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Wednesday June 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People Outside a Trump Rally Told us Why They Hate the Media | VICE | 06/23/17 | 4:15
U.S. Troops in Romania & Saudi Arabia's Comic Con | VICE | older, 06/05/17 | 29:17
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  2. "America is on Trial": Historian Ibram X. Kendi on the Failure to Convict Cops Who Kill Black People
  3. Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in U.S.
  4. D.C. Police Accused of Using "Rape as Punishment" Targeting Some Arrested During Trump Inauguration
  5. Brazilian President Michel Temer Charged with Corruption, a Year After He Backed Ouster of Rousseff
Adam Weinstein of the National Iranian American Council says -> Trump's Only Iran Policy is Confrontation | TRNN | 06/28/17 | 19:45
Journalist Max Blumenthal says -> Is Trump's "Warning" to Syria a Prelude to Another Strike? | TRNN | 06/28/17 | 17:43
WHY Saudi Arabia Is Our Friend And Iran Is Our Enemy | TYT | 06/03/17 | 7:03
Why Do Saudi Arabia And Iran Hate Each Other? | NowThis | older, 04/05/15 | 3:02
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Fake Donald Trump Time Magazine Cover Hangs At Mar-A-Lago | MSNBC All-In | 06/28/17 | 1:28
Paul Manafort Files Retroactively As Foreign Agent | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/28/17 | 14:06
Reporter Who Blasted White House's 'Fake News' Attacks Sounds Off | MSNBC 11th Hour | 06/28/17 | 8:40
Rep. Jim Himes Concerned Over President Donald Trump Syria Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/28/17 | 5:05
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
'Repeal And Replace' Is Being 'Delayed And Postponed' | Stephen Colbert | 06/28/17 | 6:33
Trump Rejoices Over CNN's Commitment To Journalistic Ethics | Stephen Colbert | 06/28/17 | 3:00

06.28.2017. 10:36

Tuesday June 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Amazing New Trump Defense | Keith Olberman | 06/26/17 | 24:40
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 27 [10:37]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 27 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance
  3. Supreme Court Allows Part of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect Before Ruling on Constitutionality
  4. In Major Church-State Decision, Supreme Court Sides with Religious Institution
  5. Court: Bush Administration Officials Can't Be Held Liable for Post-9/11 Mass Roundup of Muslims
  6. Dahlia Lithwick: Justice Neil Gorsuch Proving to Be "Far to the Right" of Antonin Scalia
Hersh: Trump Ignored Intel Before Bombing Syria | TRNN | 06/27/17 | 20:38
In an exclusive interview, veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh discusses his new report that President Trump bombed a Syrian military airfield in April despite warnings that U.S. intelligence had found no evidence that the Assad regime used a chemical weapon.
CBO: Trumpcare Would Kick 22 MILLION Off Healthcare | TYT | 06/26/17 | 7:43
China's old Silk Road revival: hi-speed trains, massive skyscrapers and free-trade zones | RT | 06/26/17 | 24:27
**Antarctica on the edge | Aljazeera | 06/27/17 | 24:40
*Dispatches - Behind Enemy Lines | Dispatches | older, 07/08/16 | 49:01
The Trump Card: All that happened at the Trump-Modi meeting | WION | 06/27/17 | 24:05
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen's Trip To Russia Was Supposed To Be Secret | The Daily Show | 06/27/17 | 4:11
Stephen Leaks Drawings Of Sean Spicer's No-Camera Press Briefing | The Daily Show | 06/27/17 | 2:07

06.27.2017. 09:28

Monday June 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 26 [11:18]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 26 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Indian PM Modi Was Once Banned from Entering U.S., Today He Meets Trump at White House
  3. Arundhati Roy on the Rising Hindu Right in India, the Gujarat Massacre & Her Love of Eduardo Galeano
  4. Jackson, Miss. Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba: I Plan to Build the "Most Radical City on the Planet"
**Peter Sinclair examines -> Estimates of Sea Level Rise by 2100 Have Tripled in the Past Few Years | TRNN | 06/26/17 | 17:09
**National Security Archives Malcolm Byrne -> 64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup | TRNN | 06/25/17 | 23:24
*Fmr. Iranian Diplomat: ISIS Attack on Tehran 'Managed by Saudi Arabia' | TRNN | older, 06/08/17 | 19:24
Trump Accuses Qatar Of Terrorism, IMMEDIATELY Sells Them Weapons | TYT | 06/25/17 | 2:52
Betsy DeVos Picks Student Loan CEO To Run Student Loan System | TYT | 06/25/17 | 4:13
Global Opium Epidemic: Killing Industry of Afghanistan | RT | 06/25/17 | 4:13
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**Mika Brezinski SLAMS Trump For His 'Disturbing' Lies At Iowa Rally | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/25/17 | 9:22
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
Vaccines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | 06/25/17 | 27:14
Ivanka & Jared: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | John Oliver | older, 04/23/17 | 22:27

06.26.2017. 10:46

Friday June 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 23 [12:48]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class
  3. By Defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans Would Reduce Services That Make Abortion Unnecessary
  4. Support Grows for Single-Payer Medicare-for-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare
  5. Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa's Biggest Refugee Crisis?
Nina Turner talks -> to organizers from West Virginia and Ohio about the challenges of living and affecting change in rural America | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 14:58
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Friday News - International | 1a.org | 06/04/17 | 1hr
America's relationship with North Korea worsens after 22-year-old Otto Warmbier's return home in a coma. He died shortly after. The President has called Warmbier's death "a disgrace." What now? Also, the latest attack on London and Saudi Arabia's King rewrites the rules on succession.
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 06/04/17 | 1hr
We'll discuss why gun owners in particular have concerns surrounding the death of Philando Castile and why some want the NRA to speak out. Plus, back room dealing on healthcare, and is the President's front man moving on?
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US Officials Still Assessing Russia 2016 Hack | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 06/22/17 | 25:09
Dems On Donald Trump Claim There Are No James Comey Tapes: Prove It | MSNBC | 06/22/17 | 8:49
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Whatever Trump Is Selling, His People Are Buying | The Daily Show | 06/22/17 | 7:30
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Senate GOP Tries to Rush Its Cruel Trumpcare Bill: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers | 06/22/17 | 11:14

06.25.2017. 10:50

Thursday June 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect -- His Own Son -- to Be Crown Prince
  3. From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis
  4. U.S. Tied to Torture in Network of Secret Yemen Prisons Run by UAE
  5. Austerity & Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers
Bill Black -> Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:03
Ben Norton of Alternet's Grayzone Project -> Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria | TRNN | 06/21/17 | 16:16
Steven Donziger, the lawyer representing affected indigenous communities in Ecuador -> US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Chevron Pollution Case | TRNN | 06/22/17 | 12:08
How "Blue Dog" Democrats Are Helping Trump | TYT | 06/21/17 | 6:58
Philando Castile Dash Cam Footage Released (VIDEO) | TYT | 06/21/17 | 12:55
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Dems Have Lost Economic Message, Says Dem | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 10:18
Vladimir Putin's Power In Russia Exaggerated, Says Author Mikhail Zygar | MSNBC Morning Joe | 06/22/17 | 7:06
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Georgia, Healthcare, and All The Other Bad Things | Samantha Bee | 06/21/17 | 6:30
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Republicans Want A Vote, Not A Debate, On Healthcare | Stephen Colbert | 06/22/17 | 3:26

06.22.2017. 11:24

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