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Thursday November 30, 2017

Senate Debates GOP Tax Bill: What To Watch For
NPR | Arnie Seipel | 11/30/17

Senate Republicans have begun debate on their bill to overhaul the nation's tax code. Many GOP members sound hopeful about passing their tax bill, possibly in a matter of hours. But they aren't there yet. To pass, 50 of the 52 GOP senators need to support the legislation. As the bill is debated on the Senate floor Thursday, several amendments are expected to try and get their support.

  1. ANWR Drilling
  2. Fact that the tax bill would add to the deficit -- possibly beyond the $1.4 trillion price tag
  3. Another Run At Obamacare
  4. Child Tax Credit
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Senate Debates GOP Tax Bill: What To Watch For | CSpan | 11/30/17 |
I'm a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929.
Catastrophe in Yemen, Voyagers, Rebuilding from the Wreckage | 60Minutes | 11/19/17 | 43:43

Trump Reportedly Once Bragged About 'First-Rate P***y'
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 11/29/17

As Donald Trump gleefully skewers men like Matt Lauer and Sen. Al Franken on Twitter over allegations of sexual harassment, the president himself is facing accusations of being a "creeper."

On Wednesday night, the Daily Beast reported that Trump once bragged there's "nothing in the world like first-rate pussy" while leering at a young woman at his golf club at Mar-a-Lago. Michael Corcoran, a reporter for the now-defunct Maximum Golf magazine, said he heard the remark while he shadowed Trump in 2000 for a feature story. ... Read more

White House Plan: Replace Tillerson With C.I.A. Chief
NYT | Peter Baker | 11/30/17

The White House has developed a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, within the next several weeks. Mr. Pompeo would be replaced by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas. ... Read more

White House readies plan to oust Rex Tillerson at State
WashingtonPost | Philip Rucker | 11/30/17

The embattled secretary of state would be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of President Trump's most loyal and politically savvy members of the national security team, administration officials confirmed. The plan is expected to be set in motion over the next few weeks.

The Fix: The Trump administration's inevitable drift toward yes-men ... Read more

Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves
NYT | Gardiner Harris | 11/24/17

Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely to be a target was the chief of security, Bill A. Miller.

Republicans pilloried Hillary Clinton for what they claimed was her inadequate attention to security as secretary of state in the months before the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Congress even passed legislation mandating that the department's top security official have unrestricted access to the secretary of state.

But in his first nine months in office, Mr. Tillerson turned down repeated and sometimes urgent requests from the department's security staff to brief him, according to several former top officials in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Finally, Mr. Miller, the acting assistant secretary for diplomatic security, was forced to cite the law's requirement that he be allowed to speak to Mr. Tillerson. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, November 30 [11:10]
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  1. Headlines
  2. White House Defensive as Trump Shares British Hate Group Videos, Drawing International Condemnation
  3. Mehdi Hasan Rips Thomas Friedman's "Nauseating" Column in NYT Praising Saudi Arabia
  4. Will Trump's Latest Islamophobic Tweets Impact Court Rulings on His Mostly-Muslim Travel Ban?
  5. Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Tax Plan to Worsen Inequality, Expand Loopholes
  6. Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump: Joseph Stiglitz on Shared Prosperity Without Protectionism
Trump's HHS Nominee 'Should be Under Criminal Investigation' | TRNN | 11/29/17 | 16:48
Mulvaney To Help Payday Lenders And Banks Fleece America | TYT | 11/29/17 | 8:14
Trump Hints At Scarborough MURDER | TYT | 11/29/17 | 7:50
The1a.org
The Accused ... And The Rest Of Us | 1a.org | 11/30/17 | 1hr
Matt Lauer was a daily presence in the homes of millions of Americans for two decades. This week, the longtime "Today" show co-host was fired by NBC after a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" was investigated by the network. Now, those who watched and revered Lauer are in shock, or possibly even a state of grief.

Lauer is one of the latest high-profile people to lose his job over sexual misconduct at work. Minnesota Public Radio also fired former "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor this week over allegations of improper behavior.

It's a moment of national reckoning on harassment, assault and abuse of power. How are you processing the growing list of fallen icons? And even though it can feel like we know celebrities intimately, how should you respond when someone you know in real life is accused of sexual misconduct?


Eugene Robinson: President Donald Trump's 'Nihilsm' Dangerous For The Country | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/30/17 | 13:16
Haass: Pay Close Attention To Nikki Haley's Dire Warning On North Korea | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/30/17 | 12:32
Joe On President Trump's Instability: What Is GOP, The Cabinet Waiting For? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/30/17 | 9:56
Fmr. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers Slams Tax Bill, Steven Mnuchin | The Last Word | MSNBC | 11/30/17 | 6:49
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
A Boss Fight at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | Trevor Noah | 11/29/17 | 6:09
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and Republicans Rush to Pass Their Radical Tax Plan | Seth Meyers | 11/29/17 | 11:12
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Why Matt Lauer Wasn't On 'Today' Today | Stephen Colbert | 11/30/17 | 5:42
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Matt Lauer & Garrison Keillor Accused of Sexual Harassment | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/29/17 | 3:08
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RED ALERT! War With North Korea Has Never Been Closer | Alex Jones Chan | 11/29/17 | 10:36
Full Show - What Will Nuclear War With North Korea Look Like? Secrets Of Matt Lauer's Firing | 11/29/17 | 2:52:04

11.30.2017. 11:40

Wednesday November 29, 2017

Inside the tweet that broke Trump's day, again
Politico | Annie Karni | 11/28/17

Nearly three months after Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi left a Chinese food dinner at the White House gloating about an immigration deal, the Democratic leaders on Tuesday abruptly canceled a follow-up sit-down in response to a tweet warning that President Donald Trump was more interested in playing to his base than playing ball.

"Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open and working," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don't see a deal!" ... Read more

Matt Lauer Fired By NBC Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 11/29/17

NBC has fired longtime "Today" host Matt Lauer following allegations of workplace misconduct, the network announced on Wednesday. "We are devastated," "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie said in an emotional statement. "All we can say is we are heartbroken."

Guthrie said that NBC News chairman Andy Lack informed employees early Wednesday about the decision after having received a complaint about Lauer's behavior on Monday night. She read Lack's note on-air, noting that while the network says it had never received a complaint about Lauer before, it has "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident." ... Read more

Dan Rather On Lies In The President Donald Trump Era | The Last Word | MSNBC | 11/28/17 | 7:26
PBS - Poor Kids
In 2012, FRONTLINE spent months following four young children as their families struggled with financial ruin. This documentary revisits the families to see what their lives are like now, offering a powerful, firsthand look at what poverty means to children. | PBS | 11/21/17 : 54:38
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, November 29 [9:36]
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  1. Headlines
  2. In Surprise Move, Illinois Rep. Gutiérrez Won't Seek Re-Election, Says He'll Focus on Puerto Rico
  3. As GOP Tax Plan Faces Senate Vote, Critics Say Bill Would Give Hundreds of Billions to Top 1 Percent
  4. Graduate Students Plan Nationwide Walkouts Against GOP "Assault" On Post-Secondary Education
  5. Abuses of Power: Heather McGhee on Matt Lauer, Trump, Sexual Assault, Patriarchy and the Tax Code
  6. Cherokee Writer: Trump Pocahontas Slur Reflects Centuries of Colonial Violence Against Native Women
  7. Native American Woman Olivia Lone Bear, Mother of 5, Missing in North Dakota Oil Fields
Trump Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem | TRNN | 11/28/17 | 41:51
"Chuck And Nancy" Cancel Trump Meeting | TYT | 11/28/17 | 16:14
BREAKING: Trump Appoints Mulvaney Head Of CFPB | TYT | 11/28/17 | 3:05
The1a.org
Statehouses And Sexual Harassment | 1a.org | 11/29/17 | 1hr
The nation is focusing on sexual harassment in Congress, but what about in your state capital?

"Since last year, at least 40 lawmakers -- nearly all men -- in 20 states have been publicly accused by more than 100 people of some form of sexual misconduct or harassment," USA Today reports.

Every state has different requirements for sexual harassment training, and each legislature handles accusations differently. This, combined with the drop in the number of reporters covering statehouses, has left many allegations unaddressed even as more women have entered politics.

For years, researchers and advocates thought that simply increasing the number of women in politics would reduce the amount of harassment and violence they encountered. But that hasn't turned out to be the case, even in places where the numbers of women in high government office have been on the rise, says Mona Lena Krook a Rutgers political science professor. "The resistance to women's participation has just taken new forms," she says. "There's been a pushback against women's inclusion."


With A Tweet, President Donald Trump Complicates His Political Life | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/29/17 | 19:02
President Donald Trump Re-Tweets Shocking Anti-Muslim Videos | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/29/17 | 4:17
Donald Trump Ethics Chief Resigns Sooner Than Most | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 11/29/17 | 8:05
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Truth About Trump's "Pocahontas" Slur | Trevor Noah | 11/28/17 | 5:37
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Best Way to Communicate with Trump, Grammy Award Nominees - Monologue | Seth Meyers | 11/29/17 | 3:29
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Alex Jones: The Fall of Matt Lauer | Infowars | 11/29/17 | 41:51

11.29.2017. 12:09

Tuesday November 28, 2017
Dangerous Climate Change is Here and Worse to Come, Major Report Warns | TRNN | 11/27/17 | 16:37
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement interview | CNN | 11/27/17 | 20:21
Fall of Raqqa, Syria: The secret deal | BBC News | 11/14/17 | 7:08

Senators Race to Pass Tax Bill by Sweetening Gains for Rich
Senators Scramble to Advance Tax Bill That Increasingly Rewards Wealthy | NYT | 11/28/17 | 2:37 NYTimes | Jim Tankersley | 11/28/17

As lawmakers scrambled to shore up votes from wavering colleagues, the deal-making centered on changes that would widen the bill's divide between the rich and the middle class.

Republicans, who are pressing for a Senate vote this week, can afford to lose only two of their members if they hope to pass the bill on party lines. ... Read more

Which Republican Senators Might Oppose the Tax Bill, and Why | NYTimes | Thomas Kaplan | 11/28/17

Rex Tillerson’s State Department Reorganizer Resigns After Just 3 Months
HP | Nick Visser | 11/27/17

The senior official charged with remaking the State Department in Secretary Rex Tillerson's image has resigned after three months on the job, an agency spokesman confirmed to NBC on Monday.

Maliz Beams, who was touted on the State Department website as having led "highly successful organizational transformations" at various financial firms, stepped down as a counselor to the department and said she would return to Boston, according to the spokesman's statement. Tillerson's deputy chief of staff, Christine Ciccone, will "step in to lead the Redesign effort." ... Read more

FCC chairman Ajit Pai says his children are being harassed over net neutrality
WashingtonPost | Hamza Shaban | 11/27/17

After proposing to dismantle net neutrality rules, and setting off a firestorm of criticism, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said his family has become the target of harassment.

During an interview Monday on "Fox & Friends," viewers were shown cardboard signs that host Steve Doocy said were put up at Pai's home in suburban Virginia. One sign, appearing to refer to Pai's children, read: "They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered Democracy in cold blood."

Pai said those signs crossed a line, even as he noted the charged debate over net neutrality. "I understand that people are passionate about policy, but the one thing in America that should remain sacred is that families, wives and kids, should remain out of it. And stop harassing us at our homes." ... Read more

Not only hasn't Trump drained the "Swamp", he has moved his Hot Tub in to it!

Trump Appointee Asserts Control Over CFPB for Now
WSJ | Yuka Hayashi | 11/28/17

The Trump administration and an Obama-era official dueled for control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday, with Donald Trump's appointee taking the reins for now, pending a court challenge. ... Read more

Cyber Monday is shaping up to be the largest online shopping day in U.S. history.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, November 28 [11:20]
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Accusations Stack Up, A Look at the Onerous Process of Reporting Sexual Abuse on Capitol Hill
  3. J20 Trial: 200+ Inauguration Protesters, Journalists & Observers Face Riot Charges From Mass Arrest
  4. Floating Guantánamos: How the Coast Guard Uses Indefinite Detention to Wage "War on Drugs" at Sea
Trump Uses Racial Slur | TYT | 11/27/17 | 8:20
Koch Brothers Buy Trump's Favorite Magazine | TYT | 11/27/17 | 8:12
Trump On 'Pussy Grabbing' Tape | TYT | 11/27/17 | 4:11
The1a.org
Big Tobacco's Big Apology | 1a.org | 11/28/17 | 1hr
Smoking rates today are highest among the poor and less-educated, according to government data. For instance, 29% of people living below the official poverty level smoke, versus 17.9% of people at or above poverty. People whose highest educational level is a General Educational Development (GED) certificate -- typically high-school dropouts -- are nine times more likely to smoke than people with graduate degrees (45.3% versus 5%).

Smoking rates vary considerably by geography. The highest rates in the 2009-2011 period were in nonurban counties in the South (31.9%) and small towns in the South (31%) and Midwest (30%). The lowest rates are in big Western cities (15%) and their suburban fringes (16.9%).
Big Tobacco's Big Apology | 1a.org | 11/28/17 | 0:45 GOOGLE SEARCH: Smoking Warning in Australia


Elizabeth Warren: This Is Donald Trump Bringing His Chaos | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 11/27/17 | 11:40
Can Michael Flynn Be Trusted? Congressman Adam Schiff Isn't So Sure | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/28/17 | 7:30
Mika: Can't WH Press Secretary Sanders Say President Donald Trump Misspoke? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/28/17 | 8:54
Key Republican Senators Express Concerns About Tax Bill | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/28/17 | 2:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Ivanka Trump's Thanksgiving Centerpiece: A Giant Clam | Stephen Colbert | 11/24/17 | 2:34
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump's Christmas Gift to the Poor: Tax Hikes | Trevor Noah | 11/27/17 | 5:30
Seth Meyers
Trump Stands by Roy Moore, Pushes GOP Tax Plan | Seth Meyers | 11/27/17 | 11:00
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Roger Stone Discusses Big FBI News, General Flynn, Mueller, Trump & Current Events | Infowars | 11/27/17 | 9:54

11.28.2017. 11:45

Monday November 27, 2017

Highlights from this week's Sunday shows
Politico | PoliticoPlaybook | 11/26/17

-- NANCY PELOSI speaks with CHUCK TODD on NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS": TODD: "Conyers -- in or out?" PELOSI: "We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused -- and was it one accusation? Is it two? John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women." ... TODD: "Do you believe John Conyers' accusers?" PELOSI: "I don't know who they are. Do you? They have not really come forward." TODD: "So you don't know if you believe the accusations?" PELOSI: "That's for the Ethics Committee to review. I believe he understands what's at stake here, and he will do the right thing."

-- MARTHA RADDATZ talks with SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) on ABC'S "THIS WEEK": RADDATZ: "So, is President Trump on the side of wrong?" SCOTT: "Well, the president will have to make his own decisions on where he thinks he is and why he's there. Partisan politics is very important in Washington. It's how you get your job done on either side of the aisle. From my perspective, I'm not taking it from a Republican perspective or a Democrat perspective, I'm thinking about those folks who have been negatively impacted by these allegations. I'm thinking about the long-term health of the country from a personal perspective that leads me to one conclusion." ... Read more

Mulvaney Shows Up For Work At Consumer Watchdog Group, As Leadership Feud Deepens
NPR | Scott Neuman/Camila Domonoske | 11/27/17

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started work Monday -- whoever that is. President Trump's pick to lead the consumer watchdog, Mick Mulvaney, arrived at the office early Monday morning with a bag of Dunkin' Donuts in hand. Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, is the acting director of the group until Trump can get a permanent leader through the Senate confirmation process -- at least, according to the Trump administration.

But the former head of the CFPB, Richard Cordray, appointed Leandra English to lead the group in his wake. He named her as deputy director on Friday, his last day at the head of the group, hours before Trump named Mulvaney. English has since filed a complaint in U.S. district court in Washington, D.C., to block the Trump administration's rival appointment. ... Read more

How Trump and congress are erasing the last 20 years
Salon | Jillian S. Ambroz | 11/26/17

The Republicans of the 115th Congress and Trump have not accomplished much in the way of landmark legislation this year, unless you count overturning President Barack Obama's achievements. And on that front, they've been prolific.

In Trump's first four months of office, he and Congress have completely eliminated 14 rules issued by Obama -- rules ranging from things like protecting Americans from coal waste in drinking water to blocking individuals with severe mental illness from buying firearms -- using the Congressional Review Act. ... Read more

Tillerson and Trump wreak havoc at State: It's a right-wing tradition
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 11/27/17

A number of stories bubbled up over the long holiday weekend, the juiciest being the news that Michael Flynn's lawyers have informed the president's lawyers that they can no longer participate in joint communications, which is taken to mean that Flynn is likely now cooperating with the special counsel in the Russia investigation. This is big news, if true. It could even be a watershed moment if, as suspected, Flynn will be required to offer up a bigger Trump-operation fish than himself. The names "Kushner" and "Trump Jr." are the only ones that come to mind. Stay tuned for more excited speculation through the end of the year.

But the other big story that had social media humming over the four days was this alarming New York Times piece about the apparent dismantling of the Department of State under Rex Tillerson. This has been a recurring theme in the political press for a while, but it seems to have reached critical mass as more and more career diplomats are leaving or being squeezed out while the leadership is largely absent.

First there's the 30 percent proposed cut in the State Department budget which has even some Republican fiscal hawks nervous. Top diplomats, many of whom were initially favorable toward Tillerson on the belief that his business expertise would bring experienced management skills, are in shock at the lack of professionalism and respect for expertise. Both Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., along with Democratic members of the House Foreign Relations Committee recently sent letters to Tillerson about "the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January" and what they described as "the intentional hollowing-out of our senior diplomatic ranks." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, November 27 [11:45]
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Showdown: Trump Appoints Director Who Vowed to Kill Agency | DN | 11/27/17 | 14:14
Will Houston's Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City? | DN | 11/24/17 | 13:23
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  1. Headlines
  2. Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Mosque Attack Comes As Egypt Faces "Wave of Repression" on Political Freedoms
  3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Showdown: Trump Appoints Director Who Vowed to Kill Agency
  4. Meet the Socialist Marine & Anti-Police Brutality Protester Who Won Democratic Seats in November
*Trump's HHS Pick: Alex Azar, a Big Pharma Insider Who Pushed Drug Price Increases For a Decade | TYT | 11/26/17 | 6:09
Revolution: 100 years young - Lenin's socialist vision in capitalist world | RT | 11/26/17 | 27:16
In October 1917, the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power under the banner of socialism and set out to build the world's most equitable society. Today, capitalism prevails everywhere. Crushing inequality and poverty is rampant around the globe. So, was the October Revolution really as significant as it seemed 100 years ago? We spoke to unrepentant Leninists from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the world to find out.
The1a.org
Congress Counts Down To The End Of The Year | 1a.org | 11/27/17 | 1hr
The holidays can be hectic. There's travel to plan, gifts to buy and, for Congress, legislation to pass.

Lawmakers' wish lists are packed with a new tax plan, repeal and replace, the DREAM Act and more. But with just a few weeks left before the year ends, what will Congress focus on, and what might actually pass?


Women Lead Backlash Against Donald Trump, Whether U.S. Is Ready Or Not | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 11/24/17 | 13:19
Everyone Must Condemn President Donald Trump's Press Attacks | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/27/17 | 10:22
Breaking Down Michael Flynn's Latest Move In Robert Mueller's Investigation | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/27/17 | 6:26
Where Are Democrats As GOP Prepares Vote On 'Pro-Rich' Tax Cut? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 11/27/17 | 23:00
Why Do Many Evangelical Voters Support Roy Moore? | AM Joy | MSNBC | 11/20/17 | 17:19
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Thanksgiving And Trump's (Lack Of) Giving | Stephen Colbert | 11/24/17 | 6:11
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BREAKING: Massive Nuclear Disaster In Russia Poisons Europe | Alex Jones Chan | 11/21/17 | 27:49

11.27.2017. 12:14

Wednesday November 22, 2017
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America's war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.

Through their dramatic stories, Gopal shows that the Afghan war, so often regarded as a hopeless quagmire, could in fact have gone very differently. Top Taliban leaders actually tried to surrender within months of the US invasion, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist -- yet the Americans were unwilling to accept such a turnaround. Instead, driven by false intelligence from their allies and an unyielding mandate to fight terrorism, American forces continued to press the conflict, resurrecting the insurgency that persists to this day.

With its intimate accounts of life in war-torn Afghanistan, Gopal's thoroughly original reporting lays bare the workings of America's longest war and the truth behind its prolonged agony. A heartbreaking story of mistakes and misdeeds, No Good Men Among the Living challenges our usual perceptions of the Afghan conflict, its victims, and its supposed winners.
How Russia Helped Trump Win The White House | Fresh Air | 11/21/17 | 1hr
"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says 'Guardian' reporter Luke Harding. His new book is 'Collusion.'
Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding

December 2016. Luke Harding, the Guardian reporter and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's Russia connections. A month later, Steele's now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known -- Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page -- but here Harding also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin.

Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, Harding takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the "Trump-Russia" story--an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history.
60 Minutes
60 Minutes Australia: No winners (2017) Part 1 | 60 Minutes | 11/19/17 | 13:29 || Part 2 | 8:25 || Part 3 | 7:50
If anyone thought the insults hurled between North Korea and the United States couldn't get any more ridiculous, then this week set a new standard in farce. The rogue nation imposed the death sentence on President Donald Trump because he apparently called their leader, Kim Jong-un, short and fat. Ordinarily this kind of behaviour would be quickly dismissed, but 2017 has seen tensions on the Korean peninsula rise to the most dangerous level ever. The threat of nuclear war is real and experts calculate Kim Jong-un's regime has now amassed as many as 60 nuclear warheads. As well, advances in the North's ballistic missile program mean it can target not only mainland USA but also northern Australia. After months of negotiations, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort was given rare permission to travel to North Korea. There he worryingly discovered a country whose people are ready for conflict, and bizarrely, almost gleeful that a consequence of it could be the end of the world.

Reporter: Tom Steinfort
Producer: Garry McNab
60 Minutes Australia: The Russian connection (2017) | 11/12/17 | 13:06

This Is What It's Like to Be the Only Trump Fan at Thanksgiving Dinner
Politico | Mark Bauerlein | 11/22/17

In my household, when the holidays come, the usual family members plus a friend or two gather. We have three generations at the table: two female 80-year-olds, some 50-year-olds and the millennials. Only one of us is a Trump supporter. This is, after all, a family of professionals in a northeastern coastal city.

But it only takes one Trumper to turn a genial dinner into an emotional contest of wills. It doesn't matter that the holidays call for love and gratitude. We may try to talk about other things--our lives, our jobs, the weather--but Trump won't go unmentioned. The feelings he arouses are too stormy. This week, we should expect lots of politics along with our turkey and stuffing. ... Read more

Singer David Cassidy, 1970s Teen Idol, Dies At 67

New Tax Plan Contains Even More Bad News for Student Borrowers
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 11/22/17

The headline in the New York Times seemed sympathetic: "The House Just Voted To Bankrupt Graduate Students".

The piece by Erin Rousseau, a graduate student at M.I.T., detailed an insidious little virus buried in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just passed by Republicans in the House. The law would repeal section 117(d)(5) of the tax code, which exempts graduate students' tuition waiver from taxation.

In the case of M.I.T. grad students like Rousseau -- who work as teachers or lab assistants -- the new law would tax over $50,000 of tuition they don't actually pay. It would increase such students' taxable income from the area of $33,000 to over $80,000. In most cases, that would add about $10,000 to their annual tax burden. ... Read more

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, November 22 [12:19]
*Iraqi Civilian Describes U.S. Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother & Nephew | DN | 11/22/17 | 12:18
*The Uncounted: New York Times Finds US Airstrikes Kill Far More Iraqi Civilians Than Pentagon Admits | DN | 11/22/17 | 28:18
*Anand Gopal: As US Continues Strikes in Afghanistan & Syria, Where is Coverage of Civilian Deaths? | DN | 11/22/17 | 12:36
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  1. Headlines
  2. Expert: President Trump Calling His Accusers "Liars" Confirms Women's Fears of Not Being Believed
  3. Rebecca Solnit: Ending Sexual Harassment Means Changing Masculinity & Undermining Misogynist Culture
  4. FCC Moves to Gut Net Neutrality, Ignoring Public Support & Laws Upholding Equal Internet Access
  5. Haitians Denied Protected Status Face Deportation to "Nation in Turmoil" After Earthquake, Hurricane
*Col. Larry Wilkenson -> Why is the US Media and Foreign Policy Establishment Targeting Russia? | TRNN | 11/22/17 | 1:06:48
*Report: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq 31 Times Higher Than US Claims | TRNN | 11/22/17 | 1:06:48
The1a.org
Working In A World After Weinstein | 1a.org | 11/22/17 | 1hr
The list of powerful men accused of sexual assault or harassment grows longer. A workplace should be safe for everyone, but far too often it is not. And that becomes clearer each day, with each new story.

What will it take to persuade people with power and influence to make the changes made at organizations where harassment has been revealed to be permanent?
How Temporary Is Temporary Protected Status For Immigrants? | 1a.org | 11/22/17 | 1hr
The Trump Administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the U.S., giving them until summer of 2019 to leave the country -- willingly or not.

Temporary Protected Status is just that -- temporary. But it covers hundreds of thousands of others living in America. How long can they stay? And if natural disasters have left them with no home to go back to, what then?


Donald Trump Aims To Boost GOP Gerrymandering Advantage With Census Pick | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 11/21/17 | 15:39
Trump Ignores Nixon lesson With Department of Justice Pressure | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 11/21/17 | 12:28
WSJ: Robert Mueller Investigating Jared Kushner's Foreign Contacts With Russia | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/22/17 | 8:53
The Big Takeaway Of President Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin's Phone Call | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/22/17 | 11:14
President Donald Trump Support Of Roy Moore A 'Huge Gift' For Democrats | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/22/17 | 14:03
What Donald Trump & Vladimir Putin Talked About On Their 90-Minute Call | MSNBC 11th Hour | 11/21/17 | 8:10
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Even Made Pardoning Turkeys About Obama | Stephen Colbert | 11/22/17 | 2:17
Trump On Roy Moore: 'You Have To Listen To Him' | Stephen Colbert | 11/22/17 | 2:48
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Exclusive - Alabama Reacts to the Roy Moore Accusations | Trevor Noah | 11/22/17 | 2:30
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Pardons a Turkey, Single Dad Thanksgiving | 11/22/17 | 2:42
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Scandal | Jimmy Kimmel | older, 11/16/17 | 5:23
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
SPECIAL REPORT with Alex Jones • Nuclear Disaster In Russia Poisons Europe | Infowars | 11/21/17 | 23:26
Roger Stone Discusses Latest News and Current Events | Infowars | 11/20/17 | 36:40
Roger Stone Discusses Trump Administration, H.R. McMaster Latest News & Current Events | Infowars | 11/21/17 | 37:28

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