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*PBS | PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate (02/12/16) [1:50:40]
*TYT | PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary (02/11/16) [7:11]
TYT | Who Won The PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate? (02/11/16) [9:42]
TYT | PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate: The Biggest Controversy Was... (02/11/16) [8:44]
*Europe's Most Distressing Chart: For Banks 2016 Is Already Worse Than 2008
... But did you know that for most European banks, 2016 is shaping up far worse than the dreaded 2008? As the following chart from Reuters shows, the year-to-date stock price performance for most European banks is on pace to far surpass - to the downside - the dreadful for the global financial system 2008.
As Reuters puts its it, "Euro zone banks have seen their shares plummet by nearly 30 percent and yields on their bonds surge since the start of the year, as investors worried about thinning profits and uncomfortably high levels of bad loans in some countries." ...
This Is The NIRP "Doom Loop" That Threatens To Wipeout Banks And The Global Economy
It went something like this: over indebted sovereigns depended on domestic banks to buy their debt, but when yields on that debt spiked, the banks took a hit, inhibiting their ability to fund the sovereign, whose yields would then rise some more, further curtailing banks' ability to help out, and so on and so forth.
Well don't look now, but central bankers' headlong plunge into NIRP-dom has created another "doom loop" whereby negative rates weaken banks whose profits are already crimped by the new regulatory regime, sharply lower revenue from trading, and billions in fines. Weak banks then pull back on lending, thus weakening the economy further and compelling policy makers to take rates even lower in a self-perpetuating death spiral. Meanwhile, bank stocks plunge raising questions about the entire sector's viability and that, in turn, raises the specter of yet another financial market meltdown. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 12 [11:21]
DN | War on Wall Street or Wall Street's Wars? Clinton and Sanders Debate in Wisconsin (02/12/16) [12:35]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (02/12/16) [1hr]
DN | Who Endorsed Hillary Clinton? The Congressional Black Caucus or Its PAC Filled with Lobbyists? (02/12/16) [8:23]
DN | Sanders Slams Clinton's Admiration for "Destructive" Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (02/12/16) [4:44]
DN | Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Ideal Presidential Candidate Would Have "Greater Acknowledgment of History" (02/12/16) [18:18]
The Republican presidential field narrows after a dramatic New Hampshire primary. The Department of Justice sues Ferguson, Missouri after the city amends a police reform deal. And the Supreme Court puts President Obama's climate regulations on hold. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.*DR | Friday News -- International (02/12/16) [1hr]
The U.S. warns that Russian airstrikes in Syria are harming peace talks. NATO sends warships to the Aegean Sea to deter migrant smuggling. And in a rebuke to North Korea, Seoul closes a shared industrial complex. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.TRNN | Chris Hedges debate: Can Change Come From Within the Democratic Party? (02/11/16) [13:41]
Interesting debate between Jay and Chris HedgesRT | CrossTalk: on Syria, Assad Will Win (02/12/16) [23:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Conditions for Anger (E874) (02/11/16) [25:45]
Creating buffer zone? Turkey sets up refugee camps inside Syria (02/12/16) [3:36]
RoF | Elizabeth Warren: Justice System Rigged In Favor Of The Wealthy (02/11/16) [4:39]
RoF | Big Pharma Vultures Plan To Rig 2016 Election (02/11/16) [4:42]
*ThomHartmann | Are We Safe from Wall Street Scams? (full) (02/11/16) [57:26]
Note: In the First 12 Minutes - Thom talks with America's Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, about Wall Street scandals and the SEC after ABC has come out with a new mini-series about scam artist, Bernie Madoff.
AljazeeraAljazeera | Inside Story - How can we stop the spread of superbugs? (02/11/16) [24:40]
FEARS GROW: GOP SPLIT CONVENTION... Nightmare For GOP: Nobody Cracks 40%... Window For Any Republican To Clinch Nomination Before Convention Is 'Rapidly Closing'... Armageddon For GOP Establishment... Delegate Tracker... Next Up: Nasty South Carolina... MARCOBOT Hits Control-Alt-Delete... Cruz: It's Down To Me And Trump... Bush Bounce? Donors Celebrate... Milbank: Jeb 'Looks Alive'... Trump Retweets White Nationalist Account...
"It's A Weird Suicide Mission That Will Have A Very Dark End"
Earlier today we reported that Saudi Arabia has made a “final” decision to invade Syria.
Of course they won’t use the term “invade.” They’ll say the same thing the US says, which is that they need to send in a limited number of ground troops to help fight ISIS.
The timing of the announcement quite clearly suggests that the Saudis are going to try and shore up the rebels who are facing imminent defeat at Aleppo where Hezbollah, backed by Russian airstrikes, is about to overrun the opposition. ... Read more
Online Public Schools Are a Disaster, Admits Billionaire, Charter School-Promoter Walton Family Foundation
For the second time in three months, the Walton Family Foundation -- which has spent more than $1 billion to create a quarter of the nation's 6,700 public charter schools -- has announced that all online public school instruction, via cyber charter schools, is a colossal disaster for most K-12 students.
"If virtual charters were grouped together and ranked as a single school district, it would be the ninth largest in the country and among the worst performing," co-wrote Walton's Marc Sternberg and Marc Holley, respectively the foundation's director of educational giving and its evaluation unit director, in a recent Education Week commentary. "Online education must be reimagined. Ignoring the problem -- or worse, replicating failures -- serves nobody." ... Read moreThe Art Of The Deal
Donald Trump's The Art Of The Deal: The Movie (trailer) (02/10/16) [1:09]
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (full) [50:03]
European Sovereign Risk Soars As Systemic Fears Mount
"Whatever it takes" is not enough, it would appear as the fragility and interconnectedness forced upon the European banking/sovereign finance ponzi has rapidly come home to roost for Draghi and his followers. Peripheral bond risk has flipped from "hold your nose" buys to panic sells with Portugal risk exploding 200bps in the last week. As the European banking system's credit risk rises 2012-crisis-like, it seems belief in a bigger bazooka is fading fast.
It's not just Deutsche Bank... Read moreClick picture to zoom in
Deutsche Bank Is Back: 5 Year Sub CDS Soar To Record High
"Worse than Lehman" is how one European bond market trader described the carnage this week as the brief respite that ECB monetization and debt-buyback rumors provided yesterday have morphed into utter destruction this morning. European (and US) banks are a sea of contagious red with Deutsche Bank the tip of the collapse spear. Credit risk on Deutsche has exploded this morning with Sub CDS trading up 85bps to a record high 540bps... eerily reminiscent of the pre-Lehman bankruptcy week in 2008. ... Read moreMarkets Around The World Are Crashing
ZeroHedge | author | 02/11/16
There's A Lesson In Spain's Surreal, Unfinished Cities (PICTURES)
In a memorable scene in "The Big Short," the Oscar-nominated 2015 movie about the financial crisis, a real estate agent shows the main characters around a desolate Florida subdivision. She insists that the market is just in a lull as they drive past rows and rows of vacant homes.
But it wasn't just a lull. It was the housing bubble bursting, and that emptiness was replicated in communities around the world as people lost their homes and developers' projects went bust. One of the worst cases was in Spain, where there were more than 3 million unoccupied homes in 2014. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 11 [11:02]
DN | Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson, Missouri, to Force Police Reforms (02/11/16) [5:12]
DN | As Congressional Black Caucus PAC Prepares to Back Clinton, Barbara Lee Withholds Endorsement (02/11/16) [13:23]
DN | Barbara Lee: Post-9/11 Vote Should Not Be Used as Blank Check to Keep Waging Perpetual War (02/11/16) [9:24]
The Late Show with Stephen ColbertCorbettReport | Bernie Sanders Explains Why He's Different From Trump (02/11/16) [7:01]
*DR | The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria (02/11/16) [1hr]
Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country's five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.TRNN | Robert Pollin Discusses: SCOTUS Blocks Obama Clean Power Plan, Hinders Future of Environmental Legislation (02/11/16) [5:00]
TRNN | Sanders Campaign Inspiring Movement Beyond the Election (02/10/16) [24:35]
TYT | Super Delegates Give Clinton Tie, Despite CRUSHING Sanders Win In NH Primary (02/10/16) [15:02]
TYT | Superdelegates Explained (02/10/16) [8:44]
American politics is understandably confusing. One weird facet is the difference between delegates and super delegates. John Iadarola, host of ThinkTank, explains the difference as he delivers his Final Judgment on delegates vs superdelegates.TYT | Carly Fiorina Drops Out Of 2016 Republican Presidential Race (02/10/16) [6:01]
TYT | Rupert Murdoch Calls Chris Christie A "Suicide Bomber" (02/10/16) [6:14]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E242) - The Undying Koch Problem (full) (02/10/16) [29:00]
ThomHartmann | Bernie & Trump Agree On Trade Issues (02/11/16) [4:32]
ThomHartmann | Economist Explains Why a Bernie Economy Would Soar (02/11/16) [10:19]
Some of Today's HeadlinesRead more
A TALE OF TWO PARTIES, Civility, Empathy, Compassionate Conservatism vs. Racist, Sexist, Xenophobic Demagoguery ...
A Democratic Socialist Just Won The New Hampshire Primary
New Hampshire’s Democratic primary voters confirmed Tuesday that they do, in fact, want a self-described democratic socialist as their party’s presidential nominee.
Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, had consistently led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in polls of the Granite State since last fall, with margins that frequently surpassed 20 percent. On Tuesday, he defeated Clinton handily. ... Read more*TYT | Who's The Biggest Winner Of The New Hampshire Primary Election? (02/09/16) [8:18]
TYT | Donald Trump Wins New Hampshire Republican Primary Election (02/09/16) [5:45]
*TYT | Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary Election (02/09/16) [12:08]
Two-thirds of New Hampshire Republican primary voters want to ban Muslims
At this stage in the race, everything gets filtered first through the “horse race” lens, and so the immediate take on this is clearly that this is good for Donald Trump, the only candidate who has seriously backed the idea that this country should ban Muslims from entering our country.
But the real story here is the real damage that has been done by a Republican primary where the candidates constantly compete over who is most certain that ISIS is hiding in their bushes. Even those Republican candidates who have pushed back against Trump’s proposed travel ban for Muslims have nonetheless pushed the idea that Muslims are inherently untrustworthy people that should be handled very carefully, as if they are beehives instead of people.
"Together, we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California," Sanders said at his victory party in Concord, New Hampshire. "And that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs." ... Read more
John Mack: Don't Worry About Deutsche Bank, It Will Be Bailed Out By The Government
It was illuminating, if not surprising, that during an interview with Bloomberg TV discussing the future of Deutsche Bank, John Mack said that "there’s no question in my mind, it is absolutely good for every penny." In other words, "Deutsche Bank is fine." Why is he so confident? According to Mack, "this idea that I heard yesterday, the possibility of not making their interest payments, it’s just absurd. The government will not let that happen." ... Read more
USDJPY Plunges To 113 Handle - Gives Up QQE2 Gains
Central Banks are losing control everywhere... Read more
"It's Worse Than 2008": CEO Of World's Largest Shipping Company Delivers Dire Assessment Of Global Economy
“It is worse than in 2008. The oil price is as low as its lowest point in 2008-09 and has stayed there for a long time and doesn’t look like going up soon. Freight rates are lower. The external conditions are much worse but we are better prepared.” ... Read more
The Fed's Zombie Economy: ROI Crashes 80% In 40 Years
In the new bizarro world where you pay banks for the privilege of giving them your money, one has to wonder what will be the next thing to break the zero bound. When one of the largest corporations in America has over $100 billion in revenue but can't even make $1 billion in profits, it's easy to imagine a few possibilities.
American corporations have been playing a musical chairs game where the loser gets taken out back and shot. During the last 40 years, the life expectancy of firms in the Fortune 500 has declined from 75 years to less than 15 years. In what Forbes called "the most important business study ever," Deloitte released The Shift Index, which compiles the ROI of 20,000 US firms from 1965-2009. The chart shows an 80% collapse in the average ROI of American businesses. ... Read more
If Chesapeake Does Not Go Bankrupt In Just Over One Month, This Could Be The Trade Of The Year
Yes, Chesapeake will default, but the question is when. For those who think the company will somehow survive for a more than a month without filing Chapter 11 or arranging some prepackaged bankruptcy, and actually repays the $500 million issue, this could be the trade that makes someone's full year. ... Read more
BP's Stunning Warning: "Every Oil Storage Tank Will Be Full In A Few Months"
"We are very bearish for the first half of the year. In the second half, every tank and swimming pool in the world is going to fill." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 10 [12:09]
DN | Bernie Sanders on NH Victory: "Tonight We Served Notice to the Political and Economic Establishment" (02/10/16) [5:26]*DR | Analysis Of The New Hampshire Primary (02/10/16) [1hr]
DN | "An Earthshaking Moment": Sanders Win Reveals Deep Divide Between Voters & Democratic Party Leaders (02/10/16) [13:11]
DN | After Running Xenophobic & Racist Campaign, Donald Trump Wins Easily in New Hampshire (02/10/16) [6:00]
DN | Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Voting for Bernie Sanders Despite the Senator's Opposition to Reparations (02/10/16) [18:21]
DN | Part 2: Seth Freed Wessler on Uncovering the Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails (02/10/16) [9:56]
TRNN | Coverage of New Hampshire primary: Hector Salamanca Arroyo (02/10/16) [15:41]
TRNN | Economists, Dr. Graham Gudgin and Jo Michell, Discusses: The Wilting UK Economy (02/09/16) [17:02]
TYT | Our Next Vice President? (02/09/16) [4:48]
TYT | The MOST Important Moment Of The New Hampshire Primary Election (02/09/16) [8:13]
TYT | New Hampshire Primary Election: The Biggest Fail Was... (02/09/16) [4:35]
*RT | Race to Washington: Trump & Sanders win first primary vote in US presidential race... but what about the Superdelegates?? (02/10/16) [7:45]
A "superdelegate" is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention or Republican National Convention that is seated automatically, based on their status as current (Republican and Democratic) or former (Democratic only) party leader or elected official. Other superdelegates are chosen during the primary season. All the superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination. This contrasts with convention delegates that are selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party's presidential nomination.*RT | CrossTalk: Rumors of War (02/10/16) [24:23]
List of Democratic Party superdelegates, 2016 (Wikipedia)
Wars and rumors of wars: The Pentagon has requested an unprecedented budget. What threatens the United States and its allies the most? Is Russia one of those threats, or is it more failed military interventions?*RoF | Report: TPP Would Ravage The U.S. Economy (02/10/16) [1:51]
*ThomHartmann | Ben & Jerry Are "Feeling the Bern" (02/09/16) [8:04]
Aljazeera | Inside Story*Inside Story - Will Syria's war be won or lost in Aleppo? (02/09/16) [25:25]
*Inside Story - Is the European project collapsing? (02/07/16) [25:14]
Nikkei Posts Biggest Drop In 3 Years As Global Growth Fears Hit Banks
Banks took the brunt of the sell-off in Japan while a stronger yen dragged down stocks across the board.
Japan's Nikkei share average posted its biggest daily drop in nearly three years on Tuesday, with banks taking the brunt of the sell-off, while a stronger yen dragged down stocks across the board. The Nikkei ended 5.4 percent lower at 16,085.44 points, its lowest closing level since Jan. 21 and its heftiest percentage drop since mid-2013.
European banks led a global sell-off in financial stocks overnight as signs of stress in the sector mounted, triggering sharp selling in the beaten-down Japanese banking sector. ... Read more
The Idea That Hillary Clinton Took $200k+ Per Speech From Banks and Corporations Is Obscene
The typical American has to work five years to earn that much.
Anderson Cooper: "But did you have to be paid $675,000 [for three speeches to Goldman Sachs]?"
Hillary Clinton: "Well, I don't know. That's what they offered."
Hillary is misleading us at best by saying that her $225,000-per-speech fee, paid three times by Goldman Sachs, was "what they offered." It was not what they offered, it was what Team Hillary demanded.
A review of her 2014 tax return, posted on her website, shows that $225,000 per speech was her minimum fee.
She received $225,000 for 34 of the 41 speeches listed on her tax return. Of the remaining seven speeches, two were for 250,000 and the others for $265,000, $275,000, $285,000, $305,000 and $400,000. In total she received $9,680,000 for these speaking engagements in 2013. Read moreRubio Allies Say He Panics During Moments Of Crisis
Stephen Colbert | Watch Colbert Roasts Rubiobot Debate Flop & Ben Carson's Debate Entrance (02/08/16) [4:44]
Deutsche Bank Stock Crashes To Record Low
Moments ago, in response to DB's open querry on Twitter whether the Dax is "overreacting", we highlighted DB's soaring CDS and asked if perhaps the market was not underreacting. Minutes later the market opined, by sending DB stock to new all time lows. ... Read more
Deutsche Bank Selling Resumes After CEO Assures Employees Bank Is "Absolutely Rock Solid"
Yesterday's desperate scramble by Deutsche Bank to comfort markets about its liquidity position worked, for about three hours. And then, the bank which really should just keep its mouth shut, did the opposite and reminded an already panicked market just how "serious" things are, in the parlance of Jean-Claude Junkcer, when in an internal memo, the CEO assured his workers that:
DEUTSCHE BANK CEO: CAP STRENGTH, RISK POSITIONS 'ROCK SOLID'Read more
That was the good news. The bad news:
DEUTSCHE BANK TO INFORM STAFF IN COMING WEEKS ABOUT COST CUTS
World Equity Market "Wealth" Crashes $6 Trillion Below 2007 Highs
Global equity market investors have lost a stunning $16.5 trillion of their newfound CB-fueled "wealth" in the last six months. This has erased half of the gains from the 2011 lows (but of course leaves all the debt created still in place). However, what is perhaps more troubling given the unprecedented money-printing since the last crisis peak, is that global equity market "wealth" is now down 10% from its November 2007 prior highs.
Trillions of money printed and debt created and equity "wealth" is now down $6 trillion from the 2007 highs...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 09 [6:51]
DN | Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on Running Against Sanders in '86 & Endorsing Clinton in '16 (02/09/16) [7:10]CorbettReport | Bill O'Reilly Explains Why Trump & Sanders Are The Same, Part 1 (02/09/16) [6:55], Part 2 [4:17]
DN | Hillary Clinton & the "Mass Incarceration Machine": A Debate on Her Support of 1994 Crime Bill (02/09/16) [12:09]
DN | Ex-NAACP Head Ben Jealous: Sanders is Most Consistent Candidate Tackling Racism, Militarism & Greed (02/09/16) [2:14]
DN | Bernie Hasn't Changed His Tune: Ex-Vermont Gov. Says Sanders' Message Resonates, But Isn't Realistic (02/09/16) [7:08]
*DR | Improving Doctor-Patient Communication In A Digital World (02/09/16) [1hr]
Poor communication between doctors and patients is widely seen as a problem in American healthcare. Now more and more healthcare providers are giving patients new ways of accessing doctors to ask questions or express concerns. In the age of email, texting, video chatting and social media, a look at the promise and limitations of digital communication to improve patient experiences and outcomes.*TRNN | Bill Black review: Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers, Part 1 (02/08/16) [9:42], Part 2 [9:49]
*Bill Black explains: Did Financial Giant Goldman Sachs Just Admit the System is Rigged? (05/06/16) [11:11]
*TYT | Marco Rubio Robot Defends Malfunctioning On Campaign Trail (02/08/16) [8:09]
TYT | Jeb Bush Responds To Trump's Patronizing Debate Attacks (02/08/16) [5:08]
*RT | Keiser Report: Efficacy of Capitalism (E873) (02/09/16) [25:31]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the efficacy of capitalism as profits remain high and with no competition on the horizon to put a dent in those high profit margins. They discuss hedge funds and bankers unhappy with the "new Spain" where justice is imposed and also at the "folly for the ages" as a major energy company liquidates itself through financialization gone wrong. In the second half, they look at the peer-to-peer lending Ponzi schemes imploding in China.RoF | GOP Candidates Want To Protect Billionaires From "Class Warfare" (02/08/16) [2:09]
ThomHartmann | Dr Michael Greger/How Not to Die, Part 1 (02/08/16) [12:46], Part 2 [12:31]
News ArticlesABC News Republican Presidential Debate - New Hampshire Feb. 6, 2016 [1:36:17]
*TYT | ABC News Republican Presidential Debate: The Young Turks Summary (02/06/16) [3:13]
TYT | ABC News Republican Presidential Debate: The Biggest Winner (02/06/16) [3:51]
TYT | ABC News Republican Presidential Debate: The Biggest Loser (02/06/16) [5:16]
New Hampshire polls
Marco Rubio's Struggle To Be More Than A Talking Point Machine
With a solid debate performance over the weekend and a strong showing in New Hampshire Tuesday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had a chance to put the rest of the GOP establishment on borrowed time. Instead, there is a real danger for Rubio that a Granite State stumble could turn into a national fall.
He could still relegate the other mainstream Republicans to the fringe with a decisive victory here in the first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday. But following his third place performance in Iowa, Rubio faces a dangerous electoral concoction: a combination of high expectations and the possibility that another establishment candidate, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, could beat him. ... Read more
These Are The Banks The Market Is Most Concerned About
While there are numerous financial institutions in the world that are full of hidden NPLs and over-leveraged, trading at extreme levels of risk, the FSA's "Too-Interconnected-To-Fail" list of systemically critical banks is where global investors' attention is really focused.
BMO Capital Markets breaks down the world's most systemically critical financial institutions using their own "special sauce" of CDS levels, CDS term structure, equity price, liquidity, and spread trends.
Frankly, as we explained previously, these are the "Musketeer" banks - one for all and all for one as any system failure in Deutsche, Credit Suisse, or Bank of China will leak immeasurably and contagiously around the world via the interconnectedness of the collateral chains used to fund these behemoths.
European Bank Bloodbath Crashes Bond, Stock Markets
... As Deutsche Bank itself warned, any more easing by The ECB or BOJ will only hurt banks (and certainly Deutsche). In other words, they are all officially trapped now. Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 08 [11:02]
DN | Trump Leads GOP Charge Embracing Torture: "I'd Bring Back a Hell of a Lot Worse Than Waterboarding" (02/08/16) [15:59]TRNN | Norman Solomon Discusses: Corporate Media Endorses Clinton to Defend Their Own Interests (02/07/16) [8:41]
DN | Another Bush, Another Preemptive War? Jeb Supports U.S. Military Strikes Against North Korea (02/08/16) [8:13]
DN | Real Estate Magnate Trump Defends Using Eminent Domain to Seize Homes for Private Development (02/08/16) [6:19]
DN | Trump Calls Police "Absolutely Mistreated"; Kasich Backs Collaboration Between Communities & Cops (02/08/16) [6:22]
TRNN | TRNN speaks to New Hampshire voters two days before the first primary of 2016 (02/07/16) [8:30]
TRNN | A Hidden War - The Empire's Border Part 2 (02/07/16) [24:55] *TYT | Wall Street Bankster On Bernie Sanders (02/07/16) [9:27]
TYT | Jimmy Carter On President Donald Trump (02/07/16) [4:03]
TYT | Jeb Bush's Latest Campaign Ad Starring A VERY Special Guest (02/07/16) [5:22]
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns Spin The Spin (02/08/16) [24:24]
RT | Keiser Report: 'Lunatics' vs 'Mass Murderers' in US Pres Elex (E872) (02/06/16) [25:45]
In the second half, Max continues his interview with Brenda Kelly, head analyst at London Capital Group, about oil prices, negative interest rates and the tapped out consumer unable to take advantage of either. They also discuss currency wars.RoF | Bernie's Progressive Momentum Is What Movements Are Made Of (02/07/16) [13:04]
*ThomHartmann | Bernie Erases Hillary's National Lead (full) (02/05/16) [57:20]
AljazeeraAljazeera | Is America at war with Islam? (02/07/16) [42:54]
Kelly Nykes, Co-Director, Requiem for the American Dream (2015) [10:45]
99% v 1%: the data behind the Occupy movement (2011) [5:41]
The Real Reason Oil Is So Cheap And How Rockefeller and Rothschild Are Involved (01/21/16) [9:39]
News ArticlesMSNBC | Democratic Debate
FULL MSNBC Democratic Debate: Hillary Clinton VS Bernie Sanders - New Hampshire Feb. 4, 2016 (02/05/16) [2:03:12]
TYT | MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary (02/04/16) [9:18]
TYT | MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Biggest Winner Was... (02/04/16) [7:56]
Historic Meeting Of Christian Leaders Aims To Heal 1,000-Year-Old Rift
Pope Francis To Hold Historic Meeting In Cuba With Russian Orthodox Church Leader
Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in what could be a historic step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. The Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate announced on Friday that Francis will stop in Cuba on Feb. 12 his way to Mexico to hold talks with Patriarch Kirill, the first in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. ... Read moreOh, By the Way
Sakurajima volcano erupts 50km from nuclear plant in Japan (02/05/16) [1:18]
TPP deal sparks protests, central Auckland shutdown in New Zealand (02/05/16) [4:20]
Islamophobia is real. And it's not going anywhere.
After last year's terror attacks in Paris and mass shooting in San Bernardino, California -- and amidst a surge in anti-Muslim rhetoric from U.S. politicians -- reports about Muslims in America facing violence, harassment, intimidation and bigotry have become omnipresent. Many Muslims say Islamophobia is worse now than it's ever been -- even worse than it was after 9/11.
A comprehensive list of discriminatory acts against American Muslims might be impossible, but The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts.The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough. ... Read more
70% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Waiters And Retail Workers
When Private Credit Stops Expanding...
Once private credit rolls over in China and the U.S., the global recession will start its rapid slide down the Seneca Cliff.
Few question the importance of private credit in the global economy. When households and businesses are borrowing to expand production and buy homes, vehicles, etc., the economy expands smartly.
When private credit shrinks--that is, as businesses and households stop borrowing more and start paying down existing debt--the result is at best stagnation and at worst recession or depression. Read moreClick picture to zoom in
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 05 [10:21]
DN | Sanders & Clinton Spar on 2002 Iraq Vote; Clinton Praises Henry Kissinger (02/05/16) [7:42]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (02/05/16) [1hr]
DN | Hillary Clinton Refuses to Say If She Will Release Copies of Her Paid Speeches to Goldman Sachs (02/05/16) [11:59]
DN | Clinton Accuses Sanders of "Artful Smear" for Questioning Why Wall Street Gives Her Millions (02/05/16) [9:56]
DN | "A Significant Victory": Julian Assange Hails U.N. Panel Calling for His Freedom (02/05/16) [13:55]
Note: starts at 5m30s on the Progressbar*DR | Friday News -- International (02/05/16) [1hr]
As the New Hampshire primary looms, Republicans brawl over tactics used in the Iowa caucuses. The F.B.I. joins the Flint drinking water investigation. And President Obama calls for religious tolerance at his first mosque visit. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
The U.N. suspends Syrian peace talks until late this month. The U.S. plans to quadruple military spending in Europe as a signal to Russia. And American officials express concern about ISIS in Libya. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.TRNN | Media critic Jeff Cohen says: Is Clinton "A Progressive Who Gets Stuff Done"? (02/04/16) [12:06]
TRNN | Stephen Zunes Discusses: Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote? (02/04/16) [13:28]
TRNN | Can a socialist choose Hillary over Bernie? Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner discusses Socialism, Zionism, Hollywood, and the 2016 elections. (02/04/16) [29:05]
RT | Keiser Report: Stupid people & stupid policies (E871) (02/04/16) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report back in London, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert get the popcorn and the potato chips out to discuss the symbolism of negative interest rates, yield curves and intraday oil price swings. In the second half, Max interviews Brenda Kelly, head analyst at London Capital Group, about negative interest rates, US durable goods orders and fraud booms.RoF | Lunatic Bachmann Says Obama Is About To Reveal Himself As Anti-Christ (02/04/16) [2:54]
ThomHartmann | What Today's TPP Signing Means (02/05/16) [9:49] ThomHartmann | You Say You Want A (Political) Revolution (full) (02/05/16) [57:19]
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News ArticlesFeb 3 CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall
CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Bernie Sanders (full) (02/03/16) [33:25]
CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Hillary Clinton (full) (02/03/16) [35:13]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: The Young Turks Summary (02/03/16) [9:18]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Biggest Winner (02/03/16) [5:02]
TYT | CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall: Money In Politics (02/03/16) [9:44]
S&P Downgrades Glencore To Lowest Investment Grade Rating
Overnight, one of the two rating agencies, Standard and Poors, came one step closer to that fateful moment of junking Glencore when it downgraded Glencore, however it decided to throw the company one last lifeline by keeping it at the very lowest investment grade rating, and instead of cutting it from BBB to single B or CCC where its CDS and bond yield implies the company should be trading, it kept it a BBB-. ... Read moreStephen Colbert | Hungry For Power Games: Iowa Cornucopia Bloodbath (02/03/16) [7:30]
'Jesus' Reads Quotes From Republican Candidates (02/02/16) [1:32]
Interest in New Noam Chomsky Documentary Has Grown So Large That Even the NY Times Ran a Review -- and Praised It!
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 02/04/16 Noam Chomsky - 'Requiem For The American Dream' (trailer) (new) [2:20]
The Atlantic Ocean Is Acidifying at a Rapid Rate
The paper, published Saturday in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, "shows the large impact all of us are having on the environment," Ryan Woosley of the University of Miami said in a statement. "Our use of fossil fuels isn't only causing the climate to change but also affects the oceans by decreasing the pH."
The burning of oil, coal, and natural gas for energy and the destruction of forests are the leading causes of the carbon dioxide emissions driving climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 355 parts per million in 1989 to just over 400 ppm in 2015.
Decreasing pH in seawater can harm the ability of shelled organisms, from microscopic coccolithophores to the oysters and clams that show up on our dinner plates, to build and maintain their bony exteriors. ... Read more
Is The Fed "Seriously Considering" Negative Interest Rates?
The Fed may "seriously consider" negative rates after moving rates back to zero, reintroducing forward guidance and making "stronger pleas" to Congress for fiscal policy action as there are complications for money markets, according to BofAML strategist Mark Cabana. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 04 [7:18]
DN | Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight, Trade Deal Could Still Be Stopped (02/04/16) [11:49]*TRNN | Bill Black & Mike Konczal Talk About: Sanders vs. Clinton on Wall St. Reform (02/04/16) [19:12]
DN | Will Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Go Free After U.N. Finds He Is Being Arbitrarily Detained? (02/04/16) [6:31]
DN | Zika Virus: Are Climate & Ecological Factors Driving Spread of Viral Diseases in the Americas? (02/04/16) [6:20]
DN | Exclusive Report: How Long Did Flint's County Jail Inmates Drink Poisoned Water? (02/04/16) [5:02]
DN | "There's a Jim Jones in Michigan": Lawmaker Likens Flint Crisis to Cult Leader Who Poisoned Members (02/04/16) [9:40]
TYT | Drone Footage Shows Devastation Of Syrian City (02/03/16) [1:44]
*TYT | Poll: Most Americans Want Redistribution Of Wealth (02/03/16) [11:01]
*DR | Update On The Zika Virus (02/04/16) [1hr]
Florida declares a health emergency in counties with the Zika virus; a case is sexually-transmitted in Texas. We get an update on the spread and risks of the Zika virus.SGT | This Is It! (01/17/16) [27:48]
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*What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn't Know About Iraq
On September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and it carried an ominous note. "Please take a look at this material as to what we don't know about WMD," Rumsfeld wrote to Air Force General Richard Myers. "It is big."
The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence knew -- or more importantly didn't know -- about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Its assessment was blunt: "We've struggled to estimate the unknowns. ... We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program." ...
Note - That was then, this is now:
Then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, whose military assistant was on the short list of people copied on the JCS report, is one of Jeb Bush's foreign policy experts. Other supporters of the war, though they do not appear to have been aware of the JCS report, are involved in the various advisory roles in the 2016 campaign. John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is advising Ted Cruz; and Elliott Abrams and William Kristol are supporting Marco Rubio, whom Reuters reported is also briefed regularly by former Cheney adviser Eric Edelman.
Miscellaneous:Stephan Colbert | Everyone Was A Winner In Iowa, Except The Losers (02/02/16) [8:28]
National Military Strategy Report 2015
Trump Documentary Exposes Scandalous Truth Behind Billionaire's Real Estate Empire
Donald Trump's entire career has been about creating and projecting an image that suits his needs. That has never been truer than during his current presidential bid. But what lies behind the image? Is Trump the genius and unremitting success he would have us believe? Is he the master of knowing how to pull all things off, how to win big while intimidating the bad guys and be loved by everyone else? Watch the movie and find out. ...
Here's Aaron Swartz, 19, Describing How Noam Chomsky Blew His Mind
The following is an excerpt from the new book The Boy Who Could Change The World by Aaron Swartz (The New Press, 2016): In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world.
Two years ago this summer I read a book that changed the entire way I see the world. I had been researching various topics -- law, politics, the media -- and become more and more convinced that something was seriously wrong. Politicians, I was shocked to discover, weren't actually doing what the people wanted. And the media, my research found, didn't really care much about that, preferring to focus on such things as posters and polls.
As I thought about this more, its implications struck me as larger and larger. But I still had no bigger picture to fit them in. The media was simply doing a bad job, leading people to be confused. We just had to pressure them to do better and democracy would be restored.
Then, one night, I watched the film Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (I think it had come up in my Netflix queue). First off, it's simply an amazingly good film. I've watched it several times now and each time I'm utterly entranced. It's undoubtedly the best documentary I've seen, weaving together all sorts of clever tricks to enlighten and entertain.... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 03 [9:12]
DN | Michael Eric Dyson on "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America" (02/03/16) [17:27]*DR | Environmental Outlook: The Growth Of Large-Scale Indoor Urban Farming (02/03/16) [1hr]
DN | Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper's Stance on Israel (02/03/16) [11:10]
DN | Privatization on Steroids: Emergency Manager Who Switched Flint Water Resigns From Detroit Schools (02/03/16) [16:10]
From Newark to Tokyo, large-scale indoor farms are being built in and around cities worldwide. Proponents argue they provide fresher crops to local consumers, while cutting transportation costs, carbon emissions and water use. But skeptics say they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. The pros and cons of indoor urban agriculture.*TRNN | Steve LeVine says: Speculators Misunderstood the Oil Wars and Market Meltdown (02/03/16) [11:09]
TRNN | Terry O'Neil debates Elaine Zuckerman on: Sanders and Clinton Tie in Iowa - What does it Mean for Women? (02/03/16) [27:43]
*TYT | The LMDs (Lies of Mass Destruction) That Took Us To War Revealed (02/02/16) [11:32]
A report has just been released that shows how much the Bush administration lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Cenk Uygur delivers his Final Judgment on LMD (Lies of Mass Destruction).TYT | Iowa Caucus, Republican Bashing (02/02/16) [42:01]
*RT | CrossTalk: Syrian Quagmire (02/03/16) [24:06]
RoF | Former Sec. Of Defense Robert Gates Says A Trump Win Would Be A Threat to National Security. (02/02/16) [2:02]
*ThomHartmann | Richard Wolff - Socialism For Dummies (02/02/16) [7:24]
*ThomHartmann | Why Americans Are Turning Their Backs On Corporate Media… (02/03/16) [4:51]
MSNBC | Rachel Maddow discusses Sarah Palin's Trump endorsement and Palin (older, 01/20/16) [16:15]
RawStory | Sarah Palin: God is giving Bristol '3rd, 4th and 5th chances' not to get pregnant (2015) [5:51]
Headlines for Today
TRUMP BUYS THE FARM ... DRAMA: BERNIE HILLARY DEAD HEAT ... RUBIO NEARLY PASSES TRUMP! ... IOWANS CHOOSE CRUZ... Donald Goes Down... 'Just Another Loser'... 'The Emperor Has No Clothes'... 2016's First Loser... Trouble Ahead?... THE FIELD THINS: Carson Heads Home... O'Malley Out... Huck Too... PHOTOS... HIGHLIGHTS...
Clinton Appears To Narrowly Beat Sanders In Iowa
Hillary Clinton appeared to narrowly overtake Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Iowa, with all but one precinct reporting results by early Tuesday morning.
According to the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP), the former secretary of state received 699.57 state delegate equivalents, while Sanders was awarded 695.49. Results from Des Moines, the remaining precinct, were still trickling in on Tuesday, but it's not worth enough votes for Sanders to move to first place. There is no mechanism for a recount. Still, the outcome was so close that IDP Chair Andy McGuire called the results a "virtual tie." ...
TRNN | Hillary Clinton Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [6:27] TRNN | Ted Cruz Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [32:26]
TRNN | Donald Trump Post Iowa Speech (02/02/16) [3:19]
Make No Mistake: Clinton and Cruz Are Goldman Sachs' Candidates
As bizarre as the 2016 campaign has been so far, there's one thing different from past elections that Americans should agree is a good thing: if a candidate is associated too closely with Wall Street, they look bad. This has been a growing trend over the last few elections -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was chastised in 2008 for owning multiple homes and former governor Mitt Romney was deemed "unrelatable" in 2012 for being a multi-millionaire. But now we have a go-to name that symbolizes voters' distrust of Wall Street and the filthy rich: Goldman Sachs. Yes, while the race tightens between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the left and businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on the right, Clinton and Cruz have both been criticized for their ties to Goldman. This is because the hardships endured by the middle class during the first sixteen years of the 21st century have rightfully made them Wall Street leery. It's an idea that's time has come -- because of Goldman Sachs' documented involvement with the 2008 financial crisis and multiple crises before it, they are at the forefront of this animosity and their involvement with the political process is finally being scrutinized. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 02 [13:09]
DN | After Dead Heat in Iowa, Will Clinton Move Further Left to Stop the Sanders Surge? (02/02/16) [20:08]*DR | Analysis Of The Iowa Caucus Results (02/02/16) [1hr]
DN | The Road to the White House Begins in Iowa, But Is It Already Sold to Wealthy Donors? (02/02/16) [3:26]
DN | Clinton Laughs Off Question on Goldman Sachs, But Can Millions in Special Interest Cash Be Ignored? (02/02/16) [3:49]
DN | VIDEO: Pink Floyd's Roger Waters Performs "We Shall Overcome" in Democracy Now! Studio (02/02/16) [5:09]
*TYT | The Biggest Winner And Biggest Loser Of The 2016 Democratic Iowa Caucus (02/02/16) [8:21]
TYT | The Biggest Winner And Biggest Loser Of The 2016 Republican Iowa Caucus (02/02/16) [9:09]
*TYT |Elizabeth Warren's Secret Endorsement of Bernie Sanders (02/01/16) [4:18]
TYT | CNN Tries To Convince Susan Sarandon To Change Her Vote (02/01/16) [9:41]
TYT | Who Is Really "The Establishment" (02/01/16) [6:28]
RofF | Generational War: Baby Boomers Underestimate The Passion Of Young Voters (01/31/16) [4:05]
ThomHartmann | How the Koch Brothers Radicalized the Right (full) (01/27/16) [57:14]
ThomHartmann | Why Ted Cruz Is Unfit to Be President (02/02/16) [7:28]
... Perhaps 300,000 Iowans will gather in school gyms, libraries and other public places on Monday night at 7 p.m. Central Time to kick off the 2016 presidential campaign by voting in front of each other (Republicans by using a ballot box in the room; Democrats by gathering in groups).
What matters is not the final delegate count -- which will take many months of maneuvering to determine -- but the raw popular vote winners as announced Monday night on TV and online. ... Read more
Three Financial Crimes that Show How the DOJ "Went Easy" on Wall Street
Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has just released a report slamming federal regulators and the Department of Justice. It's titled Rigged Justice 2016: How Weak Enforcement Lets Corporate Offenders Off Easy. The title says it all. Senator Warren goes after how the government fails to adequately punish corporations when they break the law. She says, quote, when government regulators and prosecutors fail to pursue big corporations or their executives who violate the law, corporate criminals have free rein to operate outside the law.
One of the top cases that is brought up in this report is the Standard & Poor settlement back in 2015, where the ratings agency agreed to pay about $1.4 billion in a civil settlement to the DOJ, 19 states, and DC. Just give our viewers a refresher. Why did S&P have to pay that fine, and why does Senator Warren argue that the fine does not go far enough? ... Read more
*Rigged Justice: 2016 by Senator Elizabeth WarrenBloomberg | Davos 2016 - Where Is the Chinese Economy Heading? (01/21/16) [1:11:16]
Laws are effective only to the extent they are enforced. A law on the books has little impact if prosecution is highly unlikely.
This country devotes substantial resources to the prosecution of crimes such as murder, assault, kidnapping, burglary and theft, both in an effort to deter future criminal activity and to provide victims with some degree of justice.
When government regulators and prosecutors fail to pursue big corporations or their executives who violate the law, or when the government lets them off with a slap on the wrist, corporate criminals have free rein to operate outside the law. They can game the system, cheat families, rip off taxpayers, and even take actions that result in the death of innocent victims -- all with no serious consequences. ...
Democracy of the Billionaires
Democracy of the Billionaires, The Most Expensive Election Ever Is A Billionaire's Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders) by Nomi Prins
Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, "Our brand of democracy is hard." A more accurate characterization might have been: "Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash." ... Read more
Paul Craig Roberts: The West Is Being Reduced To Looting Itself
I, Michael Hudson, John Perkins, and a few others have reported the multi-pronged looting of peoples by Western economic institutions, principally the big New York Banks with the aid of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Third World countries were and are looted by being inticed into development plans for electrification or some such purpose. The gullible and trusting governments are told that they can make their countries rich by taking out foreign loans to implement a Western-presented development plan, with the result being sufficient tax revenues from economic development to service the foreign loan.
Seldom, if ever, does this happen. What happens is that the plan results in the country becoming indebted to the limit and beyond of its foreign currency earnings. When the country is unable to service the development loan, the creditors send the IMF to tell the indebted government that the IMF will protect the government's credit rating by lending it the money to pay its bank creditors. However, the conditions are that the government take necessary austerity measures so that the government can repay the IMF. These measures are to curtail public services and the government sector, reduce public pensions, and sell national resources to foreigners. The money saved by reduced social benefits and raised by selling off the country's assets to foreigners serves to repay the IMF. ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 01 [12:09]
DN | Pt 1: Iowa Progressives Weigh Clinton, Sanders as One of Whitest States Kicks Off Presidential Race (02/01/16) [9:12]*DR | Shortages Of Children's Cancer Drugs And How To Allocate Them (02/01/16) [1hr]
DN | Pt 2: Iowa Progressives Weigh Clinton, Sanders as One of Whitest States Kicks Off Presidential Race (02/01/16) [15:29]
DN | From Taverns to Grain Elevators: How Iowa's Complex Caucus System Works (02/01/16) [8:48]
DN | Bernie Sanders Says No to Fracked Oil Pipeline in Iowa, Will It Help Him in Today's Caucus? (02/01/16) [8:18]
*TRNN | Ellen Brown breaks down Senator Warren's report: Three Financial Crimes that Show How the DOJ "Went Easy" on Wall Street (02/01/16) [10:48]
TRNN | Paul Jay talks to a group of Bernie Sanders supporters: The Movement Goes Beyond the Man, Say Sanders Supporters (02/01/16) [40:12]
TRNN | Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them - away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat. (02/01/16) [24:37]
*TYT | PHONY Christian Ted Cruz Doesn't Follow Important Biblical Rule (01/31/16) [6:28]
RT | Keiser Report: Tumbling, Fumbling Ruble (special Moscow series) (E869) (01/30/16) [25:42]
In the second half, Max interviews Vladimir Rojanovsky, head of research at OK Broker Investment Company, about the ruble's tumble and what that means for the Russian economy going forward.RT | Secular State? Spread of Islam puts tough question of what is main UK religion (01/31/16) [3:20]
RT | 'West can't live without enemies': Swedish general warns of 'upcoming war' (01/29/16) [5:44]
AlJazeeraAlJazeera | UpFront - Hans Blix on the threat of nuclear war (01/29/16) [25:02]
AlJazeera | Geneva Peace Talks: What stands between Syria and peace? (01/31/16) [34:17]
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
The Republican Party Can't Rid Itself Of Trump, Even When He's Not There
The Republican presidential race entered an alternate universe on Thursday evening, transporting viewers to a moment in time in which Donald Trump never ran for president. Despite the best efforts of his rivals, however, the front-runner's shadow loomed large -- even though he wasn't actually present at the Fox News Republican presidential debate.
Trump's decision to stage a dramatic, last-minute boycott of the event, which was hosted by the news network and Google in Des Moines, allowed candidates to engage in a more meaty -- yet decidedly less entertaining -- affair. ... Read moreFox News/Google Republican Presidential Iowa Debate (01/28/16) [1:11:39]
*TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: SUMMARY (01/28/16) [4:05]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Winner (01/28/16) [6:37]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Loser (01/28/16) [5:20]
"The BoJ's (Bank of Japan) NIRP Will Result In More Currency Wars And Global Growth Slowdown"
"The BoJ actions should lead to further intensification of global currency wars with central banks around the world trying to engineer sustained competitive devaluation against the background of slowing global trade and growth as well as persistent commodity price disinflation. With its latest measures the BoJ will allow Japan to borrow more growth from its trading partners and limit the severity of the imported disinflation." ... Read moreOil Prices: What's going on? Oil Prices: What's going on? - An Animation (12/07/15) [5:00]
6 Cities In Michigan Have Even Higher Levels Of Lead Than Flint
As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.
The Detroit News reports that "Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it." ... Read more
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 29 [6:06]
*DN | Trump Absent, GOP Presidential Candidates Face Off on Syria, Planned Parenthood & Islamophobia (01/29/16) [16:28]*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (01/29/16) [1hr]
DN | "Audrie & Daisy": Mother of Audrie Pott, Teen Who Committed Suicide After Assault, Tells Her Story (01/29/16) [16:25]
DN | Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal (01/29/16) [15:58]
Presidential candidates make final campaign sprints through Iowa. Republicans debate without Donald Trump. And Michigan's governor appoints a committee to fix Flint's water crisis. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.*DR | Friday News -- International (01/29/16) (01/07/16) [1hr]
Denmark faces a backlash over a new law to seize the valuables of asylum-seekers. Syrian peace talks hit a snag. And the World Health Organization warns the Zika virus is "spreading explosively." A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.*TRNN | Vijay Prashad says: UN Peace Talks in Syria Remain Stalled (01/29/16) [10:24]
*TYT | Trump Fans Viciously Swarm Megyn Kelly (01/28/16) [5:22]
TYT | Fox News-Google GOP Presidential Debate: Biggest Fail (01/28/16) [1:16]
*RT | Keiser Report: Sanctions (special Moscow series) (E868) (01/28/16) [26:01]
??RT | CrossTalk: Waves of Refugees (01/29/16) [24:36]
*RofF | How The One Percent Reshaped Democracy In Their Image (01/28/16) [10:45]
RofF | When Did "Hope and Change" Turn Into "Settle and Aim Low"? (01/28/16) [4:25]
Donald Trump Tells Bill O'Reilly It's 'An Eye For An Eye' In War With Fox News
The "O'Reilly Factor" host was trying to convince the GOP frontrunner to join Thursday night's debate in Iowa despite his dislike for Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who will be one of the event's moderators. O'Reilly even tried appealing to Trump's Christian faith, something the candidate has spoken of frequently in an effort to woo evangelical voters.
"I think you should be the bigger man," O'Reilly added. "Don't you think that's the right thing to do?"
"It probably is," Trump agreed. "But y'know it's called an eye for an eye. I guess also you can look at it that way."
"No, no, no," O'Reilly countered. "That's Old Testament. If you're the Christian, the eye-for-the-eye rule goes out. Here's what it is: Turning the other cheek." ...
Ammon Bundy Urges Remaining Militants To Stand Down, Go Home. What????? No-one going to jail?????
"Nobody Really Knows Anything Right Now"
"We learned one thing yesterday: the U.S. Federal Reserve is in the same position as the rest of us when it comes to forecasting the future path of economic growth. Nobody really "Knows" anything right now. Now, there's enough doubt for everyone: markets, central banks, consumers, governments. Everyone. The best thing we can say about that: if markets accept that the Fed is no better informed than they are, maybe investors will devote more time to stock fundamentals and intrinsic value analysis." ... Read moreIs the global economy headed for another crash? *AlJazeera | Inside Story - Is the global economy headed for another crash? (01/21/16) [24:33]
AlJazeera | Inside Story - What's behind the falling price of oil? (01/15/16) [25:30]
11 Secrets To Eating Healthy On A Budget
Eating healthy is great in concept, but is always much more challenging to put into practice. There's the whole will power thing -- how many times can we be expected to resist the call of pizza? There's the fact that it just takes a little more time and effort than walking over to the vending machine. And then there's the real snag, money. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 28 [10:05]
DN | Part 1: Covering War to End War: New Film Recounts Legacy of James Foley, Journalist Killed by ISIS (01/28/16) [14:08],
Part 2 [16:38]
*DN | "The Settlers": New Film Reveals History & Consequences of Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land (01/28/16) [14:08]
Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert | Stephen Gets A Straight Answer Out Of Donald Rumsfeld (01/26/16) [9:42]
*DR | Who's Likely To Vote In Upcoming Presidential Primaries And Why It Matters (01/28/16) [1hr]
Voter turnout in primaries and caucuses is typically low -- but this time may be different. Several candidates are counting on the motivation of nontraditional primary voters. We discuss who's likely to vote in the early contests and why it matters.*DR | David Kaczynski: "Every Last Tie: The Story Of The Unabomber And His Family" (01/28/16) [1hr]
It has been nearly twenty years since the FBI arrested Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, ending his trail of terror that left three dead and dozens injured. The man who tipped off authorities was his own brother. He'll join us to tell his family's story.TRNN | James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co. says: LIBOR Traders Get Off Scot Free in rate-rigging scandal (01/28/16) [6:57]
*TYT | Trump Refuses To Debate Because Megyn Kelly (01/27/16) [10:45]
TYT | What Oregon Militia Standoff Says About American Culture (01/27/16) [4:37]
TYT | How Oregon Militia Member Died (01/27/16) [10:52]
RT | CrossTalk: on Syria: US - Russia standoff (01/27/16) [23:59]
In The Clinton-Sanders Spat Over Getting S**t Done, The Party Sides With Clinton
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised to unite Washington and the nation behind progressive change. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked him.
"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect," she said. "I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be."
Now, as Clinton runs for president again, many of her allies believe her cynicism was vindicated and are feeling deja vu.
The former secretary of state is trying to convince voters once more that her opponent -- this time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- is promising a unicorns-and-rainbows vision of governance. She's hopeful that seven years of partisan warfare will help her make the case. And she has Capitol Hill veterans and even some Obama veterans echoing her larger points. ... Read more
Buyer's Remorse: How Obama Let Progressives Down by Bill Press
The prominent liberal syndicated radio and television host concisely explains the many ways President Obama has failed to live up to either his promises or his progressive potential, leaving Democrats disillusioned on the issues that matter most.
Bill Press -- a progressive champion and former chair of the California Democratic Party, a one-time co-host of CNN's Crossfire, and the popular nationally syndicated radio and television host of The Bill Press Show--reflects back on what for many progressives has been a disappointing presidency and comes to a depressing conclusion: Obama grossly misunderstood the mandate of the enthusiastic crowds that swarmed him on the campaign trail. Instead of recognizing their burning desire for strong progressive leadership, Obama tried to be a "post-partisan" president. The tragedy of Barack Obama is that, in trying to become the great uniter, he has instead become a grave disappointment.
From climate change to gun safety to, yes, even health care, Obama's legacy on important issues falls far short of what could have been. Time and again, he let down his most impassioned supporters--the ones who used their powerful voices to vote for change--neglecting their priorities and wasting his potential by either not doing enough or, worse, repeating the errors of his predecessor.
President Obama rode into office on a celebratory tide of liberal jubilation, but as his typically centrist presidency comes to a close, he leaves his supporters haunted by what might have been.
Manufacturing Depression Enters Uncharted Territory: Caterpillar Retail Sales Have Never Been Worse
Moments ago Caterpillar reported its latest monthly retail sales statistics and the numbers have never been worse. ...
How Trump and Palin Are a Match Made in Heaven
... "Everybody was trying to get Sarah. Everybody wanted that endorsement," Trump later said on the Today Show. But was there ever any doubt that her vote belonged to Trump, and Trump alone? Those two go together like peanut butter and elk meat. Poor Ted Cruz never stood a chance. ...
They both love books - Both Palin and Trump are best-selling authors. Trump has more than two dozen titles to his name, and his most popular book, The Art of the Deal, led the New York Times' best-sellers list for 51 weeks.
Palin's 2009 book Going Rogue sold two million copies and spent six weeks atop the Times' best-sellers list."
They share a passion for TV - Trump has 14 seasons of The Apprentice, and seven of Celebrity Apprentice, under his belt.
Palin, meanwhile, spent five years as a Fox News contributor, and did one season each of the reality shows Sarah Palin's Alaska (on TLC) and Amazing America With Sarah Palin (on the Sportsman Network).
Both have big, traditional American families - If they both decided to leave their respective spouses tomorrow, Trump and Palin's superfamily would be a fearsome answer to The Brady Bunch. Instead of three children each, both have five. Trump's brood range in age from 9 to 38: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, whom he had with his first wife, Ivana; Tiffany, whose mother is the actress Marla Maples; and Barron, his son of his current wife, Melania.
Sarah and Todd Palin have five kids together -- Track, 26; Bristol, 25; Willow, 21; Piper 14; and Trig, 7.
Both have only the shakiest, most fragile grip on foreign policy - During an interview with CNN in September, Trump said, "Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care? Let ISIS and Syria fight. And let Russia, they're in Syria already, let them fight ISIS. Look, I don't want ISIS. ISIS is bad. They are evil. When they start doing with a head chopping... these are really bad dudes.... Let Russia take care of ISIS.... Let them worry about ISIS. Let them fight it out."
Palin echoed Trump's sentiments during her endorsement speech, saying the U.S. needs to "quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich ...
They share an ardent admiration for Vladmir Putin - Trump has complimented the Russian president on several occasions, calling him "highly respected within his own country and beyond." Palin has spoken favorably of his masculinity as compared to President Obama's.
Each has penchant for nonsensical rhetoric - To wit, a sampling from speeches both recently gave in Iowa:
Trump: "How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country? ....
Palin: "They stomp on our neck, and then they tell us, 'Just chill, OK, just relax.' Well, look, we are mad, and we've been had. ...
They share the same views on cultural assimilation - Namely: they think immigrants should do it, or get out.
They agree on important issues -- for example, that Muslims should be banned from te U.S. - Trump has advocated for banning all Muslims from entering the United States "until we can figure out what's going on." Palin believes Trump's proposed Muslim ban is "common sense."
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*DN | Part 1: Dark Money: Jane Mayer on How Koch Bros. & Billionaire Allies Funded Rise of the Far Right (01/20/16) [3:17], Part 2 [16:28]
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*TYT | CNN: Clinton News Network (01/26/16) [13:49]
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*RT | Keiser Report: Deflating oil market (E867) (01/26/16) [25:43]
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A President Trump is far more likely to occur in our lifetimes than many want to admit. His chances ride on the fact that the current system is terminally corrupt, as well as socially and economically bankrupt. It will crash and burn, whether in slow motion like the past eight years, or very rapidly over the next several. Someone will likely step in to fill this void. In 1990, Donald Trump conducted a lengthy interview with Playboy Magazine. It provides an absolutely fascinating window into the man's mind... Read moreSNL | Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump for president at an Iowa campaign stop (01/25/16) [5:09]
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As 2015 drew to a close, many in the global energy industry were praying that the price of oil would bounce back from the abyss, restoring the petroleum-centric world of the past half-century. All evidence, however, points to a continuing depression in oil prices in 2016 -- one that may, in fact, stretch into the 2020s and beyond. Given the centrality of oil (and oil revenues) in the global power equation, this is bound to translate into a profound shakeup in the political order, with petroleum-producing states from Saudi Arabia to Russia losing both prominence and geopolitical clout. ... Read more
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TYT | Ted Should Be Worried, Trump Is Coming (01/25/16) [9:32]
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DN | #OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow (01/25/16) [7:34]
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A young Afghan woman defied her parents and chose her own husband. Her family wants to kill her to restore their honor. How this Romeo and Juliet story highlights the struggle for women's rights in the Muslim world.*TRNN | Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard (01/25/16) [23:32]
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