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Wednesday August 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. ... Read more
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Daily Caller Once Advised How to 'Plow Through' Liberal Protesters With a Car
Mediaite | Aidan McLaughlin | 08/15/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.16.2017. 10:49

Tuesday August 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.15.2017. 11:41

Monday August 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.14.2017. 10:57

Friday August 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08.11.2017. 11:23

Thursday August 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top U.S. & World Headlines -- August 10, 2017 | DN | 08/10/17 | 11:31
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 10 (FULL) | 59:02
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**Col. Larry Wilkerson: Trump and Kim Jong-un Sound the Same | TRNN | 08/10/17 | 14:00
BREAKING: North Korea Planning Guam Attack | TYT | 08/09/17 | 3:25
Donald Trump Doubles Down On Genocidal Nuclear Threats | TYT | 08/09/17 | 10:51
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
The1a.org
How Is Guam Handling North Korea's Threats? | 1a.org | 08/10/17 | 1hr
North Korean state media has floated the possibility of an attack on Guam, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific that's also home to a significant American military presence.

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

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

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