US Politics in Trump era Public date: 29.08.2019 01:16:39

6 Sep 2018

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. The dilemma — which...
22 Aug 2018

Who’s spoken out against Trump’s move to revoke former CIA Director Brennan’s security clearance

A bipartisan group of more than a dozen former intelligence directors, plus retired Adm. William H. McRaven, spoke out against the president’s move. On Aug. 17, they were joined by another 60 officials, and over 170 added their names on Aug. 20. Here’s an non-exhaustive list of major figures who have voiced their support for Brennan.
A bipartisan group of more than a dozen former intelligence directors, plus retired Adm. William H. McRaven, spoke out...
8 Mar 2018

U.S. Allies Sign Sweeping Trade Deal in Challenge to Trump

A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: President Trump’s embrace of protectionism. A  group of 11 nations — including major United States allies like Japan,  Canada and Australia — signed a broad trade deal on Thursday in Chile’s  capital, Santiago, that challenges Mr. Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers.
A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now...

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8 Feb 2018

Democrats flipped a Missouri state legislature seat that Trump won by 28 points

Democrats had another good Tuesday night of special elections, this time in Missouri, where Mike Revis won a 3-point victory in House District 97, which President Donald Trump had won by 28 points. That 31-point swing relative to the 2016 election was extraordinarily large, but actually not the greatest swing of the night. Over in House District 144, Democrats took a relatively narrow 53-47 loss in a district that Trump carried by  59 points.
Democrats had another good Tuesday night of special elections, this time in Missouri, where Mike Revis won a 3-point...
27 Oct 2017

Congressional Democrats Are Crushing The GOP In 2018 Midterm Fundraising

Congressional Democrats are whipping their GOP counterparts in  fundraising heading into the 2018 elections, a key sign that a wave election may be building.In both the Senate and House, Democrats are pulling money hand-over-fist in many of their most important races, according to campaign finance reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. Many Republicans are struggling to keep up — including some key incumbents in both chambers.
Congressional Democrats are whipping their GOP counterparts in  fundraising heading into the 2018 elections, a key...
25 Oct 2017

Republican Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-Election for Senate

Mr. Flake made his announcement in an extraordinary, 17-minute speech on the Senate floor, in which he challenged not only the president but also his party’s leadership. He deplored “the casual undermining of our democratic ideals, the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedom and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency” that he said has become so prevalent in American politics.
Mr. Flake made his announcement in an extraordinary, 17-minute speech on the Senate floor, in...
1 Sep 2017

Legal challenge to Arpaio pardon begins

After President Trump’s pardon of ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt for violating a court order designed to stop the violation of the constitutional rights of suspected illegal immigrants, conventional wisdom — and certainly the Trump administration — would have us believe that Trump’s pardon powers are unlimited. However, never before has someone stretched the pardon power so beyond its original intent. Trump has now drawn scrutiny not simply from critics of his racist rhetoric but from the court itself.
After President Trump’s pardon of ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt for...

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29 Aug 2017

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement. Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.
Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were...

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23 Aug 2017

McConnell, in Private, Doubts if Trump Can Save Presidency

The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not  spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration  after a series of summer crises.
The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the...

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17 Aug 2017

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.

President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives,  contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by  his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va.
President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned...

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17 Aug 2017

Trump Ends C.E.O. Advisory Councils as Main Group Acts to Disband

President Trump’s main council of top corporate leaders disbanded on Wednesday following the president’s controversial remarks in which he equated white nationalist hate groups with the protesters opposing them. Soon after, the president announced on Twitter that he would end his executive councils, “rather than put pressure” on executives.
President Trump’s main council of top corporate leaders disbanded on Wednesday following the president’s...
17 Aug 2017

Theresa May condemns far-right views after Trump Charlottesville remarks

Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there was a moral equivalence between the Charlottesville racist protesters and those campaigning against them. But the prime minister has not agreed to requests to cancel Trump’s planned state visit to the UK in the light of his latest comments,  despite renewed calls for the honour to be withdrawn.
Theresa May has joined politicians from the main parties in the UK in criticising Donald Trump for suggesting there...
16 Aug 2017

US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents. The warrant appears to be an escalation of the Department of  Justice’s (DoJ) campaign against anti-Trump activities, including the harsh prosecution of inauguration day protesters.
The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is...

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17 May 2017

New fake news dilemma: sites publish real scoops amid mess of false reports

Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern for truth for themselves. And Mensch’s post was difficult to dismiss outright because she and her co-author, Claude Taylor, had earlier reported a pair of details from the investigations into Trump’s alleged links with Russia that were later confirmed by major mainstream news outlets.
Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern...
13 Apr 2017

How to Jam the Trump Brand

Here's a quick-and-easy guide for doing battle with President Trump in the only language he understands — his own brand. Naomi Klein explains 3 methods for fighting Donald Trump, simply imply he is a puppet, and make him less rich by attacking his brands.
Here's a quick-and-easy guide for doing battle with President Trump in the only language he understands — his own...

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8 Apr 2017

Sen. Ron Wyden: Government Must Explain Why It Tried to Expose Twitter User

Only a day after Twitter revealed that it had received a summons from the Department of Homeland Security demanding identifying information about an anonymous anti-Trump user account (and only hours after the government abandoned its attempt), Senator Ron Wyden is telling the agency it needs to explain itself.
Only a day after Twitter revealed that it had received a summons from the Department of Homeland Security...

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8 Apr 2017

“Democrats are acting like a bunch of cowards”: Trump’s Syria strike opens a rift on the left

Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly condemning President Donald Trump’s strikes against Syria on Thursday night. Some Democrats in Congress dinged Trump on the process — not seeking congressional approval — but largely supported the action  itself. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called punishing Syria’s Bashar al-Assad “the right thing to do,” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) labeled the strikes a “proportional response.” Pelosi has also called for the House to end its recess and reconvene to discuss the attacks.
Progressive activists say they’re dismayed that senior congressional Democrats aren’t more strongly...
8 Apr 2017

‘I’m officially off the Trump Train’: Trump’s online base is furious about the Syria strikes

“I voted for you, my whole family voted for you,” said Angelo John Gage, a Marine veteran who was once the chairman of the white nationalist National Youth Front. “We all busted our a–es to destroy the fake media news, and now you’re falling for it.” His video reaction to rumors of U.S. military action in Syria was a direct address to Trump, and it went viral. Both WikiLeaks and Infowars reposted it.
“I voted for you, my whole family voted for you,” said Angelo John Gage, a Marine veteran who was once...

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12 Feb 2017

A top Putin critic on how to oppose Trump: “making him look like a loser is crucial”

The US president shouldn’t need to speak like a tyrant. But Trump’s still obsessed with legitimacy; hence his constant falsehoods about overwhelming victory and crowd size. You have an entirely unqualified president with autocratic instincts and dangerous advisers, who is quite possibly compromised by a malign foreign interest. We gave Putin a chance in Russia, and it was the last free election we ever had. It’s far better to act and later admit you overreacted than to do nothing until it’s impossible to act.
The US president shouldn’t need to speak like a tyrant. But Trump’s still obsessed with legitimacy; hence his...

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9 Feb 2017

Supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump judge attacks ‘demoralizing’

Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee to the supreme court, called the president’s tweet attacking the federal district court judge James Robart “disheartening and demoralizing”, his spokesman has confirmed. Gorsuch criticized Trump in a private meeting with Senator Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday.
Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee to the supreme court, called the president’s...
9 Feb 2017

T.J. Maxx And Marshalls Tell Employees To Stop Featuring Ivanka Trump Products

Just days after Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stopped carrying Ivanka Trump’s products, another major retail chain appears to be distancing itself from her brand, too. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls employees were instructed in a note from their company last week to stop featuring Ivanka Trump merchandise in stores and to throw away Ivanka Trump signage, The New York Times reported Wednesday. 
Just days after Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom stopped carrying Ivanka Trump’s products, another major retail...
9 Feb 2017

Activists Plan Emergency Actions Across the Country to Protest Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline

On Tuesday the Army Corps of Engineers gave notice  to Congress that within 24 hours it would grant an easement allowing  Energy Transfer Partners to move forward with construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, which North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe and  thousands of allies have attempted to halt out of concern for water contamination, dangers to the climate, and damage to sites of religious significance to the tribe.
On Tuesday the Army Corps of Engineers gave notice  to Congress that within 24 hours it...

Republicans hit back at Commons Speaker John Bercow for blocking Donald Trump’s address to Parliament

Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament during his state visit. Mr Bercow's extraordinary attack re-ignited controversy over the invitation to Mr Trump, provoking applause from MPs who oppose the US President, and drawing accusations the Speaker was “insulting” the UK's closest ally.
Commons Speaker John Bercow has become embroiled in controversy after insisting US President Donald Trump should not be...

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7 Feb 2017

The big lesson of Trump’s first 2 weeks: resistance works

It’s easy to miss amid Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most important story in American politics right now isn’t about what Trump is doing: It’s that the  opposition is working.
It’s easy to miss amid Donald Trump’s frenetic pace of activity and nonstop media coverage, but the most...

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6 Feb 2017

Opponents on the left are making plans to show up in force when members of Congress hold town forums during this month’s recess.

For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen to demand that he hold a town-hall meeting to answer its concerns about his fellow Republicans’ plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After weeks without an answer, the congressman’s staff replied that he would be too busy, that such gatherings took considerable planning and that just finding a meeting place could be tough. So the group, NJ 11th for Change, secured venues in all four counties that Mr. Frelinghuysen represents for times during the congressional recess this month - and constituents plan to show up even if he does not.
For weeks, a swelling group has been showing up every Friday here at the local office of Representative Rodney...
4 Feb 2017

Trump is being sued on behalf of 42 million people – the citizens of NY, VA, Massachusetts, and Washington state

Donald Trump’s executive order, which temporarily banned immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, and suspended admission of refugees from Syria, sparked immediate and massive protests and action. In addition to the ACLU’s actions, as well lawsuits from the Committee on American-Islamic Relations and the city of San Francisco, three states have now sued the federal government over the executive order, saying that it violates the constitutional rights of people in the United States and establishes a discriminatory law on the basis of religion.
Donald Trump’s executive order, which temporarily banned immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, and...

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30 Jan 2017

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins protest against immigration order at San Francisco airport

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of Alphabet, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport tonight as demonstrators assembled at airports across the country in opposition to...
Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and president of Alphabet, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport...
20 Jan 2017

Republican Lawmakers in Five States Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protest

On Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington will kick off what opponents of the incoming administration hope will be a new era of  demonstrations against the Republican agenda. But in some states, nonviolent demonstrating may soon carry increased legal risks — including punishing fines and significant prison terms — for people who participate in protests involving civil disobedience.
On Saturday, the Women’s March on Washington will kick off what opponents of the incoming administration...

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15 Dec 2016

Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America

This is a review of the Trump restaurant in Trump tower. Trump reacted sharply by tweeting his displeasure about this review. This is an example of how liberal backlash to Trump. Its a great piece of writing!
This is a review of the Trump restaurant in Trump tower. Trump reacted sharply by tweeting his displeasure about this...
23 Nov 2016

Protesting, privileged college kids know nothing about social injustice

As you can tell, I am not particularly impressed with the social justice engagement of the precious little pop tarts who decided to skip class to march - 40 people strong! - down a Main Line thoroughfare to let the suburban police department that keeps them safe know it is nothing but a ritzy extension of the KKK.
As you can tell, I am not particularly impressed with the social justice engagement of the precious little pop tarts who...

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9 Nov 2016

Anti-Trump Demonstrators Take to the Streets in Several U.S. Cities

Chanting “Not my president,” several hundred protesters streamed through the streets of Berkeley and Oakland in the predawn hours of Wednesday venting their anger at the election of Donald J. Trump as president. Demonstrations were also reported in Pittsburgh, Seattle and Portland, Ore.
Chanting “Not my president,” several hundred protesters streamed through the streets of Berkeley and Oakland in the...

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