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Monday October 23, 2017

If you're a black man, expect police brutality under U.S. law and policy
WashingtonPost | Paul Butler | 10/19/17

'The police department is like a crew. It does whatever they want to do." Those words -- from an old-school hip-hop song by the group Boogie Down Productions -- were the soundtrack in my head as I read "I Can't Breathe," journalist Matt Taibbi's gut-wrenching account of the death and life of Eric Garner.

As the whole world knows, Garner died in 2014 after being placed in an illegal chokehold by a New York City cop who was trying to arrest him for supposedly selling a "loosie" tobacco cigarette on a Staten Island street. The book is a deep dive into every aspect of the case, including its legal impact, which is minimal, and its cultural and political impact, which has been profound. ... Read more
Author Matt Taibbi: Eric Garner Death Symptom Of "Bad Politics And Bad Policy" | MSNBC | 10/23/17 | 4:45

The REAL Leaders Of The World | History Repeats Itself | | 2:17:46
9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money | corbettreport | 59:34

Trump Promises to Release Secret JFK Files, But Let's Hold the Applause
AlterNet | Jefferson Morley | 10/21/17

The tweet was probably sincere in expressing Trump's instinct that all of the government's long-secret records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be made public. The president knows public opinion favors a conspiratorial explanation of the mysterious assassination of the popular liberal president on November 22, 1963.

He knows, too, that the bogus conspiracy theory he floated during the 2016 campaign, smearing the father of Ted Cruz, was effective in attracting attention and harming a rival.

Trump has also heard from friend and confidante Roger Stone, the hard-right political operative who blames the assassination on Lyndon B. Johnson. Stone told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars this week that he personally lobbied Trump to release all of the documents. ... Read more

In 263 days, President Trump has made 1,318 false and misleading claims.

How Airbnb Affects Home Prices and Rents
WSJ | Lisa Ward | 10/22/17

Could the use of Airbnb increase home prices and rental rates? A new, not-yet-published working paper suggests the popular home-sharing service might do just that. The researchers looked at rents and home prices in the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. between 2012 and 2016. They found that a 10% increase in Airbnb listings leads to a 0.39% increase in rents and a 0.64% increase in house prices.

"That may sound minuscule, but between 2012 and 2016, rents rose by about 2.2% annually [on average in the 100 areas], so a 0.39% increase in that context isn't very small at all," says Edward Kung, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California Los Angeles and one of the study's authors. The same is true for home prices, which rose by an average of about 4.8% annually in the 100 areas, he adds. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 23 [13:06]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Will Catalonia Declare Independence After Spain Moves to Impose Direct Rule, Oust Catalan Leaders?
  3. How Trump's Presidency Is Fueling Right-Wing Nationalist & Anti-Immigration Movements Across Europe
  4. Trump's Proposed Tax Overhaul Would Give Billions to Trump & Cabinet While Sparking Global "Tax War"
Trump's Proposed Tax Overhaul Would Give Billions to Trump & Cabinet While Sparking Global "Tax War" | 10/23/17 | 19:29
The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey | TRNN | 10/23/17 | 26:56
Is The Problem With Capitalism Or Neoliberalism? | TYT | 10/22/17 | 3:45
*What Is America's Military Mission In Africa? | 1a.org | 10/23/17 | 1hr
White House chief of staff General John Kelly says America's mission in Africa is clear. "They're helping those partners be better at fighting ISIS in Africa so we don't have to send large numbers of troops."

But after four soldiers were killed in a recent ambush attack in Niger, an investigation is underway into how and why they died.

What exactly are American troops doing in Africa today? And is it working?
Joe: Steve Bannon's Scam Will Blow Up Next Midterm | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/23/17 | 11:37
Does President Donald Trump Spit Out Controversies Du Jour To Distract? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/23/17 | 10:52
Alt Right
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Roger Stone Discusses JFK and Classified Files Release Authorized by President Trump | Infowars | 10/22/17 | 21:35
Roger Stone BOMBSHELL: Weinstein Procured Children via Bill Clinton | Operation HAL & Infowars | 10/21/17 | 11:37
WTF?! Vegas Massacre Vanishes from News, Still No Answers | Infowars & Operation HAL | 10/21/17 | 13:48

10.23.2017. 14:55

Friday October 20, 2017
*Debate Recap: Sanders Vs. Cruz on Trump's Tax Plan | TRNN | 2017/17 | 9:29

Steve Mnuchin Says It's 'Very Hard' Not To Cut Rich People's Taxes
HP | Arthur Delaney | 10/18/17

WASHINGTON ? It's just too tricky to reform the tax code without delivering a windfall to the wealthy, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview published Wednesday.

Mnuchin is right in one sense: Because of the way the tax code adds layers of higher marginal tax rates as income rises, wealthy people automatically benefit if the lower rates are reduced, since they pay both the lower and higher rates.

But Mnuchin is wrong that it would be difficult to devise a tax plan that doesn't make up for lost revenue with higher marginal rates for the wealthy. ... Read more
Mnuchin: "It's Very Hard Not To Give Tax Cuts To The Wealthy" | TYT | 10/18/17 | 7:41

Trump on health care: 90 seconds of talk, 5 fact checks
Politico | Politico Staff | 10/19/17

The president released another 90-second stream of thoughts on health care reform -- one of several this week. After a meeting Thursday on Puerto Rico hurricane recovery, he was asked about the bipartisan Obamacare fix proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray. He's flipped back and forth on that bill several times. Here's POLITICO's annotated guide to his latest remarks: ... Read more

Alaska Is Warming At Twice The Rate As The Rest Of The Planet | Journeyman Pictures | older, 08/30/16 | 16:39

Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is 'real Russia story'
TheHill | Max Greenwood | 10/19/17

President Trump said Thursday that an Obama-era uranium deal with Moscow is "the real Russia story," and again dismissed allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia as "a hoax."

The comments came hours after Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the so-called "Fake Media" did not want to cover news about the 2010 uranium sale, which gave Moscow control of more than 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply.

"The problem is mainstream media does not want to cover that story because that affects people they protect," Trump claimed. "So they don't like covering that story. But the big story is uranium and how Russia got 20 percent of our uranium and, frankly, it's a disgrace and it's a disgrace that the fake news won't cover. It's so sad." ... Read more
Trump Actually Telling The Truth About Clinton-Russia Uranium Scandal? | TYT | 10/19/17 | 13:01

Why Did Paul Manafort Need to Get to Trump? (#137) | Keith Olbermann | 10/19/17 | 7:00
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 [10:25]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Fearing Deportation, Immigrants Fleeing California Wildfires Avoid Shelters & Face Homelessness
  3. Urban Conflagration: Fire Scientist on Climate Change & What Makes California's Wildfires Different
  4. Major Victories for Climate Movement, But Global Chaos Grows: Roundtable with Leaders on What's Next
Protesters Drown Out Nazi Richard Spencer | TYT | 10/19/17 | 12:46
You'll Never Guess How Trump Grades His Puerto Rico Response... | TYT | 10/19/17 | 2:40
Trump's Wall: Prototypes 'spring up' along Mexican border. | RT | 10/20/17 | 1:45
*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 10/20/17 | 1hr
There was a lot of confusion -- perhaps even more than usual -- about the state of health care this week. After President Trump signed an executive order and said he'd eliminate Affordable Care Act cost-sharing payments that help low-income recipients pay out-of-pocket expenses, the subsidies seemed to be temporarily reinstated. But then ... confusion.

In this edition of the News Roundup, we'll also ask what the president said, or didn't say, to the widow of a veteran killed in Niger. And why did he take so long to reach out to the families of the fallen?

Plus another block for Trump's travel ban and a review of the president's meeting with Ricardo Rosselló, the governor of Puerto Rico.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 10/20/17 | 1hr
Stories of fights against militants dominated international news this week:

  1. In a significant blow to ISIS, U.S.-backed forces say they've retaken the northern Syrian city -- and de facto ISIS capital -- of Raqqa. But it's not yet time to declare victory, reports the Los Angeles Times
  2. Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon that Raqqa is about 90 percent freed, but more fighting will be required to fully liberate the city.
  3. In Somalia, nearly 300 people were killed in a truck bombing in Mogadishu.
  4. And the U.S. continues looking for answers as it investigates the deadly ambush in Niger earlier this month.

In other headlines, the Spanish government is cracking down on Catalonian autonomy in response to pushes for independence. And a journalist who covered corruption in Malta was killed in a car bombing attack.
General John Kelly's Powerful Speech Hit At Wilson And President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 28:08
Former Presidents Bush And Obama Speeches Take Aim At Heart Of Trumpism | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 18:58
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló: I Answered Donald Trump Truthfully | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/20/17 | 7:45
Wilson responds to John Kelly | CNN | 10/20/17 | 17:52
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Feuds with Gold Star Families | Trevor Noah | 10/19/17 | 6:34
The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper - Bipartisanship Is an Evil Conspiracy | CC | 10/19/17 | 5:57
Alt Right
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John McCain: A Globalist VS American Progress | Alex Jones Channel | 10/19/17 | 4:31
Roger Stone Discusses Bush Remarks at Trump, J Kelly Latest News and Current Events | Infowars | 10/19/17 | 1:19:05
John McCain, Traitor? (pt-2) | Infowars | 10/20/17 | 19:59
Roger Stone: Big Bombshell, CIA, JFK, FBI, Traitor Bush, Weinstein | Infowars | 10/20/17 | 19:26

10.20.2017. 12:08

Thursday October 19, 2017

The Big Lie pays off: Trump voters believe fake news (about the news being fake)
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 10/19/17

Nearly half the public believes the media makes up stories about Trump -- and the media is partly to blame for that

Sometimes I think Donald Trump is trying to drive us all crazy. The relentlessness of the lies, the bizarre behavior and the overall chaos are just plain nuts. We've never experienced anything like this. Well, actually, there might be one precedent in "mad" King George, the monarch who was on the throne of England when America declared its independence. But that was a long time ago. Since then we've had good leaders and bad leaders: Some were even great while others were actual criminals. But this nonstop presidential pandemonium is unprecedented. And it's downright discombobulating.

In order to keep a grip on reality, it's tempting to look for a guiding logic behind all the activity and ascribe the confusion to some sort of underlying strategy. You observe a wily character like Steve Bannon and read about his bizarre fringe philosophy of "disruption" to bring on some sort of global denouement -- he literally called Donald Trump "a blunt instrument for us" -- and you figure this might just be a big act in service of his ominous vision. ... Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Bannon, Trump's New C.E.O., Hints At His Master Plan
Can the man behind Breitbart -- a Harvard M.B.A. who worked at Goldman Sachs and made a killing off of Seinfeld -- save Trump? And at what cost? | Vanity Fair | older 08/17/16

Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump
Politico | Steven Shepard | 10/18/17

But voters diverge from the president on whether the federal government should be able to punish news organizations that he believes make up stories about him

Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Just 37 percent of voters think the media do not fabricate stories, the poll shows, while the remaining 17 percent are undecided.

More than three-quarters of Republican voters, 76 percent, think the news media invent stories about Trump and his administration, compared with only 11 percent who don't think so. Among Democrats, one-in-five think the media make up stories, but a 65 percent majority think they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media make up stories about Trump, and 31 percent think they do not. ... Read more
Poll: Scary Amount Of Americans Believe Media Is Lying | TYT | 10/18/17 | 13:34

The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis
Esquire | Christopher Glazek | 10/18/17

The Sackler name is no less prominent among the emerald quads of higher education, where it's possible to receive degrees from Sackler schools, participate in Sackler colloquiums, take courses from professors with endowed Sackler chairs, and attend annual Sackler lectures on topics such as theoretical astrophysics and human rights. The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science supports research on obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. Meanwhile, the Sackler institutes at Cornell, Columbia, McGill, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sussex, and King's College London tackle psychobiology, with an emphasis on early childhood development.

The Sacklers' philanthropy differs from that of civic populists like Andrew Carnegie, who built hundreds of libraries in small towns, and Bill Gates, whose foundation ministers to global masses. Instead, the family has donated its fortune to blue-chip brands, braiding the family name into the patronage network of the world's most prestigious, well-endowed institutions. The Sackler name is everywhere, evoking automatic reverence; the Sacklers themselves, however, are rarely seen. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 19 [10:49]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump's Travel Ban Suffers Another Defeat as Judges Say Threat of Discrimination "Still Intact"
  3. Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin
  4. Guantánamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Say Guards Threatened to Kill Them by Stopping Force-Feeding
Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin | DN | 10/19/17 | 24:03
Is China the next global leader? | Aljazeera | 10/18/17 | 25:00
Is Free Speech In A 'State Of Emergency'? | 1a.org | 10/19/17 | 1hr
White nationalist Richard Spencer plans to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thursday. In response, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency.

We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority. I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.

Some college students are furiously asserting their right to hear from any speaker they want. Others are equally furious about shouting down hateful voices.
Maddow: What Is President Donald Trump Hiding About U.S. Military In Niger? | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/18/17 | 13:16
President Trump Disgrace Laid Bare In Interactions With Gold Star Families | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/18/17 | 17:43
Why Nobody Wins With The Latest Back-And-Forth | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 7:03
President Donald Trump Tweets: 'Who Knows?' If GOP has Votes For Budget | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 7:45
North Korean Official Confident The Nation Could Win A War | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/19/17 | 6:15
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
How to Solve the Harvey Weinstein Problem | Trevor Noah | 10/18/17 | 5:08
Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller | Trevor Noah | older 02/14/17 | 6:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
John Kelly's Press Briefing, Trump and FEMA | Seth Meyers | 10/13/17 | 3:00
Alt Right
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Another 9/11 Coming, China Rising 10/19/17 | Infowars | 10/19/17 | 37:54
China weaponizing North Korea? | Fox News | 10/18/17 | 5:50
Roger Stone, Rage the Machine! 10/18/17 (pt-5) | Infowars | 10/18/17 | 30:32
US War With North Korea | Right Wing | 10/17/17 | 11:15
Breaking: China Moves To Kill The Petrodollar | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/18/17 | 12:11

10.19.2017. 11:13

Wednesday October 18, 2017

How Harvey Weinstein And Kenneth Cole Covered Up A Shady Deal
HP | Yashar Ali | 10/18/17

... Weinstein was meeting with two attorneys. One, he was trying to undermine: Thomas Ajamie, a Texas trial lawyer, was investigating a highly unusual financial transaction involving Weinstein and the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a nonprofit founded in the early '80s to help find a cure for AIDS. The other, he'd recently managed to co-opt: Lisa Bloom, a lawyer known for representing victims of sexual harassment. Weinstein had recently agreed to option Bloom's book about the Trayvon Martin case. But what Ajamie, and the public, didn't know at the time was that Bloom was also one of Weinstein's lawyers. Bloom, who had become known for parading victims of sexual harassment out in front of cameras, was now working with a man who would soon be exposed as a sexual predator. ... Read more

Professor Abdi Samatar of the University of Minnesota dicusses -> Somalia Bombing an Outgrowth of Foreign Meddling | TRNN | 10/18/17 | 13:47

U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show
NYT | Hannah Beech | 10/18/17

BANGKOK -- It was an anti-Communist blood bath of at least half a million Indonesians. And American officials watched it happen without raising any public objections, at times even applauding the forces behind the killing, according to newly declassified State Department files that show diplomats meticulously documenting the purge in 1965-66.

In one of the documents, released on Tuesday, an American political affairs counselor describes how Indonesian officials dealt with prisons overflowing with suspected members of the Indonesian Communist Party, known by the acronym P.K.I. ... Read more
The Act Of Killing (Trailer) | | 09/07/12 | 3:03

NAFTA talks hit impasse as U.S. slams trading partners
Mexico, Canada and U.S. agree to delay next set of talks as a testy round wraps up.

Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank
Politico | Ben White | 10/18/17

Steven Mnuchin has a stern warning for Congress: You could blow up the stock market if you fail to cut taxes.

The Treasury secretary, in the first episode of the "POLITICO Money" podcast, said Wall Street's big runup following the election of President Donald Trump is largely based on expectations of Congress passing a major tax-relief bill, and failure to do so could have significant consequences. The Dow is now up about 25 percent since the election, a fact Trump tweets about frequently.

"There is no question that the rally in the stock market has baked into it reasonably high expectations of us getting tax cuts and tax reform done," Mnuchin said in the interview. "To the extent we get the tax deal done, the stock market will go up higher. But there's no question in my mind that if we don't get it done you're going to see a reversal of a significant amount of these gains." ... Read more

Roger Stone
Get Me Roger Stone (Trailer) | Netflix | 03/29/17 | 2:09
Get Me Roger Stone | Netflix | | 1:41:00

Donald Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of Washington (#135) | Keith Olbermann | 10/17/17 | 5:27
Donald Trump is F*cking Crazy (#136) | Keith Olbermann | 10/18/17 | 8:29
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 18 [13:04]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt
  3. Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria
  4. Rosa Clemente on Puerto Ricans Drinking Toxic Water & San Juan Mayor's Message to the Diaspora
  5. Why Are Incarcerated Women Battling California Wildfires for as Little as $1 a Day?
As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt | DN | 10/18/17 | 15:17
Climate Change Has Doubled Area Hit By Forest Fires in US, Part 1 | TRNN | 10/17/17 | 9:24
Climate Change Has Doubled Area Hit By Forest Fires in US, Part 2 | TRNN | 10/18/17 | 10:51
Trump To McCain: Be Careful... At Some Point I Fight Back | TYT | 10/17/17 | 7:41
The Deal With Drug Czars | 1a.org | 10/18/17 | 1hr
The role of drug czar took the spotlight this week when Trump administration nominee Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for the position.

Marino was the subject of a recent investigation by "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post that revealed the Congressman's role as a major player in weakening the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to regulate opioid distributors.

Drug czars are charged with taking the lead on drug policy in the U.S. and the position has a history that dates back to 1930. But their agendas are largely set by the administrations they serve.
Where Do We Come From? | 1a.org | 10/18/17 | 1hr
If you want to answer the most existential of existential questions, don't look at the historical record, look in a microscope. The study of DNA has become so advanced in recent years "that it was transformed into a historical source," writes geneticist Adam Rutherford. This has upended our understanding of human history and evolution.

In his new book, "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived," Rutherford dispels myths about DNA ("there are people in your family from whom you have inherited no genes at all") and clarifies concepts that were once beyond human understanding.

Rutherford joins us to talk about what we can learn from the 107 billion humans who have existed, and what this information can tell us about the next big question before us: where are we headed next?
Mike Pence Extremism, Unpopularity Overlooked In President Trump's Shadow | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/17/17 | 10:28
Joe: President Donald Trump Used Kelly Family As Political Throwaway Line | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/18/17 | 12:54
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson On Sergeant David Johnson: 'He Died As A Hero' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/18/17 | 10:08
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump & McConnell's BFF Presser | Trevor Noah | 10/17/17 | 6:14
Alt Right
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Roger Stone latest news and current events October 17th, 2017 | Infowars | 10/17/17 | 28:17
$40 Trillion Missing! Catherine Austin Fitts | Infowars | 10/17/17 | 38:27

10.18.2017. 11:49

Tuesday October 17, 2017

John McCain Scorches Trump's 'Half-Baked' Nationalism in Fiery Liberty Medal Speech
AlterNet | Chris Sosa | 10/17/17

McCain is a strong critic of Steve Bannon's so-called "economic nationalism," which has strongly informed the isolationist policy decisions of the Trump administration.

"To fear the world where we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we've advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of Earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who had rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans have consigned to the trash heap of history," McCain said amid cheers from the audience. ... Read more

Thom Hartmann: The America I knew has almost disappeared
Salon & AlterNet | Thom Hartmann | 10/17/17

President Jimmy Carter took it head on when he told me on my radio program that the Citizen's United decision:

"[V]iolates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it's just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. So now we've just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election's over."

This "complete subversion of our political system" grew, in large part, out of Richard Nixon's 1972 appointment of Lewis Powell to the Supreme Court. Powell, in 1971, had authored the infamous Powell Memo to the US Chamber of Commerce, strongly suggesting that corporate leaders needed to get politically involved and, essentially, take over everything from academia to our court system to our political system. ... Read more

A Remarriage of Convenience Between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell
The president and the Senate majority leader make nice at the White House after a summer of bickering and ahead of a crucial period for the Republican agenda. | TheAtlantic | Russell Berman | 10/16/17

North Korea Says Nuclear War 'May Break Out Any Moment'
HP | Nick Visser | 10/16/17

The rhetoric is typical for Pyongyang but adds to an uptick in tensions with the U.S.

North Korea warned a United Nations committee on Monday that a nuclear conflict "may break out any moment," continuing a bombastic war of words between the East Asian country and the United States that has only increased in recent months.

Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the U.N., told the General Assembly's disarmament committee that his country was now a "full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets," according to The Associated Press. ... Read more

The Great Undoer
Donald Trump's biggest political wins have come in dismantling existing policies, but constructive and proactive steps have eluded him. | TheAtlantic | David Graham | 01/17/17

Gregg Popovich Goes Full Throttle On 'Soulless Coward' Donald Trump
HP | Lee Moran | 10/17/17

"We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office."

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not hold back in his latest criticism of President Donald Trump. The five-time NBA champion coach has a history of tearing into Trump, but on Monday he took his condemnation of the commander in chief to the next level by calling him a "soulless coward." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 17 [13:53]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Mogadishu Massacre: Hospitals Run Out of Blood, Antibiotics for Victims in Mass Bombing Killing 300+
  3. Meet Tarana Burke, the Activist Who Started #MeToo Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault
Why didn't Kurdish Forces Fight Back the Iraqi Invasion? of Kirkuk? | TRNN | 10/16/17 | 11:50
*On Iran, Trump Follows the Neocons | TRNN | 10/17/17 | 21:06
*Piece By Piece: The End Of Obamacare | 1a.org | 10/17/17 | 1hr
There's a better way to offer health insurance to Americans, according to the president.

Subsidies known as cost-sharing payments are how an estimated 7 million people afford their co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs for medical treatment under the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has decided to do away with these payments to insurers, prompting outcry from both sides of the aisle.

With the enrollment period for the ACA fast approaching and the president pushing forward on his promise to dismantle it, what's at stake for consumers, health care providers, the markets and the lawmakers who have to answer to their constituents?
*Today Is The Day To End Poverty (Literally) | 1a.org | 10/17/17 | 1hr
October 17 is the United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Nearly 11 percent of the world's population lives on less than two dollars a day, according to the World Bank. And that's an improvement. The World Bank says more than a billion people have moved out of poverty since 1990.

We ask what worked for that billion, and what would it take to improve the outlook for the world's poorest people.
President Donald Trump Hits 'Rock Bottom' Discussing Fallen Troops | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 12:32
Joe: Why Was Mitch McConnell There With President Donald Trump? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 10:05
Senator John McCain Delivers 'Incredible Moment' On Monday | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/17/17 | 6:36
President Trump: Barack Obama Didn't Call Families Of Fallen U.S. Troops | MSNBC 11th Hour | 10/16/17 | 6:35
House Speaker Paul Ryan Responds To Steve Bannon's Attacks (Full) | MSNBC | 10/16/17 | 8:26
Alt Right
Roger Stone, Deflect Attention | Infowars | 10/16/17 | 17:27
Info-Warriors, Seek the Truth | Infowars | 10/15/17 | 39:47
Roger Stone Discusses Barry Seal (American Made) | Infowars | older 10/09/17 | 29:06
President Trump Delivers Speech to the 2017 Values Voter Summit. | C-Span | 10/14/17 | 30:26
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