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Tuesday April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilkerson: Trump Admin's Iran Talk Sounds Like Bush's Pre-Iraq War | TRNN | 04/24/17 | 17:16
Think Trump's Stupid? Get A Load Of This Interview... | TYT | 04/24/17 | 10:45
Trump Going After WikiLeaks: How Free Speech Dies | TYT | 04/24/17 | 5:28
Trump's Polls In The Gutter... Democrats Somehow Worse.. | TYT | 04/24/17 | 10:39
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Friday April 21, 2017

"Total Chaos" - Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures
ZeroHedge | author | 04/21/17

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages. ... Read more

Ted Cruz Praises 'Warrior And Patriot' GOP Mega-Donor In Time Profile
TalkingPointsMemo.com | Matt Shuham | 04/20/17

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) lavished praise on his one-time champion, mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, in a fawning entry in Time's "100 Most Influential People" list.

Rebekah Mercer and her billionaire investor father Robert were the driving donors behind Cruz's White House run until diverting their support to Donald Trump when he clinched the GOP nomination. ... Read more

Ted Cruz Grovels Before The Mercer Family... And So Does Trump | TYT | 04/20/17 | 8:18
Cenk from TYT gets a little carried away in this video, but the actual point of 'Money in Politics'/'Crony Capitalism' shouldn't be lost on who is buying our politicians.

The Most Unhinged Moments from Alex Jones' Custody Battle
MotherJones | Inae Oh | 04/20/17

A rare and at times unhinged portrait of President Trump's favorite conspiracy theorist, Infowars host Alex Jones, is emerging in an Austin court this week, as the radio star seeks to retain custody of his three children from ex-wife, Kelly Jones.

Lawyers for the bombastic broadcaster are attempting to persuade the jury that he is merely a "performance artist", someone who should be separated from the outrageous character he plays on-air. His ex-wife is arguing the opposite: Jones in private is the same person at home and with their children that he presents to his millions of conspiracy-hungry viewers, including Trump. ... Read more
There's An Infowar In My Pants And Everyone's Invited | TYT | 04/20/17 | 8:51

Is the Deep State Our Only Control Over Trump?
AlterNet | Robert Kuttner / The American Prospect | 04/20/17

When you actually try to govern, reality has a way of pushing back. Who knew?

A funny thing happened to Donald Trump in recent weeks. He had an encounter with reality--and reality won.

It turns out that the budget, and the Syrian civil war, and North Korean nuclear ambitions, and relations with China, and with Mexico, and with the EU are, like health insurance ... complicated. ... Read more

Trump Wants to Ride in a Gilded Coach?! (#61) | 04/20/17 | 8:36
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 21 [13:26]
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  2. As U.S. Preps Arrest Warrant for Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All
  3. Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates & ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia
**Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House | 04/20/17 | 14:16
Are Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner personally profiting from their official roles in the White House? According to the Associated Press, Ivanka Trump secured three new exclusive trademarks in China the very same day she and her father, President Trump, had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The China trademarks give her company the exclusive rights to sell Ivanka-branded jewelry, bags and spa services in China. The New York Times reports Japan also approved new trademarks for Ivanka for branded shoes, handbags and clothing in February, and she has trademark applications pending in at least 10 other countries. Ivanka no longer manages her $50 million company, but she continues to own it. Ivanka also serves in the Trump administration as an adviser to the president. So does her husband, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. For more, we speak with Vicky Ward, New York Times best-selling author, investigative journalist and contributor to Esquire and Huffington Post Highline magazine.
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Excess Donald Trump Inauguration Cash Pairs With Donor Access | 04/20/17 | 23:12
President Trump Driving Obamacare Reform Before 100 Days | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/21/17 | 16:23
Jeff Sessions Insists He 'Wasn't Diminishing' Federal Judge Or Hawaii | MSNBC | 04/21/17 | 2:09
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Bill O'Reilly's '98 Novel Is Rich With Foreshadowing | Stephen Colbert | 04/21/17 | 5:59
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Trump Administration's Reefer Madness | Trevor Noah | 04/20/17 | 7:05
LEAKED: Fox News' 8 p.m. Anchor Audition Tape | Trevor Noah | 04/20/17 | 1:52

Thursday April 20, 2017

Exxon Reportedly Seeking Waiver From Russia Sanctions
HP | Reuters | 04/20/17

Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) on Wednesday declined to comment on a media report that it is seeking permission from the U.S. government to drill in several areas of the Black Sea banned by U.S. sanctions on Russia.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Exxon had in recent months applied to the U.S. Treasury Department for a waiver to drill with Russian oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM). Any such request is likely to draw attention because Exxon's former chief executive, Rex Tillerson, is now U.S. secretary of state. ... Read more
The Trillion-Dollar Trump - Putin - Exxon Plot Thickens | TYT | 04/19/17 | 6:08

Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein (01/03/17)

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

What emerges through Loewenstein's re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world's most valu­able commodity.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (2008)

In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."

Jason Chaffetz's Abrupt Exit
Atlantic | Mckay Coppins | 04/19/17

The Utah congressman, who serves as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is a high-profile figure in the GOP—a media-savvy lawmaker viewed by many party leaders as a rising star. But he has also been a target of fierce grassroots opposition in recent months, as critics accuse him of allowing partisan hypocrisy to hinder his role as a designated Trump watchdog. Earlier this year, he made national headlines when he was booed off stage by angry constituents at a town hall in his district, and since then activists have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to various efforts to unseat him.

Chaffetz moved immediately Wednesday to tamp down any emerging narrative that he was chased out of his seat. ... Read more
Why Is Jason Chaffetz Suddenly Quitting Congress? | TYT | 04/19/17 | 6:42

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 20 [12:28]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O'Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News
  3. Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House
  4. "Biggest Humanitarian Catastrophe Since 2003 Invasion": Journalist Anand Gopal on Battle for Mosul
Antony Lowenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism -> Profits Can be Made from Catastrophes With Disaster Capitalism | TRNN | 04/20/17 | 11:08
Remembering Bill O'Reilly | TYT | 04/19/17 | 7:21
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President Warren: Turn Heat Up On President Trump-Russia Case | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/20/17 | 9:28
Former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett: You Can't Give Up On Our Democracy | 04/20/17 | 9:21
Trump Admin. Tries To Clarify Statements On US Warships To Korean Peninsula | 04/20/17 | 8:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Bill O'Reilly Gets the Boot | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 04/19/17 | 10:46
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
A Farewell To Bill O'Reilly From Stephen Colbert And 'Stephen Colbert' | Stephen Colbert | 04/20/17 | 7:24

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Trump Secretary Of State Admits Syria Missile Strike Was A Bogus Charade
politicususa.com | Jason Easley | 04/09/17

During an interview on ABC's This Week, Trump Sec. of State Rex Tillerson admitted that the US missile strike on Syria wasn't intended to damage Assad because the Trump administration is actually working with Assad to defeat ISIS, so the US missile strike was an empty charade. ... Read more
Trump Secretary Of State Admits Syria Missile Strike Was A Bogus Charade | ABC | 04/09/17 | 15:29

Former CIA analyst on Korea slams Trump's 'gross miscalculation' on North Korea
RawStory | Sarah K. Burris | 04/14/17

Dr. Sue Mi Terry once worked for the CIA as an analyst covering Korea and she's deeply troubled by what she's seeing coming out of President Donald Trump's administration when it comes to North Korea.

Dr. Terry explained that the parades and trotting out of weapons are nothing more than a spectacle or display. However, she did confirm that they do have ICBMs that we know can reach the United States, they just haven't tested it. Dr. Terry thinks that they're about to, though. ... Read more

Donald Trump's son Eric Trump defended the president's golf trips saying his father uses the outings for professional bonding. Donald Trump made his 16th visit to his golfing properties earlier this month since assuming office amid criticism over his travel costs.

*Meet Brad Birkenfeld: "Lucifer's Banker"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/18/17

Just how bad is the ongoing fraud in the banking system? Get ready for a mind-bowing expose by a former insider at UBS. Brad Birkenfield, author of Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, recounts the efforts he uncovered by his employer to help its clients cheat the US government out of tens of $billions in taxes.

But despite his working with the government closely to expose the gigantic conspiracy between US-based tax cheats and the giant Swiss bank, UBS, the so-called Justice Department went after Mr. Birkenfeld for abetting tax evasion by one of his clients. After spending thirty months in Federal prison, he was released and three weeks later, received a whistle-blower check for $104 million, the largest such check ever from the IRS Whistle-blower Office. ... Read more
Brad Birkenfeld: Lucifer's Banker | ChrisMartensondotcom | 04/16/17 | 45:33

Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy by Bradley C. Birkenfeld

As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US Government.

The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed.

His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.

A page-turning real-life thriller, Lucifer's Banker is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government's justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he ''hammers'' one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.

Factory Output Tumbles In March - This Has Never Happened Outside Of Recession
ZeroHedge | author | 04/18/17

US Industrial Production peaked in November 2014 and remains down almost 2% from those record highs (despite surging stocks). ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 18 [12:53]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Rejects Calls for Transparency, Vowing to Keep Tax Returns & White House Visitor Logs Secret
  3. "I Am Her Voice": Meet the 10-Year-Old Boy Helping His Mom Take Refuge from Deportation in a Church
  4. Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration
*Advocates Urge Trump to De-escalate with North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression | DN | 04/17/17 | 19:18
*Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson -> Wilkerson on North Korea Crisis: U.S. Should Stop the Threats & Own Up to its Role | TRNN | 04/17/17 | 20:18
Trump Swears Nobody Cares About His Taxes (LOL) | TYT | 04/17/17 | 1:41
Trump Administration Signaling War With North Korea | TYT | 04/17/17 | 12:16
*CIA Great At Overthrowing Democracies... Dictators Less So | TYT | 04/17/17 | 2:35
Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss high rent blight and the retail apocalypse. In the second half Max interviews Roy Sebag of Goldmoney.com about how monetary policy leads to the boarded up shop fronts of high rent blight. (E1059) | RT | 04/18/17 | 25:45
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President Donald Trump's State Department Suffering From Lack Of Key Job Appointments | MSNBC | 04/18/17 | 3:60
Joe: Why Would We Exit The Paris Agreement? | MSNBC | 04/17/17 | 3:58
Professor Predicts Donald Trump Impeachment 'Very Likely' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/18/17 | 8:58
Professor Predicts Donald Trump Impeachment 'Very Likely' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/18/17 | 8:58
Stephen Colbert
InfoWar's Alex Jones Has Nothing On Tuck Buckford | Stephen Colbert | 04/18/17 | 5:10
Chris Hayes Senses Trump Lacks Something Called 'Principles' | Stephen Colbert | 04/18/17 | 8:30
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Easter at the Trump White House | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 04/17/17 | 3:18

Monday April 17, 2017

White House's secrecy about visitor logs will obscure Trump's conflicts of interest
ThinkProgress | Aaron Rupar | 04/14/17

Concealing the swamp instead of draining it.

"White House communications director Michael Dubke said the decision to reverse the Obama-era policy was due to 'the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,'" Time reported on Friday. "Instead, the Trump Administration is relying on a federal court ruling that most of the logs are 'presidential records' and are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act."

Logs will be kept secret until at least five years after Trump leaves office. The Washington Post reports that since the inauguration, "the page where the visitor logs had been publicly available has gone dark, and Trump administration officials said Friday that they will no longer maintain it, a move that the White House said would save taxpayers $70,000 by 2020." $70,000 is a mere fraction of the $3-plus million each of Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips costs taxpayers. ... Read more

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China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment'
BBC | author | 04/14/17

China has warned that "conflict could break out at any moment" as tension over North Korea increases. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said if war occurred there could be no winner.

Mr Wang's comments come as the US voices increasing concern at North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and deploys a Navy carrier group off the Korean peninsula. ... Read more
US - North Korea War "At Any Moment" | TYT | 04/15/17 | 14:37

Trump Creating Middle-East "Terrorism Factory" | TYT | 04/15/17 | 6:59

Poll: Trump woes take toll on GOP
Politico | Steven Shepard | 04/17/17

Trump's approval rating, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Monday, is 39 percent -- precisely the same as two months ago. The percentage of Americans who disapprove of Trump is virtually unchanged: 54 percent, compared to 56 percent in February. Forty-four percent of Americans disapprove of Trump very strongly, according to the poll conducted April 5-11, more than the 30 percent who approve very strongly.

The most profound shifts in the Pew survey are in Americans' perceptions of the GOP beyond Trump. Just 40 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party, down from 47 percent in January, prior to Trump's inauguration. Read more

SNL Hits the Nerve of How Casually the Mar-a-Lago President Takes His Job

Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot? I Bought One to Find Out
NYTimes | Melissa Clark | older

People have fallen in love with their Instant Pots. They may like their blenders, cherish their slow cookers and need their food processors.

But the Instant Pot -- a device that combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker and yogurt maker in one handy unit -- sends even mild-mannered cooks into fits of passion.

You find the "L" word over and over in the 15,000 or so product reviews on Amazon. And if you click over to Instant Pot's Facebook community page, you'll find more than 360,000 members sharing their undying affection alongside their recipes for chili. (A typical post: "I'm having an affair. My husband said he wished he would have never given me the Instant Pot for Christmas.") ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 17 [11:25]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Advocates Urge Trump to De-escalate with North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression
  3. Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented Spate of Executions
  4. Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President Sweeping Powers
Victoria Herrmann of the Arctic Institute explains -> Trump Administration Is Removing Climate Change Research from Government Websites | TRNN | 04/16/17 | 12:08
Trump Wall To Have Toxic Moat? | TYT | 04/16/17 | 7:43
Trump Lied About Everything On The Campaign Trail... | TYT | 04/16/17 | 4:37
John Pilger on nuclear war, Russia | RT | 04/16/17 | 27:46
CrossTalk: War and rumors of war -- Syria and North Korea. Russia-US relations at rock bottom. | RT | 04/17/17 | 24:26
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Donald Trump North Korea Brinkmanship A Huge Risk | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/15/17 | 6:22
President Donald Trump Tweeting His Way To WWIII | MSNBC AM Joy | 04/17/17 | 11:06
Steve Bannon Hastens His Own Demise | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/17/17 | 9:34
Why New White House Visitor Log Policy Is 'Ethically Challenged' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/17/17 | 5:36
Marine Le Pen's More 'Subtle, Dangerous' Message | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/17/17 | 5:15
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The presidential election in France could determine the political future of Europe. | John Oliver | 04/16/17 | 18:08
Mother Of All Bombs | John Oliver | 04/16/17 | 3:19
Donald Trump Cold Open | SNL | 04/16/17 | 5:56

Friday April 14, 2017

Chinese Media Can't Stop Making Fun Of Donald Trump
HP | Ed Mazza | 04/14/17

President Donald Trump's recent flip-flops aren't just making headlines in the United States ? they've also been noticed in China.

One of Trump's reversals came on the issue of Chinese monetary policy. While he had previously accused Beijing of being “world champions“ of currency manipulation, he reversed that position after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. ... Read more

Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis
DemocracyNow | author | 04/13/17

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has wrapped up a visit to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meetings come at a time of increased tension between Washington and Moscow. On Wednesday during a press conference, President Trump said relations with Russia had reached a new low point. Trump's comments came a day after the White House accused Russia of attempting to cover up the role of the Syrian government in the recent chemical attack in Syria that killed 87 people. Russia has rejected the claim, saying the U.S. has been too quick to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ... Read more
Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis | DN | 04/14/17 | 29:12

The United States Defense Department likes to show off. After proving it can move with the quick strike capability of a cobra as it did when it launched 59 tomahawk missiles ($1-$1.5 million apiece=$88,000,000.00) at a Syrian airfield, the Pentagon on Thursday decided to up the ante by showing its muscle.

They dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb against ISIS in the Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. The GBU-43B known as the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) or the Mother of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound monster. It took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.

Shares of Raytheon rallied in early Friday trading but their gains moderated as the session went on. The stock has gained more than 7% so far this year.

Trump blames administration vacancies on 'obstructionists'
TheHill.com | Rebecca Savransky | 04/12/17

“I am waiting right now for so many people. Hundreds and hundreds of people. And then they'll say, 'Why isn't Trump doing this faster?'" the president said during an interview with Fox Business that aired Wednesday.

"You can't do it faster because they're obstructing. They're obstructionists," he told host Maria Bartiromo. Trump again reiterated that he has "hundreds of people that we're trying to get through." ... Read more

Trump's Bullsh*t Excuse For Not Staffing Administration | TYT | 04/13/17 | 6:32

ZeroHedge | author | 04/14/17

Every society is ruled by an elite. They prey upon the common folks like ticks on a dog. They work their way into positions of power and influence, using a combination of brains, connections, and claptrap.

The mob generally looks up to them, impressed by the hocus pocus. And then, eventually, the ticks grow too many and too fat. The poor dog weakens... and the magic fails.

Where exactly we are in the process, we can't be sure. But surely, we took another step toward the eventual catastrophe when Ms. Yellen spoke. Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 14 [12:48]
U.S. Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by Decades of War | DN | 04/14/17 | 9:39
Afghans Respond to Insult of U.S. Dropping Massive Bomb: "Would a Mother Do That to Any Children?" | DN | 04/14/17 | 20:25
700 Immigrants On Hunger Strike at For-Profit Prison to Protest Conditions & $1/Day Wages | DN | 04/14/17 | 7:40
Ralph Nader Explains Why United Airlines Has "Total Unbridled Discretion to Throw You Off a Plane" | DN | 04/14/17 | 4:29
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask -> Trump's Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events | TRNN | 04/13/17 | 17:36
Noam Chomsky: The Prospects for Survival | TRNN | 04/14/17 | 1:37:31
Trump Drops MOAB: "Mother Of All Bombs" | TYT | 04/13/17 | 12:54
Scamming College Students Just Got Easier | TYT | 04/13/17 | 10:41
Carter Page Might As Well Hold An "I'm Guilty" Sign | TYT | 04/13/17 | 7:58
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British Intel Spotted Donald Trump Camp Russia Ties | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/13/17 | 19:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Why Wasn't Donald Trump's Bigotry a Deal-Breaker? | Trevor Noah | 04/13/17 | 4:10

Thursday April 13, 2017

Anderson Cooper Stunned By Trump's Latest Comments On North Korea
HP | Ed Mazza | 04/13/17

President Donald Trump's latest comments on China and North Korea left CNN host Anderson Cooper momentarily speechless on Wednesday night.

The host of "Anderson Cooper 360" cited a Wall Street Journal report in which Trump claimed a 10-minute conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping made him realize that solving the escalating crisis in the Korean Peninsula was "not so easy." That caused Cooper to briefly stammer. "I gotta say, I really am speechless," he said. "I don't know why I'm acting like this." ... Read more

Donald Trump Vows 'We're Not Going Into Syria'
TalkingPointsMemo.com | Caitlin Macneal | 04/12/17

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tried to clarify his administration's policy toward Syria after ordering missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week in response to a chemical attack.

"We're not going into Syria because you know there were some questions," Trump told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. "But when I see people using horrible, horrible chemical weapons--which they agreed not to use under the Obama administration, but they violated it." ... Read more

Trump: We're Not Going Into Syria... Unless We Do. | TYT | 04/12/17 | 14:14
*US Already Has Troops On The Ground | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/12/17 | 18:40
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*US Already Has Troops On The Ground | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/12/17 | 18:40
*Joe: Shift In Foreign Policy A Win For President Trump, United States | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/13/17 | 19:17
*The Madman Is Still Loose In The White House | MSNBC last Word | 04/12/17 | 10:04

Wednesday April 12, 2017

*Why Bernie Sanders Has Risen to the Top
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 04/11/17

Congress is wildly unpopular and for good reason, but there are some exceptions. According to a new poll from Morning Consult, Bernie Sanders is still riding the wave of popularity he enjoyed as a presidential contender, and ranks as the country's most liked senator. Patrick Leahy came in second on the list, making Vermont the state that's happiest with its Senate representatives. Sanders and Leahy got the thumbs-up from 75 and 70 percent of Vermont voters, respectively. ... Read more

Bernie Sanders Show

Trump Declines To Publicly Declare His Support For Steve Bannon
HP | Sam Levine | 04/11/17

"I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late."

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin asked Trump if he still had confidence in Bannon, and the president did not say he did. Instead, he made it seem like Bannon, who led Trump's campaign beginning in August, was in the right place at the right time. In November, Trump tapped Bannon, widely seen to be the architect of his populist strategy, to be his senior counselor in the White House. ... Read more

The Hawks Are Winning
H.R. McMaster and James Mattis are steering the Trump administration away from "America First."

Steve Bannon vs. "the Democrats"
Slate.com | Jim Newell | 04/11/17

White House advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner are at war, creating the necessary conditions for a grand press narrative about the future of the administration, the country, and the world. The feud between the frumpy white nationalist and the preppy nepotism case "reflects a larger struggle to guide the direction of the Trump presidency," the New York Times writes, "played out in disagreements over the policies Mr. Trump should pursue, the people he should hire and the image he should put forward to the American people." In short, Bannon is pushing Trump to govern the way he campaigned while Kushner is urging him to adopt the sort of useless, elitist centrism that Kushner personifies. ... Read more
*Steve Bannon "Just Snapped" | TYT | 04/11/17 | 14:23

Earth's melting permafrost threatens to unleash a dangerous climate feedback loop
ThinkProgress.org | Joe Romm | 04/11/17

Global warming will defrost much more permafrost than we thought, a new study finds. Every 1°C (1.8°F) of additional warming would thaw one-quarter of the earth's frozen tundra area -- releasing staggering amounts of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Those GHGs would in turn warm the planet more, melting more permafrost, releasing more GHGs, and so on. This is perhaps the most dangerous amplifying carbon-cycle feedback humanity faces -- considering permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the atmosphere does today.

... By way of background, the permafrost, or tundra, is soil that stays below freezing (0°C or 32°F) for at least two years. Normally, plants capture CO2 from the air during photosynthesis and slowly release that carbon back into the atmosphere after they die. But the Arctic acts like a very large carbon freezer?--?and the decomposition rate is very low. Or, rather, it was. We are leaving the freezer door wide open. The tundra is being transformed from a long-term carbon locker to a short-term carbon unlocker. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 12 [9:34]
*Part 1: Allan Nairn: Civilian Deaths Are Spiking in Syria & Iraq as U.S. Launches Unrestrained Raids | DN | 04/12/17 | 8:20, Part 2 | 8:23
*Allan Nairn: Only Mass Disruption From Below Can Stop Right-Wing Revolution & Trump's Absolute Power | DN | 04/12/17 | 20:49
*Quick Hits: Trump's INSANE Travel Expenses, Mandatory Overdose Kits, And More... | TYT | 04/11/17 | 4:21
Sean Spicer: Even Hitler Didn't Use Chemical Weapons | TYT | 04/11/17 | 9:00
Ivanka Convinced Trump To Bomb Syria? | TYT | 04/11/17 | 10:45
Intl Space Station expedition crew members touch down safely | RT | 04/12/17 | 3:18
CrossTalk: Trump supporters voted to bring change to America -- and that included foreign policy. Weeks into his administration Trump has signaled that it isn't going happen | RT | 04/12/17 | 24:30
PoliticKING: Trump admin. posturing towards war with Syria and North Korea? | RT | 04/11/17 | 28:50
Dr. Richard Wolff - How Deregulation Caused the United Debacle | ThomHartmann | 04/11/17 | 11:48
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*Donald Trump Admin Keeps Syria Details Hazy | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/12/17 | 5:15
Trump White House Undergoes Shift In Policy And Tone Toward Foreign Policy | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/12/17 | 13:42
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show Presents: Alter-Egos, Vol. 2 | Stephen Colbert | 04/11/17 | 2:24
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer | Samantha Bee | 04/12/17 | 7:26

Tuesday April 11, 2017
Syria's war: Who is fighting and why | Vox | 04/08/17 | 6:45

*'Presidential' And Pointless
HP | Nick Robins-Early | 04/10/17

Four days after the U.S. launched missiles at a key Syrian air base in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Trump administration's first big military move is escalating diplomatic tensions.

Russia has doubled down on its support for its ally Bashar Assad, stepping up military aid and deploying a warship off the Syrian coast. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on the other hand, has harshly criticized Russia and says the country's failure to rein in Assad led to last week's chemical attack. Tillerson will arrive in Moscow this week to meet with Russian officials, as White House officials suggest the possibility of future U.S. engagement. ... Read more

*How to avoid getting ripped off at the hospital
Vox | Julia Belluz | 04/11/17

"The American healthcare system is rigged against you," journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in her new book, An American Sickness.

Rosenthal got a behind-the-scenes peek at the bamboozling when she was working full time as a doctor in the 1990s. She remembers one appendectomy patient, already in a hospital gown, pleading, "You guys [already] took my wallet ... I don't have a credit card." The hospital was hassling the patient for a credit card number before continuing with the procedure, and the patient had to scramble to recover a card number from a friend before the operation could begin. It was clear to Rosenthal that profit came way ahead of patient care. ... Read more

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal (04/11/17)

In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw.

The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

*Why Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan could wind up in a ditch
Politico | Lauren Gardner | 04/10/17

His hopes for a 'very bipartisan' bill are running into the same kinds of political forces that torpedoed the Obamacare repeal.

President Donald Trump is counting on his $1 trillion infrastructure proposal to produce the kind of bipartisan legislative victory that has eluded him on health care and pretty much everything else. Instead, he's running into familiar roadblocks: suspicious Democrats, a divided GOP and questions about the math.

Trump's plan, expected to be released as early as May, has already faced months of skepticism from some conservative deficit hawks — even though it's likely to call for far less direct federal spending than its eye-popping price tag implies. Meanwhile, Democrats are crying foul at suggestions that the blueprint will include hefty tax breaks for private investors and a shredding of permit requirements. ... Read more

Putin: "Idlib Was A "False Flag" Attack And We Have Learned That More Are Coming"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/11/17

With Rex Tillerson on his way to Russia, moments ago Russian president Vladimir Putin shocked reporters when he said that Russia has received intelligence from "trusted sources" that more attacks using chemical weapons are being prepared on the Damascus region, meant to pin the blame on the Assad government.

"We have reports from multiple sources that false flags like this one -- and I cannot call it otherwise -- are being prepared in other parts of Syria, including the southern suburbs of Damascus. They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack," he said at a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Moscow.

The Russian President announced that Russia will officially turn to the UN in the Hague for an investigation of the chemical weapons' use in Idlib. Moscow has dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government that it backs could be behind the attack in Idlib province.

"All incidents reminiscent of the 'chemical attacks' that took place in Idlib must be thoroughly investigated," Putin said. ... Read more

**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 11 [11:56]
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  2. El-Sisi Widens Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society, Journalists After Palm Sunday Church Bombings
  3. Jeff Sessions Pushes New War on Drugs While Killing Obama-Era Police Reform Measures
  4. Ex-Seattle Police Chief: Jeff Sessions is Apologist for Worst Type of Policing in Country
  5. "We're Coming for You": Florida Sheriff Records Anti-Drug Message Surrounded by Masked SWAT Team
  6. Head of the NAACP LDF on United Airlines Video: Violence Is Becoming Part of Everyday Life in U.S.
  7. Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off the Wars He's Escalating in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia?
*Airline Passenger Brutalized And Dragged Off Plane | TYT | 04/10/17 | 8:56
Is Trump Planning To Overthrow Assad? | TYT | 04/10/17 | 14:49
Keiser Report: Max and Stacy ask, "what is wrong with America?" The answer is "Jamie Dimon". (E1056) | RT | 04/11/17 | 25:47
*Trump Risks World War for Tiny Syrian Intervention (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 04/10/17 | 27:51
*Is political transition a reality in Syria? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 04/08/10 | 25:10
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Spammer's Arrest Eyed For Donald Trump-Russia Ties | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/10/17 | 14:06
*Bernie Sanders: U.S. Cannot Act 'Unilaterally' In Syria | Meet the Press | 04/09/17 | 6:01
Lindsey Graham: 'Russia Aided And Abetted Assad' | Meet the Press | 04/09/17 | 5:28
Syria Set To Dominate Secy. Of State Rex Tillerson's Moscow Visit | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/11/17 | 8:28
Sebastian Junger Returns With New Documentary On Syria | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/11/17 | 7:19
The Media Fell for Trump's Syria Stunt (#57) | Keith Olbermann | 04/10/17 | 7:36
Kellyanne Conway's interview tricks, explained | Vox | older, 03/08/17 | 6:31

Monday April 10, 2017

Evangelical slams Trump voters for accepting his 'warped morality' in jaw-dropping Christian magazine essay
RawStory | Sarah K. Burris | 04/06/17

... In an op-ed for the Christian Post, Marvin Thompson, a former missionary who spent 25 years in Africa, called out hypocritical Evangelical Christians who continue to support Trump.

He began by citing an April editorial in the Los Angeles Times that called Trump "a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters." He emphasized the "worst in American voters," noting the "gravity of the situation for a community that professes to stand on the infallible truth of the Gospel and on immutable biblical principles." ... Read more
Evangelical SLAMS Fellow Evangelicals Who Support Trump | TYT | 04/09/17 | 5:14

Trump Lawyer Confirms President Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants
ProPublica| Derek Kravitz and Al Shaw | 04/04/17

Update, April 4, 2017: In an interview with ProPublica, Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten confirmed that President Trump can withdraw profits and underlying assets from his trust at any time.

He also said the president has been able to withdraw money since Trump took office on Jan. 20. That language was not included in a Jan. 26 summary of the trust -- what's known as a trust certification -- but was included in a Feb. 10 version of the document.

Asked about the change, Garten said the Trump Organization prepares different versions of the summaries to "highlight different things for different people." ... Read more
BUSTED: Trump Tried To Sneak A Few Changes Into His Trust... | TYT | 04/09/17 | 5:42

Trump's Single Biggest Donor, Robert Mercer, Has a Merciless Political Agenda
AlterNet | Bill Berkowitz / Buzzflash at Truthout | 04/04/17

"The Mercers laid the groundwork for the Trump revolution. Irrefutably, when you look at donors during the past four years, they have had the single biggest impact of anybody, including the Kochs." --Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist

The publicity-shy, Trump-supporting, secretive multi-billionaire hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer is a man you wouldn't recognize on the subway, in a supermarket check-out line, or be able to pick out of a line-up. Now, he is finally getting what he has avoided for years; the glare of the public spotlight. A rash of recent articles has unmasked the New York City-based hedge-fund phenomenon. And while Mercer is being reluctantly drawn out of the shadows, his daughter Rebekah, who chaired Mercer's super PAC, Make America Number 1, urged Trump to bring Bannon onto his campaign staff, and subsequently played an important role on Trump's transition team, may be getting over the family's aversion to the limelight. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 10 [12:42]
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  2. A New McCarthyism: Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia & WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss
  3. Exclusive: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks' Release of the Largest Leak of Secret CIA Documents
  4. Julian Assange vs. Allan Nairn: Did WikiLeaks Inform Voters or Aid Trump's Right-Wing Revolution?
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> Trump Attack on Syria Driven by Domestic Politics | TRNN | 04/07/17 | 17:43
Trump Bombs Syrian Air Base | TYT | 04/08/17 | 25:50
'Low efficiency': Only 23 Tomahawk missiles out of 59 reached Syrian airfield | RT | 04/08/17 | 3:28
Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss the KeiserPepe market and "our man in Mexico." In the second half, Max interviews Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, about the latest in geopolitics at Rex Tillerson's State Department. (E1055) | RT | 04/08/17 | 25:36
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Bannon is isolated in the White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/10/17 | 8:27
Meet The "Flynn Stones" | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/10/17 | 10:16
Pentagon Investigating Russia's Role In Syrian Chemical Attack | MSNBC Last Word | 04/10/17 | 8:14
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Gerrymandering | John Oliver | 04/09/17 | 5:35
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Donald Trump Jr. Wants To Make New York Great Again | 04/09/17 | 19:33
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President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) meets with supporters | 04/09/17 | 5:26

Friday April 07, 2017

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a 'Cuck' and 'Globalist' Behind His Back
DailyBeast | Asawin Suebsaeng | 04/06/17

Donald Trump's chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the president's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner a "cuck" and a "globalist" during a time of high tension between the two top aides, several Trump administration officials told The Daily Beast.

The fighting between Kushner and Bannon has been "nonstop" in recent weeks, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. It's been an "open secret" that Bannon and Kushner often clash "face-to-face," according to senior officials. ... Read more
Cuckfight: Steve Bannon Vs. Jared Kushner | TYT | 04/06/17 | 12:30

The Trumps Are Running The Secret Service Into The Ground
HP | Nick Wing | 04/06/17

The situation is increasingly dire at the Secret Service, where the task of keeping up with President Donald Trump and his family has strained the agency nearly to the point of breaking, according to a Thursday report in The New York Times.

After a trying campaign season, the Secret Service has undertaken the immense task of providing protection for Trump, a handful of his aides, the president's four adult sons and daughters along with their spouses and children, and first lady Melania Trump and their 11-year-old son, who both live at Trump Tower in New York. All told, the Secret Service is looking after 40 percent more people than it would in a typical non-campaign year, essentially putting the agency in perpetual campaign mode, the Times reported. ... Read more

Oval Office Cold Open |SNL | 02/05/17 | 6:32

One Man's Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11
Politico | Caleb Hannan | 04/07/17

Then Jim Kreindler got to his midtown Manhattan office on Friday, July 15, 2016, he had a surprise waiting for him. Twice in the previous eight years, Kreindler had been in the room as then-President Barack Obama promised Kreindler's clients he would declassify a batch of documents that had taken on near mythic importance to those seeking the full truth of who had helped plan and fund the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Now, Kreindler learned, "the 28 pages" as they were known, were open for inspection and it was up to his team to find something of value. It wasn't long before they did--a single, vague line about a Somali charity in Southern California. ... Read more

What Makes Millennials Disturbingly Different?
ZeroHedge | author | 04/07/17

In stealth fashion millennials are rapidly transforming society.
Something had mysteriously changed during the 2016 US Presidential primaries when an unlikely democratic candidate burst on the national scene with an unquestionable allure for the Millennial generation. How was it that a 'left wing' Bernie Sanders, who was of an age that he would be considered as a very old grandfather by this young generation, could draw such rousing support? What was it about this grey haired unknown senator from Vermont who so clearly represented the expectations, aspirations and frustrations of this new 'coming of age' generation? ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 07 | 12:23
Meet the Lawyer Who Is Going After Bill O'Reilly & Donald Trump for Sexual Harassment | DN | 04/07/17 | 12:24
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  2. Trump Shocks World in Direct U.S. Strike on Syrian Airbase That Could Violate International Law
  3. Peace Advocates: If Trump Wanted To Help Syrians, He Would Lift Refugee Ban & Fund Humanitarian Aid
  4. Far-Right Neil Gorsuch Headed for Confirmation Vote Today After GOP Senators Trigger Nuclear Option
Don't Let Establishment Tell You Medicare For All Is Crazy | TYT | 04/06/17 | 7:45
Devin Nunes Had One Job: Act Like He's Investigating Trump | TYT | 04/06/17 | 6:42
Saving China's Pandas | Aljazeera | 04/06/17 | 25:05
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Tiny House
Dan Price's underground home, art & philosophy on $5,000/year | Kirsten Dirksen | 2015 | 34:03
Steve Bannon's Removal From National Security Council Could Signal Departure | MSNBC Morning Joe | 02/06/17 | 11:56
Potential 'War' In Trump Administration Between Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon | MSNBC | 02/06/17 | 5:35
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Oval Office Cold Open |SNL | 02/05/17 | 6:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Steve Bannon, That Was A Total Cuck Move | Stephen Colbert | 02/07/17 | 3:29
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The Divinity of Donald Trump | Trevor Noah | 02/06/17 | 5:04

Thursday April 06, 2017

Jared Kushner Helped Push Steve Bannon Out Of The NSC
HP | Christina Wilkie | 04/06/17

New details emerged Wednesday about the role President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, played in convincing the president to remove top political adviser Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

The move was widely interpreted as a sign of Bannon's diminishing influence in the Trump White House following a series of botched executive orders and the failure of health care reform. But Kushner was a driving force behind Bannon's demotion, according to Politico, which cited anonymous sources. ... Read more

Bannon ousted from National Security Council
Politico | Shane Goldmacher | 04/05/17

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from an important seat on the National Security Council -- a posting that had stirred controversy for placing one of President Donald Trump's top political hands in a key national security position.

In recent weeks, Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has asked searching questions -- sometimes for hours -- of inside and outside advisers about the White House's performance and complained about Bannon in particular, according to people who have spoken with Kushner. Kushner, a onetime New York Democrat, and Bannon, a hard-right nationalist, have clashed as Kushner has told people that Bannon's desire to deconstruct the government is hurting the president. ... Read more
Why Was Steve Bannon Fired From Trump's National Security Council? | TYT | 04/05/17 | 8:56

Noam Chomsky: Trump Might Be a Disaster, but His Team Is Ready to Loot America
AlterNet | Amy Goodman | 04/05/17

The people behind Trump have a systematic and consistent plan to enrich the wealthy and hurt the poor.

Read more
Noam Chomsky: Trump Might Be a Disaster, but His Team Is Ready to Loot America | DN | 04/05/17 | 1:11:42

Info on China
USA vs CHINA 2016. | BBC | 2016 | 24:26
The Incredible Rise of China 2017 | BBC | 2017 | 1:06:07
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  2. This Endless Nightmare Must Stop: Syrian Author Speaks Out as Chemical Attack Death Toll Rises
  3. Meet the Lawyer Who Is Going After Bill O'Reilly & Donald Trump for Sexual Harassment
  4. Boycotting Bill O'Reilly: Over 50 Advertisers Pull Ads on Fox Show over Sexual Harassment Scandal
  5. During Campaign Trump Accused China of "Raping Our Country," Today He Hosts Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago
**Bill Black -> President of Richmond Fed Leaks Insider Information and Gets to Walk Free | TRNN | 04/05/17 | 11:16
Chemical Weapons Devastate Syrian Town. Who Is Responsible? | TYT | 04/05/17 | 22:35
Pepsi Pulls Cringeworthy Kendall Jenner Ad | TYT | 04/05/17 | 8:42
CrossTalk: It is being called bigger than Watergate -- much bigger. While democrats and the corporate media chase Russian phantoms, there is mounting evidence the Obama administration did spy on Donald Trump and his team. | RT | 04/05/17 | 24:26
Keiser Report: Killing Web Privacy for Measly $1M (E1054) | RT | 04/06/17 | 25:45
Sessions Moves to Roll Back Civil Rights (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 04/05/17 | 27:41
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*Trump Administration 'Careening Incompetence' Risks Crisis | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/06/17 | 22:20
*Steve Bannon's Removal From National Security Council Could Signal Departure | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/06/17 | 11:56
Rep. Adam Schiff: House Intelligence Committee Not Out Of The Game | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/06/17 | 10:14
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*We Told You So: Russian Hacking | Samantha Bee | 04/05/17 | 6:47
*Heir to the White House Throne | Samantha Bee | 04/05/17 | 7:04
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*So, You Wanna Have a New Election? (#56) | Keith Olbermann | 04/05/17 | 8:21

Wednesday April 05, 2017

*Trump Gutted The State Department And Half Of Top Jobs Are Still Unfilled
HP | Jessica Schulberg , Alissa Scheller | 04/04/17

Ten weeks after the Trump administration unceremoniously pushed out several top-level State Department officials, their positions remain unfilled, and more than half of the positions listed on the agency's leadership chart are vacant or occupied by temporary acting officials.

Current and former State Department officials are concerned the government's main diplomatic arm is ill-equipped in a time of need. And the persisting vacancies raise questions about the White House's ability or willingness to find capable personnel to fill critical posts. ... Read more
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Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Washington Post | Adam Entous | 04/03/17

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 -- nine days before Trump's inauguration -- in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions. ... Read more
*Why Would Trump Send Erik Prince To Secret Russian Meetings? | TYT | 04/04/17 | 13:48

Sessions orders Justice Department to review all police reform agreements
Washington Post | Sari Horwitz | 04/03/17

In a two-page memo released Monday, Sessions said agreements reached previously between the department's civil rights division and local police departments -- a key legacy of the Obama administration -- will be subject to review by his two top deputies, throwing into question whether all of the agreements will stay in place.

The memo was released not long before the department's civil rights lawyers asked a federal judge to postpone until at least the end of June a hearing on a sweeping police reform agreement, known as a consent decree, with the Baltimore Police Department that was announced just days before President Trump took office. ... Read more
*KKK Favorite Jeff Sessions Doing Them Proud On Police Brutality | TYT | 04/04/17 | 5:27

Keith Olbermann
Do Authorities Now Have What They Need on Trump? (#55) | Keith Olbermann | 04/04/17 | 7:30
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  2. Syria Has Become a Circus of Death: Doctor Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis as War Rages On
  3. "The Assad Regime is a Moral Disgrace": Noam Chomsky on Ongoing Syrian War
  4. Chomsky: U.S. Is Helping Israel Annex So Much Land, Palestinians Could Have Essentially Nothing
  5. Chomsky: Leftist Latin American Governments Have Failed to Build Sustainable Economies
  6. Noam Chomsky on How Businesses Sought to Destroy the Democratic Movements of the 1960s
  7. Noam Chomsky on Fascism: Could It Happen Here?
*Mathew Fox and Paul Jay discuss -> Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires | TRNN | 04/05/17 | 19:35
Ivanka Trump: "I'm Complicit" | TYT | 04/04/17 | 5:26
*Republicans Plotting To End Preexisting Condition Protections | TYT | 04/04/17 | 10:32
How Capitalism Gave Birth to Trump.. (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 04/04/17 | 28:00
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*Donald Trump Hides Signing Of Unpopular Legislation | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/04/17 | 17:25
Potential Conflicts Of Interest For Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner | MSNBC | 04/04/17 | 3:38
Who speaks truth to power in Trump's WH? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/05/17 | 10:28
Fmr. U.S. Ambassador On Syria: Donald Trump's Response Is 'Hard To Take' | MSNBC 11th Hour | 04/04/17 | 4:43
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Sean Spicer Is Shrinking In Size | Stephen Colbert | 04/05/17 | 6:43
Louis C.K. Calls Trump A 'Gross Crook Dirty Rotten Lying Sack Of'... | Stephen Colbert | 04/04/17 | 6:22
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Is Jared Kushner the Real President? | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 04/04/17 | 5:48

Tuesday April 04, 2017

Forget Trump TV. Bernie Sanders has struck gold with his new Facebook Live show
Salon | Charlie May |04/03/17

While the establishment press focuses its time on Donald Trump's tweets, and the ongoing alleged Russia scandal, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is quietly growing his base and addressing the issues people are passionate about -- by creating his own Facebook Live show called "The Bernie Sanders Show."

Sanders "is viral gold," according to the senator's media producer, Armand Aviram, who says the statesman in his 70s has been able to capture the attention of millennials like no other politician. According to NBC News, the senator from Vermont has amassed 4.7 million followers on Twitter, and more than 7 million likes on Facebook. To add some context, he has more than twice the following of his closest competitors -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker. ... Read more
Bernie TV EXPLODING Online, Media Pretends Not To Notice... | TYT | 04/03/17 | 8:45

Bernie Sanders Show (Facebook)
The Sanders Show: Welcome to 'Bernie TV' | 04/03/17 | 2:43

Trumpcare's Back -- and Worse Than Ever!
HP | Matt Fuller | 04/03/17

House Republicans still don't have a deal to revive their health care bill, but the White House is laying the groundwork for negotiations to move quickly, meeting individually Monday with moderates and conservatives to discuss a possible agreement.

That agreement, which is still far from a reality, would hinge on Republicans accepting changes to their health care bill that would violate a key promise from President Donald Trump, namely that insurers would have to offer plans to people with pre-existing conditions. ... Read more

Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight
AlterNet | David Gibbs | 04/02/17

Noam Chomsky: One of the dangers is unquestionable. Of the two existential threats -- the threats to the termination of the species basically and most other species -- one of them, climate change, on that I think there's no basis for discussion. Trump has been very inconsistent on many things; on Twitter he's been all over the place, but some of it is very consistent. That is: Do nothing about climate change except make it worse. And he's not just speaking for himself, but for the whole Republican Party, the whole leadership. It's already had impact, it will have worse impact. We'll talk about this next week, but if there are ways out of this, it's going to be not easy.

With regard to nuclear weapons, it's kind of hard to say. He's said lots of things. As you mentioned, the national security experts are terrified. But they're more terrified by his personality than by his statements. So if you read people like say Bruce Blair[i]1 one of the leading, most sober, knowledgeable specialists, he says, look, his statements are all over the map, but his personality is frightening, he's a complete megalomaniac. You never know how he's going to react. When he learned for example that he'd lost the election by about three million votes, his instant reaction was insanity; you know, three to five million illegal immigrants somehow were organized in some incredible fashion to vote. On any little issue -- Miss Universe, or whatever it may be -- he's completely unpredictable, he'll go off into outer space. His guru Steve Bannon is worse, he's much scarier. He probably knows what he's doing. ... Read more

In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts, but Still Loyalty
NYTimes | Nicholas Kristof | 04/01/17

McCracken's deep-rooted conservatism is matched by a passion to support Tulsa Domestic Violence Intervention Services, a nonprofit that helped her flee an ex- who she says beat and choked her, once until unconsciousness. She became teary as she described how staff members at the organization helped her and her son escape that relationship. "They saved my life, and my son's," she said, her eyes liquid.

So she is aghast that one of Trump's first proposals is to cut federal funds that sustain the organization. "My prayer is that Congress will step in" to protect domestic violence programs, she said. ... Read more
Trump Voters: He May Betray Me But I'll Never Betray Him | TYT | 04/03/17 | 8:50

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 04 (YouTube) | 12:50
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 04 (FULL) | DN | 04/04/17 | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration Is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People
  3. Chomsky: Our Privatized U.S. Healthcare Program is an "International Scandal"
  4. Chomsky: With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable
  5. Extraordinarily Dangerous: Chomsky on How Trump's Threats Toward N. Korea Could Backfire
  6. Chomsky: It's as if Trump Administration Is Flaunting That U.S. Is Run by Goldman Sachs
  7. When Scapegoating Immigrants No Longer Works, Would Trump Stage an Attack to Maintain Power?
  8. Why Does U.S. Consider Iran the Greatest Threat to Peace, When Rest of World Agrees It's the U.S.?
**Journalist Iona Craig analyzes -> In Yemen, Could Growing U.S. Role Lead to Syria-Style Proxy War? | TRNN | 04/03/17 | 13:18
**Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses -> Terror Attack in St Petersburg May be Blowback for Russian Military Actions | TRNN | 04/04/17 | 8:59
Keiser Report: Go Viral or Die Trying (E1053) | RT | 04/04/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the need to go viral or die trying - literally and figuratively. In the second half, Max interviews Jaromil of Dyne.org about the latest in the bitcoin melodrama as Bitcoin Unlimited vs Bitcoin Core war rages on and it's all about block size.
RT | CrossTalk: Is the Russiagate story losing steam -- is it being replaced with who bugged whom, when and why? Is the shoe now on the other foot? | 04/03/17 | 24:28
**The Kochs' Plan to Rewrite the Constitution...You Should Be Terrified (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 04/04/17 | 27:45
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Former Donald Trump Adviser Duped By Russian Spies | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/03/17 | 22:44

Mysterious Sands of Russia (Documentary) | older, 11/06/16 | 26:03
Keith Olbermann
Donald Trump is Panicking About Russia (#54) | Keith Olbermann | 04/03/17 | 7:41
*Jared Kushner As The Defacto Secretary Of State | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/03/17 | 8:35
*Erik Prince Represented Donald Trump In Overseas Meeting With Russia | MSNBC Morning Joe | 04/04/17 | 9:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Preps The Bunker Ahead Of The GOP's Nuclear Option | Stephen Colbert | 04/04/17 | 10:54
Stephen tracks Trump's progress in filling the Supreme Court vacancy, the only Trump-appointed position that hasn't been given to Jared Kushner.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Black Eye on America - What Is Black Twitter? | Trevor Noah | 04/03/17 | 5:38

Monday April 03, 2017

LATimes: 'Nothing Prepared Us For The Magnitude Of This Train Wreck'
magazine | Rebecca Shapiro | 04/03/17

"He is a man so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard ... it is impossible to know where his presidency will lead or how much damage he will do to our nation."

It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a "catastrophe."

Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. ...

... In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all. ... Read more and Read more

Jared Kushner's to-do list keeps getting longer
Washington Post | Alexandra Petri | 03/30/17

Every day, it seems, Jared Kushner's portfolio of responsibilities expands a little. First, it was merely to restore peace to the Middle East. ("If you can't produce peace in the Middle East," Trump told him, "nobody can.") Then he started acting like a special envoy to Mexico and China. Now he must also run government like a business? ...

  1. Solve the following riddle: The leaks are real, but the news is fake. Learn the answer and then tell it to Sean Spicer before the sun sets or Sean Spicer will be trapped in his present form and position for all eternity.
  2. Find the one pure-hearted retailer whom Ivanka Trump's shoes will still fit.
  3. Drain the Undrainable Swamp using no tools other than current or former Goldman Sachs employees.
  4. Lull Stephen Bannon into a deep sleep
  5. Spin Trumpcare into gold.
  6. Bring President Trump a base as white as milk, an electoral map as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a trademark as pure as gold before the sun sets on the 100th day.
  7. Find the Blue Fairy. She can make the inauguration crowds real.
  8. Find a basis for Trump's allegations of wiretapping and 3 million fraudulent voters.
  9. Bring Trump a ship that can fly on both land and sea (but not from Boeing).
  10. Build an un-climbable wall using no money at all.
  11. Bring back the three-headed hound of hell and find it a good Cabinet position.
  12. Find 23 more approval points and bring them to President Trump before the clock strikes midnight.
  13. When is a Muslim ban not a Muslim ban? Resolve this paradox and whisper it into President Trump's ear.
  14. Bring peace to the Middle East, fix the opioid epidemic, head a task force to run government like a business, translate Rex Tillerson's remarks into a volume detectable by the human ear and serve as President Trump's "lead adviser on relations with China, Mexico, Canada and the Middle East."
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Why It's So Hard to Understand That the Violence Your Country Exports Is Terrorism
AlterNet | Vijay Prashad | 04/02/17

"I do not understand the squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes. It would spread a lively terror."

Winston Churchill, 1920, with regard to the uprising in Iraq.

On 23 March 2017, Khalid Masood ploughed his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, stabbed a police officer with a knife, and then was shot dead. He killed four people in the rampage, which injured an additional forty people and disturbed the equanimity of a major Western city. Masood, who was born in Dartford (Kent, United Kingdom), had run afoul of the law for many years--mainly because of acts of violence and possession of weapons. The gap between the act of Masood and a common criminal is narrow.

Two months ago, the head of the Metropolitan Police said that "warning lights are flashing" over the rise of violent crime across England and Wales. The preferred weapon, said Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, was the common knife. Violent crime had risen by twenty-two percent, with the last quarter of 2016 registering 30,838 crimes committed with knives. Masood's crime could well have been read alongside this data, as a serious problem of an increase in violence with knives as the weapon of choice. ... Read more

Trump Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants -- Without Ever Telling Us
ProPublica | Derek Kravitz | 04/03/17

When President Donald Trump placed his businesses in a trust upon entering the White House, he put his sons in charge and claimed to distance himself from his sprawling empire. "I hope at the end of eight years I'll come back and say, 'Oh you did a good job,'" Trump said at a Jan. 11 press conference. Trump's lawyer explained that the president "was completely isolating himself from his business interests."

The setup has long been slammed as insufficient, far short of the full divestment that many ethics experts say is needed to avoid conflicts of interest. A small phrase buried deep in a set of recently released letters between the Trump Organization and the government shows just how little separation there actually is. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 03 [12:32]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 03 (FULL) | DN | 04/03/17 | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. North Carolina Claims It Repealed HB 2, But LGBTQ Activists Say New Law May Be Just As Dangerous
  3. Rev. Barber: New North Carolina Law Replacing HB 2 is Anti-Gay, Anti-Worker and Anti-Civil Rights
  4. Silence is Not an Option: Rev. Barber on Dr. King's Historic "Beyond Vietnam" Speech 50 Years Later
  5. Trump Meets Egypt's el-Sisi, Amid Wave of Repression, Jailings & Extrajudicial Killings in Egypt
The Debunker: The Big "Energy Independence" Lie | TYT | 04/01/17 | 1:46
*Guy In Charge Of Oversight: Rich People Can't Be Corrupt! | TYT | 04/01/17 | 9:11
Trump Says He's Cool With Flynn's Immunity Request?!? | TYT | 04/01/17 | 11:04
Keiser Report: Pension Crisis (E 1052) | RT | 04/01/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss the pension crisis too big to ignore and the taxpayers on the hook for it all. In the second half, Max interviews general practitioner, Dr. Bob Gill, about his new crowdfunded documentary, 'The Great NHS Heist', and why Obamacare is definitely not universal healthcare as any European would recognize it.
*Iraq: Battle for Mosul | Aljazeera: 101 East | 03/30/10 | 26:00
*India's Ladycops by Rush Amid (subtitles) | Aljazeera | 03/30/10 | 27:23
Passport to Freedom | Aljazeera: Al Jazeera World | 03/28/10 | 47:20
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*Michael Flynn's Testimony Could Implicate Higher-Ups In Government | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/01/17 | 7:32
The Backstory BehindMichael Flynn's Immunity Plea | MSNBC Meet the Press | 04/03/17 | 7:05
Trump's 13th golf course visit in 65 dayst | CNN | 04/01/17 | 4:00
John Oliver
Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. | John Oliver | 04/02/17 | 26:51
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show Presents: One Week Older | Stephen Colbert | 04/02/17 | 2:59

Friday March 31, 2017

Trump's War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised
TheIntercept | Glenn Greewald | 03/26/17

FROM THE START of his presidency, Donald Trump's "war on terror" has entailed the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people in the name of killing terrorists. In other words, Trump has escalated the 16-year-old core premise of America's foreign policy -- that it has the right to bomb any country in the world where people it regards as terrorists are found -- and in doing so, has fulfilled the warped campaign pledges he repeatedly expressed.

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*Media Largely Fine With Trump's Civilian Bloodbath | TYT | 03/30/17 | 12:57

FBI releases never-before-seen photos from 9/11 Pentagon attack
The Pentagon debris
Politico | author | 03/31/17

The FBI on Thursday released to the public about two dozen never-before-seen photos from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the Pentagon. The 9/11 attacks -- in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania -- killed nearly 3,000 people, including 184 at the Pentagon, where a hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the building. The "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images" were posted to "The Vault," the FBI's Freedom of Information Act Library. ... Read more

Just a reminder:

  1. The facade of the Pentagon didn't collapse until 45 minutes after the plane hit the hardened "newly renovated" section.
  2. The original hole the plane disappeared into was approximately 16 feet in diameter.
  3. The fiberglass reinforced nose of the plane made it through 3 hardened rings of buildings (6 hardened walls) before it made a perfectly round exit hole in C ring.
  4. Many of the columns between the entrance and exit holes were perfectly intact.
  5. The plane hit the exact offices where the accountants who were looking into the missing 2.3 trillion dollars Donald Rumsfeld spoke of at a news conference on 9/10 (day before 9/11).
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 31 [13:06]
Have Feds Flipped Mike Flynn Against Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 3:55
Quick Hits: Trump Bans "Climate Change," South Korean President Arrested, And More... | TYT | 03/30/17 | 3:46
Single Payer Pros & Cons Exposed | ThomHartmann | 03/30/17 | 11:56
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*Flynn Offering Testimony for Immunity (FULL) | MSNBC All-in Chris Hayes | 03/31/17 | 50:02
*Trump Administration Scandals Risk Normalizing Corruption | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/31/17 | 9:28
Fact and fiction in Obama's Russia investigation | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/31/17 | 11:07
Why can't Devin Nunes seem to catch a break? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/31/17 | 10:55
Former FBI Agent: Possible Russia, Trump Campaign Collusion Worries Me | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/31/17 | 9:01
Flynn offers to testify on Russia for immunity | CNN Anderson Cooper | 03/31/17 | 15:49
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show's Presidential Leak-crets, Vol. 3 | Stephen Colbert | 03/31/17 | 5:33
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Nepotism, Impeachment & the Freedom Caucus | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/30/17 | 6:27

Thursday March 30, 2017

Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee
NYTimes | Maggie Haberman | 03/29/17

Ms. Trump, 35, will be an assistant to the president; Mr. Kushner, 36, has the title of senior adviser.

Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband, Jared Kushner, in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.

The announcement on Wednesday amounts to the formal recognition of the value Mr. Trump places on the judgment and loyalty of both his daughter and his son-in-law. While relying on family members for advice is hardly unusual for a president, giving them a formal role has few precedents. Read more
Trump Makes Ivanka Official | TYT | 03/29/17 | 5:07

Trump says coming up with a bipartisan health-care bill will be 'so easy.'
WashingtonPost | Peter W. Stevenson | 03/29/17

After President Trump and congressional Republicans admitted defeat in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, Trump publicly put the blame on Democrats. That, despite the fact that Republicans had enough votes to pass a bill without any Democrats onboard -- if they could only come together as a party.

So when it became clear the GOP didn't even have enough votes to pass the bill without Democratic support, they abandoned it. Trump said he'd move on to tax revision, promising to let the Affordable Care Act "explode." ... Read more
Trump Is Sure Healthcare Reform Will Be Easy | TYT | 03/29/17 | 7:44

More Trump U lawsuits are coming -- if Judge Gonzalo Curiel lets fraud cases move forward
RawStory | Brad Reed | 03/29/17

When Trump University agreed to fork over $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit last December, President Donald Trump probably though he'd put the matter to bed permanently.

... Specifically, Politico notes that Curiel will determine whether the $25 million settlement "is fair to thousands of people who paid anywhere from about $1,500 for a three-day seminar up to about $35,000 for the 'gold elite' mentorship." ... Read more
Trump University Coming Back To Haunt Donald | TYT | 03/29/17 | 6:15

Keith Olbermann
Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? | Keith Olbermann | 03/29/17 | 6:37
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 30 [12:47]
Corporations Want Your Browser History, And Trump Wants To Give It To Them | TYT | 03/29/17 | 6:18
Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules | TYT | 03/29/17 | 8:21
*Will the Stock Market Keep Going Up Under Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 7:31
Keiser Report: Lethal Economic Shocks (E1051) | RT | 03/30/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the economic shocks that are more lethal in America than anywhere else. In the second half, Max continues his conversation with Professor John Mill Ackerman about the Mexico-USA relationship in the age of Trump.
*Does the Falling Stock Market Mean Trump is the Next Hoover? (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 03/28/17 | 27:57<
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*Political Strains In West Serve Vladimir Putin Goals | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/29/17 | 20:06
Focus Group Reacts To President Donald Trump: 'Impulsive, Chaotic' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/30/17 | 9:46
Donald Trump loses control of the Bully Pulpit | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/30/17 | 17:10
Ivanka Trump Takes Official Adviser Position In Father's Office | MSNBC The 11th Hour | 03/30/17 | 4:26
Campaign To Purchase Lawmakers' Browsing History | MSNBC All-in | 03/30/17 | 2:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Scrapping Of Internet Privacy: Something We Can All Hate Together | Stephen Colbert | 03/30/17 | 5:37
Trump Addresses (And Is The Reason For) A Women's Empowerment Forum | Stephen Colbert | 03/30/17 | 6:01
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Governing Is Hard: Trumpcare Edition | Samantha Bee | 03/29/17 | 6:23
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Vows to End the Nonexistent War on Coal | Trevor Noah | 03/30/17 | 7:59

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Bernie Sanders Tears Into Donald Trump's 'Disaster' Of A Climate Change Order
HP | Lee Moran | 03/29/17

"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth not believing in science."

"President [Donald] Trump's anti-environmental executive orders are a disaster," Sanders says in the clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday. "They are a threat to the future of this country, and to the future of the world."

"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth, not believing in science," he continues in the video, which intersperses clips of him talking alongside captioned facts that disprove Trump's claims. ... Read more

Golden Boy Tarnished: Trump Keeps Giving Jared Kushner More Jobs -- but Is He Any Good at Any of Them?
magazine | author | date

Does he wash the cars, too? Kushner apparently does everything in the Trump administration -- when he's not skiing.

As it turns out Trump's actually a yuuuge believer in taking vacations. He has been to his Florida resort seven times already ($3,000,000.00 at taxpayer expense) and last weekend the White House tried to pretend the president was having meetings at his Virginia golf club. It was later revealed that he was hitting the links again.

So it's not surprising that Trump was quick to forgive his favorite daughter and son-in-law for their little getaway. Not only did he forgive Jared; on Monday he put him in charge of a bold new initiative to run the country like a business with what the Washington Post described as a "SWAT team of strategic consultants" that "will be staffed by former business executives." If the first couple of months of the Trump administration are any indication of what that might look like, we're in for a bumpy ride. As Salon's Simon Maloy observed: ... Read more

David Rockefeller
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller | Corbett Report | 03/27/17 | 59:13
Dark Secrets of the Rockefeller Family | HC | | 34:43

The Ugly Numbers of Trauma, Exile and Death Caused by U.S. Wars and Interventions in the Past 75 Years
AlterNet | John Dower / TomDispatch | 03/28/17

The casualty list is staggering.

On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled "The American Century." The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism. ... Read more

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II by John W. Dower (April 2017)

World War II marked the apogee of industrialized "total war." Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering.

The Violent "American Century" addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945--beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and--most touted of all--a revolutionary new era of computerized "precision" warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling -- and shows no sign of abating.

The winner of numerous national prizes for his historical writings, including the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, Dower draws heavily on hard data and internal U.S. planning and pronouncements in this concise analysis of war and terror in our time. In doing so, he places U.S. policy and practice firmly within the broader context of global mayhem, havoc, and slaughter since World War II--always with bottom-line attentiveness to the human costs of this legacy of unceasing violence.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 29 [14:23]
Wendell Potter -> Will Dems Derail Sanders's Push for Public Option? | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 11:26
Democrats Must Take on Corporate Power If they Want to Win | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 13:17
Janet Redman says -> Trump's Climate Order Protects Fossil Fuel's Bottom Line | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 6:48
TrumpCare Defeat Kicks Off Presidential Twitter Meltdown, As Is Tradition | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:37
Investigator Devin Nunes Insists He Isn't In The Bag For Trump | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:30
Blocked Yates Testimony Looking More Like Cover Up | TYT | 03/28/17 | 7:57
Trump Surrogates Blame Obama For Bush-Era Tragedies | TYT | 03/28/17 | 3:24
RT | CrossTalk: The battle of two very different narratives define Washington politics: On the one hand, the Russians did it, and on the other, Obama did it? | 03/29/17 | 24:10
Keiser Report: 'The New Detroit' (E1050) | RT | 03/28/17 | 25:45
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Donald Trump White House A Poor Source For Facts | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/28/17 | 12:52
Mika On Sean Spicer Briefing: 'What Is Wrong With Him?' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/29/17 | 11:05
Former CIA Acting Director On Devin Nunes: 'It Feels Like A Cover Up' | MSNBC Last Word | 03/29/17 | 15:36
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
This Diagram Shows Nunes' Conflict Of Interests In Investigating Trump | Stephen Colbert | 03/29/17 | 10:30
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
MEAL Team Six - How to Save Meals on Wheels | Trevor Noah | 03/28/17 | 6:20
Keith Olbermann
Here's How This Will End for Trump (#52) | Keith Olbermann | 03/28/17 | 6:08

Tuesday March 28, 2017
Bernie Sanders Introducing 'Medicare For All' Bill | TYT | 03/27/17 | 12:23

Trump takes biggest swing yet at Obama climate legacy
Politico | Alex Guillen | 03/27/17

President Donald Trump will direct the federal government on Tuesday to begin dismantling his predecessor's most significant climate change policies, with a sweeping directive telling agencies to stop trying to reduce the carbon pollution of electric utilities, oil and gas drillers and coal miners.

The executive order Trump will sign represents his biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's climate legacy. But it does not go as far as some conservatives would like to dismantle the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, nor will it begin to separate the U.S. from a landmark international climate accord -- two areas of intense disagreement within the administration. ... Read more

Mar-a-Lago can't release visitor logs -- because it doesn't keep them
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 03/28/17

On Friday night, guests streamed into Mar-a-Lago, the president's self-proclaimed "southern White House," for the annual Palm Beach GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. All they had to do to get into the seaside retreat, where the first lady and the president's youngest son were vacationing for spring break, was buy a $300 ticket.

They didn't have to submit to the kinds of rigorous background checks required if they'd been entering the White House in Washington. And there were no weapon screenings or bomb-sniffing dogs checking vehicles of the sort that have long been routine at public restaurants or other places where the president or first lady is present. ... Read more

HE WENT TO JARED: White House Announces Trump’s Son-In-Law Is Now Responsible For Everything
Remember Monty Python?? | 3:18

Top Republican Warns: "Government Shut Down Is A Real Possibility, And Wall Street Is Unprepared"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/28/17

"We're starting to hear growing concerns that a government shutdown at the end of April may be a real possibility given the rise of the Freedom Caucus.... What’s currently playing out triggers flashbacks of the summer of 2011 when the US was downgraded by S&P as a polarized Congress wasn't able to raise the debt ceiling quickly enough." ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
Which of Trump's Cronies Will Flip on Him First? (#51) | Keith Olbermann | 03/27/17 | 8:59
The Truth Of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard (#50) | Keith Olbermann | 03/22/17 | 8:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 28 [14:19]
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Military-Industrial Complex Pushes Nuke Modernization, Risking Confrontation with Russia | TRNN | 03/28/17 | 10:38
Dr. Michael Mann says -> Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 10:57
Farmer Art Tanderup says -> Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 13:07
Big Government is Getting In Your Face | TYT | 03/27/17 | 3:19
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Embattled Devin Nunes Paralyzes House Intel Committee | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 11:47
Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 17:09
How President Trump Can Rebound From Low Approval Rating | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/28/17 | 7:20
Calls Grow For Devin Nunes To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/28/17 |12:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jared Kushner, Chief White House Nepotism Beneficiary | Stephen Colbert | 03/28/17 | 7:20
Trump On American Healthcare: When You Love Something, Let It Explode | Stephen Colbert | 03/28/17 | 10:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Playa-Hater Phenomenon | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/27/17 | 6:20

Monday March 27, 2017

Trump And Master Salesmanship Lose, Facts And Reality Win
HP | S.V. Date | 03/24/17

As the dust settles from Friday's collapse of "Trumpcare" in the House of Representatives and fingers try to point out the various losers, at least one clear winner has emerged: facts. ...

... But Trump's and Ryan's problems go beyond whipping votes among fellow Republicans. Because for all the bashing Republicans have given the Affordable Care Act as government overreach and "socialized medicine," Obama's signature health care law was built upon a Republican, market-based foundation.

Its core principles were dreamed up in a conservative think tank in the 1990s as a way to counter the far more sweeping health-care plan pushed by President Bill Clinton. A version of it was implemented a decade later in Massachusetts under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.

This, in fact, was the reason so many liberal Democrats were infuriated with Obama in 2009 for proposing a GOP plan to start with, rather than a single-payer scheme like they preferred. ... Read more
Paul Ryan: Comments After Health Care Bill Pulled | CNN Jake Tapper | 03/24/17 | 28:29

**Trump Taps Jared Kushner To Lead Team That Will Run Government 'Like A Company'
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 03/27/17

Fresh from the slopes of Aspen, Jared Kushner will on Monday be named the head of an aggressive new team charged with "fixing" the federal government by using business strategies.

"The government should be run like a great American company," Kushner said on Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, which first revealed the new initiative. "Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens." ... Read more

Trump administration greenlights Keystone Pipeline
Politico | Ben Lefebvre | 03/24/17

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Trump To CEO: Just Bribe Me Next Time | TYT | 03/24/17 | 4:22
30-Page Explanation for New Keystone XL Decision.pdf
The 30-page explanation the department gave for its new decision refers constantly to findings from the earlier Obama-era report with no new material outside of communications from TransCanada.
On Meet the Press Discussing Russia Investigation's Next Steps | NBC Meet the Press | 03/26/17 | 7:10
After a failed healthcare bill, what's next? | Face the Nation | 03/26/17 | 14:47
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 27 [14:02]
**More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria as Trump Expands War on Terror | DN | 03/27/17 | 12:45
*After Republican Infighting Dooms GOP Healthcare Plan, Trump Vows to Let Obamacare "Explode" | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:46
Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:29
Climate Catastrophe Is Here: 2016 Hottest Year on Record | TRNN | 03/26/17 | 11:52
*Trump Didn't Know What Was In Trumpcare Bill | TYT | 03/24/17 | 8:19
Did Trump Secretly Win Trumpcare Debacle? | TYT | 03/24/17 | 5:29
Does The Government Owe It To The People To Protect Them Financially? | TYT | 03/26/17 | 12:40
Keiser Report: Trail of 'American carnage' (E 1049) | RT | 03/25/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss the trail of 'American carnage' and how it led to a Trump presidency. In the second half, Max and Stacy discuss the OxyCartel pushing millions of prescription pills on small towns across the USA.
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PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/25/17 | 25:03
PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/26/17 | 25:02
A Dire Period Of Scandal For Donald Trump In Turmoil | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 22:58
Chuck Schumer: 'Art Of The Deal Is Out The Window' | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 7:24
Joe: GOP Health Care Bill Needed To Fail | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/27/17 |14:50
"Worst 100 days we've ever seen" CNN panel DESTROYS Donald Trump AFTER Healthcare FAIL | CNN | 03/24/17 | 4:32
President Trump Plugs Fox Show Hours Before Host Calls On Paul Ryan to Resign | MSNBC | 03/26/17 | 12:40
CNN Morning News: Caucus Member Quits, Trump Blames Caucus For Scuttling Bill | CNN | 03/27/17 | 44:34
Lawrence: Donald Trump's Presidency Effectively Over After Repeal Failure | MSNBC Last Word | 03/26/17 | 16:00
Real Time with Bill Maher
Monologue: Repeal and Disgrace | Real Time with Bill Maher | 03/24/17 | 6:02

Friday March 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday March 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday March 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday March 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday March 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday March 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday March 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday March 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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