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Friday September 30, 2016
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Worse than Sarah Palin! Joe Biden Goes to Town on Trump's Fact-Free Debate Disaster
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 09/30/16

Vice President Joe Biden was horrified by Monday night's presidential debate. "I was watching by myself," he told "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon when asked about the heavily anticipated event, adding, "I've never quite seen anything like that." Given Donald Trump's tendency to lie, there was much emphasis placed on fact-checking, which Biden acknowledged certainly kept the Bloomberg folks busy.

"I can tell you what, I've never seen anybody who knew so few facts," he said. Biden also rehashed his memories of debating Sarah Palin in 2008, which over 70 millon people watched.

"It's not a joke! It's like, whoa!" Biden exclaimed. "We are in real jeopardy." ... Read more

We Just Passed A Grim Carbon Dioxide Threshold, Possibly For Good
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 09/28/16

CO2 levels surpassed 400 ppm in September. Scientists say we won't see a month below that symbolic benchmark "ever again."

Scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii announced in 2013 that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide reached a daily average above 400 parts per million for the first time in history. CO2 concentrations "haven't been this high in millions of years," said scientist Erika Podest at the time. "This milestone is a wake-up call."

But the situation has only gotten worse. Worldwide, 400 ppm, which indicates the ratio of carbon dioxide to other gases in the atmosphere, started to be read more consistently and in more locations. Last March, global CO2 levels topped the symbolic benchmark for an entire month -- a first since record-keeping began. Antarctica, the last place on Earth without a 400 ppm reading, finally reached it in May. ... Read more

How a Reclusive Hedge-Fund Boss and His Daughter Are Reshaping the Republican Party
Time |Alex Altman | 09/29/16

Robert and Rebekah Mercer have emerged as powerful players in Donald Trump's campaign, not to mention the fight for the GOP's future. What is it they want?

... Over the course of the 2016 presidential contest, the Mercers have become two of the most pivotal and least understood behind-the-scenes players in American politics. Robert Mercer is a reclusive figure who has never spoken publicly about his political beliefs. Daughter Rebekah, a former Wall Street trader who runs an online gourmet-cookie company with her sisters, is described as the activist investor behind the family's vast political concerns. Together they form a link between Trump's campaign and super PAC, armed with the cash and clout to shape everything from his staff to his data operation to his super PAC strategy. "It's hard to think of anybody like them," says Larry Noble of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. ... Read more

Mothballing the World's Fanciest Oil Rigs Is a Massive Gamble
Bloomberg | David Wethe | 09/19/16

In a far corner of the Caribbean Sea, one of those idyllic spots touched most days by little more than a fisherman chasing blue marlin, billions of dollars worth of the world's finest oil equipment bobs quietly in the water.

They are high-tech, deepwater drillships -- big, hulking things with giant rigs that tower high above the deck. They're packed tight in a cluster, nine of them in all. The engines are off. The 20-ton anchors are down. The crews are gone. For months now, they've been parked here, 12 miles off the coast of Trinidad & Tobago, waiting for the global oil market to recover.

The ships are owned by a company called Transocean Ltd., the biggest offshore-rig operator in the world. And while the decision to idle a chunk of its fleet would seem logical enough given the collapse in oil drilling activity, Transocean is in truth taking an enormous, and unprecedented, risk. No one, it turns out, had ever shut off these ships before. ... Read more
Off the coast of Trinidad, high-tech drillships are piling up. They were shut down to cut costs. Will they ever come back on? ()09/19/16) [4:07]

How Donald Made a Fortune by Dumping His Debt on Other People
motherJones | Max J. Rosenthal | 09/30/16

Until the election, Mother Jones Magazine bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange but true stories, or curious scenes from the life of GOP nominee Donald Trump.

In 1995, five years after his business empire nearly collapsed under massive debt, Donald Trump was finally righting the ship. He'd sold off costly assets like his mega-yacht and money-losing airline, gone through two bankruptcies, and gotten debt relief by giving his creditors partial ownership of some of his properties. But the three casinos he still controlled -- the Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza, and the Trump Castle -- were still deeply in debt.

So Trump figured out a way to erase that debt -- at least for himself. He created Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, a publicly traded company that operated the Trump Plaza. For about six months, it was a success. The company's stock shot up from $14 to $35 a share, putting Trump back on the Forbes list of America's 400 wealthiest people and helping him pay down $88 million of his personal debt, according to the Washington Post's Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in their book, Trump Revealed. "The IPO of Trump Hotels was what finally fueled Trump's comeback," wrote Fortune this March. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 30 [12:56]
DN | As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change. Part 1 (09/30/16) [10:56 ], Part 2 [17:34] *TRNN | Bill Black discusses: CEO John Stumpf faces grilling from Congress on How Wells Fargo Keeps Scamming Its Customers & Employees (09/30/16) [21:15]
Pull Quote
As oppose to business entrepreneurs, most top executives don't care about their industry or closer yet their company. Their motto :"I'll Be Gone, You Will Be Gone"
*TRNN | The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized (09/30/16) [22:31]
TRNN | international law professor John Quigley discusses: Obama Vetoed 9/11 Bill to Preserve U.S. Impunity (09/30/16) [11:42]
*TYT | Meet Trump's New Sugar Daddy (09/29/16) [20:08]
Robert Mercer is a right-wing oligarch who loves bribing politicians so he can make more money at the expense of everyone else. He recently went ahead and bought himself a slightly used Trump campaign.

Mercer, who first spent over $10 million trying to make Ted Cruz president,just gave $2 million to a Super PAC supporting Trump. Mercer is also a top investor in the Breitbart News Network. According to the Post, Mercer's daughter Rebekah nudged Trump to bring in Stephen Bannon, Breitbart's executive chairman, to run his campaign.
TYT | LEAKED MEMO: Trump Campaign's Monica Lewinsky Strategy (09/29/16) [4:32]
A leaked memo from the Trump campaign shows a plan to have his surrogates bring up the Monica Lewinsky scandal while praising Trump for not bringing it up. Trump's son went as far as to call him "courageous" for not using this line of attack in the debate.
RT | Keiser Report: Invasion of Debt Snatchers (E 973) (08/29/16) [25:40]
Max and Stacy discuss the Invasion of the debt snatchers as tech gets leveraged and mobile phone bills get collateralized. In the second half Max and Stacy continue their conversation with Karl Gray (@paradimeshift) about the cryptocurrency and blockchain investment space.
RT | CrossTalk: Russia-US relations: Increased Tensions (08/30/16) [24:28]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/30/16) [1hr]
After the first presidential debate, polls show Donald Trump losing support from women in key battleground states. Congress acts to avoid a government shutdown. And a new report says the U.S. murder rate surged last year. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (09/30/16) [1hr]
Heads of state attend the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres. Russia rejects Secretary Kerry's demands on Syria. And the U.S. plans to deploy 600 more troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State. A panel of journalists joins guest host Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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09.30.2016. 11:29

Thursday September 29, 2016
News Articles

Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate
CNN & HP | Gloria Borger | 09/29/16

Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters -- largely without attribution -- that the Republican nominee struggled in his first presidential debate.

In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton. And he wants them to stop it immediately. The message was "not subtle," a source familiar with the call said. ... Read more

Trump Debate Excuses Tweet
Believe me, I won. You didn't see it, but I won. Believe me. I was there. It was beautiful. I used big words. #TrumpDebateExcuses
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country--a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets -- among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident -- people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream--and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who ...
*TYT | Elizabeth Warren Costs Wells Fargo Executives $60 Million (09/28/16) [16:09]
Stephen Colbert | Elizabeth Warren Rips Wells Fargo's CEO A New One (09/29/16) [6:01]

The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/16

Deutsche Bank concerns just went to '11' as Bloomberg reports a number of funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche Bank AG have withdrawn some excess cash and positions held at the lender, a sign of counterparties' mounting concerns about doing business with Europe's largest investment bank. ... Read more

Wells Fargo To Be Sanctioned By DOJ For Improperly Seizing Soldiers' Cars
ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/16

And the hits just keep on coming. The full court press on Wells Fargo continues, on the heels of California's sanctions, Bloomberg reports the bank is now facing a Justice Department sanction over improperly repossessing cars owned by members of the military, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 29 [12:26]
What Drives Trump Supporters?: Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right (09/28/16) [15:53 ]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Elon Musk Wants To Fire Donald Trump Into Space (09/29/16) [8:52]
*TRNN | Morris Pearl, the chairs of an association of millionaires: 'Patriotic Millionaires' Call for Higher Taxes and Wall St. Regulation (09/29/16) [21:05]
*TRNN | David Turnbull of Oil Change International discusses: Report: Fossil Fuel Projects Must Be Phased Out Within 17 Years to Halt Global Warming (09/29/16) [11:44]
*TRNN | Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent (09/28/16) [6:37]
TYT | Trump Foundation Is Donald Trump's Personal Piggy Bank, Not A Charity (09/28/16) [9:25]
TYT | Germany PROVES We Can END Fossil Fuels (09/28/16) [3:22]
RT | 'We'll sell launches, not promises': Russian firm joins space race with Sea Launch platform purchase (09/29/16) [2:57]
RT | Reports: Syrian rebels may get weapons capable of downing planes (09/28/16) [6:26]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Is Citizens United Coming to An End? (09/28/16) [8:05]
ThomHartmann | "Trumped Up Trickle Down" Explained... (09/28/16) [12:45]
ThomHartmann | We Have All Won An Oligarchy & Lost A Democracy (09/28/16) [6:09]
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*DR | Congress Overrides President Obama's Veto Of A 9/11 Victims' Bill (09/29/16) [1hr]
The Senate overrides President Obama's veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia. How these lawsuits might work -- and how other nations might respond.
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09.29.2016. 12:15

Wednesday September 28, 2016
News Articles

Republican Senators Call Trump's Debate Performance 'Interesting'
HP | Laura Barron-Lopez | 09/27/16

Senate Republicans came up with creative answers or gave up and ran away from reporters on Tuesday when asked about Donald Trump's performance during his first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Out of several Republicans The Huffington Post asked about Trump's Monday night showing, three said it was "interesting" before escaping behind closed doors, one told HuffPost to "go away," three thought their nominee started out strong but couldn't keep up momentum, and another was just pleased "nobody was throwing anything." ... Read more

*Elon Musk to Make Us a Multiplanetary Species
Bloomberg News | Dana Hull | 09/23/16

When Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won't be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.

Musk's keynote address, entitled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species," will tackle the technical challenges and "potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet," according to organizers. Translation: huge rockets, big spacecraft. No one has been anticipating the event more eagerly than Musk, who founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp., his rocket-launch company, 14 years ago with the express goal of putting humans on other planets to live and work. ... Read more
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk: Colonizing Mars Simulation (current) [7:49]

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils plans to 'colonize Mars' (09/27/16) [1:26:01]

Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won't be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.

*Obama Humiliated: Senate Overrides President's Veto Of "Sept 11" Bill In Crushing 97-1 Vote
ZeroHedge | author | 09/28/16

Moments ago, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override President Obama's veto of a bill letting the victims of the 9/11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to the president on foreign policy weeks before he leaves office. The vote marks the first time the Senate has mustered enough votes to overrule Obama's veto pen. ... Read more

"Russian Roulette" - Credit Suisse CEO Admits "EU Banks Not Really Investable"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/28/16

European banks are in a "very fragile situation" and are "not really investable as a sector" according to Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam. Speaking at a conference in London this morning, The FT reports, the CEO of Europe's 'other Deutsche Bank' said "only a fool would try to make a five-year prediction in a world that is so random," wishing John Cryan (DB CEO) well, "I hope that they come out of their current predicament." ... Read more

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*DR | Who Pays Federal Income Taxes And Who Does Not (09/28/16) [1hr]
In Monday's debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump boasted that he paid little or nothing in federal income taxes in some years. Tax experts say this is highly unusual for such a high earner, unless he operated his businesses at a net loss. In general, high-income Americans pay more federal income taxes than middle- or low-income households. About 43% of households do not pay any federal income taxes because they are too poor. High earners, including real estate developers like Trump, however, can use several techniques to minimize taxes, including tax deductions for depreciating property. Who pays federal income taxes, who does not -- and why.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 28 [10:25]
DN | Jill Stein "Debates" Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Part 1 (09/27/16) [12:06 ], Part 2 [15:20 ], Part 3 [ 13:38], Part 4 [18:45], Part 5 [18:56], Part 6 [10:56]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
*Samantha Bee | Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, A Match Made in Hell, Part 1 (09/19/16) [6:52], Part 2 [4:23]
Samantha Bee | Donald Trump and the media: a terrifying, country-ending love affair, Part 1 (09/19/16) [5:13], Part 2 [4:57]
TRNN | Bill Curry and Rania Khalek predict that the debate will lead to a Clinton victory over the neo-fascist Trump, but also say that Clinton takes progressive positions "like chess pieces" - only to remove them from the table later (09/27/16) [16:08]
TRNN | Historian Gerald Horne: Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism (09/27/16) [15:41]
*TYT | Donald Trump Makes Excuses For Poor Debate Performance (09/27/16) [6:23]
TYT | Trump Rally Launches New Birther Theory: Funny or Scary? (09/27/16) [4:12]
TYT | Donald Trump Makes Excuses For Poor Debate Performance (09/27/16) [6:23]
TYT | Trump Debate Snifflegate (09/27/16) [3:42]
RT | US vs. Deutsche Bank: Another obstacle for Merkel in election year? (09/27/16) [6:06]
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09.28.2016. 12:13

Tuesday September 27, 2016
News Articles
CHUMP... FINEMAN: Worst Debate Performance Ever... Trump 'Punches Himself Out'... 'Loses His Cool'... Fell For Clinton's Trap... LUNTZ PANEL: 17-3 For Hillary, 'Birther Question Destroyed Him'... CNN: 18-2 Hillary... Undecideds React Coolly To Trump... Even White Supremacists Agree!... Trump Held It Together For 10 Minutes -- Then Unraveled... 'Improvised His Way To Infamy'... Contrast 'As Stark As Any Presidential Debate In American History'... D E B A C L E... Trump Interrupts Hillary Dozens Of Times!... Boasts Of Taking Advantage Of U.S. Laws And Workers... Hillary's Strategy: Expose Trump As Fraud And Scam Artist...
*PBS News | Presidential Debate 9/26/16 Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton (full) (09/26/16) [1:33:21]
TYT | Presidential Debate | Who Won? (09/26/16) [12:41]
TYT | Why This Election Is SO Important. Wes Clark Jr. Vs. Jimmy Dore Debate (09/26/16) [13:01]

Trump Is Only Kind Of A Global Warming Truther, Campaign Manager Says
HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 09/27/16

She offered fresh denials and explanations about the Republican nominee's science-denying tweets.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes climate change is a natural phenomenon, his campaign manager told CNN Tuesday morning. That's a fresh story ? and a fresh lie. During the presidential debate Monday night, Trump himself lied by denying that he had previously called global warming a man-made hoax. ... Read more

Biographer Reveals There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire--He 'Just Makes It Up'
AlterNet | David Ferguson / Raw Story | 09/26/16

David Cay Johnston said that if Trump wasn't a presidential candidate, but just someone sitting next to you on a bar stool, "you'd quickly conclude, 'That's nuts.'"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Making of Donald Trump author David Cay Johnston said in a new video that there is no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump is actually the billionaire he claims to be.

In 2015, Johnston said, Trump variously claimed his net worth to be $8.7 billion, $10 billion, $11 billion and higher, "even though there was nothing going on in the economy that would suggest that kind of gyrations of net worth." ... Read more
There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire -- He 'Just Makes It Up' (09/27/16) [2:10]

Hillary vs Donald: So Who Won?
ZeroHedge | author | 09/27/16
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 27 [10:04]
DN | WATCH: Clinton-Trump Debate & Democracy Now! Roundtable (full last night) (09/26/16) [2:59:04]
DN | Expanding the Debate: Jill Stein Spars with Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Part 1 (09/27/16) [51:00], Part 2 [52:00]
The Daily Show
*Trevor Noah | Trevor reacts to the first presidential debate! (09/27/16) [8:27]
Trevor Noah | 44% users get their news from Facebook! Part 1 (09/27/16) [8:27], Part 2 [6:46]
Trevor is awed by the raw fury of TheBlaze commentator Tomi Lahren, whose right-wing rants have made her an internet sensation.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | The First Presidential Debate Lives Up To the Hype (09/26/16) [9:44]
TRNN | Glen Ford and Jeff Cohen discuss: Clinton vs Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous? (09/27/16) [25:54]
TRNN | 24 Arrested For Demanding An Open Debate (09/27/16) [3:58]
TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement (09/27/16) [12:44]
TYT | We Should Ask Donald Trump Tough Question About Money (09/26/16) [3:22]
TYT | Presidential Debate | Was Hillary Clinton's Strategy Effective? (09/26/16) [4:47]
*RT | Keiser Report: Houdini's Magic Tricks in Modern Economy & Politics (E972) (09/27/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss what Houdini could teach us about the modern economy and politics, from the totally fake vanishing acts like the Libor charity funds in the UK to the very real entertaining extravaganzas like the Trump campaign. In the second half, Max and Stacy talk to Karl Gray (@paradimeshift) about his investments in Aid:Tech and how the blockchain is actually being deployed in the real world to solve transparency issues.
RT | Third party candidate Jill Stein responds to Clinton-Trump duel in real time (09/27/16) [6:24]
RT | 'Wings for Love': Mountain freestyle World Cup 2016 kicks off in China (09/27/16) [1:11]
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*DR | Analysis Of The First Clinton-Trump Debate (09/27/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-to-head last night in their first debate as presidential candidates. They sparred on jobs, trade deals, policing practices and race, as well as tax returns and combating terrorism. The debate was contentious, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton calling out for fact checkers more than once. Going into the debate, the candidates were virtually tied in the polls. Whether their performance on the stage tipped that balance is not yet clear. Diane and her guests talk about the first debate between the two major-party presidential candidates -- and whether either candidate won over undecided voters.
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09.27.2016. 12:21

Monday September 26, 2016
News Articles

What It Will Take for Hillary to Win the Debate
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 09/25/16

... Despite the hype, the stakes are enormous. Unless Clinton finds a way to connect with voters, especially the nearly one in three millennials now flocking to libertarian Gary Johnson, she may end losing in November because she's hovering in polls in the low 40s. If she tries to present herself in ways not yet seen by most Americans, she will likely fuel critics who say she cannot be trusted. Clinton can only be herself: prepared, concerned, wonkly, formidable, and maybe a bit wry.

Trump, in contrast, benefits from the biggest double-standard in recent American history. The public has grown used to his boasts, smears, over-promises, outright lies, and flailing antics. While the public expects Clinton to know everything about every topic and not be offputting, Trump will be let off the hook for an array of sloppy behaviors. Worse, if he doesn't loose his cool, his composure will likely be described by the GOP and pundits as a new sobriety, seriousness and debate victory. ... Read more

Debate Battle Plan: Show Up, No Dick Jokes

Here's Everything Donald Trump Has Promised to Do on His First Day as President
MotherJones | Tim Murphy | 09/23/16

  1. "Repeal every single Obama executive order." (He has also pledged more specifically to "eliminate every unconstitutional executive order.")
  2. "Repeal Obamacare." (On Trump's campaign website, he's less bullish, promising only to "ask Congress" on day one to repeal Obamacare immediately.)
  3. "End the war on coal."
  4. "Begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country." (More specifically, Trump has promised to do this in his "first hour" in office, "day one, before the wall, before anything.")
  5. "Begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall."
  6. Meet with Homeland Security officials and generals to begin securing the southern border.
  7. "Notify all countries that refuse to take back dangerous illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in this country that they will lose access to our visa programs if they continue to do so."
  8. Convene his top generals and inform them they have 30 days to come up with a plan to stop ISIS.
  9. Fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  10. Call the heads of major companies who are moving operations oversea to inform them that they'll face 35 percent tariffs.
  11. "Contact countries and say...'Folks, we love protecting you, we want to continue to protect you but you're not living up to the bargain'...They're not paying what they're supposed to be paying -- which is very little, by the way."
  12. "Defend the unborn."
  13. "Withdraw from TPP."
  14. "Start taking care of our...military."
  15. Suspend Syrian refugee resettlement.
  16. "Notify our NAFTA partners of my intention to renegotiate the deal."
  17. "Designate China as a currency manipulator."
  18. "Direct every agency in government to begin identifying all wasteful job-killing regulations, and they are going to be removed."
  19. "Get rid of gun-free zones [in] schools" and "military bases" -- which would require repealing a 25-year-old federal law. ("My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones.")
  20. "Ask Congress to pass 'Kate's Law' -- named for Kate Steinle -- to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong mandatory minimum sentences."
  21. Learn the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.
  22. It's shaping up to be a busy day! Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has made only a few day-one promises, none of which is as concrete as shaking down European heads of state:
  23. -----
  24. "Tackle the gun lobby to try to reduce the outrageous number of people who are dying from gun violence in our country."
  25. "Reach out to Republicans and say, 'This is your chance to help millions of families and show that your party, the party of Lincoln, is better than Donald Trump.'"
  26. "Work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II."
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The Movie that Sparked Citizen United
Hillary the movie () [1:22:05]
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Citizen Koch (trailer) (2014) [2:25]

Playing by different rules: The media lets Trump "get out of jail free" but won't let Clinton "pass go"
Salon | Bob Cesca | 09/19/16

The press slams Clinton based on pre-2016 political standards, while Trump is judged on a much lower bar

The only explanation for the lopsided coverage of the election by the political press so far is that, for some mysterious reason-defying logic, there's a "false equivalence" at work. It's become an almost throw-away phrase, bearing little weight these days. The political press certainly doesn't take it too seriously, that's for sure. We're just gaming the refs, they say. Someone's always bitching about the media, they say. Whatever helps them sleep at night, I suppose.

Nevertheless, according to what we're observing online and via cable news, Hillary Clinton's negatives appear eons more grievous than Donald Trump's missteps, even though they're not -- and this disparity unfairly elevates Trump and his poll numbers. This is how elections are tilted toward despots and undisciplined strongmen. They're legitimized and humanized despite their long menu of unprecedented gaffes, lies and treachery. ... Read more
TYT | Harvard Study: Media Ignores Policy Substance, Facts (09/24/16) [10:33]

The Avalon Village, Highland Park, MI
It Takes a Village In the middle of one of Detroit's most blighted and abandoned neighborhoods, Shamayim 'SHU' Harris and her team of engineers, futurists, artists, urban farmers and their nationwide allies are reimagining public and private space. This is an invitation to step into the village (current) [4:49]
The Avalon Village, Highland Park, MI website

26 Incredible Facts About The Economy That Every American Should Know Before The Trump-Clinton Debate
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

Are you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades? There will likely be quite a few questions about the economy, and without a doubt this is an area where Trump and Clinton have some very sharp differences. The mainstream media would have us believe that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape, and if that was true that would seem to favor Clinton. But is it actually true? ... Read more

Will Deutsche Bank's Collapse Be Worse Than Lehman Brothers?
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

DB is the proverbial "canary in the coalmine" for Europe. Perched atop one of the largest derivatives books in Europe, DB has ties to most major financial institutions in the region. ... Read more

BofA Fined $12.5 Million For Creating At Least 15 Mini "Flash Crashes"
ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

The SEC announced that BofA/Merrill Lynch agreed to pay a $12.5 million penalty for "maintaining ineffective trading controls" that failed to prevent erroneous orders from being sent to the markets and causing at least 15 mini-flash crashes between 2012 and 2014. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 26 [13:51]
DN | Keith Lamont Scott's Wife is Latest Black Woman Forced to Film State Violence Against a Partner (09/26/16) [7:45]
DN | Marc Lamont: Activism Works: Charlotte Police Release Dashboard & Body Camera Video in Keith Lamont Scott Killing (09/26/16) [8:27]
DN | Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Trump: "We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence" (09/26/16) [4:40]
John Oliver
John Oliver | The 2016 presidential race is teeming with scandals. (09/25/16) [21:15]
John Oliver | Refugee Crisis: inappropriate analogy for the refugee crisis. (09/20/16) [10:31]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Hillary Clinton Preps for Two Trumps at the Debate (09/22/16) [7:23]
Stephen Colbert | Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (09/20/16) [11:04]
TRNN | PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses: Why the Federal Reserve Needs To Go Beyond Interest Rate Policy (09/26/16) [13:21]
TRNN | Ecuador's foreign minister Guillaume Long: Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens (09/26/16) [25:13]
TRNN | The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts (older) [14:18]
James Henry, author of "Pirate Bankers," says Swiss Banks like HSBC, Credit Suisse, and UBS facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington.
TYT | How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans (09/25/16) [5:02]
TYT | The Real Solution To America's Healthcare Problems (09/25/16) [3:56]
TYT | Big Pharma Always Gets Their Way -- Quick Profits, Dead Patients (09/24/16) [4:57]
The FDA's decision to approve a useless drug this week sent pharma stocks soaring and caused the resignation of a high-ranking FDA official who is sick of his agency acting as an arm of the pharmaceutical industry.
RT | Keiser Report: Earthquakes & Economy (E971) (09/24/16) [25:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Note: sometimes I have to post my News Page before all the links are available. This happens most noteably for the Diane Rehm Show. If the pop-up links don't work, just go to The Diane Show website and click the links there.
*DR | Shooting Video Released: The Latest From Charlotte (09/26/16) [1hr]
Charlotte police release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott -- but questions and doubts remain. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery brings us the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina.
*DR | Protecting Our Data In An Era Of Increasing State-Sponsored Cyberattacks (09/26/16) [1hr]
500 million: that's the number of Yahoo users whose account information was stolen by hackers. The company recently revealed that it had discovered the 2014 hack -- said to be the largest to date of a single company's network. This comes as reports of state-sponsored hackings are on the rise in the U.S., and concerns are growing over intrusions by countries like Russia into one of our own country's most sacred systems: our elections. We'll get the latest on risks to our personal data and to the integrity of U.S. voting.
Aljazeera | She is My Son: Afghanistan's Bacha Posh, when Girls Become Boys (09/25/16) [26:49]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

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On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists attacked the Unites States. They hijacked four airplanes in mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact caused the buildings to catch fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon (the U.S. military headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Passengers on the plane fought the terrorists and prevented them from reaching their goal. In all, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
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The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

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Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham cowrote the script. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism." Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes.
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China Valley of Tunnels

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