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Tuesday January 23, 2018

Graham-Durbin immigration proposal 'completely dishonest,' White House says
Politico | Cristiano Lima | 01/22/18

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) "were completely dishonest" in their negotiations on immigration with President Donald Trump, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Monday.

Gidley criticized a bipartisan deal on immigration brought forth by the lawmakers, along with four other senators, for failing to live up to their assurances to the White House. "Senator Graham and Senator Durbin called the president and told him they had a bipartisan bill," Gidley said on CNN's "The Lead With Jake Tapper." "They'd come together with some meeting of the minds to prepare a piece of legislation that would address everything the president outlined. The president was ecstatic." But he added: "Here's the problem: Senator Graham and Senator Durbin were completely dishonest." ... Read more

Congress votes to end shutdown
Politico | Seung Min Kim | 01/22/18

In a dramatic turnaround, Senate Democrats voted to reopen the government on Monday after receiving a commitment from Republicans to hold a vote on immigration legislation -- paving the way to end the three-day shutdown.

The Senate voted 81-18 to move forward on a bill to fund the government through Feb. 8 after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed to end the shutdown and continue to negotiate on immigration and spending matters. If a broader deal is not reached by Feb. 8, the Senate would take up legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who are losing legal protections, as long as the government remains open. ... Read more

The News With Dan Rather | TYT
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Nominee Worked To Make Your Healthcare Prices Higher - The News With Dan Rather | TYT | 01/22/18 | 5:17
The Government Shutdown Ends With a 'Promise' For DACA Vote From the GOP - The News With Dan Rather | TYT | 01/22/18 | 12:58
Axios Reports First Glimpse Of President Donald Trump's Infrastructure Plan | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/23/18 | 9:05

Donald Trump Has Made America a Laughingstock on the World Stage
AlterNet | Vijay Prashad | 01/23/18

The journalist Michael Wolff's blockbuster Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (published on January 5) is filled with material about President Donald Trump's character flaws. He is shown to be in equal parts intellectually shallow and arrogant, able to care little for data and yet seized onto any "fact" that he sees as important for his current obsession. Whimsy, it seems, is the main motivation for Trump's policies. He does not choose John Bolton for his Cabinet because he does not like his mustache. He was bored of the conversation about health care reform and tried repeatedly to shift the conversation to golf. The book conveys the opinions of Trump's close advisers, many of whom have choice pejoratives to define him. Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster calls him a "dope," while Trump's former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called him an "idiot." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 23 [7:25]
"RBG": New Documentary Celebrates Life of Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | DN | 01/22/18 | 27:03
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 23 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. DuPont vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination Across Globe
  3. A Warning from the Center of the World: Pacific Nation Kiribati Is Disappearing as Sea Level Rises
Trump Ad: Democrats Complicit In MURDER | TYT | 01/22/18 | 9:07
Have We Ever Had It So Good? | 1a.org | 01/23/18 | 1hr
These are good times for the American economy. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and new homes are being built. It's enough to make the president celebrate.

ISIS is in retreat, our economy is booming, investments and jobs are pouring back into the country, and so much more! Together there is nothing we can't overcome--even a very biased media. We ARE Making America Great Again!
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018

But at the same time, wages remain flat and our trade deficit remains formidable.

New Report Suggests Jared Kushner May Be Compromised By China | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/22/18 | 14:52
Joe On Congress' Three-Week Spending Bill: In The End, This Was A Phony War | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/23/18 | 2:42
WAPO: WH Staff Sought To Contain President Donald Trump During Shutdown | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/23/18 | 3:55
Who Sets President Donald Trump's Immigration Policy? Him... Or His Staff? | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 01/23/18 | 5:45
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
New York Chuck Meets The Big Cheese | Stephen Colbert | 01/23/18 | 6:21
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Women's March and the Government Shutdown | Seth Meyers | 01/22/18 | 10:51
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Donald Trump Didn't Get the Women's March | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/23/18 | 6:46

01.23.2018. 13:38

Monday January 22, 2018

Federal Workers Forced To Go Without Pay As Government Shutdown Extends To Day 3
HP | Amanda Terkel | 01/21/18

The government shutdown is about to get a lot more visible. Congress wasn't able to come up with a deal to reopen the government Sunday, meaning the shutdown will extend to the third day on Monday ? the start of the work week.

Tourist spots like the National Zoo and the Smithsonian museums remained open over the weekend, but they will be closed on Monday. Sightseers who haven't been following the news will be left locked out and disappointed.

Thousands of federal workers will also be forced to go without pay. Some ? those who are deemed "non-essential" ? may have to show up for work Monday morning and then be told to go home. Others will have to work without getting paid. ... Read more

The View
Who's To Blame For The Government Shutdown? | The View | 01/22/18 | 7:59

Fractious House Republicans rally behind Ryan on shutdown
Politico | Rachael Bade | 01/22/18

The House speaker is a centrist on the hot-button issue, but he has held the line against a vote to potentially end the government shutdown.

House Republicans have long said the issue of immigration would make or break Paul Ryan's political future. So far, amid a government shutdown spurred by a partisan stand-off over Dreamers, the Wisconsin Republican is passing the test.

Rank-and-file Republicans -- including some of his fiercest critics on the right flank -- are applauding Ryan's unwavering position during the shutdown. His stance, in a nutshell: As long as the government's closed, there will be no immigration negotiations. ... Read more

Many countries feared a Trump presidency. Here's what they think a year later. Many countries feared a Trump presidency. Here's what they think a year later. | WP | 01/19/18 | 7:07

The Numbers Don't Lie: White Far-Right Terrorists Pose a Clear Danger to Us All
TheIntercept | Mehdi Hasan | older

Back in February, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin told CNN's Alysyn Camerota that white terrorists of the far-right variety did not pose the same level of danger to Americans as so-called "Islamist" or "jihadist" terrorists. Why? "I don't know, but I would just tell you there's a difference," proclaimed Duffy, who went on to dismiss as a "one-off" the attack on a mosque in Quebec by a Trump-supporting white nationalist, in which six Muslim worshippers were killed.

One-off? Seriously? Has Duffy been reading the news in recent days? On May 20, Richard Collins III, a black, 23-year-old U.S. Army second lieutenant, was murdered while visiting the University of Maryland by a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation." According to University of Maryland police chief David Mitchell, the group promotes "despicable" prejudice against minorities "and especially African-Americans." ... Read more

Alt-Right Terrorism Dwarfing Islamic Terrorism | TYT | 01/20/18 | 8:42
Michael Wolff and Jonathan Capehart, "Fire and Fury" Michael Wolff and Jonathan Capehart, "Fire and Fury" | Politics and Prose | 01/19/18 | 1:08:29
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 22 [11:13]
Norman Finkelstein: The "Big Lie" about Gaza Is That The Palestinians Have Been the Aggressors | DN | 01/19/18 | 1:05:55
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. "The Year of Our Awakening": Global Protests Mark Anniversary of Women's March & Trump Inauguration
  3. Amy Goodman Questions Ruth Bader Ginsburg About #MeToo Movement at Sundance Film Festival
  4. "RBG": New Documentary Celebrates Life of Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bill Black Interview -> Apple: The Biggest Tax Cheaters in History Repatriate Profits Under Trump's Tax Bill | TRNN | 01/22/18 | 13:27
POLL: Do Americans Like The Direction The Country Is Going? | TYT | 01/21/18 | 7:52
Does It Matter If The Government Is Dysfunctional? | 1a.org | 01/22/18 | 1hr
The federal government runs on money like a car runs on gas. When lawmakers can't agree on where to go or which route to take, they end up driving in circles, shouting at each other.

Some parts of a car can work even without gas. But at what point do we admit our vehicle is broken down? In an op-ed in The Washington Post, British broadcaster Mehdi Hasan writes:

"Is this really what we define as democracy? Or is this, to quote the president-elect, a "rigged" system? Rigged not against Trump and the Republicans but against the poor, against ethnic minorities, against Democrats but, above all else, against basic democratic norms and principles and pretty simple notions of equality and fairness?

This isn't a time for denial or deflection. The American political system is broken. Far from being the "world's greatest democracy," to quote President Obama, representative democracy in the United States seems further hollowed out with every election cycle."
What You Need To Know To Run For Office | 1a.org | 01/22/18 | 1hr
Have you ever looked at a politician and thought, "I could do a better job than that."? You're not alone. Many Americans with a range of political experience are deciding that 2018 is their year to either run for the first time or to move up to a higher office.

Across the country, newcomers are running for school boards, city councils and other posts. A record number of women are running for governor. And thousands of scientists are hoping to get into politics.

As of this week, the Center for American Women and Politics had identified 390 women who have filed or are likely to file as U.S. House candidates and 49 women likely to run for the U.S. Senate. Among House candidates, the vast majority -- 82 percent -- are not incumbents. If those numbers hold up, it would constitute the largest pool of female congressional candidates in history.

All of them seem to be heeding President Obama's parting words to the nation. "If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself," he said.

And there are resources available for those who are interested in running for office. Websites like Ballotpedia track races and the resources needed to be competitive. And the group New American Leaders offers trainings.

The New Yorker: Jared Kushner Is 'China's Trump Card' | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/22/18 | 11:33
Joe: Donald Trump Clearly Not Up To Task Of President | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/22/18 | 9:58
Akerman: No One In WH Except His Family Will Take A Bullet For Donald Trump | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 7:48
Graham slams Stephen Miller, White House staff | CNN | 01/21/18 | 5:41
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox on Trump's border wall plans | CBC | 01/19/18 | 10:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stormy Daniels Spanked Trump With A Magazine With His Face On It | Stephen Colbert | 01/20/18 | 2:27
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Little Donny's First Year | Trevor Noah | 01/20/18 | 2:05
Jimmy Kimmel Live
The Dishonest & Corrupt President Awards | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/19/18 | 4:51
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
No Country For Pregnant Women | Samantha Bee | 01/10/18 | 7:38

01.22.2018. 11:00

Friday January 19, 2018

House Passes Spending Bill, But Shutdown Threat Remains
HP | Matt Fuller | 01/18/18

The House voted 230-197 for the four-week continuing resolution, with 11 Republicans voting no and six Democrats voting for it. A couple of hours later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up a vote to end debate on the spending bill, and then promptly delayed it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Republicans to hold the vote now, so Democrats could demonstrate that Republicans didn't have the votes and lawmakers from both sides could work toward a different solution. But McConnell wasn't having it. Now the Senate appears likely to vote Friday on ending debate, and unless something changes overnight, that vote still looks like it will fail. ... Read more

9 Million Kids Could Lose Their Health Care Because The GOP Wants To Shame Democrats
HP | Jeffrey Young | 01/18/18

Here we go again: Health care for 9 million kids could disappear as soon as Friday because the majority-Republican Congress can't get out of its own way.

Friday also is the day the entire federal government might shut down because infighting among congressional Republicans over immigration, military spending and other issues has left House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemingly without the votes they need to pass yet another short-term spending bill. ... Read more

International Approval Of US Leadership Drops To New Low

What if H.R. McMaster Is Right About North Korea?
TheAtlantic | James Jeffrey | 01/18/18

In the increasingly urgent, dramatic debate about the North Korean nuclear threat, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster stands out in the Trump administration as the strongest advocate of a hawkish position. But where do H.R. McMaster's views on North Korea really come from?

Why, to pose a question The Atlantic's Uri Friedman recently did, is he so worried about North Korea? Notwithstanding the suggestion, in Friedman's piece and elsewhere, that McMaster's views represent some kind of heresy of nuclear deterrence, his worries must be seen in light of how he views Kim's motives. Indeed, those motives mean the possibility of military action against North Korea could be understood not as a "good thing," but as the "least bad." ... Read more

White House Press Briefing 01/17/18
White House Press Briefing 01/17/18 | White House | 01/17/18 | 35:54

Hawaii missile mess: That was no 'wrong button.' Take a look.
WashingtonPost | Fred Barbash | 01/16/18

Pushing the "wrong button" was the explanation provided in an official timeline for that false warning that scared the devil out of people in Hawaii on Saturday morning alerting them to an incoming ballistic missile that never was. "The wrong button was pushed," declared Vern Miyagi, head of the state's emergency management agency.

But as The Washington Post's Amy Wang reported, the errant employee actually was working with a drop-down menu on a computer program, from which the official chose the wrong item. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 19 [12:38]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Shutdown Looms over Immigration, Trump's Rejection of Refugees Could Have Global Domino Effect
  3. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters
  4. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on "How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective"
Bob Henson -> 2017 Hottest Year On Record Without El Nino Push | TRNN | 01/19/18 | 13:41
Bill Black -> IRS Private Debt-Collection Program is 'Indefensible' | TRNN | 01/19/18 | 6:30
Mulvaney Requests ZERO Dollars To Fund CFPB | TYT | 01/18/18 | 6:59
Trump Administration is changing the CFPB Mission Statement from:
Republicans Hold Sick Kids Hostage And Lie About It | TYT | 01/18/18 | 9:47
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 01/19/18 | 1hr
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 01/19/18 | 1hr

Sketchy Kazakh Money Finds Its Way Into President Donald Trump's Dealings | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 20:11
President Donald Trump's Attorney Used Private Company To Pay Porn Star | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 13:30
Joe: GOP Currently On Losing Side Of History | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/19/18 | 5:21
Heilemann: GOP Putting Itself On Path To Political Irrelevance | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 11:08
Is Steve Bannon Ready To Tell All? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 12:13
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
General Kelly: Trump's Wall Promises Were 'Not Fully Informed' | Stephen Colbert | 01/19/18 | 6:51
The Fake News Awards Were Worth The Wait (Fake News) | Stephen Colbert | 01/19/18 | 5:16
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal Investigates: Is This Racist Racist? | Samantha Bee | 01/18/18 | 7:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Stupid It's Not Funny: Trump's Crackdown on Legal Immigration | Trevor Noah | 01/18/18 | 5:28
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump, Stormy Daniels and a Possible Government Shutdown | Seth Meyers | 01/18/18 | 9:59
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
We Have Reached The Global Tipping Point, Globalists' Depopulation Plan Is Killing The Planet | Alex Jones | 01/18/18 | 35:56
Tucker Rips Chicago Alderman Over Illegal Immigration | FoxNews | 01/17/18 | 6:48

01.19.2018. 11:15

Thursday January 18, 2018

The Jobs Trump Promised to Save Are Disappearing
TRNN | Michael Sainato | current

... Last week a round of layoffs at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis, Indiana took effect, in which about 215 people lost their jobs. These layoffs are in addition to the 340 jobs cut in July 2017. The factory's 700 remaining production employees are expected to be outsourced to Mexico by the end of 2018. United Technologies, the company that owns Carrier, received over $2 billion in government contracts in 2017 while offshoring jobs to other countries.

"The pace of offshoring is three times greater by federal contractors under Donald Trump," said Joseph Geevarghese, Executive Director of Good Jobs Nation, a labor coalition for low wage federal contract workers, in an interview with the Real News Network. "He campaigned to stop offshoring, yet one year in the office, he's failed to use the power that he has to deliver on that promise."

Trump and Republican leaders claim that the recently passed tax bill, which includes reducing corporate taxes from 35 percent to 21 percent, will lead to higher wages and more jobs, but these promises of trickle down economics have failed to deliver. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest employer, announced on January 11, 2018 it would raise its company minimum wage from $10 an hour to $11 an hour, and provide bonuses of up to $1000 to full-time qualifying employees. Later on the same day, Wal-Mart announced it would abruptly shut down 63 Sam's Club stores, laying off around 11,000 workers. ... Read more

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (12/16/18) by David Cay Johnston

Bestselling author and longtime Trump observer David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.

No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn:

The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall--if it ever gets built.

Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely.

Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families.

The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is passé. When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest -- but not the reality.
Sen. Jeff Flake condemns President Trump's attacks on media
Sen. Jeff Flake condemns President Trump's attacks on media | C-Span | 01/17/18 | 14:27

How Trump's TV habits raised the risk of a shutdown
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 01/18/18

White House aides say the president woke up spoiling for a fight and focused his attention on the spending deal after it came up on his favorite cable news show.

If the government shuts down on Friday, President Donald Trump's television habits may be partly to blame, according to two White House aides. The president began the day on Thursday by blasting out a tweet that threatened to derail a GOP legislative package designed to keep the government open, arguing that the Children's Health Insurance Program, known by its acronym, CHIP, "should be part of a long-term solution, not a 30-day, or short-term, extension." But that is precisely the package House Speaker Paul Ryan was trying to persuade skeptical Republicans to agree to in order to keep the government open.

The Ryan deal had been discussed at length on "Fox & Friends," the president's favorite morning television program, in the hour before he sent the missive -- and the aides immediately suspected that something on the program had prompted it. They also pointed to Trump's frustration over the comments made by his chief of staff, John Kelly, in a Fox News interview Wednesday evening, to explain his seemingly random eruption. ... Read more

President Trump Contradicts His Chief Of Staff Over Mexico Border Wall | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 4:32
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 18 [16:55]
"It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office | DN | 01/18/18 | 11:49
Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in at Least 100 Years | DN | 01/18/18 | 4:13
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, January 18 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior
  3. "It's Even Worse Than You Think": David Cay Johnston on Trump's First Year in Office
  4. Trump Biographer: Trump is the "Most Racist" President in at Least 100 Years
  5. How Trump's Deregulatory Push Is Harming Workers, Muzzling EPA Scientists and Unleashing Pollution
  6. Trump Biographer on the President's Cognitive Decline & Whether He Will Be Impeached
Whistleblowers: Congress Has Entrenched the Surveillance State | TRNN | 01/18/18 | 17:23
Stormy Daniels: Trump Said I'm Just Like His Daughter | TYT | 01/17/18 | 7:58
Bannon Isn't Talking And Congress Is MAD | TYT | 01/17/18 | 7:35
Bizarre Truth Triangle: The President, The Public And The Press | 1a.org | 01/18/18 | 1hr
From dubbing media outlets "fake news" to sharing memes of network logos being physically harmed, President Donald Trump's attacks on the press have been ... aggressive.

None of his efforts have been successful at quieting journalists in the U.S., who are protected from the president by the First Amendment, but denouncing news outlets has influenced some repressive regimes around the world to follow suit, jailing and threatening journalists.

As the president continues to question the integrity of the press, how much damage is that causing here and abroad? And, how much does President Trump's attitude toward journalists reflect a growing lack of trust many Americans have in the press overall?

Mueller Subpoena Blocks Steve Bannon Congressional Testimony: NBC News | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/17/18 | 20:29
President Donald Trump's Tweets Set Off A Chain Reaction For Capitol Hill Negotiations | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 3:23
Joe: White House Doc's Update On President Donald Trump's Health Is Shameful | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 6:29
NYT Opens Up Editorial Page To Pro-Trump Voices | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/18/18 | 12:48
Friend Speaks Out On Stormy Daniels' Alleged Relationship With Donald Trump | Megyn Kelly TODAY | 01/17/18 | 9:45
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stormy Daniels: Sex With Trump Was 'Textbook Generic' | Stephen Colbert | 01/17/18 | 5:03
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Cory Booker Is Not Having the DHS Secretary's Testimony | Trevor Noah | 01/17/18 | 5:37
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and GOP Face a Government Shutdown of Their Own Making | Seth Meyers | 01/17/18 | 12:16

01.18.2018. 18:14

Wednesday January 17, 2018

Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To 'Large Cyberattacks'
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 01/17/18

A draft of the Defense Department's new nuclear strategy says the U.S. could respond to certain "non-nuclear attacks" with nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon is reportedly pushing a new retaliation tactic should the U.S. ever be hit by a devastating cyberattack: America could nuke the culprit. The New York Times reported Tuesday that a pre-decisional draft of the Defense Department's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, which details U.S. nuclear strategy, includes "large cyberattacks" as an example of a non-nuclear strike on American lives and infrastructure that could be countered with nuclear weapons.

"Three current and former senior government officials said large cyberattacks against the United States and its interests would be included in the kinds of foreign aggression that could justify a nuclear response," the Times wrote of the new strategy. The officials stressed, however, that "other, more conventional options for retaliation" could also be used in response to a cyberattack. ... Read more and
Exclusive: Here Is A Draft Of Trump's Nuclear Review. He Wants A Lot More Nukes.

Mueller Meets Trump | The Simpsons | older | 2:07

Here's Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions
NPR | Domenico Montanaro | 01/17/18

Trust in the institutions that have been the pillars of U.S. politics and capitalism is crumbling. That is one finding from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which shows that Americans have limited confidence in its public schools, courts, organized labor and banks -- and even less confidence in big business, the presidency, the political parties and the media.

The only institution that Americans have overwhelming faith in is the military -- 87 percent say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military. That is a striking change from the 1970s during and after the Vietnam War. ... Read more
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More Than a Third of Americans Give Trump's First Year a Resounding 'F': Poll
White House Press Briefing 01/16/18 | WH | 01/16/18 | 1:14:23

Lindsey Graham thought he had Trump tamed -- but got played instead
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 01/17/18

oor Lindsey Graham. The "maverick" senator from South Carolina had spent the last two years expressing his scorn for Donald Trump, calling him "unfit" and "a kook." Then, sometime in the late summer, Graham apparently reconciled himself to the fact that Trump wasn't capable of growing or "pivoting" into the job, so he took it upon himself to cultivate the mercurial manchild, perhaps in the vainglorious belief he could influence Trump to become a mainstream conservative and stamp out the rapidly burning fuse that was going to blow up the presidency and likely the entire Republican Party.

Graham played golf with his president, he complimented him on his swing, he flattered his intelligence and he even agreed to throw some red meat at the base on Trump's behalf by taking up the ridiculous crusade to jail Hillary Clinton. He cajoled and he petted and he whispered the sweet nothings that the president needs to hear to make him feel powerful. Graham thought Trump trusted him and looked to him for guidance. He thought he could speak for the president in negotiations. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 17 [13:02]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, January 17 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. "Letter from an Immigration Jail": Hear the Words of Detained Immigrant Leader Ravi Ragbir
  3. New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams: Civil Disobedience Is Needed to Protect Immigrants
  4. NYC Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Speaks Out After Deportation to Haiti: "My Heart Is Broken"
  5. Is ICE Targeting Immigration Activists? Family Members of Detained & Deported Leaders Speak Out
  6. "ICE Is Sending Us a Message": Activist Maru Mora Villalpando on Being Targeted for Deportation
Fire and Fury: The Extreme-Right in the White House Part 2 | TRNN | 01/16/18 | 18:15
New Thinking On Nuclear Weapons | 1a.org | 01/17/18 | 1hr
A draft of the Trump administration's nuclear weapons plan obtained by HuffPost calls for the development of two new types of nuclear weapons.

While the plans haven't yet been approved, the Wall Street Journal reports that they "have strong support in the Pentagon and are expected to go forward, according to people familiar with the review."

"A major question at the heart of the Pentagon review is how to respond to military strategy and programs in Russia and China, which American officials say provide a more prominent role for nuclear weapons. In effect, the Pentagon argues that since adversaries have failed to follow the U.S. in de-emphasizing the role of nuclear weapons, Washington needs a greater range of nuclear options to counter its potential foes, especially for carrying out limited strikes.

While the United States has continued to reduce the number and salience of nuclear weapons, others, including Russia and China, have moved in the opposite direction," said a draft of the plan. "The United States must be capable of developing and deploying new capabilities, if necessary, to deter, assure, achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails, and hedge against uncertainty."

At the same time, officials from 20 countries are meeting in Canada to discuss diplomatic strategy with North Korea. The country has been testing missiles that would be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and President Donald Trump has threatened the use of the United States' nuclear arsenal in response.

After a peak in the late 1980s, the number of nuclear weapons in the world was shrinking, even though more countries had them. Former President Barack Obama called for a "world without nuclear weapons," near the end of his administration. What will the Pentagon's new plans mean for global disarmament, and for international politics?

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