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Wednesday July 19, 2017

The GOP Health Care Plan Is About To Fail. Republicans Don't Know What To Do Next.
HP | Matt Fuller , Jennifer Bendery | 07/18/17

After seven years of promises, Republicans just can't find the votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to have exhausted his options for alternative GOP bills. Early next week, senators are expected to vote down an effort to begin debate on a bill to gut Obamacare without a replacement. The proposal is similar to one Republicans in the House and Senate sent to President Barack Obama's desk in early 2016.

The problems Republicans have decried about the Affordable Care Act, however, while often overstated, will persist. A handful of rural counties still don't have an insurer lined up to offer plans in 2018, and quite a few more counties ? about one-fifth of total exchange enrollment ? have only one option and have seen a spike in premiums in the last year or two. ... Read more

How the Trump administration's secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short
Yahoo News | Michael Isikoff | older 06/02/17

In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow. ... Read more
Trump's Been Trying To Lift Russia Sanctions Since Day One | TYT | 07/18/17 | 7:43

**Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship
FreshAir.org & NPR.org | author | 07/18/17

In August 2016, three months before the presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump was behind in the polls. Instead of staying on message, the candidate was engaged in a politically damaging fight with the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq.

On Aug. 17, in an effort to change course, the Trump team appointed Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, to lead the campaign. Journalist Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek says the switch would prove to be a turning point.

Green argues that Bannon's experiences with Breitbart gave him a framework for mobilizing disaffected young white male voters who were attracted to Trump. Without such guidance, Green says, "I don't think that Donald Trump would have been elected president." ... Read more
**Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship | NPR FreshAir.org | | 07/18/17

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump--the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump's rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil's Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.

Trump aides move on after health care loss
Politico | Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson | 07/18/17

As the president's biggest agenda item tanked on the Hill, his senior advisers busied themselves with their pet projects -- and looked ahead to tax reform.

The president's most senior aides appeared eager to move on from the health care loss, busying themselves with their own pet projects. Counselor Kellyanne Conway spent the morning in the Cannon House Office Building, participating in a two-hour-long bipartisan round table on veterans and the opioid crisis.

Ivanka Trump made an appearance at a global robotics competition celebrating girls from Afghanistan pursuing careers in STEM. Meanwhile, her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner -- who has taken little interest in the health care bill since its early, troubled days in the House, when he went skiing in Aspen with his family -- was busy leading a meeting with his Office of American Innovation.

In the West Wing, chief strategist Steve Bannon took a meeting with Wayne Berman, a Republican operative and board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition whose name has surfaced as a potential future chief of staff. He also met with Kris Kobach, head of Trump's voter fraud commission, and former campaign operatives David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, among others. But Bannon was conspicuously absent from senior staff meetings on trade and tax reform that brought Cabinet officials into the White House. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 19 [12:24]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Dr. Carol Paris: We Must Make It Toxic for Politicians to Not Get on Board with Single Payer
  3. Gaza on Verge of Collapse as Israel Sends 2.2M People "Back to Middle Ages" in Electricity Crisis
  4. Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction
Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse | DN | 07/18/17 | 13:17
Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford says -> Corporate Media Silence Helps Maintain Warfare in Syria | TRNN | 07/19/17 | 7:15
Unable To Kill Obamacare, Republicans Plot To Kill Medicare | TYT | 07/18/17 | 6:13
Trump MELTDOWN: "Am I A F*cking Baby, Paul?" | TYT | 07/18/17 | 3:59
Why Trump Hates Chris Christie Now | TYT | 07/18/17 | 4:31
Republicans Turn On Each Other After Trumpcare Fail | TYT | 07/18/17 | 7:03
Mitch McConnell And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | TYT | 07/18/17 | 6:49
9/11 survivors call on May to publish 'suppressed' Saudi terrorist funding report | RT | 07/19/17 | 2:51
America's Inequality Crisis is Exceptional...Trump is Making it Worse... | ThomHartmann | 07/18/17 | 27:50
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Guardians Of The Gridlock | 1a.org | 07/19/17 | 1hr
The legislative logjam known as the GOP health care bill is stunning, considering Republicans are in power in the House, Senate and White House. If today's lawmakers can't work together to move ahead on health care, what can they do?

Perhaps they can take notes on how major federal legislation of Washington past -- like the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or the Affordable Care Act -- made it through controversy and Congress and landed on the President's desk.
Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence | 1a.org | 07/19/17 | 1hr
We constantly hear that we're on the verge of an AI revolution, but the technology is already everywhere. And Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng predicts that smart technology will help humans do even more. It will drive our cars, read our X-rays and affect pretty much every job and industry. And this will happen soon.

As AI rises, concerns grow about the future of humans. So how can we make sure our economy and our society are ready for a technology that could soon dominate our lives?
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Book Details 'Strange Motivations' Of Donald Trump Aide Steve Bannon | MSNBC 11th Hour | 07/18/17 | 5:08
Cooper-Panel ANGRY Reaction To Trump Admin. Latest Lies | CNN | 07/19/17 | 13:04
Anderson Cooper calls out Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer | CNN | 07/19/17 | 4:40
Has Jared Kushner Delivered On Any Of The To-Do List Donald Trump Gave Him? | CNN | 07/19/17 | 4:40
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Repeal Now, Replace Later, Reelect Never | Stephen Colbert | 07/19/17 | 7:00
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How the Republican Health Care Bill Came and Went | The Daily Show | 07/18/17 | 6:21

Tuesday July 18, 2017

A new round of polls shows that 6 months in to his term, Trump is the most unpopular president in the modern era
BusinessInsider | Maxwell Tani | 07/18/17

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump remains as unpopular as ever, setting a course to become the most unpopular president at this point in his administration since the dawn of modern polling.

According to a Washington Post/ABC poll released on Sunday, the president's approval rating has dropped to 36%, while his disapproval rating rose to 58%. ... Read more
Trump Polling Worse Than Any US President EVER. | TYT | 07/17/17 | 15:19
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  1. Poll finds Trump's standing weakened since springtime | WashingtonPost | Scott Clement | 07/16/17 | article
  2. Americans Feel Good About the Economy, Not So Good About Trump | Bloomberg | 07/17/16 | article
  3. Trump Rating Holds Steady Despite Campaign's 2016 Russia Meeting, 4-in-10 support impeachment, higher than for Nixon at start of Watergate | Monmouth University | 07/17/17 | article
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Report: Number Of Civilian Deaths In Trump's Air Strikes Will Soon Exceed Obama's Entire Presidency
airwars.org | author | current

Trump moves quickly when it comes to killing civilians. "A new investigation by Airwars for The Daily Beast has logged a massive escalation in civilian deaths caused by coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria against ISIS, as led by President Donald Trump's White House.

At least 2,200 civilians are estimated to have been killed up until July 13. That's over 360 a month since Trump's inauguration, or around 12 every day. By contrast, the Obama administration oversaw 2,300 civilian deaths in total over eight years.

(He was hardly a dovish president however -- Obama's legacy includes vastly expanding the military's use of drones which, in 2016, dropped some of an estimated 26,171 bombs on targets in majority-Muslim countries around the world.)" Read more
Trump About To Surpass Obama's EIGHT YEAR Civilian Death Toll | TYT | 07/17/17 | 13:23
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Trump's 'Made In America' Week Is Already Backfiring Spectacularly
HP | Ed Mazza | 07/17/17

President Donald Trump is set to declare this week "Made In America" week to help promote products manufactured in the United States, according to The Hill. But he's already coming under fire for the move, given that Trump-branded products are often manufactured overseas.

Many of Trump's clothing items have been made in Mexico and China. During the campaign last year, his use of steel and aluminum from China became a campaign issue.

And just last week, The Washington Post reported on the fashion line of first daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump, finding that much of it is made by low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. ... Read more
Trump's 'Made In America Week' Backfires BIGLY | TYT | 07/17/17 | 4:00

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 18 [9:02]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From
  3. Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged
  4. Still Not Free: New Documentary "Life on Parole" Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release
Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss -> the New York Times article, 'Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. 'Handed the Country Over'' | TRNN | 07/18/17 | 18:31
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss -> New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran | TRNN | 07/18/17 | 15:47
Keiser Report: Gutting of America's Wealth Creation Machine (E1097) | RT | 07/15/17 | 25:58
Max and Stacy discuss the economic problems looking for solutions. In the first half they discuss how to Make America Great Again is a 'solution' to the problem of the gutting of America's wealth creation machine and how this slogan as a solution caused the meltdown of the entire Democratic party. In the second half Max talks to Chris Whalen, author of Ford Men, about whether or not it is possible to make America great again for the blue collar worker.
Why Does Trump Prioritize Petro Billionaires Over Humanity? | ThomHartmann | 07/14/17 | 27:56
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Who Will Decide Health Care's Future? | 1a.org | 07/18/17 | 1hr
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, is surrounded by members of the media after he viewed the details of a new health care bill.
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Energy, Oil, and Oil Sands
Utah/Colorado Have 25X More Tar Sands Than Canada (Documentary) | | 09/19/15 | 28:03
Oil Pipeline, Long Submerged in Michigan's Deep Waters, Fuels Public Concern | CircleOfBlue.org | 07/10/13 | article
The Dirty Secret at the Bottom of the Great Lakes: Oil & Water (Documentary) | | 08/11/15 | 17:16
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NY Subpoenas Records On Huge Manafort Loans From Small Bank: WSJ | 07/18/17 | 6:32
Donald Trump: Last Night's Failure An Ominous Sign For White House | 07/18/17 | 22:00
Donald Trump Jr.: Is There A Chance Mueller Will Be Fired? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/18/17 | 11:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Opening Monologue Of 'Russia Week' | Stephen Colbert | 07/18/17 | 6:22
Have We Got Enough to Impeach Trump Already? (#96) | Keith Olbermann | 07/17/17 | 8:06

Monday July 17, 2017

New U.S. Subprime Boom, Same Old Sins: Auto Defaults Are Soaring
Bloomberg | Gabrielle Coppola | 07/17/17

It's classic subprime: hasty loans, rapid defaults, and, at times, outright fraud. Only this isn't the U.S. housing market circa 2007. It's the U.S. auto industry circa 2017

A decade after the mortgage debacle, the financial industry has embraced another type of subprime debt: auto loans. And, like last time, the risks are spreading as they're bundled into securities for investors worldwide.

Subprime car loans have been around for ages, and no one is suggesting they'll unleash the next crisis. But since the Great Recession, business has exploded. In 2009, $2.5 billion of new subprime auto bonds were sold. In 2016, $26 billion were, topping average pre-crisis levels, according to Wells Fargo & Co. ... Read more

New U.S. Subprime Boom, Same Old Sins: Auto Defaults Are Soaring | Bloomberg | 07/17/17 | 3:14

Larry Fink Says Dark Clouds for U.S. Economy Aren't Waning
Bloomberg| Sabrina Willmer | 07/17/17

Laurence D. Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock Inc., said the U.S. economy is growing slower than expected and will expand modestly at 2.4 percent in the second quarter.

"There are still dark clouds we have to face," said Fink, in an interview with Bloomberg News on Monday. While corporate earnings have been good, "we aren't seeing that rise in personal income we would have thought," he said.

Fink reiterated his concern that a risk to the market is the White House's ability to quickly pass key reforms. "Are we going to see tax reform in the U.S.?" said Fink. ... Read more

How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal
Politico | Nancy Cook | 07/17/17

The Trump team thought Congress would scrap the health law by late February. Nobody expected the effort to drag into the summer months.

The longer Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare flounder, the clearer it becomes that President Donald Trump's team and many in Congress dramatically underestimated the challenge of rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature achievement.

The Trump transition team and other Republican leaders presumed that Congress would scrap Obamacare by President's Day weekend in late February, according to three former Republican congressional aides and two current ones familiar with the administration's efforts.

Few in the administration or Republican leadership expected the effort to stretch into the summer months, with another delay announced this weekend, eating into valuable time for lawmakers to tackle tax reform, nominations or spending bills. ... Read more

Stockman On Peak Bull: Fake Economy And Fake News
ZeroHedge | author | 07/17/17

The American economy has been mangled by decades of assault on capitalist prosperity. Growth is now dying because the Federal Reserve's hit on corporate America that has strip-mined its balance sheets to feed the halls of Wall Street. Trillions of dollars have been thrown into financial engineering (stock buybacks, M&A deals and leveraged recaps) while neglecting real investment and productivity in Flyover America. ... Read more

Blade Runner 2049
BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Official Trailer | Warner Bros | 05/08/17 | 2:21
Best Upcoming SCI-FI Movies -Trailers 2017 | 06/28/17 | 14:21
Baraka - 1992 | Documentary | 1992 | 1:37:49
Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means "blessing" in a multitude of languages.
Chronos | Documentary | 1992 | 42:48
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 17 [9:57]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters
  3. How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Undermines Civil Rights & Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students
  4. In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona's Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal
  5. From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa
Gerald Epstein, co-director of Political Economy Research Institute says - > If Yellen is Out, What's Next for the Fed? | TRNN | 07/15/17 | 10:09
NATO-Russia Tensions Rise, Arms Makers Benefit | TRNN | 07/17/17 | 19:40
Alternet reporter Ben Norton -> How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran | TRNN | 07/16/17 | 15:48
Thought Trump's Doctor Was Crazy? Meet His Lawyer... | TYT | 07/16/17 | 9:15
Trump Explains Chinese And North Korean History | TYT | 07/16/17 | 5:35
Trump Has Spent Close To 25% Of His Presidency Playing Golf | TYT | 07/17/17 | 4:39
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Donald Trump Jr Russian Meeting Story Unpacking Like A Nesting Doll | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/14/17 | 19:39
"Trump's Lies Are INSANE!" Chris Wallace & Shep. Smith Is Fed Up With Trump | FoxNews | 07/14/17 | 7:15
HEATED: Anderson Cooper almost Loses His Cool When Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Tries To Defend Trump | CNN | 07/15/17 | 16:20
MEGA-Conservative Richard Painter Blasts Trump & Don Jr, "These Two Will Lie To ANYBODY" | CNN | 07/14/17 | 7:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
One Week Older, July 16 | Stephen Colbert | 07/15/17 | 3:57
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Sad!: A Retrospective | The Daily Show | 07/17/17 | 2:16
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HEATED: Anderson Cooper almost Loses His Cool When Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow Tries To Defend Trump | CNN | 07/15/17 | 16:20
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush BRILLIANTLY Destroys & Makes Fun Of Trump in An Long Interview | ABC | 07/14/17 | 47:56

Friday July 14, 2017

New Health Care Bill Proves GOP Promises On Pre-Existing Conditions Were Never Serious
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 07/13/17

The big change in the new Senate Republican health care proposal is, as expected, an amendment that has the potential to undermine current protections for pre-existing conditions. Yes, that's despite the promises Republican leaders have made, over and over, to treat those protections as sacrosanct.

The amendment, based on a proposal that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been promoting and tweaking for weeks, would undermine the rules on what and who insurers cover in order to make insurance cheaper. These rules, which include prohibitions on charging higher premiums to people with severe medical problems, are a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more

Biggest Cities in the World? New York is 10th

The Trump Family's Explanations Are Straining Credulity to Its Breaking Point
TheAtlantic | David Graham | 07/14/17

The story that Donald Trump Jr., his father, and their aides told about a June 9 meeting with a Russian lawyer made little sense--even before the latest revelations.

The account that the Trumps are offering is implausible on three counts. First, it is challenging to believe on its face, as I wrote earlier this week, that Trump Sr. would never have been told about the meeting. Second, the continued flow of new revelations itself suggests that whatever story the principals are peddling should be considered incomplete by default. Finally, the specifics of the string of new revelations about who attended the meeting and when it came to light make the story seem increasingly improbable.

Start with the original story--or rather, the story that Trump Jr. and others landed on on Tuesday, after he released emails about the June 9, 2016, meeting, in an attempt to get ahead of a New York Times story. (That in itself was already at least the fourth separate account Trump Jr. had offered.) Trump Jr. wanted the public to believe that he had a meeting with someone he believed to be a Russian government lawyer, offering information damaging to Hillary Clinton, because the government of Russia wished to aid his father; that he brought two other people heavily involved in the campaign to the meeting, Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and that although his father was at Trump Tower, the site of the meeting that day, and although the family trumpets its closeness, no one told Donald Trump until he found out in recent days. Trump, through both his personal lawyers and White House staff, has said he only found recently. ... Read more

What's Actually Wrong With the U.S. Health System
TheAtlantic | Olga Khazan | 07/14/17

On the heels of the Senate's latest attempt at replacing the Affordable Care Act, the Commonwealth Fund has released its latest evaluation of what, exactly, ails the U.S. health-care system. Once again, the think tank found the U.S. medical system performed the worst among 11 similar countries, all while spending more.

The United States fared especially badly on measures of affordability, access, health outcomes, and equality between the rich and poor. The United Kingdom ranked first, and the other countries in the comparison were Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Germany, Canada, and France. ... Read more

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics
Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon Says Being an American Abroad Is 'Almost an Embarrassment'
Bloomberg | Hugh Son | 07/14/17

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, fresh from a work trip overseas, unloaded on everything that's holding back U.S. businesses.

"It's almost an embarrassment being an American traveling around the world," Dimon, 61, said on a conference call with analysts. He doesn't like listening to the "stupid shit" Americans have to deal with, expressing frustration over the nation's inability to invest in infrastructure and overhaul the tax code. "There would be much stronger growth if there were more intelligent decisions and less gridlock." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 14 [13:11]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 14 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women's Care & Slashing Medicaid
  3. Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court's "Most Conservative Side"
  4. "Care in Chaos": New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump
  5. Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP Healthcare Plan, Bill Targeting Muslims & Philando Castile Settlement
  6. Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest
Michael Lighty of the National Nurses United says -> 'No Compromise on Health Care' | TRNN | 07/13/17 | 6:47
Bill Black says -> New Rules for Banks: "Honest Bankers Please Step Forward" | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 7:38
Alternet reporter Ben Norton says -> War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 17:29
Islamophobe Breaks Down In Tears | TYT | 07/13/17 | 3:59
Paul Ryan: Dress Respectfully While We Rob You Blind | TYT | 07/13/17 | 5:32
Keiser Report: Lifetime of Financial Crises (E1096) | RT | 07/13/17 | 26:22
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/14/17 | 1hr
Iraq marks a major moment, Brazil sends its former president to prison and President Trump looks for an alternative agreement -- in Paris.
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 07/14/17 | 1hr
It's been a week with a high Russian character count.
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Donald Trump Lawyer E-mail Meltdown Raises Questions Of Competence | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/14/17 | 18:03
Latest Time Cover On Donald Trump Jr.: 'Red handed' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 8:24
President Donald Trump 'Has To Be Exposed For The Fraud He Is' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 9:56
Sheldon Whitehouse: White House Won't Address Kushner's Security Clearance | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/14/17 | 10:43
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Said More Than 'Bonjour' To France's First Lady' | Stephen Colbert | 07/14/17 | 5:58
Stephen Recreates Kellyanne Conway's 'Fun With Words' | Stephen Colbert | 07/14/17 | 3:28
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Translators - Interpreting Donald Trump | The Daily Show | 07/13/17 | 7:04

Thursday July 13, 2017

Republicans Stare Down Failure On Health Care With No Real Plan B
HP | Matt Fuller | 07/12/17

Another map won't help if you don't know where you're headed.

Senate Republicans are still moving ahead with a vote on their health care bill next week, but barring some sudden changes of hearts, it looks like they will fall short of the votes ? and no one seems to have a real idea of what to do then.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to release the text of a revised bill Thursday, along with an amendment drafted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would dramatically undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the name of lowering costs for healthy people. On Wednesday afternoon, Cruz suggested, but did not directly state, that he would vote against the motion to proceed on the bill if his amendment was not attached. ... ... Read more

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said:
"I ran on repealing Obamacare," Paul told reporters Wednesday. "It doesn't repeal Obamacare. It creates a giant Obamacare superfund. I can't be for that."

Trump's lawyers try to control unruly White House
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 07/13/17

They are trying to remind the president and his aides that small indiscretions can spell big trouble.

The lawyers, people familiar with the internal discussions say, are reminding White House aides and the president that the stakes are higher now that a special counsel and Congress are scrutinizing their every move, that small indiscretions could turn into bigger issues, and that they have to follow rules they don't like.

Trump's legal team is attempting to separate the president from Donald Trump Jr. and the son's legal team on Russia matters, as well from Jared Kushner and his legal team, over concerns that the blurred lines could create unnecessary problems, according to these sources. They have tried to block Trump's warring band of aides from joining meetings with his lawyers, warning that they could become witnesses or be forced to hire lawyers if they attend. ... Read more

U.S. Stocks Mixed Near Records as Dollar Weakens: Markets Wrap
U.S. stock futures fluctuated near all-time highs, while the dollar slipped as Janet Yellen prepared to testify a second day after stoking expectations the Fed won't rush to end the era of cheap money. | Bloomberg | Eddie Van Der Walt | 07/13/17 | article
If Janet Yellen Is Headed for the Exit, Who's Next Leading Fed?
Gary Cohn, Trump's senior economic adviser, has garnered the most recent attention after Politico reported Tuesday that he's the leading candidate. |Bloomberg | Christopher Condon | 07/13/17 | article

A New Sign of Fear for U.S. Drillers
Bloomberg | Ryan Collins | 07/13/17

... Earlier this year, while equity investors were killing them, the companies could bask in the warm glow of bondholders' confidence. Then the U.S. price of oil tumbled below $50 a barrel and kept sinking. Natural gas took a dive, too. That's when the warm glow turned cold.

Energy junk bonds have been hit especially hard. They slipped more than 2 percent in June, according to a Bloomberg index, after increasing 38 percent in 2016 -- a year when 89 energy companies filed for bankruptcy. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Energy Sector Index has slumped 16 percent since Jan. 3, while the S&P 500 is up nearly 8 percent in the same period. ... Read more

Visa Begins Bribing Merchants To Stop Taking Cash
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/17

The war on cash is escalating. A big driver isn't central banks who want to be able to inflict negative interest rates on savers, or Treasuries who see cash transactions as hiding revenues from their tax collectors, but the payment networks that want to kill cash (and checks!) as competitors to their oh so terrific (and fee-gouging) credit and debit cards. ... Read more

40% Of The Fed's Interest On Excess Reserves Is Paid To Foreign Banks
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/17

Now that Congress is finally scrutinizing the $4.5 trillion elephant in the room, it may be interested to know that approximately 40%, or $838 billion in reserves parked at the Fed belong to foreign banks. This means that the Fed is giving a $10 billion (and rising) annualized subsidy to non-US banks every year. ... Read more

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Dr. Twila Moon, a glacial expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center -> Massive Iceberg Breaks Free in Antarctica: How Worried Should We Be? | TRNN | 07/13/17 | 6:43
Hannity's Lobbing Softballs But Don Jr. Still Strikes Out | TYT | 07/12/17 | 10:29
Antarctica Just Got A Lot Smaller... | TYT | 07/12/17 | 6:53
Proof Mexico Isn't Paying For That Wall | TYT | 07/12/17 | 5:14
Back to Ruins: Mosul residents fear returning to demolished homes in devastated city | RT | 07/12/17 | 9:51
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Donald Trump Jr. Scandal Sends GOP Seeking New Story | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/12/17 | 21:01
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Why Donald Trump Jr.'s emails change everythingDonald Trump: Claims Of Collusion 'Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard' | msnbc 11th Hour | 07/12/17 | 9:06
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Donald Jr.'s Best Defense? That He's An Idiot | Stephen Colbert | 07/13/17 | 9:34
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Wednesday July 12, 2017

Scientists Say Massive Iceberg Has Broken Off in Antarctica
Bloomberg | Climate Changed | 07/12/17

A vast iceberg with twice the volume of Lake Erie has broken off from a key floating ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists said Wednesday.

The iceberg broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf, scientists at the University of Swansea in Britain said. The iceberg is described as weighing 1 trillion tons (1.12 trillion U.S. tons).

The process, known as calving, occurred in the last few days, when a 5,800-square-kilometer (2,240-square-mile) section broke away. ... Read more

Climate Change Dilemma for Coastal America: How Much Flooding Is Too Much?
Bloomberg | Christopher Flavelle and Daniel Levitt | 07/12/17

... Local governments around the coastal U.S. will face variations on that dilemma, perhaps sooner than they realize. In a report released Wednesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists used federal data to project the year communities will become what it calls "chronically inundated." The group, which urges Congress to take action to address climate change, defined that threshold as any community that faced flooding an average of every two weeks across at least 10 percent of its area.

It's not just small towns along the beach. By 2100, a third of Savannah, Georgia could be flooded twice a month, including more densely populated parts of the city's historic downtown. ... Read more

The Everybody-Does-It Defense of Collusion
TheAtlantic | Mckay Coppins | 07/11/17

After months of vehement denials, Trump supporters and surrogates are trying a new tack: If collusion occurred, it was no big deal.

As evidence continues to mount suggesting the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election, the president's allies have shifted to a new defense. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put it: "You could argue it's dumb, but it's not illegal."

For months, the White House has fervently denied allegations of collusion, with President Trump routinely dismissing Russia stories in the press as "fake news," and calling himself the victim of an historically unprecedented "witch hunt." His Republican defenders have largely followed suit, rejecting the entire collusion narrative as a "hoax," or at least a partisan smear. ... Read more

Steve Bannon is back -- and while we're all distracted he wants to outsource the war in Afghanistan
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 07/12/17

While Don Jr. implodes, Steve Bannon and Erik Prince have hatched a plan to privatize war and pillage Afghanistan

... Ever since President Trump's inauguration there has been a tremendous amount of palace intrigue with factions loyal to Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon fighting for influence alongside whichever policy advisers and cabinet officials happen to be relevant that particular week. The Russia scandal has implicated Kushner in ways that make him especially vulnerable, however, and Bannon appears to be filling the vacuum.

According New York Magazine's Joshua Green, who has been following Bannon for years and has a new book coming out on the subject called "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency," Bannon is fully back in the fold after a few shaky months and he's advising Trump to fight and win by any means necessary. Green reports that the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the recent moves on immigration and Trump's Warsaw speech are all signs that Bannon's influence is once again on the rise. He notes that Bannon, so far, is personally untouched by the Russia scandal: ... Read more

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Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton | DN | 07/12/17 | 14:31
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  4. Mexico Spied on Human Rights Investigators & Families of Missing Students Instead of the Kidnappers
  5. 122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Do Trump Jr.'s Russia Emails Live up to the Hype? | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 17:57
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Donald Trump Jr Collusion Admission Leaves Jared Kushner Exposed | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/11/17 | 19:50
United States Secrets (Snowden Leaks) | PBS Frontline | 03/18/17 | 1:56:11
Edward Snowden Exposes Donald Trump FULL Interview 2017 | VarietyVanity | 02/15/17 | 54:46
Joe Scarborough: 'I Think A Lot Of Republicans Feel The Way I Do' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/12/17 | 6:22
Donald Trump Jr.: We Now Know For Sure That Russia Was Involved | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/12/17 | 7:27
Trump supporters defense of Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting makes Anderson Cooper laugh | CNN | 07/11/17 | 9:54
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Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own 'Deepthroat' | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 10:36
Mika Brzezinski And Joe Scarborough Unpack Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 7:31
Joe Scarborough Explains Why He's Done With The GOP | Stephen Colbert | 07/12/17 | 4:58
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A Russian, an Email and an Idiot: Did Donald Trump Jr. Incriminate Himself? | The Daily Show | 07/11/17 | 9:25

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Emails reveal Donald Trump Jr. wanted to work with Russia to get Hillary Clinton dirt
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 07/11/17

Donald Trump Jr. has just released emails on Twitter that may make his case look worse than it did prior to the scathing story by The New York Times over the weekend.

In a series of Twitter posts that he insisted were intended to be "totally transparent," Trump Jr. revealed a series of emails that he exchanged with former tabloid journalist Rob Goldstone. Perhaps the most damning exchange occurs on the fourth page, when Goldstone writes:

"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father." ... Read more

Sean Hannity blames Democrats for the Donald Trump Jr. problems
Salon | Taylor Link | 07/11/17

The Fox News host pre-taped his show Monday before news broke that there was emails about Russia's involvement

Fox News host Sean Hannity lives in an alternative universe and is begging his audience to join him. The right-wing commentator took his spin to towering new heights on Monday when he blamed everybody except the Trump administration for the growing Russia scandal.

Hannity, a mouthpiece for President Donald Trump, had the audacity to point his fingers at Democrats for the shady meeting that took place in June 2016 involving Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and a Russian attorney. ... Read more
Hannity RIPS Everyone! | Sean Hannity | 07/11/17 | 16:08

Read the Emails in Which Donald Trump Jr. Is Offered Clinton Dirt
MotherJones | James West | 07/11/17

New emails published by the New York Times Tuesday morning reveal that Donald Trump Jr. leapt at the chance to meet with a Russian lawyer who, he was told, was acting as an emissary from the Russian government and offering the Trump campaign negative information on Hillary Clinton.

The emails -- which Trump Jr. tweeted out when he learned the Times was going to reveal them -- show top Trump campaign advisers colluding, or attempting to collude, with Vladimir Putin's regime. This is a dramatic development in the Trump-Russia scandal and undercuts the many claims from the Trump camp that Donald Trump and his associates had no contacts with the Russian government during the campaign. ... Read more
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Trump Jr.'s Emails and a Question of Russian Collusion | Bloomberg | 07/11/17 | 2:27
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Trump & Putin Talk, But US-Russia Confrontation Lingers | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 24:01
UN Adopts Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban over US-Led Opposition | TRNN | 07/11/17 | 19:10
Ivanka Sits In For Trump At G20 | TYT | 07/10/17 | 7:48
Trump Backpedals On Joint "Cyber Security Unit" With Russia | TYT | 07/10/17 | 7:45
Is Donald Trump Jr. Guilty Of Treason? | TYT | 07/10/17 | 6:49
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Anti-Social: Why Disagreements Turn Into Death Threats Online | 1a.org | 07/11/17 | 1hr
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Mr. President Wasn't Mr. Popular At The G20 Summit | Stephen Colbert | 07/11/17 | 5:02
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Donald Trump Jr. Reminds Everyone How Incompetent His Dad's Administration Is | The Daily Show | 07/10/17 | 4:57

Monday July 10, 2017

Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
TheAtlantic | Mihir A. Desai | date

While lots of attention is directed toward identifying the next great startup, the defining tech-industry story of the last decade has been the rise of Apple and Google. In terms of wealth creation, there is no comparison. Eight years ago, neither one of them was even in the top 10 most valuable companies in the world, and their combined market value was less than $300 billion. Now, Apple and Alphabet (Google's parent company) have become the two most valuable companies, with a combined market capitalization of over $1.3 trillion. And increasingly, these two behemoths are starting to collide in various markets, from smartphones to home-audio devices to, according to speculation, automobiles.

But the greatest collision between Apple and Google is little noticed. The companies have taken completely different approaches to their shareholders and to the future, one willing to accede to the demands of investors and the other keeping power in the hands of founders and executives. These rival approaches are about something much bigger than just two of the most important companies in the world; they embody two alternative models of capitalism, and the one that wins out will shape the future of the economy. ... Read more

Joan Lee, Wife Of Marvel's Stan Lee, Has Died
The pair had been married 69 years.

Quantum computers compete for "supremacy"
Salon | Neil Savage, Scientific American | date

But to realize those visions, scientists first have to figure out how to actually build a quantum computer that can perform more than the simplest operations. They are now getting closer than ever, with IBM in May announcing its most complex quantum system so far and Google saying it is on track this year to unveil a processor with so-called "quantum supremacy" -- capabilities no conventional computer can match.

Small systems exist, but the next steps in the race to make them bigger will have to determine whether quantum computers can deliver on their potential. Scientists and industry players have focused largely on one of two approaches. One cools loops of wire to near --273.15 degrees Celsius, or absolute zero, turning them into superconductors where current flows with virtually no resistance. The other relies on trapped ions -- charged atoms of the rare earth element ytterbium held in place in a vacuum chamber by laser beams and manipulated by other lasers. The oscillating charges (in both the wires and the trapped ions) function as quantum bits, or "qubits," which can be harnessed to carry out the computer's operations. .. Read more

Our first and last home
Salon | Jesse Soloff | 07/09/17

Five months before my young wife died of cancer, we bought our first home together. We knew it would be her last

We had bought our first home, in the Charlotte, North Carolina, neighborhood of NoDa, five months earlier, in the spring of 2016, knowing that it would likely be our last. Not because we would spend the rest of our lives there, but because that's where Taylor would spend the rest of hers. ... Read more

"I'm Gonna Unchain The Dogs" Bannon Warned Ailes During Trump-Fox Spat
ZeroHedge | author | 07/101/17

Amid the 2016 Presidential campaign, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly told late Fox News head Roger Ailes to "go fuck yourself" during the Trump campaign's battle with the news network.

New York Magazine reported that Ailes, who died in May, sent his personal lawyer, Peter Johnson Jr., to Breitbart headquarters in D.C. to tell Bannon to stop running stories against then-Fox News host Megan Kelly, who questioned to President Trump during a primary debate about his behavior and language about women.,

As The Hill reports, Bannon reportedly refused to call off the coverage, calling Kelly "pure evil" and saying that she would turn on Ailes one day. ... Read more

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  3. Even as All G20 Countries Except U.S. Affirm Paris Deal, Nations Pour $72B a Year into Fossil Fuels
  4. Award-Winning Journalist Amy Wilentz on Just How Little Jared Kushner Knows About Foreign Politics
**Has the Environmental Movement Failed? A Conversation with Dr. David Suzuki | TRNN | 07/10/17 | 20:38
*How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 9:33
Trump's Alt Right Manifesto is War | TYT | 07/09/17 | 4:02
Is Media "Helping To Divide The Nation?" | TYT | 07/09/17 | 8:36
What Really Happened in the Closed Doors Meeting Between Trump and Putin? | TYT | 07/09/17 | 9:17
Keiser Report: Trump's Agenda (E1094) | RT | 07/08/17 | 25:50
The GOP's Phony Choice on Healthcare | ThomHartmann | 07/07/17 | 28:01
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Senator Pat Toomey: President Donald Trump's Meeting With Putin A 'Disappointment' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/10/17 | 11:13
Did Donald Trump Get Played By Vladimir Putin? | MSNBC Last Word | 07/07/17 | 16:02
This linguist studied the way Trump speaks for two years. Here's what she found. | WashingtonPost | 07/07/17 | 4:20
John Bolton: Putin looked Trump in the eye and lied | Fox News | 07/07/17 | 8:09
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Friday July 07, 2017

More Americans Trust Merkel Than Trump To Handle Foreign Affairs
HP | Ariel Edwards-Levy | 07/06/17

Residents of most G-20 countries ? including the United States ? have more faith in German Chancellor Angela Merkel than in U.S. President Donald Trump to handle world affairs, according to newly released data from Pew Research.

Fifty-six percent of Americans say they have some or a lot of confidence in Merkel to do the right thing regarding foreign affairs, according to the poll published Wednesday. Just 46 percent have a similar level of confidence in Trump. ... Read more
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Rachel Maddow Says Forged NSA Document Being Shopped Around To News Outlets
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 07/07/17

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said she had a "strange scoop" to share with audiences Thursday night after receiving what she believes is a meticulously forged document sent over her tip line with the intention to discredit her.

"I feel like I need to send this up like a flare for other news organizations in particular," Maddow said. "That's part of what I'm intending to do here with this story tonight."

Over the next 20 minutes, the MSNBC host discussed how her show received a document, purportedly from the National Security Administration, labeled as classified and filled with such bombshells about Russia that Maddow said if it were authentic, it would be a "gun still firing proverbial bullets." But after careful examination, which she describes in great detail, her show deemed the document a forgery. Read more

Maddow To News Orgs: Beware Of Forged Donald Trump Russia Documents! | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/06/17 | 21:18

Here's How Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes
AlterNet | Derek Kravitz / ProPublica | 07/05/17

Donald Trump sold two condos to Eric in April 2016 at a steep discount. But he doesn't appear to be on the hook for gift taxes.

In April 2016, as Donald Trump was on the cusp of clinching the Republican nomination for the White House, he sold two luxury condos near Manhattan's Central Park for less than half the price his company had said they were worth. The lucky buyer: Trump's son, Eric

Such family-friendly deals would normally incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift taxes. ... Read more

200 Years Of Immigration - Who Came To America, And When?
Here's another look -- this time, it's a data visualization from Insightful Interaction using data from the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics from 1820 to 2015. At first, immigration is coming almost exclusively from Europe. | Metrocosm | 05/04/16 | 1:41
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  4. Katrina vanden Heuvel: Now is Time for Trump & Putin to Negotiate, Not Escalate Tensions
  5. Berta Cáceres's Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras
How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 9:33
'Welcome to Hell': 100,000 Protesters Aim to 'Kettle' G20 Over Inequality, War and Climate Change | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 11:11
Nicolai Petro discusses -> Trump Tells Russia to Stop 'Destabilizing' Ukraine, But What's Really Going On? | TRNN | 07/06/17 | 16:45
Republican Regrets Auschwitz Gas Chamber Video | TYT | 07/05/17 | 5:09
Stephen Hawking warns: Trump is Pushing Us to the Apocalypse | ThomHartmann | 07/05/17 | 27:48
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/07/17 | 1hr
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump leave for a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Leaders of the world's top economies gather July 7-8; their disagreements range from wars to climate change and global trade.
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 07/07/17 | 1hr
Police search for evidence after a man was shot in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on July 2nd. Five people were killed and about another 50 wounded in gunfire in Chicago over the holiday weekend. On June 1, a task force was formed by the Chicago police and state and federal law enforcement to combat gun violence in the city.
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'Welcome To Hell' Protest Greets G20 Leaders | MSNBC | 07/06/17 | 2:33

Thursday July 06, 2017
Noam Chomsky July 05, 2017 - Ralph Nader Interviews | | 07/05/17 | 54:35
Noam Chomsky July 2017 - The Emerging World Order | Cognitive Science | 07/02/17 | 1:00:06

What Jared's office actually does
Politico | Nancy Scola | 07/01/17

Its briefing is almost comically broad, but the innovation office run by the presidential son-in-law is starting to take shape. Now can it succeed where others have floundered?

When a dozen and a half CEOs of the world's biggest tech companies descended on the White House last month, it turned a spotlight on one of the bigger mysteries of a mysterious White House: They were convened by the Office of American Innovation, the new operation being run by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. Announced with much fanfare by the president in March, the office was set up to bring "new thinking and real change" to the country's toughest problems, according to Trump, in part by drawing on the lessons of the private sector.

Since then, observers have been wondering just what it was, or even if it was. It didn't help that the sweep of its briefing was almost comically broad, from upgrading federal government's $82 billion worth of information technology, to spurring the creation of new jobs, changing how the country thinks about apprenticeships and "unleashing American business." Not to mention working with sometimes-antagonist Chris Christie's commission on tackling the United States' opioid epidemic. (And all this while Kushner is also supposed to be tackling Middle Eastern peace.) ... Read more

Quote of the Day: Who Cares If Trump Is Mentally Fit?

The Flashpoints for World Leaders at the Hamburg G-20
Bloomberg | Alan Crawford and Sam Dodge | 07/06/17

The Group of 20 summit that starts in Hamburg on Thursday is the most anticipated -- and potentially turbulent -- meeting of global leaders in years. An unpredictable U.S. president with a protectionist bent, a Russian leader subject to international sanctions and a Chinese president looking to assert a greater global role are just a few of the factors that might stoke tensions.

Sparks could really fly over the policy agenda of free trade, climate change and migration put forward by the German host. Angela Merkel is determined to avoid a repeat of May's G-7 meeting in Italy, where it was six against one: Donald Trump. Yet she acknowledges that "the discord is obvious" and "it would be dishonest to paper over the confict." ... Read more

Trump's Warsaw, Poland Press Conference in 60 Seconds | Bloomberg | 07/06/17 | 1:00

Yes, the Mainstream Media Does Publish Fake News
A timeline of global warming denial in the media.
MotherJones | Rebecca Leber | 07/05/17

At the briefing, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was asked whether Trump thinks humans are warming the planet. After refusing to comment on the president's views, Pruitt said that the "degree of human contribution" to global warming remains uncertain. That uncertainty, Pruitt suggested, makes it difficult to decide how policymakers should respond. ...

... It's hardly surprising that a misleading New York Times column would be promoted by the administration of a president who sees global warming as a Chinese hoax. Skeptics have long sought to validate their views by injecting them into respectable media outlets. And they've frequently been successful. Here's a short history of climate misinformation infiltrating the mainstream news media: ... Read more

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  4. Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently: Syrian Citizen Journalists Document a City Under Siege
Journalist Tim Shorrock says -> Trump Talks Tough Instead of Talking to North Korea | TRNN | 07/05/17 | 16:10
Journalist Ari Berman of The Nation says -> Trump Panel Demands Private Voter Info, Gets Backlash Instead | TRNN | 07/05/17 | 9:54
Dems Could Have Stopped Saudi Arms Deal If Not For Joe Manchin | TYT | 07/05/17 | 5:28
Keiser Report: Anarchy Currencies (E1093) | RT | 07/06/17 | 25:45
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Are the Saudis funding extremism? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 07/06/17 | 25:30
Rami Khouri: In Rift with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE Want to Hold Back Waves of Changer | DN | 07/06/17 | 10:49
Why Saudi Arabia Wants Qatar to Shut Al Jazeera | NYTimes | 06/30/17 | 3:58
Arms and Resistance in Jobar | Aljazeera: People and Power | 07/06/17 | 26:00
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Wednesday July 05, 2017
Bernie Sanders at the Peoples Summit
Bernie Sanders on Resisting Trump, Why the Democratic Party is an "Absolute Failure" & More | DN | 07/03/17 | 55:04

8 Years, 2 Presidents, And A Whole Different World
HP | S.V. Date | 07/03/17

It was the cab driver's last trip of the evening, close to midnight, running me from the G-7 summit press filing center to my hotel a few miles away, and as he sped down the deserted streets we made small talk about that day's meetings.

He was an older guy, driving an older minivan, whose English was even more limited than my Italian. I said the day's meetings had gone fine when, placing my accent, he asked me how Signor Trump was doing.

I almost answered automatically -- he was fine -- when on a lark I told him that I'd written a story saying people thought he was "molto pazzo" -- very crazy. That many Italians were saying this.

Which was when he raised a hand: "No. No. Signor Trump non è molto pazzo. Signor Trump è tutto pazzo."

Over the next few minutes I was able to discern some of his other views on Signor Trump. That he was an old man but acted like a "bambino." That there was something not right with his "testa." And how did he possibly get so rich being so dumb?

Hearing this wasn't surprising. I'd already talked to people in Rome, Milan and Genoa, and this seemed to be the consensus view in Italy. (Indeed, a new Pew poll shows that low regard for President Donald Trump is not confined to Italy, but is pretty common around the world.) Trump's recent visit to Rome drew protests, but the mayor's refusal to grant permits kept them relatively modest. ... Read more

CNN Has The 'Trust' Advantage Over President Trump In A New Poll
HP | Carla Herreria | 07/04/17/span>

Even as controversy continues over President Donald Trump's tweet of a video showing him beating up a personified version of CNN, a poll released Tuesday shows the cable news outlet edging him in trust among most Americans. The survey also showed the New York Times, Washington Post and the broadcast television networks faring better than Trump in trustworthiness. But the poll, conducted by Survey Monkey and published by Axios, also illustrates the stark political divide in the U.S. ... Read more

The Qatar Crisis
TRNN | Adam Hanieh | Republished

The June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt to suspend diplomatic ties with Qatar has sent shockwaves through the Middle East.

The ensuing blockade shut down much of the Gulf's maritime and land trade with Qatar, provoking fears that the tiny state would soon face food shortages. Major air carriers, including Emirates, Gulf Air, flydubai, and Etihad Airways, canceled flights, and Qatari citizens living in the participating nations had just two weeks to return home. Even immigrants with Qatari residency permits would be caught up in the expulsion.

The UAE outlawed any expression of sympathy for Qatar -- including on Twitter -- and threatened offenders with jail terms of up to fifteen years. ... Read more

Trump Wants a Do-Over in Europe
Politico | Thomas Wright | 07/04/17

President Donald Trump is hoping Europe will give him a second chance. This week, he heads to Poland at the invitation of its president and to participate in a regional infrastructure summit and to Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 summit. The trip offers the chance for redemption after a catastrophic visit to Brussels in May that left the NATO alliance hanging by a thread because of his refusal to endorse Article 5, NATO's mutual defense clause.

G-20 summits are usually sleepy affairs, especially in recent years, but this occasion is replete with geopolitical intrigue. The trip is ambitious and difficult. I spoke with six serving officials, all off the record, and 10 recent officials and senior experts from the United States, Europe and Asia for this article. The overwhelming view is that the trip is finely poised between success and failure, with the outcome depending largely on whether Trump listens to his mainstream advisers or indulges his nationalist and America First impulses. The risks can be cast into three baskets--the Poland visit, the Trump-Putin meeting and the G-20 summit. ... Read more

4 Times Trump Has Inspired Widespread Speculation About His Cognitive Decline
Alternet | Kail Holloway | 07/05/17

Donald Trump has spent more than 20 percent of his presidency on the golf course, and this past weekend was no exception.

After three days of hitting balls around at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president finally decided to return to Washington, D.C. on Monday. Footage of Trump's arrival shows him exiting Air Force One, then descending the stairs leading from the plane to the tarmac, where a limousine festooned with American flag awaits. But instead of climbing inside, Trump wanders off in a different direction, taking several steps off course before a Secret Service agent can corral him. ... Read more

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Monday July 03, 2017

GOP Leaders Notably Silent As Trump Tweet Endorses Violence Against Journalists
HP | Marina Fang | 07/02/17

Following President Donald Trump's latest inflammatory tweet that essentially promoted violence against journalists, top GOP lawmakers so far have responded with silence, perpetuating their pattern of doing little as the nation's chief executive breaks more barriers in his war with the media.

Trump on Sunday tweeted what appeared to be an edited version of a 2007 clip of him beating up WWE founder Vince McMahon, with CNN's logo replacing McMahon's face. It was then retweeted by the president's official White House account, @POTUS, following a week of renewed attacks against CNN and other news outlets, which Trump has branded as "fake news" and "fraudulent."

"What about GOP leaders? What about Republican leaders?" CNN media reporter Brian Stelter asked Sunday about responses to the tweet. "Where's [House Speaker] Paul Ryan? Where's [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell? Are GOP leaders going to speak up about these attacks against the media?" ... Read more

How a Presidency Ends
New York | Frank Rich | 07/03/17

"Let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job," said Richard Nixon with typical unearned self-righteousness in July 1973. By then, more than a year had passed since a slapstick posse of five had been caught in a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex. It had been nine months since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported in the Washington Post that the break-in was part of a "massive campaign of political spying and sabotage" conducted by all the president's men against most of their political opponents. Now the nation was emerging from two solid months of Senate Watergate hearings, a riveting cavalcade of White House misfits and misdeeds viewed live by 71 percent of the public.

Even so, Nixon had some reason to hope that Americans would heed his admonition to change the channel. That summer, the Times reported that both Democratic and Republican congressmen back home for recess were finding "a certain numbness" about Watergate and no "public mandate for any action as bold as impeachment." ... Read more

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Donald Trump Behavior Hurts The Presidency, But He Doesn't Care | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/30/17 | 22:41
Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine
Naomi Klein: The Worst Is Yet to Come with Trump, So We Must Be Ready for Shock Politics | DN | 06/30/17 | 23:13
Naomi Klein: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine | Intercept | 06/13/17 | 8:54
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Friday June 30, 2017

The 5 Percent of Patients Who Account for Half the Nation's Health-Care
TheAtlantic | Karen Weintraub | 06/29/17

"Super-users" with complex medical needs make up a small fraction of U.S. patients, but they account for half of the nation's overall health-care spending. Now, innovative efforts are providing better care at lower costs.

... After more than a year of emergency and rehabilitative care following a devastating car accident, Rizzuto moved into a YMCA-run housing complex in this gritty New England town. But he still endured constant medical emergencies. "I was back and forth and in and out of the hospitals so much, it was like I didn't know I had an apartment here," the 56-year-old says, sitting in his small studio. His open wound kept getting infected; his diaphragm, weakened by his injury and his inability to quit smoking, left him gasping for breath; his urine-collection bag slipped out; his demons kept getting the better of him. The government eventually covered the cost of his care, but the relentless need for medical attention was exhausting and demeaning.

Then he opted into a Massachusetts health-care program called One Care that focuses on people with complex medical needs who are on Medicare. One Care provides 71 hours of aide support a week, a twice-weekly visit from a massage therapist, twice-monthly psychiatric care, a wheelchair support group, and a nurse practitioner who oversees and coordinates Rizzuto's care. If he struggles between visits--or just wants to talk--she's available by phone, even on weekends and after hours. Now, his life has a routine and a discipline that keeps emergencies at bay. "The difference it's made ..." he says, unable to fully express his gratitude. He estimates his hospital visits have dropped at least 75 percent since the One Care program took charge of his health. "I would hate like hell to not have them." ... Read more

Donald Trump is not well
WashingtonPost | Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough| 06/30/17/span>

President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America's leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, "Morning Joe."

The president's unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika "neurotic" and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. ... Read more
Trump Attacks Mika Brzezinski On Twitter | TYT | 06/29/17 | 11:43

Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was 'Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift'
NYTimes | Glenn Thrush | 06/29/17

President Trump lashed out Thursday at the appearance and intellect of Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," drawing condemnation from his fellow Republicans and reigniting the controversy over his attitudes toward women that nearly derailed his candidacy last year.

The president described Ms. Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and claimed in a series of Twitter posts that she had been "bleeding badly from a face-lift" during a social gathering at Mr. Trump's resort in Florida around New Year's Eve. The White House did not explain what had prompted the outburst, but a spokeswoman said Ms. Brzezinski deserved a rebuke because of her show's harsh stance on Mr. Trump. ... Read more

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  3. "Inaction Means Death": California Sees Groundswell of Support for Single-Payer Healthcare
  4. Naomi Klein: The Worst Is Yet to Come with Trump, So We Must Be Ready for Shock Politics
Lee Fang on Koch Brothers' Demand For Obamacare Repeal & Lobbyists Flourishing Under Trump, Part 2 | DN | 06/29/17 | 13:07
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Navy SEAL Shreds Trump Team For Using Vets As Props | TYT | 06/29/17 | 6:44
High Ranking Vatican Official Facing Multiple Sexual Offenses Charges | TYT | 06/29/17 | 8:08
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Focus Group Reacts To President Donald Trump: 'Impulsive, Chaotic' | MSNBC Morning Joe | older, 03/30/17 | 9:46
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Thursday June 29, 2017

Tillerson blows up at top White House aide
Politico | Josh Dawsey | 06/28/17

The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office, for torpedoing proposed nominees to senior State Department posts and for questioning his judgment.

Tillerson also complained that the White House was leaking damaging information about him to the news media, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Above all, he made clear that he did not want DeStefano's office to "have any role in staffing" and "expressed frustration that anybody would know better" than he about who should work in his department -- particularly after the president had promised him autonomy to make his own decisions and hires, according to a senior White House aide familiar with the conversation.

The episode stunned other White House officials gathered in chief of staff Reince Priebus' office, leaving them silent as Tillerson raised his voice. In the room with Tillerson and DeStefano were Priebus, top Trump aide Jared Kushner and Margaret Peterlin, the secretary of state's chief of staff. ... Read more

Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2008) by Naomi Klein

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors.Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors' beliefs now dominate our world - and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq - this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed. 'Packed with thinking dynamite ... a book to be read everywhere' John Berger 'If you only read one non-fiction book this year, make it this one' Metro Books of the Year 'There are a few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books' John Gray, Guardian 'A brilliant book written with a perfectly distilled anger, channelled through hard fact. She has indeed surpassed No Logo' Independent.
No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (June 13, 2017) by Naomi Klein

Donald Trump's takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda -- including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy -- will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment.

Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and "brand bullies." From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century -- the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say "no." Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring "yes," a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us -- one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need.

This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.

**T r u m p ' s L i e s
NYTimes | David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson | Friday 06/23/17

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump's lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

President Trump's political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama's birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump's "lies, plain and simple."

There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president -- of either party -- has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant. ... Read more

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Richard Wolff: "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism"
Richard Wolff: "Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism" | Talks at Google | 06/28/17 | 1:25:33
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Trump Thinks Healthcare Is Something You Can Win | Stephen Colbert | 06/29/17 | 6:37
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Wednesday June 28, 2017

'He kind of looks like a dick': Potential jurors take an immediate dislike to 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli
RawStory.com | Travis Getty | 06/27/17/span>

More than 120 potential jurors were dismissed Monday from the federal court trial in Brooklyn, where Shkreli faces eight counts of securities and wire fraud related to his two hedge funds and the drug company Retrophin, reported the New York Times.

Some of the jurors knew about the 34-year-old Shkreli, who became known as "the most hated man on the internet" two years ago after hiking the price of the drug Daraprim overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750 as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. "This is the price gouger of drugs," one potential juror said. "My kids are on some of these drugs. This impacts my kids." ... Read more
Pharma Bro's Jury Selection Is HILARIOUS | TYT | 06/27/17 | 4:43

In the past 28 years Republican Presidential Administrations have suffered 89 FELONY criminal convictions while Democratic Presidential Administrations have had ---- 1.

Reporter Rips Into Sarah Huckabee Sanders After "Fake News" Tirade
MotherJones.com | Inae Oh | 06/27/17

The heated exchange came as Sanders was responding to a question regarding a recently retracted CNN story concerning President Donald Trump and Russia that quickly prompted the resignation of three staff journalists the day before.

"If we make the slightest mistake, or the slightest word is off, it is just an absolute tirade from a lot of people in this room," Sanders said. "But news outlets get to go on day after day and cite unnamed sources, use stories without sources," she added.

"You're inflaming everyone right here right now with those words," Brian Karem of the Sentinel interrupted. "This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heavens, any one of us are replaceable and any one of us, if we don't get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us."

"What you just did is inflammatory to people all over the country who look at it and see once again the president's right and everybody else out here is fake media, and everybody in this room is only trying to do their job," he continued. ... Read more
Reporter Sick Of Being Called 'Fake News' Goes OFF | TYT | 06/27/17 | 7:26

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People Outside a Trump Rally Told us Why They Hate the Media | VICE | 06/23/17 | 4:15
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  4. D.C. Police Accused of Using "Rape as Punishment" Targeting Some Arrested During Trump Inauguration
  5. Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption, a Year After He Backed Ouster of Rousseff
Adam Weinstein of the National Iranian American Council says -> Trump's Only Iran Policy is Confrontation | TRNN | 06/28/17 | 19:45
Journalist Max Blumenthal says -> Is Trump's "Warning" to Syria a Prelude to Another Strike? | TRNN | 06/28/17 | 17:43
WHY Saudi Arabia Is Our Friend And Iran Is Our Enemy | TYT | 06/03/17 | 7:03
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Fake Donald Trump Time Magazine Cover Hangs At Mar-A-Lago | MSNBC All-In | 06/28/17 | 1:28
Paul Manafort Files Retroactively As Foreign Agent | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/28/17 | 14:06
Reporter Who Blasted White House's 'Fake News' Attacks Sounds Off | MSNBC 11th Hour | 06/28/17 | 8:40
Rep. Jim Himes Concerned Over President Donald Trump Syria Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/28/17 | 5:05
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'Repeal And Replace' Is Being 'Delayed And Postponed' | Stephen Colbert | 06/28/17 | 6:33
Trump Rejoices Over CNN's Commitment To Journalistic Ethics | Stephen Colbert | 06/28/17 | 3:00

Tuesday June 27, 2017

Republican Health Bill Would Leave 22 Million More People Without Insurance, CBO Projects
MotherJones | Patrick Caldwell | 06/26/17

The stats on the Senate health care bill are in: The Republicans' new plan to repeal Obamacare would leave 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 than under current law. That's according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the official scorekeeper for Congress, which also predicts that the federal government would spend $772 billion less on Medicaid over the next decade.

Senate Republicans kept the bill secret until last Thursday, but they are nonetheless rushing forward with a plan to vote on it by the end of this week so they can wrap things up before they head home for the Fourth of July. In a nearly unprecedented move, the entire drafting of the bill happened behind closed doors, with zero public hearings. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hopes that the accelerated schedule will help his members pass the controversial legislation before they are confronted by angry voters in their home states over the holiday recess ... Read more

Koch Group Says Republican Health Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough
Bloomberg | John McCormick | 06/24/17

Leaders from the influential Koch political network expressed concern about the Senate Republican plan to reshape the nation's health system, saying as they met with donors at a Colorado resort that the measure isn't sufficiently conservative.

"We've been disappointed that movement has not been more dramatic toward a full repeal or a broader rollback of this law, Obamacare," Tim Phillips, the president of the Koch-affiliated political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, told reporters. ... Read more

Kochfest 2017 Billionaires: Time To Get What We Paid For! | TYT | 06/26/17 | 9:04

The Exasperating Difficulty of Trying to Understand Trump's Finances
Atlantic | Jeremy Venook |06/27/17/span>

On December 6th, then-President-elect Donald Trump was angry at the airplane manufacturer Boeing. The company, he felt, was overcharging for its newest version of Air Force One, leading him to tweet, "Cancel order!" Some were quick to point out that the situation seemed to present a conflict of interest: According to the disclosure forms he filed with the Federal Election Commission in May 2016, Trump owned stock in Boeing and had a personal financial stake in the company's performance (although why he would publicly disparage a company in which he owned stock was anybody's guess). In response, Trump's spokesman at the time, Jason Miller, informed reporters that Trump had sold not only his stock in Boeing but also all of his other stocks that June, although neither Trump nor Miller provided any proof.

On June 16, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) published Trump's latest disclosure paperwork, offering the first glimpse into his finances since he took office--and the first chance to hold Miller's statement to the level of scrutiny an official spokesperson for any president-elect warrants. Alongside pages that show, for example, that Mar-a-Lago, which Trump calls his "Winter White House" and has visited numerous times this year, saw a $7 million uptick in revenue, the document's "Other Assets" section lists his stock and bond holdings. Did this section perhaps provide an opportunity to verify Miller's claim? ... Read more

The Amazing New Trump Defense | Keith Olberman | 06/26/17 | 24:40
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  2. Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance
  3. Supreme Court Allows Part of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect Before Ruling on Constitutionality
  4. In Major Church-State Decision, Supreme Court Sides with Religious Institution
  5. Court: Bush Administration Officials Can't Be Held Liable for Post-9/11 Mass Roundup of Muslims
  6. Dahlia Lithwick: Justice Neil Gorsuch Proving to Be "Far to the Right" of Antonin Scalia
Hersh: Trump Ignored Intel Before Bombing Syria | TRNN | 06/27/17 | 20:38
In an exclusive interview, veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh discusses his new report that President Trump bombed a Syrian military airfield in April despite warnings that U.S. intelligence had found no evidence that the Assad regime used a chemical weapon.
CBO: Trumpcare Would Kick 22 MILLION Off Healthcare | TYT | 06/26/17 | 7:43
China's old Silk Road revival: hi-speed trains, massive skyscrapers and free-trade zones | RT | 06/26/17 | 24:27
**Antarctica on the edge | Aljazeera | 06/27/17 | 24:40
*Dispatches - Behind Enemy Lines | Dispatches | older, 07/08/16 | 49:01
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen's Trip To Russia Was Supposed To Be Secret | The Daily Show | 06/27/17 | 4:11
Stephen Leaks Drawings Of Sean Spicer's No-Camera Press Briefing | The Daily Show | 06/27/17 | 2:07

Monday June 26, 2017

**T r u m p ' s L i e s
NYTimes | David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson | Friday 06/23/17

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump's lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

President Trump's political rise was built on a lie (about Barack Obama's birthplace). His lack of truthfulness has also become central to the Russia investigation, with James Comey, the former director of the F.B.I., testifying under oath about Trump's "lies, plain and simple."

There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths. Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president -- of either party -- has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant. ... Read more

Donald Trump Confirms He Called House GOP Health Care Bill 'Mean'
HP | Marina Fang | 06/25/17

The bill was the same one he celebrated at the White House Rose Garden.

President Donald Trump confirmed that he privately called the House Republicans' health care bill "mean," the same legislation he publicly celebrated with a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

Asked about former President Barack Obama's response to the Senate version of the bill, unveiled Thursday, Trump said that his predecessor, who blasted the legislation's "fundamental meanness," had appropriated "my term." "He used my term: 'mean,'" Trump told "Fox and Friends" in an interview that aired Sunday. "That was my term, because I want to see -- and I speak from the heart -- that's what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart."

Based on unnamed congressional sources, it had been reported earlier this month that Trump told GOP senators during a private meeting that the House bill was "mean," and the Senate version should be "more generous." ... Read more

What if Trump Actually Fires Mueller? | Keith Olbermann | 06/23/17 | 5:26

Martha The Mastiff, 'World's Ugliest Dog,' Is Droopy, Gassy And Gorgeous
HP | author |06/25/17

The 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff snoozed and snored as the judges crowned her the winner of the annual contest (PHOTOS). ... Read more

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  3. Arundhati Roy on the Rising Hindu Right in India, the Gujarat Massacre & Her Love of Eduardo Galeano
  4. Jackson, Miss. Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba: I Plan to Build the "Most Radical City on the Planet"
**Peter Sinclair examines -> Estimates of Sea Level Rise by 2100 Have Tripled in the Past Few Years | TRNN | 06/26/17 | 17:09
**National Security Archives Malcolm Byrne -> 64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup | TRNN | 06/25/17 | 23:24
*Fmr. Iranian Diplomat: ISIS Attack on Tehran 'Managed by Saudi Arabia' | TRNN | older, 06/08/17 | 19:24
Trump Accuses Qatar Of Terrorism, IMMEDIATELY Sells Them Weapons | TYT | 06/25/17 | 2:52
Betsy DeVos Picks Student Loan CEO To Run Student Loan System | TYT | 06/25/17 | 4:13
Global Opium Epidemic: Killing Industry of Afghanistan | RT | 06/25/17 | 4:13
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**Mika Brezinski SLAMS Trump For His 'Disturbing' Lies At Iowa Rally | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/25/17 | 9:22
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | 06/25/17 | 27:14
Ivanka & Jared: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | older, 04/23/17 | 22:27

Friday June 23, 2017

Donald Trump Offers Nearly Incomprehensible Explanation For James Comey Tapes Claims
HP | Willa Frej | 06/23/17

President Donald Trump admitted this week that he did not tape his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey despite his earlier tweets suggesting he had. When asked why he did this in an interview that aired Friday, he offered the following perplexing explanation:

"When he found out that there may be tapes out there, whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, I think his story may have changed," Trump said in an interview alongside first lady Melania. "I mean, you'll have to take a look at that, because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events." ... Read more

Read the Senate Republican health care bill (full text)
CNN | author | 06/22/17

The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors is finally public on Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. ... Read more

No Wonder Republicans Were Hiding Trumpcare... | TYT | 06/22/17 | 16:44

Paris Air Show: Flying Cars, Supersonic Jets and One Big Rivalry
Bloomberg | Chris Reiter | older, 06/20/17

Boeing and Airbus are battling for aircraft orders at the International Paris Air Show, the biggest aviation gathering in the world this year. Low fuel prices, a lack of new planes and aggressive ordering in past years means deal flow could be light. Boeing has drawn in some buyers with new 737 Max 10, which is being positioned to rival the hot-selling Airbus A321neo. Meanwhile, there's also a range of far-out concepts on display like supersonic jets and flying cars. Over 350,000 visitors attended the biennial event in 2015, which this year is open to the public from June 23-25. ... Read more

I Found Trump's Diary--Hiding in Plain Sight
Politico | Michael Kruse | 06/25/17

Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump's Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don't want to lose it.

Lots of people want President Trump to stop tweeting. Mitch McConnell wants him to stop tweeting. Carly Fiorina wants him to stop tweeting. Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins and other Republican members of Congress and some Democrats in Congress and Jeb Bush and many of Trump's advisers and attorneys and even some of his supporters (although not all of his supporters) want him to stop tweeting. His wife wants him to stop. A majority of business leaders want him to stop, and a majority of millennials, and a majority of voters, period. His tweeting, they all believe, is unseemly and incendiary, legally risky and chaotic, undiplomatic, demoralizing, destructive, and distracting, too--for everybody, but especially for Trump. ... Read more

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  2. Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class
  3. By Defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans Would Reduce Services That Make Abortion Unnecessary
  4. Support Grows for Single-Payer Medicare-for-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare
  5. Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa's Biggest Refugee Crisis?
Nina Turner talks -> to organizers from West Virginia and Ohio about the challenges of living and affecting change in rural America | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 14:58
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 06/04/17 | 1hr
America's relationship with North Korea worsens after 22-year-old Otto Warmbier's return home in a coma. He died shortly after. The President has called Warmbier's death "a disgrace." What now? Also, the latest attack on London and Saudi Arabia's King rewrites the rules on succession.
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 06/04/17 | 1hr
We'll discuss why gun owners in particular have concerns surrounding the death of Philando Castile and why some want the NRA to speak out. Plus, back room dealing on healthcare, and is the President's front man moving on?
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US Officials Still Assessing Russia 2016 Hack | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/22/17 | 25:09
Dems On Donald Trump Claim There Are No James Comey Tapes: Prove It | MSNBC | 06/22/17 | 8:49
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Whatever Trump Is Selling, His People Are Buying | The Daily Show | 06/22/17 | 7:30
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Senate GOP Tries to Rush Its Cruel Trumpcare Bill: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers | 06/22/17 | 11:14

Thursday June 22, 2017

Trump Says He Doesn't Want Poor People In Charge Of The Economy
HP | Nick Visser | 06/22/17

President Donald Trump, addressing criticism that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others in his Cabinet are too rich, said at an Iowa rally Wednesday that he doesn't want poor people in charge of the economy.

"These are people that are great, brilliant business minds, and that's what we need, that's what we have to have so the world doesn't take advantages of us," Trump, told a crowd of about 6,000 in Cedar Rapids. "We can't have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense? Does that make sense? ... Read more

Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible 'money laundering by Trump associates'
Raw Story | Elizabeth Preza | older, 06/14/17

In addition to investigating whether or not Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly investigating "money laundering by Trump associates," the New York Times reports.

The Times report corroborates a separate bombshell Washington Post article, published Wednesday, that said in addition to possible obstruction, investigators are also "looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates."

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates," a source told the Times. "The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers. Read more

Counsel Investigating Trump For Money Laundering | TYT | 06/21/17 | 5:20
Oliver Stone on how the US misunderstands Putin | Financial Times | 06/15/17 | 8:06

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. emerge as possible targets in Mueller probe of Russian money laundering
RawStory | Travis Gettys | 06/21/17

Trump biographer Tim O'Brien published a detailed report Wednesday on Bloomberg examining the president's ties to suspected money launderers through the Bayrock Group -- often through real estate deals negotiated by his children.

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. come up several times in the piece, particularly in relationship with former Bayrock employee Felix Sater, a mob informant and felon who claims ties to Russian intelligence.

Bayrock partnered with Trump and his two eldest children on a series of real estate transactions between 2002 and 2011, according to Bloomberg, including the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium. ... Read more

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  2. As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect -- His Own Son -- to Be Crown Prince
  3. From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis
  4. U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE
  5. Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers
Bill Black -> Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:03
Ben Norton of Alternet's Grayzone Project -> Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:16
Steven Donziger, the lawyer representing affected indigenous communities in Ecuador -> US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Chevron Pollution Case | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 12:08
How "Blue Dog" Democrats Are Helping Trump | TYT | 06/21/17 | 6:58
Philando Castile Dash Cam Footage Released (VIDEO) | TYT | 06/21/17 | 12:55
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Dems Have Lost Economic Message, Says Dem | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 10:18
Vladimir Putin's Power In Russia Exaggerated, Says Author Mikhail Zygar | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Georgia, Healthcare, and All The Other Bad Things | Samantha Bee | 06/21/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Republicans Want A Vote, Not A Debate, On Healthcare | Stephen Colbert | 06/22/17 | 3:26

Tuesday & Wednesday June 20 & 21, 2017
Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren DESTROY "Cowardly" Republican Health Care Bill | C-Span | 06/19/17 | 33:10

Ford To Move Focus Production From Michigan To China
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/21/17

Under pressure from Donald Trump, Ford scrapped its plans to build a $1 billion plant in Mexico that would've produced its Focus compact car. But in a move that's likely to vex the president, the automaker has decided to relocate its production to China in 2019.

... On Tuesday, Ford announced it will shift its Michigan production of the Focus to China. According to Bloomberg, the automaker plans to then sell those made-in-China vehicles to the U.S. market. Once this transition is completed, the Focus will reportedly be the biggest automotive export ever from China to the U.S. ... Read more

Alex Jones Of 'Infowars,' Conspiracy Theories, And Trump Campaign (Full) | NBC Megyn Kelly | 06/20/17 | 17:35

GOP sneak attack on health care nears a critical moment -- and it's a total monstrosity
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 06/20/17

A few days ago a Republican Senate aide was asked by a reporter why the GOP leadership felt the need to keep all the discussions for the health care bill completely under wraps and he replied, "We're not stupid." Leading Republicans know that what they're planning is so poisonous to the voters that if they let anyone see the monstrosity they're constructing before the bill is hurriedly voted on and signed into law by President Donald Trump, it could well cause riots. After all, according to recent polling, only 17 percent of the American people surveyed said they approved of the bill as it currently stands.

The fact is that Republicans are willing to destroy the health and financial security of millions of Americans so they can give massive tax cuts to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and others like them who are lucky enough to be vastly wealthy. This is their first real chance to enact permanent tax cuts since 1986. (This Vox article explains why that is.) Republicans have been chasing this dream a very long time. It is their white whale, so important that even the prospect of millions of people suffering and going bankrupt is not enough to make them think better of it. They are willing to hold hands, jump over a cliff and commit political suicide for it. ... Read more

Why Republicans are still desperate to pass a health bill absurdly quickly
Vox | Andrew Prokop | older, 05/02/17

Their complex legislative strategy falls apart if health reform doesn't pass very soon.

This behavior might come off as odd. The original Obamacare bill, after all, took more than a year to pass, but it did pass in the end. So why not take it slow, legislate, build support, and make compromises over the following months in a process like the one Democrats used, rather than continuing on this mad dash?

Republicans do have a rationale. Months ago, they agreed on a legislative strategy designed to game Senate rules so they could pass two major bills -- Obamacare repeal and tax reform -- with just 51 votes, ensuring that the filibuster would be bypassed and Democratic support wouldn't be necessary. Furthermore, the GOP agreed to put health care first, which would have the happy side benefit of allowing them to pass a bigger total permanent tax cut, for other complex Senate rules--related reasons. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
So, Does Trump Have Tapes of Comey? (#88) | Keith Olbermann | 06/20/17 | 6:16
Trump Appears to Be Self-Destructing (#87) | Keith Olbermann | 06/19/17 | 7:00
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  2. As Jon Ossoff Loses Georgia Special Election, Where Do Democrats Go from Here in Challenging GOP?
  3. Katrina vanden Heuvel Cautions Against Overreading into Ossoff's Loss in Georgia Special Election
  4. Media Malpractice? As GOP Moves to Strip Healthcare from Millions, Press Remains Focused on Russia
  5. Can Brooklyn's Little Pakistan Survive Trump? Inside One Family's Fight to Stop Their Deportation
Michael Lighty of National Nurses United says -> The Fight Within the Democratic Party Over California Universal Health Insurance Plan | TRNN | 06/19/17 | 12:29
Obesity Is Ridiculously Deadly | TYT | 06/19/17 | 5:55
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The1a.org
Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It. | The1a.org | 06/21/17 | 1hr
The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown -- the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.
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Robert Mueller Team Paints Picture Of Donald Trump Russia Investigation | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/20/17 | 4:20
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
Lawrence: Donald Trump Has The Worst Lawyers Of Any President | MSNBC Last Word | 06/20/17 | 6:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Sean Spicer Is Irreplaceable (Because No One Wants His Job) | Stephen Colbert | 06/21/17 | 6:55
Is Trump Under Investigation? His Lawyer Says Yes, No, And More! | Stephen Colbert | 06/20/17 | 7:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Terrifying Tale of Trumpcare | The Daily Show | 06/20/17 | 7:15

Monday June 19, 2017

Trump's Poll Numbers Crater Even Further As GOP Support Slips
AlterNet | m2c4 / DailyKos | 06/18/17

Lost amid all the dramatics of Jeff Sessions' testimony,Trump's ranting and ravings, and his reported desire to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, (which we all know he will eventually do), was an AP poll that confirmed Nate Silver's earlier analysis that Trump's support among Republicans is beginning to not only slip, but to slip badly.

Silver has pointed out that the level of strong support for Trump has slipped by almost one-third since his inauguration. And now the most recent AP-NORC poll shows that Trump's approval rating has dropped to 35% and over half of the country strongly disapproves of the job he is doing. But here is the real kicker from the AP poll: "Nearly a third of Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican party think Trump has little to no respect for the country's democratic institutions, and a quarter disapprove of the job he's doing as president." ... Read more

Megyn Kelly Grills Alex Jones In Controversial Interview
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 06/19/17

Megyn Kelly challenged Alex Jones' most inflammatory conspiracy theories in a much-anticipated interview that aired Sunday night on her new NBC News show, but Jones ducked her toughest questions.

The 17-minute long interview had prompted a public furore when it was first announced last week, with critics accusing Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly of lending credence to the right-wing radio personality's views by giving him a mainstream platform. Jones has in the past called the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a "hoax" and claimed that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was linked to a child sex ring. ... Read more

Why banks love public debt | Aljazeera | 06/18/17 | 2:03

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years
ZeroHedge | author | 06/19/17

Israel has been secretly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a "secret engagement in the enemy country's civil war" aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces, the WSJ reported. ... Read more

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So...How's The Resistance? | The1a.org | 06/19/17 | 1hr
Stephen Bannon's War | PBS Frontline | 05/29/17 | 51:58
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon | teleSUR English | older, 03/13/17 | 26:02
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  2. "Philando Can Be Any of Us": Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing
  3. Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile's Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence
  4. Advocates Resign En Masse from Trump's HIV/AIDS Council: Trump "Simply Does Not Care" About HIV
  5. Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked
  6. Egyptian Writer: Saudi Arabia Bankrolling Authoritarian Regimes Across the Arab World
James Early -> Trump Cuba Plan at Odds with 75% of Americans | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 13:38
Phyllis Bennis -> US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 14:19
Trump Keeps Stacking EPA With Fossil Fuel Stooges | TYT | 06/18/17 | 5:25
Fox News vs Harvard On ISIS Turns Into Embarrassing Ignorance Fest | TYT | older | 5:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
The June 1967 Arab-Israeli war lasted only six days but its consequences are still felt across the Middle East today. On June 5th, 1967, just three weeks after it marked the 19th anniversary of its founding, the state of Israel went to war with the armies of neighbouring Egypt, Syria and Jordan. What would come to be known to Israelis as the Six-Day War and to Arabs as the June War, saw the defeat of three of the mightiest armies in the region, in a total victory for Israel.
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Political Ad Uses Scalise Shooting As Its Subject | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/19/17 | 6:22
Key Donald Trump Players Get Lawyers. Why? | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 13:52
Jared Kushner's Finances Examined In Russia Probe | MSNBC AM Joy | 06/19/17 | 6:02
Why the Air Is About to Come Out of America's Bubble Economy - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 32:22
How to Profit from the Coming Trump Train Wreck - Peter Schiff | Cambridge House | 06/09/17 | 25:35
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Hasan the Record - America's War Problem | The Daily Show | 06/17/17 | 4:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
GOP Senators Won't Let Us See Their New Healthcare Bill | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 5:03
Trump Says 'Not To Worry' About Rising Sea Levels | Stephen Colbert | 06/17/17 | 2:11
LastWeekTonight
We've heard a lot of talk about coal miners in the last year, but what are the real issues surrounding coal? | LastWeekTonight by John Oliver | 06/18/17 | 24:20

Friday June 16, 2017

The American Dream Is Fading Everywhere, But Almost Nowhere Faster Than Michigan
AlterNet | Ron French | older, 06/07/17

In 1977, Bryan Kaminski walked out of high school and into an Ypsilanti factory. By 19, the General Motors employee, making what amounted to $26 an hour in today's dollars, had enough money to buy a house.

In 2012, son Kyle Kaminski walked out of high school and onto the campus of Central Michigan University. Five years later, armed with a bachelor's degree, he earns $16 an hour as a reporter, the equivalent of 60 percent of what his father made straight out of high school. He rents a small Traverse City apartment he can only afford because his girlfriend splits the rent. He drives a 12-year-old car with 185,000 miles on it that he doesn't know how he'll ever be able to afford to replace. ... Read more

New Commerce Secretary Was No Friend to Russians at Cyprus Bank
NYTimes | Andrew Higgins | old, 03/06/17

When Wilbur L. Ross, a billionaire American investor, bought shares in the Bank of Cyprus three years ago, he found himself part owner of a big but failing bank with a vice chairman who used to work with Vladimir V. Putin in the Leningrad K.G.B. and five other Russians on its board. ...

... "Wilbur Ross was kind of a savior," said Andreas Neocleous, the founder and chairman of the biggest law firm in Cyprus, which bears his name and has many Russian clients. They have included Dmitri Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire who paid $95 million in 2008 to buy a Florida mansion from Mr. Trump, who had purchased it for less than half that just a few years earlier. ... Read more

Alex Jones
Note: I don't look at Alex Jones any more because I think he has gone off the deep end. However, I do think he has good points when he talked about the government doing things that are not in the best interest of the people. For an example, all the times the United State has interfered in the domestic business of other countries and have helped rig their elections, while we now cry foul because of the supposed interference in our own elections. And media giants cooperating with the government to deflect from what is really going on behind the scenes (look at the third video).
Alex Jones Megyn Kelly Full Interview Leaked | Alex Jones | 06/15/17 | 30:05
Alex Jones has released recordings made during a pre-interview between himself and Megyn Kelly to set the record straight after the release of the highly edited promo for the NBC hosts upcoming hit piece. Alex Jones has released recordings made during a pre-interview between himself and Megyn Kelly to set the record straight after the release of the highly edited promo for the NBC hosts upcoming hit piece.
Megyn Kelly faces backlash over interview with Alex Jones | ABC News | 06/15/17 | 5:40
Why People Think Sandy Hook is A Hoax | The Alex Jones Channel | older 01/27/13 | 17:30
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  3. Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award
  4. Rep. Ellison Responds to Scalise Shooting: Wild West Atmosphere of Firearm Regulation is Ridiculous
  5. Keith Ellison: GOP Is Pushing "Tax Cut Wrapped in Veneer of a Healthcare Bill" Under Extreme Secrecy
  6. Did Trump Violate Emoluments Clause from Day One by Receiving Payments to Trump Hotels, Trademarks?
  7. Democrats Launch "Resistance Summer" Focused on Healthcare, Education & Social Security
Trump Infrastructure Plan Lays the Foundation to Build Corporate Corruption and Greed | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 11:02
Ignoring Humanitarian Pleas, Senate OKs Saudi Weapons Sale | TRNN | 06/16/17 | 18:02
Trump Goes Back On Christian Promise | TYT | 06/15/17 | 5:04
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Mike Pence Hires Lawyer With Relevant Experience; Robert Mueller Builds Team | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/15/17 | 22:07
Why Robert Mueller Investigating Obstruction Of Justice 'Not A Turning Point' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 15:37
Former Watergate Prosecutor: Donald Trump Is A 'Nightmare Client' | MSNBC 11th Hour | 06/15/17 | 4:09
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**What's in the GOP's Mysterious Health Care Bill? | The Daily Show | 06/15/17 | 8:27
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Robert Mueller's Dream Team Is Giving Trump Nightmares | Stephen Colbert | 06/16/17 | 8:00
Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah Take Turns ROASTING Trump On His Presidency | Trevor Noah | 06/16/17 | 16:28

Thursday June 15, 2017

Donald Trump: Obstruction Of Justice Allegations Part Of 'Witch Hunt'
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 06/15/17

The president is accused of interfering in the FBI's Russia investigation.

President Donald Trump responded on Thursday to a new report indicating he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. The FBI's special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking into whether Trump tried to quell the bureau's investigation into his presidential campaign's ties to Russia, according to The Washington Post. Trump called the report "phony" and said the allegations amounted to "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history." ... Read more

Jeff Sessions Said "I Don't Remember" or "I Don't Recall" 26 Times During Senate Intel

Death Toll From London Apartment Complex Fire Climbs To 17
HP | author | date

I know this is inappropriate, but the first thought that came to mind was, "If this building was in New York city it would have fallen down within hours of the start of the fire. England must have shitty electrical codes, but great building codes".

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday promised a public inquiry into a fire that gutted a 24-story apartment block killing at least 17 people, as the government faced questions about how such a devastating blaze could have occurred.

Fire engulfed the social housing block, where as many as 600 people lived in more than 120 apartments, in the early hours of Wednesday, turning it into a flaming torch in minutes. ... Read more

Wells Fargo Is Accused of Making Improper Changes to Mortgages | NYTimes | Gretchen Morgenson | 06/14/17

Here's the GOP's attempt at damage control over Mueller investigation report
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 06/15/17

The GOP simultaneously insists that the leaks prove nothing and that the leakers should be thrown in jail

In the aftermath of a report that special counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation into potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Republicans and have instructed surrogates how to hit back.

Republican talking points include claiming there is no case for obstruction of justice, shifting attention to claims that former attorney general Loretta Lynch is the one who should be investigated for obstruction and insisting that the leakers are the real criminals here, according to a report by Philip Rucker of The Washington Post. ... Read more

How Democrats Would Fix Obamacare
TheAtlantic | Russell Berman | 06/15/17

They've said if Republicans dropped their repeal demand, they'd be willing to help repair the law. Here are some of their ideas.

As Republicans have been casting about for legislation to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have offered a consistent message in public: If the GOP drops its demand for repeal, we'll work with them to improve, or fix, the current law.

Exactly how Democrats would change the bill they enacted seven years ago is less clear. Lawmakers have floated a range of options, from tackling the cost of prescription drugs, to setting up a reinsurance program to shore up Obamacare's flagging exchanges, to reviving the idea of a "public option" that would compete with private carriers and drive down prices. ... Read more

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Hannity | Fox News | 06/14/17 | 7:09
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  5. Rep. Barbara Lee on Shootings: We Must Reduce the Hate in This Country
  6. Rep. Barbara Lee: Trump Should Keep Open Relations with Cuba, Not Reinstitute Failed U.S. Policy
  7. Rep. Barbara Lee: In Expanding Global Wars, Trump Is Creating More Havoc and Chaos & Has No Strategy
Oliver Stone Interviews Putin on U.S.-Russia Relations, 2016 Election, Snowden & NATO, Part 1 | DN | 06/14/17 | 23:00, Part 2 | DN | 10:03
Full Interview: Naomi Klein on "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics" | DN | 06/13/17 | 44:17
EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Not Only Reduces Poverty, But Improves Health of Communities | TRNN | 06/15/17 | 10:34
While Trump seeks to dramatically reduce federal spending for the poor, study shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits not only the lives of those who receive it, but also of entire communities, Jeanette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of PERI explain.
Death Toll Rising In London Apartment Fire | TYT | 06/14/17 | 5:04
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Joe On Virginia Shooting: Heated Rhetoric In This Country Must Calm Down | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 7:30
Why Robert Mueller Investigating Obstruction Of Justice 'Not A Turning Point' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/15/17 | 15:37
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Sessions's Southern-Fried SnoozeFest | Samantha Bee | 06/14/17 | 6:29
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Wednesday June 14, 2017

"I am not stonewalling": Jeff Sessions can't recall meeting with Russian ambassador, refuses to disclose his conversations with Trump
Salon | Sophia Tesfaye | 06/13/17/span>

In his highly anticipated appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vehemently denied ever speaking to Russian officials about last year's election. But Sessions refused to disclose any details about his conversations with President Donald Trump related to the investigation of Russian meddling or the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

In more than two and half hours of questioning, Sessions used his first congressional hearing since his confirmation to push back aggressively against the implications of Comey's testimony last week and the swirl of controversy surrounding the Trump administration. Sessions repeatedly came close to invoking executive privilege regarding his conversations with the president, while agreeing he had no authority to do so -- a bewildering dodge that clearly irritated several Democratic senators. ... Read more

Trump takes credit for new coal mine that had nothing to do with him
Trump touts the opening of a new coal mine he had nothing to do with, and which will only create 100 jobs Salon | Nicole Hallett | 06/14/17

The 50 Largest Stashes of Cash Companies Keep Overseas
Bloomberg | Laurie Meisler | 06/13/17

Although it's still short on details, President Trump's tax reform plan would spur companies that have been stockpiling cash overseas -- to avoid paying taxes -- to bring the money home. The tax outline he released in April doesn't specify a rate, but during the campaign Trump proposed a one-time tax of 10 percent on offshore earnings instead of the standard 35 percent corporate rate that would otherwise apply. (House Republicans are even more generous, proposing an 8.75 percent tax on foreign earnings held as cash and a 3.5 percent rate for all other foreign earnings.)

The repatriated money could be used on share buybacks, dividends, acquisitions and capital spending. Tech companies would be the biggest beneficiaries: Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems alone have a total of $427 billion stored overseas. The 50 top overseas cash holders in the S&P 500 have parked $925 billion of their cash and marketable securities outside the U.S., an increase of $118 billion since their filings one year ago. ... Read more

The Putin Interviews Paperback by Oliver Stone (Author), Robert Scheer (Foreword) (06/16/17)

Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span?never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone's trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.

Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia's involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, "Why did Russia hack the election?"; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," which the two watch together.

Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as "The Nixon Interviews" of 1977.

The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.
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Kamala Harris Rattles Jeff Sessions | TYT | 06/13/17 | 8:46
Republicans Tried To Ban Reporters From Senate Hallways | TYT | 06/13/17 | 4:31
Reaganism - 5 Men Now Own 1/2 the World's Wealth | ThomHartmann | 06/13/17 | 27:56
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President Trump's Team Desperate To Explain James Comey Firing | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/13/17 | 26:04
West London Grenfell Tower fire, multiple casualties confirmed | RT | 06/13/17 | 4:00:00
London fire: at least six dead after Grenfell tower block sets fire on Latimer Road in London | Channel 4 News | 06/14/17 | 27:41
Al Franken Breaks News On Additional Reported Jeff Sessions-Kislyak Meeting | MSNBC Last Word | older 05/31/17 | 6:32
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Jeff Sessions Can't Recall What He Forgot To Remember | Stephen Colbert | 06/14/17 | 7:28
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Rumors over Robert Mueller's Fate & Jeff Sessions in the Senate Hot Seat | Trevor Noah | 06/13/17 | 6:14
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Jeff Sessions Testifies; GOP Writes Secret Health Care Bill: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 06/13/17 | 12:06

Tuesday June13, 2017

J.P. Morgan Chase Reportedly Pulls NBC Ads Over Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones Interview
HP | Ed Mazza | 06/12/17

NBC News is reportedly under pressure from at least one major advertiser over the upcoming Megyn Kelly interview with right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kelly's show, until after the interview airs Sunday night. ... Read more

Trump 'Considering' Firing Special Counsel In Russia Investigation, Friend Says
HP | Igor Bobic | 06/12/17

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he's weighing that option," Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Monday.

According to Neal Katyal, the former acting U.S. solicitor general, Trump could direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, to fire the former FBI director. (Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has recused himself from the Russia investigation.) ... Read more

Trump Invites His Employees To Praise Him During Cabinet Meeting | HP | 06/12/17 | 23:01
President Donald Trump invited his top employees to shower him with compliments. They happily obliged, one-by-one, on live television. During a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president touted the "record-setting pace" of his legislative agenda and claimed "never has there been a president, with few exceptions" who has accomplished more while in office.
Oliver Stone Spent Two Years Interviewing Vladimir Putin | Stephen Colbert & Oliver Stone | 06/13/17 | 7:24
Fresh off of 'The Putin Interviews' in which the documentarian spent an extended period of time with the Russian President, Oliver Stone sits down to defend widespread criticism that he's been too soft on Vladimir Putin.

Jeff Sessions walks the tightrope: Compromised attorney general must try to shield his boss and protect himself
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 06/13/17

People all over the country were riveted by James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week and it whet their appetites for more revelations. A friend of mine texted me after it was done and asked excitedly, "Who's testifying next week?"

As it happens, on Tuesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the same committee. It's the first time Sessions has appeared before Congress since his confirmation hearings, and since he's previously cancelled several scheduled appearances to speak about the Justice Department budget (and face unpleasant questions from Sen. Al Franken again) before the Appropriations Committee, it's pretty clear he's been dodging his former colleagues. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Odd Obsession with "Hookers" | Keith Olbermann | 06/12/17 | 6:11
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  3. Naomi Klein: Trump is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as U.S. President
  4. Naomi Klein on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders & Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies
  5. Naomi Klein: Climate Movement Is Growing Even More Ambitious as U.S. Goes Rogue & Exits Paris Accord
  6. "A Transformative Vision": Naomi Klein on Platforms for Racial, Health & Climate Justice Under Trump
Trump's Corporate-Funded Climate Study Gets It Wrong | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 11:36
Will Trump's Friend Get Building Contract For New FBI Headquarters? | TYT | 06/12/17 | 6:25
Ivanka Calls Her Father's Critics 'Vicious' | TYT | 06/12/17 | 8:31
Keiser Report: Everything in Bubble (E1083) | RT | 06/13/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy ask whether there's a 'catastrophic storm or economic plunge' happening. And, if so, do we even exist if there's no impact on the market? Max continues his interview with the former chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, about the disastrous state of the Democrats.
What's Really Behind the Rift Between Qatar and Their Middle East Neighbors? (w/Guest David Hearst) | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 11:21
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Naomi Klein On A 'Yes' Agenda To Counter President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/13/17 | 5:08
Firing Robert Mueller Is like Writing 'I'm Super Guilty' In The Sky | MSNBC last Word | 06/13/17 | 9:58
Chuck Schumer Perfectly Lampoons Doanld Trump Cabinet Meeting | MSNBC All-In | 06/13/17 | 2:29
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Trump Attacks Comey, Makes Cabinet Praise Him: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 06/12/17 | 10:50
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Trump's Parade of Shills | The Daily Show | 06/12/17 | 6:38
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Trump Didn't Do Anything Wrong Unless It Was But It's Not | Stephen Colbert | 06/13/17 | 3:15

Monday June 12, 2017

How Trump Digs a Deeper Legal Hole When He Tweets
Bloomberg | Paul Barrett | 06/12/17

Violating the lawyer's rule of thumb that clients remain quiet is rarely a good idea.

President Donald Trump can't be stopped from tweeting and otherwise talking about the Russia investigation. But by continuing to expostulate, he risks not only incriminating himself but irritating the prosecutor overseeing the probe.

Some observers speculated that the arrival of Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, would spell the end of the president's off-the-cuff comments. Not so. Whatever Kasowitz has told his longtime client, the president is still running his mouth. On Sunday morning, the president tweeted: "I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" ... Read more

Report: Uber Board Accept Holder's Recommendations, Discuss CEO Kalanick's Absence
HP & Reuters | Joseph Menn | 06/11/17

The recommendations included imposing new controls on company spending, human resources and other areas where executives had wide discretion.

The board, at a meeting on Sunday, adopted a series of recommendations from former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder following a sprawling, multi-month investigation into Uber's cultures and practices. The recommendations will be released to Uber employees on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified.

Holder's recommendations included imposing new controls on company spending, human resources and other areas where executives had wide discretion. ... Read more

The US government cannot be trusted so long as Donald Trump runs it | Vox | 06/10/17 | 5:51

Jeff Sessions will testify before Senate Intelligence Committee
Salon | Matthew Rozsa | 06/12/17

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions surprised members of the Senate Intelligence Committee by offering to testify before them on Tuesday, the committee agreed -- meaning that there will be an open session on Sessions.

It is expected that the committee will seek Sessions' version of the story told by former FBI Director James Comey during his testimony last week. According to Comey, Trump asked a number of White House staffers to leave the Oval Office so that he could have a private conversation with Comey, during which Trump is accused of having asked Comey to drop the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. ... Read more

Trump attorney won't rule out firing Mueller
Politico | Victoria Guida | 06/11/17

One of President Donald Trump's attorneys on Sunday wouldn't rule out the possibility the president would fire the special counsel appointed to look into his campaign's potential ties to Russia.

Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department last month to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. And on Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Trump attorney Jay Sekulow whether the president would pledge not to interfere or order the attorney general to fire Mueller. ... Read more

What We Now Know From James Comey (#85) | Keith Olbermann | 06/08/17 | 5:57
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  4. Freed Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Joins Tens of Thousands at NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade
  5. The Beleaguered Tenants of "Kushnerville": Jared Kushner Accused of Slumlord Practices in Baltimore
  6. Trump Associate & "Slumlord" Tom Barrack Resigns One Day After Probe of Housing Crisis
Premiere of the Nina Turner Show with Bernie Sanders | TRNN | 06/11/17 | 19:49
Wall St. Democrats vs Working Class Democrats | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 18:06
Sea Level Rise due to Global Warming Threatens Vancouver | TRNN | 06/12/17 | 7:04
The Much Anticipated James Comey Hearing | TYT | 06/10/17 | 6:20
Trump Kids Once Again Reveal Too Much | TYT | 06/11/17 | 3:29
Ted Cruz Booted Off Stage Mid-Speech | TYT | 06/11/17 | 7:30
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Senate Judiciary Committee Poised To Probe Donald Trump Obstruction | 06/10/17 | 23:00
Chris Wallace & Shepard Smith Takes On Donald Trump and James Comey On Their Actions | FoxNews | 06/10/17 | 6:38
Why Foreign Policy Will Survive The Trump Era | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/12/17 | 12:36
Trump's businesses may lead to his undoing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/12/17 | 12:39
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Brexit II: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) | 06/11/17 | 19:10
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Why Is Eric Trump Like This?: The Daily Show | The Daily Show | 06/07/17 | 4:26
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Lawyers Are Avoiding Trump At All Costs | Stephen Colbert | 06/11/17 | 6:40

Friday June 09, 2017

Comey testimony shifts focus to Trump
WashintonPost | Dan Balz | 06/08/17

It has been many years since a witness appeared on Capitol Hill and put a president in such potential jeopardy as former FBI director James B. Comey did Thursday.

For the first time in the long investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and questions about possible collusion by associates of President Trump's campaign, the focus has moved inside the White House and, specifically, to questions about the president's conduct in office.

Allies and adversaries of the president will interpret Comey's accounting of events in different ways, but there is no question that his appearance dramatically reshaped what already has been a debilitating problem for the administration. It will be left to special counsel Robert Mueller to decide what it all means. In the meantime, Comey has made life more uncomfortable for the president. ... Read more
James Comey Testimony Breakdown | TYT | 06/08/17 | 7:52

WATCH LIVE: James Comey | Senate Testimony on CBSN | 06/08/17 | 4:29:23
What We Now Know From James Comey (#85) | Keith Olbermann | 06/08/17 | 5:57
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  4. Will Obstruction of Justice in Comey Firing See Trump Ousted Or Is Impeachment a "Liberal Fantasy"?
How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East? | TRNN | 06/09/17 | 23:41
Comey Hearing: Little New, More Doubt About 'RussiaGate' | TRNN | 06/09/17 | 28:09
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James Comey Testimony Grows President Trump Obstruction Case | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/08/17 | 22:44
Donald Trump Lawyer Botches NYTimes James Comey Memo Timeline | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/08/17 | 10:21
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Guess Who's Comey To Dinner? | Stephen Colbert | 06/09/17 | 10:21
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Comey Takes the Stand (But Leaves the Juicy Details Behind) | The Daily Show | 06/08/17 | 10:18

Thursday June 08, 2017

The world according to Trump
Salon | Robert Reich | 06/08/17

Donald Trump sees the world as a strange binary and may be a sociopath, writes Robert Reich

To Donald Trump, the world is made up of only two sorts of people, or nations: strong winners whom others respect and fear, and weak losers whom others exploit and laugh at. There is no other alternative.

"At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us, as a country?" Trump asked Thursday during his major announcement from the White House Rose Garden that the US would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. "We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore. And they won't be. They won't be." ... Read more

'Well I do mean it in a contentious way!'
dailymail.co.uk | author | 06/07/17

Senators hammer Intel director and NSA boss after they say they never felt 'pressured' but refuse to reveal whether Trump asked them to dial back the FBI's Russia probe

  1. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is among a batch of top security officials testifying at the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday
  2. He got grilled about reports that President Trump cornered him in March to press him to dial back the FBI's Russia investigation
  3. Senators demanded to know why he wouldn't say whether President Trump asked him to help back off an FBI investigation
  4. The talk came two days after FBI director James Comey announced the FBI was looking into possible ties between Russia and Trump campaign
  5. Coats didn't deny Trump raised the issue with him, but said he 'never felt pressured,' in reference to the president
  6. NSA director Mike Rogers emphatically said he had never recalled feeling pressured, but refused to disclose any conversations that occured
  7. Coats confided in colleagues and decided interfering would be improper
  8. Neither man denied that Trump asked them about the FBI probe
  9. Coats delivers near-daily intelligence briefings to the president
  10. The testimony is the undercard for Thursday's must-see testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey
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Intelligence Officials Won't Discuss Trump Conversations | TYT | 06/07/17 | 11:01

NATO Would Be Totally Outmatched In A Conventional War With Russia
HP | Scott Ritter | 06/07/17

Purposefully or not, President Trump's comments at the recent NATO summit have brought some sobering truths to the fore.

Donald Trump's recent whirlwind world tour began with him signing a series of arms sale agreements with the Saudi government totaling some $110 billion, a move interpreted by the American president as proof positive of Riyadh's commitment to fighting terrorism and containing Iran. In short, Saudi Arabia, in Donald Trump's view, put its money where its mouth was.

It ended with Trump dedicating a memorial celebrating the transatlantic bonds between Europe and the United States at the new headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels. The memorial commemorated the terror attack of 9/11 and NATO's response, manifesting the foundational premise underpinning NATO, set forth in Article 5 of the NATO Charter, that an attack against one member was an attack against all. ... Read more

Why the poorest county in West Virginia has faith in Donald Trump | Guardian | older | 10:30
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  2. Oscar López Rivera Speaks Out on Newfound Freedom, Becoming Politicized & Decolonizing Puerto Rico
  3. Oscar López Rivera on Declining Honorific at National Puerto Rican Day Parade After Controversy
  4. Marcy Wheeler: James Comey Planned His Dramatic Testimony Release to Undercut GOP Smear Campaign
How Amazon is in Bed With The Deep State | TYT | 06/07/17 | 3:50
Keiser Report: 'Liquidity Turbulence' (E1081) | RT | 06/08/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss 'liquidity turbulence' and ask whether it is the 'credit crunch' of our day. In the second half Max continues his conversation with Jameson Lopp of Bitgo.com about the latest in the bitcoin and cryptocurrencies world.
Could Trump's Tweets Lead to War in the Middle East? (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 27:55
Max Blumenthal - What's Really Going on In Iran & Qatar? | ThomHartmann | 06/07/17 | 12:13
Big Picture Interview: Max Blumenthal, Senior Editor-AlterNet's Grayzone Project/ Author-The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Iran is blaming Saudi Arabia and by proxy the United States today after ISIS killed 12 people and wounded 42 more in a brazen attack in heart of Tehran. In a statement - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards drew a direct connection between this morning's slaughter and Donald Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia - and said that "the fact that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they [the Saudis] were involved in the brutal attack." So - were they?
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Lawrence Wilkerson: Donald Trump Admin. 'Like A Mafia Family' | MSNBC All-In | 06/07/17 | 7:09
How President Donald Trump Skimmed Money Meant For Sick Kids | MSNBC All-In | 06/07/17 | 7:42
Former CIA Dir: Intel Chiefs 'Misjudged The Gravity' Of Situation | MSNBC Last Word | 06/07/17 | 10:19
GOP Could Break With President Donald Trump At James Comey Hearing | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/07/17 | 9:02
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Digs Into James Comey's Opening Statements | Stephen Colbert | 06/08/17 | 7:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Why Is Eric Trump Like This? | The Daily Show | 06/07/17 | 4:26
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Keep Calm and Ignore Trump's Tweets | Samantha Bee | 06/07/17 | 5:25

Wednesday June 07, 2017

Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe
WashingtonPost | Adam Entous | 06/06/17

The nation's top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. ... Read more

Jeff Sessions offered to resign after tensions grew with Trump | WashingtonPost | | 06/06/17
Donald Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey's testimony | WashingtonPost | | 06/06/17

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner
NYTimes | Mark Landler | 06/06/17

WASHINGTON -- President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia's move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America's most important military outpost in the Middle East. ... Read more
Trump Taking Credit For Middle-East Meltdown | TYT | 06/06/17 | 7:17

James Clapper: 'Watergate Pales' In Comparison To Russia Scandal | HP | | 06/07/17

Death Toll In Kabul Blast Surpasses 150, Afghan President Says
NPR | Amy Held | 06/06/17

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday that more than 150 people died in last week's truck bombing in Kabul, raising earlier counts and making it one of the deadliest such attacks since the American-led invasion toppled the Taliban in 2001.

"Over 150 entirely innocent Afghan sons and daughters were killed and more than three hundred were brought to hospital with burns, lacerations, and amputations," Afghan news site TOLOnews quoted Ghani as saying. ... Read more
Over 150 Dead After Terrorist Bombing | TYT | 06/06/17 | 6:56

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes by Richard A. Clarke (05/23/17)

Warnings is the story of the future of national security, threatening technologies, the U.S. economy, and possibly the fate of civilization.

In Greek mythology Cassandra foresaw calamities, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. Modern-day Cassandras clearly predicted the disasters of Katrina, Fukushima, the Great Recession, the rise of ISIS, and many more. Like the mythological Cassandra, they were ignored. There are others right now warning of impending disasters, but how do we know which warnings are likely to be right?

Through riveting explorations in a variety of fields, the authors -- both accomplished CEOs and White House National Security Council veterans -- discover a method to separate the accurate Cassandras from the crazy doomsayers. They then investigate the experts who today are warning of future disasters: the threats from artificial intelligence, bio-hacking, mutating viruses, and more, and whose calls are not being heeded. Clarke's and Eddy's penetrating insights are essential for any person, any business, or any government that doesn't want to be a blind victim of tomorrow's catastrophe.
Did Trump Himself Meet With the Russian Ambassador? (#84) | Stephen Colbert | 06/07/17 | 7:20
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 07 [13:53]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 07 (FULL) | 59:02
Note: on the full 59:02 video look for small white 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. China Watchdog: China's Arrest of Activists Investigating Ivanka Trump-linked Factory Unprecedented
  3. Attackers in Tehran Kill 12 & Injure Dozens More as U.S. Deliberately Worsens Iran-Saudi Relations
  4. Worst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50
Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says -> Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar | TRNN | 06/06/17 | 26:37
Meet Two Activists Fighting For The Syrian People | TYT | 06/06/17 | 14:28
John Iadarola (Host of ThinkTank), discusses the experience of people living in Syria during the war with Abdalaziz Alhamza (Founder, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently) and Abdulrahman Almawwas (Vice President, Syrian White Helmets) at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum.
Dr Richard Wolff - How Privatizing Air Traffic Will End Safe Travel | ThomHartmann | 06/06/17 | 12:11
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
Can The Nation's Voting System Be Trusted? | IPR & The1a.org | 06/07/17 | 1hr
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump's Deadbeat Past Hurts Him In Search For Scandal Lawyers | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/06/17 | 7:02
Robert Mueller Would Gain Resources As Scope Of Donald Trump Probe Widens | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/06/17 | 2:19
Richard Clarke: It's Rare When 17 Intel Agencies Agree On Something | MSNBC Hardball | 06/06/17 | 6:23
Scott Pruitt: Paris Climate Deal Put US At Economic Disadvantage (Full) | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/06/17 | 16:08
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Trump Administration Gets A 'Reality' Check | Stephen Colbert | 06/07/17 | 7:49
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Touts More Phony Accomplishments | The Daily Show | 06/06/17 | 6:35

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