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Friday March 24, 2017

Trump Is Done Negotiating On Health Care, Demands Vote On Friday
HP | Sam Stein | 03/23/17

The Trump White House is done negotiating over repealing and replacing Obamacare, senior officials said Thursday night, and Republicans are moving ahead with a vote on their bill Friday, even though they seem to lack enough support for passage and recalcitrant conservatives and moderates continued talking.

Tension boiled over in a meeting between top administration officials ? including top strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus ? and Republican lawmakers hours after House leadership delayed a scheduled vote on their health care legislation Thursday. President Donald Trump, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is done negotiating, and House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday. If the vote fails, Mulvaney said, the president was prepared to leave Obamacare in place. ... Read more

Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 -- if they vote no on health care bill
CNN | Theodore Schleifer | 03/23/17

In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill.

The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude those who vote for the health care bill they oppose on Thursday. The effort, which they described as worth millions of dollars, is an explicit warning to on-the-fence Republicans from one of the most influential players in electoral politics not to cross them. ... Read more
**Koch Brothers Sabotage Trump's Big Plans | TYT | 03/23/17 | 8:36

'I'm president, you're not': Here are the 5 craziest quotes from Trump's bonkers Time interview
RawStory | Brad Reed | 03/23/17

President Donald Trump sat down with Time Magazine for an interview this week in which he doubled down on multiple falsehoods that he has said over the course of the past two years.

During the interview, Trump repeatedly refused to admit that he had ever said anything that was incorrect, and at times he justified spouting falsehoods by simply claiming that he was quoting "very respected" sources in the media. ... Read more
Trump To Critics: "I'm The President, And You're Not" | TYT | 03/23/17 | 8:46

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 24 [13:20]
*Will House Republicans "Jump Off the Cliff" and Cut Healthcare for 24 Million Americans? | DN | 03/24/17 | 15:31
*Attorney for "Frozen Trucker": Neil Gorsuch May Have Been Most Hostile Judge I've Ever Encountered | DN | 03/24/17 | 9:27
Sen. Al Franken Grills Neil Gorsuch on Frozen Trucker Case in Extended Questioning | DN | 03/24/17 | 10:29
New Provisions Eliminate Healthcare From GOP 'Wealthcare' Bill | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 3:41
Trump Stooge Spectacularly Undermines Investigation | TYT | 03/23/17 | 6:42
Trump DESTROYING Wall Street Regulations | TYT | 03/23/17 | 10:44
Will Our Democracy Survive the Right-Wing Takeover? | ThomHartmann | 03/22/17 | 11:45
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Hayes: President Donald Trump Doesn't Want Or Care About AHCA | MSNBC Chris Hayes | 03/24/17 | 7:38
President Defiant Trump Defends Blatant Falsehoods In New Time Magazine Interview | MSNBC The 11th Hour | 03/24/17 | 6:53
Joe: Let Congress Start Renegotiating On Health Care Bill | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/24/17 | 18:45
Tom Price: Health Care Bill Is One Step In A Bigger Plan | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/24/17 | 9:32
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Republicans Can't Get Their S**t Together on Health Care | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/23/17 | 6:38
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A Real Conservative Wishlist | Stephen Colbert | 03/23/17 | 0:57

Thursday March 23, 2017

Everything About This Republican Obamacare Repeal Vote Is Nuts
HP | Jeffrey Young , Sam Stein | 03/23/17/span>

An unpopular president and a House Republican leadership team with a seemingly weak grasp of its own members' priorities is preparing to rush through legislation that would trade 24 million people's health coverage for a huge tax cut on wealthy households and health care corporations.

This nearly friendless plan goes by the name of the American Health Care Act, a dull title that belies not only the havoc it could wreak on the health care system but the chaos it's creating within the Republican Party, from the White House to Capitol Hill to the monied interests that fund the GOP's agenda.

The Republican health care reform bill polls poorly, has sparked protests across the country, and would have disproportionately harmful effects on the older, poorer and rural voters often credited with President Donald Trump's electoral victory while having disproportionately positive effects for well-off urbanites.

It doesn't solve the Affordable Care Act's problems, or fulfill Trump's promises to offer universal coverage or his and other Republicans' promises to reduce health care costs for consumers. ... Read more

Russian Agent, Paul Manafort, Ran Trump's Campaign
AP & TYT | author |03/22/17

Evidence shows that Paul Manafort was influencing the Trump campaign to be more pro-Putin.

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates.

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.

Manafort pitched the plans to aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.

"We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success," Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government."" ... Read more

**Russian Agent, Paul Manafort, Ran Trump's Campaign | TYT | 03/22/17 | 15:09
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer (2017)

In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

Why is America living in an age of profound and widening economic inequality? Why have even modest attempts to address climate change been defeated again and again? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? In a riveting and indelible feat of reporting, Jane Mayer illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats -- headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys -- who have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Mayer traces a byzantine trail of billions of dollars spent by the network, revealing a staggering conglomeration of think tanks, academic institutions, media groups, courthouses, and government allies that have fallen under their sphere of influence. Drawing from hundreds of exclusive interviews, as well as extensive scrutiny of public records, private papers, and court proceedings, Mayer provides vivid portraits of the secretive figures behind the new American oligarchy and a searing look at the carefully concealed agendas steering the nation. Dark Money is an essential book for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

Obamacare repeal in jeopardy as Trump offers 11th-hour concessions
Politico | Kyle Cheney | 03/23/17

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare -- backed vehemently by President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan -- continued to bleed support from moderate House members Thursday morning just hours before an expected vote.

An effort to woo conservatives, hatched late Wednesday, appeared to backfire with other factions in the House Republican Conference, and the growing rebellion threatens to derail Trump's guarantee that he will repeal and replace the seven-year-old health care law.

"After careful deliberation, I cannot support the bill and will oppose it," Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) announced after he joined moderates for a two-hour meeting with Ryan and House leaders late Wednesday. "I believe this bill, in its current form, will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals." ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
The Truth Of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard (#50) | Keith Olbermann | 03/22/17 | 8:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 23 [13:03]
*Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & the Dark Money Behind Trump and Bannon's Radical Vision | DN | 03/23/17 | 19:19
We look at Robert Mercer, the man who is said to have out-Koched the Koch brothers in the 2016 election. The secretive billionaire hedge-fund tycoon, along with his daughter Rebekah, is credited by many with playing an instrumental role in Donald Trump's election. "The Mercers laid the groundwork for the Trump revolution," Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon said. "Irrefutably, when you look at donors during the past four years, they have had the single biggest impact of anybody, including the Kochs." Before Bannon and Kellyanne Conway joined the Trump campaign, both worked closely with the Mercers. The Mercers bankrolled Bannon's Breitbart News, as well as some of Bannon's film projects. Conway ran a super PAC created by the Mercers to initially back the candidacy of Ted Cruz. While the Mercers have helped reshape the American political landscape, their work has all been done from the shadows. To talk more about the Mercers, we speak with Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest piece is headlined "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer exploited America's populist insurgency." She is also author of "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right," which just came out in paperback.
*Dark Money Billionaires Push for Pro-Nuclear Radiation Climate Denier for White House Science Post | DN | 03/23/17 | 15:52
*Dark Data: Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter | DN | 03/23/17 | 7:01
Nick Brana discusses -> Should Sanders Continue the Fight Outside the Democratic Party? | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 11:43
**Jeffrey Tayler, Contributing editor to The Atlantic, discusses -> Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? Part 2 | TRNN | 03/23/17 | 21:51
Keiser Report: Heading for Global War (E1048) | RT | 03/23/17 | 25:48
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss the racket that is war. In the second half Max talks to JP Sottile of NewsVandal.com about trumping Trump and howling at the Moonves: how corporate media raked in the big bucks pushing a reality TV star as president.
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Donald Trump Russia Case 'More Than Circumstantial' | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/22/17 | 21:33
*Paul Manafort Worked For Billionaire On Vladimir Putin's Behalf | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/22/17 | 14:25
*Lawrence: President Trump, Paul Ryan, Devin Nunes In Over Their Heads | MSNBC The Last Word | 03/23/17 | 14:28
Daily News with Trevor Noah
*Neil Gorsuch Speaks Like Every Action Hero Ever | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/22/17 | 8:53
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Trump's Hard Power Budget | Samantha Bee | 03/22/17 | 5:55
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*TrumpCare's New 'Three-Bucket Strategy'... Buckets Full Of What? | Stephen Colbert | 03/23/17 | 6:10

Wednesday March 22, 2017

Insurance Executive Blasts GOP Health Care Proposal: 'This Bill Is Terrible'
HP | Jonathan Cohn | date

Most insurance industry executives have been circumspect about the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its proposed replacement, the American Health Care Act. Mario Molina is an exception.

"I think this bill is terrible," Molina, the CEO of Molina Healthcare, told The Huffington Post in a lengthy interview Friday. The company covers more than 4 million people scattered across 13 states ? including California, where it's headquartered, as well as Florida, Michigan, New York and Texas. That makes it the 10th-largest health insurance company in the U.S., according to a 2015 government survey. ... Read more

A President's Credibility
WSJ | author | 03/22/17

If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We're not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

The latest example is Mr. Trump's refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had "found out that [Barack] Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory" on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence. ... Read more

Democrats Beware: Sanders 'Movement' Turns to Midterms
ABCNews| Alex Seitz-Wald | 03/20/17

... During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his "political revolution" could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.

The path of Sanders' former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections -- and setting their sights on their own. .... Read more
Establishment Reacts To Justice Democrats | TYT | 03/21/17 | 19:31

Current vote count: Obamacare repeal would fail
Politico | Kyle Cheney | 03/22/17

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders race to flip holdouts a day before a make-or-break House vote.

President Donald Trump's plan to remake the nation's health care system -- and perhaps the fate of his legislative agenda -- hinges on a 24-hour battle of wills with resistant conservatives that begins Wednesday.

The president, and his allies in House GOP leadership, will bring to bear the full weight of the White House on rank-and-file holdouts as they attempt to secure a handful of votes to pass their plan to replace Obamacare. For members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, the goal is to outlast the pressure campaign. ... Read more

The Only True Surprise? Trump's an Idiot (#49) | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 7:07

We Fact-Checked Lawmakers' Letters to Constituents on Health Care
ProPublica | Charles Ornstein | 03/22/17

When Louisiana resident Andrea Mongler wrote to her senator, Bill Cassidy, in support of the Affordable Care Act, she wasn't surprised to get an email back detailing the law's faults. Cassidy, a Republican who is also a physician, has been a vocal critic.

"Obamacare" he wrote in January, "does not lower costs or improve quality, but rather it raises taxes and allows a presidentially handpicked 'Health Choices Commissioner' to determine what coverage and treatments are available to you." There's one problem with Cassidy's ominous-sounding assertion: It's false. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 22 [12:17]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 22 (FULL) [12:17]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
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  2. A Driver Fled His Truck to Avoid Freezing to Death. Only One Judge Ruled Against Him: Neil Gorsuch
  3. Neil Gorsuch, Backed by $10 Million in Dark Money, Refuses to Weigh In on Citizens United
  4. Sen. Schumer Calls on Democrats to Boycott Neil Gorsuch Vote While Trump is Under FBI Investigation
  5. Meet 2 U.S. Citizens Detained at Airports: A Police Chief and a Lawyer Who Sued Trump Administration
*PERI's Robert Pollin says -> Trump's Budget Targets Climate Change Spending Across All Federal Agencies | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 15:02
Glen Ford says -> US Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 13:49
Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education | TRNN | 03/22/17 | 25:39
*Ivanka Trump Is Moving Into The White House | TYT | 03/21/17 | 7:22
Trump Cucks Republicans | TYT | 03/21/17 | 6:41
How The Freedom Caucus May Save Obamacare | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:29
**Richard Wolff - Is Amazon the #1 Threat To Jobs? | ThomHartmann | 03/21/17 | 11:51
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SCOTUS Integrity Damaged By GOP Stolen Seat | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 10:34
Joe: Worst-Case Scenario If GOP Health Care Reform Bill Passes | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/22/17 | 20:34
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/21/17 | 6:01
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Jeff Sessions Tackles Weed And The White House's (Unrelated) Paranoia | Stephen Colbert | 03/22/17 | 5:07

Tuesday March 21, 2017
Bernie Sanders Town Meeting in VT | TYT | 03/18/17 | 1:03:39
David Rockefeller, Banker, Philanthropist, Heir, Dies at 101

Not Just The US: UK Bans Use Of Laptops On Flights From 6 Mostly Muslim Countries
ZeroHedge | author | 03/21/17

One day after the Trump administration imposed a ban for carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the US from 10 airports in mostly Muslim countries following unspecified terrorism threats, moments ago the UK issued a similar ban, restricting the use of carry on laptops and tablets for inbound flights for flights originating in the following nations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia. ... Read more

Trump Is HISTORICALLY Unpopular. | TYT | 03/20/17 | 6:46
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted... by Sheelah Kolhatkar (2017)

The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance--and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.

Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong--and for this they have gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. Hedge funds now manage nearly $3 trillion in assets, and competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get an edge.

Cohen was one of the industry's greatest success stories. He mastered poker in high school, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 launched SAC Capital, which he built into a $15 billion empire, almost entirely on the basis of his wizardlike stock trading. He cultivated an air of mystery, reclusiveness, and extreme excess, building a 35,000 square foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and amassing one of the largest private art collections in the world. On Wall Street, Cohen was revered as a genius.

That image was shattered when SAC became the target of a sprawling, seven-year government investigation. Labeled by prosecutors as a "magnet for market cheaters" whose culture encouraged the relentless hunt for "edge"--and even "black edge," or inside information--SAC was ultimately indicted in connection with a vast insider trading scheme, even as Cohen himself was never charged.

Black Edge offers a revelatory look at the gray zone in which so much of Wall Street functions, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economy. It's a riveting, true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government's pursuit of Cohen and his employees, and raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street.

These Are The Four Political Risks Keeping Goldman Up At Night
ZeroHedge | author | 03/21/17

With political uncertainty near record highs (but equity market uncertainty near record lows), Goldman's Jan Hatzius analyzes the four biggest political risks receiving the most attention from market participants (and stand to create the most chaos if the priced for perfection market is disappointed).

  1. The outlook for legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or "Obamacare") remains unclear and risks delaying congressional action on tax reform.
  2. The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to become a Justice on the Supreme Court is expected to move through the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, on its way to the Senate floor the week of April 3. If his confirmation is blocked, it could result in a change in Senate rules that could create a temporary political disruption.
  3. Congressional appropriations expire April 28, and must be extended by then to avoid a temporary government shutdown.
  4. The debt limit was reinstated March 16, and must be raised later this year to avoid disruption to Treasury's ability to borrow.
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Keith Olbermann
The Most Telling Thing About the FBI's Probe into Trump (#48) | Keith Olbermann | 03/20/17 | 6:52
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 21 [11:20]
*FBI Head: Trump Campaign Under Investigation for Ties to Russia; No Evidence Obama Wiretapped Trump | DN | 03/21/17 | 13:08
*Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary | DN | 03/21/17 | 18:46
Behind Neil Gorsuch's Rhetoric, His Record Suggests Aggressive Judge Wedded to Conservative Agenda | DN | 03/21/17 | 11:54
*Democrats Fail to Dig into Trump's Shady Financial Ties During Hearing | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 9:27
*Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor?, Part 1 | TRNN | 03/21/17 | 19:33
FBI: We're Investigating Trump For Russia Ties | TYT | 03/20/17 | 10:01
**Sheelah Kohlhatkar: The Black Edge - Banksters, Trump & Populism | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:51
**Greg Palast -> Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own? | ThomHartmann | 03/20/17 | 11:10
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Russia Seeks Parity With US On Cyber-Power | 03/20/17 | 21:48

Why FBI Russia Investigation Could Take Years | MSNBC Moring Joe | 03/21/17 | 5:47



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The WERD: Screw Unto Others | Stephen Colbert | 03/21/17 | 9:57
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Trump Lies on Twitter During a Congressional Hearing on His Twitter Lies | Trevor Noah | 03/20/17 | 3:48

Monday March 20, 2017

Trump: Everyone knows Russia allegations are 'fake news'
Politico | Louis Nelson | 03/20/17

Hours before FBI Director James Comey is set to testify before Congress on Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential elections, President Donald Trump renewed his attacks against those who have accused him of having ties to the Russian government.

"James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia," the president wrote on Twitter Monday morning, referring to statements made earlier this month by the former director of national intelligence on NBC's "Meet the Press." "This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!" Read more

2 Months In, Trump May Already Own A First: Most Corrupt POTUS. Ever.
HP | S.V. Date | 03/20/17

Ethics experts cannot think of a predecessor more ready to use the prestige of the office for personal gain.

Imagine a foreign potentate who uses his official position to promote his private businesses. Who makes face time with visiting dignitaries a perk for his paying customers. Whose top aide urges the citizenry to embrace products sold by the sovereign's daughter.

As President Donald Trump enters his third month in office, he has already established at least one record, however dubious: the president most open and willing to use the prestige of the White House to enrich himself and his family. ... Read more

New Batteries for a Self-Substaining Home
The New Home Batteries | 08/20/16 | 27:59
Revenge of the Electric Car | 07/01/16 | 1:29:52
In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. (Who Killed the Electric Car?).
Who Killed The Electric Car? | Sony | 2006 | 1:32:36
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What A Shock: Comey Says, 'I Have No Information To Support Those Tweets.'
HP | Jason Linkins | 03/20/17

Monday morning on Capitol Hill brought us House Intelligence Committee hearing day, as FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers were brought in to answer questions on the alleged links between Russian officials and the inner circle of President Donald Trump's campaign, as well as some of the more outlandish claims that have recently been made by Trump concerning "wiretaps" that were allegedly dropped on Trump Tower by President Barack Obama.

It was the latest moment in a strange and ongoing saga that has necessitated the involvement of government officials who all probably have much more important things to tend right now. At one point, the committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) was just reading Trump's tweets to Comey and Rogers, hoping that they would, perhaps, explain whether or not they were, you know, true. ... Read more

Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August"
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 20 [11:50]
Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Insists Cutting Meals for Poor Seniors is Compassionate | DN | 03/20/17 | 4:46
Ari Berman: Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Has Praised Discriminatory Voter ID Laws | DN | 03/20/17 | 7:40
Trump Adds Another Former Goldman Sachs Official to His Administration | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 10:14
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | Abby Martin | 03/20/17 | 26:02
Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Jubilee, Students Debt and the Credit System | TRNN | 03/20/17 | 13:50
Quick Hits: Trump's Website STILL Says Muslim Ban, Tillerson Rattles Saber, And More... | TYT | 03/19/17 | 5:58
Trump Rolls Out MONSTROUS New Budget | TYT | 03/16/17 | 17:28
How Trump Wrote Off $100 MILLION In Taxes | TYT | 03/18/17 | 2:47
Keiser Report: Economic Populism (E1046) | RT | 03/18/17 | 25:47
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Watch Live: House hearing on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election (FULL) | PBS | 05:25:28 | 7:56
Leon Panetta: President Trump Should Apologize To President Obama And Move On | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/20/17 | 8:55
Rep. Schiff: Trump-Russia Ties: 'Circumstantial Evidence Of Collusion' | Meet the Pres | 03/20/17 | 7:49
Rep. Adam Schiff connects the dots between Trump and Russia | CNN | 03/20/17 | 7:56
Alex Jones Show
I have listened to Alex Jones in the past, especially concerning "false flag" operations that the Government has done to other countries. Alex Jones widened my horizons and I feel bad that we have done such attrocities against other countries. But, now I feel Alex Jones is obfuscating the real facts/issues to some far right agenda. I feel we should all be working for a common good!
New NSA Whistleblower Goes Public About Trump Surveillance | AlexJones | 03/19/17 | 28:19
Documents Show Obama Surveilled Entire Trump Family For 8 Years | AlexJones | 03/19/17 | 37:41
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Donald Trump's federal budget plan proposes large funding cuts with largely negative consequences. | John Oliver | 03/19/17 | 12:04


Friday March 17, 2017

FOX NEWS POLL: Bernie Sanders remains the most popular politician in the US
BusinessInsider | Madeleine Sheehan Perkins | 03/16/17

Fox News' poll was conducted from March 12-14, 2017 via telephone (landlines and cell phones) with 1,008 randomly selected voters from across the country. The poll was done in conjunction with Democratic Anderson Robbins Research and Republican Shaw & Company Research. The full poll results report, including answers to over 50 questions ... Read more

Tom Cotton goes after Paul Ryan's agenda in battle of GOP heavyweights
Politico | Burgess Everett | 03/16/17

First on taxes and now on health care, the Arkansas senator has mercilessly attacked the well-laid plans of the House speaker.

Tom Cotton laid waste to the entire thing with just a few words. "The so-called three-phase plan is nothing but politician's talk," Cotton told Politico in an interview this week. "It's all talk."

The Arkansas senator and the House speaker -- both young, ambitious and potential White House material -- are engaged in a surprising confrontation these days. And it could bring down Ryan's signature legislative efforts to undo Obamacare and overhaul the tax code. ... Read more

Trump Just Sold a $15.8 Million Condo to a Consultant Who Peddles Access to Powerful People
MotherJones | Russ Choma | 02/27/17

Last week, Donald Trump's company sealed its first big post-inaugural real estate transaction, selling a $15.8 million penthouse to a Chinese-American business executive who runs a company that touts its ability to exploit connections with powerful people to broker business deals in China.

New York City property records show that Xiao Yan Chen, the founder and managing director of a business consulting firm called Global Alliance Associates, purchased the four-bedroom, six-bathroom condo in Trump's Park Avenue high-rise on February 21. Before taking office, Trump signed documents removing himself from the board of directors of Trump Park Avenue LLC, the entity that sold the unit, but he remains the LLC's owner. ... Read more

Monsanto Isn't Feeding the World--It's Killing Our Children
AlterNet | Katherine Paul | 03/17/17

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 17 [15:07]
**Ralph Nader Denounces Trump Budget as Corporatist, Militarist & Racist: "The Mask is Off" | DN | 03/17/17 | 24:36
Is Trump Counterterrorism Aide Sebastian Gorka a Sworn Member of Hungarian Nazi-Allied Group? | DN | 03/17/17 | 10:50
Trump's Budget Shreds the Social Safety Net | TRNN | 03/17/17 | 5:23
*Fox News: Bernie Sanders & Plan Parenthood, More Popular Than Trump | TYT | 03/16/17 | 10:03
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
What to expect from Trump-Merkel meeting on Russia, NATO | PBS | 03/16/17 | 6:47
Russia Payments Intensify Michael Flynn Scandal. | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/17/17 | 22:22
Rachel Maddow raises the question of whether Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn committed a crime by accepting payments from Russia, and whether the Trump campaign knew about it before hiring him.
Steve Bannon Possibly Pulling Strings Behind President Trump's Budget Proposal. | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/17/17 | 12:43

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Deepest State | Samantha Bee | 03/16/17 | 6:51
*Checking in with the #Resistance | Samantha Bee | 03/15/17 | 7:48
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Tax Returns Were Released By... Trump? | Stephen Colbert | 03/16/17 | 8:11

Thursday March 16, 2017

Trump Budget Takes Hatchet To EPA And Foreign Aid, Adds Billions To Military
Reuters & HP | Roberta Rampton | 03/16/17

President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants.

In a federal budget proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia. ... Read more

*Thank Stephen Miller’s Big Mouth For Trump Travel Ban’s Latest Court Woes
HP | Nick Visser | 03/15/17

Recent comments made by a top aide to the White House contributed, in part, to a federal judge’s Wednesday ruling to place a nationwide hold on parts of President Donald Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban against citizens of six Muslim-majority nations.

Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to the president, was one of Trump’s most vocal mouthpieces following the fraught rollout of the administration’s first travel ban that sparked massive protests at airports around the country. Shortly after federal judges struck down that order, Miller appeared on television to stump a watered-down version, assuring Fox News it would include only “minor technical differences.” ... Read more

Interesting Bit of History
Tsar Nicholas II abdicated on this day 100 years ago. | RT | 03/15/17 | 2:31
Europe Before WWI - George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins George, Nicholas, Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins [48:23]
Note: this is an older video, but don't get put-off by the soundtrack, the information is good. It is hard to believe that at the beginning of the 20th century one "Royal Family" owned half of the worlds resources.
Meet Shweeb: Where monorail meets bike
Meet Shweeb: Where monorail meets bike | RT | 03/15/17 | 1:10

Trump’s budget ripped from Bannon’s nationalistic playbook
Politico | Shane Goldmacher | 03/16/17

The president’s first blueprint would deeply cut State Department funds while boosting defense and law enforcement funding.

The “deconstruction of the administrative state” now comes with line items. President Donald Trump released his blueprint for reshaping the American government on Thursday, a budget plan that slashes deeply into the State Department, redirects funds toward the military, guts environmental and housing programs -- and continues to run a nearly half-trillion-dollar deficit.

... Those numbers are stark, particularly for the State Department. Mulvaney said it would be cut by 28 percent -- “a fairly dramatic reduction,” he said -- but still smaller than the initial 37 percent gutting floated in February. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pushed for more time to assess where to make such severe cuts. Some domestic programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Institute of Peace, the Chemical Safety Board, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports PBS and NPR, are on the chopping block for elimination entirely. Trump is pushing numerous such cuts, long sought by conservative Republicans, in the spending plan, while allocating “more money for things like private and public school choice,” Mulvaney said. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
*Trump Can’t Even Watch TV Correctly (#47) | Keith Olbermann | 03/15/17 | 7:55
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 16 [12:13]
Bill Black -> Trump's 2005 Tax Forms: 'Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food' | TRNN | 03/15/17 | 15:57
*Economist James Henry says -> Did Russian Oligarch Rybolovlev Bailout Trump in 2008? | TRNN | 03/16/17 | 14:26
DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn says -> Trump Fills the Swamp with Fossil Fuel Lobbyists | TRNN | 03/16/17 | 10:40
When You Have To Explain Your Boss Lied About Wiretapping... | TYT | 03/15/17 | 9:10
Republicans Now Blaming Each Other For TrumpCare Sh*tshow | TYT | 03/15/17 | 12:36
*Keiser Report: Jon Corzine’s Big, Bad Bond Bet. (E 1045) | RT | 03/16/17 | 25:43
Max and Stacy discuss the lawsuit by the administrator of MF Global against PwC for, ultimately, Jon Corzine’s big, bad European bond bet. In the second half Max interviews Charles Hugh Smith of OfTwoMinds.com about whether or not the Federal Reserve Bank has already lost control.
Note: remember Max and Stacy do a lot of bantering in the first half (12 min), usually pretty funny with nuggets of gold, where the second half (12 min) is usually a pretty good interview.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump Fails Again With Muslim Ban In Court | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/15/17 | 9:53
WH Continues Wiretap Talk: 'It Starts To Undermine Their Credibility' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/16/17 | 11:08
The White House YouTube Channel | like CSpan??
President Trump Leads a Roundtable with CEOs and Union Workers | TheWhiteHouse | 03/15/17 | 26:54
President Trump Leads a Listening Session on Healthcare | TheWhiteHouse | 03/13/17 | 33:26
White House Press Briefing | TheWhiteHouse | 03/09/17 | 55:07
I looked a little closer to: The White House YouTube Channel. It appears to have been created a month ago. It appears to showcase Trumps meetings and speeches.
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Trevor Noah Warns Paul Ryan: Get Ready To Be Thrown Under The Trump Bus | Trevor Noah | 03/16/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*That Does a White Dude Have to do to Get Fired?? | Samantha Bee | 03/15/17 | 2:23
Full Frontal Is Scared: Bassem Youssef Edition | Samantha Bee | 03/15/17 | 2:23
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trumpcare | Stephen Colbert | 03/16/17 | 4:20

Wednesday March 15, 2017

Breitbart News Leads The Charge Against GOP Health Care Bill
HP | Michael Calderone | 03/14/17

The pro-Trump site is directing its fire at House Speaker Paul Ryan, not the president.

... On the recording from a private conference call in October, Ryan is heard telling House Republicans that he couldn't defend then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at that moment or "in the future." His comments came amid a scandal over the now-president bragging on tape about groping women.

The never-before-heard recording didn't come to light through a liberal or mainstream news site. Rather, the right-wing, nationalist Breitbart News published it Monday night. ... Read more

Parts Of Donald Trump's 2005 Tax Returns Made Public
HP| Nick Visser , Ben Walsh | 03/14/17

Parts of Donald Trump's 2005 federal tax returns were made public on Tuesday night, revealing that the president made $150 million that year and paid $38 million in taxes.

An anonymous source released the first two pages of Trump's 2005 tax returns to Trump biographer and investigative journalist David Cay Johnston. Johnston joined MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on her show late on Tuesday to discuss the returns. ... Read more

**Exclusive Look At President Trump's 2005 Tax Return | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/14/17 | 11:07

This Is What Trump's Deportation Campaign Really Looks Like
MotherJones | Brandon Ellington Patterson | 03/14/17

A woman hospitalized with a brain tumor, a dad dropping his daughter at school, and more.

Since February, dozens of deportation raids have been carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as Donald Trump has kicked his immigration crackdown into high gear. Immigrants--many of whom have lived and worked in the country for decades--have been arrested at home, at work, and at routine check-ins with ICE officials. Some arrests have sparked protests, while others have gone relatively unnoticed.

This is what one such arrest looked like:
There are several places that immigration officials consider sensitive--schools, churches, hospitals, and ceremonies like funerals and weddings--where they typically refrain from conducting enforcement actions. In the case of Sara Beltrán Hernández, ICE agents skirted this informal policy in late February by arresting her in the Texas hospital where she was receiving treatment for a brain tumor. Beltrán Hernández was transferred to a detention facility in Alvardo, Texas, where she had previously been held after spending 16 months while waiting for a judge to rule on her asylum request. Beltrán Hernández claimed she had fled El Salvador in late 2015 to escape domestic abuse and the gang violence that has devastated the country. ... Read more

Thousands of flights cancelled as snowstorm hits northeast US
Thousands of flights cancelled as snowstorm hits northeast US | Aljazeera | 03/14/17 | 2:05
Note: I have watched videos of houses being printed in China, but they were always printed by huge machines, inside a factory, usually far from the site of the actual home. This 3D Printer is amazing, because the machine can be dropped off and create a home on the actual site (for around $10,000). Heck, give it some legs (or tank treads) and it could roam around creating a complete subdivision/community.

This company will 3D print you a house anywhere you want it
DigitalTrends | Garrett Hulfish | 03/02/17

Giant 3D printers that fabricate homes have always done so in large facilities. Rather than assembling pieces printed elsewhere, engineering company Apis Cor has created the very first 3D-printed house using a mobile printer on-site.

Printing the self-bearing walls, partitions, and building envelope took the machine 24 hours to complete. The final result is the first house printed as a whole with an area of 409 square feet. ... Read more
Apis Cor: first residential house has been printed! | Aljazeera | 02/22/17 | 6:46

'People are scared': Paranoia seizes Trump's White House
Politico | Alex Isenstadt | 03/15/17

Staffers are leaving their phones at home, using secret apps and monitoring each other's social media.

A culture of paranoia is consuming the Trump administration, with staffers increasingly preoccupied with perceived enemies -- inside their own government.

In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a "deep state" of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.

Aides are going to great lengths to protect themselves. They're turning off work-issued smartphones and putting them in drawers when they arrive home from work out of fear that they could be used to eavesdrop. They're staying mum in meetings out of concern that their comments could be leaked to the press by foes. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 15 [14:07]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday (FULL) (03/15/17) [59:02]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
  1. Headlines
  2. David Cay Johnston Speaks Out About Receiving & Revealing 2 Pages of Trump's 2005 Tax Returns
  3. David Cay Johnston: How Trump Pays So Little in Taxes and Plans to Change Tax Law to Pay Even Less
  4. Aid Worker Decries U.S.-Backed "Relentless War" in Yemen Causing Widespread Threat of Starvation
  5. Trump Considers Slashing U.S. Funding to U.N. Amid Warnings of Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII
  6. Arkansas Rushes to Execute 8 Men Using Drug Linked to Painful, Botched Executions
GOP Health Care Plan: Massive Wealth Transfer to Corporations, Military, and the Rich | TRNN | 03/14/17 | 4:32
Bill Black -> Attorney Fired By Trump Set Dangerous Precedent for Wall Street Prosecutions | TRNN | 03/14/17 | 12:07
Does Trump's Son-In-Law Have A Sweetheart Deal With China? | TYT | 03/14/17 | 10:03
What Was Rex Tillerson Hiding In Secret Email Account? | TYT | 03/14/17 | 9:31
Trump Will Believe Anything Aides Put In Front Of Him | TYT | 03/14/17 | 11:02
Eric Trump Can't Figure Out Why Dad's Brand Is So Hot Right Now | TYT | 03/14/17 | 12:03
RT | Keiser Report: Bloodletting Among Retailers (E1044) (03/14/17) [25:48]
Max and Stacy discuss the tripling of the Chinese banking system and the last quarter sharp decline in the E.U., Japan's and America's bank assets signalling 'financial crisis' on the horizon? In the second half Max continues his interview with Wolf Richter of WolfStreet.com about the bloodletting among retailers and how long before the bankruptcies begin.
Thom vs Joe Messina - Is GOP Health Plan Socialism For the Rich? | ThomHartmann | 03/14/17 | 11:21
Americans Don't Care About Choice - They Want Coverage! | ThomHartmann | older, 03/08/17 | 11:56
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
**Why Presidents Release Their Tax Returns | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/14/17 | 19:08
**Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls GOP Bill 'Punch In The Gut' | MSNBC All-In Chris Hayes | 03/14/17 | 19:08
FBI Director James Comey Pressed To Detail Russia Probe | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/15/17 | 6:42
Lindsey Graham: I Want To Know If There Was Surveillance | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/15/17 | 13:06
*Russia! Russia! Russia! (#46) | Keith Olbermann | 03/14/17 | 7:09
A Monologue From Stephen Colbert As Rex Tillerson As Wayne Tracker | Stephen Colbert | 03/15/17 | 6:17

Tuesday March 14, 2017

GOP's 'Act Of Mercy' Could Result In 24 Million People Losing Health Care
HP| Amanda Terkel , Sam Stein | 03/13/17

As they seek to replace Obamacare with a conservative alternative, Republicans are discovering that finding the right sales pitch on health care can be an incredibly delicate task. For weeks now, the party has touted its plan as a compassionate salve to the woes of Obamacare ? without acknowledging that there are serious trade-offs in return. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has gone so far as to call the bill an "act of mercy."

Under the Republican plan, repealing the Affordable Care Act could result in 24 million people losing health care coverage over the next decade. Older Americans would have to pay significantly more for insurance. A single 64-year-old who makes $26,500, for example, could face a 700 percent jump in premiums (from $1,700 now to $14,600 under the GOP bill). ... Read more

We need to remember the old adage/idiom:
Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.
walk a mile in someone else's shoes means before judging someone, you must understand his experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. The full idiom is: Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. In effect, it is a reminder to practice empathy. While long credited as a Native American aphorism, replacing the word shoes with moccasins, the saying almost certainly is derived from a Mary T. Lathrap poem published in 1895. The original title of the poem was Judge Softly, later titled Walk a Mile in His Moccasins.

6 Things Paul Ryan Doesn't Understand About Poverty (But I Didn't, Either)
AlterNet | Karen Weese / Salon | 03/14/17

The rude dentist wasn't a cartoon villain; heck, most of the time he was probably a pretty nice guy. The problem was that he was utterly unable to imagine a life unlike his own, in which dental care wasn't a given -- where if there are five things on the list of essentials and the money runs out after item four, you just can't have number five, no matter how bad the pain. There was nothing in his personal experience to suggest the existence of such a life. He'd never imagined it, and no one had ever made him try. So he felt nothing when he crushed Nicole's hope and pride in two short sentences; indeed, he didn't realize he was doing it at all.

Fortunately, most of us are much more perceptive than that dentist. But there may be gaps in our experience that, despite our best intentions, leave us with blind spots about American families living in poverty. Here are a few things we may have missed: Hi, I'm right here ... Read more

Why Trump's government overhaul won't work
Politico | Kevin Kosar | 03/14/17

The president has the right idea. But he forgot to include the people that can make it happen.

What's not to like? The executive branch is an organizational basket case, and it sorely needs a re-think. For 238 years, citizen legislators and presidents have come to town with dreams of fixing public problems, hatching new agencies and programs to do it, many of which live long beyond the problem they were intended to solve. The slow aggregation of government initiatives has produced a $3.8 trillion per year government with at least 180 agencies. With each passing year, the government becomes more complex and incoherent -- "kludgeocracy", as political scientist Steven Teles termed it.

... But when it comes to the order itself -- well, it's hard to see how it has any chance of solving that problem. It instructs all agencies to examine their operations and draft plans for reorganization within 180 days. Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, must then take the agencies' plans and work them into a master plan for government reorganization. ... Read more

"The Powers-That-Be Have Looted Everything" - Greek Farmers Fight Riot Police With Shepherd Crooks
ZeroHedge | author | 03/14/17

Taxes are being hiked to satisfy inspectors who represent the international creditors who Greece's debt. If the government can't pay 7 billion euros by July, then the country will once again face the possibility of default. However, the farmers are determined to change their Leftist government's mind about the tax hikes. One of the protesting farmers who spoke to The Guardian stated that "We want to have them take back everything they have encumbered us with. To us, it seems like the powers that be have looted everything." ... Read more

There Is Nothing Normal About the Snowstorm About to Slam the East Coast
MotherJones | Eric Holthaus | 03/13/17

... If you live on the East Coast, you might have become complacent about epic snowstorms like this one. Twenty inches or so doesn't seem like such a big deal when you've lived through similar storms. But looking at the data, you'll see that 20-inch snowstorms are a relatively new phenomenon in places like New York City.

For the first 100 years that meteorologists kept weather records at Central Park, from 1869 through 1996, they recorded just two snowstorms that dumped 20 inches or more. But since 1996, counting this week's storm, there have been six. (You'll find similar stats for other major East Coast cities.) ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 14 [11:34]
*Healthcare or Wealthcare? 24 Million to Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan While Rich Get Big Tax Breaks | DN | 03/14/17 | 13:23
*ALEC & For-Profit Health Industry Embrace GOP Bill Despite Opposition from Doctors & Nurses | DN | 03/14/17 | 10:49
*Is Jared Kushner Breaking the Law with $400M Real Estate Deal with Firm Tied to Chinese Gov't? | DN | 03/14/17 | 4:40
*From Lobbyists to Reality Show Stars, Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed | DN | 03/14/17 | 5:34
*Dr. Alan Robock responds -> Climate Scientist Slams Pruitt for Distorting Science of Global Warming | TRNN | 03/14/17 | 9:20
*DeSmogBlog's Steve Horn says -> Portions of Keystone XL, Dakota Access Built By Oligarch Who Helped Bring Putin to Power | TRNN | 03/14/17 | 14:32
Trump Cares This Much About The 24 Million Losing Healthcare... | TYT | 03/13/17 | 11:05
FBI Investigating Trump's Connection To Russian Bank | TYT | 03/13/17 | 8:05
Kellyanne Conway On Microwaves That Turn Into Cameras! | TYT | 03/13/17 | 4:20
Steve King Doubles Down On Racist Tweet | TYT | 03/13/17 | 9:07
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Bernie Sanders: GOP Health Care Bill 'Is Not Health Care Legislation' | MSNBC | 03/13/17 | 6:59
Mika On Wiretapping Claims: Were You Lying, Mr. President? Did You Make It Up? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/14/17 | 6:53
Inside Stephen Bannon's Nomadic Lifestyle | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/13/17 | 4:55
Lawrence On President Donald Trump's Lies, Big And Small | MSNBC The Last Word | 03/14/17 | 9:53
Gutting Health Care Will Kill Americans (#45) | Keith Olbermann | 03/14/17 | 8:47
Third Month Mania - What Is the Greatest Donald Trump Tweet of All Time? | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/14/17 | 5:08
*Stephen Reaches Out To President Obama Via Microwave | Stephen Colbert | 03/14/17 | 10:52

Monday March 13, 2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price Says 'Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially' Under Obamacare Repeal
HP | Amanda Terkel | 03/12/17

President Donald Trump's administration made a bold guarantee Sunday morning, telling Americans that health insurance won't cost more if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we're going through, understanding that they'll have choices that they can select the kind of coverage that they want for themselves and for their family, not the government forces them to buy," Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on NBC's "Meet the Press." ... Read more

Break Out The Shovels: Northeast Faces Blizzard And Winter Storm Watch
HP | Nina Golgowski | 03/12/17

A blizzard watch has been issued for parts of the Northeast, including New York City and Boston, with up to 18 inches of snow expected in some areas beginning Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting the bitter blast to roll up the coast Monday night and into Tuesday for most of the region. Parts of New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts may see snowfall into early Wednesday. ... Read more

Sarah Palin Blasts GOP Health Care Plan As 'Socialism'
magazine | author | date

An angry Sarah Palin tore into the new proposed Republican health care program as "socialism" on Saturday. In a strident interview with the conservative news outlet Breitbart, she also ripped the "quasi-reformed" proposal as a "RINO plan" -- Republican in name only. She said she expects President Donald Trump to "step in and fix it." "Remember this is government-controlled health care, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine," the former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate told Breitbart. "Even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism. That's the whole premise here." Read more

9/11 - All Our Lives Changed on This Date
I have been collecting James Corbett videos so I can create a webpage of just his stuff. In the process I ran across some newer 9/11 vidoes that I found very interesting. So I decided to post them here.

Note: Christopher Bollyn's videos talk a lot about Zionism, but I feel he is talking about the State of Isreal and what "bad actors" are doing in the name of the country and not in the name of the Jewish people. I might be naive, but that is my take.
    First start with:
  1. Jame's video: 9/11: A Conspiracy Theory | CorbettReport | 09/11/11 | 4:55
  2. Then watch:
  3. 9/11 Conspiracy Solved: Names, Connections, & Details Exposed! | 10/31/12 | 43:28
  4. If you have time watch:
  5. Beyond the 28 Pages - What A Real 9/11 Investigation Would Reveal | 08/30/16 | 33:02
  6. It is kind of a repeat of the previous video, but with more current stuff.
    Next watch:
  7. "Solving 9-11 Ends the War" with Christopher Bollyn | NWGrassroots | 05/29/16 | 1:45:42
  8. If you have time watch:
  9. Christopher Bollyn "The Dual-Deception of 9/11 and the Fraudulent War on Terror" | OpenMindConferenceDK | 11/04/16 | 1:58:00
  10. Again it is kind of a repeat of the previous video, but from a different perspective.
    Next watch:
  11. Take the 47 Minute Building 7 Challenge! | 05/16/15 | 47:00
  12. And of course you have to watch:
  13. The Lone Gunmen - Pilot Show | 03/04/01 | 44:30
*9/11: A Conspiracy Theory | CorbettReport | 09/11/11 | 4:55
*9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money | CorbettReport | 09/11/15 | 59:34
*9/11 Conspiracy Solved: Names, Connections, & Details Exposed! | 10/31/12 | 43:28
*Beyond the 28 Pages - What A Real 9/11 Investigation Would Reveal | 08/30/16 | 33:02
*"Solving 9-11 Ends the War" with Christopher Bollyn | NWGrassroots | 05/29/16 | 1:45:42
*Christopher Bollyn "The Dual-Deception of 9/11 and the Fraudulent War on Terror" | OpenMindConferenceDK | 11/04/16 | 1:58:00
bollyn website
*Take the 47 Minute Building 7 Challenge! | 05/16/15 | 47:00
*WTC 7 - BBC The Third Tower | BBC | 09/19/11 | 58:56
*The Lone Gunmen - Pilot Show | 03/04/01 | 44:30
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 13 [14:22]
*China Warns U.S. & North Korea Are Set for "Head-On" Collision Amid Rising Tensions & Provocations | DN | 03/13/17 | 16:56
Mustafa Ali -> Meet the Top EPA Environmental Justice Official Who Quit to Protest Pruitt & Trump | DN | 03/13/17 | 13:11
*Col. Lawrence Wilkerson tells -> Adversarial Relationship With Russia Result of Decades of US Provocation | TRNN | 03/12/17 | 11:56
*Vijay Prashad provides analysis -> US Deploys More Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS | TRNN | 03/12/17 | 12:34
Thousands Protest Against Dakota Access in Front of White House | TRNN | 03/12/17 | 10:29
Trump INSULTS Veterans | TYT | 03/11/17 | 6:51
McConnell Doesn't Seem Psyched About Border Wall | TYT | 03/11/17 | 2:14
*Tucker Carlson Just Now Realizing Republicans Hate Poor People | TYT | 03/11/17 | 3:16
*Trump's Toll Road America | TYT | 03/11/17 | 3:16
Note: I don't particularly like or trust this guy Roger Stone, but I find it interesting he is on RT. What he says is still as creepy as ever.
Wiretapping at Trump Tower: 'A scandal bigger than Watergate' -- former Trump adviser Stone | RT | 03/11/17 | 25:55
*What The Wikileaks Dump Tells Us | FULL | ThomHartmann | 03/09/17 | 28:01
Is the far-right headed for victory in the Netherlands? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 03/13/10 | 25:00
Will the Turkish referendum row escalate? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 03/12/10 | 25:00
Can Turkey and Russia become allies? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 03/11/10 | 25:00
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
CBO: 14 Million More Americans Will Be Uninsured With GOP Health Plan | MSNBC | 03/13/17 | 4:22
House GOP Destroying America While Press Is Distracted By Donald Trump's Meltdowns | RoF | 03/12/17 | 4:01
Deadline Looms For President Donald Trump's Wiretap Claims | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/13/17 | 4:29
GOP Remains Divided On Health Care Fix | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/13/17 | 4:29
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
**American Health Care Act | LastWeekTonight | 03/12/17 | 18:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
China's Trump-Branded Massage Parlours Rub Stephen The Wrong Way | Stephen Colbert | 03/11/17 | 7:37

Friday March 10, 2017

Insurance 101 For Paul Ryan: The Healthy Are Supposed To Help Pay For The Sick
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 03/09/17

Everyone pays into the pot and draws on it when they're sick. Younger people, who tend to be healthier than older people, pay for health insurance like everyone else. They'll rely on it when when they need it, probably more when they're older and there are younger, healthier people filing in behind them. It's the same with car insurance. Some people pay for decades and never get into an accident and never collect on their coverage (though the likelihood of anyone never using health insurance is unlikely).

... That's what actuarial figures are all about, so an insurance system can assess the risks of segments of customers to determine what everyone needs to put into the pot so there's enough to pay out when someone needs the money. ... Read more

'They ought to be careful': Trump raises eyebrows with heavy promotion of ExxonMobil announcement
BusinessInsider | Allan Smith | 03/07/17

President Trump raised eyebrows after he posted five congratulatory tweets promoting a Monday announcement from the energy giant ExxonMobil, the company from which his secretary of state came to the administration.

... Initially, the White House posted a press release reiterating the ExxonMobil news. That press release contained a paragraph that appeared to be copied, almost word-for-word, from the Exxon announcement. ... Read more
*TYT | Why Is Trump Doing Free Exxon Commercials?? (03/09/17) [8:12]
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Congress Warns Donald Trump: Stop Deleting Your Tweets
HP | Marina Fang | 03/09/17

When President Donald Trump or a member of his staff deletes a tweet, they may be violating federal law, two top congressmen warned the White House this week.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday expressing concerns about the Trump administration's record keeping habits and its nontransparent use of social media and other forms of electronic communication. ... Read more

Trump may have violated the Constitution to trademark massage parlors and escort services in China
RawStory.com | Travis Gettys | 03/08/17

China has granted preliminary approval to 38 new Trump trademarks that would allow the U.S. president and his family to develop name-branded hotels, golf courses and other hospitality services.

Donald Trump's lawyers applied for the trademarks in April 2016, when the Republican presidential candidate was attacking China at campaign rallies, and their approval raises potential constitutional issues after his inauguration as president, reported the Associated Press. ... Read more
*TYT | Why Is Trump Trademarking Chinese Massage Parlors?? (03/09/17) [6:58]

GOP lawmakers are about to pass two laws that would make it nearly impossible to sue corporations
RawStory.com | Sarah K. Burris | 03/08/17

There are two major laws that Congress is working to pass that would make it more difficult for an American to sue a corporation, The Consumerist reported.

H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act is akin to an Erin Brockovich killer. The first of the two laws, would make it more difficult for American's to file class action lawsuits against a corporation, the Center for American Progress explains. The law would put restrictions on the criteria for people banding together for a class action suit. It also would complicate and delay any payments for an attorney representing the clients. Such an act would make it risky for any lawyer to take on a case to help someone hurt by a corporation. According to CAP, Vice President Mike Pence has been seeking laws like this for years. ... Read more
*TYT | Why Republicans Want To Ban Class Action Lawsuits (03/09/17) [10:43]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 10 [13:11]
**DN | WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Alleged Secret CIA Documents (03/09/17) [2:34]
TRNN | Campaign Calls on Bernie Sanders to Lead a New Party (03/10/17) [19:46]
**TRNN | Jane McAlevey -> GOP's Deadly Obamacare Replacement, Part 2 (03/10/17) [16:24]
*TYT | If TrumpCare Fails, Donald Has A "Plan B" (03/09/17) [3:56]
*TYT | Ted Cruz's Trump A$$-Kissing Tour Continues... (03/09/17) [4:58]
RT | CrossTalk: Wikileaks strikes again. On full display are the CIA's spy tools and methods. Snowden provided a briefing book on U.S. surveillance, but the CIA leaks could provide the blueprints. (03/10/17) [24:37]
ThomHartmann | GOP Wants to Take Away Your Healthcare & Make the Rich Richer... (FULL) (03/09/17) [28:01]
Aljazeera | The Big Picture: The People vs America, Part 2 (02/17/10) [27:30]
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*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Donald Trump Weakens, Hollows Out State Department (03/10/17) [4:20]
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Propublica.org | Here are More than 400 Officials Trump has Quietly Deployed Across the Government | Al Shaw | 03/09/17 | article
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Michael Flynn Registered As Foreign Agent For Turkey 'Shocking' (03/10/17) [7:32]
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Rex Tillerson Continuing To Be 'Elbowed Out' Of Top WH Meetings (03/10/17) [7:29]
*Keith Olbermann | Trump's Amazing Speech Sure Didn't Age Well (#44) (03/09/17) [8:28]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Samantha Bee | Long Day's Journey Into CPAC (03/09/10) [5:37]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | The Creators Of TrumpCare On TrumpCare: 'Don't Call It TrumpCare' (03/10/17) [10:36]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
*Trevor Noah | The GOP Still Hasn't Figured Out Health Care (03/10/17) [7:37]

Thursday March 09, 2017
News Articles

*GOP Rushes Forward With Its Health Care Bill
HP | Jonathan Cohn , Jeffrey Young | 03/08/17

They don't know what it will actually do, but that's not stopping them.

House Republicans on Wednesday plowed ahead with their effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, brushing aside new criticism of what their proposed legislation would do ? and ignoring protests over the hurried process they are using to enact it.

Two House committees ? Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means ? spent the day debating complementary portions of the American Health Care Act, the long-awaited bill to repeal and "replace" the 2010 health care law. Ways and Means finally approved the legislation in early Thursday. Energy and Commerce was still debating later Thursday morning. ... Read more

We're Spending $30 Million For Melania To Live In NYC As Trump Suspends Military Child Care

Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 03/08/17

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared on Meet the Press this past weekend to discuss the Trump-Russia scandal. Chuck Todd asked: Were there improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials?

JAMES CLAPPER: We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, "our," that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that... Read more

When Whistleblowers Tell The Truth They're Traitors. When Government Lies It's Politics

If the Feds Did Wiretap Trump Tower, It's Not Obama Who Should Worry
WiredMagazine | Brian Barrett | 03/04/17

Early Saturday morning, President Trump fired off a series of tweets accusing, without evidence, former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the month before the election. Trump compared the alleged snooping to "Nixon/Watergate," and intimated legal action.

What makes the broader allegation so extraordinary isn't that it is new. Quite the contrary. Various reports that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted Justice Department investigators a warrant to probe the Trump campaign's ties with Russia surfaced in November. What makes Trump's Twitter tirade so striking is what prompted it, and what it might imply if it's true. ... Read more

EPA's Environmental Justice Head Resigned After 24 Years. He Wants to Explain Why.
MotherJones | Rebecca Leber | 03/09/17

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office on Environmental Justice submitted his resignation on Tuesday. First reported by InsideClimate News, the resignation of Mustafa Ali comes as the Trump administration considers layoffs and budget cuts at the EPA that, if enacted, would eliminate the environmental justice budget and cut funding to grants for pollution cleanup.

Ali, a founder of the program in 1992 who has worked there since, told Mother Jones he resigned because he was concerned the administration's proposals to roll back its environmental justice work would disproportionately affect vulnerable communities. "That is something that I could not be a part of," Ali says. ... Read more

Voters See More Hatred In The Country Since Trump Was Elected
HP | Grace Sparks | 03/09/17

Most Americans believe that hatred and prejudice has risen in the country since President Donald Trump's election, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday. Sixty-three percent of voters said the level of hatred and prejudice has increased, compared to 32 percent who said it hasn't changed and 2 percent who said it has decreased.

Democrats were the most likely to see a negative impact, with 84 percent saying hostility has increased. Republicans were more divided, with a surprisingly high 42 percent agreeing that hatred has risen and 49 percent saying it hasn't changed. The views of independents were almost identical to those of all registered voters. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday (FULL) (03/09/17) [59:02]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Exclusive: Facing Possible Deportation, Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out Before ICE Check-in
  3. A Day Without a Woman: Voices of Resistance from New York City's Women's Strike Rally
  4. "We Want to Stand Up & Be Counted": New Yorkers Speak Out at NYC's Day Without a Woman Rally
**TRNN | Jane McAlevey says -> GOP's Deadly Obamacare Replacement (03/09/17) [7:47]
**TRNN | Journalist Marcy Wheele -> Wikileaks CIA Docs Suggest Gov. Hides Knowledge of Security Vulnerabilities from Tech Industry (03/09/17) [9:49]
**TRNN | Bill Black says -> Chinese Telecom Giant Pays DoJ $892 Million Fine for Practices Trump Wants Legal For U.S. Firms (03/09/17) [12:05]
**TYT | Republicans To Millions Kicked Off Obamacare: Just Go To ER! (03/08/17) [6:45]
**TYT | TrumpCare Loaded With Tax Cuts For The Rich (NONE For Middle Class) (03/08/17) [8:23]
TYT | Office Of Science And Technology Taking Out The Science (03/08/17) [3:49]
RT | Keiser Report: Neoliberalism is Junk (E1041) (03/09/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss why neoliberalism didn't make us richer. In the second half, Max interviews professor Steve Keen about Quantitative easing (QE) and its role in financial crisis.
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MSNBC Morning Joe | The 'Nuggets Of Reality In Sea Of Trumpian Paranoia' (03/09/17) [7:32]
MSNBC Morning Joe | 'The most insensitive message': GOP health care talk (03/09/17) [7:32]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Joe: 'Everybody Knows' President Donald Trump's Phone Not Tapped (03/09/17) [7:10]
Some Humor
Samantha Bee
*Samantha Bee | That Was the Week that WTF (03/08/17) [7:03]
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | TrumpCare, Russian Ambassadors And Other Things Bad For Your Health (03/09/17) [8:54]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | Trump's Unfounded Accusations of Wiretapping (03/08/17) [7:03]
Trevor Noah | Between the Scenes - Paul Ryan's Health Care Bluff (03/08/17) [1:54]

Wednesday March 08, 2017
News Articles

The Health Care Industry Really Doesn't Like GOP's Obamacare Replacement
HP | Igor Bobic | 03/07/17

Major trade groups representing the health care industry on Tuesday voiced serious concerns, and in some cases outright opposition, to House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) bill to reform the Affordable Care Act, joining a chorus of critics from both the left and the right.

Groups representing hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, patients and older people criticized the Republican proposal. While some major industry players, including insurers and drugmakers, were notably silent, one big Medicaid provider predicted the GOP plan would wreck the insurance marketplace.

The speed with which major health industry groups distanced themselves from the GOP plan stands in sharp contrast to how Obamacare took shape in 2009. Democrats sought input from the health care industry from the beginning, working to build support before their bill was released to the public. ... Read more

From YESTERDAY GOP - A Better Way
Paul Ryan Pushing His TheBetterWay Agenda (2017) [3:56]
ABetterWay.speaker.gov website
Personal Note: I was agast when I went to the GOP's ABetterWay website. I was expecting a fountain of information on all the different projects the GOP is working on, i.e. Poverty, National Security, Economy, The Constitution, Health Care, and Tax Reform. The website is a sham! The website is nothing but a bunch of bullet-points and some attached PDFs. I could have put the website together in an afternoon. Is this what the GOP spending millions/billions of dollars working on? If so we are all in REAL trouble.
A Better Way, Health Care 06/22/16.pdf
NEW Today GOP - American Health Care Act
FoxNews | Paul Ryan Holds Press Conference On New Healthcare Plan (03/07/17) [12:10]
Personal Note: The website is nothing but a bunch of bullet-points and Q&A exchanges. The only substance seemed to be the following:
"Will I be able to buy a real health care plan with it?"

"Our tax credits are based on age and family size."

"Each year, low-and middle-income Americans will be eligible to receive between $2,000 and $14,000 to purchase health insurance, depending on how old you are and how big your family is."
ReadTheBill.gop Or ReadTheBill.gop website.
AmericanHealthCareAct.pdf

WikiLeaks Dumps Documents It Claims Detail The CIA's Arsenal Of Hacking Tools
HP | Ryan Grenoble | 03/07/17

WikiLeaks on Tuesday released a trove of 8,700 documents, which it claims originated at the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence, that describe, in detail, the agency's hacking abilities and techniques.

Among the more interesting revelations of the so-called "Vault 7" documents, assuming they're legitimate, is the sheer breadth of devices government hackers could possibly compromise. That includes just about everything powered by Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS, such as smartphones, computers and even Samsung smart TVs, which it allegedly figured out how to turn into hidden recording devices under an effort code-named "weeping angel." ... Read more

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed | Wikileaks website

FoxNews | CIA declines to comment on WikiLeaks document dump (03/07/17) [1:54]

Timothy Geithner's Right (For Once)
ZeroHedge | author | 03/08/17

Many of us disagree with the bloviated, self-congratulatory notion that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury saved the U.S. economy, capitalism and everything else in 2008-09 up to and including the Central Bank of Mars and the bat guano futures market.

With that said, Geithner's conclusion: current policy extremes, politics and astounding debt levels limit policymakers' emergency options in the next crisis ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 08 [13:51]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Women in More Than 50 Countries Set to Strike Today on International Women's Day
  3. Eve Ensler & Christine Schuler Deschryver on the Predatory Mindset of President Trump
  4. Hurray for the Riff Raff on Feminism, Gentrification, Gender Violence & Art in Era of Trump
Humor (Or Not So Humorous)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | Republicans Release New Health Plan, And We're All Going To Die (03/08/17) [10:34]
Stephen Colbert | General Michael Hayden Says The CIA Is Not Spying On Us Through Our Televisions (03/08/17) [7:28]
The ex-director of the CIA and NSA dismisses Trump's wiretapping accusations against Obama and promises Stephen that no one is spying on him while he disrobes.
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | The Crisis of Trump's Conspiracy Theories (#43) (03/07/17) [6:45]
*TYT | WikiLeaks: The CIA Bugs Everyone's Phones, TVs, Cars... (03/07/17) [10:28]
*TYT | Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book (03/07/17) [11:32]
Camp of the Saints by Lean Raspail (1973)

The Camp of the Saints (Le Camp des Saints) is a 1973 French novel by Jean Raspail. The novel depicts a setting wherein Third World mass immigration to France and the West leads to the destruction of Western civilization. Almost forty years after its initial publication, the novel returned to the bestseller list in 2011.

Camp of the Saints on Wikipedia




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*TYT | Behold The Nightmare That Is TrumpCare... (03/07/17) [14:52]
*TYT | OOPS! Trump Believed Alex Jones On Obama Wiretapping Him (03/07/17) [4:33]
*RT | Vault 7: WikiLeaks releases 'Year Zero' largest ever publication on CIA hacking tools (03/07/17) [3:33]
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*ThomHartmann | Prof. Richard Wolff - Be Very Very Careful About the Stock Market...Here's Why (03/07/17) [11:46]
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MSNBC Rachel Maddow | More Pieces Of Donald Trump Russia Dossier Check Out (03/07/17) [22:48]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Andrea Mitchell | Former CIA Director: Wikileaks Dump Could Be 'Very Damaging' (03/07/17) [10:25]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: How Can Anyone Trust What This White House Says? (03/07/17) [9:28]
MSNBC | Amy Klobuchar: Trump's Wiretap Claim An Attempt To 'Distract' From News (03/07/17) [6:53]
FoxNews | New WikiLeaks dump exposes thousands of alleged CIA secrets (03/07/17) [2:37]
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Tuesday March 07, 2017
News Articles

House Republicans Unveil Bill To Repeal Obamacare
HP | Jonathan Cohn , Jeffrey Young | 03/06/17

It would likely take insurance from millions, but conservatives are already protesting.

House Republican leaders on Monday formally unveiled legislation to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act and "replace" it with a very different health policy scheme ? one in which government would do a lot less to help people get comprehensive health insurance and, most likely, many more people would struggle to find affordable medical care.

The bill represents a starkly different vision for the health care system than embodied by the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama's 2010 law expanded health coverage to 20 million previously uninsured people and slashed the share of Americans without health insurance to an all-time low. The law targeted financial assistance to lower-income households and featured a slew of consumer protections, starting with an ironclad guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The plan endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), by contrast, offers less financial assistance to low-income people, likely resulting in millions of Americans losing the health coverage they have today, and provides tax credits to people with higher incomes. The bill scraps key consumer protections. ... Read more

House To Ram Bill Through Before Budget Office Can Even Analyze It...

Maybe It's Time To Stop Calling The GOP Obamacare Plan A 'Replacement'
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 03/04/17

This could be the week House leaders finally introduce legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans have been trying to wipe off the books ever since it became law in 2010. The new bill supposedly exists already ? tucked away in a sealed room somewhere in the Capitol building, available only to Republicans who sit on the committee tentatively planning to mark up the legislation.

Despite the secrecy, reports in Politico, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets have provided a pretty clear picture of what Republicans have in mind. If those preliminary reports are correct, the proposal would fall well short of the repeated promises from President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders to replace Obamacare with something that provides "great health care" for all Americans. ... Read more

FoxNews | Paul Ryan Dodges Questions About Obama Wiretapping Trump (03/04/17) [17:37]
ABetterWay.speaker.gov website
Personal Note: I was agast when I went to the GOP's ABetterWay website. I was expecting a fountain of information on all the different projects the GOP is working on, i.e. Poverty, National Security, Economy, The Constitution, Health Care, and Tax Reform. The website is a sham! The website is nothing but a bunch of bullet-points and some attached PDFs. I could have put the website together in an afternoon. Is this what the GOP spending millions/billions of dollars working on? If so we are all in REAL trouble.
A Better Way, Health Care 06/22/16.pdf

Inside Trump's fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations
WashingtonPost | Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Ashley Parker | 03/05/17

President Trump spent the weekend at "the winter White House," Mar-a-Lago, the secluded Florida castle where he is king. The sun sparkles off the glistening lawn and warms the russet clay Spanish tiles, and the steaks are cooked just how he likes them (well done). His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner -- celebrated as calming influences on the tempestuous president -- joined him. But they were helpless to contain his fury. Trump was mad -- steaming, raging mad. Read more

Wikileaks Unveils 'Vault 7': "The Largest Ever Publication Of Confidential CIA Documents"; Another Snowden Emerges
ZeroHedge | author | 03/07/17

A total of 8,761 documents have been published as part of 'Year Zero', the first in a series of leaks the whistleblower organization has dubbed 'Vault 7.' WikiLeaks said that 'Year Zero' revealed details of the CIA's "global covert hacking program," including "weaponized exploits" used against company products including "Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones." WikiLeaks tweeted the leak, which it claims came from a network inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virginia.

... Another profound revelation is that the CIA can engage in "false flag" cyberattacks which portray Russia as the assailant. Discussing the CIA's Remote Devices Branch's UMBRAGE group, Wikileaks' source notes that it "collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques 'stolen' from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 07 [12:00]
*DN | This is Still a Muslim Ban: Trump's New Executive Order Decried for Discriminating Based on Religion (03/07/17) [12:50]
*DN | The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others Lose Healthcare (03/07/17) [16:53]
Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Cartoon Donald Trump Is Visited By Ghosts Of Presidents Past (03/07/17) [2:08]
During his weekend retreat to Mar-a-Lago, Cartoon Donald Trump gets some sage tweeting advice from Cartoon Richard Nixon and Cartoon Abraham Lincoln.
Stephen Colbert | President Trump Had A Bad (Or Sick) Weekend At Mar-a-Lago (03/07/17) [2:08]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | The Russian Developments That Matter Most (#42) (03/06/17) [8:27]
**TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly (03/07/17) [11:26]
TRNN | ACLU: Travel Ban 2.0 Still Targets Muslims, Remains Unconstitutional (03/01/17) [6:58]
*TYT | Top Trump Adviser Accidentally Admits WikiLeaks "Back Channel" (03/06/17) [7:11]
*TYT | Kellyanne Conway Tries Her Best To Explain Trump's Wiretapping Claims (03/06/17) [6:59]
TYT | Trump Trots Out Muslim Ban 2.0 (03/06/17) [8:59]
TYT | LEAKED: Child-In-Chief Trump Throws Oval Office Tantrum (03/06/17) [12:55]
TYT | Nude Photos Of Female Marines Posted Online (03/06/17) [7:35]
TYT | Why Everyone's Freaking Out Over Emma Watson's Boobs (03/06/17) [8:28]
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*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Sketchy Donald Trump Deal Eyed For Ties To Iran (03/06/17) [23:10]

Monday March 06, 2017
News Articles

Leashes Come Off Wall Street, Gun Sellers, Polluters and More
NYTimes | Eric Lipton | 03/05/17

Giants in telecommunications, like Verizon and AT&T, will not have to take "reasonable measures" to ensure that their customers' Social Security numbers, web browsing history and other personal information are not stolen or accidentally released.

Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase will not be punished, at least for now, for not collecting extra money from customers to cover potential losses from certain kinds of high-risk trades that helped unleash the 2008 financial crisis.

And Social Security Administration data will no longer be used to try to block individuals with disabling mental health issues from buying handguns, nor will hunters be banned from using lead-based bullets, which can accidentally poison wildlife, on 150 million acres of federal lands. .... Read more

Former Intelligence Chief Denies Trump Campaign Was Wiretapped
HP | Daniel Marans | 03/05/17

James Crapper also said he knew of no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said Sunday that Donald Trump's presidential campaign was not wiretapped under his watch.

"For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as [director of national intelligence], there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect, at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign. I can't speak for other Title III-authorized entities in the government, or a state or local entity," Clapper told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." ... Read more

NBC Meet the Press | Full Clapper: 'No Evidence' of Collusion Between Trump and Russia (03/05/17) [7:31]

If Trump Tower Was Wiretapped, Trump Can Declassify That Right Now
TheIntercept | Jon Schwarz | 03/04/17

IF IN FACT Trump Tower was wiretapped during the 2016 presidential campaign, as President Trump claimed in several tweets Saturday morning, he can do much more than say so on twitter: Presidents have the power to declassify anything at any time, so Trump could immediately make public any government records of such surveillance.

... According to a report in the BBC, citing unnamed sources, a joint government task force was formed in spring of 2016 to look into an intelligence report from a foreign government that Russian money was somehow coming into the U.S. presidential race. In June the Department of Justice, part of the task force, asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for a warrant to intercept electronic communications by two Russian banks. ... Read more

Former Trump adviser Carter Page also met with Russian envoy
Politico | Josh Meyers | 03/02/17

When Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak traveled to the GOP convention last summer, he met with then Sen. Jeff Sessions, as well as with two other Trump campaign advisers, including oil industry consultant Carter Page.

Page, at the time an unpaid foreign policy adviser to Trump, engaged in a conversation with the ambassador at the same July 20 luncheon in Cleveland where Sessions, now attorney general, and Kislyak chatted, according to J.D. Gordon, a national security adviser to the Trump campaign who was also present at the lunch. ... Read more

China's Banking System Hits $33 Trillion, Overtaking The Eurozone As World's Largest
ZeroHedge | author | 03/06/17

Chinese bank assets hit $33 trillion at the end of 2016, versus $31 trillion for the eurozone, $16 trillion for the US and $7 trillion for Japan. The value of China's banking system is now more than 310% the size of its GDP, compared to "only" 280% for the eurozone and its banks. China's bank assets are projected to grow by $3.3 trillion in 2017. ... Read more

Bannk of International Settlements (BIS) Admits TARGET2 Is A Stealth Bailout Of Europe's Periphery
ZeroHedge | author | 03/06/17

"In the period leading up to mid-2012, T2 balances grew strongly due to intra-euro area capital flight. At the time, sovereign market strains spiked and redenomination risk came to the fore in parts of the euro area. Private capital fled from Ireland, Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain into markets perceived to be safer, such as Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands." ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 06 [13:17]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Advocate: DHS Proposal to Split Children from Parents at U.S. Border is "State-Sanctioned Violence"
  3. Advocate: We Expect Trump's New Muslim Travel Ban Will Be As Unlawful As First Executive Order
  4. Meet Jocelyn Avelica, Whose Dad Was Detained by ICE While Driving his Daughter to School
  5. Debate: Are Trump's Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics' Fodder for New Red Scare?
Humor
John Oliver
John Oliver | Dalai Lama (03/05/17) [18:51]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Russian Revelations Continue To Leak Out, Implicating Trump's Inner Circle (03/04/17) [5:39]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | Why Trump is Refusing to Confront Reality (#41) (03/03/17) [5:39]
Keith Olbermann | Be Honest: Trump's Banning Muslims & Purging Hispanics (#40) (02/28/17) [5:02]
TRNN | Bill Black -> High Frequency Trading in the Trump Era (03/06/17) [10:03]
TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Trump's New National Security Advisor Believes in Empire, More Realpolitik than Flynn (03/06/17) [10:00]
Click to zoom in TYT | Quick Hits: Financial Deregulation, Oklahoma Earthquakes, And More! (03/05/17) [2:19]
TYT | Former Trump Adviser Confesses Russian Meeting (03/03/17) [10:22]
TYT | Trump Lied About US Steel For Pipeline, Everything (03/03/17) [8:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Cognitive Dissonance in US Stock Markets (E1040) (03/04/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss cognitive dissonance in US stock markets. In the second half, Max continues his interview with economic researcher, writer and trend forecaster, Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com about 'the mother of all bubbles' in US equity markets.
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ThomHartmann | Jeff Sessions...In Deep Trouble? (03/02/17) [11:47]
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Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | 'No Impulse Control': President Donald Trump's Focus On The Short Game (03/06/17) [14:09]
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump's Tap Tweets: 'A Low, Low Moment For Washington' (03/06/17) [23:13]
CNN | Trump Asks Congress To Probe Obama Wiretap Charge (03/06/17) [29:47]
NBC Meet the Press | Marco Rubio Full Explosive Interview With Chuck Todd (03/05/17) [9:35]
MSNBC Last Word | Trump's tax return Prove He Is not a BILLIONAIRE!!!! (03/03/17) [12:52]
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Friday March 03, 2017
News Articles

Trump's Already Small Circle Of Trusted Advisers Suffers Another Big Blow
HP | S.V. Date , Sam Stein | 03/02/17

Or so it must seem to President Donald Trump who, just five weeks into his term and two weeks after having to fire his national security adviser, has now watched his closest Cabinet ally neutered in a key role.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he was recusing himself from any investigations pertaining to the Trump campaign, following the revelation that he spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year, despite having testified under oath during his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with any Russians. ... Read more

Democrats (And Rand Paul) Go In Search Of Secret GOP Obamacare Bill

120 U.S. Generals and Admirals Just Sent Trump a Dire Warning About Diplomacy
AlterNet | JP Sottile / Anti-Media | 03/02/17

America's generals are talking turkey. But we're not talking about the well-known idiom for "speaking frankly" about a subject ... although over 120 retired generals did just send a frank letter in response to a new State Department-slashing budget proposal by President Trump.

In that unusual military missive, a group of "former three- and four-star generals" led by "Retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former CIA director, and retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former NATO supreme allied commander," pled with lawmakers and yet another general, new National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, to preserve State Department funding.

Why do these men of war want to make sure Trump doesn't gut diplomacy? Because they think it is "critical to keeping America safe," according to a report by CNN on the much-discussed letter. ... Read more

Climate Change

'Shell Knew': Oil Giant's 1991 Film Warned of Climate Change Danger
AlterNet | Damian Carrington / The Guardian | 03/01/17

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

... Shell's 28-minute film, called Climate of Concern, was made for public viewing, particularly in schools and universities. It warned of extreme weather, floods, famines and climate refugees as fossil fuel burning warmed the world. The serious warning was "endorsed by a uniquely broad consensus of scientists in their report to the United Nations at the end of 1990", the film noted. ... Read more
ShellOil | What Shell knew about climate change in 1991 (trailer) (1991) [2:40]

ShellOil | Climate of Concern - Royal Dutch Shell (FULL) (1991) [28:31]
Love of Gun(s)
TheGuardian | Gun Nation (09/16/16) [29:56]
VICE | Gun Crazy USA () [26:09]
VICE | Shooting the Biggest Guns Money Can Buy | The Big Sandy Shoot (07/12/12) [13:08]
Economics
Jim Rogers -> We're About To Have The Worst Economic Problems Of A Lifetime (02/10/17) [1:08:19]
Jim Rogers interview begins at --- 12:32

  1. What's in store for the U.S. Equity Markets?
  2. Outlook on the U.S. Dollar
  3. Is the 35-year bond bull market over?
  4. Where are junk bonds going?
  5. History of government failures
  6. His views on the global populist movements
  7. Is there war on the horizon?
  8. Are the Russian's being scapegoated?
  9. Update on his views on gold
  10. His views on movement to cashless society
  11. Are we moving away from a free society?
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 03 [14:37]
**DN | Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirmed Despite Questions over Ties to Russian Oligarchs Close to Putin (03/02/17) [18:58]
The New York Times reports that the Obama administration scrambled during its final days in office to preserve evidence of Russia's collusion with the Trump campaign. Citing unnamed former officials, the Times says Obama's aides left a "trail of evidence" across different government agencies to prevent the incoming Trump administration from covering up or destroying evidence. We speak to James Henry about his latest piece, "Wilbur Ross Comes to D.C. With an Unexamined History of Russian Connections."
*DN | David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump's Ties to Russia (03/02/17) [9:40]
*DN | Trump's Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Health & Lives of Tens of Millions of Americans (03/03/17) [12:32]
Some Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | Jeff Sessions Can't Recuse Himself From Stephen's Monologue (03/03/17) [8:00]
TRNN | Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics', Part 4 (03/03/17) [12:27]
*TYT | Cenk's Prediction On Trump And Russia... (03/02/17) [6:24]
TYT | BOMBSHELL: Looks Like Jeff Had A Few Sessions With The Russians... (03/02/17) [10:04]
*RT | CrossTalk: GOP-Which way? (03/03/17) [24:16]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | DHS Intel Doc Contradicts Case For Travel Ban (03/02/17) [18:27]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Weighs In On Sergey Kislyak (03/03/17) [12:59]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
BBC The Conspiracy Files: The Trump Dossier (01/20/17) [59:42]
BBC One Documentary President Donald Trump The Kremlin Candidate? (2017) [28:58]
CBC The Fifth Estate | The Rise and Rage of Donald Trump : The Fire Breather () [42:48]

Thursday March 02, 2017
News Articles

Trump Team's Ties To Russia Face Sharper Scrutiny Amid New House Probe And Explosive Reports
HP | Jessica Schulberg , Sam Stein | 03/01/17

A series of bombshell revelations Wednesday night cast new light on Donald Trump's potential ties to the Russian government during the course of the presidential campaign and seem likely to escalate calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.

The New York Times reported that intelligence officials working for the Obama administration had grown so concerned about the scope of Russia's meddling in the elections and the evidence of ties to Trump's operation that they began to leave a breadcrumb trail of clues for future investigators to follow. Among those data points that had them spooked were a series of meetings that affiliates of the Trump campaign and the Russian government allegedly held in European capitals ? meetings that the Trump White House has consistently denied ever took place.

About an hour later, The Washington Post published its report that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador to the United States and failed to disclose it to lawmakers during his January confirmation hearing. Sessions had been a top surrogate for the Trump campaign and a senior member of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee. ... Read more

Stockman: "Trump Will Create A Debt Crisis Like Never Before"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

"Trump is so deep in fiscal la-la-land, he won't even find the wrong envelope... he is saying crazy things."

Stockman added that "...by the time we get to June or July, we are going to see a debt ceiling crisis like never before." "I think what people are missing is this date, March 15th 2017. That's the day that this debt ceiling holiday that Obama and Boehner put together right before the last election in October of 2015. That holiday expires. The debt ceiling will freeze in at $20 trillion. It will then be law. It will be a hard stop. The Treasury will have roughly $200 billion in cash. We are burning cash at a $75 billion a month rate. By summer, they will be out of cash. Then we will be in the mother of all debt ceiling crises. Everything will grind to a halt. I think we will have a government shutdown. There will not be Obama Care repeal and replace. There will be no tax cut. There will be no infrastructure stimulus. There will be just one giant fiscal bloodbath over a debt ceiling that has to be increased and no one wants to vote for." Read more
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Democrats On Donald Trump's Address To Congress: It Was 'Surreal'
HP | Laura Barron-Lopez , Michael McAuliff |03/01/17

"It was a surreal experience," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told The Huffington Post moments after Trump's address. "We have a reality show host in the White House masquerading as the president of the United States of America and half the country is still in complete shock."

For freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a constitutional law professor who won election in November, it was unlike anything he's ever heard. "To me, it actually felt a little bit like The Hunger Games at points. There was something kind of dystopian, science fiction about the experience," he said. "I looked up and I saw [former House Speaker] Newt Gingrich and suddenly I felt that I was transported to a different world." ... Read more

Crony Capitalism at Work? Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Strong-Arms Ethanol Lobby to Save His Company Millions
TheIntercept | David Dayen | 03/02/17

that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has used his position as Donald Trump's deregulatory czar to strong-arm the ethanol lobby into agreeing to a change that will save one of Icahn's companies $200 million a year.

If so, this would be the most obvious example yet of crony capitalism in the Trump era.

Trump named Icahn as deregulatory czar in December, saying he would be "a leader in helping American entrepreneurs shed job-killing regulations that stifle economic growth." But because Icahn was a "special adviser" to the president with no formal White House position, the administration said he did not have to divest from any of his prodigious financial holdings. At the time, observers noted that Icahn would have a perfect opportunity to advise on deregulatory actions that would line his own pockets. Read more

Federal Officials Are Searching Caterpillar's Corporate Headquarters; Stock Plunges
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

Federal officials have executed search warrants at three Caterpillar, Inc. facilities in the Tri-County Area -- including the corporate headquarters -- Thursday morning. Company officials confirmed the presence in a statement without specifying which agency was performing the search or what the search was in regard to. ... Read more

The Illusion Of Progress
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

This is precisely what you'd expect of a self-serving elite that was desperate to cloak the unhappy reality that the relative few are benefiting immensely at the expense of the many. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 02 [13:16]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday (FULL) (03/02/17) [59:00]
  1. Headlines
  2. David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump's Ties to Russia
  3. Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirmed Despite Questions over Ties to Russian Oligarchs Close to Putin
  4. Asylum Seeker Battling Brain Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital in Handcuffs, Taken to Private Jail
A Bit of Humor
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Fake Presidential Pivot Was Trump's Plan All Along (03/02/17) [4:33]
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | The GOP vs. Constituents: The Daily Show (03/01/17) [6:57]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | The 'O' Presidents: Obama And Oprah (03/02/17) [2:50]
TRNN | Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics', Part 3 (03/01/17) [10:57]
TYT | Fact-Checking Trump's Speech To Congress (03/01/17) [9:07]
TYT | Economic Crisis Forces Country To Starve (03/01/17) [7:24]
TYT | Veterans 'Yelled In Pain' As VA Staff Neglected Them (03/01/17) [8:04]
TYT | Trump Says "Radical Islamic Terrorism"... Nothing Happens... (03/01/17) [6:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Financial Toxicity in the US (E 1039) (03/02/17) [25:46]
Max and Stacy discuss financial toxicity in the U.S. 'healthcare' industry. In the second half Max interviews economic researcher, writer and trend forecaster, Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com about 'the mother of all bubbles' in U.S. equity markets.
RT | Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS (03/01/17) [5:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Is Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan A Scam? (03/01/17) [11:31]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | President Donald Trump's Travel Ban Hard To Justify With Facts (02/28/17) [6:39]
MSNBC Brian Williams | Adam Entous, national security reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Brian Williams about the discovery that Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the Donald Trump campaign (03/01/17) [6:54]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | Cancer Survivor Calls Obamacare Repeal 'Dehumanizing' (02/28/17) [6:31]
More Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: President Trump's Address Would Have Been A Good Inaugural Speech (03/01/17) [20:37]
RT | On this episode of "Watching the Hawks" Tyrel Ventura, Tabetha Wallace and Sean Stone look at the newfound liberal love for George W. Bush and Mainstream Media's new acceptance of Donald Trump. (03/01/17) [28:05]

Wednesday March 01, 2017
News Articles
**Bernie Sanders' BRILLIANT Response To Trump's Speech To Congress (03/01/17) [14:15]
PBSNewsHour | Watch Trump's address to Congress in 7 minutes (02/28/17) [7:00]
CNN | Donald Trump delivers first address to Congress (FULL) (02/28/17) [1:01:04]

Wilbur Ross Comes to D.C. With an Unexamined History of Russian Connections
dcreport.org | James S. Henry | 03/01/17

In the midst of the Trump Administration's many other Russian entanglements,[1] it turns out that Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire American investor who is one of Donald Trump's closest advisors on trade and economics, has direct financial ties to several leading oligarchs from Russia and the Former Soviet Union or FSU.

... Central to this inquiry is the question of Ross's role as Vice Chair and a leading investor in the Bank of Cyprus, the largest bank in Cyprus, one of the key offshore havens for illicit Russian finance. Ross has been Vice Chairman of this bank and a major investor in it since 2014. His fellow bank co-chair evidently was appointed by none other than Vladimir Putin. ... Read more

Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein (2017)

Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

What emerges through Loewenstein's re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world's most valu­able commodity.

Fact-Checking Donald Trump's First Presidential Address to Congress
AlterNet | Alan Yuhas / The Guardian | 02/28/17

Jobs, taxes and business
"Since my election, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Wal Mart, and many others have announced they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs."

Some of these corporations announced jobs and investment before the election, though Ford credited the president with its decision to create 700 jobs and make a $700m investment in Michigan. General Motors had committed $2.9bn and Walmart announced an expansion before any votes were cast, on the other hand, and several companies, including Chrysler, had previously agreed to create jobs. ... Very long & good article, read more

Climate Change
*CBS | Michio Kaku Explains Why He Is No Longer A Climate Change Denier Global Warming Is Real (02/12/17) [4:55]
*Climate Change the Crisis, Part 1 (12/17/16) [29:46]
*Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye discussing about climate change. (full) (02/27/17) [34:16]

Trump Wants You to Think All the Immigrants He'll Deport Are Criminals. They're Not.
TheIntercept | Zaid Jilani | 03/01/17

PRESIDENT TRUMP ON TUESDAY night blamed undocumented immigrants for violent, criminal behavior -- also accusing them of hurting the economy, stealing jobs from struggling families, costing the government billions of dollars, and generally creating "an environment of lawless chaos."

The man who began his presidential campaign talking about "rapists" coming over the border cast his crusade to deport and block undocumented immigrants as a moral choice between protecting Americans or leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and death. "What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?" he asked. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 01 [11:54]
*DN | Trump Seeks Record Pentagon Budget Eclipsing Spending by Ronald Reagan & George W. Bush (03/01/17) [3:44]
*DN | Bernie Sanders Slams Trump for Ignoring Climate Change, Income Inequality & Voter Suppression (03/01/17) [4:24]
*DN | "Trump Is Resurrecting the Scare Tactics": Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernández on Trump's Deportation Plans (03/01/17) [7:13]
*DN | In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants (03/01/17) [5:07]
A Little Bit of Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump Lays Out His Vision For Moving Forward (03/01/17) [12:38]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | Let's Be Honest: Trump's Banning Muslims and Purging Hispanics (02/28/17) [5:02]
**TRNN | Ralph Nader -> on Trump's Speech to Congress (03/01/17) [19:56]
**TRNN | Corinna Gilfillan -> With Transparency Rule Eliminated, Industries Can Hide Billions in Payments to Foreign Government (03/01/17) [14:22]
**TRNN | Economist James Henry says -> New Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Tied to Russian Oligarchs, Money-Laundering Bank (03/01/17) [10:54]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
**ThomHartmann | The Age Of Trump Is the Age Of Disaster Capitalism (02/28/17) [27:42]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
**MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Wilbur Ross At Nexus Of Donald Trump Russian Deal (02/28/17) [21:56]
**CNN | Donald Trump News: white house dismisses russia ties (02/28/17) [12:50]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: President Trump's Address Would Have Been A Good Inaugural Speech (03/01/17) [20:37]
MSNBC | Nancy Pelosi: President Trump's Speech Was 'Bait-And-Switch' (03/01/17) [11:53]
MSNBC | Ted Cruz: President Trump's Speech Was Very Positive, Unifying (03/01/17) [8:33]
Who Are These People??
Unhinged Left so far gone that Civil War now seems unstoppable (02/03/17) [20:56]
Stop LYING to yourself: The Left wants you DEAD! (02/17/17) [9:14]
Alex Jones : Leave The U S While You Still Can! Civil War Coming! (02/13/17) [12:28]

Tuesday February 28, 2017
News Articles
CNN | Bernie Sanders warns Republicans worried about protests: You haven't 'seen anything yet' (02/23/17) [9:04]

TRUMP STUMPED: 'Nobody Knew' That Health Care Could Be So Hard
HP | Jeffrey Young , Jonathan Cohn | 02/27/17

"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." That was President Donald Trump speaking at the White House Monday, and if anything can encapsulate the dilemma facing Republicans as they haltingly try to keep their campaign promises to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- it's that.

The idea that "nobody" knew health care is complicated is, of course, nonsense ? as literally anyone who's ever visited a doctor or used health insurance could tell you. But the realization seems to have come belatedly to Trump. ... Read more

House Republicans Are Helping Donald Trump Keep His Tax Returns Secret
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 02/28/17

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Monday proposed a resolution to invoke an obscure law allowing the Internal Revenue Service to turn over the president's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee for review. But the House voted 229-185, almost exclusively on party lines, to reject the effort.

Pascrell first raised the idea of using the law again earlier this month, but was shot down by the Ways and Means committee chair, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas.) ... Read more

White House Petition Demanding Trump Release Tax Returns Gets Over 1 Million Signatures
It's unclear if the White House will respond.
  1. **J. Michael Springmann -> How The CIA Lets In The Terrorists (02/17/17) [40:24]
  2. **What No One Is Telling You About Flynn's Resignation (02/16/17) [16:27]
  3. ***India Kicks Out Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (02/19/17) [12:54] 3*
  4. ******Nomi Prins -> The Past, Present and Future of Goldman Sachs (#21718) (02/06/17) [32:15]
  5. ****Michael Krieger -> How Trump Filled The Swamp with Steven Mnuchin (02/03/17) [1:00:00]
  6. ***How Government $ach$ Won The Election (02/01/17) [13:45]
  7. Goldman-Sachs Hacked Election (article)
  8. *****Trump Admin Raising Phoenix Program From the Ashes (01/30/17) [51:05]
  9. The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine (article)
  10. iPOD Answers | Why Would People Lie About Climate Change? (12/16/16) [44:50]
  11. ****Michael Krieger -> Trump Fills the Swamp wit Steven Mnuchin (12/07/16) [19:10]
  12. There will be Swamp by Michael Krieger (11/30/16) (article)
  13. ****Nomi Prins -> The Central Bankers' Game of Thrones (11/22/16) [17:34]
  14. ****What You Are Not Being Told About the Afghanistan War (10/11/16) [19:39]
  15. Bilderberg 2016: What's On The Agenda? (06/08/16) [16:19]
  16. ***Why is the MSM (Finally) Reporting on the Petrodollar? (06/01/16) [17:09]
  17. ***Joe Plummer Teaches Tragedy and Hope 101 (04/11/16) [31:54]
  18. **Meet the Billionaire Pedophile Pal of Trump, Clinton, Prince Andrew (02/26/16) [21:56]
  19. TheLipTV | Trump's Child Prostitute Connection to Bill Clinton Mentioned in Lawsuit (06/22/16) [7:22]
  20. ****How Big Oil Conquered the World (12/25/15) [1:11:26]
  21. ****9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money (09/11/15) [59:34]
  22. ***Who Is REALLY Behind ISIS? (09/26/14) [1:04:32]
  23. ****What is the Federal Reserve? (07/06/14) [1:30:11]
  24. ****The New Phoenix Program (??) [1:05:22]
  25. ****Meet Allen Dulles: Fascist Spymaster (#307) (08/30/15) [53:01]
  26. ***The Secret Life of Timothy McVeigh () [58:17]

Trump: 'Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated'
thehill.com | Jessie Hellmann | 02/27/17

President Trump said Monday that "nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated," as Republicans have been slow to unite around a replacement plan for ObamaCare.

"I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," Trump said after a meeting with conservative governors at the White House.

The GOP governors were in town this weekend for their annual conference and met with Trump to talk about a variety of things, but it's likely the conversation largely focused on healthcare. ... Read more

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The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11.pdf

Pentagon Reporter: I Don't Know Any Military Commander Who Thinks Trump's Plan Is Going to Work
AlterNet | Sara K. Barris/Raw Story | 02/27/17

His military vision is dangerous and outdated, a better fit for the 1950s than 2017

On the heels of President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States must "start winning wars again," CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr revealed military leaders have a different opinion.

"There are a lot of questions about what the president means," Starr told Wolf Blitzer. "He said he was taking this from watching the military during his days back in high school and college in his words when perhaps it was a much more clear time for military victories." ... Read more

The floats at Karneval parades across southern and western Germany are known for their biting satire. As The Local reports, this year the main target of their derision was only ever going to be one man.
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 28 (FULL) [59:02]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
*DN | As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War? (02/28/17) [12:36]
President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill tonight and is expected to outline part of his budget plan before a joint session of Congress. On Monday, Trump proposed increasing the military budget to just over $600 billion -- a 10 percent increase -- while deeply slashing the budgets of other agencies, likely including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Trump said he wanted a historic increase in military spending. Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee of California responded on Twitter by writing, "[President] Trump's morally bankrupt budget will funnel more money to the Pentagon at the expense of the poor [and] our planet. This is an awful idea." We speak to Neta Crawford, co-director of the Costs of War Project and a professor of political science at Boston University. In September, she released a report that found the United States has spent nearly $5 trillion since the September 11, 2001, attacks on homeland security and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan.
*DN | "Decade of Betrayal": How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s (02/28/17) [19:08]
President Donald Trump is slated to give his first presidential address to Congress today. Democratic lawmakers have begun giving their tickets away to immigrants as a protest against Trump's push to increase deportations and to block residents from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Well, this is not the first time people of Mexican descent have been demonized, accused of stealing jobs, and forced to leave the country. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, more than a million people residing in the United States were deported to Mexico--about 60 percent of them were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. We speak to the preeminent scholar on this often overlooked chapter of American history: Francisco Balderrama, professor of American history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is co-author of "Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s."
DN | From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series "RISE" Focuses on Indigenous Resistance (02/28/17) [33:11]
Some Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Donald Trump Dreads The White House Correspondents' Dinner (02/28/17) [3:28]
Stephen Colbert | Jon Stewart To The Media: It's Time To Get Your Groove Back. (02/27/17) [10:29]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | Donald Trump Must Go (#39) (02/23/17) [3:51]
**TRNN | Col. Wilkerson -> Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security (02/28/17) [10:31]
*TRNN | Nnimmo Bassey (born 1958) is a Nigerian architect, environmentalist activist, author and poet -> Armed Conflict, Global Warming Intensify Mass Famines (02/28/17) [10:14]
*TYT | Trump: Nobody Knew Healthcare Could Be So Complicated! (02/27/17) [7:12]
*TYT | Trump Calls For HISTORIC Increase In Military Spending (02/27/17) [8:14]
*TYT | Trump's "No More Leaks!" Meeting IMMEDIATELY Leaked (02/27/17) [5:43]
RT | Keiser Report: Breakdown in Liberal Ideology (E1038) (02/28/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunging and college endowments losing billions to hedge funds. Max interviews former banker Michael Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg.com about how the breakdown in liberal ideology gave us Trump.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Trump Promises To Boost Military Spending To $54 Billion (02/28/17) [15:19]
MSNBC Last Word | Clouds Of Scandal And Rank Incompetence At White House (02/28/17) [12:14]

Monday February 27, 2017
News Articles

**Trump Budget Plan Boosts Pentagon, Trims State Dept, EPA
Reuters & HP| Reuters | 02/26/17

The White House on Monday will send federal departments a budget proposal containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.

... A second official said the State Department's budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent, which would force a major restructuring of the department and elimination of programs. ... Read more

The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team's Flurry Of Falsehoods
HP | Igor Bobic | 02/26/17

  1. White House press secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed the crowd on the National Mall was "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration." (Jan. 21)
  2. Trump falsely claimed that the crowd for his swearing-in stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people. (Jan. 21)
  3. As Trump fondly recalled his Inauguration Day, he said it stopped raining "immediately" when he began his speech. A light rain continued to fall throughout the address. (Jan. 21)
  4. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump claimed the media made up his feud with the agency. In fact, he started it by comparing the intelligence community to "Nazi Germany." (Jan. 21)
  5. ... 100
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NBC's "Today" show | "Words MATTER" George W. Bush SLAMS Donald Trump (02/27/17) [5:47]

Bannon Versus Trump
NYTimes | David Brooks | 02/10/17

It's becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump's attention span.

The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order -- the American-led alliances, norms and organizations that bind democracies and preserve global peace. The regulars seek to preserve and extend this order, and see Vladimir Putin as a wolf who tears away at it.

The populist ethno-nationalists in the Trump White House do not believe in this order. Their critique -- which is simultaneously moral, religious, economic, political and racial -- is nicely summarized in the remarks Steve Bannon made to a Vatican conference in 2014:

Humane capitalism has been replaced by the savage capitalism that brought us the financial crisis.

Once there was a collection of Judeo-Christian nation-states, Bannon argued, that practiced a humane form of biblical capitalism and fostered culturally coherent communities. But in the past few decades, the party of Davos -- with its globalism, relativism, pluralism and diversity -- has sapped away the moral foundations of this Judeo-Christian way of life.

Humane capitalism has been replaced by the savage capitalism that brought us the financial crisis. National democracy has been replaced by a crony-capitalist network of global elites. Traditional virtue has been replaced by abortion and gay marriage. Sovereign nation-states are being replaced by hapless multilateral organizations like the E.U.
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My Comment: the above remarks by Bannon seem really humanitarian. However, the actions of the Trump Administration so far don't seem to match the philosophy.

This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America
Bloomberg | Joshua Green | old, 10/08/15

Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, the crusading right-wing populist website that's a lineal descendant of the Drudge Report (its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, spent years apprenticing with Matt Drudge) and a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite and restrained. He'd spent the day at CPAC among the conservative faithful, zipping back and forth between his SiriusXM booth and an unlikely pair of guests he was squiring around: Nigel Farage ... Read more

My Comment: I don't normally follow Glen Beck, but he does make some very interesting comments during this interview.
CNN | Glenn Beck attacks Steve Bannon as a dangerous Leninist (02/23/17) [5:55]
Who Is Alexander Dugin??

The One Russian Linking Putin, Erdogan and Trump
Bloomberg | Henry Meyer | 02/02/17

The Russian ultra-nationalist dubbed "Putin's Rasputin" by Breitbart News when it was run by President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has emerged as an unlikely foreign-policy fixer for the Kremlin.

Alexander Dugin, whose bushy beard gives him a passing resemblance to the Siberian mystic who bewitched the last czar's family, says he played a key but largely clandestine role in patching up Russia's relations with Turkey, an account confirmed by a senior figure in Ankara. And with people he calls ideological allies now in the White House, Dugin says he's bullish on better ties with the U.S., too. ... Read more

Who are the figures pushing Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin together?
BBC | John Sweeney | 01/16/17

The question of whether Russia's leader Vladimir Putin has got material with which he could blackmail Donald Trump is for now unknowable and misses the point by a country mile: the two men think alike.

Mr Trump's belief in American traditionalism and dislike of scrutiny echo the Kremlin's tune: nation, power and aversion to criticism are the new (and very Russian) world order. ... Read more

The philosopher known as "Putin's brain" is a big fan of Trump
Quartz qz.com | Reuters/Denis Sinyakov | 12/24/16

... He is virulently opposed to globalism, the international elite, and the existing geopolitical structure where the US is the clear superpower. Instead, he advocates for a world of multiple political powers, each representing bloc of countries. No surprise, then, that Dugin believes Russian should be one such global power. ... Read more

The frightening common ground between a Trump adviser and white nationalism's favorite philosopher
Think Progress | Justin Salhani | 12/20/16

Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, sees Dugin's ideology as an ally against liberalism.

Aleksandr Dugin's ideology has influenced white nationalists and supremacists. His thinking also echoes that of a key player in the Trump administration. ... Read more

Philosopher Dr. Aleksandr Dugin joins the program today to expound on Trump's swamp metaphor
Alex Jonnes | Alex Jonnes | 02/17/17

Philosopher Dr. Aleksandr Dugin joins the program today to expound on Trump's swamp metaphor

On the Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, an MSNBC host compares Trump to Putin and says he may start killing journalists. And overwhelming evidence shows Trump was right about massive voter/election fraud. Philosopher Dr. Aleksandr Dugin joins the program today to expound on Trump's swamp metaphor and provide his take on Putin and Trump as two poles of a new world vision. On today's show we also welcome University of California Professor Darrell Y. Hamamoto to discuss the riots at UC Berkeley over the weekend, and the California secession movement. ... Read more
Aleksandr Dugin: Putin's Brain Joins Alex Jones () [25:03]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 27 [12:56]
*DN | Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump's Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World (02/27/17) [11:22]
DN | Rev. William Barber: The NAACP Will Boycott North Carolina over HB2 & Voter Suppression (02/27/17) [11:53]
Humor
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
**John Oliver | Obamacare (02/26/17) [18:52]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump's Nuclear Plan: It's Like The Cold War All Over Again (02/25/17) [4:33]
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics,' says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works, Part 1/6 (02/27/17) [9:08]
*TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck -> Mountains of Uninvested Corporate Cash, Not Mexico, Most Responsible for Job Loss (02/27/17) [15:12]
*TRNN | Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal -> Erik Prince is Back: Former CEO of Blackwater Offering Services to the Trump Administration (02/27/17) [10:32]
*TRNN | Bhaskar Sunkara, Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss -> Trump at CPAC: Tax Cuts, Massive Military Build-up, Part 1 (02/25/17) [15:53]
TRNN | Bhaskar Sunkara, Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss -> Bannon-Trump Promise to Unleash Unfettered Capitalism, Part 2 (02/25/17) [17:48]
*TYT | CEOs Try To Explain The Economy To Trump (02/26/17) [6:58]
TYT | Trump Team Can't Wait To Fill More Private Prisons With Minorities (02/26/17) [8:03]
TYT | Trump Administration Told FBI To Back Off Russia? (02/24/17) [8:07]
TYT | Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus' Awkward Bromance (02/24/17) [4:11]
Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus shared a very awkward moment on stage at CPAC.

"NATIONAL HARBOR -- Reince Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon definitely get along. Everything you have heard about their relationship, says Priebus, is wrong. If you have heard that they are slowly engaged in a battle to the death, that is definitely not true. That is their, uh, belligerent chemistry. They are like brothers, Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Nam, just regular brothers.

They are the best of friends, like Frog and Toad, or even Bert and Ernie, if you catch them on the right evening. They talk all night until they fall asleep, holding hands. This is what they told New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi:

"We talk a lot, pretty much all day long," Priebus said. "And then we communicate at night --"
TYT | Conservatives Wave Russian Flags Before Trump's Speech (02/24/17) [7:52]
Note: I don't always agree with the the videos I post, but I always think it is a good idea to listen/hear both sides of an issue(s)
RT | CrossTalk: Media Wars (02/27/17) [24:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Will The Corporate Media Stand Against Trumps Attacks? (02/24/17) [11:07]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Donald Trump Admin Spikes Report That Undercuts Ban (02/24/17) [12:33]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | 'Swirling Paranoia' Takes Over The White House (02/27/17) [14:17]
MSNBC Morning Joe | With Historic Low Numbers, President Donald Trump Keeps Fighting Media (02/27/17) [15:21]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Why 'Madman Theory' Is Unhelpful In Global Affairs (02/24/17) [10:14]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Steve Bannon Lays Out Vision For White House During CPAC Talk (02/24/17) [14:00]
FoxNews | "Attacking CNN doesn't create jobs" Chris Wallace DESTROYS Donald Trump aide (02/26/17) [4:53]
CNN | "CNN is NOT fake news" Shep Smith defends CNN on Fox News (02/24/17) [4:39]

Friday February 24, 2017
News Articles

Steve Bannon Says Feud With 'Corporatist, Globalist' Media Will Only Get Worse
HP | Igor Bobic | 02/23/17

A few days after President Donald Trump drew rebukes for calling the media the "enemy of the American people," his top strategist Steve Bannon showed no sign that the White House was willing to reconsider its feud with the press.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Thursday, Bannon warned the situation between the administration and the fourth estate will only get worse. ... Read more

RUSH | We're Not That Far From A CIVIL WAR! (02/10/17) [5:08]
A Little Bit of Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | 'Real News Tonight': A Reliable Source For News Trump Will Like (02/24/17) [3:16]
Stephen Colbert | The Late Show Presents: Presidential Leak-Crets (02/24/17) [4:59]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | Donald Trump Must Go (02/23/17) [3:51]

Why the Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump's Presidency
AlterNet | Alex Kotch | 02/23/17

In early 2016, few evangelical leaders were on Team Trump, as they had Ted Cruz and other conservative Christians to choose from in a crowded Republican presidential field. After Donald Trump embarrassed his GOP competition and became the party's nominee, prominent evangelicals began changing their tune. Some, including a number of outspoken anti-LGBT activists, worked with the Trump campaign on a large evangelical advisory board. After Trump won the presidency with 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, most far-right Christian leaders who hadn't endorsed him came around. Many were gleeful, and some even pronounced that God had stepped in and handed Trump the job.

That excitement has grown since the election as Trump prepared for and took office, nominating several ultra-conservative Christians for key posts and promptly following through on several of his campaign promises tailored to evangelical voters. Trump had already picked far-right evangelical Mike Pence for vice president. Then he nominated Betsy DeVos, who was raised in a Calvinist community in Michigan, for secretary of education and Seventh-Day Adventist Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development secretary, and Human Services Sec. Tom Price, EPA head Scott Pruitt, Energy nominee Rick Perry, Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ... Read more

GOP Senator Tom Cotton Confronted At Town Hall
NBC | GOP Senator Tom Cotton Confronted At Town Hall About President Trump's Election (02/23/17 [4:20]
Senator Tom Cotton | Woman Asks Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas) "What Insurance Do You Have?" (02/22/17) [4:40]
Senator Tom Cotton | Senator Tom Cotton "How can you support a man who Says he grabs Women by the *%^%&" (02/22/17) [0:57]
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Tom Cotton Town Hall (02/22/17) [12:55]
Senator Tom Cotton | Town Hall Event (02/22/17) [1:43:48]

White House Bars CNN, NYT, Others From Media Briefing
ZeroHedge | author | 02/24/17

CNN's political reporter Sara Murray has confirmed that CNN has been blocked from attending a White House press briefing this morning. Other reports note that The New York Times, LA Times, and Politico were also blocked. ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX were allowed in but AP and Time have boycotted the event. ... Read more

**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 24 [11:02]
**DN | Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms (02/23/17) [10:54]
Thousands of pages of newly released emails reveal how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely collaborated with oil, coal and gas companies backed by the Koch brothers to roll back environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general. The documents were released just days after Pruitt was sworn in as the new head of the EPA, the agency tasked with curtailing pollution and safeguarding public health. Last week, Senate Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to postpone Pruitt's final confirmation until the emails were released, but Republicans pressed forward and confirmed him in a 52-46 vote, largely along party lines. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times. The trove of new documents shows how energy companies drafted language for Pruitt's Attorney General's Office to use to sue the EPA over environmental regulations. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which successfully sued for the emails to be released.
*DN | As Calls Grow to Impeach Trump, Former Nixon Counsel John Dean Sees "Echoes of Watergate" (02/24/17) [13:24]
DN | John Dean: The Difference Between Trump & Nixon is Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap (02/24/17) [8:50]
*TRNN | Center for Media and Democracy's Lisa Graves says -> Newly Released Emails Reveal Pruitt's Connections with Koch Brothers (02/24/17) [18:35]
**TRNN | Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss -> the Trump-Bannon-Pence administration, a naked display of the 1% ruling without apologies (02/24/17) [13:06]
*TYT | Net Neutrality Is On Its Deathbed (02/23/17) [4:52]
*TYT | Trump Attacks Transgender Rights, Find Out the Secret Reason Why (02/23/17) [5:25]
TYT | British Politicians Take Turns Blasting Trump (02/21/17) [10:23]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
*PBS NewsHour | What EPA's Scott Pruitt means for environmental policy and regulation (02/17/17) [6:56]
*PBS NewsHour | How scientists are scrambling to safeguard vital environmental data (02/17/17) [8:37]
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Trump Administration's Litany Of Mistakes Indicates Malice Or Incompetence (02/23/17) [21:12]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC The Last Word | Steve Bannon: The Most Powerful Person In President Trump's White House (02/24/17) [16:33]
FoxNews | Did Steve Bannon become the new face of the Republican Party? (02/23/17) [4:35]
Note: I don't like FoxNews, I don't particularly like Tucker Carlson, but I can listen to both sides of an issue and make my own decissions.
FoxNews | Krauthammer: Bannon showed he was brains of operation (02/23/17) [5:45]
FoxNews | Steve Bannon takes on the media at CPAC (02/23/17) [12:32]
CPAC | Steve Bannon & Reince Priebus Panel at CPAC 2017 (FULL) (02/23/17) [24:38]
Note: at least we don't have to hear from Sarah Paline or Machele Backmann.

Thursday February 23, 2017
News Articles

*Bernie Sanders Takes Down Drug Companies and Washington Lobbyists' Latest Racket
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 02/22/17

The Vermont senator blames an insulin price hike on the collusion of Big Pharma.

The price of insulin is going up, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refuses to take it lying down. On Wednesday, the Vermont senator weighed in on a new class-action lawsuit taking aim at drug manufacturers.

"In the last 25 years, the pharmaceutical industry, major companies, have been fined some $35 billion for collusion, for fraud and for other illegal behavior," Sanders explained in an interview with "CBS This Morning." ... Read more

*Fears Grow That Climate Conflicts Could Lead to War
Bloomberg | Jonathan Tirone | 02/19/17

Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change -- rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms -- European leaders are warning of a last-century risk they know all too well: War.

Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts. ... Read more

Little Bit of Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Joe Scarborough: There Are Some Lines Trump Can't Cross, Part 1 (02/22/17) [5:38], Part 2[5:38]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | The Intel Community and the Slow Death of Trump's Presidency (#37) (02/22/17) [7:46]
The Making Of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy Of American Empire by Leo Panitch (2013)

The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has become clear that markets and states aren't straightforwardly opposing forces.

In this groundbreaking work, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin demonstrate the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state. The Making of Global Capitalism identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements that might transcend global markets.

Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest
Politico | Kenneth P. Vogel | 02/23/17

A purported cyber hack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman last summer.

The undated communications, which are allegedly from the iPhone of Manafort's daughter, include a text that appears to come from a Ukrainian parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko, seeking to reach her father, in which he claims to have politically damaging information about both Manafort and Trump.

Attached to the text is a note to Paul Manafort referring to "bulletproof" evidence related to Manafort's financial arrangement with Ukraine's former president, the pro-Russian strongman Viktor Yanukovych, as well as an alleged 2012 meeting between Trump and a close Yanukovych associate named Serhiy Tulub ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 23 [14:13]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 23 (FULL) (02/23/17) [59:04]
*DN | The Stephen Miller Story: From Pestering Latino Students in High School to Drafting Muslim Ban (02/15/17) [13:26]
A new investigation by Univision shows how President Trump's senior White House policy adviser, 31-year-old Stephen Miller, was well known at his Santa Monica High School for heckling his fellow Hispanic classmates, including telling them to speak only English. He's now best known as one of the architects behind Trump's Muslim travel ban. For more, we speak with one of Miller's former classmates, Cynthia Santiago, the first Latina president of the school's Associated Student Body and now an immigration defense lawyer who has been helping people impacted by Trump's travel ban. We also speak with Univision reporter Fernando Peinado. His recent piece is titled "How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy."
TRNN | Journalist Desiree Kane says -> Standing Rock and the Struggle Against Corporate Power (02/23/17) [12:09]
TRNN | Political science Leo Panitch says - > Greece's Debt Relief Conundrum (02/23/17) [19:27]
*TYT | Emails Show EPA Head's Cozy Ties With Big Oil (02/22/17) [8:12]
TYT | Statue Of Liberty Gets A Sweet New Sign (02/22/17) [3:08]
TYT | BREAKING: Water Protector's Camp Surrounded, Cops Moving In (02/22/17) [8:37]
RT | Keiser Report: China-US Trade War (E1036) (02/23/17) [25:46]
Max and Stacy discuss the 'bad news' and 'grave concerns' in the eurozone leading to big gold buying. **In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com about the trade war with China that America has already lost. They also discuss North Korea and what the assassination of Kim Jong-nam means for the region.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Did Pruitt Prove He's In the Koch's Pocketbook Today? (02/21/17) [11:58]
ThomHartmann | Will The GOP Attacks On Elizabeth Warren Backfire? (02/22/17) [11:27]
*ThomHartmann | Russian Expert Stephen Cohen -> "Detente Both Possible & Necessary" (02/12/17) [32:09]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Montana GOP Chair Afraid Of Too Much Voting (02/23/17) [19:15]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump's Staffers Work To Control His Twitter Habit (02/23/17) [5:33]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Joe: How College Impacted Stephen Miller's Conservative Thought (02/23/17) [15:41]
NYTimes | Andrew Sullivan | 02/23/17
... I feel like I know Stephen Miller, the youthful Montgomery Burns who lectured the lügenpresse last Sunday morning in his charm-free Stakhanovite baritone. I feel like I know him because I used to be a little like him. He's a classic type: a rather dour right-of-center kid whose conservatism was radicalized by lefties in the educational system. No, I'm not blaming liberals for Miller's grim fanaticism. I am noting merely that right-of-center students are often mocked, isolated, and anathematized on campus, and their response is often, sadly, a doubling down on whatever it is that progressives hate. Before too long, they start adopting brattish and obnoxious positions -- just to tick off their SJW peers and teachers. After a while, you're not so much arguing for conservatism as against leftism, and eventually the issues fade and only the hate remains.

Think of it in some way as reactionary camp. Think Ingraham and Coulter and Yiannopoulos. They are reactionaries in the classic sense: Their performance-art politics are almost entirely a reaction to the suffocating leftism that they had to endure as they rose through the American education system. As a young, lonely conservative in college, I now wince at recalling, I threw a Champagne party to welcome Reagan's cruise missiles to Britain. Of course I knew better -- and could have made a decent argument for deterrence instead of behaving like a brattish dick. But I didn't. I wanted to annoy and disrupt the smugness around me. If you never mature, this pose can soon become your actual personality -- especially when you realize that it can also be extremely lucrative in the conservative-media industrial complex. I think of Ann Coulter, whom I met recently, backstage at Bill Maher's show. What struck me was her sincerity, searing intelligence, and grasp of the facts. In another universe, she could have become a reasoned defender of a sane conservatism. Instead she ended up writing In Trump We Trust. In exactly the same way, Miller really is a product of Santa Monica and Duke -- their living, breathing, raving antibody. ... Read more
Note: I don't normally watch The View, but I thought this was a good discussion on what is happening in the Trump Presidency.
The View | Whoopi Goldberg HEATED debate with Jedediah over Donald Trump (02/21/17) [8:37]


Stuff That Makes Me Squirm In My Seat
FoxNews | "YOU ARE FLAT WRONG" Chris Wallace Tells Stephen Miller Interview (02/15/17) [15:49]
Note: I have to admit Rush Limbaugh sounded OK here. His show on-the-other hand is outrageous.
FoxNews | "The media is Trump's ENEMY!" Rush Limbaugh goes CRAZY on Chris Wallace (02/20/17) [12:12]

Wednesday February 22, 2017
News Articles

Global Warming & Climate Change
NYTimes | author | Current

  1. How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor - Feb. 20, 2017
  2. Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis - Feb. 17, 2017
  3. Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find - Feb. 16, 2017
  4. What California's Dam Crisis Says About the Changing Climate - Feb. 14, 2017
  5. Is the 'Anthropocene' Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference -- or a Call for More? - Feb. 14, 2017
  6. A Rare Republican Call to Climate Action - Feb. 13, 2017
  7. A Conservative Case for Climate Action - Feb. 8, 2017
  8. 'A Conservative Climate Solution': Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax - Feb. 8, 2017
  9. 'Irrational' Coal Plants May Hamper China's Climate Change Efforts - Feb. 7, 2017
  10. No Data Manipulation in 2015 Climate Study, Researchers Say - Feb. 7, 2017
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What Climate Change Effects Are We Already Seeing
EPA | author | Current

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Climate change: How do we know?
NASA.gov | author | Current

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The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
RollingStone.com | Eric Holthaus | older 2015

The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen -- and much faster than climate scientists expected

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide. Read more

CNN | CNN: Goldstein v McEnany (02/21/17) [6:07]
YouTube Commenters
My Comment: Yuk... this is news??
Commenter 1: She's shameless and he's a douche. Next.?
Commenter 2: That about sums up every discussion between the right and the left at the moment?
MSNBC Chris Hayes | Mitch McConnell and Republicans Experience Eruptions at Town Halls (02/21/17) [4:58]
Fusion | Who is Stephen Miller? The Guy Yelling at the Screen (02/14/17) [1:31]
David Pakman Show | Stephen Miller -> "the President will not be questioned, period" (02/14/17) [7:14]

'Everything's on the Table': Kellyanne Conway Floats Mass Recess Appointments of Trump Nominees
AlterNet | Tana Ganeva / Raw Story | 02/21/17

She called the remaining Obama-era staff "sleeper cells."

On Tuesday, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway -- who's recently had some trouble getting booked on cable news -- appeared on conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt's radio show. First, Hewitt asked Conway why the President has not fired Obama-appointed US Attorneys and praised Donald Trump's controversial decision to dismiss acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

"Hey, I just want him to do, there are sleeper cells of Obama appointees throughout this government who are in political jobs. They're not civil servants, and I want them, I really want them gone yesterday," Hewitt said. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 22 [13:48]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 22 (FULL) [59:02]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for the small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump around the video.
TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck says -> Trump's Job Promises are Fiction - Free Trade is Fiction, Too (02/21/17) [17:06]
TRNN | Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization (02/21/17) [21:39]
In TRNN's ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them an easy target for controversial education secretary Betsy DeVo
TYT | O'Reilly Tells Media To Bow Down To Trump (02/21/17) [6:55]
TYT | Homeland Security Unveils Deportation Plan (02/21/17) [8:54]
TYT | Did Trump Cause Riots In Sweden?? (02/21/17) [8:12]
After becoming a viral sensation following her appearance (and reappearance on Thursday) on Dr. Phil where she admitted to stealing cars and delivered the iconic "Cash me outside, how bow dah?" line, Danielle Bregoli is using her new fame to come out swinging.

Note: I wasn't going to post this, because I usually stick with current news, but I realized this was an important story in that it demonstrated how discouraging news events have become.
TYT | "Cash Me Ousside" Girl Mobbed By Screaming Fans (02/21/17) [11:31]
RT | CrossTalk: Revolt in the West (02/22/17) [24:25]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Democrats See New Zeal Among New Candidates (02/21/17) [23:45]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mitch McConnell, Members Of Congress Face The Heat At Town Halls (02/22/17) [11:17]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Howard Dean: Democratic Leadership Is 'Old And Creaky' (02/22/17) [4:28]
NBCNews Meet the Press | WH Adviser Stephen Miller: A Single Judge 'Cannot Make Immigration Law' (02/12/17) [3:23]
Stuff That Makes Me Squirm In My Seat
FoxNews Hannity | Stephen Miller Travel ban is lawful and necessary News from CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, RT (02/09/17) [7:01]
FoxNews | President Trump is cooking a new travel ban. Stefen Miller explains (02/12/17) [14:02]

Tuesday February 21, 2017
News Articles

Trump Administration Tells World Leaders to Just Ignore What the President Says: Report
AlterNet | Erin Corbett / Raw Story | 02/20/27

"The dirty little secret of the 'Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said' approach to foreign policy is that it's not a sustainable foreign policy at all."

One month into President Donald Trump's administration, the divide in his team's approach to national security and foreign policy issues couldn't be more clear. The Rachel Maddow blog laid out the ways in which the Trump team has adopted a "Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said" approach to both matters. ... Read more
Or
'Never-Mind-What-Trump-Said' foreign policy

English Parliament, and PM, debted over Donald Trump's phrase "Grab them by the Pussy" constituted 'bragging about sexual assalt'.

Mar-a-Lago: Trump's Winter White House takes over Palm Beach
CNN | Dan Merica | 02/20/17

President Donald Trump, a newcomer to the White House, is still developing his relationship with the people of Washington. But that's far from the case with the people of Palm Beach -- now the location of his so-called Winter White House -- the long spit of land off Florida's East Coast that the real estate mogul has been frequenting for decades.

Since he purchased the Mar-a-Lago property in 1985 for $5 million, Trump's relationship with the tony city and its residents has ebbed and flowed. He's sued the city, fought with the town leadership and turned local issues into nattional controversies. Traffic caused by Trump's motorcade is the most recent sore spot for the people of Palm Beach and the surrounding area. ... Read more

Trump basically takes a vacation every week.

Friends describe Trump "ultimately accessible" in Mar-a-Lago, but that doesn't come without ethical pitfalls.

Democrats and ethics watchdogs questioned how the membership fee doubled to $200,000 after Trump's election. The club could turn into a way for Trump to sell access, watchdogs say, allowing members to pay for the luxury of sharing everything from a terrace to a lobby with the President of the United States, access that most lobbyists would salivate over.
Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar (2017)

The rise over the last two decades of a powerful new class of billionaire financiers marks a singular shift in the American economic and political landscape. Their vast reserves of concentrated wealth have allowed a small group of big winners to write their own rules of capitalism and public policy. How did we get here? Through meticulous reporting and powerful storytelling, New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar shows how Steve Cohen became one of the richest and most influential figures in finance--and what happened when the Justice Department put him in its crosshairs.

Cohen and his fellow pioneers of the hedge fund industry didn't lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than wrong--and for this they have gained not only extreme personal wealth but formidable influence throughout society. Hedge funds now manage nearly $3 trillion in assets, and competition between them is so fierce that traders will do whatever they can to get an edge.

Cohen was one of the industry's greatest success stories. He mastered poker in high school, went off to Wharton, and in 1992 launched SAC Capital, which he built into a $15 billion empire, almost entirely on the basis of his wizardlike stock trading. He cultivated an air of mystery, reclusiveness, and extreme excess, building a 35,000 square foot mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and amassing one of the largest private art collections in the world. On Wall Street, Cohen was revered as a genius.

That image was shattered when SAC became the target of a sprawling, seven-year government investigation. Labeled by prosecutors as a "magnet for market cheaters" whose culture encouraged the relentless hunt for "edge"--and even "black edge," or inside information--SAC was ultimately indicted in connection with a vast insider trading scheme, even as Cohen himself was never charged.

Black Edge offers a revelatory look at the gray zone in which so much of Wall Street functions, and a window into the transformation of the U.S. economy. It's a riveting, true-life legal thriller that takes readers inside the government's pursuit of Cohen and his employees, and raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of modern Wall Street.

Here's What People Really Thought About That Trump Press Conference
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 02/20/17

Note: what I found interest about this article was the analysis of how the polling was done. Apparently there is a lot of variables that have to be weighted to make the polling accurate. Hopefully those variables are honest and consistent and aren't easily manipulated to make the oppinion in the polls easily skew(able).
Read more

Nothing Seemed To Stop Milo Yiannopoulos -- Until This
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 02/20/17

Racism, bigotry and sexism weren't enough to silence the far-right troll.

A platform of hatred. A plethora of racist, misogynistic and transphobic remarks. But through it all, many stood by far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, often defending his right to free speech.

Over the weekend, however, the Breitbart editor finally crossed what may have seemed a non-existent line, sending the American Conservative Union, publishing house Simon & Schuster and others who once supported him running. The breaking point: defending pedophilia. ... Read more

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy by Sheldon Whitehouse (Author), Melanie Wachtell Stinnett (2017)

In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money.

Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary--even the Supreme Court--in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change.

Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.
**CNN | Manafort, Flynn communicated regularly with Russians (02/14/17) [1:43]
Also see Racheal Maddow in the right column ->

Who is Paul Manafort?
CNN | Laura Smith-Spark | 02/15/17

So who is Manafort and why is he under scrutiny? He was originally brought in to save Trump from a defeat at the Republican convention, should Trump have failed to win enough delegates to clinch a first-ballot nomination.

But his role grew to serve as Trump's connection to the GOP establishment, telling Republican elders that their presidential nominee would run a traditional campaign that would not imperil down-ballot candidates. ... Read more

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash ($12.7 million) for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief
NYTimes | author | older 08/14/16

KIEV, Ukraine -- On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine's ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort's presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort's main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. ... Read more

Paul Manafort
Wikipedia | author | date

Paul John Manafort Jr.[1] (born April 1, 1949)[2] is an American lobbyist and political consultant.[3] Manafort is best known for his lobbying efforts on behalf of Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych as well as world leaders such as Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko and guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.[3][4][5] He was an adviser to the U.S. presidential campaigns of Republicans Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, and was the national chairman of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, as well as being a senior partner in the firm Davis, Manafort, and Freedman. It was confirmed in The New York Times on the eve of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration that Manafort is under active investigation by the CIA, NSA, FBI, ODNI and FinCEN.[6] Read more

**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 21 [13:21]
**DN | A Message to Trump from a Swede: My Real Concern is Rise of Militant Anti-Muslim Neo-Nazis, Fascists (02/21/17) [13:33]
**DN | Black Edge: New Yorker's Sheelah Kolhatkar on Wall Street's Biggest Insider Trading Story in History (Hedge Funds) (02/21/17) [7:51]
**DN | A Champion of the People or Wall Street? Trump Pushes to End Dodd-Frank & Consumer Protection Agency (02/21/17) [10:52]
As the Trump administration enters its second month, Republican lawmakers have begun a legislative attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created in response to the economic crisis a decade ago. The bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank legislation, which is also coming under attack by Republican lawmakers and the White House. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to repeal a Dodd-Frank anti-corruption measure requiring oil and mining companies to disclose payments to governments. He has also vowed to chip away at other parts of the legislation. We speak to Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst who is now a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of the new book "Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street."
A Little-Bit-of-Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Sorry ISIS, You Lost The Title Of 'Enemy Of The American People' (02/21/17) [7:52]
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump. (02/19/17) [20:05]
TRNN | TRNN Shir Hever Explained -> Trump's Turn from Two-State Solution Sows Crisis for Fatah, Hamas (02/21/17) [14:38]
TYT | Trump's Constant Mar-A-Lago Vacations Annoying Locals (02/20/17) [7:42]
TYT | LEAKED: Trump Talks To His "Special People" (02/20/17) [6:05]
TYT | Trump Cites Fake Terror Attack In Sweden (02/20/17) [15:40]
TYT | The NEW Red Scare (02/20/17) [4:35]
RT | Keiser Report: Ingredients for a New Global Crisis (E1035) (02/21/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss an EU blinded by hate and a currency unpegging from the dollar . . . watch what happens. In the second half Max continues his interview with Nomi Prins, author of 'All the Presidents' Bankers', about Trump's cabinet and advisers of the Goldman Sachs swamp.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | At What Point Do Trump Supporters Feel Betrayed? (02/20/17) [11:09]
Click to zoom in
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
**MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Shady Oligarch's Case A Test Of President Trump's Department Of Justice (02/21/17) [21:11]
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Senator Argues For Getting Corporate Forces Out Of Politics (o2/21/17) [8:02]
MSNBC Morning Joe | What New NSA Pick H.R. McMaster Says About President Trump (02/21/17) [15:58]
Note: I'm not sure I totally agree with the above discussion of Cabinet picks, but I always think it is important to hear all sides. I did notice that Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster never called Trump by name.

Monday February 20, 2017
News Articles
*NBC Meet The Press | Bernie Sanders Full Interview: President Trump Is A 'Pathological Liar'. (02/12/17) [6:44]
Sorry, I missed this last week. I like Bernie Sanders and think he is the only one who cares for the little guy (anyone in the 90% category).

*Tulsi Gabbard Versus "Regime Change" Wars
ZeroHedge | author | 02/20/17

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is a rare member of Congress willing to take heat for challenging U.S. "regime change" projects, in part, because as an Iraq War vet she saw the damage these schemes do, as retired Col. Ann Wright explains to ConsortiumNews.com.

I support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, going to Syria and meeting with President Bashar al-Assad because the congresswoman is a brave person willing to take criticism for challenging U.S. policies that she believes are wrong.

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions.

We need representatives to sift through what the U.S. government says and what the media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths. ... Read more

NBC Meet the Press | Reince Priebus: Michael Flynn 'Wasn't Straight Or Honest' (02/19/17) [6:14]
New World Order?? - Order for the Elites or the Common Man?? Who Benefits??
NBC Meet the Press | John McCain: 'I Worry About The President's Understanding' Some Issues (02/19/17) [11:54]

Trump Says There's Been No Russia Contact -- Of Course, Much Of What He Says Is Untrue
HP | S.V. Date | 02/19/17

The Republican leader of the United States Senate was asked last week if he believed the Republican president's denial that his campaign colluded with the foreign power that was trying to help him win.

Mitch McConnell's answer: "I have no idea."

His office later said that McConnell misunderstood the question ? that he thought he was being asked if he personally knew whether Trump's campaign had colluded with Russia. Regardless, McConnell's four words represent the new president's problem in a nutshell. Having made falsehoods a staple of his public discourse, Donald Trump now faces enormous hurdles in getting even his erstwhile allies to put their names behind his credibility.

Trump has made untrue statements about the size of his inauguration crowd, the "standing ovation" he received at CIA headquarters, the "millions" of "illegal" votes cast in the November election, the murder rate, the news coverage given to terror attacks, and, just Saturday at his Florida "campaign" rally, about the amount of vetting refugees trying to enter the country must undergo and about a nonexistent terror incident in Sweden. That's just a partial list, and he's only been in office a month.... Read more

Anatomy Of The Deep State: An Open Conspiracy (02/11/16) [23:03]
The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government by Mike Lofgren (2016)

Every Four years, tempers are tested and marriages fray as Americans head to the polls to cast their votes. But does anyone really care what we think? Has our vaunted political system become one big, expensive, painfully scriped reality TV show? In this cringe-inducing expose of the sins and excesses of Beltwayland, a longtime Republican party insider argues that we have become an oligarchy in form if not in name. Hooked on war, genuflecting to big donors, in thrall to discredited economic theories and utterly bereft of a moral compass, America's governing classes are selling their souls to entrenched interest while our bridges collapse, wages, stagnate, and our water is increasingly undrinkable.

Drawing on sinsights gleaned over three decades on Capitol Hill, much of it on the Budget Committee, Lofgren paints a gripping portrait of the dismal swamp on the Potomac and the revolution it will take to reclaim our government and set us back on course.
*Peter Dale Scott - Deep State: Secret Government CIA FEMA & The Doomsday Network (01/25/15) [2:04:17]
*The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy by Peter Dale Scott (2015)

This provocative book makes a compelling case for a hidden "deep state" that influences and often opposes official U.S. policies. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott begins by tracing America's increasing militarization, restrictions on constitutional rights, and income disparity since the Vietnam War. He argues that a significant role in this historic reversal was the intervention of a series of structural deep events, ranging from the assassination of President Kennedy to 9/11. He does not attempt to resolve the controversies surrounding these events, but he shows their significant points in common, ranging from overlapping personnel and modes of operation to shared sources of funding. Behind all of these commonalities is what Scott calls the deep state: a second order of government, behind the public or constitutional state, that has grown considerably stronger since World War II. He marshals convincing evidence that the deep state is partly institutionalized in non-accountable intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA, but it also includes private corporations like Booz Allen Hamilton and SAIC, to which 70 percent of intelligence budgets are outsourced. Behind these public and private institutions is the traditional influence of Wall Street bankers and lawyers, allied with international oil companies beyond the reach of domestic law. With the increasing importance of Gulf states like Saudi Arabia to oil markets, American defense companies, and Wall Street itself, this essential book shows that there is now a supranational deep state, sometimes demonstrably opposed to official American policies and public interest.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "We're Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody's Oil"
ZeroHedge | author | 02/20/17

In the latest distancing by Trump administration advisors from recent statements by the President, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Baghdad on an unannounced visit on Monday to discuss the war effort against ISIS, and said that the US military is not in Iraq "to seize anybody's oil." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 20 [15:18]
**DN | "For-Profit President": A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't (02/20/17) [8:09]
DN | Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General? (02/20/17) [5:25]
*DN | DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help Undocumented Children Enter U.S. (02/20/17) [4:15]
Humor
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump. (02/19/17) [20:05]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | We're Still Not There: A Practical Guide to Resistance. (02/15/17) [5:42]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | This week our guests said it best. Bless you Christine Baranski, Laverne Cox, Maggie Siff, Sally Field and Bob Odenkirk. (02/18/17) [2:38]
Stephen Colbert | Moby Isn't A Credible Source, But Neither Is Kellyanne Conway. (02/18/17) [3:59]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah | President Trump's Bats**t Press Conference (02/17/17) [5:37]
**TRNN | Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss -> Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism (1/2) (02/19/17) [15:17]
TRNN | Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss -> Steve Bannon Allies with Catholic Theo-Fascism Against Pope Francis (2/2) (02/20/17) [16:07]
*TRNN | PERI's Gerald Epstein says -> Trumponomics: Empowering Proto-Fascists (02/20/17) [8:25]
*TYT | EPA-Hating Scott Pruitt Confirmed Head Of EPA (02/18/17) [8:02]
*TYT | Trump Considering National Guard For Deportations? (02/18/17) [8:10]
TYT | You Won't Believe Who The Telecom Industry Is Bribing Now (02/19/17) [6:27]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*Inside Story | What does Michael Flynn's resignation mean for Trump? (02/14/17) [24:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump, Sweden And Why We're 'Way Past Lines' (02/20/17) [10:47]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Kellyanne Conway Interview (02/xx/17 older) [13:37]

Friday February 17, 2017
News Articles

Trump Attacks 'Out Of Control' Media In Chaotic Press Conference
HP (and everyone else) | Christina Wilkie | 02/16/17

President Donald Trump launched a barrage of attacks on the press and leakers in an unsteady, unwieldy 77-minute press conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

With his administration in crisis, Trump also defended the chaotic first month of his presidency, claiming that he had "inherited a mess" from President Barack Obama and that his administration "is running like a fine-tuned machine."

"I'm making this presentation directly to the American people with the media present ... because many of our nation's reporters and folks will not tell you the truth and will not treat the wonderful people of our country with the respect they deserve," Trump said.... Read more

TheGuardian | Donald Trump's press conference (full) (02/17/17) [1:26:54]
C-SPAN | CLIPS: Donald Trump Press Conference (02/16/17) [15:10]
*TYT | Trump's Press Conference MELTDOWN (02/16/17) [11:32]

President Trump implodes in unhinged 77-minute press conference
Salon | Taylor Link | 02/16/17

The president held a press conference to introduce the new labor secretary pick but mostly used his time to attack the press ... Read more

TYT | Is Trump Lying About Roger Stone And Russia? (02/16/17) [7:16]

Former Trump adviser Roger Stone: I had no contact with Russian officials
Today | Kyung Kim | 02/16/17

Former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone rejected claims he had any involvement with Russian intelligence officials during or after the 2016 presidential campaign and said he welcomed a "fair, unbiased investigation" to clear his name. "Categorically, positively not," he said when asked Thursday on TODAY whether he had any regular dealings with Russians officials.

... Read more

Dow Dragged Lower By UnitedHealth After Government Sues Largest US Health Insurer
ZeroHedge | author | 02/17/17

The Dow Jones "Industrial" Average is suffering one of its worst intraday declines in weeks as a result of a 3.6% drop in UnitedHealth shares, which are sinking on news that the DOJ joined a whistleblower lawsuit against the insurer filed by a former executive claiming the country's largest health insurer overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars. ... Read more

What Is the 'Deep State' -- And Why Is It After Trump?
AlterNet | Jefferson Morley | 02/16/17

The firing of Gen. Michael Flynn has popularized the concept of the "Deep State" across the political spectrum.

Breitbart's Joel Pollak attacks the disloyal "Deep State #Resistance" to President Trump, while conservative pundit Bill Kristol defends it.

"Obviously [I] strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics," Kristol tweeted Tuesday. "But if it comes to it, [I] prefer the deep state to the Trump state." ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story -> What happens to global support for two-state solution? (02/16/10) [25:30]
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 17 [12:42]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 17 (Full) [59:02]
Some Humor
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says -> IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt (02/17/17) [13:05]
TRNN | FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley says -> Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn's Resignation? (02/17/17) [11:15]
TYT | How Many Insane Things Can Trump Say In One Press Conference? (02/16/17) [4:09]
Note: As always, I don't necessary support all the sources I include in these New Pages, but I always think it is important to listen to all (coherent) sides.
RT | CrossTalk: Flynn, Palace Coup? (02/17/17) [24:33]
RT | Trump on Russia: Getting along is great, sinking their ship is not (02/17/17) [4:53]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Trump...YUGE Gift to America's Big Oil Lobby (02/15/17) [27:47]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
The Truth About the Useless F-35 (08/18/15) [37:15]
Media News - I Do watch Some MSNBC
CNN
CNN | 'I got nothing': Panel flabbergasted by Trump's 'hour & 15 min episode' Trump reality show (02/16/17) [10:00]
CNN | Jeffrey Lord is a complete and total idiot (02/16/17) [10:00]
Some YouTube Commenter
Commenter #1: Trump is a stunningly clever media player but ultimately an extremely emotionally weak and insecure man. He is not suited at all to being president.

Commenter #2: how can these people say that he had a good news conference? I watched the whole thing and I didn't hear a complete sentence in it. I don't think he was able to keep a coherent thought at any point of his speaking.?

Commenter #3: trump accomplished two things today, distraction and vent session. Articles are surfacing US European allies' intelligence agencies intercepted information between trump's cronies and Russia starting from the summer. Europe shared their Intel with US.?
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Joe: President Trump Is The First Sore Winner We've Ever Seen (02/17/17) [10:53]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | What It Looks Like When A President Fails (02/17/17) [20:24]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | WSJ: Intel Officials Withholding Intelligence From President Donald Trump (02/16/17) [7:41]
Right Wing News - Makes My Skin Crawl
Rush Limbaugh Radio News
RUSH | We're Not That Far From A CIVIL WAR! (02/10/17) [5:08]
InfoWars
InfoWars | Breaking: Army Admits Plan To Take Over The United States (02/15/17) [19:14]
InfoWars | Roger Stone Panicked Left Launching Civil War (02/15/17) [15:54]
InfoWars | Dr. Steve Pieczenik - Trump vs The Deep State (02/15/17) [15:24]
American News | "The Illuminati controls Trump" Alex Jones goes CRAZY and EXPOSES globalist agenda (02/12/17) [20:33]
X22Report | The 'Deep State' Soft Coup Is Now In Progress To Take Full Control Of The Country (02/14/17) [26:20]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Thursday February 16, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump declares war on his intelligence agencies over 'illegal' and 'un-American' leaks
telegraph.co.uk | David Lawler | 02/16/17

President Donald Trump has declared war on his own intelligence agencies over "un-American" and scandalous leaks, that his aides had been in "constant communication" with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign.

... Hours after Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's national security adviser, resigned after misleading the White House over conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, reports emerged that key campaign aides had also been communicating with Russian officials. ... Read more

But...the F35 fighter uses more than 900lbs of Chinese Rare Earth Elements!

According to reports, under Obama, the Pentagon repeatedly waived laws banning Chinese-built components on U.S. weapons in order to keep the $392 billion Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter program on track.
*A Bit of Humor
Vox | Kellyanne Conway's interview tricks, explained (02/13/17) [6:31]
Watching Conway do backflips to avoid answering simple questions is fascinating and occasionally entertaining, but it doesn't provide viewers with useful information about what the Trump administration is doing or intends to do. And it should raise questions about what the purpose of interviewing an administration official actually is.

Meet The Man Behind The Market's Relentless Ramp
ZeroHedge | author | 02/16/17

In an ironic twist of fate, it appears the catalyst for many of the biggest and most incomprehensible market ramps of the last few years is a fund called "Catalyst." With around $4 billion under management (before the latest collapse), the levered options fund is run by Edward Walczak who "uses options to create a better risk/return profile." ... Read more

J Is for Junk Economics: A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception by Michael Hudson (02/21/17)

J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS is an A-to-Z guide that explains how the world economy really works - and who the winners and losers are. The book includes more than 400 concise and acerbic entries, several essays, and a full topic index. Expanding on KILLING THE HOST: HOW FINANCIAL PARASITES AND DEBT DESTROY THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, Prof. Hudson's new book covers contemporary terms that are misleading or poorly understood as well as many important concepts that have been abandoned - many on purpose - from the long history of political economy.

Two key concepts are RENT THEORY and DEBT, which explain how Unearned Income and the Financial Sector impoverish governments and populations the world over as power and riches flow upward into the hands of the few. Several additional essays provide background for key points and explore today's uncertain political and economic environment.

To understand what's really going on, it's not necessary to re-invent the wheel; the major issues that guide healthy economies were known to the Ancients and were expanded upon by the classical economists of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, E. Peshine Smith, Simon Patten, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and others of many political stripes whose aim was to leave the brutal legacy of feudalism behind. Their ideas and principles are brought back into the spotlight here. It is hoped that this book will deconstruct today's "value-free," watered-down and deceptive economics that favor the wealthy, allowing the next generation to create a successful economy with proper checks and balances that will benefit everyone. This is a book you will want to refer to again and again.
The Race To The Bottom: Why A Worldwide Worker Surplus And Uncontrolled Free Trade Are Sinking American Living Standards by Alan Tonelson

A leading economic journalist explains why Washington's responses to globalization have created a global worker surplus that undermines both American workers and those in developing nations.







Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 16 [14:17]
*DN | Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 16 (full) [59:02]
*TRNN | Whistleblower Coleen Rowley says -> Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn's Resignation? (02/16/17) [11:15]
TRNN | CEPR's Dean Baker says -> Upward Distribution of Wage Income Behind Social Security's Shortfall (02/16/17) [12:16]
TRNN | In the Trump Era, Is Canada's Trade Relationship with the U.S. a Blessing or a Curse? (02/16/17) [16:41]
*TYT | Trump Furious At Leakers For Exposing Russia Ties (02/15/17) [8:36]
TYT | Sinking Trump Ship Plagued By Leaks, Possibly Moles... (02/15/17) [10:58]
TYT | Trump Filibusters When Asked About Rising Anti-Semitism (02/15/17) [4:64]
TYT | Netanyahu Laughs At Trump's Peace Plan (02/15/17) [13:11]
*RT | Keiser Report: Trump's First Hundred Hours (E1033) (02/16/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss fast trains and high-speed rail presidents. In the second half, Max interviews Dr Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics, about the fake economy, the binned TPP trade deal and Trump: the first hundred hours.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | What The Flynn Disaster Reveals... (02/14/17) [11:12]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Massive Purge Of Intel Community, Leakers Possible After Mike Flynn Situation (02/16/17) [14:32]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Physical Abuse A Sensitive White House Theme (02/16/17) [21:50]

Wednesday February 15, 2017
News Articles

Trump Ties to Infrastructure Advisers Roth and LeFrak Run Deep
Bloomberg | Satah Mulholland | 02/15/17

Donald Trump didn't look very far when searching for infrastructure advisers. He turned to two Manhattan real estate developers he has known for decades, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth.

LeFrak, a billionaire whose New York roots mirror Trump's own, and Roth, chairman of Vornado Realty Trust, one of the city's largest landlords, will spearhead a committee dedicated to one of the new administration's signature campaign pledges. Trump's relationships with the two men, who will lead a council of builders and engineers to monitor spending, crisscross New York in a web of personal and professional ties. ... Read more

Goldman Sachs Stock Hits Record on Bet Trump Will Unleash Wall Street

Goldman Warns of China Economy Risks During Year of the Rooster
Bloomberg | Enda Curran | 02/14/17

China's economy may have slipped down the global worry list, but significant risks remain, including an abrupt end to a massive credit boom or an overly aggressive policy response if inflation should speed up, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

While a hard landing isn't the New York-based bank's base case for 2017 -- it expects only a modest slowdown -- economists warn that a push to rein in cheap loans will weigh on key sectors such as housing. Officials are trying to keep a lid on frothy house prices without harming the wider economy, where growth remains heavily reliant on government spending. ... Read more

RT | Toxic uranium admission: Pentagon confirms to RT use of depleted uranium in Syria (02/14/17) [2:46]
Note: I don't particularly like, or watch, Fox News, but I do think there are really tough questions that need to be discussed out in the open, supported by real facts, not ALTERNATIVE FACTS. Then with real facts a well informed decission/policy can be made.
Fox News | Retired Marine's message about travel ban goes viral (02/10/17) [6:00]
Note: I don't particularly like, or watch, Fox News, but I do think there are really tough questions that need to be discussed out in the open, supported by real facts, not ALTERNATIVE FACTS. Then with real facts a well informed decission/policy can be made.
Fox News | Retired Marine's message about travel ban goes viral (02/10/17) [6:00]

Biggest EU Banks Embark on the Mother of All Debt Binges
wolfstreet.com | Don Quijones | 02/14/17

Spain's three biggest banks, Banco Santander, BBVA and Caixa Bank, have got off to a flying start this year having issued €8.6 billion in new debt, seven times the amount they sold during the same period of last year. The last time they rolled out so much debt so quickly was in 2007, the year that Spain's spectacular real estate bubble reached its climactic peak. ...

... This newfangled class of bail-in-able debt was cooked up last year by French-based financial engineers in order to help France's four global systemically important banks (BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Groupe BPCE and Société Générale) out of a serious quandary: how to satisfy pending European and global regulations demanding much larger capital and debt buffers without having to pay investors costly returns on the billions of euros of funds they lend them to do so. ... Read more

Ocean Pollution: 'Extraordinary' Levels Of Contamination Found At Deepest Parts Of Ocean Inside Fish, Shrimp
ibtimes.com | Juliana Rose Pignataro | 02/13/17

Manmade pollution has made its way to the furthest reaches of the planet, according to scientists. Researchers found 'extraordinary' amounts of the banned chemicals polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, more than 36,000 feet down in the ocean.

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom studied shrimp-like creatures called amphipods residing in the depths of the Mariana Trench, almost seven miles down, during two expeditions in 2014. The team found concentrations of PCBs 50 times greater than those found in animals living in surface waters, according to a study published Monday in Nature, Ecology and Evolution. ... Read more

China Just Created A Record $540 Billion In Debt In One Month
ZeroHedge | author | 02/14/17

One week ago, Deutsche Bank analysts warned that the global economic boom is about to end for one reason that has nothing to do with Trump, and everything to do with China's relentless debt injections. As DB's Oliver Harvey said, "attention has focused on President Trump, but developments on the other side of the world may prove more important. At the beginning of 2016, China embarked on its latest fiscal stimulus funded from local government land sales and a booming property market. The Chinese business cycle troughed shortly thereafter and has accelerated rapidly since." ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 15 [13:59]
DN | Criminalization & Trump's ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out (02/14/17) [14:22]
DN | The Predatory Mindset of Donald Trump: An Interview With Eve Ensler & Christine Schuler Deschryver (02/14/17) [25:30]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Michael Flynn's White House Tenure: It's Funny 'Cause It's Treason' (02/15/17) [8:15]
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Donald Trump Gets Tucked Into Bed By Steve Bannon (02/11/17) [1:10]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | General Flynn Gets The Boot (02/15/17) [4:44]
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller (0214/17) [6:12]
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah http://therealnews.com/
TRNN | AlterNet Ben Norton says -> Flynn's Resignation Won't Stop Trump Admin. From Targeting Iran. (02/14/17) [9:44]
TYT | Kellyanne Conway Can't Take Much More Of This... (02/14/17) [9:52]
TYT | Michael Flynn Resigns Amid Russia Scandal (02/14/17) [4:35]
TYT | Russia Still Has Plenty Of Friends In Trump Administration (02/14/17) [6:53]
TYT | Russia Violates Missile Treaty, Trump Silent... (02/14/17) [5:34]
Note: As always, I don't necessary support all the sources I include in these New Pages, but I always think it is important to listen to all (coherent) sides.
RT | CrossTalk: Steve Bannon (02/15/17) [26:41]
RT | Keiser Report: Banks appeased, crocodiles feasting (E1032) (02/14/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss how Deutsche Bank made $462 million disappear through the magic of derivatives. In the second half, Max interviews Trond Andresen, who campaigned long ago to keep Norway out of the euro, to discuss the anti-EU mood across Europe and how the rancor could save the euro... should anyone want to save it.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Aljazeera | Inside Story -> What does Michael Flynn's resignation mean for Trump? (02/14/10) [24:45]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: Michael Flynn Fallout 'Looks Like The Steps Leading To A Total Meltdown' (02/15/10) [17:33]

Tuesday February 14, 2017
News Articles

Donald Trump's white nationalist "genius bar": Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Michael "Decius" Anton and beyond
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 02/14/17

Donald Trump's administration is built around a brain trust of white nationalists. To deny that fact is to ignore a crucial element of this national crisis: America's "greatest generation" defeated Nazism during World War II, and 70 or so years later one of the country's two leading political parties has injected a more polite version of that poison into its veins and rode to power in Washington on a wave of bigotry and racism.

Among the men who have President Trump's ear, we find White House strategist Steve Bannon, senior adviser Stephen Miller, deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka and newly installed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ... Read more

Banksters | Robo-Signing
DEFINITION of 'Robo-Signer' An employee of a mortgage servicing company that signs foreclosure documents without reviewing them. Rather than actually reviewing the individual details of each case, robo-signers assume the paperwork to be correct and sign it automatically, like robots.
WSJ | This week, mortgage-servicing giant GMAC Mortgage Co. halted | Robbie Whelan | 09/22/10 (article)
*60Minutes | The next housing shock, Bank Fraud Robo Signing for Forclosure (06/13/11) [14:06]

Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is 'collapsing,' new Piketty research finds
Click to zoom in marketwatch.com | Steve Goldstein | 02/07/17

A new research paper from economists including Thomas Piketty finds that the bottom 50%'s share of income in the United States is "collapsing."

In the U.S., between 1978 and 2015, the income share of the bottom 50% fell to 12% from 20%. Total real income for that group fell 1% during that time period. ... Read more

*Jim Rickards Explains the Global Elite's 'Ice-9' Plan to Freeze The Entire Financial System (02/07/17) [40:52]
The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards (2016)

A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a worldwide financial meltdown are unmistakable. This time, the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits.

Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, banks, and private equity funds: the U.S. government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk, and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit, are driving us headlong toward a cliff.

As Rickards shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. They will have stockpiled hard assets when stock exchanges are closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash withdrawals denied.

If you want to plan for the risks ahead, you will need Rickards's cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It's a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comfort­ing knowledge that your wealth is secure.

The global elites don't want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts -- and, of course, to maintain their wealth -- works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don't need to be.
The Road to Ruin: Global Elite's 'Ice-9' Plan to Freeze (Google sample)

Jim Rogers: "We're About To Have The Worst Economic Problems Of A Lifetime, A Lot Of People Will Disappear"
ZeroHedge | author | 02/12/17

"Get prepared," warns billionaire commodity guru Jim Rogers, "because we're going to have the worst economic problems in your lifetime and a lot of people are going to disappear." In this wide-ranging interview with MacroVoices' Erik Townsend, the investing legend discusses everything from whether Russia is being scapegoated ("yes, ask Victoria Nuland"), the war against cash ("governments love it... they want to control everything"), to his views on gold and the demise of freedom. ... Read more
*MacroVoices | Erik Townsend & Patrick Ceresna -> Jim Rogers - Macro Outlook in the Trump Era (02/09/15) [1:08:00]

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 14 [13:24]
*DN | Pipeline Partners: Trudeau & Trump Meet as They Push for Keystone XL & Other Big Oil Projects (02/14/17) [12:50]
*DN | FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Faces New Attack (02/14/17) [8:35]
*Keith Olbermann | Michael Flynn Must Now Be Arrested (#32 ) (02/13/15) [5:52]
*TRNN | Bill Black says -> Steve Mnuchin, Who Played Key Role in Foreclosure Crisis, Confirmed As Treasury Secretary (02/14/17) [12:03]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson says -> How Trump Could Widen Divisions Within the Republican Party (02/14/17) [9:14]
TYT | America's Child Marriage Problem (02/13/17) [7:18]
TYT | LEAKED: "Being President Is Harder Than Trump Thought" (02/13/17) [11:07]
TYT | Why Is Everyone But Trump Freaking Out In This Picture? (02/13/17) [10:02]
RT | Keiser Report: China's 'Debt Trap Diplomacy' (E1031) (02/11/17) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss China's 'debt trap diplomacy' and Goldman Sachs conspiracies. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin, about Donald Trump's economic policies so far.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
*MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Morning Joe | 'Free Agent' Kellyanne Conway Has 'Been Out Of The Loop For Months' (02/14/17) [10:56]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Michael Flynn Resignation 'Almost Unbelievably Dramatic' (02/13/17) [5:34]
CNN
CNN Anderson Cooper | Trump Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russia, Ignored Warnings (02/13/17) [14:14]

Monday February 13, 2017
News Articles
TOP STORIES
  1. HOW THE GRAMMYS GOT POLITICAL The 59th annual Grammys had a political undertone, from host James Corden's jokes and Katy Perry's "Persist" armband to Busta Rhymes' commentary. The highlight of the night was Beyoncé killing her epic performance, which showcased her growing pregnancy. Twitter lost its mind after she brought the house down. Adele even gave her half of her award for Album of the Year, saying the queen should have won for "Lemonade." Check out the full list of winners, as well as a breakdown of the pretty insane fashion rocked last night. [HuffPost]
  2. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP YET TO DEFEND MIKE FLYNN The National Security Adviser's tenure is increasingly "tenuous" as the White House has yet to make a statement following reports of Flynn's contact with Russia. And here's where this leaves the National Security Council. [NYT]
  3. RESIDENTS ORDERED TO EVACUATE AREA BELOW DAMAGED CALIFORNIA DAM At least 188,000 have been evacuated from Northern California as the Lake Oroville Dam, which is the tallest in the U.S., is in danger of "imminent collapse." [Reuters]
  4. NORTH KOREA SAYS IT SUCCESSFULLY TESTED MISSILE The country announced Monday that it had successfully launched a new type of medium-to-long-range ballistic missile. Here are the options Trump has for responding. [HuffPost]
  5. NOR'EASTER TO PUMMEL NORTHEAST Thousands of flights are expected to be canceled at the storm barrels through New England. [Reuters]
  6. REPORT: RUSSIA MAY 'RETURN' SNOWDEN AS A 'GIFT' Intelligence officials believe the handover would be to "curry favor" with Trump. Edward Snowden's response? "Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they're next." [HuffPost]

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's job security in jeopardy
CBS | Major Garrett | 02/12/17

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's job security is in jeopardy, CBS News has learned, and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller's studied non-defense of Flynn illustrates a new level of isolation from Trump and his inner circle.

Flynn's deception about conversations with the Russian ambassador about Obama administration sanctions have deeply soured his relationship with Vice President Mike Pence. Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation describe Pence as aggravated by Flynn's decision to deceive Pence -- forcing him to say things on Flynn's behalf on "Face The Nation" and other shows that have proven to be untrue. Pence relied on Flynn's representations and feels burned, the sources said.? ... Read more

TYT | Cenk Uygur's Rousing Speech On Getting Money Out of Politics (02/12/17) [45:13]
Syria
*RT | Syria Special: Is Assad winning, Amnesty Intl Allegations & MSM myth-busting (02/11/15) [28:25]
We speak to Charles Glass, award winning foreign correspondent who spent his career on the ground in the Middle East about the turning tide in Syria. We talk to Amnesty International about the timing of their new report containing allegations against President Assad's government.
*Yahoo News | Bashar al-Assad Interview (full) (02/09/17) [33:37]
Stolen childhood: Syrian children growing up with war (promo) (02/11/17) [2:24]
*Growing up with War: Children of Syria. The tragedy of kids who have never known peace. (full) (02/13/17) [26:46]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 13 [13:10]
*DN | Saru Jayaraman: Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Does Not Respect Women At All (02/13/17) [10:39]
DN | Secretary of Labor Violations? Opposition Grows to the Nomination of Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder (02/13/17) [7:36]
*DN | California vs. Trump: Lawmakers Push to Become "Sanctuary State" Despite Threats from Washington (02/13/17) [8:40]
HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
*John Oliver | Trump vs. Truth (02/12/17) [23:49]
*TRNN | Public Citizen Lobbyist Craig Holman says -> Kellyanne Conway Broke the Law (02/12/17) [15:58]
*TRNN Empire Files | Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames -> Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A. (02/13/17) [27:13]
*TYT | Report: Trump Advisor Lied About Russia (02/10/17) [8:24]
*TYT | CNN Host To Kellyanne Conway: Why Does Trump Lie So Much? (02/11/17) [7:08]
TYT | THOUSANDS Killed In Mass Executions (02/12/17) [7:38]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Fukushima Is Still Melting Down... (02/10/17) [11:07]

Fukushima
BeyondNuclear.org | "Nearly 700,000 tons of radioactive water stored at Fukushima plant" (2015) (article)

As reported by the Asahi Shimbun, 700,000 tons of highly contaminated radioactive water has accumulated in temporary storage tanks at the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The figure grows by several hundred tons per day.

This means an additional 1,000-ton, 30-foot tall storage tank must be added every few days. More than a thousand such tanks now exist at the site.

700,000 tons of contaminated water is equal to more than 188 million U.S. gallons.

As the article reports, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) claims that most of the stored wastewater has already been processed by its ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System), as of May 2015.

However, the ALPS had suffered numerous breakdowns, and even leaks into the environment, over the past several years. Also, ALPS only filters out 60-some of the radioactive substances in the wastewater. There are a couple hundred radioactive substances contaminating the water.

One of the hazardous radioactive substances that cannot be filtered out is tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. Tepco wants to simply dump the massive amount of tritium into the Pacific, but Japanese fishermen have resisted the plan for years.

Another unresolved question is where the 60-odd radioactive substances filtered out of the wastewater by ALPS will be stored or dumped.
BeyondNuclear.org | Contaminated Ground Water Flows into the Pacific Ocean Every Day

80-100 thousand gallons of contaminated ground water flows into the Pacific Ocean every day
BeyondNuclear.org | Cost of Fukushima disaster expected to soar to ¥20 trillion (11/30/16)

¥20 trillion equates to about $180 billion in U.S. currency. Please note, however, the full cost accounting to increase the expenses for dealing with the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe's ongoing aftermath to more than $500 billion, by some estimates.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday February 10, 2017
News Articles

CNN and sticking to your guns: A lamentation by Bill Moyers
Salon | Bill Moyers | 02/10/17

I thought CNN was taking a courageous stand against White House lies. I was mistaken

Well, I certainly got that one wrong. Based on news reports, and after two phone calls to check them out, on Tuesday I wrote a column saluting Jake Tapper and CNN for saying, "No!" to Kellyanne Conway when the White House offered her up as a guest for Tapper's Sunday program. Except for Fox and Breitbart, I said, no news organization had been more useful to Donald Trump's presidential candidacy than CNN, but now it appeared they were fed up with serving as a springboard for the lies tossed around like grenades by Trump's propaganda minions -- most notably Ms. Conway, the president's senior adviser who doubles, I pointed out (with apologies to my late Baptist deacon father for the language) as the administration's official Queen of Bullshit. ... Read more

Saudi Arabia has twice as many UK-made warplanes than the Royal Air Force.
*MSNBC Morning Joe | Kellyanne Conway 'Doesn't Respect The Lines' (02/10/17) [12:13]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Court Hands President Donald Trump A Loss And A Lesson On Ban (02/10/17) [9:45]

*A winter of blazing discontent continues in the arctic
Salon | Brian Kahn, Climate Central | 02/10/17

The Arctic is in crisis and is the most dramatic example of how carbon pollution is reshaping the planet

Weird. Strange. Extreme. Unprecedented. These are some of the words that describe what's been happening in the Arctic over the past year as surge after surge of warm air have stalled, and at times reversed, sea ice pack growth. And the unfortunate string of superlatives is set to continue this week.

Arctic sea ice is already sitting at a record low for this time of year and a powerful North Atlantic storm is expected to open the flood gates and send more warmth pouring into the region from the lower latitudes. By Thursday, it could reach up to 50°F above normal. In absolute temperature, that's near the freezing point and could further spur a decline in sea ice. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann | Life in Trump's America Just Got Worse for Your Pet (#31) (02/09/17) [5:47]

Trump's imaginary America is a realm of crime and depravity -- but he can find that stuff closer to home
Salon | Gary Legum | 02/10/17

The president's new orders on crime and law enforcement offer only empty symbolism -- but real people will get hurt/p>

On Thursday, President Trump signed three executive orders related to law enforcement. As with some of his past orders, this latest round seemed partly like a publicity stunt, designed more to make him look busy while having little practical effect in reality. Since he signed them during a ceremony to swear in Jeff Sessions as the nation's new attorney general, one could say they are the equivalent of giving a new employee his marching orders just before showing him to his desk on his first day of work.

On the surface, these orders would not seem to do much. One order directs Sessions to appoint someone to run the generically named Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. A second directs federal agencies to review ongoing efforts pursuing international drug cartels and criminal syndicates to make sure they are sufficiently effective, and to report back to Trump in a few months on the results. The third order could be called the "Blue Lives Matter" EO, and it mostly tells Sessions to make extra-double-sure that federal and local laws against harming law enforcement personnel are adequate, and to recommend whether penalties for violence against authorities should be made more harsh. ... Read more

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown
theguardian.com | author | 02/03/17

Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.

The extraordinary radiation readings highlight the scale of the task confronting thousands of workers, as pressure builds on Tepco to begin decommissioning the plant -- a process that is expected to take about four decades. ... Read more

*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 10 [14:37]
*DN | See the Signs of Terror: Journalists Call on Trump to Condemn White Supremacist-Led Attacks & Plots (02/10/17) [19:03]
*DN | Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump's Muslim Ban, Says "No Evidence" of Attacks from 7 Listed Countries (02/10/17) [16:34]
Humor in the News
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Senator Elizabeth Warren Reacts to Being Silenced (02/09/17) [5:51]
TYT | Kellyanne Conway Turns News Into Ivanka Commercial (02/09/17) [8:18]
*TYT | Trump Gets Tough On Crime (02/09/17) [16:03]
TYT | Bronx School Lead Levels SIXTEEN TIMES Higher Than FLINT (02/09/17) [7:03
TYT | Will Judge Block DAPL Construction? (02/09/17) [7:31]
TYT | John McCain: Trump's Raid Was A Failure (02/09/17) [9:34]
TYT | Trump At Odds With Supreme Court Nominee? (02/09/17) [13:17]
RT | Keiser Report: Trump/Abe Golf Diplomacy (E1030) (02/09/17) [25:43]
Max and Stacy discuss Trump's bilateral deals with Japan as he and Shinzo Abe hit the golf course. In the second half, Max interviews Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin, about Donald Trump's political shock and awe - are we on the road to ruin?
Note: I don't necessarily believe in everything RT pumps out, but I always think it is valuable to see what other people are saying around the world. Everything seems to be all over the board.
RT | CrossTalk: Trump's Battles (02/09/17) [24:33]
It was an unusual campaign and now Donald Trump's style as president is equally unusual. Will he eventually be forced to govern through executive orders? Will the GOP get in line? And will he be allowed to recast American foreign policy?
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Witch Hunt For Climate Scientists (02/09/17) [12:27]
Noam Chomsky
*TRNN | Chris Hedges: Interview with Noam Chomsky (01/20/17) [55:08]
TRNN | Noam Chomsky - Changing Contours of Global Order (01/17/17) [1:17:37]
Search for Noam Chomsky name:
  1. Google Search Results: About 10,600,000 results
  2. YouTube Search Results: About 482,000 results
  3. YouTube Search Results over 20 minutes... meaning significant lectures: About 482,000 filtered results
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across

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