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Thursday September 21, 2017

John McCain Can Stop This Health Care Bill
HP | Matt Fuller | 09/20/17

The fate of health care for millions of Americans may, once again, come down to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

It was McCain in July who sank Republican hopes of a "skinny repeal," siding at the last minute with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to vote against the Senate GOP's scaled down health care bill.

At the time, McCain said he was voting no because of the bad process that Republicans had used to bring up the bill, where they skipped committee hearings, markups and amendments to just put the legislation up for a vote with a less than solid idea of the policy effects.

Now McCain is making a similar argument.

"I want regular order," McCain told HuffPost on Wednesday, a chorus he has repeated over and over again this week.

When asked if that meant he was still a no, McCain said, "I want regular order, is the answer." Read more

Jimmy Kimmel DESTROYS Republican Healthcare Lies | TYT | 09/20/17 | 9:28
Kimmel, not Cassidy, is right on health care, analysts say
Most Terrifying Footage Of Hurricane Maria 175mph Wind Flash Flood Puerto Rico | Che'dele Review | 09/20/17 | 40:11
Position of Hurricane Maria - www.ventusky.com/?p=27.1;-71.6;4&l=wind&m=gfs | ventusky.com | 09/21/17 @ 9:32|

The unlikely group who brought Obamacare repeal back to life
Politico | Jennifer Haberkorn and Rachael Bade | 09/21/17

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Bill Cassidy crafted the bill, while Lindsey Graham played the role of salesman.

Senate Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare rests on the unlikely collaboration of a veteran senator who can't stand health policy, a wonky freshman who has never passed major legislation and a former senator who lost his seat a decade ago.

Together, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum crafted the latest GOP repeal bill in hopes of delivering on the party's seven-year-old campaign promise to repeal Obamacare.

The trio teamed up this summer to salvage the repeal effort. At first, their idea of replacing much of Obamacare with state block grants went nowhere. But now -- only days before the expiration of the special rule allowing the Senate to dismantle Obamacare with only 50 votes -- the idea has gained enough momentum that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell committed to bringing the measure to the floor next week for a vote. ... Read more

Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA

Paul Manafort offered Kremlin-linked oligarch access to Trump campaign
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 09/20/17

The Washington Post reported that Trump's former campaign manager pitched a Russian billionaire "private briefings"

Paul Manafort, the second of Donald Trump's presidential campaign managers, is in serious legal jeopardy. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that during his five-month control of the Trump campaign, Manafort offered a Kremlin-linked Russian oligarch multiple "private briefings" on the status of the U.S. election.

Less than two weeks before Trump clinched the GOP nomination, Manafort wrote an email to an intermediary of aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska to ask if the Basic Element founder would like to be regularly updated on the progress of the campaign. ... Read more

Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable by Jeffrey D. Sachs

With a nation seemingly more divided than ever, many worry that Americans risk losing ground on solving the complex, interrelated problems the country faces--including rising inequality, the specter of climate change, astronomical health care costs, and economic stagnation. The renowned economist Jeffrey D. Sachs offers a practical approach to move America toward a new consensus: sustainable development. Sustainable development focuses on the economy, society, and the environment when shaping policy. A holistic approach emphasizing economic, social, and environmental objectives is key. In focusing too much on economic growth, the United States has neglected rising economic inequality and dire environmental threats. Now, even growth is imperiled.

In this passionate and powerful book -- part manifesto, part plan of action -- Sachs dwells on issues that have captivated the nation and political debate, including infrastructure, trade deals, energy policy, the proper size and role of government, the national debt, and income inequality. Not only does he provide illuminating and accessible explanations of the forces at work in each case, but he also presents specific policy solutions. His argument rises above the pessimism borne of political paralysis, economic stagnation, and partisanship to devise a brighter way forward, achievable both individually and collectively
Why Trump is Always (Always!) the Victim | Keith Olbermann | 09/20/17 | 5:32
This man [Trump] is a walking, talking double standard
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 21 [13:42]
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  2. Environmental Disaster Looms in Puerto Rico, Lashed by Hurricane Maria & Left Without Power
  3. Jeff Sachs Warns "Nuclear War is A Real Threat" as Trump Threatens to "Totally Destroy" North Korea
  4. Economist Jeff Sachs: Americans Who Don't Want War with Iran Must Speak Out Now
  5. Trump Admin Doubles Down on Plans to Withdraw from Paris Deal as UNGA Makes Climate Top Priority
  6. "One Long Night": Writer Andrea Pitzer on History of Concentration Camps & Rise of Intolerance Today
Jeff Sachs Warns "Nuclear War is A Real Threat" as Trump Threatens to "Totally Destroy" North Korea | DN | 09/21/17 | 8:50
Economist Jeff Sachs: Americans Who Don't Want War with Iran Must Speak Out Now | DN | 09/21/17 | 6:38
Trump is Threatening More than Just the Iran Deal | TRNN | 09/20/17 | 18:27
Congress Spars on Healthcare, Unites to Fund War | TRNN | 09/21/17 | 13:28
Entire Country Without Power After Hurricane Maria | TYT | 09/20/17 | 5:32
Earthquake Death Toll Doubles | TYT | 09/20/17 | 6:52
Keiser Report: America's Falling Apart (E1123) | RT | 09/14/17 | 25:45
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Paul Manafort In The Middle | 1a.org | 09/21/17 | 1hr
Paul Manafort helped chart Donald Trump's path to White House. But long before the lawyer-slash-lobbyist-turned-campaign chairman was a part of Trump's team, he was a name known to the FBI.

This week, reports emerged that the intelligence agency has been monitoring Manafort for several years, starting with a warrant that allowed the FBI to look into his work as a consultant with the Ukranian government. Ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, the FBI wiretapped Manafort, according to CNN. And special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, appears to have taken a renewed interest in Manafort.

In July, FBI agents raided Manafort's home and Mueller's team could bring charges -- although it remains unclear how or if any of the focus on Manafort connects to the broader probe on Russia and the Trump campaign.

For now, Manafort is a man caught in the middle with a lot to answer for. How did he get there?
Following The Path From Paul Manafort To Robert Mueller | Rachel Maddow | 09/21/17 | 22:00
WSJ: Robert Mueller Office Interviewed Rod Rosenstein On James Comey Firing | Rachel Maddow | 09/20/17 | 5:32
Senator Jeff Flake On Health Bill: I'm Not Responding To Donors | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/21/17 | 10:43
Jimmy Kimmel: Bill Cassidy Lied Right To My Face About Healthcare | MSNBC Last Word | 09/20/17 | 8:56
Mueller Seeks A Long List Of Donald Trump Docs In Growing Russia Probe | MSNBC 11th Hour | 09/20/17 | 7:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's UN Speech Advocates For Both Peace And Nuclear War | Stephen Colbert | 09/20/17 | 8:13
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Fights Back Against Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham & Chris Christie | Jimmy Kimmel | 09/20/17 | 10:05
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Is There Any Hope For The Left? | Samantha Bee | 09/20/17 | 6:04
General Kelly v. "Honorable" Omarosa | Samantha Bee | 09/20/17 | 6:37
Freedom(ish) Of Speech | Samantha Bee | 09/20/17 | 7:18
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Check In: Who the Hell is Dana Rohrabacher? | Seth Meyers | 09/20/17 | 7:14

09.21.2017. 07:08

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria Slams Into Puerto Rico
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 09/20/17

urricane Maria slammed into eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning as a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, threatening the area with vicious winds and dangerous flooding.

The hurricane's eyewall passed over Vieques around 4 a.m. eastern before heading towards the main island, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm made landfall on the eastern part of the island, near Yabucoa, around 6:15 a.m. with wind speeds of up to 155 mph. ... Read more
Ventusky.com website 09/20/17 11:10 est

Everybody still hates Hillary Clinton: But why?
Salon | Conor Lynch | 09/20/17

Clinton is right that sexism played a huge role in her defeat -- but there are other factors she simply doesn't get

Hillary Clinton is back in the public eye to promote her new memoir on the 2016 election, but most Americans would apparently prefer her to just go away. That's according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which found that just 30 percent of respondents had a very positive or somewhat positive view of the former Democratic nominee, who seems to be getting even less popular as the 2016 election recedes further into the past.

This poll couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time for Clinton, who attempts to explain last year's election in her aptly titled new book, "What Happened," which caused a stir well before its official publication date after a few passages were leaked online. As the former secretary of state proceeds with her nationwide book tour and several high-profile media appearances, she remains an extremely divisive figure, and 10 months after losing the election she has yet to figure out why. ... Read more

Photos of the Earthquake in Mexico City
TheAtlantic | Alan Taylor | 09/19/17

On September 19, 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, rattling skyscrapers and sending millions into the streets. Reuters is reporting at least 200 deaths across several Mexican states. Coincidentally, Tuesday was the 32nd anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake, an occasion that led to many first responders and volunteers already being gathered outside, taking part in earthquake-preparedness drills. Below, some early images of the still-unfolding disaster in Mexico City. Updated with new 12 new images on September 20. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Dangerous North Korea Gambit
WiredMagazine| Brian Barrett | 09/19/17

ON TUESDAY MORNING, Donald Trump gave a bombastic speech to the assembled delegates of the United Nations. Pay special attention to how he addressed North Korea and its looming nuclear threat. Unlike most of what Trump said otherwise, its implications are as wide-ranging as they are grim.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," said Trump. "'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime." ... Read more
Trump Speaks To UN, Threatens To Destroy North Korea | TYT | 09/19/17 | 16:03

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 20 [9:27]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Hundreds Dead in Mexico After Earthquake Strikes on Anniversary of Devastating 1985 Quake
  3. Hurricane Maria Strikes Puerto Rico, Threatening to Be Most Catastrophic Storm in a Century
  4. Senate Republicans Scramble to Secure Votes for Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act
  5. Advocates Warn All Rohingya May Be Driven Out of Burma If Military's Ethnic Cleansing Continues
  6. Cuban Lawyer Slams Trump as "Enemy to Most of the World" as He Vows Not to Lift Sanctions
*Phyllis Bennis -> Trump's Threat to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea is Illegal | TRNN | 09/19/17 | 23:21
US Increases Military Budget By $80 Billion | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:03
Trump Saw France's Military Parade And Now He Wants One | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:18
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The United Nations Without The United States | 1a.org | 09/20/17 | 1hr
President Donald Trump addressed the world Tuesday morning from the United Nations General Assembly, an organization he has criticized in the past.

As expected, the remarks echoed the president's nationalist platform. At the podium, he reminded world leaders, "I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first." The president called the Iran nuclear deal "embarrassing" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea "if forced."
Lawrence: Why Donald Trump's UN Speech Worst, Most Dangerous In History | MSNBC Last Word | 09/19/17 | 9:57
Joe: Once Again, GOP Trying To Pass Terrible Bill | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/20/17 | 5:01
Minus Bombast, President Donald Trump UN Speech Proves Conventional | 09/20/17 | 11:05
Madeleine Albright: The Tone Of Donald Trump's Speech Was 'Really Bad' | 09/20/17 | 10:12
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's UN Speech Advocates For Both Peace And Nuclear War | Stephen Colbert | 09/20/17 | 4:48
Kim Jong-Un Responds To Trump's 'Rocket Man' Nickname | Stephen Colbert | 09/20/17 | 1:24
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
A Trumpian Debut at the United Nations | Trevor Noah | 09/18/17 | 7:50
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Manafort, Rocket Man and the New GOP Health Care Bill: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 09/19/17 | 11:43

09.20.2017. 11:48

Tuesday September 19, 2017

Trump Threatens To 'Totally Destroy' North Korea In 'America First' Speech At United Nations
HP | Marina Fang | 09/19/17

Trump also strongly indicated he would not renew the Iranian nuclear deal, in a forceful first speech before the international body.

President Donald Trump forcefully defended the United States and condemned North Korea and Iran in his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, hailing "strong, sovereign nations" and urging fellow world leaders to "put your countries first," while trying to strike a cordial tone on the international alliances he had previously criticized.

"As president of the United States, I will always put America first," he said. "The United States will always be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies, but we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal in which the United States gets nothing in return." ... Read more

Scott Pruitt shifts on climate change: "How much do we contribute to it?"
Salon | Jarrett Lyons | 09/19/17

The head of the EPA says that humans may be responsible for climate change

On Fox News Tuesday morning, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt finally admitted that humans contributed to climate change, but is still skeptical about to the degree to which human activity affects the environment.

"No one questions that the climate changes. No one questions that we contribute to it in some way. That's not the question overall." Pruitt said in the interview. "The question is as we look as this issue, how much do we contribute to it, and what can we do about it," he said. ... Read more

Petro Dollar Breaking Down
*Why is the MSM (Finally) Reporting on the Petrodollar? | CorbettReport | older, but timely 01/01/16 | 17:09

New study: White people lack empathy across the socioeconomic spectrum
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 09/19/17

Apparent empathy gap among white Americans shows up on questions of both race and economics, study finds

Since the election of Donald Trump, the hunt to figure out what's the matter with White America has pitted racism against economic anxiety as if those things existed in separate and competing silos, forcing a narrow debate about the future of identity politics that seemingly goes nowhere. Instead of a post-racial America, two terms of America's first black president left many voters -- and a large majority of political pundits -- ill-equipped to discuss what it means to be white in America at precisely the time when whites have reasserted their collective identity in this nation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 19 [9:07]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
  3. Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  4. No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Trump a 'Diplomatic Fiasco' at the UN | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 22:22
*TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 32:05
Keiser Report: RIP, Petrodollar? (E1121) | RT | 09/09/17 | 25:48
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Global Trade Will Help Boost Our Economy | 09/19/17 | 8:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin | 09/18/17 | 7:17

09.19.2017. 14:15

Monday September 18, 2017

Twitter Man vs. Rocket Man
Politico | Susan B. Glasser | 09/18/17

What the heck is happening with North Korea? I asked two people who actually know, and they are as scared of Trump as of Kim Jong Un.

Back in July, President Donald Trump was already escalating his rhetoric against North Korea as it became clear the rogue state was on the brink of a major breakthrough in its nuclear program, development of a ballistic missile capable of striking the continental United States. Still, he insisted, “I don’t draw red lines,” and wouldn’t be sucked into doing so.

But that was before North Korea conducted its largest nuclear weapon test ever and sent missiles flying directly over Japan. And before Trump threatened “fire and fury” and declared a North Korean bomb capable of reaching the United States “unacceptable.” And before Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, warned on Friday that, all talk to the contrary, “there is a military option.”

All of which means that, whether he calls it one or not, Trump now has a red line – a move that a number of U.S. national security hands I’ve spoken with recently consider to be a serious and even “self-inflicted” escalation of what has become a genuine crisis with North Korea. ... Read more

“A single point of failure in the U.S. government-collateralized repo market, which is huge and is essentially the liquidity engine for the country, is a little bit unnerving just in itself,” said Adam Dean, managing director at Square 1 Asset Management. “It’s not an ideal situation.”

Wall Street’s Trillion-Dollar Monopoly Has Repo Traders on Edge
Bloomberg | Liz McCormick | 09/17/17

Come mid-2018, just one entity -- the Bank of New York Mellon Corp. -- will be responsible for ensuring almost two trillion dollars of securities financed by so-called repurchase agreements are cleared and settled each and every day. With its lone longtime rival, JPMorgan Chase & Co., exiting the business, BNY Mellon began the process of moving over clients this summer.

... It’s hard to overstate how important the repo market is to modern American finance. The short-term loans, which dealers usually get by putting up U.S. government debt as collateral, serve a crucial role in day-to-day trading on Wall Street. Not only do repos support liquidity in the $14.1 trillion Treasury market, but the financing they provide also helps grease the wheels of trading in assets as varied as stocks, corporate bonds and currencies. ... Read more

Trump Leaves CNN Panel Dumbfounded with a Tweet that Shows Him Hitting Hillary Clinton with a Golfball
AlterNet | David Edwards / Raw Story | 09/17/17

Pundits on CNN were caught speechless on Sunday after President Donald Trump retweeted a video of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golfball.

“The president of the United States retweeted that this morning,” CNN host John King noted. “Why?” “He’s a disrupter,” New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis explained. “He has these impulses, he enjoys engaging on social media. You hear him talking about that, that is so important to his identity. People want to hear from him.” ... Read more
John King: Trump tweet of him hitting Hillary with golfball is 'insane' | RawStory | 09/17/17 | 5:02

The Storm after the Storm
60Minutes | author | 09/03/16

FEMA administrator Brock Long has warned the recovery will be a "slow and frustrating process." Assessing the property loss and repairing or replacing homes and businesses will take years. And it will cost tens of billions of dollars in insurance settlements. The victims are relying on it.

But, as we first reported some two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the East Coast, Sandy's victims were hit by another disaster -- we called it "the storm after the storm."

Many people said they were cheated out of their insurance claims. Thousands of claims remained unresolved for years, and there was evidence that many homeowners were victims of apparent wide-scale fraud -- where original damage reports were later changed to make it look like the damage wasn't as bad. ... Read more

As Hurricane Harvey survivors face a difficult future, 60 Minutes looks back at Hurricane Sandy and why so many families didn't get the help they deserve | 60Minutes | 09/03/17 | 13:23
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 18 [13:38]
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  2. Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
  3. Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  4. No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
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Propaganda In Your Politics | 1a.org | 09/18/17 | 1hr
Americans are free to believe anything they want -- even what’s reported on a cable news channel funded by the Kremlin. The U.S. federal government considers Russia Today (RT) propaganda and wants it to register as a foreign agent.

But RT says there’s no difference between it and the BBC in the UK, and that many of the stories they report -- like the Seth Rich murder conspiracy -- also receive coverage on Fox News.

How is Russia influencing what we know? And will we see more propaganda popping up on-air and online soon?
The Vietnam War by Ken Burns with Lynn Novick, 18 hours of the miniseries (which are spread across 10 parts)

The brilliant, infuriating, boring, hypnotic Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War
Vox | Todd VanDerWerff | 09/08/17

... The Vietnam War, the filmmaker’s latest, which he co-directed with Lynn Novick, reflects the present in ways that can be uncomfortable. It’s about an unpopular president — actually, two unpopular presidents — who stews about unfair treatment from the press and protesters. It’s about a country that seems on the brink of fracturing over very different ideals of what that country should be. And it’s about the rise of a movement that believes “law and order” is more important than any other fundamental right. ... Read more
Episode 01 | Déjà Vu (1858-1961) - After a century of French occupation, Vietnam emerges independent but divided. | PBS | 09/18/17 | 1:25:46 |

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva. Communists in the north aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the south.
Episode 02 | Riding the Tiger (1961-63) - President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.
The Vietnam War debuts Sunday, September 17 at 8 pm Eastern on PBS in most markets. You should, as is always the case with PBS, check your local listings. Further episodes will air through Thursday, September 28, taking Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 off. The first five episodes will be available to stream on PBS’s website on Sunday, September 17, and the last five episodes will be available Sunday, September 24.
The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick website
New York Times Uncovers Russia's 21st Century Propaganda Machine | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/18/17 | 7:58
'This is wrong': Trump retweets golf ball animation | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/18/17 | 9:31
Reporter: Find Me An Enthusiastic Rex Tillerson Advocate In White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/18/17 | 4:40
A 'Controversial Option' That May Work In North Korea? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/18/17 | 8:01
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Life After Hate | Samantha Bee | 09/13/17 | 7:02

09.18.2017. 12:09

Friday September 15, 2017

Trump's tweet on London attack draws ire from U.K. officials
Politico | Nolan D. McCaskill | 09/15/17

'These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!' Trump tweets.

Donald Trump implied that authorities were monitoring those responsible for setting off explosives in the London subway early Friday morning, drawing rebukes from officials in the United Kingdom as they respond to the attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May reproached Trump for his rhetoric. “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” she said. “As I’ve just said, the police and security services are working to discover the full circumstances of this cowardly attack and to identify all those responsible.” ... Read more

Mnuchin: Honeymoon plane request was 'not about convenience'
Politico | Madeline Conway | 09/14/17

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday defended his request to take a government plane on his honeymoon, insisting that it was about national security, and “not about convenience.”

Reports that Mnuchin had asked to take a government plane with his new wife, actress Louise Linton, to Europe for their honeymoon this summer prompted immediate criticism on Wednesday. ... Read more
Mnuchin Tries To Bill Taxpayers For Honeymoon | TYT | 09/14/17 | 5:42

The Loneliest President
Politico | Michael Kruse | date

He’s increasingly isolated in the White House, but for Donald Trump, being alone is not a liability. It’s where he’s most comfortable.

SOLATED?” read the subject line. “Friend,” Donald Trump wrote recently to supporters in a fundraising email. “The fake news keeps saying, ‘President Trump is isolated.’ … They say I’m isolated by lobbyists, corporations, grandstanding politicians, and Hollywood. GOOD! I don’t want them,” he fumed, employing italics for emphasis.

Sent on August 28, two days after Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston, Trump’s defiant appeal acknowledged the mounting perception that nearly eight months into his first term -- and in the aftermath of his racially divisive response to the violence in Charlottesville -- he’s never been politically more lonely. He’s at odds with Congress -- including leaders and members of his own party -- and his deal-making with Democrats is angering some of his most ardent conservative supporters. He’s been abandoned and censured by art leaders, business leaders and world leaders. His Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is bleeding bookings. And he’s losing favored aides due to the actions of his own chief of staff, General John Kelly, who restricts access to the president with the diligence of a border guard. Last week, the New York Times described Trump as a “solitary cowboy,” reminding readers he once called himself “the Lone Ranger.” ... Read more

The Occupation of the American Mind, narrador Roger Waters of Pink Floyd "The Occupation of the American Mind": Documentary Looks at Israel's PR War in the United States | DN | 09/14/17 | 19:22
The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (1/3) | TRNN | 05/13/16 | 24:10
It’s Now Dawned on Trump: People Hate Him (#122) | Keith Olbermann | 09/14/17 | 6:44
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 15 [13:20]
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  2. Deregulated & Unaccountable: For-Profit Nursing Homes in Florida Face Scrutiny After Irma Deaths
  3. The Forgotten Americans: Why Did U.S. Media Ignore U.S. Virgin Islands Devastated by Irma?
  4. South Asia: 1,300 Dead, 40 Million Impacted in Climate Change-Linked Flooding
Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS is One of "Most Admirable" Displays of Resistance in the World | DN | 09/14/17 | 11:07
Thomas Frank, author of 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' and 'Listen, LIberal,' talks about his journey from being an enthusiastic supporter of the Vietnam War and Ronald Reagan to embracing Franklin Roosevelt and socialist Bernie Sanders (5/6) | TRNN | 09/15/17 | 22:31
Racists FURIOUS At Superman | TYT | 09/14/17 | 5:17
Trump Flip-Flops On DACA | TYT | 09/14/17 | 9:57
Right Wing HEARTBROKEN Over Trump Deal | TYT | 09/14/17 | 8:12
Sean Hannity Struggling With Trump Defense | TYT | 09/14/17 | 5:06
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 09/15/17 | 1hr
Donald Trump has found new bargaining partners on Capitol Hill. After meeting over a meal, the president and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are close to a deal that would continue the protections of the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Many Republicans aren’t happy about the talks. The president is now in Florida surveying damage from Hurricane Irma. Meanwhile, wildfires continue to burn in the West and Northwest.

In the Senate, many Democrats are signing on to Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for all plan.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 09/15/17 | 1hr
More than 12,000 troops from Russia and Belarus are engaged in war games that have prompted Ukraine’s capital city Kiev to ramp up border security. Is this massive joint military exercise anything to worry about?

Plus, the long process of rebuilding has begun in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma while residents are on edge that another big storm could strike the already devastated islands.

And we’ll have an update on the growing refugee crisis in Myanmar.
Rachel Maddow Hillary Clinton Full One-on-One Interview | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/14/17 | 43:19
NYT: Donald Trump Tried To Oust 'Idiot' Sessions Over Russia | MSNBC Ari Melber | 09/14/17 | 4:47
Is Everything Fine Now With Sessions And President Donald Trump? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/15/17 | 5:03
Morning Joe Panel Debates Ben Shapiro And Free Speech On Campuses | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/15/17 | 16:01
How Russian Social Media Impacted The Election | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/15/17 | 11:47
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A Dreamer Is A Wish Your Trump Takes | Samantha Bee | 09/14/17 | 7:11
What’d We Miss: Tuggin’ Ted, Hurricanes & Humanity | Samantha Bee | 09/14/17 | 6:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Supporters Sour Over a Bipartisan DACA Deal | 09/14/17 | 6:51
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and Democrats Discuss a DACA Deal | Seth Meyer | 09/14/17 | 8:54

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