Trump's War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised
FROM THE START of his presidency, Donald Trump's "war on terror" has entailed the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people in the name of killing terrorists. In other words, Trump has escalated the 16-year-old core premise of America's foreign policy -- that it has the right to bomb any country in the world where people it regards as terrorists are found -- and in doing so, has fulfilled the warped campaign pledges he repeatedly expressed.Click to zoom in Read more *Media Largely Fine With Trump's Civilian Bloodbath | TYT | 03/30/17 | 12:57
FBI releases never-before-seen photos from 9/11 Pentagon attack
The FBI on Thursday released to the public about two dozen never-before-seen photos from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the Pentagon. The 9/11 attacks -- in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania -- killed nearly 3,000 people, including 184 at the Pentagon, where a hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the building. The "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images" were posted to "The Vault," the FBI's Freedom of Information Act Library. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 31 [13:06]
*Who Bankrolls Breitbart News? | DN | 03/31/17 | 4:57Have Feds Flipped Mike Flynn Against Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 3:55
Scholar: Moscow Sees Hypocrisy in Allegations After U.S. Interfered in Russian Elections in 1990s | DN | 03/31/17 | 15:46
Rex Tillerson Fails to Acknowledge Concerns over Turkey's Slide Toward Dictatorship in Ankara Visit | DN | 03/31/17 | 9:18
Is ICE Targeting Undocumented Activists for Arrest? Organizers Speak Out After 11 Days in Jail | DN | 03/31/17 | 17:00
Quick Hits: Trump Bans "Climate Change," South Korean President Arrested, And More... | TYT | 03/30/17 | 3:46
Single Payer Pros & Cons Exposed | ThomHartmann | 03/30/17 | 11:56
*Trump Administration Scandals Risk Normalizing Corruption | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/31/17 | 9:28
Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee
Ms. Trump, 35, will be an assistant to the president; Mr. Kushner, 36, has the title of senior adviser.
Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband, Jared Kushner, in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.
The announcement on Wednesday amounts to the formal recognition of the value Mr. Trump places on the judgment and loyalty of both his daughter and his son-in-law. While relying on family members for advice is hardly unusual for a president, giving them a formal role has few precedents.
Trump says coming up with a bipartisan health-care bill will be 'so easy.'
After President Trump and congressional Republicans admitted defeat in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, Trump publicly put the blame on Democrats. That, despite the fact that Republicans had enough votes to pass a bill without any Democrats onboard -- if they could only come together as a party.
So when it became clear the GOP didn't even have enough votes to pass the bill without Democratic support, they abandoned it. Trump said he'd move on to tax revision, promising to let the Affordable Care Act "explode." ...
More Trump U lawsuits are coming -- if Judge Gonzalo Curiel lets fraud cases move forward
When Trump University agreed to fork over $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit last December, President Donald Trump probably though he'd put the matter to bed permanently.
... Specifically, Politico notes that Curiel will determine whether the $25 million settlement "is fair to thousands of people who paid anywhere from about $1,500 for a three-day seminar up to about $35,000 for the 'gold elite' mentorship." ...
Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? | Keith Olbermann | 03/29/17 | 6:37
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 30 [12:47]
Iona Craig on What Really Happened When U.S. Navy SEALs Stormed a Yemeni Village, Killing Dozens | DN |03/30/17 | 12:13Corporations Want Your Browser History, And Trump Wants To Give It To Them | TYT | 03/29/17 | 6:18
Yemen: Trump Expands U.S. Military Role in Saudi War as Yemenis Brace for Famine | DN |03/30/17 | 8:21
U.N. Considers a Historic Ban on Nuclear Weapons, But U.S. Leads Boycott of the Talks | DN |03/30/17 | 6:10
Amnesty: Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrikes After Being Told Not to Flee Mosul | DN |03/30/17 | 15:35
U.S. Boycotts U.N. Talks on Nuclear Ban While Spending Trillions to Modernize Nuclear Arsenal | DN |03/30/17 | 21:10
Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules | TYT | 03/29/17 | 8:21
*Will the Stock Market Keep Going Up Under Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 7:31
Keiser Report: Lethal Economic Shocks (E1051) | RT | 03/30/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the economic shocks that are more lethal in America than anywhere else. In the second half, Max continues his conversation with Professor John Mill Ackerman about the Mexico-USA relationship in the age of Trump.*Does the Falling Stock Market Mean Trump is the Next Hoover? (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 03/28/17 | 27:57<
*Political Strains In West Serve Vladimir Putin Goals | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/29/17 | 20:06
Bernie Sanders Tears Into Donald Trump's 'Disaster' Of A Climate Change Order
"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth not believing in science."
"President [Donald] Trump's anti-environmental executive orders are a disaster," Sanders says in the clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday. "They are a threat to the future of this country, and to the future of the world."
"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth, not believing in science," he continues in the video, which intersperses clips of him talking alongside captioned facts that disprove Trump's claims. ... Read more
Golden Boy Tarnished: Trump Keeps Giving Jared Kushner More Jobs -- but Is He Any Good at Any of Them?
Does he wash the cars, too? Kushner apparently does everything in the Trump administration -- when he's not skiing.
As it turns out Trump's actually a yuuuge believer in taking vacations. He has been to his Florida resort seven times already ($3,000,000.00 at taxpayer expense) and last weekend the White House tried to pretend the president was having meetings at his Virginia golf club. It was later revealed that he was hitting the links again.
So it's not surprising that Trump was quick to forgive his favorite daughter and son-in-law for their little getaway. Not only did he forgive Jared; on Monday he put him in charge of a bold new initiative to run the country like a business with what the Washington Post described as a "SWAT team of strategic consultants" that "will be staffed by former business executives." If the first couple of months of the Trump administration are any indication of what that might look like, we're in for a bumpy ride. As Salon's Simon Maloy observed: ... Read moreDavid Rockefeller
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller | Corbett Report | 03/27/17 | 59:13
Dark Secrets of the Rockefeller Family | HC | | 34:43
The Ugly Numbers of Trauma, Exile and Death Caused by U.S. Wars and Interventions in the Past 75 Years
The casualty list is staggering.
On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled "The American Century." The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism. ... Read more
The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II by John W. Dower (April 2017)
World War II marked the apogee of industrialized "total war." Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering.
The Violent "American Century" addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945--beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and--most touted of all--a revolutionary new era of computerized "precision" warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling -- and shows no sign of abating.
The winner of numerous national prizes for his historical writings, including the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, Dower draws heavily on hard data and internal U.S. planning and pronouncements in this concise analysis of war and terror in our time. In doing so, he places U.S. policy and practice firmly within the broader context of global mayhem, havoc, and slaughter since World War II--always with bottom-line attentiveness to the human costs of this legacy of unceasing violence.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 29 [14:23]
Wendell Potter -> Will Dems Derail Sanders's Push for Public Option? | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 11:26
Democrats Must Take on Corporate Power If they Want to Win | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 13:17
Janet Redman says -> Trump's Climate Order Protects Fossil Fuel's Bottom Line | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 6:48
TrumpCare Defeat Kicks Off Presidential Twitter Meltdown, As Is Tradition | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:37
Investigator Devin Nunes Insists He Isn't In The Bag For Trump | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:30
Blocked Yates Testimony Looking More Like Cover Up | TYT | 03/28/17 | 7:57
Trump Surrogates Blame Obama For Bush-Era Tragedies | TYT | 03/28/17 | 3:24
RT | CrossTalk: The battle of two very different narratives define Washington politics: On the one hand, the Russians did it, and on the other, Obama did it? | 03/29/17 | 24:10
Keiser Report: 'The New Detroit' (E1050) | RT | 03/28/17 | 25:45
Donald Trump White House A Poor Source For Facts | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/28/17 | 12:52
Bernie Sanders Introducing 'Medicare For All' Bill | TYT | 03/27/17 | 12:23
Trump takes biggest swing yet at Obama climate legacy
President Donald Trump will direct the federal government on Tuesday to begin dismantling his predecessor's most significant climate change policies, with a sweeping directive telling agencies to stop trying to reduce the carbon pollution of electric utilities, oil and gas drillers and coal miners.
The executive order Trump will sign represents his biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's climate legacy. But it does not go as far as some conservatives would like to dismantle the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, nor will it begin to separate the U.S. from a landmark international climate accord -- two areas of intense disagreement within the administration. ... Read more
Mar-a-Lago can't release visitor logs -- because it doesn't keep them
On Friday night, guests streamed into Mar-a-Lago, the president's self-proclaimed "southern White House," for the annual Palm Beach GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. All they had to do to get into the seaside retreat, where the first lady and the president's youngest son were vacationing for spring break, was buy a $300 ticket.
They didn't have to submit to the kinds of rigorous background checks required if they'd been entering the White House in Washington. And there were no weapon screenings or bomb-sniffing dogs checking vehicles of the sort that have long been routine at public restaurants or other places where the president or first lady is present. ... Read more
HE WENT TO JARED: White House Announces Trump’s Son-In-Law Is Now Responsible For EverythingRemember Monty Python?? | 3:18
Top Republican Warns: "Government Shut Down Is A Real Possibility, And Wall Street Is Unprepared"
"We're starting to hear growing concerns that a government shutdown at the end of April may be a real possibility given the rise of the Freedom Caucus.... What’s currently playing out triggers flashbacks of the summer of 2011 when the US was downgraded by S&P as a polarized Congress wasn't able to raise the debt ceiling quickly enough." ... Read moreKeith Olbermann
Which of Trump's Cronies Will Flip on Him First? (#51) | Keith Olbermann | 03/27/17 | 8:59
The Truth Of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard (#50) | Keith Olbermann | 03/22/17 | 8:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 28 [14:19]
Immigrant Communities in Fear as Trump Ups ICE Raids Targeting Sanctuary Cities | DN | 03/28/17 | 6:11Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Military-Industrial Complex Pushes Nuke Modernization, Risking Confrontation with Russia | TRNN | 03/28/17 | 10:38
Local Lawmakers Fight Back Against AG Sessions's Threats to Cut Funding to Sanctuary Cities | DN | 03/28/17 | 6:28
ICE Retaliates Against Immigrants in Austin After Sheriff Limits Cooperation with Federal Agents | DN | 03/28/17 | 5:26
As ICE Retaliates Against Austin, Learn How New Haven Fought Back Against a 2007 ICE Crackdown | DN | 03/28/17 | 8:33
Rebecca Solnit on Climate Change, Resistance, Misogyny and "The Mother of All Questions" | DN | 03/28/17 | 13:12
Ahmed Kathrada: Remembering the Anti-Apartheid Activist Jailed on Robben Island with Mandela | DN | 03/28/17 | 6:05
Dr. Michael Mann says -> Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 10:57
Farmer Art Tanderup says -> Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 13:07
Big Government is Getting In Your Face | TYT | 03/27/17 | 3:19
Embattled Devin Nunes Paralyzes House Intel Committee | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 11:47
Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 17:09
Trump And Master Salesmanship Lose, Facts And Reality Win
As the dust settles from Friday's collapse of "Trumpcare" in the House of Representatives and fingers try to point out the various losers, at least one clear winner has emerged: facts. ...Paul Ryan: Comments After Health Care Bill Pulled | CNN Jake Tapper | 03/24/17 | 28:29
... But Trump's and Ryan's problems go beyond whipping votes among fellow Republicans. Because for all the bashing Republicans have given the Affordable Care Act as government overreach and "socialized medicine," Obama's signature health care law was built upon a Republican, market-based foundation.
Its core principles were dreamed up in a conservative think tank in the 1990s as a way to counter the far more sweeping health-care plan pushed by President Bill Clinton. A version of it was implemented a decade later in Massachusetts under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.
This, in fact, was the reason so many liberal Democrats were infuriated with Obama in 2009 for proposing a GOP plan to start with, rather than a single-payer scheme like they preferred. ... Read more
**Trump Taps Jared Kushner To Lead Team That Will Run Government 'Like A Company'
Fresh from the slopes of Aspen, Jared Kushner will on Monday be named the head of an aggressive new team charged with "fixing" the federal government by using business strategies.
"The government should be run like a great American company," Kushner said on Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, which first revealed the new initiative. "Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens." ... Read more
Trump administration greenlights Keystone Pipeline
Trump To CEO: Just Bribe Me Next Time | TYT | 03/24/17 | 4:22
30-Page Explanation for New Keystone XL Decision.pdf
The 30-page explanation the department gave for its new decision refers constantly to findings from the earlier Obama-era report with no new material outside of communications from TransCanada.On Meet the Press Discussing Russia Investigation's Next Steps | NBC Meet the Press | 03/26/17 | 7:10
After a failed healthcare bill, what's next? | Face the Nation | 03/26/17 | 14:47
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 27 [14:02]
**More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria as Trump Expands War on Terror | DN | 03/27/17 | 12:45
*After Republican Infighting Dooms GOP Healthcare Plan, Trump Vows to Let Obamacare "Explode" | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:46
Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:29
Climate Catastrophe Is Here: 2016 Hottest Year on Record | TRNN | 03/26/17 | 11:52
*Trump Didn't Know What Was In Trumpcare Bill | TYT | 03/24/17 | 8:19
Did Trump Secretly Win Trumpcare Debacle? | TYT | 03/24/17 | 5:29
Does The Government Owe It To The People To Protect Them Financially? | TYT | 03/26/17 | 12:40
Keiser Report: Trail of 'American carnage' (E 1049) | RT | 03/25/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss the trail of 'American carnage' and how it led to a Trump presidency. In the second half, Max and Stacy discuss the OxyCartel pushing millions of prescription pills on small towns across the USA.PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/25/17 | 25:03
PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/26/17 | 25:02
A Dire Period Of Scandal For Donald Trump In Turmoil | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 22:58
Chuck Schumer: 'Art Of The Deal Is Out The Window' | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 7:24