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Wednesday August 16, 2017

Trump blows up damage control as he blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville
Politico | Annie Karni | 08/15/17

'My head is spinning,' one White House aide says after the president also pins blame on the 'alt-left.'

It took President Donald Trump two days to explicitly call out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who engaged in violent protests over the weekend that resulted in the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman. ... Read more

Ryan, other Republicans outraged by Trump news conference
Politico | Austin Wright | 08/15/17

President Donald Trump sparked a barrage of Republican outrage on Tuesday after he blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- including from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"We must be clear," Ryan said after Trump's remarks. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity." ... Read more

Trump's "frenemy of the week" campaign is starting to backfire: Which Republican will he try to humiliate next?
Salon | Bob Cesca | 08/13/17

First Sessions, then McMaster -- this week it's Mitch McConnell. These former loyalists will turn on him eventually

It appears as though Trump has decided to make McConnell his "Frenemy of the Week." You might recall previous frenemies in Trump's crosshairs. A few weeks ago, it was Jeff Sessions because the attorney general recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, and Trump basically admitted that Sessions was nominated exclusively in order to obstruct the probe. Then there was Trump's own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who was attacked over the situation in Afghanistan, as well as over the feud between McMaster and splotchy contortionist Steve Bannon. ... Read more

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report
NYT | Lisa Friedman | older, 08/07/17

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. ... Read more
CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT.pdf

Daily Caller Once Advised How to 'Plow Through' Liberal Protesters With a Car
Mediaite | Aidan McLaughlin | 08/15/17

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of "cars plowing through protesters," instructing readers to "Study the technique" as "it may prove useful in the next four years."

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller's video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

"If you are easily triggered, stop watching now," a text at the start of the video reads. "Too late," the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris' 2002 hit "Move Bitch."... Read more
Conservatives Caught Sharing 'How-To Run Over People' Video | TYT | 08/15/17 | 8:37

China's Rising Debt Unnerves the IMF. The Alternative Is Worse.
Bloomberg | Daniel Moss | 08/15/17

With debt three times as large as GDP, the nation will represent a huge global risk. Anything less would be a risk as well.

Debt racked up by China's government, companies and households will likely balloon to almost 300 percent of gross domestic product by early next decade, the International Monetary Fund projected in its annual review of the country's economy. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 16 [9:04]
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  2. Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy
  3. Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror
  4. Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets
Erika Andiola says -> Trump Defends White Nationalists, Blames 'Both Sides' for Charlottesville Violence | TRNN | 08/15/17 | 5:22
Witnessing the Terror in Charlottesville | TRNN | 08/16/17 | 12:40
Trump Approval Dropping Fast | TYT | 08/15/17 | 11:04
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A Monumental Problem | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate ... and it's heating up again.

This week, a group of activists in Durham, North Carolina toppled a statue of a rebel soldier in a scene reminiscent of Baghdad in April of 2003.
United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina, darkening skies and dropping temperatures along the way. Astronomers are already calling it a jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime event. One told Space.com total eclipses have a tendency to "bring people to tears."
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Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists' Political Ambitions | Rachel Maddow | 08/15/17 | 19:34
Russia Investigation Now Reaching Into The White House | All In | 08/14/17 | 6:31
Dr. James Peterson Explains: 'Many Of Us Are Not Surprised' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/16/17 | 18:56
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke Thanks Donald Trump | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/16/17 | 11:53
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Take A Side, Mr. President: Nazis Or Not Nazis | Stephen Colbert | 08/16/17 | 12:37
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Jimmy Kimmel's Plan to Save Us from Trump | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/15/17 | 12:18
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Trump's Response to Charlottesville: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/14/17 | 14:01
Breaking Crazy: Donald Trump's Charlottesville Press Conference | Seth Meyers | 08/15/17 | 2:04

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Three More CEOs Turn Backs on Trump as Merck, Intel Quit Council
Bloomberg | Jeff Green | 08/15/17

It was a question that came to the fore again Monday when first Merck & Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, then Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank and Intel Corp.'s Brian Krzanich stepped down from a White House business group set up to advise Donald Trump.

While none mentioned the president, Frazier, one of the country's most-prominent black chief executive officers, quit the council as Trump was being assailed for failing to quickly condemn white supremacists for deadly violence at a rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Frazier said he was acting on a "matter of personal conscience." ... Read more

Adviser: Trump Didn't Want To 'Dignify' White Supremacy By Condemning It
TalkingPoint | Esme Cribb | 08/13/17

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert on Sunday claimed President Donald Trump's failure to condemn white supremacists after violence broke out at a rally in Charlottesville was because he didn't want to "dignify" the movement. ...

... Trump on Saturday did not remark on the nature of the rally but called the clashes an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" and called for Americans to "love each other." ... Read more
Republicans Defend Trump's Charlottesville Response | TYT | 08/14/17 | 11:06

Anti-McMaster campaign is about to get uglier
Axios.com | Jonathan Swan | 08/13/17

Steve Bannon's wing of Trump's White House is plotting to stab the National Security Adviser in the back.

The bare-knuckle campaign to remove National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the White House is about to get much uglier.

Outside forces opposed to McMaster are going to allege he has a drinking problem, according to sources outside the Trump administration familiar with the anti-McMaster campaign. The controversial nationalist Mike Cernovich, who has an inside track on the anti-McMaster campaign, teased the alcohol attack in an Internet video with Alex Jones of the website Infowars. Anti-McMaster forces believe this attack will harm his standing with the president, who is a teetotaler.

To be clear: I have never heard anything to support the allegation from anyone inside the Trump administration or from anyone who's socialized with McMaster. We are covering it to highlight the extremes to which McMaster's opponents are prepared to take their war against the National Security Adviser.

A White House official told me "McMaster has been made aware that the attack is likely coming, and prefers to focus on his work."

Another official told me the majority of senior staff "have rallied around McMaster and believe that all of the attacks against him are divorced from reality."

Chief of Staff John Kelly finds the attacks dishonorable and disgusting, according to a source close to Kelly. President Trump is also off-put by the campaign against McMaster -- even though his relationship with his National Security Adviser has at times been strained. ... Read more
Steve Bannon Plotting Behind Trump's Back | TYT | 08/14/17 | 14:12

On The Internet, Everyone Knows 'You're Racist': Twitter Account IDs Marchers
NPR.org | author | 08/14/17

Peter Cvjetanovic didn't really think this through. They didn't wear hoods as they chanted "Jews will not replace us." They weren't hiding their faces as they waved Confederate flags, racist signs and swastikas. They looked straight at a sea of cameras as they made the Nazi salute.

As Matt Thompson wrote for The Atlantic, the white supremacist march and rally this past weekend wasn't a KKK rally: "It was a pride march."

The bare-faced shamelessness was the point. But it was also an opening.

On the Internet, some people are crowd-sourcing efforts to identify and shame the people participating in the rally. Most prominently, on Twitter, the account called "Yes, You're Racist" has been soliciting help and posting IDs. "I'll make them famous," the account pledged. ... Read more
When You Forget Your Klan Hood And The Internet Finds Out | TYT | 08/14/17 | 9:14
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 15 [16:12]
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  2. Ta-Nehisi Coates: With a Racist in the White House, the Bloodshed in Charlottesville was Predictable
  3. "We Were 8 Years in Power": Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of "Good Negro Government"
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House
  5. Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level
Col Larry Wilkerson -> Trump Has No Business Threatening Venezuela | TRNN | 08/14/17 | 16:14
Dr. Joe Romm -> NOAA Defies Trump Administration's Climate Science Denial | TRNN | 08/14/17 | 9:32
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Keiser Report: Trend reversals (E1110) | RT | 08/15/17 | 25:49
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What Can I Do To Stop Hate Groups? | 1a.org | 08/15/17 | 1hr
The violent racism we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia is not new. But after last weekend's attack, many people are looking for new ideas about how to stop extremists. On Monday's show, our guest Jameta Barlow said "Everyone needs to do something every day."

But what? What is the most productive response to a white nationalist rally in your town? Or on your campus? What should you do if a cousin says something racist at Thanksgiving?
CEOs Cut Ties With Trump | 1a.org | 08/15/17 | 1hr
The CEOs of Merck, Intel and Under Armour resigned their positions on the White House American Manufacturing Council this week. The three condemned the hate groups that attracted violence to a recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia -- something President Donald Trump has been criticized for not doing in a timely way.
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Maddow: Racism 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 16:38
Steve Bannon Personal Influence Wanes, Policy Influence Lives On | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:05
Sizing Up Donald Trump's Relationship With The Press | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:37
Charlie Dent: Donald Trump's Merck 'Cheap Shot' Bothered Me | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:25
PETER SCHIFF - Will Trump Cause a Stock Market Crash at August 2017 | | 08/11/17 | 38:39
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Makes Condemning Nazis Look Easy (Because It Is) | Stephen Colbert | 08/15/17 | 11:23
Anthony Scaramucci Would Fire Steve Bannon | Stephen Colbert | 08/15/17 | 10:08
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
**Brown in Town - Coal Country | The Daily Show | 08/11/17 | 6:55

Monday August 14, 2017

Wall Street Journal editorial rips Bannon for White House dysfunction
TheHill | John Bowden | 08/10/17

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board blamed senior White House aide Stephen Bannon for chaos in the West Wing, arguing that the top Trump ally's loyalty to the president is in question after his supporters vilified Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

In an editorial Tuesday night, the conservative paper trashed the White House chief strategist for using his allies in the far-right media to disrupt the White House in favor of his own personal goals.

Citing the statement of support that Trump issued for McMaster last week, the paper writes that Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, should watch Bannon closely.

"Rather than question the general's loyalties, perhaps Mr. Kelly should question Mr. Bannon's," the Journal wrote. "The former Breitbart publisher has been a White House survivor, but his warring habits have also been responsible for much of the White House dysfunction. ... Read more
Steve Bannon: The White House's Leaker Outed? | TYT | 08/13/17 | 7:28

Steve Bannon Said He Learned To FeaR Muslims When He Visited Pakistan. Except He Was Probably In Hong Kong.
TheIntercept | Peter Maass | 08/11/17

IF YOU ASK Steve Bannon how he got the idea that Muslims in the Middle East are a civilizational threat to America, he will say that his eyes were first opened when he served on a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea. At least that's what he told the journalist Joshua Green, whose new book about President Donald Trump's senior counselor is a best-seller.

"It was not hard to see, as a junior officer, sitting there, that [the threat] was just going to be huge," Bannon said. He went on: ... Read more
The Comically Stupid Reason Bannon's Terrified Of Muslims | TYT | 08/13/17 | 5:07

**Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump--the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.
**The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss and Neil Howe (2009)

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras--or "turnings"--that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis--the Fourth Turning--when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history's seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

Strauss and Howe locate today's America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next era of Crisis. In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history's long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear--as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis. ...

Bannon Calls Jeffrey Lord After CNN Firing Over Nazi Salute Tweet
TalkingPoints | Nicole Lafond | 08/11/17

While House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord after Lord was fired by CNN for tweeting a Nazi salute, according to a report from Penn Live.

"It's Stephen K. Bannon. I have to take this," Lord told the reporter, who was sitting in Lord's living room when he received the call. Bannon reportedly called Lord to show support and encourage him to keep fighting. Lord wouldn't provide details on what the two spoke about. ... Read more
Steve Bannon Called Fired Jeff Lord In Racist Solidarity | TYT | 08/13/17 | 11:50

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 14 [14:01]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There's No Question, This was Terrorism
  3. Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis
  4. UVA Prof on UVA's Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler
  5. Rev. Traci Blackmon: The Trump Administration Is Giving Permission to Hate
Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires | TRNN | older, 04/05/17 | 19:35
Bill Black -> Media Downplays Wells Fargo's Latest Scandals | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 8:44
Trump Risking It All For North Korea | TYT | 08/12/17 | 5:45
We've Gone From "Fire & Fury" To "Locked & Loaded" | ThomHartmann | 08/11/17 | 27:58
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Charlottesville And The White Supremacists | 1a.org | 08/14/17 | 1hr
What began as a rally by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend ended in terror Saturday as a car slammed into a group that was protesting the rally, killing at least one person and injuring 19 others.

The tension had been high since Friday, when a group of torch-bearing white nationalists (some giving a Nazi salute) descended on the University of Virginia campus to protest the potential removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

After Saturday's deadly violence, President Donald Trump said, "we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ... on many sides." The response was met with criticism, with members of the president's own party labeling it too vague.
Answering Your Questions On North Korea And Nuclear Weapons | 1a.org | 08/14/17 | 1hr
As tensions mount between the U.S. and North Korea, so does the number of unanswered questions.

Would the U.S. launch a pre-emptive strike?
Would North Korea really attack Guam?
What role will China play?
How did we get to this point?
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Donald Trump Never Takes Responsibility For Anything: Bruni | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/14/17 | 12:27
**Nothing New On North Korea Except Donald Trump's Freak-Out | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/11/17 | 9:27
Who Is White House Aide Sebastian Gorka? | MSNBC AM Joy | 08/13/17 | 13:34
Richard Painter: Sebastian Gorka Should Be Fired For Tillerson Comments | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/11/17 | 2:03
Anthony Scaramucci's First Interview After Being Fired By Trump - Criticizing Trump's Statements | ABC | 08/13/17 | 14:29
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
North Korea: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | 08/13/17 | 26:59
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer | Samantha Bee | older | 7:26
**Steve Bannon, Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka and Donald Trump

Friday August 11, 2017

TRUMP'S Enemies List Grows
Salon | Bob Cesca | 08/11/17

A few years ago, there was literally no way I would ever have favorably retweeted A-list conservatives like Bill Kristol, David Frum or George Will. And yet here we are. The Trump presidency has had one major unintended consequence: Reasonably-minded combatants on the right and left have joined together in opposition to the sack-full-of-monkeys that is our current White House. In the last year or so, I've also found myself applauding heretofore unheard-of allies like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake for putting nation over party and, at least when it counts, standing up to Trump and the destabilization he's precipitating. ... Read more

Peek-a-Boo
HP | Ed Mazza | 08/10/17
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Trump Says Military Options 'Locked and Loaded' on North Korea
Bloomberg | Stuart Biggs | 08/11/17

  1. Escalating tensions with Kim Jong Un have roiled markets
  2. Trump bringing situation to 'brink of nuclear war': KCNA

U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a week of tensions that has roiled global markets.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," Trump tweeted on Friday. Earlier, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said the U.S. president is "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war." ... Read more

Trump's Legal Team Is No Match for Mueller's
Bloomberg | Tom Schoenberg | 08/10/17

When news broke on Aug. 3 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had begun using a grand jury in Washington to gather evidence related to his Russia probe, it appeared to catch the White House off guard. Although many news outlets were reporting the story, Ty Cobb, just four days on the job as the president's lawyer, issued a statement saying he didn't know about it, even as Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump's legal staff, went on Fox News to say once again that the president himself wasn't under investigation.

As Mueller adds experienced prosecutors and broadens his investigation, Trump's legal team still appears disorganized and understaffed. An army of well-paid lawyers would help the president get in front of the investigation: preparing responses to allegations before hearing about them from prosecutors or reporters, anticipating where Mueller is going, and developing a counternarrative to stymie him. Junior staffers could spend all night researching case law or obstruction of justice and conspiracy statutes; they could be available at a moment's notice to draft pleadings challenging Mueller's requests to interview witnesses or gather documents.

Instead, Trump's defense has been almost entirely reactive--responding to the latest bombshell report with uninformed statements by surrogates. The strategy adopted by those close to Trump, if not his legal team, has been to try to discredit Mueller's investigation by pointing out potential conflicts of interest or political biases that may exist among his investigators. "I don't get any sense that they're trying to get ahead of anything," says Don Goldberg, who worked in the White House Counsel's Office during the Clinton administration. "You wonder about whether the top people at the White House really understand what they're stepping into." ... Read more

This Country Is Rigged in 1,000 Directions to Protect the Wealthiest--Including the Idea That Most People 'Earned' Their Way to the Top
AlterNet | Donald Jeffries | 08/10/17

Unprecedented wealth disparity in America is driven by corrupt corporate practices and the myth of earned wealth.

"The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all. ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor." -- Helen Keller

... The wealthiest people in our society don't appear to be improving any lives but their own, and they don't seem to have special qualities or skills that explain why they're being compensated so much more extravagantly than the rest of us. Warren Buffet, like so many very wealthy people, made his fortune with investments. Multi-billionaire Mexican Carlos Slim Helú is another whose occupation is investor. When we examine any list of the richest Americans, we find names such as notorious corporate raider Carl Icahn, whose more polite title is investor, George Soros, who is yet another investor, hedge fund managers John Paulson and James Simons, and plenty of financiers, bond mavens, chairmen, and others with predictable titles that assure us, whatever they do, they aren't positively impacting the lives of the bulk of humanity. The very wealthy, in all reality, can generally be defined as those who are abnormally good at making money. ... Read more

Central Banks Are Hiding The True Price Of Risk
ZeroHedge | author | 08/11/17

If you invest your money, you will have to deal with numerous risks. For instance, if you buy a bond, you run the risk of the borrower defaulting or being repaid with debased money. As a stock investor, you face the risk that the company's business model will not live up to expectations, or that it, at the extreme, will go bankrupt. In an unhampered financial market, prices are formed for these and other risk factors.

For instance, a bond with a high default risk will typically carry a high yield. The same goes for debt denominated in an unsound currency. Stocks of companies that are deemed risky tend to trade at a lower valuation level than those considered low risk. All these risk premiums, if determined in the unhampered market, constitute a portion of an asset's price, be it a bond or a share. They play a vital role in the way capital is allocated in an economy. ... Read more

Top U.S. & World Headlines -- Friday, August 11, 2017 | DN | 08/11/17 | 11:54
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  2. On Guam, Resistance Grows to U.S. Military Presence as N. Korea Threatens Missiles Off Island's Coast
  3. Yemeni Student is Among Thousands to Win U.S. Visa, Only to Have It Effectively Denied by Travel Ban
Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations? | DN | 08/10/17 | 21:00
**Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ says -> As Trump Threatens North Korea, US Preps War Games Next Door | TRNN | 08/10/17 | 18:40
**Trump Wants To Hand Afghanistan To His Mercenary Friend | TYT | 08/10/17 | 10:23
Keiser Report: Bond Market Bubble (E1108) | RT | 08/10/17 | 25:45
Are We Now On the Brink of Nuclear War? | ThomHartmann | 08/10/17 | 12:30
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/11/17 | 1hr
  1. President Donald Trump says he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, following the recommendation of a White House commission. This also follows a report that the tens of thousands of recorded opiate deaths might be too low a measurement.
  2. Meanwhile, members of Congress aren't having the most restful recess, especially Mitch McConnell, whose lack of legislative accomplishments has made him the target of criticism both spoken and tweeted by the president.
  3. Back in Washington, the investigation into Russia's election meddling continued with an FBI search of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's house.
  4. Lots of heat this week, both literal and figurative. Researchers have confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year on record, continuing a trend of record-breaking heat.
  5. And, in New Orleans, heavy rains caused severe flooding and highlighted existing political issues in the Crescent City. New Orleans also happens to be the city we're broadcasting from this week.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/11/17 | 1hr
  1. Tensions are running high in Kenya after another contested election.
  2. South Africa's president has survived another no-confidence vote.
  3. Tensions remain high and questions abound with North Korea.
  4. And suspicions of an acoustic attack on the U.S. embassy employees in Cuba have been called "very strange."
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Paul Manafort Changes Legal Team As Investigation Intensifies | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/10/17 | 13:51
Time Calls John Kelly 'Donald Trump's Last Best Hope' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 6:13
Joe: War With North Korea Would Be As Ugly As It Gets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/11/17 | 9:41
  1. In the first 6 months, of the current administration, we have doubled the number of bombs we have dropped than in previous administrations.
  2. In the first 6 months, we have killed more than 10 times the number of civilians than in previous administrations.
Law Scholar Jonathan Turley: Paul Manafort No-Knock Warrant 'Excessive' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/11/17 | 11:22
Trump warns N. Korea, thanks Russia, backs Mueller (full press conference) | CNN | 08/10/17 | 20:22
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Doesn't Want The Earth To Blow Up | Stephen Colbert | 08/11/17 | 6:43
God Isn't Stressing Out About Nuclear War | Stephen Colbert | 08/10/17 | 3:34
The FBI Raided Paul Manafort With A 'No-Knock' Warrant | Stephen Colbert | 08/10/17 | 2:40
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Doubles Down on North Korea Threats While His Aides Praise Him: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/10/17 | 11:16
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump is Doubling Down on North Korea | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/10/17 | 6:13

Thursday August 10, 2017

What Trump Needs to Know About North Korea's History
Politico | Sheila Miyoshi Jager | 08/09/17

The peninsula has a long record of risky games with great powers.

If it wasn't official before, North Korea is now the biggest foreign policy crisis the Trump administration is facing. "North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," President Donald Trump said during a briefing on opioid addiction Tuesday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Pyongyang regime responded with another threat of its own, saying its military "is examining the operational plan" for a missile strike around the U.S. territory of Guam. As the Pyongyang regime continues to defy international sanctions and presses on with its missile testing, the problem of war and peace on the peninsula becomes increasingly urgent. Should the United States risk war with North Korea that may ultimately lead to a bigger war and chaos in the region? Should it pursue a peace that keeps a dictatorial regime intact to fight another day? Washington's policy analysts, pundits and North Korea watchers have gone around this circle over the past 15 years. Yesterday's escalation jolted us out of the sense that it might go on indefinitely, unresolved. ... Read more
**72 Years After Bombing Nagasaki, US Threatens Another Nuclear War | TRNN | 08/09/17 | 10:26

Trump's indecision on Afghanistan leaves generals in lurch
Politico | Wesley Morgan | 08/10/17

The commanders missed early warning signs that the president might not immediately approve their plan for more troops.

U.S. and Afghan military commanders battling the Taliban and the Islamic State are encountering an obstacle they never expected, sources close to them say: months of indecision by President Donald Trump on whether to commit thousands of additional American troops.

Instead of approving their plan for more troops as anticipated, the president has caught his generals off guard by questioning whether the 16-year-long effort to stabilize Afghanistan is still worth it, according to current and former military officials familiar with the conversations. Meanwhile, news reports raise the prospects he might replace the top U.S. commander in the region or hand private contractors the day-to-day task of advising the flagging Afghan security forces. ... Read more

How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions
NYTimes | Russ Buettner and Charles V. Bagli | older, 06/11/17

The Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel is now closed, its windows clouded over by sea salt. Only a faint outline of the gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P remains visible on the exterior of what was once this city's premier casino.

Not far away, the long-failing Trump Marina Hotel Casino was sold at a major loss five years ago and is now known as the Golden Nugget.

At the nearly deserted eastern end of the boardwalk, the Trump Taj Mahal, now under new ownership, is all that remains of the casino empire Donald J. Trump assembled here more than a quarter-century ago. Years of neglect show: The carpets are frayed and dust-coated chandeliers dangle above the few customers there to play the penny slot machines. ... Read more
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Casinos, Left Contractors Unpaid, Ruined Investors & Made Millions | DN | 06/16/17 | 11:36

A series of new investigative articles have revealed Donald Trump's shady business dealings in Atlantic City, his failure to pay contracted workers over the years, and his decision to partake in what may amount to "calculated tax fraud" -- a felony. We begin by looking at how Donald Trump bankrupted his Atlantic City casinos, but still earned millions. "Even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen," wrote Russ Buettner and Charles Bagli in The New York Times. They join us to discuss their piece, "How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, But Still Earned Millions"

Manafort's Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry
NYTimes | Michael S. Schmidt | 08/09/17

Investigators for the special counsel leading the Russia inquiry executed a search warrant late last month at the Northern Virginia home of President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul J. Manafort, for tax documents and foreign banking records, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The search is a sign that the investigation into Mr. Manafort has broadened, and is the most significant public step investigators have taken since the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was appointed in May. Investigators are expected to deploy a wide array of similar measures -- including interviews and subpoenas -- in the coming months as they move forward with the intensifying inquiry. ... Read more
Paul Manafort's Home Raided By FBI | TYT | 08/09/17 | 5:22

Top U.S. & World Headlines -- August 10, 2017 | DN | 08/10/17 | 11:31
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  2. Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations?
  3. Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling
  4. Former DOJ Civil Rights Head: Jeff Sessions Is Implementing an Anti-Civil Rights Agenda
**Col. Larry Wilkerson: Trump and Kim Jong-un Sound the Same | TRNN | 08/10/17 | 14:00
BREAKING: North Korea Planning Guam Attack | TYT | 08/09/17 | 3:25
Donald Trump Doubles Down On Genocidal Nuclear Threats | TYT | 08/09/17 | 10:51
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How Is Guam Handling North Korea's Threats? | 1a.org | 08/10/17 | 1hr
North Korean state media has floated the possibility of an attack on Guam, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific that's also home to a significant American military presence.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose plane stopped at Guam this week, said there is no imminent threat to the island. But with Kim Jong Un and President Trump both talking tough ... how is Guam feeling about being caught in the middle?
Fire, Fury And Figuring Out North Korea | 1a.org | 08/10/17 | 1hr
In a development that was years ahead of several experts' opinions, North Korea has been found to be developing nuclear warheads small enough to put on missiles.

President Trump threatened the nation with "fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." Soon after the president's apparently improvised comments, North Korea state media said an attack on Guam was possible.
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Donald Trump Looks To Friends To Fill Important US Prosecutor Positions | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/09/17 | 24:02
Is A 'Madman Theory' At Play Regarding North Korea? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 13:04
Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is An 'Apolitical' Force In The White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 7:45
Michael Hayden Full Explosive Interview with Chris Cuomo | CNN | 08/09/17 | 9:22
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Bolton: Trump's 'fire and fury' comments were appropriate | Fox News | 08/09/17 | 3:51
John Bolton,Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., talks options for addressing North Korea on 'Hannity'
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Team Bans The Term 'Climate Change' | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 2:51
Stephen Grades Trump's Improvised 'Fire And Fury' Threat | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 5:38
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel is on Edge About North Korea | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/10/17 | 3:50
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Trump's Terrifying Judicial Appointments | Samantha Bee | 08/09/17 | 7:04
Ladies Who Book: Steve Bannon | Samantha Bee | 08/09/17 | 6:58

Wednesday August 09, 2017

Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.
NYT | Peter Baker | date

President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States, as tensions with the isolated and impoverished nuclear-armed state escalated into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challenge yet of his administration.

In chilling language that evoked the horror of a nuclear exchange, Mr. Trump sought to deter North Korea from any actions that would put Americans at risk. But it was not clear what specifically would cross his line. Administration officials have said that a pre-emptive military strike, while a last resort, is among the options they have made available to the president. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” ... Read more
Trump Threatens North Korea With 'Fire And Fury' | TYT | 08/08/17 | 12:12

BREAKING: North Korea Threatens Guam In Response To Trump's 'Fire And Fury' Threat | TYT | 08/08/17 | 3:33

FBI raided Manafort's Virginia home in Russia probe
Politico| Darren Samuelsohn | 08/09/17

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"FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort's residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for the former Trump campaign chairman. Manafort is also under scrutiny from congressional investigators, and he has turned over 400 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a committee spokesman said Wednesday, including information on his foreign lobbying work. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 09 [13:51]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?
  3. Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government
  4. Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation
  5. A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress
Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea? | TRNN | 08/08/17 | 12:54
The Fight over the FBI's Ugly History of Surveilling and Infiltrating Dissent | TRNN | 08/09/17 | 14:53
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A “Working Vacation” -- For Americans, Is There Any Other Kind? | 1a.org | 08/09/17 | 1hr
When you’re leader of the free world, a true vacation isn’t really possible. But many Americans just plain refuse to take time away from work. More than half of full-time American workers end the year with unused vacation days. And this is in a country where vacation days are hard-earned (the U.S. is the only developed country without mandatory minimum time off).
What You Say Will Be Held Against You | 1a.org | 08/09/17 | 1hr
A Google engineer was fired this week over a memo he wrote about what he saw as the company’s “politically correct monoculture” and questioning policies aimed at hiring more women.

He argued that women were biologically less suited for certain jobs in tech, drawing outrage over both his opinions and over his firing.

Healthy organizations thrive on different opinions and perspectives -- but what is out of bounds? Who gets to decide what words cross the line and when they should cost you your job?
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Donald Trump Bellicosity Is Frightening New Variable In North Korea Standoff | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/08/17 | 21:08
Was There A Strategic Purpose In President Donald Trump's Statement? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/09/17 | 11:11
Former Defense Secretary William Cohen: North Korea Is 'Not Suicidal' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/09/17 | 10:59
Lawrence: 'Unpredictable Liar' President Trump Faces First Dangerous Crisis | MSNBC Last Word | 08/09/17 | 6:24
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
North Korea, The U.S. Just Isn't That Into You | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 5:41
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How Trump Ended Up in Bed with Russia | TheDaily Show | 08/08/17 | 5:41

Tuesday August 08, 2017

Fake news isn't going anywhere: It's hugely profitable -- and right-wingers love it
Salon | Amanda Marcotte | 08/08/17

Fake news: Conservatives love to share it, liberals love to hate it and social media companies rake in the cash

Eight months after a torrential campaign of disinformation, memorably christened "fake news" by BuzzFeed, helped hand Donald Trump his narrow electoral win, the state of objective truth, especially on the internet, is still up in the air. Despite all the negative press, fake news is as popular as ever, especially on the right, with bots and alt-right trolls spreading hoaxes to propel right wing values far and wide. If anything, the problem seems to be getting worse, not better.

Part of the problem is that Trump himself immediately appropriated the term "fake news," using it as a slur to demonize any and all fact-based journalism he finds displeasing, a move that further confused the public discourse over what is true and whether truth even matters. But the larger problem is simply that fake news is deeply appealing, particularly in online circles devoted to defending Trump's administration. It's hard to fight back against a phenomenon that is wildly popular.

A recent study out of Hohenheim University in Germany demonstrates, yet again, that the main propulsive element of a fake news story is the eagerness of audiences, particularly on the right, to believe it. ... Read more

***When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election
Politico | John Farrell | 08/07/17

It took decades to unravel Nixon's sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.

Sometimes Nixon needed to blow off steam: demanding that a reporter from The Washington Post or The New York Times be banned from his campaign airplane for writing an offending story. ("Times and Post off," Haldeman recorded. "Times forever.") One such call came at midnight, from Nixon's co-op apartment on Fifth Avenue: Haldeman dutifully noted that the stirring score to the World War II documentary Victory at Sea, which Nixon so enjoyed, was playing on a phonograph in the background.

Other calls were steeped in intrigue. In one series of scribbles, Haldeman reported Henry Kissinger's willingness to inform on his U.S. diplomatic colleagues, and keep Nixon updated on President Lyndon Johnson's furious, eleventh-hour efforts to end the Vietnam War.

Sometimes Nixon needed to blow off steam: demanding that a reporter from The Washington Post or The New York Times be banned from his campaign airplane for writing an offending story. ("Times and Post off," Haldeman recorded. "Times forever.") One such call came at midnight, from Nixon's co-op apartment on Fifth Avenue: Haldeman dutifully noted that the stirring score to the World War II documentary Victory at Sea, which Nixon so enjoyed, was playing on a phonograph in the background. ... Read more

Forget Flash Floods. Flash Droughts Are Even More Terrifying.
MotherJones | Eric Holthaus | 08/07/17

An intense drought has quickly gripped much of the Dakotas and parts of Montana this summer, catching farmers and ranchers off-guard. The multi-agency U.S. Drought Monitor recently upgraded the drought to "exceptional," its highest severity level, matching the intensity of the California drought at its peak.

The Associated Press says the dry conditions are "laying waste to crops and searing pasture and hay land" in America's new wheat belt, with some longtime farmers and ranchers calling it the worst of their lifetimes. Unfortunately, this kind of came-out-of-nowhere drought could become a lot less rare in the future. "The damage and the destruction is just unimaginable," Montana resident Sarah Swanson told Grist. "It's unlike anything we've seen in decades." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 08 [11:33]
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  2. Meet the Senior Federal Official Blowing the Whistle on Trump's Suppression of Climate Science
  3. Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama's War on Leaks
  4. Head of Bombed Minnesota Mosque Denounces Trump for Stoking Hate & Violence Against Somali Community
***Larry Wilkerson -> Trump is Clueless on North Korea | TRNN | 08/08/17 | 13:43
As the US pushes through new sanctions on North Korea, direct negotiations are the only way to defuse the nuclear standoff, says Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson
Veteran reporter Charles Glass -> Shifting Battlefield in Syria's Proxy War | TRNN | 08/08/17 | 11:47
The Trump administration's halt to a CIA program arming anti-Assad militants makes the Syrian battlefield less complicated, but only the cooperation of outside powers can end the war, says veteran reporter Charles Glass.
**Generals Easily Manipulate Child Trump On Afghanistan | TYT | 08/07/17 | 8:19
Even Square-Jawed John Kelly Can't Slow Trump's Twitter Roll | TYT | 08/07/17 | 3:55
Trump's New Twitter Feud With Richard Blumenthal | TYT | 08/07/17 | 6:28
Trump's PC Police Purging The Term 'Climate Change' | TYT | 08/07/17 | 9:26
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Mike Pence Looks Thirsty For The Presidency In 2020 | Stephen Colbert | 08/08/17 | 5:31
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The New World Order Under Trump | TheDaily Show | 08/07/17 | 3:34

Monday August 07, 2017

Why Republicans Can't Just Pivot to Tax Reform
TheAtlantic | Russell Berman | 08/07/17

The White House is promising swift action on the GOP's next priority. But Congress must first pass a budget, and the details are once again dividing the party.

Forget health care: Republicans are moving on to tax reform. With last month's collapse of their No. 1 legislative priority, the White House and GOP congressional leaders have made a nearly complete pivot to agenda item 1A -- rewriting the nation's tax code for the first time in more than 30 years.

... But the biggest immediate obstacle in the way of quick action on tax reform is a fundamental one: Republicans have been unable to pass a budget for 2018, and without that, they can't unlock the fast-track reconciliation process that would allow them to enact tax reform without Democratic votes in the Senate. It's that same mechanism the GOP used to advance health-care legislation that would have passed the Senate last month with just one more Republican vote. Ordinarily, the annual budget is a non-binding document that sets spending levels for the government, which only take effect once Congress passes appropriations bills. But a budget is a prerequisite for the reconciliation process: It contains formal instructions for the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate to draft legislation. ... Read more

The World's Most Feared Investor
Bloomberg | Nabila Ahmed, Scott Deveau | 08/07/17

Aggressive, tenacious and litigious to a fault, Paul Singer may be the most feared activist investor in the world--by hedge fund rivals, companies and even countries. Singer's Elliott Management Corp., which manages $34 billion of assets, has rarely been out of the headlines the past 18 months. And there's little indication that will change soon.

Singer has targeted the world's biggest mining company, taken on Warren Buffett in a battle for Texas's largest electricity distributor, ousted chief executive officers on both sides of the Atlantic and set off a chain of events that led to the impeachment of South Korea's president. ... Read more

Kushner subpoenaed for issuing green cards while the administration takes them away
ThinkProgress.org | Rebekah Entralgo | 08/03/17

It turns out government officials selling green cards to wealthy foreigners might not be okay.

Federal prosecutors in New York subpoenaed the company of President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner late Wednesday over their use of the EB-5 federal visa program. The program issues green cards to immigrants who invest $500,000 in U.S.-based developments, 85 percent of which are Chinese.

The irony of the subpoena is difficult to ignore. The Kushner family company is in trouble for essentially selling green cards at the same time the Trump administration is pushing a plan to curtail the number of green cards issued each year. The new immigration policy President Trump rolled out Wednesday would crack down on legal immigration in favor of English-speaking, "high-skilled" workers. EB-5 applicants do not have a way of proving their level of "skill," beyond the ability to finance projects for U.S. developers. ... Read more
Trump's Son-In-Law Jared Kushner Subpoenaed | TYT | 08/04/17 | 8:37

Europe Swelters Under a Heat Wave Called 'Lucifer'
NYT | author | 08/06/17

Lots of pictures

The meteorologists agree: The long hot spell gripping parts of Europe this past week is uncommon. People looking for relief from the heat in countries like France, Spain and Italy grappled for just the right name for the phenomenon -- and settled on "Lucifer."

... High temperatures this summer have brought punishing heat to regions in the United States like the Pacific Northwest -- where generations had shunned air-conditioning -- reaching as high as 104 in Seattle and 107 in Portland, Ore. In parts of Asia, like Pakistan, a blast of scorching weather this year also had people there reaching for comparisons to hell on earth as records fell. ... Read more

Trump doesn't believe in climate change, but it's going to drown Mar-a-Lago
Click to zoom in Vox.com | Sarah Frostenson | 06/02/17

President Donald Trump has called climate change a "hoax" and a very expensive "tax" on American businesses that make the US less competitive. He has signaled he will withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, in which countries around the world pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to keep temperatures from rising past the critical 2°C mark.

And yet climate change is already imperiling Mar-a-Lago, the crown jewel of Trump's extensive real estate portfolio and his preferred location for carrying out many of his official presidential duties. Rising sea levels are causing more frequent and more damaging tidal floods on the Florida coast, and projections suggest that the risk to lives and property from climate change-related flooding events is only going to increase dramatically in the coming years. ... Read more
Mar-A-Lago Not Hiring American | TYT | 08/06/17 | 4:16

**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 07 [13:45]
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  2. Meet Houston's Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas's Anti-Immigrant "Show Me Your Papers" Law
  3. Houston PD Chief: Trump's Support of Police Brutality Reinforces View of Officers as "Neanderthals"
  4. As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures
  5. Charlottesville VA Backs "Reparations" Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue
Bill Black -> GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform | TRNN | 08/06/17 | 15:52
Republicans Block Trump BIGLY | TYT | 08/04/17 | 5:55
**Lucifer vs Alps: Dramatic impact of heat wave on European glaciers (Drone footage) | RT | 08/06/17 | 2:55
Drone footage has been released showing the dramatic impact of heatwave Lucifer on the Italian Alps, as temperatures soar to over 40°C.
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Experimenting With Drugs While Terminally Ill | 1a.org | 08/07/17 | 1hr
When a patient has run out of options, should new options be put on the table?

The U.S. Senate said Yes to that question this month by approving so-called right-to-try legislation, which lets patients request drugs and treatments that are still in clinical trials and haven't yet been approved for the market.

More than half of U.S. states have passed similar legislation, despite some concerns that patients could be exploited by the companies behind the previously unavailable treatments.
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***China Leaving United States Behind On Green Energy Jobs | MSNBC | 08/04/17 | 14:53
Al Gore Sees Reason For Hope On Climate Change | MSNBC All-In | 08/04/17 | 9:02
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we've lived through in the last 10+ years?and much more.

The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference?and lets you know how exactly to do it.

Where Gore's first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) (trailer) | TYT | 03/28/17 | 2:31

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Trump's Threats Are Getting Out of Control (#104) | Keith Olbermann | 08/02/17 | 7:07
Is Trumpism the New Conservatism? |The Atlantic | 07/20/17 | 4:21
Why Trump Wants to Make Banks Risky Again |The Atlantic | 07/13/17 | 3:59
What Does "Late Capitalism" Really Mean? |The Atlantic | |
John Kelly Using A Heavy Hand With President Donald Trump? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/07/17 | 10:14
NYT: Robert Mueller's Russia Probe Now Asking White House For Documents | MSNBC | 08/04/17 | 15:17
*Trump Tax Expert: Trump-Russia Money Trail Leads To Iceland | MSNBC | 08/03/17 | 5:07
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Border Patrol | John Oliver | 08/06/17 | 20:20
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One Week Older, The Fall of Scaramucci | Stephen Colbert | 08/05/17 | 4:38
Trump Begins His 17-Day Summer Vacation | Stephen Colbert | 08/05/17 | 2:07
A Boy Scouts Ghost Story: The Pumpkin Man Phone-eth | Stephen Colbert | 08/05/17 | 1:20
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President Trump's Very Bad Day & Law Enforcement's Systemic Racism | TheDaily Show | 08/03/17 | 10:44

Friday August 04, 2017

Trump hits new low in polls
Politico | Jake Lahut | 08/02/17

Quinnipiac and Gallup surveys show that only a third of American voters approve of the president's performance.

President Donald Trump has watched his ratings decline for months, but on Wednesday two respected polls showed that only a third of American voters view him favorably -- a new low less than 200 days into his presidency

A new Quinnipiac University Poll has the president's approval rating falling to 33 percent, while Gallup shows it at 36 percent. Quinnipiac's measurement is the lowest in the poll's tracking of the Trump administration thus far, and Gallup's is the lowest three-day average it has registered. ... Read more
Trump's Poll Numbers Won't. Stop. Falling. | TYT | 08/03/17 | 6:53

Trump Announces Three Week Vacation
mediaite.com | Faith Gates | 08/03/17

President Donald Trump recently called the White House a dump, and maybe that is why he is taking an almost three week vacation from "the swamp."

The president will begin his first "official" vacation since taking office Friday by heading to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. According to the Associated Press, the reason behind the vacation may be because the White House West Wing needs to replace their 27-year-old heating and cooling system, which would require all residents to vacate during that work.

The planned 17-day-vacation is receiving a lot of attention because of Trump's past remarks on vacations. Most recently he told GOP senatorsthat they shouldn't take an August recess and "we shouldn't leave town" until they fix the health care system, something that has not happened yet. (And seems increasingly unlikely after the implosion of the Senate's latest effort to repeal Obamacare.) ... Read more
The Vacation President: Trump Taking Another THREE WEEKS Off | TYT | 08/03/17 | 5:32

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Washington Grand Jury in Russia Probe
WSJ | Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau | 08/03/17

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter.

The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, signals that Mr. Mueller's inquiry will likely continue for months. Mr. Mueller is investigating Russia's efforts to influence the ... Read more
BREAKING: Special Counsel Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Russia Probe | TYT | 08/03/17 | 7:33

Evangelical Christians and Donald Trump: They love him because they don't trust facts or reason
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 08/04/17

Evangelicals have been eager to look past Trump's vulgarity and immorality -- there are deeper things that bind them

Donald Trump is a man of many notable qualities. He is ignorant and a brute. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women by grabbing them by their genitals. He is a serial womanizer and has been divorced several times. He has also admitted to finding his own daughter sexually attractive. He is a serial liar who adores autocrats and dictators. He may even have gone so far as to collude with Russia and Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 presidential election. Trump is also violent, moody, vain and impulsive. He does not read and is proudly ignorant.

Why would anyone support such a leader? More specifically, why would any supposed "Christian" support Donald Trump, who appears to represent the antithesis of Christian virtues in so many ways? ... Read more

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**Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet | TRNN | 08/04/17 | 27:02
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/04/17 | 1hr
The news broke Thursday afternoon that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. It's a step forward in the inquiry, and it's not likely to sit well with the president, who has called the entire process a "witch hunt."

And speaking of the president and calls, the White House said that President Trump didn't really have phone conversations he'd previously claimed to have had.

In other presidential phone news, transcripts of the president's earlier calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia were released this week.

"But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall," President Trump told Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. ...
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/04/17 | 1hr
President Donald Trump laments that U.S. relations with Russia are at an "all-time low" after Russia expels hundreds of American diplomats.

In Venezuela, accusations of fraud in Sunday's national election are flying, increasing tensions between President Nicolás Maduro's administration and opposition groups.

And is the U.S. willing to go to war or willing to talk it out with North Korea?
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What Those Leaked Transcripts Say About President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/04/17 | 14:49
The Washington Post published transcripts of President Donald Trump's calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Reporter Greg Miller discusses the transcripts.
Joe: After This, Firing Robert Mueller Is Simply Untenable | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/04/17 | 10:48
Donald Trump's Approval Drops Seven Points In New Poll | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/04/17 | 4:05
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Trump Begged Mexico's President To Lie | Stephen Colbert | 08/04/17 | 8:22
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Trump in Crisis - Grand Jury, Leaked Phone Calls and Low Poll Numbers: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/03/17 | 12:17

Thursday August 03, 2017

Trump: Boy Scouts thought my speech was "greatest ever made to them." Boy Scouts: No.
Vox.com | Ella Nilsen | 08/02/17

In the latest twist in the Trump/Boy Scout saga, the organization is pushing back after President Trump said the head of the Boy Scouts of America called his recent National Jamboree speech "the greatest speech ever made to them."

Now the Boy Scouts are saying that's not true. "The Chief Scout Executive's message to the Scouting community speaks for itself," a Boy Scout official told Time magazine on Wednesday, referring to a recent apology chief scout executive Michael Surbaugh made after Trump's speech. ... Read more
Trump: Boy Scouts Told Me It Was The Greatest Speech Ever! (They Didn't) | TYT | 08/02/17 | 6:10

A Chilling Theory on Trump's Nonstop Lies
MotherJones | Denise Clifton | 08/03/17

"26 hours, 29 Trumpian False or Misleading Claims."

That was the headline on a piece last week from the Washington Post, whose reporters continued the herculean task of debunking wave after wave of President Donald Trump's lies. (It turned out there was a 30th Trump falsehood in that time frame, regarding the head of the Boy Scouts.) The New York Times keeps a running tally of the president's lies since Inauguration Day, and PolitiFact has scrutinized and rated 69 percent of Trump's statements as mostly false, false, or "pants on fire." ... Read more

The Boston Neighborhood That Made John Kelly
DailyBeast | Mike Barnicle | 08/02/17

... Many have asked and wondered how or why such an exceptional guy like General Kelly would take the task of trying to turn the absurdly incompetent, chaotic Trump presidency into a functioning vehicle. And the answer is simple and obvious: because he loves this country and does not want to have it fail or falter at the gate of a future filled with both promise and peril. His only ambitions are for America.

And on those long days when he might wonder why he took the job he will, no doubt, think of how he was raised on Bigelow Street in Brighton with his father John at the kitchen table and his mother Joan making breakfast and he will think of the son he often visits who is quite close to the White House, just across Memorial Bridge, in Section 60, Grave 9480 at Arlington: 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, United States Marine Corps, who died in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2010. He was 29 years old. ... Read more

Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears
TheAtlantic | David A. Graham | 08/02/17

The actual government, the administration of Donald Trump, is coming off the worst week of his presidency, although there haven't been any smooth weeks. Trump's top legislative priority, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seems dead for the moment. (Tax reform? Forget it.) His administration has set a new standard for chaos and dysfunction, rolling through staffers the way other administrations run through, well, legislative initiatives. Trump's foreign policy remains inchoate and ineffective. Meanwhile, a special counsel investigation looms over the entire administration, threatening both its legitimacy and legal jeopardy for some of its members.

Things are going considerably better for the shadow government. With the Trump administration's chaos sucking up all the attention, it's been able to move forward on a range of its priorities, which tend to be more focused on regulatory matters anyway. It is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. It is appointing figures who will guarantee the triumph of its ideological vision for decades to come. ... Read more

John Kelly Follows Orders. That's Exactly What Trump Critics Are Afraid Of.
HP | Jessica Schulberg , Elise Foley | 08/02/17

Even people who have worked with the retired Marine general for years -- people who like and respect him -- say they know little about his politics. What they do know is that Kelly follows orders, and that he's demonstrated a particular zeal for defending and aggressively executing some of President Donald Trump's most extreme policies.

Ultimately, these people say, Kelly's personal beliefs don't matter. In his new job, Kelly may succeed in stabilizing and professionalizing Trump's team. But there's no reason to believe he will change the president's views. ... Read more

If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef
TheAtlantic | James Hamblin | 08/02/17

... Recently Harwatt and a team of scientists from Oregon State University, Bard College, and Loma Linda University calculated just what would happen if every American made one dietary change: substituting beans for beef. They found that if everyone were willing and able to do that--hypothetically--the U.S. could still come close to meeting its 2020 greenhouse-gas emission goals, pledged by President Barack Obama in 2009.

That is, even if nothing about our energy infrastructure or transportation system changed--and even if people kept eating chicken and pork and eggs and cheese--this one dietary change could achieve somewhere between 46 and 74 percent of the reductions needed to meet the target. ... Read more

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  4. Trump Considers Prolonging Afghan War to Secure $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits
**Tax Justice Network's James Henry says -> Newly confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray is the most "patrician" and "Wall Street-oriented" lawyer that has ever held the position | TRNN | 08/03/17 | 5:57
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Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change | NPR: Fresh Air | 08/02/17 | 43:04

As a climate change activist, former Vice President Al Gore is used to speaking in front of both hostile and friendly audiences. But there is one individual he has all but given up on.

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. "I think he has made it abundantly clear that he's throwing his lot in with the climate deniers."

In withdrawing from the Paris climate accord in June, Trump said he "cares deeply about the environment" but argued that the deal imposed burdens on the U.S. that would hurt American workers "while imposing no meaningful obligations" on other leading polluters like China. ... Read more
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A group of centrist lawmakers is set to begin work on a bipartisan health care bill. Meanwhile, public opinion is tilting in favor of government involvement in health care, with a third of Americans supporting a single-payer system.

If you locked experts of various political affiliations in a room and told them to draft a health care bill, what would they come up with? We'll find out.
The White House Pushes Limits On Legal Immigration | 1a.org | 08/03/17 | 1hr
President Donald Trump has endorsed legislation that would cut the number of legal immigrations allowed into the United States by half over the next decade.

The new proposal calls for drastic cuts to family-based immigration programs that allow siblings and grown children of U.S. citizens and legal residents to apply for green cards. (Minor children and spouses would still be able to apply.) A point system based on factors such as English ability, education levels and job skills would be created to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards distributed annually.
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LIVE: White House Press Briefing 8/2/17 - Sarah Sanders Press Conference, Immigration Reform Bill | US News Today | 08/02/17 | 28:08
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General John Kelly Reportedly Making Changes In The White House | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/03/17 | 17:56
Does The President Donald Trump Believe The Seth Rich Conspiracy? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/02/17 | 9:52
CNN Chris Cuomo EXPLOSIVE Interview with Ed Butowsky over Fox News Lawsuit, Seth Rich Story | US News Today | 08/02/17 | 28:08
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Stephen Gives Trump's 'RAISE Act' A Better Acronym | Stephen Colbert | 08/03/17 | 7:49
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Kris Kobach's Racist Music Man | Samantha Bee | 08/02/17 | 8:27

Wednesday August 02, 2017

Why The Mooch Lost His Cool
HP | Vicky Ward | 08/01/17

Anthony Scaramucci tells HuffPost about the highs and lows of his fiery stint at the White House and what that cuss-filled rant was really about.

I received a call Monday night from Roger Stone, the infamous political prankster and Donald Trump confidant. He wanted to talk about Anthony Scaramucci, whose 10-day tenure as White House communications director had just ended in ignominy.

Stone said that Scaramucci reminded him of "a suicide bomber," then switched centuries for his next metaphor. "The administration is like the French Revolution," Stone said. "You never know who will be beheaded next."

But Stone didn't believe that Scaramucci would stay far from the president for long. "As you know, none of us are ever really gone. He still has the president's cellphone, the president's private number. Just because he's not in the White House, no one should think his influence has gone." ... Read more

Trump dictated son's misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer
WashingtonPost | Ashley Parker ... | 08/01/17

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump's advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump's oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign -- a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.

The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn't be repudiated later if the full details emerged. But within hours, at the president's direction, the plan changed. ... Read more
REPORT: Trump Dictated Don Jr.'s Excuse For Russian Meeting | TYT | 08/01/17 | 9:50

LINDSEY GRAHAM: Forget the nukes, we should destroy North Korea itself
businessinsider.com | Paul Szoldra | 08/01/17

... In a Tuesday interview on The Today Show, Graham said the US should not only take out the country's nukes, but "North Korea itself."

"[President Donald Trump] is not going to allow the ability of this madman to have a missile to hit America," Graham said. "If there is going to be a war to stop him, it will be over there. If thousands die, they are going to die there, they're not going to die here." ... Read more
Lindsey Graham Wants A North Korean Genocide, Says Trump Agrees | TYT | 08/01/17 | 8:08

Trump Linked To Fox News' Bogus Seth Rich Story, Lawsuit Alleges
HP | Michael Calderone | 08/01/17

The White House was briefed in advance about a baseless Fox News report claiming murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich provided documents to WikiLeaks, according to a new lawsuit that also alleges President Donald Trump encouraged the article's publication.

Rod Wheeler, an ex-police detective, private investigator and paid Fox News commentator, made the allegations in a suit filed against the network, parent company 21st Century Fox, Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman and Trump supporter Ed Butowsky. In the lawsuit, first reported by NPR, Wheeler alleged that Zimmerman fabricated quotes as she and Butowsky worked to advance "a political agenda for the Trump administration." ... Read more
Trump Secretly Pushed Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory | TYT | 08/01/17 | 12:01

Trump Reportedly Calls White House 'A Real Dump'
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 08/01/17

"That White House is a real dump," Trump reportedly told members of his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, before teeing off recently. The remark was included in a lengthy Golf Magazine feature published Tuesday exploring Trump's complicated relationship with the sport. The article also appears in the Aug. 7 issue of Sports Illustrated.

t's no secret that Trump enjoys spending time away from the White House at his own resorts. He's taken four trips to the Bedminster club since his inauguration, the feature noted. Another site tracking Trump's leisure reports he has vacationed on 11 weekends out of the 28 in his presidency, costing taxpayers around $29 million. ... Read more

Why is Trump Reminding Us of the Pee Pee Tape? (#103) | GQ | 08/01/17 | 6:59
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Explosive Lawsuit: White House & Fox Peddled Seth Rich Conspiracies to Distract from Russia Probe | DN | 08/02/17 | 14:12
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  4. Death at the Border: How CBP Agents Urged Mexican Teen to Drink the Liquid Meth That Killed Him
Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent, says -> Russia Sanctions: Congress Obstructs Trump's 'One Good Policy' | TRNN | 08/02/17 | 17:47
Empire Files: Venezuela Economy Minister-Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem | TRNN | 08/02/17 | 27:16
EWW! Kellyanne Conway Basically Worships Trump Now | TYT | 08/01/17 | 3:50
REAL Cost Of Foxconn Plant Hidden | TYT | 08/01/17 | 5:26
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Taking It To The States | 1a.org | 08/02/17 | 1hr
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Donald Trump Dictated Son's Response To Russia Meeting | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/01/17 | 10:37
How President Donald Trump's Lies Impact White House Staff | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/02/17 | 11:56
How Anthony Scaramucci’s Business May Have Influenced His White House Exit | MSNBC | 08/01/17 | 3:22
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The White House Thinks 'Not Inaccurate' Equals 'The Truth' | Stephen Colbert | 08/02/17 | 6:24
Trump's Cybersecurity Expert Fell For Email Spam | Stephen Colbert | 08/02/17 | 4:25
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Russia and North Korea Test the U.S. | TheDaily Show | 08/01/17 | 6:37
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Roger Stone: Seth Rich was Partying w/Imran Awan on Night of MURDER | The Alex Jones Channel | 08/01/17 | 18:36
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Tuesday August 01, 2017

Trump Cranks Out Baffling Statement After Another Day Of White House Chaos
HP | Ed Mazza | 07/31/17

Amid the turbulence of White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci's ouster after only 10 days on the job, top Republicans fretting about a White House in "chaos," and Trump's continued plunge in the polls, the president called it a "great day." ... List of Teets ... Read more

I was actually voting to kick Bannon off the island. Am I at the wrong place?

John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci
NYTimes | Michael D. Shear | 07/31/17

John F. Kelly, President Trump's new chief of staff, firmly asserted his authority on his first day in the White House on Monday, telling aides he will impose military discipline on a free-for-all West Wing, and he underscored his intent by firing Anthony Scaramucci, the bombastic communications director, 10 days after he was hired.

Mr. Scaramucci was forced out of his post, with the blessing of the president and his family, just days after unloading a crude verbal tirade against other members of the president's staff, including Reince Priebus, Mr. Kelly's beleaguered predecessor, and Stephen K. Bannon, the chief White House strategist, in a conversation with a reporter for The New Yorker. ... Read more
Why The Media Worships John Kelly | TYT | 07/31/17 | 4:09

Report: Trump Cabinet members attend weekly Bible study
TheHill.com | Olivia Beavers | 07/31/17

Trump thinks setting up Bible studies for his cabinet and not attending them will play well with his evangelical base. He's probably right. "Many of President Trump's Cabinet members gather at a weekly session to study the Bible, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) reported Monday.

Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, says he leads a weekly Bible study with Cabinet members such as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"It's the best Bible study that I've ever taught in my life. They are so teachable. They're so noble. They're so learned," Drollinger told CBN. Vice President Pence, who is a sponsor of the faith sessions, reportedly joins the group when his schedule allows ... Read more
White House Now Has Weekly Bible Studies (Which Trump Skips) | TYT | 07/31/17 | 11:45

Down Goes the Mooch! (#102) | Keith Olbermann | 07/31/17 | 4:02
Sarah 'Huckabee' Sanders gets Crushed On Scaramucci Firing & EXPOSED On Trump's Lies | WH | 07/31/17 | 11:12
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  1. Aug 1, 2017 08:55:19 AM - Only the Fake News Media and Trump enemies want me to stop using Social Media (110 million people). Only way for me to get the truth out!
  2. Aug 1, 2017 08:03:59 AM - "Corporations have NEVER made as much money as they are making now." Thank you Stuart Varney @foxandfriends Jobs are starting to roar,watch!
  3. Aug 1, 2017 07:49:22 AM - Stock Market could hit all-time high (again) 22,000 today. Was 18,000 only 6 months ago on Election Day. Mainstream media seldom mentions!
  4. Jul 31, 2017 05:19:11 PM - A great day at the White House!
  5. Jul 31, 2017 07:29:08 AM - RT @foxandfriends: .@Suffolk_Sheriff praises President Trump for making gang eradication a priority https://t.co/uNY7jBhleE
  6. Jul 31, 2017 07:28:00 AM - Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!
  7. Jul 31, 2017 07:16:46 AM - If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?
  8. Jul 30, 2017 06:37:39 AM - Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace...and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.
  9. Jul 29, 2017 06:35:13 PM - ...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!
  10. Jul 29, 2017 06:29:05 PM - I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet...
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  3. Negotiations, Not War: Green Party's Jill Stein Warns About U.S. Escalating Tension with N. Korea
  4. Jill Stein on Trump as a "Grave Danger" & Why She was at 2015 Moscow Dinner with Putin & Flynn
***Professor Gerardo Ceballos -> Biological Annihilation: Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Under Way | TRNN | 08/01/17 | 16:57
Professor Gerardo Ceballos is a researcher at the Institute of Ecology of the National Autonomus University of Mexico. Professor Ceballos is both very well-known and distinguished environmental scientist in the world. That status is the result of (1) his pioneering and extraordinarily diverse ecological and conservation research, (2) his unparalleled efforts to bring ecological knowledge to bear on crucial societal issues, (3) his building of bridges between ecology and conservation in order to humane find paths to ecological sustainability, and (4) his untiring efforts to increase the ecological literacy of the general public.
Richard Sakwa, University of Kent professor, says -> Russians See Sanctions Regime as a Blessing in Disguise | TRNN | 08/01/17 | 14:36
BREAKING: Trump Fires Anthony Scaramucci | TYT | 07/31/17 | 11:25
Trump PISSED Congress Won't Let Him Lift Russia Sanctions | TYT | 07/29/17 | 9:36
Keiser Report: Distant American Dream (E1104) | RT | 08/01/17 | 25:08
Trump's "Mini-Me" & the Rise of the Reality Show Presidency... (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 07/28/17 | 128:00
***Is Fukushima Still Melting Down? | ThomHartmann | 07/26/17 | 12:10
It's been 6 years since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the most serious nuclear incident since Chernobyl - and we might - just might - finally have some good news out of Fukushima. Over the weekend - a robot operated by TEPCO - the company that owns the Fukushima Daiichi power plant - found fuel rods from a reactor involved in the 2011 disaster. To help explain the significance of this development - I'm joined now by Kevin Kamps - Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear.
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John Kelly Asserts Himself, But Will His Authority Change? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/01/17 | 12:27
Republican Senator Jeff Flake: Party In Denial About President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/01/17 | 12:15
Michael Moore: Democrats Aren't Running The Right People | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/31/17 | 12:21
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It seems like everyone else is at fault, They don't even address all the shit that Trump is doing to make his Administration a laughing stock to the rest of the World.
Roger Stone Reacts to Scaramucci Firing | InfoWars | 07/31/17 | 26:20
ALERT: Trump Assassination Plot Exposed | InfoWars | 07/31/17 | 18:17
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A Devastated Stephen Colbert Sings Farewell To The Mooch | Stephen Colbert | 08/01/17 | 9:48
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Scaramucci and Priebus Exit the White House as the Real Problem Remains | TheDaily Show | 07/31/17 | 8:11
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Scaramucci and Priebus Are Out, Trump Threatens to Blow Up Obamacare: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 07/31/17 | 10:27
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Jimmy Kimmel monologue : You will be missed, The Mooch - Anthony Scaramucci | Jimmy Kimmel | 07/31/17 | 13:28
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Monday July 31, 2017

It'd Be Pretty Easy For Trump To Pardon His Family Members. He Could Even Tweet It.
HP | Ryan J. Reilly | 07/31/17

There's a normal process for your average federal convict seeking a presidential pardon. There are petitions to prepare, letters to solicit, character affidavits to notarize, background checks to be conducted and federal prosecutors to be consulted. The whole process, controlled by the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, can take years, and there's a very slim chance the president will ultimately grant a pardon.

However, if your dad is the president and you're hoping to head off a potential indictment, you could just ask him to send a tweet.

President Donald Trump has, via Twitter, floated the possibility that he'll use pardons as a means of shutting down indictments that may grow out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference with the 2016 election. ... Read more

After debating into early hours of the morning, Senator McCain shocked his colleagues by voting "no" on the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.
19 seconds of drama: Reaction to McCain's vote | CNN | 07/28/17 | 1:18

Can General Kelly Stop the Chaos Inside Trump's West Wing?
TheAtlantic | David A. Graham | 07/28/17

President Trump replaced his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with the current secretary of Homeland Security, a retired Marine general.

For once, the rumors of Reince Priebus's demise were not exaggerated. President Trump announced late Friday afternoon that he had named John Kelly as chief of staff, replacing Priebus. Priebus had been the subject to whispers of imminent dismissal more or less since he took the job, but the arrival of communications director Anthony Scaramucci last week, over Priebus's objection, seems to have sped up his departure. ... Read more

At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

'At Our Own Peril' is the product of a year-long U.S. Army War College (USAWC) research effort. The report was sponsored by Army G-3/5 (Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate), the Joint Staff, J-5 (Strategy Development Division), and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. The work is intended to add to the inevitable debates on risk and risk assessment accompanying forthcoming defense strategy development. The report endeavors to inform the defense strategy discussion by evaluating the components, high-level assessment, and articulation of risk by the Department of Defense (DoD) at the strategic and military levels of analysis, as well as across the operational and future challenges time horizon. Moreover, in doing so, it answers a single simple question: How should DoD adapt its current risk identification and assessment conventions to accommodate an environment defined by persistent, disruptive change? To arrive at actionable findings and recommendations, the USAWC study team examined DoD's risk assessment challenge in four principal areas of inquiry: describing risk, identifying risk, assessing risk, and effectively communicating risk. The study team found three clear vulnerabilities or shortcomings in current risk convention. First, it is excessively focused on near-term military threats. Second, it lacks a meaningful connection back to concrete defense objectives. Finally, third, it has proven to be an insufficient catalyst for essential post-primacy defense innovation and adaptation. These are reflected in a general dissatisfaction among many DoD stakeholders on the state of risk as it relates to corporate-level strategy.
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  2. Retired Police Detective: Trump's Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are "Treasonous"
  3. "Billion-Dollar Mistake": Democrats Neglect People of Color While Failing to Woo White Trump Voters
  4. Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War With Iran?
**Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Pentagon: US Empire 'Collapsing,' So Give Us More Money | TRNN | 07/29/17 | 23:15
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The world is not asking the US to be the Sheriff of the World. It can't police the whole planet forever for its own misplaced phobia of other countries thinking the whole world is trying to destroy the US. It's actually the other way around the US needs to pull all of its 100+ military bases all around the world and stop meddling with other countries affairs.
*Bill Black -> Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy | TRNN | older, 06/13/17 | 14:26
*Bill Black -> Subprime Auto Loan Defaults on the Rise | TRNN | 07/31/17 | 13:34
*Michael Arria, labor reporter says -> Trump Stacking The National Labor Relations Board to Favor Corporations | TRNN | 07/31/17 | 11:24
*Ana Kasparian and Ann Coulter At Politicon: On Trump | TYT | 07/27/17 | 7:31
Scaramucci's Wife Files For Divorce | TYT | 07/28/17 | 7:17
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Lawrence: What John McCain's Health Care Vote Really Means | MSNBC Last Word | older, 07/25/17 | 8:16
Military Budgets
Note: the $611,000,000,000.00 is just the start. The nukes are in the Department of Energy. There are BILLIONS apon BILLIONS in Homeland Security. And this doesn't even account for all the Black programs. A lot of people think we spend between 1.2 to 1.4 TRILLION dollars on on military programs.
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Mika: What Will This Week Have In Store? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/31/17 | 21:07
How To Fix WH? A 'Hard-Nosed' Chain Of Command | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/31/17 | 11:26
Lawrence: Reince Priebus Exit Ends President Donald Trump's Worst Week Yet | MSNBC Last Word | 07/28/17 | 16:47
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Alex Jones | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 22:21
John Oliver - Anthony Scaramucci | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 4:40
John Oliver - McCain Stopped Obamacare Repeal | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 4:53

Friday July 28, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Flames Out In The Republican Senate
HP | Jeffrey Young , Matt Fuller | 07/28/17

... The Republican majority in Congress has voted dozens of times since 2011 to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act, and a central element of the GOP's pitch to voters during last year's election was that giving Donald Trump the keys to the White House and leaving Congress in the Republican Party's hands was all that was needed to bring an end to Obamacare.

But when presented with their first genuine opportunity to do so ? and to have to answer for the consequences ? enough Republican senators flinched that the effort failed, despite pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump. Voting to dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans is easier when you know it can't happen than when you know it will.

The final vote for the Health Care Freedom Act, designed to eliminate core components of the Affordable Care Act, went down on a 49-51 vote, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining with all 46 of the chamber's Democrats and both of its independents to defeat the measure. ... Read more

So far, Trump's golf trips has cost US tax payers $20,000,000.00 dollars.

**Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon
NewYorker.com | Ryan Lizza | 07/27/17

He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there.

On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn't happy. Earlier in the night, I'd tweeted, citing a "senior White House official," that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question--for me.

"Who leaked that to you?" he asked. I said I couldn't give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. "What I'm going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we'll start over," he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he's inherited in his new job. "I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can't help themselves," he said. "You're an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I'm asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it." ... Read more
**Scaramucci Imploding Before Our Eyes | TYT | 07/27/17 | 10:00

Scaramucci's CATASTROPHIC CNN Interview | TYT | 07/27/17 | 11:11
Trump supporter threatens Muslim women at Walmart: "We're going to kill every one of you f***ing Muslims"
"Why are you in our country anyway," a North Dakota woman grilled three young Somali women.

Trump's hitman melts down: But is there method to Anthony Scaramucci's madness?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 04/28/17

I'm not sure how many more days like Thursday this country can take. The most important event was the defeat of the "skinny repeal" bill in the Senate -- which actually happened in the wee hours of Friday morning -- with Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic "no" vote to scuttle Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare one more time. Perhaps President Trump has learned that openly insulting people you need to support you isn't really such a great political tactic. (Nah.)

That brings us to the other big Trump administration story, revolving around new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who imploded on CNN after having first exploded at New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza. The whole thing started with a tweet on Wednesday in which Scaramucci claimed he had gone to the FBI because someone had leaked his financial disclosure forms and strongly suggested that someone was White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. ... Read more

The Timeline In the Case Against Trump | Keith Pbermann | 07/28/17 | 6:21
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday | DN | 07/28/17 | 14:05
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  2. "Far from Over": Senate Narrowly Defeats Obamacare Repeal, But More Attacks on Healthcare Loom
  3. Meet the Two Catholic Workers Who Secretly Sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline to Halt Construction
  4. As Trump Targets Teenagers for Deportation, Immigrants Push Back with Direct Action
Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts | DN | 07/28/17 | 5:47
Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. "What the documents show is actually the importance of oil in the coup," says Professor Ervand Abrahamian. "The conventional wisdom is, oh, it was all the Cold War scare, communism. But here you see, actually, very occasionally, when Eisenhower intervenes in a discussion, it's about question of oil contracts and so on and how nationalization would disrupt the whole international framework and would be a threat to U.S. interests, oil interests, elsewhere."
**Trump's 'Fantasy' Military Budget Hides the Real Cost | TRNN | 07/28/17 | 13:31
Why The Military Spends So Much On Viagra | TYT | 07/27/17 | 7:31
Al Gore on The Young Turks: Interview with Cenk Uygur | TYT | 07/27/17 | 31:28
Prof. Richard Wolff On the "Better Deal" Platform | ThomHartmann | 07/25/17 | 12:23
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 07/28/17 | 1hr
After purportedly consulting with generals and military experts, the president issued a ban on transgender troops. Then, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said his generals won't act on the president's tweets.

After voting to debate repeal and replace, Senate Republicans are now eyeing a slimmed down scaling back of the Affordable Care Act.

And after a week on the job, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has jumped in to attack leakers and the Russia investigation.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/28/17 | 1hr
The U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuela officials as opposition leaders organize another strike against the government. Speaking of U.S. sanctions, new ones have been imposed on Russia. Plus, tensions ease in a standoff over one the world's holiest sites and the latest on Qatar's PR offensive to counter a regional feud.
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A 'Historic, Unprecedented' Failure For President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/28/17 | 18:18
Donald Trump Reportedly Okayed Scaramucci's Attacks On Reince Priebus | MSNBC 11th Hour | 07/28/17 | 14:35
Leon Panetta: President Donald Trump Is Weakening His Position As Commander-in-Chief | MSNBC | 07/28/17 | 7:34
Anthony Scaramucci Rails Against Priebus, Bannon In Profanity-Laced Tirade | CNN | 07/28/17 | 3:34
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Takes A Front-Stab At Scaramucci's Phone Interview | Stephen Colbert | 07/28/17 | 14:30
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Fails to Repeal Obamacare (Again) & Trump Targets Trans Soldiers | TheDaily Show | 07/26/17 | 7:11
Turmoil in the Trump Administration | TheDaily Show | 07/27/17 | 8:19
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Scaramucci Lashes Out, GOP Scrambles on Health Care | Seth Meyers | 07/27/17 | 12:56
Off The Rails
Note: I don't watch Alex Jones, and I think that he has gone off the rails in the last couple of years, but it is always interesting to see what is happening & being said by the other side.
Roger Stone HOT!: Alex Jones Infowars | InfoWars | 07/28/17 | 41:53

Thursday July 27, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci Suggests Reince Priebus Is Leaking Info To The Press
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 07/27/17

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday suggested that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is sharing confidential information to the press

n the middle of CNN's "New Day" segment in which he also compared his relationship with Priebus to Cain and Abel, Scaramucci said that he and President Donald Trump have a "very good idea" of who the leakers are and that "if Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker, let him do that." ... Read more

Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates - Becomes World's Richest Man

What Does Russiagate Look Like to Russians?
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 07/21/17

Russia isn't as strong as we think, but they do have nukes -- which is why beating the war drum is a mistake

"We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power," he said. "We should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia, or whether we should blow up the KGB."

Begala's is the latest in a string of comments from prominent pols and pundits suggesting we are (or should be) in a state of war with nuclear-armed Russia. ... Read more

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin by Kovalik Dan

Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump's election.

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things: (1) the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation; and (2) how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises. These revelations, amongst other, make The Plot to Scapegoat Russia one of the timeliest reads of 2017.

Kristin Beck, transgender Navy SEAL hero: 'Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy'
BusinessInsider | Paul Szoldra | 07/27/17

A retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service." ... Read more

Lady Valor (Trailer) | TYT | older | 1:52
sIn Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon.

But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNNs Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.

This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristins family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Amazon | Lady Valor Kristin Beck Story (to-rent)

$350 Trillion In Securities In Limbo: LIBOR To Be Phased Out By 2021
ZeroHedge | author | 07/27/17

Unofficially, Libor died some time in 2012 when what until then was a giant conspiracy theory, namely that the world's most important reference index had been rigged for years, was confirmed. Officially, Libor died earlier today when the top U.K. regulator, the FCA announced that Libor would be phased out by the end of 2021. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday | DN | 07/27/17 | 11:22
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  3. What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?
  4. The Rolling Resistance: Meet Three Disability Rights Activists Fighting to Save Healthcare
Matt Taibbi -> Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold War Liberals | TRNN | 07/20/17 | 28:21
Real News Roundtable: The RussiaGate Distraction & Trump's Free-For-All Capitalism | TRNN | 06/29/17 | 17:09
Bill Black -> Trump vs. Sessions: A One-Sided Twitter War | TRNN | 07/27/17 | 14:10
Congress Unites on Russia Sanctions, But at What Cost? | TRNN | 07/27/17 | 20:05
Trans Navy SEAL To Trump: 'Let's Meet Face To Face' | TYT | 07/26/17 | 8:58
Keiser Report: MAGAnomics (E1102) | RT | 07/27/17 | 25:48
Max and Stacy talk to JP Sottile of Newsvandal.com about whether or not MAGAnomics will help make America Great Again. They discuss trade deals and automation: which has played more in making American jobs not so great. They also look at the role of opioid addiction and whether or not a universal basic income might help the likes of Mark Zuckerberg maintain monopoly-style control over the internet.
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China in debt
The end of the Chinese miracle | FT | old, 03/09/16 | 15:18
China in debt | Aljazeera: Counting the Cost | old, 09/24/16 | 26:00
President Donald Trump's 'Bad Policy' Made For A Political Reason | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/27/17 | 9:36
Anthony Scaramucci Walks Back Reince Priebus Tweet Claim | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/27/17 | 7:12
How Donald Trump Finally Went Too Far, Even For GOP Senators | MSNBC Last Word | 07/27/17 | 7:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Makes A Change To Trump's 'Trans Ban' Tweet | Stephen Colbert | 07/27/17 | 7:49
Stephen Helps 'The Mooch' Scaramucci Find 'The Leaks' | Stephen Colbert | 07/27/17 | 4:59
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Mooch Will Set Trump Free | Samantha Bee | 07/26/17 | 7:12
Trump's Spreading Taint | Samantha Bee | 07/26/17 | 6:28
Alex Jones | Roger Stone | InfoWars | Prison Planet
Note: I don't watch Alex Jones, and I think that he has gone off the rails in the last couple of years, but it is always interesting to see what is happening/being said by the other side.
Get Me Roger Stone | NetFlix | current | 1:41:00
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency" | PrisonPlanet | 07/26/17 | 13:05
Roger Stone on FIRE! Alex Jones Infowars | InfoWars | 07/25/17 | 44:34
Roger Stone on AG Sessions FIRING #Trump Insider | PrisonPlanet | 07/25/17 | 14:58
Roger Stone Reacts To Sean Spicer Resignation | PrisonPlanet | 07/21/17 | 11:09
Roger Stone Exposes Treason in Whitehouse | PrisonPlanet | 07/05/17 | 12:55
Roger Stone: Trump's Albino Assassin | Real Time with Bill Maher | 03/31/17 | 13:44
Roger Stone: They Made A Mistake, They Pushed Trump Too Hard | infoWars | 05/16/17 | 11:10

Wednesday July 26, 2017
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency" | DN | 07/26/17 | 13:05
A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon | DN | 07/26/17 | 14:29
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump--the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump's rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil's Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.

John McCain Is Returning to the Senate for the Health-Care Vote
TheAtlantic | Aria Bendix | 07/24/17

The Arizona lawmaker, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will serve as a critical participant in Tuesday's procedural vote.

... McCain's presence at the vote is critical, given that the GOP needs 50 senators to agree to begin formal debate on health care, in what's called a motion to proceed. McCain has told reporters he supports the legislative momentum to repeal Obamacare, but is unsure whether he will approve the final product. Last week, his office released a statement warning Congress not to "repeat the original mistakes that led to Obamacare's failure"--namely, "that it was written on a strict party-line basis and driven through Congress without a single Republican vote." Still, he's largely expected to vote "yes" along with most of the GOP conference. ... Read more
John McCain Makes Epic "No" Trumpcare Speech, Votes Yes | TYT | 07/25/17 | 13:37

Cruz being considered to replace Sessions: report
TheHill | Jacqueline Thomsen | 07/24/17

Will Lyin Ted finally get his chance for revenge?

President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.

Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among the candidates Trump's team is considering to replace Sessions, though Giuliani said earlier in the day that he's not being considered.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is disappointed by Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the probe into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, saying in an interview last week that he would have never hired Sessions if he knew he would recuse himself.
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Who Will Trump Replace Jeff Sessions With? | TYT | 07/25/17 | 4:55
The Republicans Are Bailing on Trump (#100) | Keith Olbermann | 07/25/17 | 7:09
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday | DN | 07/26/17 | 12:59
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  3. Is Trump's Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?
  4. Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency"
  5. A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon
  6. Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right
Randall Cerveny -> Is Extreme Heat the New Normal? | TRNN | 07/26/17 | 7:42
Abby Martin of Empire Files -> Silencing Palestine - Prison & Repression | TRNN | 07/26/17 | 22:42
Breitbart Is Turning On Trump | TYT | 07/25/17 | 3:53
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Do The President's Attacks Hurt His Party More Than His Foes? | 1a.org | 07/26/17 | 1hr
President Trump won the election eight months ago. So why is he still on the attack -- not only against the person he defeated, but against his own appointees. On Tuesday, President Trump said he was "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe and that "time will tell" his fate. This wasn't the first criticism of the AG.
The GOP Tries Again On Health Care | 1a.org | 07/26/17 | 1hr
The Republican healthcare plan is back. The Senate GOP has passed a procedural vote to move forward on debating legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare. But as Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee put it, what happens next is "wild west" territory.
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What's Dangerous About A Compromised Person In Public Office | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/25/17 | 14:53
President Donald Trump Targets AG Jeff Sessions In Early Morning Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/26/17 | 13:56
What President Donald Trump Risks If He Fires Jeff Sessions | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/26/17 | 17:42
President Donald Trump Blocks Transgender People From Serving in Military | MSNBC | 07/26/17 | 3:58
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Cookie Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump | Stephen Colbert | 07/26/17 | 4:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life | TheDaily Show | 07/25/17 | 4:48

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Trump's Russian Laundromat
NewRepublic | Craig Unger | 07/13/17

How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.

Russian mobsters needed a lot of property from a sleazy businessman who never asks questions.

In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army -- his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam -- he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn't hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as "Little Odessa" for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower. ... Read more
BOMBSHELL: Trump's Been Laundering Russian Mob Money For Decades, Allegedly | TYT | 07/24/17 | 24:32

Ahead Of Senate Healthcare Vote, It's Pure Chaos

A Primer On The "Global Sharing Economy" In 20 Charts
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/17

This morning, BofA has released a humongous, nearly 200-page "primer" on the global sharing economy which in the eyes of Wall Street and Silicon Valley is the biggest disruptor behind virtually all 21st century business models. Since it is impossible to summarize the report, which will be largely ignored by most of BofA's clients who will instead focus on the hundreds of charts scattered throughout, we will simply summarize the basics as laid out by BofA, and then present some of the more interesting charts, with the remainder to be published in subsequent thematic posts.

  1. The Sharing Economy is an umbrella term which describes a range of market activity transacted over online platforms. Its history is rooted in cooperatives, kibbutz, and jitneys; online classifieds and marketplaces; and peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms. The term encompasses everything from peer-to-peer, democratized-based sharing of access to goods and services to sales transactions via online marketplaces including business-to-business (B2B). We include on-demand (e.g. Uber), gig (e.g. TaskRabbit), access (e.g. Spotify), collaboration (e.g. WeWork), platforms (e.g. Amazon), rentals (e.g. Airbnb) and peer-to-peer (e.g. Lufax) business models under our Sharing Economy umbrella.
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we've lived through in the last 10+ years?and much more.

The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference?and lets you know how exactly to do it.

Where Gore's first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) (trailer) | TYT | 03/28/17 | 2:31

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  2. Overwhelming approval likely for Russia bill (Reuters)
  3. Trump to study tougher Russia sanctions bill: White House (Reuters)
  4. Unrest bubbles among Trump's key foreign policy aides (Reuters)
  5. Abe Overtaken by Rival as Top Choice for Japan Premier in Poll (BBG)
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  2. Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border
  3. Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is "Predictable Outcome" of Trump's Immigration Crackdown
  4. The Rebellions that Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings
Vijay Prashad: Trump is Setting Up a 'Dangerous Confrontation' With Iran | TRNN | 07/24/17 | 40:25
RussiaGate Hype Drowns Out U.S.-Russia Discord | TRNN | 07/25/17 | 18:52
New Trump Stooge Caught Deleting Anti-Trump Tweets | TYT | 07/24/17 | 7:13
Cenk Uygur: I Was Wrong About Climate Change #BeInconvenient | TYT | 07/24/17 | 4:09
How To Solve The Climate Crisis #BeInconvenient | TYT | 07/24/17 | 8:25
The Right Wing Plot to Repeal the 20th Century... | ThomHartmann | 07/24/17 | 28:00
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A View From A Russian-American In Moscow | 1a.org | 07/25/17 | 1hr
For many who support President Trump, the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible collusion by members of the Trump campaign is little more than a politically motivated witch hunt.
Magnitsky Act Supporter Bill Browder On Russia, Putin And American Security | 1a.org | 07/25/17 | 1hr
Attorney Sergei Magnitsky uncovered widespread corruption in Russia. Then he was arrested.

Magnitsky died under mysterious circumstances in a Russian jail. His employer, Bill Browder, who was previously expelled from Russia, says Magnitsky was beaten to death.

Browder became a lead campaigner behind the Magnitsky Act, which was allegedly the reason for a meeting between Trump campaign staffers and a Kremlin-connected attorney last year.

This week, Browder plans to testify before the Senate, as committees will also meet privately with Donald Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

"We should be scared of Vladimir Putin we should do everything possible to contain his evil intentions," Browder says.
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New Facts Uncovered About Donald Trump FBI Pick, Confirmation Vote Looms | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/25/17 | 22:52
Jared Kushner Blames Aide For Omissions On Document He Signed 4 Times | MSNBC The Last Word | 07/25/17 | 8:33
McConnell Vs. Shark: A Race To Pass Healthcare | | 07/25/17 | 0:55
Assessing Jared Kushner's Role In The White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/25/17 | 7:49
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Introduces His Anthony Scaramucci Impression | Stephen Colbert | 07/25/17 | 11:15
Stephen Warns Trump About The Dangers Of Self-Pardoning | Stephen Colbert | 07/25/17 | 4:29
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci | Trevor Noah | 07/24/17 | 10:07

Monday July 24, 2017

Read Jared Kushner's Statement On His Meetings With Russians
HP | Hayley Miller | 07/24/17

"I did not collude," he tells congressional committees.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner is set to testify before congressional committees this week as part of their investigations into whether Trump associates had ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Hours before facing closed-door questioning from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, Kushner's camp released an 11-page written statement outlining four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and transition.

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner said in the statement. ... Read more

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Trump Team Claims Pardons Aren't Being Discussed Despite The President's Tweet

The Uninhabitable Earth
NYMagazine | David Wallace-Wells | current

I. 'Doomsday'
Peering beyond scientific reticence.
It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas -- and the cities they will drown -- have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.

Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway's Svalbard seed vault -- a global food bank nicknamed "Doomsday," designed to ensure that our agriculture survives any catastrophe, and which appeared to have been flooded by climate change less than ten years after being built. ... Read more

The 10-Book 'Uninhabitable Earth' Reading List
NYMagines | David Wallace-Wills | date

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You may have read -- as we did -- David Wallace-Wells's piece on climate change with a mixture of horror and fascination, and if you're interested in further reading, the annotated version is chockablock with citations and links to additional articles and studies. If, however, you're looking for some books on the subject, we asked our colleague to put together an extended list of titles he would recommend. Below, ten books for your "Uninhabitable Earth" reading list. ... Read more

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Keith Olbermann
The Media Must Fight Back (#98) | Keith Olbermann | 07/19/17 | 7:12
A Timeline of Treason (#97) | Keith Olbermann | 07/18/17 | 9:29
Have We Got Enough to Impeach (#96) | Keith Olbermann | 07/17/17 | 8:07
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  2. Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?
  3. Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States
  4. "A Forgotten Crisis": Yemen's Aid Workers Speak Out About the World's Worst Humanitarian Disaster
  5. "Incoherent Policy": U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran Even as Trump Admits Iran Following Nuclear Deal
**As Trump Touts "Made in America" Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel | DN | 07/21/17 | 14:12
Has Jared Kushner's Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump's Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis? | DN | 07/21/17 | 10:03
**David Cay Johnston: Trump is "Appallingly Ignorant" on Healthcare & Puts Greed Above Human Lives | DN | 07/20/17 | 8:40
David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a "Police State" | DN | 07/21/17 | 5:56
Michael Mann Responds to 'Uninhabitable Earth' | TRNN | 07/23/17 | 19:00
First Six Months of 2017 Marked By Wildfires and 'Extremely Remarkable' Warmth | TRNN | 07/23/17 | 11:29
Trump Backers Ramp Up Mueller Smear Campaign | TYT | 07/23/17 | 13:05
Trump: Mueller Better Not Be Looking At My Taxes! (He Is) | TYT | 07/23/17 | 9:41
Christian Group Sues For Right To Lie | TYT | 07/23/17 | 9:24
The $hit Millennials Are Blamed For Is So Stupid | TYT | 07/23/17 | 9:20
Why Towing Companies Won't Take Homeless RVs | TYT | 07/23/17 | 5:49
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Jared Kushner Releases Statement: 'I Did Not Collude' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/24/17 | 6:07
Does Jared Kushner's Statement Offer Clarity? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/24/17 | 8:27
Chris Wallace CONFRONTS & CRUSHES Anthony Scaramucci On Trump's HYPOCRISY | | 07/23/17 | 16:50
Anthony Scaramucci gets GRILLED By Tapper On President Trump (HEATED) | | 07/23/17 | 26:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Jr.'s Meeting Looked An Awful Lot Like 'Ocean's Eleven' | Stephen Colbert | 07/22/17 | 2:15
Trump Really Puts The 'Fraud' In Voter Fraud Commission | Stephen Colbert | 07/22/17 | 3:59


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Louie Gohmert's Freestyle History Lesson | Samantha Bee | 07/19/17 | 7:12
Trump's Voter "Integrity" Commission | Samantha Bee | 07/19/17 | 8:12

Friday July 21, 2017

How Deranged Are Trump Supporters? New Poll Shows That It's Worse Than You Ever Imagined
AlterNet | News Corpse / DailyKos | 07/20/17

In the Era of Trump, Americans have been subjected to wild diversions from reality. Donald Trump and company have unleashed baseless accusations of "fake news," and the ceaseless dissemination of "alternative facts." They have violated constitutional protections of free speech and abused the media in an unprecedented manner. Trump called the media "the enemy of the American people." And his White House Press Office has discontinued on-camera briefings.

This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:

  1. Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton...even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn't happen and 24% say they're not sure.
  2. 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be 'fake news,' only 14% disagree.
  3. Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
  4. Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they're not sure one way or the other.
  5. Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.
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The Mega Rich Are Getting Mega Richer: A Former CEO Exposes the Corruption Behind Their Obscene Paychecks
AlterNet | Steven Clifford / Blue Rider Press | 07/20/17

The following is an excerpt from the new book The CEO Pay Machine: How It Trashes America and How to Stop It by Steven Clifford (Blue Rider Press, May 2017), available from Amazon and IndieBound:

In the long term, the indirect effect of the Pay ­Machine--?the increase in income inequality--is economically more injurious than the erosion of company earnings or a stock market downturn.

Income inequality in America has risen sharply since 1976. Economists and pundits point to multiple causes--globalization and competition from low-wage? countries; growing educational disparities that particularly affect men and minorities; technological changes that reward the highly skilled; decline of labor unions; changes in corporate culture that place stock price and earnings above employees; free market philosophy and the rise of winner-take-all economics; households with high-income couples; lower rates of marriage and of intact families; high incarceration levels; immigration of low­-skilled individuals; income tax and capital gains tax cuts and other conservative economic and tax policies; deregulation; and decreased welfare and antipoverty spending coupled with redistribution programs that disproportionately benefit the elderly. ... Read more

Elon Musk Says Humans Should Be Very VERY Concerned About Artificial Intelligence | C-Span | 07/20/17 | 59:31
Elon Musk on Regulating Existential Threat of AI Robots, Tesla Stocks Overvaluation and Car Hacking | Artificial Intelligence A.I. | 07/16 | 59:03
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  2. Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS
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  4. Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
  5. As Trump Touts "Made in America" Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel
Research Scientist Twila Moon -> Saying Goodbye to Glaciers': The Impact of Glacier Retreat | TRNN | 07/20/17 | 10:00
Data, Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence: Where is AI Innovation Taking Society? | TRNN | 07/20/17 | 9:19
Martin Shkreli: "I Hope To See You and Your Four Children Homeless" | TYT | 07/20/17 | 6:05
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WaPo: Donald Trump Seeks Advice On Pardoning Himself, Family Members | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/20/17 | 10:42
Lawrence And Maddow On Donald Trump's Probe Of Pardon Powers | MSNBC Last Word | 07/20/17 | 8:03
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump Had No Filter In His New York Times Interview | Stephen Colbert | 07/21/17 | 9:54
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President Trump Casually Makes Another Damning Admission | Trevor Noah | 07/20/17 | 8:03
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Turns on Sessions Amid Russia Probe: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 07/20/17 | 13:02

Thursday July 20, 2017

Jeff Sessions Brushes Off Resignation Rumors After Scathing Trump Interview
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 07/20/17

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed speculation that he would be resigning from his position following scathing criticism from President Donald Trump. Sessions said it was an "honor" to serve as attorney general and that his team "wholeheartedly" shares the priorities of the Trump administration. "We love this job, we love this department," Sessions said. He added that he would continue to serve as attorney general "so as long as that is appropriate."

Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that he wouldn't have chosen Sessions for the post if he had known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the FBI's probe into Russian election meddling. ... Read more

Trump goes off-script and fumes about Sessions and Russia probe
Politico | Josh Gerstein , Josh Dawsey | 07/20/17

The president's harsh criticism of his attorney general and the Russia probe came amid a last-ditch effort to salvage health care reform, and startled many in the West Wing.

President Donald Trump impressed senators Wednesday with a cogent, engaged pitch on health care that didn't veer wildly from the script.

Within an hour, without seeking advice from his lawyers or his senior aides, Trump was in the Oval Office telling reporters from the New York Times that he regretted hiring Jeff Sessions as his attorney general and discussing a sensitive investigation his lawyers have told him to keep quiet about -- a performance that once again left his most senior aides startled and scrambling to respond. ... Read more

Climate Change
Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice (trailer) | 2:23
Chasing Ice | Netflix
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Chasing Ice website
Chasing Coral
Chasing Coral (trailer) | 1:51
Chasing Coral | Netflix
CHASING CORAL is a film directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes, as an Exposure Labs production. It was filmed over three years, with 650+ hours underwater, includes footage from over 30 countries, and was made with the support of over 500 people around the world.

Chasing Coral website
VICE - Greenland Is Melting
Greenland Is Melting | VICE on HBO | S2, E2 | 01/09/15 | 28:11
In this episode, Shane Smith travels to Greenland with climate scientist Jason Box to investigate why the glaciers are melting, and how the resulting rise in sea level will devastate our world sooner than expected.
VICE - Our Rising Oceans
Our Rising Oceans | VICE on HBO | S3, E1 | 01/11/16 | 42:52
Our oceans are rising. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing, waters around the globe are getting hotter and, now, this warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica's massive western glaciers causing the glaciers to retreat and break off. Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and 70% of its freshwater, so if even a small fraction of the ice sheet in Antarctica melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world as we know it -- and it is already happening. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers here have tripled their melt rate.

VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and to see first hand how the continent is melting -- and VICE follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this special extended episode covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending with a special interview with Vice President Joe Biden.
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  2. David Cay Johnston: Trump is "Appallingly Ignorant" on Healthcare & Puts Greed Above Human Lives
  3. David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a "Police State"
  4. Rights Advocates: Trump's Commission on Election Integrity Set Up as a Pretext for Voter Suppression
  5. "Trump and the Russian Money Trail": Trump's Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades
  6. Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia
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Dean Baker says -> Trump Can't Vote Down Obamacare, so He's Strangling It Instead | TRNN | 07/19/17 | 10:00
Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, says -> How Far Will Trump Go to Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal? | TRNN | 07/20/17 | 24:16
Does Trump Even Know What A Pre-Existing Conditions Is?? | TYT | 07/19/17 | 4:10
SAD! Trump Won't Stop Beating A Dead Trumpcare | TYT | 07/19/17 | 9:16
Supreme Court Tweaks Trump's Muslim Ban | TYT | 07/19/17 | 5:35
What do Trump and Putin want from each other? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 07/20/17 | 24:15
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Resignation Watch: Donald Trump Lashes Jeff Sessions, Justice Officials | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/19/17 | 15:37
Jeff Sessions' Act Of Character Seen As Disqualification | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/20/17 | 4:35
Shep. Smith and Judge Napolitano Brilliantly Tear into Trump's "Troubling Actions" | FoxNews | 07/20/17 | 4:52
James Clapper: President Donald Trump Is Making Russia Great Again | MSNBC Hardball | 07/20/17 | 11:57
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Was That Tweet From Trump Or Shakespeare? | Stephen Colbert | 07/20/17 | 5:03
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Toying with Russia | The Daily Show | 07/19/17 | 5:50
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Team Trump's Absurd Defenses for Don Jr.'s Emails: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 07/18/17 | 14:02

Wednesday July 19, 2017

The GOP Health Care Plan Is About To Fail. Republicans Don't Know What To Do Next.
HP | Matt Fuller , Jennifer Bendery | 07/18/17

After seven years of promises, Republicans just can't find the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to have exhausted his options for alternative GOP bills. Early next week, senators are expected to vote down an effort to begin debate on a bill to gut Obamacare without a replacement. The proposal is similar to one Republicans in the House and Senate sent to President Barack Obama's desk in early 2016.

The problems Republicans have decried about the Affordable Care Act, however, while often overstated, will persist. A handful of rural counties still don't have an insurer lined up to offer plans in 2018, and quite a few more counties ? about one-fifth of total exchange enrollment ? have only one option and have seen a spike in premiums in the last year or two. ... Read more

How the Trump administration's secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short
Yahoo News | Michael Isikoff | older 06/02/17

In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow. ... Read more
Trump's Been Trying To Lift Russia Sanctions Since Day One | TYT | 07/18/17 | 7:43

**Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship
FreshAir.org & NPR.org | author | 07/18/17

In August 2016, three months before the presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump was behind in the polls. Instead of staying on message, the candidate was engaged in a politically damaging fight with the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.

On Aug. 17, in an effort to change course, the Trump team appointed Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, to lead the campaign. Journalist Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek says the switch would prove to be a turning point.

Green argues that Bannon's experiences with Breitbart gave him a framework for mobilizing disaffected young white male voters who were attracted to Trump. Without such guidance, Green says, "I don't think that Donald Trump would have been elected president." ... Read more
**Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship | NPR FreshAir.org | | 07/18/17

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump--the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump's rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil's Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.

Trump aides move on after health care loss
Politico | Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson | 07/18/17

As the president's biggest agenda item tanked on the Hill, his senior advisers busied themselves with their pet projects -- and looked ahead to tax reform.

The president's most senior aides appeared eager to move on from the health care loss, busying themselves with their own pet projects. Counselor Kellyanne Conway spent the morning in the Cannon House Office Building, participating in a two-hour-long bipartisan round table on veterans and the opioid crisis.

Ivanka Trump made an appearance at a global robotics competition celebrating girls from Afghanistan pursuing careers in STEM. Meanwhile, her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner -- who has taken little interest in the health care bill since its early, troubled days in the House, when he went skiing in Aspen with his family -- was busy leading a meeting with his Office of American Innovation.

In the West Wing, chief strategist Steve Bannon took a meeting with Wayne Berman, a Republican operative and board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition whose name has surfaced as a potential future chief of staff. He also met with Kris Kobach, head of Trump's voter fraud commission, and former campaign operatives David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, among others. But Bannon was conspicuously absent from senior staff meetings on trade and tax reform that brought Cabinet officials into the White House. ... Read more

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  2. Dr. Carol Paris: We Must Make It Toxic for Politicians to Not Get on Board with Single Payer
  3. Gaza on Verge of Collapse as Israel Sends 2.2M People "Back to Middle Ages" in Electricity Crisis
  4. Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction
Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse | DN | 07/18/17 | 13:17
Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford says -> Corporate Media Silence Helps Maintain Warfare in Syria | TRNN | 07/19/17 | 7:15
Unable To Kill Obamacare, Republicans Plot To Kill Medicare | TYT | 07/18/17 | 6:13
Trump MELTDOWN: "Am I A F*cking Baby, Paul?" | TYT | 07/18/17 | 3:59
Why Trump Hates Chris Christie Now | TYT | 07/18/17 | 4:31
Republicans Turn On Each Other After Trumpcare Fail | TYT | 07/18/17 | 7:03
Mitch McConnell And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | TYT | 07/18/17 | 6:49
9/11 survivors call on May to publish 'suppressed' Saudi terrorist funding report | RT | 07/19/17 | 2:51
America's Inequality Crisis is Exceptional...Trump is Making it Worse... | ThomHartmann | 07/18/17 | 27:50
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Guardians Of The Gridlock | 1a.org | 07/19/17 | 1hr
The legislative logjam known as the GOP health care bill is stunning, considering Republicans are in power in the House, Senate and White House. If today's lawmakers can't work together to move ahead on health care, what can they do?

Perhaps they can take notes on how major federal legislation of Washington past -- like the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or the Affordable Care Act -- made it through controversy and Congress and landed on the President's desk.
Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence | 1a.org | 07/19/17 | 1hr
We constantly hear that we're on the verge of an AI revolution, but the technology is already everywhere. And Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng predicts that smart technology will help humans do even more. It will drive our cars, read our X-rays and affect pretty much every job and industry. And this will happen soon.

As AI rises, concerns grow about the future of humans. So how can we make sure our economy and our society are ready for a technology that could soon dominate our lives?
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Book Details 'Strange Motivations' Of Donald Trump Aide Steve Bannon | MSNBC 11th Hour | 07/18/17 | 5:08
Cooper-Panel ANGRY Reaction To Trump Admin. Latest Lies | CNN | 07/19/17 | 13:04
Anderson Cooper calls out Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer | CNN | 07/19/17 | 4:40
Has Jared Kushner Delivered On Any Of The To-Do List Donald Trump Gave Him? | CNN | 07/19/17 | 4:40
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Repeal Now, Replace Later, Reelect Never | Stephen Colbert | 07/19/17 | 7:00
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How the Republican Health Care Bill Came and Went | The Daily Show | 07/18/17 | 6:21

Tuesday July 18, 2017

A new round of polls shows that 6 months in to his term, Trump is the most unpopular president in the modern era
BusinessInsider | Maxwell Tani | 07/18/17

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump remains as unpopular as ever, setting a course to become the most unpopular president at this point in his administration since the dawn of modern polling.

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll released on Sunday, the president's approval rating has dropped to 36%, while his disapproval rating rose to 58%. ... Read more
Trump Polling Worse Than Any US President EVER. | TYT | 07/17/17 | 15:19
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  1. Poll finds Trump's standing weakened since springtime | WashingtonPost | Scott Clement | 07/16/17 | article
  2. Americans Feel Good About the Economy, Not So Good About Trump | Bloomberg | 07/17/16 | article
  3. Trump Rating Holds Steady Despite Campaign's 2016 Russia Meeting, 4-in-10 support impeachment, higher than for Nixon at start of Watergate | Monmouth University | 07/17/17 | article
  4. Yada, yada, yada

Report: Number Of Civilian Deaths In Trump's Air Strikes Will Soon Exceed Obama's Entire Presidency
airwars.org | author | current

Trump moves quickly when it comes to killing civilians. "A new investigation by Airwars for The Daily Beast has logged a massive escalation in civilian deaths caused by coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, as led by President Donald Trump's White House.

At least 2,200 civilians are estimated to have been killed up until July 13. That's over 360 a month since Trump's inauguration, or around 12 every day. By contrast, the Obama administration oversaw 2,300 civilian deaths in total over eight years.

(He was hardly a dovish president however -- Obama's legacy includes vastly expanding the military's use of drones which, in 2016, dropped some of an estimated 26,171 bombs on targets in majority-Muslim countries around the world.)" Read more
Trump About To Surpass Obama's EIGHT YEAR Civilian Death Toll | TYT | 07/17/17 | 13:23
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Trump's 'Made In America' Week Is Already Backfiring Spectacularly
HP | Ed Mazza | 07/17/17

President Donald Trump is set to declare this week "Made In America" week to help promote products manufactured in the United States, according to The Hill. But he's already coming under fire for the move, given that Trump-branded products are often manufactured overseas.

Many of Trump's clothing items have been made in Mexico and China. During the campaign last year, his use of steel and aluminum from China became a campaign issue.

And just last week, The Washington Post reported on the fashion line of first daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump, finding that much of it is made by low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. ... Read more
Trump's 'Made In America Week' Backfires BIGLY | TYT | 07/17/17 | 4:00

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 18 [9:02]
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  2. The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From
  3. Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged
  4. Still Not Free: New Documentary "Life on Parole" Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release
Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss -> the New York Times article, 'Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. 'Handed the Country Over'' | TRNN | 07/18/17 | 18:31
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss -> New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran | TRNN | 07/18/17 | 15:47
Keiser Report: Gutting of America's Wealth Creation Machine (E1097) | RT | 07/15/17 | 25:58
Max and Stacy discuss the economic problems looking for solutions. In the first half they discuss how to Make America Great Again is a 'solution' to the problem of the gutting of America's wealth creation machine and how this slogan as a solution caused the meltdown of the entire Democratic party. In the second half Max talks to Chris Whalen, author of Ford Men, about whether or not it is possible to make America great again for the blue collar worker.
Why Does Trump Prioritize Petro Billionaires Over Humanity? | ThomHartmann | 07/14/17 | 27:56
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Energy, Oil, and Oil Sands
Utah/Colorado Have 25X More Tar Sands Than Canada (Documentary) | | 09/19/15 | 28:03
Oil Pipeline, Long Submerged in Michigan's Deep Waters, Fuels Public Concern | CircleOfBlue.org | 07/10/13 | article
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NY Subpoenas Records On Huge Manafort Loans From Small Bank: WSJ | 07/18/17 | 6:32
Donald Trump: Last Night's Failure An Ominous Sign For White House | 07/18/17 | 22:00
Donald Trump Jr.: Is There A Chance Mueller Will Be Fired? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/18/17 | 11:26
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The Opening Monologue Of 'Russia Week' | Stephen Colbert | 07/18/17 | 6:22
Have We Got Enough to Impeach Trump Already? (#96) | Keith Olbermann | 07/17/17 | 8:06

Monday July 17, 2017

New U.S. Subprime Boom, Same Old Sins: Auto Defaults Are Soaring
Bloomberg | Gabrielle Coppola | 07/17/17

It's classic subprime: hasty loans, rapid defaults, and, at times, outright fraud. Only this isn't the U.S. housing market circa 2007. It's the U.S. auto industry circa 2017

A decade after the mortgage debacle, the financial industry has embraced another type of subprime debt: auto loans. And, like last time, the risks are spreading as they're bundled into securities for investors worldwide.

Subprime car loans have been around for ages, and no one is suggesting they'll unleash the next crisis. But since the Great Recession, business has exploded. In 2009, $2.5 billion of new subprime auto bonds were sold. In 2016, $26 billion were, topping average pre-crisis levels, according to Wells Fargo & Co. ... Read more

New U.S. Subprime Boom, Same Old Sins: Auto Defaults Are Soaring | Bloomberg | 07/17/17 | 3:14

Larry Fink Says Dark Clouds for U.S. Economy Aren't Waning
Bloomberg| Sabrina Willmer | 07/17/17

Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., said the U.S. economy is growing slower than expected and will expand modestly at 2.4 percent in the second quarter.

"There are still dark clouds we have to face," said Fink, in an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday. While corporate earnings have been good, "we aren't seeing that rise in personal income we would have thought," he said.

Fink reiterated his concern that a risk to the market is the White House's ability to quickly pass key reforms. "Are we going to see tax reform in the U.S.?" said Fink. ... Read more

How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal
Politico | Nancy Cook | 07/17/17

The Trump team thought Congress would scrap the health law by late February. Nobody expected the effort to drag into the summer months.

The longer Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare flounder, the clearer it becomes that President Donald Trump's team and many in Congress dramatically underestimated the challenge of rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature achievement.

The Trump transition team and other Republican leaders presumed that Congress would scrap Obamacare by President's Day weekend in late February, according to three former Republican congressional aides and two current ones familiar with the administration's efforts.

Few in the administration or Republican leadership expected the effort to stretch into the summer months, with another delay announced this weekend, eating into valuable time for lawmakers to tackle tax reform, nominations or spending bills. ... Read more

Stockman On Peak Bull: Fake Economy And Fake News
ZeroHedge | author | 07/17/17

The American economy has been mangled by decades of assault on capitalist prosperity. Growth is now dying because the Federal Reserve's hit on corporate America that has strip-mined its balance sheets to feed the halls of Wall Street. Trillions of dollars have been thrown into financial engineering (stock buybacks, M&A deals and leveraged recaps) while neglecting real investment and productivity in Flyover America. ... Read more

Blade Runner 2049
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer | Warner Bros | 05/08/17 | 2:21
Best Upcoming SCI-FI Movies -Trailers 2017 | 06/28/17 | 14:21
Baraka - 1992 | Documentary | 1992 | 1:37:49
Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means "blessing" in a multitude of languages.
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  2. Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters
  3. How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Undermines Civil Rights & Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students
  4. In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal
  5. From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa
Gerald Epstein, co-director of Political Economy Research Institute says - > If Yellen is Out, What's Next for the Fed? | TRNN | 07/15/17 | 10:09
NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit | TRNN | 07/17/17 | 19:40
Alternet reporter Ben Norton -> How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran | TRNN | 07/16/17 | 15:48
Thought Trump's Doctor Was Crazy? Meet His Lawyer... | TYT | 07/16/17 | 9:15
Trump Explains Chinese And North Korean History | TYT | 07/16/17 | 5:35
Trump Has Spent Close To 25% Of His Presidency Playing Golf | TYT | 07/17/17 | 4:39
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Donald Trump Jr Russian Meeting Story Unpacking Like A Nesting Doll | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/14/17 | 19:39
"Trump's Lies Are INSANE!" Chris Wallace & Shep. Smith Is Fed Up With Trump | FoxNews | 07/14/17 | 7:15
HEATED: Anderson Cooper almost Loses His Cool When Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Tries To Defend Trump | CNN | 07/15/17 | 16:20
MEGA-Conservative Richard Painter Blasts Trump & Don Jr, "These Two Will Lie To ANYBODY" | CNN | 07/14/17 | 7:30
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One Week Older, July 16 | Stephen Colbert | 07/15/17 | 3:57
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Bill Clinton and George W. Bush BRILLIANTLY Destroys & Makes Fun Of Trump in An Long Interview | ABC | 07/14/17 | 47:56

Friday July 14, 2017

New Health Care Bill Proves GOP Promises On Pre-Existing Conditions Were Never Serious
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 07/13/17

The big change in the new Senate Republican health care proposal is, as expected, an amendment that has the potential to undermine current protections for pre-existing conditions. Yes, that's despite the promises Republican leaders have made, over and over, to treat those protections as sacrosanct.

The amendment, based on a proposal that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been promoting and tweaking for weeks, would undermine the rules on what and who insurers cover in order to make insurance cheaper. These rules, which include prohibitions on charging higher premiums to people with severe medical problems, are a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more

Biggest Cities in the World? New York is 10th

The Trump Family's Explanations Are Straining Credulity to Its Breaking Point
TheAtlantic | David Graham | 07/14/17

The story that Donald Trump Jr., his father, and their aides told about a June 9 meeting with a Russian lawyer made little sense--even before the latest revelations.

The account that the Trumps are offering is implausible on three counts. First, it is challenging to believe on its face, as I wrote earlier this week, that Trump Sr. would never have been told about the meeting. Second, the continued flow of new revelations itself suggests that whatever story the principals are peddling should be considered incomplete by default. Finally, the specifics of the string of new revelations about who attended the meeting and when it came to light make the story seem increasingly improbable.

Start with the original story--or rather, the story that Trump Jr. and others landed on on Tuesday, after he released emails about the June 9, 2016, meeting, in an attempt to get ahead of a New York Times story. (That in itself was already at least the fourth separate account Trump Jr. had offered.) Trump Jr. wanted the public to believe that he had a meeting with someone he believed to be a Russian government lawyer, offering information damaging to Hillary Clinton, because the government of Russia wished to aid his father; that he brought two other people heavily involved in the campaign to the meeting, Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and that although his father was at Trump Tower, the site of the meeting that day, and although the family trumpets its closeness, no one told Donald Trump until he found out in recent days. Trump, through both his personal lawyers and White House staff, has said he only found recently. ... Read more

What's Actually Wrong With the U.S. Health System
TheAtlantic | Olga Khazan | 07/14/17

On the heels of the Senate's latest attempt at replacing the Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth Fund has released its latest evaluation of what, exactly, ails the U.S. health-care system. Once again, the think tank found the U.S. medical system performed the worst among 11 similar countries, all while spending more.

The United States fared especially badly on measures of affordability, access, health outcomes, and equality between the rich and poor. The United Kingdom ranked first, and the other countries in the comparison were Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Canada, and France. ... Read more

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics
Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon Says Being an American Abroad Is 'Almost an Embarrassment'
Bloomberg | Hugh Son | 07/14/17

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, fresh from a work trip overseas, unloaded on everything that's holding back U.S. businesses.

"It's almost an embarrassment being an American traveling around the world," Dimon, 61, said on a conference call with analysts. He doesn't like listening to the "stupid shit" Americans have to deal with, expressing frustration over the nation's inability to invest in infrastructure and overhaul the tax code. "There would be much stronger growth if there were more intelligent decisions and less gridlock." ... Read more

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  2. New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women's Care & Slashing Medicaid
  3. Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court's "Most Conservative Side"
  4. "Care in Chaos": New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump
  5. Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP Healthcare Plan, Bill Targeting Muslims & Philando Castile Settlement
  6. Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest
Michael Lighty of the National Nurses United says -> 'No Compromise on Health Care' | TRNN | 07/13/17 | 6:47
Bill Black says -> New Rules for Banks: "Honest Bankers Please Step Forward" | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 7:38
Alternet reporter Ben Norton says -> War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 17:29
Islamophobe Breaks Down In Tears | TYT | 07/13/17 | 3:59
Paul Ryan: Dress Respectfully While We Rob You Blind | TYT | 07/13/17 | 5:32
Keiser Report: Lifetime of Financial Crises (E1096) | RT | 07/13/17 | 26:22
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/14/17 | 1hr
Iraq marks a major moment, Brazil sends its former president to prison and President Trump looks for an alternative agreement -- in Paris.
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Donald Trump Lawyer E-mail Meltdown Raises Questions Of Competence | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/14/17 | 18:03
Latest Time Cover On Donald Trump Jr.: 'Red handed' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 8:24
President Donald Trump 'Has To Be Exposed For The Fraud He Is' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 9:56
Sheldon Whitehouse: White House Won't Address Kushner's Security Clearance | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 10:43
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Trump Said More Than 'Bonjour' To France's First Lady' | Stephen Colbert | 07/14/17 | 5:58
Stephen Recreates Kellyanne Conway's 'Fun With Words' | Stephen Colbert | 07/14/17 | 3:28
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The Translators - Interpreting Donald Trump | The Daily Show | 07/13/17 | 7:04

Thursday July 13, 2017

Republicans Stare Down Failure On Health Care With No Real Plan B
HP | Matt Fuller | 07/12/17

Another map won't help if you don't know where you're headed.

Senate Republicans are still moving ahead with a vote on their health care bill next week, but barring some sudden changes of hearts, it looks like they will fall short of the votes ? and no one seems to have a real idea of what to do then.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to release the text of a revised bill Thursday, along with an amendment drafted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would dramatically undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the name of lowering costs for healthy people. On Wednesday afternoon, Cruz suggested, but did not directly state, that he would vote against the motion to proceed on the bill if his amendment was not attached. ... ... Read more

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said:
"I ran on repealing Obamacare," Paul told reporters Wednesday. "It doesn't repeal Obamacare. It creates a giant Obamacare superfund. I can't be for that."

Trump's lawyers try to control unruly White House
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 07/13/17

They are trying to remind the president and his aides that small indiscretions can spell big trouble.

The lawyers, people familiar with the internal discussions say, are reminding White House aides and the president that the stakes are higher now that a special counsel and Congress are scrutinizing their every move, that small indiscretions could turn into bigger issues, and that they have to follow rules they don't like.

Trump's legal team is attempting to separate the president from Donald Trump Jr. and the son's legal team on Russia matters, as well from Jared Kushner and his legal team, over concerns that the blurred lines could create unnecessary problems, according to these sources. They have tried to block Trump's warring band of aides from joining meetings with his lawyers, warning that they could become witnesses or be forced to hire lawyers if they attend. ... Read more

U.S. Stocks Mixed Near Records as Dollar Weakens: Markets Wrap
U.S. stock futures fluctuated near all-time highs, while the dollar slipped as Janet Yellen prepared to testify a second day after stoking expectations the Fed won't rush to end the era of cheap money. | Bloomberg | Eddie Van Der Walt | 07/13/17 | article
If Janet Yellen Is Headed for the Exit, Who's Next Leading Fed?
Gary Cohn, Trump's senior economic adviser, has garnered the most recent attention after Politico reported Tuesday that he's the leading candidate. |Bloomberg | Christopher Condon | 07/13/17 | article

A New Sign of Fear for U.S. Drillers
Bloomberg | Ryan Collins | 07/13/17

... Earlier this year, while equity investors were killing them, the companies could bask in the warm glow of bondholders' confidence. Then the U.S. price of oil tumbled below $50 a barrel and kept sinking. Natural gas took a dive, too. That's when the warm glow turned cold.

Energy junk bonds have been hit especially hard. They slipped more than 2 percent in June, according to a Bloomberg index, after increasing 38 percent in 2016 -- a year when 89 energy companies filed for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Energy Sector Index has slumped 16 percent since Jan. 3, while the S&P 500 is up nearly 8 percent in the same period. ... Read more

Visa Begins Bribing Merchants To Stop Taking Cash
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/17

The war on cash is escalating. A big driver isn't central banks who want to be able to inflict negative interest rates on savers, or Treasuries who see cash transactions as hiding revenues from their tax collectors, but the payment networks that want to kill cash (and checks!) as competitors to their oh so terrific (and fee-gouging) credit and debit cards. ... Read more

40% Of The Fed's Interest On Excess Reserves Is Paid To Foreign Banks
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/17

Now that Congress is finally scrutinizing the $4.5 trillion elephant in the room, it may be interested to know that approximately 40%, or $838 billion in reserves parked at the Fed belong to foreign banks. This means that the Fed is giving a $10 billion (and rising) annualized subsidy to non-US banks every year. ... Read more

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  4. Whistleblowers Shouldn't Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner
Dr. Twila Moon, a glacial expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center -> Massive Iceberg Breaks Free in Antarctica: How Worried Should We Be? | TRNN | 07/13/17 | 6:43
Hannity's Lobbing Softballs But Don Jr. Still Strikes Out | TYT | 07/12/17 | 10:29
Antarctica Just Got A Lot Smaller... | TYT | 07/12/17 | 6:53
Proof Mexico Isn't Paying For That Wall | TYT | 07/12/17 | 5:14
Back to Ruins: Mosul residents fear returning to demolished homes in devastated city | RT | 07/12/17 | 9:51
Thanks to Wall Street, Average Joe Can Now Bet Against America | ThomHartmann | 07/12/17 | 27:59
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Donald Trump Jr. Scandal Sends GOP Seeking New Story | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/12/17 | 21:01
Why Donald Trump Jr.'s emails change everything | Vox | 07/12/17 | 6:07
Why Donald Trump Jr.'s emails change everythingDonald Trump: Claims Of Collusion 'Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard' | msnbc 11th Hour | 07/12/17 | 9:06
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Donald Jr.'s Best Defense? That He's An Idiot | Stephen Colbert | 07/13/17 | 9:34
John Oliver: The Don Jr. Scandal Is Something (If Something Means Anything) | Stephen Colbert | 07/13/17 | 7:53
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Doncathlon - Fox News Defends the Indefensible Donald Trump Jr | The Daily Show | 07/12/17 | 6:49

Wednesday July 12, 2017

Scientists Say Massive Iceberg Has Broken Off in Antarctica
Bloomberg | Climate Changed | 07/12/17

A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie has broken off from a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.

The iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf, scientists at the University of Swansea in Britain said. The iceberg is described as weighing 1 trillion tons (1.12 trillion U.S. tons).

The process, known as calving, occurred in the last few days, when a 5,800-square-kilometer (2,240-square-mile) section broke away. ... Read more

Climate Change Dilemma for Coastal America: How Much Flooding Is Too Much?
Bloomberg | Christopher Flavelle and Daniel Levitt | 07/12/17

... Local governments around the coastal U.S. will face variations on that dilemma, perhaps sooner than they realize. In a report released Wednesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists used federal data to project the year communities will become what it calls "chronically inundated." The group, which urges Congress to take action to address climate change, defined that threshold as any community that faced flooding an average of every two weeks across at least 10 percent of its area.

It's not just small towns along the beach. By 2100, a third of Savannah, Georgia could be flooded twice a month, including more densely populated parts of the city's historic downtown. ... Read more

The Everybody-Does-It Defense of Collusion
TheAtlantic | Mckay Coppins | 07/11/17

After months of vehement denials, Trump supporters and surrogates are trying a new tack: If collusion occurred, it was no big deal.

As evidence continues to mount suggesting the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election, the president's allies have shifted to a new defense. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put it: "You could argue it's dumb, but it's not illegal."

For months, the White House has fervently denied allegations of collusion, with President Trump routinely dismissing Russia stories in the press as "fake news," and calling himself the victim of an historically unprecedented "witch hunt." His Republican defenders have largely followed suit, rejecting the entire collusion narrative as a "hoax," or at least a partisan smear. ... Read more

Steve Bannon is back -- and while we're all distracted he wants to outsource the war in Afghanistan
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 07/12/17

While Don Jr. implodes, Steve Bannon and Erik Prince have hatched a plan to privatize war and pillage Afghanistan

... Ever since President Trump's inauguration there has been a tremendous amount of palace intrigue with factions loyal to Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon fighting for influence alongside whichever policy advisers and cabinet officials happen to be relevant that particular week. The Russia scandal has implicated Kushner in ways that make him especially vulnerable, however, and Bannon appears to be filling the vacuum.

According New York Magazine's Joshua Green, who has been following Bannon for years and has a new book coming out on the subject called "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency," Bannon is fully back in the fold after a few shaky months and he's advising Trump to fight and win by any means necessary. Green reports that the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the recent moves on immigration and Trump's Warsaw speech are all signs that Bannon's influence is once again on the rise. He notes that Bannon, so far, is personally untouched by the Russia scandal: ... Read more

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Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton | DN | 07/12/17 | 14:31
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  4. Mexico Spied on Human Rights Investigators & Families of Missing Students Instead of the Kidnappers
  5. 122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Do Trump Jr.'s Russia Emails Live up to the Hype? | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 17:57
House Panel Votes to Debate Post-9/11 Blank Check for War | TRNN | 07/12/17 | 20:20
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Eric And Donald Trump Junior: The Sons Also Rise | 1a.org | 07/11/17 | 1hr
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Donald Trump Jr Collusion Admission Leaves Jared Kushner Exposed | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/11/17 | 19:50
United States Secrets (Snowden Leaks) | PBS Frontline | 03/18/17 | 1:56:11
Edward Snowden Exposes Donald Trump FULL Interview 2017 | VarietyVanity | 02/15/17 | 54:46
Joe Scarborough: 'I Think A Lot Of Republicans Feel The Way I Do' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/12/17 | 6:22
Donald Trump Jr.: We Now Know For Sure That Russia Was Involved | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/12/17 | 7:27
Trump supporters defense of Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting makes Anderson Cooper laugh | CNN | 07/11/17 | 9:54
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own 'Deepthroat' | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 10:36
Mika Brzezinski And Joe Scarborough Unpack Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 7:31
Joe Scarborough Explains Why He's Done With The GOP | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 4:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
A Russian, an Email and an Idiot: Did Donald Trump Jr. Incriminate Himself? | The Daily Show | 07/11/17 | 9:25

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Emails reveal Donald Trump Jr. wanted to work with Russia to get Hillary Clinton dirt
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 07/11/17

Donald Trump Jr. has just released emails on Twitter that may make his case look worse than it did prior to the scathing story by The New York Times over the weekend.

In a series of Twitter posts that he insisted were intended to be "totally transparent," Trump Jr. revealed a series of emails that he exchanged with former tabloid journalist Rob Goldstone. Perhaps the most damning exchange occurs on the fourth page, when Goldstone writes:

"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." ... Read more

Sean Hannity blames Democrats for the Donald Trump Jr. problems
Salon | Taylor Link | 07/11/17

The Fox News host pre-taped his show Monday before news broke that there was emails about Russia's involvement

Fox News host Sean Hannity lives in an alternative universe and is begging his audience to join him. The right-wing commentator took his spin to towering new heights on Monday when he blamed everybody except the Trump administration for the growing Russia scandal.

Hannity, a mouthpiece for President Donald Trump, had the audacity to point his fingers at Democrats for the shady meeting that took place in June 2016 involving Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney. ... Read more
Hannity RIPS Everyone! | Sean Hannity | 07/11/17 | 16:08

Read the Emails in Which Donald Trump Jr. Is Offered Clinton Dirt
MotherJones | James West | 07/11/17

New emails published by the New York Times Tuesday morning reveal that Donald Trump Jr. leapt at the chance to meet with a Russian lawyer who, he was told, was acting as an emissary from the Russian government and offering the Trump campaign negative information on Hillary Clinton.

The emails -- which Trump Jr. tweeted out when he learned the Times was going to reveal them -- show top Trump campaign advisers colluding, or attempting to collude, with Vladimir Putin's regime. This is a dramatic development in the Trump-Russia scandal and undercuts the many claims from the Trump camp that Donald Trump and his associates had no contacts with the Russian government during the campaign. ... Read more
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Trump Jr.'s Emails and a Question of Russian Collusion | Bloomberg | 07/11/17 | 2:27
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  4. Is Venezuela Facing a U.S.-Backed Destabilization Effort or Uprising Against Leader-Turned-Dictator?
Trump & Putin Talk, But US-Russia Confrontation Lingers | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 24:01
UN Adopts Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban over US-Led Opposition | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 19:10
Ivanka Sits In For Trump At G20 | TYT | 07/10/17 | 7:48
Trump Backpedals On Joint "Cyber Security Unit" With Russia | TYT | 07/10/17 | 7:45
Is Donald Trump Jr. Guilty Of Treason? | TYT | 07/10/17 | 6:49
John Fugelsang - Is Trump Turning US Into Rogue Nation? | ThomHartmann | 07/10/17 | 12:38
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Anti-Social: Why Disagreements Turn Into Death Threats Online | 1a.org | 07/11/17 | 1hr
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Mr. President Wasn't Mr. Popular At The G20 Summit | Stephen Colbert | 07/11/17 | 5:02
Stephen Stars As Donald Trump Jr. In 'Collusion' | Stephen Colbert | 07/11/17 | 7:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Donald Trump Jr. Reminds Everyone How Incompetent His Dad's Administration Is | The Daily Show | 07/10/17 | 4:57

Monday July 10, 2017

Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
TheAtlantic | Mihir A. Desai | date

While lots of attention is directed toward identifying the next great startup, the defining tech-industry story of the last decade has been the rise of Apple and Google. In terms of wealth creation, there is no comparison. Eight years ago, neither one of them was even in the top 10 most valuable companies in the world, and their combined market value was less than $300 billion. Now, Apple and Alphabet (Google's parent company) have become the two most valuable companies, with a combined market capitalization of over $1.3 trillion. And increasingly, these two behemoths are starting to collide in various markets, from smartphones to home-audio devices to, according to speculation, automobiles.

But the greatest collision between Apple and Google is little noticed. The companies have taken completely different approaches to their shareholders and to the future, one willing to accede to the demands of investors and the other keeping power in the hands of founders and executives. These rival approaches are about something much bigger than just two of the most important companies in the world; they embody two alternative models of capitalism, and the one that wins out will shape the future of the economy. ... Read more

Joan Lee, Wife Of Marvel's Stan Lee, Has Died
The pair had been married 69 years.

Quantum computers compete for "supremacy"
Salon | Neil Savage, Scientific American | date

But to realize those visions, scientists first have to figure out how to actually build a quantum computer that can perform more than the simplest operations. They are now getting closer than ever, with IBM in May announcing its most complex quantum system so far and Google saying it is on track this year to unveil a processor with so-called "quantum supremacy" -- capabilities no conventional computer can match.

Small systems exist, but the next steps in the race to make them bigger will have to determine whether quantum computers can deliver on their potential. Scientists and industry players have focused largely on one of two approaches. One cools loops of wire to near --273.15 degrees Celsius, or absolute zero, turning them into superconductors where current flows with virtually no resistance. The other relies on trapped ions -- charged atoms of the rare earth element ytterbium held in place in a vacuum chamber by laser beams and manipulated by other lasers. The oscillating charges (in both the wires and the trapped ions) function as quantum bits, or "qubits," which can be harnessed to carry out the computer's operations. .. Read more

Our first and last home
Salon | Jesse Soloff | 07/09/17

Five months before my young wife died of cancer, we bought our first home together. We knew it would be her last

We had bought our first home, in the Charlotte, North Carolina, neighborhood of NoDa, five months earlier, in the spring of 2016, knowing that it would likely be our last. Not because we would spend the rest of our lives there, but because that's where Taylor would spend the rest of hers. ... Read more

"I'm Gonna Unchain The Dogs" Bannon Warned Ailes During Trump-Fox Spat
ZeroHedge | author | 07/101/17

Amid the 2016 Presidential campaign, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly told late Fox News head Roger Ailes to "go fuck yourself" during the Trump campaign's battle with the news network.

New York Magazine reported that Ailes, who died in May, sent his personal lawyer, Peter Johnson Jr., to Breitbart headquarters in D.C. to tell Bannon to stop running stories against then-Fox News host Megan Kelly, who questioned to President Trump during a primary debate about his behavior and language about women.,

As The Hill reports, Bannon reportedly refused to call off the coverage, calling Kelly "pure evil" and saying that she would turn on Ailes one day. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 10 [13:31]
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  3. Even as All G20 Countries Except U.S. Affirm Paris Deal, Nations Pour $72B a Year into Fossil Fuels
  4. Award-Winning Journalist Amy Wilentz on Just How Little Jared Kushner Knows About Foreign Politics
**Has the Environmental Movement Failed? A Conversation with Dr. David Suzuki | TRNN | 07/10/17 | 20:38
*How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 9:33
Trump's Alt Right Manifesto is War | TYT | 07/09/17 | 4:02
Is Media "Helping To Divide The Nation?" | TYT | 07/09/17 | 8:36
What Really Happened in the Closed Doors Meeting Between Trump and Putin? | TYT | 07/09/17 | 9:17
Keiser Report: Trump's Agenda (E1094) | RT | 07/08/17 | 25:50
The GOP's Phony Choice on Healthcare | ThomHartmann | 07/07/17 | 28:01
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Senator Pat Toomey: President Donald Trump's Meeting With Putin A 'Disappointment' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/10/17 | 11:13
Did Donald Trump Get Played By Vladimir Putin? | MSNBC Last Word | 07/07/17 | 16:02
This linguist studied the way Trump speaks for two years. Here's what she found. | WashingtonPost | 07/07/17 | 4:20
John Bolton: Putin looked Trump in the eye and lied | Fox News | 07/07/17 | 8:09
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Presidents | John Oliver | 07/09/17 | 8:53

Friday July 07, 2017

More Americans Trust Merkel Than Trump To Handle Foreign Affairs
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 07/06/17

Residents of most G-20 countries ? including the United States ? have more faith in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than in U.S. President Donald Trump to handle world affairs, according to newly released data from Pew Research.

Fifty-six percent of Americans say they have some or a lot of confidence in Merkel to do the right thing regarding foreign affairs, according to the poll published Wednesday. Just 46 percent have a similar level of confidence in Trump. ... Read more
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Rachel Maddow Says Forged NSA Document Being Shopped Around To News Outlets
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 07/07/17

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said she had a "strange scoop" to share with audiences Thursday night after receiving what she believes is a meticulously forged document sent over her tip line with the intention to discredit her.

"I feel like I need to send this up like a flare for other news organizations in particular," Maddow said. "That's part of what I'm intending to do here with this story tonight."

Over the next 20 minutes, the MSNBC host discussed how her show received a document, purportedly from the National Security Administration, labeled as classified and filled with such bombshells about Russia that Maddow said if it were authentic, it would be a "gun still firing proverbial bullets." But after careful examination, which she describes in great detail, her show deemed the document a forgery. Read more

Maddow To News Orgs: Beware Of Forged Donald Trump Russia Documents! | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/06/17 | 21:18

Here's How Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes
AlterNet | Derek Kravitz / ProPublica | 07/05/17

Donald Trump sold two condos to Eric in April 2016 at a steep discount. But he doesn't appear to be on the hook for gift taxes.

In April 2016, as Donald Trump was on the cusp of clinching the Republican nomination for the White House, he sold two luxury condos near Manhattan's Central Park for less than half the price his company had said they were worth. The lucky buyer: Trump's son, Eric

Such family-friendly deals would normally incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift taxes. ... Read more

200 Years Of Immigration - Who Came To America, And When?
Here's another look -- this time, it's a data visualization from Insightful Interaction using data from the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics from 1820 to 2015. At first, immigration is coming almost exclusively from Europe. | Metrocosm | 05/04/16 | 1:41
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  4. Katrina vanden Heuvel: Now is Time for Trump & Putin to Negotiate, Not Escalate Tensions
  5. Berta Cáceres's Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras
How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 9:33
'Welcome to Hell': 100,000 Protesters Aim to 'Kettle' G20 Over Inequality, War and Climate Change | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 11:11
Nicolai Petro discusses -> Trump Tells Russia to Stop 'Destabilizing' Ukraine, But What's Really Going On? | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 16:45
Republican Regrets Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video | TYT | 07/05/17 | 5:09
Stephen Hawking warns: Trump is Pushing Us to the Apocalypse | ThomHartmann | 07/05/17 | 27:48
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/07/17 | 1hr
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump leave for a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the world's top economies gather July 7-8; their disagreements range from wars to climate change and global trade.
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 07/07/17 | 1hr
Police search for evidence after a man was shot in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on July 2nd. Five people were killed and about another 50 wounded in gunfire in Chicago over the holiday weekend. On June 1, a task force was formed by the Chicago police and state and federal law enforcement to combat gun violence in the city.
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'Welcome To Hell' Protest Greets G20 Leaders | MSNBC | 07/06/17 | 2:33

Thursday July 06, 2017
Noam Chomsky July 05, 2017 - Ralph Nader Interviews | | 07/05/17 | 54:35
Noam Chomsky July 2017 - The Emerging World Order | Cognitive Science | 07/02/17 | 1:00:06

What Jared's office actually does
Politico | Nancy Scola | 07/01/17

Its briefing is almost comically broad, but the innovation office run by the presidential son-in-law is starting to take shape. Now can it succeed where others have floundered?

When a dozen and a half CEOs of the world's biggest tech companies descended on the White House last month, it turned a spotlight on one of the bigger mysteries of a mysterious White House: They were convened by the Office of American Innovation, the new operation being run by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. Announced with much fanfare by the president in March, the office was set up to bring "new thinking and real change" to the country's toughest problems, according to Trump, in part by drawing on the lessons of the private sector.

Since then, observers have been wondering just what it was, or even if it was. It didn't help that the sweep of its briefing was almost comically broad, from upgrading federal government's $82 billion worth of information technology, to spurring the creation of new jobs, changing how the country thinks about apprenticeships and "unleashing American business." Not to mention working with sometimes-antagonist Chris Christie's commission on tackling the United States' opioid epidemic. (And all this while Kushner is also supposed to be tackling Middle Eastern peace.) ... Read more

Quote of the Day: Who Cares If Trump Is Mentally Fit?

The Flashpoints for World Leaders at the Hamburg G-20
Bloomberg | Alan Crawford and Sam Dodge | 07/06/17

The Group of 20 summit that starts in Hamburg on Thursday is the most anticipated -- and potentially turbulent -- meeting of global leaders in years. An unpredictable U.S. president with a protectionist bent, a Russian leader subject to international sanctions and a Chinese president looking to assert a greater global role are just a few of the factors that might stoke tensions.

Sparks could really fly over the policy agenda of free trade, climate change and migration put forward by the German host. Angela Merkel is determined to avoid a repeat of May's G-7 meeting in Italy, where it was six against one: Donald Trump. Yet she acknowledges that "the discord is obvious" and "it would be dishonest to paper over the confict." ... Read more

Trump's Warsaw, Poland Press Conference in 60 Seconds | Bloomberg | 07/06/17 | 1:00

Yes, the Mainstream Media Does Publish Fake News
A timeline of global warming denial in the media.
MotherJones | Rebecca Leber | 07/05/17

At the briefing, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was asked whether Trump thinks humans are warming the planet. After refusing to comment on the president's views, Pruitt said that the "degree of human contribution" to global warming remains uncertain. That uncertainty, Pruitt suggested, makes it difficult to decide how policymakers should respond. ...

... It's hardly surprising that a misleading New York Times column would be promoted by the administration of a president who sees global warming as a Chinese hoax. Skeptics have long sought to validate their views by injecting them into respectable media outlets. And they've frequently been successful. Here's a short history of climate misinformation infiltrating the mainstream news media: ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 06 [10:13]
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  4. Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently: Syrian Citizen Journalists Document a City Under Siege
Journalist Tim Shorrock says -> Trump Talks Tough Instead of Talking to North Korea | TRNN | 07/05/17 | 16:10
Journalist Ari Berman of The Nation says -> Trump Panel Demands Private Voter Info, Gets Backlash Instead | TRNN | 07/05/17 | 9:54
Dems Could Have Stopped Saudi Arms Deal If Not For Joe Manchin | TYT | 07/05/17 | 5:28
Keiser Report: Anarchy Currencies (E1093) | RT | 07/06/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy are in Mexico City, where they ask whether American childhood has taken an authoritarian turn, as posited by The American Conservative magazine. Max also interviews Jeff Berwick of DollarVigilante.com about crypto currencies, anarcho-capitalism and the Mexican business environment.
Are the Saudis funding extremism? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 07/06/17 | 25:30
Rami Khouri: In Rift with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE Want to Hold Back Waves of Changer | DN | 07/06/17 | 10:49
Why Saudi Arabia Wants Qatar to Shut Al Jazeera | NYTimes | 06/30/17 | 3:58
Arms and Resistance in Jobar | Aljazeera: People and Power | 07/06/17 | 26:00
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US Options For Dealing With North Korea | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/05/17 | 15:02
Fox News Contributor Jason Chaffetz Rips GOP For Health Care Mess | Fox News | 07/06/17 | 4:02
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People Can't Stand Martin Shkreli's Face | Stephen Colbert | 07/01/17 | 3:45

Wednesday July 05, 2017
Bernie Sanders at the Peoples Summit
Bernie Sanders on Resisting Trump, Why the Democratic Party is an "Absolute Failure" & More | DN | 07/03/17 | 55:04

8 Years, 2 Presidents, And A Whole Different World
HP | S.V. Date | 07/03/17

It was the cab driver's last trip of the evening, close to midnight, running me from the G-7 summit press filing center to my hotel a few miles away, and as he sped down the deserted streets we made small talk about that day's meetings.

He was an older guy, driving an older minivan, whose English was even more limited than my Italian. I said the day's meetings had gone fine when, placing my accent, he asked me how Signor Trump was doing.

I almost answered automatically -- he was fine -- when on a lark I told him that I'd written a story saying people thought he was "molto pazzo" -- very crazy. That many Italians were saying this.

Which was when he raised a hand: "No. No. Signor Trump non è molto pazzo. Signor Trump è tutto pazzo."

Over the next few minutes I was able to discern some of his other views on Signor Trump. That he was an old man but acted like a "bambino." That there was something not right with his "testa." And how did he possibly get so rich being so dumb?

Hearing this wasn't surprising. I'd already talked to people in Rome, Milan and Genoa, and this seemed to be the consensus view in Italy. (Indeed, a new Pew poll shows that low regard for President Donald Trump is not confined to Italy, but is pretty common around the world.) Trump's recent visit to Rome drew protests, but the mayor's refusal to grant permits kept them relatively modest. ... Read more

CNN Has The 'Trust' Advantage Over President Trump In A New Poll
HP | Carla Herreria | 07/04/17/span>

Even as controversy continues over President Donald Trump's tweet of a video showing him beating up a personified version of CNN, a poll released Tuesday shows the cable news outlet edging him in trust among most Americans. The survey also showed the New York Times, Washington Post and the broadcast television networks faring better than Trump in trustworthiness. But the poll, conducted by Survey Monkey and published by Axios, also illustrates the stark political divide in the U.S. ... Read more

The Qatar Crisis
TRNN | Adam Hanieh | Republished

The June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar has sent shockwaves through the Middle East.

The ensuing blockade shut down much of the Gulf's maritime and land trade with Qatar, provoking fears that the tiny state would soon face food shortages. Major air carriers, including Emirates, Gulf Air, flydubai, and Etihad Airways, canceled flights, and Qatari citizens living in the participating nations had just two weeks to return home. Even immigrants with Qatari residency permits would be caught up in the expulsion.

The UAE outlawed any expression of sympathy for Qatar -- including on Twitter -- and threatened offenders with jail terms of up to fifteen years. ... Read more

Trump Wants a Do-Over in Europe
Politico | Thomas Wright | 07/04/17

President Donald Trump is hoping Europe will give him a second chance. This week, he heads to Poland at the invitation of its president and to participate in a regional infrastructure summit and to Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 summit. The trip offers the chance for redemption after a catastrophic visit to Brussels in May that left the NATO alliance hanging by a thread because of his refusal to endorse Article 5, NATO's mutual defense clause.

G-20 summits are usually sleepy affairs, especially in recent years, but this occasion is replete with geopolitical intrigue. The trip is ambitious and difficult. I spoke with six serving officials, all off the record, and 10 recent officials and senior experts from the United States, Europe and Asia for this article. The overwhelming view is that the trip is finely poised between success and failure, with the outcome depending largely on whether Trump listens to his mainstream advisers or indulges his nationalist and America First impulses. The risks can be cast into three baskets--the Poland visit, the Trump-Putin meeting and the G-20 summit. ... Read more

4 Times Trump Has Inspired Widespread Speculation About His Cognitive Decline
Alternet | Kail Holloway | 07/05/17

Donald Trump has spent more than 20 percent of his presidency on the golf course, and this past weekend was no exception.

After three days of hitting balls around at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president finally decided to return to Washington, D.C. on Monday. Footage of Trump's arrival shows him exiting Air Force One, then descending the stairs leading from the plane to the tarmac, where a limousine festooned with American flag awaits. But instead of climbing inside, Trump wanders off in a different direction, taking several steps off course before a Secret Service agent can corral him. ... Read more

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  3. 44 States Say No to Trump: Resistance Grows as Trump's Election Commission Seeks Private Voter Data
  4. Ari Berman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort
  5. Rami Khouri: In Rift with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE Want to Hold Back Waves of Change
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  2. "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass's Historic Speech
  3. Standing Rock's Fight Against Dakota Pipeline Continues While Tribe Plans for a Fossil-Free Future
  4. Grandson of Former VP Henry A. Wallace on Standing Rock's Fossil-Free Future & American Fascism
  5. Divest-Invest: Foundations Urged to Back Climate Solutions While Divesting From Fossil Fuels
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly | TRNN | REPLAY 03/07/17 | 11:26
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School Children Targeted With Anti-Science Propaganda | TYT | 07/03/17 | 5:43
Why Republicans Aren't Impeaching Trump | TYT | 07/02/17 | 2:10
Why So Many College Students Are Homeless | TYT | 07/02/17 | 6:04
Trevor Noah - Any leader tweeting policy is ridiculous | Aljazeera, Trevor Noah from The Daily Show | 07/04/17 | 23:58
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The Donald Trump Russia Political Crisis: A Timeline In Breaking News | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/03/17 | 16:59
President Donald Trump Aides Named In Hack Recruiter Docs: WSJ | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/30/17 | 2:52
Adversary In Chief: President Donald Trump's Media Attacks Go Too Far | MSNBC | 07/03/17 | 14:22
President Donald Trump's Twitter Feud Against Media Raises More Concerns | MSNBC AM Joy | 07/03/17 | 11:15
A PSA From Dogs About Fireworks | Stephen Colbert | 07/03/17 | 1:22

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