the book went on sale at midnight, Wolff defended his reporting, and his descriptions of Trump aides and confidants openly questioning the president's mental health and stability. ... Read more

'Fire And Fury' Author Michael Wolff: 'I Absolutely' Spoke To President Donald Trump | TODAY | 01/05/18 | 8:25
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous?and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:

  1. What President Trump's staff really thinks of him
  2. What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
  3. Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
  4. Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room
  5. Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing
  6. What the secret to communicating with Trump is
  7. What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
King Cuck Bannon Bows Before Daddy Trump | TYT | 01/04/18 | 14:23
Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over DEVASTATING New Book | TYT | 01/04/18 | 5:05
What Fox News Owner REALLY Thinks About Trump | TYT | 01/04/18 | 6:55

Brutal Winter Storm Leaves East Coast Blanketed In Snow As Airports Slowly Reopen
HP | Nina Golgowski and Nick Visser | 01/04/18

'Bomb Cyclone' Leaves East Coast Buried In Snow As Airports Slowly Reopen

A polar vortex of ice and howling wind left up to a foot of snow over parts of the Northeast on Thursday as the first major winter storm of 2018 barreled up the coast. Authorities throughout the region declared states of emergencies and canceled thousands of flights meant to ferry post-holiday travelers home.

Almost no part of the Eastern Seaboard was spared from frigid temperatures that plunged well below freezing, and snow fell from New England all the way down to Georgia and the Carolinas. ... Read more

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming | Nick Hanauer | TED | older 08/12/14 | 20:26
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 05 [10:12]
**The Biggest Secret: James Risen on Life as a NY Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror | DN | 01/05/18 | 45:07
How the NY Times & U.S. Government Worked Together to Suppress James Risen’s Post-9/11 Reporting | DN | 01/05/18 | 30:07
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*Bill Black Interview -> Warren Buffett Wins $1 Million Bet That Hedge Funds Are a Rip-Off | TRNN | 01/05/18 | 16:47
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Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 01/05/18 | 1hr
... And Mother Nature promised to chill us out.

With all the news and the frigid weather, it might be time to sit down with a cup of hot tea. And no one poured more tea this week than Michael Wolff, whose forthcoming (but already best-selling) book, "Fire and Fury," quotes Steve Bannon calling a Trump Tower meeting with Russians "treasonous" and dishes details on the president's alleged cheeseburger-eating habits. The president has responded to "Fire and Fury" with "cease and desist" and threats of further legal action.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 01/05/18 | 1hr
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Why Much Of Michael Wolff's Book 'Rings True' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/05/18 | 16:07
Bannon is effectively dead as a political figure: Karl Rove | 01/05/18 | 7:17
Why Much Of Michael Wolff's Book 'Rings True' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/05/18 | 16:07
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Bites Into The Juicy New Trump Book | Stephen Colbert | 01/05/18 | 8:21
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Bizarre, Unverified and Fraudulent: Michael Wolff Steps Inside the Trump Presidency | Trevor Noah | 01/04/18 | 5:07
Jimmy Kimmel Live
New Book Claims Trump Sleeps with Friends Wives | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/05/18 | 6:36
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
The Mission Of The Vampiric Globalists Is To Corrupt Your Soul While Killing You and Your Family | Alex Jones | 01/05/18 | 14:54
Bizarre, Unverified and Fraudulent: Michael Wolff Steps Inside the Trump Presidency | Trevor Noah | 01/04/18 | 5:07

Thursday January 04, 2018

Two Dozen Members of Congress Can't Wait to Leave D.C. Here's Why.
Politico | Edward-Isaac Dovere | 02/2018

... Dent, a moderate Republican who's become the go-to source for reporters looking for searing criticism of the GOP in the Trump era, is one of a couple dozen members of Congress who have announced their retirements last year (not counting the ones who have gone down in sexual harassment scandals), with more likely coming amid an expected Democratic wave in the 2018 midterm elections. People retire every cycle. But this year's group is a bumper crop of members wondering whether Congress is broken forever--even as they insist they love their own jobs.

The ferocity of the Gingrich Revolution, President Bill Clinton's impeachment--even the Tea Party shutdown wars of 2011 and 2013 seem like the good old days to them now. Capitol Hill is an angry, scattered mess; each party is storing up grudges to get revenge for the next time it gets the chance; and the victories are always fleeting. When pressed, the departees will confess to deep concerns that flow from Trump, the reaction to Trump, and the politics that created and elected Trump. ... Read more

Fire And Fury In The White House | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/04/18 | 13:39
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous?and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.

In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations:

  1. What President Trump's staff really thinks of him
  2. What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
  3. Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
  4. Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room
  5. Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing
  6. What the secret to communicating with Trump is
  7. What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
Sanders Struggles To Explain Trump Bannon Sh*tstorm | TYT | 01/03/18 | 6:03
*How Trump makes extreme things look normal | Vox | 12/21/17 | 7:24
BOMBSHELL: Bannon Blasts 'Treasonous' Trump | TYT | 01/03/18 | 11:40
Trump Fires Back At Steve Bannon | TYT | 01/03/18 | 6:52
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  2. North and South Korea Leaders Agree to Direct Negotiations as Trump Provokes Kim Jong-un on Twitter
  3. Norway Halts Weapons Sales in Yemen War, Citing Humanitarian Crisis, as US & Britain Continue Supply
  4. Fordham Students Sue over Free Speech Rights to Establish Students for Justice in Palestine Group
My Nuclear Button Is Bigger, Trump Brags | TYT | 01/03/18 | 7:21
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What Would A Deal On DACA Look Like? | 1a.org | 01/04/18 | 1hr
As lawmakers get back to work in Washington for 2018, one of the top items on their to-do list is to figure out a solution for recipients of the immigration policy called Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as minors from deportation.

Last fall, President Trump decided to phase out the program, which affects an estimated 800,000 people, by March, pressing Congress to act on immigration before that time.

The president says he's open to talks with Democrats on the issue, but cozy negotiations on immigration across the aisle could alienate Trump's political base. Is there a resolution that could satisfy Republicans and Democrats -- and address the unique needs of DACA recipients and their supporters?
So ... About Socialism | 1a.org | 01/04/18 | 1hr
Socialism is on the rise in the United States. And for many in the new generation of voters, that's just fine.

The Washington Post reports that in the last two years, membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) nearly tripled, from 8,000 to 25,000. The average age of those members dropped from 64 to 30. And, the Post reports, these young democratic socialists are putting their ideas to practice.

Credit for this increasing interest in socialism has gone largely to Senator Bernie Sanders, whose 2016 presidential campaign energized many frustrated young voters. But people under 30 have been warming to socialism for years, according to a 2011 Pew Research Center report. This came at a time when critics of then-President Barack Obama were quick to attach the socialist label to many of his policies -- policies that even mainstream Democrats are defending today.

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President Donald Trump Shuts Down Voter Fraud Commission | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/04/18 | 3:10
Book: WH Staffers Thought Little Of President Donald Trump's Intellect | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/04/18 | 11:39
Steve Bannon: Russia Probe Is 'All About Money Laundering' | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/04/18 | 6:43
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Our President Never Planned On Being Our President | Stephen Colbert | 01/04/18 | 8:50
Stephen Unbuttons Trump's Button Brag | Stephen Colbert | 01/04/18 | 8:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Goes Nuclear on Twitter | Trevor Noah | 01/03/18 | 4:55
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump vs. Steve Bannon | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/04/18 | 4:05
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Interesting to listen to the other side...
Ann Coulter Reacts to Bannon Calling Trump Tower Meeting 'Treasonous' | Conservative Citizen | 01/03/18 | 12:33
Ann Coulter: Bannon quotes about Russia are insane | FoxNews | 01/03/18 | 6:48

Wednesday January 03, 2018

*Tweet new year: Trump launches barrage of taunts and threats
Politico | Cristiano Lima | 01/02/18

President Donald Trump used his first full work day in 2018 to rekindle one of his favorite political pastimes from 2017: throwing haymakers on Twitter.

The president returned to his full combative form Tuesday after arriving in Washington the day prior from a holiday stay in Mar-a-Lago, taunting news outlets with the prospect of awarding them for their "dishonest & corrupt" coverage, threatening on social media to curb U.S. aid to Palestinians, calling for the jailing of former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and publicly competing with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the size of their nuclear buttons.

Even as he shifted gears from topic to topic, the day's tweets covered a number of his regular punching bags, both foreign and domestic. The tweets and the ensuing scrutiny over them extended a streak of the president dominating news cycles by his fingertips that lasted for much of 2017 and carried into the latest holiday break. Read more

*Trump Administration Bricked on at Least Half of its Executive Orders in 2017
TheIntercept | author | 01/02/18

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has either failed to complete or is keeping from the public more than half of the reports that President Donald Trump assigned to the administration through his early and prolific use of the executive order. Of the reports it did complete, many were turned in well past the assigned due date and only "complete" in the sense that they consist of words on paper.

In his first year in office, Trump ordered 95 separate reports, performance reviews, instructions, or other activities to be carried out by executive branch agencies. The Intercept has been reviewing these orders for the last year. We found that 48 of the 95 actions were completed, in many cases after the due date stipulated in the order. Federal agencies have yet to complete another 20. In 27 cases, the agency was unresponsive to our requests for information. ... Read more
TRUMP DEADLINES, Where His Executive Orders Stand

Trump is still involved in his business ventures all over the world. Is that constitutional?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 01/03/18

Over the holidays, a little Daily Beast story by Betsy Woodruff passed under the radar. She reported that Donald Trump is still personally involved in running his businesses. The media didn't pay much attention, but perhaps that's not surprising, considering that nobody in a million years actually believed Trump was going to leave his company solely in the hands of his two scions, Donald Jr. and Eric. After all, he's spent a third of his first term making personal promotional appearances at Trump properties. He's not exactly keeping it on the down-low that he's still got his hand in the business.

Still, they like to keep up the pretense that Trump isn't paying attention to Trump Organization details because he's so busy running the country. Woodruff published an email from the director of revenue management at the Trump Hotel in Washington, Jeng Chi Hung, written to an acquaintance on Sept. 12, 2017, which suggests that simply isn't true. ... Read more

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*Glenn Greenwald on Iran Protests: Trump Tweets "Time for Change" While Backing Dictators Worldwide | DN | 01/02/18 | 12:08
*Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts? | DN | 01/02/18 | 20:35
*Glenn Greenwald on Trump-Russia Probe: Be Skeptical of Spy Agencies with History of Lying & Deceit | DN | 01/02/18 | 11:11
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  2. Trump's Vow to Support Iran Opposition Carries "No Credibility" as Demonstrations Enter Sixth Day
  3. Erica Garner was "Unbought and Unbossed" in Push for Justice After Her Father Died in NYPD Chokehold
*Economist Michael Hudson -> 2017 A Banner Year for Corporate Mergers, Which Further Deepens Inequality | TRNN | 01/03/18 | 14:32
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More People, More Problems? | 1a.org | 01/03/18 | 1hr
The warning, as such things tend to be, was dire. "At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate..."

Stanford University Professor Paul R. Ehrlich said the planet was getting too crowded. Lives could be saved by stretching and more evenly distributing food, but it would "only provide a stay of execution," he insisted.

Ehrlich's solution was population control. Only that, he wrote, could stop a mass die-off and the inevitable descent of humanity into a new age of "brutality."
The KKK And White Supremacy Today | 1a.org | 01/03/18 | 1hr
What can history teach us about why white supremacy is on the rise today? Author Linda Gordon illuminates the past in her new book, "The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition." At its peak in the 1920s, Klansmen -- 30,000 of them -- marched on Washington. Some chapters even sponsored baseball teams and beauty pageants.

Gordon writes that, in the heyday of the KKK, it was a part of everyday, ordinary American life, even after federal efforts to outlaw the group. And the Klan was nothing if not organized in the decade leading up to the Great Depression.

Today's hate groups are becoming more visible. Are they as unified?

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*American Identities Hijacked To Fake Support For President Trump Policies | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/03/18 | 14:01
*Christopher Steele Dossier Didn't Trigger Trump Russia Probe | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/03/18 | 17:33
*Looking For Clues In President Donald Trump's Latest International Tweets | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/03/18 | 16:19
The Real Impact Of President Donald Trump's Nuclear Tweet | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/03/18 | 8:35
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Kim Jong-Un Wants To Be An Olympian | Stephen Colbert | 01/03/18 | 2:04
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Iranians Take to the Streets & Kim Jong-un Makes Nice with South Korea | Trevor Noah | 01/03/18 | 4:46

Tuesday January 02, 2018

2018 Is Already Off To A Violent Start
HP | David Lohr | 01/01/18

By no means do the below incidents make a comprehensive list of violent events that occurred Monday in the U.S. However, they provide a sobering snapshot of lives cut short around the country in the first hours of the new year. ... Read more

White House aides already anxious about 2018
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 01/01/18

Senior staff are looking down the pike of a difficult year, from the looming West Wing brain drain and ongoing Russia inquiries to the threat of a Democratic wave in the midterms.

After ending their first year on a high, signing a sweeping tax reform bill into law, Trump's advisers are divided about how to capitalize on that victory and maintain momentum going forward with Hill Republicans again at odds over their legislative agenda.

They're facing a brain drain on a White House that already had trouble recruiting top talent. Many senior West Wing aides are expected to depart in the coming year, with no replacements lined up. White House chief of staff John Kelly -- who has already fired several presidential aides-- wants to push out more but has struggled to find suitable alternatives. ... Read more

In 347 days, Trump has made 1,950 false and misleading claims
WP | Glenn Kessler | 01/02/18

The Fact Checker's ongoing database of the false and misleading claims made by President Trump during his first 365 days in office. ... Read more

Making China Great Again
New Yorker | Evan Osnos | 01/__/18

As Donald Trump surrenders America's global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.

When the Chinese action movie "Wolf Warrior II" arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a standard shoot-'em-up, with a lonesome hero and frequent explosions. Within two weeks, however, "Wolf Warrior II" had become the highest-grossing Chinese movie of all time. Some crowds gave it standing ovations; others sang the national anthem. In October, China selected it as its official entry in the foreign-language category of the Academy Awards. ... Read more

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North Korea's Overture Could Divide South Korea and U.S.
NYT | Choe Sang-Hun | 01/02/18

Kim Jong-un's surprising call for direct talks with the South may undercut the Trump administration's tough approach, driving a wedge into the decades-old alliance.

The allies' strained relationship has been playing out for months, as the South Korean president argued for economic and diplomatic openings with the North. ... Read more

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Meet the Women Who Accuse Trump of Sexual Harassment & Are Calling for Congress to Investigate | DN | 01/01/18 | 22:29
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  3. Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts?
  4. Glenn Greenwald on Trump-Russia Probe: Be Skeptical of Spy Agencies with History of Lying & Deceit
Trump's Insane China Comments | TYT | 12/31/17 | 5:17
Trump WILL Cut Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid | TYT | 12/31/17 | 8:29
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The Future Of America's Relationship With Africa | 1a.org | 01/02/18 | 1hr
What is the United States doing in Africa under the Trump administration? The president's point man on Africa, Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, says we're there to support and assist African nations.

It's a busy time, with the ongoing investigation into the deaths of four U.S. servicemen who were killed in an ambush in Niger last year.

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Morning Joe Looks To The Year Ahead | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/01/18 | 15:07
In Tweet, President Donald Trump Accuses Pakistan Of 'Lies' And 'Deceit' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/02/18 | 8:39
New Yorker: China Sees Period Of 'Strategic Opportunity' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/02/18 | 9:30
An 'Enormous' Diplomatic Test For White House | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/02/18 | 6:58
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Trump Attacks 2017 | Stephen Colbert | 01/01/18 | 2:08
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In Memoriam: Trump Administration Officials | Trevor Noah | 01/01/18 | 1:45

Friday December 29, 2017

Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?
Politico | author | 12/29/17

Imagine how future historians might try to summarize 2017: A U.S. president, his family and his political aides came under investigation by a special counsel for possibly helping a foreign government meddle in the election. Talk of impeachment swirled through Congress, where the fracturing Republican Party was in the midst of an identity crisis--and the Democrats were, too. Twitter became a source of official U.S. policy. A wave of sexual harassment allegations took down U.S. senators and congressmen, top judges and reporters, and high-profile political candidates--but not the president, who had been caught on tape admitting to grabbing women "by the pussy." We learned that the Pentagon has secretly been studying UFOs. All while the leaders of North Korea and the United States exchanged threats to rain down nuclear "fire and fury like the world has never seen."

But as unbelievable and unprecedented as this year seemed, how wild was it really? Does it come in No. 1 in the pantheon of American political chaos? Or, alongside the Civil Wars, assassinations, race riots and Watergates, does it not even rank? We asked some of the nation's smartest historians to tell us whether 2017 was indeed the craziest year in U.S. political history, and, if not, what year's got it beat. Here's what they had to say. --Elizabeth F. Ralph ... Read more

Trump Boasts He's Signed More Laws Than Any President Since Truman. He's Actually Signed the Fewest.
Slate | Elliot Hannon | 12/27/17

You know if Donald Trump is pushing some sort of record or achievement or a Time cover, you should probably run the numbers again, you know, just to double-check. On Wednesday, while totally not golfing at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Trump reflected on his first year in office in a way only Trump could. That is, he basically made it up. Ruminating on what he considered his achievements, Trump explained at an event with firefighters in West Palm Beach that he had set a record for the most legislation passed in a year. At least that's what it appears he was trying to say:

Donald Trump said: We got a lot of legislation passed ... I believe--and you would have to ask those folks who will know the real answer--we have more legislation passed, including the record ... was Harry Truman, a long time ago. And we broke that record, so we got a lot done."

That is, predictably, not the case. In fact, Trump's version of history is the exact opposite of reality. Trump has signed fewer bills into law than any other president in his first year in office since Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, according to GovTrack.
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Trump Veers Away From 70 Years of U.S. Foreign Policy
NYT | Mark Landler | 12/29/17

President Trump has transformed the world's view of the United States from an anchor of the international order into something more inward-looking and unpredictable.

That is a seminal change from the role the nation played for 70 years, and it has lasting implications for how other nations chart their futures. ... Read more

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  2. Is the U.S. Exporting Its Travel Ban with Thousands of TSA & DHS Agents in 70 Countries?
  3. Concerns Raised About $1 Billion Facial Scan Program with High Error Rate at Nine U.S. Airports
  4. Deportation Now on Hold for Mexican Journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, But He Remains in Detention
  5. As Trump Attacks Media with "Fake News" Claims, a Record 262 Reporters Are Jailed, 46 Killed in 2017
Thomas Frank Interview -> Obama Chose Wall St. Over Main St., Part 8 | TRNN | 12/29/13 | 21:44
Code Pink Conference: The Arms Industry Hides Behind Euphemisms | TRNN | 12/29/13 | 10:37
Trump Weighs In On Vanity Fair's Apology To Hillary | TYT | 12/28/17 | 3:42
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Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/29/17 | 1hr
The year started with new leadership that took that nation into uncharted territory politically, culturally and digitally:
But was the inauguration of President Trump the biggest story of 2017? We look back over the major headlines that shaped the year and ones we're not likely to forget in 2018.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/29/17 | 1hr
While many of the big stories about President Donald Trump concern domestic politics, America's new leader has had a major impact on the world. Whether it's the investigation into Russian election meddling or the growing tension with North Korea, President Trump's presence is felt globally.

Meanwhile, this year also saw persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, an attempted coup in Turkey and major elections in Britain and France.

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Donald Trump: I Have 'Absolute Right' To Do What I Want With DOJ | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/29/13 | 15:14
President Donald Trump Opens Up To NYT In Impromptu Talk | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/29/13 | 13:05

Thursday December 28, 2017

26 Photos That Show The Natural Disasters Humanity Faced In 2017
HP | Chris McGonigal and Damon Dahlen | 12/27/17

For those in the United States, 2017 will probably always be associated with the record hurricanes that caused widespread damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In California, raging wildfires destroyed thousands of structures.

But around the world, millions faced other natural disasters as well, including volcanic eruptions in Indonesia and massive flooding in Peru.

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Sanctuary Cities
*The Laura Flanders Show: Immigrants Dream of Sanctuary | Laura Flanders Show | 12/28/17 | 26:22

13 Days in July: The Trump White House's crucible
AP & wisconsingazette.com | Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller | 12/28/17

They were 13 days that transformed the White House. Even for an administration that spent most of 2017 throwing off headlines at a dizzying pace, events in the second half of July unfolded at breakneck speed. And they yielded aftershocks that reverberate within the White House even as the calendar turns to 2018.

The two-week span laid bare the splintering of Donald Trump's relationships with two influential Cabinet members; foreshadowed the reach of the Russia probe into the interior of his orbit; saw the dramatic, last-minute defeat of one of the president's signature campaign promises; and featured a senior staff shakeup that reset the rhythms of this presidency. ... Read more
*How Two Weeks In July Transformed The White House | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/28/13 | 14:28

*32 Tweets That Encapsulate President Donald Trump's First Year | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/28/13 | 6:49
*'Terrible Numbers' For Donald Trump In New Poll | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/28/13 | 8:44
*How Will The Tax Bill Impact Americans Next Year? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/28/13 | 4:27
*Rex Tillerson Takes Aim At China, Russia In New Op-Ed | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/28/13 | 5:13
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*Former Federal Judge: Trump Is Packing the Courts with Unqualified Conservative Extremists | DN | 12/27/17 | 13:30
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  2. "Bussed Out": How Cities Are Giving Thousands of Homeless People One-Way Bus Tickets to Leave Town
  3. Lithium, Love and Losing My Mind: Jaime Lowe on Her Life with Bipolar Disorder & Drugs to Manage It
*Thomas Frank Interview -> Presidents Clinton and Obama Helped Make the Democrats a Wall Street Party, Part 1 | TRNN | 12/28/13 | 22:53 *Bill Black -> Corporations Hoard Their Trump Tax Windfall | TRNN | 12/28/13 | 9:07
Trump Supporter Shocks CNN | TYT | 12/27/17 | 9:24
Obama Issues Warning | TYT | 12/27/17 | 9:12
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The Psychological Effects Of Signing Off Social Media | 1a.org | 12/28/17 | 1hr
When it comes to social media, is it better to fight or take flight? Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be open spaces to express your views -- but things can get ugly, fast.
,br> Maybe you're used to the bickering and the trolling on social media, but why put up with it?
,br> At what point would you just log off...forever? Are there health benefits to shunning social media? Or would FOMO online cause you too much anxiety?

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Wednesday December 27, 2017

Steve Bannon Blasts 'Javanka' As Everything Wrong With The White House
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 12/23/17

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has attacked President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as the "railhead of all bad decisions" in the White House.

Bannon picked apart the problems of the White House and derided the couple as "Javanka" in a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair published Thursday. He said Ivanka was a "fount of bad advice during the campaign," and claimed he once called her to her face "the queen of leaks." Vanity Fair also reported Bannon considers Kushner an elitist with no political experience who is in over his head and is out of touch with Trump's constituency. ... Read more

Amb. Nikki Haley Negotiates Cuts To US Contributions To United Nations | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/26/17 | 2:41

**This Should Freak Everyone Out: The Arctic Will Never Be Frozen Again
MotherJones | Eric Holthaus | 12/26/17

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.

The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system. It was a fitting venue for an eye-opening reminder that, on its current path, civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planet's life-support system. ... Read more
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The Arctic Report Card 2017

The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system. It was a fitting venue for an eye-opening reminder that, on its current path, civilization is engaged in an existential gamble with the planet's life-support system.


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  2. Former Federal Judge: Trump Is Packing the Courts with Unqualified Conservative Extremists
  3. Meet the Federal Judge Trump Attacked for Ruling NYPD's Stop & Frisk Policy was Unconstitutional
  4. Outgoing NY City Council Speaker on Her Work to Close Rikers, Expand Living Wage, Protect Immigrants
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The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges, Part 1 | TRNN | 12/05/13 | 23:37
The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges, Part 2 | TRNN | 12/05/13 | 14:12
Trump Republican Calling For Purge | TYT | 12/26/17 | 3:23
Republicans LOVE Redistributing Wealth | TYT | 12/26/17 | 8:07
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he New Tax Law And Your Financial Future | 1a.org | 12/27/17 | 1hr
Every tax season brings at least a little confusion, but you might have even more questions than usual about your financial future after the massive Republican tax overhaul that became law last week.

How should individuals, families and small businesses prepare for Tax Day now?

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Is President Donald Trump Still Considering Firing Robert Mueller? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/27/17 | 14:37
Definitive Timeline Of The Trump-Russia Connections | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/27/17 | 14:49
A Look at President Donald Trump's First Year | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/27/17 | 14:03
Ex-Intel Leaders Say Russia Hasn't Stopped Cyber Attacks | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/27/17 | 6:14
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Breaking! Jerome Corsi, Big Monsters Going Down? | Infowars | 12/22/17 | 9:03
Roger Stone, Saved Trumps Life! Mark Burns | Infowars | 12/22/17 | 9:45

Tuesday December 26, 2017

Trump visited his properties over 100 times this year
CNN | Dan Merica | 12/22/17

West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN)President Donald Trump, fresh off of signing his signature tax legislation, arrived in Florida on Friday for a prolonged visit at Mar-A-Lago, his private club that sits on this tony spit of land in Southern Florida. With him comes a host of White House aides, an abundance of Secret Service agents and the ongoing controversy around the President boosting his private businesses by making frequent visits to properties that bear the Trump name.

Trump's Friday arrival to Mar-A-Lago will mark the 106th day Trump has visited one of his properties as President, a fact that critics argue helps the businessman-turned-politician boost the bottom line at The Trump Organization. Trump transferred his business holdings to a trust run by his sons before taking office earlier this year, but stopped short of selling off his holdings. ... Read more

Note: t is unclear how much each visit to Mar-A-Lago costs and estimating the cost is difficult because of fluctuations based on security protocols and protection on each trip. But a 2016 Government Accountability Office report for a four-day trip President Barack Obama took to Florida in 2013 found that total cost to the Secret Service and Coast Guard was around $3 million.
Trump Visited Properties More Than 100 Times | TYT | 12/25/17 | 5:05

Report: Hundreds of EPA employees leave under Trump
CNN | Sophie Tatum | 12/22/17/span>

Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency employees have exited their posts at the agency over the course of President Donald Trump's first year in office, a report by the New York Times and ProPublica said Friday. The Trump administration has touted efforts to roll back regulations at the agency, and an internal memo obtained by CNN in April revealed a buyout program that was aimed at curbing employment.

... In April, CNN reported that John O'Grady, president of AFGE Council 238, the union that represents EPA employees, said the Trump administration's goal was to cut "at least 3,100 full-time employees." ... Read more
Hundreds Fleeing Trump's EPA | TYT | 12/25/17 | 6:28

Where is Trump's Cabinet? It's anybody's guess.
Politico | Emily Holden | 12/26/17

Agency heads are carrying out the Trump administration's agenda largely in secret, in many cases shielding their schedules from public view.

The Cabinet members carrying out President Donald Trump's orders to shake up the federal government are doing so under an unusual layer of secrecy -- often shielding their schedules from public view, keeping their travels under wraps and refusing to identify the people and groups they're meeting.

A POLITICO review of the practices of 17 Cabinet heads found that at least seven routinely decline to release information on their planned schedules or travels -- information that was more widely available during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations. Four other departments -- Agriculture, Labor, Homeland Security and Education -- provide the secretaries' schedules only sporadically or with few details. The Treasury Department began releasing weekly schedules for Secretary Steven Mnuchin only in November.

In addition, at least seven Cabinet departments don't release appointment calendars that would show, after the fact, who their leaders had met with, what they discussed and where they traveled -- a potential violation of the Freedom of Information Act, which says agencies must make their records "promptly available to any person." At least two departments -- Education and the Environmental Protection Agency -- have released some of those details after activist groups sued them. ... Read more

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  2. Allan Nairn: United States Tries -- But Fails -- to Stop to Stop Hondurans from Protesting Election Fraud
  3. Allan Nairn: By Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, Trump Drops "Pretense of Neutrality"
  4. 2017 in Review: Allan Nairn on Trump's "Rightist Revolution" & the Social Movements Pushing Back
Clinton, Blair and Obama Destroyed the Idealism of Politics - Gabriel Byrne on RAI, Part3 | TRNN | 12/26/17 | 20:29
Trump Suppressing Biggest National Security Threat | TRNN | 12/25/17 | 7:31
Pentagon Drops Climate Change From Global Threat List | TYT | 12/25/17 | 5:42
U.S. House Votes for $4.5 Trillion Tax Increase (On The Poor & The Middle Class) | TYT | 12/26/17 | 7:11
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Months After María | 1a.org | 12/26/17 | 1hr
When the skies cleared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the island was left in almost total darkness. The storm took the lives of 66 people ... but more than 1,000 have died in the days and months since the island's worst natural disaster on record.

Many of the fatalities include residents over 50 years old who were hospitalized or lived in nursing homes due to age and illness -- a stark comparison to the death toll from the same period of time in 2016.

As the news cycle has largely moved on from the plight of Puerto Rico, how are Americans on the island dealing with the process of rebuilding communities and caring for people who need special resources to survive? And what level of aid is the federal government providing for a U.S. territory in need?

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The world's forceful response to the Trump administration's foreign policy moves | PBS | 12/22/17 | 24:54

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Joe: What Nikki Haley Did At The UN Was An Embarrassment | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/22/17 | 10:28
A Look at President Trump's First Year | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/25/17 | 14:03
Donald Trump Hid Mar-A-Lago Tax Deal From IRS | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 12/22/17 | 6:10
New Poll: Only 24% Think GOP Tax Plan is Good Idea | AM Joy | MSNBC | 12/24/17 | 14:31
Should Trump get credit for stock market success? | CNN | 12/26/17 | 2:47

Thursday December 21, 2017

Trump taunts Democrats as he touts tax reform win
Politico | Louis Nelson | 12/21/17

President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that the package of tax cuts passed Wednesday by Congress "will soon be kicking in and will speak for themselves," proving wrong Democrats who he said "hate these big cuts" and the media, who he said "is desperate to write badly" about the White House-backed legislation.

"The Massive Tax Cuts, which the Fake News Media is desperate to write badly about so as to please their Democrat bosses, will soon be kicking in and will speak for themselves," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Companies are already making big payments to workers. Dems want to raise taxes, hate these big Cuts!"

The bill, which the president is expected to sign, is the first major legislative victory for Trump and the culmination of a career-long goal for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), long a tax policy wonk who once served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Wrapped up in the legislation were other GOP priorities, including a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve for oil drilling. ... Read more

Ryan: 'Nobody Knows' If Massive Tax Cuts Will Pay For Themselves
TPM | Matt Shuham | 12/20/17

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Wednesday that "nobody knows" if Republicans' tax bill, which would overwhelmingly benefit corporations and the wealthy while adding more than $1.4 trillion to the deficit, would pay for itself.

"Are you saying that the growth you're going to get from this tax cut will equal the amount it would cost on the deficit side, so that it's a wash?" Savannah Guthrie asked Ryan in an interview Wednesday.

"Nobody knows the answer to that question, because that's in the future," Ryan said. "But what we do know is that this will increase economic growth." Read more

*How Trump makes extreme things look normal | Vox | 12/21/17 | 7:24
*How tax breaks help the rich | Vox | 10/09/17 | 8:46

Paul Ryan gets a big win with a massively unpopular bill: Now it gets worse
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 12/20/17

As promised, only days before Christmas, Republicans are poised to fulfill the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years. But instead of running a slow victory lap into the 2018 midterm elections, Republican ideologues in Congress -- led by House Speaker Paul Ryan -- appear determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the name of discredited supply-side dogma.

Even though the postcard-size tax return that President Trump promised every American won't be coming anytime soon, Republicans are delivering on three major orthodoxies with a singular bill. In addition to a dramatic slashing of the corporate tax rate, the Republican tax bill does away with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. Short of stacking the Supreme Court with eight other justices in the mold of Clarence Thomas, no single act of Congress could succinctly meet such a wide-array of long-term Republican goals. ... Read more

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  2. DACA Recipients' Message to Democrats: Stop Playing with Our Lives, and Pass a Clean DREAM Act Now
  3. Jailhouse Interview: Denied Asylum, Mexican Reporter Emilio Gutiérrez Faces Death If ICE Deports Him
  4. ACLU Investigation Reveals Texas Troopers Are Turning Traffic Stops of Immigrants into Deportations
* Bill Black -> Trump, GOP Pull Off Their Tax Heist | TRNN | 12/20/17 | 14:25
Trump's 'America First' Muscle Flexing is Actually a Defensive Strategy | TRNN | 12/20/17 | 23:29
Paul Ryan's Stunning Tax Cut Admission | TYT | 12/20/17 | 11:04
Lying Ted Is At It Again | TYT | 12/20/17 | 5:13
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1A Movie Club Sees "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" | 1a.org | 11/21/17 | 1hr
Judging by reviews and ticket sales, the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi is a hit as red hot as the planet Mustafar. But some fan reactions have been colder than Hoth.

The negative reactions range from frustration with the movie's alleged politics, its deviation from past Star Wars formulas and its treatment of various fan-favorite characters. (Here's a spoiler-filled rundown from Vox).

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Joe On GOP Investigating DOJ & FBI: This Is The Guy Questioning The FBI? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/21/17 | 13:15
The Truth Behind President Donald Trump's Obamacare Repeal Claim | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/21/17 | 3:43
Leaders Heap Praise On President Donald Trump: 'It's So Autocratic' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/21/17 | 11:06
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Today's Future Now - Crime-Fighting Technology | Srephen Colbert | 12/21/17 | 4:36
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Republicans Pass Their Tax Plan: A Closer Look | Seth Meyerd | 12/20/17 | 8:23

Wednesday December 20, 2017

Democrats Express Outrage As GOP Tax Cuts Inch Closer To Completion
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 12/20/17

Democrats were quick to react after the Senate voted along party lines to pass a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code. The unpopular piece of legislation overwhelmingly favors big business and the wealthiest of Americans and adds a whopping $1.4 trillion to the national debt.

Ahead of the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the Tax Cut and Reform Bill "a disgrace" on the Senate floor. He then blasted the GOP in a tweet and accused Republicans of favoring the wealthy.

"The bill that the Republicans jammed through the Senate tonight isn't tax reform," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said. "It's a heist. Let's call this out for what it is: Government for sale." ... Read more

Someone Dubbed Trump's Horrible Speeches Over His Animatronic, And It's Terrifying
Here's animatronic Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women on the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape | HP | 12/18/17 | 0:23

The "backlash" against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, explained
Vox | Todd VanDerWerff | 12/19/17/span>

A divide between movie audiences and critics happens all the time -- especially with blockbusters.

Consider the recent case of Justice League, which brought together a bunch of big-name superheroes, to the delight of 79 percent of those who saw it and bothered to register their opinion on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics, however, only liked the film to the tune of a 40 percent score -- a 39-point gap. There's also 2016's Suicide Squad, with a 26 percent score from critics and a 61 percent score from audiences, for a 35-point gap.

These gaps are normal. If you've bought a ticket for a movie -- as opposed to having seen it at a free critics screening -- you're far more likely to have self-selected as a fan already, and thus, you're far more likely to be into the movie. (If you were to make the argument that Rotten Tomatoes is a deeply flawed system at best and actively harmful to the future of criticism at worst, well, I wouldn't stop you.) ... Read more

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Revives Probe Of Uranium One Deal
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 12/21/17

The Justice Department is reviving an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government's controversial approval of the Uranium One deal, NBC News reported on Thursday.

A now-dormant FBI investigation into whether Clinton had ties to the deal has not found evidence of wrongdoing. But NBC, citing "multiple law enforcement officials," reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has in recent weeks directed Justice Department prosecutors to ask FBI agents to explain evidence uncovered in the probe.

Uranium One, a Canadian mining company with major U.S. holdings, was sold in 2010 to a Russian firm. Before the sale could go through, it needed approval from nine U.S. agencies, including the State Department. Because some of the people who stood to benefit from the sale were Clinton Foundation donors, conservative media and other critics of the 2016 presidential nominee have alleged a quid-pro-quo, even though the State Department said it didn't have the power to green-light or veto the deal and Clinton herself was not involved in the approval process. Read more

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  3. "The Rape of Recy Taylor": How Rosa Parks Helped a Sharecropper Report Her Assault & Seek Justice
Trump Promised To End Hedge Fund Handout (He's Increasing It) | TYT | 12/19/17 | 7:45
Republican DESTROYS Trump Nominee | TYT | 12/19/17 | 8:44
Navy Jets Intercept UFO | TYT | 12/19/17 | 13:07
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Facebook knows it can be bad for you. Really. | 1a.org | 12/20/17 | 1hr
Facebook knows it can be bad for you. Really. In a blog post last week, researchers at the social network summed up the research on how using Facebook can affect your mood.

"In general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information -- reading but not interacting with people -- they report feeling worse afterward," they write.

The post promises that the company will work to make sure they provide good feelings, rather than bad.

Meanwhile, Twitter has answered users' calls to start banning Nazis and other hate groups from the site. This includes accounts affiliated with controversial videos President Trump retweeted this month.

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*GOP Tax Bill Set To Make Rich Richer At Everyone Else's Expense | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/19/17 | 15:10
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
Joe: Wrong Tax Cut, Wrong Time For Wrong People | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/20/17 | 18:19
White House Takes Credit For Market Rally, But Numbers Tell Different Tale | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/20/17 | 5:08
How Is The White House Picking Judicial Nominees? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/20/17 | 6:17
Hayden: Trump Jr. is appealing to heart of autocracy | CNN | 12/20/17 | 7:46
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Can Liberals Survive the Apocalypse? | Trevor Noah | 12/20/17 | 5:57
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The GOP's Tax Bill, the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program | Trevor Noah | 12/20/17 | 2:26
The GOP's Tax Bill, the Pentagon's Secret UFO Program | Trevor Noah | 12/20/17 | 2:26

Tuesday December 19, 2017

The real reason Trump allies are attacking Mueller
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 12/19/17

Sowing public doubt about the special counsel's Russia investigation can give the president cover for pardons, even if the investigation is allowed to proceed.

In the last week, investigators on Mueller's team have been publicly accused of being biased against Trump and of violating criminal procedure to get documents related to his transition. The purpose of the onslaught, according to people close to the White House, isn't to encourage the president to oust the special counsel, a move that could precipitate a crisis in the Justice Department and potentially a move to impeach Trump.

Rather, these people said, the goal is to sow public doubt about Mueller and his prosecutors in advance of upcoming criminal trials -- and to give the president political cover if he wants to start issuing pardons to any current or former aides swept up in the Russia scandal. ... Read more

60% of Americans support net neutrality, yet the FCC is hell-bent on dismantling the free and open internet. 84% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans support the DREAM Act, but Republicans are refusing to pass the DREAM Act. Over 90% of Democrats and about 80% of Republicans want to maintain or increase funding for Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, but Bernie's amendment to the Republican tax bill to ensure no cuts to these programs was voted down.

Demoralized I.R.S. Faces Monumental Task With New Bill
NYT | Patricia Cohen | 12/19/17

The agency, upbraided for years by the Republicans, must now interpret the new bill. It has been struggling with a budget cut of nearly $1 billion since 2010, and a 23-percent reduction in personnel. ... Read more

Trump, upset about Gorsuch's criticism of his attacks on judges, talked of rescinding nomination
WashingtonPost | Ashley Parker | 12/19/17

President Trump has boasted that appointing Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court ranks high among his signature achievements. But he vented angrily to advisers earlier this year when Gorsuch called Trump's repeated attacks on the federal judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing," according to people with knowledge of the discussions. ... Read more

How much of a threat are Russia and China to the US?l | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 12/19/17 | 25:10

Author Brian Klaas: Is Trump an "aspiring despot" or a "bumbling showman"? Yes!
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 12/19/17

Author of "The Despot's Apprentice" on the "long-term corrosion of democracy" that won't end when Trump is gone

The presidency of Donald Trump has forced the American people to confront questions most of us had never before considered possible. What happens when a president has no respect for the Constitution and the country's democratic institutions and traditions? When a president and his allies consider themselves above the law, what is to be done? If a president creates his own version of reality by behaving like a political cult leader, what forms of resistance are effective -- or even possible? Is the president of the United States a fascist and demagogue who may be under the influence of the country's enemies?

Too many Americans believed their country to be exceptional and unique. This blinded them to the threat to democracy embodied by Donald Trump -- as well as other members of the extreme right-wing -- until it was too late to stop him from stealing control. Moreover, the rise of Trump's authoritarian movement (dishonestly operating under the mask of "populism") has both empowered and revealed the tens of millions of Americans who have authoritarian or fascist leanings. The threat to American democracy is deep; it will take a long time to purge this civic sickness and political disease from the body politic.

In an effort to understand the true dimensions of Trump's rise to power as a direct threat to American democracy, I recently spoke with Brian Klaas. He is a fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. In addition to writing columns and essays that have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs and numerous other publications, Klaas is the author of several books. His latest, published in November, is "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy." ... Read more

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"CorkerKickback?": Sen. Supports Tax Bill After Last-Minute Provision Would Personally Enrich Him | DN | 12/18/17 | 10:12
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  2. Puerto Rico Orders Recount of Hurricane Maria Death Toll After Investigation Suggests 1,000+ Died
  3. U.N. Special Rapporteur Says Tax Bill Will Make the U.S. "World Champion of Extreme Inequality"
  4. CDC Bars Words Like "Transgender" & "Science-Based" as "Ideology Is Being Elevated Above Evidence"
Corker's Tax Vote: Coincidence or Kickback? | TRNN | 12/19/17 | 7:28
The REAL Reason This CORRUPT Senator Flip-Flopped On Trump's Tax Cut Bill | TYT | 12/18/17 | 12:24
What's #CorkerKickback About? | TYT | 12/18/17 | 10:10
WEAK, COWARDLY, PATHETIC Democrats Surrender To GOP | TYT | 12/18/17 | 17:58
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President's National Security Strategy Touts Protection, Prosperity, Peace And Power | 1a.org | 12/19/17 | 1hr
America First? Or America alone? President Trump's newly outlined national security agenda could greatly alter the nation's international relationships. It's a not quite a new Cold War, but it sure sounds like one.

The president's new national security strategy takes a hard line against China and Russia. And it calls out a consensus that promotes U.S. engagement with its fiercest rivals.
Inside America's Chemical Arms Race | 1a.org | 12/19/17 | 1hr
The story of the Manhattan Project is often told as a modern miracle: Facing difficult odds in World War II, the United States gathers its top minds and produces a weapon that can end the war, but only at the cost of thousands of lives and a permanently changed world order. The scientific success and efficiency is matched only by the conflicted morality behind the achievement. But the Manhattan Project wasn't the first time the U.S. did something like this.

In World War I, the U.S. raced to catch up with Germany in the development of chemical weapons. And much of the development and testing of these weapons was done in the nation's capital.

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GOP Rep. Kevin Brady: Most In US Not Thinking Of Carried Interest | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/19/17 | 15:17
Meet Three Of President Donald Trump's Judicial Picks Who Have Withdrawn | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/19/17 | 7:48
Blitzer presses Trump adviser: Has he read security document? | CNN | 12/18/17 | 14:21
Trump challenges China, Russia during national security speech | FoxNews | 12/18/17 | 6:10
Pentagon Confirms They've Been Investigating UFOs, Releases Video | All In | MSNBC | 12/19/17 | 2:32
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The (Failed) Effort To Make Trump A 'Standard President' | Stephen Colbert | 12/16/17 | 5:19
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The Politics of Branding, Meeting Obama & Trump's First Year | Trevor Noah | 12/18/17 | 6:09
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Trump's FBI Speech, the GOP Tax Plan and Bob Corker | Seth Meyers | 12/18/17 | 11:53

Monday December 18, 2017

The Republican Tax Bill Provides Huge Benefits to People Who Don't Work. But Only if They're Rich.
MotherJones | Noah Lanard | date

After passing their tax bill, Republicans plan to impose work requirements on safety net programs.

The Senate tax bill gives business owners nearly three times more benefits than workers with wages and salaries, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Adam Looney, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told The New York Times that if the bill becomes law it would be the first time that "wage earners were substantially penalized" by the tax code.

The diverging treatment comes from how the tax bill treats the 95 percent of businesses that are structured so that profits are taxed as individual income. Republicans portray these businesses, which are known as "pass-throughs," as "ma and pa bakeries and family-owned salons." In reality, most pass-through income goes to people in the top 1 percent -- including the Trump family.

The House tax bill cuts the top income tax rate for pass-throughs from 39.6 percent to 25 percent, which would cost taxpayers nearly $600 billion over 10 years. About 86 percent of small business owners would not benefit because all of their income is already in the 25 percent tax bracket or lower. Republicans' much-touted ma and pa shops usually don't earn make enough to be in the top tax brackets, which kick in at $153,000 of taxable income for couples. ... Read more

'He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now'
Politico | Susan B. Glasser | 12/18/17

Last year, Eliot Cohen rallied dozens of fellow veterans of Republican administrations, people like him who had served in the upper reaches of the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council, to warn against Donald Trump winning the White House. He would become, the group open letter Cohen organized said, "the most reckless president in American history."

A year later, Cohen, a top official in President George W. Bush's administration, and another charter #NeverTrump proselytizer, his fellow conservative Max Boot, hardly back down when asked whether their predictions of global gloom and doom had been proven right in the first year of the Trump presidency. Both men, lifelong Republicans and historically minded policy intellectuals, offered unequivocal yeses in a joint interview for this week's Global Politico podcast -- and castigated former friends inside the party they've both now renounced as "Vichy Republicans" for collaborating with a president they believe is not fit to hold office. ... Read more

Friction Rises Between Trump Lawyers and Mueller's Team
NYT | author | date

President Trump repeated on Sunday that he was not considering firing Robert S. Mueller III, even as tension escalated between the special counsel and the White House.

A lawyer for Mr. Trump said investigators improperly acquired emails, prompting a rare statement of defense from the special counsel. ... Read more

Donald Trump is convinced Robert Mueller will exonerate him personally: report
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 12/18/17

There is a disconnect between reports of how President Donald Trump is privately feeling about Robert Mueller's probe and how his political allies are publicly attempting to discredit that investigation.

Trump has privately expressed confidence that Mueller will soon exonerate him completely from accusations that he colluded with Russian government officials in order to win the 2016 presidential election, according to CNN. Even though the president's cheery attitude could change after his private lawyers meet with Mueller later this week, for the time, being Trump seems convinced that his legal woes involving Russia will soon be over. ... Read more

Washington Sheriff: 'Multiple Fatalities' Reported, Exact Number Unknown | MSNBC | 12/18/17 | 1:57
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  2. "All Eyes on U.S." as Honduran Election Panel Declares Incumbent President Hernández Election Winner
  3. "CorkerKickback?": Sen. Supports Tax Bill After Last-Minute Provision Would Personally Enrich Him
  4. Kali Akuno: Tax Bill is One of Greatest Transfers of Wealth from Working Class to Rich in History
  5. Net Neutrality Advocates on Next Steps After FCC Vote: "This Fight is Far from Over"
*How Right-Wing Sinclair Plans to Take Over Local TV | TRNN | 12/18/17 | 19:00
*Disney Buys Fox, Will Viewers Pay the Price? | TRNN | 12/18/17 | 7:26
*Trump's Popularity PLUMMETING | TYT | 12/17/17 | 6:13
Trump On Pardoning Flynn | TYT | 12/17/17 | 7:53
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Media Mergers And What They Mean For You | 1a.org | 11/18/17 | 1hr
The Simpsons, Star Wars and Spider-Man could all be owned by the same company, if Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox is approved. More local TV stations could soon be owned by one controversial company. And internet service providers could start changing how they treat streaming services and sites.

The media industry is changing fast, and the Federal Communication Commission's rollback of regulations has only accelerated the changes. Supporters say it's all in the interest of a better user experience. But consolidation and regulatory reforms raise serious questions over conflicts of interest and the integrity of the internet.

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The Real-Life Dangers Of President Donald Trump's FBI Remarks | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/18/17 | 11:51
The Real-Life Dangers Of President Donald Trump's FBI Remarks | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/18/17 | 5:33
Steve Rattner: Final GOP Tax Plan Still Benefits Wealthy | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/18/17 | 8:10
Ex-diplomat slams Rex Tillerson in resignation letter | CNN | 12/15/17 | 11:12
Robert Mueller obtains Trump transition emails | CNN | 12/17/17 | 11:00
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The (Failed) Effort To Make Trump A 'Standard President' | Stephen Colbert | 12/16/17 | 5:19
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Conservative Outrage Grows Over the Mueller Probe | Trevor Noah | 12/14/17 | 4:59

Friday December 15, 2017

How the loss of net neutrality could change the internet
Politico | Margaret Harding Mcgill | 12/14/17

Supporters of the repeal say it will free up internet providers to innovate, while opponents fear the online world will become more like cable TV.

The Federal Communications Commission's party-line vote Thursday to dump the Obama-era rules, which required internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally, opens the door for companies like Verizon and AT&T to experiment with new business models free from government regulation.

ISPs point to an array of possible pro-consumer outcomes like "family friendly" broadband packages that block content not suitable for children, or guaranteed fast speeds for health-related mobile applications. But net neutrality advocates paint an array of troubling scenarios -- from smaller websites like the crafts marketplace Etsy and streaming service Vimeo forced to pay tolls to reach consumers, to cable giants like Comcast blocking or slowing disfavored sites while giving priority to their own content. ... Read more
and/or theverge.com
Net Neutrality Officially Dead | TYT | 12/14/17 | 11:50
Try to Watch This Video And Not Cringe | TYT | 12/14/17 | 4:46

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.

No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn:

The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall -- if it ever gets built.

Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely.

Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.

The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest -- but not the reality.

Trump's Lies vs. Obama's
NYT | David Leonhardt | 12/14/17

After we published a list of President Trump's lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.

We've set out to make that list. Here, you will find our attempt at a comprehensive catalog of the falsehoods that Barack Obama told while he was president. (We also discuss George W. Bush below, although the lack of real-time fact-checking during his presidency made a comprehensive list impossible.)

We applied the same conservative standard to Obama and Trump, counting only demonstrably and substantially false statements. The result: Trump is unlike any other modern president. He seems virtually indifferent to reality, often saying whatever helps him make the case he's trying to make. ... Read more
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I talked to people signing up for Obamacare. Here's what I learned
Salon | Myles Ma | 12/15/17

For the past few weeks, health care has been a regular interruption in my life as I've interviewed strangers about their health insurance for a series focused on people shopping the state and federal exchanges. I wanted to know how former President Barack Obama's polarizing health care law affects the people it's meant to insure in a year when the law's existence is more precarious than ever.

I looked online and in person for people to profile. Most exchange shoppers who were willing to go on the record were in favor of "Obamacare," though some ultimately couldn't find affordable coverage on its exchanges this year. Only one person is totally against the law. These profiles aren't a scientific cross-section of America. They're meant to be an up-close look. But some clear patterns emerge when you look at the law in action. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 15 [10:56]
Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich | DN | 12/14/17 | 12:03
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  2. Medics, Observers & a Journalist Face 50 Years in Prison in First Trial of J20 Inauguration Protests
  3. The Growing Case for Impeaching Donald Trump, From Lawlessness and Corruption to Abuse of Power
  4. Psychiatrists "Deeply Concerned" by Trump's Instability Call for Urgent Mental Health Evaluation
World Bank and World's Third Largest Insurer Divest from Most Oil and Gas | TRNN | 12/15/17 | 12:00
Morgan Spurlock Confesses: "I'm Part Of The Problem" | TYT | 12/14/17 | 10:09
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Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/15/17 | 1hr
Roy Moore was set to ride all the way to Washington this week, but his horse only got him so far.

Also, pressure grows on special counsel Robert Mueller. And more women speak out about President Trump's past behavior, accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile, House and Senate Republicans are ready to roll out a massive tax overhaul bill, but already, there's some dissent in the ranks.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/15/17 | 1hr
The U.S. Secretary of State says he's open to negotiating with North Korea without preconditions.

"Let's just meet and let's -- we can talk about the weather if you want," Tillerson said on Tuesday in Washington. "We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table if that's what you're excited about. But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face? And then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work towards."

The White House and Tillerson's own State Department quickly conflicted this offer of diplomacy. We'll talk about where negotiations with North Korea stand and why Tillerson and President Trump don't seem to be on the same page. Plus, the fallout over Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the next chapter of leadership in South Africa and what the merger between Disney and 21st Century Fox means on a global scale.

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Weak President Trump Political Clout Further Eroded By Election Losses | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 11:50
NYT Writer Challenges President Donald Trump's List Of Untruths | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 8:46
Is Senator Lindsey Graham Right In His North Korea Talk? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 9:26
Joe On Alabama Senate Race Outcome: Newtonian Physics Will Crush The GOP | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/15/17 | 8:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
R.I.P. The Internet | Stephen Colbert | 12/15/17 | 6:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservative Outrage Grows Over the Mueller Probe | Trevor Noah | 12/14/17 | 4:59
Late Night with Seth Meyers
FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality; Omarosa Drama Continues | Seth Meyers | 12/14/17 | 8:20
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Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Defeat | Jimmy Kimmel | 12/14/17 | 4:26

Thursday December 14, 2017

Democrats cool to Trump's infrastructure pitch
Politico | Lauren Gardner | 12/14/17

Officials likely have their work cut out for them in wooing Democrats after a year of partisan bickering over nominations, health care and taxes.

The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win -- but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate.

The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this week, telling POLITICO that a wide variety of projects -- from bridges to broadband -- would have to compete for federal assistance, while showing they're prepared to put their own money on the table. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
USA Today's Epic Takedown Of Donald Trump | TYT | 12/13/17 | 9:31

When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?
HP | Matt Fuller | 12/13/17

As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker.

The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he's quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations. Read more

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.
HP | Lauren Weber | 12/14/17

While the waterborne bacterial disease is relatively rare -- with 6,238 cases nationwide so far this year -- there has been a 13.6 percent increase in cases since this time last year. That's nearly double the increase of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the same time period. The disease is not contagious. It's contracted when people breathe in water droplets contaminated with Legionella pneumophilia bacteria.

"A person acquires Legionnaires' disease from mist,"Julien Martinez, assistant press secretary at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told HuffPost in October. "Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems." ... Read more

Following molestation allegations, Kentucky lawmaker dies in apparent suicide
Politico | Akela Lacy | 12/13/17

... "There's a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside," one GOP member told HuffPost this week, a sentiment that was expressed by a number of Republicans who, perhaps tellingly, wouldn't go on the record to speak about Ryan's future.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on Monday released a seven-months-long investigation outlining claims by Maranda Richmond that Johnson assaulted her in the basement of his home. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 14 [10:12]
Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich | DN | 12/14/17 | 12:03
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  3. Meet Jessica Leeds, Who Recalls Being Groped by Trump & Is Calling for Congress to Investigate
  4. U.S. Support "Vital" to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies as Millions Face Famine
Peter Kuznick says -> Undoing the New Deal: Truman Embraces the Cold War, Part 4 | TRNN | 12/14/17 | 24:18
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Five Years After Sandy Hook, Are Schools Safer? | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
It seemed like a moment when everything would change. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

There was sadness. There was anger. There were questions. How could this happen, and what would be done to stop anything like it from ever happening again?

President Obama took executive action, Congress didn't take action and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."
Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
"Mouse Eats Fox" the Variety headline says, announcing a $52.4 billion deal for Disney to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The deal needs regulatory approval, but would give Disney "Fox's 22 regional sports channels, cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic, and Fox's portfolio of international operations, including a fast-growing pay-TV service in India," the Los Angeles Times reports.
An 'Accidental President,' Then And Now | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
A relative political unknown becomes President of the United States and the world reacts with trepidation. It happened in 2017 ... and in 1945 when Harry Truman took office.

Truman's unexpected rise to the position of commander-in-chief has a lot of similarities with Donald Trump's ascension to power. And there are many lessons to take away from the Truman administration that can help us understand Trump's approaches to conflict and leadership, says A.J. Baime, author of "The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World."

Baime joins us with a historical look at America under President Truman and a message about whether President Trump is in over his head.

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Remembering Sandy Hook Five Years Later | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 7:53
Omarosa Manigault Newman Says She Resigned From White House Position | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 4:56
President Donald Trump Reportedly Blaming Steve Bannon For Roy Moore's Loss | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 10:13
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Walks Back His Roy Moore Endorsement | Stephen Colbert | 12/14/17 | 7:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Black Women Save America from Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/13/17 | 4:25
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Doug Jones Wins in Alabama; Moore, Bannon and Trump Lose | seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 9:54
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone: |ntel Update From High Level Sources | Operation HAL | 12/13/17 | 12:54
Roger Stone Gives Insider Info On Omarosa's Downfall | Conservative Citizen | 12/13/17 | 8:05

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Alabama Elects Doug Jones, The State's First Democratic Senator In 25 Years
HP | Amanda Terkel | 12/12/17

This time, Donald Trump's playbook didn't work. Republican Roy Moore faced serious accusations of sexual misconduct in his bid to become Alabama's next senator. But instead of bowing down and backing out, he stayed in the race and went on the attack ? just like Trump did in last year's presidential race. He accused the media and the establishment of orchestrating a conspiracy against him, and cast the race as pitting good against evil, Christians versus everyone else. ... Read more

All The Republicans At Roy Moore's Party Had The Same Reaction
Blame everyone. Except the candidate accused of sexual assault. | HP | 12/13/17 | article

PICTURES: On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire
HP | Matt Ferner | 12/12/127

HuffPost's reporter headed up the SoCal coast, encountering a trail of haze, smoke and burned-out devastation along the way.

It's Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I'm driving north up California's famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week. I can see the enormous gloom ahead from 50 miles away ? brown smoke hovering over the southern edge of a fire that had consumed a staggering 230,000 acres so far. ... Read more

Trump Administration Halting Student Loan Forgiveness | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:57

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate
WashingtonPost | Mike DeBonis | 12/13/17

Senior Republican aides said that they did not expect the election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama to slow down the tax push. ... Read more

Newtown to Mark Five Years After Sandy Hook Shooting Quietly. No Media, Please
WSJ | author | 12/13/17

Five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, how the community marks the grim occasion hasn't changed: privately, quietly and with a request for the media to stay away. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? | USA Today | 12/13/17 |

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Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is "Orchestra Master" of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:49
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  2. No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
  3. FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
  4. Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
Cities vs. Climate Change: Can Infrastructures Handle Extreme Weather? | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 9:41
Historian Gerald Horne Interview -> Racism and Trumpism in Alabama | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 30:59
Jones Wins, Bannon Loses in Alabama Special Election TRNN | Michael Sainato | 12/13/17 | article
Trump Swears He Never Met These NINETEEN Accusers (He Did) | TYT | 12/12/17 | 5:30
Roy Moore's Friend On Their Trip To A Child Brothel | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:05
House Republican Dan Johnson Accused Of Child Rape | TYT | 12/12/17 | 8:58
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Alabama: Now What? | 1a.org | 11/13/17 | 1hr
All politics are local ... until they aren't. For months, Alabama's special election for U.S. Senate dominated the national dialogue. Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, having nostalgia for a time when slavery was legal and anti-Semitism. On the other side of the contest, candidate Doug Jones ran as a Democrat in a state that doesn't elect many. And President Trump accused Jones of being weak on a number of issues.

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Breaking Down The Alabama Senate Race | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 9:31
Mika On Trump's Tweet About Gillibrand: The President Should Have Apologized | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 5:21
Steve Bannon Speechless After Roy Moore Loss In Alabama | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 6:59
FCC Set To Vote On The Future Of The Internet | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Most Shameless Tweet Of 2017? | Stephen Colbert | 12/13/17 | 5:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Treasury Department's Tax Analysis Doesn't Add Up | Trevor Noah | 12/12/17 | 5:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Signs $700 Billion Defense Bill, Arby's New Sandwich - Monologue | Seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 3:21
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Election | Jimmy Kimmel | 12/12/17 | 6:52

Tuesday December 12, 2017

50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 12/12/17

On Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, 50 world leaders planned to gather in the French capital to attend an invite-only climate change conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank and the United Nations. In attendance will be British Prime Minister Theresa May, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, among other global leaders and heads of state. There, however, will be one conspicuous absence: Donald Trump.

Macron had said pointedly in November that he had not extended an invitation to Trump, who in June announced plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Macron said that he could be persuaded to change his mind about the invitation if Trump showed a willingness to "join the club" to fight global warming. ... Read more

Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel
HP | Willa Frej | 12/12/17

One of Trump's lawyers said the president's legal team wants a second special counsel -- one to investigate the investigators -- after a Fox News report unearthed what the lawyer called a conflict of interest in the Department of Justice.

Fox News reported late Monday that Nellie H. Ohr, the wife of a senior Justice Department official who was demoted last week for not being forthcoming about meetings with Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier, worked for Fusion for a part of last year. The dossier reportedly contains salacious but unverified allegations against Trump. ... Read more

16 Women and Donald Trump | Brave New Films | 11/15/17 | 3:33

Trump's proposed federal budget will slash climate change--related NASA missions
Salon | Nicole Karlis | 12/11/17

The administration wants to NASA to reprioritize the moon and Mars, and forget "Earth-centric research" -- One small step for Trump, one giant leap towards Earth's catastrophic demise.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that America will once again "reach for the moon." According to a White House press release, Trump signed a space policy directive enabling NASA to "pursue extraterrestrial exploration," meaning Mars and moon missions. This newfound focus doesn't come without a sacrifice though, one that wasn't clearly noted in the administration's press release. ... Read more

Kirsten Gillibrand fires back after Donald Trump's sexist Twitter attack
Salon | Charlie May | 12/12/17

After being attacked in a tweet by President Donald Trump, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back by letting him know that she, as well as other women, will not be silenced.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, which was described by many as a form of sexual harassment, Trump whined about Gillibrand and said that in the past begged him for campaign donations and added that she "would do anything for them." ... Read more

And this is old. We are now up to 700 billion dollars, and that doesn't include "Black" operations or our nuclear arsenal. They are robbing us blind!
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Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:54
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  2. Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
  3. Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones Over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
  4. Cecile Richards: VP Pence is Installing Authorities to Repeal Women's Rights With No Public Oversight
  5. Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
Media or Cult? CNN Buries a Massive Russiagate Gaffe | TRNN | 12/12/17 | 18:56
Accusers: Trump's Sex Crimes A THOUSAND Times Worse Than Franken's | TYT | 12/11/17 | 5:33
Roy Moore Campaign Accidentally Releases Accuser Smear Guide | TYT | 12/11/17 | 6:45
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Trump's Jerusalem Decision | 1a.org | 11/12/17 | 1hr
The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history | Vox | older | 10:19

President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is already having violent consequences.

We examine what Jerusalem means to the world and what President Trump's move means for the possibility of negotiating peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Mika On President Donald Trump: That Tweet Said So Much About His Character | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 9:35
Millions Of Children Set To Lose Health Care As Federal Funds Run Out | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 5:18
Calls For Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Claims | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 7:39
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Called His Sexual Assault Accuser The 'C-Word' | Stephen Colbert | 12/12/17 | 6:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
At This Point, Do Republicans Even Care About Sexual Assault? | Trevor Noah | 12/11/17 | 6:23
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Attacks the Press, Goes All-In for Roy Moore | Seth Meyers | 12/11/17 | 9:47
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Returns with Baby Billy After Heart Surgery | Jimmy Kimmel Live | 12/11/17 | 4:37

Monday December 11, 2017

Suspect Captured After Explosion Near New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal
HP | Willa Frej | 12/11/17

... The bomber's device appears to have detonated prematurely, according to media reports. The Fire Department said a total of four people were being treated for "non-life-threatening" injuries.

The 7:30 a.m. blast, in the subway near Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street, was of "unknown origin," police said in a statement, and immediately gripped the commuter hub with chaos. The A, C and E subway lines were being evacuated, Sgt. Brendan Ryan told HuffPost, and the busy Port Authority bus terminal was temporarily shut down. Other trains were bypassing Times Square and Port Authority stations. ... Read more

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

Video Shows Daniel Shaver Pleading for His Life Before Being Shot by Officer
NYT | Vivian Wang | 12/09/17

The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement.

"This, to me, is the most horrific shooting I've ever seen," Mark Geragos, a lawyer for the widow and the 5- and 8-year-old daughters of the man, Daniel Shaver, 26, said in an interview on Saturday. Mr. Geragos, who said he had seen thousands of body camera videos, said the footage was evidence of "the criminal justice system at its worst." ... Read more
Cop Murders Man Begging For His Life | TYT | 12/08/17 | 12:31

Behind Trump's plan to target the federal safety net
Politico | Andrew Restuccia | 12/11/17

Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs.

The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits.

The White House is quietly preparing a sweeping executive order that would mandate a top-to-bottom review of the federal programs on which millions of poor Americans rely. And GOP lawmakers are in the early stages of crafting legislation that could make it more difficult to qualify for those programs. ... Read more

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"There are Thousands of Us": Mental Health Professionals Warn of Trump's Increasing Instability | DN | 12/08/17 | 22:48
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  2. On Eve of Alabama Senate Election, a Look at Roy Moore's Racism, Homophobia & Religious Fanaticism
  3. Black Leaders Boycott Trump Photo Op at Civil Rights Museum: "Why Should Our Legacy Be Tarnished?"
  4. NAACP Head: Roy Moore Is Using Racial and Religious Fearmongering to Sway White Alabama Voters
  5. Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Concern Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism, Part 3 | TRNN | 12/10/17 | 23:57
The CRAZY Reason Trent Franks Resigned | TYT | 12/08/17 | 5:28
Fox News Retracts Roy Moore Accuser Lies | TYT | 12/10/17 | 9:30
Santa-Hating Pastor Ruins Christmas | TYT | 12/09/17 | 8:26
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What Roy Moore Reveals About The Religious Right | 1a.org | 11/11/17 | 1hr
Voters in Alabama are divided. Polls show that it's anybody's race in the state's special election for the Senate. But within the Republican faction of Alabama's electorate, there's a divide over the GOP's candidate, Roy Moore. Alabama is predominantly Christian -- 86 percent. Almost half the people in that demographic identify as Evangelical Protestants. That includes Roy Moore, who has campaigned on his religious values but has left some who align with his ideology conflicted in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with girls.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones at the polls in Alabama Tuesday. How will turnout from voters on the religious right affect the outcome of the race? And can the rift among evangelicals heal, no matter the results of the election?

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Alabama Voters Still Support Roy Moore In Focus Group 'Vice News Tonight' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/11/17 | 9:28
What Does It Say If Roy Moore Wins? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/11/17 | 7:56
Friend of Roy Moore accuser speaks out | CNN | 12/10/17 | 4:42
Lawrence: Hope Hicks' Loyalty Tested As She Meets Mueller Team | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/09/17 | 9:19
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Does God Believe In Mike Pence? | Stephen Colbert | 12/09/17 | 3:37
President Trump's Pedophile Stump | Stephen Colbert | 12/09/17 | 2:41
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
In Other News: The GOP Loosens Gun Control and a Reporter Claps Back | Trevor Noah | 12/07/17 | 5:46

Friday December 08, 2017

Trump's 'fake news' mantra a hit with despots
Politico | Jason Schwartz | 12/08/17

Leaders or state media in at least 15 countries use the president's favorite denunciation to quell dissent, question human rights violations.

Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump's favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using his "fake news" line to denounce their critics, according to a POLITICO review.

By aligning themselves with Trump's words, despots have been able to use the U.S. president as a shield for their attacks on press freedom and human rights, said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"I'm seeing it more and more," he said. Trump, he added, "is providing a context and framework for all sorts of authoritarian leaders--or democratic leaders and others who are dissatisfied or upset by critical media coverage--to undermine and discredit reporting." ... Read more

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Trump Lights the Middle East on Fire
TYT | author | 12/07/17

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers clashed Thursday in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with some demonstrators burning American flags and posters of President Trump a day after he sided with Israel by announcing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. But at nightfall, after the skirmishes died down, the region was bracing for worse.

More than 100 people were injured Thursday, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, despite the deployment of several extra battalions of Israeli troops. The critical test comes Friday, when larger demonstrations are expected as crowds leave mosques after the weekly noon prayers.

In Gaza, the Islamist movement Hamas urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike. Shops were shuttered in Jerusalem's Old City.

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*The Devil's Chessboard by David Talbot Discusses -> The Dark Side of Allen Dulles: The Greatest Untold Story of American Power - U.S. History (2015) | CSpan Book TV | 2015 | 1:10:35
*The Dulles Brothers by Stephen Kinzert Discusses -> The U.S. Has Overthrown Governments for 100 Years: A Compelling and Provocative History (2006) | CSpan Book TV | 2006 | 38:47
Allen Dulles: The Powerful, Moneyed World of International Finance & Politics (2002) | CSpan Book TV | 2002 | 1:00:22
*The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot (2016)

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful--and secretive--colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.

America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials--including newly discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials--Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most powerful and influential figures.

Dulles's decade as the director of the CIA--which he used to further his public and private agendas--were dark times in American politics. Calling himself "the secretary of state of unfriendly countries," Dulles saw himself as above the elected law, manipulating and subverting American presidents in the pursuit of his personal interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as his friends and clients--colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German war criminals, and Mafiosi in the process. Targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in line with his political aims, Dulles employed those same tactics to further his goals at home, Talbot charges, offering shocking new evidence in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

An exposé of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The Devil's Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security state--and the battle for America's soul.
*The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (2014)

Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book. "The Brothers" is a riveting chronicle of government-sanctioned murder, casual elimination of "inconvenient" regimes, relentless prioritization of American corporate interests and cynical arrogance on the part of two men who were once among the most powerful in the world.

John Foster Dulles and his brother, Allen, were scions of the American establishment. Their grandfather John Watson Foster served as secretary of state, as had their uncle Robert Lansing. Both brothers were lawyers, partners in the immensely powerful firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, whose New York offices were for decades an important link between big business and American policy making.

John Foster Dulles served as secretary of state from 1953 to 1959; his brother ran the C.I.A. from 1953 to 1961. But their influence was felt long before these official appointments. In his detailed, well-­constructed and highly readable book, Stephen Kinzer, formerly a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and now a columnist for The Guardian, shows how the brothers drove America's interventionist foreign policy.
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PLO Leader Hanan Ashrawi: Trump's Jerusalem Order Violates Int'l Law & "Destroys" Chance for Peace | DN | 12/07/17 | 9:55
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  2. No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis
  3. "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump": Psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee on Growing Mental Health Concerns
*Bill Black Says -> Children's Health Insurance Program to Expire Under GOP Tax Bill | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 18:40
Wildfires are Leveling LA Neighborhoods, Is There More to Come? | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 9:42
Firefighters Can't Contain California Wildfires | TYT | 12/07/17 | 7:56
Trump Lights the Middle East on Fire | TYT | 12/07/17 | 12:14
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Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/08/17 | 1hr
Two Democratic members of Congress (Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers) left their offices this week after calls for them to resign over sexual misconduct.

Two versions of the tax bill (one by the House and one by the Senate) remain up for debate.

Two former Trump associates (Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort) are back in the headlines for their ties to the Russian government.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/08/17 | 1hr
Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week. The move sparked riots and protests.

The International Olympic Committee stopped playing games with Russia, banning the country from next year's competition. And while Russia's athletes won't be skiing or skating next year, President Vladimir Putin will be running ... for president ... again.

Meanwhile, the U.K. cleared a hurdle in its attempts to make a graceful Brexit.

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Mika: Here's How Democrats Could've Better Handled Senator Al Franken | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 25:13
Donald Trump Speech Revives Questions Of His Fitness | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 8:39
Joe: FBI Director Christopher Wray Did A Masterful Job | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 3:24
Donald Rumsfeld on the impact of Trump's Israel decision | FoxNews | 12/07/17 | 7:59
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump Jr. Wants More Privilege? | Stephen Colbert | 12/08/17 | 4:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
In Other News: The GOP Loosens Gun Control and a Reporter Claps Back | Trevor Noah | 12/07/17 | 5:46
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Even More Creeps: Journalist Edition | Samantha Bee | 12/06/17 | 6:41
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Trump's Hanukkah Reception, Starbucks' "Christmas Tree Frappuccino" | Seth Meyers | 12/08/17 | 2:47

Thursday December 07, 2017

Trump White House Weighing Plans For Private Spies To Counter "Deep State" Enemies
TheIntercept | Jeremy Scahill | 12/04/17

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer -- with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal -- to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering "deep state" enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump's presidency.

The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration's political agenda. "Pompeo can't trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books," this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. "The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly." ... Read more
*REPORT: Trump Wants His Own Private CIA | TYT | 12/06/17 | 14:12

White House Press Secretary Issues Bizarre Non-denial of Private Spy Network Plans, While White House Official Confirms It
TheIntercept | Lee Fang | 12/05/17

THE WHITE HOUSE press secretary did not directly dispute the revelation that Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Iran-Contra figure Oliver North pitched a plan to develop a private spy network to members of the Trump administration.

The plan, detailed in a story broken by The Intercept on Monday, is to develop a private intelligence network to counter perceived "deep state" enemies within government ranks. Prince denied the report, and North did not respond to The Intercept's request for comment. ... Read more

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Hardcover - December 5, 2017 by Daniel Ellsberg

Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era.

Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing "doomsday machine" and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world.
Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World by Isa Blumi

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led international coalition of forces -- supported by Britain and the United States -- has waged devastating war in Yemen. Largely ignored by the world's media, the resulting humanitarian disaster and full-scale famine threatens millions. Destroying Yemen offers the first in-depth historical account of the transnational origins of this war, placing it in the illuminating context of Yemen's relationship with major powers since the Cold War. Bringing new sources and a deep understanding to bear on Yemen's profound, unwitting implication in international affairs, this explosive book ultimately tells an even larger story of today's political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.
Visually Makes You Think
Visually Makes You Think
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents | TRNN | older, 04/17/16 | 27:07
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 07 [10:09]
Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation | DN | 12/06/17 | 38:51
Could tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world's most famous whistleblowers -- Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." We speak with Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his heroes.
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  2. PLO Leader Hanan Ashrawi: Trump's Jerusalem Order Violates Int'l Law & "Destroys" Chance for Peace
  3. After Trump Makes Jerusalem Capital of Israel, Palestinians Protest "Settlers in the White House"
  4. High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sex Assaults, But Low-Wage Workers Still Vulnerable to Abuse
Is Saudi Arabia Destroying Yemen to Plunder It? | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 13:22
Trump's 'Criminal' Jerusalem Move Could Backfire | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 8:17
*Trump Declares New Israel Capital | TYT | 12/06/17 | 10:20
*Bannon Attacks Romney, Defends Pedophile Moore | TYT | 12/06/17 | 9:34
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Where Are We In The Russia Investigation? | 1a.org | 11/07/17 | 1hr
Every few weeks, there's a new headline about the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. This week, it was a big one. As the Washington Post reports: As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January , his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was "good to go," according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.

How is Flynn's texting related to Paul Manafort's indictment? How do the congressional committees factor into this? And who is being questioned about what?

It's tough to keep it all straight, so we sit down with Shane Harris from the Wall Street Journal to get a refresher -- and an update -- on the investigation.

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Donald Trump Appears To Slur His Speech During Israel Remarks | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 2:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jerusalem, God, And The United Shursh | Stephen Colbert | 12/07/17 | 5:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
#DentureDonald Slurs Through a White House Address | Trevor Noah | 12/06/17 | 5:09
Late Night with Seth Meyers
*What Donald Trump Really Means When He Talks About "Crime" | Seth Meyers | 12/06/17 | 11:03

Wednesday December 06, 2017

Leaders Around The World Incensed Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision
HP | Willa Frej | 12/06/17

Everyone from the Pope to the Kremlin expressed concern that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would threaten regional stability.

President Donald Trump sparked an uproar among leaders across the world after he signaled that he would be recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. embassy there, upending decades of American foreign policy and potentially thwarting any hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of several U.S. allies on Tuesday to break the news. He is expected to formally announce the decision in a speech on Wednesday. Abbas warned Trump "of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world," Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement after Trump's call. The Palestinian leader also called for three days of protest beginning Wednesday.

The embassy move would represent the "kiss of death" to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian representative to Britain ? an issue Trump has delegated to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser. Jordan's King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia's King Salman made similar warnings.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims," Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. He additionally threatened to cut Turkey's diplomatic ties with Israel.... Read more

PBS Frontline - Putins Revenge
Putins Revenge part 1 | PBS Frontline | 10/26/17 | 54:10
Putins Revenge part 2 | PBS Frontline | 11/02/17 | 54:36

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don't Pay Fair Share
magazine | author | date

Fewer are bothered by the amount they pay in taxes

A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to express frustration that some corporations and wealthy people don't pay their "fair share."

Among the public overall, 62% say they are bothered "a lot" by the feeling that some corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes, and 60% say the same about some wealthy people not paying their fair share. About four-in-ten (43%) say they are bothered a great deal by the complexity of the system. But with the April 18 tax filing deadline approaching, only about a quarter (27%) say they are bothered a lot by the amount they pay in taxes. And just 20% say that about the feeling that the poor do not pay their fair share of taxes. ... Read more
What Bothers Americans about the Federal Tax System?
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They Can't Make Angry White Guys Fast Enough to Make the GOP Sustainable.

The GOP's Latest Gun Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Women Fleeing Abuse
HP | Melissa Jeltsen | 12/06/17

A potential nightmare situation for victims of domestic violence is brewing in the U.S. House, which is expected to vote this week on a bill that would allow many domestic abusers banned from carrying firearms in their home states to obtain concealed carry permits elsewhere.

The bill, from Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), allows anyone with a permit from one state to carry hidden, loaded firearms into all other states. Opponents of the legislation, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, warn that it would allow the states with the loosest permitting standards to define the laws of the nation and would undermine states' rights to protect their own residents. ... Read more

*Climate Risks from Equatorial Atmospheric Super-Rotation | Paul Beckwith | 12/04/17 | 14:58
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 06 [15:16]
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  2. Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation
Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada says -> Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Long in the Works | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:06
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Is Trump Wagging the Dog? | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 16:50
*Mueller Subpoenas Trump's Bank Records | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:58
CNN Host To Roy Moore Spokeswoman: 'Leave My Child Out Of This' | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:39
The1a.org
Will The Tax Plan Put More Money In My Pocket? | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
The GOP tax plan is inching closer to final passage, with lawmakers preparing to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. And there are some significant differences on everything from personal tax brackets to deductions for mortgages and children to the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

There's also the question of whether, if the economy is doing as well as the president's tweets indicate, this is the right time to change the tax code.

And, what do Americans actually want from our tax system? A Pew study from April 2017 found that Americans tend to not think it's not very fair.
When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult, but once the disorder is identified, it can be addressed through special education. The earlier, the better.

A recent investigation by American Public Media reveals that "across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place."

The APM findings also show that the way schools handle recognizing and educating students with dyslexia could have implications for how all children are taught to read. We look at how one special needs population affects early childhood education and literacy rates across the board.

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*Robert Mueller Reportedly Eyeing Deutsche Bank | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 26:37
Time Names Its 2017 Person Of The Year: Silence Breakers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 10:19
Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns Questions Jerusalem Move: 'Why now?" | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 7:33
Steve Bannon Shows His Fright Over Mitt Romney Running | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 21:44
Second Lady Karen Pence Finds Donald Trump "Totally Vile" | All In | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 6:37
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Madness Of Defending Roy Moore | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 5:31
Paul Manafort Is Colluding From Home | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 2:26
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Republicans Renew Their Support for Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/05/17 | 2:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Check In: Rick Perry and the Department of Energy | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 8:29
PBS Frontline - The Putin Files
  1. "Putin's Revenge" | Trailer | PBS Frontline | 10/18/17 | 0:31
  2. INTRODUCING: The Putin Files | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 0:49
  3. The Putin Files: James Clapper | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 47:04
  4. The Putin Files: John Brennan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:01:22
  5. The Putin Files: Victoria Nuland | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:14:36
  6. The Putin Files: John Podesta | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:21
  7. The Putin Files: Julia Ioffe | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:47:57
  8. The Putin Files: Michael McFaul | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 41:45
  9. The Putin Files: Jake Sullivan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:53
  10. The Putin Files: Vladimir Ryzhkov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:43
  11. The Putin Files: Evelyn Farkas | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 37:02
  12. The Putin Files: David Sanger | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:06
  13. The Putin Files: Peter Baker | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:12:52
  14. The Putin Files: Susan Glasser | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:30:08
  15. The Putin Files: Gleb Pavlovsky | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:25:36
  16. The Putin Files: Daniel Fried | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:07:29
  17. The Putin Files: Masha Gessen | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:58:37
  18. The Putin Files: Celeste Wallander | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:57
  19. The Putin Files: William Burns | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 49:17
  20. The Putin Files: Jon Wolfsthal | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:00:26
  21. The Putin Files: Mikhail Zygar | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:06:59
  22. The Putin Files: Jon Finer | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:09
  23. The Putin Files: Strobe Talbott | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 36:09
  24. The Putin Files: Jeh Johnson | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:23
  25. The Putin Files: Masha Lipman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:32:52
  26. The Putin Files: Yekaterina Schulmann | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 58:58
  27. The Putin Files: David Hoffman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:20:19
  28. The Putin Files: Yevgenia Albats | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:43:12
  29. The Putin Files: Vladimir Kara-Murza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:18
  30. The Putin Files: Andrei Soldatov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:31:59
  31. The Putin Files: Antony Blinken | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:01:58
  32. The Putin Files: John Beyrle | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:10:55
  33. The Putin Files: Joshua Yaffa | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:42:39
  34. The Putin Files: Ryan Lizza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:04:34

Tuesday December 05, 2017

Populism died on Saturday
WashingtonPost | Catherine Rampell | 12/04/17

It croaked on a birthday of sorts. This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession -- and thereby the social movement it unleashed -- was born.

This obituary begins in December 2007, when the spark of the financial crisis grew into a fire. The conflagration would go on to blaze through more than 8 million jobs, trillions of dollars in wealth, millions of foreclosed homes and half the value of the stock market.

Older and middle-age workers would lose jobs and nest eggs. Younger workers would get stuck in dead-end careers, if they could find careers at all, and fall behind on milestones of adulthood such as homeownership and marriage. And millions of children would grow up watching their parents stress about money. Some would come to wonder whether socialism was really such a dirty word after all. ... Read more

Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has 'ties' to Russian intelligence.
"House of Cards" to return with Robin Wright as lead, Netflix confirms.

Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers
Politico | Andrew Restuccia | 12/03/17

By Sunday, he had already claimed Michael Flynn was fired in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being 'in tatters.'

It took nearly 24 hours for President Donald Trump to tweet about the news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents -- a delay that Trump's advisers said was not uncommon for the president, who often tweets after catching up on cable news.

Many Republicans at first saw the radio silence as a welcome sign of restraint. But by Sunday, the notoriously hot-headed president had already claimed Flynn was fired earlier this year in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being "in tatters."

"Worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," he tweeted. The tweets all combined to reignite fears among people close to Trump that the president is not taking the special counsel's investigation seriously enough and is getting bad advice from his legal team. ... Read more

Michigan's Dem John Conyers won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment scandal.

Stephen Colbert made Billy Bush watch the 'Access Hollywood' tape -- and it was awkward
WashingtonPost | Emily Yahr | 12/05/17

... Bush's New York Times editorial is titled "Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That." So you can imagine what he thinks of reports that Trump has been privately saying he doesn't think that it's his voice on the bus audio.

"You don't get to say that. Because I was there, and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it," Bush said. "You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president."

Bush said that Trump's denial really upset him, particularly after he read an article in which multiple women nade allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. ... Read more

Watch John Oliver grill Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations | WP | 12/05/17 | 12:00
The Great Tax Cut
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 05 [12:49]
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  2. ACLU Vows to Keep Fighting as Supreme Court Allows Trump's Mostly Muslim Travel Ban to Take Effect
  3. Native American Tribes Join to File Historic Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
  4. Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After "Illegal" Election
Trump's Friends Get Tax Cuts, His Base Gets Bigotry | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:12
What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen? | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 8:28
Republican Admits Real Truth Behind Tax Cuts | TYT | 12/04/17 | 7:48
BREAKING: Mueller Stopping Negotiations With Manafort | TYT | 12/04/17 | 4:41
Poll: Alabama Republicans Don't Care About Child Rape | TYT | 12/04/17 | 12:14
The1a.org
Ask The FCC & Net Neutrality | 1a.org | 12/05/17 | 1hr
From late night TV to your Twitter feed, the Federal Communications Commission's vote on net neutrality is a hot topic.

The FCC has been reversing and revising a number of regulations, bringing a new level of attention to a federal body that's usually not the subject of so much public debate.

We'll start off with current FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. We want you to call us at (855) 236-1212 and ask Carr your questions. Then, we'll say goodbye to the commissioner and talk with Gigi Sohn, who was a senior advisor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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GOP Strategist Susan Del Percio On Roy Moore Support: You Are About To Lose Me | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 12:49
Donald Trump's Attorney John Dowd Makes Himself A Target To Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 10:03
Atlantic: Mike Pence Considered 'Coup' After 'Access Hollywood' Tape | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 7:03
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Tweet-Confesses Obstruction Of Justice | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 7:42
Stephen Renames Trump's Tax Bill | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 4:19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Gives America's Neediest Millionaires a Tax Break | Trevor Noah | 12/04/17 | 5:41
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Republican Tax Bill, Brooklyn Brewery Names Beer After Beyonce | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 3:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones: Trump News & Analysis | Alex Jones | 12/04/17 | 41:19

Monday December 04, 2017

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues
scientificamerican.com | author | report

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said

About a third of the world's soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.

The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. The earth under our feet is too often ignored by policymakers, experts said. ... Read more

Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump by Joseph E. Stiglitz

In this crucial expansion and update of his landmark bestseller, renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz addresses globalization's new discontents in the United States and Europe. Immediately upon publication, Globalization and Its Discontents became a touchstone in the globalization debate by demonstrating how the International Monetary Fund, other major institutions like the World Bank, and global trade agreements have often harmed the developing nations they are supposedly helping. Yet globalization today continues to be mismanaged, and now the harms -- exemplified by the rampant inequality to which it has contributed -- have come home to roost in the United States and the rest of the developed world as well, reflected in growing political unrest.

With a new introduction, major new chapters on the new discontents, the rise of Donald Trump, and the new protectionist movement, as well as a new afterword on the course of globalization since the book first appeared, Stiglitz's powerful and prescient messages remain essential reading.

Billy Bush: I Believe The Women Accusing Donald Trump Of Sexual Misconduct
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 12/04/17

"I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar..."

Billy Bush penned a sobering op-ed published in the New York Times Sunday night, in which the former "Access Hollywood" host said he believed the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

He also slammed the president for engaging in "revisionist history" after reports indicated that Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape in recent months. The tape, which features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, derailed Bush's career but had no bearing on Trump being elected president. ... Read more

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly -- and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true -- which is to say, a way out of our delusion -- but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Trump responds to Flynn's guilty plea
Politico | Louis Nelson | 12/04/17

... Trump, who spoke briefly with the White House press pool before boarding Marine One to begin a day trip to Utah, suggested Flynn has been treated unfairly compared with 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn. I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life and I feel very badly. I will say this, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI. Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it's a shame," Trump said. "Hillary Clinton on the Fourth of July weekend went to the FBI, not under oath. It was the most incredible thing anyone's ever seen. She lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it's like they ruined his live. It's very unfair." ... Read more

After a dizzying weekend, the White House is rattled: What next?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 12/04/17

President Trump had quite a week. He lied about his "Access Hollywood" tape, attacked CNN International -- prompting authoritarians all over the globe to follow suit -- made a racist slur in front of Native American war heroes and tweeted out far-right conspiracy websites and anti-Muslim videos, prompting a major diplomatic crisis with America's closest ally. It didn't get any better over the weekend.

The Daily Beast reported that Trump had been worried for a while that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had "turned on him" and that the president was "personally hurt" by the news Flynn was potentially cooperating with the special counsel. When it turned out on Friday that Flynn had agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in exchange for telling the prosecutors everything he knows, Trump pretty much lost it. From the tenor of his tweeting over the weekend, hurt has given way to panic. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 04 [12:06]
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  2. Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society & Create "Hereditary Aristocracy" for Rich
  3. Rep. Keith Ellison Says Franken & Conyers Should "Examine Their Conscience" over Sexual Harassment
  4. Rep. Ellison Condemns Apparent Election Tampering in Honduras & Calls for Halting U.S. Military Aid
  5. Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging
Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea? | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:21
New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up | DN | 12/01/17 | 14:24
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Tax Plan to Worsen Inequality, Expand Loopholes | DN | 12/01/17 | 12:26
Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump: Joseph Stiglitz on Shared Prosperity Without Protectionism | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:50
Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes - The US Opioid Crisis | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 21:56
Robert Wright -> Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Overcoming Delusions | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 18:04
Capitalism Is Actually Socialism For The Rich | TYT | 12/03/17 | 8:03
Republican: Women Belong In The Home, Not In Politics | TYT | 12/03/17 | 6:38
The1a.org
A State Department In Disarray? | 1a.org | 12/04/17 | 1hr
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says rumors that the White House plans to replace him soon are "laughable." But questions about Tillerson's tense relationship with President Trump have also raised concerns about a potential shake-up at the U.S. Department of State at a delicate time.

We get a read on the strength of the State Department under the Trump administration and consider how well-equipped the department is to handle today's global conflicts -- most importantly, the escalating crisis with North Korea.

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Emails Show Michael Flynn Was In Close Touch With Senior Advisers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 9:48
Does President Donald Trump's Tweet Prove Obstruction Of Justice? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 6:44
Senator Richard Blumenthal Calls For Legislation To Protect Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 12:52
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Is It Okay To Say The 'D' Word About Trump Yet? | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:15
Trump Said There's Nothing Like 'First Rate P****' | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
From the Tax Plan to Libya, Everything Goes Back to Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/30/17 | 6:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones -> Flynn Trump News, Roger Stone, James O'Keefe (FULL) | Alex Jones | 12/01/17 | 2:47:54
Roger Stone: Goes Deeper! | Infowars | 12/01/17 | 52:48

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