The Republican Party Can't Rid Itself Of Trump, Even When He's Not There
The Republican presidential race entered an alternate universe on Thursday evening, transporting viewers to a moment in time in which Donald Trump never ran for president. Despite the best efforts of his rivals, however, the front-runner's shadow loomed large -- even though he wasn't actually present at the Fox News Republican presidential debate.
Trump's decision to stage a dramatic, last-minute boycott of the event, which was hosted by the news network and Google in Des Moines, allowed candidates to engage in a more meaty -- yet decidedly less entertaining -- affair. ... Read moreFox News/Google Republican Presidential Iowa Debate (01/28/16) [1:11:39]
*TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: SUMMARY (01/28/16) [4:05]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Winner (01/28/16) [6:37]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Loser (01/28/16) [5:20]
"The BoJ's (Bank of Japan) NIRP Will Result In More Currency Wars And Global Growth Slowdown"
"The BoJ actions should lead to further intensification of global currency wars with central banks around the world trying to engineer sustained competitive devaluation against the background of slowing global trade and growth as well as persistent commodity price disinflation. With its latest measures the BoJ will allow Japan to borrow more growth from its trading partners and limit the severity of the imported disinflation." ... Read moreOil Prices: What's going on? Oil Prices: What's going on? - An Animation (12/07/15) [5:00]
6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint
As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.
The Detroit News reports that "Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 29 [6:06]
*DN | Trump Absent, GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off on Syria, Planned Parenthood & Islamophobia (01/29/16) [16:28]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (01/29/16) [1hr]
DN | "Audrie & Daisy": Mother of Audrie Pott, Teen Who Committed Suicide After Assault, Tells Her Story (01/29/16) [16:25]
DN | Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal (01/29/16) [15:58]
Presidential candidates make final campaign sprints through Iowa. Republicans debate without Donald Trump. And Michigan's governor appoints a committee to fix Flint's water crisis. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.*DR | Friday News -- International (01/29/16) (01/07/16) [1hr]
Denmark faces a backlash over a new law to seize the valuables of asylum-seekers. Syrian peace talks hit a snag. And the World Health Organization warns the Zika virus is "spreading explosively." A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: UN Peace Talks in Syria Remain Stalled (01/29/16) [10:24]
*TYT | Trump Fans Viciously Swarm Megyn Kelly (01/28/16) [5:22]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Fail (01/28/16) [1:16]
*RT | Keiser Report: Sanctions (special Moscow series) (E868) (01/28/16) [26:01]
??RT | CrossTalk: Waves of Refugees (01/29/16) [24:36]
*RofF | How The One Percent Reshaped Democracy In Their Image (01/28/16) [10:45]
RofF | When Did "Hope and Change" Turn Into "Settle and Aim Low"? (01/28/16) [4:25]
Donald Trump Tells Bill O'Reilly It's 'An Eye For An Eye' In War With Fox News
The "O'Reilly Factor" host was trying to convince the GOP frontrunner to join Thursday night's debate in Iowa despite his dislike for Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who will be one of the event's moderators. O'Reilly even tried appealing to Trump's Christian faith, something the candidate has spoken of frequently in an effort to woo evangelical voters.
"I think you should be the bigger man," O'Reilly added. "Don't you think that's the right thing to do?"
"It probably is," Trump agreed. "But y'know it's called an eye for an eye. I guess also you can look at it that way."
"No, no, no," O'Reilly countered. "That's Old Testament. If you're the Christian, the eye-for-the-eye rule goes out. Here's what it is: Turning the other cheek." ...
Ammon Bundy Urges Remaining Militants To Stand Down, Go Home. What????? No-one going to jail?????
"Nobody Really Knows Anything Right Now"
"We learned one thing yesterday: the U.S. Federal Reserve is in the same position as the rest of us when it comes to forecasting the future path of economic growth. Nobody really "Knows" anything right now. Now, there's enough doubt for everyone: markets, central banks, consumers, governments. Everyone. The best thing we can say about that: if markets accept that the Fed is no better informed than they are, maybe investors will devote more time to stock fundamentals and intrinsic value analysis." ... Read moreIs the global economy headed for another crash? *AlJazeera | Inside Story - Is the global economy headed for another crash? (01/21/16) [24:33]
AlJazeera | Inside Story - What's behind the falling price of oil? (01/15/16) [25:30]
11 Secrets To Eating Healthy On A Budget
Eating healthy is great in concept, but is always much more challenging to put into practice. There's the whole will power thing -- how many times can we be expected to resist the call of pizza? There's the fact that it just takes a little more time and effort than walking over to the vending machine. And then there's the real snag, money. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 28 [10:05]
DN | Part 1: Covering War to End War: New Film Recounts Legacy of James Foley, Journalist Killed by ISIS (01/28/16) [14:08],
Part 2 [16:38]
*DN | "The Settlers": New Film Reveals History & Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land (01/28/16) [14:08]
Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert | Stephen Gets A Straight Answer Out Of Donald Rumsfeld (01/26/16) [9:42]
*DR | Who's Likely To Vote In Upcoming Presidential Primaries And Why It Matters (01/28/16) [1hr]
Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses is typically low -- but this time may be different. Several candidates are counting on the motivation of nontraditional primary voters. We discuss who's likely to vote in the early contests and why it matters.*DR | David Kaczynski: "Every Last Tie: The Story Of The Unabomber And His Family" (01/28/16) [1hr]
It has been nearly twenty years since the FBI arrested Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, ending his trail of terror that left three dead and dozens injured. The man who tipped off authorities was his own brother. He'll join us to tell his family's story.TRNN | James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co. says: LIBOR Traders Get Off Scot Free in rate-rigging scandal (01/28/16) [6:57]
*TYT | Trump Refuses To Debate Because Megyn Kelly (01/27/16) [10:45]
TYT | What Oregon Militia Standoff Says About American Culture (01/27/16) [4:37]
TYT | How Oregon Militia Member Died (01/27/16) [10:52]
RT | CrossTalk: on Syria: US - Russia standoff (01/27/16) [23:59]
In The Clinton-Sanders Spat Over Getting S**t Done, The Party Sides With Clinton
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised to unite Washington and the nation behind progressive change. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked him.
"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect," she said. "I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be."
Now, as Clinton runs for president again, many of her allies believe her cynicism was vindicated and are feeling deja vu.
The former secretary of state is trying to convince voters once more that her opponent -- this time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- is promising a unicorns-and-rainbows vision of governance. She's hopeful that seven years of partisan warfare will help her make the case. And she has Capitol Hill veterans and even some Obama veterans echoing her larger points. ... Read more
Buyer's Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down by Bill Press
The prominent liberal syndicated radio and television host concisely explains the many ways President Obama has failed to live up to either his promises or his progressive potential, leaving Democrats disillusioned on the issues that matter most.
Bill Press -- a progressive champion and former chair of the California Democratic Party, a one-time co-host of CNN's Crossfire, and the popular nationally syndicated radio and television host of The Bill Press Show--reflects back on what for many progressives has been a disappointing presidency and comes to a depressing conclusion: Obama grossly misunderstood the mandate of the enthusiastic crowds that swarmed him on the campaign trail. Instead of recognizing their burning desire for strong progressive leadership, Obama tried to be a "post-partisan" president. The tragedy of Barack Obama is that, in trying to become the great uniter, he has instead become a grave disappointment.
From climate change to gun safety to, yes, even health care, Obama's legacy on important issues falls far short of what could have been. Time and again, he let down his most impassioned supporters--the ones who used their powerful voices to vote for change--neglecting their priorities and wasting his potential by either not doing enough or, worse, repeating the errors of his predecessor.
President Obama rode into office on a celebratory tide of liberal jubilation, but as his typically centrist presidency comes to a close, he leaves his supporters haunted by what might have been.
Manufacturing Depression Enters Uncharted Territory: Caterpillar Retail Sales Have Never Been Worse
Moments ago Caterpillar reported its latest monthly retail sales statistics and the numbers have never been worse. ...
How Trump and Palin Are a Match Made in Heaven
... "Everybody was trying to get Sarah. Everybody wanted that endorsement," Trump later said on the Today Show. But was there ever any doubt that her vote belonged to Trump, and Trump alone? Those two go together like peanut butter and elk meat. Poor Ted Cruz never stood a chance. ...
They both love books - Both Palin and Trump are best-selling authors. Trump has more than two dozen titles to his name, and his most popular book, The Art of the Deal, led the New York Times' best-sellers list for 51 weeks.
Palin's 2009 book Going Rogue sold two million copies and spent six weeks atop the Times' best-sellers list."
They share a passion for TV - Trump has 14 seasons of The Apprentice, and seven of Celebrity Apprentice, under his belt.
Palin, meanwhile, spent five years as a Fox News contributor, and did one season each of the reality shows Sarah Palin's Alaska (on TLC) and Amazing America With Sarah Palin (on the Sportsman Network).
Both have big, traditional American families - If they both decided to leave their respective spouses tomorrow, Trump and Palin's superfamily would be a fearsome answer to The Brady Bunch. Instead of three children each, both have five. Trump's brood range in age from 9 to 38: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, whom he had with his first wife, Ivana; Tiffany, whose mother is the actress Marla Maples; and Barron, his son of his current wife, Melania.
Sarah and Todd Palin have five kids together -- Track, 26; Bristol, 25; Willow, 21; Piper 14; and Trig, 7.
Both have only the shakiest, most fragile grip on foreign policy - During an interview with CNN in September, Trump said, "Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care? Let ISIS and Syria fight. And let Russia, they're in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Look, I don't want ISIS. ISIS is bad. They are evil. When they start doing with a head chopping... these are really bad dudes.... Let Russia take care of ISIS.... Let them worry about ISIS. Let them fight it out."
Palin echoed Trump's sentiments during her endorsement speech, saying the U.S. needs to "quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich ...
They share an ardent admiration for Vladmir Putin - Trump has complimented the Russian president on several occasions, calling him "highly respected within his own country and beyond." Palin has spoken favorably of his masculinity as compared to President Obama's.
Each has penchant for nonsensical rhetoric - To wit, a sampling from speeches both recently gave in Iowa:
Trump: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country? ....
Palin: "They stomp on our neck, and then they tell us, 'Just chill, OK, just relax.' Well, look, we are mad, and we've been had. ...
They share the same views on cultural assimilation - Namely: they think immigrants should do it, or get out.
They agree on important issues -- for example, that Muslims should be banned from te U.S. - Trump has advocated for banning all Muslims from entering the United States "until we can figure out what's going on." Palin believes Trump's proposed Muslim ban is "common sense."
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 27 [9:04]
*DN | Part 1: Life, Animated: How a Family Reached Their Autistic Son Through Disney Movies (01/27/16) [10:42],
Part 2 [23:59]
*DN | Part 1: Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (01/20/16) [3:17], Part 2 [16:28]
Brave New Films | Koch Brothers EXPOSED (2015) [55:54]
TRNN | How Organizing and Social Movements Drove Changes to Federal Policy on Solitary Confinement (01/27/16) [9:03]
*TYT | CNN: Clinton News Network (01/26/16) [13:49]
TYT | Planned Parenthood Cleared, Two Indicted Over Doctored Tapes (01/26/16) [6:35]
*RT | Keiser Report: Deflating oil market (E867) (01/26/16) [25:43]
In the second half Max interviews author and former investment banker Nomi Prins of the Strategic Intelligence Newsletter about the global economic depression, as central banks attempt to taper a ponzi.RT | Oregon standoff deadly outcome: Ammon Bundy arrested, 1 killed in shootout (01/27/16) [4:23]
RoF | Why Congress Allows Big Pharma to Rip Us Off (01/26/16) [8:37]
RoF | Terrified Republicans Try One Final Time To Derail Trump's Insane Campaign (01/27/16) [4:11]
*ThomHartmann | Buyer's Remorse by Bill Press - How Obama Let Progressives Down... , Part 1 (01/27/16) [12:42], Part 2 [12:46]
News ArticlesIowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall *Iowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Bernie Sanders (01/25/15) [40:02]
*Iowa CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Hillary Clinton (01/25/15) [39:35]
*TYT | CNN Iowa Democratic Town Hall: The Young Turks Summary (01/25/16) [11:21] TYT | CNN Iowa Democratic Town Hall: Why Bernie Sanders Beat Hillary Clinton In This Debate (01/25/16) [8:46]
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
The "Real" Donald Trump - A Fascinating Interview From 1990
A President Trump is far more likely to occur in our lifetimes than many want to admit. His chances ride on the fact that the current system is terminally corrupt, as well as socially and economically bankrupt. It will crash and burn, whether in slow motion like the past eight years, or very rapidly over the next several. Someone will likely step in to fill this void. In 1990, Donald Trump conducted a lengthy interview with Playboy Magazine. It provides an absolutely fascinating window into the man's mind... Read moreSNL | Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump for president at an Iowa campaign stop (01/25/16) [5:09]
Or CBS | Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump (full) [21:10]
Donald Trump full interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer (01/25/16) [21:07]
China Crashes To 13 Month Low After Last Hour Panic Selling; Crude, Futures Tumble Then Surge
It has been another volatile, illiquid, whipsawed session, driven by the only two things that have mattered so far in 2016, China and oil.... and stop-hunting algos of course. ... Read more
There Will Be Chaos: Big Oil's Collapse and the Birth of a New World Order
The longer such price levels persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.
As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All evidence, however, points to a continuing depression in oil prices in 2016 -- one that may, in fact, stretch into the 2020s and beyond. Given the centrality of oil (and oil revenues) in the global power equation, this is bound to translate into a profound shakeup in the political order, with petroleum-producing states from Saudi Arabia to Russia losing both prominence and geopolitical clout. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 26 [10:49]
*DN | Act Now, Cry Later: Tim DeChristopher, Aria Doe & Josh Fox on Civil Disobedience & Climate Activism (01/26/16) [17:24]TYT & FoxNews | Josh Fox Calls Fox Host A Liar, His Reaction Is Pure Fracking Fun (older) [11:50]
*DN | Josh Fox on His New Doc "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change" (01/26/16) [10:25]
*DN | Legendary Actor Robert Redford on Climate Change and #OscarsSoWhite (01/26/16) [5:45]
*DN | 40 Years After "All the President's Men," Redford Plays Another Journo Challenging Power in "Truth" (01/26/16) [8:01]
Real Time with Bill Maher - AffluenzaHBO Bill Maher: Affluenza and the Culture of Dependency (older) [5:01]
AJ - Dark Money*AJ | Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying Elections (01/25/16) [3:05]
*DR | Growing Concerns About The Spread Of The Zika Virus (01/26/16) [1hr]
Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in at least twenty-one countries in the Caribbean and North and South America. The mosquito-borne virus is suspected of causing brain damage in infants and paralysis in adults. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and a panel of guests discuss efforts to control the spread and prospects for a vaccine.TYT | Who Will Win The Iowa Primary Elections? (01/25/16) [8:20]
TYT | Ted Should Be Worried, Trump Is Coming (01/25/16) [9:32]
RT | China claims successful monkey head transplantation, op on human scheduled for 2017 (01/25/16) [2:57]
This New Yorker Cover Perfectly Explains the Problem With Donald Trump
That's Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln looking on in disbelief at the mess Trump is making of the American presidential election. It's pretty funny, at first glance, but the problem with this cover is that the only thing many of those ex-presidents would find confusing about Trump is the television he's on. ... Read more
Donald Trump got lucky: He's only winning because he's competing against clowns and losers
Trump's ascendency says more about the boring slate of candidates the GOP has to offer than about his own talents
"They see themselves as heroes. Instead people are saying they're manipulating American politics": Jane Mayer on the method behind the Koch brothers' brilliant madness
Interview of Jane Mayer by Salon:
Markets Are In The "Eye Of The Storm", Trader Warns
Traders on the NYSE clapped and cheered when the closing bell sounded on Friday as though a couple of green closes somehow made up for the outright chaos that's reigned throughout the month. Oil may technically have entered a new "bull" market and the yuan may have momentarily stabilized, but a quick look at the fundamentals for crude and the backdrop for the global economy suggests any respite will be fleeting. ...
20 Dead, 200 Hospitalized After Reports US Lab "Leaks" Deadly Virus In Ukraine
Amid the so-called "ceasefire" in Ukraine, yet ongoing shelling in many regions, the Donbass news agency reports that more than 20 Ukrainian solders have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized after an apparent leak of a deadly virus called "California Flu" from a US lab near the city of Kharkov. ... Read more
3 Addictive Snacks That Are Actually Good for You
World's Fastest Rubik's Cube Solving Robot, explained [3:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 25 [8:33]
DN | 43 Years After Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Women's Right to Choose (01/25/16) [9:07]*DR | 2015: The Hottest Year In Recorded History (01/25/16) [1hr]
DN | "Trapped": New Film Follows the Providers Who Are Fighting to Keep Abortion Accessible in the South (01/25/16) [19:17]
DN | Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film "Across the Line" (01/25/16) [8:43]
DN | #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow (01/25/16) [7:34]
Scientists say global temperatures in 2015 were the hottest on record, smashing the 2014 record by a wide margin. What the warming of the planet could mean for weather patterns, climate policy, and hitting global temperature targets.*DR | Afghanistan's Romeo And Juliet And How They Escaped An Honor Killing (01/25/16) [1hr]
A young Afghan woman defied her parents and chose her own husband. Her family wants to kill her to restore their honor. How this Romeo and Juliet story highlights the struggle for women's rights in the Muslim world.*TRNN | Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard (01/25/16) [23:32]
TRNN | "Institutional Amnesia": Pentagon Agency Skewered for Waste and Fraud (01/22/16) [3:56]
*Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]
*TYT | Nate Silver: Republicans Screwed If They Nominate Trump (01/23/16) [5:49]
*TYT | The REAL Reason Hillary Has More Endorsements Than Bernie (01/23/16) [2:27]
TYT | Trump And Cruz Trade Blows On Amnesty (01/23/16) [6:54]
RT | CrossTalk: Ukraine's dead ends (01/25/16) [23:06]
*ThomHartmann | Economists For Bernie Speak Up (01/22/16) [11:08]
ThomHartmann | Is Humanity On the Eve Of Extinction? (01/22/16) [5:51]