US Politics in Trump era Public date: 02.10.2020 20:59:01

17 Dec 2016

If You Want to See How Donald Trump Will Destroy the Environment, Read This Legislative Roadmap

If you’ve been wondering which environmental protections the incoming administration will target and how exactly how they’ll try to undo them, take a look at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s legislative agenda, “Free to Prosper.” They are classifying environmental regulations as "war on affordable energy". They are also claiming that climate regulations effect the poor, where in truth the poor are disproportionately affected by climate change
If you’ve been wondering which environmental protections the incoming administration will target and how exactly how...
17 Dec 2016

Trump’s Daily Bankruptcy and the Ambassador to Israel

Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right wing, pro settler bankruptcy lawyer who is characterized as to the right of Netanyahu. Trump's son in law Jared Kushner and his family also have intense interest in Israeli affairs and the family foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to west bank institutions.
Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right...
16 Dec 2016

Trump Lets the Truth Come Out Post-Election

In his "Thank You" tour Donald Trump openly admits that many promises like "Lock her up", and "Drain the Swamp" which he claims he hated before he understood that it resonated with his voters where just talking points and not actually a plan for his administration.
In his "Thank You" tour Donald Trump openly admits that many promises like "Lock her up", and "Drain the Swamp" which he...
16 Dec 2016

Trump Chooses Hard-Liner as Ambassador to Israel

President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right, as his nominee for ambassador to Israel, elevating a campaign adviser who has questioned the need for a two-state  solution and has likened left-leaning Jews in America to the Jews who  aided the Nazis in the Holocaust.
President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far...
15 Dec 2016

By Rejecting Recount, Is Michigan Covering Up 75,000 Ballots Never Counted?

Investigative reporter Greg Palast has just returned from Michigan, where he went to probe the state’s closely contested election. Trump won Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes out of nearly 4.8 million votes cast. Green Party presidential contender Dr. Jill Stein attempted to force Michigan to hold a recount, but a federal judge ordered Michigan’s Board of Elections to stop the state’s electoral recount. One big question remains: Why did 75,335 ballots go uncounted?
Investigative reporter Greg Palast has just returned from Michigan, where he went to probe the state’s closely...
15 Dec 2016

How Donald Trump could soon discard a long-standing precedent on Israel

Israel wants the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem in essence recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The question of Jerusalem’s status is the most sensitive and complicated issue in the long-running conflict between ­Israelis and Palestinians. It is fraught with political, religious and nationalist implications that potentially could create an uproar throughout the Middle East and the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.
Israel wants the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem in essence recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The question...

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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...
15 Dec 2016

Why did Trump pick Rex Tillerson?

For all the criticism and intrigue about Rex Tillerson's ties to Russia, his lack of any conventional foreign policy experience (despite having contended with various world leaders) and status as an oil company executive, just why did Trump pick him? Article suggests that the only reasonable guess is his willingness to execute a friendly deal with Russia
For all the criticism and intrigue about Rex Tillerson's ties to Russia, his lack of any conventional foreign policy...

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15 Dec 2016

Here’s the Public Evidence Russia Hacked the DNC – It’s Not Enough

It's impossible to present the evidence that Russia hacked the DNC without using words like "possibly," "appears," "connects," and "indicates." We should also bear in mind that private security firm CrowdStrike’s frequently cited findings of Russian responsibility were essentially paid for by the DNC, who contracted their services in June. It’s highly unusual for evidence of a crime to be assembled on the victim’s dime. If we’re going to blame the Russian government for disrupting our presidential election - easily construed as an act of war — we need to be damn sure of every single shred of evidence. Guesswork and assumption could be disastrous.
It's impossible to present the evidence that Russia hacked the DNC without using words like "possibly," "appears,"...
15 Dec 2016

NSA Chief: WikiLeaks Hacks of Democrats’ Emails Were a “Conscious Effort by a Nation-State”

The WikiLeaks release of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign constituted a "conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect," the head of the National Security Agency said Tuesday.
The WikiLeaks release of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign...
14 Dec 2016

Russia and conflicts of interest: Rex Tillerson embodies quandaries for Trump

Trumps choice for Secretary of state in the face of allegations that Russia interfered with US elections and Mr. Tillerson's business dealing with Putin reek of "conflict of interest". Mr. Trump himself had promised to clarify his involvement with his businesses during his presidency which he did by tweeting that his sons will be running his business and they will not sign any new deals, backing out of a promised press conference on this topic.
Trumps choice for Secretary of state in the face of allegations that Russia interfered with US elections and Mr....

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14 Dec 2016

Under Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Forged Its Own Path Abroad

Mr. Tillerson, was responsible for undermining US government and signing Oil deals with various regimes around the world. In Iraq he empowered the Kurds, in Africa he signed deals with repressive regimes, outing other oil companies and undermining democracies.
Mr. Tillerson, was responsible for undermining US government and signing Oil deals with various regimes around the...

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13 Dec 2016

Someone Began Dumping Stock Before Trump Attacked Lockheed

Records show that someone started dumping Lockheed stocks 6 minute before Donald Trump started criticizing Lockheed. The amount is not known but significant enough to be noticed. Since Trumps taxes are not public we can't know if his own people were involved. Lets see if this becomes a pattern
Records show that someone started dumping Lockheed stocks 6 minute before Donald Trump started criticizing Lockheed. The...
13 Dec 2016

Transition Adviser Peter Thiel Could Directly Profit From Mass Deportations

ICE contracted with Palantir, founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, to create an intelligence-sharing database used to track and deport immigrants. Working closely with a president-elect who has pledged to dramatically expand ICE, Thiel’s varied connections to the immigration agency place him in a position to potentially benefit financially from a deportation campaign that carries highly personal stakes for millions of Americans.
ICE contracted with Palantir, founded by Trump adviser Peter Thiel, to create an intelligence-sharing database used to...

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12 Dec 2016

C.I.A. Judgment on Russia Built on Swell of Evidence

The conclusion that Russia intervened in the election to help Donald J. Trump was based on what many believe is overwhelming circumstantial evidence, which is often the most intelligence analysts have at their disposal. But this article also notes that there is skepticism within the American government, particularly at the F.B.I., that this evidence adds up to proof that the Russians had the specific objective of getting Mr. Trump elected.
The conclusion that Russia intervened in the election to help Donald J. Trump was based on what many believe is...
12 Dec 2016

Russian Interference Could Give Courts Legal Authority To Install Clinton

If its proven that the Russians have interfered in US elections the courts can install Clinton as the president. This is due to a federal court ruling out of Pennsylvania that invalidated a state senate election due to fraud, ordering the winner be removed from office and the subsequent vacancy be filled by his opponent.
If its proven that the Russians have interfered in US elections the courts can install Clinton as the president. This is...
12 Dec 2016

What I saw at the Michigan recount

Here is an account of an election official in Detroit explaining how the Trump team blocked the recount efforts with a team of tens of lawyers making sure they couldn't carry out their duties. There was one green party attorney and no Hillary or DNC attorneys to fight back.
Here is an account of an election official in Detroit explaining how the Trump team blocked the recount efforts with a...
10 Dec 2016

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of how media and Hillary Clinton camp spread fake news to discredit wikileaks stories.
Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of...

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8 Dec 2016

Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead E.P.A.

Donald Trump picks Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, and key architect of the legal battle against President Obama’s climate change policies, while admitting that there is a connection between human activity and climate change. He had also met with Al Gore which instilled some hope for the environmentalist.
Donald Trump picks Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, and key architect of the legal battle against President...

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6 Dec 2016

Like Kryptonite to Campaign Finance Reform

Donald Trump who had campaigned to change Washington and rid it of its lobbyist is demonstrating that he has no intention to do so by picking Donald McGahn as his chief ethics lawyer. McGahn's background includes as counsel and ethics advisor to former Rep Tom Delay (R-TX) who was indicted for conspiring to launder corporate cash into campaign contributions for Delay’s PAC.
Donald Trump who had campaigned to change Washington and rid it of its lobbyist is demonstrating that he has no...

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6 Dec 2016

Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst

It is apparent that Donald Trump believes that international diplomacy is akin to a real estate negotiation. Experts would tell you that international diplomacy requires a cool head and long term planning. Will Mr. Trump continue his twitter outburst once in office?
It is apparent that Donald Trump believes that international diplomacy is akin to a real estate negotiation. Experts...
6 Dec 2016

United Tech CEO says Trump deal will lead to more automation, fewer jobs

In a TV interview with Greg Hayes, the CEO of United Technologies stated that reasons for keeping jobs in Indiana was government contracts,prospect of favorable regulations. He also said that Mexican workers are 80% cheaper and more dedicated. Furthermore UTC believes that with automation they can stay competitive in the US which will still result in job loss for US workers.
In a TV interview with Greg Hayes, the CEO of United Technologies stated that reasons for keeping jobs in Indiana...

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4 Dec 2016

Climate scientists condemn article claiming global temperatures are falling

On Thursday afternoon, the committee tweeted  a Breitbart article alleging: “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy Silence  from Climate Alarmists”. The story linked to a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, which claimed that global land temperatures were plummeting,  and that humans were not responsible for years of steadily increasing heat.
On Thursday afternoon, the committee tweeted  a Breitbart article alleging: “Global Temperatures Plunge. Icy...

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4 Dec 2016

Trump wants to build luxury hotels in Taiwan’s Taoyuan

Donald Trump called the Taiwan president committing a huge diplomatic blunder. No US president had done so in the past 40 years since China doesn't recognize Taiwan as an independent country. Now it turns out the the Donald wants to build hotels in Taiwan.
Donald Trump called the Taiwan president committing a huge diplomatic blunder. No US president had done so in the past...
3 Dec 2016

Was a server registered to the Trump Organization communicating with Russia’s Alfa Bank?

Security experts claims that a preponderance of evidence (but no smoking gun) points to secret communication between Trump organization and Russians. An email server that was setup for mass email was now receiving strangely small loads of traffic and communicating in secretive fashion and designed to obscure its own existence. Furthermore the Trump campaign had ordered its campaign to rewrite its position on Ukraine, maneuvering GOP toward a policy preferred by Russia.
Security experts claims that a preponderance of evidence (but no smoking gun) points to secret communication between...

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3 Dec 2016

How US security aid to PA sustains Israel’s occupation

US 'security' aid to to both Israel and Palestinian Authority is keeping Palestinians occupied. By providing aid to the security sector of West bank and Gaza has resulted in half Palestinian public sector civil servants to be employed in security. The Palestinian security now restrains mass uprisings by suppressing Palestinians who resist Israel's occupation.
US 'security' aid to to both Israel and Palestinian Authority is keeping Palestinians occupied. By providing aid to...
2 Dec 2016

Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump

Bernie Sanders explains why this deal with carrier is the opposite of what Trump promised during his campaign. He promised to tax the corporations if they shipped jobs overseas not giving them tax breaks. He said Carrier took Trump hostage and won!
Bernie Sanders explains why this deal with carrier is the opposite of what Trump promised during his campaign. He...

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1 Dec 2016

The true story of America’s sky-high prescription drug prices

Why does an arthritis drug that costs $2,669 here cost $822 in Switzerland? Article argues that this simply happens because in other places in the world governments regulate and negotiate drug prices but in the US they don't. My question is why is it that government can negotiate on outsourcing the way Mr, Trump just did with the Carrier jobs but they don't do this with the drug companies?
Why does an arthritis drug that costs $2,669 here cost $822 in Switzerland? Article argues that this simply happens...
1 Dec 2016

Trump’s Showdown With Manufacturer Exposes Obama’s Weakness on Outsourcing

Excellent article, discusses the role and power of the president in pressuring businesses to do the right thing for the American people. It points out that Obama has used those powers to influence businesses in certain areas like pay hikes but refused to do that when it came to outsourcing.
Excellent article, discusses the role and power of the president in pressuring businesses to do the right thing for the...

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1 Dec 2016

Why the Trump Team’s Economic Promises Will Be Hard to Execute

Basically what is being promised by the Trump team doesn't match the plan unveiled in September. Economist are not clear of the effects. They claim that cutting corporate taxes will bring back jobs but experts can not reach the same conclusion when they run the numbers
Basically what is being promised by the Trump team doesn't match the plan unveiled in September. Economist are not clear...

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30 Nov 2016

Obama Challenges Donald Trump by Expanding H-1B Outsourcing Program

President Barack Obama is on track to impose a last-minute regulation which would help foreign graduates capture good jobs at American companies, universities and hospitals that are sought by American-born graduates.
President Barack Obama is on track to impose a last-minute regulation which would help foreign graduates...

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30 Nov 2016

Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Us, Suffered the Consequences

Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming — and it’s your fault.Strategists and party officials say their warnings about the party’s lackluster outreach to rural voters went unheeded by Democratic leaders for years, culminating in this month’s shock defeat to Donald Trump. A presidential candidate who actually performed poorly in many cities and suburbs nonetheless scored an upset victory because of a surge in support from small towns and rural areas.
Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming —...

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30 Nov 2016

Trump Calls for Revoking Flag Burners’ Citizenship. Court Rulings Forbid It.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, politicians have periodically announced with fanfare that they would introduce a bill to strip the citizenship of Americans accused of terrorism. The idea tends to attract brief attention, but fades away, in part because the Supreme Court long ago ruled that the Constitution does not permit the government to take a person’s citizenship against his or her will.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, politicians have periodically announced with fanfare that they...

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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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29 Nov 2016

Stein’s Recount Crusade In Pennsylvania Riddled With Hurdles…Like The Fact That She Missed The Deadline

Dear Greens, liberals, progressives, and any other Clinton supporter. Clinton lost the election. There was no tampering, the Obama administration has even confirmed that much, and it’s time to make way  for President Donald J. Trump. This is just becoming an exercise in cruelty, where the Left is keeping some hope alive when in reality—all is lost. Old, sick Hillary is now becoming sore loser Hillary—and losing with grace has gone right out the window.
Dear Greens, liberals, progressives, and any other Clinton supporter. Clinton lost the election. There was no...

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29 Nov 2016

Trump aides launch ‘defense fund’ as Jill Stein’s election recount efforts hit snag

Jill Stein’s attempts to secure presidential election recounts hit hurdles in Pennsylvania on Monday, while a furious Donald Trump began raising money to “fight back” against the efforts to review his victory. Stein was scrambling to recruit more than 25,000 supporters to submit  affidavits requesting recounts on her behalf to local elections officials in Pennsylvania, which does not allow the kind of statewide request she submitted in Wisconsin last week.
Jill Stein’s attempts to secure presidential election recounts hit hurdles in Pennsylvania on...

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28 Nov 2016

Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only because millions of people had voted illegally, leveling the baseless claim as part of a daylong storm of Twitter posts voicing anger about a three-state recount push.
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only...

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27 Nov 2016

Clinton splits from White House on Jill Stein recount push rejected by Trump

The campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias, said in an online post that while it had found no evidence of sabotage, the campaign felt “an obligation to the more than 64 million Americans who cast ballots for Hillary Clinton”.
The campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias, said in an online post that while it had found no evidence...

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27 Nov 2016

Some Fake News Publishers Just Happen to Be Donald Trump’s Cronies

The extraordinary phenomenon of fake news spread by Facebook and other social media during the 2016 presidential election has been largely portrayed as a lucky break for Donald Trump.. But a closer look reveals that some of the biggest fake news providers  were run by experienced political operators well within the orbit of Donald Trump’s political advisers and consultants.
The extraordinary phenomenon of fake news spread by Facebook and other social media during the 2016 presidential...

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26 Nov 2016

Noam Chomsky: Those Who Failed to Recognize Trump as the Greater Evil Made ‘a Bad Mistake’

With an argument similar to the one made by political scientist Adolph Reed prior to the election, Chomsky insists that voters did not have to ignore Clinton’s  serious shortcomings in order to recognize Trump as the much more  serious threat.
With an argument similar to the one made by political scientist Adolph Reed prior to the election, Chomsky...
26 Nov 2016

Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House

Barack Obama has two faces. After Trump’s victory and Hillary’s defeat, the public Obama has been gracious and diplomatic. His lectures  to Trump, directly and indirectly, are couched in praise. He echoed the feeling of millions on both sides when he said, "We are now all rooting for his success”. That’s a lie. Or rather a disguise.
Barack Obama has two faces. After Trump’s victory and Hillary’s defeat, the public Obama has been gracious and...
26 Nov 2016

What Went Wrong With Trump and the Media

The industry's business model is pulling in the wrong direction for democracy. We believe that the business model for media in the United States is broken; that if we're going to have the kind of journalism that democracy requires, we're going to need different ways of paying for it; and that critical among those will be reader support in many different forms.
The industry's business model is pulling in the wrong direction for democracy. We believe that the business model for...
26 Nov 2016

Why are people giving Jill Stein millions of dollars for an election recount?

On Wednesday afternoon, near the start of one of the year's final news  droughts, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced a new campaign: to pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The news went first to the journalist Greg Palast, then on Stein's Facebook page, then in an interview with the Russian propaganda channel RT.
On Wednesday afternoon, near the start of one of the year's final news  droughts, former Green Party...
25 Nov 2016

Ahead of recount, Wisconsin has already wiped out 5,000 imaginary Donald Trump votes

Donald Trump has gone from originally having 1,409,467 votes to now having just 1,404,536 votes in Wisconsin. In other words, a total of 4,931 votes were reported for Trump on election night that never existed. In contrast Hillary Clinton has gone from 1,382,210 votes down to 1,382,011 votes, a difference of less than two hundred votes. In other words, Wisconsin essentially had Clinton’s vote total correct all along, but is now acknowledging that nearly five thousand of the supposed votes for Trump simply never existed.
Donald Trump has gone from originally having 1,409,467 votes to now having just 1,404,536 votes in Wisconsin. In other...

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25 Nov 2016

America has elected its own Berlusconi. Now it’s about to repeat Italy’s biggest mistake

In George Lakoff’s book on the 2004 US election,Don’t Think of an Elephant!, he explains how letting your opponents dominate the conversation usually ensures their victory. In other words, if liberals spend the  next four years reacting to Trump instead of being proactive and focusing on what they want, they will lose in 2020.
In George Lakoff’s book on the 2004 US election,Don’t Think of an Elephant!, he explains...
25 Nov 2016

Donald Trump in talks over commerce secretary role with ‘king of bankruptcy’

Ross played a role in the president-elect’s tax-cut and infrastructure  plans and has suggested that much of America is disgruntled because the economy has left middle-class workers behind. “Part of the reason why I’m supporting Trump is that I think we need a more radical, new approach to government at least in the US from what we’ve had before,” Ross told CNBC in June.
Ross played a role in the president-elect’s tax-cut and infrastructure  plans and has suggested...
25 Nov 2016

Reporter Who Laughed at Keith Ellison’s Trump Prediction Gives Platform to His Anonymous Critics

The New York Times article signaled that the establishment of the Democratic Party is opposed to Ellison's bid for DNC chair. The piece also notes some of the concerns about Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, that have been aired in recent weeks: He has left-wing views on the Middle East conflict; in his youth he had some affinity for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; and he would be a part-time, not a full-time, leader of the DNC.
The New York Times article signaled that the establishment of the Democratic Party is opposed to Ellison's bid for DNC...
25 Nov 2016

Trump Tariff Threat Gains Tactical Victory in Kentucky

A mere fortnight after becoming President-elect, Donald Trump’s tariff threat gained a tactical victory in the battle to keep American jobs at home.Trump announced via Twitter that Ford Motor Company intentions to transfer SUV production south of the border were shelved. Chairman Bill Ford “advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico,” Trump tweeted last Thursday.
A mere fortnight after becoming President-elect, Donald Trump’s tariff threat gained a tactical victory in the battle...

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25 Nov 2016

Trump’s stock in oil pipeline company raises concern

President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president.
President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline...

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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...
24 Nov 2016

Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review “Chaotic” Trump Transition

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump's "chaotic" transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to business holdings of Mr. Trump and his family, potential violations of protocol and national security concerns related to Mr. Trump's communications with foreign leaders, and transparency related to the use of taxpayer funds in the transition.
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House...
24 Nov 2016

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to  explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.
Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on...
24 Nov 2016

‘We don’t need the FCC’: A Trump adviser’s proposal to dissolve America’s telecom watchdog

A top adviser to Donald Trump on tech policy matters proposed all but abolishing the nation's telecom regulator last month, foreshadowing possible moves by the president-elect to sharply reduce the Federal Communications Commission's role as a consumer protection watchdog.
A top adviser to Donald Trump on tech policy matters proposed all but abolishing the nation's telecom...
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23 Nov 2016

Trump Says Any Conflicts Of Interest Were Priced Into Your Vote

Thirteen days after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that no one should worry about the potential conflicts of interest he could face over his range of global properties because everyone knew about them when they elected him. He blamed any questions of impropriety on the media for reporting on them..
Thirteen days after winning the presidential election, Donald Trump announced on Twitter that no one should worry...

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23 Nov 2016

Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results

Hillary Clinton's campaign is being urged by a number of top computer scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to a source with knowledge of the request.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is being urged by a number of top computer scientists to call for a recount of vote totals in...

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23 Nov 2016

Days after Trump spoke to Argentina’s president his stalled Buenos Aires tower project picked up steam

Twitter briefly went wild on Nov. 21, with a story alleging that president-elect Donald Trump had pressured Argentinian president Mauricio Macri to push through a stalled project for a Trump Tower in Buenos Aires in a phone call a week earlier. Three days after the phone call between Trump and Macri on Nov.14, Trump’s associates at Buenos Aires firm YY Development Group announced that the construction project would go ahead, in an interview with La Nación
Twitter briefly went wild on Nov. 21, with a story alleging that president-elect Donald Trump had pressured Argentinian...
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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23 Nov 2016

Jeff Sessions accused of retaliation after claims of racism cost him a judgeship

Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general has been accused of bringing criminal prosecutions against a pair of black officials in Alabama as retaliation for their roles in derailing his nomination to be a judge. The officials faced federal corruption charges in the southern district of Alabama, where Jeff Sessions was the top federal prosecutor, after their allegations of racism caused the US Senate to deny Sessions the judicial appointment in 1986.
Donald Trump’s nominee for US attorney general has been accused of bringing criminal prosecutions against a pair of...
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...
23 Nov 2016

The Importance of Jared Kushner

Aghast, there are cries of nepotism with reference to a 1967 law that was belatedly targeted at President John F. Kennedy’s appointment of brother Bobby as Attorney General. The legislation might be called LBJ’s revenge as Lyndon Johnson hated Bobby Kennedy and this was, in the way of the famously vengeful LBJ, a way of getting even with the Kennedys, although by 1967 RFK was comfortably ensconced in the U.S. Senate representing New York.
Aghast, there are cries of nepotism with reference to a 1967 law that was belatedly targeted at President John F....
23 Nov 2016

Trump Foundation admits to violating ban on ‘self-dealing,’ new filing to IRS shows

President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition against “self-dealing,” which bars nonprofit leaders from using their charity’s money to help themselves, their businesses or their families. The foundation checked “yes” on the IRS tax filing form for 2015 when asked if it had transferred “income or assets to a disqualified person.”
President-elect Donald Trump’s charitable foundation has admitted to the IRS that it violated a legal prohibition...

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22 Nov 2016

Bernie Sanders said he would work with Donald Trump. Then he saw Trump’s infrastructure plan.

At first, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s tone with Donald Trump was conciliatory: “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” he said in a statement after Election Day. Then he saw Trump’s infrastructure plan. Sanders’s tone changed; he tweeted that the president-elect’s plan for infrastructure is a “scam,” proving just how difficult working with a Trump administration will be in practice:
At first, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s tone with Donald Trump was conciliatory: “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious...

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22 Nov 2016

Bernie Sanders: “It is not good enough for someone to say, ‘I’m a woman! Vote for me!’”

What Sanders’s remarks about "identity politics" say about the Democratic Party’s future. Having the party embrace both gender and racial diversity is a necessary first step, Sanders said. But if “identity politics” means promoting black and female candidates who don’t have “the guts to take on the oligarchy,” Sanders argued, it’s largely beside the point.
What Sanders’s remarks about "identity politics" say about the Democratic Party’s future. Having the party embrace...
22 Nov 2016

House Passes Bill That Lets Government Contractors Fire People For Being LGBT

The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.The language, slipped into the bill by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), would dismantle President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action that makes it illegal for government contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a...

Behind “Make America Great”, the Koch Agenda Returns with a Vengeance

Some journalists suggest that the hundreds of conservative millionaires and billionaires organized by Charles and David Koch lost relevance this time – because the two brothers personally refused to endorse Trump and their donor network cut back originally projected spending from almost a billion to a “mere” $750 million. But we beg to differ.
Some journalists suggest that the hundreds of conservative millionaires and billionaires organized by Charles and David...
22 Nov 2016

Cashing in BIGLY in Argentina!

For a number of years, Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building in Buenos Aires. The project has been held up by a series of complications tied to financing,  importation of building materials and various permitting requirements. According to a report out of Argentina, when Argentine President Mauricio Macri called President-Elect Trump to congratulate him on his election, Trump asked Macri to deal with the permitting issues that are currently holding up the project.
For a number of years, Trump and his Argentine partners have been trying to build a major office building...
22 Nov 2016

How to pay for Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar agenda? Congressional Republicans aren’t saying.

President-elect Donald Trump intends to launch a broad legislative  agenda that includes cutting taxes, rolling back the Affordable Care  Act, growing the military and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. The question is how congressional Republicans, after eight years of apocalyptic warnings about the growing national debt, will respond to the dire fiscal implications of proposals that would likely send the  deficit soaring.
President-elect Donald Trump intends to launch a broad legislative  agenda that...
22 Nov 2016

Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.
President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the...
22 Nov 2016

Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It

Mr. Trump, whose antagonism toward the news media was unusual even for a modern presidential candidate, described the television networks as dishonest in their reporting and shortsighted in missing the signs of his upset victory. He criticized some in the room by name, including CNN’s president, Jeffrey A. Zucker, according to multiple people briefed  on the meeting who were granted anonymity to describe confidential discussions.
Mr. Trump, whose antagonism toward the news media was unusual even for a modern presidential candidate, described the...
21 Nov 2016

A New Documentary Explores the Devastating Effects of Drone Warfare on Victims and Whistleblowers

As the Obama administration prepares to hand-off its vast, opaque institutions of surveillance and covert warfare to Donald Trump, many have begun to worry anew about these powers. The new president-elect and his cabinet will have unprecedented power to conduct secret wars and assassinations around the globe, thanks in part to programs bequeathed to him by his liberal predecessor. The aggressive posture that Obama took towards whistleblowers also sets a precedent for Trump to step-up attacks against those inside the government who dare to shed light on such programs.
As the Obama administration prepares to hand-off its vast, opaque institutions of surveillance and covert warfare...

A scramble to assess the dangers of President-elect Donald Trump’s global business empire

Turkey is a nation in crisis, scarred by government crackdowns following a failed coup attempt and on a potential collision course with the West. It is also home to a valuable revenue stream for the president-elect’s business empire: Trump Towers Istanbul. Donald  Trump’s company has been paid up to $10 million by the tower’s developers since 2014 to affix the Trump name atop the luxury complex,  whose owner, one of Turkey’s biggest oil and media conglomerates, has become an influential megaphone for the country’s increasingly repressive regime.
Turkey is a nation in crisis, scarred by government crackdowns following a failed coup attempt and on a potential...

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21 Nov 2016

Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) Introduces Legislation To Stop Trump From Profiting Off The Presidency

Congresswoman Katherine Clark has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Presidents are required to resolve any conflicts of interest with regard to financial interests and official responsibilities. Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute. Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President to place their assets in a certified blind trust or disclose to the Office of Government Ethics and the public when they make a decision  that affects their personal finances
Congresswoman Katherine Clark has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Presidents are required to resolve any...

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21 Nov 2016

They Have Learned Nothing

Democrats blame the voters for being duped, self-destructive, even stupid.  This year, with the rejection of Hillary Clinton, we’ve gone from being a racist nation that twice elected a black man to being a racist and sexist nation for twice not electing a woman – and for electing Trump. Oddly, the black man who beat her the first time avoided the sexist label because the left manufactures the labels. In the ultimate fit of irony, leftists even have taken to blaming media bias for their losses.
Democrats blame the voters for being duped, self-destructive, even stupid.  This year, with the rejection...
21 Nov 2016

Trump poised to violate Constitution his first day in office, George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer says

Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that about 100 foreign  diplomats gathered at President-elect Donald Trump’s hotel in  Washington, DC to “to sip Trump-branded champagne, dine on sliders and hear a sales pitch about the U.S. president-elect’s newest hotel.” The tour included a look at the hotel’s $20,000 a night “town house” suite. The Post also quoted some of the diplomats saying they intended to stay at the hotel in order to ingratiate themselves to the incoming president.
Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that about 100 foreign  diplomats gathered at President-elect Donald...

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20 Nov 2016

Donald Trump Meeting Suggests He Is Keeping Up His Business Ties

The meeting, with Indian executives linked to an apartment tower bearing Mr. Trump’s name, raises questions about how he will separate his business dealings from his politics. Washington ethics lawyers said that a meeting with Indian real estate partners, regardless of what was discussed, raised conflict of interest questions for Mr. Trump, who could be perceived as using the presidency to advance his business interests.
The meeting, with Indian executives linked to an apartment tower bearing Mr. Trump’s name, raises questions about how...

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20 Nov 2016

Don’t let Donald Trump’s antics distract you from what’s really important

He’s paying fraud fines and collecting bribes — and distracting you with Hamilton tweets. The truth is that nothing about the Hamilton story - is in any way important to how he runs the country. By contrast, foreign governments directly putting money into Donald Trump’s pocket is very important. The fact that these attempted bribes are being paid to a man who is also paying out millions of dollars to avoid standing trial for his corrupt business practices is very important.
He’s paying fraud fines and collecting bribes — and distracting you with Hamilton tweets. The truth is that nothing...

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19 Nov 2016

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the Crisis in American Life

A historian recalls a conversation with the Donald Trump adviser, which may provide a window into Bannon's views on what's next for the U.S. During the 1990s, two amateur historians, Neil Howe and the late William Strauss, developed a new theory of American history in two books. They identified an 80-year cycle in American history, punctuated by great crises that destroyed an old order and created a new one. Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, is very familiar with Strauss and Howe’s theory of crisis, and has been thinking about how to use it to achieve particular goals for quite a while.
A historian recalls a conversation with the Donald Trump adviser, which may provide a window into Bannon's views on...
19 Nov 2016

How did ‘less than stellar’ high school student Jared Kushner get into Harvard?

My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their underachieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5m to Harvard University not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy League school, which at the time accepted about one of every nine applicants. (Nowadays, it only takes one out of 20.) I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described him as a less-than-stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s decision.
My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their underachieving children’s way...

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19 Nov 2016

A Mexican American from a poor, rural towin in Oklahoma explians the white culture

“So I'm a Mexican American from a poor, rural (mostly white) town in Oklahoma. Missing from this debate? How poor whites see themselves.” They don't see themselves as poor. They don't base their identity on it. They see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
“So I'm a Mexican American from a poor, rural (mostly white) town in Oklahoma. Missing from this debate? How poor...

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19 Nov 2016

How the Trump Campaign Built an Identity Database and Used Facebook Ads to Win the Election

There may be some fake news on Facebook, but the power of the Facebook advertising platform to influence voters is very real. This is the story of how the Trump campaign used data to target African...
There may be some fake news on Facebook, but the power of the Facebook advertising platform to influence voters is very...
19 Nov 2016

The Stark Contrast Between GOP’s Self-Criticism in 2012 and Democrats’ Blame-Everyone-Else Posture Now

Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.” One would assume that the operatives and loyalists of such a weak, defeated and wrecked political party would be eager to engage in some introspection and self-critique, and to produce a frank accounting of what they did wrong so as to alter their plight. In the case of 2016 Democrats, one would be quite mistaken.
Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama...
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19 Nov 2016

Trump election: Jeff Sessions picked for top law job

Donald Trump has named more conservative hardliners for key posts, with Alabama Senator Jeff  Sessions nominated as attorney general. Mr Sessions, a former prosecutor, was turned down for a federal judgeship in 1986 because of alleged racist remarks. Congressman Mike Pompeo is nominated as CIA director and retired Lt Gen Michael Flynn made national security adviser.
Donald Trump has named more conservative hardliners for key posts, with Alabama Senator Jeff  Sessions nominated as...

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18 Nov 2016

Republicans plan to “drain the swamp” by gutting campaign finance laws – Vox

Billionaire donors could get lots of shiny new tools for controlling the American political system. There is really not all that much left to prevent big money from influencing American politics. Donors can already spend as much as they want on “independent” Super PACs that take out millions in political advertisements. Corporations can give as much as they want to these Super PACs, and they’re finding ways to do so entirely in secret.
Billionaire donors could get lots of shiny new tools for controlling the American political system. There is really not...

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18 Nov 2016

10 things we learned about Trump adviser Steve Bannon from this recently surfaced speech – Vox

Stephen Bannon, the CEO of far-right media outlet Breitbart News and Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist, believes we are in the midst of a crisis — of both global economy and moral standing. Godlessness and libertarianism has “sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals,” and the Muslim world is growing in numbers, Bannon told a conference at the Vatican in 2014. “Every day that we refuse to look at this as what it is, and the scale of it, and really the viciousness of it, will be a day where you will rue that we didn’t act.”
Stephen Bannon, the CEO of far-right media outlet Breitbart News and Donald Trump’s newly named chief strategist,...
18 Nov 2016

Turkish Client Paid Trump Adviser Michael Flynn’s Company “Tens of Thousands” of Dollars for Lobbying

Though Flynn is not a lobbyist himself, his company, Flynn Intel Group, is registered with Congress as a lobbying organization, and has a registered lobbyist on its staff. A Flynn Intel Group client, Kamil Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman with real estate, aerospace, and consulting interests, told The Intercept on Thursday that one of his companies, Inovo BV, paid Flynn’s company “tens of thousands of dollars” for analysis on world affairs. On election day, Flynn published an opinion piece for The Hill urging U.S. support for Turkey’s controversial strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and pushing for the extradition of Erdogan’s political rival, Fethullah Gülen, who now resides in Pennsylvania. “From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden,” Flynn wrote, on November 8.
Though Flynn is not a lobbyist himself, his company, Flynn Intel Group, is registered with Congress as a...
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