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Monday May 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breitbart Leaks Audio Of Paul Ryan Trashing Trump | TYT | older, I missed it | 15:00
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  1. Trump Arrives in Israel, May Show His Cards on the Peace Process (BBG)
  2. Taxes, Budget Are Focus for White House Despite Probes (WSJ)
  3. Paul Manafort's Lucrative Ukraine Years Are Central to the Russia Probe (BBG)
  4. Ford set to fire CEO Mark Fields as shares founder (Reuters)
  5. Producers Set to Extend Cuts as Rally Stalls: OPEC Reality Check (BBG)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines forMonday, May 22 [13:17]
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  2. Medea Benjamin: Congress Should Halt Trump's $110B Arms Deal over Saudi Atrocities in Yemen & Region
  3. As Iranian Voters Reject Hardliner, Trump Embraces Saudi Monarch & Vows to Isolate Iran
  4. "I Could Have Died": Protesters Detail Violent Attack by Turkish President Erdogan's Guards in D.C.
*Moscow based journalist Jeffrey Taylor -> Is Russia the 'Adversary' of the United States? | TRNN | 05/19/17 | 22:46
*Economist and attorney James Henry analyzes -> Collusion is the Focus, But Trump Finances May Have More Answers | TRNN | 05/21/17 | 12:20
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink discusses -> Trump in Saudi Arabia: More U.S. Weapons for Devastating Yemen War | TRNN | 05/21/17 | 12:19
Bill Black explains -> FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director | TRNN | 05/22/17 | 12:56
Will Trump's International Tour Be A Disaster, Or A Mess? | TYT | 05/19/17 | 16:53
Jared Kushner: Lord Of War | TYT | 05/20/17 | 11:00
Occam's Razor: Both Parties Are Massively Corrupt | TYT | 05/21/17 | 5:13
Here's The REAL Reason You Can't Afford A House | TYT | 05/21/17 | 5:26
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Russia Probe Reaches White House With 'Person Of Interest' In Top Position | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/22/17 | 9:06
Middle East Peace: President Trump's 'Ultimate Deal' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/22/17 | 6:36
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Stupid Watergate | John Oliver | 05/21/17 | 24:05
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Trump's Gone... Party At The White House! | Stephen Colbert | 05/21/17 | 3:51

Friday May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rush Limbaugh Remembers Roger Ailes: "Roger And I Were Passengers In History" | DailyRushbo.com | 05/18/17 | 28:17
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 19 [14:20]
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  2. Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks' Assange is "Long Overdue Decision"
  3. "Repair the Damage from the Drug War": Susan Burton on A New Way of Life to End Mass Incarceration
  4. Michelle Alexander: We Must Respond Forcefully & Challenge Jeff Sessions's New War on Drugs
How I Met Roger Ailes, Political and Sexual Predator | TRNN | 05/18/17 | 14:41
Remembering Roger Ailes | TYT | 05/18/17 |16:49
Bill O'Reilly Got A New Job | TYT | 05/18/17 | 2:52
Keiser Report: Welcome to White House aka Profit Source (E1072) | RT | 05/18/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the big profits being made by companies whose corporate executives visit the White House. In the second half, Max interviews Chris Whalen, author of 'Ford Men,' to discuss Fannie & Freddie running out of money and the S&P Departments Store Index plunging.
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False Denials From VP Mike Pence Continue To Stack Up | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/19/17 | 18:40
Rod Rosenstein Briefing Indicates Russia Investigation Deepening | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 4:35
Joe: 'The Truth Doesn't Matter To Donald Trump' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 5:31
President Trump Tells Michael Flynn To 'Stay Strong' After Firing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/19/17 | 5:05
Pres. Trump Playing The Victim Card At U.S. Coast Guard Commencement? | The View | 05/18/17 | 5:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Breaking: Trump And Bannon's High-Speed Getaway | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 1:04
Trump's Special Counsel Is The Most Special | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 3:43
Trump's Special Counsel Is The Most Special | Stephen Colbert | 05/19/17 | 3:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Protester Attacks & Trump-Russia Bombshells | The Daily Show | 05/18/17 | 10:53
Turkish guards beat up protesters in Washington D.C., Robert Mueller is named special prosecutor in the Russia probe, and President Trump plays the victim on Twitter.
A Special Prosecutor Steps In & Fox News Doesn't Get the Comey Memo | The Daily Show | 05/17/17 | 12:30

Thursday May 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 17 [13:00]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: We Should Be Considering Impeachment If Trump Obstructed FBI Probe
  3. John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture & Why Trump's Presidency Worries Him
  4. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father
  5. Border Angels Resist Trump's Immigration Crackdown with Services and Water for Border-Crossing Migrants
  6. Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach
**Why Did the FBI Leak the Comey Memo? | TRNN | 05/16/17 | 22:00
*Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey | TRNN | 05/16/17 | 13:23
Trump Leaked Highly Classified Information To Russians | TYT | 05/16/17 | 12:09
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*James Comey Memo: Donald Trump Asked For End To Probe | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/16/17 | 11:48
*Subpoena Issued Regarding Donald Trump Associate Paul Manafort (Exclusive) | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/17/17 | 10:13
*Joaquin Castro: If NYT Comey Memo Report True, Likely Congress Will Move To Impeach | MSNBC All-In | 05/16/17 | 4:22
What's Happening in Donald Trump's Head? (#76) | Keith Olbermann | 05/16/17 | 8:20
**Sally Yates Full Explosive Interview with Anderson Cooper (05/16/17) | CNN Anderson Cooper | 05/16/17 | 32:06
*Joe To Republicans: 'Donald Trump Is Not Worth It' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/16/17 | 4:38
*Mika: Comey Memo A 'Defining Moment' In Chaos Of Trump Presidency | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/16/17 | 5:54
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Moscow in the Meddle - President Trump Can't Be Trusted with Secrets | The Daily Show | 05/16/17 | 6:14
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Stephen Finally Agrees With Donald Trump On Something | Stephen Colbert | 05/17/17 | 6:55
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Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe, Gave Russians Intel | Seth Meyers | 05/16/17 | 11:53

Tuesday May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday May 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday May 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Never has a society spent more for less

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

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

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

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

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

Hanford's Dirty Secrets | | 07/17/14 | 29:26
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  2. Donald Trump Orders "Election Integrity" Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression
  3. Would Trump Have Won Wisconsin--or the 2016 Election--Without Widespread Voter Suppression?
  4. Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn't Do Anything Differently
  5. On Black Mama's Bail Out Day, "Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages" Before Mother's Day
Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome. | DN | 05/11/17 | 16:18
*Bill K. Black -> Lawyer with Responsibility for Mortgage Crisis Appointed to Take Care of Mortgage Banks | TRNN | 05/12/17 | 12:39
*Co-author Jonathan Allen -> As Clinton Blames Comey & Russia, Authors of "Shattered" Expose Aimless Campaign | TRNN | 05/12/17 | 19:04
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen (04/18/17)

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

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

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
Russians "Tricked" Trump Into Oval Office Photo Shoot | TYT | 05/11/17 | 7:42
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DOJ Won't Say If Jeff Sessions Is Recused On Paul Manafort (Exclusive) | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/12/17| 22:25
We Need the Help of Intel Agencies Around the World (#74) | Keith Olbermann | 05/11/17 | 7:17
Senator Dick Durbin: ‘President Trump Is Dangerous’ | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/12/17| 4:37
White House Pressed On Whether Its Staff Can Be Trusted | MSNBC 11th Hour | 05/12/17| 6:47
James Clapper: James Comey ‘Uneasy’ About January Dinner With Donald Trump | MSNBC Andrea Mitchell | 05/12/17| 2:48
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Thursday May 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  4. Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants
  5. Workers Fear Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Waste Storage Tunnels Collapse in Washington
**Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules | DN | 05/09/17 | 10:38
Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State | TRNN | 05/10/17 | 22:27
Trumpcare to Benefit the Wealthiest and Healthiest | TRNN | 05/10/17 | 10:02
Spicer BUSTED Hiding From Reporters In Bushes | TYT | 05/10/17 | 5:19
Trump's PATHETIC Excuse For Firing James Comey | TYT | 05/10/17 | 8:55
Republicans Drop Golden Boy Comey Like A Hot Rock | TYT | 05/10/17 | 7:08
Betsy DeVos Booed At Graduation Ceremony | TYT | 05/10/17 | 9:18
Keiser Report: Fake Powers (E1069) | RT | 05/11/17 | 26:21
Max and Stacy discuss the fake legislation passing with a fake vote in the House of Representatives to repeal and replace the fake healthcare system known as 'Obamacare' -- aka the Affordable Care Act. In the second half, Max interviews Dr Cory Annis of Unorthodoc.com about the membership model of healthcare in the age of bureaucratic paper-pushing financial services masquerading as medicine model.
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New FBI Director Andrew McCabe Compromised By Serious Conflict | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/10/17 | 20:18
New Developments In The Firing Of James Comey | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/11/17 | 8:48
WaPost: Deputy AG Threatened To Quit Over White House James Comey Narrative | MSNBC 11th Hour | 05/10/17 | 3:47
Breaking: Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | MSNBC Meet the Press | 05/10/17 | 8:21
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Our Weekly Constitutional Crisis: Comey Edition | Samantha Bee | 05/10/17 | 6:48
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The Shady Firing of James Comey | The Daily Show | 05/10/17 | 9:45
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James Comey, You Just Got Trump'd! | Stephen Colbert | 05/11/17 | 11:27

Wednesday May 10, 2017

HHS head Tom Price leaves Jake Tapper speechless by claiming $880 billion in Medicaid cuts will benefit patients
RawStory | Noor Al-Sibai | 05/07/17

On n Sunday morning's interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price asserted that the Congressional Budget Office's estimation that $880 billion would be cut from Medicaid spending would somehow empower states to "tailor" their Medicaid coverage to better suit its recipients.

In the beginning of the segment, Tapper asked Price whether President Donald Trump is keeping his campaign promise of no cuts to Medicaid by promoting a bill that will cut $880 billion in Medicaid. ... Read more
Republicans' TrumpCare Strategy: Just Keep Lying | TYT | 05/09/17 | 11:04

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey
TheAtlantic | Matt Ford | 05/09/17

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The firing comes less than a month after Comey told a congressional committee that the FBI is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence services to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential election. ... Read more
BREAKING: Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | TYT | 05/09/17 | 9:06

The Race To The Bottom: Why A Worldwide Worker Surplus And Uncontrolled Free Trade Are Sinking American Living Standards by Alan Tonelson

With the end of the 1990s economic boom, The Race to the Bottom deftly explores how the United States has entered a no-win global competition in which the countries with the lowest wages, weakest workplace safety laws, and toughest repression of unions win investment from the U.S. and Europe. Tonelson analyzes how the entry of such population giants as China, India, and Mexico into the global market has accelerated the erosion of wages and labor standards around the world. And he describes how an ever-larger share of this low-wage competition is hitting not just sectors like apparel and toys, but also many of America's highest wage industries like aerospace and software. Tonelson explains why the re-education and retraining programs touted by many political leaders offer little but false hopes to most U.S. workers as he outlines the real decisions Washington needs to make to ensure long-term prosperity for the U.S. and the rest of the world. Updated with a new prologue from the author.

President Trump fires FBI Director Comey
WashingtonPost | Devlin Barrett | 09/10/17

President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, at the recommendation of senior Justice Department officials who said he had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly and in doing so damaged the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department.

The startling development comes as Comey was leading a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether associates of Trump may have coordinated with Russia to interfere with the U.S. presidential election last year. It wasn't immediately clear how Comey's ouster will affect the Russia probe, but Democrats said they were concerned that his ouster could derail the investigation. ... Read more
The Real Reason Trump Fired Comey | TYT | 05/09/17 | 4:47

Donald Trump Fires James Comey As Investigations Into Russia Ties Heat Up | MSNBC Rachel Maddow| 05/10/17 | 22:51
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  4. Greenwald: Hillary is to Blame for Losing 2016 Election, Not James Comey
  5. Could Firing of James Comey Mark the Beginning of the End for Trump Presidency?
  6. Greenwald: Supporting U.S.-Russia Relations Should Be Encouraged, Not Viewed as Sign of Treason
Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities Will Increase Discrimination | TRNN | 05/10/17 | 15:41
Congressman Flees Interview After One Simple Question | TYT | 05/09/17 | 5:56
Is Neoliberalism On It's Deathbed Around the World? | ThomHartmann | 05/05/17 | 11:24
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Donald Trump Fires James Comey As Investigations Into Russia Ties Heat Up | MSNBC Rachel Maddow| 05/10/17 | 22:51
Elizabeth Warren: James Comey Was Fired Because Of The Russians | MSNBC All-In | 05/09/17 | 7:58
Senator Lindsey Graham: FBI Is Bigger Than James Comey | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/10/17 | 9:00
Senator Chris Murphy: 'No Smoking Gun' On Trump Campaign Collusion With Russia | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/10/17 | 6:52
Echoes Of Watergate In Trump Administration | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/10/17 | 5:08
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Trump Fires James Comey & Sally Yates TestifiesTrump Fires James Comey & Sally Yates Testifies | The Daily Show | 05/09/17 | 9:09
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Even Comey's Firing Was All About Trump | Stephen Colbert | 05/10/17 | 5:28

Tuesday May 09, 2017

Kushner Companies apologizes for using Trump's son-in-law to peddle visas to rich Chinese
Salon | Angelo Young | 09/08/17

The company was using its White House connections to promote so-called "golden visas"

The real estate development firm partly managed by the sister of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has issued an apology over a weekend event in Beijing in which Kushner's name was used to attract wealthy Chinese to a cash-for-visa scheme commonly used by investment-hungry U.S. real estate developers.

Kushner Companies "apologizes if that mention of [Kushner] was in any way interpreted as an attempt to lure investors," the company said in a statement emailed to NPR and other news outlets. The apology stops short of admitting that the company was leveraging Kushner's role in the White House and his relationship to the president, his father-in-law. ... Read more
Jared Kushner Caught Selling Golden Tickets To America | TYT | 05/08/17 | 8:40

'Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care,' GOP lawmaker says. He got booed.
WashingtonPost | Kristine Phillips | 05/07/17

A conservative Republican congressman from Idaho is drawing criticism for his response to a town-hall attendee's concerns about how his party's health-care bill would affect Medicaid recipients. "You are mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying," the woman said.

"That line is so indefensible," said Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, a member of the influential House Freedom Caucus. "Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care." ... Read more
Congressman: 'Nobody Dies' From Lack Of Healthcare | TYT | 05/08/17 | 5:03

Sally Yates Dismantled Ted Cruz, and Michael Flynn Seems Like a Hooked Fish
Esquire | Charles P. Pierce | 05/08/17

It t is not often that you see one woman demolish a state's entire delegation to the United States Senate, but Sally Yates did the Republic a great service on Monday afternoon by demonstrating that Texas has sent to Washington a remarkable pair of deuces. First, she slapped John Cornyn silly as regards her refusal to enforce the president*'s original travel ban, the issue over which she'd been fired. He pronounced himself disappointed, and she handed him his head. Read more
Ted Cruz Owned. Again. | TYT | 05/08/17 | 7:41

The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy by Peter Temin (03/17/17)

The United States is becoming a nation of rich and poor, with few families in the middle. In this book, MIT economist Peter Temin offers an illuminating way to look at the vanishing middle class. Temin argues that American history and politics, particularly slavery and its aftermath, play an important part in the widening gap between rich and poor. Temin employs a well-known, simple model of a dual economy to examine the dynamics of the rich/poor divide in America, and outlines ways to work toward greater equality so that America will no longer have one economy for the rich and one for the poor.

Many poorer Americans live in conditions resembling those of a developing country -- substandard education, dilapidated housing, and few stable employment opportunities. And although almost half of black Americans are poor, most poor people are not black. Conservative white politicians still appeal to the racism of poor white voters to get support for policies that harm low-income people as a whole, casting recipients of social programs as the Other -- black, Latino, not like "us." Politicians also use mass incarceration as a tool to keep black and Latino Americans from participating fully in society. Money goes to a vast entrenched prison system rather than to education. In the dual justice system, the rich pay fines and the poor go to jail.
Sally Yates is an American Hero (#71) | Keith Olbermann | 05/08/17 | 5:18
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  4. Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation's Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules
  5. Trump's FCC Chair Declares New War on Net Neutrality After 10-Year Battle for Free & Open Internet
Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organization Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth? | DN | older, but good 04/26/17 | 9:09
The US Middle Class is Shrinking and Moving Towards a "Dual Economy" | TRNN | 05/09/17 | 9:56
Keiser Report: Never-ending Greek bailout (E1068) | RT | 05/09/17 | 22:11
Max and Stacy discuss pledging more austerity in exchange for the never-ending Greek bailout. In the second half, Max interviews Sol Trumbo Vila about a report he co-authored entitled The Bailout Business. They discuss the Big Four audit firms and how bailout consultants are raking in big bucks from the bailout business.
Victory Day Parade on Red Square 2017 | RT | 05/09/17 | 59:31
Thousands have gathered in Russia's Red Square to join the annual Victory Day Parade and to mark the 72nd anniversary of the official capitulation of Nazi forces. A total of 26 Russian cities will stage major processions to commemorate the Soviet victory in the 1941--1945 Great Patriotic War.
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President Trump's Camp Warned Mike Flynn About Russia Contacts | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/05/17 | 6:25
Cracks Deepen In White House Michael Flynn Story With New Senate Testimony | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/08/17 | 19:57
Al Franken CRUSHES Trump During Sally Yates And James Clapper Testimony | C-Span | 05/08/17 | 19:32
New Michael Flynn Revelations Exposed During Sally Yates Hearing | MSNBC | 05/08/17 | 11:17
Kushner Family Business Deal Raises Ethics Questions For Team Trump | MSNBC The 11th Hour | 05/08/17 | 6:30
Condoleezza Rice: 'Every President Has A Learning Curve' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/09/17 | 9:09
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Net Neutrality II | John Oliver | 05/07/17 | 19:32
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Monday May 08, 2017

Trump Accuses Sally Yates Of Leaking "Classified Information Into The Newspapers"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/08/17

Later today at 2:30PM EST, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer more questions about "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election." As it turns out, President Trump has a couple of suggested additions to the question list for Ms. Yates, which he decided to share this morning over Twitter.

"Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council." -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017 Read more

What's Killing The Middle Class? (Part 1)
ZeroHedge | author | 05/08/17

We all know the middle class that actually owns capital and wields political influence is shrinking. As I noted last week in Redefining the Middle Class: It Isn't What You Earn and Owe, It's What You Own That Generates Income, defining the middle class by household income alone is a misleading metric, as it leaves out the critical factors of debt and ownership of productive assets.

A household may have an income of $150,000 and appear well-off by that metric, but if they are mired in debt and own virtually no productive assets or wealth that can be passed on to future generations, they aren't middle class--they're well-paid proletariats. ... Read more

Fake News And Media Literacy
Fake News And Media Literacy - 2017 COLLISION Conference Panel | TYT | 05/07/17 | 27:49
Moderated by Ana Kasparian (Host, The Young Turks)
Panelists:
John Avlon (Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast)
Jared Grusd (CEO, HuffPost)

GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget
TheHill | Sylvan Lane | 02/15/17

More than a dozen Republican senators are backing a bill to give Congress greater control and oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) will introduce a bill Wednesday to let Congress control the CFPB's budget, his office told The Hill on Wednesday.

Called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2017, the bill would place the CFPB under the congressional appropriations process, letting lawmakers control its budget. That would give Congress the ability to drastically limit the scope and size of the bureau, regardless of who controls it. ... Read more
Republicans Busy Helping Banks Screw You | TYT | 05/07/17 | 7:55

Home Capital Bank Run Accelerates As Company Scrambles To Find Additional Liquidity
ZeroHedge| author | 05/08/17

Canada most troulbed non-bank lender Home Capital confirmed that the bank run at subsidiary Home Trust has failed to slowdown, and as of May 8 "deposit balances are expected to be approximately $192 million." According to the latest data, another 50% of deposits have been pulled in the past week, and are now down over 90% since March 28. ... Read more

"A Complete Mess" - China Stocks, Bonds, Commodities Crumble As Trade Data Disappoints
ZeroHedge | author | 05/08/17

The forced deleveraging of China's WMP-driven excess was not helped overnight by disappointing trade data as both import and export growth slumped.

April Imports grew at just 11.9% YoY (in USD terms), dramatically less than the 18.0% expectations and well down from March's 20.3% growth.

April Exports grew at 8.0% YoY (in USD terms), less than half the growth of March (16.4% YoY) and well below the 11.3% expectations. ... Read more

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  2. Neoliberal Investment Banker Macron Defeats Openly Xenophobic & Racist Le Pen in French Election
  3. Puerto Rico's Financial Future Now in the Hands of a Single Judge Overseeing Massive Bankruptcy
  4. Exclusive: Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty
The Working Poor Will Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Health Plan | TRNN | 05/08/17 | 8:06
New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump's Son-In-Law Jared Kushner | TRNN | 05/06/17 | 8:31
Vote Textbook Douchebag And Save America! | TYT | 05/07/17 | 2:38
Keiser Report: Shareholders Getting Leftovers (E1067) | RT | 05/06/17 | 25:48
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The GOP Has A Pre-Existing Condition | MSNBC All-In | 05/05/17 | 6:08
Hypocrisy Of Conservatives Upset About Stephen Colbert's President Trump Insults | MSNBC AM Joy | 05/08/17 | 8:34
Neil deGrasse Tyson On Hunger For Science Despite President Donald Trump | MSNBC AM Joy | 05/08/17 | 7:05
GOP Messaging On Healthcare Has Been 'Horrific' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/08/17 | 5:30
Jake Tapper Makes A Complete "IDIOT" Out Of Trump | CNN | 05/07/17 | 21:29
Tom Price leaves Jake Tapper speechless by claiming $880 billion in Medicaid cuts will help patients | CNN | 05/07/17 | 9:53
Former GOP Rep Joe Walsh Opposes Jimmy Kimmel's Stance On Health Care Debate | MSNBC | 05/05/17 | 7:11

Friday May 05, 2017

What's actually in the GOP health care bill
Politico | Brianna Ehley | 05/04/17

Peek under the hood of the GOP text and there are many changes that will have broad but unpredictable consequences for the American health care system.

Covering people with pre-existing conditions has been the hottest issue in the Obamacare repeal debate on the Hill. But peek under the hood of the GOP text and there are a whole lot of other changes -- including some surprises -- that will have broad but unpredictable consequences for the American health care system and the patients and families that rely on it. Many of the provisions don't take effect for several years.

  1. Imposes a mandate by another name
  2. Gives tax breaks to the wealthy
  3. Defunds Planned Parenthood for one year
  4. Allows older Americans to be charged more
  5. Allows sick Americans to be charged more
  6. Likely will mean benefit cuts for Medicaid recipients - or cause states to cough up more money
  7. Could cut school services for disabled children
  8. Could weaken employer sponsored insurance
  9. Yada, yada, yada
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Notably, Judicial Watch is the group that calculated the oft-quoted figure of $96 million as the tab for Obama's family travel during his presidency.

What Trump Can Learn From Kansas' Tax Troubles
politico.com/magazine | Kyle Pomerleau | 05/04/17

Thhe one-page tax plan that President Donald Trump's administration released last week didn't offer much detail. But its proposal to lower taxes for certain types of smaller businesses stood out--because the idea has been tried before at the state level and backfired.

The president's plan proposes reducing the business tax rate to 15 percent, including for "pass-through" businesses such as LLCs, partnerships and sole proprietorships. Unlike C-corporations, which are taxed twice--at the corporate level and then again at the individual level, when earnings are distributed to shareholders--pass-through companies are taxed just once, when they "pass" their income "through" to their owners, who are taxed as individuals. ... Read more

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein BLAST Trump At 2017 WHCA Dinner | C-Span | 04/29/17 | 19:20

This Is The Horrific Violence Trump Is Forcing Central American Refugees To Return To
MotherJones | Bryan Schatz | 05/05/17

Brutal gangs and impotent governments are driving children to flee.

While President Donald Trump has squawked about "bad hombres" invading America, the reality is that many migrants seeking to settle in the United States are not importing violence but fleeing it. As detailed in a new report from Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), an nonprofit organization focused on protecting children who enter the US immigration system, many Central American migrants, especially children, who head north are trying to escape extreme sexual and gender-based violence.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants reach the United States' southern border every year. In 2014, their numbers peaked at more than 68,500. Last year, Customs and Border Patrol apprehended nearly 60,000 unaccompanied kids, the vast majority of them from Central America. The reasons these children are trying to enter the United States are grim. The Northern Triangle of Central America, which includes El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, has some of the highest homicide rates in the world. In particular, girls, young women, and gay youth in the region face a barrage of sexual exploitation and violence, according to the KIND report. ... Read more

The Shame and Cruelty of the GOP (#69) | Keith Olbermann | 05/04/17 | 5:44
Is a Grand Jury Now Looking into Trump? (#70) | Keith Olbermann | 05/05/17 | 5:47
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  2. Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions
  3. French Voters Face Presidential Election Between Xenophobic Candidate & Centrist Investment Banker
  4. NAACP Calls on Louisiana to Charge Police Officers Who Shot & Killed Alton Sterling in Viral Video
  5. NAACP Renews Demands for Police Reform After Police Shooting of Black Teen Jordan Edwards in Dallas
  6. Emory Professor Carol Anderson on "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide"
Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health, ->GOP Attack on Obamacare Won't Slow Calls for Dems to Back Single-Payer | TRNN | 05/05/17 | 10:52
He's Not Ineffective. Trump's Been Quietly Crushing The Working Class. | TYT | 04/28/17 | 12:14
Democrats Sing, Republicans Laugh While America Cries As ObamaCare Dies | TYT | 05/04/17 | 23:19
How The Democrats Lost Control Of New York | TYT | 05/04/17 | 9:54
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Americans Face Impact Of New GOP Health Care | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/04/17 | 23:51
Adam Schiff: House Is Investigating 'Tactics Russia Used Elsewhere' | MSNBC | 05/01/17 | 10:38
The Optics Of Health Care Reform | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/05/17 | 6:43
Will marriage change 'Morning Joe'? Scarborough and Brzezinski's engagement was no surprise, but some wonder if it will alter the dynamics of their show.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise On The Future Of The Health Care Bill | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/05/17 | 7:35
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The GOP Celebrates Its One-Third Of A Healthcare Victory | Stephen Colbert | 05/05/17 | 8:32
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F**king Unbelievable: The GOP Shoves Health Care Through the House | The Daily Show | 05/04/17 | 6:47
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All The President's Leaks (with Andy Richter) | Samantha Bee | 05/04/17 | 2:10
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Thursday May 04, 2017

Republicans Are Rushing To Pass Their Health Care Bill Before You Find Out What's In It
HP | Jeffrey Young | 05/03/17

The American Health Care Act doesn't do what the GOP says it does. They're counting on you not to notice.

Once again, House Republicans are eyeing a vote on hastily cobbled together legislation to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act.

They're on the verge of doing this despite the evident lack of enthusiasm among GOP lawmakers themselves, widespread opposition from the health care industry and patient groups, and still no Congressional Budget Office evaluation of just what this bill would actually do to the health care system. ... Read more

This is not how lawmakers legislate when they're advancing a good policy. This is how they legislate when they're afraid that the voters they represent will figure out the game and refuse to go along. That's what happened in late March, the last time President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tried to force their American Health Care Act through the lower chamber.

Trump set to sign religious liberty order: report
TheHill.com | Nikita Vladimirov | 05/02/17

President Trump has reportedly invited conservative leaders to visit the White House on Thursday for the signing of an executive order on religious liberty.

Politico reported Tuesday that two senior administration officials confirmed the plan. One source noted that the language of the order has not yet been finalized by the White House lawyers, but a draft leaked in February would give businesses and individuals the ability to claim broad religious objections. The Trump administration has been under fire since, with critics arguing that it would allow discrimination against the LGBT community. ... Read more

Steve Bannon Leaks His Own Master Plan
TYT | author | 05/03/17

Steve Bannon leaked out his own master plan for to make America great again. White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon keeps a somewhat infamous whiteboard of his master plans in his office. In an age of constant hacking, writing your plans on an erasable whiteboard doesn't seem so crazy, but all that goes to hell if you or someone else takes a picture of that whiteboard and sends it to the masses on the web.

A man by the name of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach visited the White House on Tuesday in honor of Israel's Independence Day. A quick look at his Twitter feed will tell you he mostly spent the day taking photos with politicians and other folks associated with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. One of those folks was Bannon, and those photos took place in the senior advisor's office, in front of that whiteboard. ... Steve Bannon Leaks His Own Master Plan | TYT | 05/03/17 | 4:57

Kyle Bass Warns "All Hell Is About To Break Loose" In China
ZeroHedge | author | 05/04/17

China's credit system expanded "too recklessly and too quickly," and "it's beginning to unravel," warns Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass. "As soon as liabilities have problems - meaning the depositors decide to not roll their holdings - all hell breaks loose." ... Read more

*Fox News' problem is a lot bigger than Bill O'Reilly | Vox | 04/27/17 | 5:45
Sexual harassment allegations aren't an anomaly at Fox News -- they reflect a deeper problem inside of Fox headquarters. Firing Bill O'Reilly doesn't fix that.

Fox News' decision to fire Bill O'Reilly over his history of sexual harassment allegations is a big deal. The problem is: O'Reilly's replacements aren't much of an improvement. Fox's new primetime lineup is stacked with network personalities with their own histories of harassing women, including guests and even co-hosts. And it's not just primetime -- on-air harassment has been a recurring element in Fox News' programming for years, especially on shows like Fox & Friends. Given the new lineup of personalities who have their own patterns of mistreating women on-air, the network isn't showing signs of an overhaul just yet.
*Why Won't the Press Ask Trump Anything? (#68) | Keith Olbermann | 05/03/17 | 8:18
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  2. Fla. Lawmakers Apologize to Family of "Groveland Four," Black Men Falsely Accused of Rape in 1949
  3. Marissa Alexander, Jailed for 3 Years, Speaks Out on Intimate Partner Violence & Building Movements
  4. Meet Ammar Mohrat: Syrian Asylee Picked as College Commencement Speaker in Florida
James Comey: It Wasn't Me! | TYT | 05/03/17 | 11:54
Trump To Sign "Religious Liberty" Executive Order | TYT | 05/03/17 | 6:50
Stephen Colbert Under Siege For Homophobic Trump Joke | TYT | 05/03/17 | 5:52
Chechen Government: Kill Your Gay Children Or We Will | TYT | 05/03/17 | 9:57
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Vote On Health Care Going Forward Despite Unread Bill And No CBO Score | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/04/17 | 8:21
The Danger In James Comey's Definition Of Journalism | MSNBC | 05/03/17 | 5:21
James Comey Doesn't Regret Speaking On Hillary Clinton Investigation | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/04/17 | 7:35
Comey Explains to Sen. Al Franken Why Russia/Putin Favored Trump in 2016 Election | Fox 10 | 05/03/17 | 6:06
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James Comey's Testimony Summed Up In A Word: 'Lordy!' | Stephen Colbert | 05/04/17 | 9:17
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How to Make Trump Care About Global Warming | The Daily Show | 05/03/17 | 5:13
''It's like Groundhog Day.'' Jake Tapper mocks GOP's attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare | CNN | 05/03/17 | 4:20

Wednesday May 03, 2017

Try As He Might, Trump Struggles To Spin Government Spending Bill As A Victory
HP | Laura Barrón-López | 05/02/17

Republicans control the House, Senate and White House, but you wouldn't know it looking at the details of the government funding bill released in the early morning hours of Monday.

The bill, which will keep the government running until September, was immediately hailed by Democrats as a major legislative achievement and prima-facie evidence of their ability to out-negotiate and out-maneuver President Donald Trump.

GOP leaders did their best to claim victories on the margins and to hail the measure as a pleasant return to a collaborative status quo. But some top Republican lawmakers were also willing to concede that Trump got his clock cleaned -- with the bill containing no money for his border wall with Mexico, no major domestic spending cuts and no defunding of Planned Parenthood ... Read more

Trump transition staffers head to K Street despite lobbying ban
Politico | Theodoric Meyer | 05/03/17

Three months after Trump moved into the White House, at least nine people who worked on his transition have registered as lobbyists.

Donald Trump promised last year to "drain the swamp" of Washington, starting with barring people who worked on his presidential transition from lobbying for six months afterward. But three months after Trump moved into the White House, at least nine people who worked on his transition have registered as lobbyists, highlighting holes in the president's pledge to keep people from cashing in on government service.

Many are registered to lobby the same agencies or on the same issues they worked on during the transition, a POLITICO review of lobbying disclosures found. A former "sherpa" who helped to guide Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos through the Senate confirmation process is now registered to lobby her department. The former head of the transition's tax policy team has returned to his old company to lobby Congress on tax reform. One ex-member of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative team is now registered as part of a team lobbying on behalf of a major steelmaker. ... Read more

Jared Kushner Reportedly Omitted Ties To Soros, Goldman Sachs In Disclosure
Mediaite.com | Matthew Balan | 05/02/17

The Wall Street Journal revealed Kushner's omission in a Tuesday article. The senior advisor to the President founded a startup in 2014 called Cadre. Kushner's brother and a friend of his started the company, and it turns out Goldman Sachs and Soros are investors in Cadre, along with Trump supporter Peter Thiel. The newspaper disclosed that the enterprise "secured a $250 million line of credit from the family office of George Soros."

The Journal's report also points out that Kushner also neglected to disclose that he has "loans totaling at least $1 billion, from more than 20 lenders, to properties and companies part-owned by Mr. Kushner." ... Read more
OOPS! Jared Kushner Tried To Hide Soros Ties | TYT | 05/02/17 | 5:04

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren (04/18/17)

Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.

Warren grew up in Oklahoma, and she's never forgotten how difficult it was for her mother and father to hold on at the ragged edge of the middle class. An educational system that offered opportunities for all made it possible for her to achieve her dream of going to college, becoming a teacher, and, later, attending law school. But now, for many, these kinds of opportunities are gone, and a government that once looked out for working families is instead captive to the rich and powerful. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal ushered in an age of widespread prosperity; in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan reversed course and sold the country on the disastrous fiction called trickle-down economics. Now, with the election of Donald Trump--a con artist who promised to drain the swamp of special interests and then surrounded himself with billionaires and lobbyists--the middle class is being pushed ever closer to collapse.

Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren's trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won't sit down, she won't be silenced, and she will fight back.
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  2. Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status
  3. Journalist Anand Gopal: The Sheer Brutality of the Assad Regime Has Led People to Join ISIS
  4. NC Lawmakers Side with Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer from the Spraying of Hog Manure
**Matthew Hoh, a military veteran, -> Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War is Deadlier Than Ever | TRNN | 05/03/17 | 13:02
*Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a columnist, activist, author -> 70 Million Africans In Danger of Famine | TRNN | 05/03/17 | 19:08
Trump Taps Anti-Birth Control Activist To Oversee Family Planning | TYT | 05/02/17 | 11:35
Republican: People Who Lead 'Good Lives' Don't Need Healthcare! | TYT | 05/02/17 | 5:04
Second time in 7 days: US successfully launches 2nd Minuteman II missile | RT | 05/03/17 | 0:47
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Trump Administration Makes Mess Spinning Spending Bill | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/02/17 | 14:45
Clinton reflects on election loss (Full event) | CNN | 05/02/17 | 34:00
Keith Olbermann
Trump is Panicking About Russia (#67) | Keith Olbermann | 05/02/17 | 8:38
President Donald Trump's Dizzying Series Of Interviews | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/02/17 | 19:46
Senator Elizabeth Warren: Money Has Overtaken Washington | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/03/17 | 10:02
How Donald Trump thinks about foreign policy | Vox | older | 7:33
100 days of Trump’s flailing presidency | Vox | 04/28/17 | 8:00
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The New U.S. Constitution As Written By Trump | Stephen Colbert | 05/03/17 | 6:51
Hillary Comes Out Of The Woods And Wonders 'What If?' | Stephen Colbert | 05/03/17 | 6:50
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Hillary Clinton: The One That Got Away | The Daily Show | 05/02/17 | 6:17

Tuesday May 02, 2017

Trump On Senate: "A Very Rough System," "An Archaic System" That's "A Bad Thing For The Country"
realclearpolitics.com | Ian Schwartz |04/29/17

In an interview with FOX News Channel's Martha MacCallum, President Donald Trump weighed in on governing what he called the "archaic rules" of the Senate. MacCallum interviewed Trump on the final edition of her show, The First 100 Days. Beginning Monday, the name of her show will change to The Story.

"The rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through, it's -- it's really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion," the president said. "They're archaic rules." Trump warned, "at some point we're going to have to take those rules on." ... Read more
President Trump: Our Govt Follows "Archaic Rules" - Pres Donald J. Trump On First 100 Day | FoxNews | 04/28/17 | 16:46
Trump's NOT A Fan Of Checks And Balances | TYT | 05/01/17 | 8:51

Donald Trump Doesn't Know Why the Civil War Began. Most Americans Don't Know How It Ended.
MotherJones | Tim Murphy | 05/02/17

People deal with political trauma in different ways. After the 2016 election, yuppies who once scoffed at preppers found themselves stockpiling canned goods. Barack Obama went parasailing. Hillary Clinton hiked in the woods. Hundreds of thousands of people began meeting in small groups--"for the first time in my life," many told reporters -- to organize a resistance. Some people bought bourbon, some people bought dogs, and I found myself reading about Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

In the years before the Civil War, Higginson, the abolitionist scion of a powerful Boston Brahmin family, had run for Congress, dabbled as a Unitarian minister, bankrolled John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, and even sustained a sword wound to his face while breaking into a Massachusetts jail to rescue a fugitive slave. He prayed for a great cleansing war to rid the nation of slavery and when it came, he cheerfully enlisted. Then, in the fall of 1862, Higginson embarked on one of the most radical projects in American history. ... Read more

Schools superintendent: Students are harming themselves and citing '13 Reasons Why'
WashingtonPost | Valerie Strauss | 04/29/17

A Florida schools superintendent told parents in a letter that his district has seen a rapid rise in at-risk behavior at elementary and middle schools -- including self-harming and suicide threats -- in the wake of a graphic Netflix series about a 17-year-old girl's suicide called "13 Reasons Why."

The series, which debuted March 31, is based on a 2007 young adult novel and includes detailed scenes of young people harming themselves, including that of a teen who cuts her wrists with a razor in a bathtub and her blood is seen pouring out as she struggles to breathe. With the first episode released about a month ago, the series has sparked warnings from mental health counselors and others expressing concern about copycat behavior and the glorification of suicide by vulnerable young people. ... Read more
"13 Reasons Why" Glorifying Suicide? | TYT | 05/01/17 | 6:41

China Demands "Immediate Halt" Of US Missile Shield Deployment In South Korea
ZeroHEdge | author | 05/02/17

"We oppose the deployment of the US missile system to South Korea and call on all parties to immediately stop this process. We are ready to take necessary measures to protect our interests," China foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a briefing, adding that "China's position on the THAAD issue has not changed." ... Read more

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  2. Immigrant Workers Lead Thousands in NYC May Day Protests: "Without Our Labor, the City Cannot Move"
  3. May Day Protests Held at NC State Capitol as GOP Lawmakers Push Bill Defunding "Sanctuary Cities"
  4. ACLU Fight Persists in North Carolina: NCAA Basketball Has Returned, But Anti-Trans HB 2 Remains Law
  5. Is North Carolina Still a Democracy? How Unfettered Conservative Rule Reshaped Tar Heel State
  6. Chris Kromm: The South's Political Clout Is Rising Under Trump
*Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson: U.S. Incoherence, THAAD Missile System Disrupt the Korean Peninsula | TRNN | 05/02/17 | 14:38
Federal Budget Deal Reached. Trump Loses, Liberals Win? | TYT | 05/01/17 | 9:58
VICTORY! Judge Saves Net Neutrality | TYT | 05/01/17 | 3:39
Keiser Report: Post-Brexit World (E1065) | RT | 05/02/17 | 25:36
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Donald Trump Administration Weak On Basic Competence | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 05/01/17 | 9:54
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Trump's New War on Free Speech (#66) | Keith Olbermann | 05/01/17 | 8:44
Matthews On President Donald Trump: I Don't Know Where To Begin | MSNBC Hardball | 05/02/17 | 9:56
Michael Moore: Can These Words Bring Down A Sitting President? | MSNBC Last Word | 05/02/17 | 8:55
Presidential Historian On President Trump's Alternative Civil War History | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/02/17 | 11:33
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This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. President | Stephen Colbert | 05/02/17 | 12:25
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President Trump's 100-Day Milestone | The Daily Show | 05/01/17 | 6:41
Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj White House Correspondents' Dinner full monologue | The Daily Show | 05/01/17 | 25:49

Monday May 01, 2017
**Bernie Sanders BRILLIANT takedown of Trump's First 100 Days In Office | Politics Video Channel | 04/28/17 | 18:46

Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
Reuters | Stephen J. Adler | 04/29/17

"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

More than five months after his victory and two days shy of the 100-day mark of his presidency, the election is still on Trump's mind. Midway through a discussion about Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president paused to hand out copies of what he said were the latest figures from the 2016 electoral map. ... Read more
*Trump Shocked Being President Harder Than Sitting On Ass | TYT | 04/28/17 | 5:42

Climate March Brings Thousands of People to Protest Donald Trump
MotherJones | author | 04/29/17

The latest version of organized protest against President Donald Trump is officially underway with the third annual People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. The event is expected to draw thousands of participants both in the nation's capital and sister marches nationwide, where demonstrators plan to speak out against the Trump administration's plans to undo the federal regulations that are in place to fight climate change.

Coincidentally, Saturday's march also marks the first 100 days of Trump's presidency. During that period, the president has stacked his administration with prominent climate deniers, proposed eliminating billions in scientific research, and threatened to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. ... Read more

Wall Street Firm Paying Obama $400,000 Faced Internal Controversy After Pocketing Huge 9/11 Settlement
TheIntercept | Jon Schwarz | 04/28/17

BARACK OBAMA will deliver a speech this September at a swanky healthcare conference for investors run by Cantor Fitzgerald. As Fox Business News first reported on Monday, the firm is paying him $400,000.

The ensuing criticism of Obama for cashing in on his presidency has been thunderous -- but has overlooked exactly whose money he is taking. Cantor Fitzgerald, a major Wall Street brokerage house, lost 658 of its 960 employees when the World Trade Center was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. But when it settled a long-running lawsuit against American Airlines for $135 million in 2013, the proceeds didn't go to the families of the dead. ... Read more

Fyre Festival attendee describes chaotic experience | CBC | 04/30/17 | 5:16

Fyre Festival canceled after guests allege "scam"
CBS | Andrea Park | 04/28/17

The Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, billed as a "luxury" event featuring big music acts and celebrity chefs, is now canceled after a chaotic false start, stranding angry visitors who shelled out thousands of dollars to attend.

"Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed," the festival tweeted on Friday. "After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could. At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely." ... Read more

"Fyre Festival" Looked So Fun In The Pictures... | TYT | 04/30/17 | 8:55
Trump's First 100 Days. And What Has He Done? (#65) | Keith Olbermann | 04/28/17 | 8:07
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  3. People's Climate March: A Protest Against the Fossil Fuel Industry Taking Over the U.S. Government
  4. Indigenous Leader Kandi Mossett: "It's Not OK for Our Women to Die Because We Want to Protect Water"
  5. Sens. Markey & Merkley Push Bill for 100% Clean and Renewable Energy by 2050
  6. Massachusetts AG Maura Healey on Why She Is Suing ExxonMobil for Climate Deception
  7. Kumi Naidoo: As Africa Burns, Why Is U.S. Refusing to Help Stop Catastrophic Climate Change?
  8. Berta Cáceres' Sister Speaks Out About the Ongoing Assassinations of Land Defenders in Honduras
*Whistleblower Advocates: Stop Targeting the Messenger | TRNN | 05/01/17 | 7:53
**Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson -> Trump's Cuts to Foreign Aid Threaten Global Health, Benefit War & Disaster Profiteers | TRNN | 05/01/17 | 11:08
200,000 Rally For Climate Justice in DC | TRNN | 05/01/17 | 7:37
Trump's First 100 Days: The Real Story | TYT | 04/29/17 | 3:49
Trump Shocked Being President Harder Than Sitting On Ass | TYT | 04/28/17 | 3:49
*Keiser Report: America-China Financial Wars (E1064) | RT | 04/29/17 | 25:43
*Amy Goodman: "How To Fight Trump's Anti-Immigrant Bigotry" | ThomHartmann | 04/28/17 | 27:57
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*Charting The Next 100 Days Of Donald Trump's Presidency | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/01/17 | 10:45
Sizing Up Democratic Bench For 2020 Election, President Obama's Speaking Fee | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/01/17 | 13:17
Health Care Continues To Trouble Trump White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 05/01/17 | 6:28
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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You 100 Days Stronger | Stephen Colbert | 04/29/17 | 5:08
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*Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, Pt. 1: Peaches and Monologue | Samatha Bee | 04/29/17 | 6:00
Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner, Pt. 2: Roast of Jeff Zucker | Samatha Bee | 04/29/17 | 8:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday April 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Monday April 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

So many words, so little sense.

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

The AP released part of the interview last week, but made a fuller transcript available late Sunday. You can read it in full here, but beware: It’s a doozy. The phrase “Donald Trump is unintelligible” was even a top trending topic on Twitter early Monday a reference to the 16 times during the one-on-one interview where whatever the president said was apparently impossible to transcribe. ... Read more
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Andrew Sullivan On Donald Trump: 'Huge Mistake' That He's President | MSNBC Meet the Press | 04/22/17 | 10:09
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Alex Jones Called Out Stephen Colbert In Court Testimony | Stephen Colbert | 04/22/17 | 7:08
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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hold an incredible amount of political power. That's troubling considering their incredibly small amount of political experience. | John Oliver | 04/23/17 | 22:27
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Government Worked! Rape Kit Backlog Part 2 | Samantha Bee | 04/23/17 | 7:15

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
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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
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Bill O'Reilly's '98 Novel Is Rich With Foreshadowing | Stephen Colbert | 04/21/17 | 5:59
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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

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  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
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President Warren: Turn Heat Up On President Trump-Russia Case | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 04/20/17 | 9:28
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Trump Admin. Tries To Clarify Statements On US Warships To Korean Peninsula | 04/20/17 | 8:09
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Bill O'Reilly Gets the Boot | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 04/19/17 | 10:46
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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]
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  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
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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]
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  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
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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

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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
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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]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 10 (FULL) | 59:02
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
  1. Headlines
  2. 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
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
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
Trump's People - SNL
President Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) meets with supporters | 04/09/17 | 5:26

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