US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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20 Sep 2019

U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies

The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.
The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the...
6 Aug 2019

The Ravages Of Trump: Violent Attacks Carried Out In His Name

Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the manifesto of Patrick Crusius.  Crusius does not invoke President Trump in his manifesto, or in social media posts uncovered as of this writing. But TPM found some two dozen cases where the perpetrators or planners of far-right violence invoked Trump during their assault, or claimed whatever violent action they intended to commit was somehow aligned with his agenda. Since declaring his run for the Presidency in 2015, President Donald Trump has used racist rhetoric to fan feelings of hatred among those that support him.
Send them back. Hispanic invasion. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. That’s language from the...
5 Aug 2019

We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Inspiring Mass Shootings

On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to the police. By all accounts, Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old alleged shooter, is a fan of President Donald Trump and his policies. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “a Twitter account bearing the suspect’s name contains liked tweets that include a ‘BuildTheWall’ hashtag” and “a photo using guns to spell out ‘Trump.’”
On Saturday morning, a gunman at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, shot and killed at least 20 people before surrendering to...
26 Jul 2019

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’: How Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics.

By 2016, Liberty’s efforts to limit free expression were already well-established. (“The big victory was finding a way to tame the faculty,” Falwell told the New York Times last year for a story about privileging Liberty’s financial growth over its academics.) But the school’s methods became even more aggressive after Falwell endorsed Donald Trump early that year, according to multiple current and former faculty members.
By 2016, Liberty’s efforts to limit free expression were already well-established. (“The big victory was finding a...
16 Jul 2019

Mulvaney builds an ‘an empire for the right wing’ as Trump’s chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney’s battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately. Weeks after he was named acting White House chief of staff, Mulvaney summoned the labor secretary for a tense January encounter that became known inside the West Wing as “the woodshed meeting.” Mulvaney told Acosta in blunt terms that the White House believed he was dragging his feet on regulation rollbacks desired by business interests and that he was on thin ice as a result, according to advisers and a person close to the White House. Soon after, Acosta proposed a spate of business-friendly rules on overtime pay and other policies
Mick Mulvaney’s battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately. Weeks after he was named acting White House...

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5 Jun 2019

Ginni Thomas, Wife of Clarence Thomas, Launches New Right-Wing Culture War

Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas is launching yet another project to wage war on multiple fronts of America’s most heated cultural and political debates. This time, however, her plan will include a project to “protect President Trump” using at least two new campaign-related political entities, according to a presentation obtained by The Intercept and Documented.
Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas is launching yet another project to wage war on multiple fronts of...
7 May 2019

Trump pardons Michael Behenna, who was convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner

President Trump has pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who served five years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi prisoner in 2008. Behenna, who was an Army Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division, was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone and sentenced to 25 years after killing Ali Mansur, a detainee and suspected al-Qaeda member. Behenna, who stripped Mansur naked, interrogated him without authorization and then shot him twice, has claimed repeatedly that he was acting in self-defense.
President Trump has pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who served five years in prison for the murder of...

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26 Mar 2019

Adam Milstein Has Spent Millions to Stifle BDS and Attack Critics of Israel

Adam Milstein, a real estate millionaire and prolific donor to right-wing, pro-Israel causes, had a busy few days on Twitter this month. In one tweet, he accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of being a “terrorist.” In another, he questioned Omar’s and Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s loyalty to the United States. He also accused Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress, of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, indulging a tired trope popular among anti-Muslim bigots.
Adam Milstein, a real estate millionaire and prolific donor to right-wing, pro-Israel causes, had a busy few days on...

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20 Feb 2019

Trump’s attorney general wants god’s moral order enforced by government

In a 1995 essay, Barr expressed the extremist Christian view that “American government should not be secular;” secularism is an abomination in Barr’s theocratic mind despite the law of the land is unmistakably secular. Furthermore, Barr contends America’s government is supposed to be imposing “a transcendent moral order with objective standards of right and wrong that flows from God’s eternal law;” eternal law best dictated by the Vatican and taught in public schools at taxpayer’s expense.
In a 1995 essay, Barr expressed the extremist Christian view that “American government should not be secular;”...
18 Feb 2019

Brett Kavanaugh’s Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent

Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court dissent is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations. What is perhaps less obvious, at least at first glance, is the level of intellectual dishonesty baked into a four-page dissent penned by the court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh voted along with Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch to deny the stay, but was the only justice to try to explain his thinking in writing. If he wanted to maintain the fidelity-to-precedent fiction he peddled at his confirmation hearings, it probably would have been better if he had stayed silent. The document is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations dressed up to appear anodyne.
Kavanaugh's first Supreme Court dissent is a mess of omissions and misrepresentations. What is perhaps less obvious, at...
9 Feb 2019

Why Won’t Democrats Call Israel’s Occupation an Occupation?

Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able to solve: what do you call Israel’s military rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in the territories it seized by force in 1967?
Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able...
31 Jan 2019

Hacked emails list right-wing fundraiser partying with Russian fascists and oligarchs

Last month, a new leak site called Distributed Denial of Secrets went live, compiling a cache of hacked emails and documents of Russian officials, confidants of sanctioned Russian oligarchs, and those steering Russian interference efforts. Among the revelations: A higher-up at the Bradley Foundation, one of the main financiers of right-wing groups in the U.S. — including the Daily Caller News Foundation and anti-immigrant organizations — apparently attended a notorious “pro-family” conference in Russia in 2014, held shortly after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Last month, a new leak site called Distributed Denial of Secrets went live, compiling a cache of hacked emails...
15 Jan 2019

‘Senior Trump Official’ On Shutdown: ‘We Do Not Want Most Employees To Return’

An unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration” wrote in an anonymous Daily Caller op-ed Monday that the record-breaking 24-day partial government shutdown “is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.”
An unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration” wrote in an anonymous Daily Caller op-ed Monday that the...

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24 Dec 2018

Roberts, Leader of Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority, Fights Perception That It is Partisan

In his first 13 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s main challenge was trying to assemble five votes to move the court to the right though there were only four reliably conservatives justices. Now he faces a very different problem. With the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, the chief justice has the votes he needs on issues like abortion, racial discrimination, religion and voting. At the same time, he has taken Justice Kennedy’s place as the swing vote at the court’s ideological center, making him the most powerful chief justice in 80 years.
In his first 13 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s main challenge was trying to assemble...

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19 Dec 2018

It took about 20 minutes for a judge to destroy the right’s conspiratorial defense of Michael Flynn

For months, Donald Trump and his fellow right-wing extremists have adamantly insisted that Flynn is innocent, the victim of a partisan witch hunt who would ultimately be exonerated and expose the entire Russia investigatory apparatus as a fraud. Flynn’s own lawyers argued as much in their sentencing memo, suggesting that the FBI acted inappropriately in failing to adequately disclose that lying to federal agents was a crime. As recently as Tuesday morning, bloviators on Fox News were convinced that Judge Sullivan would use his judicial discretion and toss out the entire case.
For months, Donald Trump and his fellow right-wing extremists have adamantly insisted that Flynn is innocent, the victim...
15 Nov 2018

Betsy DeVos set to bolster rights of accused in rewrite of sexual assault rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused, including the ability to cross-examine their accusers, people familiar with the matter said. The new rules would reduce liability for universities, tighten the definition of sexual harassment, and allow schools to use a higher standard in evaluating claims of sexual harassment and assault.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle...

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6 Nov 2018

Fox Rebukes Sean Hannity’s and Jeanine Pirro’s Participation in a Trump Rally

The line between the Trump White House and Fox has always been a little blurry, but in that moment on Monday night at the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University at least, the fusion of president and network seemed complete. Mr. Trump has long relied on the network as his outlet of choice. His vice president, cabinet secretaries and staff members appear with great regularity. Indeed, Mr. Trump gave an interview to Mr. Hannity moments before taking the stage
The line between the Trump White House and Fox has always been a little blurry, but in that moment on Monday night at...
6 Nov 2018

Trump ally Kris Kobach accepted donations from white nationalists

he Republican candidate for governor of Kansas, Kris Kobach, who has close ties to the Trump administration, has accepted financial donations from white nationalist sympathizers and has for more than a decade been affiliated with groups espousing white supremacist views.
he Republican candidate for governor of Kansas, Kris Kobach, who has close ties to the Trump administration, has...
31 Oct 2018

Trump eyes ending birthright citizenship with executive order

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution. The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections.
President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children...
26 Oct 2018

I Respected Scott Walker. Then I Worked for Him.

An ex Scott Walker cabinet member exposes how he governed, he explains that after Scott Walker won his recall election, Walker rarely attended Cabinet meetings anymore, and radically reduced the number of one-on-ones with Cabinet secretaries. He took more far-right positions, probably because he thought they would play well with the Republican base. Funding for public education and our University of Wisconsin system was cut dramatically. Our infrastructure continued to deteriorate to the point that we ranked 49th in the nation in the quality of our roads and bridges.
An ex Scott Walker cabinet member exposes how he governed, he explains that after Scott Walker won his recall election,...
13 Oct 2018

Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President

President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a “rogues' gallery of the radical right.” Trump will be the keynote speaker at Friday's event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka.
President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values...
7 Oct 2018

D.C. Circuit sent complaints about Kavanaugh’s testimony to Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints in recent weeks against Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice Saturday, but has chosen for the time being not to refer them to a judicial panel for investigation.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints in recent weeks against...
6 Oct 2018

How rightwing conspiracy theorists attacked Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this unfolded, Dr Christine Blasey Ford has been subjected to a full-frontal personal attack, which has been taken up by all segments of rightwing media. But while most ostensibly respectable outlets contented themselves with attacks on her credibility, others have leapt headlong into conspiracy theory.
Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this...

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22 Sep 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump nominee facing new scandal after Ed Whelan tweets

On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were likely a case of mistaken identity. His evidence was that a high school classmate of Kavanaugh’s kind of looked like him, and lived in a childhood home that sounded similar to the home where Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, described the assault taking place.
On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault...
13 Sep 2018

Newly Minted House GOP Nominee Recently Defended Gay Conversion Therapy

Republicans’ newly minted nominee to face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) this fall recently defended gay conversion therapy, a deeply controversial practice of treating homosexuality and transgender identity as mental illnesses or addictions that can be cured.
Republicans’ newly minted nominee to face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) this fall recently defended gay conversion...

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8 Sep 2018

I knew Brett Kavanaugh during his years as a Republican operative. Don’t let him sit on the Supreme Court.

I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, all I can think of is the old "Aesop's Fables" adage: "A man is known by the company he keeps." And that's why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no.
I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime...
3 Sep 2018

Wife of Former N.R.A. President Tapped Accused Russian Agent in Pursuit of Jet Fuel Payday

Ms. Butina’s efforts to deal in Russian jet fuel, detailed in hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails, were notable not just for their whiff of foreign intrigue but for who they involved: David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association and a prominent leader of the conservative movement, who has advised Republican candidates from Ronald Reagan to Mitt Romney. They also involved Mr. Keene’s wife, Donna, a well-connected Washington lobbyist, and Ms. Butina’s boyfriend, Paul Erickson, who ran Patrick J. Buchanan’s 1992 presidential campaign and who moved in rarefied conservative circles despite allegations of fraud in three states.
Ms. Butina’s efforts to deal in Russian jet fuel, detailed in hundreds of pages of previously unreported emails, were...

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29 Aug 2018

If G.O.P. Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’

President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently” if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. Speaking to the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Mr. Trump painted a stark picture of what losing the majority would mean for the administration’s conservative agenda, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event.
President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and...

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2 Aug 2018

QAnon: How the conspiracy theory spawned by a Trump quip got so big and scary

The Internet has made it easier than ever before to evangelize on behalf of a conspiracy theory. But this week, the missionaries for QAnon used their physical bodies to spread the word, with T-shirts and a paper sign, “We are Q,” aimed at the cameras covering President Trump’s campaign rally. People noticed, including journalists.
The Internet has made it easier than ever before to evangelize on behalf of a conspiracy theory. But this week, the...

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11 Jul 2018

Showdown on a Trump Subpoena Could Overshadow Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

Mr. Trump’s choice for the court, Judge  Brett M. Kavanaugh, has expressed strong support for executive power, hostility to administrative agencies and support for gun rights and religious freedom. Those are all conventional positions among conservative lawyers and judges. But there is one stance that sets Judge Kavanaugh apart, and it could not be more timely: his deep skepticism of the wisdom of forcing a sitting president  to answer questions in criminal cases.
Mr. Trump’s choice for the court, Judge  Brett M. Kavanaugh, has expressed strong support for executive power,...

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4 Jul 2018

Trump Administration Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action

Now, affirmative action is at a crossroads. The Trump administration is  moving against any use of race as a measurement of diversity in education. And the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the end of this month will leave the court without its swing vote on affirmative action and allow President Trump to nominate a justice opposed to a policy that for decades has tried to integrate elite educational institutions.
Now, affirmative action is at a crossroads. The Trump administration is  moving against any use of race as a...

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22 Jun 2018

Why won’t the mainstream media tell the truth about racist ghoul Stephen Miller?

Stephen Miller -- like other Trump advisers such as Michael Anton, Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon -- is a white supremacist. Like other members of the so-called  alt-right (a collection of far-right extremists that includes neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other racists) Miller hides behind Trumpian slogans about making America great again and neutral-sounding terms such as "nationalism" and "populism" to advance a policy agenda where nonwhites are treated as second-class citizens and white people are empowered above all other groups.
Stephen Miller -- like other Trump advisers such as Michael Anton, Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon -- is a white...

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20 Jun 2018

How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2016, Ed Corrigan, then the vice president for policy promotion at the Heritage Foundation, was summoned to Trump Tower in New York to join the senior leadership team of the Trump transition. From inside the building where the climactic personnel  decisions of “The Apprentice” were once taped, Corrigan oversaw the staffing of 10 different domestic agencies. Donald Trump, the former reality-TV star, was now the president-elect of the United States, and he had an administration to fill.
On the day after Thanksgiving in 2016, Ed Corrigan, then the vice president for policy promotion at the Heritage...
20 Jun 2018

Leaked State Department Memo Advised Trump Administration to Push for “Islamic Reformation”

The Trump administration, as part of a dual effort to counter both Iran and the Islamic State, should push for an “Islamic Reformation,” a State Department memo advised the White House last year. The suggestion was ultimately not adopted as part of the National Security Strategy announced in December, but that a so-called reformation of Islam was up for discussion at the highest levels of the State Department and National Security Council underscores the extraordinary rise of a once-fringe, far-right approach to foreign policy.
The Trump administration, as part of a dual effort to counter both Iran and the Islamic State, should...

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4 Jun 2018

Ric Grenell: Trump ambassador to Germany’s Breitbart interview created a mess

Prior to becoming Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell was a  Republican operative with a history of making bombastic — one might even  say “undiplomatic” — statements. Over the weekend, this habit got Ambassador Grenell in trouble when he gave an unguarded interview to Breitbart in which he seemed to imply that he would actively work to topple the current centrist German government.
Prior to becoming Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell was a  Republican operative with...

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17 Mar 2018

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

In the past year, Mr. Pruitt has emerged as a hero to President Trump’s supporters for his hand in rolling back environmental rules at an agency long disliked by farmers, the fossil fuel industry and the far right. And he has occasionally shocked his employees by criticizing the very  agency he heads.“It was an agency that was weaponized against certain sectors of the economy,” Mr. Pruitt said to applause at the Reagan dinner.
In the past year, Mr. Pruitt has emerged as a hero to President Trump’s supporters for his hand in...

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14 Mar 2018

Mike Pompeo’s Mission Is to Destroy the Iran Deal

All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from California, is that most of his life he  has been in business with the Koch brothers. His appointment as secretary of state puts a seal on President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. More dangerously, Trump was straightforward: He put Pompeo in to replace Rex Tillerson in order to destroy the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty between the United Nations Security Council and Iran.
All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from...

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27 Nov 2017

In Tax Debate, Gift to Religious Right Could Be Bargaining Chip

For years, a coalition of well-funded groups on the religious right have waged an uphill battle to repeal a 1954 law that bans churches and other nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity. Now, those groups are edging toward a once-improbable victory as Republican lawmakers, with the enthusiastic backing of President Trump, prepare to  rewrite large swaths of the United States tax code as part of the $1.5 trillion tax package moving through Congress.
For years, a coalition of well-funded groups on the religious right have waged an uphill battle to repeal a 1954...
6 Sep 2017

Sessions’ DACA speech was full of nativist lies.

Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA enshrined, and merely oppose its executive implementation. Sessions, who helped persuade Trump to kill the program, is not one of those Republicans. In his remarks, he directly denounced the very idea of granting any kind of amnesty to undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own. At the heart of his speech were two lies, straight from Breitbart, explaining why DACA must end:
Many Republicans have made clear in recent weeks that they favor the basic policy DACA...

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26 Aug 2017

Sebastian Gorka Is Forced Out as White House Adviser, Officials Say

Mr. Gorka was a staunch defender of President Trump and a lightning rod for controversy. The Federalist, a conservative website, published portions of what it called a resignation letter written by Mr. Gorka. It quoted him as saying that given which “forces”  were on the rise in the White House, the best way for him to support the president was from outside it.
Mr. Gorka was a staunch defender of President Trump and a lightning rod for controversy. The Federalist, a conservative...
26 Aug 2017

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented immigrants, had been convicted of criminal contempt.
Mr. Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who built a national reputation for his efforts to hunt and detain undocumented...

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19 Aug 2017

Stephen Bannon Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year. Mr. Bannon’s many critics bore down after the violence in Charlottesville. Outraged over Mr. Trump’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally, leaving one woman dead, human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing.
The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy...
17 Aug 2017

False moral equivalency is not a bug of Trumpism. It’s a feature.

Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump yesterday revived his initial claim that “both sides” are to blame for the horrific violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump...
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...

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15 Aug 2017

Trump finally condemns Charlottesville racism, days after violence

Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, two days after violent clashes left one woman dead. “Racism is evil,” the US president said at the White House. “And  those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Donald Trump has bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and...
14 Aug 2017

David Duke: Charlottesville Rally ‘Fulfills The Promises Of Donald Trump’

During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday,  former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke said the event is in line with President Trump’s “promises.” “This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
During a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday,  former Ku Klux Klan leader David...
14 Aug 2017

In his speech on Charlottesville, Donald Trump told the nation exactly what he stands for.

On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined  forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated in the death of at least one person when the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, seemingly with the intent to maim and injure.
On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined...
13 Aug 2017

Car Hits Crowd After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Violence

The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counter protesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South. White nationalists had long planned a demonstration over the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. But the rally quickly exploded into racial taunting, shoving and outright brawling, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency and the National Guard to join the police in clearing the area.
The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counter protesters...
8 Aug 2017

Trump Likes When C.I.A. Chief Gets Political, but Officers Are Wary

All C.I.A. directors must balance the political demands of the president they serve with the agency’s avowedly apolitical idea of itself. Yet rarely has a director had to straddle so wide a breach as has Mr. Pompeo, perhaps the most openly political spy chief in a generation — and one of President Trump’s favorite cabinet members. Unlike past directors, who typically sought to avoid policy discussions, Mr.  Pompeo readily joins in when the president asks for his opinion, even on matters far afield of national security, such as health care. And he brings to the table the views of a former congressman first elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010 who staked out ground on the far right of the Republican Party.
All C.I.A. directors must balance the political demands of the president they serve with the agency’s avowedly...
3 Aug 2017

Sam Clovis: Trump’s pick for top science job called progressives ‘race traitors’

Sam Clovis, who has been nominated by Donald Trump to be the department of agriculture’s top scientist, previously ran a  blog where he called progressives “race traders” and likened former president Barack Obama to a “communist” and a “dictator”. Clovis, previously a college professor and radio talk show host in Iowa, wrote the blog for his show Impact with Clovis. The website has been taken down but is archived.
Sam Clovis, who has been nominated by Donald Trump to be the department of agriculture’s top...
2 Aug 2017

Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears

The chaos, legislative fumbling, and legal jeopardy should not obscure the ways that the administration is remaking federal policy in consequential ways. With the Trump administration’s chaos sucking up all the attention, it’s been able to move forward on a range of its priorities, which tend to be more focused on regulatory matters anyway. It is remaking the justice system, rewriting environmental rules, overhauling public-lands administration, and greenlighting major infrastructure projects. It is appointing figures who will guarantee the triumph of its ideological vision for decades to come.
The chaos, legislative fumbling, and legal jeopardy should not obscure the ways that the administration is remaking...
22 Jul 2017

Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s New Communications Director, Said Citizens United Made Possible a “Sleeper Cell” of Hedge Fund Managers

In 2011 Scaramucci celebrated Citizens United for making possible exactly what the Supreme Court said wouldn't happen. Here’s what Scaramucci said about Citizens United, himself and Cooperman: Scaramucci, the organizer of the dinner, told me the next day that the guests had witnessed the “activation” of a “sleeper cell” of hedge-fund managers against Obama. “That’s what you see happening in the hedge-fund community, because they now have the power, because of Citizens United, to aggregate capital into political-action committees and to influence the debate,” he said. “The President has a philosophy of disdain toward wealth creation. That’s just obvious, O.K.? We talked about it all night.” He later said, “If there’s a pope of this movement, it’s Lee Cooperman.”
In 2011 Scaramucci celebrated Citizens United for making possible exactly what the Supreme Court said wouldn't happen....
22 Jul 2017

How Trump signed a global death warrant for women

With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost
With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and...

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18 Jul 2017

This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy

President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named  the head of an obscure right-wing think tank, with close ties to petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, to lead his energy transition team. Since then, officials from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) have been appointed to high-level positions at the Department of Energy where they are playing major roles in implementing pro-fossil fuel, anti-renewable energy policies.
President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named  the head of an obscure right-wing...

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28 Jun 2017

Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show

Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family. Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow that month approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit,...

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2 Jun 2017

Trump campaign operative rewards rightwing activist bloodied at Berkeley protests

A member of a rightwing militant group that has violently clashed with anti-Trump protesters has been given a commemorative portrait of Donald Trump by a Republican political operative who worked on the president’s election campaign. Image is further proof of links between GOP officials in Pacific north-west and far right activists who regularly seek out confrontations with anti-fascist protesters
A member of a rightwing militant group that has violently clashed with anti-Trump protesters has been given a...

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18 May 2017

Total annexation of occupied West Bank poses no problem for Israel, says US ambassador

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has cast doubt over the creation of an independent Palestinian state, while dismissing the conventional wisdom that Israel will cease to remain a Jewis...
The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has cast doubt over the creation of an independent Palestinian state,...

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16 May 2017

Texas Seeks Medicaid Money It Gave Up Over Planned Parenthood Ban

Four years after Texas gave up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds, a request presents an important early test for the Trump administration. If the administration agrees to restore the funding for Texas, it could effectively give states the greenlight to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid family planning programs with no financial consequences. “They’re asking the federal government to do a 180 on its Medicaid program rules,” said Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, a research center that supports abortion rights. “And depending how this shakes out, you could see a number of other states follow suit.”
Four years after Texas gave up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds, a request presents an important early test...
16 May 2017

Trump expected to name climate-denying conservative talk show host as head USDA scientist

The Trump administration’s attack on basic science  continues apace, with rumors circulating that President Donald Trump  will soon tap former campaign policy adviser and one-time conservative  radio talk show host Sam Clovis to be the lead scientist at the Department of Agriculture. Trump will reportedly name Clovis to lead the USDA’s Research, Education and Economics division despite the fact that Clovis has no background in the hard sciences, as well as no demonstrable policy experience with either food or agriculture.
The Trump administration’s attack on basic science  continues apace, with rumors circulating that President...

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16 May 2017

Trump to Expand Funding Ban Tied to Abortion Overseas

The Trump administration said on Monday it would vastly expand the  so-called global gag rule that withholds American aid from health  organizations worldwide that provide or even discuss abortion in family planning. The new policy could disrupt hundreds of clinics in Africa and around the world that fight AIDS and malaria.
The Trump administration said on Monday it would vastly expand the  so-called global gag rule that withholds...
12 May 2017

Trump Is Said to Pick Voter ID Advocate for Election Fraud Panel

President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of  state who has pressed for aggressive measures to crack down on undocumented immigrants, to a long-promised commission to investigate voting fraud in the United States, a White House official said on Thursday.
President Trump plans to name Kris W. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of  state who has pressed for aggressive...

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9 May 2017

Trump has just begun massively reshaping American appeals courts

President Trump is reportedly naming 10 nominees to federal courts  on Monday — and, intriguingly, at least two of the people he's appointing are likely contenders for the Supreme Court in the future. By putting Larsen (who’s only 48), Stras (42), and Thapar (48) on appeals courts, Trump is further burnishing their credentials for future Supreme Court vacancies. The most likely next vacancies are either Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an 84-year-old two-time cancer survivor who might need to retire for health reasons, and Anthony Kennedy, who’s now 80 and who former clerks told Reuters is pondering retirement this year or next, especially now that his former clerk Gorsuch is on the Court. Replacing either of them with Larsen, Stras, or Thapar would create a bloc of five solid conservatives (Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch, Thomas, and the new justice) who could consistently overrule the remaining liberal bloc.
President Trump is reportedly naming 10 nominees to federal courts  on Monday — and, intriguingly, at...
5 May 2017

Trump signs order aimed at allowing churches to engage in more political activity

President Trump on Thursday said he would direct the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring tax-exempt churches from participating in politics as part of a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties. “For too long the federal government has used the state as a weapon against people of faith,” Trump said, later telling those gathered for the event that “you’re now in a position to say what you want to say ... No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.” The sweep of the measure was significantly narrower than a February draft that several religious groups are pushing.
President Trump on Thursday said he would direct the Internal Revenue Service to relax enforcement of rules barring...
30 Apr 2017

Trump echoes extreme militant group in NRA speech

President  Trump echoed the language of an extreme, anti-government group during  his speech to the NRA’s annual meeting on Friday, claiming that the next  revolutionary war is coming if the government tries to regulate guns. He also borrowed heavily from a book about the American Revolution, using nearly identical language. Toward the end of his remarks, Trump shared the story of Paul Revere, a symbol of the American Revolution, and his “famous warning that ‘the British are coming.’” Like Revere, NRA members need to be “vigilant” against those who “would take away our freedoms, restrict our liberties” and “abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said.
President  Trump echoed the language of an extreme, anti-government group during  his speech to the NRA’s...
30 Apr 2017

Two members of alt-right accused of making white supremacist hand signs in White House after receiving press passes

Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House. Freelance journalist Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, posed for a picture behind the podium in the White House briefing room. In the photo, they are making a hand sign that can be used to signify “white power.”
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white...
29 Apr 2017

Trump will appoint Charmaine Yoest, who insists abortion causes breast cancer, to HHS leadership.

Donald Trump announced Friday that he is appointing an opponent of abortion, science, contraception,  same-sex marriage, and common sense to the Department of Health and Human Services. Charmaine Yoest, who was until recently president of the radical anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, will serve as the agency’s assistant secretary for public affairs.
Donald Trump announced Friday that he is appointing an opponent of abortion, science, contraception, ...
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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6 Apr 2017

Koch Brothers’ Operatives Fill Top White House Positions, Ethics Forms Reveal

If the billionaire Koch brothers turn to the White House for favors, they will see many familiar faces. Newly disclosed ethics forms reveal that a significant number of senior Trump staffers were previously employed by the sprawling network of hard-right and libertarian advocacy groups financed and controlled by Charles and David Koch, the conservative duo hyper-focused on entrenching Republican power, eliminating taxes, and slashing environmental and labor regulations.
If the billionaire Koch brothers turn to the White House for favors, they will see many familiar faces. Newly...

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3 Apr 2017

Trump Aides’ Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work

As cash has flooded Washington from a variety of groups, even the anti-establishment activists and operatives who sided with President Trump have been enriched. Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, reported earning more than $1 million in income tied to conservative-oriented work, with at least $500,000 of that from entities linked to the conservative megadonor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, including the Breitbart News Network and Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm partly owned by Mr. Mercer that worked for the Trump campaign.
As cash has flooded Washington from a variety of groups, even the anti-establishment activists and operatives who sided...
30 Mar 2017

Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC

Wearing shirts and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing Jewish activists. At least one was arrested. Members of the Jewish Defense League severely beat a 55-year old Palestinian American man and assaulted several American Jewish activists with IfNotNow outside the AIPAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Sunday, new video footage provided to +972 Magazine shows.
Wearing shirts and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men...

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15 Mar 2017

Neil Gorsuch Has Web of Ties to Secretive Billionaire

Mr. Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, represented the mogul Philip F. Anschutz as an outside counsel and has links to other executives at his companies. In 2006, Mr. Anschutz successfully lobbied Colorado’s lone Republican senator and the Bush administration to nominate Judge Gorsuch to the federal appeals court. And since joining the court, Judge Gorsuch has been a semiregular speaker at the mogul’s annual dove-hunting retreats for the wealthy and politically prominent at his 60-square-mile Eagles Nest Ranch.
Mr. Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, represented the mogul Philip F. Anschutz as an outside counsel and...
14 Mar 2017

Steve King, Hurling Insults at Immigrants, Is Rebuked by His Own Party

Long before Donald J. Trump took aim at immigrants, there was Representative Steve King of Iowa. Against the backdrop of an emboldened white nationalist movement in the United States, his Twitter post over the weekend — “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” — suggested that Mr. King was sliding from his typical messages to something far darker. It was praised by both the white supremacist David Duke and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.
Long before Donald J. Trump took aim at immigrants, there was Representative Steve King of Iowa. Against the...

Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from far-right media. While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior. Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.
We have obtained a list of more than 400 Trump administration hires, including dozens of lobbyists and some from...
25 Feb 2017

Bannon Heralds “Deconstruction of Administrative State” and Trump’s “New Political Order”

Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working towards the "deconstruction of the administrative state" and repeatedly referred to the media as "the opposition party." He outlined what he described as "three verticals" of Trump's agenda that would focus on "national security and sovereignty," "economic nationalism," and "deconstruction of the administrative state"—meaning a rollback of taxes, regulations, and trade agreements that the administration has claimed are hampering economic growth and individualism.
Giving rare public remarks on Thursday, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump cabinet was working...
24 Feb 2017

Bannon: Trump administration is in unending battle for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’

In his first public speaking appearance since Trump took office, Bannon said of the news media, “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”
In his first public speaking appearance since Trump took office, Bannon said of the news media, “If you think they are...

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22 Feb 2017

New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions

President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country  illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.
President Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws...
12 Feb 2017

Stephen Miller: A key engineer for Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda

The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern California. Miller is one of the leading advocates of the executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, and he wrote some of Trump’s most strident campaign speeches. Starting as a teenager, with his frequent calls to the nationally syndicated “Larry Elder Show,” Miller made a name for himself in conservative media circles for his willingness to take controversial stands and act as a champion for those on the right who felt maligned by a culture of political correctness.
The 31-year-old top adviser to President Trump began building a conservative foundation as a teen in liberal Southern...

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8 Feb 2017

Senators propose halving number of legal immigrants to US within a decade

The fight over immigration on Capitol Hill may no longer just be about illegal immigration. A bill introduced by senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue on Tuesday would halve the number of legal immigrants to the United States within a decade, marking a new battlefront on migration policy in the US.
The fight over immigration on Capitol Hill may no longer just be about illegal immigration. A bill introduced by...

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3 Feb 2017

Steve Bannon in 2016: legal immigration is the real “problem”

Trump’s public stance has seemingly always been to keep the “bad people” out and let the smart people in. But a conversation between Bannon and Miller from March 2016, on a Breitbart News podcast first resurfaced by the Washington Post, shows Bannon and Miller may both hold a more conservative view on immigration. “Isn’t the beating heart of this problem, the real beating heart of it, of what we gotta get sorted here, not illegal immigration?” Bannon asked Miller. “As horrific as that is, and it’s horrific, don’t we have a problem? We’ve looked the other way on this legal immigration that’s kinda overwhelmed the country?”
Trump’s public stance has seemingly always been to keep the “bad people” out and let the smart people in. But a...

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3 Feb 2017

Trump Vows to ‘Destroy’ Law Banning Political Activity by Churches

President Trump vowed Thursday to overturn a law restricting political  speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the  religious right and a gesture to his political base. In addressing the issue of churches and political speech, Mr. Trump said, “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.”
President Trump vowed Thursday to overturn a law restricting political  speech by tax-exempt...

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2 Feb 2017

Trump’s SCOTUS pick founded club called ‘Fascism Forever’

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at  his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal. The  club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his  professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school  near Washington D.C.
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at...
30 Jan 2017

Trump Silent As Quebec Mosque Terrorist Is White Christian Pro-Trump Fanatic

Canadian police have just identified the lone gunman who attacked a  Quebec mosque during prayers last night, killing five praying Muslims  and injuring eight. Donald Trump’s Twitter has been uncharacteristically silent since the identity of the gunman was revealed. Hypocrisy, thy name is Donald Trump!
Canadian police have just identified the lone gunman who attacked a  Quebec mosque during prayers last night,...
27 Jan 2017

I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah

I grew up in the far-right evangelical conservative (Christofascist) movement; specifically, I was homeschooled and my parents were part of a subculture called Quiverfull, whose aim is to outbreed everyone for Jesus. I spent my teen years being a political activist. I was taught by every pastor I encountered that it was our job as Christians to outbreed the secularists (anyone not a far-right evangelical Protestant) and take over the government through sheer numbers. I was part of TeenPact, Generation Joshua and my local Teenage Republicans (TARS)
I grew up in the far-right evangelical conservative (Christofascist) movement; specifically, I was...
20 Jan 2017

Trump team prepares dramatic cuts

Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years. The proposed cuts hew closely to a blueprint published last year by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a think tank that has helped staff the Trump transition.
Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would...

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18 Jan 2017

The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency

Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, billionaire right wing hedge fund managers who first supported Ted Cruze are the team behind Trumps' victory. When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump this summer, Mercer offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise.
Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, billionaire right wing hedge fund managers who first supported Ted Cruze are the...

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29 Nov 2016

Tom Price, Obamacare Critic, Is Said to Be Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

If President-elect Donald J. Trump wanted a cabinet secretary who could help him dismantle and replace President Obama’s health care law, he could not have found anyone more prepared than Representative Tom Price, who has been studying how to accomplish that goal for more than six years.
If President-elect Donald J. Trump wanted a cabinet secretary who could help him dismantle and...

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24 Nov 2016

Dan Rather sounds the alarm: ‘Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent’

History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about  the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic  democracy ruled by law.  When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in  public, in our nation's capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the  President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows
History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics...
23 Nov 2016

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu bans ministers from talking to Donald Trump’s team without prior permission

Mr Netanyahu congratulated Mr Trump on his election two weeks ago but  cautioned his coalition government to refrain from speaking publicly  about their views on the new US President-elect after Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Mr Trump’s victory meant that “the era of a Palestinian state” was over.
Mr Netanyahu congratulated Mr Trump on his election two weeks ago but  cautioned his coalition government to...
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