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Thursday December 14, 2017

Democrats cool to Trump's infrastructure pitch
Politico | Lauren Gardner | 12/14/17

Officials likely have their work cut out for them in wooing Democrats after a year of partisan bickering over nominations, health care and taxes.

The White House is preparing to unveil its long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan soon after President Donald Trump signs the GOP tax overhaul, hoping to begin 2018 with another big legislative win -- but its approach is already drawing resistance from Democrats who are in no mood to cooperate.

The plan set for release in January is expected to call for as much as $200 billion in federal spending over the next decade, with the rest coming from private investment, state or local funding and cuts to other federal programs. An administration official added new details this week, telling POLITICO that a wide variety of projects -- from bridges to broadband -- would have to compete for federal assistance, while showing they're prepared to put their own money on the table. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
USA Today's Epic Takedown Of Donald Trump | TYT | 12/13/17 | 9:31

When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?
HP | Matt Fuller | 12/13/17

As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker.

The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he's quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations. Read more

Legionnaires' Disease Is Rising At An Alarming Rate In The U.S.
HP | Lauren Weber | 12/14/17

While the waterborne bacterial disease is relatively rare -- with 6,238 cases nationwide so far this year -- there has been a 13.6 percent increase in cases since this time last year. That's nearly double the increase of 7.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the same time period. The disease is not contagious. It's contracted when people breathe in water droplets contaminated with Legionella pneumophilia bacteria.

"A person acquires Legionnaires' disease from mist,"Julien Martinez, assistant press secretary at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told HuffPost in October. "Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems." ... Read more

Following molestation allegations, Kentucky lawmaker dies in apparent suicide
Politico | Akela Lacy | 12/13/17

... "There's a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside," one GOP member told HuffPost this week, a sentiment that was expressed by a number of Republicans who, perhaps tellingly, wouldn't go on the record to speak about Ryan's future.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on Monday released a seven-months-long investigation outlining claims by Maranda Richmond that Johnson assaulted her in the basement of his home. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 14 [10:12]
Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich | DN | 12/14/17 | 12:03
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Republicans Agree on Tax Bill "Of, By and For the Political Donor Class" with Tax Cuts for the Rich
  3. Meet Jessica Leeds, Who Recalls Being Groped by Trump & Is Calling for Congress to Investigate
  4. U.S. Support "Vital" to Saudi Bombing of Yemen, Targeting Food Supplies as Millions Face Famine
Peter Kuznick says -> Undoing the New Deal: Truman Embraces the Cold War, Part 4 | TRNN | 12/14/17 | 24:18
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Five Years After Sandy Hook, Are Schools Safer? | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
It seemed like a moment when everything would change. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

There was sadness. There was anger. There were questions. How could this happen, and what would be done to stop anything like it from ever happening again?

President Obama took executive action, Congress didn't take action and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."
Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
"Mouse Eats Fox" the Variety headline says, announcing a $52.4 billion deal for Disney to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The deal needs regulatory approval, but would give Disney "Fox's 22 regional sports channels, cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic, and Fox's portfolio of international operations, including a fast-growing pay-TV service in India," the Los Angeles Times reports.
An 'Accidental President,' Then And Now | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
A relative political unknown becomes President of the United States and the world reacts with trepidation. It happened in 2017 ... and in 1945 when Harry Truman took office.

Truman's unexpected rise to the position of commander-in-chief has a lot of similarities with Donald Trump's ascension to power. And there are many lessons to take away from the Truman administration that can help us understand Trump's approaches to conflict and leadership, says A.J. Baime, author of "The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World."

Baime joins us with a historical look at America under President Truman and a message about whether President Trump is in over his head.

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Remembering Sandy Hook Five Years Later | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 7:53
Omarosa Manigault Newman Says She Resigned From White House Position | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/14/17 | 4:56
President Donald Trump Reportedly Blaming Steve Bannon For Roy Moore's Loss | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 10:13
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Walks Back His Roy Moore Endorsement | Stephen Colbert | 12/14/17 | 7:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Black Women Save America from Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/13/17 | 4:25
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Doug Jones Wins in Alabama; Moore, Bannon and Trump Lose | seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 9:54
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone: |ntel Update From High Level Sources | Operation HAL | 12/13/17 | 12:54
Roger Stone Gives Insider Info On Omarosa's Downfall | Conservative Citizen | 12/13/17 | 8:05

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Alabama Elects Doug Jones, The State's First Democratic Senator In 25 Years
HP | Amanda Terkel | 12/12/17

This time, Donald Trump's playbook didn't work. Republican Roy Moore faced serious accusations of sexual misconduct in his bid to become Alabama's next senator. But instead of bowing down and backing out, he stayed in the race and went on the attack ? just like Trump did in last year's presidential race. He accused the media and the establishment of orchestrating a conspiracy against him, and cast the race as pitting good against evil, Christians versus everyone else. ... Read more

All The Republicans At Roy Moore's Party Had The Same Reaction
Blame everyone. Except the candidate accused of sexual assault. | HP | 12/13/17 | article

PICTURES: On The Road Of Destruction To The Thomas Fire
HP | Matt Ferner | 12/12/127

HuffPost's reporter headed up the SoCal coast, encountering a trail of haze, smoke and burned-out devastation along the way.

It's Monday morning at 10 a.m., and I'm driving north up California's famously stunning coastline toward the Thomas fire, the largest and most uncontrolled of five massive wildfires that have brought devastation to Southern California for the past week. I can see the enormous gloom ahead from 50 miles away ? brown smoke hovering over the southern edge of a fire that had consumed a staggering 230,000 acres so far. ... Read more

Trump Administration Halting Student Loan Forgiveness | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:57

Democrats call for halt to GOP tax bill until Jones is seated in the Senate
WashingtonPost | Mike DeBonis | 12/13/17

Senior Republican aides said that they did not expect the election of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama to slow down the tax push. ... Read more

Newtown to Mark Five Years After Sandy Hook Shooting Quietly. No Media, Please
WSJ | author | 12/13/17

Five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, how the community marks the grim occasion hasn't changed: privately, quietly and with a request for the media to stay away. ... Read more

Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom?
USA Today | author | 12/13/17

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president's smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her "wherever," he didn't mean her nose.

And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment. ... Read more
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? | USA Today | 12/13/17 |

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 13 [10:36]
Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is "Orchestra Master" of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:49
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 13 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
  3. FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
  4. Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
Cities vs. Climate Change: Can Infrastructures Handle Extreme Weather? | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 9:41
Historian Gerald Horne Interview -> Racism and Trumpism in Alabama | TRNN | 12/13/17 | 30:59
Jones Wins, Bannon Loses in Alabama Special Election TRNN | Michael Sainato | 12/13/17 | article
Trump Swears He Never Met These NINETEEN Accusers (He Did) | TYT | 12/12/17 | 5:30
Roy Moore's Friend On Their Trip To A Child Brothel | TYT | 12/12/17 | 6:05
House Republican Dan Johnson Accused Of Child Rape | TYT | 12/12/17 | 8:58
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Alabama: Now What? | 1a.org | 11/13/17 | 1hr
All politics are local ... until they aren't. For months, Alabama's special election for U.S. Senate dominated the national dialogue. Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls, having nostalgia for a time when slavery was legal and anti-Semitism. On the other side of the contest, candidate Doug Jones ran as a Democrat in a state that doesn't elect many. And President Trump accused Jones of being weak on a number of issues.

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Breaking Down The Alabama Senate Race | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 9:31
Mika On Trump's Tweet About Gillibrand: The President Should Have Apologized | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 5:21
Steve Bannon Speechless After Roy Moore Loss In Alabama | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 6:59
FCC Set To Vote On The Future Of The Internet | MSNBC | 12/13/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Most Shameless Tweet Of 2017? | Stephen Colbert | 12/13/17 | 5:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Treasury Department's Tax Analysis Doesn't Add Up | Trevor Noah | 12/12/17 | 5:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Signs $700 Billion Defense Bill, Arby's New Sandwich - Monologue | Seth Meyers | 12/13/17 | 3:21
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Election | Jimmy Kimmel | 12/12/17 | 6:52

Tuesday December 12, 2017

50 World Leaders Gather In Paris For Climate Summit. Trump Was Not Invited.
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 12/12/17

On Tuesday, the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement, 50 world leaders planned to gather in the French capital to attend an invite-only climate change conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank and the United Nations. In attendance will be British Prime Minister Theresa May, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, among other global leaders and heads of state. There, however, will be one conspicuous absence: Donald Trump.

Macron had said pointedly in November that he had not extended an invitation to Trump, who in June announced plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Macron said that he could be persuaded to change his mind about the invitation if Trump showed a willingness to "join the club" to fight global warming. ... Read more

Trump Lawyers Want A Second Special Counsel
HP | Willa Frej | 12/12/17

One of Trump's lawyers said the president's legal team wants a second special counsel -- one to investigate the investigators -- after a Fox News report unearthed what the lawyer called a conflict of interest in the Department of Justice.

Fox News reported late Monday that Nellie H. Ohr, the wife of a senior Justice Department official who was demoted last week for not being forthcoming about meetings with Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier, worked for Fusion for a part of last year. The dossier reportedly contains salacious but unverified allegations against Trump. ... Read more

16 Women and Donald Trump | Brave New Films | 11/15/17 | 3:33

Trump's proposed federal budget will slash climate change--related NASA missions
Salon | Nicole Karlis | 12/11/17

The administration wants to NASA to reprioritize the moon and Mars, and forget "Earth-centric research" -- One small step for Trump, one giant leap towards Earth's catastrophic demise.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that America will once again "reach for the moon." According to a White House press release, Trump signed a space policy directive enabling NASA to "pursue extraterrestrial exploration," meaning Mars and moon missions. This newfound focus doesn't come without a sacrifice though, one that wasn't clearly noted in the administration's press release. ... Read more

Kirsten Gillibrand fires back after Donald Trump's sexist Twitter attack
Salon | Charlie May | 12/12/17

After being attacked in a tweet by President Donald Trump, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand fired back by letting him know that she, as well as other women, will not be silenced.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, which was described by many as a form of sexual harassment, Trump whined about Gillibrand and said that in the past begged him for campaign donations and added that she "would do anything for them." ... Read more

And this is old. We are now up to 700 billion dollars, and that doesn't include "Black" operations or our nuclear arsenal. They are robbing us blind!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 12 [11:36]
Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign | DN | 12/12/17 | 12:54
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 12 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
  3. Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones Over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
  4. Cecile Richards: VP Pence is Installing Authorities to Repeal Women's Rights With No Public Oversight
  5. Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
Media or Cult? CNN Buries a Massive Russiagate Gaffe | TRNN | 12/12/17 | 18:56
Accusers: Trump's Sex Crimes A THOUSAND Times Worse Than Franken's | TYT | 12/11/17 | 5:33
Roy Moore Campaign Accidentally Releases Accuser Smear Guide | TYT | 12/11/17 | 6:45
The1a.org
Trump's Jerusalem Decision | 1a.org | 11/12/17 | 1hr
The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history | Vox | older | 10:19

President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is already having violent consequences.

We examine what Jerusalem means to the world and what President Trump's move means for the possibility of negotiating peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Mika On President Donald Trump: That Tweet Said So Much About His Character | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 9:35
Millions Of Children Set To Lose Health Care As Federal Funds Run Out | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 5:18
Calls For Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Claims | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/12/17 | 7:39
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Called His Sexual Assault Accuser The 'C-Word' | Stephen Colbert | 12/12/17 | 6:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
At This Point, Do Republicans Even Care About Sexual Assault? | Trevor Noah | 12/11/17 | 6:23
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Attacks the Press, Goes All-In for Roy Moore | Seth Meyers | 12/11/17 | 9:47
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel Returns with Baby Billy After Heart Surgery | Jimmy Kimmel Live | 12/11/17 | 4:37

Monday December 11, 2017

Suspect Captured After Explosion Near New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal
HP | Willa Frej | 12/11/17

... The bomber's device appears to have detonated prematurely, according to media reports. The Fire Department said a total of four people were being treated for "non-life-threatening" injuries.

The 7:30 a.m. blast, in the subway near Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street, was of "unknown origin," police said in a statement, and immediately gripped the commuter hub with chaos. The A, C and E subway lines were being evacuated, Sgt. Brendan Ryan told HuffPost, and the busy Port Authority bus terminal was temporarily shut down. Other trains were bypassing Times Square and Port Authority stations. ... Read more

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President by Bandy X. Lee

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

Video Shows Daniel Shaver Pleading for His Life Before Being Shot by Officer
NYT | Vivian Wang | 12/09/17

The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement.

"This, to me, is the most horrific shooting I've ever seen," Mark Geragos, a lawyer for the widow and the 5- and 8-year-old daughters of the man, Daniel Shaver, 26, said in an interview on Saturday. Mr. Geragos, who said he had seen thousands of body camera videos, said the footage was evidence of "the criminal justice system at its worst." ... Read more
Cop Murders Man Begging For His Life | TYT | 12/08/17 | 12:31

Behind Trump's plan to target the federal safety net
Politico | Andrew Restuccia | 12/11/17

Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs.

The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and housing benefits.

The White House is quietly preparing a sweeping executive order that would mandate a top-to-bottom review of the federal programs on which millions of poor Americans rely. And GOP lawmakers are in the early stages of crafting legislation that could make it more difficult to qualify for those programs. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 11 [12:10]
"There are Thousands of Us": Mental Health Professionals Warn of Trump's Increasing Instability | DN | 12/08/17 | 22:48
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  2. On Eve of Alabama Senate Election, a Look at Roy Moore's Racism, Homophobia & Religious Fanaticism
  3. Black Leaders Boycott Trump Photo Op at Civil Rights Museum: "Why Should Our Legacy Be Tarnished?"
  4. NAACP Head: Roy Moore Is Using Racial and Religious Fearmongering to Sway White Alabama Voters
  5. Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Concern Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism, Part 3 | TRNN | 12/10/17 | 23:57
The CRAZY Reason Trent Franks Resigned | TYT | 12/08/17 | 5:28
Fox News Retracts Roy Moore Accuser Lies | TYT | 12/10/17 | 9:30
Santa-Hating Pastor Ruins Christmas | TYT | 12/09/17 | 8:26
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What Roy Moore Reveals About The Religious Right | 1a.org | 11/11/17 | 1hr
Voters in Alabama are divided. Polls show that it's anybody's race in the state's special election for the Senate. But within the Republican faction of Alabama's electorate, there's a divide over the GOP's candidate, Roy Moore. Alabama is predominantly Christian -- 86 percent. Almost half the people in that demographic identify as Evangelical Protestants. That includes Roy Moore, who has campaigned on his religious values but has left some who align with his ideology conflicted in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with girls.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones at the polls in Alabama Tuesday. How will turnout from voters on the religious right affect the outcome of the race? And can the rift among evangelicals heal, no matter the results of the election?

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Alabama Voters Still Support Roy Moore In Focus Group 'Vice News Tonight' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/11/17 | 9:28
What Does It Say If Roy Moore Wins? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/11/17 | 7:56
Friend of Roy Moore accuser speaks out | CNN | 12/10/17 | 4:42
Lawrence: Hope Hicks' Loyalty Tested As She Meets Mueller Team | The Last Word | MSNBC | 12/09/17 | 9:19
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Does God Believe In Mike Pence? | Stephen Colbert | 12/09/17 | 3:37
President Trump's Pedophile Stump | Stephen Colbert | 12/09/17 | 2:41
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
In Other News: The GOP Loosens Gun Control and a Reporter Claps Back | Trevor Noah | 12/07/17 | 5:46

Friday December 08, 2017

Trump's 'fake news' mantra a hit with despots
Politico | Jason Schwartz | 12/08/17

Leaders or state media in at least 15 countries use the president's favorite denunciation to quell dissent, question human rights violations.

Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump's favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using his "fake news" line to denounce their critics, according to a POLITICO review.

By aligning themselves with Trump's words, despots have been able to use the U.S. president as a shield for their attacks on press freedom and human rights, said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"I'm seeing it more and more," he said. Trump, he added, "is providing a context and framework for all sorts of authoritarian leaders--or democratic leaders and others who are dissatisfied or upset by critical media coverage--to undermine and discredit reporting." ... Read more

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Trump Lights the Middle East on Fire
TYT | author | 12/07/17

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers clashed Thursday in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with some demonstrators burning American flags and posters of President Trump a day after he sided with Israel by announcing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. But at nightfall, after the skirmishes died down, the region was bracing for worse.

More than 100 people were injured Thursday, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, despite the deployment of several extra battalions of Israeli troops. The critical test comes Friday, when larger demonstrations are expected as crowds leave mosques after the weekly noon prayers.

In Gaza, the Islamist movement Hamas urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike. Shops were shuttered in Jerusalem's Old City.

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*The Devil's Chessboard by David Talbot Discusses -> The Dark Side of Allen Dulles: The Greatest Untold Story of American Power - U.S. History (2015) | CSpan Book TV | 2015 | 1:10:35
*The Dulles Brothers by Stephen Kinzert Discusses -> The U.S. Has Overthrown Governments for 100 Years: A Compelling and Provocative History (2006) | CSpan Book TV | 2006 | 38:47
Allen Dulles: The Powerful, Moneyed World of International Finance & Politics (2002) | CSpan Book TV | 2002 | 1:00:22
*The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot (2016)

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful--and secretive--colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.

America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials--including newly discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials--Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most powerful and influential figures.

Dulles's decade as the director of the CIA--which he used to further his public and private agendas--were dark times in American politics. Calling himself "the secretary of state of unfriendly countries," Dulles saw himself as above the elected law, manipulating and subverting American presidents in the pursuit of his personal interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as his friends and clients--colluding with Nazi-controlled cartels, German war criminals, and Mafiosi in the process. Targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in line with his political aims, Dulles employed those same tactics to further his goals at home, Talbot charges, offering shocking new evidence in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

An exposé of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The Devil's Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security state--and the battle for America's soul.
*The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (2014)

Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book. "The Brothers" is a riveting chronicle of government-sanctioned murder, casual elimination of "inconvenient" regimes, relentless prioritization of American corporate interests and cynical arrogance on the part of two men who were once among the most powerful in the world.

John Foster Dulles and his brother, Allen, were scions of the American establishment. Their grandfather John Watson Foster served as secretary of state, as had their uncle Robert Lansing. Both brothers were lawyers, partners in the immensely powerful firm of Sullivan & Cromwell, whose New York offices were for decades an important link between big business and American policy making.

John Foster Dulles served as secretary of state from 1953 to 1959; his brother ran the C.I.A. from 1953 to 1961. But their influence was felt long before these official appointments. In his detailed, well-­constructed and highly readable book, Stephen Kinzer, formerly a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and now a columnist for The Guardian, shows how the brothers drove America's interventionist foreign policy.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 08 [11:12]
PLO Leader Hanan Ashrawi: Trump's Jerusalem Order Violates Int'l Law & "Destroys" Chance for Peace | DN | 12/07/17 | 9:55
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  2. No Democracy Here: Ousted Honduran Pres. Zelaya Says 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Led to Election Crisis
  3. "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump": Psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee on Growing Mental Health Concerns
*Bill Black Says -> Children's Health Insurance Program to Expire Under GOP Tax Bill | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 18:40
Wildfires are Leveling LA Neighborhoods, Is There More to Come? | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 9:42
Firefighters Can't Contain California Wildfires | TYT | 12/07/17 | 7:56
Trump Lights the Middle East on Fire | TYT | 12/07/17 | 12:14
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Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/08/17 | 1hr
Two Democratic members of Congress (Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers) left their offices this week after calls for them to resign over sexual misconduct.

Two versions of the tax bill (one by the House and one by the Senate) remain up for debate.

Two former Trump associates (Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort) are back in the headlines for their ties to the Russian government.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/08/17 | 1hr
Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week. The move sparked riots and protests.

The International Olympic Committee stopped playing games with Russia, banning the country from next year's competition. And while Russia's athletes won't be skiing or skating next year, President Vladimir Putin will be running ... for president ... again.

Meanwhile, the U.K. cleared a hurdle in its attempts to make a graceful Brexit.

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Mika: Here's How Democrats Could've Better Handled Senator Al Franken | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 25:13
Donald Trump Speech Revives Questions Of His Fitness | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 8:39
Joe: FBI Director Christopher Wray Did A Masterful Job | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/08/17 | 3:24
Donald Rumsfeld on the impact of Trump's Israel decision | FoxNews | 12/07/17 | 7:59
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump Jr. Wants More Privilege? | Stephen Colbert | 12/08/17 | 4:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
In Other News: The GOP Loosens Gun Control and a Reporter Claps Back | Trevor Noah | 12/07/17 | 5:46
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Even More Creeps: Journalist Edition | Samantha Bee | 12/06/17 | 6:41
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump's Hanukkah Reception, Starbucks' "Christmas Tree Frappuccino" | Seth Meyers | 12/08/17 | 2:47

Thursday December 07, 2017

Trump White House Weighing Plans For Private Spies To Counter "Deep State" Enemies
TheIntercept | Jeremy Scahill | 12/04/17

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer -- with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal -- to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering "deep state" enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump's presidency.

The creation of such a program raises the possibility that the effort would be used to create an intelligence apparatus to justify the Trump administration's political agenda. "Pompeo can't trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him," said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. "It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books," this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. "The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly." ... Read more
*REPORT: Trump Wants His Own Private CIA | TYT | 12/06/17 | 14:12

White House Press Secretary Issues Bizarre Non-denial of Private Spy Network Plans, While White House Official Confirms It
TheIntercept | Lee Fang | 12/05/17

THE WHITE HOUSE press secretary did not directly dispute the revelation that Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Iran-Contra figure Oliver North pitched a plan to develop a private spy network to members of the Trump administration.

The plan, detailed in a story broken by The Intercept on Monday, is to develop a private intelligence network to counter perceived "deep state" enemies within government ranks. Prince denied the report, and North did not respond to The Intercept's request for comment. ... Read more

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Hardcover - December 5, 2017 by Daniel Ellsberg

Here, for the first time, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization--and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration--threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era.

Framed as a memoir--a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating--this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing "doomsday machine" and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful--and powerfully important--book about not just our country, but the future of the world.
Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World by Isa Blumi

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led international coalition of forces -- supported by Britain and the United States -- has waged devastating war in Yemen. Largely ignored by the world's media, the resulting humanitarian disaster and full-scale famine threatens millions. Destroying Yemen offers the first in-depth historical account of the transnational origins of this war, placing it in the illuminating context of Yemen's relationship with major powers since the Cold War. Bringing new sources and a deep understanding to bear on Yemen's profound, unwitting implication in international affairs, this explosive book ultimately tells an even larger story of today's political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.
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Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents | TRNN | older, 04/17/16 | 27:07
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Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation | DN | 12/06/17 | 38:51
Could tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world's most famous whistleblowers -- Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." We speak with Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his heroes.
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  3. After Trump Makes Jerusalem Capital of Israel, Palestinians Protest "Settlers in the White House"
  4. High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sex Assaults, But Low-Wage Workers Still Vulnerable to Abuse
Is Saudi Arabia Destroying Yemen to Plunder It? | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 13:22
Trump's 'Criminal' Jerusalem Move Could Backfire | TRNN | 12/07/17 | 8:17
*Trump Declares New Israel Capital | TYT | 12/06/17 | 10:20
*Bannon Attacks Romney, Defends Pedophile Moore | TYT | 12/06/17 | 9:34
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Where Are We In The Russia Investigation? | 1a.org | 11/07/17 | 1hr
Every few weeks, there's a new headline about the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. This week, it was a big one. As the Washington Post reports: As President Trump delivered his inaugural address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in January , his new national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, sent a text to a former business associate telling him that a plan to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East in partnership with Russian interests was "good to go," according to a witness who spoke with congressional investigators.

How is Flynn's texting related to Paul Manafort's indictment? How do the congressional committees factor into this? And who is being questioned about what?

It's tough to keep it all straight, so we sit down with Shane Harris from the Wall Street Journal to get a refresher -- and an update -- on the investigation.

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Donald Trump Appears To Slur His Speech During Israel Remarks | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 2:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jerusalem, God, And The United Shursh | Stephen Colbert | 12/07/17 | 5:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
#DentureDonald Slurs Through a White House Address | Trevor Noah | 12/06/17 | 5:09
Late Night with Seth Meyers
*What Donald Trump Really Means When He Talks About "Crime" | Seth Meyers | 12/06/17 | 11:03

Wednesday December 06, 2017

Leaders Around The World Incensed Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision
HP | Willa Frej | 12/06/17

Everyone from the Pope to the Kremlin expressed concern that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would threaten regional stability.

President Donald Trump sparked an uproar among leaders across the world after he signaled that he would be recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. embassy there, upending decades of American foreign policy and potentially thwarting any hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of several U.S. allies on Tuesday to break the news. He is expected to formally announce the decision in a speech on Wednesday. Abbas warned Trump "of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world," Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement after Trump's call. The Palestinian leader also called for three days of protest beginning Wednesday.

The embassy move would represent the "kiss of death" to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian representative to Britain ? an issue Trump has delegated to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser. Jordan's King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia's King Salman made similar warnings.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims," Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. He additionally threatened to cut Turkey's diplomatic ties with Israel.... Read more

PBS Frontline - Putins Revenge
Putins Revenge part 1 | PBS Frontline | 10/26/17 | 54:10
Putins Revenge part 2 | PBS Frontline | 11/02/17 | 54:36

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don't Pay Fair Share
magazine | author | date

Fewer are bothered by the amount they pay in taxes

A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to express frustration that some corporations and wealthy people don't pay their "fair share."

Among the public overall, 62% say they are bothered "a lot" by the feeling that some corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes, and 60% say the same about some wealthy people not paying their fair share. About four-in-ten (43%) say they are bothered a great deal by the complexity of the system. But with the April 18 tax filing deadline approaching, only about a quarter (27%) say they are bothered a lot by the amount they pay in taxes. And just 20% say that about the feeling that the poor do not pay their fair share of taxes. ... Read more
What Bothers Americans about the Federal Tax System?
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They Can't Make Angry White Guys Fast Enough to Make the GOP Sustainable.

The GOP's Latest Gun Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Women Fleeing Abuse
HP | Melissa Jeltsen | 12/06/17

A potential nightmare situation for victims of domestic violence is brewing in the U.S. House, which is expected to vote this week on a bill that would allow many domestic abusers banned from carrying firearms in their home states to obtain concealed carry permits elsewhere.

The bill, from Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), allows anyone with a permit from one state to carry hidden, loaded firearms into all other states. Opponents of the legislation, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, warn that it would allow the states with the loosest permitting standards to define the laws of the nation and would undermine states' rights to protect their own residents. ... Read more

*Climate Risks from Equatorial Atmospheric Super-Rotation | Paul Beckwith | 12/04/17 | 14:58
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Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada says -> Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Long in the Works | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:06
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Is Trump Wagging the Dog? | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 16:50
*Mueller Subpoenas Trump's Bank Records | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:58
CNN Host To Roy Moore Spokeswoman: 'Leave My Child Out Of This' | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:39
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Will The Tax Plan Put More Money In My Pocket? | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
The GOP tax plan is inching closer to final passage, with lawmakers preparing to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. And there are some significant differences on everything from personal tax brackets to deductions for mortgages and children to the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

There's also the question of whether, if the economy is doing as well as the president's tweets indicate, this is the right time to change the tax code.

And, what do Americans actually want from our tax system? A Pew study from April 2017 found that Americans tend to not think it's not very fair.
When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult, but once the disorder is identified, it can be addressed through special education. The earlier, the better.

A recent investigation by American Public Media reveals that "across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place."

The APM findings also show that the way schools handle recognizing and educating students with dyslexia could have implications for how all children are taught to read. We look at how one special needs population affects early childhood education and literacy rates across the board.

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*Robert Mueller Reportedly Eyeing Deutsche Bank | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 26:37
Time Names Its 2017 Person Of The Year: Silence Breakers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 10:19
Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns Questions Jerusalem Move: 'Why now?" | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 7:33
Steve Bannon Shows His Fright Over Mitt Romney Running | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 21:44
Second Lady Karen Pence Finds Donald Trump "Totally Vile" | All In | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 6:37
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Madness Of Defending Roy Moore | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 5:31
Paul Manafort Is Colluding From Home | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 2:26
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Republicans Renew Their Support for Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/05/17 | 2:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Check In: Rick Perry and the Department of Energy | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 8:29
PBS Frontline - The Putin Files
  1. "Putin's Revenge" | Trailer | PBS Frontline | 10/18/17 | 0:31
  2. INTRODUCING: The Putin Files | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 0:49
  3. The Putin Files: James Clapper | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 47:04
  4. The Putin Files: John Brennan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:01:22
  5. The Putin Files: Victoria Nuland | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:14:36
  6. The Putin Files: John Podesta | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:21
  7. The Putin Files: Julia Ioffe | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:47:57
  8. The Putin Files: Michael McFaul | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 41:45
  9. The Putin Files: Jake Sullivan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:53
  10. The Putin Files: Vladimir Ryzhkov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:43
  11. The Putin Files: Evelyn Farkas | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 37:02
  12. The Putin Files: David Sanger | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:06
  13. The Putin Files: Peter Baker | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:12:52
  14. The Putin Files: Susan Glasser | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:30:08
  15. The Putin Files: Gleb Pavlovsky | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:25:36
  16. The Putin Files: Daniel Fried | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:07:29
  17. The Putin Files: Masha Gessen | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:58:37
  18. The Putin Files: Celeste Wallander | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:57
  19. The Putin Files: William Burns | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 49:17
  20. The Putin Files: Jon Wolfsthal | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:00:26
  21. The Putin Files: Mikhail Zygar | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:06:59
  22. The Putin Files: Jon Finer | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:09
  23. The Putin Files: Strobe Talbott | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 36:09
  24. The Putin Files: Jeh Johnson | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:23
  25. The Putin Files: Masha Lipman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:32:52
  26. The Putin Files: Yekaterina Schulmann | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 58:58
  27. The Putin Files: David Hoffman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:20:19
  28. The Putin Files: Yevgenia Albats | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:43:12
  29. The Putin Files: Vladimir Kara-Murza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:18
  30. The Putin Files: Andrei Soldatov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:31:59
  31. The Putin Files: Antony Blinken | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:01:58
  32. The Putin Files: John Beyrle | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:10:55
  33. The Putin Files: Joshua Yaffa | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:42:39
  34. The Putin Files: Ryan Lizza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:04:34

Tuesday December 05, 2017

Populism died on Saturday
WashingtonPost | Catherine Rampell | 12/04/17

It croaked on a birthday of sorts. This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession -- and thereby the social movement it unleashed -- was born.

This obituary begins in December 2007, when the spark of the financial crisis grew into a fire. The conflagration would go on to blaze through more than 8 million jobs, trillions of dollars in wealth, millions of foreclosed homes and half the value of the stock market.

Older and middle-age workers would lose jobs and nest eggs. Younger workers would get stuck in dead-end careers, if they could find careers at all, and fall behind on milestones of adulthood such as homeownership and marriage. And millions of children would grow up watching their parents stress about money. Some would come to wonder whether socialism was really such a dirty word after all. ... Read more

Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has 'ties' to Russian intelligence.
"House of Cards" to return with Robin Wright as lead, Netflix confirms.

Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers
Politico | Andrew Restuccia | 12/03/17

By Sunday, he had already claimed Michael Flynn was fired in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being 'in tatters.'

It took nearly 24 hours for President Donald Trump to tweet about the news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents -- a delay that Trump's advisers said was not uncommon for the president, who often tweets after catching up on cable news.

Many Republicans at first saw the radio silence as a welcome sign of restraint. But by Sunday, the notoriously hot-headed president had already claimed Flynn was fired earlier this year in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being "in tatters."

"Worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," he tweeted. The tweets all combined to reignite fears among people close to Trump that the president is not taking the special counsel's investigation seriously enough and is getting bad advice from his legal team. ... Read more

Michigan's Dem John Conyers won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment scandal.

Stephen Colbert made Billy Bush watch the 'Access Hollywood' tape -- and it was awkward
WashingtonPost | Emily Yahr | 12/05/17

... Bush's New York Times editorial is titled "Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That." So you can imagine what he thinks of reports that Trump has been privately saying he doesn't think that it's his voice on the bus audio.

"You don't get to say that. Because I was there, and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it," Bush said. "You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president."

Bush said that Trump's denial really upset him, particularly after he read an article in which multiple women nade allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. ... Read more

Watch John Oliver grill Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations | WP | 12/05/17 | 12:00
The Great Tax Cut
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  2. ACLU Vows to Keep Fighting as Supreme Court Allows Trump's Mostly Muslim Travel Ban to Take Effect
  3. Native American Tribes Join to File Historic Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
  4. Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After "Illegal" Election
Trump's Friends Get Tax Cuts, His Base Gets Bigotry | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:12
What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen? | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 8:28
Republican Admits Real Truth Behind Tax Cuts | TYT | 12/04/17 | 7:48
BREAKING: Mueller Stopping Negotiations With Manafort | TYT | 12/04/17 | 4:41
Poll: Alabama Republicans Don't Care About Child Rape | TYT | 12/04/17 | 12:14
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Ask The FCC & Net Neutrality | 1a.org | 12/05/17 | 1hr
From late night TV to your Twitter feed, the Federal Communications Commission's vote on net neutrality is a hot topic.

The FCC has been reversing and revising a number of regulations, bringing a new level of attention to a federal body that's usually not the subject of so much public debate.

We'll start off with current FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. We want you to call us at (855) 236-1212 and ask Carr your questions. Then, we'll say goodbye to the commissioner and talk with Gigi Sohn, who was a senior advisor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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GOP Strategist Susan Del Percio On Roy Moore Support: You Are About To Lose Me | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 12:49
Donald Trump's Attorney John Dowd Makes Himself A Target To Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 10:03
Atlantic: Mike Pence Considered 'Coup' After 'Access Hollywood' Tape | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 7:03
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Tweet-Confesses Obstruction Of Justice | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 7:42
Stephen Renames Trump's Tax Bill | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 4:19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Gives America's Neediest Millionaires a Tax Break | Trevor Noah | 12/04/17 | 5:41
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Republican Tax Bill, Brooklyn Brewery Names Beer After Beyonce | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 3:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones: Trump News & Analysis | Alex Jones | 12/04/17 | 41:19

Monday December 04, 2017

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues
scientificamerican.com | author | report

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said

About a third of the world's soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.

The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. The earth under our feet is too often ignored by policymakers, experts said. ... Read more

Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump by Joseph E. Stiglitz

In this crucial expansion and update of his landmark bestseller, renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz addresses globalization's new discontents in the United States and Europe. Immediately upon publication, Globalization and Its Discontents became a touchstone in the globalization debate by demonstrating how the International Monetary Fund, other major institutions like the World Bank, and global trade agreements have often harmed the developing nations they are supposedly helping. Yet globalization today continues to be mismanaged, and now the harms -- exemplified by the rampant inequality to which it has contributed -- have come home to roost in the United States and the rest of the developed world as well, reflected in growing political unrest.

With a new introduction, major new chapters on the new discontents, the rise of Donald Trump, and the new protectionist movement, as well as a new afterword on the course of globalization since the book first appeared, Stiglitz's powerful and prescient messages remain essential reading.

Billy Bush: I Believe The Women Accusing Donald Trump Of Sexual Misconduct
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 12/04/17

"I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar..."

Billy Bush penned a sobering op-ed published in the New York Times Sunday night, in which the former "Access Hollywood" host said he believed the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

He also slammed the president for engaging in "revisionist history" after reports indicated that Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape in recent months. The tape, which features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, derailed Bush's career but had no bearing on Trump being elected president. ... Read more

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly -- and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true -- which is to say, a way out of our delusion -- but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Trump responds to Flynn's guilty plea
Politico | Louis Nelson | 12/04/17

... Trump, who spoke briefly with the White House press pool before boarding Marine One to begin a day trip to Utah, suggested Flynn has been treated unfairly compared with 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn. I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life and I feel very badly. I will say this, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI. Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it's a shame," Trump said. "Hillary Clinton on the Fourth of July weekend went to the FBI, not under oath. It was the most incredible thing anyone's ever seen. She lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it's like they ruined his live. It's very unfair." ... Read more

After a dizzying weekend, the White House is rattled: What next?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 12/04/17

President Trump had quite a week. He lied about his "Access Hollywood" tape, attacked CNN International -- prompting authoritarians all over the globe to follow suit -- made a racist slur in front of Native American war heroes and tweeted out far-right conspiracy websites and anti-Muslim videos, prompting a major diplomatic crisis with America's closest ally. It didn't get any better over the weekend.

The Daily Beast reported that Trump had been worried for a while that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had "turned on him" and that the president was "personally hurt" by the news Flynn was potentially cooperating with the special counsel. When it turned out on Friday that Flynn had agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in exchange for telling the prosecutors everything he knows, Trump pretty much lost it. From the tenor of his tweeting over the weekend, hurt has given way to panic. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 04 [12:06]
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  2. Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society & Create "Hereditary Aristocracy" for Rich
  3. Rep. Keith Ellison Says Franken & Conyers Should "Examine Their Conscience" over Sexual Harassment
  4. Rep. Ellison Condemns Apparent Election Tampering in Honduras & Calls for Halting U.S. Military Aid
  5. Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging
Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea? | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:21
New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up | DN | 12/01/17 | 14:24
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Tax Plan to Worsen Inequality, Expand Loopholes | DN | 12/01/17 | 12:26
Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump: Joseph Stiglitz on Shared Prosperity Without Protectionism | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:50
Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes - The US Opioid Crisis | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 21:56
Robert Wright -> Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Overcoming Delusions | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 18:04
Capitalism Is Actually Socialism For The Rich | TYT | 12/03/17 | 8:03
Republican: Women Belong In The Home, Not In Politics | TYT | 12/03/17 | 6:38
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A State Department In Disarray? | 1a.org | 12/04/17 | 1hr
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says rumors that the White House plans to replace him soon are "laughable." But questions about Tillerson's tense relationship with President Trump have also raised concerns about a potential shake-up at the U.S. Department of State at a delicate time.

We get a read on the strength of the State Department under the Trump administration and consider how well-equipped the department is to handle today's global conflicts -- most importantly, the escalating crisis with North Korea.

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Emails Show Michael Flynn Was In Close Touch With Senior Advisers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 9:48
Does President Donald Trump's Tweet Prove Obstruction Of Justice? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 6:44
Senator Richard Blumenthal Calls For Legislation To Protect Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 12:52
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Is It Okay To Say The 'D' Word About Trump Yet? | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:15
Trump Said There's Nothing Like 'First Rate P****' | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
From the Tax Plan to Libya, Everything Goes Back to Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/30/17 | 6:16
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Alex Jones -> Flynn Trump News, Roger Stone, James O'Keefe (FULL) | Alex Jones | 12/01/17 | 2:47:54
Roger Stone: Goes Deeper! | Infowars | 12/01/17 | 52:48

Friday December 01, 2017

Republicans Rewrite Portions Of Tax Bill Hours Before Vote
HP | Matt Fuller | 11/30/17

Senate Republicans avoided the most embarrassing scenario for their tax bill Thursday ? an unexpected floor defeat that would have sent the legislation back to committee ? but they are still facing a significant stumbling block and, hours before a vote, are still changing portions of their bill.

The "trigger" proposal from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), which would have set off certain tax increases if Republicans didn't hit revenue targets, was struck down by the Senate parliamentarian on Thursday afternoon. (Because of the restrictions that allow Republicans to pass their tax plan with a simple majority, provisions that don't materially affect fiscal policies could be ruled subject to 60 votes.)

So when the parliamentarian informed Corker that his trigger proposal wouldn't fly, the GOP bill suddenly faced a problem. Without that provision, Corker didn't feel comfortable voting for the bill, and he had reinforcements. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has also been concerned about how much debt the bill would produce, as well as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who has concerns about pass-through business tax provisions, both refused to vote against a Democratic motion to send the legislation back to committee until a fix could be worked out. ... Read more

Cotton cements his rise under Trump
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 11/30/17

The Arkansas senator, under consideration as a potential successor to Mike Pompeo as CIA director, has chosen to shape the president rather than railing against him.

Now a freshman senator, Cotton is expected to head to Langley if President Donald Trump decides to nominate current CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to two senior administration officials.

Cotton's appointment would cement his meteoric rise in Republican politics, the result of qualities that have taken him, in a matter of years, from freshman congressman to the youngest serving U.S. senator to, potentially, the youngest CIA director in American history: loyalty, brains and raw ambition. He also embodies one of the GOP's responses to Trump. Having already shared some of the president's populist leanings, he has worked to co-opt and shape the president rather than rail against him. ... Read more

The CIA could be permanently damaged
WashingtonPost | Jennifer Rubin | 12/01/17

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump's national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday ...

Under the plan, Pompeo would probably be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of Trump's most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.

While Pompeo may or may not do better than Tillerson, it is far from clear that any star player would be asked or would take a job in the three-ring Trump circus. The much more problematic part of this is Pompeo's replacement. ... Read more

Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him politically
WashingtonPost | Josh Dawsey | 12/01/17

The president's mixed messages on a partial shutdown has hampered Republicans ability to negotiate with Democrats on spending legislation. Trump also is said to be focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his past outreach to Democrats. ... Read more

*Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer Outrage: Dumping Tillerson Would Remove the Adult in Trump's Administration | truthdig | 11/30/17 | 2:56

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines forFriday, December 01 [11:19]
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  2. Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea?
  3. Marcy Wheeler: Mike Flynn's Guilty Plea to FBI Will Shape How GOP Handles Russia Investigation
  4. GOP Quietly Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil & Gas Drilling While Earth Undergoes 6th Extinction
  5. New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up
  6. Cities Across the U.S. Join Movement to Impeach President Trump For Violating the Constitution
If Tillerson's Out, is Iran War In? | TRNN | 12/01/17 | 12:55
*Trump Replacing Tillerson With Someone Much Worse... | TYT | 11/30/17 | 7:54
*If Anyone Can Make The CIA Worse, It's Tom Cotton | TYT | 11/30/17 | 6:18
Trump: 'Nothing In The World Like First-Rate Pussy' | TYT | 11/30/17 | 12:57
The1a.org
Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/01/17 | 1hr
Some of President Trump's language this week made headlines.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/01/17 | 1hr
America's Ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea's latest missile launch brings the world closer to war.

A war criminal at The Hague dies after drinking poison in court. And it's been a mixed week for relations between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Fails To Deliver Promised Tax Report | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 14:36
NYT: President Donald Trump Urged Senate GOP To End Russia Investigation | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 13:14
Rattner: President Donald Trump Would Get Over $40M In Benefits From Tax Bill | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 9:40
Senator Angus King On Tax Reform: Best Case Is For GOP Bill To Blow Up | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 8:41
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Rex Tillerson Is Rumored To Have Upset The Moron | Stephen Colbert | 12/01/17 | 4:06
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
From the Tax Plan to Libya, Everything Goes Back to Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/30/17 | 6:16
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter War with Roy Moore | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/30/17 | 5:52
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Allegations; Trump's Unhinged Tweets | Seth Meyers | 11/30/17 | 11:55
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It's Official: The Left Has Lost, Globalists Now Evacuating Western Countries | Infowars | 11/30/17 | 12:24
Globalists Are Working With North Korea Behind The Scenes To Embarrass Trump | Infowars | 11/30/17 | 12:54
Roger Stone Discusses Trump Administration Shake Ups, Sec State Rex Tillerson, CIA Pompeo, Wikileaks | Infowars | 11/30/17 | 33:58
Cant "OPT" Out of Floride! Jon Rappoport | Infowars | 11/30/17 | 59:50

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
Read more
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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  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
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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?

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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

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
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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."

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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

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
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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

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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

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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  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.
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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?

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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

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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  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?

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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
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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

Tuesday November 21, 2017
Journalist Explains How Panama Papers Opened Up The World's Illicit Money Networks | Fresh Air | 11/20/17 | 1hr
Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite Kindle Edition by Jake Bernstein

A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery, and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit from these activities, aided by bankers, lawyers, and auditors who get paid to look the other way.

In Secrecy World, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca--a trove now known as the Panama Papers--as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe.

Bernstein traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and within the United States to uncover how these strands fit together--who is involved, how they operate, and the real-world impact. He recounts how Mossack Fonseca was exposed and what lies ahead for the corporations, banks, law firms, individuals, and governments that are implicated.

Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.
Veteran News Anchor Charlie Rose Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Rep. John Conyers Reportedly Settled Complaint Involving Unwanted Advances
HP | Nick Visser | 11/21/17

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) allegedly settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after being accused of firing a female staffer who rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported Monday night.

Conyers, 88, is the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives and among the most powerful members of Congress. In documents affiliated with the case filed by an unnamed woman in 2014, several former staff members also alleged the lawmaker repeatedly asked female employees for sexual favors, inappropriately touched them in public and asked staffers to contact and transport women they believed Conyers was having affairs with. ... Read more

It's time to investigate the sexual assault charges against Donald Trump
Salon | Amanda Marcotte | 11/21/17

Donald Trump got a pass during the campaign on numerous accusations of assault. We need a new special prosecutor

It's now been more than six weeks since a New York Times exposé about Harvey Weinstein triggered a flood of people stepping forward with stories about being sexually harassed by powerful men. Last week, the news cycle was swamped with accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. This week, there is another accusation against Franken and an explosive Vox story reporting that numerous women say New York Times star reporter Glenn Thrush kissed and manhandled them against their will, and then talked smack about them at work afterwards.

In the midst of all this, it's absolutely stunning to realize that the sitting president of the United States, Donald Trump, continues to evade any consequences for the numerous accusations of sexual assault and sexual harassment made against him by women who had nothing to gain by going public. His press secretary continues cheerfully deflecting questions by suggesting that Trump's accusers, all 16 of them, are liars. Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, November 21 [14:15]
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  2. Iraqi Civilian Describes U.S. Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother & Nephew
  3. Damning New Report Shows U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Killing Civilians are 31 Times the Pentagon’s Count
Vijay Prashad says -> Saudi Financial Crisis at Heart of Princely Rage | TRNN | 11/20/17 | 14:13
Economist Mark Weisbrot explains -> As US Fuels War Crimes in Yemen, House Says US Involvement is Unauthorized | TRNN | 11/19/17 | 14:22
LEAK: National Security Adviser Mocked Trump's Intelligence | TYT | 11/20/17 | 9:54
Kellyanne Conway Flip-Flops On Child Molestation | TYT | 11/20/17 | 4:31
Apple Writing Republican Tax Plan? | TYT | 11/20/17 | 9:54

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
LaVar Ball Didn't 'Give Thanks' To Trump | Stephen Colbert | 11/21/17 | 4:26
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Harassment on the Hill: How to Avoid Being a Congressional Predator | Trevor Noah | 11/20/17 | 3:54
Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers: 'Wanna-Be Dictator' Trump Gets Into The Feud We've Been Waiting For | Seth Meyers | 11/21/17 | 7:40
Trump, who happened to be on a 12-day tour of Asia when the players were seized, intervened on their behalf with the Chinese president. He then criticized the players for not publicly thanking him immediately after they arrived home. They later held a press conference and thanked Trump. Days later, Trump attacked Ball, who downplayed the president's direct involvement in the release, and said he should have left Ball's son and teammates jailed in China.

Monday November 20, 2017

Want A Simpler Tax Code? Sure, But It Will Cost You.
HP | S.V. Date | 11/19/17

House Speaker Paul Ryan clears his desk with the sweep of his arm, illustrating all the clutter that would disappear from the tax code. President Donald Trump shows off a postcard-sized tax return. "It's going to make life very simple," Trump pledges, kissing the postcard for emphasis.

Such is the promise: Filing taxes will become much simpler -- a pitch that finds a ready audience among Americans who view IRS Form 1040 with fear and loathing. An unadvertised side effect of this simplicity: The proposed tax plan moving through Congress disproportionately benefits the wealthy, shifting the tax burden down the income scale toward middle- and working-class taxpayers. ... Read more

*PBS Frontline: Poverty, Politics & Profits | PBS | | 52:01

FCC Clears Way for Right-Wing Sinclair to Broadcast in 70% of American Homes
TRNN | Baynard Woods | 11/20/17

The Republican-led FCC voted 3-2 Thursday to eliminate the 42-year-old ban prohibiting the same entity from owning multiple broadcast companies or combining broadcast and print businesses within the same market.

... "Today you've turned over our collective resource of the public broadcast airwaves to a company whose business model is built on tearing apart the fabric of communities by pushing racist fearmongering in the guise of news," the media advocacy group Free Press wrote in an open letter to FCC commissioner Ajit Pai. "You granted Sinclair the ability to not simply broadcast this hate, but to maximize its already inflated profits by targeting its seeds of hate." ... Read more

Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite Kindle Edition by Jake Bernstein

A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery, and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit from these activities, aided by bankers, lawyers, and auditors who get paid to look the other way.

In Secrecy World, the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca--a trove now known as the Panama Papers--as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe.

Bernstein traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and within the United States to uncover how these strands fit together--who is involved, how they operate, and the real-world impact. He recounts how Mossack Fonseca was exposed and what lies ahead for the corporations, banks, law firms, individuals, and governments that are implicated.

Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.
Digital Superpowers Poised To Increase Global Inequities Under the Label of E-Commerce | TRNN | 11/20/17 | 20:02
Charles Manson Dead At 83
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, November 20 [12:53]
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  2. As Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup “Is Not the Answer” for Meaningful Reform
  3. Trump Cited Pittsburgh in Pulling Out of Paris Deal—But Mayor Says City Will Implement Accord Anyway
  4. Virginia Governor Defies Trump on Paris Climate Deal, Pushes Investments in Solar & Wind
*Divided Congress Unites to Spend $700B on Military and War | TRNN | 11/18/17 | 9:25
*Bill Black -> Trump's CFPB Pick Will Likely Spell Bad News for Consumers | TRNN | 11/18/17 | 14:07
*R.I.P. The Internet, 1983-2017 | TYT | 11/19/17 | 8:41
*Democrat Giving Boost To Payday Lenders | TYT | 11/19/17 | 8:49
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The FCC And The Wave Of Deregulation | 1a.org | 11/20/17 | 1hr
While much attention has been paid to potential legislation passing through Congress or to the actions of the president, the Federal Communications Commission has been quite active, according to the headlines:

  1. "FCC begins scaling back internet subsidies for low-income homes," reports Verge
  2. "F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business,"writes the New York Times
  3. "TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook," [reads a headline on the Los Angeles Times
  4. "FCC: Local TV and radio stations don't need local studios," says Engadget

The agency oversees everything from the ownership of local TV news (where millions of Americans get their information) to rural broadband expansion. We'll look at what the deregulation means for you, your access to information and your privacy.
What Are You Thankful For? | 1a.org | 11/20/17 | 1hr
Why President Donald Trump Could Be Brought Back Into Harassment Conversation | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/17/17 | 12:37
What About Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against President Donald Trump? | All-In | 11/17/17 | 11:50
Tapper goes through Trump accusers one-by-one | CNN | 11/17/17 | 7:02
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The GOP's Bonkers 'Uranium One' Chart | Stephen Colbert | 11/18/17 | 5:18
One Week Older, Moore Sexual Harassment | Stephen Colbert | 11/18/17 | 3:47
Hannity Made A Chart | Stephen Colbert | 11/17/17 | 0:58
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
We Can All Do Better Than Roy Moore | Samantha Bee | 11/15/17 | 6:33
John Oliver
One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far | John Oliver | recent | 23:50
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Infowars
End Game Now! & Troops Confirmed! at Langley, Al Waleed Sent Snipers to Vegas | Alex Jones Channel | 11/19/17 | 36:23
Alex Jones Channel
Elon Musk Issues Emergency Warning! Globalists Are Building A Giant Altar On Which To Sacrifice Huma | Alex Jones Channel | 11/19/17 | 10:02
Google Launches Giant Censorship Campaign In The Middle Of The Night | Alex Jones Channel | 11/18/17 | 42:03

Friday November 17, 2017

Lawyers call White House sexual harassment policy 'useless'
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 11/17/17

The executive office of the president, which is shielded under a 2002 law from reporting harassment allegations, offers employees bare-bones instructions on dealing with problems.

At the Department of Justice, there have been 31 sexual harassment complaints through the third quarter of 2017, a number in line with recent years. At the CIA, there were six sexual harassment complaints from 2012 to 2016, according to its federal reports. But there are no comparable records for the White House, thanks to a 2002 law -- the No FEAR Act -- that exempts the executive office of the president from filing requirements that apply to other executive branch agencies.

As Congress and the private sector move to improve reporting procedures and increase transparency amid multiplying revelations of widespread harassment, the White House remains uniquely opaque -- and reliant on guidance lawyers say falls short of common standards for shielding employees from abuse. ... Read more

Trump's Tweet Condemning Al Franken Assault Allegations Backfires Spectacularly
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 11/17/17

President Donald Trump, infamously caught on tape bragging about groping women, was attacked on Twitter Thursday night for criticizing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who now faces allegations of sexual assault.

Anchorwoman Leann Tweeden said on Thursday that Franken groped and kissed her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. ... Read more

Kellyanne Conway explains why Trump tweeted about Franken but not Moore
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/17/17

President Donald Trump felt compelled to tweet out his thoughts on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken because they represented a "brand new news story," counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday, explaining away the difference between the president's Franken tweets and his relatively couched comments on allegations against Republican Roy Moore.

"Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day often enough," Conway told Fox News Friday morning. "The Roy Moore story is eight days old and the president put out a statement during his Asia trip on that. and since then, our press secretary has spoken on behalf of the president saying that he believes the people of Alabama will sort out what to do with Roy Moore and with that election." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, November 17 [9:20]
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  2. "Keep It in the Ground": As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
  3. Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
  4. Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: "We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal"
  5. Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit
Al Franken Apologizes After Sexual Assault Allegations | TYT | 11/16/17 | 19:04
So you think You'll Get a Tax Break, or tax cut? Really? | Thom Hartmann | 11/16/17 | 9:15
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*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 11/17/17 | 1hr
Does Roy Moore's campaign for Senate have a future? More women came forward this week with allegations of sexual misconduct against the former Alabama judge and outspoken evangelical. And more Republican lawmakers have come forward to say they believe the women and that Moore should remove himself from the race. Moore says the claims are false.

The reputation of Republicans is also riding on their ability to pass a new tax reform bill that looks more like a takedown of the Affordable Care Act. Can the majority party get tax reform done?

Plus, more lives were taken in another mass shooting. There was another hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the Hill. And Mattel celebrated Muslim women with a new Barbie doll.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 11/17/17 | 1hr
The government takeover in Zimbabwe is not a coup d'etat ... according to the armed members of the country's military who have placed Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe under house arrest. How will the so-called "bloodless transition" of power play out?

In Germany, leaders of the world's most powerful countries gathered to talk climate change, but the Trump administration's delegates were met with protests. A huge far-right nationalist march disrupted an annual independence celebration in Poland. And Australia voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

We'll also review the end of President Trump's visit to Asia, which included a meeting with the controversial president of the Philippines.
*Mika: What Is The Goal Of Discussing Assault And The Strength Of Women | 11/17/17 | 7:44
*Kasie Hunt Weighs In On Sexual Harassment In Washington | 11/17/17 | 5:12
Donald Trump Tweets About Al Franken, Silent On Roy Moore | MSNBC The Last Word | 11/16/17 | 18:25
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Bipartisan Pastime Of Harassing Women | Stephen Colbert | 11/17/17 | 11:08
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Al Franken Faces Groping Accusations & Roy Moore Stays on Defense | Trevor Noah | 11/16/17 | 4:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Sexual Harassment in Congress: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 11/16/17 | 9:12
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Roger Stone Discusses Senator Al Franken Leeann Tweeden, Next Round of "Me Too" from California Dems | Infowars | 11/16/17 | 18:08

Thursday November 16, 2017

Trump Chases U.S. Arms Deals in Asia to Help Him Win Re-Election
Bloomberg | Justin Sink | 11/14/17

President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Why wasn't his country buying more American military equipment?

For Trump, a self-styled traveling salesman, crisscrossing the region to reverse decades of trade deficits, Vietnam's decision to buy arms from Russia was incomprehensible, almost insulting. Never mind that U.S. law prevented such sales until last year.

Trump reminded Phuc that he's been president for 10 months, according to two people who requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting. What was he waiting for? ... Read more
Trump Begging Countries To Buy Weapons | TYT | 11/15/17 | 9:34

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*WeWork Community Refugee Hiring Initiative | | 11/15/17 | 1:53
WeWork.com Community Refugee Hiring Initiative is a new initiative, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Breaking Barriers, and other partners, to empower refugees by providing opportunity for work, growth and community.
*Why Millennials Are Paying To Live In Shares Spaces Like WeLive | Vice | 10/26/16 | 3:44

Hope Hicks may hold the keys to Mueller's Russia puzzle
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 11/16/17

Prosecutors will interview the White House communications director in the coming weeks as they continue questioning those in the president's inner circle.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is preparing to interview the woman who's seen it all: Hope Hicks. She's been part of Donald Trump's inner circle for years, first at Trump Tower and then as an omnipresent gatekeeper and fixer who could get emails or other communications directly to the boss during the 2016 campaign.

As a senior White House adviser and now as communications director, she's been in the room for moments critical to Mueller's probe, which has grown to include the president's response to the Russia investigation itself.

Hicks' history with Trump makes her one of the more useful witnesses for Mueller as he looks for insights into the president's habits and moods. She also is one of the few people well positioned to recount the president's reactions at various moments as the Russia scandal has sidetracked his presidency -- including the Mueller appointment itself. ... Read more

*Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges "Changes in How We Live" | DN | 11/16/17 | 12:22
*Scientist Kevin Anderson: Our Socio-Economic Paradigm Is Incompatible With Climate Change Objectives | DN | 11/16/17 | 25:40
Broadcasting from the United Nations Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, we continue our conversation with Kevin Anderson, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain. The report is entitled "Can the Climate Afford Europe's Gas Addiction?"
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  2. Zimbabwe in Limbo As Military Seizes Control & Places President Mugabe Under House Arrest
  3. Nigerian Environmental Activist: Displacement from Climate Change Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram
  4. Activists at COP23 Decry Companies & Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution
  5. Migration Expert Urges Immediate Action as Millions Are Already Displaced by Climate Change
*Is Canada a 'Rogue Nation' on Climate Change? | TRNN | 11/15/17 | 19:52
Roy Moore Got The Most Racist Lawyer He Could Find | TYT | 11/15/17 | 9:41
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Two Certainties In The Senate: Health And Taxes | 1a.org | 11/16/17 | 1hr
The much-vaunted Senate tax bill is now a health bill.

Senator Rand Paul ?@RandPaul
Today I am announcing my intention to amend the Senate tax bill to repeal the individual mandate and provide bigger tax cuts for middle income taxpayers.
The mandate repeal is a promise we all made and we should keep. It also allows an additional $300 billion+ in tax cuts.

With a dearth of legislative victories, House and Senate Republicans had pinned their hopes on a sweeping change to the tax code -- no easy task. But now, with another mission heaped on top of their primary goal, can Republicans pass major legislation before the year is out?




Rep. Tom Cole On GOP Tax Plan: We Think It's Right For The American People | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 9:38
'President Donald Trump Comments On Vladimir Putin Don't Help Investigation' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 4:53
Mika: Is Ivanka Trump Still Fighting For Women's Issues? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/16/17 | 3:42
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Roy Moore Still Has Robots On His Side | Stephen Colbert | 11/16/17 | 3:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump-Proofing America's Nukes | Trevor Noah | 11/15/17 | 5:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Roy Moore Scandal | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/16/17 | 5:23
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Alex Jones Infowars (1st Hour) Thu - 11/16/17 | Infowars | 11/16/17 | 42:49
Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Biden Is A “Weinstein-Level” Abuser | Alex Jones Channel | 11/16/17 | 19:08

Wednesday November 15, 2017

The GOP Tax Cut Plan Opens A New Front In The War On Obamacare
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 11/15/17

Here we are again, talking about a Republican proposal that would rattle health insurance markets, increase overall premiums and leave millions without coverage -- all while freeing up money for tax cuts that would disproportionately benefit corporations and wealthy Americans.

The new twist this time is the context. Full repeal of the Affordable Care Act is off the agenda, at least for the moment. Instead, Senate Republicans are talking about a bill, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," whose primary purpose is to reduce taxes. Until recently, health care wasn't really part of the conversation.

Then math intervened. The GOP's tax cut will end up costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion, according to official government projections, and finding offsets that will get 50 votes has been difficult. Desperate to find a source of money that can work politically -- and, perhaps, to take a shot at Obamacare while they can -- Republicans have set their eyes on the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. ... Read more

Jimmy Kimmel Asks People If Hillary Clinton Should Be Impeached | 11/15/17 | 3:12

House Democrats Help Republicans Pass $700B in Military Spending
TRNN | author | 11/15/17

A record spending bill overwhelmingly approved by the House on Tuesday authorizes $700 billion for the U.S. military. The annual National Defense Authorization Act earmarks over $634 billion for the Pentagon and an additional $66 billion for overseas military conflicts including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The package includes $12.3 billion for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, a moved aimed at North Korea.

The total is nearly $100 billion more than President Trump requested earlier this year. It calls for 90 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 20 more than requested; 24 Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets, 10 more than requested; and 13 new Navy ships, five more than requested.

In a year of bitter partisan fights over healthcare, tax reform, and immigration, the House approved it with rare unity. The final vote was 356-70, including 127 out of the House's 194 Democratic members. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it's expected to be easily approved. An earlier Senate version was passed by a 89-8 margin. The nearly uniform Democratic support comes despite initial pledges to oppose Trump's proposed military spending increase, which was smaller than what they have now approved.

The U.S. accounts for about one-third of global military expenditures, outspending China by three to one and Russia by ten to one. Read more
*Abby Martin Exposes Untold History of U.S. Empire | Jimmy Dore/TYT | 11/14/17 | 30:34
*Jordan meets with Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and the citizens of Puerto Rico to find out the truth about the Trump administration's hurricane recovery efforts. | SNL | 11/14/17 | 8:30
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  1. Headlines
  2. Pacific Climate Warriors Roll Out Anti-Coal "Red Carpet" for Angela Merkel at U.N. Climate Talks
  3. Special Report from the Occupied Forest: Meet Activists Fighting Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
  4. Trump Climate Adviser Tells Democracy Now! Coal Needs a "Level Playing Field" at U.N. Climate Talks
  5. Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges "Changes in How We Live"
*What Happened to Trump's Trade War With China? | TRNN | 11/14/17 | 16:25
Jeff Sessions: I Do Declare! I Don't Recall! | TYT | 11/14/17 | 7:45
Why Roy Moore Was Banned From The Mall | TYT | 11/14/17 | 7:11
LEAKED: Donald Trump Jr.'s Communications With Wikileaks | TYT | 11/14/17 | 23:55
Corbett Report
*What Is Happening In Saudi Arabia? - Marwa Osman | The Corbett Report | 11/09/17 | 26:57
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How To Stop Hazing | 1a.org | 11/15/17 | 1hr
A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other | 1a.org | 11/15/17 | 1hr
Mitch McConnell Handling Of Past Sex Scandal A Warning For Roy Moore | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 11/14/17 | 5:31
Watts: I Don't Get Why Russia Comes Back To Haunt Attorney General Sessions | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/15/17 | 7:50
Joe: Inexperienced White House Rookies Are Not Helping DC | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/15/17 | 7:25
Is There Strategy Behind Vice President Mike Pence's Denials? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/15/17 | 7:57
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump Jr. Wiki-Slides Into The DMs | Stephen Colbert | 11/15/17 | 5:22
The Very Forgetful Attorney General | Stephen Colbert | 11/15/17 | 3:58
Roy Moore Was Banned From A Mall And YMCA | Stephen Colbert | 11/15/17 | 3:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
How Trump Has Made China Great Again | Trevor Noah | 11/14/17 | 5:39
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks; Trump Meets Duterte: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 11/14/17 | 10:40
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Dr. Steve Pieczenik Updates Alex Jones About What Is Really Happening | Infowars | 11/10/17 | 40:13
Roger Stone Discusses Donald Trump JR, WikiLeaks Julian Assange, Seth Rich, Sessions Current Events | Infowars | 11/14/17 | 19:32

Tuesday November 17, 2017

Trump touts '$300 billion' in trade deals with Asia
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/14/17

President Donald Trump touted the economic successes of his trip to Asia Tuesday, telling reporters that the five-nation tour had netted the U.S. "at least $300 billion" in trade deals.

"We've had a tremendously successful trip. Tremendous amounts of work was done on trade, not only on the deals -- and we have at least $300 billion worth of deals, but that will be, I think, way triple that number in a fairly short period of time," Trump said in remarks to the press as he left the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.

... One deal that earned specific mention from Trump is Vietnam's $12 billion order from Boeing, one that the president said came even though "they were going a different route." It was unclear if Trump was referring to an $11.3 billion deal between Boeing and Vietnam's VietJet airline signed in 2016 during a visit by former President Barack Obama or if Vietnam had placed an additional order with Boeing. ... Read more

**The Madness of Donald Trump
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 09/19/17

Evening, August 22nd, 2017, a convention center in Phoenix. It's Donald Trump's true coming-out party as an insane person. It looks like the same old Trump up there on the stage: same boxy blue suit, same obligatory flag pin and tangerine combover, same too-long reddish power tie swinging below his belt line like a locker-room abomination. Earlier this year there were efforts to make Trump stop wearing his suit jackets open -- designer Joseph Abboud said buttoning up was a "very visible way of showing he knows how serious the job is" -- but Donald Trump doesn't take advice, not even the gently benign kind.

That makeover was undone just as quickly as it was done, leaving the Donald with the same old tie-on-bulging-duodenum look from the campaign. He even sounds the same now, kicking off the event with a go-to favorite: "What a crowd!" he shouts. (A week from now, he will shout, "What a crowd, what a turnout!" from atop a truck in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the occasion of a deadly hurricane.) But the embattled president who takes the stage tonight is a different man from the barnstorming revolutionary who ripped through the American political process a year ago. That Donald Trump enjoyed himself, to an obscene degree. Watching Trump lean over a podium on the road to the presidency was like watching a stud boar hump a hole in the wall. ... Read more

LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
The Trump Presidency | John Oliver | 11/13/17 | 23:50
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  1. Headlines
  2. “Climate Apartheid”: South African Climate Activist Kumi Naidoo Slams Inequality at U.N. Summit
  3. Special Report: Revolt at Trump’s Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit
  4. 1st Female President of the Marshall Islands & Her Poet Daughter: We Need Climate & Nuclear Justice
  5. Kumi Naidoo: United Nations Shouldn’t “Pander to Madness That Comes Out of the Trump Administration”
*Asher Orkaby of Harvard University says -> Saudi Arabia Threatens Famine, Genocide in Yemen | TRNN | 11/13/17 | 16:15
*US Intel Leaders: Putin Playing Trump, US "In Peril" | TYT | 11/13/17 | 6:01
*Trump Says He Trusts Putin Over American Intelligence | TYT | 11/13/17 | 7:08
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*Executive Authority And Nuclear Weapons | 1a.org | 11/14/17 | 1hr
The president's sole authority to use nuclear weapons is the subject of a hearing on Capitol Hill this week. Republican Senator (and Trump critic) Bob Corker of Tennessee will lead the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a conversation about executive power and war. The Hill reports:

A debate over nuclear authority has reignited among lawmakers after President Trump warned in August that North Korea could face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to advance its nuclear program.

The last time this issue was raised among lawmakers was in 1976. Should nuclear authority be in the hands of one -- or of many?
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Kim Jong-Un Hurt President Trump's 'Old' Feelings | Stephen Colbert | 11/14/17 | 5:03
Only Roy Moore Could Unite Stephen And Mitch McConnell | Stephen Colbert | 11/14/17 | 4:01
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
How the Right Politicized Roy Moore's Sexual Misconduct Allegations | Trevor Noah | 11/13/17 | 6:13
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Allegations Mount Against Roy Moore; Trump Cozies Up to Putin | Seth Meyers | 11/13/17 | 11:57
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Roger Stone, Discusses Roy Moore, Menendez trail, Gen Flynn, Current Events | War Room | 11/13/17 | 37:12
Steve Bannon on Breitbart News Daily (11/13/2017) | Conservative Citizen | 11/13/17 | 21:32

Monday November 13, 2017
**One Nation, Overdosed: Documentary On The Deadliest Drug Crisis In American History (Full) | MSNBC | 11/09/17 | 44:40

Trump's weaselly notion of patriotism looks more like groveling
Salon | Bob Cesca | 11/13/17

President Donald Trump and his supporters have a screwy definition of patriotism. Apparently, it's a career-ending infraction to kneel during the national anthem during an ultimately meaningless football game, but it's acceptable for our chief executive to endorse the assurances and actions of foreign despots while summarily rejecting the decisions of American leaders, publicly and with awkward pride. It's difficult to see how these contradictory ideas make a lick of sense coming from the same faction, and the same president, roughly at the same time.

Most of us are old enough to remember when Trump, during his inaugural rage-gasm, declared that his presidency would be all about putting "America First." It was a "new decree," he said, that would be "heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power." He continued, "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it's going to be only America first! America first!" This was his central inaugural theme, and an ongoing refrain of his presidency. Part isolationism, part patriotism, all meaningless when shouted from his orange yapper. ... Read more

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade by Andrew Feinstein $7.99

The Shadow World is the harrowing behind-the-scenes tale of the global arms trade, revealing the deadly collusion that all too often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military -- a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy.

Pulling back the curtain on this secretive world, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history -- between the British and Saudi governments -- to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia. He exposes in forensic detail both the formal government-to-government trade in arms and the shadow world of illicit weapons dealing, and lays bare the shockingly frequent links between the two. Drawing on his experience as a member of the African National Congress who resigned when the ANC refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal, Feinstein illuminates the impact this network has not only on conflicts around the world but also on the democratic institutions of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Based on pathbreaking reporting and unprecedented access to top-secret information and major players in this clandestine realm, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade's dramatic wheeling and dealing -- from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels -- and reveals the profound danger and enormous financial cost this network represents to all of us.
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
The Trump Presidency | John Oliver | 11/13/17 | 23:50
Steve Bannon's Interview with the Times: President Trump, Mitch McConnell and White Nationalism | NYT | 11/10/17 | 10:18
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  1. Headlines
  2. CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He'll Put Them "In the Ground"
  3. COP23: Activists from Puerto Rico to Island Nations Demand Climate Reparations, End to Fossil Fuels
  4. Thousands Protest in Manila as Trump Hails "Great Relationship" with Philippines President Duterte
  5. Amid Sea Level Rise & Devastating Storm, Island Nations Call for "Real Climate Leadership" at COP23
  6. "We are Still In": Sen. Markey & U.S. Lawmakers Stage Anti-Trump Revolt at UN Climate Talks in Bonn
  7. From Roy Moore to Trump: Sen. Markey Lauds Women Who Speak Out, Calls for Moore to Pull Out of Race
  8. Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz to President Donald Trump: "Nobody Can Escape Climate Change"
On Asia Trip, Trump Met by Protests Calling on U.S. to Open Diplomatic Relations with North Korea | DN | older, 11/10/17 | 21:17
Andrew Feinstein, author of the book Shadow Wars -> Worldwide Warfare Will End When We Divest From the Arms Industry | TRNN | 11/12/17 | 6:33


*The Hilarious Way Republicans Define "Middle Class" | TYT | 11/12/17 | 6:41
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*Roy Moore, And His Supporters, Remain Defiant | 1a.org | 11/13/17 | 1hr
Last week, multiple women stepped forward to accuse Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, of sexual misconduct with minors in the 1970s (https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/gop-senate-candidate-roy-moore-threatens-sue-washington-post-n820116). The reaction from the GOP has been mixed.

Some establishment leaders have said Moore should step aside if the allegations are true, but the candidate himself has stuck to his story. He says the allegations are "fake news" and has threatened to sue the Washington Post, which broke the story.
Fair Trade And Fair Play: President Trump's Pitch For Trade In Asia | 1a.org | 11/13/17 | 1hr
Donald Trump used his trip to Asia to make the case for a new world trade order. In a speech to world leaders, the U.S. president said, "I am always going to put America first, the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first."

The New York Times called the president's message "strikingly hostile" to Pacific Rim trading partners.

Mr. Trump roundly condemned the kind of multilateral accords his predecessors pursued, reprising a message he brought to China this week that blamed weak American leadership for trade imbalances that he said had stripped jobs, factories and entire industries from the United States.
Barnicle: World Leaders Are Laughing At The US | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/13/17 | 8:14
The Choice Dems And GOP Must Make On GOP Alabama Senate Nominee Roy Moore | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/13/17 | 13:31
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
One More Reason Not To Elect Roy Moore | Stephen Colbert | 11/10/17 | 3:53
Trump's Menage A Terrible Phone Call With France | Stephen Colbert | 11/11/17 | 3:13
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/10/17 | 6:23

Friday November 10, 2017

What's at Stake in the Bonn Climate Talks?
NYT | Brad Plumer | 11/10/17

The Paris climate agreement of 2015 was a key moment in the battle against climate change: 195 countries vowed to help limit the rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

But the Paris deal was just the start of a long, arduous process. The world's nations are still struggling to translate their lofty promises into meaningful cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Which explains why diplomats are now meeting for yet another round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 6 to 17.

Much of the attention at these talks will be on the Trump administration, which has vowed to withdraw the United States from the Paris deal by 2020. In response, a gaggle of world leaders, American governors, major corporations and advocacy groups will make a big show of insisting that global action on climate change is still trundling forward, with or without President Trump. ... Read more

Senate GOP's tax bill points to nasty fight ahead
Politico | Bernie Becker | 11/09/17

There are dramatic differences between the House and Senate versions of the tax overhaul, imperiling Trump's desire to sign legislation by year end.

Yawning divisions have emerged between the House, Senate and White House over tax reform, raising doubts about whether Republicans will be able to achieve their most important political and policy priority before the end of the year.

The Senate and House are split on some key issues, including the top tax rate and the timing of the corporate tax cut, and also at odds with President Donald Trump in many areas. Hard bargaining, battles between GOP factions and an onslaught of lobbying are the gauntlets Republicans will have to run to get legislation to Trump's desk by the end of the year -- and into their mailers and ads for the 2018 elections.

If one thing unifies Republicans and makes the job easier than it might appear, it's the fear that they will have nothing to take into those contests after the failure of another marquee effort, repealing and replacing Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders used the drubbing the party took in Tuesday's election in Virginia as a warning to the rank and file: Pass tax reform or face the wrath of Republican voters. ... Read more

Steven Mnuchin, foreclosure king of America
Salon | Nomi Prins/TomDispatch | 11/10/17

Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner, arrived in Washington with a distinct reputation. Back in 2009, he had corralled a bundle of rich financiers to take over California's IndyMac bank, shut down amid the 2008 foreclosure crisis by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Bought for $13.9 billion (but only $1.3 billion in actual cash), Mnuchin turned it into a genuine foreclosure machine, in the process sealing his own fate when it came to his future reputation. At the time, he didn't appear concerned about public approval. Something far more valuable was at stake: the $200 million that, according to Bloomberg News, he raked in personally, thanks to the deal. ... Read more

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  2. On Asia Trip, Trump Met by Protests Calling on U.S. to Open Diplomatic Relations with North Korea
  3. Will Trump Challenge Philippines President Duterte's Deadly Drug War When They Meet in Manila?
  4. Bill McKibben on Future of the Paris Climate Accord & U.S. Role at COP23 Climate Talks in Germany
Empire Files: After Hurricane Harvey, Abandoned Community Takes Charge | TRNN | 11/10/17 | 22:56
Trump Advisor Caught Lying About Tax Cuts | TYT | 11/09/17 | 6:03
Trump: I Don't Blame China For Taking Advantage Of America | TYT | 11/09/17 | 9:46
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*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 11/10/17 | 1hr
  1. Is it safe for Democrats to be optimistic about a return to power at the national level?
  2. What's in the Republican tax bill?
  3. What, in hindsight, could have stopped the nation's latest mass shooting?
  4. And is there a way to end this week on a high note?
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 11/10/17 | 1hr
President Trump visits Asia. Several Saudi Arabian princes visit prison. And we revisit a conversation about offshore tax shelters in light of the Paradise Papers.

Travel around the world with us for a look at some of the biggest stories in this week's international news.
NYT: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Calls Collusion A Joke | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/10/17 | 8:27
Robert Mueller Looks Into Fmr. WH Adviser Michael Flynn's Role In Alleged Plan | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/10/17 | 5:29
Joe Weighs In On Elections: US Politics Are A 'Disaster' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/10/17 | 4:52
Kellyanne Conway's interview tricks, explained | Vox | older, 02/13/17 | 6:31
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
President Xi Meets President 'Me' | Stephen Colbert | 11/10/17 | 5:04
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/09/17 | 6:23
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Republicans Push Their Tax Plan After Election Losses | Seth Meyers | 11/09/17 | 9:57
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Jimmy Kimmel Talks to Kellyanne Conway About Trump Putin Meeting | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/09/17 | 3:15
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Must See! Feminist Organizations Used As Sex-Cult Front Groups | Inforwars | 11/09/17 | 2:54:53
Roger Stone About Brazile, Seth Rich, Mueller, Saudis And Left Lunatics | Inforwars | 11/09/17 | 32:40

Thursday November 09, 2017

How Trump Learned to Love the Swamp
Politico | Michael Grunwald | 11/09/17

A year after the election he's still campaigning as a populist, but he's governing for the big interests he ran against.

Richard Cordray, the crusading Democrat who runs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, had never met or even spoken to President Donald Trump. But on October 30, he sent an unusually emotional letter to the White House, begging the president to preserve a new rule ensuring that consumers could sue financial firms in court. "This letter is not about charts or graphs or studies," he wrote. "Instead, it is simply a personal appeal to you."

Cordray said he had been warned that his letter would be a waste of time, since the president's Republican allies in Congress had already passed a bill killing the rule, but he tried a last-ditch appeal to the drain-the-swamp, elite-bashing populism that Trump so powerfully expressed in the 2016 campaign. Cordray explained that the bill would prevent ordinary Americans from filing class-action suits against corporate wrongdoers like Wells Fargo and Equifax, and that a veto would help the people who put Trump in office fight the special interests Trump had vowed to crush. ... Read more

Bannon: Mitch McConnell should resign
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/09/17

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign, telling Fox News that "there needs to be a sense of urgency in the Senate."

"I'm to the point that I think Mitch McConnell, to really bring unity to the Republican Party and get things done, I think Mitch McConnell ought to tender his resignation," Bannon, who returned to his job heading the conservative media outlet Breitbart News upon leaving the White House, told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "What he ought to do is offer to resign as soon as taxes are done. We can't do it in the middle of taxes. ... Because, I've got to tell you, there needs to be a sense of urgency in the Senate." ... Read more

America's diplomacy power is being completely destroyed, ambassador warns
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 11/08/17/span>

Fleeing foreign officers have a "serious, immediate, and tangible effect" on America's ability to shape the world

Former ambassador Barbara Stephenson is warning that President Donald Trump is mishandling the State Department. While I do my best, as principal advocate for our institution and as a seasoned American diplomat, to model responsible, civil discourse, there is simply no denying the warning signs that point to mounting threats to our institution -- and to the global leadership that depends on us," Stephenson wrote in an editorial for the American Foreign Service Association, of which she is president.

She added, "There is no denying that our leadership ranks are being depleted at a dizzying speed, due in part to the decision to slash promotion numbers by more than half. The Foreign Service officer corps at State has lost 60 percent of its Career Ambassadors since January. Ranks of Career Ministers, our three-star equivalents, are down from 33 to 19. The ranks of our two-star Minister Counselors have fallen from 431 right after Labor Day to 369 today -- and are still falling." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, November 09 [12:21]
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  2. In China, Trump Talks Trade & North Korea, Ignoring Climate Change & Crackdown on Human Rights
  3. Yemeni Journalist: Saudi Arabia's Total Blockade on Yemen is "Death Sentence" for All
  4. Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman Consolidates Power & Purges Rivals Under "Anti-Corruption" Pretense
Vijay Prashad: 'The Only Way to Confront a War Economy is to Confront a Culture of War' | TRNN | 11/08/17 | 21:43
Trump Talks Nuclear War...And Golf | TYT | 11/08/17 | 7:08
The1a.org
Anyone who didn't stay up all night watching the election returns last year woke up to news that felt inevitable the night before, but nearly unpredictable a month earlier.

The polls were wrong. The pundits were wrong. The people had spoken and they chose Donald Trump. Since then, many Trump opponents have gone through something akin to the stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance -- while the president's backers have largely remained unwavering in their support. But one thing pretty much everyone could agree on is that things have not been the same since Election Night of 2016.

We're not here to replay the election or question the results. Rather, with a year of hindsight, we look at what drove the Trump campaign to victory, and what's changed in the year since we woke up to the results.
No other collective group of Americans receives more respect, honor and admiration than members of the U.S. military. But those who serve are also used by politicians to press sided perspectives on all kinds of hot-button issues, from medical benefits to NFL protests.

These days, there are all kinds of ways to show support for America's troops -- a donation at the store register tacked onto your purchase, a yellow ribbon strategically placed in your front yard, televised tributes to war heroes -- but what exactly constitutes "support"? We talk about what active servicemembers and veterans need in terms of financial, medical and emotional assistance. And we learn to recognize when "the troops" are being played for political gain.
Robert Reich On 'Saving Capitalism': Citizen Activism Is Giving Me Hope | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/09/17 | 7:38
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio: Democrats Must Get Out Into The Community | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/09/17 | 12:35
Former U.S. Ambassador: I Would Like To See Pride From President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/09/17 | 9:45
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
If Everything Is About Trump, Then So Is Losing Elections | Stephen Colbert | 11/09/17 | 4:21
Trump Assures South Korea That He Is Very Good | Stephen Colbert | 11/09/17 | 5:13
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much Winning for Democrats on Election Day 2017 | Trevor Noah | 11/08/17 | 5:37/a>
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Democrats Get Their First Big Electoral Wins of the Trump Era | Seth Meyers | 11/09/17 | 9:03
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone, Zach, FBI Jailed! MK-Ultra | Inforwars | 11/08/17 | 42:49
President Trump (unfair trade) Speech in CHINA, with President Xi, UN-FAIR for USA! | Inforwars | 11/09/17 | 16:11

Wednesday November 08, 2017

Did Ronald Reagan's 1981 tax cut supercharge the economy?
WashingtonPost | Nicole Lewis | 11/08/17

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during a press briefing, Oct. 31:

"While arguing over President Reagan's 1981 tax cuts, Democrats claimed it would only benefit the rich. The Democrat speaker of the House at the time, Tip O'Neill, called them royal tax cuts, because he claimed they favored the wealthiest Americans. What really happened was more than 14 million new jobs were created over five years; incomes grew by over 22 percent for the next seven years; and the economy grew by over 3.5 percent, on average, for the rest of the decade."

... Many of the gains Sanders cites can be attributed to economic recovery following the recession from 1981-1982 and Volcker's monetary policy. Additionally, over the course of his presidency, Reagan increased taxes several times.

It would be more reasonable to consider the tax cuts in conjunction with a series of monetary policy interventions enacted during and before Reagan's administration. Yet Sanders gives Reagan all the credit. We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios for Sanders, as the data points are mostly correct, but they are used in a misleading way. ... Read more

Watch Out, Donald Trump. Here Come The Democrats.
HP | Nick Baumann | 11/07/17

The Democratic Party romped to victories across the country Tuesday, gaining key state legislative seats, two governorships and full control of the state governments of New Jersey and Washington, where they'll have wide power to enact their agenda.

In one sense, the wins should have been expected: President Donald Trump is extremely unpopular, and the party that holds the White House usually does worse in congressional, state and local elections in years when the president isn't on the ballot.

And the victories were expected in some cases. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs banker, consistently led in the polls and will now be the next governor. But elsewhere, outcomes were more uncertain. ... Read more

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House by Donna Brazile

In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee--and as chaos threatened to consume the party's convention--Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, she was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents, and the longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems.

What Brazile found at the DNC was unlike anything she had experienced before--and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its candidate, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook.

Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and roadmap for the future. With Democrats now in the wilderness after this historic defeat, Hacks argues that staying silent about what went wrong helps no one. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy.

Trump Bucks Usual Aggression, Opens The Door To Negotiations With North Korea
HP | Nick Visser | 11/08/17

President Donald Trump took a far more measured tone during his address to South Korea's National Assembly on Wednesday, touting the option of diplomacy with North Korea while delivering a strong message to the country's leader that it must end its nuclear weapons program.

Trump, speaking in Seoul as part of his 12-day tour of Asia, delivered a direct and at times heavy-handed message to Kim Jong Un, telling the North Korean leader: "Do not underestimate us. Do not try us."

However the president echoed calls from a day earlier when, speaking at a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, he urged Pyongyang to "come to the table and make a deal."

"I also come here to deliver a message directly to the leader: The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger," Trump told the National Assembly. "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face. North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, November 08 [13:31]
Trump's Commerce Secretary Owns Stake in Russian Companies While He Oversees Potential Sanctions |DN | 11/08/17 | 2:55
Paradise Papers Expose "Cleverest Ways of Exploiting" Offshore Tax Havens by GOP & Democratic Donors |DN | 11/08/17 | 8:53
Billionaire GOP Backer Robert Mercer Used Offshore Profits to Fund Breitbart & Attacks on Clinton |DN | 11/08/17 | 7:59
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  2. Voters Reject Republican Candidates as New "Autopsy" Report Finds the Democratic Party in Crisis
  3. Billionaire GOP Backer Robert Mercer Used Offshore Profits to Fund Breitbart & Attacks on Clinton
  4. Trump's Commerce Secretary Owns Stake in Russian Companies While He Oversees Potential Sanctions
  5. Paradise Papers Expose "Cleverest Ways of Exploiting" Offshore Tax Havens by GOP & Democratic Donors
The Intercept's Ryan Grim Explains -> The Link Between Saudi Prince's Power Grab and DC Corruption | TRNN | 11/07/17 | 11:56
Trump Praises Saudi Royal Purge | TYT | 11/07/17 | 7:56
The1a.org
The gunman who entered a rural Texas church and murdered 26 people should have never been allowed to buy his weapons because of his history with domestic violence.

It's illegal for anyone convicted of child or spousal abuse to purchase a firearm. But a reporting oversight about the shooter's violent background by the Air Force helped Devin Patrick Kelley evade an appearance in the National Criminal Information Center database.

Kelley should have been ineligible for gun ownership based on a military court conviction for a brutal assault on his wife and infant stepson that left the child's skull fractured. Authorities are now investigating threats the shooter made against his in-laws.

The Texas church massacre is the latest incident of gun violence where red flags about the perpetrator include past abusive behavior. This was true of the Pulse nightclub shooter as well. Allegations about the Las Vegas shooter's mistreatment of his girlfriend arose in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. And there are many more incidents easily missed in national headlines.

Is there a link between domestic violence and mass shootings? If so, should we all be paying closer attention to solving the problem of domestic violence?
Donna Brazile On Her New Book 'Hacks': DNC Not Rigged But There Was A Cancer | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/08/17 | 18:21
Donald Trump Takes Hard Line On North Korea At Korean Assembly | MSNBC 11th Hour | 11/08/17 | 6:22
Pussy Riot's Warning About President Donald Trump For The U.S. Resistance | MSNBC Last Word | 11/07/17 | 8:29
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Economic Development | John Oliver | 11/05/17 | 14:55
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Saudi Arabia's Political Purge | Trevor Noah | 11/07/17 | 5:11
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Strangest Stranger Things Mash-Up Ever | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/06/17 | 3:22

Tuesday November 07, 2017

Trump: 'Hundreds more' would have died in Texas if gun laws were stricter
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/07/17

Tougher vetting for individuals who purchase firearms would not have stopped the gunman in last weekend's mass shooting in Texas, President Donald Trump said Tuesday, tamping down renewed calls for gun control.

At a press conference Tuesday in South Korea, Trump was asked if he would consider seeking "extreme vetting" for gun purchasers similar to what he has advocated for individuals entering the U.S. from other countries. Trump said such screenings would not have stopped Sunday's gunman, who killed 26 people inside a Texas church, and could potentially have stopped another gun owner from confronting the shooter. ... Read more

Trump commerce secretary's business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files
TheGuardian | Jon Swaine and Luke Harding | 11/05/17

Donald Trump's commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin's son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia.

Leaked documents and public filings show Ross holds a stake in a shipping company, Navigator, through a chain of offshore investments. Navigator operates a lucrative partnership with Sibur, a Russian gas company part-owned by Kirill Shamalov, the husband of Putin's daughter Katerina Tikhonova.

Ross, a billionaire and close friend of Trump, retained holdings in Navigator after taking office this year. The relationship means he stands to benefit from the operations of a Russian company run by Putin's family and close allies, some of whom are under US sanctions. ... Read more
The Paradise Papers, a leak of 13.4million files

Hedge Funds Are Having Their Best Year Since 2013 | Bloomberg | 11/07/17 | article (Read more)

Texas church shooting and domestic violence: A large and disturbing pattern
Salon | Amanda Marcotte | 11/07/17

The Sutherland Springs shooting looks like another example of men acting out violent rage against women

As more information leaks out about the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas -- where 26 people were murdered and 20 more injured during Sunday church services -- it's becoming clear that this almost certainly started off as a domestic violence incident. The alleged shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, had a history of such incidents. In 2012, he was court-martialed by the Air Force for an assault on his wife and child. After his divorce from that wife, police were summoned to his home in 2014 another report of abuse, this one involving a girlfriend he would marry two months later. ... Read more

Syria Vows To Sign Paris Agreement, Leaving U.S. Alone In Climate Denial
HP | Alexander C. Kaufman | 11/07/17

Syria took a break on Tuesday from its gruesome six-year civil war to announce plans to sign the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the emissions-cutting deal.

The deal was considered historic because it was the first climate agreement to include the U.S. ? the world's biggest historic emitter, with by far the largest per-capita carbon footprint ? and China, which currently produces the most carbon pollution on a national level. The U.S. took a lead role in shaping the deal.

Only war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which protested the agreement's failure to impose strict demands on major polluters, refused to sign. ... Read more

Leak Exposes Ross Stake In Putin-Tied Company | MSNBC | 11/06/17 | 14:12
Sec. Ross Responds To Paradise Papers Allegations | CNBC | 11/06/17 | 16:08
Wilbur Ross At Nexus Of Donald Trump Russian Deal | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | older 02/27/17 | 21:56
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, November 07 [10:51]
How Domestic Violence and Militarism "Open the Floodgates" to Mass Shootings Like the Texas Massacre |DN | 11/07/17 | 19:33
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  2. How Domestic Violence and Militarism "Open the Floodgates" to Mass Shootings Like the Texas Massacre
  3. As NYPD Officers Are Charged with Rape of Teenager, Advocates Call for End to Mass Sexual Violence
  4. Acclaimed Chilean Writer Isabel Allende on Death of Pablo Neruda, the 1973 Chilean Coup & Trump
  5. Chilean Writer Isabel Allende's New Novel, "In the Midst of Winter," Examines Immigrant Lives & Love
*Investigative reporter James S Henry explains -> 'Paradise Papers' Leak Details How Major Corporations Evade Taxes | TRNN | 11/07/17 | 14:77
*Col. Larry Wilkerson Explains -> Most of Congress "Likes War" and Opposes Ending US Support for Saudi War in Yemen | TRNN | 11/07/17 | 13:14
New Saudi Power Grab Follows Big Losses | TRNN | 11/07/17 | 15:36
Rand Paul Hospitalized After Neighbor Assault | TYT | 11/06/17 | 3:42
Trump Commerce Secretary Lied About Russian Ties | TYT | 11/06/17 | 6:44
Fox News: No Better Place To Get Killed Than Church! | TYT | 11/06/17 | 10:51
The1a.org
Accepting The America We Have | 1a.org | 11/07/17 | 1hr
It's become an all-too familiar scenario: A mass shooting leaves several people dead, thoughts and prayers are requested and given, debates over gun control and mental health bubble up then ... another shooting happens and the cycle repeats.

This is the reality we live in. The government gives citizens instructions for what to do if there's a shooting at work. Cartoons that run before films tell moviegoers what to do if there's an attack on the theater. The Onion's satirical headline, "'No Way To Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens" reliably goes viral after every new incident. ...
One Year Later, Two Tests For The Major Parties | 1a.org | 11/07/17 | 1hr
It's been a tumultuous year for the Republican and Democratic parties. After an upset in the 2016 election, the GOP hasn't completely united behind President Trump. Some members have adjusted to the president's platform, while others -- typically outgoing and former elected officials -- have spoken out against the direction the president is pulling the party in.

Meanwhile, Democrats are struggling to rebuild after losing what they thought was a sure thing. And new revelations from the party's former chair have led to tumult in the ranks and questions over the party's organization, fundraising and strategy.

Now it's testing time outside of Washington. Tight elections in Virginia and New Jersey have turned the states into proving grounds for parties still adjusting to a year-old surprise.
Trump Campaign Adviser Carter Page's Testimony Uncovers A 'Very Odd' Picture | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/07/17 | 11:56
Congressman Jim Himes Calls Carter Page's Intel Testimony 'Eccentric' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/07/17 | 4:04
Hayes On Donald Trump's "Two Modes" In The Wake Of Atrocities | MSNBC All In | 11/06/17 | 2:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Gun Violence Makes Us Feel Powerless, But We're Not | Stephen Colbert | 11/06/17 | 3:22
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Japan Suffers Through a Visit from Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/06/17 | 5:14
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Travels to Asia as Russia Probe Escalates: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 11/06/17 | 11:38
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Crazy-Times! 11/6/17 | Inforwars | 11/06/17 | 28:53
North Korea Nuclear Warning! Trump Attacking on North Korea: 'Era of Strategic Patience is Over' | The Economist | 11/06/17 | 12:52
How to Survive a Nuclear Attack | North Korea Nuclear Warning! | The Economist | 08/13/17 | 17:23

Monday November 06, 2017

Trump Says Deadly Texas Shooting Isn't A Guns Issue, It's A Mental Health Problem
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 11/06/17

President Donald Trump responded to the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history by saying the attack was a result of "a mental health problem" and not due to lax gun control laws.

During a news conference Monday in Tokyo, Trump said it was "a little bit soon" to get into a discussion about gun control. ... Read more

Mass shooting in Southernland Springs, Texas kills 26 people, nearly half of the congregation of a church, or 7% of the population of the town.

Vanity Fair: Trump blaming Kushner for Mueller investigation
The Hill | Rebecca Savransky | 11/01/17

President Trump is reportedly blaming White House adviser Jared Kushner for his role in decisions that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new report by Vanity Fair.

In a call Tuesday to former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump put blame on Kushner for the part he took in choices to fire former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, Vanity Fair reported. ... Read more
Trump Turning On Jared Kushner? | TYT | 11/02/17 | 6:55

Trump continues to degrade the presidency -- and there's no quick fix coming
Salon | Chauncey DeVega | 11/06/17

In normal circumstances, Trump's contempt for democracy would be grounds for removal. But nothing is normal now/p>

With great power comes great responsibility. Those words are a warning. They are also a proclamation. Donald Trump has learned neither of the two lessons.

Last Monday, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller issued his first indictments of Trump's inner circle for financial and other crimes related to the Russia scandal. The next day Sayfullo Saipov, an alleged ISIS-inspired terrorist, killed eight people and injured at least a dozen on the streets of lower Manhattan.

In response, Donald Trump concocted a series of lies and conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, uranium, and the Democratic Party. On Twitter as well as in interviews throughout the week, he said that the American legal system was "a joke" and "a laughingstock." Trump may also have made it much more difficult to convict or sentence Saipov by publicly threatening him with execution. ... Read more

Sex, Booze And Bribes Corruption Probe Targets 60 U.S. Navy Admirals: Report
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 11/06/17

A massive investigation of U.S. Navy corruption in Asia that featured wild parties, bribes and prostitutes has expanded to include more than than 60 admirals and hundreds of other Navy officers, The Washington Post reports.

The probe centers on Malaysian contractor Leonard "Fat Leonard" Glenn Francis, who provided money and wild times in exchange for classified information to win lucrative contracts with the 7th Fleet for his Singapore-based company and defraud the U.S. government, according to the newspaper.

The Justice Department has already filed charges against 28 people, including two admirals, since Francis was arrested in a sting operation four years ago. But that could just be the beginning. Eighteen people have pleaded guilty to charges that include violations of military law and federal ethics rules.

The Navy told the Post that investigators have been examining the conduct of 440 personnel, current and retired, including at least 60 admirals. ... Read more

Trump Is Racking Up an Appalling Civilian Death Count
AlterNet | Marjorie Cohn / Truthout | 11/03/17

In March alone, 1,000 died as a result of needless American wars.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump advocated killing innocent families of suspected terrorists. "When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families," he declared. Besides the immorality of killing innocents, the targeting of civilians violates the Geneva Conventions.

The George W. Bush administration unlawfully detained and tortured suspected terrorists. Determined not to send more suspects to Guantánamo, Barack Obama's administration illegally assassinated them with drones and other methods, killing many civilians in the process.

Now the Trump administration is killing record numbers of civilians and weakening the already-flimsy targeted killing rules Obama put in place. ... Read more

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  2. Suspect in Texas Church Massacre was Thrown Out of Air Force & Jailed for Assaulting Wife & Child
  3. Texans Decry "Extremist" Gun Lobby & Inadequate Background Checks After Mass Shooting Kills 26
  4. After Texas Massacre, Drexel Prof. Asks: "What Makes White Men So Prone to This Kind of Behavior?"
  5. Why Did Media Overlook Sept. Shooting in Plano, Texas When Estranged Husband Killed Wife & 7 Others?
  6. Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump's Inner Circle
Suspect in Texas Church Massacre was Thrown Out of Air Force & Jailed for Assaulting Wife & Child | DN | 11/06/17 | 12:55
Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Docs Reveal Shady Ties & Tax Evasion by Trump’s Inner Circle | DN | 11/06/17 | 8:03
Sarah St. Vincent of Human Rights Watch -> Documents Raise Fears of Pentagon Domestic Spying | TRNN | 11/03/17 | 8:37
Climate Collapse Outpacing Scientific Models | TYT | 11/05/17 | 6:55
The1a.org
*The Latest On The Texas Church Shooting | 1a.org | 11/06/17 | 1hr
A shooting at a church outside of San Antonio, Texas, has left 25 people confirmed dead. CNN reports that "the shooter was killed after a brief chase."

We'll hear from reporters on the scene as the investigation continues.
*A Look Inside The Paradise Papers | 1a.org | 11/06/17 | 1hr
Paradise Papers Report.

A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum

A leak of 13.4 million documents from offshore tax havens has revealed a slew of details about some of the richest and most powerful people and companies. The trove of data, which are being called the Paradise Papers, "exposes ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's billionaire commerce secretary, the secret dealings of the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the offshore interests of the queen of England and more than 120 politicians around the world,"

As with the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers are being reported on by dozens of newsrooms and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

The Guardian
  1. Extensive offshore dealings by Donald Trump's cabinet members, advisers and donors, including substantial payments from a firm co-owned by Vladimir Putin's son-in-law to the shipping group of the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross.
  2. How Twitter and Facebook received hundreds of millions of dollars in investments that can be traced back to Russian state financial institutions.
  3. The tax-avoiding Cayman Islands trust managed by the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau's chief moneyman.
PARADISE PAPERS Massive Document Dump NAMES Politicians & Elites Hiding Billions From Public | MoxNews | 11/05/17 | 14:11
President Donald Trump Frustrated By Notion Of Independent Justice | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 11/03/17 | 23:44
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Hid Ties To Vladimir Putin Cronies | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/06/17 | 8:13
Sen. Richard Blumenthal Criticizes Wilbur Ross' Ties To Russia, I Feel Misled | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/06/17 | 12:58
President Donald Trump On Texas Mass Shooting: It's Not A 'Guns Situation' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/06/17 | 14:53
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Economic Development | John Oliver | 11/05/17 | 14:55
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
In Asia, Trump Might Meet 'Pen Pineapple Apple Pen' Guy | Stephen Colbert | 11/04/17 | 3:59
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Silicon Valley Answers to Congress Amid the Russia Probe | Trevor Noah | 11/03/17 | 6:41
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Breaking! Seth Rich, Donna Brazile, DNC, Hillary | Infowars | 11/05/17 | 21:00
ROGER STONE: Sessions Recuses Himself From Uranium One | Infowars | 11/03/17 | 24:40
Lord Monckton on Climate Change | Infowars | 11/06/17 | 36:40

Friday November 03, 2017

Rogue Twitter Employee Deletes Donald Trump's Account On Last Day
HP | Doha Madani | 11/02/17

President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, briefly vanished from the internet on Thursday.

Social media users noticed that for a short period of time around 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, the page was inaccessible. Given the president's frequent use of the platform, confusion began to circulate as to why the account might be deleted. But it was all an employee error, Twitter said about an hour later. It seems that an employee who was leaving the company deleted the account. ... Read more

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Trump: 'We'll see' if Tillerson lasts duration of term
Politico | Cristiano Lima | 11/02/17

President Donald Trump on Thursday declined to give a full-throated endorsement of his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, saying that "we'll see" if he will serve out his term with the president.

... "We'll see. I don't know who's going to be [here for the] duration," the president replied. He also noted that Tillerson was "working hard" and "doing his best." With the remark, Tillerson again had his future with the Trump administration thrown into uncertainty. ... Read more

How America's Bloated Defense Budget Leaves Us Defenseless...and Broke
AlterNet | Guy Saperstein | 11/01/17

We're spending billions on the military at the expense of health care and schools.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

It has been over six decades since Dwight D. Eisenhower uttered these words in a broadcast announcement from the Statler Hotel in Washington D.C. And while circumstances in America have undoubtedly changed, his words remain accurate. ... Read more

Donna Brazile Confesses that DNC Rigged Primaries
TRNN| Michael Sainato | 11/02/17

Former DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile confirms money laundering scheme between the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign

On November 2, Donna Brazile published an excerpt from her upcoming book, "Hacks," in Politico. In the passage, Brazile outlines how she first discovered the joint fundraising agreement between Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC that created the Hillary Victory Fund. The agreement is the most overt evidence that the DNC rigged the 2016 Democratic Primaries for Hillary Clinton. Essentially, Brazile claims that the fund was used to launder money to the Clinton Campaign, and in exchange the DNC received help in clearing out its debt. The catch was that former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the entire apparatus of the DNC was at the control of the Clinton Campaign, serving as an extension of it under the false pretense of neutrality.

"Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund--that figure represented $10,000 to each of the thirty-two states' parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement--$320,000--and $33,400 to the DNC," Brazile writes. "The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn." ... Read more
BOMBSHELL: Donna Brazile Admits DNC Rigged Primary Against Bernie | TYT | 11/02/17 | 18:05

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, November 03 [9:09]
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  2. In Puerto Rico's Highlands, Hurricane Maria Has Exploded Fault Lines of Poverty & Austerity
  3. Economist Yanis Varoufakis: Puerto Ricans Deserve an Escape from "Permanent Debt Prison"
  4. Yanis Varoufakis on Global Capitalism & How Trump's Tax Plan is Class War Against the Poor
  5. Greek Economist Yanis Varoufakis on Nazi Resurgence in Europe & Why "ISIS Loves Donald Trump"
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Donna Brazile's DNC Bombshell | TRNN | 11/03/17 | 9:28
Alison Kirsch says -> Who Funds the World's Dirtiest Energy Projects? | TRNN | 11/03/17 | 10:43
Breitbart, Milo Lose Megadonor Robert Mercer | TYT | 11/02/17 | 5:42
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*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 11/03/17 | 1hr
New York came under attack this week, with eight people killed in what's being called an act of terror.
"Prosecutors say [the suspect] waived his Miranda rights and confessed during a hospital interview to having carried out the attack after being inspired by ISIS videos he watched on his cellphone," NPR reports.
The focus on the suspect's online connection with ISIS brought additional attention to the role of social media networks in politics, something they were already discussing with lawmakers in hearings this week.
In response to the violence, President Trump called for a change to immigration policy.
The president and congressional Republicans are also pushing for a change in the tax code, though a new poll suggests the public isn't that excited to see lawmakers pivot to taxes.
Meanwhile, the first indictments in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election were handed down.
And whether it's in Hollywood, New York or Washington, victims of sexual harassment continue to step forward with accusations against powerful men.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 11/03/17 | 1hr
A terror attack ended the lives of six international tourists who were visiting New York this week. The suspect, a 29-year-old man from Uzbekistan, is in custody and authorities are working to learn more about why he may have carried out this act of deadly violence.

President Trump weighed in, rather controversially, on the lower Manhattan attack as he prepares for a trip abroad to Asia.

Is now the right time for him to leave the country?

And the CIA has released thousands of files recovered from Osama Bin Laden's computer, including the former al-Qaeda leader's personal journal..
Heilemann: Donna Brazile's Book Shocking For Exposing 'Collusion' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/03/17 | 8:53
Joe: 'Any Self-Aware POTUS Would Be Very Concerning' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/03/17 | 18:52
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Bannon Suggests Trump Defund Robert Mueller's Investigation | Stephen Colbert | 11/03/17 | 7:00
The Daily Show by Trevor Noah
Silicon Valley Answers to Congress Amid the Russia Probe | Trevor Noah | 11/02/17 | 6:41
Roger Stone Discusses Info in JFK Files, Trumps Upcoming trip to Asia, Latest News Current Events | Infowars | 11/02/17 | 38:34 Alex Jones Interviews Author William Jasper | Infowars | 11/03/17 | 25:08

Thursday November 02, 2017

GOP Sticks With Big, Permanent Corporate Tax Cuts in House Bill
WSJ | | 11/02/17

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, set to be released Thursday morning, would permanently chop the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, compress the number of individual income tax brackets, and repeal the taxes paid by large estates starting in 2024, according to a detailed summary of the plan reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The plan would seeking the biggest transformation of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years. Read more

Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack. But Ending It Wouldn't End Terrorism.
HP | Elise Foley | 11/01/17

Experts say the focus shouldn't be on shutting down the visa lottery but on preventing radicalization.

President Donald Trump and his White House are using the Tuesday terrorist attack in New York City to push their goal of cutting legal immigration by misleading the public about the diversity visa lottery system. But immigration experts argue that early available evidence indicates the focus should be on preventing radicalization ? and that eliminating the diversity lottery or blocking people from certain nations won't prevent such attacks.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely said on Wednesday that there is no vetting for the diversity visa lottery, a program that allows 50,000 people to move to the country each year from countries with low immigration rates. ... Read more

Is Trump trapped? He's hemmed in by bad advice, with no way out
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 11/02/17

According to The New York Times, the president is cool, calm and collected in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments of three of his close associates this week. He called up a reporter to say "I'm actually not angry at anybody. I'm not under investigation, as you know. . . . Even if you look at that, there's not even a mention of Trump in there. . . . It has nothing to do with us." He also said, "I just got fantastic poll numbers" and that he's "really enjoying" the job. Sure he is.

He didn't tell the Times reporter what poll numbers he was looking at, but whatever they were, they weren't anyone else's definition of fantastic. His best job approval numbers at the moment are in the low 40s, and most have him languishing in the 30s. Gallup's daily tracking poll hit a new low this week: 33 percent. Trump's longtime friend and adviser, Sam Nunberg, told Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, "You can't go any lower. He's fucked." ... Read more

Google and Facebook's Congressional Testimonies Reveal a Deep Hypocrisy at the Heart of the Missions of These Tech Titans
AlterNet | Liz Posner | 11/01/17

The companies don't care about their consumers anymore.

The House and Senate intelligence committees probed legal representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter this week over their role in Russia's hacking of the 2016 election. While the three corporate reps played along, claiming ignorance of the extent of the Russian involvement and outrage over it happening at all, their behavior at the testimonies revealed a deep and underlying rot within their companies -- one that we all could have seen coming since we first discovered these companies were spying on us. The Google, Facebook, and Twitter congressional hearings this week confirmed that the Russian infiltration of the American election wasn't just a problem of oversight on behalf of those companies. They also revealed that these companies have, to some extent, abandoned their fundamental missions. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, November 02 [12:04]
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  2. "Send Him to Gitmo": Trump Urges Execution of Saipov After Defending "Both Sides" in Charlottesville
  3. Advocates: Make "Low-Tech" Car Attacks Less Deadly by Putting Barriers on Bicycle & Pedestrian Paths
  4. Trump Scapegoats Immigrants, Calls to End Diversity Visa Lottery That Brought Saipov to U.S. in 2010
  5. Trump & Media Focus on Muslims After Attack in NYC, Even as NYPD Says Islam Played No Role
  6. Uzbekistan Cooperated with CIA Torture & Rendition Post-9/11, As Govt. Boiled Dissidents Alive
*Economist Dean Baker -> Trump's Tax Man, and Tax Plan, for the 1% | TRNN | 11/02/17 | 8:00
Climate Emergency: Greenhouse Gas Levels Surge to Historic Levels | TRNN | 11/02/17 | 11:03
Donald Trump Jr. Anti-Socialist Halloween Tweet Backfires | TYT | 11/01/17 | 8:22
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*Facebook Has Commented On An Election You Voted In. Be The First To Like It. | 1a.org | 11/02/17 | 1hr
One year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it was a "pretty crazy idea" that the social network he created might have influenced the presidential election.

He's since had a change of heart. And the idea doesn't seem that crazy, considering the scope of Russian activity online around the election. As the New York Timesreports:

Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google's YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times.

And now representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter have been called before Congress to explain how their technology may have been misused (Zuckerberg himself has an earnings call to attend and won't appear on Capitol Hill).
President Donald Trump Blames Jared Kushner For Bad Political Advice | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/02/17 | 8:38
Does GOP Have Its Act Together On Tax Bill? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/02/17 | 7:57
President Donald Trump's Tweet Calls For Death Penalty For NYC Terror Suspect | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/02/17 | 9:37
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Name For His Tax Bill Is So... Trumpy | Stephen Colbert | 11/02/17 | 4:52
Stephen Explains Socialism To Donald Jr. With Halloween Candy | Stephen Colbert | 11/02/17 | 3:51
Late Night with Seth Meyers
How the GOP Is Reacting to the Papadopoulos Indictment | Stephen Colbert | 11/01/17 | 11:30

Wednesday November 01, 2017

Trump attacks Schumer over NYC attacker and visa program
Politico | Louis Nelson | 11/01/17

President Donald Trump on Wednesday laid the blame for the deadly attack at the feet of the Senate minority leader, saying a State Department visa program that he claims allowed the driver in Tuesday's New York terrorist attack to enter the U.S. is a "Chuck Schumer beauty."

"The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based," Trump wrote online in a pair of posts. "We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter)."

"'Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europe's problems' said Col. Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!" Trump added in a third post, referencing Shaffer's appearance on Fox News's "Fox & Friends." ... Read more

Bryan Cranston: 'F**k You' To Anyone Who Wants Trump To Fail | TYT | 11/01/17 | 7:29

6 Loose Ends in Mueller's Investigation That Could End Up Shaking Trump's Presidency
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 10/31/17

... "The first big takeaway from Monday morning's flurry of charging and plea documents with respect to Paul Manafort Jr., Richard Gates III and George Papadopoulos is this: The president of the United States had as his campaign chairman a man who had allegedly served for years as an unregistered foreign agent for a puppet government of Vladimir Putin, a man who was allegedly laundering remarkable sums of money even while running the now-president's campaign, a man who allegedly lied about all of this to the FBI and the Justice Department," wrote Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes for LawfareBlog.com. ... Read more

How a Federal Inquiry Says Paul Manafort Laundered $18 Million | NYTimes | | 10/31/17 | article
CO2 makes largest Jump in recorded history, hits record high | Climate State | 10/31/17 | 7:38
Scott Pruitt Declares War on Wind and Solar Energy, While Fossil Fuels Get Billions in Subsidies | AlterNet | Elliot Negin | 10/30/17 | article

The Education of Betsy DeVos
Politico | Tim Alberta | Nov/Dec 2017

President Donald Trump's most controversial, ideological Cabinet pick is discovering the limits of her power.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- It is strange, if a bit unsettling, to see U.S. Marshals constantly hovering near the U.S. secretary of education, a 59-year-old evangelical Christian grandmother whose hobbies are bike riding, yoga and visiting grade schools. But as Betsy DeVos approached Kansas City Academy on a sunny Friday morning in mid-September, it was clear why she wants them there.

It was the final day of her "Rethink School" tour, the familiar fly-around trip taken by a Cabinet secretary to capture some local news coverage and emphasize priorities--in DeVos' case, to highlight unique and innovative learning environments across the country. But at this particular stop, tension filled the air. Several hundred protesters gathered outside -- vastly outnumbering the 76 students, grades 6 through 12, who attend the school -- while a procession of speakers denounced DeVos as a destroyer of public education and an enabler of campus rape. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, November 01 [12:09]
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  2. Shocking New Investigation Links Berta Cáceres's Assassination to Executives at Honduran Dam Company
  3. Puerto Rico: As Whitefish Contract Faces Scrutiny, Fluor and Other Companies Move to Privatize Water
  4. As Elon Musk Proposes Taking Over Power Authority, Puerto Ricans Demand Community-Owned Solar Power
  5. Judge Rejects Part of Trump's Ban on Transgender Military Members Serving Openly
*Col. Larry Wilkerson explains -> The 'Perpetual' Authorization for Use of Military Force is 'Dangerous' | TRNN | 11/01/17 | 18:57
BREAKING: Truck Plows Into People By World Trade Center | TYT | 10/31/17 | 10:22
Trump Seething With Hatred After Mueller's First Arrests | TYT | 10/31/17 | 10:10
Note: Cenk Uygur gets a little emotional on this video. Everyone should do their own investigation on important topics, and history in general, to make up their own minds.
John Kelly's Revisionist Civil War History | TYT | 10/31/17 | 13:30
The1a.org
*What Do We Need To Know About Uzbekistan? | 1a.org | 11/01/17 | 1hr
Officials were quick to declare the attack that left eight people dead in New York City Tuesday an act of terror.

The suspect, it was revealed, comes from Uzbekistan, a country that has been both a U.S. partner in fighting terrorism, and the home to several suspects who have threatened the U.S. and Europe. What do we need to know about Uzbekistan?
Male, Minor and #MeToo | 1a.org | 11/01/17 | 1hr
Women in Hollywood are being heard. The Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal put the problem of harassment and assault of women in the industry in full view. But showbiz's open secret doesn't end there. Some of Hollywood's youngest victims aren't as empowered in this moment of #MeToo to speak up, particularly if they're male.

This week, actor Anthony Rapp accused Oscar winner Kevin Spacey of assaulting him when Rapp was just 14 years old. Spacey apologized, but said that he didn't remember the incident.

How pervasive is sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry? And who in Hollywood is working to stop it?
Newly Unsealed Court Documents Tie Paul Manafort, Rick Gates To Russia | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/31/17 | 14:04
New York City Halloween Celebrations Defy Act Of Terror | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/01/17 | 5:22
New York City Halloween Celebrations Defy Act Of Terror | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/01/17 | 5:22
Congressman Adam Schiff: Don't Use NYC Tragedy To Push Visa Agenda | MSNBC Morning Joe | 11/01/17 | 8:49
Tillerson, Mattis SCHOOLS Corker and Flake on authorization of military force by President Trump | C-Span? | 10/30/17 | 53:29
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Papadopoulos Monologue-opoulos | Stephen Colbert | 11/01/17 | 8:44
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Unfollowed: Escaping Trump's Tweets | The Daily Show | 11/01/17 | 4:12
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Donald Trump Jr.'s Donald Trump Mask, Christopher Columbus' Birthday - Monologue | Seth Meyers | 11/01/17 | 3:20
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
David Knight - Alex Jones Infowars | Infowars |11/01/17 | 42:38
SHH.. Quiet! Coming Attacks! | Infowars |11/01/17 | 20:53

Tuesday October 31, 2017

Could a Footnote in the Papadopoulos Announcement Bring Down the Whole Trump Campaign?
AlterNet | Brad Reed / Raw Story | 10/30/17

Monday's revelation that former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about his efforts to arrange meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian government has delivered some explosive details about the Russian effort to help get Trump elected president.

However, buried within the announcement of Papadopoulos's guilty plea is a key footnote that may implicate the high-level officials within the Trump campaign in knowledge of collusion with the Russian government. ... Read more

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Afghanistan: Mission Impossible?
A U.S.-led military coalition invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to dismantle Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda militant group and remove the Taliban government that had given it sanctuary. After 16 years, many indicators are heading the wrong way. | WSJ | | 10/30/17

Donald Trump's Approval Rating Hits New Low In Latest Gallup Poll
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 10/30/17

... Gallup's tracking poll, based on a three-day rolling average ending Sunday, put Trump's average approval rating at 33 percent, the lowest of his presidency, with 62 percent disapproving of the job he's doing -- a new high.

The survey comes on the heels of a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted Oct. 23-26 and released Sunday that found that 38 percent of Americans approved of Trump's job performance while 58 percent disapproved. The poll found a fall off among independents and Trump's core supporters. ... Read more

Trump and allies dismiss Papadopoulos as the 'coffee boy'
Politico | Louis Nelson | 10/31/17

President Donald Trump and his allies fought back Tuesday against special counsel Robert Mueller's wave of indictments against former campaign aides, dismissing an ex-foreign policy adviser who cut a plea deal with prosecutors as a "liar" and nothing more than the "coffee boy."

The White House was rocked on Monday after Mueller's team went public with charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, another campaign aide, including money laundering and other crimes related to the pair's relationship with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. ... Read more

The sudden fall of Washington's ultimate power broker
Politico | Anna Palmer | 10/30/17

He has a home in Washington a few doors down from Barack Obama, a villa in Italy, an apartment in New York and a multimillion-dollar art collection. He's been a K Street rainmaker, holding fundraisers for the Democratic Party's top elected officials and mingling with the most powerful liberals in the country. Last week, he attended Hillary Clinton's 70th birthday party.

Some of the world's largest companies -- BAE Systems, Walmart and Lockheed Martin -- have paid him piles of cash to represent them in the Capitol. His firm's receipts reached nearly $30 million in 2010, and his company has swelled to nearly 60 employees. ... Read more

We Have Indictments. What Can We Expect Next? (#141) | Keith Olbermann | 10/31/17 | 9:35
Note: now it is the next 12 countries
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  2. Marcy Wheeler Says Indictments in Russia Probe Further Incriminate Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  3. Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Condemns "Indefensible" Whitefish Contract & Calls for PREPA Chief's Firing
  4. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz On Trump, Shock Doctrine & "Disaster Capitalism" in Puerto Rico
Trump Picks Infamous Climate Change Denier for Top Environmental Job | TRNN | 10/30/17 | 12:35
Investigative Journalist Steve Horn discusses President Trump's pick to head up the powerful White House Council: former Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White, who has links to ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers, and Big Coal.
Fox News: What Indictments? Cheeseburger Emojis Are The REAL Story | TYT | 10/30/17 | 6:20
Trump's Totally Not Guilty Twitter Meltdown | TYT | 10/30/17 | 7:47
How Paul Manafort Spent His Russia Money | TYT | 10/30/17 | 6:00
The1a.org
*What Is Mueller's Next Move? | 1a.org | 10/31/17 | 1hr
Monday brought the first charges in the special federal investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Will they be the last?

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted two former Trump campaign advisers and a third has admitted to lying to federal investigators. As the legal process around these men unfolds, many questions remain about whether the president's ties to the defendants means he also has ties to the Russian government and its efforts to influence the election.
With Charges Filed, What Happens Next In The Russia Investigation? | 1a.org | 10/30/17 | 1hr
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former assistant Rick Gates have surrendered to law enforcement. Manafort is facing a dozen charges, including conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to launder money.

Now that the first indictments have been issued, we look at what comes next in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Robert Mueller Flipped Trump Camp Adviser Who Relayed Offers From Russia | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/30/17 | 16:46
'It Was A Tremendous Day For Special Counsel Robert Mueller' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/31/17 | 9:47
Inside The Robert Mueller Russia Probe: 'This Is Only The Beginning' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/31/17 | 9:47
Inside The Robert Mueller Russia Probe: 'This Is Only The Beginning'Robert Mueller Puts Out 'Just Enough To Scare' President Donald Trump Orbit | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/31/17 | 9:53
House Of Cards Canceled, Netflix Is "Deeply Troubled" Over Kevin Spacey Scandal | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/31/17 | 6:52
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Fox News Ducks The Robert Mueller Indictments Story | Stephen Colbert | 10/31/17 | 3:00
'Tis The Season For Treason: A Very Mueller Christmas | Stephen Colbert | 10/31/17 | 9:34
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
It's Mueller Time: The First Indictments in the Trump-Russia Probe | Trevor Noah | 10/30/17 | 6:11
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Paul Manafort's Indictment, Man Locked in Beer Cooler | Seth Meyers | 10/31/17 | 2:54

Monday October 30, 2017

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Surrenders In Russia Probe
HP | Jesselyn Cook | 10/30/17

Paul Manafort, onetime campaign chairman to President Donald Trump, surrendered to the FBI Monday. Former Manafort business associate Rick Gates also has been told to turn himself in to federal authorities, multiple news outlets reported on Monday.

Manafort left his Virginia condo and, with his attorney, walked into the FBI field office in Washington early Monday.

Manafort and Gates are expected to be charged in an intensifying investigation into Russian meddling in the United States' 2016 presidential election. Read more

Hurricane Sandy Hit Five Years Ago Today. Here's What We Learned--And Forgot.
MotherJones | Jessica Leigh Hester | d10/30/17

... It's taken years to fully repair mass transit that was doused with water. Manhattan's South Ferry subway station, inundated with 15 million gallons, just reopened this June, after renovations topping $340 million. Storm-related repairs on the embattled L line--which shuttles 225,000 daily riders back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan--are slated to begin in April 2019, long after flooding snarled mechanical systems.

Housing repairs have been slow going, too. Renovations to buildings managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) have met with significant delays. The outfit received $2.9 billion in FEMA funding, plus an additional $317 million from HUD--but in a comprehensive accounting of where the money went, DNAInfo reports that 129 buildings are still under construction, and only one has been completely repaired. ... Read more

Alex Jones: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | LastWeekTonight | older, 07/30/17 | 22:21

A Trump aide pleaded guilty, and it's worse than Paul Manafort's indictment
Salon | Matthew Sheffield | 10/30/17

Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos says a Russian-connected professor told him about Hillary's emails

While the multiple-count indictment against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner has dominated Monday's headlines, special counsel Robert Mueller also announced a guilty plea that will likely prove to be more significant because it discusses actions that took place during the presidential campaign.

The document presents clear evidence that Trump's former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was interested in collaborating with people affiliated with the Russian government and that he was informed about "thousands" of emails from the Clinton campaign before they were released on the web. ... Read more

Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia
Politico | Annie Karni | 10/29/17

... Kushner was accompanied in the region by deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. Greenblatt continued from Saudi Arabia to Amman, Jordan; Cairo; the West Bank city of Ramallah; and Jerusalem, where he was on Sunday.

The Trump administration has said its strategy is to try to draw in neighboring Arab leaders to play a role in Middle East peace. "Jared has always been driven to try and solve the Israel-Palestinian dispute," said billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack, a longtime friend and close Trump confidant. "The key to solving that dispute is Egypt. And the key to Egypt is Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia." ... Read more

The Hidden Story Of Whats Really Happening In Africa | WeAreChange | 10/24/17 | 16:20
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  2. Spain Charges Catalan Leaders with "Sedition, Rebellion & Embezzlement" & Implements Direct Rule
  3. Head of Puerto Rico Electrical Workers' Union Demands Corruption Probe of Whitefish Energy Contract
  4. Trump Admin Continues Threats & Provocations Against North Korea, Laying Groundwork for Nuclear War
*Trump Admin Continues Threats & Provocations Against North Korea, Laying Groundwork for Nuclear War | DN | 10/30/17 | 8:11
*Nick Turse: From Niger to Somalia, U.S. Military Expansion in Africa Helps Terror Groups Recruit | DN | 10/27/17 | 31:45
*Expansion of Imperialist U.S. "War on Terror" in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger & Somalia | DN | older, 10/24/17 | 21:12
*US Military Breeds Violence in Africa | TRNN | 10/24/17 | 14:42
Matt Taibbi on The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur | TYT | 10/28/17 | 37:14
*First Charges Filed In Robert Mueller's Trump Russia Probe | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/27/17 | 11:51
*Robert Mueller's Office Set To Issue First Indictment Monday | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/30/17 | 11:04
*'This Is Happening Today Because President Donald Trump Fired James Comey' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/30/17 | 13:39
*Frank Figliuzzi: I Worked For Bob Mueller. Bob Mueller's Not Happy. | MSNBC | 10/30/17 | 5:27
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*Floods: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | LastWeekTonight | 10/29/17 | 19:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
This Week's Russia Round-Up | Stephen Colbert | 10/28/17 | 5:03
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Donald Trump: A Man of Characters | Trevor Noah | 10/30/17 | 5:36
Alt Right
Trump Releases Withheld Files Showing Deep State Killed JFK! | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/29/17 | 1:20:52
Flashback: Former FBI Agent Reveals Who Really Shot JFK | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/30/17 | 29:18
Ted Cruz's Father Role In The JFK Controversy | Roger Stone | | 10/26/17 | 20:34
Hitler In Argentina til 65' ( JFK files) | | 10/29/17 | 10:27

Friday October 27, 2017

UPS, FedEx Already Get Millions in Tax Benefits for a Mixed Bag on Job Creation
TYT | author | 10/25/17

... On CNN last week, Stephen Moore -- a senior economic adviser for Donald Trump's presidential campaign -- said that Smith told him during a private dinner that in the event of a corporate tax cut, FedEx would create "thousands" of jobs.

Moore told TYT that the conversation took place at a dinner hosted by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, a group cofounded by Moore and other conservative economists, as well as Forbes Media CEO Steve Forbes. Moore said that Smith's remarks were made in the context of a 15 percent corporate tax rate, which President Donald Trump has publicly endorsed. The tax guidelines released by Republican congressional leadership call for a 20 percent corporate rate. ... Read more
Companies Not Delivering On Tax Cut Promises | TYT | 10/26/17 | 11:59

Note: talk about a softball interview.
Check out Stephen Colbert monologue down below.
Lou Dobbs Tonight - Full Exclusive Interview With President Trump | FoxNews | 10/27/17 | 34:45

'Our Backyard Has Become A Graveyard': Saving Lives On The U.S.-Mexico Border
HP | Louise Roug | 10/26/17

Residents of Arivaca, Arizona, are stepping in to offer humanitarian aid to desperate people crossing from Mexico.

But Jacobson, a former librarian, is undeterred. With a group of fellow-retirees, she tries to prevent death and suffering in the borderlands around Arivaca, a community of about 695 people in southern Arizona.

Fewer people seem to be trying to cross the border today than in years past ? the number of people apprehended at the U.S. border has dropped to the lowest level in 50 years. Despite this, the number of deaths has remained fairly constant, with a recent uptick. More people died on the border in the first seven months of 2017 compared with the first seven months of 2016, according to the United Nations' migration agency. ... Read more

Note: The Kennedy Papers are about to be released and I have to admit I'm interested to see if we get to see them without being heavily redacted. Whatever the outcome, history has constantly been rewritten in the past century with new releases of once classified documents. I feel the below series "Untold History of the United States" is a great recap of all the changes.
The Untold History of the United States - Bush & Obama - Age of Terror, Episode 10 | Oliver Stone | Youtube | 59:00
Note: I wish the above video was of better quality. I suggest viewing all 10 episodes on Netflix (see below).
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick (all 10 Episodes)
Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick with Abby Martin - Debunk American Exceptionalism | RT | older, 10/27/17 | 24:06
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick

Multiple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone has directed such iconic movies as Platoon, Wall Street, JFK, Natural Born Killers, and W and is known for his often controversial point of view and probing exploration of weighty historical and political topics. Now, Stone collaborates with esteemed American University professor Peter Kuznick to present our country's "secret history," one that has been unearthed through recently discovered archives and newly declassified material.

Filled with poignant photos and little-known historical facts, this book covers the rise of the American Empire and national security state from the late nineteenth century through the Obama administration, revealing how deeply rooted the seemingly aberrant policies of the Bush-Cheney administration are in the nation's past -- and why it has proven so difficult for President Obama to significantly change course.

By discerning patterns that have previously gone unrecognized and examining the most recently released classified documents, Stone and Kuznick challenge prevailing orthodoxies and ask questions not normally raised. The result is not the kind of history taught in schools or represented on television or in popular movies, and it will come as a surprise to the vast majority of American and global citizens, shocking and astounding both experts and history-lovers alike.
Watch These Hard-to-Believe Multiple Effects of Climate Change on Earth | | 10/15/17 | 11:54
Edward Snowden Exposes Donald Trump | | 2017 | 52:46
JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release | | 10/27/17 | list
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 27 [9:33]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Nick Turse: From Niger to Somalia, U.S. Military Expansion in Africa Helps Terror Groups Recruit
  3. Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians' Ignorance
Democrats Funded the Steele Dossier that Fueled Russiagate | TRNN | 10/26/17 | 27:47
IMF Worried that High Inequality Could Threaten Global Capitalism | TRNN | 10/27/17 | 14:47
Outspoken Former CIA Operative Lindsay Moran - Interview | TYT | older, 10/17/13 | 38:41
Trump Loves "The King Of China" | TYT | 10/26/17 | 3:24
Keiser Report: Credit Market Crash? (E1141) | RT | 10/26/17 | 25:45
The1a.org
*Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 10/27/17 | 1hr
Sniping among Republicans went from the halls of the Senate to the floor of the chamber to the White House lawn this week, as outgoing Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake took aim at President Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, reports confirmed and deepened what had previously been suggested -- that Democratic operatives had helped pay for the now-infamous dossier on President Trump. But while it was known that Democrats had helped finance the research, "until now, though, the dossier had not been tied specifically to the Clinton campaign or the DNC," the Washington Post reports.

A legal battle over an immigrant teenager's abortion flared up and was resolved.

And in Puerto Rico, a small firm in charge of restoring power to the hurricane-ravaged island apologized after fighting with the mayor of San Juan on Twitter.
*Friday News - International | 1a.org | 10/20/17 | 1hr
Xi Jinping officially began his second five-year term as China's president. After those five years are up? It's anybody guess what will happen next.

Meanwhile in Kenya, boycotts and deadly violence erupt over a controversial "do-over" election.

And a landslide victory for Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party in Japan.
Committee Splits As President Donald Trump Warrants Scrutiny | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 10/25/17 | 21:20
Governor Chris Christie On Opioid Crisis: We Have A 9/11 Every 2.5 Weeks | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/27/17 | 21:45
US Releases Most John F. Kennedy Assassination Files But Delays Others | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/27/17 | 6:23
Lawrence On 'The Knuckleheads Running The Show' | MSNBC Last Word | 10/26/17 | 11:58
Steve Bannon Is 'Going For The Kill' In War With GOP Establishment | MSNBC 11th Hour | 10/26/17 | 7:23
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Has Now Been Interviewed On Fox News 19 Times | Stephen Colbert | 10/27/17 | 7:00
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump Thinks Republican Senators Love Him | Jimmy Kimmel | 10/26/17 | 3:26
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump, Corker, Flake and the GOP Civil War | Seth Meyers | 10/25/17 | 9:18
Fox News Showers Trump with Praise, Obsesses Over Hillary | Seth Meyers | 10/26/17 | 9:14
Alt Right
CIA Mutinies Against Trump, Refuses To Release 300 JFK Documents | Alex Jones Channel | 10/27/17 | 11:40
Alex Jones | Roger Stone: Big News! Data dumps, Wars, Globalist, Neo-Cons! | Infowars | 10/27/17 | 17:09
David Knight | Limited JFK Release, Deep State Scared! | Infowars | 10/27/17 | 34:19
AI
Interview With The Lifelike Hot Robot Named Sophia | NBC | 10/25/17 | 5:04
With artificial Intelligence we're summoning the Demon - Elon Musk | | 08/31/17 | 12:23
7 Days of Artificial Intelligence | | 04/11/16 | 7:24

Thursday October 26, 2017

Congress's Late-Night Vote to Protect Banks From Lawsuits
TheAtlantic | Gillian B. White | 10/25/17

In the final hours of Tuesday night, the Senate voted to nullify a rule that would've allowed customers of banks, credit-card companies, and other financial institutions to join together in class-action lawsuits if they felt they'd been wronged. The rule -- which was introduced in July by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), but was not yet in effect -- would have prevented financial institutions from forcing customers with legal grievances to resolve them out of court with the company's lawyers, in a process called arbitration.

After a split decision in the Senate, the deciding vote on Tuesday night was cast by Vice President Mike Pence. All Republican Senators, save for Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy, voted for the repeal. ... Read more
Congress Made It Easier For Big Banks To Steal From You | TYT | 10/25/17 | 7:53

Republicans Really Don't Think It's Their Job To Keep Trump In Check
HP | Jennifer Bendery | 10/25/17

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) stunned his colleagues when he announced on Tuesday he's not running for re-election and torched his party for not having the spine to call out President Donald Trump for his destructive comments and actions.

"I will not be complicit or silent. When the next generation asks us, 'Why didn't you do something? Why didn't you speak up?' What are we going to say?" Flake said in a blistering speech on the Senate floor.

He urged his colleagues to "respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values," while calling Trump's behaviors "outrageous" and "dangerous to democracy." ... Read more

That's not my problem. I've got my own things I'm trying to concentrate on, OK?"

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), on why he doesn't call out Trump when he says dangerous things
Blood, Money, & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK by Barr McClellan (2003, 2011)

Blood, Money, & Power exposes the secret, high-level conspiracy in Texas that led to President John F. Kennedy's death and the succession of Lyndon B. Johnson as president in 1963. Attorney Barr McClellan, a former member of L.B.J.'s legal team, uses hundreds of newly released documents, including insider interviews, court papers, and the Warren Commission, to illuminate the maneuvers, payoffs, and power plays that revolved around the assassination of Kennedy and to expose L.B.J.'s involvement in the murder plot.

In addition to revealing new information, McClellan answers common questions surrounding the assassination of our thirty-fifth president. Who had the opportunity, motive, and means to assassinate J.F.K.? Who controlled the investigation and findings of the Warren Commission? This historically significant book is proof that absolute power, money, blood, corruption, and deception were at the heart of politics in the early 1960s, and it represents the very best investigative journalism has to offer.
How LBJ Killed JFK: Money, Attorneys, and the Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theory (2003) | BookTV/C-Span/The Film Archives | 01/10/14 | 55:06

Southern California Is Breaking Heat Records By Alarming Margins
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 10/25/17

At one coastal airport, the 1983 record was shattered by 15 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service office in Los Angeles, heat records for Oct. 25 were shattered in a number of places Wednesday. The most notable record was set at the Camarillo Airport in Ventura County, where a high of 103 degrees broke the previous record, 88 set in 1983, by a jaw-dropping 15 degrees.

Scientists have long warned that these types of heat waves will become the new normal. "If we continue with business-as-usual burning of fossil fuels, and warm the planet by [3 degrees Celsius] by the end of this century, then what we today call 'extreme heat' we will instead call 'midsummer,'" Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist and professor of meteorology at Penn State University, told HuffPost during a heat wave plaguing the Midwest and Northeast last summer. ... Read more
Climate Change Costs A Fortune | TYT | 10/24/17 | 7:32

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 26 [11:46]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 26 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. In "Wet Kiss" for Wall Street, Congress Overturns Rules Allowing People to Sue Banks for Misconduct
  3. FCC Enables Faster Media Consolidation as Pro-Trump Sinclair Group Seizes Even More Local Stations
  4. Undocumented Teen Wins Abortion Fight, But Thousands in Shelters Still Live Under Anti-Choice Policy
*In "Wet Kiss" for Wall Street, Congress Overturns Rules Allowing People to Sue Banks for Misconduct | DN | 10/26/17 | 12:40
*Bill Black discusses -> Wall Street Wins as Senate Blocks Consumer Protection Rule | TRNN | 10/25/17 | 12:43
*Bill Black discusses -> Pollution Kills 9 Million People a Year | TRNN | 10/26/17 | 9:16
Republican: "Class Warfare" To Tax Millionaires | TYT | 10/25/17 | 7:00
The1a.org
OMG, GOP | 1a.org | 10/26/17 | 1hr
We talked about the woes of the Democratic Party this week. Now we'll talk about Republicans.

Things aren't at all quiet across the aisle. Republican Senators Jeff Flake, John McCain and Bob Corker and former President George W. Bush have all been outspoken about the shift in their party's tone and style under President Donald Trump.

While these critics might make impassioned speeches, all but McCain are either out of office or not seeking re-election. And the senators still largely vote along the party line.

Will anyone with an office and a campaign join this chorus, or are Flake, McCain, Corker and Bush part of an older faction of a changing party?

As the New York Times notes: Well aware of the mercurial nature of the president, most congressional Republicans are loath to do or say anything that could upset Mr. Trump and risk provoking an early-morning Twitter tirade from the White House when they are trying to delicately piece together a complex tax agreement. One can practically sense Republicans tiptoeing around the Capitol, taking extra care not to awaken the president to their presence in a way that could draw a scolding or rebuke. ...
President Donald Trump's Approval Rating Hits New Low In Fox News Poll | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/26/17 | 5:25
Joe: Sen. Jim Inhofe Is Getting It Wrong On President Donald Trump's Approach | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/26/17 | 7:05
Breaking News Trump 10/25/17 Bob Corker, Jared Kushner, Russia Investigation, Robert Mueller | MSNBC | 10/25/17 | 43:21
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Our President Is An Old Man Yelling On His Lawn | Stephen Colbert | 10/26/17 | 7:05
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Battle for the Republican Party | Trevor Noah | 10/25/17 | 5:58
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scott Pruitt vs. The World | October 25, 2017 | Samantha Bee | 10/25/17 | 6:14
Alt Right
100% Total, Epic FAIL! Democrats Forced To Admit Peegate Is A Total Lie, Financed By Hillary | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/26/17 | 10:01
DC Rocked, Imploding! Roger Stone 10/25/17 | Infowars | 10/26/17 | 31:12
David Knight - Alex Jones Infowars | Infowars | 10/26/17 | 42:59

Wednesday October 25, 2017

How Betsy DeVos Became The Most Hated Cabinet Secretary
HP | Amanda Terkel | 10/24/17

Cabinet secretaries are rarely household names. For every Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, there are 10 Ann Venemans and Anthony Foxxes. If an official does gain wider name recognition, it's usually someone in a higher position like the attorney general or secretary of state.

Under President Donald Trump, however, something different is happening: Everyone hates the education secretary, the person who is 16th in line to the presidency and controls only 3 percent of the federal budget. Lawmakers and activists say they've heard more about Betsy DeVos than any other Cabinet secretary ever ? often from people who aren't usually politically engaged.

"All the time," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). "This is true in town halls, when I'm walking down the sidewalk in my neighborhood, when I go into the grocery store. People come up to me to talk about Betsy DeVos. There's just no comparison. I've never had this happen with any other Cabinet secretary."... Read more

Jeff Flake Won't Seek Re-Election, Says There 'May Not Be A Place' For Him In Trump's GOP
Sen. Jeff Flake announces he won't seek re-election | PBS | 10/24/17 | 17:28
Bob Corker: Donald Trump's Legacy Will Be The 'Debasement Of Our Nation'
New Yorker Cover
The cover of the latest issue of the New Yorker depicts President Trump as a sinister clown with razor-sharp teeth leaning out from behind a tree in a dark forest. He's not exactly Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It -- the makeup is wrong, as are the stripes, and the artist, Carter Goodrich, didn't mention It when he discussed the cover -- but the teeth are pretty distinctive, and the pose echoes a widely circulated promotional picture of the latest film's Pennywise closely enough that it will be the first thing most people think of when they see it. See.

The Fourth Shattering: How Donald Trump Is Breaking America Apart
AlterNet | John Feffer / TomDispatch | 10/24/17

When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn't seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title. At the time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were imploding, while separatist movements in Quebec, East Timor, Spain's Basque country, and elsewhere were already clamoring for their own states. But when it came to the United States, Schlesinger's worries were principally focused on the far smaller battlefield of the American classroom and what he saw as multiculturalism's threat to the mythic "melting pot." Although he took those teacup tempests seriously, the worst future Schlesinger could imagine was what he called the "tribalization of American life." He didn't contemplate the actual dismemberment of the country. ... Read more

Is Donald Trump Paying Hush Money? (#139?) | Keith Olbermann | 10/24/17 | 6:56
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 25 [11:19]
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  2. Khizr Khan: Trump's Handling of Call to Gold Star Widow Showed He's "Void of Empathy"
  3. Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Speaks Against War & Iraq Invasion: "Look at the Cost of That Mistake"
Expansion of Imperialist U.S. "War on Terror" in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger & Somalia | DN | 10/24/17 | 21:12
Hyper-Globalized World, i.e. The Banks Lebowski
*Finance Has Become the Dominant Force in Shaping the Global Economy | TRNN | 10/24/17 | 18:02
Trump Caught In Gold Star Letter Lie | TYT | 10/23/17 | 5:10
O'Reilly Settles Bank-Breaking Sexual Harassment Case | TYT | 10/23/17 | 18:28
Jeff Flake Leaving Senate, Issues Warning Against Trump | TYT | 10/24/17 | 13:46
Note: Just Remember *Meet Trump's New Sugar Daddy | TYT | older, 09/29/16 | 20:08
*Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & the Dark Money Behind Trump and Bannon's Radical Vision | DN | older, 03/23/17 | 19:19
TRNN Documentary: The Real Story of How Bannon and Trump Got to the White House | TRNN | older, 08/18/17 | 31:20
*Joe: We Are Seeing The Coming End Of The GOP | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/25/17 | 19:07
Senator Jeff Flake On White House Behavior: We Can't Continue To Remain Silent | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/25/17 | 8:33
Diplomatic Efforts With North Korea On 'Last Legs': Report | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/25/17 | 7:28
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Bob Corker Throws Down, Jeff Flake Steps Down | Stephen Colbert | 10/25/17 | 9:19
God Responds To Bill O'Reilly | Stephen Colbert | 10/25/17 | 3:38
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Mr. "Personal Responsibility" Bill O'Reilly Plays the Blame Game | Trevor Noah | 10/24/17 | 6:30
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Check In: Robert and Rebekah Mercer | Seth Meyers | 10/25/17 | 6:36
Protestor Throws Russian Flags at Trump, Citi Bike's Handlebars | Seth Meyers | 10/25/17 | 3:50
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Protestor Throws Russian Flags at Trump, Citi Bike's HandlebarsJimmy Kimmel monologue 10/24/17: "Trump's tweetstorm Vs. Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Jeff Flake" | Jimmy Kimmel Live | 10/24/17 | 17:27
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Roger Stone: Alex Jones Prediction George Bush Will Be Further Implicated In JFK Secret Records Dump | Infowars | 10/25/17 | 19:16
Roger Stone Deep Insights into JFK w/ Saint James Hunt and also Dr. Jerome Corsi | Infowars | 10/24/17 | 37:40
First Look At The Trump JFK Files | The Alex Jones Channel | 10/24/17 | 21:27
Full Show - Google Announces Plan To Build Domed Cities On Earth! - 10/24/2017 | Infowars | 10/24/17 | 2:48:41

Tuesday October 24, 2017

America Has Slid So Far Off the Chart That George W. Bush Has Just Received a Character Award at West Point
AlterNet | Vijay Prashad | 10/23/17

The West continues to throw gasoline on its fires.

News comes like a hurricane. Iraqi forces take Kirkuk, while Syrian Democratic Forces seize Raqqa. Ai Weiwei releases a film about refugees, while refugees continues to trek across the Sahara Desert and across the lip that divides Myanmar from Bangladesh. Puerto Rico still has no power, while a cyclonic storm hits Ireland. U.S. troops die in Niger, a massive bomb kills hundreds in Mogadishu (Somalia), the Taliban attacks in Paktia and Ghazni (Afghanistan). A sensation of dread fills the air over the potential of another illegal American war, this time against Iran or North Korea or both. ... Read more

America Has Slid So Far Off the Chart That George W. Bush Has Just Received a Character Award at West Point.
9/11: Explosive Evidence -- Experts Speak Out | 12/03/16 | 1:28:57
Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World by David Ray Griffin

The events of September 11, 2001, set off a chain of global crises and civil perils that have normalized a climate of fear and conflict. Starting with assaults on the U.S. Constitution, Griffin reviews various ways in which the world has been made worse over the past fifteen years by the Bush-Cheney reaction to the attacks and by power plays for global influence enabled by 9/11. These include the disastrous effects of regime-change operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya; the war on terror, the rise of ISIS, the Syrian conflict and European refugee crisis; the explosion of Islamophobia and the American acceptance of extrajudicial murder-by-drone; and the growing existential threats of ecological and nuclear holocaust. Looking back, it is clear that the story of 9/11 has been used to legitimize and manufacture support for disastrous policies.

In Bush and Cheney, Griffin analyzes what Noam Chomsky, Paul Craig Roberts, and many others across the political spectrum consider the most serious threat today the threat to global survival. He argues that ripple effects of 9/11 have become so destructive and dangerous that the press, policy elites, and citizens should finally confront what we have allowed to happen. A national reckoning has become essential, in the words of William Rivers Pitt, to stop the dominoes of September from continuing to fall.
Donald Rumsfeld, on 9/10, exposes 2.3 Trillion Dollars Missing from DOD
Donald Rumsfeld 2.3 Trillion Dollars Just Gone | 2001 | 1:48
$10 Trillion Missing From Pentagon And No One -- Not Even the DoD -- Knows Where It Is
Event Chronicle | Claire Bernish | 06/20/17

Over a mere two decades, the Pentagon lost track of a mind-numbing $10 trillion -- that's trillion, with a fat, taxpayer-funded "T" -- and no one, not even the Department of Defense, knows where it went or on what it was spent.

"Over the last 20 years, the Pentagon has broken every promise to Congress about when an audit would be completed," Rafael DeGennaro, director of Audit the Pentagon, told The Guardian recently. "Meanwhile, Congress has more than doubled the Pentagon's budget."

Worse, President Trump's newly-proposed budget seeks to toss an additional $54 billion into the evidently bottomless pit that is the U.S. military ... Read more

Catherine Austin Fitts: We Need Our $40 Trillion In Stolen Cash Back | Gregg Hunter//USA Watchdog | 07/24/17 | 30:20
John Kelly and Sarah Huckabee Sanders Must Resign (#138) | Keith Olbermann | 07/23/17 | 7:43
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 24 [13:45]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 24 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Puerto Rican Climate Activist: Aid Being Unfairly Distributed & Superfund Sites Continue to Overflow
  3. Expansion of Imperialist U.S. "War on Terror" in Africa Preceded Deadly Attacks in Niger & Somalia
Wilkerson: Trump's Generals Aren't Saviors, They're Dangers | TRNN | 10/23/17 | 14:36
No Evidence that Trump's Tax Plan Would Boost Economy or Create Jobs | TRNN | 10/23/17 | 15:12
The1a.org
*Ores, Mine And Ours: Mining And The Environment In Minnesota | 1a.org | 10/24/17 | 1hr
Minnesota is a land of beautiful lakes and gorgeous landscapes. It's a natural magnet to nature-seeking tourists. But the geology that created the wonder of the lakes also houses rich deposits of nickel, iron, copper and other valuable minerals. This has stirred a fierce debate over who these rare natural resources are for.

Mining these lakes could bring jobs. So can tourism. And demand for scenic vistas as well as copper will only increase as each becomes more rare.

Should Minnesota's lakes remain as they are, or is it what's underneath that counts?
PBS NewsHour full episode Oct. 23, 2017 | PBS | 10/23/17 | 53:30
President Donald Trump 'Blatantly Lies' In New Tweets Against Corker | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/24/17 | 9:35
Steve Bannon Makes 'Inexplicable' Claims About President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/24/17 | 11:25
U.S. Military Investigators: Niger Attack Likely A Terrorist Set-Up | MSNBC Morning Joe | 10/24/17 | 7:38
Don Lemon's Brilliant Fact Check Of John Kelly's "INSANE" Cover Up Of Trump's Lies | CNN & Jon Snow | 07/23/17 | 7:03
Lawrence: 'The Worst Thing We Know About John Kelly' | MSNBC Last Word | 07/23/17 | 9:06
Stockman: Here's Why Trump's Tax Plan Won't Stimulate the Economy Like Reagan's | FoxNews | older 07/19/17 | 10:38
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Takes Credit For Releasing The JFK Files | Stephen Colbert | 10/24/17 | 5:13
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
General Kelly Owes Representative Wilson an Apology | Trevor Noah | 10/23/17 | 6:22
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump's Tax Plan, Twitter Insults and Rambling Fox News Interview | Seth Meyers | 10/23/17 | 12:02
Alt Right | And Other Sources
Roger Stone Discusses JFK, Latest News and Current events October 23rd, 2017 | Infowars & N Jacobson | 07/23/17 | 37:52
JFK Assassination Solved! Trump Set To Release Motherload | The Alex Jones Channel | 07/23/17 | 18:40
How LBJ Killed JFK: Money, Attorneys, and the Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theory (2003) | BookTV/C-Span/The Film Archives | 01/10/14 | 55:06
Note: I usually like LipTV & Buzzsaw interviews
LBJ and the Killing of JFK with Roger Stone | TheLipTV | 11/24/13 | 48:27

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 Monday, October 23 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  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
The1a.org
*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
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
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

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
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white (or black) circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
  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
The1a.org
*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
SNL
The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper - Bipartisanship Is an Evil Conspiracy | CC | 10/19/17 | 5:57
Alt Right
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
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

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
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white (or black) circles on the Progressbar they denote the different news stories. You can move the pointer on the Progressbar to jump to each story, and around the video.
Note2: You might have to scroll the windows down 1/2 inch to capture the full video.
  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
The1a.org
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
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
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

Note: for more news, and archived news go to:
http://occupybanksters.com/news/ menu.

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