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Friday April 28, 2017
Watch: Former President Obama's first public event since leaving office: Speech and Q&A at University of Chicago | CBS News | 04/24/17 | 16:36

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) just released new docs that destroy Mike Flynn's defense for taking foreign cash
RawStory | Brad Reed | 04/27/17

Newly released documents reveal that the Department of Defense warned former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn against taking money from foreign governments -- but nevertheless, he persisted.

CNN reports that the new documents show Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency to not accept cash from foreign governments in 2014 as he entered retirement. Flynn nonetheless took money from both the Russian and Turkish governments for paid speeches and for lobbying work, respectively. ... Read more
Things Keep Getting Worse For Mike Flynn | TYT | 04/27/17 | 8:14

A Poised Mexico Sees Trump Anew: a 'Bluffer' at the Poker Table
NYTimes | Kirk Semple | 04/27/17

There was a time when Donald J. Trump -- first as a candidate and then as president -- could rile Mexico without really trying.

His threats to build a border wall and make Mexicans pay for it would ignite firestorms of patriotic fury and resentment. His promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants would send politicians off to draft contingency plans. His vows to re-engineer the North American Free Trade Agreement and bring Mexico to heel would shake the foundations of the state. ... Read more
Trump Was About To Pull Out Of NAFTA Until... | TYT | 04/27/17 | 9:56

Congress passes stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown
Politico | Sarah Ferris | 04/28/17

Congress steered clear of a government shudown Friday, passing legislation to fund the government for one week ahead of a midnight deadline. The Senate unanimously passed the stopgap spending bill early Friday afternoon, about an hour after the measure was approved by the House, 382-30. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Lawmakers hope to pass a broader spending package next week to fund the government through September. The parties are still negotiating on several matters, but the thorniest issues, over Trump's border wall and Obamacare payments, are off the table. ... Read more

Trump's Executive Orders Are Mostly Theater
Politico | Michael Grunwald | 04/28/17

President Donald Trump signed his first executive order on his first day in the White House, taking aim at his predecessor's signature achievement. "Trump Signs Executive Order to Roll Back Obamacare," Forbes reported. He's gone on to sign more executive orders in his first 100 days than any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his aides, his critics, and the media alike have portrayed them as dramatic assaults on the status quo. "Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Financial Regulations," the New York Times declared after one. "Trump Executive Order Will Undo Obama's Clean Power Plan," USA Today reported after another. ... Read more
Trump's chaotic first 100 days | Politico | 04/26/17

President Donald Trump's First 100 Days In 360 Seconds | MSNBC | 04/28/17 | 6:23
Keith Olbermann
What Would Trump's Immigrant Ancestors Say? (#64) | Keith Olbermann | 04/27/17 | 7:18
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 28 [14:51]
*"A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites": Trump's Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich | DN | 04/27/17 | 11:34
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 27 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. *"It Has Not Gone Well": 100 Days of President Trump and No Major Achievements
  3. *Democratic Rep. Peter Welch Condemns Trump's "Reckless" Threats Toward North Korea
  4. *Trump's Tax Plan & Push To End Net Neutrality Are An "All Out Assault" on Rural America
  5. House Oversight Dems Demand White House "Paper Trail" on National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
  6. Vermont Lawmaker: Residents of Sanctuary Cities Reject Trump's "Dragnet Approach" on Immigration
  7. *350.org's Bill McKibben on People's Climate March: "Weekends Are for Fighting Tyranny"
*Trump Defunding Science a Threat to Civilization | TRNN | 04/28/17 | 9:35
Trump Thinks He Can Just Break Up Courts He Doesn't Like | TYT | 04/27/17 | 4:43
Keiser Report: Fed Balancing Sheet, Part 2 (E1063) | RT | 04/27/17 | 25:57
Max and Stacy discuss the Fed's balance sheet and whether or . . . NOT . . . it's ready to save us all from the next recession. Max continues his interview with Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com about China's booming tech sector. They also discuss the increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and the fierce trade war going on between China and Korea.
*100 Days Into the "For-Profit Presidency" (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 04/27/17 | 27:57
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Subject Of Michael Flynn Seems To Panic President Donald Trump | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/27/17 | 17:14
The Interview That Could Hurt Michael Flynn | MSNBC Last Word | 04/28/17 | 9:23
President Trump Signals Risk Of 'Major, Major Conflict' With North Korea | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/28/17 | 9:26
Conservatives Rally Around Health Care Bill, But Vote Delayed | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/28/17 | 7:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Let's Stop 'Zombie Trumpcare' Before It Spreads | Stephen Colbert | 04/28/17 | 4:23
99 Days 99 seconds | Stephen Colbert | 04/28/17 | 1:39
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Great Unchecked Legislative F*ckfest of 2017 | Samantha Bee | older 04/19/17 | 6:27
The Man with the I*S*I*S Plan | Samantha Bee | older 04/26/17 | 2:40
Trump's Hard Power Budget | Samantha Bee | older 04/22/17 | 5:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Obama on Wall Street, Ann Coulter & a Senate Briefing | 04/27/17 | 6:39

04.28.2017. 12:23

Thursday April 27, 2017

How Donald Trump Would Benefit From His Tax Plan
magazine | Emily Peck , Ben Walsh | 04/27/17

The plan would eliminate the AMT, a tax that cost him at least $30 million in 2005.

President Donald Trump's tax proposal would likely amount to a fat tax cut for Trump himself.

The proposal, unveiled on Wednesday afternoon by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn ? both alumni of Goldman Sachs ? offers more than a few breaks for the country's millionaires.

At least three of these changes would almost certainly benefit the president or his family ? the elimination of the alternative minimum tax or AMT, the repeal of the estate tax, and a reduction on the tax rate for small business owners. ... Read more
**Guess Who Trump's Tax Plan Benefits The Most... | TYT | 04/26/17 | 10:45

What will Trump's tax plan actually do?
BBC | author | 04/26/17

America is about to pay dearly for electing Republicans. "Lower business taxes".

During the campaign, Trump pledged to slash taxes on companies.

Right now, the US corporate tax rate is 35%, among the world's highest (many firms pay far less). He wants to reduce that to 15%. Another type of business - known as a pass-through entity because profits "pass through" to the owners and get taxed as personal income - would get that same rate. (Real estate firms - including President Trump's - are often organised this way.)

That corporate rate would be lower than Britain's (about 20%) and Hong Kong's (16.5%), but not as low as Ireland's (12.5%), according to a ranking by the KPMG accounting firm. China's corporate tax rate is 20%, but some firms and industries there face a 15% rate." ... Read more
*Trump's Tax Plan Explained | TYT | 04/26/17 | 20:28

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*Republicans Nearing Deal On Heathcare | TYT | 04/26/17 | 8:46

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal
Vox | Sarah Kliff | 04/25/17

Congress has exempted themselves from any of the negative consequences that may arise as a result of their disastrous healthcare plan.

"Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), who authored this amendment, confirmed this was the case: Members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping these Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged this particular issue to me.

A bit of background is helpful here. Obamacare requires all members of Congress and their staff to purchase coverage through the health law's marketplace, just like Obamacare enrollees. The politics of that plank were simple enough, meant to demonstrate that if the coverage in this law were good enough for Americans, it should be good enough for their representatives in Washington. ... Read more
Congress Killing YOUR Obamacare, Keeping Theirs | TYT | 04/26/17 | 1:59

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 27 [11:29]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 27 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. **"A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites": Trump's Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich
  3. Vermont's First Woman Gov. Madeleine Kunin on Protesting Trump, Helping Women Run for Office & More
  4. ICE Detains Mexican Man Who Sought Sanctuary in Denver Church for Nine Months
*CEPR's Dean Baker -> Trump Unveils Outline of his Pro-Corporate Tax Plan | TRNN | 04/26/17 | 8:02
Trump Kill Net Neutrality? | TYT | 04/26/17 | 12:04
Think Trump's Stupid? Get A Load Of This Interview... | TYT | 04/24/17 | 10:45
Donald Trump's Delusional AP Interview Is Truly Horrifying | David Pakman Show | 04/25/17 | 11:41
Voodoo Economics Are Back - Bigly | ThomHartmann | 04/26/17 | 12:05
House GOP Exempt from GOP Health Plan | ThomHartmann | 04/26/17 | 11:43
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Jared Kushner Courts Scandal With Sketchy Backers | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/26/17 | 18:00
White House Hypes 'OK' North Korea Briefing | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/26/17 | 5:51
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Is Turning The Oval Office Into A Treehouse | Stephen Colbert | 04/27/17 | 9:03
"President Trump" Crashes The Daily Show | 04/25/17 | 7:27

04.27.2017. 12:14

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Poll: A Record Number of Americans Say Government 'Should Do More'
ABC News | Carrie Dann | 04/23/17

In November, voters gave control of the White House and Capitol Hill to the party traditionally associated with reducing the size of government. But now, a record number of Americans say that the government should do more -- not less -- in order to solve the nation's problems.

A new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll finds 57 percent of the public saying that the government should do more to solve problems and meet the needs of Americans, versus 39 percent who said the government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

That's the highest share yearning for a more active government since the poll began asking voters about the role of government in 1995. And it's a significant shift even since 2015, when 50 percent said that the government should do more while 46 percent complained that it was too active. ... Read more
Record Number Of Americans: Government 'Should Do More' | TYT | 04/25/17 | 7:02

REVEALED: Mike Flynn's Turkish benefactor has ties to Russia and Putin
RawStory | Travis Gettys | 04/25/17

Mike Flynn's paid lobbying work on behalf of Turkish interests was arranged by a man with business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Flynn was paid $600,000 last year by Ekim Alptekin, who has coordinated Turkish lobbying in the U.S. with Dmitri "David" Zaikin, a former executive in Russian energy and mining companies, reported Politico. ... Read more
Mike Flynn In SERIOUS Trouble... Republicans Avoiding Him Like The Plague | TYT | 04/25/17 | 5:18

Can Trump end Washington's biggest budget gimmick?
Politico | Danny Vinik | date

Since 2001, the Department of Defense has spent more than $9 trillion on everything from new weapons systems to soldier salaries, and nearly 20 percent of that money -- $1.7 trillion in total -- has come from an "off-the-books" budget account called the Overseas Contingency Operations fund. It's the best-known budget gimmick in Washington, a classic example of Democrats and Republicans finding common ground when they want to boost defense spending while technically abiding by the current budget caps.

But starting in 2017, a fierce critic of that gimmick is set to become one of the most important people in the Washington budget world. President-elect Donald Trump recently picked Rep. Mick Mulvaney to head the Office of Management and Budget, the small yet powerful agency that produces the president's annual budget. It's an extraordinarily powerful role, experts say, enabling Mulvaney to leave his fingerprints on every corner of the federal government -- and, importantly, giving him a direct line to Trump on matters of federal spending.

Mulvaney has been one of the loudest critics of the fund during his time in Congress, hammering it as a "slush fund" and sponsoring legislation to eliminate it. Now, suddenly, he will find himself in a unique position to kill it off. Could he do it? ... Read more
Republicans Change Mind About Pentagon Slush Fund | TYT | 04/25/17 | 5:55

Freedom Caucus Confirms Support For Revised Obamacare Replacement Bill
ZeroHedge | author | 04/26/17

"Over the past couple of months, House conservatives have worked tirelessly to improve the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to make it better for the American people. Due to improvements to the AHCA and the addition of Rep. Tom MacArthur's proposed amendment, the House Freedom Caucus has taken an official position in support of the current proposal." ... Read more

Hopefully someone is looking at this closely.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 26 [10:48]
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 26 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth?
  3. Chomsky: Like Obama, Trump Is Radically Increasing the Danger of Nuclear War
  4. Chomsky on North Korea & Iran: Historical Record Shows U.S. Favors Violence Over Diplomacy
  5. Chomsky on Syria: We Must Help Fleeing Refugees & Pursue Diplomatic Settlement
  6. Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is "Disgraceful Act"
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says -> Trump Team Turns On Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange | TRNN | 04/26/17 | 10:56
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat -> U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects - How Will Tehran Respond? | TRNN | 04/26/17 | 13:54
Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss While Silicon Valley wastes capital on complex juicers, China attracts 50% of global fintech investment and its digital payments market is 50 times larger than America's. (E1062) | RT | 04/25/17 | 25:48
The second half of Keiser Report is an interview discussing how China is eclipsing the US in technology.
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Donald Trump Companies Sitting On $250M+ Of Property | MSNBC All-In | 04/21/17 | 6:11
Donald Trump Real Estate A Potential Means To Pay Money To A President | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/21/17 | 6:17
Rachel Maddow highlights the investigative journalism done by USA Today in tracking down every property owned by Donald Trump's companies, the sales of which pose a potential conflict because the profits would go to Trump as president of the United States.
Chris Matthews On Donald Trump's First 100 Days: 'It's An F So Far' | MSNBC | 04/21/17 | 8:48
Chris Matthews On Donald Trump's First 100 Days: 'It's An F So Far' | MSNBC | 04/21/17 | 8:48
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
How Much Of Trump's 100 Day Action Plan Has He Completed? | Stephen Colbert | 04/25/17 | 12:19
Keith Olbermann
It Sure Looks Like a Russian Cover-Up (#63) | Keith Olbermann | 04/25/17 | 7:03
Bill O'Reilly's Downfall (And Trump's, Too?) (#62) | Keith Olbermann | 04/24/17 | 8:04

04.26.2017. 11:34

Tuesday April 25, 2017

The Guide To Becoming Jared Kushner
HP | Ben Walsh | 04/24/17

A 36-year-old cipher who is responsible for everything.

When Charles Kushner was heading to federal prison in 2005 for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering, his son Jared got some advice from Howard Rubenstein ? the dean of New York damage control ? on how to rehabilitate the Kushner name, Charles would later tell a family friend.

Step one: Buy a New York newspaper. Don’t be too particular, Rubenstein told Jared, according to the family friend’s recounting of their conversation with Charles. Any newspaper will do. Step two: Buy a big Manhattan building. Any building will do. Step three: Marry the daughter of a rich New York family. Anyone will do.

The younger Kushner went on to do just that. He bought the New York Observer in 2006, made a debt-laden $1.8 billion purchase of 666 Fifth Ave. in 2007 and married Ivanka Trump in 2009. ... Read more

Tens of Thousands of People All Over the World March for Science
MotherJones | author | 04/27/17

Meanwhile, Trump says his administration values "rigorous science."

Amid the Trump administration's plan to gut the Environmental Protection Agency, cut billions in scientific research, and eliminate science advisers' role in the government, thousands of people around the world participated in marches for science Saturday to defend the role of science and evidence-based policies.

The marches, which coincided with the annual Earth Day celebration, have sparked debate within the scientific community over whether scientists should be actively engaged in political actions. Organizers for the marches say the event is nonpartisan—there is no mention of Trump on its website—but assert silence is no longer an option amid the threats posed by Trump and many of his advisers. ... Read more

Wilkerson: Trump Admin's Iran Talk Sounds Like Bush's Pre-Iraq War | TRNN | 04/24/17 | 17:16
Think Trump's Stupid? Get A Load Of This Interview... | TYT | 04/24/17 | 10:45
Trump Going After WikiLeaks: How Free Speech Dies | TYT | 04/24/17 | 5:28
Trump's Polls In The Gutter... Democrats Somehow Worse.. | TYT | 04/24/17 | 10:39
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04.25.2017. 07:44

Monday April 24, 2017

Trump and Congress eye shutdown showdown over border wall
Politico | Rachael Bade | 04/23/17

President Donald Trump and Congress are on a collision course over government funding this week, as the White House demands money for a border wall with Mexico and Democrats vow it will never see a penny.

But just five days out from a government shutdown, Trump appears headed for disappointment. Democrats are signaling they’re unlikely to cave, and Hill Republicans are already pressing the administration to fight another day. That means the White House is largely on its own in a high-stakes game of political chicken, weakening its negotiating position. Even Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the former Homeland Security Committee chairman who wrote the 2006 law authorizing the wall’s construction, said the White House should push for it later in the year. ... Read more

7 Baffling Moments From Donald Trump’s AP Interview
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 04/24/17

So many words, so little sense.

President Donald Trump lied about his policy accomplishments, interrupted himself, and went off on a series of incoherent rants during a recent interview with The Associated Press.

The AP released part of the interview last week, but made a fuller transcript available late Sunday. You can read it in full here, but beware: It’s a doozy. The phrase “Donald Trump is unintelligible” was even a top trending topic on Twitter early Monday a reference to the 16 times during the one-on-one interview where whatever the president said was apparently impossible to transcribe. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 24 [9:32]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets Worldwide for the Global March for Science
  3. Iraqi-American Doctor Who Revealed Flint Water Crisis Slams Trump & Travel Ban at March for Science
  4. "I'm a Black Girl Who Rocks STEM": Young, Trans, Black & Native Scientists Take to Stage in D.C.
  5. "See You in Court": Kids Suing Trump Admin over Climate Change Speak Out at March for Science
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Andrew Sullivan On Donald Trump: 'Huge Mistake' That He's President | MSNBC Meet the Press | 04/22/17 | 10:09
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Alex Jones Called Out Stephen Colbert In Court Testimony | Stephen Colbert | 04/22/17 | 7:08
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience. | John Oliver | 04/23/17 | 22:27
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Government Worked! Rape Kit Backlog Part 2 | Samantha Bee | 04/23/17 | 7:15

04.24.2017. 07:16

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