News ArticlesCNN | Bernie Sanders warns Republicans worried about protests: You haven't 'seen anything yet' (02/23/17) [9:04]
TRUMP STUMPED: 'Nobody Knew' That Health Care Could Be So Hard
"Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." That was President Donald Trump speaking at the White House Monday, and if anything can encapsulate the dilemma facing Republicans as they haltingly try to keep their campaign promises to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act -- aka Obamacare -- it's that.
The idea that "nobody" knew health care is complicated is, of course, nonsense ? as literally anyone who's ever visited a doctor or used health insurance could tell you. But the realization seems to have come belatedly to Trump. ... Read more
House Republicans Are Helping Donald Trump Keep His Tax Returns Secret
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Monday proposed a resolution to invoke an obscure law allowing the Internal Revenue Service to turn over the president's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee for review. But the House voted 229-185, almost exclusively on party lines, to reject the effort.
Pascrell first raised the idea of using the law again earlier this month, but was shot down by the Ways and Means committee chair, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas.) ... Read more
White House Petition Demanding Trump Release Tax Returns Gets Over 1 Million Signatures
It's unclear if the White House will respond.
Trump: 'Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated'
President Trump said Monday that "nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated," as Republicans have been slow to unite around a replacement plan for ObamaCare.
"I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," Trump said after a meeting with conservative governors at the White House.
The GOP governors were in town this weekend for their annual conference and met with Trump to talk about a variety of things, but it's likely the conversation largely focused on healthcare. ... Read moreClick to zoom in The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11.pdf
Pentagon Reporter: I Don't Know Any Military Commander Who Thinks Trump's Plan Is Going to Work
His military vision is dangerous and outdated, a better fit for the 1950s than 2017
On the heels of President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States must "start winning wars again," CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr revealed military leaders have a different opinion.
"There are a lot of questions about what the president means," Starr told Wolf Blitzer. "He said he was taking this from watching the military during his days back in high school and college in his words when perhaps it was a much more clear time for military victories." ... Read moreThe floats at Karneval parades across southern and western Germany are known for their biting satire. As The Local reports, this year the main target of their derision was only ever going to be one man.
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 28 (FULL) [59:02]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.*DN | As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War? (02/28/17) [12:36]
President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill tonight and is expected to outline part of his budget plan before a joint session of Congress. On Monday, Trump proposed increasing the military budget to just over $600 billion -- a 10 percent increase -- while deeply slashing the budgets of other agencies, likely including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Trump said he wanted a historic increase in military spending. Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee of California responded on Twitter by writing, "[President] Trump's morally bankrupt budget will funnel more money to the Pentagon at the expense of the poor [and] our planet. This is an awful idea." We speak to Neta Crawford, co-director of the Costs of War Project and a professor of political science at Boston University. In September, she released a report that found the United States has spent nearly $5 trillion since the September 11, 2001, attacks on homeland security and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan.*DN | "Decade of Betrayal": How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s (02/28/17) [19:08]
President Donald Trump is slated to give his first presidential address to Congress today. Democratic lawmakers have begun giving their tickets away to immigrants as a protest against Trump's push to increase deportations and to block residents from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Well, this is not the first time people of Mexican descent have been demonized, accused of stealing jobs, and forced to leave the country. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, more than a million people residing in the United States were deported to Mexico--about 60 percent of them were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. We speak to the preeminent scholar on this often overlooked chapter of American history: Francisco Balderrama, professor of American history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is co-author of "Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s."DN | From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series "RISE" Focuses on Indigenous Resistance (02/28/17) [33:11]
Some HumorThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Donald Trump Dreads The White House Correspondents' Dinner (02/28/17) [3:28]
Stephen Colbert | Jon Stewart To The Media: It's Time To Get Your Groove Back. (02/27/17) [10:29]
Keith Olbermann | Donald Trump Must Go (#39) (02/23/17) [3:51]
**TRNN | Col. Wilkerson -> Trump's Proposed $54 Billion Increase in the Military Budget Not for National Security (02/28/17) [10:31]
*TRNN | Nnimmo Bassey (born 1958) is a Nigerian architect, environmentalist activist, author and poet -> Armed Conflict, Global Warming Intensify Mass Famines (02/28/17) [10:14]
*TYT | Trump: Nobody Knew Healthcare Could Be So Complicated! (02/27/17) [7:12]
*TYT | Trump Calls For HISTORIC Increase In Military Spending (02/27/17) [8:14]
*TYT | Trump's "No More Leaks!" Meeting IMMEDIATELY Leaked (02/27/17) [5:43]
RT | Keiser Report: Breakdown in Liberal Ideology (E1038) (02/28/17) [25:47]
Max and Stacy discuss Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac plunging and college endowments losing billions to hedge funds. Max interviews former banker Michael Krieger of LibertyBlitzkrieg.com about how the breakdown in liberal ideology gave us Trump.
Main Stream MediaMSNBC Morning Joe | President Trump Promises To Boost Military Spending To $54 Billion (02/28/17) [15:19]
MSNBC Last Word | Clouds Of Scandal And Rank Incompetence At White House (02/28/17) [12:14]
**Trump Budget Plan Boosts Pentagon, Trims State Dept, EPA
The White House on Monday will send federal departments a budget proposal containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.
... A second official said the State Department's budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent, which would force a major restructuring of the department and elimination of programs. ... Read more
The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team's Flurry Of Falsehoods
Bannon Versus Trump
It's becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump's attention span.
The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order -- the American-led alliances, norms and organizations that bind democracies and preserve global peace. The regulars seek to preserve and extend this order, and see Vladimir Putin as a wolf who tears away at it.
The populist ethno-nationalists in the Trump White House do not believe in this order. Their critique -- which is simultaneously moral, religious, economic, political and racial -- is nicely summarized in the remarks Steve Bannon made to a Vatican conference in 2014:
Humane capitalism has been replaced by the savage capitalism that brought us the financial crisis.Read more
Once there was a collection of Judeo-Christian nation-states, Bannon argued, that practiced a humane form of biblical capitalism and fostered culturally coherent communities. But in the past few decades, the party of Davos -- with its globalism, relativism, pluralism and diversity -- has sapped away the moral foundations of this Judeo-Christian way of life.
Humane capitalism has been replaced by the savage capitalism that brought us the financial crisis. National democracy has been replaced by a crony-capitalist network of global elites. Traditional virtue has been replaced by abortion and gay marriage. Sovereign nation-states are being replaced by hapless multilateral organizations like the E.U.
My Comment: the above remarks by Bannon seem really humanitarian. However, the actions of the Trump Administration so far don't seem to match the philosophy.
This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America
Bannon is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, the crusading right-wing populist website that's a lineal descendant of the Drudge Report (its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, spent years apprenticing with Matt Drudge) and a haven for people who think Fox News is too polite and restrained. He'd spent the day at CPAC among the conservative faithful, zipping back and forth between his SiriusXM booth and an unlikely pair of guests he was squiring around: Nigel Farage ... Read more
My Comment: I don't normally follow Glen Beck, but he does make some very interesting comments during this interview.CNN | Glenn Beck attacks Steve Bannon as a dangerous Leninist (02/23/17) [5:55]
Who Is Alexander Dugin??
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 27 [12:56]
*DM | Glenn Greenwald (full interview) (02/06/17) [23:17]*DN | Committee to Protect Journalists: Trump's Attacks on Media Will Be Felt by Journalists Around World (02/27/17) [11:22]
*DM | Greenwald: Empowering the "Deep State" to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying (02/xx/17) [10:30]
DN | Rev. William Barber: The NAACP Will Boycott North Carolina over HB2 & Voter Suppression (02/27/17) [11:53]
HumorLastWeekTonight with John Oliver
**John Oliver | Obamacare (02/26/17) [18:52]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump's Nuclear Plan: It's Like The Cold War All Over Again (02/25/17) [4:33]
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics,' says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works, Part 1/6 (02/27/17) [9:08]
*TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck -> Mountains of Uninvested Corporate Cash, Not Mexico, Most Responsible for Job Loss (02/27/17) [15:12]
*TRNN | Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal -> Erik Prince is Back: Former CEO of Blackwater Offering Services to the Trump Administration (02/27/17) [10:32]
*TRNN | Bhaskar Sunkara, Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss -> Trump at CPAC: Tax Cuts, Massive Military Build-up, Part 1 (02/25/17) [15:53]
TRNN | Bhaskar Sunkara, Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss -> Bannon-Trump Promise to Unleash Unfettered Capitalism, Part 2 (02/25/17) [17:48]
*TYT | CEOs Try To Explain The Economy To Trump (02/26/17) [6:58]
TYT | Trump Team Can't Wait To Fill More Private Prisons With Minorities (02/26/17) [8:03]
TYT | Trump Administration Told FBI To Back Off Russia? (02/24/17) [8:07]
TYT | Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus' Awkward Bromance (02/24/17) [4:11]
Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus shared a very awkward moment on stage at CPAC.TYT | Conservatives Wave Russian Flags Before Trump's Speech (02/24/17) [7:52]
"NATIONAL HARBOR -- Reince Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon definitely get along. Everything you have heard about their relationship, says Priebus, is wrong. If you have heard that they are slowly engaged in a battle to the death, that is definitely not true. That is their, uh, belligerent chemistry. They are like brothers, Kim Jong Un and Kim Jong Nam, just regular brothers.
They are the best of friends, like Frog and Toad, or even Bert and Ernie, if you catch them on the right evening. They talk all night until they fall asleep, holding hands. This is what they told New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi:
"We talk a lot, pretty much all day long," Priebus said. "And then we communicate at night --"
Note: I don't always agree with the the videos I post, but I always think it is a good idea to listen/hear both sides of an issue(s)RT | CrossTalk: Media Wars (02/27/17) [24:33]
ThomHartmann | Will The Corporate Media Stand Against Trumps Attacks? (02/24/17) [11:07]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Donald Trump Admin Spikes Report That Undercuts Ban (02/24/17) [12:33]
Main Stream MediaMSNBC Morning Joe | 'Swirling Paranoia' Takes Over The White House (02/27/17) [14:17]
MSNBC Morning Joe | With Historic Low Numbers, President Donald Trump Keeps Fighting Media (02/27/17) [15:21]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Why 'Madman Theory' Is Unhelpful In Global Affairs (02/24/17) [10:14]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Steve Bannon Lays Out Vision For White House During CPAC Talk (02/24/17) [14:00]
FoxNews | "Attacking CNN doesn't create jobs" Chris Wallace DESTROYS Donald Trump aide (02/26/17) [4:53]
CNN | "CNN is NOT fake news" Shep Smith defends CNN on Fox News (02/24/17) [4:39]
Steve Bannon Says Feud With 'Corporatist, Globalist' Media Will Only Get Worse
A few days after President Donald Trump drew rebukes for calling the media the "enemy of the American people," his top strategist Steve Bannon showed no sign that the White House was willing to reconsider its feud with the press.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Thursday, Bannon warned the situation between the administration and the fourth estate will only get worse. ... Read moreRUSH | We're Not That Far From A CIVIL WAR! (02/10/17) [5:08]
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All statements involving Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh Urges Listeners Not To "Fall For" Fact-Checks
A Little Bit of HumorThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | 'Real News Tonight': A Reliable Source For News Trump Will Like (02/24/17) [3:16]
Stephen Colbert | The Late Show Presents: Presidential Leak-Crets (02/24/17) [4:59]
Keith Olbermann | Donald Trump Must Go (02/23/17) [3:51]
Why the Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump's Presidency
In early 2016, few evangelical leaders were on Team Trump, as they had Ted Cruz and other conservative Christians to choose from in a crowded Republican presidential field. After Donald Trump embarrassed his GOP competition and became the party's nominee, prominent evangelicals began changing their tune. Some, including a number of outspoken anti-LGBT activists, worked with the Trump campaign on a large evangelical advisory board. After Trump won the presidency with 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, most far-right Christian leaders who hadn't endorsed him came around. Many were gleeful, and some even pronounced that God had stepped in and handed Trump the job.
That excitement has grown since the election as Trump prepared for and took office, nominating several ultra-conservative Christians for key posts and promptly following through on several of his campaign promises tailored to evangelical voters. Trump had already picked far-right evangelical Mike Pence for vice president. Then he nominated Betsy DeVos, who was raised in a Calvinist community in Michigan, for secretary of education and Seventh-Day Adventist Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development secretary, and Human Services Sec. Tom Price, EPA head Scott Pruitt, Energy nominee Rick Perry, Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ... Read moreGOP Senator Tom Cotton Confronted At Town Hall
NBC | GOP Senator Tom Cotton Confronted At Town Hall About President Trump's Election (02/23/17 [4:20]
Senator Tom Cotton | Woman Asks Senator Tom Cotton (Arkansas) "What Insurance Do You Have?" (02/22/17) [4:40]
Senator Tom Cotton | Senator Tom Cotton "How can you support a man who Says he grabs Women by the *%^%&" (02/22/17) [0:57]
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Tom Cotton Town Hall (02/22/17) [12:55]
Senator Tom Cotton | Town Hall Event (02/22/17) [1:43:48]
White House Bars CNN, NYT, Others From Media Briefing
CNN's political reporter Sara Murray has confirmed that CNN has been blocked from attending a White House press briefing this morning. Other reports note that The New York Times, LA Times, and Politico were also blocked. ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX were allowed in but AP and Time have boycotted the event. ... Read more
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 24 [11:02]
**DN | Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Head, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros. & Energy Firms (02/23/17) [10:54]
Thousands of pages of newly released emails reveal how EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely collaborated with oil, coal and gas companies backed by the Koch brothers to roll back environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general. The documents were released just days after Pruitt was sworn in as the new head of the EPA, the agency tasked with curtailing pollution and safeguarding public health. Last week, Senate Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to postpone Pruitt's final confirmation until the emails were released, but Republicans pressed forward and confirmed him in a 52-46 vote, largely along party lines. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times. The trove of new documents shows how energy companies drafted language for Pruitt's Attorney General's Office to use to sue the EPA over environmental regulations. We speak to Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which successfully sued for the emails to be released.*DN | As Calls Grow to Impeach Trump, Former Nixon Counsel John Dean Sees "Echoes of Watergate" (02/24/17) [13:24]
DN | John Dean: The Difference Between Trump & Nixon is Trump Says Publicly What Nixon Said on Wiretap (02/24/17) [8:50]
*TRNN | Center for Media and Democracy's Lisa Graves says -> Newly Released Emails Reveal Pruitt's Connections with Koch Brothers (02/24/17) [18:35]
**TRNN | Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss -> the Trump-Bannon-Pence administration, a naked display of the 1% ruling without apologies (02/24/17) [13:06]
*TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck says -> Trump's Job Promises are Fiction - Free Trade is Fiction, Too (02/21/17) [17:06]*TYT | Net Neutrality Is On Its Deathbed (02/23/17) [4:52]
*TYT | Trump Attacks Transgender Rights, Find Out the Secret Reason Why (02/23/17) [5:25]
TYT | British Politicians Take Turns Blasting Trump (02/21/17) [10:23]
*PBS NewsHour | What EPA's Scott Pruitt means for environmental policy and regulation (02/17/17) [6:56]
*PBS NewsHour | How scientists are scrambling to safeguard vital environmental data (02/17/17) [8:37]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Trump Administration's Litany Of Mistakes Indicates Malice Or Incompetence (02/23/17) [21:12]
Main Stream MediaMSNBC The Last Word | Steve Bannon: The Most Powerful Person In President Trump's White House (02/24/17) [16:33]
FoxNews | Did Steve Bannon become the new face of the Republican Party? (02/23/17) [4:35]
Note: I don't like FoxNews, I don't particularly like Tucker Carlson, but I can listen to both sides of an issue and make my own decissions.
FoxNews | Krauthammer: Bannon showed he was brains of operation (02/23/17) [5:45]
FoxNews | Steve Bannon takes on the media at CPAC (02/23/17) [12:32]
CPAC | Steve Bannon & Reince Priebus Panel at CPAC 2017 (FULL) (02/23/17) [24:38]
Note: at least we don't have to hear from Sarah Paline or Machele Backmann.
*Bernie Sanders Takes Down Drug Companies and Washington Lobbyists' Latest Racket
The Vermont senator blames an insulin price hike on the collusion of Big Pharma.
The price of insulin is going up, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refuses to take it lying down. On Wednesday, the Vermont senator weighed in on a new class-action lawsuit taking aim at drug manufacturers.
"In the last 25 years, the pharmaceutical industry, major companies, have been fined some $35 billion for collusion, for fraud and for other illegal behavior," Sanders explained in an interview with "CBS This Morning." ... Read more
*Fears Grow That Climate Conflicts Could Lead to War
Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change -- rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms -- European leaders are warning of a last-century risk they know all too well: War.
Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts. ... Read more
Little Bit of HumorThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Joe Scarborough: There Are Some Lines Trump Can't Cross, Part 1 (02/22/17) [5:38], Part 2[5:38]
Keith Olbermann | The Intel Community and the Slow Death of Trump's Presidency (#37) (02/22/17) [7:46]
Keith Olbermann | The Mistake Trump Can't Ever Walk Back (#36) (02/21/17) [6:52]
Keith Olbermann | Is The Trump White House High?(#35) (02/16/17) [7:09]
The Making Of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy Of American Empire by Leo Panitch (2013)
The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has become clear that markets and states aren't straightforwardly opposing forces.
In this groundbreaking work, Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin demonstrate the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state. The Making of Global Capitalism identifies the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them. These emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements that might transcend global markets.
Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest
A purported cyber hack of the daughter of political consultant Paul Manafort suggests that he was the victim of a blackmail attempt while he was serving as Donald Trump's presidential campaign chairman last summer.
The undated communications, which are allegedly from the iPhone of Manafort's daughter, include a text that appears to come from a Ukrainian parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko, seeking to reach her father, in which he claims to have politically damaging information about both Manafort and Trump.
Attached to the text is a note to Paul Manafort referring to "bulletproof" evidence related to Manafort's financial arrangement with Ukraine's former president, the pro-Russian strongman Viktor Yanukovych, as well as an alleged 2012 meeting between Trump and a close Yanukovych associate named Serhiy Tulub ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 23 [14:13]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 23 (FULL) (02/23/17) [59:04]
*DN | The Stephen Miller Story: From Pestering Latino Students in High School to Drafting Muslim Ban (02/15/17) [13:26]
A new investigation by Univision shows how President Trump's senior White House policy adviser, 31-year-old Stephen Miller, was well known at his Santa Monica High School for heckling his fellow Hispanic classmates, including telling them to speak only English. He's now best known as one of the architects behind Trump's Muslim travel ban. For more, we speak with one of Miller's former classmates, Cynthia Santiago, the first Latina president of the school's Associated Student Body and now an immigration defense lawyer who has been helping people impacted by Trump's travel ban. We also speak with Univision reporter Fernando Peinado. His recent piece is titled "How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump's immigration policy."TRNN | Journalist Desiree Kane says -> Standing Rock and the Struggle Against Corporate Power (02/23/17) [12:09]
TRNN | Political science Leo Panitch says - > Greece's Debt Relief Conundrum (02/23/17) [19:27]
*TYT | Emails Show EPA Head's Cozy Ties With Big Oil (02/22/17) [8:12]
TYT | Statue Of Liberty Gets A Sweet New Sign (02/22/17) [3:08]
TYT | BREAKING: Water Protector's Camp Surrounded, Cops Moving In (02/22/17) [8:37]
RT | Keiser Report: China-US Trade War (E1036) (02/23/17) [25:46]
Max and Stacy discuss the 'bad news' and 'grave concerns' in the eurozone leading to big gold buying. **In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of TheChinaMoneyReport.com about the trade war with China that America has already lost. They also discuss North Korea and what the assassination of Kim Jong-nam means for the region.ThomHartmann | Did Pruitt Prove He's In the Koch's Pocketbook Today? (02/21/17) [11:58]
ThomHartmann | Will The GOP Attacks On Elizabeth Warren Backfire? (02/22/17) [11:27]
*ThomHartmann | Russian Expert Stephen Cohen -> "Detente Both Possible & Necessary" (02/12/17) [32:09]
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Montana GOP Chair Afraid Of Too Much Voting (02/23/17) [19:15]
Main Stream MediaMSNBC Morning Joe | President Donald Trump's Staffers Work To Control His Twitter Habit (02/23/17) [5:33]
MSNBC Morning Joe | Joe: How College Impacted Stephen Miller's Conservative Thought (02/23/17) [15:41]
NYTimes | Andrew Sullivan | 02/23/17
... I feel like I know Stephen Miller, the youthful Montgomery Burns who lectured the lügenpresse last Sunday morning in his charm-free Stakhanovite baritone. I feel like I know him because I used to be a little like him. He's a classic type: a rather dour right-of-center kid whose conservatism was radicalized by lefties in the educational system. No, I'm not blaming liberals for Miller's grim fanaticism. I am noting merely that right-of-center students are often mocked, isolated, and anathematized on campus, and their response is often, sadly, a doubling down on whatever it is that progressives hate. Before too long, they start adopting brattish and obnoxious positions -- just to tick off their SJW peers and teachers. After a while, you're not so much arguing for conservatism as against leftism, and eventually the issues fade and only the hate remains. Think of it in some way as reactionary camp. Think Ingraham and Coulter and Yiannopoulos. They are reactionaries in the classic sense: Their performance-art politics are almost entirely a reaction to the suffocating leftism that they had to endure as they rose through the American education system. As a young, lonely conservative in college, I now wince at recalling, I threw a Champagne party to welcome Reagan's cruise missiles to Britain. Of course I knew better -- and could have made a decent argument for deterrence instead of behaving like a brattish dick. But I didn't. I wanted to annoy and disrupt the smugness around me. If you never mature, this pose can soon become your actual personality -- especially when you realize that it can also be extremely lucrative in the conservative-media industrial complex. I think of Ann Coulter, whom I met recently, backstage at Bill Maher's show. What struck me was her sincerity, searing intelligence, and grasp of the facts. In another universe, she could have become a reasoned defender of a sane conservatism. Instead she ended up writing In Trump We Trust. In exactly the same way, Miller really is a product of Santa Monica and Duke -- their living, breathing, raving antibody. ... Read more
Note: I don't normally watch The View, but I thought this was a good discussion on what is happening in the Trump Presidency.The View | Whoopi Goldberg HEATED debate with Jedediah over Donald Trump (02/21/17) [8:37]
Stuff That Makes Me Squirm In My SeatFoxNews | "YOU ARE FLAT WRONG" Chris Wallace Tells Stephen Miller Interview (02/15/17) [15:49]
Note: I have to admit Rush Limbaugh sounded OK here. His show on-the-other hand is outrageous.FoxNews | "The media is Trump's ENEMY!" Rush Limbaugh goes CRAZY on Chris Wallace (02/20/17) [12:12]
Global Warming & Climate Change
What Climate Change Effects Are We Already Seeing
Climate change: How do we know?
The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen -- and much faster than climate scientists expected
Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide. Read moreCNN | CNN: Goldstein v McEnany (02/21/17) [6:07]
YouTube CommentersMSNBC Chris Hayes | Mitch McConnell and Republicans Experience Eruptions at Town Halls (02/21/17) [4:58]
My Comment: Yuk... this is news??
Commenter 1: She's shameless and he's a douche. Next.?
Commenter 2: That about sums up every discussion between the right and the left at the moment?
Fusion | Who is Stephen Miller? The Guy Yelling at the Screen (02/14/17) [1:31]
David Pakman Show | Stephen Miller -> "the President will not be questioned, period" (02/14/17) [7:14]
'Everything's on the Table': Kellyanne Conway Floats Mass Recess Appointments of Trump Nominees
She called the remaining Obama-era staff "sleeper cells."
On Tuesday, counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway -- who's recently had some trouble getting booked on cable news -- appeared on conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt's radio show. First, Hewitt asked Conway why the President has not fired Obama-appointed US Attorneys and praised Donald Trump's controversial decision to dismiss acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
"Hey, I just want him to do, there are sleeper cells of Obama appointees throughout this government who are in political jobs. They're not civil servants, and I want them, I really want them gone yesterday," Hewitt said. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 22 [13:48]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 22 (FULL) [59:02]
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for the small white circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump around the video.TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck says -> Trump's Job Promises are Fiction - Free Trade is Fiction, Too (02/21/17) [17:06]
TRNN | Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization (02/21/17) [21:39]
In TRNN's ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them an easy target for controversial education secretary Betsy DeVoTYT | O'Reilly Tells Media To Bow Down To Trump (02/21/17) [6:55]
TYT | Homeland Security Unveils Deportation Plan (02/21/17) [8:54]
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Note: I wasn't going to post this, because I usually stick with current news, but I realized this was an important story in that it demonstrated how discouraging news events have become.
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