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Friday February 23, 2018

Trump Blames Gun-Free Zones for School Shootings, Echoing Myth Spread by NRA
TheIntercept | Robert Mackey | 02/22/18

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump ignored pleas from the Parkland survivors for a ban on assault rifles. Instead, he called for the repeal of legislation that created gun-free zones around primary and secondary schools in the 1990s to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons into classrooms. If up to 40 percent of each school’s faculty was armed, Trump said, shooting sprees could be deterred or at least quickly contained.

... In his somewhat meandering remarks to the students and parents on Wednesday, Trump claimed that the federal law banning guns in schools -- introduced in 1990 by a Democratic senator, Joe Biden, and signed by a Republican president, George H.W. Bush -- had only served to encourage attacks. "A gun-free zone to a maniac -- because they're all cowards -- a gun-free zone is, 'Let's go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us,'" Trump said. ... Read more

In 2018 The US Gov't Will Spend Nearly $2 Billion a Day -- Solely on War
The 2018 NDAA approves $700 billion for the Pentagon. This was done despite the fact that a recent report on the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, found that between the two departments, they have lost over $21 trillion in the last 17 years
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 23 [10:30]
Masha Gessen: Russiagate Has Become a Conspiracy Trap Obscuring How Trump Is Damaging Nation | DN | 02/23/18 | 18:04
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 23 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
  3. Masha Gessen: Russiagate Has Become a Conspiracy Trap Obscuring How Trump Is Damaging Nation
  4. "The Young Karl Marx": Raoul Peck on New Film Examining How Marx Developed Critique of Capitalism
Wayne LaPierre Blames Socialism During School Shooting Speech | TYT | 02/22/18 | 10:24
The1a.org
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/23/18 | 1hr
  1. The debate over how to bring an end to mass shootings in America dominated the national conversation this week. Youth and survivors of gun violence raised their voices to the forefront of the discussion. And, after a lot of listening, the president weighed in, too.
  2. Amid calls for Congress to act on gun legislation, Jared Kushner's security clearance was called into question and controversial evangelical reverend Billy Graham was called home.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/23/18 | 1hr
  1. North Korea nixes plans to secretly meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
  2. Venezuela's struggle to hold on to its real currency forces it to launch a digital one.
  3. And humanitarian groups say they've simply run out of words to describe the horror being inflicted by the Syrian government on one rebel-held suburb.
NPR Fresh Air
How A Russian Troll Factory Waged An Aggressive Campaign To Disrupt The U.S. Election | NPR | 02/22/18 | 1hr

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One State Passes Gun Bill Aimed At Domestic Abusers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/23/18 | 12:36
Kingston: Dems coached shooting survivorss | CNN | 02/21/18 | 11:26
GOP donor: No money if no action on guns | CNN | 02/20/18 | 8:11
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Asks God's Stance On The NRA | Stephen Colbert | 02/23/18 | 3:54
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Marco Rubio and President Trump Stumble Through Gun Control Debates | Trevor Noah | 02/22/18 | 5:49
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16

Thursday February 22, 2018

Florida Shooting Survivors Face Down The NRA And Politicians, Vow To Keep Fighting
HP | Nick Visser | 02/22/18

... More than 7,000 people gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to listen to many of those affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The tragedy, the 17th school shooting so far in 2018, has prompted a wave of activism in recent days and an outpouring of anger directed at lawmakers who have refused to pass gun control legislation.

Such frustrations were on full display Wednesday as several people asked Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) what they plan to do now. Ryan Deitsch, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, asked Rubio about Congress' failure to rein in gun access and why its the students themselves who "have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives." "You're right," the senator replied. "What you've lived through, and what you live through, is not supposed to be a part of your high school experience." ... Read more

Drones in the Sahara
TheIntercept | Joe Penney | 02/18/18

LATE IN THE morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By the time the fighting was over, five Nigeriens and four Americans were killed, their bodies left naked in the bush after the militants took their uniforms.

The news went straight to the front pages in the United States and sparked a conflict between the family of one of the soldiers and President Donald Trump, after the president made insensitive remarks during a condolence call to the soldier's widow. But the story also spread like wildfire throughout Niger, where the big news wasn't so much that American soldiers had been killed, but that Americans soldiers were fighting in the country in the first place.

... In fact, U.S. Special Operations forces have been in Niger since at least 2013 and are stationed around the country on forward operating bases with elite Nigerien soldiers. What happened in Tongo Tongo is just a taste of the potential friction and instability to come, because the pièce de resistance of American military engagement in Niger is a $110 million drone base the U.S. is building about 450 miles northeast of Niamey in Agadez, a city that for centuries has served as a trade hub on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, not far from Mali, Algeria, Libya and Chad. In January, I hopped aboard an aging plane that followed a roundabout route to one of America's largest-ever military investments in Africa, its latest battleground in an opaque, expensive, and counterintuitive war on the continent. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 [12:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control
  3. Former Parkland Student: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I'm Begging Him to Act on Guns
  4. "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation": Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault
John Sipher -> Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? Part 1 | TRNN | 02/22/18 | 18:21
Parkland Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED | TYT | 02/21/18 | 11:21
The1a.org
1A Live From CPAC | 1a.org | 02/22/18 | 1hr
Last year, a guest on 1A suggested that we broadcast the show from CPAC: the Conservative Political Action Conference. We didn't hesitate to say yes.

And here we are. This year's conference will feature both the president and the vice president, as well as media figures, organizers, theorists and thinkers from across the conservative spectrum. There will be panels on economics, foreign relations, cybersecurity and career development. Here's the full agenda.

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Joe: Yesterday, The White House Got It Right By Listening | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/22/18 | 8:56
Ari Melber On Latest Russia Guilty Plea In Robert Mueller's Investigation | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 6:12
Poll: Most Of The Country Doesn't Like Donald Trump As A Person | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 3:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Kids From Florida Aren't Acting | Stephen Colbert | 02/22/18 | 7:57
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservatives Attack Parkland Survivors Once Again | Trevor Noah | 02/21/18 | 7:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Are Child Actors Being Used To Push Gun Control In Florida Shooting? | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 13:53
The Truth About Crisis Actors In The Florida Shooting | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 38:35

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, influential evangelist and friend to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
Politico | author | date

He preached the gospel around the world and served as a counselor to decades of American leaders.

The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures in U.S. history and a trusted adviser to decades of U.S. presidents, has died. He was 99.

Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992. For decades starting with Harry Truman, Graham would be seen at the side of U.S. presidents as he served as a valued counselor, during both their brightest days and their sleepless nights. "People in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to," the evangelist said in 2011. ... Read more

"Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography?" asked Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), who sponsored the legislation seeking to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Florida House Debates Porn, But Refuses To Discuss Assault Weapons
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 02/21/18

As tearful survivors of the Parkland school shooting watched, the Republican-led Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday refused to discuss a ban on assault weapons. Photos showed a distraught student being comforted in the gallery. Another survivor of last week's massacre expressed "indescribable" rage on Twitter.

Later in the day, many of the same lawmakers discussed at length a bill that declares porn a public health risk. The bill ? which calls for improved "education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography" -- was approved by a voice vote, reported the Tampa Bay Times. ... Read more

White House Press Briefing | WH | 02/20/18 | 20:07
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*Trump vs. The World | John Oliver (HBO) | 02/18/18 | 19:14

Trump White House official says Florida shooting was 'reprieve' from bad publicity
Independent | Alexandra Wilts | 02/20/18

A Trump White House official reportedly said coverage of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week has given the administration "a reprieve" from having to deal with bad publicity.

"For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve," the official told the Washington Post. "A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled."

"But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we'll be back through the chaos," the official reportedly said. ... Read more
LEAK: Trump Team Enjoying "Reprieve" Of School Shooting | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:53

How Much Data Does the NSA Look at Daily?
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 [12:26]
Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda | DN | 02/20/18 | 24:32
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "Orgies While People Are Dying": How Charity Oxfam Allowed Sex Abuse in Ailing Countries Like Haiti
  3. Edwidge Danticat: I Hope Oxfam Sex Scandal in Haiti Is a #MeToo Moment for Aid Organizations
  4. Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be "A Very Good Shot"
Max Blumenthal -> Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 10:11
Angry Senator Yells At Students Who Drove 300 Miles To See Him | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:57
The1a.org
Movie Club Sees "Black Panther" | 1a.org | 02/21/18 | 1hr
"Black Panther" broke several box office records in its opening weekend. The latest film in the Marvel movie canon earned more than $201 million (and counting) and was the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by an African-American -- or not directed by a white man.

But beyond the numbers, "Black Panther" [won hearts and minds culturally]. Moviegoers across the country dressed in costume or traditional African prints to celebrate the film's release. And the blockbuster platform elevated a black superhero to superstar status -- along with a gorgeous, brilliant and daring entourage of warrior women.

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New White House Security Rule Could Force Jared Kushner And Others Out | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:57
Americans Google Alex Van Der Zwaan As Mueller Issues New Charges | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:48
As Shootings Become Epidemic, Is Now The Time For Change? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 18:16
Playmate Alleges Affair With President Donald Trump During Melania Marriage | AM Joy | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 14:01
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
If Politicians Won't Take Action, These High Schoolers Will | Stephen Colbert | 02/20/18 | 3:39
Trump's Twitter Spree After Robert Mueller's Russia Indictments | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:11
Trump's State Of Affairs. . . Actual Affairs | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:29
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Parkland Shooting Survivors School Congress on Gun Violence | Trevor Noah | 02/20/18 | 8:11

Tuesday February 20, 2018

A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules
Politico | Zachary Warmbrodt | 02/20/18

U.S. senators are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of Wall Street's meltdown this year with a gift to the nation's banks: a bill that would unravel regulations put in place after the crisis.

The proposed rollback of some key post-crisis rules - which could advance in the coming weeks - is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Washington since President Donald Trump's election.

On one side are moderate Democrats such as Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Jon Tester from Republican-leaning states who support the legislation because they say it will provide relief to small and regional banks and boost rural economies.

On the other are progressives like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and their activist allies, who argue that the bill will put consumers at risk. They're working to undercut the party's centrists before the vote, with several of the moderates -- as well as Brown -- facing tough reelection campaigns this year. ... Read more

Cancer drug Lomustine, at one point was being sold for around $50 a capsule, the same dose now costs $768.
TYT | author | 02/19/18

Lomustine has been used to treat brain tumours, lung cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma for more than 40 years but is now seen by some patients as too expensive.

In 2013, production of the drug, which was previously called CeeNU, passed from pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to a Miami-based startup called NextSource Biotechnology.

At that point it was being sold for around $50 a capsule. The same dose now costs $768 (£570).

NextSource has increased the price nine times in less than five years. A 20 per cent hike in August was followed by a further 12 per cent rise in November, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Prices of other doses of the drug, which the company has renamed Gleostine, have also been increased exponentially.

Although the patent for lomustine has expired, there is no generic version being produced and so NextSource has no competitors to discourage it from raising prices.

Professor Henry Friedman, a neuro-oncologist at Duke University, said: "This is simply price gouging. People are not going to be able to afford it, or they're going to pay a lot of money and have financial liability."
Cancer Drug Price Raised 1400% | TYT | 02/19/18 | 9:05
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself | 02/19/18 | 7:43
Trump has... spent 26% of his time out on the golf course spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf.

A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar?
TheIntercept | Glenn Greenwald | 02/19/18

IN THE WAKE of last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Indeed, that Russia's alleged "meddling" is comparable to the two most devastating attacks in U.S. history has, overnight, become a virtual cliché.

The claim that Russian meddling in the election is "an act of war" comparable to these events isn't brand new. Senators from both parties, such as Republican John McCain and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have long described Russian meddling in 2016 as an "act of war." Hillary Clinton, while promoting her book last October, described Russia's alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta's email inbox as a "cyber 9/11." And last February, the always war-hungry Tom Friedman of the New York Times said on "Morning Joe" that Russian hacking "was a 9/11-scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor-scale event." ...

BUT ...
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 [9:03]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Mueller Probe Heats Up: 13 Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows
  3. Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 16:11
Conservatives Attacking School Shooting Survivors Online | TYT | 02/19/18 | 6:36
Dan Rather Defends the Parkland Survivors | TYT | 02/19/18 | 26:36
The1a.org
The Columbine Generation | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
In April 1999, two students killed 12 classmates, one teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado. Nineteen years later, a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In between, an estimated 150,000 students experienced a shooting at their school.

The students at Parkland were born after Columbine. And now some of the survivors are taking action to try to ensure children born today won't grow up in a world where school shootings are common occurrences.
What's In The Gun Background Check Plan The President Endorsed? | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
After a national outcry over gun violence in Florida last week, there are the early signs of compromise in Washington: President Donald Trump has endorsed a bipartisan proposal to strengthen gun background checks. But what is this legislation, and could it have helped prevent last week's bloodshed?

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Joe: White House Makes Smart Move In Mitt Romney Support | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 8:36
Historian Says President Donald Trump Ignoring Worst US Attack Since 9/11 | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 12:50
Indictment Rings Alarms On Facebook, So What Can Be Done? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 6:19
After Mueller Indictments Donald Trump Fails To Criticize Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 8:22
Lawrence: Advisers Held Off Donald Trump's Golfing, But Not His Tweeting | The Last Word | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 7:46

Monday February 19, 2018
The Moral Issue of Our Time | Bernie Sanders | 02/14/18 | 17:27

Global sea level rise on faster pace than expected
theweathernetwork.com | Dr. Mario Picazo | 02/14/18

A recent studybased on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data shows how sea level rise on earth is increasing faster than originally thought. Water levels have been going upby accelerating incrementally in recent decades, rather than in the steady mode past studies had suggested.

Global warming and consequently the rapid ice meltoccurring in both Greenland and Antarctica, are responsible for this acceleration. The research project that has brought light to this new finding is led by Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering science at the University of Colorado Boulder, fellow at the Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of NASA´s Sea Level Change team. ... Read more
NASA: We're Entering Waterworld | TYT | 02/18/18 | 8:47

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else -- to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools -- false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power--are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs -- bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others -- "con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer."
An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity | 06/24/16 | 18:35
Economic Hitmen Cartoon | 04/27/17 | 2:23
According to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock:
...what we have today with the intelligence business is something far more systemic: senior officials leaving their national security and counterterrorism jobs for positions where they are basically doing the same jobs they once held at the CIA, the NSA and other agencies-- but for double or triple the salary, and for profit. It's a privatization of the highest order, in which our collective memory and experience in intelligence -- our crown jewels of spying, so to speak -- are owned by corporate America. Yet, there is essentially no government oversight of this private sector at the heart of our intelligence empire. And the lines between public and private have become so blurred as to be nonexistent.
No, Oprah's not running for president in 2020 | 60Minutes | 02/15/18 | 6:04
Why the Rich are Getting Richer | Robert Kiyosaki | TEDTalk | 07/21/16 | 20:09
How Money Works Cartoon | 05/29/15 | 29:54
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 19 [10:24]
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  2. WATCH: Parkland High School Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez's Powerful Speech Demanding Gun Control
  3. Five Months After Maria, San Juan Mayor Decries "Disaster Capitalism" & Privatization in Puerto Rico
  4. San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Rico's Colonial Status Amid Slow Hurricane Maria Recovery
Climate Change Costs Insurance Companies Billions, And Price is Rising | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 6:50
Another Trump Affair, Another Cover-Up | TYT | 02/18/18 | 11:19
Republicans: NO MUSLIMS ALLOWED!!! | TYT | 02/17/18 | 11:07
New Developments In Las Vegas Route 91 Massacre | TYT | 02/17/18 | 6:37
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Why The AR-15? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr
An AR-15-style rifle isn't just the weapon of choice for the perpetrators of mass shootings in San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and Parkland, it's the weapon of choice for the nation. The NRA Blog even quipped in 2016 that the AR stands for "America's Rifle" (they do note that it officially stands for ArmaLite Rifle):

Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations. Civilians can also modify and personalize their AR-15 from carbine-length, stocks, optics, barrels, etc. The AR-15s ability to be modified to your own personal taste is one of the things that makes it so unique.


The "So, SO, SOOOO many accessories" the post touts for the AR-15 can also make it hold more rounds and shoot more accurately. And since it can be customized to almost no end (there's even a Hello Kitty model out there), the AR-15 can be a reflection of the owner's personality. And when a gun is in the hands of potentially millions of Americans, many of whom will never shoot anyone, what does it say about the nation's personality?
How Do You Teach Slavery? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr
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Robert Mueller Surprises Again, Indicts Russians For Election Intrusion | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/17/18 | 21:12
LA Times: Ex-Trump aide to plead guilty | CNN | 02/18/18 | 7:39
Gun Control: Talk Vs. Action | The View | 02/16/18 | 6:25
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Building Bridges (Not Walls) in Mexico | Trevor Noah | 02/19/18 | 4:54
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Donald J. Trump's Guide to U.S. Presidents, Vol. 1 | Seth Meyers | 02/18/18 | 1:44

Friday February 16, 2018

President Trump's Proposed Budget Is Bad for U.S. National Security
americanprogress.org | author | older, 03/01/17

There are several issues surrounding President Trump's proposed defense budget increase, starting with the fact that U.S. defense spending is already incredibly high: It currently accounts for more than one-third of the world's total military expenditures. According to the latest numbers from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United States spent $604.5 billion on defense in 2016, more than four times the next-biggest spender, China, which spent $145 billion, and more than 10 times the third-biggest spender, Russia, which spent $58.9 billion. Further, the U.S. armed forces are already strong. According to Michael O'Hanlon and retired Gen. David Petraeus, "the United States has the best military in the world today, by far. ... Read more
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U.S. government spends 90% of its cyber budget attacking people and only 10% on defense.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
NYT | Max Fisher | older, 11/07/17

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America's fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns. ... Read more
Click to zoom in What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
America's Mass Shooting Problem EXPLAINED | TYT | 02/15/18 | 20:02

My son was a Columbine shooter - Good
Sue Klebold -> My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story. | TEDTalk | 02/27/17 | 15:18
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown
Politics | Burgess Everett | 02/16/18

The failure of a months-long effort to help Dreamers is the latest display of legislative ineptitude.

A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal. But when the group showed him the latest draft of their plan Tuesday night, Lankford was stunned. It was far from what he had expected.

"I looked through the outlines of the proposal and realized: 'This is nothing close to what we've talked about,'" Lankford said. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 [10:27]
When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year | DN | 02/15/18 | 15:53
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Blames Mental Illness for Parkland Shooting, Ignores Easy Gun Access & Loose Background Checks
  3. White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women
  4. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens
Economist John Weeks -> Democratic institutions are not under stress--they're under aggressive attack, as unconstrained financial greed overrides democratic decisions | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 25:09
Click to zoom in *Free Market Threat to Democracy
Charter School Principal: No Evidence Privatization Is Better For Students | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 13:07
Congress To Make Mass Shootings Even Easier | TYT | 02/15/18 | 3:55
Republican Tells THE TRUTH About Gun Control | TYT | 02/15/18 | 6:43
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Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. We'll get the latest from Florida after a deadly school shooting. There have been the usual calls for thoughts and prayers, but at least one survivor has asked for something more.
  2. U.S. intelligence officials gave a dire warning about upcoming elections and Russian interests.
  3. In other international competitions, there was high drama at the Olympics.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. A number of longtime world leaders made headlines this week
  2. South African President Jacob Zuma resigned. Zimbabwe lost a man of conscience and courage with the death of Morgan Tsvangirai. And the future of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes under more doubt.
  3. And why is Australia's Prime Minister banning sex between his ministers and their staff?
Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says | NPR Fresh Air | 02/15/18 | 1hr

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Donald Trump Words On Gun Tragedy Ring Hollow Given Past Legislation | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 12:37
Donald Trump Team Uses Gun Tragedy As Cover, Reveals Financial Documents | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 9:29
Joe: Why Is President Donald Trump Impotent When It Comes To This? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:55
Joe: President Donald Trump Knows Another Shooting Is Coming | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:12
WH briefing gets heated over school shooting question | CNN | 02/15/18 | 5:41
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
This Week in Chaos: Nunes & BIEs | Samantha Bee | 02/07/18 | 6:58
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/15/18 | 4:49
http://EveryTown.org
We are all reeling after yet another senseless shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives and more than a dozen are hospitalized. Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the tragic events saying that no child or teacher should be afraid of their lives while at school. Jimmy agrees with Trump but in order to fix this SOMETHING has to be done. We need real laws that keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. These Congressmen and lobbyists don't work for the NRA, they work for us. If you want to help go to www.everytown.org and write to your representatives. If they don't listen, vote them out.

Thursday February 15, 2018

We're Averaging One School Shooting Every 60 Hours In 2018
HP | Lydia O'Connor | 02/14/18

That's an average of one school shooting every 60 hours thus far in 2018, more than double the number of school shootings recorded in any of the previous three years in that same period. Those numbers are according to data compiled by the gun control advocacy organization Everytown for Gun Safety, which defines a school shooting as any time a firearm is discharged on or around a campus.

Details are still emerging about what happened during Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but as of 6:30 pm., at least 15 people had been reported dead. President Donald Trump has spoken vaguely about the need to curb shootings, saying after the Las Vegas massacre in October that the U.S. would start "talking about gun laws as time goes by." ... Read more
290 School Shootings In America Since 2013 | everytownresearch.org | current | graph

BREAKING: Florida Mass Shooting Suspect In Custody | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:56
Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings | HP | 02/14/18 | article
Media coverage often serves to sanitize the graphic, uncomfortable reality of these tragedies. Maybe we don't deserve the privilege of that comfort.


How Should We Approach - China?
The Coming War on China
The Coming War on China | good | 1:23:00
Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action by Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro is a Harvard Ph.D. economist and professor of public policy at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book Death By China is a sequel to his best-selling book The Coming China Wars and is now a documenatry film. In addition to his work on China, Professor Navarro has written numerous books on strategically managing the business cycle from both an executive and a stock trading point of view. ...

Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World by Peter Navarro

Will there be war with China? This book provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of conflict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenges conventional wisdom.

Based on interviews with more than thirty top experts, the author highlights a number of disturbing facts about China's recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia: the Chinese are deploying game-changing "carrier killer" ballistic missiles; some of America's supposed allies in Europe and Asia are selling highly lethal weapons systems to China in a perverse twist on globalization; and, on the U.S. side, debilitating cutbacks in the military budget send a message to the world that America is not serious about its "pivot to Asia."

In the face of these threatening developments, the book stresses the importance of maintaining US military strength and preparedness and strengthening alliances, while warning against a complacent optimism that relies on economic engagement, negotiations, and nuclear deterrence to ensure peace.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 15 [13:35]
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly | DN | 02/14/18 | 13:21
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  2. When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year
  3. Republican Lawmakers Refuse to Adopt Gun Control Despite 200 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook
  4. Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans
Trump's Infrastructure Fantasy a Gift to His Donors | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 11:16
Anti-Immigrant Trump Only Hires Foreign Workers | TYT | 02/14/18 | 9:50
The1a.org
17 Killed In Deadliest School Shooting Since Sandy Hook | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
A school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has left 17 students dead. The shooter is in custody. The investigation is in the early stages.
Policing The Police | 1a.org | 02/15/18 | 1hr
The Gun Trace Task Force is an elite unit of the Baltimore Police Department charged with getting illegal firearms off the streets. But a day on the job for several of its members included illegal searches and seizures of thousands of dollars, jailing innocent civilians, dealing illicit drugs or weapons and falsifying payroll documents.

Many of their tactics increased citizens' fear and resentment of officers and did nothing to abate the city's violent crime rate. Eight members of the task force were indicted last year. This week, two were convicted of racketeering, robbery and fraud. They face up to 60 years in prison.

There is an official call to disband the entire Baltimore PD, something the mayor says won't happen. Something to that effect has been implemented in Oakland and Camden, New Jersey -- but can you change a culture of high-level corruption without wiping the slate clean?

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Joe: We Are In The Midst Of An Epidemic Of Mass Shootings | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 22:39



The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Heroes of "The 15:17 to Paris" - Extended Interview | Trevor Noah | 02/15/18 | 7:17
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Trump's Lawyer Paid Off Stormy Daniels | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/14/18 | 2:02

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Senate immigration debate quickly stalls
Politico | Burgess Everett | 02/13/18

And Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is giving senators only one week to find a solution for Dreamers.

The Senate's much-anticipated immigration debate stalled on Tuesday with party leaders feuding over how to even begin. And there may not be much time left to reach a deal, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate's work on a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be limited to this week. ...

... McConnell twice attempted to set up floor votes on a sanctuary cities amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and a competing proposal chosen by Democrats. But Democrats objected, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the Toomey language "doesn't address Dreamers, nor does it address border security" -- the two basic elements underpinning this week's debate over the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who will soon be at risk of deportation. ... Read more
Mitch McConnell Tricks The Democrats Again | TYT | 02/13/18 | 7:37

Jeremy Scahill's Podcast
Jeremy Scahill -> Share America's Distribution of Violence | TheIntercept | 02/14/18 | 1hr

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen: I Paid Porn Star Stormy Daniels
HP | Ed Mazza | 02/14/18

Michael Cohen, personal attorney for President Donald Trump, told The New York Times on Tuesday that he paid Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. porn star Stormy Daniels)$130,000 in 2016. However, he insisted that the money was his own.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly," Cohen told the newspaper. "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone." ... Read more

Trump Still Hasn't Chosen A Science Adviser -- After 390 Days In Office.
Military | Military Budgets
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**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]
China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out China's complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 14 [10:51]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Two Reuters Journalists Face 14 Years in Burmese Prison After Exposing Massacre of Rohingya Muslims
  3. Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly
  4. As Lawmakers Debate Future of DACA, What Will It Take for Democrats to Protect DREAMers?
  5. As Porter Domestic Violence Scandal Roils WH, Lawmakers Demand Kelly's Ouster & Trump's Impeachment
  6. V-Day: Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Marks 20th Anniversary
Col. Larry Wilkerson -> From Trump Parade to Budget, There's 'Too Much Military' | TRNN | 02/13/18 | 10:38
Trump Wants To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes | TYT | 02/13/18 | 6:47
The1a.org
How Much Are Drugmakers To Blame For The Opioid Crisis? | 1a.org | 02/14/18 | 1hr
According to a 23-page document from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, pharmaceutical companies funneled millions to pain-treatment advocacy groups who then turned around and promoted prescription painkillers to their clients. (See below for the full report.)
Purdue Pharma says its representatives have stopped marketing Oxycotin to physicians, but is that too little, too late?

In 2016, at least 42,000 Americans died after overdosing on opioids. The drug killed more people that year than falls, guns or car accidents -- and it isn't slowing down.
Fresh Air
Joshua Green -> Devil's Bargin | NPR | 02/13/18 | 1hr







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Joe: Institutions 1, Chaos 0 After FBI Director Christopher Wray's Hearing | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/14/18 | 16:32
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Even George W. Bush Sees Evidence Of Russia Meddling | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 6:11

Tuesday February 13, 2018

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits
NYT | Julie Hirschfeld Davis | 02/12/18

Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal on Monday outlining steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and a ballooning federal deficit that illustrates how far Republicans have strayed from their longtime embrace of balanced budgets. ...

... The White House budget request would add $984 billion to the federal deficit next year, despite proposed cuts to programs like Medicare and food stamps and despite leaner budgets across federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. ... Read more
Trump's Deficit-Bursting Budget Revealed | TYT | 02/12/18 | 9:13

Weinstein Forced Staff to Corner Starlets, Schedule Sex, Inject Erection Drugs, New York Attorney General Claims
Daily Beast | Olivia Messer | 02/12/18

Shocking allegations about the alleged serial sexual harasser were submitted in a suit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The complaint was filed in New York County Supreme Court late Sunday. It alleges stunning violations of the state's human rights, civil rights, and business laws.

It claims Weinstein "regularly berated women using gender-based obscenities"--calling female employees "c--t" or "pussy" instead of using their first names when he was angry. In addition to the sexual harassment, bullying, and allegations of sexual assault, Weinstein allegedly threatened the lives of his employees, saying "I will kill your family," and, "You don't know what I can do."

Weinstein often bragged about his connection to political figures and said he had "contacts within the Secret Service that could take care of problems," the lawsuit alleges. ... Read more
SHOCKING New Harvey Weinstein Allegations | TYT | 02/12/18 | 8:09

Rob Porter's ex-wife: I don't think he's changed | CNN | 02/09/18 | 26:40

The Stock Market Swings Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Our Rigged Economy
TheIntercept | Kate Aronoff, Ryan Grim | 02/08/18

... That theory about unemployment in a capitalist economy is relevant to how analysts are pulling apart the two-day collapse of the stock market that began Friday, and its subsequent wild swings. Market watchers have said flat-out that the crash was triggered by a new jobs report released Friday that showed that wages, nearly a decade into the recovery, might finally be starting to rise.

Now, when analysts say that the Dow Jones industrial average went up or down for this or that reason, they are often just guessing. What specifically moves a body as complex as the stock market is in some ways unknowable, but it is useful to explore the cause being ascribed to last week's crash -- rising wages -- apart from its implications for the market. What it says about the way our economy is structured is much more profound. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 13 [15:23]
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  2. "It's Hard to Believe, But Syria's War Is Getting Worse": World Powers Clash as Civilian Deaths Soar
  3. As Deadly Flu Sweeps Country, Koch-Backed Group Fights Paid Sick Leave Policies Nationwide
Professor Christine Hong -> Koreas Talk Peace, But Does Trump Want War? | TRNN | 02/13/18 | 13:03
Economist Michael Hudson - > Trump Privatizes America | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 14:52
The News With Dan Rather - Ep.004 | TYT | 02/12/18 | 30:00
The1a.org
#MeToo's Next Step | 1a.org | 02/13/18 | 1hr
In just a few months, the #MeToo movement has affected nearly every major institution and industry. It has led to the resignations or firings of men accused of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct in entertainment, government, the military, the church and various other institutions and fields. And it has had effects outside of the United States.

Women continue to speak up, and powerful men continue to face accusations. This has begun to spark a backlash, and a number of questions.
  1. After [the Aziz Ansari story and its subsequent debate]: What constitutes misconduct?
  2. After White House Aide Rob Porter left his job: How does domestic abuse fit into the movement?
  3. And with the state of New York suing Harvey Weinstein: What role does law enforcement have?
But the biggest question, which has been asked since the movement was only a few weeks old: What next?

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White House Security Clearances In The Spotlight | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/13/18 | 15:46
White House Deflects On Rob Porter | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/13/18 | 8:10
Opinion | John Kelly's cover-up is no better than the crime | WashingtonPost | 02/09/18 | 2:44

Monday February 12, 2018

U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians Buy Stolen NSA Documents -- and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too
TheIntercept | James Risen | 02/09/18

The United States intelligence community has been conducting a top-secret operation to recover stolen classified U.S. government documents from Russian operatives, according to sources familiar with the matter. The operation has also inadvertently yielded a cache of documents purporting to relate to Donald Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Over the past year, American intelligence officials have opened a secret communications channel with the Russian operatives, who have been seeking to sell both Trump-related materials and documents stolen from the National Security Agency and obtained by Russian intelligence, according to people involved with the matter and other documentary evidence. The channel started developing in early 2017, when American and Russian intermediaries began meeting in Germany. Eventually, a Russian intermediary, apparently representing some elements of the Russian intelligence community, agreed to a deal to sell stolen NSA documents back to the U.S. while also seeking to include Trump-related materials in the package. ... Read more

Jeremy Scahill -> Jim Risen Goes Inside the NSA's Secret Channel to Russia | TheIntercept | 02/12/18 | 1hr

Trump's $4 Trillion Budget Proposal Unveiled: Here Are The Main Highlights
ZeroHedge | author | 02/12/18

... While we await the full release, Bloomberg has noted that Trump's FY19 budget proposal calls for $1.7t in cuts to mandatory spending and receipts and a 2% yearly reduction in non-defense discretionary budget after 2019. As part of the mandatory spending, the budget projects $237 billion in savings from Medicare over 10 years. ...

Or summarized:

  1. Budget request calls for $716b for defense and includes a 2.6% pay raise for troops
  2. $80b in IT and cyber- funding as well as $210m for a technology modernization fund
  3. Nearly $17b in opioid-related spending in 2019, including $10b in new funding for HHS
  4. Requests $18b for border wall construction
Read more

The military says there have been 32 nuclear accidents over the years, the DOE say we have had over 1,000.
Command and Control Documentary 2017 | PBS | 12/01/17 | 1:13:09
911
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Wall Street and Banksters
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Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist

The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal, but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood. His memoir will serve as a corrective - an engrossing, informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real-life thriller. The biggest surprise twist comes in the form of Abramoff himself, a smart, funny, charming, clear-eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media's villainous portrait. He's a perfect bundle of contradictions: an Orthodox Jew and upstanding family man with a staunch moral streak, caught in multiple scandals of bribery and corruption with an undercurrent of murder. Abramoff represented Indian tribes whose lucrative casinos were constantly under threat from proposed changes in law; though he charged the tribes many millions, he saved them billions by ensuring votes to support the livelihoods of their reservations. Much of Jack's share was funneled not into his own coffers, but to charities. Abramoff on the front pages could not be further from the Jack Abramoff who's ready to tell his honest and compelling story.
How Lobbying Works in Government: Jack Abramoff on Law School, Money, Gifts, Travel, Finance (2011) | FilmArchives | | 1:25:23
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  1. Headlines
  2. Scores of Democratic Lawmakers Join GOP to Back Budget Bill with No Protection for DREAMers
  3. Olympics Begin with Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten N. Korea
  4. Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It's Happening Again with Iran
Bob Pollan -> Unregulated Financial Markets Created a Stock Bubble | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 15:28
Bill Black -> Federal Government Abdicates Responsibility for Investigating Massive Equifax Data Theft | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 12:44
Economist Patrick Bond -> Corporate Looting: Sub-Saharan Africa Loses $100B A Year | TRNN | 02/12/18 | 14:42
Koch Bros Will Reap Hundreds of Millions From Tax Cuts | TYT | 02/11/18 | 3:33
Kellyanne's 'Opioid Cabinet' Ignoring Experts | TYT | 02/09/18 | 9:33
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The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering | 1a.org | 02/12/18 | 1hr
The state Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania's old maps, ruling they violated the state's constitution and favored one party over another (in this case, the GOP). Control over district lines is so valuable in the Keystone state, one lawmaker suggested booting out unfriendly judges to maintain the old maps. But instead, a new set of maps has been introduced, and The Washington Post says they're "just as gerrymandered" as the last maps.

From a partisan standpoint, in other words, the new map is almost exactly like the old one. Under the existing map, Democratic House candidates have routinely received roughly 50 percent of the statewide popular House vote but only five of the state's 18 House seats. The new map is unlikely to change that.


State Republicans deny this is a partisan tactic. And since the state constitution gives lawmakers the power to draw maps, why shouldn't the controlling party do so? After all, both sides can benefit from having control over the maps.

But this could change soon. The Supreme Court is considering two cases that will likely determine the future of political mapping. These decisions could not only shift the balance of power in Washington, they could fundamentally change how politics are practiced across the country.

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President Donald Trump Support Takes Hit After Rob Porter's Abuse Allegations | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 11:49
Why Chief of Staff John Kelly's Days In The White House Could Be Numbered | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 8:31
Rattner: Country's Budget Deficits Headed For $2 Trillion | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/12/18 | 6:04
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
One Week Older: Trump Should Totally Talk To Mueller | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 4:27
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Of Course Trump Wants to Throw Himself a Military Parade | Trevor Noah | 02/08/18 | 5:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Wants a Military Parade, Lies About Immigration | Trevor Noah | 02/08/18 | 9:51

Friday February 09, 2018

Kelly knew before abuse reports that Porter would be denied security clearance
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 02/09/18

The former White House staff secretary, who left the Trump administration on Thursday, was among multiple West Wing aides who had been working with only an interim security clearance.

White House chief of staff John Kelly was told several weeks ago that the FBI would recommend denying full security clearances to multiple White House aides who had been working in the West Wing on interim security clearances.

... The White House chief-of-staff told confidants in recent weeks that he had decided to fire anyone who had been denied a clearance -- but had yet to act on that plan before the Porter allegations were first reported this week. ... Read more

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Call

To what extent did America's best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Ghost Wars details the secret history of the CIA's role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Call

Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, ostensibly in cooperation, although often in direct opposition, with I.S.I., the Pakistani intelligence agency. While the US was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of I.S.I., known as "Directorate S," was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. After 9/11, when fifty-nine countries, led by the U. S., deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U.S. was set on an invisible slow-motion collision course with Pakistan.

Today we know that the war in Afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. But more than anything, as Coll makes painfully clear, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I.S.I.'s "Directorate S". This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, including some of the most prominent military and political figures. A sprawling American tragedy, the war was an open clash of arms but also a covert melee of ideas, secrets, and subterranean violence.

Coll excavates this grand battle, which took place away from the gaze of the American public. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking.
Wall Street: High-Frequency Trading
If you think the Stock Market represents (is synonymous to) the health of the economy... well think again!
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 09 [12:46]
*Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It's Happening Again with Iran | DN | 02/09/18 | 17:15
*Directorate S: Steve Coll on the CIA & America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan | DN | 02/08/18 | 42:01
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  2. Scores of Democratic Lawmakers Join GOP to Back Budget Bill with No Protection for DREAMers
  3. Olympics Begin with Unified Korean Team Marching Together as Trump Continues to Threaten N. Korea
  4. Lawrence Wilkerson: I Helped Sell the False Choice of War with Iraq; It's Happening Again with Iran
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Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/09/18 | 1hr
  1. Starting Monday, the Dow fell a lot, then rose a little, then fell, then, well ... let's see where it's at when the show starts.
  2. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy went up, up and away, taking a Tesla with it. Then the boosters came back down.
  3. And will the flags go up for a military parade in Washington, D.C.?
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/09/18 | 1hr
  1. In South Africa, they've started calling it Zexit: The country's controversial president, Jacob Zuma, appears close to stepping down.
  2. Meanwhile, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un steps up.
  3. And pressure mounts to save thousands under siege in Syria.

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Why Is The U.S. Still In Afghanistan? Pakistan. | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/05/18 | 7:24
Rob Porter Access To Classified Info Raises Huge Legal Question | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/08/18 | 12:08
John Kelly And Don McGahn Knew Of Rob Porter's Abuse Allegations For Months | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/09/18 | 11:24
Congress Passes Two-Year Spending Deal | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/09/18 | 8:53
President Trump Signs Budget Bill, Ending Overnight Government Shutdown | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/09/18 | 4:15
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The White House Got Rid Of A Bad Man (No, Not Trump) | Stephen Colbert | 02/09/18 | 6:00
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Russia Hacks Voter Rolls & Rob Porter Resigns | Trevor Noah | 02/08/18 | 4:49
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Tries "Working" Robert Mueller, GoT Producers Take on Star Wars | Seth Meyers | 02/08/18 | 2:59
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Hair Stylists React to Trump's Hair Flapping in the Wind | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/08/18 | 4:01

Thursday February 08, 2018

Tillerson scales back State Department restructuring plan
Politico | Nahal Toosi | 02/17/18

After stiff resistance from diplomats and lawmakers, the secretary of state is lowering expectations.

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson first announced plans to "redesign" the State Department, U.S. diplomats braced for huge changes ranging from shuttered embassies to dramatic staff and budget cuts. As Tillerson failed to fill top leadership positions, some staffers worried the former ExxonMobil CEO was arrogantly dismissive of their mission.

But a year into his much-criticized tenure, Tillerson is scaling back people's expectations of his vision. Far from swinging a wrecking ball into the 75,000-employee department, Tillerson looks ready to tap with a hammer and chisel. State Department officials say that talk of closing down entire wings of the department has been replaced with narrower plans to upgrade technology and improve training. ... Read more

2/7/18: White House Press Briefing | 02/07/18 | 21:13

Donald Trump Wants to Make It Easier to Start a Nuclear War. This Should Petrify Us.
TheIntercept | Mehdi Hasan | 02/08/18

... Yet four months later, in November 2016, almost 63 million of her fellow Americans voted to put the short-tempered, thin-skinned former reality TV star in charge of their country's 6,800 nuclear warheads. Never forget: As president of the nuclear-armed United States, Trump -- Trump! -- has the power to destroy humanity many times over, while rendering the planet uninhabitable in the process.

If that wasn't terrifying enough, last week, less than 72 hours after the State of the Union speech, in which Trump ramped up his war of words with North Korea, his administration announced that it wanted to make it much easier for the president to start a nuclear holocaust. ... Read more

2018 Nuclear Posture Review.pdf

On January 27, 2017, the President directed the Department of Defense to conduct a new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) to ensure a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent that protects the homeland, assures allies and above all, deters adversaries. This review comes at a critical moment in our nation's history, for America confronts an international security situation that is more complex and demanding than any since the end of the Cold War. In this environment, it is not possible to delay modernization of our nuclear forces if we are to preserve a credible nuclear deterrent -- ensuring that our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace.

The Rise and Fall of John Kelly's Reputation
TheAtlantic | author | date

The White House chief of staff is facing new scrutiny for his defense of a staffer who has resigned following accusations of physical abuse from two ex-wives.

... That's the story of Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, who announced his departure on Wednesday after published allegations of abuse from his two ex-wives. And more broadly, it's also the story of John Kelly, the White House chief of staff who was Porter's boss and defender.

Unlike many members of the White House cast, Porter is not a household name, but he had rocketed to an important role directly by President Trump's side. He controlled the flow of information to Trump and spent a great deal of time with him. "Porter had good relationships across the ideological spectrum of the White House--from Stephen Miller to Gary Cohn, was one of Kelly's most trusted aides, and was in charge of the weekly trade policy meetings," Jonathan Swan reports. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 08 [12:47]
Directorate S: Steve Coll on the CIA & America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan | DN | 02/08/18 | 42:01
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  2. Black Lives Matter Activist Muhiyidin d'Baha, Who Grabbed Confederate Flag, Shot Dead in New Orleans
  3. Directorate S: Steve Coll on the CIA & America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan & Pakistan
Sheriff On Killing Suspect: "I Love This Sh*t" | TYT | 02/07/18 | 10:45
Russian Trolls Caught Posing As Black Activists | TYT | 02/07/18 | 10:31
Trump Scolds Stock Market | TYT | 02/07/18 | 5:17
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There will be a lot of sports firsts at this year's Olympic Winter Games | 1a.org | 02/08/18 | 1hr
There's something that happens at every Olympic Games: plenty of politics at play. As all eyes turn to Pyeongchang, South Korea, we offer a guide to get through the 2018 Winter Olympics without missing an important moment -- on or off the slopes.
Politics On Parade | 1a.org | 02/08/18 | 1hr
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has confirmed plans are being drawn up for a grand military parade at the request of President Trump. Mattis said the move underlined the respect Trump has for those who serve the country in uniform. Earlier, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin joined those who called the idea of a military parade "a fantastic waste of money," especially if the aim was just to amuse the commander-in-chief.

Meanwhile, President Kim Jong Un is expected to parade his latest military hardware through the North Korean capital on the eve of the Winter Games, underscoring the danger that will remain after the Olympic displays of goodwill are over.

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What Rob Porter's Resignation Tells Us About The White House Now | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/08/18 | 10:06
Lawmakers On Both Sides React To Parade Idea | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/08/18 | 8:43
Joe: Senator Ron Johnson Keeps Spitting Out Conspiracy Theories | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/08/18 | 10:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
John Oliver Warns Meghan Markle What She's Getting Herself Into | Stephen Colbert | 02/08/18 | 9:00
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Of Course Trump Wants to Throw Himself a Military Parade | Trevor Noah | 02/07/18 | 5:53
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
This Week in Chaos: Nunes & BIEs | Samantha Bee | 02/07/18 | 6:58
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Pentagon Insider: America Has Only Two Choices | Alex Jones | 02/07/18 | 15:34
Learn Why Liberals Are Lazy Criminals That Want To Run Your Life | Alex Jones | 02/07/18 | 12:29
Roger Stone: Trey Gowdy? | Alex Jones | 02/07/18 | 14:11

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Trump on the stock market: A 'big mistake'
Politico | Cristiano Lima | 02/07/18

"In the 'old days,' when good news was reported, the Stock Market would go up. Today, when good news is reported, the Stock Market goes down," the president tweeted. "Big mistake, and we have so much good (great) news about the economy!"

For months, the president and his administration touted the surging stock market as an indicator of U.S. economic strength, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 25,000-point threshold for the first time earlier this year.

But Monday, the Dow took a historical plummet the same day Trump delivered a speech on the taxes and the economy. The decline came amid concerns that the massive corporate tax cut could lead to an overheating economy, spurring the Federal Reserve to step in to cool things down. ... Read more

Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago and What He Told The U.N.
The Intercept | Jon Schwarz | 02/06/18

COLIN POWELL DELIVERED his presentation making the case for war with Iraq at the United Nations 15 years ago, on February 5, 2003. As much criticism as Powell received for this -- he's called it "painful" and something that will "always be a part of my record" -- it hasn't been close to what's justified. Powell, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, was much more than just horribly mistaken: He fabricated "evidence" and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.

Unfortunately, Congress never investigated Powell's use of the intelligence he was given, so we don't know many of the specifics. Even so, what did reach the public record in other ways is extremely damning. While the corporate media has never taken a close look at this record, we can go through Powell's presentation line by line to demonstrate the chasm between what he knew and what he told the world. As you'll see, there's quite a lot to say about it. ... Read more

The real reason the Nunes memo matters
Vox | Zack Beaucham | 01/30/18

When House Republicans voted on Monday night to release a memo, compiled by Rep. Devin Nunes, alleging anti-Trump bias at the FBI, they raised a very serious question for American democracy.

The question is not whether there was a plot against Trump at the FBI, as the Nunes memo reportedly alleges. There is no evidence for such a claim, and it doesn't pass the smell test. The real question is this: Will the FBI and Justice Department remain semi-independent agencies that check the president's authority -- or will they be brought under President Donald Trump's direct control? ... Read more
The Method To Nunes Memo Madness | TYT | 02/06/18 | 10:55

William Rivers Pitt | They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
Truth-out | William Rivers Pitt | 02/03/18

... Donald Trump has already announced his desire to increase the massive US nuclear arsenal tenfold. The draft of his soon-to-be-released Nuclear Posture Review seeks significant production of so-called "low-yield" nuclear weapons, because our current weapons are theoretically too big to use with any degree of tactical success. It should be noted that, according to modern metrics, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were also "low-yield." An arsenal of smaller bombs is key to Admiral Monroe's fever dream of a winnable nuclear war. It is a dream Trump appears to share.

The world is dangerous enough as it is, one would think. It is so dangerous, in fact, that a great many people are frozen to near-immobility by it, by the sheer immensity of the perils we face. Where to even begin? If you seek a place to lay your chisel, I have two words: "No Nukes." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 07 [9:48]
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  2. NYC Taxi Driver Kills Himself at City Hall after Condemning Uber & Politicians for Financial Ruin
  3. "They were Both Cops & Robbers": Baltimore Police Scandal Exposes Theft, Cover-Ups & Drug Peddling
  4. NAACP vs. Trump: Racial Discrimination Suit Filed to Block Deportations of Haitians with TPS
  5. Bresha Meadows, Teenage Girl Who Killed Her Abusive Father, Finally Freed After 10 Months in Jail
Larry Wilkerson -> Has Trump Launched a New Nuclear Arms Race? | TRNN | 02/05/18 | 9:39
Larry Wilkerson -> On Iran, Trump Follows the Iraq War Playbook | TRNN | 02/06/18 | 16:58
Trump Chickens Out On Mueller Interview | TYT | 02/06/18 | 7:08
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Dimes Into Dollars: The Marijauana Economy | 1a.org | 02/07/18 | 1hr
The push for legalizing recreational marijuana doesn't just make users happy. The Marijuana Policy Group says Colorado's pot industry created more than 18,000 jobs and generated more than $2.4 billion for the state. And it's predicted that legal marijuana sales could grow to $21 billion in the next three years. Primo.

But even though more states are getting into this market, marijuana is still technically illegal because federal law hasn't changed, despite a shift in public opinion.

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Joe On Trump's Military Parade: Have The Largest War Veterans Parade Instead | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/07/18 | 13:19
Congressman On Effort To Balance Budget | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/07/18 | 7:22
Watch Paul Ryan Aide Defend His Donald Trump Flip-Flop | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 02/06/18 | 6:22
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Why Trump Doesn't Want To Talk To Robert Mueller | Stephen Colbert | 02/07/18 | 4:29
A Footnote Completely Ruins Devin Nunes' Argument | Stephen Colbert | 02/07/18 | 4:37
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump the Jokester Accuses Democrats of Treason | Trevor Noah | 02/06/18 | 3:20
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Calls Democrats Treasonous for Not Clapping | Seth Meyers | 02/07/18 | 3:36
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Peter Schiff Predicted The Stock Market Plunge, Now Hear What He Says Is COMING NEXT | Alex Jones | 02/07/18 | 20:19
Learn Why Liberals Are Lazy Criminals That Want To Run Your Life | Alex Jones | 02/07/18 | 12:29

Tuesday February 06, 2018

Trump ran on reducing the debt -- now he's sending it through the roof
Salon | Charlie May | 02/05/18

The Treasury Department is expected to borrow $955 billion in 2018, the most in the last six years

Last year, the federal government borrowed $519 billion, while documents released on Wednesday show that the U.S. Treasury expects to borrow $955 billion this year, the Washington Post reported. While the Treasury only gave a justification because of the "fiscal outlook," the Congressional Budget Office provided further insight and indicated that the reason for an increase in U.S. borrowing is because of the newly passed GOP tax plan.

The Post elaborated: The White House got a taste of just how problematic this debt situation could get this week. Investors are concerned about all the additional borrowing and the likelihood of higher inflation, which is why the interest rates on U.S. government bonds hit the highest level since 2014. That, in turn, partly drove the worst weekly sell-off in the stock market in two years. ... Read more

Woody Harrelson discusses "The Most Dangerous Man in America" [4:17]
The Most Dangerous Man In America

The Most Dangerous Man In America, Part 1 [43:25], Part 2 [43:25]

Forever defined by a single action, Daniel Ellsberg is known as the man who blew the whistle on the Vietnam War. But neither Ellsberg's choice nor its execution was simple, as Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith's Oscar-nominated documentary reveals.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers tells multiple stories, of which two are central: The former Rand Corporation analyst's shift from hawk to dove, and the process of releasing those famous Defense Department documents to congressmen, and later, to major newspapers.
The Fog of War Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara

The Fog of War Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara | 2003 | 1:23:00

Former corporate whiz kid Robert McNamara was the controversial Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, during the height of the Vietnam War. This Academy Award-winning documentary, augmented by archival footage, gives the conflicted McNamara a platform on which he attempts to confront his and the U.S. government's actions in Southeast Asia in light of the horrors of modern warfare, the end of ideology and the punitive judgment of history.
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick | 2014 | 10 Episodes

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

Kuznick Interviews

Historian Peter Kuznick says Eisenhower called for decreased militarization, then Dulles reversed the policy; the Soviets tried to end the cold war after the death of Stalin; crazy schemes involving nuclear weapons and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba put the world of the eve of destruction - with host Paul Jay

The Untold History of the United States by Kuznick, Peter.mobi | Book | 6.99 MB
Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki

Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki | 2006 | 1:15:00

Since World War II, the United States has been almost constantly involved in combat, active participants in a string of wars fought entirely on foreign shores. Eugene Jarecki's documentary examines this phenomenon outside of partisan bickering, thoughtfully exploring what Eisenhower called "the business of war." Speaking to veterans of wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as military experts and journalists, the film discusses defense spending, foreign policy and the military-industrial complex.

Blowback: How a CIA-Backed Coup Led to the Rise of Iran's Ayatollahs
TheIntercept | Mehdi Hasan | 02/05/18

WHY CAN'T IRAN have a secular, democratic government? It's a question Americans often ask of their longstanding Middle East adversary -- especially when they see images of anti-regime protesters taking to the streets of major Iranian cities and towns to demand greater freedom.

Unlike citizens of the Islamic Republic, however, citizens of the United States tend to have short memories. The historical reality is that Iran did have a secular, democratic government, led by Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh between 1951 and 1953 -- but Mossadegh was removed from power in a coup organized and funded by the CIA and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6.

With a handful of exceptions -- Madeleine Albright in 2000, Barack Obama in 2009 and 2015 -- most mainstream U.S. politicians have little to say about any of this sordid history. In Washington, D.C., Iranian hostility toward the U.S. has long been treated as inexplicable and irrational, while the CIA's role in the 1953 coup -- which set off a chain of events that resulted in the rise of Iran's ayatollahs and the Islamic Revolution of 1979 -- has vanished into a memory hole. Read more

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup
foreignpolicy.com | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian | 06/20/17

eclassified documents released last week shed light on the Central Intelligence Agency's central role in the 1953 coup that brought down Iranian Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh, fueling a surge of nationalism which culminated in the 1979 Iranian Revolution and poisoning U.S.-Iran relations into the 21st century. The approximately 1,000 pages of documents also reveal for the first time the details of how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup -- only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate spy on the ground.

Known as Operation Ajax, the CIA plot was ultimately about oil. Western firms had for decades controlled the region's oil wealth, whether Arabian-American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia, or the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Iran. When the U.S. firm in Saudi Arabia bowed to pressure in late 1950 and agreed to share oil revenues evenly with Riyadh, the British concession in Iran came under intense pressure to follow suit. But London adamantly refused. ... Read more

Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, -> Fear and Loathing in Trump's America | The Agenda with Steve Paikin | older, 10/31/17 | 29:03
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 06 [7:18]
Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi Chronicles Election of "Billionaire Hedonist" Trump | DN | older, 01/17/17 | 21:59
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  2. When Deportation is a Death Sentence: The Fatal Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy
  3. When U.S. Needs MLK's Voice More Than Ever, Automaker Dodge Waters Down His Message to Peddle Trucks
  4. A More Beautiful & Terrible History: The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK's Legacies
Thomas Ferguson of the University of Massachusetts -> How Did Trump Win? Follow the Dark Money | TRNN | 02/04/18 | 12:57
Nunes Steps In A Big Pile Of Papadopoulos | TYT | 02/05/18 | 10:21
Paul Ryan REALLY Regrets Tweeting This... | TYT | 02/05/18 | 5:44
Uncle Sam Borrowing Trillions To Pay For GOP Tax Plan | TYT | 02/05/18 | 7:37
Why Trump Is Accusing Democrats Of TREASON | TYT | 02/05/18 | 4:38
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Paving The Path For Paid Family Leave | 1a.org | 02/06/18 | 1hr
A brief mention of paid family leave by President Trump in his first State of the Union address seemed to show his support for a federal policy that would protect jobs and compensate workers while they take time off to care for themselves or relatives.

The Family and Medical Leave Act -- which was passed 25 years ago this month -- allows civilian employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for events like a medical illness or the birth or adoption of a child. But, paid leave is largely left to the discretion of the employer.

How would a federal family leave policy give workers the resources they need to provide proper caregiving and assure job security? And why is the U.S. so behind other nations in creating a policy like this?
Can We Trust Voting Polls? | 1a.org | 02/06/18 | 1hr
Polls show that most Americans don't believe polls. Rasmussen found that just over a quarter of Americans trust them (but that's a poll, too). And after the Brexit vote and the 2016 election went against many pollsters' predictions, can we blame anyone who is giving percentages a side-eye?

Trustworthy or not, polls are everywhere. They make for click-friendly headlines and they add a feeling of statistical heft to arguments. To paraphrase Homer, "You can use stats to prove anything that's even remotely true."

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Devin Nunes Memo Stunt Blows Up In GOP's Face | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/05/18 | 15:38
Rattner's Charts: Making Sense Of Monday's Dow Drop By 1,500 Points | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/06/18 | 13:44
Rep. Joaquin Castro: Important For Democrats To Correct The Record | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/06/18 | 10:25
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Touted The Economy As The Stock Market Plunged | Stephen Colbert | 02/02/18 | 6:56
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Memo Combat: Republicans React to Devin Nunes's Dud Memo | Trevor Noah | 02/05/18 | 6:19

Monday February 05, 2018

What Was Russia's Spy Chief Doing in Washington Last Week? Probably Playing the Trump Administration ... Again.
Daily Beast | Amy Knight | 01/31/18

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Chief Sergei Naryshkin came just before Trump punted new sanctions and issued a useless 'oligarch' list. What message did he bring from Moscow?

The Russians clearly wanted the world to know that the head of their Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR -- which has been implicated directly in Moscow's efforts to subvert American democratic processes--paid a not-so-secret visit to the Washington area last week for meetings with officials of the Trump administration. That the man in question, Sergei Naryshkin, has been the specific object of U.S. sanctions did not seem to preclude his visit. ... Read more

Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with CIA director to discuss counterterrorism
WP | Shane Harris | 01/31/18

Two top Russian spy chiefs traveled to Washington last week to discuss counterterrorism issues with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but the unusual visit also raised concerns among some U.S. officials that Moscow could interpret the encounter as a sign the Trump administration is willing to move beyond the issue of election interference, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said.

Pompeo met with Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service or SVR, and Alexander Bortnikov, who runs the FSB, which is the main successor to the Soviet-era security service the KGB. ... Read more

Dow loses all gains of 2018
Dow loses all gains of 2018 | FoxNews | 02/05/18 | 6:10

The Daily 202: Why Trump is so eager to release the Nunes memo
WP | James Hohmann | 02/01/18

Senior White House officials and advisers say that President Trump wants the document published because he sees it as key to making changes at the Justice Department, particularly pushing out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Few things have frustrated Trump as much as the law enforcement agencies he cannot fully control," Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett and Karoun Demirjian report. "Allies say he is upset that he can't control 'my guys' at the 'Trump Justice Department' and that no one seems particularly loyal to him. He has also broken long-held protocols by directly calling Justice Department officials, and instructed his chief of staff to do the same, without the White House counsel on the phone. ... Read more

Keith Olbermann Talks Trump, DNC, Russia Probe, ISIS & More | The View | 11/03/17 | 8:17

'The president clearly set himself up': Trump's stock market miscalculation
Politico | Ben White | 02/05/18

After cheering the market's relentless rise, Trump is forced to face the reality of Monday's swift and historic fall.

A global market sell-off accelerated Monday with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging nearly 1,600 points at one point in roller-coaster afternoon trading. After a volatile session, the Dow ended down 1,175 points, or 4.6%, at 24,346.

It was the largest ever single-day point drop for the Dow and it rattled both Wall Street and Washington, abruptly ending a remarkable period of placid markets where it often seemed the only direction was up. A young generation of Wall Street traders has never seen the kind of whipsaw action that seized markets Monday. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 05 [8:20]
Head of Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Group: Trump's Nuclear Policy "Puts Us on Path Toward Nuclear War" | DN | 02/05/18 | 16:07
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  3. As Paul Ryan Touts a Secretary's $1.50 Weekly Pay Hike, Koch Bros. Reap $1.4B from GOP Tax Plan
  4. 17 Arrested Outside Super Bowl, Capping NFL Season of Racial Justice Protests On and Off Field
Undoing the New Deal - The Age of Lunacy (Pt8) | TRNN | 02/04/18 | 16:55
Undoing the New Deal: Eisenhower Builds an Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons and a Cabinet of Millionaires, Part7 | TRNN | 01/29/18 | 24:22
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Max Blumenthal and Ex-FBI Agent Coleen Rowley on the Nunes Memo | TRNN | 02/04/18 | 24:27

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Russia Spy Chiefs Met In U.S. With Donald Trump Officials Last Week | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | older, 02/01/18 | 10:53
GOP Memo Harms President Donald Trump's Claims Of Conspiracy | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/05/18 | 17:08
Declassified Russia Memo: Who Is Carter Page? | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/02/18 | 9:27
Donald Trump Jr.-Russia Meeting Explanation Reportedly Under Scrutiny | The Last Word | MSNBC | 02/01/18 | 9:17
Humiliating: Watch Nunes Demolish Himself On Surveillance | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 02/01/18 | 7:54
Liz Plank: A Porn Star Might Be The First Person To Outplay Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC | 02/01/18 | 4:04
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Welcome To The Mess, Hope Hicks | Stephen Colbert | 02/02/18 | 4:04
KFC's New Female Colonel Made Some Dudes On The Internet Mad AF | Stephen Colbert | 02/03/18 | 4:18
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Memo Combat: The GOP Goes After the Trump-Russia Probe | Trevor Noah | 02/01/18 | 5:43
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump and GOP Move to Release Controversial Russia Memo | Seth Meyers | 02/01/18 | 7:32
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After The Release Of The Secret FISA Memo, Roger Stone Gives His Analysis | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 9:30
Roger Stone: Trump Must Clean House | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 16:50
??William Binney -> Trump Courageously Cleans The Swamp Despite Threats From Criminal Intelligence Community | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 14:57
Alex Jones Reads The FULL Declassified FISA Memo On Air | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 38:50
The Release Of The Memo Is Just The Beginning, It Will Get Much Worse | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 22:22
Host Shawn Hannity -> Jay Sekulow Reacts to FISA Memo Release | Conservative Citizen | 02/02/18 | 10:51
Alex Jones RANT: "We're Coming for Ya Globalist" | Alex Jones | 04/07/11 | 4:08
Alex Jones & Donald Trump Bombshell Full Interview | Alex Jones | 12/02/15 | 33:33
This Video Explains Trump's Economics And Why The Globalists Hate It | Alex Jones | 12/29/17 | 11:45

Friday February 02, 2018

Americans don't want to mix politics and law enforcement, and support an independent FBI
yougov.com | author | date

In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, the preference for independence in law enforcement is not partisan, as Republicans as well as Democrats reject the belief that senior FBI officials need to be supporters of the President (though Republicans are more closely divided than Democrats or independents on this question).

The poll was conducted this weekend, as Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe resigned just weeks ahead of his expected March retirement from the Bureau. McCabe had been criticized by President Trump, including on Twitter, for political bias, and claimed he had been asked by the President how he had voted when he met the President upon assuming the role of acting FBI Director. McCabe did not vote in the 2016 election. ... Read more
SHOCKING Deep State Poll Reveals Disturbing Results | TYT | 02/01/18 | 10:01

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression -- and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

While this book was on pre-order I read (without exaggeration) twenty-three books on anxiety and depression. I've read many in the past, and I wanted to read everything that had a good reputation. I wasn't impressed. I got so tired of reading the same ideas and advice, which was usually 'breathe deeply' and 'try to be mindful'. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy came up a lot too, which is mind-numbing when you've found its benefits to be so limited. To be fair, many people must get a lot out of what's already out there. But this book is something new. The author doesn't repeat the old ideas; he breaks down assumptions. Rather than seeing depression as a rare malfunction, it's recognised as a response to the dehumanizing world we live in. It's not preachy, and the arguments make sense better than this review can. The references are solid. Better still, it's full of practical ideas for reconnecting with the things that matter. Ease the causes of depression and you can ease depression. A lot of the ideas I knew already, on some level, but seen from this perspective I have seen the power of these ideas. No book will be a cure-all, but if you're looking for help and don't have time to read as many books as I tried, this one will give you more than you expect. Give it time. It's not a quick collection of techniques, but gives you the understanding you need. That's worth a lot more than the same old lists of techniques.
Fact-checking the 2018 State of the Union address | WashingtonPost | 02/01/18 | 1:40
Hate of the Union with Jeremy Scahill
Intercepted Podcast: Hate of the Union | TheIntercept | 01/31/18 | 1hr

Controversial Nunes Memo Released Following Formal Approval From Trump
PBS | Philip Ewing | 02/02/18

President Trump joined his Republican allies on Friday in piling on with attacks about "bias" in the FBI and the Justice Department as Washington, D.C., waited on tenterhooks for the release of a controversial secret spying memo. The White House said Trump has reviewed the memo and approved its full declassification. The House Intelligence Committee then posted it online.

"I think it's terrible. It's a disgrace what's going on in this country," Trump told reporters. "When you look at that, and you see that, a lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that." ... Read more

Two Months After U.S. Invaded Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld Asked What Languages are Spoken There

Two Months After U.S. Invaded Afghanistan, Donald Rumsfeld Asked What Languages are Spoken There
TheIntercept | Murtaza Hussain | 01/25/18

ROUGHLY TWO MONTHS after the start of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was still unsure about which languages were spoken in the country and asked aides to provide him a report on the subject. That and other revelations come from a collection of hundreds of Rumsfeld's communications released Wednesday by the National Security Archive, a research center based at George Washington University.

The "Languages" memo is part of a roughly 900-page tranche of Rumsfeld's memos released after a five-year Freedom of Information Act fight by the National Security Archive. Following a FOIA lawsuit filed by the archive, the government agreed to release a total of roughly 59,000 pages of memos in monthly tranches. The first group of memos contains many of Rumsfeld's notorious short internal memoranda, known colloquially as "snowflakes," which were written in the months before and after the September 11 attacks. ... Read more

NSA Deletes "Honesty" and "Openness" From Core Values
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 02 [10:18]
Johann Hari on How Neoliberalism Drives Depression and Anxiety in the U.S. | DN | 02/01/18 | 12:18
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  2. "Mr. Boston": Meet the Man Who Secretly Helped Daniel Ellsberg Leak Pentagon Papers to the Press
  3. "They Repress Us Because We're Poor": Immigrant Rights Activist Speaks from Sanctuary in Colorado
Bernie Sanders' near-victory in the Democratic primary despite no corporate support was a first in US history | TRNN | 02/02/18 | 11:45
Trump Lies About His State Of The Union Ratings | TYT | 02/01/18 | 5:17
Trump Thinks He's Better Than Lincoln | TYT | 02/01/18 | 7:20
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Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/02/18 | 1hr
  1. Why would the president approve the release of a classified document over the objections of the Justice Department?
  2. Why would he not be swayed by an overwhelming majority in Congress to impose sanctions on Russia?
  3. Why is he refusing an American sports tradition this year?
  4. The State of our Union is ... busy as ever. We review some of the biggest headlines -- and biggest applause lines -- of the week
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/02/18 | 1hr
  1. President Trump asks Congress to restrict US foreign aid to "America's friends."
  2. Kenyans watch their TVs go blank as confusion grows over who is president.
  3. And who will inherit the flatpack fortune? IKEA's founder leaves behind a huge legacy, and a few confusing instructions.

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*Donald Trump Faith Misplaced In Memo Reportedly Focused On Carter Page | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/01/18 | 16:59
Rachel Maddow notes reporting that the subject of the Nunes memo is Carter Page, who has a long history with U.S. intelligence and Russia and unfortunately for Trump is not a sympathetic figure for abuse of surveillance.
Should Devin Nunes Be Looked At For Obstructing Investigation? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/02/18 | 12:56
Joe: This Will Be Proven To Be A Misleading Pack Of Lies | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/02/18 | 4:04
Trump on Nunes memo: People should be ashamed | CNN | 02/02/18 | 11:11
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Did The White House Help Nunes Write The Memo? | Stephen Colbert | 02/02/18 | 5:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Memo Combat: The GOP Goes After the Trump-Russia Probe | Trevor Noah | 02/01/18 | 5:43
Jimmy Kimmel Live
*Jimmy Kimmel on Trump Releasing Nunes Memo | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/01/18 | 6:51
*Jimmy Kimmel on Stormy Daniels and Trump's State of the Union | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/31/18 | 9:24
Donald Trump's Bombshell Admission of Guilt | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/30/18 | 3:14
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Full Text Of The Declassified House Intel Memo #MemoReleased | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 10:54
EXCLUSIVE: Terrorists Planning To Attack Super Bowl To Embarrass Trump | Alex Jones | 02/02/18 | 24:41
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Wednesday, Thursday January 31, February 01 2018

Trump Wants Little to Do With His Own Foreign Policy
TheAtlantic | Thomas Wright | 01/31/18

The clash between America First and the global shift to great-power competition

In recent months, the Trump administration has called for a dramatic shift in the direction of American foreign policy. How drastic of a shift? As the administration's National Defense Strategy pithily put it: "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security." This means that when it comes to investing in new capabilities and planning for the future, the United States will focus more on threats and challenges from Russia and China than on counter-terrorism, rogue states, and nation building. ... Read more

Trump delivers State of the Union Address
President Trump delivers State of the Union Address | TRNN | 01/30/18 | 1:42:59
Bernie Responds to the State of the Union | TRNN | 01/31/18 | 21:47
The 2018 State of the Union in 4 minutes | Vox | 01/31/18 | 3:58
The real state of the union in 2018, explained | Vox | 02/01/18 | article

Devin Nunes Made 'Material Changes' To Secret Memo Before It Went To Trump, Democrat Says
HP | Jessica Schulberg | 02/01/18

Rep. Adam Schiff called on the House Intelligence chairman to withdraw the document he sent to the president for public release.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee made "material changes" to a secret memo he shared with lawmakers before sending it to the president to approve for final release, the top Democrat on the committee said Wednesday night.

Adam Schiff (Calif.), the committee's ranking Democrat, called on Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to withdraw the version of the classified memo he sent to the White House on Monday, arguing that a prior vote in favor or releasing the memo was invalidated by Nunes' changes. ... Read more

Stormy Daniels
Trump's Stormy Daniels Problem Won't. Go. Away. | TYT | 01/31/18 | 6:23
Jimmy Kimmel's FULL INTERVIEW with Stormy Daniels | TYT | 01/30/18 | 11:38

Members of Congress, on Trump's mental health: "You don't have to convince us"
Salon | Chauncey Devega | 02/01/18

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee met with a dozen members of Congress to warn them about Donald Trump. They knew already

or many reasons, Donald Trump's mental health is a subject of great public concern in America. He is a compulsive liar who dissembles about facts both large and small. He is also a malignant narcissist who is desperately -- and successfully -- imposing his own version of reality on the American people. Trump is also violent and appears to lack any empathy or concern for the suffering of others. At times he seems confused and his patterns of speech have changed since taking office in January of last year. Even some of Donald Trump's closest political allies have apparently expressed concern about his mental health. ... Read more

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  2. Marcy Wheeler on Showdown over Nunes Memo, Mueller Probe & Reauthorization of Mass Surveillance
  3. 16 Years of War: Trump Joins Obama & Bush in Using SOTU to Hail “Progress” in Afghan War
  4. Johann Hari on How the “Junk Values” of Neoliberalism Drive Depression and Anxiety in the U.S.
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  2. In Warmongering First State of the Union, Trump Doubles Down on Gitmo & Escalates Nuclear War Threat
  3. Ilhan Omar, First Somali-American State Lawmaker: Trump's SOTU was "Disgusting" & "Fascist"
  4. We Are Not Going to Be Intimidated: Undocumented Activist Attends SOTU Despite Threat of Arrest
  5. Made in the USA: The Real History of the MS-13 Gang Trump Talked About in State of the Union
  6. Trump's "Backward-Looking" Speech Ignores Climate Change, While Pushing for "Beautiful, Clean Coal"
President Trump delivers State of the Union Address | TRNN | 01/30/18 | 1:42:59
Bill Black says -> A Booming Stock Market Does Not Mean a Strong US Economy | TRNN | 01/31/18 | 10:04
Trump Boasts Support for Climate Disaster Victims as FEMA Abandons Them | TRNN | 02/01/18 | 17:55
Trump's REAL Infrastructure Plan Gets Leaked | TYT | 01/31/18 | 6:47
The biggest federal regulations that have disappeared under Trump | PBS | 01/25/18 | 6:29
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Melania Trump, Trailblazer | 1a.org | 02/01/18 | 1hr
Life As A Libertarian | 1a.org | 02/01/18 | 1hr
Are Supplements Nutritional Nonsense? | 1a.org | 02/01/18 | 1hr
People Over Pundits: Your Reactions To Trump's First State Of The Union | 1a.org | 02/01/18 | 1hr
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Steve Schmidt: President Donald Trump SOTU Speech Given From "Alternate Reality" | MSNBC | 01/31/18 | 6:12
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Goes Live After Trump's State Of The Union | Stephen Colbert | 01/30/18 | 13:53
How Many Democrats Does It Take To Respond To A SOTU? | Stephen Colbert | 02/01/18 | 4:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump's State of the Union: Not a Night for Facts | Trevor Noah | 01/30/18 | 7:55
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Actual State of Our Union | Samantha Bee | 01/31/18 | 6:54
The Late Show with James Corden
Let's Recap an Insane January 2018 | James Corden | 01/31/18 | 3:15
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump's State of the Union Address, Puppy Bowl XIV | Seth Meyers | 02/01/18 | 2:43

Tuesday January 30, 2018

Most Americans Can't Afford A Minor Emergency
HP | Eleanor Goldberg | 01/29/18

James DeVolid, 54, put in so many hours between his two jobs at Tyson Foods and Walmart that his wife, Susan, often joked that he worked "eight days a week." But after DeVolid developed nerve damage, he had to quit last summer the janitorial position he'd held for 20 years at a Tyson Food distribution center in Pottsville, Arkansas. His job required cleaning freezers, and the cold temperatures exacerbated his ailment.

DeVolid kept his other job at Walmart, where he earns $10 an hour moving carts 32 hours a week. But the change cut his annual income from $40,000 to $20,000, and he had to give up the health insurance benefits provided at Tyson's. He figured it would only take a few weeks for his coverage to kick in at Walmart. ... Read more
Why Trump's Economy Actually SUCKS | TYT | 01/29/18 | 9:40

How Trump turned Sean Hannity into a conspiracy theorist | Vox
How Trump turned Sean Hannity into a conspiracy theorist | Vox | 01/22/18 | 7:48

Behold, Hannity's About-Face On Report That Trump Tried To Fire Mueller
TPM | Nicole Lafond | 01/26/18

After The New York Times first reported the news Thursday evening, Fox host Sean Hannity started his show by calling the Times a distraction and said none of his "sources" were confirming the story.

"The President's attorney dismissed the story and says 'no comment, we are not going there,'" he said Thursday evening before bringing on former White House aide Sebastian Gorka to further bash the Times' reporting. Forty minutes later, Hannity was forced to eat his words after Fox News sources confirmed that Trump did in fact try to fire Mueller this summer. ... Read more

Hannity: There's No Proof! Wait...There's Proof? | TYT | 01/27/18 | 13:04

Trump says he would re-enter TPP trade deal if it's made 'substantially better'
The Hill | Jordan Fabian | 01/25/18

Trump said Thursday he would consider re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if the terms were more favorable to the U.S. "I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal," Trump told CNBC during an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The comments mark the first time Trump has raised the possibility of rejoining the sweeping trade agreement, which was championed by former President Obama. It's a surprising stance for Trump, who won the 2016 election on a promise to take a more protectionist stance on trade. ... Read more
Trump Reconsidering TPP | TYT | 01/29/18 | 4:16

Trump has... spent 26% of his time out on the golf course spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf

The Mystery of Andrew McCabe's Exit
TheAtlantic | David A. Graham | 01/29/18

In a win for President Trump, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his post effective Monday--and that's about the only clear thing about his departure.

McCabe, who was appointed to that job under former FBI Director James Comey, was expected to leave his job this spring, when he reached eligibility for a pension. New FBI directors typically choose their own deputy directors, so it would make sense for new chief Christopher Wray to want his own pick. Because McCabe was a civil servant rather than a political appointee, Trump (and other superiors) could not summarily remove him. The president clearly didn't want him in the role and distrusted him, and it's hard to imagine McCabe was enjoying being a political football. Two days before Christmas, Trump tweeted, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!" ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, January 30 [10:00]
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  2. Exclusive: Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out After Being Freed from "Unnecessarily Cruel" ICE Detention
  3. Ravi Ragbir of The New Sanctuary Coalition: I Was Detained Because of Our Immigration Activism
  4. Two Immigrants Detained in NJ While Taking Children to School; Third Seeks Sanctuary in Church
Did Trump Screw Over Booming U.S. Solar Industry? | TRNN | 01/29/18 | 7:08
Undoing the New Deal: Eisenhower Builds an Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons and a Cabinet of Millionaires, Part7 | TRNN | 01/29/18 | 24:22
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone - Netflix
Trump's Real Impact On The Economy - The News With Dan Rather | TYT | 01/29/18 | 3:05
How The Russia Investigation Impacts The State of the Union - The News With Dan Rather | TYT | 01/29/18 | 7:01
The Greatest Threat To The State Of OUR Union - The News With Dan Rather | TYT | 01/29/18 | 8:04
The1a.org
Oil On Our Terms | 1a.org | 01/30/18 | 1hr
Over the past 20 years, shale gas extracted through fracking has done small wonders for the U.S. economy. This year, domestic oil production is on track to reach an all-time high.

The U.S. stands to gain a lot from this growth. A 2015 study by Dartmouth College found that the shale industry has created more than half a million jobs, creating boom towns in shale-rich areas of the country. And America's prominence in the sector has already given it more power in the game of international energy politics. Remember when a Middle Eastern oil boycott in the 1970s led to an oil shortage? That can't happen anymore.

But there is a flip side. Environmentalists warn of the dangers fracking poses, and suggest the shale boom might delay development of renewable energy sources. And those fracking boom towns, dominated by men, can become magnets for sexual assault and harassment. Also, the price of oil will keep changing, which means those boom towns sometimes go bust.
The Way We Work | 1a.org | 01/30/18 | 1hr
Contract work isn't a passing trend. It's here to stay. And it's how 20 percent of employees make a living today. In the next 10 years, some labor economists predict that contract workers will make up the majority of the U.S. workforce.

It's a change that's bound to alter the economy, job culture and labor policy in big ways. The NPR series "The Rise Of The Contract Workers" examines who these employees are and how they feel about their work status. Here are some of the findings* from the reporting:

  1. 20 percent of all American workers are contract workers hired to work on a specific project or for a fixed period of time.
  2. 51 percent of contract workers don't receive benefits from their jobs.
  3. 49 percent of contract workers have income that varies from month to month or seasonally.
  4. 65 percent of contract workers are male and 62 percent are under 45.
  5. 66 percent of part-time workers prefer that kind of schedule.
  6. 56 percent of workers received a raise in the past year.
  7. 84 percent of workers are not worried that they will lose their job in the next year.
  8. 54 percent of workers think it would be difficult to relocate for a better job.

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GOP Hopes To Help Donald Trump Target Rod Rosenstein With Release Of Memo | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 01/29/18 | 23:03
Senator Chris Murphy On Russia's Influence On U.S. Policies | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/30/18 | 7:21
Joe Lists Those Charged In Russia Investigation | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/30/18 | 3:56
Intel Committee Votes To Release Memo | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/30/18 | 3:08
Gov. Kasich: "In My Lifetime I've Never Seen This Country Divided Like This" | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/30/18 | 7:54
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Lie-Checks Trump's Climate Change Claim | Stephen Colbert | 01/30/18 | 3:30
The State Of Our Union Is... Misspelled | Stephen Colbert | 01/30/18 | 4:46
Fox News Struggles To Cover Trump's Attempted Firing Of Mueller | Stephen Colbert | 01/30/18 | 5:46
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Hillary Clinton Issues a Non-Apology for Shielding a Harasser | Trevor Noah | 01/29/18 | 5:18
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Devin Nunes' Yearbook Photo, Elon Musk's Flamethrower | Seth Meyers | 01/30/18 | 2:40
Is Devin Nunes Investigating Trump or Working with Him? | Seth Meyers | 01/30/18 | 11:05
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Is Devin Nunes Investigating Trump or Working with Him? | Alex Jones | 01/30/18 | 11:05
New Twilight Zone Pilot Set In Real World | Alex Jones | 01/30/18 | 9:11

Monday January 29, 2018

Trump's $1 trillion plan inspires 'Hunger Games' angst
Politico | Lauren Gardner | 01/28/18

The president's long-awaited infrastructure package will expect cities and states to pick up much more of the costs for their projects.

President Donald Trump won the White House promising a $1 trillion, 10-year blueprint to rebuild America -- an initiative he said would create millions of jobs while making the nation's highways, bridges, railroad and airports "second to none."

But the infrastructure plan he's poised to pitch in Tuesday's State of the Union is already drawing comparisons to the The Hunger Games." Instead of the grand, New Deal-style public works program that Trump's eye-popping price tag implies, Democratic lawmakers and mayors fear the plan would set up a vicious, zero-sum scramble for a relatively meager amount of federal cash -- while forcing cities and states to scrounge up more of their own money, bringing a surge of privately financed toll roads, and shredding regulations in the name of building projects faster. ... Read more

Our Cartoon President | Series Premiere | Full Episode (TV14) | Showtime | 01/28/18 | 27:27

'He has to be normal': Trump's State of the Union aims for unity after a polarizing year
Politico | Lorraine Woellert | 01/27/18/span>

President Donald Trump plans to set aside his fire-and-fury rhetoric to deliver a conciliatory message in his first State of the Union address, using the televised speech to reach voters beyond his base in an election year marked by intense polarization and a troubled electoral map for Republicans.

Early versions of Trump's speech indicate the president, facing an in-house congressional audience grimly divided along ideological lines, will adopt a unifying tone with the theme of a "safe, strong and proud America." The approach marks an attempt to shift the national conversation from Trump's dismal public approval ratings, an election year that threatens Republican control of Congress and a White House consumed by an investigation into Russian campaign meddling. ... Read more

The real reason American health care is so expensive | Vox | 11/30/17 | 5:41

Robert Reich: Trump Is Sabotaging the U.S. Economy
AlterNet | Robert Reich / RobertReich.org | 01/29/18

Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland: "America is open for business." We're now a great place for you to make money. We've slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here.

Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed. We don't want you. Forget that poem affixed to the Statue of Liberty about bringing us your poor yearning to breathe free. Don't even try. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, January 29 [10:06]
"We're Living in a Rigged System": Ari Berman Says GOP Uses Gerrymandering to Stay in Power | DN | 01/29/18 | 4:33
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  2. "Unprecedented Level of Violence" in Heart of Kabul as Taliban Sends "Clear Message" to Trump
  3. With Larry Nassar Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of 160 Female Athletes, Many Now Ask: Who Else Knew?
  4. "Are You a U.S. Citizen?": Trump Could Sabotage the 2020 Census by Adding Controversial Question
  5. "We're Living in a Rigged System": Ari Berman Says GOP Uses Gerrymandering to Stay in Power
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The Bargaining Chip At The Border | 1a.org | 01/29/18 | 1hr
It seems President Trump has every intention to make good on his campaign promise to build a wall along the nation's southern border. And it seems he's ready to make a deal to do it.

In exchange for $25 billion for planning and construction of the wall, the president says he'll consider granting citizenship to an estimated 700,000 immigrants who were brought over the border illegally as children.

The financial, cultural and environmental costs of the wall are high. But could this be the best hope for Democrats to get a deal for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA?
A Crisis In Community Health | 1a.org | 01/29/18 | 1hr
For several months, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was in limbo. Its budget expired and Congress took no action to reauthorize it. Then, relief came as part of the bill that ended the government shutdown last week.

But the future of another vital health service remains uncertain. The more than 10,000 community health centers that treat low-income Americans have not seen a funding reauthorization.

The centers, funded by the Affordable Care Act, retain bipartisan support, The Hill quotes Republican Senator Tom Cole saying "I certainly didn't support Obamacare but I think one of the good provisions was the expansion of the community health centers ... I think they're a wonderful model. They're a much cheaper way to deliver care to people that really need it. So, again, I think there is a commitment there to find a solution."

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How Paul Manafort Made A Career Off Oligarchs, Shady Deals, And Foreign Money | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/29/18 | 7:22
NYT: Memo Hints At A New Target: Rod Rosenstein | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/29/18 | 5:42
House Republicans Obstructing Robert Mueller? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/29/18 | 5:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Works Overtime Because Trump Tried To Fire Mueller | Stephen Colbert | 01/27/18 | 2:15
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Fox News Guide to Interviewing Trump | Trevor Noah | 01/27/18 | 4:53
Jimmy Kimmel Live
No One Wants to Stay at Trump Hotels | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/27/18 | 1:46

Friday January 26, 2018

Trump Booed At Davos For Criticizing 'Fake' Media
HP | Marina Fang | 01/26/18

Trump told world political and business leaders at the annual gathering in Switzerland that as a businessman, he received positive media coverage, but once he launched his presidential campaign in 2015, he realized that reporters were "nasty" and "fake," eliciting boos from people in the audience.

"It wasn't until I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be ? as the cameras start going off in the back," Trump said. The president frequently makes the false claim that television cameras don't air his anti-media remarks. ... Read more

With the Mueller bombshell, the GOP's grand conspiracy theory falls apart
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 01/26/18

This week we finally saw the right's defenses of Donald Trump crystallize into an overarching "theory of everything,"as Salon's Matthew Sheffield wrote on Thursday: A Department of Justice and FBI cabal worked feverishly to help Hillary Clinton escape accountability for her crimes, and was only thwarted by the stable genius of Donald Trump. This "secret society" is now doing everything in its power to overthrow the president. We spent the week following three specific strands of this alleged scandal, all of which have disintegrated by Friday morning.

First we had the so-called secret society which was excitedly flogged by the entire Fox News apparatus and taken up, perhaps a bit gingerly, by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. That turned out to be a joke in a text message from one of the FBI lovers at the center of the Republican conspiracy theory. Literally. So that was that. ... Read more
Republicans Going Full Alex Jones | TYT | 01/25/18 | 1:10

**How Trump is destroying the GOP
Salon | Robert Reich, robertreich.org | 01/26/18

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its soul to Trump.

Three principles once gave the GOP its identity and mission: Shrink the deficit, defend states' rights, and be tough on Russia. Now, after a year with the raving man-child who now occupies the White House, the Republican Party has taken a giant U-turn. Budget deficits are dandy, state's rights are obsolete, and Russian aggression is no big deal. By embracing a man whose only principles are winning and getting even, the Republican Party no longer stands for anything other than Trump. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 26 [8:40]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, January 26 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Women's Rights Attorney Gloria Allred on Suing Donald Trump for Sexual Assault: "Truth Matters"
  3. A Lifetime of Activism: Jane Fonda on Gender Violence, Indigenous Rights & Opposing War in Vietnam
  4. Actor & Musician Common on Erica Garner, Colin Kaepernick, DREAMers, Trump & Standing Up for Justice
The Bizarre Billionaire that Backed Bannon and Made Trump President | TRNN | 08/18/17 | 31:13
Trump On Mueller: "I'm Looking Forward To It" | TYT | 01/25/18 | 7:30
The1a.org
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 01/26/18 | 1hr
President Donald Trump says he's game for a conversation, under oath, with special counsel Robert Mueller. But will Trump's lawyers let him talk? And what was the president's point in asking acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe about who he voted for in 2016?

Plus, the federal government is back to business after a short shutdown, but it's only funded through early February so ... could we face another shutdown in the very near future?

So many things need light shed on them this week. Luckily we're in The Sunshine State to ask all our burning questions. We'll round up the week's news from sunny Orlando, Florida.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 01/26/18 | 1hr
Syria is forced on the defensive after Turkish troops invade the north. And the U.S. is making plans for an open-ended military presence in the country.

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the Middle East and promised to open the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem next year.

And the White House sent a large contingent with the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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President Donald Trump Addresses World Economic Forum In Davos | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/26/18 | 8:23
NYT Reporter Michael Schmidt On President Trump's Attempt To Fire Bob Mueller | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 01/26/18 | 8:23
White House Proposes Path To Citizenship For "Dreamers" | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 01/26/18 | 5:44
President Donald Trump's Full Interview At The World Economic Forum | Davos 2018 | CNBC | 01/26/18 | 21:11
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Secretive FBI Secret Society Is No Longer A Secret | Stephen Colbert | 01/26/18 | 3:20
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump vs. The FBI: Republicans Investigate the Investigation | Trevor Noah | 01/25/18 | 6:07
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Donald Trump & Mueller | Jimmy Kimmel | 01/26/18 | 5:36
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Trump Goes to Davos While Congress Debates Immigration | Seth Meyers | 01/26/18 | 11:13
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
President Trump Exposes The Rogue Shadow Government | Alex Jones | 01/25/18 | 12:06

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