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Thursday June 22, 2017

Trump Says He Doesn't Want Poor People In Charge Of The Economy
HP | Nick Visser | 06/22/17

President Donald Trump, addressing criticism that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in his Cabinet are too rich, said at an Iowa rally Wednesday that he doesn't want poor people in charge of the economy.

"These are people that are great, brilliant business minds, and that's what we need, that's what we have to have so the world doesn't take advantages of us," Trump, told a crowd of about 6,000 in Cedar Rapids. "We can't have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense? Does that make sense? ... Read more

Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible 'money laundering by Trump associates'
Raw Story | Elizabeth Preza | older, 06/14/17

In addition to investigating whether or not Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly investigating "money laundering by Trump associates," the New York Times reports.

The Times report corroborates a separate bombshell Washington Post article, published Wednesday, that said in addition to possible obstruction, investigators are also "looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates."

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates," a source told the Times. "The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers. Read more

Counsel Investigating Trump For Money Laundering | TYT | 06/21/17 | 5:20
Oliver Stone on how the US misunderstands Putin | Financial Times | 06/15/17 | 8:06

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. emerge as possible targets in Mueller probe of Russian money laundering
RawStory | Travis Gettys | 06/21/17

Trump biographer Tim O'Brien published a detailed report Wednesday on Bloomberg examining the president's ties to suspected money launderers through the Bayrock Group -- often through real estate deals negotiated by his children.

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. come up several times in the piece, particularly in relationship with former Bayrock employee Felix Sater, a mob informant and felon who claims ties to Russian intelligence.

Bayrock partnered with Trump and his two eldest children on a series of real estate transactions between 2002 and 2011, according to Bloomberg, including the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect -- His Own Son -- to Be Crown Prince
  3. From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis
  4. U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE
  5. Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers
Bill Black -> Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:03
Ben Norton of Alternet's Grayzone Project -> Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:16
Steven Donziger, the lawyer representing affected indigenous communities in Ecuador -> US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Chevron Pollution Case | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 12:08
How "Blue Dog" Democrats Are Helping Trump | TYT | 06/21/17 | 6:58
Philando Castile Dash Cam Footage Released (VIDEO) | TYT | 06/21/17 | 12:55
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Dems Have Lost Economic Message, Says Dem | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 10:18
Vladimir Putin's Power In Russia Exaggerated, Says Author Mikhail Zygar | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Georgia, Healthcare, and All The Other Bad Things | Samantha Bee | 06/21/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Republicans Want A Vote, Not A Debate, On Healthcare | Stephen Colbert | 06/22/17 | 3:26

Tuesday & Wednesday June 20 & 21, 2017
Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren DESTROY "Cowardly" Republican Health Care Bill | C-Span | 06/19/17 | 33:10

Ford To Move Focus Production From Michigan To China
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/21/17

Under pressure from Donald Trump, Ford scrapped its plans to build a $1 billion plant in Mexico that would've produced its Focus compact car. But in a move that's likely to vex the president, the automaker has decided to relocate its production to China in 2019.

... On Tuesday, Ford announced it will shift its Michigan production of the Focus to China. According to Bloomberg, the automaker plans to then sell those made-in-China vehicles to the U.S. market. Once this transition is completed, the Focus will reportedly be the biggest automotive export ever from China to the U.S. ... Read more

Alex Jones Of 'Infowars,' Conspiracy Theories, And Trump Campaign (Full) | NBC Megyn Kelly | 06/20/17 | 17:35

GOP sneak attack on health care nears a critical moment -- and it's a total monstrosity
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 06/20/17

A few days ago a Republican Senate aide was asked by a reporter why the GOP leadership felt the need to keep all the discussions for the health care bill completely under wraps and he replied, "We're not stupid." Leading Republicans know that what they're planning is so poisonous to the voters that if they let anyone see the monstrosity they're constructing before the bill is hurriedly voted on and signed into law by President Donald Trump, it could well cause riots. After all, according to recent polling, only 17 percent of the American people surveyed said they approved of the bill as it currently stands.

The fact is that Republicans are willing to destroy the health and financial security of millions of Americans so they can give massive tax cuts to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and others like them who are lucky enough to be vastly wealthy. This is their first real chance to enact permanent tax cuts since 1986. (This Vox article explains why that is.) Republicans have been chasing this dream a very long time. It is their white whale, so important that even the prospect of millions of people suffering and going bankrupt is not enough to make them think better of it. They are willing to hold hands, jump over a cliff and commit political suicide for it. ... Read more

Why Republicans are still desperate to pass a health bill absurdly quickly
Vox | Andrew Prokop | older, 05/02/17

Their complex legislative strategy falls apart if health reform doesn't pass very soon.

This behavior might come off as odd. The original Obamacare bill, after all, took more than a year to pass, but it did pass in the end. So why not take it slow, legislate, build support, and make compromises over the following months in a process like the one Democrats used, rather than continuing on this mad dash?

Republicans do have a rationale. Months ago, they agreed on a legislative strategy designed to game Senate rules so they could pass two major bills -- Obamacare repeal and tax reform -- with just 51 votes, ensuring that the filibuster would be bypassed and Democratic support wouldn't be necessary. Furthermore, the GOP agreed to put health care first, which would have the happy side benefit of allowing them to pass a bigger total permanent tax cut, for other complex Senate rules--related reasons. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
So, Does Trump Have Tapes of Comey? (#88) | Keith Olbermann | 06/20/17 | 6:16
Trump Appears to Be Self-Destructing (#87) | Keith Olbermann | 06/19/17 | 7:00
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 21 [13:02]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 20 [12:26]
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  2. As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?
  3. Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Special Election
  4. Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia
  5. Can Brooklyn's Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family's Fight to Stop Their Deportation
Michael Lighty of National Nurses United says -> The Fight Within the Democratic Party Over California Universal Health Insurance Plan | TRNN | 06/19/17 | 12:29
Obesity Is Ridiculously Deadly | TYT | 06/19/17 | 5:55
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Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It. | The1a.org | 06/21/17 | 1hr
The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown -- the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.
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Robert Mueller Team Paints Picture Of Donald Trump Russia Investigation | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/20/17 | 4:20
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Sean Spicer Is Irreplaceable (Because No One Wants His Job) | Stephen Colbert | 06/21/17 | 6:55
Is Trump Under Investigation? His Lawyer Says Yes, No, And More! | Stephen Colbert | 06/20/17 | 7:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Terrifying Tale of Trumpcare | The Daily Show | 06/20/17 | 7:15

Monday June 19, 2017

Trump's Poll Numbers Crater Even Further As GOP Support Slips
AlterNet | m2c4 / DailyKos | 06/18/17

Lost amid all the dramatics of Jeff Sessions' testimony,Trump's ranting and ravings, and his reported desire to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, (which we all know he will eventually do), was an AP poll that confirmed Nate Silver's earlier analysis that Trump's support among Republicans is beginning to not only slip, but to slip badly.

Silver has pointed out that the level of strong support for Trump has slipped by almost one-third since his inauguration. And now the most recent AP-NORC poll shows that Trump's approval rating has dropped to 35% and over half of the country strongly disapproves of the job he is doing. But here is the real kicker from the AP poll: "Nearly a third of Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican party think Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic institutions, and a quarter disapprove of the job he's doing as president." ... Read more

Megyn Kelly Grills Alex Jones In Controversial Interview
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/19/17

Megyn Kelly challenged Alex Jones' most inflammatory conspiracy theories in a much-anticipated interview that aired Sunday night on her new NBC News show, but Jones ducked her toughest questions.

The 17-minute long interview had prompted a public furore when it was first announced last week, with critics accusing Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly of lending credence to the right-wing radio personality's views by giving him a mainstream platform. Jones has in the past called the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a "hoax" and claimed that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was linked to a child sex ring. ... Read more

Why banks love public debt | Aljazeera | 06/18/17 | 2:03

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years
ZeroHedge | author | 06/19/17

Israel has been secretly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a "secret engagement in the enemy country's civil war" aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces, the WSJ reported. ... Read more

NPR 1a
So...How's The Resistance? | The1a.org | 06/19/17 | 1hr
Stephen Bannon's War | PBS Frontline | 05/29/17 | 51:58
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | teleSUR English | older, 03/13/17 | 26:02
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 19 [12:18]
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  2. "Philando Can Be Any of Us": Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing
  3. Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence
  4. Advocates Resign En Masse from Trump's HIV/AIDS Council: Trump "Simply Does Not Care" About HIV
  5. Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked
  6. Egyptian Writer: Saudi Arabia Bankrolling Authoritarian Regimes Across the Arab World
James Early -> Trump Cuba Plan at Odds with 75% of Americans | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 13:38
Phyllis Bennis -> US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 14:19
Trump Keeps Stacking EPA With Fossil Fuel Stooges | TYT | 06/18/17 | 5:25
Fox News vs Harvard On ISIS Turns Into Embarrassing Ignorance Fest | TYT | older | 5:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.
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Political Ad Uses Scalise Shooting As Its Subject | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/19/17 | 6:22
Key Donald Trump Players Get Lawyers. Why? | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 13:52
Jared Kushner's Finances Examined In Russia Probe | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 6:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
How to Profit from the Coming Trump Train Wreck - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 25:35
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Hasan the Record - America's War Problem | The Daily Show | 06/17/17 | 4:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
GOP Senators Won't Let Us See Their New Healthcare Bill | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 5:03
Trump Says 'Not To Worry' About Rising Sea Levels | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 2:11
LastWeekTonight
We've heard a lot of talk about coal miners in the last year, but what are the real issues surrounding coal? | LastWeekTonight by John Oliver | 06/18/17 | 24:20

Friday June 16, 2017

The American Dream Is Fading Everywhere, But Almost Nowhere Faster Than Michigan
AlterNet | Ron French | older, 06/07/17

In 1977, Bryan Kaminski walked out of high school and into an Ypsilanti factory. By 19, the General Motors employee, making what amounted to $26 an hour in today's dollars, had enough money to buy a house.

In 2012, son Kyle Kaminski walked out of high school and onto the campus of Central Michigan University. Five years later, armed with a bachelor's degree, he earns $16 an hour as a reporter, the equivalent of 60 percent of what his father made straight out of high school. He rents a small Traverse City apartment he can only afford because his girlfriend splits the rent. He drives a 12-year-old car with 185,000 miles on it that he doesn't know how he'll ever be able to afford to replace. ... Read more

New Commerce Secretary Was No Friend to Russians at Cyprus Bank
NYTimes | Andrew Higgins | old, 03/06/17

When Wilbur L. Ross, a billionaire American investor, bought shares in the Bank of Cyprus three years ago, he found himself part owner of a big but failing bank with a vice chairman who used to work with Vladimir V. Putin in the Leningrad K.G.B. and five other Russians on its board. ...

... "Wilbur Ross was kind of a savior," said Andreas Neocleous, the founder and chairman of the biggest law firm in Cyprus, which bears his name and has many Russian clients. They have included Dmitri Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire who paid $95 million in 2008 to buy a Florida mansion from Mr. Trump, who had purchased it for less than half that just a few years earlier. ... Read more

Alex Jones
Note: I don't look at Alex Jones any more because I think he has gone off the deep end. However, I do think he has good points when he talked about the government doing things that are not in the best interest of the people. For an example, all the times the United State has interfered in the domestic business of other countries and have helped rig their elections, while we now cry foul because of the supposed interference in our own elections. And media giants cooperating with the government to deflect from what is really going on behind the scenes (look at the third video).
Alex Jones Megyn Kelly Full Interview Leaked | Alex Jones | 06/15/17 | 30:05
Alex Jones has released recordings made during a pre-interview between himself and Megyn Kelly to set the record straight after the release of the highly edited promo for the NBC hosts upcoming hit piece. Alex Jones has released recordings made during a pre-interview between himself and Megyn Kelly to set the record straight after the release of the highly edited promo for the NBC hosts upcoming hit piece.
Megyn Kelly faces backlash over interview with Alex Jones | ABC News | 06/15/17 | 5:40
Why People Think Sandy Hook is A Hoax | The Alex Jones Channel | older 01/27/13 | 17:30
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 16 [10:08]
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  2. Standing Rock Sioux Chair on Militarized Repression & Ongoing Lawsuit to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
  3. Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award
  4. Rep. Ellison Responds to Scalise Shooting: Wild West Atmosphere of Firearm Regulation is Ridiculous
  5. Keith Ellison: GOP Is Pushing "Tax Cut Wrapped in Veneer of a Healthcare Bill" Under Extreme Secrecy
  6. Did Trump Violate Emoluments Clause from Day One by Receiving Payments to Trump Hotels, Trademarks?
  7. Democrats Launch "Resistance Summer" Focused on Healthcare, Education & Social Security
Trump Infrastructure Plan Lays the Foundation to Build Corporate Corruption and Greed | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 11:02
Ignoring Humanitarian Pleas, Senate OKs Saudi Weapons Sale | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 18:02
Trump Goes Back On Christian Promise | TYT | 06/15/17 | 5:04
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Mike Pence Hires Lawyer With Relevant Experience; Robert Mueller Builds Team | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/15/17 | 22:07
Why Robert Mueller Investigating Obstruction Of Justice 'Not A Turning Point' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 15:37
Former Watergate Prosecutor: Donald Trump Is A 'Nightmare Client' | MSNBC 11th Hour | 06/15/17 | 4:09
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
**What's in the GOP's Mysterious Health Care Bill? | The Daily Show | 06/15/17 | 8:27
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Robert Mueller's Dream Team Is Giving Trump Nightmares | Stephen Colbert | 06/16/17 | 8:00
Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah Take Turns ROASTING Trump On His Presidency | Trevor Noah | 06/16/17 | 16:28

Thursday June 15, 2017

Donald Trump: Obstruction Of Justice Allegations Part Of 'Witch Hunt'
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 06/15/17

The president is accused of interfering in the FBI's Russia investigation.

President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to a new report indicating he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. The FBI's special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking into whether Trump tried to quell the bureau's investigation into his presidential campaign's ties to Russia, according to The Washington Post. Trump called the report "phony" and said the allegations amounted to "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history." ... Read more

Jeff Sessions Said "I Don't Remember" or "I Don't Recall" 26 Times During Senate Intel

Death Toll From London Apartment Complex Fire Climbs To 17
HP | author | date

I know this is inappropriate, but the first thought that came to mind was, "If this building was in New York city it would have fallen down within hours of the start of the fire. England must have shitty electrical codes, but great building codes".

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday promised a public inquiry into a fire that gutted a 24-story apartment block killing at least 17 people, as the government faced questions about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred.

Fire engulfed the social housing block, where as many as 600 people lived in more than 120 apartments, in the early hours of Wednesday, turning it into a flaming torch in minutes. ... Read more

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages | NYTimes | Gretchen Morgenson | 06/14/17

Here's the GOP's attempt at damage control over Mueller investigation report
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 06/15/17

The GOP simultaneously insists that the leaks prove nothing and that the leakers should be thrown in jail

In the aftermath of a report that special counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation into potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Republicans and have instructed surrogates how to hit back.

Republican talking points include claiming there is no case for obstruction of justice, shifting attention to claims that former attorney general Loretta Lynch is the one who should be investigated for obstruction and insisting that the leakers are the real criminals here, according to a report by Philip Rucker of The Washington Post. ... Read more

How Democrats Would Fix Obamacare
TheAtlantic | Russell Berman | 06/15/17

They've said if Republicans dropped their repeal demand, they'd be willing to help repair the law. Here are some of their ideas.

As Republicans have been casting about for legislation to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have offered a consistent message in public: If the GOP drops its demand for repeal, we'll work with them to improve, or fix, the current law.

Exactly how Democrats would change the bill they enacted seven years ago is less clear. Lawmakers have floated a range of options, from tackling the cost of prescription drugs, to setting up a reinsurance program to shore up Obamacare's flagging exchanges, to reviving the idea of a "public option" that would compete with private carriers and drive down prices. ... Read more

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Hannity | Fox News | 06/14/17 | 7:09
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 15 [13:08]
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  2. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) in Critical Condition After Being Shot at Congressional Baseball Practice
  3. Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election
  4. Rep. John Conyers: Why I Am Suing President Trump
  5. Rep. Barbara Lee on Shootings: We Must Reduce the Hate in This Country
  6. Rep. Barbara Lee: Trump Should Keep Open Relations with Cuba, Not Reinstitute Failed U.S. Policy
  7. Rep. Barbara Lee: In Expanding Global Wars, Trump Is Creating More Havoc and Chaos & Has No Strategy
Oliver Stone Interviews Putin on U.S.-Russia Relations, 2016 Election, Snowden & NATO, Part 1 | DN | 06/14/17 | 23:00, Part 2 | DN | 10:03
Full Interview: Naomi Klein on "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics" | DN | 06/13/17 | 44:17
EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Not Only Reduces Poverty, But Improves Health of Communities | TRNN | 06/15/17 | 10:34
While Trump seeks to dramatically reduce federal spending for the poor, study shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits not only the lives of those who receive it, but also of entire communities, Jeanette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of PERI explain.
Death Toll Rising In London Apartment Fire | TYT | 06/14/17 | 5:04
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Joe On Virginia Shooting: Heated Rhetoric In This Country Must Calm Down | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 7:30
Why Robert Mueller Investigating Obstruction Of Justice 'Not A Turning Point' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 15:37
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Sessions's Southern-Fried SnoozeFest | Samantha Bee | 06/14/17 | 6:29
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Sen. Kamala Harris: 'Hysterical' Or 'A Woman Doing Her Job?' | Stephen Colbert | 06/15/17 | 9:59

Wednesday June 14, 2017

"I am not stonewalling": Jeff Sessions can't recall meeting with Russian ambassador, refuses to disclose his conversations with Trump
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 06/13/17/span>

In his highly anticipated appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vehemently denied ever speaking to Russian officials about last year's election. But Sessions refused to disclose any details about his conversations with President Donald Trump related to the investigation of Russian meddling or the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

In more than two and half hours of questioning, Sessions used his first congressional hearing since his confirmation to push back aggressively against the implications of Comey's testimony last week and the swirl of controversy surrounding the Trump administration. Sessions repeatedly came close to invoking executive privilege regarding his conversations with the president, while agreeing he had no authority to do so -- a bewildering dodge that clearly irritated several Democratic senators. ... Read more

Trump takes credit for new coal mine that had nothing to do with him
Trump touts the opening of a new coal mine he had nothing to do with, and which will only create 100 jobs Salon | Nicole Hallett | 06/14/17

The 50 Largest Stashes of Cash Companies Keep Overseas
Bloomberg | Laurie Meisler | 06/13/17

Although it's still short on details, President Trump's tax reform plan would spur companies that have been stockpiling cash overseas -- to avoid paying taxes -- to bring the money home. The tax outline he released in April doesn't specify a rate, but during the campaign Trump proposed a one-time tax of 10 percent on offshore earnings instead of the standard 35 percent corporate rate that would otherwise apply. (House Republicans are even more generous, proposing an 8.75 percent tax on foreign earnings held as cash and a 3.5 percent rate for all other foreign earnings.)

The repatriated money could be used on share buybacks, dividends, acquisitions and capital spending. Tech companies would be the biggest beneficiaries: Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems alone have a total of $427 billion stored overseas. The 50 top overseas cash holders in the S&P 500 have parked $925 billion of their cash and marketable securities outside the U.S., an increase of $118 billion since their filings one year ago. ... Read more

The Putin Interviews Paperback by Oliver Stone (Author), Robert Scheer (Foreword) (06/16/17)

Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span?never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone's trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.

Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia's involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, "Why did Russia hack the election?"; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," which the two watch together.

Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as "The Nixon Interviews" of 1977.

The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.
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  2. Jeff Sessions Said "I Don't Remember" or "I Don't Recall" 26 Times During Senate Intel Testimony
  3. Oliver Stone Interviews Putin on U.S.-Russia Relations, 2016 Election, Snowden, NATO & Nuclear Arms
Kamala Harris Rattles Jeff Sessions | TYT | 06/13/17 | 8:46
Republicans Tried To Ban Reporters From Senate Hallways | TYT | 06/13/17 | 4:31
Reaganism - 5 Men Now Own 1/2 the World's Wealth | ThomHartmann | 06/13/17 | 27:56
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President Trump's Team Desperate To Explain James Comey Firing | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/13/17 | 26:04
West London Grenfell Tower fire, multiple casualties confirmed | RT | 06/13/17 | 4:00:00
London fire: at least six dead after Grenfell tower block sets fire on Latimer Road in London | Channel 4 News | 06/14/17 | 27:41
Al Franken Breaks News On Additional Reported Jeff Sessions-Kislyak Meeting | MSNBC Last Word | older 05/31/17 | 6:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jeff Sessions Can't Recall What He Forgot To Remember | Stephen Colbert | 06/14/17 | 7:28
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Rumors over Robert Mueller's Fate & Jeff Sessions in the Senate Hot Seat | Trevor Noah | 06/13/17 | 6:14
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Jeff Sessions Testifies; GOP Writes Secret Health Care Bill: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 06/13/17 | 12:06

Tuesday June13, 2017

J.P. Morgan Chase Reportedly Pulls NBC Ads Over Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones Interview
HP | Ed Mazza | 06/12/17

NBC News is reportedly under pressure from at least one major advertiser over the upcoming Megyn Kelly interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kelly's show, until after the interview airs Sunday night. ... Read more

Trump 'Considering' Firing Special Counsel In Russia Investigation, Friend Says
HP | Igor Bobic | 06/12/17

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he's weighing that option," Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Monday.

According to Neal Katyal, the former acting U.S. solicitor general, Trump could direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, to fire the former FBI director. (Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has recused himself from the Russia investigation.) ... Read more

Trump Invites His Employees To Praise Him During Cabinet Meeting | HP | 06/12/17 | 23:01
President Donald Trump invited his top employees to shower him with compliments. They happily obliged, one-by-one, on live television. During a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president touted the "record-setting pace" of his legislative agenda and claimed "never has there been a president, with few exceptions" who has accomplished more while in office.
Oliver Stone Spent Two Years Interviewing Vladimir Putin | Stephen Colbert & Oliver Stone | 06/13/17 | 7:24
Fresh off of 'The Putin Interviews' in which the documentarian spent an extended period of time with the Russian President, Oliver Stone sits down to defend widespread criticism that he's been too soft on Vladimir Putin.

Jeff Sessions walks the tightrope: Compromised attorney general must try to shield his boss and protect himself
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 06/13/17

People all over the country were riveted by James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week and it whet their appetites for more revelations. A friend of mine texted me after it was done and asked excitedly, "Who's testifying next week?"

As it happens, on Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the same committee. It's the first time Sessions has appeared before Congress since his confirmation hearings, and since he's previously cancelled several scheduled appearances to speak about the Justice Department budget (and face unpleasant questions from Sen. Al Franken again) before the Appropriations Committee, it's pretty clear he's been dodging his former colleagues. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Odd Obsession with "Hookers" | Keith Olbermann | 06/12/17 | 6:11
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 13 [10:00]
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  2. "No Is Not Enough": Best-Selling Author Naomi Klein on Challenging Trump's Shock Doctrine Politics
  3. Naomi Klein: Trump is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as U.S. President
  4. Naomi Klein on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders & Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies
  5. Naomi Klein: Climate Movement Is Growing Even More Ambitious as U.S. Goes Rogue & Exits Paris Accord
  6. "A Transformative Vision": Naomi Klein on Platforms for Racial, Health & Climate Justice Under Trump
Trump's Corporate-Funded Climate Study Gets It Wrong | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 11:36
Will Trump's Friend Get Building Contract For New FBI Headquarters? | TYT | 06/12/17 | 6:25
Ivanka Calls Her Father's Critics 'Vicious' | TYT | 06/12/17 | 8:31
Keiser Report: Everything in Bubble (E1083) | RT | 06/13/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy ask whether there's a 'catastrophic storm or economic plunge' happening. And, if so, do we even exist if there's no impact on the market? Max continues his interview with the former chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, about the disastrous state of the Democrats.
What's Really Behind the Rift Between Qatar and Their Middle East Neighbors? (w/Guest David Hearst) | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 11:21
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Naomi Klein On A 'Yes' Agenda To Counter President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/13/17 | 5:08
Firing Robert Mueller Is like Writing 'I'm Super Guilty' In The Sky | MSNBC last Word | 06/13/17 | 9:58
Chuck Schumer Perfectly Lampoons Doanld Trump Cabinet Meeting | MSNBC All-In | 06/13/17 | 2:29
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Attacks Comey, Makes Cabinet Praise Him: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 06/12/17 | 10:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump's Parade of Shills | The Daily Show | 06/12/17 | 6:38
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Didn't Do Anything Wrong Unless It Was But It's Not | Stephen Colbert | 06/13/17 | 3:15

Monday June 12, 2017

How Trump Digs a Deeper Legal Hole When He Tweets
Bloomberg | Paul Barrett | 06/12/17

Violating the lawyer's rule of thumb that clients remain quiet is rarely a good idea.

President Donald Trump can't be stopped from tweeting and otherwise talking about the Russia investigation. But by continuing to expostulate, he risks not only incriminating himself but irritating the prosecutor overseeing the probe.

Some observers speculated that the arrival of Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, would spell the end of the president's off-the-cuff comments. Not so. Whatever Kasowitz has told his longtime client, the president is still running his mouth. On Sunday morning, the president tweeted: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" ... Read more

Report: Uber Board Accept Holder's Recommendations, Discuss CEO Kalanick's Absence
HP & Reuters | Joseph Menn | 06/11/17

The recommendations included imposing new controls on company spending, human resources and other areas where executives had wide discretion.

The board, at a meeting on Sunday, adopted a series of recommendations from former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder following a sprawling, multi-month investigation into Uber's cultures and practices. The recommendations will be released to Uber employees on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified.

Holder's recommendations included imposing new controls on company spending, human resources and other areas where executives had wide discretion. ... Read more

The US government cannot be trusted so long as Donald Trump runs it | Vox | 06/10/17 | 5:51

Jeff Sessions will testify before Senate Intelligence Committee
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 06/12/17

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised members of the Senate Intelligence Committee by offering to testify before them on Tuesday, the committee agreed -- meaning that there will be an open session on Sessions.

It is expected that the committee will seek Sessions' version of the story told by former FBI Director James Comey during his testimony last week. According to Comey, Trump asked a number of White House staffers to leave the Oval Office so that he could have a private conversation with Comey, during which Trump is accused of having asked Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. ... Read more

Trump attorney won't rule out firing Mueller
Politico | Victoria Guida | 06/11/17

One of President Donald Trump's attorneys on Sunday wouldn't rule out the possibility the president would fire the special counsel appointed to look into his campaign's potential ties to Russia.

Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department last month to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. And on Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Trump attorney Jay Sekulow whether the president would pledge not to interfere or order the attorney general to fire Mueller. ... Read more

What We Now Know From James Comey (#85) | Keith Olbermann | 06/08/17 | 5:57
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  2. Cholera Death Toll Tops 859 in War-Torn Yemen as U.S.-Backed Saudi Assault Continues
  3. Puerto Rico Backs Statehood in Referendum Boycotted by Opposition Groups
  4. Freed Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Joins Tens of Thousands at NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade
  5. The Beleaguered Tenants of "Kushnerville": Jared Kushner Accused of Slumlord Practices in Baltimore
  6. Trump Associate & "Slumlord" Tom Barrack Resigns One Day After Probe of Housing Crisis
Premiere of the Nina Turner Show with Bernie Sanders | TRNN | 06/11/17 | 19:49
Wall St. Democrats vs Working Class Democrats | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 18:06
Sea Level Rise due to Global Warming Threatens Vancouver | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 7:04
The Much Anticipated James Comey Hearing | TYT | 06/10/17 | 6:20
Trump Kids Once Again Reveal Too Much | TYT | 06/11/17 | 3:29
Ted Cruz Booted Off Stage Mid-Speech | TYT | 06/11/17 | 7:30
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Senate Judiciary Committee Poised To Probe Donald Trump Obstruction | 06/10/17 | 23:00
Chris Wallace & Shepard Smith Takes On Donald Trump and James Comey On Their Actions | FoxNews | 06/10/17 | 6:38
Why Foreign Policy Will Survive The Trump Era | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/12/17 | 12:36
Trump's businesses may lead to his undoing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/12/17 | 12:39
John Oliver
Brexit II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) | 06/11/17 | 19:10
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Why Is Eric Trump Like This?: The Daily Show | The Daily Show | 06/07/17 | 4:26
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Lawyers Are Avoiding Trump At All Costs | Stephen Colbert | 06/11/17 | 6:40

Friday June 09, 2017

Comey testimony shifts focus to Trump
WashintonPost | Dan Balz | 06/08/17

It has been many years since a witness appeared on Capitol Hill and put a president in such potential jeopardy as former FBI director James B. Comey did Thursday.

For the first time in the long investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and questions about possible collusion by associates of President Trump's campaign, the focus has moved inside the White House and, specifically, to questions about the president's conduct in office.

Allies and adversaries of the president will interpret Comey's accounting of events in different ways, but there is no question that his appearance dramatically reshaped what already has been a debilitating problem for the administration. It will be left to special counsel Robert Mueller to decide what it all means. In the meantime, Comey has made life more uncomfortable for the president. ... Read more
James Comey Testimony Breakdown | TYT | 06/08/17 | 7:52

WATCH LIVE: James Comey | Senate Testimony on CBSN | 06/08/17 | 4:29:23
What We Now Know From James Comey (#85) | Keith Olbermann | 06/08/17 | 5:57
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 09 [10:47]
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  2. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn Rides Leftist Tide in U.K. Election in Rebuke of Austerity & Conservatives
  3. Is the President a "Serial Fabricator"? Fired FBI Director Comey Testifies About Trump's "Lies"
  4. Will Obstruction of Justice in Comey Firing See Trump Ousted Or Is Impeachment a "Liberal Fantasy"?
How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East? | TRNN | 06/09/17 | 23:41
Comey Hearing: Little New, More Doubt About 'RussiaGate' | TRNN | 06/09/17 | 28:09
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James Comey Testimony Grows President Trump Obstruction Case | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/08/17 | 22:44
Donald Trump Lawyer Botches NYTimes James Comey Memo Timeline | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/08/17 | 10:21
Stephen Colbert
Guess Who's Comey To Dinner? | Stephen Colbert | 06/09/17 | 10:21
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Comey Takes the Stand (But Leaves the Juicy Details Behind) | The Daily Show | 06/08/17 | 10:18

Thursday June 08, 2017

The world according to Trump
Salon | Robert Reich | 06/08/17

Donald Trump sees the world as a strange binary and may be a sociopath, writes Robert Reich

To Donald Trump, the world is made up of only two sorts of people, or nations: strong winners whom others respect and fear, and weak losers whom others exploit and laugh at. There is no other alternative.

"At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us, as a country?" Trump asked Thursday during his major announcement from the White House Rose Garden that the US would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won't be. They won't be." ... Read more

'Well I do mean it in a contentious way!'
dailymail.co.uk | author | 06/07/17

Senators hammer Intel director and NSA boss after they say they never felt 'pressured' but refuse to reveal whether Trump asked them to dial back the FBI's Russia probe

  1. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is among a batch of top security officials testifying at the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday
  2. He got grilled about reports that President Trump cornered him in March to press him to dial back the FBI's Russia investigation
  3. Senators demanded to know why he wouldn't say whether President Trump asked him to help back off an FBI investigation
  4. The talk came two days after FBI director James Comey announced the FBI was looking into possible ties between Russia and Trump campaign
  5. Coats didn't deny Trump raised the issue with him, but said he 'never felt pressured,' in reference to the president
  6. NSA director Mike Rogers emphatically said he had never recalled feeling pressured, but refused to disclose any conversations that occured
  7. Coats confided in colleagues and decided interfering would be improper
  8. Neither man denied that Trump asked them about the FBI probe
  9. Coats delivers near-daily intelligence briefings to the president
  10. The testimony is the undercard for Thursday's must-see testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey
Read more
Intelligence Officials Won't Discuss Trump Conversations | TYT | 06/07/17 | 11:01

NATO Would Be Totally Outmatched In A Conventional War With Russia
HP | Scott Ritter | 06/07/17

Purposefully or not, President Trump's comments at the recent NATO summit have brought some sobering truths to the fore.

Donald Trump's recent whirlwind world tour began with him signing a series of arms sale agreements with the Saudi government totaling some $110 billion, a move interpreted by the American president as proof positive of Riyadh's commitment to fighting terrorism and containing Iran. In short, Saudi Arabia, in Donald Trump's view, put its money where its mouth was.

It ended with Trump dedicating a memorial celebrating the transatlantic bonds between Europe and the United States at the new headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels. The memorial commemorated the terror attack of 9/11 and NATO's response, manifesting the foundational premise underpinning NATO, set forth in Article 5 of the NATO Charter, that an attack against one member was an attack against all. ... Read more

Why the poorest county in West Virginia has faith in Donald Trump | Guardian | older | 10:30
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 08 [11:22]
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  2. Oscar López Rivera Speaks Out on Newfound Freedom, Becoming Politicized & Decolonizing Puerto Rico
  3. Oscar López Rivera on Declining Honorific at National Puerto Rican Day Parade After Controversy
  4. Marcy Wheeler: James Comey Planned His Dramatic Testimony Release to Undercut GOP Smear Campaign
How Amazon is in Bed With The Deep State | TYT | 06/07/17 | 3:50
Keiser Report: 'Liquidity Turbulence' (E1081) | RT | 06/08/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss 'liquidity turbulence' and ask whether it is the 'credit crunch' of our day. In the second half Max continues his conversation with Jameson Lopp of Bitgo.com about the latest in the bitcoin and cryptocurrencies world.
Could Trump's Tweets Lead to War in the Middle East? (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 27:55
Max Blumenthal - What's Really Going on In Iran & Qatar? | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 12:13
Big Picture Interview: Max Blumenthal, Senior Editor-AlterNet's Grayzone Project/ Author-The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Iran is blaming Saudi Arabia and by proxy the United States today after ISIS killed 12 people and wounded 42 more in a brazen attack in heart of Tehran. In a statement - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards drew a direct connection between this morning's slaughter and Donald Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia - and said that "the fact that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they [the Saudis] were involved in the brutal attack." So - were they?
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Lawrence Wilkerson: Donald Trump Admin. 'Like A Mafia Family' | MSNBC All-In | 06/07/17 | 7:09
How President Donald Trump Skimmed Money Meant For Sick Kids | MSNBC All-In | 06/07/17 | 7:42
Former CIA Dir: Intel Chiefs 'Misjudged The Gravity' Of Situation | MSNBC Last Word | 06/07/17 | 10:19
GOP Could Break With President Donald Trump At James Comey Hearing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/07/17 | 9:02
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Digs Into James Comey's Opening Statements | Stephen Colbert | 06/08/17 | 7:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Why Is Eric Trump Like This? | The Daily Show | 06/07/17 | 4:26
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Keep Calm and Ignore Trump's Tweets | Samantha Bee | 06/07/17 | 5:25

Wednesday June 07, 2017

Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe
WashingtonPost | Adam Entous | 06/06/17

The nation's top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. ... Read more

Jeff Sessions offered to resign after tensions grew with Trump | WashingtonPost | | 06/06/17
Donald Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey's testimony | WashingtonPost | | 06/06/17

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner
NYTimes | Mark Landler | 06/06/17

WASHINGTON -- President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia's move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America's most important military outpost in the Middle East. ... Read more
Trump Taking Credit For Middle-East Meltdown | TYT | 06/06/17 | 7:17

James Clapper: 'Watergate Pales' In Comparison To Russia Scandal | HP | | 06/07/17

Death Toll In Kabul Blast Surpasses 150, Afghan President Says
NPR | Amy Held | 06/06/17

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday that more than 150 people died in last week's truck bombing in Kabul, raising earlier counts and making it one of the deadliest such attacks since the American-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001.

"Over 150 entirely innocent Afghan sons and daughters were killed and more than three hundred were brought to hospital with burns, lacerations, and amputations," Afghan news site TOLOnews quoted Ghani as saying. ... Read more
Over 150 Dead After Terrorist Bombing | TYT | 06/06/17 | 6:56

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes by Richard A. Clarke (05/23/17)

Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization.

In Greek mythology Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters, but how do we know which warnings are likely to be right?

Through riveting explorations in a variety of fields, the authors -- both accomplished CEOs and White House National Security Council veterans -- discover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from the crazy doomsayers. They then investigate the experts who today are warning of future disasters: the threats from artificial intelligence, bio-hacking, mutating viruses, and more, and whose calls are not being heeded. Clarke's and Eddy's penetrating insights are essential for any person, any business, or any government that doesn't want to be a blind victim of tomorrow's catastrophe.
Did Trump Himself Meet With the Russian Ambassador? (#84) | Stephen Colbert | 06/07/17 | 7:20
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 07 [13:53]
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  2. China Watchdog: China's Arrest of Activists Investigating Ivanka Trump-linked Factory Unprecedented
  3. Attackers in Tehran Kill 12 & Injure Dozens More as U.S. Deliberately Worsens Iran-Saudi Relations
  4. Worst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50
Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says -> Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar | TRNN | 06/06/17 | 26:37
Meet Two Activists Fighting For The Syrian People | TYT | 06/06/17 | 14:28
John Iadarola (Host of ThinkTank), discusses the experience of people living in Syria during the war with Abdalaziz Alhamza (Founder, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently) and Abdulrahman Almawwas (Vice President, Syrian White Helmets) at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum.
Dr Richard Wolff - How Privatizing Air Traffic Will End Safe Travel | ThomHartmann | 06/06/17 | 12:11
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Can The Nation's Voting System Be Trusted? | IPR & The1a.org | 06/07/17 | 1hr
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Donald Trump's Deadbeat Past Hurts Him In Search For Scandal Lawyers | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/06/17 | 7:02
Robert Mueller Would Gain Resources As Scope Of Donald Trump Probe Widens | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/06/17 | 2:19
Richard Clarke: It's Rare When 17 Intel Agencies Agree On Something | MSNBC Hardball | 06/06/17 | 6:23
Scott Pruitt: Paris Climate Deal Put US At Economic Disadvantage (Full) | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/06/17 | 16:08
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The Trump Administration Gets A 'Reality' Check | Stephen Colbert | 06/07/17 | 7:49
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Trump Touts More Phony Accomplishments | The Daily Show | 06/06/17 | 6:35

Tuesday June 06, 2017

Trump's America Is Facing a $13 Trillion Consumer Debt Hangover
Bloomberg | Matt Scully | 06/06/17

  1. Percentage of overdue debt has risen for last two quarters
  2. Consumer companies say their customers are under stress

Americans faced with lackluster income growth have been financing more of their spending with debt instead. There are early signs that loan burdens are growing unsustainably large for borrowers with lower incomes. Household borrowings have surged to a record $12.73 trillion, and the percentage of debt that is overdue has risen for two consecutive quarters. And with economic optimism having lifted borrowing rates since the election and the Federal Reserve expected to hike further, it's getting more expensive for borrowers to refinance.

Some companies are growing worried about their customers. Public Storage said in April that more of its self-storage customers now seem to be under stress. Credit card lenders including Synchrony Financial and Capital One Financial Corp. are setting aside more money to cover bad loans. Consumer product makers including Nestle SA posted slower sales growth last quarter, particularly in the U.S. ... Read more

Bill Gates May Soon Lose His Spot As The World's Richest Person, Prime time for Jeff Bezos | HP | Ryan Grenoble | 06/06/17 | article

Comey's YUUUge Day On The Hill
Salon | Matthew Sheffield | 06/06/17

Even if he says nothing new, James Comey's testimony is going to put a real focus on Trump's Russia scandal

Even as news stories of numerous interactions between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump have continued to break on a frequent basis, congressional Democrats have become more circumspect in their rhetoric about the subject. On Sunday, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner told CNN that while there is "a lot of smoke" in terms of contacts, "we have no smoking gun at this point." In large measure, that is because any legal prosecution or impeachment actions would have to rely upon real documentation or sworn public statements. Thus far, those things do not exist. But fired FBI director James Comey's upcoming public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee may provide a way of bringing the numerous threads of the Russia scandal together in a way that becomes a historical moment. ... Read more

How Trump is stalling his own nominees The White House has taken weeks to formally submit nominations to the Senate, even after announcing the picks. | Politico | Seung Min Kim | 06/06/17 | article

Everything we know about the Mueller probe so far
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 06/06/17

Mueller, who brings a wealth of national security experience, is expected to take an expansive view of his role.

His first appointments -- tapping longtime law-firm partner James Quarles and Andrew Weissmann, the head of the Justice Department's criminal fraud unit -- were the opening moves in a politically red-hot criminal case that has upended the opening months of the Trump White House.

Mueller is expected to take an expansive view of his role. He inherited a spate of existing federal probes covering figures including the president's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, and former campaign hands Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann Apologizes to UK: 'Trump Is Not Of Sound Mind'
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 06/05/17

A somber Keith Olbermann apologized to Britain for Donald Trump's insensitive comments attacking the competence of London's mayor in the wake of Saturday's attack on London Bridge. "Donald Trump is not of sound mind," explained Olbermann in the latest offering of GQ's "The Resistance." "We are working to correct the problem as soon as possible." ...

... "Amid all that he creates -- mass confusion, charges of corruption, hints at collusion -- there is a stark reality. In almost any other job in this country, assuredly in any other private sector job ... Donald Trump, our national embarrassment, our international disgrace, would have been fired by now," he said. ... Read more
If He Were Doing Any Other Job, Donald Trump Would Have Been Fired by Now (#83) | Keith Olbermann | 06/05/17 | 8:39

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  1. Headlines
  2. NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposé Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election
  3. Meet Larry Krasner: Civil Rights Attorney, Death Penalty Opponent & Democratic Philly DA Candidate
  4. Republican Prosecutor Seeks to Beat Civil Rights Lawyer in Race for Philadelphia District Attorney
**Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson discusses -> From Qatar Rift to Syria Battlefield, Trump & Gulf Allies Target Iran | TRNN | 06/06/17 | 20:44
Trump Uses London Attack To Make Point On Gun Control | TYT | 06/05/17 | 3:25
Congressman On Muslims: "Kill Them All" | TYT | 06/05/17 | 5:23
Keiser Report: Is There a Tech Bubble? (E1080) | RT | 06/06/17 | 25:48
What's behind the diplomatic breakdown in the Gulf? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 06/05/10 | 25:01
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Solar's Future Is So Bright... But Clouds Are In The Forecast | IPR & The1a.org | 06/06/17 | 1hr
A new report suggests solar jobs have grown 17 times faster than the overall U.S. economy. But now that President Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, what's the future of solar power in America?
Can The Democracy Survive The Internet?: Lessons From 2016 | IPR & The1a.org | 06/06/17 | 1hr
Can The Democracy Survive The Internet?: Lessons From 2016 | IPR & The1a.org | 06/06/17 | 1hr
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*What's behind the dramatic diplomatic rift with Qatar? | PBS | 06/05/17 | 6:39
President Trump's Rash Behavior Hurts US Alliances | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/05/17 | 9:37
Chris Wallace & Al Gore BRILLIANTLY' Breaks Down Trump's "Wierd" Actions in Office | FoxNews & Jon Snow | 06/05/17 | 10:26
New Details Emerge On Jared Kushner's Meeting With Russian Banker | MSNBC | 06/05/17 | 4:35
John Oliver
John Oliver - Britain Reeling | John Oliver | 06/05/17 | 2:38
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Vladimir Putin & Megyn Kelly: Slimy Public Manipulators | The Daily Show | 06/05/17 | 6:19
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Stephen Raises Money For Less Fortunate Airplanes | Stephen Colbert | 06/06/17 | 4:37

Monday June 05, 2017

Trump's White House needs another special prosecutor
Salon | Arn Pearson, Bill Moyers | 06/04/17

Trump and his inner circle cashing in on the White House is its own growing scandal

It's been one revelation after the other these days about President Trump's attempts to shut down the FBI's Russiagate investigation. Turn on the news and you're bound to hear comparisons to Nixon's Watergate scandal and phrases like "obstruction of justice," "intimidating a witness" and "cover-up" being hotly debated.

And then last Wednesday, the Department of Justice finally bowed to reality and appointed a special prosecutor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller. "Based upon the unique circumstances the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command," wrote Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. ... Read more

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin by Dan Kovalik (06/06/17)

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

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

The Panic President
TheAtlantic | David A. Graham | 06/04/17

Rarely does a leader in a liberal democracy embrace, let alone foment, fear. But that's exactly what Donald Trump did in response to attacks in London, as he has often done before.

After a terrorist attack, there are two steps nearly every leader takes: first, condemn the violence; second, appeal for calm. London Mayor Sadiq Khan followed that familiar playbook in the wake of Saturday night's attacks. ...

... Early Sunday morning, President Trump logged onto Twitter, offering not condolences to Britain or support in fighting terrorism (though he did do that in a call with Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a White House readout), but instead an angry "I told you so" and an attack on Khan ... Read more

The Times reported earlier this year that British intelligence is watching 23,000 possible jihadists, and more closely watching 3,000 of them.

John Paulson Is Struggling to Hold On to Client Money
Bloomberg |Miles Weiss | 06/05/17

  1. Filings show client capital at $2 billion out of $10 billion
  2. At 2011 peak, half of Paulson's $38 billion was outside money

A decade after Paulson shot to fame betting on the collapse of the U.S. housing market, the hedge-fund mogul is struggling to persuade investors to stick with him after a string of missteps on everything from gold to European bonds to drug stocks.

Since the end of 2015 alone, assets at Paulson & Co. have fallen by $6 billion from losses and client withdrawals. The decline, underscored in the firm's most recent regulatory filing, leaves Paulson and his employees with just $2 billion in client money. Most of the remaining $8 billion is Paulson's own fortune. ... Read more

The GOP Must Take Responsibility for Trump (#82) | Keith Olbermann | 06/02/17 | 7:43
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  2. Trump Attacks London's Mayor & Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Theresa May's Ouster After Terror in London
  3. Trump Uses London Attack to Call for SCOTUS to Back Travel Ban Blocked by Multiple Courts
  4. Could Trump's White House Bury or Even Destroy the Landmark 2014 Senate Report on CIA Torture?
  5. Lawyer for Tortured Detainees: U.S. Created ISIS Through Misguided Detention, Interrogation Policies
  6. As Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Accord, California Vows 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2045
Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Accord | DN | 06/02/17 | 29:15
*Former Clinton White House Counsellor Bill Curry -> Is Putin the Enemy or a Distraction? | TRNN | 06/05/17 | 21:35
*Kovalik's new book -> Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats | TRNN | 06/05/17 | 16:18
*Prof. Subhankar Banerjee, Editor of "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point," says -> Arctic Climate Warming Twice as Fast As Anywhere Else | TRNN | 06/04/17 | 17:26
US Allies Offer To Pay For Everything If We Overthrow Assad | TYT | 06/04/17 | 5:33
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*Donald Trump Attacks Birth Control Amid Scandal Circus Distraction | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/02/17 | 4:07
*Donald Trump Believes Climate Change Is A Hoax | MSNBC | 06/02/17 | 3:03
*Branson: Paris Exit Cements Donald Trump As Worst President In U.S. History | MSNBC | 06/02/17 | 5:22
Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Kimmel's HILARIOUS' REACTION To Trumps WITHDRAWAL of Paris Climate Agreement | John Snow | 06/04/17 | 22:10
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**Paris Agreement | John Oliver | 06/04/17 | 20:57
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Gianforte Body-Slammed the Vote | Samantha Bee | 05/31/17 | 7:10

Weekend 06/03/17 - 06/04/17... Monday June 05, 2017

Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump's Skin
TheAtlantic | Chris Jones | May 2017

Alec baldwin collapses onto his dressing-room couch at Saturday Night Live like a man participating too enthusiastically in a trust fall. He is 58 years old. He has three children under 4. He has been dividing what's left of his time between filming a movie with Emilio Estevez in Cincinnati and answering the call from NBC whenever it comes, which, because of his now-signature portrayal of Donald Trump, has been many weeks this season. His appearances gather eyes like car accidents; some clips have been watched on YouTube more than 20 million times. Those legions of viewers have formed a kind of makeshift resistance, a community of the gaslit, together feeling a little less crazy for knowing that at least Alec Baldwin can see what they are seeing. Turning the president into a running joke might prove the most consequential work of his career. It's at least been the most consuming. ... Read more

Stunning Photos of the Arctic Circle As It Literally Melts Away
Bloomberg | James Gaddy | 06/01/17

The latest monograph from photographer Diane Tuft provides a little-seen portrait of beauty and loss.

Artist and photographer Diane Tuft, whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the International Center of Photography in New York City, and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, has focused her life's work on traveling to remote areas to record environmental changes on the Earth's landscape. Her first monograph, UNSEEN: Beyond the Visible Spectrum, was a collection of 10 years' worth of photographs from the American West, Nepal, North Africa, and Iceland. She spent six weeks on the continent of Antarctica for her second book, Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land.

Her latest, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape (Assouline), brings her back to the Arctic Circle, where her unconventional landscape photography turns frozen tundra and ice from the North Pole, Norway, and Greenland into a staggering record of beauty and loss. ... Read more

The Arctic Melt by Diane Tuft

The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape is a brilliant new monograph by universally acclaimed art and environmental photographer Diane Tuft. Following on the heels of Tuft's previous publication, Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land, this new book showcases her breathtaking and visually astounding journey to capture the ice in the Arctic Circle before the constant melt renders the once-frozen landscape unrecognizable. The Arctic Melt features photographs of the North Pole, the mountain glaciers of Svalbard, Norway, and the icebergs and ice sheet of Greenland. In a remarkably new take on illustrating the effects of global warming, and with more than fifty stunning photographs, The Arctic Melt chronicles Tuft's passage through the waning tundra as millennia of ice thaw at a faster rate than ever before.
Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Accord | DN | 06/02/17 | 29:15
**Mike Pence Can't Understand Why People Care About Climate Change | TYT | 06/02/17 | 10:50
The World Is Disappointed With You America | TYT | 06/02/17 | 11:33
The Republican party is the only political party on Earth that still denies global warming. Trump's announcement drew quick criticism from world leaders who called it "disappointing" and "regrettable".

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy issued a joint statement, saying the "Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone in the cooperation" between the three countries. They also dismissed Trump's claim that the agreement could be renegotiated.

"We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies," their statement added.

French President Emmanuel Macron also said in a televised statement that "there is no plan B" on climate because "there is no planet B".
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**"INSANE" Chris Wallace & Shep. Smith REACTS To Trump's Climate Deal Decision | FoxNews | 06/02/17 | 14:50
*Steve Bannon's Fingerprints On White House Policy | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/02/17 | 8:23
*oe: President Trump's Climate Decision Has Done Grave Damage Diplomatically | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/02/17 | 13:11
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*Seth Meyers GRILLS And Makes Fun Of Trump On His Statements! | ABC TheView | older | 8:28
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Trump Was The Laughingstock Of NATO | Stephen Colbert | older, 05/27/17 | 4:20

Friday June 02, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren Interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks | TYT | 05/31/17 | 29:10

Trump's Not Just Ruining The Planet. He's Losing The Goodwill Of Our Biggest Allies.
HP | Kate Sheppard | 06.01/17

"This will have repercussions for how other countries respond to the U.S., not just on the climate playing field."

The agreement to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions brought together more than 190 nations. In refusing to take part, the United States joins just two others ? Nicaragua and Syria (the former because its leaders didn't think the agreement was strong enough; the latter because it's in the middle of a brutal civil war).

Trump said Thursday he would exit the accord, which he insists "punishes the United States", but left open the idea the U.S. could "negotiate our way back in to Paris" or potentially work to reach some other deal entirely. ... Read more

How Was A Climate Crisis Denier Elected President of The United States?
TRNN | author | 06/02/17

According to a Yale survey, 70% of Americans believe global warming is real, but only 53% of those people think it is caused by human activity. Only 10% of people were aware that more than 90% of climate scientists are convinced that global warming is human-caused. The vast majority of people that answered the survey did not think the climate crisis would directly affect them or their families.

The war on climate science, particularly in the United States, plays a major role in promoting doubt and denialism. Billionaires like David and Charles Koch and Trump's major backer Robert Mercer support right-wing organizations that spend tens of millions of dollars financing witch-hunts that target climate scientists. They fund "research" that's designed to bury the facts.

But corporate television news, "the gatekeeper of public consciousness," is arguably more responsible for the gap between public opinion and scientific evidence. By failing to cover the issue with a sense of urgency and depth, corporate media reinforces the climate change deniers' message.

A Media Matters report found that in 2015 the four major corporate TV networks only aired a total of 146 minutes of climate change coverage. That includes Fox's criticism of climate science and giving a platform to climate science denial. ABC only aired 13 minutes of coverage. ... Read more
Watch Live: Trump on Paris Climate Accord | NYTimes | 05/31/17 | 31:12

Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest: a Crib Sheet
TheAltantic | Jeremy Venook | 06/02/17

President Donald Trump still has not taken the necessary steps to distance himself from his businesses while in office. In accordance with a plan that he and one of his lawyers, Sheri Dillon, laid out at a press conference on January 11, Trump has filed paperwork to remove himself from the day-to-day operation of his eponymous organization. However, numerous ethics experts have voiced strenuous objections to the plan, which they say does very little to resolve the issue: As long as Trump continues to profit from his business empire--which he does whether or not he is nominally in charge--they say, the possibility that outside actors will attempt to affect his policies by plumping up his pocketbook will remain very much in play.

Several of Trump's critics have moved forward with legal action. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump's business holdings violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which makes it illegal for government officials to 'accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." CREW's bipartisan legal team includes, among others, Norm Eisen and Richard Painter, who served as ethics lawyers under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, respectively; Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University; and Zephyr Teachout, a professor at Fordham University (and former congressional candidate) who is considered an authority on the Emoluments Clause. ... Read more

The GOP Must Take Responsibility for Trump (#82) | Keith Olbermann | 06/01/17 | 7:43
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  2. Protesters Take to Streets in NYC, Enraged by Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Deal
  3. Top Climate Scientist, Journalist & Activists Blast Trump's Withdrawal from Paris Accord
  4. As Oil Starts to Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline, Resistance Faces Paramilitary Security Force
Climate scientist Dana Nuccitelli discusse -> Trump and the Future of the Paris Climate Accord | TRNN | 05/31/17 | 9:58
Jeff Sessions's Rolling Snowball Of Lies Keeps Growing | TYT | 06/01/17 | 8:17
Investigators in Congress are trying to determine whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions had an additional meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that he failed to disclose.

They are specifically looking into an event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on April 27, 2016, according to a report by CNN. This was the date of Donald Trump's first major foreign policy speech as a presidential candidate in the 2016 election. Prior to his oration, Sessions -- then a United States Senator from Alabama -- and Kislyak were guests at a small VIP reception.

Even if Sessions did meet with Kislyak at this time, that interaction may have been incidental, according to both FBI and Capitol Hill investigators who spoke with CNN. The research into Sessions' possible meetings with Kislyak is part of the much larger counterintelligence investigation into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump Granting Ethics Waivers To Top Staff | TYT | 06/01/17 | 8:51
President Donald Trump granted ethics waivers to at least 16 White House staffers to allow them to work with subjects they had in the private sector before joining the government, according to records released by the administration on Wednesday.

The records were released after a public battle with the Office of Government Ethics, which pushed the White House to provide documentation of the waivers it was granting. The data showed that the Trump administration had granted five times as many ethics waivers to employees during its first four months than President Barack Obama's White House did over the same timeframe.

Some of those who received waivers included high-profile staffers such as Kellyanne Conway, the White House counselor, and Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff. Conway was granted an exemption to "participate in communications and meetings involving former clients which are political, advocacy, trade, or non-profit organizations" for her polling firm, The Polling Company. Priebus' exemption allowed him to "participate in communications and meetings" that involve the Republican National Committee, which he ran before joining the White House.
Trump Pulls Out Of Paris Climate Deal | TYT | 06/01/17 | 10:04
Multiple news outlets are reporting Wednesday morning that President Donald Trump intends to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate accord, citing White House officials. Trump himself continues to tease out the dramatic finish to a decision that he has put off for month.

What's not quite clear yet is whether Trump intends to pull out of the Paris agreement itself, or the entire treaty underlining all international climate change negotiations, called the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. To pull out of Paris but keep the United States involved in the broader UNFCCC process would take more than three years, but withdrawing from the entire framework would be easier--though the backlash for doing so could be even stronger. Withdrawing from the UNFCCC, formed in 1992, would be a far more extreme move to undermine climate progress. ...
"Dumbass Party" Defends Trump Breaking Paris Climate Agreement | TYT | 06/01/17 | 8:46
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Dan Rather: Donald Trump Most 'Psychologically Troubled' POTUS Since Nixon | MSNBC The Last Word | 06/01/17 | 11:16
John Kerry calls Trump's decision "self-destructive step" that puts U.S. last | CBS Evening News | 06/01/17 | 3:42
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Trump Tells Earth to Go F**k Itself | The Daily Show | 06/01/17 | 7:18
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Covfefe, Kushner & An Idiot Abroad | Samantha Bee | 06/01/17 | 5:25

Thursday June 01, 2017

Swamp Monsters
HP | author | date

Instead of 'draning the swamp,' Trump grants ethic WAIVERS to 19 top Staffers

President Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists.

The waivers, released by the White House late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trump's campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington. They also reveal a president who is granting ethics waivers at an unusually rapid pace. The 17 senior White House appointees were all granted waivers in the past four months. His predecessor, Barack Obama, granted that same number of waivers to his top staff over the course of his eight years in office. ... Read more

VOX
Donald Trump is destroying his own presidency
Keith Olbermann
Has Michael Flynn Already Flipped on Trump? (#81) | Keith Olbermann | 05/31/17 | 6:45
Shouldn’t Jared Kushner Be Arrested? (#80) | Keith Olbermann | 05/30/17 | 8:16
40 Shady Things We Now Know About Trump and Russia (#79) | Keith Olbermann | 05/29/17 | 8:57
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  2. Advocates: Trump Pulling Out of Paris Climate Accord Would Be "Suicide Note to the World"
  3. Former NAACP Head Ben Jealous Enters MD Governor's Race Campaigning for Economic & Social Justice
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Former. WH Speechwriter: FBI Probe Means 'Misery' For Jared Kushner | MSNBC Last Word | 05/30/17 | 5:37
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Truth About "Covfefe" & The Trump Propaganda Machine | The Daily Show | 05/31/17 | 6:51

Wednesday May 31, 2017
Away on Business.

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations
TheAtlantic | David Frum | 05/28/17

Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.

... The Soviet Union offered to withdraw the troops that then occupied eastern Germany and to end its rule over the occupied zone. Germany would be reunited under a constitution that allowed the country freedom to choose its own social system. Germany would even be allowed to rebuild its military, and all Germans except those convicted of war crimes would regain their political rights. In return, the Allied troops in western Germany would also be withdrawn--and reunited Germany would be forbidden to join the new NATO alliance.

Historians have long debated whether the note represented a genuine offer or a cynical ploy. (Current consensus: ploy.) There's no debate about what happened next. Determined to anchor Germany securely in the Western camp of nations, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer rebuffed the "Stalin note." West Germany would enter NATO in 1955, build the European Union, and develop as an Atlanticist liberal democracy. ... Read more

Trump's communications director is out as larger shakeup looms
Salon | Daniel Lippman | 05/30/17

Mike Dubke, who was on the job a little over three months, resigned on May 18.

Mike Dubke, President Donald Trump's communications director, has resigned as Trump considers a larger personnel shakeup to confront the growing scandals weighing down his administration. ...

... Dubke, who spoke with POLITICO as he drove into the White House early Tuesday morning, said he expects to go back to Black Rock Group, his communications and public affairs firm. The White House has not announced a successor for Dubke, and it's unclear when exactly his last day will be. Axios first reported the news of his departure. ... Read more

Old World Order Alive But Unwell After Four Months of Trump
Bloomberg | Marc Champion | 05/30/17

Four months into Donald Trump's presidency, the sky has not fallen in on the system of global governance the U.S. did so much to construct since World War II. It is, however, in deep trouble.

Trump has not followed through on pre-election threats to declare the North Atlantic Treaty Organization obsolete, abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, accept Russia's annexation of Crimea or declare China a currency manipulator. ... Read more

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  2. Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train?
  3. On Tyranny: Yale Historian Timothy Snyder on How the U.S. Can Avoid Sliding into Authoritarianism
Training Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable, Part 1 | TRNN | replay | 13:07
GOP Dodd-Frank Rewrite Approved | TYT | 05/29/17 | 9:14
Trump Swore He Wouldn't Cut Social Security And Medicare... | TYT | 05/29/17 | 6:13
Washington Post Owner's $600 Million CIA Deal Should Raise Questions, But Doesn't | TYT | 05/29/17 | 10:43
Keiser Report: 'NIRP Refugees' (E1077) | RT | 05/30/17 | 25:47
Europe's dependence on allies is over -- Merkel | RT | 05/29/17 | 1:47
Richard Wolff - America's Social Safety Net At Risk | ThomHartmann | 05/23/17 | 27:38
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Joe On President Trump's First Overseas Trip: 'This Was A Disaster' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/30/17 | 10:01
Laying Out The Blockbuster Trump-Russia Reports | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/30/17 | 5:22
CNN Reporter DUMBFOUNDED By Trump Supporters Talking About Donald's Russia Probe | CNN | 05/30/17 | 5:38
Trump Was The Laughingstock Of NATO | Stephen Colbert | 05/27/17 | 4:20
Trump Was The Laughingstock Of NATO | Stephen Colbert | 05/27/17 | 4:20

Monday May 29, 2017

Report: Trump Tells 'Confidants' U.S. Will leave Paris Climate Deal
Reuters & HP | author | 05/27/17

U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" he tweeted on the final day of a Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy at which he refused to bow to pressure from allies to back the landmark 2015 agreement. The summit of G7 wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled. ... Read more

100 Middle Schoolers Refuse Photo-Op With Paul Ryan During D.C. Trip
"It's not just a picture," one boy said. "It's being associated with a person who puts his party before his country." HP | Nina Golgowski | 05/29/17

Trump Had Over 20 Chances To Address The Portland Attack On Twitter. He Didn't.
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 05/29/17

Instead, the president tweeted about "fake news," attacked the media and congratulated Republicans on the congressional win in Montana.

President Donald Trump has been tweeting regularly throughout the weekend, but not once has he mentioned the fatal stabbing in Portland, Oregon, that left two men dead after they confronted a man spewing hatred to two Muslim girls.

On Friday, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death while traveling on one of Portland's MAX trains. They both stood up to confront a man verbally attacking two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.

Police say Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, who has ties to white supremacist groups, targeted the girls for "religiously and racially motivated reasons." When confronted by Best, Namkai-Meche and a third man, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, Christian violently attacked them with a knife. Fletcher survived the stabbing but remains in the hospital with serious injuries. ... Read more

Sean Hannity Goes Off The Deep End | TYT | 05/28/17 | 4:47

Ex-CIA Director Slams Jared Kushner's 'Hubris' And 'Ignorance'
HP |Mary Papenfuss | 05/28/17

Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said the reported plan by chief White House adviser Jared Kushner to arrange secret communications with the Russians during President Donald Trump's transition was "off the map" and like nothing he has seen in his lifetime.

Hayden wants to chalk up the stunning plan to "naivete" rather than evil intentions -- but that's not reassuring, he said in an interview on CNN. "Right now, I'm going with naivete, and that's not particularly comforting for me," he said. "What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea?" ... Read more

*Kushner's reported actions suggest "we are in a really dark place as a society," Michael Hayden said | HP | 05/28/17 | 2:04
**Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Amy Goodman on Climate Change, Nukes, Syria, WikiLeaks & More | DN | 05/29/17 | 59:05
**Zbigniew Brzezinski on the Afghan War and the 'Grand Chessboard' (2010), Part 1 | TRNN | 05/26/17 | 16:46, Part 2 | 10:10, Part 3 | 6:05
**Peter Kuznick (co-author with Oliver Stone of The Untold History of the United States): The atomic bomb did not end the war with Japan -> The Bomb Sends a Message to the World - Untold History | TRNN | older | 18:28
Democrats Don't Need To "Soften Their Rhetoric" | TYT | 05/28/17 | 6:13
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Malcolm Nance: Donald Trump And U.S. Seen As Clown Show | MSNBC AM Joy | 05/22/17 | 13:03
Jared Kushner May Have Sought Russian Back Channel For Loans | MSNBC AM Joy | 05/29/17 | 14:32
*Shock As White House Fails To Address Jared Kushner Allegations | MSNBC AM Joy | 05/29/17 | 12:57

Friday May 26, 2017

More information comes out on Manafort, Page, Flynn connections with Russia
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 05/25/17/span>

After the infamous Steele dossier came out, Paul Manafort reached out to Team Trump

Roughly a week before Trump was inaugurated, former campaign manager Paul Manafort contacted Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus in order to cast aspersions on a controversial dossier compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, according to a report by Politico. Although he had kept in touch with the Trump team in the five months since he resigned due to reports of his connections with the Putin-associated politicians in Eastern Europe, and is reported to have talked to Trump himself at least twice during that period, those conversations had been either political or personal in nature.

... In related news, The New York Times reported that American spies learned last summer that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were trying to figure out how to shape Trump's views on Russia using Manafort and Michael Flynn, who was at that time an adviser to Trump and would serve as his national security adviser before resigning in disgrace in February. ... Read more

US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month
ZeroHEdge | author | 05/26/17

Coalition-led airstrikes in Syria killed a total of 225 civilians between April 23 and May 23, the highest 30-day death toll for U.S.-led forces since the campaign began, Agence France-Presse reported. That's nearly double the number of intended targets... Read more

Wall Street May Get a New Chance to Gut Obama's Broker-Conflict Rule | Bloomberg | 05/26/17 | article

Six to One Against Trump on Climate in 'Honest' Exchange at G-7
Bloomberg | Arne Delfs | 05/26/17

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Donald Trump was isolated on climate change at the Group of Seven, as the president said he's in no rush to decide whether to scrap U.S. involvement in the Paris Agreement.

A closed-door session on the first day of the G-7 summit in Sicily found unity on stepping up efforts to combat terrorism, but entered stormier waters on trade and on climate, Merkel said. At that stage it was six against one as leaders pressed Trump to hold to U.S. agreements made under the landmark Paris climate accord.

"We made it clear that we want the U.S. to stick to its commitments," Merkel told reporters after the meeting on Friday. "There were very different arguments from us all urging the president to hold to the climate accord." She said the discussion was conducted in a very "honest" atmosphere, leading to a "very intense exchange." ... Read more

As Markets Hit Record Highs, Stock Ownership Is Down (Except For Old & Rich People)
ZeroHEdge | author | 05/26/17

While mainstream media crows of the daily record highs in US equity market, overall stock ownership among US adults remains about 10 percentage points below its pre-crisis level. However, there are two demographic subgroups where ownership has held firm: Adults aged 65 and older and those with an annual household income of $100,000 or more. ... Read more

John Boehner Says Trump's Presidency Has Been Mostly A 'Disaster'
HP | Sam Levine | 05/26/17

Speaking at an energy conference in Houston on Wednesday, Boehner did praise Trump on foreign affairs and said he had stepped up the fight against the Islamic State militant group. But he generally gave a grim assessment of the president's first few months in office, according to energy publication Rigzone.

"Everything else he's done [in office] has been a complete disaster," Boehner said. "He's still learning how to be president." Boehner, who backed the businessman during the presidential campaign, criticized the Trump's late-night tweets and said he hadn't imagined him becoming commander-in-chief. ... Read more

More Than One in Three Black Students in the South Attend an Intensely Segregated School
MotherJones | Edwin Rios | 05/26/17

More than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, the progress made toward dismantling segregated schools in the South, once the most integrated region in the country, seems to be steadily falling apart.

A report released this week by UCLA's Civil Rights Project and Penn State University's Center for Education and Civil Rights finds that in 2014, more than one in three black students attended a school in the South that was intensely racially segregated, meaning a school where 90 percent of students were racial minorities--a 56 percent rise from 1980. The report also finds that the number of Latino students enrolled in public schools in the South surpassed black enrollment for the first time ever, making up 27 percent of the student body. That's significant, as the percentage of Latino students in the South attending an intensely racially segregated school is also on the rise--42 percent in 2014, up from 37 percent in 1980. ... Read more

Betsy DeVos Testifies About Trump's Education Budget at Congressional Hearing (FULL) | FNN | 05/24/17 | 1:59:56
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Exxon Climate Change Cover Up: What Did Exxon and CEO Rex TIllerson Know and What Did They Do About It? | TRNN | 05/26/17 | 16:57
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Ben Carson's Message To Poor People: It's Your Fault | TYT | 05/25/17 | 8:59
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American Patriot | PBS Frontline | 05/16/17 | 54:46
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Donald Trump-Russia Probe Turns Its attention To Jared Kushner: NBC News | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/26/17 | 17:21
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Joe: Republican Party 'Is Going Straight To Hell' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/26/17 | 7:03
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Stephen Is Also Body-Slamming His Enemies | Stephen Colbert | 05/26/17 | 4:54
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Thursday May 25, 2017

CBO says GOP healthcare bill would leave 23 million more uninsured, undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions
BuisnessInsider | Bob Bryon | 05/24/17

The Republican healthcare plan has been scored by the CBO. "The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released an updated score for the American Health Care Act, the House GOP healthcare bill, that said it could leave millions more uninsured and undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions.

The CBO projected that 23 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 compared with the current healthcare system -- slightly lower than the 24 million more Americans it estimated would be uninsured under the previous iteration of the bill.

"Premiums would vary significantly according to health status and the types of benefits provided, and less healthy people would face extremely high premiums," the CBO's report said.

The report, conducted in the wake of two amendments to the bill before it passed the House earlier this month, projected that the AHCA would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion -- $32 billion less than the savings the CBO estimated in March. Read more
*CBO: Republican Healthcare Plan A Death Sentence | TYT | 05/24/17 | 7:49

The Trump Organization won't track foreign money because it's "impractical"
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 05/24/17

The Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee is appalled at the Trump Organization

There is no way of knowing whether President Donald Trump is upholding his promise to donate all foreign profits earned by the Trump Organization back to the American treasury. Why? Because the Trump Organization isn't keeping track of them.

In response to a request by the House Oversight Committee for documents, the Trump Organization provided a pamphlet which argues that "to fully and completely identify all patronage at our Properties by customer type is impractical in the service industry and putting forth a policy that requires all guests to identify themselves would impede upon personal privacy and diminish the guest experience of our brand." ... Read more

Democrats cite CBO to slam health care bill | C-Span | 05/24/17 | 18:53
Bernie Sanders DISMANTLES Trump's "Budget For Billionaires" | C-Span | 05/25/17 | 4:52

Trump and Europe, trading places
Politico | Matthew Kaminski | 05/25/17

When Donald Trump won the American presidency last November, the European establishment slipped from deep funk (over Brexit, terrorism, euro troubles, migration, populism) into full depression. Six months later, the dark jokes about political suicide watches still resonate. They're just not directed at Continental Europeans.

This week, on his first trip abroad, the U.S. President is meeting a changed Continent. The mood has swung -- wildly, some might say manically -- to confidence veering toward giddiness. ... Read more

Remember when Presidents acted Presidential
Barack Obamas Answer To Jake Tapper When Asked About Syria | CNN | 09/28/16 | 5:21
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*Scahill & Greenwald: What if All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims? | DN | 05/25/17 | 10:00
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Prof. Emeritus Robert Pollin -> Trump Budget: Foundation for Great American Misery | TRNN | 05/24/17 | 9:08
Pope Francis STOKED To Meet Trump | TYT | 05/24/17 | 2:35
Trump And Pope Francis Exchange Gifts | TYT | 05/24/17 | 6:25
*Banker Bashing, Is It Still Happening? | TYT | 05/24/17 | 9:09
Keiser Report: 'Criminal Organisation Deutsche Bank' (E1075) | RT | 05/25/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss Deutsche Bank: International criminal organisation. So says the judges presiding over the case of the collapse of the world's oldest bank at the hands of some deadly derivatives. In the second half, Max interviews J.P. Sottile of Newsvandal.com about the robot economy and the future of employment.
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Poverty, Politics and Profit | PBS Frontline | 05/09/17 | 54:46
An investigation with NPR into the billions spent on housing low-income people, and why so few get the help they need. The film examines the politics, profits and problems of an affordable housing system in crisis.
Senator Joe Manchin To GOP Leader Mitch McConnell: 'Work With Us!' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/25/17 | 8:10
Who's Tracking Foreign Cash Spent At Trump-Owned Hotels? | MSNBC | 05/24/17 | 3:49
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Wednesday May 24, 2017

Mick Mulvaney tries to sell Trump's draconian budget cuts as an act of "compassion" for the rich -- and even Republicans don't buy it
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 05/23/17

The White House delivered President Donald Trump's first full budget to Congress on Tuesday, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Mick Mulvaney promptly tried to spin $4.1 trillion in proposed cuts to social services as an act of "compassion" for wealthy taxpayers. Yet Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman, apparently has little sway over his old Republican colleagues in the Senate, as many of them came out swinging against Trump's budget proposal only hours later.

"Terrible," is how Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham described Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget to reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The sales pitch Mulvaney provided at a White House press briefing earlier evidently did little to impress his fellow South Carolina Republican, as Graham went on to blast Trump's proposed 29 percent decrease in funding to the State Department and USAID as "a lot of Benghazis in the making if we actually implemented the State Department cuts." ... Read more

"A whole lot of dumb"

Trump's Alleged Obstruction Of Justice Keeps Getting Worse
WashingtonPost | author | 05/23/17

Trump appears to be handing the FBI new obstruction charges left and right, on silver platters. "President Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president. ... Read more
Trump's Alleged Obstruction Of Justice Keeps Getting Worse | TYT | 05/23/17 | 9:10

Al Franken Breaks Down Trump's Health Care Scam
Al Franken Breaks Down Trump's Health Care Scam | 05/23/17 | 27:08

Sean Hannity Clams Up On Live TV As His Conspiracy Theory Falls Apart
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 05/24/17

Sean Hannity kicked off his Tuesday night show on Fox News by telling his audience that he will not discuss Seth Rich's death "for now," an announcement he teased hours before going on air. ...

.... He continued, "Out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing this matter at this time."

Then he went right into a rant about the "conspiracy" involving the Democrats and the media linking Russia to the Trump campaign. ... Read more
Sean Hannity Clams Up On Live TV As His Conspiracy Theory Falls Apart | Fox News | 05/23/17 | 7:49

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So, What About Those Oval Office Tapes? (#78) | Keith Olbermann | 05/23/17 | 9:30
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  3. Rep. Al Green to Draft Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, Citing Obstruction of Justice
  4. Texas Rep. Al Green Faces Threats of Lynching & Murder After Calling for Trump's Impeachment
  5. More Than 1.1 Million Sign Petition Supporting Impeachment of Trump
  6. Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror
**Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump's Budget Takes a Sledgehammer to What Remains of the American Dream | DN | 05/24/17 | 10:30
Ex-CIA Head On Manchester Bombing: Thanks Obama! | TYT | 05/23/17 | 5:23
**Medical Company Lies About Obamacare To Boost Profits | TYT | 05/23/17 | 11:43
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Bannon's War | PBS Frontline | 04/26/17 | 54:47
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Joe: You Can Start Calling Russia Investigation A Scandal | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/23/17 | 7:35
President Trump's Attorney Marc Kasowitz Represents Russian State-Owned Bank | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/24/17 | 8:11
Outspoken Pope Francis Meets Outspoken President Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/24/17 | 7:18
Fmr. West Wing Staffers React To Donald Trump's Whirlwind Week | MSNBC Meet the Press | older, 05/19/17 | 7:52
Stephen Has An Unpopular Opinion On Trump's Budget | Stephen Colbert | 05/24/17 | 5:45
Stephen Stages A Twitter-vention For Trump | Stephen Colbert | 05/24/17 | 2:51

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Trump Seeks Historic $3.6 Trillion In Spending Cuts, Including Selling Half The US Strategic Oil Reserve
ZeroHEdge | author | 05/23/17

More details of President Donald Trump's first budget proposal were reported Monday by Bloomberg and Reuters. The leaks add to the picture of what we know about Trump's budget, which also includes a flurry of leaks published by The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Bloomberg late Sunday, which fleshed out Trump's plans to slash entitlement spending.

In total, the budget plans to trim $3.6 trillion in spending over 10 years across all discretionary spending and non-discretionary spending lines, in order to enable tax reductions across the board: if enacted - and remember that the president's budget is just an initial blueprint which rarely passes in its original form - the Trump administration would implement the deepest cuts to government programs in a generation, delivering the opening salvo in a new round of budget battles in Washington.="http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-23/more-trump-budget-details-200-billion-infrastructure-25-billion-paid-family-leave" ... Read more

The double count: Trump budget includes $2 trillion accounting gimmick
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 05/23/17

Trump's budget gurus claim that the same $2.06 trillion will pay for both deficit reduction and tax reform

President Donald Trump's new budget seems to have a $2.06 trillion error. That is, it claims that the same $2.06 trillion can be used to both reduce the budget deficit and simultaneously pay for Trump’s proposed tax cuts, according to a report by Axios. When confronted about this during a press conference on Tuesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney argued that the administration "did [the double count] on purpose... I'm aware of the criticisms and would simply come back and say there's other places where we were probably overly conservative in our accounting. We stand by the numbers."

Economists interviewed by the Los Angeles Times seem to agree that Trump's figures are absurd. A senior vice president for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget named told the Times that “you can't use the same money twice.” Lawrence Summers, who served in economic policy positions for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, referred to the double-counting as an "egregious accounting error." ... Read more

Terror Strikes At Ariana Grande Concert, Leaving 22 Dead
HP | Mollie Reilly | 05/22/17

Moments after Ariana Grande finished performing her 2016 hit single "Dangerous Woman" Monday, a loud blast jarred thousands of British fans cheering the American pop star at the Manchester Arena.

Concertgoers, many of them Grande's young fans and their friends, parents and grandparents, scrambled to evacuate the enormous concert hall, filling the arena with screams. Some were still clutching pink balloons that had dropped from the rafters during Grande's encore. ... Read more

Inside Story - Was Trump convincing in Saudi Arabia? | Aljazeera | 05/22/17 | 25:05
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This is How Low the Trump Apologists Will Stoop (#77) | Keith Olbermann | 05/22/17 | 9:37
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John Pilger: Julian Assange is Cleared of Rape Charges, but Far From Free | TRNN | 05/22/17 | 16:16
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says -> Trump's Mideast 'Peace Opportunity' Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran | TRNN | 05/22/17 | 17:32
Record Iran Vote Turnout Gives Rouhani a Big Mandate | TRNN | 05/22/17 | 12:17
Trump Investigation Going "Quicker" And "Deeper" Than Expected | TYT | 05/22/17 | 5:20
Trump's Commerce Secretary: Saudi King So Great Nobody Even Protests! | TYT | 05/22/17 | 4:49
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Orbs And Swords: Trump's Weekend In Saudi Arabia | Stephen Colbert | 05/23/17 | 8:35
Trump's Israel Visit Aims To Promote Lasting 'Peach' | Stephen Colbert | 05/23/17 | 4:00
Rachel Maddow Wonders Why Bannon And Priebus Went Home Early | Stephen Colbert | 05/23/17 | 8:05
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So Much News, So Little Time - Protester Attacks & Trump-Russia Bombshells | The Daily Show | 05/18/17 | 10:53

Monday May 22, 2017

Trump's Budget Will Slash $1.7 Trillion In Entitlements, Cut Food Stamps By 25%
ZeroHedge | author | 05/22/17

More details from President Donald Trump's first budget proposal are trickling out via a flurry of overnight reports from The Washington Post, Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

  1. The budget will slash $1.7 trillion in spending on entitlement programs, according to Bloomberg.
  2. Trump's budget will include a massive nearly $200 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the modern version of food stamps, over the next 10 years -- what amounts to a 25% reduction, according to The Washington Post.
  3. The food stamp cuts are part of a broader $274 billion welfare-reform effort, according to a report by The Associated Press.
  4. The budget calls for about $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid for fiscal year 2018, WaPo reported.
  5. The budget also calls for $2.6 billion in border security spending, $1.6 billion of which will be earmarked for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.'s southern border.
  6. The budget is also expected to propose major domestic discretionary spending cuts - an earlier version of the budget called for $54 billion in such cuts next year alone.
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TRUMP BUDGET: DEAD ON ARRIVAL
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 05/22/17

While the president exhausts himself on a brief overseas trip, his team drops the worst budget proposal ever

President Donald Trump is exhausted. At least that's what an aide told the press as an explanation for why he used the word "Islamic" rather than "Islamist" in his big speech in Saudi Arabia and ended up offending his hosts. After the speech, Trump canceled his appearance at the Tweeps Forum and had his daughter fill in for him. He did manage to handle a weird glowing orb and swayed along with a traditional all-male sword dance along with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House adviser Steve Bannon on the first night but none of that looked very arduous. And the team brought home a major arms deal, with presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner arranging a nice discount for the wealthy Saudi government which will undoubtedly give the war in Yemen a big boost. But the administration didn't come away empty by any means: Read more

Escalating probes rattle Trump and his aides
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 05/22/17

While Trump's foreign trip may lift his spirits, the president can't escape the intensifying investigations he's facing at home.

President Donald Trump seemed rattled before he left Washington Friday afternoon, two people who spoke with him last week said, as he wondered aloud how much investigations into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election might damage his presidency.

One adviser said Trump said in a conversation last week that he felt that "there are a lot of people out to get him," musing that he should not have attacked the intelligence community so vociferously. An administration official who spoke to the president said he "seemed down more than angry," even though Trump defiantly tweeted that he was facing a "witch hunt." ... Read more

Roger Stone On Trump's Saudi Award: 'Makes Me Want To Puke'
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 05/21/17

Trump "should have demanded Saudis pay for 9/11," the president's confidant argued.

Longtime Donald Trump pal and former campaign adviser Roger Stone says seeing the president receive an award from Saudi Arabia's King Salman "makes me want to puke."

Stone, like many other conservative Trump backers, believes the president may be softening his hard-line stand against Islamic terrorism. ... Read more

Breitbart Leaks Audio Of Paul Ryan Trashing Trump | TYT | older, I missed it | 15:00
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  4. "I Could Have Died": Protesters Detail Violent Attack by Turkish President Erdogan's Guards in D.C.
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Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink discusses -> Trump in Saudi Arabia: More U.S. Weapons for Devastating Yemen War | TRNN | 05/21/17 | 12:19
Bill Black explains -> FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director | TRNN | 05/22/17 | 12:56
Will Trump's International Tour Be A Disaster, Or A Mess? | TYT | 05/19/17 | 16:53
Jared Kushner: Lord Of War | TYT | 05/20/17 | 11:00
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Friday May 19, 2017

Donald Trump Talked Michael Flynn Into White House Job -- and Wants Him Back in the Administration
Daily Beast | Lachlan Markay | 05/18/17

President Donald Trump pressured a "reluctant" Michael Flynn into accepting a job as the White House's top national security official even after Flynn warned the president that he was under investigation over undisclosed lobbying on behalf of a foreign government, The Daily Beast has learned. ...

... But Trump doesn't just hope that Flynn will beat the rap. Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI's investigation in Flynn's favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity -- a scenario some of Trump's closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen. ... Read more
Trump's Lawyers: DUDE, STOP CALLING MIKE FLYNN!!! | TYT | 05/18/17 | 6:51

Fox News Has Now Paid $45 Million For Roger Ailes' Sexual Harassment Settlements
FoxNews has paid $13M for Bill O'Reilly to settle multiple sexual harassment complaints. ChicagoTribune.com | Paul Farhi, Washington Post | 04/01/17

U.S. aircraft conduct strike on Syrian army convoy
ABC News & AP | author | 05/18/17

The U.S. sent aircraft to strike Syrian regime vehicles on Thursday that violated a deconfliction zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where special forces are training Syrian militias, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

American officials and Syrian activists said the strike hit the pro-Syrian government forces as they were setting up fighting positions in a protected area in the desert near the border with Jordan. A bulldozer and a tank were hit, although it was unclear if it struck the Syrian army or just militias allied with the government. ... Read more
Polls In The Gutter, Trump Tries Bombing Syria Again | TYT | 05/18/17 |3:53

Rush Limbaugh Remembers Roger Ailes: "Roger And I Were Passengers In History" | DailyRushbo.com | 05/18/17 | 28:17
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  2. Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange is "Long Overdue Decision"
  3. "Repair the Damage from the Drug War": Susan Burton on A New Way of Life to End Mass Incarceration
  4. Michelle Alexander: We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs
How I Met Roger Ailes, Political and Sexual Predator | TRNN | 05/18/17 | 14:41
Remembering Roger Ailes | TYT | 05/18/17 |16:49
Bill O'Reilly Got A New Job | TYT | 05/18/17 | 2:52
Keiser Report: Welcome to White House aka Profit Source (E1072) | RT | 05/18/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the big profits being made by companies whose corporate executives visit the White House. In the second half, Max interviews Chris Whalen, author of 'Ford Men,' to discuss Fannie & Freddie running out of money and the S&P Departments Store Index plunging.
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False Denials From VP Mike Pence Continue To Stack Up | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/19/17 | 18:40
Rod Rosenstein Briefing Indicates Russia Investigation Deepening | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 4:35
Joe: 'The Truth Doesn't Matter To Donald Trump' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 5:31
President Trump Tells Michael Flynn To 'Stay Strong' After Firing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 5:05
Pres. Trump Playing The Victim Card At U.S. Coast Guard Commencement? | The View | 05/18/17 | 5:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Breaking: Trump And Bannon's High-Speed Getaway | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 1:04
Trump's Special Counsel Is The Most Special | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 3:43
Trump's Special Counsel Is The Most Special | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 3:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Protester Attacks & Trump-Russia Bombshells | The Daily Show | 05/18/17 | 10:53
Turkish guards beat up protesters in Washington D.C., Robert Mueller is named special prosecutor in the Russia probe, and President Trump plays the victim on Twitter.
A Special Prosecutor Steps In & Fox News Doesn't Get the Comey Memo | The Daily Show | 05/17/17 | 12:30

Thursday May 18, 2017

El Niño May Be Over For Now, But Record-Breaking Heat Swelters On
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 05/18/17

As CO2 in the atmosphere goes continues to rise, this hot sotrend isn't showing any signs of abating.

One of the strongest El Niño events in recorded history may now be behind us ? but if you thought its conclusion marked the end of record-breaking global average temperatures, think again.

Fueled by a freakishly warm Arctic, last month was the second-warmest April in 137 years, NASA said this week. This follows news that March and February were the second-warmest temperatures for those months respectively on record. ... Read more
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BREAKING: The Justice Department Has Named a Special Prosecutor for the Russia Investigation
Esquire | Jack Holmes | 05/17/17

In n a seismic event, the United States Department of Justice just announced a special prosecutor will lead the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which includes a probe of whether associates of President Donald Trump colluded with Russian officials. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein selected former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who preceded James Comey in that role from 2001 to 2013 and served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The move follows months of damaging revelations, salacious leaks, and generalized uncertainty surrounding the investigation, which gradually lost the public's faith as a result. After all, Rosenstein made the selection because the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, was forced to recuse himself after it emerged that he misled a Senate committee about whether he was in contact with Russian officials during the campaign. The Washington Post reported that Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on two separate occasions, something Sessions did not include in his testimony. ... Read more
BREAKING: Special Prosecutor To Investigate Trump And Russia | TYT | 05/17/17 | 6:49

'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author: Trump Will Resign, Then Declare Victory
Tony Schwartz says Trump is in "pure terror" that he's going to lose. Ed Mazza | HP | 05/18/17 | article

When the World Is Led by a Child
NYTimes | David Brooks | 05/15/17

At certain times Donald Trump has seemed like a budding authoritarian, a corrupt Nixon, a rabble-rousing populist or a big business corporatist.

But as Trump has settled into his White House role, he has given a series of long interviews, and when you study the transcripts it becomes clear that fundamentally he is none of these things.

At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them. Immaturity is becoming the dominant note of his presidency, lack of self-control his leitmotif.

First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. ... Read more
Is the World Being Led By a Child? | ThomHartmann | 05/17/17 | 12:01

Chinese Insurer Warns Of "Mass Defaults, Social Unrest" Due To "Mass Redemption" Run
ZeroHedge | author | 05/18/17

Facing $9 billion in accelerated redemptions - or as some may call it, a "redemption run"- one of China's largest insurers has demanded regulatory relief, warning that the alternative is "mass defaults and social unrest." ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 18 [13:19]
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  2. Could Narrow Scope of New Special Counsel Miss Wider Corruption in Trump White House?
  3. Saying "No to Silence": Hear Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez in His Own Words
  4. Anabel Hernández on the Death of Javier Valdez & Mexican Journalists Confronting a Surge in Violence
*John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture & Why Trump's Presidency Worries Him | DN | 05/17/17 | 12:22
*9/11 Whistleblower Coleen Rowley says -> Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State | TRNN | 05/17/17 | 19:15
*Chelsea Manning is Free, and Her Impact is Worldwide | TRNN | 05/17/17 | 20:53
Massive Hacking Attack Just The Beginning? | TYT | 05/15/17 | 7:40
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New Questions On Donald Trump-Russia Special Counsel | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/17/17 | 9:55
Special Counsel Suits Donald Trump-Russia Probe Well | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/17/17 | 5:46
Former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Dead At 77 | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/18/17 | 3:48
Fox News Has Now Paid $45 Million For Roger Ailes' Sexual Harassment Settlements
Hannity: The swamp wants to stop Trump and stay in power | FoxNews Hannity | 05/17/17 | 14:58
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Joe: New Sheriff In Town With Robert Mueller Taking Over Russia Probe | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/18/17 | 6:53
John McCain On President Donald Trump, Russia, And DC Gridlock | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/18/17 | 9:44
Does James Comey Have More To Tell Us About His Talks With President Trump? | MSNBC 11h Hour | 05/17/17 | 7:52
Secret GOP Audio In 2016: 'I Think Vladimir Putin Pays' Donald Trump | MSNBC The Last Word | 05/17/17 | 8:08
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**A Special Prosecutor Steps In & Fox News Doesn't Get the Comey Memo | The Daily Show | 05/17/17 | 12:30
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How To Childproof Your Home Before A Visit From Trump | Stephen Colbert | 05/18/17 | 5:50
Stephen Isn't Ready To 'Let It Go' | Stephen Colbert | 05/18/17 | 2:47

Wednesday May 17, 2017
**Elizabeth Warren's BRILLIANT Speech At 2017 Center For American Progress Conference | C_Span | 05/16/17 | 19:11

Ryan tweet on classified info resurfaces after bombshell Trump report
TheHill | Paulina Firozi | 05/15/17

A 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) about being "careless" with classified data resurfaced on Monday afternoon soon after a report claiming that President Trump revealed highly classified information to top Russian officials.

"Individuals who are 'extremely careless' with classified information should be denied further access to such info," Ryan tweeted in July, referring to former FBI Director James Comey's statement on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of sensitive information. ... Read more
Trump Is A Hypocrite On Leaking Classified Info, Everything | TYT | 05/16/17 | 3:54

Putin willing to give Congress records of Trump's meeting with Lavrov

Viral video that suggests Trump has Alzheimer's has conservative Roger Stone worried
RawStory | Travis Gettys | 05/16/17

Thhe whispers are growing louder that President Donald Trump may be suffering some sort of mental decline and cognitive impairment -- and his longtime pal Roger Stone thinks it's a conspiracy.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who has known the president for years, has been suggesting on air that Trump is suffering from mental decline and possibly even dementia.

The "Morning Joe" host and others -- including the bloggers Duncan "Atrios" Black and David Pakman -- have compared Trump's recent statements with his past comments, which they've cited as evidence the president may be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. ... Read more
Trump Could Be Going Down Sooner Than You Think | TYT | 05/16/17 | 7:08

Fox News Has Now Paid $45 Million For Roger Ailes' Sexual Harassment Settlements

White House on edge: 'We are kind of helpless'
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 05/17/17

White House officials spent early Tuesday wondering who was leaking details of President Donald Trump's classified conversations with Russian officials about intelligence shared by the Israelis, and moving to contain the fallout ahead of Trump's planned trip to Jerusalem next week. They spent the evening facing a report that, before he fired FBI director James Comey, Trump directly asked him to stop investigating the Trump campaign's Russia ties -- and worrying what else might yet be revealed.

"Nobody knows where this really goes from here," the White House official said. "Everyone is walking around saying, 'What is next?'" ... Read more

Hannity and Fox News are in full meltdown over Trump's Comey scandal
Salon | Taylor Link | 05/17/17

... Sean Hannity, for example, tweeted early Wednesday morning that there are 5 groups, "trying to destroy the president": the media, Democrats, Deep State, "weak establishment Republicans," and "Never Trumpers."

The night before on "Hannity," the right-wing host led off his monologue with a paranoid rant claiming that "Trump-hating" Washington Post got its story about the president sharing highly classified intelligence with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister when they visited him in the Oval Office wrong. ... Read more
Hannity: 5 major forces are aligning to take down Trump | FoxNews | 05/16/17 | 13:32

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 17 [13:00]
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  2. CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: We Should Be Considering Impeachment If Trump Obstructed FBI Probe
  3. John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture & Why Trump's Presidency Worries Him
  4. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father
  5. Border Angels Resist Trump's Immigration Crackdown with Services and Water for Border-Crossing Migrants
  6. Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach
**Why Did the FBI Leak the Comey Memo? | TRNN | 05/16/17 | 22:00
*Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey | TRNN | 05/16/17 | 13:23
Trump Leaked Highly Classified Information To Russians | TYT | 05/16/17 | 12:09
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*James Comey Memo: Donald Trump Asked For End To Probe | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/16/17 | 11:48
*Subpoena Issued Regarding Donald Trump Associate Paul Manafort (Exclusive) | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/17/17 | 10:13
*Joaquin Castro: If NYT Comey Memo Report True, Likely Congress Will Move To Impeach | MSNBC All-In | 05/16/17 | 4:22
What's Happening in Donald Trump's Head? (#76) | Keith Olbermann | 05/16/17 | 8:20
**Sally Yates Full Explosive Interview with Anderson Cooper (05/16/17) | CNN Anderson Cooper | 05/16/17 | 32:06
*Joe To Republicans: 'Donald Trump Is Not Worth It' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/16/17 | 4:38
*Mika: Comey Memo A 'Defining Moment' In Chaos Of Trump Presidency | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/16/17 | 5:54
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Moscow in the Meddle - President Trump Can't Be Trusted with Secrets | The Daily Show | 05/16/17 | 6:14
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Stephen Finally Agrees With Donald Trump On Something | Stephen Colbert | 05/17/17 | 6:55
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe, Gave Russians Intel | Seth Meyers | 05/16/17 | 11:53

Tuesday May 16, 2017

How Trump gets his fake news
Politico | Shane Goldmacher | 05/15/17

The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff have made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk -- including the occasional internet hoax.

Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.

Trump quickly got lathered up about the media's hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an internet hoax that's circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it. ... Read more
Trump Will Believe ANYTHING Put On His Desk | TYT | 05/15/17 | 10:47

GOP Senator: White House In A 'Downward Spiral'
HP | Igor Bobic | 05/15/17

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump's administration Monday evening, telling reporters the White House must find a way to reverse its 'downward spiral.'

Corker, a Trump ally who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the criticism following reports that the president revealed 'highly classified' information during a meeting with Russian officials last week. ... Read more

Outraged Sean Hannity Wants White House To Seize More Control Over Media
HP | Ed Mazza | 05/16/17

Fox News host Sean Hannity urged the White House on Monday night to 'restructure' its daily briefings to limit the media's ability to ask questions.

On the same day The Washington Post reported that Trump leaked 'highly classified information' to Russian officials in the Oval Office, Hannity said: ... Read more

Trump's Mixed Signals on South China Sea Worry Asian Allies
NYTimes | Javier C. HernÁndez | 05/10/17

BEIJING -- South Korea wants to discuss unease about an American antimissile system on its soil. Taiwan is eager to buy weapons. The Philippines hopes to find out whether the United States plans to challenge China in the South China Sea.

Leaders across Asia are looking to Washington for guidance on a variety of pressing diplomatic issues. But President Trump's erratic approach to policy making and his focus on one issue -- North Korea's nuclear weapons program -- are creating anxiety and confusion in the region. ... Read more

NATO Allies FREAKING OUT About Trump | TYT | 05/15/17 | 3:31
Here's How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted (#75) | Keith Olbermann | 05/15/17 | 9:03
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Donald Trump is Deep into Watergate Territory Now: Former Congresswoman Who Probed Nixon Speaks Out | TYT | 05/15/17 | 17:18
Trump Heads to Saudi Arabia - Target Iran and Iraq? | TRNN | 05/16/17 | 24:13
Keiser Report: Belt and Road initiative (E1071) | RT | 05/16/17 | 25:40
Reviving the 'silk road' | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 05/14/10 | 25:10
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WaPo: Donald Trump Shares Highly Classified Info With Russian Officials | MSNBC Rachel Madow | 05/15/17 | 20:34
Global Cyberattack: Is The NSA Getting Blamed? | MSNBC Meet the Press | 05/15/17 | 5:21
Washington Post Report Fuels Chaos In White House | MSNBC Last Word | 05/15/17 | 9:00
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Declassified: Did Trump Share Intel with Russian Officials? | The Daily Show | 05/15/17 | 3:48
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One Of These James Comey Explanations Is Not Like The Others | Stephen Colbert | 05/13/17 | 7:10

Monday May 15, 2017

Trump's Russia scandal keeps getting deeper: At this point, campaign collusion might be the least of his problems
Salon | Bob Cesca | 05/15/17

Firing Comey didn't end the collusion inquiry -- but Trump's clumsy coverup and financial ties are his real problem

With every passing day and every passing derp, President Donald Trump makes his campaign's possible collusion with Russia to hijack last year's election seem almost secondary. Surely that's not his intention -- indeed, it's exactly the opposite. But anyone, regardless of politics, who has observed Trump's reactions to the deepening Russia story can plainly see that the 45th president is way out of his depth.

Anyone with even a remedial understanding of politics and public relations understands that Trump is bungling the White House reaction to the ongoing investigation, turning an already harrowing treason probe into a harrowing treason probe made far more toxic by an obvious coverup. ... Read more

Afghanistan First? Trump mulls a mini surge for America's longest war.
Vox | Alex Ward | 05/11/17

In an effort to turn around the faltering Afghan war, Trump's top foreign policy and defense advisers, led by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, are recommending that the president send around 3,000 to 5,000 US troops into the country, reports the Washington Post.

They would primarily serve as trainers to Afghan forces who are currently fighting the Taliban, the hardline Islamist group that America and NATO set out to dislodge more than 15 years ago. ... Read more
Trump Sending More Troops To Afghanistan | TYT | 05/14/17 | 10:53

A Reverse-Trump Tax Plan Delivers an Economic Miracle in Sweden
Bloomberg | Johan Carlstrom | 05/07/17

High taxes, strong unions and an equal distribution of wealth. That's the recipe for success in a globalized world, according to Magdalena Andersson, the Social Democratic economist who's also Sweden's finance minister.

The 50-year-old has been raising taxes and spending more on welfare since winning power in 2014. She's also overseen an economic boom, with Swedish growth rates topping 4 percent early last year, that has turned budget deficits into surpluses. ... Read more
Sweden Got More Socialist, Economy Now BOOMING | TYT | 05/14/17 | 7:33

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*Joe: President Trump Firing James Comey Is 'A Constitutional Crisis' | MSNBC Mornng Joe | 05/15/17 | 8:42
*President Donald Trump Might Eliminate Press Briefings, Challenging Free Press | MSNBC Mornng Joe | 05/15/17 | 6:46
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, May 15 [10:10]
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  2. Donald Trump is Deep into Watergate Territory Now: Former Congresswoman Who Probed Nixon Speaks Out
  3. Neuroscientist Carl Hart: We Need to Stop Jeff Sessions from Escalating the Racist War on Drugs
  4. Columbia Neuroscientist Receives Death Threats for Speaking Out Against Deadly Philippines Drug War
  5. Son of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti: I Haven't Touched My Father in 15 Years
*Wilkerson: Trump "Needs a Good War" and Pence is Waiting in the Wings to Lead It | TRNN | 05/12/17 | 19:39
*Investigative journalist James Henry -> Time for Trump to Come Clean on Russian Connections and Money Laundering | TRNN | 05/14/17 | 10:36
Yes, The Russia Scandal Is Actually A Scandal | TYT | 05/13/17 | 9:59
Trump Threatens FBI: Stop Leaks Or I'll Expose Secret Comey Tapes! | TYT | 05/13/17 | 9:32
Second Deadliest Country In The World Is... | TYT | 05/13/17 | 5:52
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*Financial Crimes Unit To Help Donald Trump-Russia Investigation | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/15/17 | 23:01
*Elizabeth Warren On Republicans And Donald Trump's 'Nonsense' | MSNBC All-In | 05/13/17 | 12:21
Mika: 'Our Institutions Are Under Assault' Because of President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/15/17 | 4:27
James Stavridis On Cyber-Attacks: They Are Pandemics, Need Tools To Address It | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/15/17 | 6:17
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John Oliver -> Dialysis | John Oliver | 05/14/17 | 24:09
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A Lesson In Prepositions Brought To You By Sean Spicer's Bushes | Stephen Colbert | 05/13/17 | 4:23

Friday May 12, 2017

Trump's deputy attorney general reportedly threatened to resign after being painted as the mastermind behind Comey's firing
BusinessInsider.com | David Choi | 05/10/17

... Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had written a three-page memorandum detailing the reasons behind his recommendation for Comey's dismissal, was painted by the White House as the main arbiter of the decision.

Trump had said he acted based on the recommendations of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But as Rosenstein was thrust into the spotlight shortly after news of Comey's dismissal broke, he was taken aback and even threatened to resign, according to an unnamed person close to the White House who was cited by The Washington Post. ... Read more
*"Stupid Watergate" Plot Thickens... | TYT | 05/11/17 | 13:24

*President Donald Trump On His Firing Of James Comey (Extended Exclusive) | NBC News | 05/11/17 | 13:15
*Conway reacts to Trump firing Comey (Full Interview) | CNN | 05/10/17 | 13:11
*Sen. Chuck Schumer addresses Comey firing | CBS | 05/10/17 | 4:21

*The American way of war is a budget-breaker
Salon | William D. Hartung, Tom Dispatch | date

Never has a society spent more for less

When Donald Trump wanted to "do something" about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield (cost: $89 million). The strike was symbolic at best, as the Assad regime ran bombing missions from the same airfield the very next day, but it did underscore one thing: the immense costs of military action of just about any sort in our era.

While $89 million is a rounding error in the Pentagon's $600 billion budget, it represents real money for other agencies. It's more than twice the $38 million annual budget of the U.S. Institute of Peace and more than half the $149 million budget of the National Endowment of the Arts, both slated for elimination under Trump's budget blueprint. If the strikes had somehow made us -- or anyone -- safer, perhaps they would have been worth it, but they did not. ... Read more

George Will joins MSNBC, NBC News
TheHill | Mark Hensch | 05/08/17

MSNBC has hired professional moron George Will. "Washington Post columnist George Will has joined MSNBC and NBC News as a contributor, according to a spokeswoman for the networks.

Will's deal formalizes his relationship with MSNBC, where he has been an increasingly frequent guest since January. Will became a cable news free agent once Fox News declined to renew his contributor contract after the 2016 elections. ... Read more
MSNBC Used To Lean Forward. Now They Lean Stupid. | TYT | 05/11/17 | 13:32

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 12 [10:10]
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  2. Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression
  3. Would Trump Have Won Wisconsin--or the 2016 Election--Without Widespread Voter Suppression?
  4. Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn't Do Anything Differently
  5. On Black Mama's Bail Out Day, "Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages" Before Mother's Day
Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome. | DN | 05/11/17 | 16:18
*Bill K. Black -> Lawyer with Responsibility for Mortgage Crisis Appointed to Take Care of Mortgage Banks | TRNN | 05/12/17 | 12:39
*Co-author Jonathan Allen -> As Clinton Blames Comey & Russia, Authors of "Shattered" Expose Aimless Campaign | TRNN | 05/12/17 | 19:04
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen (04/18/17)

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
Russians "Tricked" Trump Into Oval Office Photo Shoot | TYT | 05/11/17 | 7:42
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DOJ Won't Say If Jeff Sessions Is Recused On Paul Manafort (Exclusive) | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/12/17| 22:25
We Need the Help of Intel Agencies Around the World (#74) | Keith Olbermann | 05/11/17 | 7:17
Senator Dick Durbin: ‘President Trump Is Dangerous’ | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/12/17| 4:37
White House Pressed On Whether Its Staff Can Be Trusted | MSNBC 11th Hour | 05/12/17| 6:47
James Clapper: James Comey ‘Uneasy’ About January Dinner With Donald Trump | MSNBC Andrea Mitchell | 05/12/17| 2:48
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Stephen Reacts To Trump Calling Him 'A No-Talent Guy' | Stephen Colbert | 05/12/17 | 4:17
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Russians Tricked Trump Once Again | The Daily Show | 05/11/17 | 5:32

Thursday May 11, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Reportedly Threatened To Quit Over Comey Backlash
HP | Nick Visser | 05/11/17

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general tasked with drafting a memo to explain the removal Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey, threatened to resign after he was painted by the Trump administration as the mind behind the firing, according to The Washington Post.

The Post, citing an anonymous source close to the White House, said Rosenstein felt like he was "cast as the prime mover of the decision to fire Comey," when in fact he was asked by administration officials to draft the memo after President Donald Trump had already decided to fire the FBI director. ... Read more

"That Makes No Sense!" Anderson Cooper DUMBFOUNDED By Kellyanne Conoway AGAIN! | CNN | 05/10/17 | 13:37
Fox News Has Now Paid $45 Million For Roger Ailes' Sexual Harassment Settlements
It has been a while since I watched FoxNews, Hannity in particular. Now I remember why... it makes my skin crawl
Kellyanne Conway on Democrats ratcheting up scare tactics | FoxNews - Hannity | 05/05/17 | 8:55

Trump Once Again Invites Questions And Doubts About His Stability
HP | Sam Stein , Jessica Schulberg | 05/10/17

... For Trump's critics, the sequence of events ? from the firing to the tweeting ? was both dizzying and further cause to question the mental state of the man in the Oval Office. The decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey sparked concerns about the president's flexing of executive power. The subsequent decision to dub Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "Cryin'" Chuck and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) a joke who "cried like a baby" after exaggerating his wartime service read like the ravings of a man becoming unhinged.

"None of this is anywhere close to normal," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told HuffPost. "The danger is that every day this exhausting dysfunction continues, it feels less exceptional. This country has never been through this and it is getting more bizarre and more troubling every single day. At some point Republicans have to pull the plug and say, 'Enough is enough, this is a real threat to democratic norms.'" ... Read more

Evening Trump Fuckupery Roundup
MotherJones | Kevin Drum | 05/11/17

Here's a quick evening roundup of Trump fuckupery. First up, I'm sure you remember that the original White House story behind James Comey's firing was that deputy AG Rod Rosenstein had recommended it and Trump just went along. Well, it turns out there was a reason this story was abruptly retracted and revised today ...

... Finally, in non-Comey fuckupery, Trump refused to let US photographers into the Oval Office for his meeting with the Russians this morning. However, he did allow a TASS photographer in, apparently under the impression he was just taking snapshots for Vladimir Putin's grandkids ... Read more

FBI agent groups dispute Trump's rationale for Comey firing
'His support within the rank and file of the FBI is overwhelming.'
Politico | Josh Meyer | 05/10/17

As the White House scrambled to explain President Donald Trump's sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, one of the main reasons given was that the nation's top law enforcement agent had lost the support of his own rank and file. At best, that assertion has little basis in reality, according to the two people in the best position to know. More likely, they said, available anecdotal evidence suggests that it's flat-out wrong.

In interviews with POLITICO, the heads of the two associations representing current and retired FBI agents, analysts and other personnel said Wednesday that by all available measures, Comey enjoys enormous support among the 35,000 people who worked for him, and the many thousands of others who have retired or left the bureau.

"His support within the rank and file of the FBI is overwhelming," said Thomas O'Connor, a working FBI special agent who is president of the FBI Agents Association. ... Read more

Trump Talks "Trumponomics" With The Economist
ZeroHedge | author | 05/11/17

President Trump sat down with The Economist last week to talk trade, immigration, taxes, and health care and the transcript is chock-full of 'Trumpisms' that should not go unnoticed. Here are just a few of our favorite exchanges:

On NAFTA, apparently 'big' is not an appropriate adjective to describe the renegotiation that will take place...'massive' and/or 'huge' are far better descriptors: Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 11 [11:29]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 11 (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.
  1. Headlines
  2. Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome
  3. Kshama Sawant: Don't Wait for Authoritarian Trump to Be Impeached, This is the Moment to Revolt
  4. Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants
  5. Workers Fear Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Waste Storage Tunnels Collapse in Washington
**Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules | DN | 05/09/17 | 10:38
Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State | TRNN | 05/10/17 | 22:27
Trumpcare to Benefit the Wealthiest and Healthiest | TRNN | 05/10/17 | 10:02
Spicer BUSTED Hiding From Reporters In Bushes | TYT | 05/10/17 | 5:19
Trump's PATHETIC Excuse For Firing James Comey | TYT | 05/10/17 | 8:55
Republicans Drop Golden Boy Comey Like A Hot Rock | TYT | 05/10/17 | 7:08
Betsy DeVos Booed At Graduation Ceremony | TYT | 05/10/17 | 9:18
Keiser Report: Fake Powers (E1069) | RT | 05/11/17 | 26:21
Max and Stacy discuss the fake legislation passing with a fake vote in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the fake healthcare system known as 'Obamacare' -- aka the Affordable Care Act. In the second half, Max interviews Dr Cory Annis of Unorthodoc.com about the membership model of healthcare in the age of bureaucratic paper-pushing financial services masquerading as medicine model.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
New FBI Director Andrew McCabe Compromised By Serious Conflict | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/10/17 | 20:18
New Developments In The Firing Of James Comey | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/11/17 | 8:48
WaPost: Deputy AG Threatened To Quit Over White House James Comey Narrative | MSNBC 11th Hour | 05/10/17 | 3:47
Breaking: Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | MSNBC Meet the Press | 05/10/17 | 8:21
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Our Weekly Constitutional Crisis: Comey Edition | Samantha Bee | 05/10/17 | 6:48
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Shady Firing of James Comey | The Daily Show | 05/10/17 | 9:45
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
James Comey, You Just Got Trump'd! | Stephen Colbert | 05/11/17 | 11:27

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