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Thursday September 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Now McCain is making a similar argument.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump hires campaign workers instead of farm experts at USDA

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this passionate and powerful book -- part manifesto, part plan of action -- Sachs dwells on issues that have captivated the nation and political debate, including infrastructure, trade deals, energy policy, the proper size and role of government, the national debt, and income inequality. Not only does he provide illuminating and accessible explanations of the forces at work in each case, but he also presents specific policy solutions. His argument rises above the pessimism borne of political paralysis, economic stagnation, and partisanship to devise a brighter way forward, achievable both individually and collectively
Why Trump is Always (Always!) the Victim | Keith Olbermann | 09/20/17 | 5:32
This man [Trump] is a walking, talking double standard
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 21 [13:42]
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  2. Environmental Disaster Looms in Puerto Rico, Lashed by Hurricane Maria & Left Without Power
  3. Jeff Sachs Warns "Nuclear War is A Real Threat" as Trump Threatens to "Totally Destroy" North Korea
  4. Economist Jeff Sachs: Americans Who Don't Want War with Iran Must Speak Out Now
  5. Trump Admin Doubles Down on Plans to Withdraw from Paris Deal as UNGA Makes Climate Top Priority
  6. "One Long Night": Writer Andrea Pitzer on History of Concentration Camps & Rise of Intolerance Today
Jeff Sachs Warns "Nuclear War is A Real Threat" as Trump Threatens to "Totally Destroy" North Korea | DN | 09/21/17 | 8:50
Economist Jeff Sachs: Americans Who Don't Want War with Iran Must Speak Out Now | DN | 09/21/17 | 6:38
Trump is Threatening More than Just the Iran Deal | TRNN | 09/20/17 | 18:27
Congress Spars on Healthcare, Unites to Fund War | TRNN | 09/21/17 | 13:28
Entire Country Without Power After Hurricane Maria | TYT | 09/20/17 | 5:32
Earthquake Death Toll Doubles | TYT | 09/20/17 | 6:52
Keiser Report: America's Falling Apart (E1123) | RT | 09/14/17 | 25:45
The1a.org
Paul Manafort In The Middle | 1a.org | 09/21/17 | 1hr
Paul Manafort helped chart Donald Trump's path to White House. But long before the lawyer-slash-lobbyist-turned-campaign chairman was a part of Trump's team, he was a name known to the FBI.

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

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

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

Wednesday September 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 20 [9:27]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Hundreds Dead in Mexico After Earthquake Strikes on Anniversary of Devastating 1985 Quake
  3. Hurricane Maria Strikes Puerto Rico, Threatening to Be Most Catastrophic Storm in a Century
  4. Senate Republicans Scramble to Secure Votes for Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act
  5. Advocates Warn All Rohingya May Be Driven Out of Burma If Military's Ethnic Cleansing Continues
  6. Cuban Lawyer Slams Trump as "Enemy to Most of the World" as He Vows Not to Lift Sanctions
*Phyllis Bennis -> Trump's Threat to 'Totally Destroy' North Korea is Illegal | TRNN | 09/19/17 | 23:21
US Increases Military Budget By $80 Billion | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:03
Trump Saw France's Military Parade And Now He Wants One | TYT | 09/19/17 | 8:18
The1a.org
The United Nations Without The United States | 1a.org | 09/20/17 | 1hr
President Donald Trump addressed the world Tuesday morning from the United Nations General Assembly, an organization he has criticized in the past.

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

Tuesday September 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 19 [9:07]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
  3. Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  4. No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Trump a 'Diplomatic Fiasco' at the UN | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 22:22
*TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science | TRNN | 09/18/17 | 32:05
Keiser Report: RIP, Petrodollar? (E1121) | RT | 09/09/17 | 25:48
Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Global Trade Will Help Boost Our Economy | 09/19/17 | 8:58
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin | 09/18/17 | 7:17

Monday September 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Hurricane Harvey survivors face a difficult future, 60 Minutes looks back at Hurricane Sandy and why so many families didn't get the help they deserve | 60Minutes | 09/03/17 | 13:23
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 18 [13:38]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump
  3. Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  4. No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie's Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
The1a.org
Propaganda In Your Politics | 1a.org | 09/18/17 | 1hr
Americans are free to believe anything they want -- even what’s reported on a cable news channel funded by the Kremlin. The U.S. federal government considers Russia Today (RT) propaganda and wants it to register as a foreign agent.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday September 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Loneliest President
Politico | Michael Kruse | date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday September 14, 2017

Donald Trump Denies DACA Deal, But Doesn't Dispute Its Key Points
HP | Willa Frej | 09/14/17

... Trump's Thursday comments followed a dinner he held the previous evening with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). Following the meeting, they announced that the president agreed to a border security plan that would offer protections to the 800,000 Dreamers, and that the wall was not part of the deal. ... Read more
Did Chuck Schumer And Nancy Pelosi Roll Donald Trump On DACA? | MSNBC Last Word | 09/13/17 | 9:53

How the Bernie Sanders Plan Would Both Beef Up and Slim Down Medicare
NYTimes | Margot Sanger-Katz | 09/13/17

In his big new single-payer health care bill, Senator Bernie Sanders says he wants to turn the country's health system into "Medicare for all." But his bill actually outlines a system very different from the current Medicare program.

The Sanders plan envisions changing Medicare in two important ways. First, it would make it more generous than it has ever been, expanding it to cover new types of benefits and to erase most direct health care costs for consumers. Those changes would tend to make it more expensive.

But it also would put the Medicare program on the sort of diet it has never attempted. Those changes, still in sketch form in the legislation, are in many ways the heart of its long-term overhaul plan. The changes are intended to make the health care system more affordable, but the details could have big effects on what sorts of care might be developed and made available. ... Read more

Bannon's Oligarch Cage Match Worries GOP
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan / The American Prospect | 09/13/17

Backing primary challengers to Republican senators, Bannon is pitting his patron, Robert Mercer, against the Koch brothers.

Stephen K. Bannon, current Breitbart News CEO and former White House strategist, is everywhere these days, it seems--on your TV, college campuses, and smack in the middle of the midterm congressional elections.

The day his blustery interview with Charlie Rose aired on the September 10 edition of CBS's 60 Minutes, word spread of Bannon's intervention in campaigns for upcoming U.S. Senate campaigns; he's backing primary challengers to sitting Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Luther Strange of Alabama, and Dean Heller of Nevada. It's not his own money he's spending, of course. For this project, as for most recent Bannon escapades, the money is coming from Robert Mercer, the reclusive hedge-fund billionaire, according to Alex Isenstadt of Politico. Also under consideration for the Bannon treatment, Politico reports, is Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Bob Corker of Tennessee. Their sin? Insufficient loyalty to President Donald J. Trump. ... Read more

The Media Doesn't Understand What Trump is Doing (#121) | Keith Olbermann | 09/13/17 | 6:24
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  3. "The Occupation of the American Mind": Documentary Looks at Israel's PR War in the United States
  4. Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead's Recent Concert in Tel Aviv
Bernie Sanders' Medicare-For-All Bill EXPLAINED | TYT | 09/13/17 | 10:56
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled Wednesday a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing debate over how to make health care in the U.S. more affordable and available.

The plan calls for an overhaul of American health insurance with a souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance ? and government exerting far more control over the cost of medical care. It would arguably be the most ambitious social welfare initiative in U.S. history, but Sanders told HuffPost in an interview Tuesday that he believes America is ready for it.

"The American people are catching on to where the Republicans are coming from, they see the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and they're looking at the alternatives," Sanders said. "And this is a rational alternative."

Sanders has been waging a frequently lonely crusade for this kind of universal health care since the early 1990s, when he first came to Congress. In 2013, when he introduced a previous iteration of the bill, he had no support from his colleagues. But in a clear sign of the idea's increasing popularity, as well as Sanders' influence within progressive politics, 16 Democratic senators are co-sponsoring the bill."
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Single-Payer Gains Support In Congress, And In The Public | 1a.org | 09/14/17 | 1hr
Senator Bernie Sanders' new bill creating a "Medicare for all" system in the United States isn't the first piece of legislation to propose a single-payer system in the United States. But it could become the most popular. More than a dozen Senate Democrats support Sanders' bill. And in the House, most Democrats support a similar measure.

For years, single-payer was a non-starter in Congress, but that may no longer be the case, as public support continues to climb for a single national health care plan.
PBS NewsHour full episode, September 13, 3017 | PBS NewsHour | 09/13/17 | 53:51
Katy Tur Talks With Chuck Todd About 'Unbelievable', Covering Donald Trump And More | MSNBC | 09/13/17 | 1:16:41
President Donald Trump Gets Things Done By Not Talking To GOP | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/14/17 | 14:49
What Everyone Missed In The Donald Trump Jr. Emails | MSNBC All In | 09/12/17 | 8:47
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Violent Buddhists Target Muslims in Myanmar | Trevor Noah | 09/13/17 | 6:07
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Mueller Goes for the Kill, Trump Pushes Tax Cuts: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 09/13/17 | 8:30

Wednesday September 13, 2017

*Bernie Sanders To Introduce Single-Payer Bill With Major Support In Senate
HP | By Daniel Marans | 09/13/17

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce on Wednesday a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing debate over how to make health care in the U.S. more affordable and available.

The plan calls for an overhaul of American health insurance with a souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance ? and government exerting far more control over the cost of medical care. It would arguably be the most ambitious social welfare initiative in U.S. history, but Sanders told HuffPost in an interview Tuesday that he believes America is ready for it.

"The American people are catching on to where the Republicans are coming from, they see the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and they're looking at the alternatives," Sanders said. "And this is a rational alternative." ... Read more

We know that the U.S. military is the largest consumers of fossil fuel. And is therefore one of the greatest contributors to CO2 levels in the world, not only here in the United States but because they have bases around the world, and they're fighting in various wars, like in Syria, they are one of the greatest contributors.

Purged Facebook Page Tied to the Kremlin Spread Anti-Immigrant Bile
NYTimes | Scott Shane | 09/12/17

The notice went out on Facebook last year, calling citizens of Twin Falls, Idaho, to an urgent meeting about the "huge upsurge of violence toward American citizens" by Muslim refugees who had settled there.

The inflammatory post, however, originated not in Idaho but in Russia. The meeting's sponsor, an anti-immigrant page called "Secured Borders," was one of hundreds of fake Facebook accounts created by a Russian company with Kremlin ties to spread vitriolic messages on divisive issues.>/p>

Facebook acknowledged last week that it had closed the accounts after linking them to advertisements costing $100,000 that were purchased in Russia's influence campaign during and after the 2016 election. But the company declined to release or describe in detail the pages and profiles it had linked to Russia. ... Read more

At the Apple Keynote, Selling Us a Better Vision of Ourselves
NYTimes | author | 09/12/17

This year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It's also the 10th anniversary of the Apple keynote at which Steve Jobs announced the original device. The first one was a tour de force, Mr. Jobs leading a rapt audience as he asked them to imagine an iPod, a phone and a pocket internet device all in one.

Mr. Jobs, who died in 2011, loomed over Tuesday's nostalgic presentation. The Apple C.E.O., Tim Cook, paid tribute, his voice cracking with emotion, Mr. Jobs's steeple-fingered image looming as big onstage as Big Brother's face in the classic Macintosh "1984" commercial. Mr. Cook even revived Mr. Jobs's patented "One more thing ..." line, but reverentially: "We have great respect for these words, and we don't use them lightly." ... Read more
Steve Jobs introduces iPhone in 2007 | Apple | 2007 | 10:19

Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
Drone footage reveals staggering damage in Florida Keys | FoxNews | 09/12/17 | 4:45
New Drone Footage Shows Devastation in Nanny Cay after Hurricane Irma | | 09/12/17 | 10:10
Aerial Footage of Hurricane Irma Damage in Florida Keys | WeatherNation | 09/12/17 | 1:28
Robert Mueller is Zeroing in on Trump's Cover Up (#120) | Keith Olbermann | 09/12/17 | 9:21
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 13 [12:16]
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  2. "Pivotal Moment in American History": Sen. Sanders Unveils Medicare-for-All Bill with 15 Co-Sponsors
  3. Background Checks for Voting?: Inside the Trump Election Commission's Contentious Second Meeting
  4. "Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?": Andrew Cockburn on New Evidence Linking Saudis to Attacks
*Col. Larry Wilkerson Interview -> Is the Military Prepared for Climate Crisis? | TRNN | 09/11/17 | 13:46
Democrats Follow Bernie Sanders' Lead on Single-Payer | TRNN | 09/11/17 | 12:26
Did CBS Try To Make Steve Bannon Look Bad? | TYT | 09/12/17 | 4:20
Sheriff Apologizes For "All Lives Splatter" Facebook Meme | TYT | 09/12/17 | 6:10
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The Islands After Irma | 1a.org | 09/13/17 | 1hr
Reports of severe devastation have been pouring in from the Caribbean since Hurricane Irma slammed into the islands last week. Communities have been all but destroyed. Food and water are scarce. And local economies that rely on a constant flow of tourist dollars could tank.

We take a virtual visit to the Caribbean to see how residents are faring in the aftermath of the storm and we hear how conversations about rebuilding the islands are taking shape.
Senator Jeff Flake's Reality Check For Republicans | 1a.org | 09/13/17 | 1hr
When Arizona Senator Jeff Flake released his book, "Conscience of a Conservative" this summer, he knew he'd have to be ready to joust with the most powerful person in his Republican party: President Donald Trump.

Flake's message that the GOP has lost its way "in a race to the bottom to see who can be meaner and madder and crazier" did get a rise out of the president. But it also spoke to Republicans who want to see their party return to traditional conservatism as upheld by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

Flake discusses what he thinks is missing from today's conservative leadership and what could heal the ever-widening rift within the Republican Party.
Facts And Friction | 1a.org | 09/13/17 | 1hr
There's no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts - by Donald Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes 2016

Many, many people disagree. America, circa 2017, may be a land of fantastical thinking and "fake news" (whatever that is), but fact checking is big business.

Whether with Truth-O-Meters or Pinocchios -- which the president says he doesn't like -- news organizations have become ever-vigilant in monitoring for any sign of fire around political pants. Even Snopes, a website that once mostly dealt in debunking urban legends and bizarre Internet claims, is now a player in serious journalism.

But how do they tell truth from fiction, and claims from opinions? And who fact-checks the fact checkers?
PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 12, 2017 | PBS | 09/12/17 | 55:03
Donald Trump Exposed For Lie About Sketchy Business Partner, Russia Deal | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/12/17 | 8:50
*Sketchy Donald Trump Deal Eyed For Ties To Iran | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | older 03/06/17 | 23:10
*Donald Trump Nativist Speech Follows Dark US Pattern | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | older 09/01/16 | 16:22
*Donald Trump Get-Rich-Quick Scheme Exposed | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | older 07/01/16 | 13:40
Which Direction Will President Donald Trump Go On Tax Reform? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/13/17 | 11:03
Senate To Vote On Senator Rand Paul's War Powers Repeal Proposal | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/13/17 | 6:17
Household Income Hits New High But Inequality Still Wide | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/13/17 | 3:11
Keeping Track of the Alt Right - Alex Jones
Roger Stone: Why Did Donald Trump's Body Guard/Best Friend Resign? | Infowars | 09/12/17 | 14:46
Exclusive: President Trump Being Drugged Ahead Of Coup, Sources Claim | Infowars | 09/12/17 | 18:03
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Pick To Head NASA Has No Background In Science | Stephen Colbert | 09/10/17 | 3:03
Stephen Watched Trump's Ivanka Comments So You Don't Have To | Stephen Colbert | 09/08/17 | 6:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
President Trump: America's S**ttiest Miss America Contestant | Trevor Noah | 09/12/17 | 6:58

Tuesday September 12, 2017
Breitbart's Bannon declares war on the GOP | 60Minutes | 09/10/17 | 27:18
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Steve Bannon, Trump's ex-chief strategist, tells 60 Minutes why he's out at the White House and criticizes the GOP for not supporting the president. "They're gonna be held accountable," he says.

Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?
TheAtlantic | Jack Goldsmith | 10/ /17

He disdains the rule of law. He's trampling norms of presidential behavior. And he's bringing vital institutions down with him.

onald trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein's monster of past presidents' worst attributes: Andrew Jackson's rage; Millard Fillmore's bigotry; James Buchanan's incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt's self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon's paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton's lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty. ... Read more

Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a "sociopath" and "a very sick individual"
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 09/12/17

Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the "antiquated" Goldwater rule and our president's "serious mental illness"

The president of the United States is a global celebrity whose every action is endlessly commented upon and dissected for meaning by the news media, foreign powers (both friends and foes alike) and the public.

In the age of television and now the internet, there are hundreds of thousands of hours of video and audio footage of every president widely available. There are also rumors and leaks from within the White House and other branches of government that can help paint a picture of a given president's moods, desires, thoughts and other behavior. What is to be done if this evidence collectively suggests that the president of the United States is mentally ill? ... Read more
Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a "sociopath" and "a very sick individual" | Salon | 09/12/17 | 1:50

Naomi Klein -> Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine (2009)
An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.
Naomi Klein: How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine | TheIntercept | 06/13/17 | 8:54
Naomi Klein: The Worst Is Yet to Come with Trump, So We Must be Ready for Shock Politics | DN | | 23:14
No is Not Enough.org website
Storm Surge from Tropical Storm Irma Floods Downtown Charleston, SC | WeatherNation | 09/11/17 | 0:35
Residents In Florida Assess Hurricane Irma Damage | CBS | 09/11/17 | 5:39
Donald Trump Calls Into WWOR/UPN 9 News on 9/11 | Fox5NY | | 9:55
Keith Olbermann
How Did Trump Remember 9/11? (#119) | Keith Olbermann | 09/11/17 | 4:49
Trump Will Soon Be the Ex-POTUS (#118) | Keith Olbermann | 09/08/17 | 5:46
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  2. After Irma, a Look at Why Cubans are 15 Times Less Likely to Die from Hurricanes Than Americans
  3. Austerity, Divestment & Irma: Juan González on Why 300,000 in Puerto Rico are Without Power
  4. A Storm of Silence: Study Finds Media Is Largely Ignoring Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change
  5. Special Report: How Decentralized Mutual Aid Networks Are Helping Houston Recover from Harvey
A Storm of Silence: Study Finds Media Is Largely Ignoring Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change | DN | 09/12/17 | 12:34
Steve Bannon: What Built America Was Economic Nationalism (60 Minutes Interview) | TYT | 09/11/17 | 5:39
Steve Bannon On Trump Firing Comey (60 Minutes Interview) | TYT | 09/11/17 | 5:07
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Credit Check: Equifax And Your Financial Future
Ever bought a car? Applied for a job? Checked your credit score? Then you're probably in the system. The U.S. credit system.

Three of the biggest credit bureaus -- TransUnion, Experian and Equifax -- have data on millions of Americans. And some of that data, including addresses, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers, have now been compromised in a cyberattack on Equifax. An estimated 143 million people could be affected by the breach.

Why do three companies have control of so much private information? Who's minding the credit bureaus? And is there anything consumers can do to protect personal data from future hacks?
Must-See Political TV | 1a.org | 09/11/17 | 1hr
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon sat down for his first big interview since leaving the Trump administration. Bannon's list of talking points on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday included the removal of Confederate monuments, his continued support of President Trump's agenda and the president's "enemies."

One of those enemies, Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton, was also on TV over the weekend. She gave her first interview about her new book "What Happened" to CBS Sunday Morning.
Donald Trump White House Aides Lawyer-Up In Face Of Robert Mueller Query | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/11/17 | 5:24
Steve Bannon Thinks Donald Trump Made A Big 'Mistake' Firing James Comey | MSNBC 11th Hour | 09/11/17 | 10:10
Lawrence On 'Sheer Madness' Of Steve Bannon's Epic 60 Minutes Interview | MSNBC Last Word | 09/11/17 | 10:17
Katy Tur: What Made Covering President Donald Trump So 'Unbelievable' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/12/17 | 7:34
Hillary Clinton: I'm 'Convinced' Donald Trump Associates Helped Russia | MSNBC 11th Hour | 09/12/17 | 6:21
Looking at the Alt Right - Alex Jones
Roger Stone: Bombshell! Alex Jones 9/11/17 Infowars | Infowars | 09/11/17 |44:45
Roger Stone, Never Sleeps..! 9/11/17 Alex Jones | Infowars | 09/11/17 |36:51
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Joe Arpaio: Donald Trump issued his first presidential pardon to the last person who should get one. | John Oliver | 09/11/17 | 14:17
LastWeekTonight
Late Show's Alter Egos IV: The Swamp | Stephen Colbert| 09/01/17 | 2:35
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Steve Bannon Confirms Everyone's Worst Suspicions About Him on "60 Minutes" | 09/11/17 | 5:38
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Responds to Hurricane Irma, Bannon Speaks Out | 09/11/17 | 12:26

Monday September 11, 2017
Breitbart's Bannon declares war on the GOP | 60Minutes | 09/10/17 | 27:18
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Steve Bannon, Trump's ex-chief strategist, tells 60 Minutes why he's out at the White House and criticizes the GOP for not supporting the president. "They're gonna be held accountable," he says.

Breitbart uses photo of gang members in El Salvador to smear DACA recipients
ThinkProgress | aaron Rupar | 09/06/17

Breitbart's accompanying piece discusses how 2,139 DACA recipients have had their protected status revoked because of alleged criminal activities over five years. But there are currently about 800,000 people enrolled in DACA, so the percentage of DACA recipients involved in criminal behavior ends up being roughly 0.3 percent, which is extremely low in comparison to the national rate of people with felony convictions (over 8.5 percent) or people who are arrested by age 23 (roughly 30 percent). ... Read more
Breitbart: The Fakest Of Fake News | TYT | 09/10/17 | 3:42

Ken Burns Never Knew How Wrong He Was About the Vietnam War
Mother Jones | Phil Klay | 09/ /17

The series, which relies on the latest historical accounts, scores of participants, and a wealth of archival materials, gives voice to Vietnamese combatants and civilians in addition to the usual American experts, policymakers, veterans, and protesters. The result is a work of dramatic sweep and shocking intimacy--interspersing, for example, a US pilot's frank description of bombing the Ho Chi Minh trail with the recollections of a Vietnamese woman who evaded a fiery death, or contrasting the last recorded words of a young draftee with snippets of private presidential conversations. The soundtrack includes classic songs of the era, plus new recordings by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross--whose menacing theme music underscores the mayhem. As a veteran of the Iraq War who has written about the experiences of returning soldiers, I jumped at the chance to speak with Burns about his most formidable project to date. ... Read more
The Vietnam War by Ken Burns (trailer) | 60Minutes | next week 09/17/17 | 0:30

Hearts and Minds (Vietnam) (1973) | Peter Davis | 1973 | 1:52:01
Sir No Sir (2005) | | 2005 | 49:27
My Father's Vietnam (2015) | | 2015 | 1:18:42
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  2. Elizabeth Kolbert: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change Is Needed in Wake of Irma & Harvey
  3. Scientists: Climate Change May Wipe Out Third of World's Parasites, With Disastrous Ripple Effects
  4. Irma Destroys Haitian Farmland as Recovery Goes On from Recent Natural Disasters & Cholera Outbreak
  5. Oaxacan Residents Plead for Water & Food After Mexican Earthquake Kills Over 90 People
Scientists: Climate Change May Wipe Out Third of World's Parasites, With Disastrous Ripple Effects | DN | 09/11/17 | 19:20
It's The End Of The World As We Know It | TYT | 09/08/17 | 12:18
Earthquake DEVASTATES Mexico | TYT | 09/08/17 | 4:42
What's behind world's recent extreme weather events? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 09/08/17 | 25:15
PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 8, 2017 | PBS | 09/08/17 | 53:53
Special Counsel Robert Mueller Turns Attention To White House Staff | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/08/17 | 6:18
Barbuda, Destroyed By Irma, Faces Jose Next | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/08/17 | 7:29
President Donald Trump And The First Lady Lead Moment Of Silence | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/11/17 | 3:07
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Pick To Head NASA Has No Background In Science | Stephen Colbert | 09/09/17 | 3:03
Don Jr. Knows How To Make An Entrance (Without Being Seen) | Stephen Colbert | 09/09/17 | 2:40

Friday September 08, 2017
Hurricame Irma | Climate Change
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Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing by Tim Shorrock

In Spies for Hire, investigative reporter Tim Shorrock lifts the veil off a major story the government doesn't want us to know about -- the massive outsourcing of top secret intelligence activities to private-sector contractors.

Running spy networks overseas. Tracking down terrorists in the Middle East. Interrogating enemy prisoners. Analyzing data from spy satellites and intercepted phone calls. All of these are vital intelligence tasks that traditionally have been performed by government officials accountable to Congress and the American people. But that is no longer the case.

Starting during the Clinton administration, when intelligence budgets were cut drastically and privatization of government services became national policy, and expanding dramatically in the wake of 9/11, when the CIA and other agencies were frantically looking to hire analysts and linguists, the Intelligence Community has been relying more and more on corporations to perform sensitive tasks heretofore considered to be exclusively the work of federal employees. This outsourcing of intelligence activities is now a $50 billion-a-year business that consumes up to 70 percent of the U.S. intelligence budget. And it's a business that the government has tried hard to keep under wraps.

The Deep State Is Real
Politico | Michael Crowley | 09/ /17

At a conference in mid-July, Barack Obama's CIA director, John Brennan, remarked that executive branch officials have an "obligation ... to refuse to carry out" outrageous or anti-democratic orders from President Donald Trump. The comment quickly caught the attention of Rush Limbaugh, who saw nothing short of a threat to the republic. "He practically called for a coup!" the radio host bellowed on the air a few days later, warning of a plot orchestrated by "embeds in the deep state at the Pentagon, State Department, various intelligence agencies."

... The deep state entered America's national discourse in 2017 with the feeling of an already familiar character, ready to assume a starring role as hero or villain--depending on how you feel about Trump. It's easy to dismiss the idea as the breathless complaint of a frustrated president who hasn't learned to work the system. But it's not that simple: There really is a kind of cabal that operates independently of elected officials in Washington--even if it's not quite what Trump or his conservative allies think it is.

Political scientists and foreign policy experts have used the term deep state for years to describe individuals and institutions who exercise power independent of--and sometimes over--civilian political leaders. They applied it mainly to developing countries like Algeria, Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey, where generals and spies called the real shots in nominally democratic societies and replaced elected leaders when they saw fit. (Turkey and Egypt have recently moved to more overt security-state dictatorships, in which the deep state is the only state.) ... Read more

Charlie Rose on Steve Bannon's "60 Minutes" interview | CBS News | 09/07/17 | 9:30

Bannon: McConnell, Ryan 'trying to nullify the 2016 election'
Politico | Louis Nelson | 09/08/17

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told CBS this week that Washington's "Republican establishment," including the top GOP leaders in both houses of Congress, "is trying to nullify the 2016 election." That more traditional Republicans are looking to undermine President Donald Trump, Bannon said, is as "obvious as night follows day."

"The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That's a brutal fact we have to face," Bannon said in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" that will air this Sunday. Bannon's interviewer, CBS anchor Charlie Rose, responded by asking the former White House adviser to name names.

"I think Mitch McConnell, and to a degree, Paul Ryan. They do not want Donald Trump's populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented," Bannon replied. "It's obvious as night follows day is what they're trying to do." ... Read more

Trump Will Soon Be the Ex-POTUS (#118) | Keith Olbermann | 09/07/17 | 8:24
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  2. Dave Zirin: Stand with NFL Star Michael Bennett, Who Refused to Be Silent About Racial Profiling
  3. Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them
  4. Nikole Hannah-Jones: How Wealthy White Communities Are Resegregating Alabama's Public Schools
*"Talks Can Work": As Tensions Rise on Korean Peninsula, Advocates Call for Demilitarization | DN | 09/07/17 | 16:27
*Professor Michael Mann discusses -> a new study showing that the IPCC has underestimated global warming in the industrial era | TRNN | 09/07/17 | 17:59
Hey New York Times: The Left BURIES The Right On YouTube | TYT | 09/07/17 | 10:21
Paul Ryan Struggles To Explain Trump's Deal With Democrats | TYT | 09/07/17 | 4:02
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 09/08/17 | 1hr
Congress is back! Now what? The legislature's first major deal with the White House this session was steered by... Democratic leaders.

Meanwhile, just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would end next year, President Trump tweeted assurance for those affected by DACA, called DREAMers.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 09/08/17 | 1hr
The island of Barbuda has been effectively wiped out by the record-breaking Hurricane Irma, which also devastated many other island locales, including Anguilla and Saint Martin. And more storms are on the way. How much destruction will this hurricane season bring to the Caribbean?

Speaking of destruction, North Korea seemed to up the ante this week with a supposed hydrogen bomb test that prompted an urgent response from the U.N. and conflicting messages from President Trump.

We'll also have the latest on the refugee crisis in Myanmar as more than 140,000 Rohingya Muslims flee the country under treacherous conditions.

And Facebook owns up to selling $100,000 in political ads to fake accounts that originated in Russia.
Sec. Price, FEMA officials brief about Hurricane Irma | PBS | 09/08/17 | 14:20
New Russia Contact Revelations In Donald Trump Jr. Senate Interview | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/07/17 | 15:02
After Deal, President Donald Trump Sees New Path For Bipartisanship | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/08/17 | 15:46
Freedom Caucus Member Mark Meadows: No Plan To Remove House Speaker Paul Ryan | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/08/17 | 12:43
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush: People Must Prepare For A Devastating Storm | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/08/17 | 3:46
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*The Worst Part Of Steve Bannon's First Interview: Steve Bannon | Stephen Colbert | 09/08/17 | 4:59
The Democrats Actually Won Something! | Stephen Colbert | 09/08/17 | 7:20
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Waffles on DACA, Responds to Hurricane Irma: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 09/07/17 | 9:30

Thursday September 07, 2017
Hurricane Irma
Aerial View of Barbuda - Survivors tell Irma Story | Climate State | 09/06/17 | 6:39
This incredible video shows conditions on the island of St. Martin during Hurricane #Irma this morning.| AccuWeather | 09/06/17 | 0:41
https://www.ventusky.com/?p=22.6;-78.8;4&l=wind&m=gfs
*Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.

That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend -- think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform our energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer.

Our hope depends, McKibben argues, on scaling back--on building the kind of societies and economies that can hunker down, concentrate on essentials, and create the type of community (in the neighborhood, but also on the Internet) that will allow us to weather trouble on an unprecedented scale. Change -- fundamental change -- is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance.

Republicans Begrudgingly Swallow Fiscal Deal They Clearly Don't Like
HP | Matt Fuller | 09/06/17

Republicans were caught by surprise Wednesday after Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed dealmaker president, took the first offer from Democrats on a short-term spending agreement to keep the government funded and raise the debt ceiling with no strings attached.

Over the objections of the GOP congressional leadership, Trump quickly accepted terms from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to fund the government (but not a border wall with Mexico) and to raise the debt limit (without any sort of spending reforms) for three months. ... Read more

Always Good to Get Other Points of View
Sarah Sanders, Mike Huckabee CLASH with "The View" Over Donald Trump | ABC | 09/06/17 | 17:58

China sees new world order with oil benchmark backed by gold
asia.nikkei.com | Damon Evans | 09/01/17

Yuan-denominated contract will let exporters circumvent US dollar

DENPASAR, Indonesia -- China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry.

The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world's biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars. Read more
China's New World Order: Gold-backed oil benchmark on the way | CorbettReport | 09/05/17 | 9:37




Why We Must Talk About Trump's Mental Health (#117) | Keith Olbermann | 09/06/17 | 9:30
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  2. "We Have Never Had Anything Like Them": Bill McKibben on Floods, Winds & Fires Devastating U.S.
  3. "Talks Can Work": As Tensions Rise on Korean Peninsula, Advocates Call for Demilitarization
  4. Is the Burmese Military Carrying Out a Genocide Against Rohingya, World's Most Persecuted Minority?
*"We Have Never Had Anything Like Them": Bill McKibben on Floods, Winds & Fires Devastating U.S. | DN | 09/07/17 | 14:46
In the Caribbean, at least 10 people have died as the historic Category 5 Hurricane Irma barrels across the Atlantic Ocean and toward the U.S. coast. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful storm ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean. On Barbuda, 90 percent of all structures were destroyed. The prime minister, Gaston Browne, has declared Barbuda is "practically uninhabitable." This comes as Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., is beginning to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history. Wide swaths of the Pacific Northwest are also on fire, as uncontrollable wildfires burn hundreds of thousands of acres across Oregon, Montana and Washington state. For more on climate change and extreme weather, we're joined by Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, from his home in Vermont. He's the author of several books, including "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet."
*Climate Scientist Michael Mann Explains -> Are Irma-like Super Storms the 'New Normal'? | TRNN | 09/06/17 | 14:08
Fox Warmonger: Korean Lives Don't Matter | TYT | 09/06/17 | 9:33
Trump's New Chief Of Staff: Hardest Job I've Ever Had! | TYT | 09/06/17 | 16:54
Raqqa in ruins: Drone footage of destroyed Syrian city amid continued fighting | RT | 09/04/17 | 2:00
Journalist fired for exposing how CIA ran weapons to terrorists | RT | 09/01/17 | 6:24
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Anticipating Irma | 1a.org | 09/07/17 | 1hr
With winds in excess of 180 miles per hour, Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded. Evacuations have begun in Florida as Irma hits eastern Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico.

This comes as Congress is debating sending billions to the Gulf Coast for Harvey relief. Now, the nation is bracing for another storm and its aftermath.
Hurricane Irma could be catastrophic. Here's how officials are preparing | PBS | 09/06/17 | 15:01
Reversing Denials, Facebook Admits Russia-Tied Election Ad Buy | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/06/17 | 19:49
Think Most Americans Are Happy Over This Deal | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/07/17 | 18:51
Nicolle Wallace: Not Surprising Donald Trump Threw GOP Under The Bus | MSNBC 11th Hour | 09/07/17 | 1:31
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Watched Trump's Ivanka Comments So You Don't Have To (Vomit) | Stephen Colbert | 09/07/17 | 6:50
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, the "Dealmaker President" Finally Makes a Deal | 09/06/17 | 8:36
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trump Kids Come Out in Support of DACA | 09/06/17 | 2:30

Wednesday September 06, 2017

Here's What You Need To Know About Hurricane Irma
HP | Hayley Miller | 09/05/17

One of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes ever barreled through the Caribbean, making landfall early Wednesday less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey first hit Texas.

Hurricane Irma was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds reaching 185 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm made landfall in Barbuda around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, cutting off phone lines and battering the nearby island of Antigua with heavy rains and wind before heading toward St. Martin. ... Read more
This incredible video shows conditions on the island of St. Martin during Hurricane #Irma this morning.| AccuWeather | 09/06/17 | 0:41

Rush Limbaugh Uncorks a Wild New Conspiracy Theory About Hurricane Irma
AlterNet | Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek | 09/06/17

On Monday, the right-wing radio personality delivered a customarily freewheeling monologue in which he seemed to suggest that hurricanes were a liberal conspiracy intended to convince the public that climate change is real.

... "The reason that I am leery of forecasts this far out, folks, is because I see how the system works," Limbaugh said, alluding to alleged conspiracies against President Donald J. Trump. "Hurricane Harvey and the TV pictures that accompany that go a long way to helping further and create the panic." ... Read more

China's New World Order: Gold-backed oil benchmark on the way | CorbettReport | 09/05/17 | 9:37

Trump Sides With Democrats on Interim Debt-Limit Fix, Harvey Aid
Bloomberg | Erik Wasson | 09/06/17

President Donald Trump sided with Democrats on adding a three-month extension of the U.S. debt limit and government spending to a hurricane-relief bill over the arguments of fellow Republicans, who pressed for a longer debt extension.

Trump, after meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday at the White House, told reporters on Air Force One that the deal with Democrats would be "very good."

"We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred -- very important -- always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it," the president said. ... Read more
Trump Sides With Democrats on Interim Debt-Limit Fix, Harvey Aid | Bloomberg | 09/06/17 | 2:34

This High-Tech Vertical Farm Promises Whole Foods Quality at Walmart Prices
Bloomberg | Selina Wang | 09/06/17

SoftBank-backed Plenty is out to build massive indoor farms on the outskirts of every major city on Earth.

The growing room looks like a strange forest, with pink and purple LEDs illuminating 20-foot-tall towers of leafy vegetables that stretch as far as you can see. It smells like a forest, too, but there's no damp earth or moss. The plants are growing sideways out of the columns, which bloom with Celtic crunch lettuce, red oak kale, sweet summer basil, and 15 other heirloom munchables. The 50,000-square-foot room, a little more than an acre, can produce some 2 million pounds of lettuce a year. ... Read more

Trump DACA Decision is a Grim Turning Point (#116) | Keith Olbermann | 09/05/17 | 6:39
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  2. Meet Cesar Espinosa: After Surviving Harvey, He's Fighting for his Future as Trump Rescinds DACA
  3. Reclaiming Gotham: Juan González on Cities Leading the Revolt Against Trumpism & Neoliberal Policies
Will Houston's Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City? | DN | 09/05/17 | 15:25
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on US Confrontation with North Korea | TRNN | 09/05/17 | 42:55
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A Nation Of Immigrants, 'A Nation Of Laws' | 1a.org | 09/06/17 | 1hr
President Trump's statement Tuesday formally announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will come to an end early next year. DACA protects about 800,000 people called DREAMers -- who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children by their parents -- from deportation and allows them work permits if they meet certain requirements.

This is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. -President Barack Obama
PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 5, 2017 | PBS News hour | 09/05/17 | 55:06
US Anti-Immigrant Policy Has Roots In Racist Eugenics | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 09/05/17 | 16:32
Will Congress Actually Grapple With DACA? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/06/17 | 8:54
Business Leaders Step Up To Defend Dreamers | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/06/17 | 8:38
Anderson Cooper's Brilliant Reaction To Trump Ending DACA - 'The Art Of The Punt' | CNN/Jon Snow | 09/06/17 | 18:19
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's First Disaster Response Was A Disaster | Stephen Colbert | 09/06/17 | 5:13
Hey POTUS: Cutting DACA Won't MAGA | Stephen Colbert | 09/06/17 | 5:34
'North Korea Is In The News' Is Never A Good Thing | Stephen Colbert | 09/06/17 | 3:37
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Has No Idea How to Handle North Korea | TheDaily Show | 09/05/17 | 6:05
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Ends DACA, Responds to Hurricane Harvey: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 09/05/17 | 9:31

Tuesday September 05, 2017

Hurricane Irma Strengthens Into Category 5
NYTimes | Matthew Haag | 09/04/17

Hurricane Irma, fresh on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, strengthened early Tuesday into a Category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 miles per hour, as Florida started to prepare for its potential landfall over the weekend.

... "Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm, and Florida must be prepared," Mr. Scott said in a statement. The last hurricane to hit Florida was Matthew last October, which brushed up along its east coast before making landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm. ... Read more
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Appalled Kelly Says Nobody Has Spoken to Him Like Trump in His 35-Year Career
AlterNet | Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story | 09/02/17

The unmoored Trump lashes out at anyone nearby.

During a recent "dressing down" by President Donald Trump, new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told aides he's never been spoken to like that in his entire military career.

According to a report by the New York Times, Kelly told sources close to a fight between the president and his chief of staff in August that he won't tolerate such behavior again. When staffers "gently suggested [Trump] refrain from injecting politics into day-to-day issues of governing after last month's raucous rally in Arizona," he lashed at Kelly, who happened to be "the most senior aide in his presence." ... Read more

Trump's populist message on taxes comes with heavy dose of corporate rate cuts
Politico | Bernie Becker | 08/30/17

President Donald Trump kicked off his efforts to sell a big tax package to voters on Wednesday, calling for a "pro-American" system that would cut tax rates for businesses and offer a boost to the middle class.

Trump maintained that a new tax system was crucial to ushering in a new prosperity in the U.S., in a speech that White House officials acknowledged beforehand would be light on policy details.

The president laid out several principles for tax reform, including cleaning the code of tax breaks and offering tax relief to middle-class families. But in a speech meant to put a populist polish on tax reform, Trump also spoke repeatedly about the need to lower the statutory corporate tax rate -- which, at 35 percent, stands among the highest in the industrialized world -- and to give companies more opportunity to bring back profits they've stashed offshore. ... Read more
Trump Lies In Tax Speech | TYT | 09/03/17 | 8:42

Brutal Memes Mock Joel Osteen Over His Hurricane Harvey Response
HP | Ed Mazza | 09/02/17

The Houston pastor is now the poster boy for how not to act in a crisis.

Pastor Joel Osteen has gone viral in all the wrong ways. The Houston megachurch leader has seen his name trend repeatedly in the days since Hurricane Harvey brought floods to the city, in large part because his 16,500-seat Lakewood Church wasn't open to those seeking shelter. ... Read more

Fox News Poll of 1,006 registered voters was conducted Aug. 27-29, and had a margin of error of 3 points.

  1. 56 percent of respondents said Trump was "not at all" presidential,
  2. 55 percent said he was "not at all" a moral leader,
  3. 53 percent said he was "not at all" compassionate or steady and
  4. 50 percent said he was "not at all" honest.
  5. 33 percent selected "extremely" unstable
  6. 39 percent chose "extreme" bully

Fox News Poll.pdf | FoxNews | 08/31/17 | poll




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  3. Will Houston's Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City?
Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists | DN | older | 32:41
Jeremy Scahill: Mike Pence Has "Militant Agenda" Against | DN | older | 17:06
Arctic Ice Specialist David Barber says -> Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600 Percent Faster Than Predicted by Current Models | TRNN | older, 02/03/17 | 13:16
Institute for Policy Studies, Phyllis Bennis says -> Hezbollah's Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route | TRNN | 09/01/17 | 20:09
DACA Could Be Next Target For Trump's War on Immigrants | TRNN | 09/02/17 | 3:31
Trump Lies In Tax Speech | TYT | 09/03/17 | 8:42
Keiser Report: Economic war with China? (E1118) | RT | 09/02/17 | 25:40
In this special double-header episode, Max and Stacy discuss Germany repatriating €24 billion worth of gold from New York and the US administration finally realizing it is already at economic war with China. They also discuss 'enlightened' Silicon Valley sorts who 'feel' they are inclusive despite the data proving they are not.
Keiser Report: The bizarre decade (E1117) | RT | 09/01/17 | 25:58
Max and Stacy discuss 'the bizarre decade' on the markets engineered by central banks and the 'red flags' in the shale industry. In the second half, Max interviews Mitch Feierstein, author of Planet Ponzi, to discuss central banks' collective $15 trillion in assets. How will this Ponzi turn out?
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Welcome Back, Congress | 1a.org | 09/05/17 | 1hr
When we last left Congress, they were preparing to take an August recess without having passed any of the president's key agenda items.

It hasn't been a quiet vacation. Lawmakers -- including some in the president's own party -- have been critical of White House leadership, and President Trump hasn't been shy about telling Senators what he thinks about them.

Now, lawmakers are heading back to work with a number of unanswered questions. Will the president's hopes for tax reform pass? Will the feuding between the legislative and executive branches calm down? And are efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act really dead?
Republican Party's Racism Problem Predates President Donald Trump | MSNBC Rachel Maddows | 09/04/17 | 14:11
Jeff Sessions Announces End of DACA | NYTimes | 09/05/17 | 13:18
CNN Panel - ANGRY Reaction To Trump's "CRAZY" Plans To End DACA | CNN/Jon Snow | 09/05/17 | 14:15
Trump expected to announce fate of so-called DREAMers | ABC | 09/05/17 | 3:33
VOX
How climate change makes hurricanes worse | Vox | 08/30/17 | 3:22
Why fact-checking can't stop Trump's lies | Vox | 08/30/17 | 7:10
Comedians have figured out the trick to covering Trump | Vox | older, 04/03/17 | 6:53

Friday September 01, 2017
Bernie Sanders Talks About Hurricane Harvey In An Interview With Chris Cuomo | CNN | 09/01/17 | 14:49

Trump fatigue comes early
WashingtonPost | Joe Scarborough | 08/31/17

... Former allies on the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and Washington Examiner now criticize Trump for leadership failures and his abuse of power. Republicans on Capitol Hill more frequently call out the president's aberrant behavior. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) questions the president's ability to survive. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee questions Trump's stability.

By now, the president's low poll numbers rarely raise an eyebrow. Newspapers have repeated ad nauseam that Trump is saddled with the worst approval ratings in U.S. history at this stage of his presidency. But this week, those lame approval ratings collapsed to a new low of 34?percent. A Fox News poll released Wednesday found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump's presidency is "tearing America apart." And only 20 percent of younger voters now support the 71-year-old former reality television star. ... Read more

Are Trump's Generals on the Verge of Committing the Biggest Blunder of His Presidency?
AlterNet | David Klion | 08/30/17

Arming Ukraine has always been a bad idea. It was a bad idea when it was first proposed by the Brookings Institution in early 2015 and it's a bad idea now that Defense Secretary James Mattis is reviving it. It was a bad idea under Barack Obama, before Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and it's a bad idea today, with Donald Trump in the White House.

Mattis, who visited Kiev last Thursday to mark the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, says he is only proposing that the U.S. send Ukraine "defensive" weapons, like Javelin anti-tank missiles ... Read more

Kushners' China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash
Bloomberg | David Kocieniewski & Caleb Melby | 08/31/17

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. His family's real estate business, Kushner Cos., owes hundreds of millions of dollars on a 41-story office building on Fifth Avenue. It has failed to secure foreign investors, despite an extensive search, and its resources are more limited than generally understood. As a result, the company faces significant challenges.

Over the past two years, executives and family members have sought substantial overseas investment from previously undisclosed places: South Korea's sovereign-wealth fund, France's richest man, Israeli banks and insurance companies, and exploratory talks with a Saudi developer, according to former and current executives. These were in addition to previously reported attempts to raise money in China and Qatar. ...

... It was 2006--the height of the real-estate market boom--when Kushner Cos. agreed to buy 666 Fifth Avenue for $1.8 billion, then a record for a Manhattan building. All of it was borrowed except for $50 million. The company still holds half of a $1.2 billion mortgage, on which it hasn't paid a cent. The full amount is due in February 2019. ... Read more

Hurricane Irma Just Hit Category 3
TheAtlantic | Marina Koren | 08/31/17

As Harvey moves on from southeastern Texas and floodwaters start to recede, meteorologists are tracking another storm brewing in the eastern Atlantic Ocean that they say could potentially approach the United States in the coming weeks.

Irma became a Category 3 hurricane late Thursday afternoon, making it the season's second major hurricane. The hurricane now packs maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour, with stronger gusts. ... Read more
Models show BIG CAT 5, Tropical Storm IRMA, to form in Atlantic and threaten the East Coast by next Friday 09/08/17

Could Trump Try to Pardon... Everyone? (#115) | Keith Olbermann | 08/31/17 | 9:07
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  2. Should Texas Residents Know the Chemicals They're Breathing After the Arkema Plant Explosion?
  3. Texas Republicans Pushed to Kill Safety Regulations for Arkema Chemical Plant Before Explosion
  4. Greenpeace & Indigenous Water Protectors Respond to Lawsuit Accusing DAPL Activists of Eco-Terrorism
*James Hansen Hails Landmark Youth Climate Lawsuit: We Can't Rely on Our Politicians to Do Anything | DN | 08/31/17 | 19:44
Houston Refinery Explosion Will Endanger Local Communities | TRNN | 08/31/17 | 3:48
*Police Officer: Relax, We Only Kill Black People | TYT | 08/31/17 | 6:37
*Neil DeGrasse Tyson SLAMS Climate Deniers After Harvey | TYT | 08/31/17 | 4:24
Fukushima Releasing 770,000 Tons Of Radioactive Water Into Pacific | ThomHartmann | 08/26/17 | 11:54

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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 09/01/17 | 1hr
Harvey dominated the news this week. What's estimated to be the costliest storm ever dropped trillions of gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana, leaving Houston and many other cities badly flooded.

The storm has shut down oil refineries, and raised concerns about potential chemical leaks.

The storm also led to the suspension of a ban on sanctuary cities in Texas, and questions over how best to help those in Harvey's path. And, it wouldn't be a disaster without hoaxes. Harvey has inspired plenty, from social media pranks to outright scams. But the floating fire ants you've seen on Facebook? Those are real.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 09/01/17 | 1hr
North Korea's latest missile test -- this time over Japan -- sparked a condemnation from the United Nations Security Council, and this tweet from President Trump.

PBS NewsHour full episode, August 31, 2017 | PBS | 08/31/17 | 52:05
As White House Cracks Show, Are Rex Tillerson and Gary Cohn Headed Out? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 09/01/17 | 10:12
IRS 'Specialized, Secretive Investigative' Unit Aiding Robert Mueller | MSNBC The Last Word | 09/01/17 | 6:47
Should 'Explosive' Donald Trump Dossier Be Made Public? | MSNBC AM Joy | 08/28/17 | 9:29
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Antagonists of the Alt-Right | TheDaily Show | 08/31/17 | 7:08
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Companies that purchase debt cheaply then collect it aggressively are shockingly easy to start. We can prove it! | John Oliver | 2016 | 20:50
Payday loans put a staggering amount of Americans in debt. | John Oliver | older | 16:31

Thursday August 31, 2017

Groups call for immediate shutdown of South Texas nuclear power station in advance of continued Harvey flooding
BeyondNuclear.org | author | 08/28/17

... Beyond Nuclear and Texas watchdog groups Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition and the South Texas Association for Responsible Energy had called upon the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the operators of the South Texas nuclear power plant to put the reactors into "in its safest condition, cold shutdown" in advance of predicted flood waters that prompted Bay City authorities to declare a "mandatory evacuation" before emergency evacuation routes flooded.

The unprecedented rainfall in the region broke a U.S. continental record. The groups had warned that the NRC and the South Texas Nuclear Operating Corporation have previously recognized that there is a credible threat from a nuclear accident initiated by a breach in a 12-mile long perimeter embankment wall that surrounds the 7,000 acre Main Cooling Reservoir for the two reactors. ... Read more

Houston, Before and After Harvey | Times | 08/28/17 | 1:17

Fire Rages At Texas Chemical Factory
HP | Ryan Grenoble , Alana Horowitz Satlin | 08/30/17

... "There were different organic peroxides that were released and created a pop in the containers where they were stored," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "Smoke initially emanated from it and that turned into black smoke."

... The factory lost power early Sunday, which it needs to refrigerate volatile chemicals. Those chemicals ignite if they get too warm, said the company's CEO, Richard Rowe. "Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire," Rowe said. "The high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it." ... Read more

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America by John Nichols

Donald Trump has assembled a rogue's gallery of alt-right hatemongers, crony capitalists, immigrant bashers, and climate-change deniers to run the American government. To survive the next four years, we the people need to know whose hands are on the levers of power. And we need to know how to challenge their abuses. John Nichols, veteran political correspondent at the Nation, has been covering many of these deplorables for decades. Sticking to the hard facts and unafraid to dig deep into the histories and ideologies of the people who make up Trump's inner circle, Nichols delivers a clear-eyed and complete guide to this wrecking-crew administration.

The reality beneath Trump's tax reform talk
Politico | Brian Faler | 08/31/17

While he emphasizes benefits to regular taxpayers, much of the push is about cutting corporate rates.

Trump argued that his plans to cut the 35 percent corporate tax rate for the first time in 30 years would benefit regular wage earners by putting more money in corporate coffers, which he said business leaders would then use to hire more people and raise wages.

But most economists say companies' shareholders would be the primary beneficiaries of a corporate tax rate cut. That's because it would make companies more profitable, which would boost their stock price while also leaving them with more money to pay out dividends.

The official Joint Committee on Taxation, as well as the Treasury Department and the independent Tax Policy Center, all say shareholders bear roughly three-quarters of the burden of the corporate tax, and therefore would be the main winners were it cut. ... Read more

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer by Dean Baker

There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.
Poll: 56 percent say Trump 'tearing the country apart'

Naomi Klein: Face It, the Flooding Disaster Is Climate Change
AlterNet | Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! | 08/30/17

The World Meteorological Organization announced Tuesday that Hurricane Harvey's devastation is linked to climate change. All past U.S. rainfall records have been shattered, and the devastating storm is expected to bring even more rainfall to Louisiana and Texas in the coming days. Still, the corporate networks have avoided linking the record-breaking storm to the climate crisis. We examine storm coverage with Naomi Klein, best-selling author of several books, including "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Read more
*Naomi Klein's Message to the Media Covering Houston: Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change | DN | 08/30/17 | 8:57

Trump and DeVos fuel a for-profit college comeback

"Rapidly Intensifying" Hurricane Irma Barreling Straight Toward The East Coast
ZeroHedge | author | 08/31/17

... In a few days, the hurricane will be moving over warmer waters with light shear shown by all of the model guidance. This should promote further strengthening of Irma, and the NHC forecast shows an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane next week, similar to the solutions provided by the HWRF and the ECMWF models. ... Read more

Models show BIG CAT 5, Tropical Storm IRMA, to form in Atlantic and threaten the East Coast by next Friday 09/08/17
Would Impeaching Trump Truly Lead to Civil War? (#114) | Keith Olbermann | 08/30/17 | 5:46
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 31 [11:38]
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  2. Surrounded by Oil Refineries, Port Arthur, TX Faces New Environmental Crisis Following Harvey Floods
  3. George Monbiot: We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of Capitalist System
  4. Deandre Harris Was Savagely Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia. Why Only Two Arrests So Far?
*Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes | DN | 08/30/17 | 11:26
*John Nichols: "Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America" | DN | 08/30/17 | 31:36
*Investigative Journalist Christian Parenti says -> Climate Change Is Creating A New Urban Crisis | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 18:49
*Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> The New York Times Gives Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Free Advertising | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 9:56
*Economist Dean Baker says -> Trump's Tax Cut Plan Alienates His Base | TRNN | 08/31/17 | 9:32
Tomi Lahren Hired By Fox News. | TYT | 08/30/17 | 7:57
REPORT: Trump Sad And All Alone | TYT | 08/30/17 | 5:29
Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Only Beginning | TYT | 08/30/17 | 5:26
The1a.org
How To Help After Harvey | 1a.org | 08/31/17 | 1hr
A crisis can bring out the best in people ... and the worst. We see this on display as Harvey causes severe flooding in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Many people have rushed to donate to disaster relief, but warnings about scams have also proliferated. How can you make sure your goodwill goes to help those in need?
The Smartphone Generation: Less Sex, Fewer Drinks, More Depression | 1a.org | 08/31/17 | 1hr
People who are growing up with smartphones are having less sex and drinking less alcohol than previous generations, some research indicates. Other studies also show this generation is more depressed, lonelier, more isolated and getting less sleep.

Psychologist Jean M. Twenge says these young consumers, a group she calls iGen, is "on the brink of a mental-health crisis." Has the smartphone harmed an entire generation? ...
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 30, 2017 | TYT | 08/30/17 | 51:54
Explosion Expected From Hurricane Harvey Damaging Arkema Chemical Plant | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/31/17 | 22:36
Donald Trump Wants Alfa Bank Trump Tower Clean-Up Lawyer In Key DoJ Role | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/31/17 | 10:25
In A Focus Group, Donald Trump Voters Express Frustration | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/31/17 | 19:11
Chris Cuomo OWNS Kellyanne Conway, "Answer The Question, Will Trump Pay for HARVEY or the WALL?" | CNN | 08/30/17 | 19:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Confederate Statues: Some See Culture, Some See Racism | Trevor Noah | 08/30/17 | 6:36

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Trump Reportedly Pitched a Fit Over the Meager Attendance at His Phoenix Rally
AlterNet | Tom Boggioni / Raw Story | 08/29/17

The former organizer of President Donald Trump's rallies -- who now does the same for the Republican National Committee -- was reportedly fired after the president became enraged at a half-full hall for his Phoenix rally last week.

According to Bloomberg Politics, George Gigicos, the former White House director of advance events, was told in no uncertain terms that he would never organize another rally for the president after Phoenix. ... Read more

Trump is using the Hurricane Harvey tragedy to cover for his collapsing administration
RawStory |Michael Winship | 08/29/17

The latest news dump was the most brazen, a triple whammy, for not only did it fall on a Friday night, it happened in the face of a Category 4 hurricane that was just about to hit the Texas coast with a still-to-be-determined, massive loss of property and life. And we got not just one but two stories released as the storm's destruction loomed -- the signing of a ban on the transgendered serving in the military and the pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the scourge of Arizona law enforcement. ... Read more

Hurricane Harvey Is the Rainiest Atlantic Hurricane Ever Measured
TheAtlantic | Robinson Meyer | 08/29/17

"We woke up Sunday morning, and we were seeing the event unfold, and we knew that what we were seeing on TV -- it was not the end of the story," he told me on Tuesday. "Looking at our forecast models, and other information, we had confidence that there was more rain coming."

He consulted with his colleagues, who agreed with him that the agency needed to convey the scale of what was coming. "We felt we needed to say something," he said. "You kind of scramble to the record books to see, how does this compare to other events? We could not find something similar, in terms of the aerial coverage of the event. We were concerned we were going to have amounts near 50 inches." ... Read more

The1a.org
Hunker Down Or Head Out? When To Evacuate A City| 1a.org | 08/30/17 | 1hr
Almost as soon as Harvey made landfall, the questions began: "Why wasn't Houston evacuated?"

Consensus seems to be that the mayor was right not to order residents out of the city to escape flooding, but the decision is never made easily. And even if it is made, it can be hard to get people to follow the order.

It doesn't just happen during storms and floods. Whether it's wildfires or other threats, many people often don't want to -- or don't think they need to -- evacuate.

How do plans come together to evacuate a city? Who makes the decision? And why do some people not agree?
Zillionaire To Other Zillionaires: "Pay Up" | 1a.org | 08/30/17 | 1hr
You probably don't know Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you. As a self-proclaimed "unapologetic capitalist," Hanauer deals in millions the way many Americans deal in hundreds ... or tens.

A few years ago, Hanauer called on his fellow one percenters to address America's growing income inequality. ...
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 29, 2017 | PBS | 08/29/17 | 55:03
Caring Corrupted - The Killing Nurses of The Third Reich | UTHealth School of Nursing | 02/14/17 | 56:07
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 30 [6:31]
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  2. Environmental Crisis Unfolding in Houston as Oil & Chemical Industry Spew Toxic Pollutants into Air
  3. Texas Prisoners Evacuated as Floodwaters Rise, Houston Jail Keeps Inmates Next to Flooded Bayou
  4. Naomi Klein's Message to the Media Covering Houston: Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change
  5. Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes
  6. The Red Cross Won't Save Houston. Texas Residents Are Launching Community Relief Efforts Instead
Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research says -> Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey's Climate Change Connection | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 15:53
After Tiny Rally, Trump Needed Someone To Fire... | TYT | 08/29/17 | 8:57
Trump Brings Up Crowd Size During Hurricane Speech | TYT | 08/29/17 | 8:57
Houston Hazards Multiply As Flooding Worsens | Rachel Maddow | 08/29/17 | 19:32
Donald Trump Visits Texas But Fails To Address The Victims Of Harvey | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/29/17 | 7:16
Chris Christie On Ted Cruz, Sandy, Donald Trump And His Biggest Mistake (Full) | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/30/17 | 21:38
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show's Alter Egos III: Trump World | Stephen Colbert | 08/29/17 | 3:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Did Team Trump Reveal Their Middle Man to Moscow? | TheDaily Show | 08/29/17 | 6:54

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Who Voted Against Relief for Hurricane Sandy Now Ask For Help With Harvey
MotherJones | Ashley Dejean | 08/28/17

All of a sudden, Ted Cruz is a big fan of disaster relief.

... "Given the potential catastrophic impact that the Hurricane may have on Texas communities," the senators wrote, "we strongly support this request and urge you to provide any and all emergency protective measures available by a major disaster declaration."

The irony of this request was not lost on lawmakers from states that had been devastated by hurricane Sandy in 2012. At that time, Texas lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against recovery assistance for New York and New Jersey. When asked about that hypocrisy today on MSNBC, Cruz dodged the question. "There's time for political sniping later," he said. "I think our focus needs to be on this crisis and this disaster." ... Read more

According to a preliminary and informal estimate by disaster economist Kevin Simmons of Austin College, Harvey's economic toll "will likely exceed Katrina" -- the most expensive disaster in U.S. history.

Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
Politico | Eric Holthaus | 08/28/17

It's time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that's coming.

... But there's an uncomfortable point that, so far, everyone is skating around: We knew this would happen, decades ago. We knew this would happen, and we didn't care. Now is the time to say it as loudly as possible: Harvey is what climate change looks like. More specifically, Harvey is what climate change looks like in a world that has decided, over and over, that it doesn't want to take climate change seriously.

Houston has been sprawling out into the swamp for decades, largely unplanned and unzoned. Now, all that pavement has transformed the bayous into surging torrents and shunted Harvey's floodwaters towards homes and businesses. Individually, each of these subdivisions or strip malls might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but in aggregate, they've converted the metro area into a flood factory. Houston, as it was before Harvey, will never be the same again. ... Read more

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming | Union of Concerned Scientists | older | 3:29

Boomtown, Flood Town | PICTURES
Politico | author | date

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone. ... Read more

Scoop: Trump frustration with Tillerson rising fast
Axios.com | Jonathan Swan | 08/27/17

There's a ticking problem with Rex Tillerson, and it's growing louder by the day, according to officials inside and close to the White House.

President Trump has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. One time recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, "Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking." Tillerson's jaw-dropping comments on TV today will likely only worsen their relationship. ... Read more
Tillerson Likely Trump's Next Fire? | TYT | 08/28/17 | 6:37

Big bank insiders are selling off shares in their companies
Axios.com | author | date

Board members and executives at the top six banks in the U.S. have been consistently selling their own banks' shares this year, Financial Times reports, based on analysis of disclosures tracked by Bloomberg.

To get to the point: That's not a big vote of confidence for the economy from some of the people who know it best. This includes JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, which collectively have sold a net 9.32 million shares on open market since the beginning of this year. Stark contrast from last year, when they bought more than they sold. ... Read more

For Whom Has Trump Made America Great? (#112) | Keith Olbermann | 08/28/17 | 9:24
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 29 [12:00]
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  2. Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston's "Unrestrained Capitalism" Made Harvey "Catastrophe Waiting to Happen"
  3. Hurricane Harvey: Zip Code & Race Determine Who Will Bear Burden Of Climate Change
  4. Immigrants in Houston Face Triple Threat: Flooding, Racist Texas Law SB4 & Potentially Losing DACA
  5. 1,200 Die as "Devastating" Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia
  6. Just Before Harvey, Trump Admin Revoked Rules Requiring New Infrastructure to be Climate Resilient
"This Is the New Normal": How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey | DN | 08/29/17 | 11:04
As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites | DN | 08/29/17 | 15:07
Viral Tweet Saves Senior Citizens From Hurricane Harvey | TYT | 08/28/17 | 7:13
Providing basic care for Afghan orphans beset with challenges | Aljazeera | 08/29/17 | 2:29
The1a.org
With Major Floods, It's "When," Not "If" For Many Cities | 1a.org | 08/29/17 | 1hr
Many parts of the United States face dual watery threats. First, giant storms like Harvey, which has dropped nine trillion gallons of water on Texas (enough to cover the lower 48 states with a puddle as deep as the height of three pennies). Then there's the issue of rising sea levels, which, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists would make routine, chronic flooding a fact of life in hundreds more communities across the country in just a few decades (see the map below).

With both of these threats working in tandem, many cities -- and not just those on the coasts -- are already seeing more regular flooding and more severe occasional floods.
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 28, 2017 | PBS News Hour | 08/28/17 | 54:32
Donald Trump Sought Moscow Business Deal While Campaigning For President | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/28/17 | 22:03
The Panama Papers: Secrets Of The Super Rich | Journeyman Pictures | 04/11/16 | 43:48
Top secret deals in Panama allows the rich to build vast banks of hidden wealth. Kings, criminals, presidents and prime ministers have been outed for dodging the rules and having assets stashed in tax havens abroad.
'Trump Was Winging It': What Moscow Deal Reveals | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/29/17 | 14:32
Robert Mueller Eyeing Trump's Response To Russia Meeting At Trump Tower | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/28/17 | 9:43
Joe: Arpaio A 'Thug'; Pardon Could Haunt President Donald Trump Later | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 6:32
Is Rex W. Tillerson Right In Saying President Donald Trump Speaks For Himself? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 12:52
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness: Pardon Edition - Sheriff Joe Arpaio | TheDaily Show | 08/28/17 | 8:03

Monday August 28, 2017

Houston Under Water
HP | Roque Planas | 08/28/17

HOUSTON ? Heavy rain pummeled the nation's fourth-largest city Monday morning as one of the worst flooding disasters in recent U.S. history was ongoing -- and poised to get worse.

At least 25 inches of rain have fallen in parts of Southeast Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport on Friday evening, shattering several previous rainfall records. Many highways and streets throughout the region are flooded, making normal travel impossible and forcing first responders to perform over 1,000 rescues over the weekend, with even more expected on Monday. FEMA administrator Brock Long said he anticipates that at least 30,000 residents will be displaced to temporary shelters. ... Read more

Trump confronts unprecedented public rebuke by Gary Cohn after Charlottesville
WashingtonPost | Damian Paletta | 08/25/17

An unprecedented rebuke of President Trump by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn reverberated through Washington on Friday, forcing the White House to respond to harsh, public criticism from one of the president's top advisers.

Cohn lashed Trump's comments earlier this month blaming the violence in Charlottesville on "both sides," saying in an interview with the Financial Times that "citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK." The adviser, who is Jewish and has long given to Jewish causes, said that the administration "must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups." ... Read more

Sebastian Gorka, a fiery nationalist and Bannon ally, abruptly exits White House
WP | Philip Rucker | 08/25/17

Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House staffer who served as a fiery spokesman for President Trump on national security matters, abruptly left the administration on Friday as his nationalist faction was being silenced, four people briefed on Gorka's exit confirmed.

Officials said it was widely known that White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who has been restructuring the West Wing to stem infighting and chaos within the staff, was eager for Gorka to depart the administration. ... Read more
Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House staffer who served as a fiery spokesman for President Trump on national security matters | WP | 08/25/17 | 2:14

James Clapper's Fear of Trump's Recklessness Should Set off Alarm Bells
Esquire.com | John Hendrickson | 08/23/17

When did you first feel the fear? Was it way back after his golden escalator ride, when Mexicans, at the group level, were deemed rapists and criminals? Was it when already-vetted refugees were getting off their planes on American soil and being detained at the border? Was it after he casually said he wanted an arms race? Was it after the Charlottesville press conference? Or was it last night, after yet another off-the-rails rally for the purpose of, what, exactly?

Tens of millions of Americans have come to fear the stability of their Commander-in-Chief in a way that seems legitimately unprecedented. You may have disagreed with Obama's progressive agenda regarding social programs, or Bush's decision to invade Iraq, but did you actually fear that those men would potentially lead you and your fellow Americans down the path of destruction? If you want to call that rhetoric alarmist and unwarranted, fine. ... Read more
James Clapper Shook After Trump's "Downright Scary" Speech | TYT | 08/27/17 | 6:50

The NRA's New Television Network Is Part Breitbart, Part InfoWars and Completely Deranged
AlterNet | Cydney Hargis / Media Matters | 08/28/17

Launched in late 2016, NRATV serves as the news outlet for the National Rifle Association, regularly defending President Donald Trump, slamming mainstream media outlets as "dishonest rags," and viciously criticizing any politician or activist who speaks out against the president and his policies. While some of the outlet's coverage focuses on gun policy, the newest developments in firearms technology, and tactical shooting, the programming has largely become a platform for far-right conservative talking points that are often unrelated to gun policy. As NRATV has strayed away from gun coverage, it has sparked a number of controversies and drawn widespread criticism in its inaugural year.

Launched in October 2016, NRATV is a rebrand of the National Rifle Association's long-running news outlet NRA News -- which began airing in 2004 -- with the aim of offering more live programming. NRATV broadcasts via online streaming at NRATV.com and satellite radio. ... Read more

Why People Still Support Trump
Bloomberg | Clive Crook | 08/28/17

There are two main theories of Trump's support. One is that a large minority of Americans -- 40 percent, give or take -- are racist idiots. This theory is at least tacitly endorsed by the Democratic Party and the mainstream liberal media. The other is that a large majority of this large minority are good citizens with intelligible and legitimate opinions, who so resent being regarded as racist idiots that they'll back Trump almost regardless. They may not admire the man, but he's on their side, he vents their frustration, he afflicts the people who think so little of them -- and that's good enough.

The first theory, if it were true, would be an argument against democracy. If tens of millions of Americans are racist idiots, how do you defend the popular franchise? That isn't a sliver of reprehensible people who'll be safely overwhelmed when elections come around. And there's plainly nothing, according to the first theory, you can say to change their minds. Why even go through the motions of talking and listening to those people?

The second theory -- the correct theory -- is a terrible indictment of the Democratic Party and much of the media. Why aren't the intelligible and legitimate opinions of that large minority given a hearing? Why must their views be bundled reflexively into packages labelled "bigotry" and "stupidity"? Why can't this large minority of the American people be accorded something other than pity or scorn? ... Read more

Why are we giving so much of our budget to the military??
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 28 [13:40]
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  3. "This Is the New Normal": How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey
  4. A Dilemma for Undocumented in Texas: Wait Out Hurricane Harvey or Seek Help and Risk Deportation?
  5. "Resurrected From Irrelevance": Arizona Republic Columnist Slams Trump Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
"Resurrected From Irrelevance": Arizona Republic Columnist Slams Trump Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio | DN | 08/28/17 | 8:01
*Leading climatologist Benjamin Horton says -> Sandy-Level Hurricanes May Occur Every Five Years Due to Climate Change | TRNN | 08/27/17 | 15:42
*Exxon Mobil Knew and Hid Oil's Link to Catastrophic Climate Change | TRNN | 08/27/17 | 11:30
*Can Big Money Silence a Free Press? Netflix "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press." | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 19:38
Netflix "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press."
Paul Jay On The Trump Administration: One of the Most Dangerous Times in Human History | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 1:09:25
LEAK: Trump Treats Secret Service "Like Servants" | TYT | 08/27/17 | 5:24
*Pesky Scientists Telling The Truth, You're Fired! | TYT | 08/27/17 | 4:21
John Kasich Wants 2020 "Unity Ticket" With Democratic VP | TYT | 08/27/17 | 6:15
How Many More Lives Sacrificed For Profits for the Military Industrial Complex? | ThomHartmann | 08/26/17 | 27:51
The1a.org
Harvey Hits Hard | 1a.org | 08/28/17 | 1hr
A monster storm like Hurricane Harvey hasn't hit the Gulf Coast in almost a decade. Residents have been told to evacuate or ready themselves for torrential rain, high winds and flash flooding.

The last hurricane that brought major damage to that region was Hurricane Ike, which slammed the coast of Texas -- right near Harvey's predicted point of contact.

We get an update on the storm, and talk with experts about recovery efforts, disaster relief and flood insurance reform proposals.
How Silicon Valley Is Shaping The News | 1a.org | 08/28/17 | 1hr
News publishing used to be a big priority for the press. Now, many newsrooms let tech companies worry about that.

The increasing involvement of social media platforms in how news is distributed has led to more content filtering and control over which stories get traction in your newsfeed. It's also changed the economic model and organizational structure in traditional newsrooms..

Are we ready for social media to become the "mainstream media"?
Mystery Beneath the Ice (2016) Full PBS Nova | PBS NOVA | 03/08/17 | 52:51
Joe: Arpaio A 'Thug'; Pardon Could Haunt President Donald Trump Later | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 6:32
FEMA Head: Harvey Damage "Is Just the Beginning" | MSNBC | 08/27/17 | 6:11
Infowars | Alex Jones
Note: I try to include a lot of different opinions in this News Page, so people can compare and make up their own minds. I personally like DemocracyNow, TheRealNewsNetwork, TheYoungTurks, and ThomHartmann, but I think MaxKeiser@RT, and some of the Aljazeera shows to be pretty informative. PBS and NPR are always a good go-to, I especially like The1a.org, but be aware they do have sponsors from Big Oil. I'm including some of Alex Jones @Infoewars videos to expose you to what the alt-right is saying.
Its Big News: Alex Jones Show 8/27/17 (pt-1) | Infowars | 08/27/17 | 40:11
Roger Stone (b-day): Alex Jones Show 8/27/17 (pt-2) Infowars | Infowars | 08/27/17 | 41:15

Friday August 25, 2017

Another recession is coming, big banks warn
Salon | Michael Glassman | 08/24/17

Is it going to be 2008 all over again?

Stock market indices may be reaching record highs, but according to financiers, the good times may be coming to an end. Workers at major financial firms are predicting that another recession is on the horizon, Bloomberg is reporting:

Analysts at the Wall Street behemoths cite signals including the breakdown of long-standing relationships between stocks, bonds and commodities as well as investors ignoring valuation fundamentals and data. It all means stock and credit markets are at risk of a painful drop.

"Equities have become less correlated with FX [foreign exchange markets], FX has become less correlated with rates, and everything has become less sensitive to oil," Andrew Sheets, Morgan Stanley's chief cross-asset strategist, wrote in a note published Tuesday. ... Read more

Watch These Top Headliners at the Fed's Jackson Hole Conference
Bloomberg | Jeanna Smialek | 08/24/17

  1. Yellen, Draghi and Kuroda all attend for first time since 2014
  2. Top brass from the Fed, Europe, Asia and Latin America listed

Janet Yellen, Mario Draghi and Haruhiko Kuroda will be among the monetary policy superstars donning western wear and puzzling over the global economy this week at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's annual summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The trio gather together at the remote mountain resort for the first time since 2014, headlining a high-ranking guest list at the world's premier central banking event. It may also be Yellen's final appearance at Jackson Hole as Fed chair, unless President Donald Trump nominates her for a second stint when her current term expires in February. Most observers expect him to pick someone else. ... Read more

Exxon Dared Critics to Prove It Misled the Public. These Researchers Just Called the Company's Bluff.
MotherJones | Rebecca Leber | 08/22/17

Two years ago, Inside Climate News and Los Angeles Times investigations found that while Exxon Mobil internally acknowledged that climate change is man-made and serious, it publicly manufactured doubt about the science. Exxon has been trying unsuccessfully to smother this slow-burning PR crisis ever since, arguing the findings were "deliberately cherry picked statements." But the company's problems have grown to include probes of its business practices by the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Now, science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard researcher Geoffrey Supran have published the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis of Exxon's climate communications that adds more heft to these charges. Exxon dared the public to "read all of these documents and make up your own mind," in a company blog post in 2015. The new paper, "Assessing ExxonMobil's Climate Change Communications," in the journal Environmental Research Letters, takes up the challenge. Oreskes and Supran systematically analyze nearly 40 years of Exxon's scientific research, reports, internal documents, and advertisements, and find a deep disconnect between how the company directly communicated climate change and its internal memos and scientific studies. ... Read more
InsideClimateNews.org website

*What Exxon Knew | YaleClimateConnections | 12/08/15 | 9:24
*Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977 | PBS FrontLine | 09/16/15 | 3:20
PBS Global Warming The Signs and the Science | PBS FrontLine | 05/17/12 | 55:27
PBS Nova/Frontline Global Warming What's Up With The Weather | PBS Nova/FrontLine | 12/27/16 | 1:53:49
Global Warming, What You Need To Know, with Tom Brokaw | Climate State | 0xx/xx/xx | 1:27:32
**Merchants of Doubt (Stunning film exposes climate sceptics) | PBS FrontLine | 05/17/12 | 55:27
Merchants of Doubt is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. The film traces the use of public relations tactics that were originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect their business from research indicating health risks from smoking. The most prominent of these tactics is the cultivation of scientists and others who successfully cast doubt on the scientific results.
Climate Expert Jim Hansen explains the Climate Crisis (March 2017) | Climate State | 2017 | 1:12:01

The Foreign Fascination With Trump's White House
TheAtlantic | Yasmeen Serhan | 08/25/17

When news that Steve Bannon had left the White House began circulating online last week, it happened in multiple languages.

"Stephen Bannon, l'éminence grise de Donald Trump, quitte la Maison Blanche," France's daily newspaper Le Monde reported.

In Germay's Die Welt, "Trumps Chefstratege Bannon verlässt offenbar das Weiße Haus."

The news of Bannon's departure appeared in headlines in Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, as readers around the world began to learn that President Trump's chief strategist, known for pushing the populist and nationalist agenda that helped earn Trump's electoral victory, would not remain in his role long enough to see that agenda implemented. And perhaps widespread coverage of Bannon's exit was not surprising--it followed the high-profile departures of other well-known Trump allies such as former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and former Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci, the last of whose firing led the BBC homepage when it occurred. But the fact of major international news organizations devoting prime space to such stories does raise the question: Why do people overseas, who might not be able to name a single Obama-era strategy adviser or communications director, suddenly care so much about the internal staff shake-ups at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? ... Read more

Here's what goes into a president's decision to launch nuclear weapons | PBS | 08/24/17 | 7:02
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  2. Meet the State Dept. Science Envoy Who Spelled Out "Impeach" in His Resignation Letter to Trump
  3. Science Envoy who Resigned in Protest of Trump: Climate Change Makes Storms like Harvey More Severe
  4. Despite Protest from Johnson & Johnson, Florida Executes Man Using Untested Drug Cocktail
  5. New DNA Evidence Cited As Missouri Governor Stays Execution of Prisoner Marcellus Williams
  6. This is Transparent Discrimination: ACLU's Chase Strangio on Trump's Military Trans Ban
Science Envoy who Resigned in Protest of Trump: Climate Change Makes Storms like Harvey More Severe | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 10:39
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> Has the Pentagon Taken Over US Foreign Policy in Afghanistan? Part 1 | TRNN | 08/24/17 | 32:54,      Part 2 | 28:08
**Exxon Knew | TYT | 08/25/17 | 11:35
*Trump: I'll Shut Down The Government If I Don't Get My Wall! | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:02
*Republicans' Staggering Debt Ceiling Hypocrisy | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:16
Mass Resignations Plague Trump Administration | TYT | 08/25/17 | 5:21
Gary Cohn Drafts Resignation Letter, Throws It Away | TYT | 08/25/17 | 12:50
Trump Live-Tweets Morning Joe, Which He Definitely Never Watches | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:55

The1a.org
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/25/17 | 1hr
President Trump has had his quiet weeks since taking office. This wasn't one of them.

After a televised national address on military strategy in Afghanistan, a controversial rally in Arizona and a speech to veterans in Nevada, the president's appearances eclipsed all else, including the eclipse.

We'll talk about his remarks at each event, plus what it's like to have the man who would be president stand a little too close for comfort and which dearly beloved pop icon is about to make history with a never-before-released concert film.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/25/17 | 1hr
What's President Trump's strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan? A lot of people are still uncertain, even after a lengthy, televised address by the U.S. president on the way forward this week. Plus, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner travels to the Middle East to talk democracy with the Egyptian president and peace between Israel and Palestine. And China tries -- and fails -- to censor an important academic journal. Ready to catch up on some of the biggest international stories this week?

PBS NewsHour full episode August 24, 2017 | PBS | 08/24/17 | 54:35
Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump continues his attack on Republican leaders in Congress. Also: The Kurds' dual objective to defeat ISIS and gain independence, what it takes to launch a nuclear bomb, rebooting retail to appeal to online shoppers and a Brief but Spectacular take on finding courage after Ferguson.
Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Sebastian Goraka Resigns! | CNN | 08/25/17 | 4:53
President Donald Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio | MSNBC All In | 08/25/17 | 4:41
SNL
Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Says What He Really Thinks Of Jared Kushner On 'Weekend Update' | SNL | 08/24/17 | 5:22
Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville | SNL | older 08/17/17 | 6:56
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Serious Trump vs. Somber Trump vs. Freestyle Trump | TheDaily Show | 08/24/17 | 6:26

Thursday August 24, 2017

CNN Panel Openly Questions Whether Trump Is Fit For Office After Wild Arizona Rally
HP | Sam Levine | 08/23/17

"There was no sanity there. He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else," CNN's Don Lemon said immediately after the rally. "A man clearly wounded by the rational people who are abandoning him in droves, meaning those business people and the people in Washington now who are questioning his fitness for office and whether he is stable."

David Chalian, CNN's political director, said Trump was "totally unhinged" during the speech. Rick Wilson, a conservative pundit, went even further.

"It was an astounding chain of lies tied together by lunatic asides by a man who obviously is mentally unstable. I mean, I'm not joking about it or being a smartass; this is a man who is not well," Wilson said. "This is a man who is not qualified or mentally or morally fit to be the president of the United States and tonight was one more proof of it."

"He alternated between being a whiny 6-year-old who's had his Nintendo taken away and between being the cranky old man who's being out there condemning everyone who doesn't worship him adequately," he added. "I know the 25th Amendment is a remote possibility, but if people around him don't think this guy is absolutely batcrap crazy, they are mistaken." ... Read more

*Don Lemon - BRILLIANT Reaction To Trump's 'Embarrassing' Speech (Phoenix Rally) | CNN | 08/23/17 | 13:22
*'Your behavior concerns the US' Tapper Calls Out Trump For Not Telling The Truth | CNN | 08/23/17 | 6:45
*Anderson Cooper's Magnificent Response To Trump After Another 'Shocking Speech' | CNN | 08/23/17 | 16:15

Exxon Mobil 'Misled' Public On Climate Change For 40 Years, Harvard Study Finds
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 08/24/17

Exxon Mobil Corp. deliberately deceived the public about the dangers of climate change for four decades, a new Harvard University study finds.

For the peer-reviewed study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters Wednesday, two Harvard researchers analyzed nearly 200 documents related to Exxon Mobil's climate change communications. The researchers found that America's largest oil producer had repeatedly made "explicit factual misrepresentations" about global warming in advertisements aimed at the general public, while simultaneously acknowledging its risks behind closed doors.

"Our findings are clear: Exxon Mobil misled the public about the state of climate science and its implications," study authors Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran wrote in a New York Times op-ed this week. "Available documents show a systematic, quantifiable discrepancy between what Exxon Mobil's scientists and executives discussed about climate change in private and in academic circles, and what it presented to the general public." ... Read more
*What Exxon Knew | YaleClimateConnections | 12/08/15 | 9:24

How Trump Filled The Swamp | CorbettReport | 02/03/17 | 1:00:23

Agitated Trump lashes out at McConnell, Ryan, Clapper, media
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum | 08/24/17

President Donald Trump escalated his war of words with congressional leaders on Thursday morning, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan of provoking a "mess" over the debt ceiling, while also lashing out at the news media and former intelligence official James Clapper.

... For days, Trump has bounced wildly between scripted messages calling for unity in the wake of Charlottesville and enthusiastic attacks on his opponents and fellow Republicans alike, underscoring how difficult a packed legislative calendar could prove in September for a president yet to achieve any substantial legislative wins while rapidly alienating his own party leadership. ... Read more

Who's Backing Away From Trump? Everyone. (#111) | Keith Olbermann | 08/23/17 | 8:58
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  2. Trapped in Raqqa: Amnesty Says Civilians Caught in "Deadly Labyrinth" As U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes
  3. Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq
  4. Pakistani Journalist: Why Is Trump Pushing For Failed Military Solution Instead of Diplomacy?
Predicting Trump Won't Last Full Term, Alec Baldwin Speaks Out on Impersonating the President | DN | 08/23/17 | 15:29
*Trump and the Dysfunctional American State | TRNN | 08/23/17 | 25:28
*Why Plutocrats Like Carl Icahn Are Almost Never Held Accountable | TRNN | 08/23/17 | 11:18
Trumpamania Running Wild In Phoenix, Brotherrr! | TYT | 08/23/17 | 14:43
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Tractor racing 360: Panoramic video from Bison Track Show | RT | 08/23/17 | 3:41
How Much Longer Will Republicans Let the Trump Circus Last? | ThomHartmann | 08/23/17 | 28:02
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Keeping House At HUD | 1a.org | 08/24/17 | 1hr
A new article about the department of Housing and Urban Development called "Is Anybody Home At HUD?" says:

"HUD has long been something of an overlooked stepchild within the federal government. Founded in 1965 in a burst of Great Society resolve to confront the "urban crisis," it has seen its manpower slide by more than half since the Reagan Revolution."

The piece, co-published by New York Magazine and ProPublica, profiles HUD Secretary Ben Carson and outlines how pending cuts to the agency will affect programs that serve millions of Americans on the brink of poverty. Journalist Alec MacGillis writes:

"For a White House that swept to power on a wave of racially tinged rural resentment and anti-welfare sentiment, high on the demolition list might be a department with "urban" in its name. The administration's preliminary budget outline had already signaled deep cuts for HUD. And Donald Trump had chosen to lead the department someone with zero experience in government or social policy -- the nominee whose unsuitability most mirrored Trump's lack of preparation to run the country."

If HUD is a house on fire, what does the future of affordable housing in America look like? And how does HUD's five-decade history factor into what's happening today?
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'Political Schizophrenia': A Tale Of Two Trumps | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/24/17 | 11:45
Majority Think President Trump Is Doing More To Divide United States | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/24/17 | 14:40
Senator Says Donald Trump 'Dossier' PI Should Testify In The Open | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/24/17 | 8:13
TheDaily Show with Trevor Noah
The "Many Sides" of Trump's Phoenix Rally | TheDaily Show | 08/23/17 | 6:50

Wednesday August 23, 2017
Soooo Far This Week

Defense hawks cheer Trump's Afghanistan speech
Politico | Austin Wright | 08/21/17

In going against his instincts on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump won the praise of some of his toughest critics -- defense hawks in Congress. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who've blasted Trump in the past over his nationalistic foreign-policy views, hailed the president's decision Monday to increase the U.S. footprint in the 16-year war against the Taliban.

"I commend President Trump for taking a big step in the right direction with the new strategy for Afghanistan," said McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I believe the president is now moving us well beyond the prior administration's failed strategy of merely postponing defeat. Read more
***Republicans THRILLED Trump's Never Leaving Afghanistan | TYT | 08/22/17 | 12:43

Why did Trump flip-flop on Afghanistan?
WashingtonPost | Daniel W. Drezner | 08/22/17

After years talking about what a stupid waste of money the Afghanistan war is, Trump flip-flops. In his televised speech last night, the president flip-flopped his position on the war in Afghanistan. We know this because, to his credit, Trump explicitly copped to it:

My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts. But all my life, I have heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office. In other words, when you are president of the United States. So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle. After many meetings over many months, we held our final meeting last Friday at Camp David with my Cabinet and generals to complete our strategy.

There's a lot to unpack in that paragraph. Watching it live, when he said "I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle," I literally laughed out loud. Let's be blunt: The only printed material that Trump has studied in great detail from every conceivable angle are periodicals that contain glossy centerfolds. Read more
Trump Can't Tell You His Genius Plan To Win Afghanistan War. It's A Secret! | TYT | 08/22/17 | 17:16

The Trump Resignation End-Game? (#110) | Keith Olbermann | 08/22/17 | 1 hr
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  2. Thousands Protest in AZ as Trump Threatens Govt Shutdown over Border Wall & Defends C'ville Remarks
  3. Arizona Migrant Justice Activist: Pardon the Immigrants Arpaio Criminalized, not the Racist Sheriff
  4. Predicting Trump Won't Last Full Term, Alec Baldwin Speaks Out on Impersonating the President
  5. Debate: As Trump Prolongs War in Afghanistan, Should U.S. Pull Out Troops Immediately?
***American Prospect Editor Robert Kuttner on His Extraordinary Interview with Steve Bannon | DN | 08/22/17 | 18:56
*Carl Icahn Resigns From Trump Administration After Exposé Details Corruption | TRNN | 08/22/17 | 13:11
**Institute for Policy Studies' Phyllis Bennis -> Endless War in Afghanistan | TRNN | 08/22/17 | 40:21
Fake Bannon Email Account Learns Breitbart's Deep Dark Secrets | TYT | 08/22/17 | 5:35
Killing in Afghanistan a recipe for disaster -- Ron Paul on Trump's plan | RT | 08/22/17 | 9:51
Richard Wolff: Has the Economy Hit a New Crisis Milestone? | ThomHartmann | 08/22/17 | 28:01
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For Those In Peril On The Sea | 1a.org | 08/23/17 | 1hr
U.S. Navy fleet commanders have been ordered to get back to the basics of safety and teamwork after another warship was involved in a deadly accident. The broken destroyer, now docked in Singapore, is the fourth Navy vessel involved in an accident this year in the Pacific. This "operational pause" comes as an investigation into what caused the crash and the search for missing sailors continues. The remains of several of the missing have already been recovered.

What's behind these huge safety lapses? What do these and other accidents reveal about the state of America's Navy?
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump Attacked Mitch McConnell On Russia Investigation: NYT | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/22/17 | 19:49
MSNBC Morning Joe 8/23/17 | 08/23/17 | 36:25
Joe: This Was Donald Trump At His Worst | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/23/17 | 3:47
'John McCain, Thumbs Down': Arizona Donald Trump Voters Weigh In | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/23/17 | 2:05
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton In Her Own Words | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/23/17 | 3:36
Looking From the Other Side ??
Alex Jones Infowars: Real News -> Steve Pieczenik 8/23/17 | Info Wars Live | 08/23/17 | 20:55
Alex Jones infowars -> Trump Goes All In To Win In Afghanistan | Info Wars Live | 08/21/17 | 1:16:56
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Making Sense of Trump's Afghanistan War Strategy | TheDaily Show | 08/22/17 | 7:13

Tuesday August 22, 2017
President Trump Gives a Presidential Address to the Nation
President Trump Gives a Presidential Address to the Nation | WH | 08/21/17 | 1 hr

'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'
Politico | Nancy Cook | 08/16/17

Trump's temper has been a constant force in this eight-month-old White House. He's made policy decisions after becoming irritated with staffers and has escalated fights in the past few weeks with everyone from the Senate majority leader to the volatile dictator of North Korea.

The controversy over his response to the Charlottesville violence was no different. Agitated about being pressured by aides to clarify his first public statement, Trump unexpectedly unwound the damage control of the prior two days by assigning blame to the "alt-left" and calling some of the white supremacist protesters "very fine people." ... Read more
Trump Adviser: 'He Is Stubborn And Doesn't Realize How Bad This Is Getting' | TYT | 08/19/17 | 9:44

As The Trumps Travel, The Secret Service Can't Even Afford To Pay Some Agents
HP | Willa Frej | 08/21/17

It's no secret that President Donald Trump's penchant for weekend getaways has created added costs for the Secret Service. But the agency is in such dire straits that more than 1,000 agents have hit the caps for annual salary and overtime allowances, director Randolph "Tex? Alles told USA Today in an exclusive interview.

Part of the challenge for the Secret Service is the size of the Trump entourage. A total of 42 people receive Secret Service protection (including 18 family members), Alles said, up from 31 people during President Barack Obama's administration. And Secret Service protection details are required to accompany them, even on vacations to places like Aspen, Colorado, Germany and Hungary, or business trips that took Trump's two adult sons to Vancouver, Canada, and Dubai. ... Read more

Trump Administration Dissolves Federal Climate Advisory Committee
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 08/20/17

President Donald Trump's administration has dissolved a federal panel of scientists and other experts tasked with helping create and implement new policy based on the latest climate change research findings.

That decision, members of the 15-person committee told HuffPost on Sunday, does not bode well for the future of climate change preparation and prevention during Trump's time in office. ... Read more

Why Steve Bannon's Exit Means MORE White House Chaos
BusinessInsider | author | 08/21/17

Ousted White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is gearing up for battle and has set his sights on President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, according to Vanity Fair. Bannon and Kushner have a long history of disagreement, with the two frequently butting heads on the ideological plane, where Bannon's far-right nationalist instincts clashed with Kushner's more moderate views.

In the wake of his ouster, Bannon is looking to even the score with West Wing rivals like Kushner, Vanity Fair reported. In keeping with that, Bannon reportedly wants former chief of staff Reince Priebus to testify to special counsel Robert Mueller that Kushner was significantly involved in Trump's decision to fire former FBI director James Comey in May. ... Read more
Why Steve Bannon's Exit Means MORE White House Chaos | TYT | 08/21/17 | 9:53

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin just put out a statement about why he hasn't quit in disgust
Vox | Dara Lind | 08/20/17

Cabinet secretaries don't normally feel the need to put out statements explaining why they haven't quit their jobs in disgust. But the Trump administration is not normal. And so it is that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put out a statement Saturday night, explaining why he's sticking around in the Trump administration.

Mnuchin responded to an open letter published Friday, signed by more than 300 people who graduated from Yale, alongside Mnuchin, in 1985. "We believe it is your moral obligation to resign your post as Secretary of the Treasury, effective immediately," the letter reads.

Liberals, moderates, and anti-Trump conservatives have been calling for people of conscience to resign from the Trump administration since Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20. And each of the president's most shocking and worrisome moves -- firing FBI Director James Comey, banning trans service members from the military on Twitter against the advice of Defense Secretary James Mattis -- has inspired a new round of calls for administration officials to stop giving cover to an impulsive and divisive president. ... Read more
Trump's Cabinet: You Don't Wanna Know What He'd Do If We Resigned! | TYT | 08/21/17 | 9:05

Steve Bannon Readies His Revenge
VanityFair | Gabriel Sherman | 08/20/17

The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear.

On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trump's chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page. "Why do you sound unfazed?" a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web. "Because," Bannon replied, "we're going to war." Hours later, Bannon was calling into the editorial meeting at Breitbart News, rallying his troops to continue the battles he waged inside the White House. "We have a duty to the country to be the vanguard of 'The Movement,'" he told his staff, according to one person on the call. Bannon's main targets are the West Wing's coterie of New York Democrat "globalists"--Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn--as well as the "hawks," comprised of National Security Adviser H.R McMaster and his deputy, Dina Powell. "He wants to beat their ideas into submission," Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told me. "Steve has a lot of things up his sleeve." ... Read more
Breitbart Going To War With Fox News? | TYT | 08/21/17 | 12:38

What Happened to Trump's Beef With North Korea? (#109) | Keith Olbermann | 08/20/17 | 8:07
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  2. State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan Speaks Out on Trump's Troop Surge
  3. With No Timetable for Withdrawal, Trump Expands War in Afghanistan While Threatening Pakistan
  4. American Prospect Editor Robert Kuttner on His Extraordinary Interview with Steve Bannon
  5. Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigns as Trump Adviser After Reaping Millions From His Time in White House
**Full Interview: Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigns as Trump Adviser After Reaping Millions | DN | 08/22/17 | 24:54
State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan Speaks Out on Trump's Troop Surge | DN | 08/22/17 | 13:24
**Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex? | TRNN | 08/21/17 | 21:05
***The documentary "Ukraine on Fire" from producer Oliver Stone tells the hidden story of how the ongoing conflict began, including the pivotal US role | TRNN | 08/22/17 | 18:55
Ukraine on Fire (trailer) (2016) | 06/16/17 | 2:49
Ukraine on Fire (full) (2016) | | 1:29:00
Will Donald Trump last through his first full term as US president? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 08/21/17 | 25:10
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How Will America's Longest War End? | 1a.org | 08/22/17 | 1hr
President Trump addresses the nation Monday night about the war in Afghanistan, where more than 8,000 U.S. troops are stationed. A resolution to the conflict has defied solutions so far.

U.S. Defense Secretary General James Mattis told Congress in June "we are not winning in Afghanistan right now." What will it take to bring this conflict to an end? And is the president's "path forward" for U.S. engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia the answer?
The Sugar Story: A Spoonful Of Addiction Makes The Profits Go Up? | 1a.org | 08/22/17 | 1hr
Our decisions about what to eat are driven by much more than hunger. Social trends, agricultural science and multimillion-dollar industries can make certain vegetables hip or carbs passé, while concerns for overall health sit on the sidelines.

One of the major food trends of the last half-century was the movement away from fat. But, research published last year found that the fight against fat was fueled in part by sugar interests.
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President Donald Trump Delivers 'Somber Speech' On Afghanistan | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/22/17 | 16:35
As President, Trump Listens To Generals On Afghanistan | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/22/17 | 9:27
The Secret Service Is Running Out Of Money | MSNBC All In | 08/21/17 | 1:22
Alternative News ??
Alex Jones Heated Debate On Trump & Afghanistan | InfoWar | 08/22/17 | 13:36

Monday August 21, 2017

How Evangelicals Support White Supremacy -- Even Though They Reject Racism
AlterNet | Chris Sosa | 08/16/17

Southern Baptists don't express any genuine interest in eradicating racism from the world ? just the denomination's own community.

... My Evangelical experience occured inside a large Southern Baptist Convention affiliated congregation called Spotswood Baptist Church in Virginia. The SBC is the largest Evangelical denomination in the United States, housing more than 15 million members. The only Christian body in the U.S. with more members is the Catholic Church.

Originally formed in partial defense of slavery, the SBC publicly rejects its racist roots. The apology and statement on race released by the SBC in the 1990s reads in part, "[W]e apologize to all African-Americans for condoning and/or perpetuating individual and systemic racism in our lifetime; and we genuinely repent of racism of which we have been guilty, whether consciously (Psalm 19:13) or unconsciously (Leviticus 4:27)." It continues "[W]e ask forgiveness from our African-American brothers and sisters."

This is true across most of racism-rejecting Evangelicalism. This subset of Christians does not work toward racial equality in society in any organized way. Racial inequality outside the structure isn't an area of interest or concern. But the reason isn't always obvious to outsiders. ... Read more


Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook by Mark Bray


As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism -- also known as "antifa." Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and '30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. They could be seen in news reports, often clad all in black with balaclavas covering their faces, fighting police at the presidential inauguration, and on California college campuses protesting right-wing speakers, and most recently, on the streets of Charlottesville, VA.

Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics -- by any means necessary. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again.

In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray provides a one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of its history from its origins to the present day -- the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the tactics of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little understood resistance fighting back against the alt-right.

Trump to unveil Afghanistan strategy after struggling with decision
Politico | Matthew Nussbaum and Brent D. Griffiths | 08/20/17

The White House appeared to keep a tight hold on the details, but Trump is expected to approve sending more troops to Afghanistan.

The White House appeared to keep a tight hold on the details of what exactly Trump will say, but he is expected to approve sending more troops to Afghanistan, deepening U.S. involvement in the region and indicating a more traditional approach to foreign policy than he promised on the campaign trail.

The move comes after the dismissal Friday of chief strategist Steve Bannon, who voiced skepticism about an increased military footprint in the region and preferred outsourcing some of the duties to private contractors. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser H.R. McMaster were said to have encouraged Trump to accept his commanders' proposals to send more troops, though Pence's office said he remained neutral. ... Read more

Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington
NewYork.com | Patrick Radden Keefe | 08/28/17

One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency. Icahn is one of the richest men on Wall Street, and he has thrived, in no small measure, because of a capacity to intimidate. A Texas-based oil refiner in which he had a major stake was losing money because of an obscure environmental rule that Icahn regarded as unduly onerous. Icahn is a voluble critic of any government regulation that constrains his companies. So he wanted to speak with the person in charge of enforcing the policy: a senior official at the E.P.A. named Janet McCabe.

Icahn works from a suite of offices, atop the General Motors Building, in midtown, that are decorated in the oak-and-leather fashion of a tycoon's lair in a nineteen-eighties film. During that decade, Icahn made his reputation as one of the original corporate raiders, pioneering the art of the hostile takeover and establishing himself as a human juggernaut--a pugnacious deal machine, all avarice and swagger. ... Read more

Where's The Venture Capital Funding For Women?
Critics say the male-dominated tech world makes it harder for women entrepreneurs to raise money needed to start and grow new businesses. A new report actually reveals how women in tech get a tiny fraction of venture capital funding compared to men and the women's share of funding is shrinking. MSNBC's Ali Velshi explains.
Where's The Venture Capital Funding For Women? | MSNBC Velshi & Ruhle | 08/21/17 | 2:47
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Life After Hate: Full Intv. with Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi | DN | 08/18/17 | 1:04:47
Sierra Club Senior Attorney Casey Roberts discusses -> Will Rick Perry Use Grid Study to Push Coal? | TRNN | 08/21/17 | 9:17
Trump Adviser: 'He Is Stubborn And Doesn't Realize How Bad This Is Getting' | TYT | 08/19/17 | 9:44
Gary Cohn HASN'T Recused Himself From Goldman Sachs Issues | TYT | 08/19/17 | 4:31
How Trump is Secretly Blowing Up Social Security Right Now... | ThomHartmann | 08/18/17 | 28:02
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Can Faith Leaders Help America Heal After Charlottesville? | 1a.org | 08/21/17 | 1hr
Presidents are expected to serve as moral leaders. But after the shows of hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, many Americans are turning to spiritual leaders who have helped their communities fight bigotry before.
The Antifa Handbook | 1a.org | 08/21/17 | 1hr
In the wake of Saturday's violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, condemnations of the marchers' cause came quickly.

Except from the White House. In remarks Saturday and in the following days, President Donald Trump made references to "many sides" and violent responses from counter-protesters. Conservative critics were more explicit in pinning some blame for violence on Antifa.

Antifa is short for anti-fascist, a non-centralized ideology whose followers, as the Washington Post says, have a "willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly" which "distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists."
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AP Finds That President Donald Trump Base Still Supportive | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/21/17 | 13:08
What Steve Bannon's Brief White House Tenure Shows | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/21/17 | 9:20
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Nuclear Waste | John Oliver | 08/20/17 | 18:16
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Ladies Who Book: Steve Bannon | Samantha Bee | older, 08/09/17 | 6:58

Weekend 08/19/17-08/20/17

Extremely Active Hurricane Season Is Forecast as Peak Lies Ahead
AlterNet | Andrea Thompson / WXshift | 08/18/17

Favorable water temperatures and winds mean there's "the possibility now that the season could be extremely active," featuring as many as five major hurricanes, Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday. ...

... NOAA is predicting eight to 13 more named storms to form during the rest of the season, for a total of 14 to 19. Of those, 5 to 9 are expected to become hurricanes and 2 to 5 major hurricanes, defined as those that reach Category 3 status or higher. An average season has 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. ... Read more

Bannon Is 'Going Nuclear'
TheAtlantic | Rosie Gray |08/19/17

In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that helped propel Trump to victory.

But he has gained an unpredictable and potentially troublesome outside ally who has long experience running a media organization, and an even longer list of enemies with whom he has scores to settle both outside the administration and inside. "Steve is now unchained," said a source close to Bannon. "Fully unchained." ...

... Bannon had in recent days mused about leaving, according to people who have spoken with him; he has expressed to friends that he feels the administration is failing and is a sinking ship. And last week, he told people in a meeting that he would have 10 times more influence outside the White House than inside it. ... Read more

Bannon's next steps are being worked out with Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Republican donors who have been some of Trump's most important supporters and Bannon's consistent patrons.

Why Bannon Lost and the Globalists Won
Politico | Bill Scher | 08/18/17

... In a White House fond of superlatives, it would be insulting to call any of its mistakes "little." Bannon's mistakes were huge, and they not only led to his ouster, but also the collapse of his grandiose dream: a realigned American political map centered on economic populism.

Days after Trump's election, a giddy Bannon told the Hollywood Reporter that he was an "economic nationalist," and then went on to explain what he meant:

"The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia ... If we deliver ... we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote and we'll govern for 50 years ... Like [Andrew] Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement. It's everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan ... It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution -- conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement." ... Read more

The politics of mean
Salon | Lucian K. Truscott IV | 08/19/17

... Bannon and Trump sounded last week like trolls in your comments trying to win points in an argument that was settled decades ago. They weren't just inviting a political war over race and white supremacy (!), they were taking childish delight in the prospect of such a war. It's the politics of mean. Notably absent from interviews given by Trump, Bannon or any other White House officials over the past week was any mention of what the President plans to do when he returns from his golfing sojourn in Bedminster, New Jersey. Congress faces an immediate need to pass a budget; a looming crisis over raising the debt ceiling; the need to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program; and about a gazillion foreign policy and military crises around the world, from terrorists attacks in Europe to an utterly failed war in Afghanistan to a restive, loony and nuclear armed North Korea. Not to mention the usual menu of pie-in-the-sky-we'll-get-it-done-someday legislative shit like health care, infrastructure, tax reform. ... Read more

Still Making Excuses for Trump? (#108) | Keith Olbermann | 08/18/17 | 7:02
Trump Is Still Making Excuses for Nazis (#107) | Keith Olbermann | 08/17/17 | 4:26
The Real Story of How Bannon and Trump Got to The White House | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 31:19
Bannon Fired from White House | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 25:54
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay live on firing of Steve Bannon | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 22:34
Down Goes BANNON!!! Down Goes BANNON!!! | TYT | 08/18/17 | 13:44
Bannon Loyalists Declare WAR | TYT | 08/18/17 | 10:46
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Steve Bannon Uniquely Odd Among Donald Trump's Many Weird Staff Choices | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/18/17 | 18:56
Republicans Run Out Of Patience With The President | MSNBC Moning Joe | 08/18/17 | 15:48

MSNBC 11th Hour
Back At Brietbart, Ousted Donald Trump Aide Steve Bannon Says 'Now I'm Free' | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/18/17 | 11:41
**"YOU CAN'T JUST LIE ON TV!!" Ali Velshi fact checks Trump adviser on Trump Economy | MSNBC Velshi & Ruhle | 08/18/17 | 8:58
Breitbart Editor Pollack: If Trump Tries To Reinvent, Support 'Will Erode' | MSNBC Velshi & Ruhle | 08/18/17 | 17:31
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Businessman President Can't Even Get Along With CEOs | Stephen Colbert | 08/19/17 | 6:01
One Week Older, A Week With 'Many Sides' | Stephen Colbert | 08/19/17 | 3:58

Friday August 18, 2017
Our Revolution: A Future to Believe by Bernie Sanders (2016)

When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a "fringe" campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an Independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

By the time Sanders's campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent.

In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all?and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

Van Hits Pedestrians in Deadly Barcelona Terror Attack
NYTimes | Anne-Sophie Bolon | 08/17/17

Spain was hit by its worst terrorist attack in more than a decade Thursday, when a van driver plowed into dozens of people enjoying a sunny afternoon on one of Barcelona's most famous thoroughfares, killing at least 13 people and leaving 80 bloodied on the pavement.

Hours later, the Catalan police said they foiled a second van attack, in the seaside town of Cambrils 70 miles to the south, fatally shooting at least four people who appeared to be wearing explosive belts, according to Spanish news reports. ... Read more

Gary Cohn stays put -- for now -- following Trump's comments on Charlottesville
WashingtonPost | Damian Paletta | 08/17/17

The White House on Thursday took the unusual step of saying that National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn would not resign, trying to contain the fallout from President Trump's controversial comments about the deadly riot in Charlottesville over the weekend and his assertion that "very fine people" were protesting alongside neo-Nazis.

Cohn, who funded the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent State University in 2009, was mortified by Trump's comments, three people close to him said, and he has been bombarded with calls from friends asking him if he will leave. ... Read more

President Trump on Aug. 15 said that "there's blame on both sides" for the violence that erupted in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 | 09/15/17 | 2:45

Trump's Longtime Business Partner Told Family He and POTUS Are 'Going to Prison': Report
AlterNet | David Edwards / Raw Story | 08/17/17

Felix Sater hinted last month that he's already flipped on the president.

Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump's shadiest former business partners, is reportedly preparing for prison time -- and he says the president will be joining him behind bars.

Sources told The Spectator's Paul Wood that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's deep dive into Trump's business practices may be yielding results. Trump recently made remarks that could point point to a money laundering scheme, Wood reported. ... Read more

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what? You just magnified her." | CSpan | 08/16/17 | 6:58

**Bannon ridicules White House adversaries in wide-ranging interview
Politico | Louis Nelson | 08/17/17

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon pledged to shake up staffing at the Departments of Defense and State and said his adversaries, both inside and outside the White House, are "wetting themselves" at the prospect of his plans.

He also appeared to take on National Economic Council Chair Gary Cohn and said the U.S. must ready itself for an "economic war with China" that has already begun. ... Read more

Steve Bannon Accidentally Spills The Beans? | TYT | 08/17/17 | 10:28

CEOs to move their White House talks underground
Politico | Nancy Cook | 08/17/17

Chief executives no longer want to appear in photo-ops with President Donald Trump following his race comments about Charlottesville, but that doesn't mean they're giving up on trying to shape his agenda

There's simply too much money at stake with tax reform, infrastructure and health care in play -- billions of dollars in a tax overhaul alone -- for corporations to disengage entirely with the White House or official Washington.

So while companies will rely less on direct access to Trump through advisory councils and meetings at the White House, their advisers and lobbyists still plan to engage with top White House aides such as Vice President Mike Pence or National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, political appointees at agencies, and Congress to make their case for rolling back regulations, keeping specific tax breaks, or cutting the corporate tax rate. ... Read more

Markets Roiled on Trump Stance Tensions: Markets Wrap
Bloomberg | Eric J Weiner | 08/17/17

A sense of growing unease gripped financial markets as President Donald Trump exacerbated the controversy sparked by a racist rally in Virginia and terrorists struck a crowded street in Barcelona.

U.S. stocks retreated, with the S&P 500 Index posting its second biggest one-day decline of the year, and a measure of market volatility spiked higher. Treasuries rose with the yen as investors sought havens. Gold jumped. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 18 [10:58]
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  2. Anne Frank Center: Trump's Personal Twitter Account Amplifies Hate and Should Be Suspended
  3. Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi on Confronting Racists
  4. Trump's DOJ Demands Personal Info On 1.3M Visitors to "DisruptJ20" Inauguration Protest Website
Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 11:15
US Begins Korea War Games, Not Peace Talks | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 17:09
US Wants Online Data of Anti-Trump Protesters | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 11:33
In an unprecedented act, the Justice Department is seeking the personal internet information of 1.3 million visitors to www.disruptj20.org, an anti-Trump website that organized Inauguration Day protests.
Trump Defends Confederacy More Than Southern Republican | TYT | 08/17/17 | 8:44
Is Donald Trump giving a voice to white supremacists? | Aljazeera: Inside Story | 08/17/17 | 24:45
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/18/17 | 1hr
A single story dominated the news cycle this week: a tragedy that took the life of a young woman in Charlottesville, Virginia and the president's controversial responses to the event that led to her death.

The White House, white supremacy and where President Trump's agenda goes from here.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/18/17 | 1hr
Last weekend's violence in Charlottesville may have grown from American history but it's international news. Around the world, leaders are criticizing President Trump's reaction to the events. Even Ayatollah Khameni spoke up.

The news has overshadowed developments in the high-tension verbal sparring between North Korea and the United States, Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America and a round of international trade talks.

The world is also sending condolences to Spain after a van attack killed at least 13 people and injured about 80 others.
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No Nazi Scumbags Allowed In The US Military | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/17/17 | 16:05
Trump Pushes 'Huge Historical Lie' After Attack | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/18/17 | 4:18
Bill Moyers: Instead Of A 'Soul,' Donald Trump Has An 'Open Sore' | MSNBC Last Word | 08/17/17 | 11:15
Joe: The President Is Narrowcasting | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/18/17 | 16:37
Charles Krauthammer Crushes His Fox' colleague For Defending Trump's "AWFUL" Statements | FoxNews | 08/17/17 | 7:15
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General Kelly's 18 Days Of Discipline | Stephen Colbert | 08/18/17 | 3:32
Trump Botched His Well-Wishes For Spain | Stephen Colbert | 08/18/17 | 4:39
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Jimmy Kimmel Reads Mean Comments from Trump Supporters | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/18/17 | 2:19

Thursday August 17, 2017

After Trump Hedges His Condemnation of Hate, C.E.O.s Organize a Mass Defection
NYTimes | David Gelles | 08/16/17

On Monday, Indra Nooyi, the chief executive of Pepsi, picked up the phone and began calling other prominent corporate chieftains who -- like her -- had agreed to advise President Trump. A rebellion was brewing.

Ms. Nooyi quickly reached Mary T. Barra, the head of General Motors, and Virginia M. Rometty, the chief of IBM, who were both similarly outraged with the president's response. Together, they agreed that it was time to step down from the Strategic and Policy Forum, an elite group formed late last year to advise the president on economic issues.

As these calls were occurring, the president's other main business advisory group, the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, had begun to disintegrate. Early Monday, the chief executive of Merck stepped down from that group, followed by the chiefs of Intel and Under Armour, and representatives from a labor group and a nonprofit business alliance. ... Read more

Amid C.E.O. Exodus, Trump Disbands Top Business Panels
  1. President Trump's main council of top corporate leaders disbanded after he equated white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them.
  2. Soon after, the president announced on Twitter that "rather than putting pressure" on the members, he would end his executive councils.
Eclipsing the Sun | On August 21, the moon will paint a swath of North America in darkness. The Great American Eclipse. | 4:36

Bannon Mocks Colleagues and 'Alt-Right' in Interview
NYTimes | Michael D. Shear | 08/17/17

... Speaking on Tuesday, the same day that Mr. Trump was being assailed for his response to the Charlottesville protests, Mr. Bannon also dismissed the right-wing fringe as "a collection of clowns." He said the more liberals talk about "identity politics," the easier it will be for Mr. Trump to defeat Democrats by focusing on economic nationalism.

Mr. Bannon told friends that he did not believe that his conversation was an on-the-record interview. But Mr. Bannon is a savvy media operator who rarely speaks without a clear understanding of the rules. Mr. Kuttner said the issue of whether the call was on the record never came up. ... Read more

Steve Bannon: Charlottesville Reaction A 'Defining Moment' For Donald Trump | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/16/17 | 7:36

Analyst Lays Out China's "Doomsday" Scenario
ZeroHedge | author | 08/17/17

According to Autonomous analyst Charlene Chu, bad debt in China's financial system will reach as much as $7.6 trillion by the end of this year: an estimate which implies a staggering bad-debt ratio of 34%, orders of magnitude above the official number, and nothing short of a "doomsday scenario" for China's financial system if accurate. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 17 [13:51]
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  3. Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy
  4. "Vile, Hateful & Racist": A Fargo Family Disowns White Supremacist Relative After Charlottesville
**Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Under Trump, Al Qaeda is Flourishing | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 15:57
Historian Gerald Horne says -> Trump Defends White Supremacy to Maintain Elite Power Structure | TRNN | 08/17/17 | 11:38
PREDICTION: Trump Will Resign In Disgrace...Soon | TYT | 08/16/17 | 10:49
Klan Leader Celebrates Murder Of Heather Heyer | TYT | 08/16/17 | 5:35
Moment Of Truth Coming For Trump | TYT | 08/16/17 | 7:55
And The Alt-Right Survey Says... Racist! | TYT | 08/16/17 | 13:39
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The Search For America's Moral Core | 1a.org | 08/17/17 | 1hr
America is doing some heavy soul-searching after the violence in Charlottesville and President Trump's responses to it.

America has survived far worse, but today millions of Americans are saying, "This is not who we are."
The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature | 1a.org | 08/17/17 | 1hr
Today's book lovers are hungry for stories of dark, dystopian futures. Novels like "1984," "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Parable of the Sower" are hard to keep in stock these days.

But what's inspiring the next generation of dystopian narratives? We assemble a panel of authors to talk about how current events, national politics and international relations inspire their new works and appeal to an audience with an affinity for apocalyptic endings.
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President Trump defended the Charlottesville marchers. Here's what we saw. | PBS | 08/16/17 | 4:20
Russia Still Helping Donald Trump, Hacked Mail Story Suggests | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/16/17 | 6:46
GOP, Business And The Country Respond To Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/17/17 | 9:27
Donald Trump Goes After Lindsey Graham In New Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/17/17 | 3:36
Joe: None Of Us Have Seen Anything Like Yesterday | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/16/17 | 30:37
Anderson Cooper's Brilliant Reaction To Trump's Statements - EXPOSES His Bad Leadership | CNN | 08/16/17 | 10:17
Shepard Smith Just Wrecked Trump's "Disgraceful" Message In An Magnificent Breakdown | FoxNews | 08/16/17 | 13:16
'Wow, That Was Something Else' Jake Tapper Dumbfounded By Trump's Hypocrisy | CNN | 08/16/17 | 8:53
Jake Tapper: Chorus of officials condemn racism | CNN | 08/16/17 | 5:09
Jake Tapper: Fact check: Trump wrong on whether he waits for the facts | CNN | 08/16/17 | 3:33
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Trump: America's First 'Racist Grandpa' President | Stephen Colbert | 08/17/17 | 8:33
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Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Kellyanne Conway About Trump Damage Control | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/16/17 | 5:31
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Late-night reactions: Trump's press conference on Charlottesville | WashingtonPost | 08/16/17 | 1:46





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Breaking, Stock Market To Crash?: Alex Jones Infowars 8/17/17 (pt-1) | Infowars| 08/17/17 | 24:02

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Trump blows up damage control as he blames 'both sides' for Charlottesville
Politico | Annie Karni | 08/15/17

'My head is spinning,' one White House aide says after the president also pins blame on the 'alt-left.'

It took President Donald Trump two days to explicitly call out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who engaged in violent protests over the weekend that resulted in the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman. ... Read more

Ryan, other Republicans outraged by Trump news conference
Politico | Austin Wright | 08/15/17

President Donald Trump sparked a barrage of Republican outrage on Tuesday after he blamed "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia -- including from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"We must be clear," Ryan said after Trump's remarks. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity." ... Read more

Trump's "frenemy of the week" campaign is starting to backfire: Which Republican will he try to humiliate next?
Salon | Bob Cesca | 08/13/17

First Sessions, then McMaster -- this week it's Mitch McConnell. These former loyalists will turn on him eventually

It appears as though Trump has decided to make McConnell his "Frenemy of the Week." You might recall previous frenemies in Trump's crosshairs. A few weeks ago, it was Jeff Sessions because the attorney general recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, and Trump basically admitted that Sessions was nominated exclusively in order to obstruct the probe. Then there was Trump's own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, who was attacked over the situation in Afghanistan, as well as over the feud between McMaster and splotchy contortionist Steve Bannon. ... Read more

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report
NYT | Lisa Friedman | older, 08/07/17

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited. ... Read more
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Daily Caller Once Advised How to 'Plow Through' Liberal Protesters With a Car
Mediaite | Aidan McLaughlin | 08/15/17

The Daily Caller in January posted a video compilation of "cars plowing through protesters," instructing readers to "Study the technique" as "it may prove useful in the next four years."

The video was compiled by Mike Raust, the Daily Caller's video editor. It features a number of clips of people in cars and trucks driving through protestors blocking roads.

"If you are easily triggered, stop watching now," a text at the start of the video reads. "Too late," the next text says, as a truck drives through a protester. The compilation is set to a terrible acoustic rendition of Ludacris' 2002 hit "Move Bitch."... Read more
Conservatives Caught Sharing 'How-To Run Over People' Video | TYT | 08/15/17 | 8:37

China's Rising Debt Unnerves the IMF. The Alternative Is Worse.
Bloomberg | Daniel Moss | 08/15/17

With debt three times as large as GDP, the nation will represent a huge global risk. Anything less would be a risk as well.

Debt racked up by China's government, companies and households will likely balloon to almost 300 percent of gross domestic product by early next decade, the International Monetary Fund projected in its annual review of the country's economy. ... Read more

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  2. Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy
  3. Bree Newsome: Charlottesville is Latest Chapter in Long U.S. History of White Supremacist Terror
  4. Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets
Erika Andiola says -> Trump Defends White Nationalists, Blames 'Both Sides' for Charlottesville Violence | TRNN | 08/15/17 | 5:22
Witnessing the Terror in Charlottesville | TRNN | 08/16/17 | 12:40
Trump Approval Dropping Fast | TYT | 08/15/17 | 11:04
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A Monumental Problem | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
The debate over Confederate monuments and memorials often boils down to history versus hate ... and it's heating up again.

This week, a group of activists in Durham, North Carolina toppled a statue of a rebel soldier in a scene reminiscent of Baghdad in April of 2003.
United By The Sun: A Solar Event For All Americans To Share | 1a.org | 08/16/17 | 1hr
This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina, darkening skies and dropping temperatures along the way. Astronomers are already calling it a jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime event. One told Space.com total eclipses have a tendency to "bring people to tears."
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Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists' Political Ambitions | Rachel Maddow | 08/15/17 | 19:34
Russia Investigation Now Reaching Into The White House | All In | 08/14/17 | 6:31
Dr. James Peterson Explains: 'Many Of Us Are Not Surprised' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/16/17 | 18:56
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke Thanks Donald Trump | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/16/17 | 11:53
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Take A Side, Mr. President: Nazis Or Not Nazis | Stephen Colbert | 08/16/17 | 12:37
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Jimmy Kimmel's Plan to Save Us from Trump | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/15/17 | 12:18
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Trump's Response to Charlottesville: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/14/17 | 14:01
Breaking Crazy: Donald Trump's Charlottesville Press Conference | Seth Meyers | 08/15/17 | 2:04

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Three More CEOs Turn Backs on Trump as Merck, Intel Quit Council
Bloomberg | Jeff Green | 08/15/17

It was a question that came to the fore again Monday when first Merck & Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, then Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank and Intel Corp.'s Brian Krzanich stepped down from a White House business group set up to advise Donald Trump.

While none mentioned the president, Frazier, one of the country's most-prominent black chief executive officers, quit the council as Trump was being assailed for failing to quickly condemn white supremacists for deadly violence at a rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Frazier said he was acting on a "matter of personal conscience." ... Read more

Adviser: Trump Didn't Want To 'Dignify' White Supremacy By Condemning It
TalkingPoint | Esme Cribb | 08/13/17

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert on Sunday claimed President Donald Trump's failure to condemn white supremacists after violence broke out at a rally in Charlottesville was because he didn't want to "dignify" the movement. ...

... Trump on Saturday did not remark on the nature of the rally but called the clashes an "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" and called for Americans to "love each other." ... Read more
Republicans Defend Trump's Charlottesville Response | TYT | 08/14/17 | 11:06

Anti-McMaster campaign is about to get uglier
Axios.com | Jonathan Swan | 08/13/17

Steve Bannon's wing of Trump's White House is plotting to stab the National Security Adviser in the back.

The bare-knuckle campaign to remove National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the White House is about to get much uglier.

Outside forces opposed to McMaster are going to allege he has a drinking problem, according to sources outside the Trump administration familiar with the anti-McMaster campaign. The controversial nationalist Mike Cernovich, who has an inside track on the anti-McMaster campaign, teased the alcohol attack in an Internet video with Alex Jones of the website Infowars. Anti-McMaster forces believe this attack will harm his standing with the president, who is a teetotaler.

To be clear: I have never heard anything to support the allegation from anyone inside the Trump administration or from anyone who's socialized with McMaster. We are covering it to highlight the extremes to which McMaster's opponents are prepared to take their war against the National Security Adviser.

A White House official told me "McMaster has been made aware that the attack is likely coming, and prefers to focus on his work."

Another official told me the majority of senior staff "have rallied around McMaster and believe that all of the attacks against him are divorced from reality."

Chief of Staff John Kelly finds the attacks dishonorable and disgusting, according to a source close to Kelly. President Trump is also off-put by the campaign against McMaster -- even though his relationship with his National Security Adviser has at times been strained. ... Read more
Steve Bannon Plotting Behind Trump's Back | TYT | 08/14/17 | 14:12

On The Internet, Everyone Knows 'You're Racist': Twitter Account IDs Marchers
NPR.org | author | 08/14/17

Peter Cvjetanovic didn't really think this through. They didn't wear hoods as they chanted "Jews will not replace us." They weren't hiding their faces as they waved Confederate flags, racist signs and swastikas. They looked straight at a sea of cameras as they made the Nazi salute.

As Matt Thompson wrote for The Atlantic, the white supremacist march and rally this past weekend wasn't a KKK rally: "It was a pride march."

The bare-faced shamelessness was the point. But it was also an opening.

On the Internet, some people are crowd-sourcing efforts to identify and shame the people participating in the rally. Most prominently, on Twitter, the account called "Yes, You're Racist" has been soliciting help and posting IDs. "I'll make them famous," the account pledged. ... Read more
When You Forget Your Klan Hood And The Internet Finds Out | TYT | 08/14/17 | 9:14
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  3. "We Were 8 Years in Power": Ta-Nehisi Coates on Obama, Trump & White Fear of "Good Negro Government"
  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates: I Would Like to See Donald Trump Resign & Leave White House
  5. Ta-Nehisi Coates on How Cities & Municipalities Are Winning Reparations for Slavery at Local Level
Col Larry Wilkerson -> Trump Has No Business Threatening Venezuela | TRNN | 08/14/17 | 16:14
Dr. Joe Romm -> NOAA Defies Trump Administration's Climate Science Denial | TRNN | 08/14/17 | 9:32
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Keiser Report: Trend reversals (E1110) | RT | 08/15/17 | 25:49
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What Can I Do To Stop Hate Groups? | 1a.org | 08/15/17 | 1hr
The violent racism we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia is not new. But after last weekend's attack, many people are looking for new ideas about how to stop extremists. On Monday's show, our guest Jameta Barlow said "Everyone needs to do something every day."

But what? What is the most productive response to a white nationalist rally in your town? Or on your campus? What should you do if a cousin says something racist at Thanksgiving?
CEOs Cut Ties With Trump | 1a.org | 08/15/17 | 1hr
The CEOs of Merck, Intel and Under Armour resigned their positions on the White House American Manufacturing Council this week. The three condemned the hate groups that attracted violence to a recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia -- something President Donald Trump has been criticized for not doing in a timely way.
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Maddow: Racism 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 16:38
Steve Bannon Personal Influence Wanes, Policy Influence Lives On | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:05
Sizing Up Donald Trump's Relationship With The Press | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:37
Charlie Dent: Donald Trump's Merck 'Cheap Shot' Bothered Me | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/15/17 | 7:25
PETER SCHIFF - Will Trump Cause a Stock Market Crash at August 2017 | | 08/11/17 | 38:39
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Stephen Makes Condemning Nazis Look Easy (Because It Is) | Stephen Colbert | 08/15/17 | 11:23
Anthony Scaramucci Would Fire Steve Bannon | Stephen Colbert | 08/15/17 | 10:08
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**Brown in Town - Coal Country | The Daily Show | 08/11/17 | 6:55

Monday August 14, 2017

Wall Street Journal editorial rips Bannon for White House dysfunction
TheHill | John Bowden | 08/10/17

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board blamed senior White House aide Stephen Bannon for chaos in the West Wing, arguing that the top Trump ally's loyalty to the president is in question after his supporters vilified Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

In an editorial Tuesday night, the conservative paper trashed the White House chief strategist for using his allies in the far-right media to disrupt the White House in favor of his own personal goals.

Citing the statement of support that Trump issued for McMaster last week, the paper writes that Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, should watch Bannon closely.

"Rather than question the general's loyalties, perhaps Mr. Kelly should question Mr. Bannon's," the Journal wrote. "The former Breitbart publisher has been a White House survivor, but his warring habits have also been responsible for much of the White House dysfunction. ... Read more
Steve Bannon: The White House's Leaker Outed? | TYT | 08/13/17 | 7:28

Steve Bannon Said He Learned To FeaR Muslims When He Visited Pakistan. Except He Was Probably In Hong Kong.
TheIntercept | Peter Maass | 08/11/17

IF YOU ASK Steve Bannon how he got the idea that Muslims in the Middle East are a civilizational threat to America, he will say that his eyes were first opened when he served on a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea. At least that's what he told the journalist Joshua Green, whose new book about President Donald Trump's senior counselor is a best-seller.

"It was not hard to see, as a junior officer, sitting there, that [the threat] was just going to be huge," Bannon said. He went on: ... Read more
The Comically Stupid Reason Bannon's Terrified Of Muslims | TYT | 08/13/17 | 5:07

**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.
**The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny by William Strauss and Neil Howe (2009)

William Strauss and Neil Howe base this vision on a provocative new theory of American history. The authors look back five hundred years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras--or "turnings"--that last about twenty years and that always arrive in the same order.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis--the Fourth Turning--when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history's seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

Strauss and Howe locate today's America as midway through an Unraveling, roughly a decade away from the next era of Crisis. In a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period, they show how generational dynamics are the key to understanding the cycles of American history. They draw vivid portraits of all the modern generations: the can-do G.I.s, the mediating Silent, the values-absorbed Boomers, the pragmatic 13ers, and the child Millennials. Placed in the context of history's long rhythms, the persona and role of each generation become clear--as does the inevitability of the coming Crisis. ...

Bannon Calls Jeffrey Lord After CNN Firing Over Nazi Salute Tweet
TalkingPoints | Nicole Lafond | 08/11/17

While House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called pro-Trump commentator Jeffrey Lord after Lord was fired by CNN for tweeting a Nazi salute, according to a report from Penn Live.

"It's Stephen K. Bannon. I have to take this," Lord told the reporter, who was sitting in Lord's living room when he received the call. Bannon reportedly called Lord to show support and encourage him to keep fighting. Lord wouldn't provide details on what the two spoke about. ... Read more
Steve Bannon Called Fired Jeff Lord In Racist Solidarity | TYT | 08/13/17 | 11:50

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  3. Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis
  4. UVA Prof on UVA's Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler
  5. Rev. Traci Blackmon: The Trump Administration Is Giving Permission to Hate
Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires | TRNN | older, 04/05/17 | 19:35
Bill Black -> Media Downplays Wells Fargo's Latest Scandals | TRNN | 07/14/17 | 8:44
Trump Risking It All For North Korea | TYT | 08/12/17 | 5:45
We've Gone From "Fire & Fury" To "Locked & Loaded" | ThomHartmann | 08/11/17 | 27:58
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Charlottesville And The White Supremacists | 1a.org | 08/14/17 | 1hr
What began as a rally by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend ended in terror Saturday as a car slammed into a group that was protesting the rally, killing at least one person and injuring 19 others.

The tension had been high since Friday, when a group of torch-bearing white nationalists (some giving a Nazi salute) descended on the University of Virginia campus to protest the potential removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

After Saturday's deadly violence, President Donald Trump said, "we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ... on many sides." The response was met with criticism, with members of the president's own party labeling it too vague.
Answering Your Questions On North Korea And Nuclear Weapons | 1a.org | 08/14/17 | 1hr
As tensions mount between the U.S. and North Korea, so does the number of unanswered questions.

Would the U.S. launch a pre-emptive strike?
Would North Korea really attack Guam?
What role will China play?
How did we get to this point?
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Donald Trump Never Takes Responsibility For Anything: Bruni | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/14/17 | 12:27
**Nothing New On North Korea Except Donald Trump's Freak-Out | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/11/17 | 9:27
Who Is White House Aide Sebastian Gorka? | MSNBC AM Joy | 08/13/17 | 13:34
Richard Painter: Sebastian Gorka Should Be Fired For Tillerson Comments | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/11/17 | 2:03
Anthony Scaramucci's First Interview After Being Fired By Trump - Criticizing Trump's Statements | ABC | 08/13/17 | 14:29
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
North Korea: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | 08/13/17 | 26:59
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, Trump Whisperer | Samantha Bee | older | 7:26
**Steve Bannon, Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka and Donald Trump

Friday August 11, 2017

TRUMP'S Enemies List Grows
Salon | Bob Cesca | 08/11/17

A few years ago, there was literally no way I would ever have favorably retweeted A-list conservatives like Bill Kristol, David Frum or George Will. And yet here we are. The Trump presidency has had one major unintended consequence: Reasonably-minded combatants on the right and left have joined together in opposition to the sack-full-of-monkeys that is our current White House. In the last year or so, I've also found myself applauding heretofore unheard-of allies like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake for putting nation over party and, at least when it counts, standing up to Trump and the destabilization he's precipitating. ... Read more

Peek-a-Boo
HP | Ed Mazza | 08/10/17
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Trump Says Military Options 'Locked and Loaded' on North Korea
Bloomberg | Stuart Biggs | 08/11/17

  1. Escalating tensions with Kim Jong Un have roiled markets
  2. Trump bringing situation to 'brink of nuclear war': KCNA

U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a week of tensions that has roiled global markets.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," Trump tweeted on Friday. Earlier, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency said the U.S. president is "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war." ... Read more

Trump's Legal Team Is No Match for Mueller's
Bloomberg | Tom Schoenberg | 08/10/17

When news broke on Aug. 3 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had begun using a grand jury in Washington to gather evidence related to his Russia probe, it appeared to catch the White House off guard. Although many news outlets were reporting the story, Ty Cobb, just four days on the job as the president's lawyer, issued a statement saying he didn't know about it, even as Jay Sekulow, another member of Trump's legal staff, went on Fox News to say once again that the president himself wasn't under investigation.

As Mueller adds experienced prosecutors and broadens his investigation, Trump's legal team still appears disorganized and understaffed. An army of well-paid lawyers would help the president get in front of the investigation: preparing responses to allegations before hearing about them from prosecutors or reporters, anticipating where Mueller is going, and developing a counternarrative to stymie him. Junior staffers could spend all night researching case law or obstruction of justice and conspiracy statutes; they could be available at a moment's notice to draft pleadings challenging Mueller's requests to interview witnesses or gather documents.

Instead, Trump's defense has been almost entirely reactive--responding to the latest bombshell report with uninformed statements by surrogates. The strategy adopted by those close to Trump, if not his legal team, has been to try to discredit Mueller's investigation by pointing out potential conflicts of interest or political biases that may exist among his investigators. "I don't get any sense that they're trying to get ahead of anything," says Don Goldberg, who worked in the White House Counsel's Office during the Clinton administration. "You wonder about whether the top people at the White House really understand what they're stepping into." ... Read more

This Country Is Rigged in 1,000 Directions to Protect the Wealthiest--Including the Idea That Most People 'Earned' Their Way to the Top
AlterNet | Donald Jeffries | 08/10/17

Unprecedented wealth disparity in America is driven by corrupt corporate practices and the myth of earned wealth.

"The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all. ... The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor." -- Helen Keller

... The wealthiest people in our society don't appear to be improving any lives but their own, and they don't seem to have special qualities or skills that explain why they're being compensated so much more extravagantly than the rest of us. Warren Buffet, like so many very wealthy people, made his fortune with investments. Multi-billionaire Mexican Carlos Slim Helú is another whose occupation is investor. When we examine any list of the richest Americans, we find names such as notorious corporate raider Carl Icahn, whose more polite title is investor, George Soros, who is yet another investor, hedge fund managers John Paulson and James Simons, and plenty of financiers, bond mavens, chairmen, and others with predictable titles that assure us, whatever they do, they aren't positively impacting the lives of the bulk of humanity. The very wealthy, in all reality, can generally be defined as those who are abnormally good at making money. ... Read more

Central Banks Are Hiding The True Price Of Risk
ZeroHedge | author | 08/11/17

If you invest your money, you will have to deal with numerous risks. For instance, if you buy a bond, you run the risk of the borrower defaulting or being repaid with debased money. As a stock investor, you face the risk that the company's business model will not live up to expectations, or that it, at the extreme, will go bankrupt. In an unhampered financial market, prices are formed for these and other risk factors.

For instance, a bond with a high default risk will typically carry a high yield. The same goes for debt denominated in an unsound currency. Stocks of companies that are deemed risky tend to trade at a lower valuation level than those considered low risk. All these risk premiums, if determined in the unhampered market, constitute a portion of an asset's price, be it a bond or a share. They play a vital role in the way capital is allocated in an economy. ... Read more

Top U.S. & World Headlines -- Friday, August 11, 2017 | DN | 08/11/17 | 11:54
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Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations? | DN | 08/10/17 | 21:00
**Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ says -> As Trump Threatens North Korea, US Preps War Games Next Door | TRNN | 08/10/17 | 18:40
**Trump Wants To Hand Afghanistan To His Mercenary Friend | TYT | 08/10/17 | 10:23
Keiser Report: Bond Market Bubble (E1108) | RT | 08/10/17 | 25:45
Are We Now On the Brink of Nuclear War? | ThomHartmann | 08/10/17 | 12:30
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/11/17 | 1hr
  1. President Donald Trump says he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, following the recommendation of a White House commission. This also follows a report that the tens of thousands of recorded opiate deaths might be too low a measurement.
  2. Meanwhile, members of Congress aren't having the most restful recess, especially Mitch McConnell, whose lack of legislative accomplishments has made him the target of criticism both spoken and tweeted by the president.
  3. Back in Washington, the investigation into Russia's election meddling continued with an FBI search of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's house.
  4. Lots of heat this week, both literal and figurative. Researchers have confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year on record, continuing a trend of record-breaking heat.
  5. And, in New Orleans, heavy rains caused severe flooding and highlighted existing political issues in the Crescent City. New Orleans also happens to be the city we're broadcasting from this week.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/11/17 | 1hr
  1. Tensions are running high in Kenya after another contested election.
  2. South Africa's president has survived another no-confidence vote.
  3. Tensions remain high and questions abound with North Korea.
  4. And suspicions of an acoustic attack on the U.S. embassy employees in Cuba have been called "very strange."
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Paul Manafort Changes Legal Team As Investigation Intensifies | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/10/17 | 13:51
Time Calls John Kelly 'Donald Trump's Last Best Hope' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 6:13
Joe: War With North Korea Would Be As Ugly As It Gets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/11/17 | 9:41
  1. In the first 6 months, of the current administration, we have doubled the number of bombs we have dropped than in previous administrations.
  2. In the first 6 months, we have killed more than 10 times the number of civilians than in previous administrations.
Law Scholar Jonathan Turley: Paul Manafort No-Knock Warrant 'Excessive' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/11/17 | 11:22
Trump warns N. Korea, thanks Russia, backs Mueller (full press conference) | CNN | 08/10/17 | 20:22
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Stephen Doesn't Want The Earth To Blow Up | Stephen Colbert | 08/11/17 | 6:43
God Isn't Stressing Out About Nuclear War | Stephen Colbert | 08/10/17 | 3:34
The FBI Raided Paul Manafort With A 'No-Knock' Warrant | Stephen Colbert | 08/10/17 | 2:40
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Trump Doubles Down on North Korea Threats While His Aides Praise Him: A Closer Look | Seth Meyers | 08/10/17 | 11:16
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Donald Trump is Doubling Down on North Korea | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/10/17 | 6:13

Thursday August 10, 2017

What Trump Needs to Know About North Korea's History
Politico | Sheila Miyoshi Jager | 08/09/17

The peninsula has a long record of risky games with great powers.

If it wasn't official before, North Korea is now the biggest foreign policy crisis the Trump administration is facing. "North Korea had best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," President Donald Trump said during a briefing on opioid addiction Tuesday at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Pyongyang regime responded with another threat of its own, saying its military "is examining the operational plan" for a missile strike around the U.S. territory of Guam. As the Pyongyang regime continues to defy international sanctions and presses on with its missile testing, the problem of war and peace on the peninsula becomes increasingly urgent. Should the United States risk war with North Korea that may ultimately lead to a bigger war and chaos in the region? Should it pursue a peace that keeps a dictatorial regime intact to fight another day? Washington's policy analysts, pundits and North Korea watchers have gone around this circle over the past 15 years. Yesterday's escalation jolted us out of the sense that it might go on indefinitely, unresolved. ... Read more
**72 Years After Bombing Nagasaki, US Threatens Another Nuclear War | TRNN | 08/09/17 | 10:26

Trump's indecision on Afghanistan leaves generals in lurch
Politico | Wesley Morgan | 08/10/17

The commanders missed early warning signs that the president might not immediately approve their plan for more troops.

U.S. and Afghan military commanders battling the Taliban and the Islamic State are encountering an obstacle they never expected, sources close to them say: months of indecision by President Donald Trump on whether to commit thousands of additional American troops.

Instead of approving their plan for more troops as anticipated, the president has caught his generals off guard by questioning whether the 16-year-long effort to stabilize Afghanistan is still worth it, according to current and former military officials familiar with the conversations. Meanwhile, news reports raise the prospects he might replace the top U.S. commander in the region or hand private contractors the day-to-day task of advising the flagging Afghan security forces. ... Read more

How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions
NYTimes | Russ Buettner and Charles V. Bagli | older, 06/11/17

The Trump Plaza Casino and Hotel is now closed, its windows clouded over by sea salt. Only a faint outline of the gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P remains visible on the exterior of what was once this city's premier casino.

Not far away, the long-failing Trump Marina Hotel Casino was sold at a major loss five years ago and is now known as the Golden Nugget.

At the nearly deserted eastern end of the boardwalk, the Trump Taj Mahal, now under new ownership, is all that remains of the casino empire Donald J. Trump assembled here more than a quarter-century ago. Years of neglect show: The carpets are frayed and dust-coated chandeliers dangle above the few customers there to play the penny slot machines. ... Read more
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Casinos, Left Contractors Unpaid, Ruined Investors & Made Millions | DN | 06/16/17 | 11:36

A series of new investigative articles have revealed Donald Trump's shady business dealings in Atlantic City, his failure to pay contracted workers over the years, and his decision to partake in what may amount to "calculated tax fraud" -- a felony. We begin by looking at how Donald Trump bankrupted his Atlantic City casinos, but still earned millions. "Even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen," wrote Russ Buettner and Charles Bagli in The New York Times. They join us to discuss their piece, "How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, But Still Earned Millions"

Manafort's Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry
NYTimes | Michael S. Schmidt | 08/09/17

Investigators for the special counsel leading the Russia inquiry executed a search warrant late last month at the Northern Virginia home of President Trump's former campaign manager, Paul J. Manafort, for tax documents and foreign banking records, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The search is a sign that the investigation into Mr. Manafort has broadened, and is the most significant public step investigators have taken since the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was appointed in May. Investigators are expected to deploy a wide array of similar measures -- including interviews and subpoenas -- in the coming months as they move forward with the intensifying inquiry. ... Read more
Paul Manafort's Home Raided By FBI | TYT | 08/09/17 | 5:22

Top U.S. & World Headlines -- August 10, 2017 | DN | 08/10/17 | 11:31
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  3. Andrew Bacevich: Trump's Handling of N. Korea, His First National Security Crisis, is Very Troubling
  4. Former DOJ Civil Rights Head: Jeff Sessions Is Implementing an Anti-Civil Rights Agenda
**Col. Larry Wilkerson: Trump and Kim Jong-un Sound the Same | TRNN | 08/10/17 | 14:00
BREAKING: North Korea Planning Guam Attack | TYT | 08/09/17 | 3:25
Donald Trump Doubles Down On Genocidal Nuclear Threats | TYT | 08/09/17 | 10:51
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
The1a.org
How Is Guam Handling North Korea's Threats? | 1a.org | 08/10/17 | 1hr
North Korean state media has floated the possibility of an attack on Guam, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific that's also home to a significant American military presence.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose plane stopped at Guam this week, said there is no imminent threat to the island. But with Kim Jong Un and President Trump both talking tough ... how is Guam feeling about being caught in the middle?
Fire, Fury And Figuring Out North Korea | 1a.org | 08/10/17 | 1hr
In a development that was years ahead of several experts' opinions, North Korea has been found to be developing nuclear warheads small enough to put on missiles.

President Trump threatened the nation with "fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." Soon after the president's apparently improvised comments, North Korea state media said an attack on Guam was possible.
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump Looks To Friends To Fill Important US Prosecutor Positions | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/09/17 | 24:02
Is A 'Madman Theory' At Play Regarding North Korea? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 13:04
Chief Of Staff John Kelly Is An 'Apolitical' Force In The White House | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/10/17 | 7:45
Michael Hayden Full Explosive Interview with Chris Cuomo | CNN | 08/09/17 | 9:22
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Bolton: Trump's 'fire and fury' comments were appropriate | Fox News | 08/09/17 | 3:51
John Bolton,Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., talks options for addressing North Korea on 'Hannity'
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump's Team Bans The Term 'Climate Change' | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 2:51
Stephen Grades Trump's Improvised 'Fire And Fury' Threat | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 5:38
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel is on Edge About North Korea | Jimmy Kimmel | 08/10/17 | 3:50
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Trump's Terrifying Judicial Appointments | Samantha Bee | 08/09/17 | 7:04
Ladies Who Book: Steve Bannon | Samantha Bee | 08/09/17 | 6:58

Wednesday August 09, 2017

Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.
NYT | Peter Baker | date

President Trump threatened on Tuesday to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea if it endangered the United States, as tensions with the isolated and impoverished nuclear-armed state escalated into perhaps the most serious foreign policy challenge yet of his administration.

In chilling language that evoked the horror of a nuclear exchange, Mr. Trump sought to deter North Korea from any actions that would put Americans at risk. But it was not clear what specifically would cross his line. Administration officials have said that a pre-emptive military strike, while a last resort, is among the options they have made available to the president. “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” ... Read more
Trump Threatens North Korea With 'Fire And Fury' | TYT | 08/08/17 | 12:12

BREAKING: North Korea Threatens Guam In Response To Trump's 'Fire And Fury' Threat | TYT | 08/08/17 | 3:33

FBI raided Manafort's Virginia home in Russia probe
Politico| Darren Samuelsohn | 08/09/17

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"FBI agents executed a search warrant at one of Mr. Manafort's residences. Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well," said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for the former Trump campaign chairman. Manafort is also under scrutiny from congressional investigators, and he has turned over 400 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a committee spokesman said Wednesday, including information on his foreign lobbying work. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 09 [13:51]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?
  3. Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration's Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government
  4. Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation
  5. A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin's Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress
Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea? | TRNN | 08/08/17 | 12:54
The Fight over the FBI's Ugly History of Surveilling and Infiltrating Dissent | TRNN | 08/09/17 | 14:53
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
The1a.org
A “Working Vacation” -- For Americans, Is There Any Other Kind? | 1a.org | 08/09/17 | 1hr
When you’re leader of the free world, a true vacation isn’t really possible. But many Americans just plain refuse to take time away from work. More than half of full-time American workers end the year with unused vacation days. And this is in a country where vacation days are hard-earned (the U.S. is the only developed country without mandatory minimum time off).
What You Say Will Be Held Against You | 1a.org | 08/09/17 | 1hr
A Google engineer was fired this week over a memo he wrote about what he saw as the company’s “politically correct monoculture” and questioning policies aimed at hiring more women.

He argued that women were biologically less suited for certain jobs in tech, drawing outrage over both his opinions and over his firing.

Healthy organizations thrive on different opinions and perspectives -- but what is out of bounds? Who gets to decide what words cross the line and when they should cost you your job?
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
Donald Trump Bellicosity Is Frightening New Variable In North Korea Standoff | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/08/17 | 21:08
Was There A Strategic Purpose In President Donald Trump's Statement? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/09/17 | 11:11
Former Defense Secretary William Cohen: North Korea Is 'Not Suicidal' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/09/17 | 10:59
Lawrence: 'Unpredictable Liar' President Trump Faces First Dangerous Crisis | MSNBC Last Word | 08/09/17 | 6:24
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
North Korea, The U.S. Just Isn't That Into You | Stephen Colbert | 08/09/17 | 5:41
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
How Trump Ended Up in Bed with Russia | TheDaily Show | 08/08/17 | 5:41

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