US Politics in Trump era Public date: 12.11.2019 04:47:18

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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...
17 Nov 2016

Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky warned years ago that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure. Chomsky shares his thoughts on this election, the state of the US political system and why Donald Trump is a threat to the world.
Noam Chomsky warned years ago that the political climate in the US was ripe for the rise of an authoritarian figure....

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17 Nov 2016

For years, I’ve been watching anti-elite fury build in Wisconsin. Then came Trump.

I did not set out to study rural resentment of "elites," but that’s what I found. We did not see the Trump victory coming because at least one part of their resentment has grounding in reality: Urbanites have not been listening to the concerns of people in rural America. Indeed, resentment is also part of another big story of this election: the inaccuracy of polls. If you are a rural resident who believes that urban institutions like mass media and universities ignore and look down upon people like you, why would you spend time answering one of their surveys?
I did not set out to study rural resentment of "elites," but that’s what I found. We did not see the Trump victory...

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17 Nov 2016

People Are Boycotting This List of Companies for Selling Trump Products

In the wake of Trump’s “locker-room talk” scandal — which feels like years ago, doesn’t it? — technology-and-media-marketing specialist Shannon Coulter created the hashtag #GrabYourWallet  to encourage consumers to boycott businesses that carry Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories lines. And now that a Trump administration is imminent, Coulter and others are encouraging critics of the president-elect to put their money where their mouths are..
In the wake of Trump’s “locker-room talk” scandal — which feels like years ago, doesn’t it? —...
17 Nov 2016

Steve Bannon Made Breitbart a Space for Pro-Israel Writers and Anti-Semitic Readers

Since Steven Bannon is going to be one of the president’s most senior aides, he and the website he runs, Breitbart News, deserve an unusual amount of scrutiny. But Breitbart, the site Bannon calls “the platform for the alt-right,” read ardently by white supremacists and anti-Semites, has launched a campaign to shut down critics who say that its longtime director is himself an anti-Jewish racist.
Since Steven Bannon is going to be one of the president’s most senior aides, he and the website he runs, Breitbart...
17 Nov 2016

Trump Team Is Mulling Muslim Registry And Planning Border Wall, Reported Adviser Says

An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional  approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is reportedly being considered for the post of attorney general, said in an interview that Trump’s policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new...

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17 Nov 2016

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon suggests having too many Asian tech CEOs undermines ‘civic society’

President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist seems to think there are  too many immigrants leading Silicon Valley. Steve Bannon, who  previously served as Breitbart News Network’s executive chairman, hinted at some of his views on foreign workers at technology companies in the past.
President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist seems to think there are  too many immigrants leading Silicon...
16 Nov 2016

Bernie Sanders: Trump already breaking campaign promise to ‘drain the swamp’

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Tuesday took aim at Donald Trump’s inclusion of lobbyists and industry  executives on his transition team, blasting the president-elect for going back on a campaign promise to keep special interests out of Washington before he has even stepped foot in the White House.
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Tuesday took aim at Donald Trump’s inclusion of...
16 Nov 2016

Defiant LAPD chief says department will refuse to help Donald Trump’s deportation efforts

Donald Trump has pledged to begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants as soon as he takes office next year. For now, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has no plans to help him do it. “We’re going to maintain the same posture we always have,” Beck told KNX 1070 Monday. “We don’t make detentions or arrests based solely on status, whether that’s immigration status or any other status.”
Donald Trump has pledged to begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants as soon as he takes office next...

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16 Nov 2016

Jared Kushner: The quiet millionaire with Donald Trump’s ear

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner looks set to become a close White House adviser, but who is the quiet, camera-shy millionaire? He has not been given an official position within the Trump administration, but Mr Kushner has been named alongside three of Mr Trump's children in the transition team, and he is said to have the President-elect's ear.
Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner looks set to become a close White House adviser, but who is the quiet,...
16 Nov 2016

Democrats Just Named Bernie To A Senate Leadership Position

He will be in charge of reaching out to and engaging with all the voters that the Democratic Party lost during last week’s shocking electoral sweep by Republican nominee Donald Trump. In addition, Sanders is keeping his old spot as the senior minority member of the Budget Committee, leading the Democratic rebuttal against the inevitable Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
He will be in charge of reaching out to and engaging with all the voters that the Democratic Party lost during last...
16 Nov 2016

Google Gets a Seat on the Trump Transition Team

Joshua Wright has been put in charge of transition efforts at the  influential Federal Trade Commission after pulling off the rare  revolving-door quadruple-play, moving from Google-supported academic work to government – as an FTC commissioner – back to the Google gravy train and now back to the government.
Joshua Wright has been put in charge of transition efforts at the  influential Federal Trade Commission after...
16 Nov 2016

How Steve Bannon and Breitbart News Can Be Pro-Israel — and Anti-Semitic at the Same Time

Breitbart News, the site chaired by Donald Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, is widely known as a platform for white nationalism and anti-Semitism. It is also brazenly Zionist, albeit peddling an exclusively right wing perspective on Israel.
Breitbart News, the site chaired by Donald Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon, is widely known as a platform for white...
16 Nov 2016

Ivanka Trump’s Company Hawks $10K Bracelet She Wore On ’60 Minutes’

The jewelry company run by Ivanka Trump apparently saw the new first family’s inaugural television interview on CBS' “60 Minutes” as an opportunity to reach new customers. In an email sent to New York Times reporters, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry’s vice president of sales, Monica Marder, shared a photograph of the President-elect’s eldest daughter wearing a gold bracelet from the brand’s “Metropolis Collection" priced at more than $10,000.
The jewelry company run by Ivanka Trump apparently saw the new first family’s inaugural television interview on CBS'...
16 Nov 2016

Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History

Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical religious right. Pence - and his fellow Christian supremacist militants - would not have been able to win the White House on their own. For them, Donald Trump was a godsend.
Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical...

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16 Nov 2016

This Is How Steve Bannon Sees The Entire World

Well before victories for Brexit and Trump seemed possible, Bannon declared there was a “global tea party movement” and praised European far-right parties like Great Britain’s UKIP and France’s National Front. Bannon also suggested that a racist element in far-right parties “all gets kind of washed out,” that the West was facing a “crisis of capitalism” after losing its “Judeo-Christian foundation,” and he blasted “crony capitalists” in Washington for failing to prosecute bank executives over the financial crisis..
Well before victories for Brexit and Trump seemed possible, Bannon declared there was a “global tea party movement”...
16 Nov 2016

Watchdog Group Alleges Illegal Super PAC Payments To Steve Bannon

A super PAC run by close allies to President-elect Donald Trump is under FEC scrutiny for discrepancies in a filing it made during the presidential campaign, drawing renewed attention to a watchdog group's complaint alleging it funneled improper payments to Steve Bannon, Trump's campaign CEO and now his chief strategist.
A super PAC run by close allies to President-elect Donald Trump is under FEC scrutiny for discrepancies in a filing it...

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15 Nov 2016

20 Things Donald Trump Said He Wanted to Get Rid of as President

Here are some of the parts of the government  that Donald J. Trump promised to dismantle if elected. In the days since the election, he has begun to moderate some of his positions, so it’s unclear how many of his pledges will become reality.
Here are some of the parts of the government  that Donald J. Trump promised to dismantle if elected. In the days...
15 Nov 2016

Trump Staff Shake-Up Slows Transition to Near Halt

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt departure of Mike Rogers, who had handled national security matters, the second shake-up in less than a week on a team that has not yet begun to execute the daunting task of taking over the government.
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt departure of...

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15 Nov 2016

Will America Now Have a Pravda?

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the American executive branch, he will have a weapon at his disposal that few if any  presidents have enjoyed—a direct connection to a faithful media operation that reaches millions of loyal populist readers in the form of Breitbart, the self-styled honey badger of alt-right journalism.
As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take control of the American executive branch, he will have a weapon at...

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14 Nov 2016

Michigan Democrat: I Warned My Party That Clinton Was In Trouble Here–I Was Called Nuts

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) isn’t being quiet about her role in the election, which was being the canary in the coalmine regarding the incredibly fragile position of Hillary Clinton in the state of Michigan prior to Election Day. She warned that President-elect Trump could win the state for Republicans for the first time since 1988, but was ignored by those in her party, who said she was being hyperbolic.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) isn’t being quiet about her role in the election, which was being the canary in...
14 Nov 2016

Murphy’s Law: Did Trump Steal Wisconsin?

Ari Berman, writing for The Nation, notes that in this state “300,000 registered voters, according to a federal court, lacked strict forms of voter ID” and that voter turnout “decreased 13 percent in Milwaukee, where 70 percent of the state’s African-American population lives.”Berman has documented voters disenfranchised in Wisconsin, and there is considerable evidence state Division of Motor Vehicle workers were giving voters misleading information about their right to vote.
Ari Berman, writing for The Nation, notes that in this state “300,000 registered voters, according to a federal...

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14 Nov 2016

Racist Incidents Are Up Since Donald Trump’s Election. These Are Just a Few of Them

In the days since the presidential election, states across the country have seen increased incidents of racist or  anti-Semitic vandalism and violence, many of which have drawn directly on the rhetoric and proposals of President-elect Donald Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 200 complaints of hate crimes since Election Day, according to USA Today.
In the days since the presidential election, states across the country have seen increased incidents of racist or...

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13 Nov 2016

For All Democrats to Ponder: The Real Reasons Hillary Clinton Lost

Having taken some time to look back over the past six months, I list below what I believe are the four main underlying reasons for this  defeat. As it turns out, none of the reasons is particularly complicated, but each will require consideration and systemic change by the party over the next two years.
Having taken some time to look back over the past six months, I list below what I believe are the...

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12 Nov 2016

The Election was stolen – Here’s how

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP-controlled states.
Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the...
12 Nov 2016

Trump Campaigned Against Lobbyists. Now They’re on His Transition Team.

President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists.
President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his...

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12 Nov 2016

Trump does have an Obamacare replacement plan – and it would cause 21 million to lose coverage

In broad terms, Trump's plan looks a lot like the dozen or so other Republican Obamacare repeal plans that have come out over the past few years. Trumpcare allows insurance companies to go back to refusing coverage for preexisting conditions, a key barrier to coverage before Obamacare's coverage expansion.
In broad terms, Trump's plan looks a lot like the dozen or so other Republican Obamacare repeal plans that have come out...
12 Nov 2016

Trump Presidency Could Be Worth $14 Billion to His Troubled Lender

Donald Trump’s election has likely given a massive lifeline to Deutsche Bank, the German financial firm that has been rocked recently by rumors that they would have to pay a $14 billion fine to the Justice Department over crisis-related mortgage abuses. That money is unlikely to ever be imposed, now that one of Deutsche Bank’s biggest borrowers – Trump – will soon be sitting in the White House.
Donald Trump’s election has likely given a massive lifeline to Deutsche Bank, the German financial firm that has...
12 Nov 2016

Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump Will Have Terrifying Powers. Thanks, Obama.

Democrats who defended the extraordinary expansion of executive power under President Obama may suddenly be having second thoughts. The Democrats went silent on executive overreach when Obama was elected. When the New York Times revealed Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program in 2005, 60 percent of registered Democrats thought the program was “unacceptable.” But after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed a dramatically larger surveillance apparatus in 2013, a 61 percent of Democrats said the opposite - presumably because they trusted the man in charge.
Democrats who defended the extraordinary expansion of executive power under President Obama may suddenly be having...

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12 Nov 2016

Donald Trump May Select an Architect of Bush’s Torture Program to Run CIA

Donald Trump may select Jose Rodriguez, one of the primary architects of the George W. Bush torture program, to run the Central Intelligence Agency, according to a law firm with close ties to Trump. Rodriguez, the former director of the National Clandestine Service, helped developed the CIA black sites, secret prisons operated in foreign countries where interrogators used a range of torture tactics, including the use of “waterboarding,” the simulated  drowning technique once used by the Khmer Rouge and Nazi agents to glean information from detainees.
Donald Trump may select Jose Rodriguez, one of the primary architects of the George W. Bush torture...

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12 Nov 2016

How the Hillary Clinton campaign deliberately “elevated” Donald Trump with its “pied piper” strategy

An email recently released by the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks shows how the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party bear direct responsibility for propelling the bigoted billionaire to the White House. In its self-described “pied piper” strategy, the Clinton campaign proposed intentionally cultivating extreme right-wing presidential candidates, hoping to turn them into the new “mainstream of  the Republican Party” in order to try to increase Clinton’s chances of winning.
An email recently released by the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks shows how the Clinton campaign and Democratic...

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12 Nov 2016

It’s Worse Than You Think

Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes  it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry,  internal security and the prison-industrial-complex have skyrocketed  since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.
Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes  it has been...
11 Nov 2016

Democrats Deserve President Trump For Creating A Cult Following Around Hillary And Cheating Bernie

Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because of a cult following surrounding the former Secretary of State, created by sycophants, pundits, and journalists beholden to Clinton’s stature as an icon. This blind devotion overshadowed two FBI criminal investigations, Clinton’s use of the phrase “superpredators,” and Trump-level favorability ratings.
Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump because of a cult following surrounding the former Secretary of State, created by...
11 Nov 2016

Here’s What You Have To Know About Trump’s Transition Team

The transition team–the entity tasked with hiring staff, assembling Trump's cabinet and laying out the blue print for Trump's first 100 days– is like Trump's campaign itself: leaner than past operations and far more unconventional with an estimated 100 individuals working on it full time, according to CNN. Leading the team is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former competitor. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a loyal foot soldier for Trump whose vision of border wall brand of immigration reform became a central theme in Trump's campaign, is also closely involved.
The transition team–the entity tasked with hiring staff, assembling Trump's cabinet and laying out the blue print for...
11 Nov 2016

The Media Blew the Election. Now They’re Blowing the Transition to Trump.

This is an emergency, and Americans need to be prepared for it. The situation that confronts us is extremely dangerous, and not just for all the civic dissension Trump has inspired, or for his erratic, unpredictable nature. Apart from all the hiring Trump would have to do anyhow, his offensiveness and grotesque unfitness for office is likely to lead to an unusual number of civil-service departures. Relatedly, most decent, honorable professionals are not going to want to work for the Trump administration. At a nuts and bolts level, much of the federal government is going to be run by goons or not at all.
This is an emergency, and Americans need to be prepared for it. The situation that confronts us is extremely dangerous,...
11 Nov 2016

Trump Lawyers Agree to Settlement Talks in University Suit

Donald J. Trump’s lawyers agreed on Thursday to enter settlement talks in a class-action fraud lawsuit involving the president-elect and Trump University, now defunct, raising the possibility of a quick end to the six-year-old case just before it goes to trial. The lawsuit says Trump University gave seminars and classes under the guise of being an accredited school and pressured people to spend up to $35,000 on mentorships. 
Donald J. Trump’s lawyers agreed on Thursday to enter settlement talks in a class-action fraud lawsuit involving the...

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10 Nov 2016

How Donald Trump is leading the transformation to turn the Republican Party into the new KKK

Yeah, I'm dead serious. No, it's not a stretch in the least bit. This is not a conspiracy theory. It's not about what might happen. It's already a done deal. Let me explain. Just weeks before Stephen Bannon was tapped to become the new CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign last month, he bragged to Sarah Posner of Mother Jones that Breitbart News, the media company he has led for years, "is the platform for the alt-right."
Yeah, I'm dead serious. No, it's not a stretch in the least bit. This is not a conspiracy theory. It's not about what...

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10 Nov 2016

WHITE HOUSE: Energy world rocked by Trump win

Donald Trump's election is sending shock waves through the energy and environmental world. President-elect Trump, who declared victory just before 3 a.m. EST today, has promised a fundamental shift from the Obama administration's energy and climate policies, proposing to eliminate U.S. EPA, pledging to boost fossil fuel development and calling global warming a "hoax."
Donald Trump's election is sending shock waves through the energy and environmental world. President-elect Trump, who...
10 Nov 2016

Your candidate got more of the popular vote? Irrelevant.

In the election concluded Tuesday, Hillary Clinton received more popular  votes than Trump. This does not mean, however, that Clinton would necessarily have prevailed in an election that was determined solely by the popular vote. This is because the popular vote total is itself a product of the electoral college system
In the election concluded Tuesday, Hillary Clinton received more popular  votes than Trump....
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9 Nov 2016

“Massive scale” shut-down of polling places in districts known for suppressing black voters

"Massive scale" shut-down of polling places in districts known for suppressing black voters. Almost half of all Texas counties in our sample closed polling places since Shelby, resulting in 403 fewer voting locations for the 2016 election than in past years. These closures come as the state’s voter ID law has become a leading example of voting discrimination since Shelby and include reductions in counties like Medina, Caldwell, Nueces, and Galveston-each with established records of discrimination and recent violations of the Voting Rights Act.
"Massive scale" shut-down of polling places in districts known for suppressing black voters. Almost half of all Texas...

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9 Nov 2016

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

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

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9 Nov 2016

Assange Defends WikiLeaks Against Allegations It’s Interfering In US Election

Julian Assange released a statement Tuesday pushing back on accusations that WikiLeaks is interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "Our organization defends the public’s right to be informed," Assange wrote in the statement published on WikiLeaks' website. "This is why, irrespective of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election, the real victor is the US public which is better informed as a result of our work."
Julian Assange released a statement Tuesday pushing back on accusations that WikiLeaks is interfering in the 2016 U.S....
9 Nov 2016

Leaked Documents Reveal Billionaire George Soros Spends Hundreds of Millions of Dollars To Manipulate American Elections

The documents reveal that the Soros campaign fueled litigation attacking election integrity measures, such as citizenship verification and voter ID. It funded long-term efforts to fundamentally transform election administration -- including the creation of databases that were marketed  to state governments for use in voter verification. It propped up left-leaning media to attack reports of voter fraud, and conducted racially and ideologically targeted voter registration drives.
The documents reveal that the Soros campaign fueled litigation attacking election integrity measures, such...

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8 Nov 2016

The Real Voter Fraud

Thousands of citizens have needed intervention from federal judges in the last several weeks in order to vote. Even more remarkably, a few million adult Americans will be denied the right to vote this year. In Ohio, residents who make a minor error filling out personal information will have their votes discarded. In Texas, people have posted photographs to social media showing signs at polling places that claim voters need photo identification. In Wisconsin, some state employees have made it difficult to obtain voter-identification cards, defying a court order.
Thousands of citizens have needed intervention from federal judges in the last several weeks in order to vote. Even more...

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7 Nov 2016

FBI Finishes Hillary Clinton Email Review: ‘We Have Not Changed Our Conclusions,’ Comey Says : The Two-Way

Director James Comey says the FBI's review of new emails involving Hillary Clinton doesn't change the decision not to press charges against Clinton over her use of a private server.
Director James Comey says the FBI's review of new emails involving Hillary Clinton doesn't change the decision not to...

Clinton leads by five points nationally as Trump personality concerns persist

Clinton has clear advantages on personal attributes and an advantage in positive support. After running even with Donald Trump early last week, Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead in the latest Post-ABC Tracking Poll overall, as well as clear advantages on several personal attributes.
Clinton has clear advantages on personal attributes and an advantage in positive support. After running even with Donald...
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