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Monday May 23, 2016
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Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden Hardcover - by Mark Hertsgaard

Whistleblowers pay with their lives to save ours. When insiders like former NSA analyst Edward Snowden or ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley or Big Tobacco truth-teller Jeffrey Wigand blow the whistle on high-level lying, lawbreaking or other wrongdoing-whether it's government spying, corporate murder or scientific scandal-the public benefits enormously. Wars are ended, deadly products are taken off the market, white-collar criminals are sent to jail. The whistleblowers themselves, however, generally end up ruined. Nearly all of them lose their jobs-and in many cases their marriages and their health-as they refuse to back down in the face of increasingly ferocious official retaliation. That moral stubbornness despite terrible personal cost is the defining DNA of whistleblowers. The public owes them more than we know.

In Bravehearts, Hertsgaard tells the gripping, sometimes darkly comic and ultimately inspiring stories of the unsung heroes of our time. A deeply reported, impassioned polemic, Bravehearts is a book for citizens everywhere-especially students, teachers, activists and anyone who wants to make a difference in the world around them.

Robert Reich: How the Pundits and Press Have Utterly Failed to Grasp Trump's Appeal
AlterNet | Robert Reich | 05/23/16

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That's an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March. ...

... Since he clinched the Republican nomination two weeks ago, Trump has been the object of even more unfavorable press than he was before - about his treatment of women, his propensity to lie, his bizarre policy proposals. ... Read more

*TYT | Hedge Fund Billionaire: Cut My Taxes, Close More Schools (05/22/16) [9:08]

Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!
HP | Bill Moyers | 05/21/16

... Twice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Certainly, Hillary Clinton is angered by all of this, but the one seemingly more aggrieved -- if public comments and private actions are any indication -- is Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

As we recently wrote, "... She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates for Big Money, brought lobbyists into the inner circle and oiled all the moving parts of the revolving door that twirls between government service and cushy jobs in the world of corporate influence." ... Read more

Plant-Based, the Beyond Burger Aims to Stand Sturdy Among Meat
NYTimes | Stephanie Strom | 05/22/16

For the handful of companies working to develop plant-based alternatives to meat, finding a hearty stand-in for the humble hamburger is the holy grail.

One of those companies, Beyond Meat, says it has come up with that burger. The company will begin selling the Beyond Burger on Monday at a Whole Foods in Boulder, Colo. -- alongside the case where beef, poultry, lamb and pork are sold. ... Read more

We're In The Eye Of A Global Financial Hurricane
ZeroHedge | author | 05/23/16

The global financial system is in the eye of an unprecedented hurricane. While central bankers are congratulating themselves on their god-like mastery of Nature, and secretly praying to the idols of the Keynesian Cargo Cult every night, the inevitable consequence of borrowing from the future, the obsession with "growth" at any cost and financialization /monetary stimulus, a.k.a. the rich get richer thanks to central banks is systemic collapse. ... Read more

American Democracy Is in Crisis Mode and We're All Complicit: Here's What Needs to Happen
AlterNet | Jim Sleeper | 05/20/16

The crisis that has made Trump's victory a possibility isn't about Trump. It's about what's happening to the American people.

The election news is all about Trump, 24/7, but the crisis that has made his victory a possibility and that would bring tyrannical folly in its wake it isn't about Trump. It's about what is happening to the American people. What is happening to us is something that Trump embodies perfectly, in all his populist vulgarity. But no populist rhetoric of democracy can hide the truth that what's happening to us is what's being done to us. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, May 23 [10:03]
*DN | Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks, Part 3 (05/23/16) [17:19], DN | Part 2 [14:23], DN | Part 3 [12:54]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Primaries and Caucuses (05/22/16) [14:27]
*TRNN | The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Part 1 (05/23/16) [24:10], Part 2 [19:54], Part 3 [19:54]
TRNN | Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey says: Climate Change Fueled Droughts Pushing Africa to the Brink (05/23/16) [10:02]
TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says: The Financial Invasion of Greece (05/22/16) [10:10]
TYT | Full Year Of Record Breaking Temperatures (05/21/16) [6:39]
TYT | Tom Cotton Wants More Americans In Jail (05/22/16) [6:33]
RT | Keiser Report: The Return of Bubba - aka President Bill Clinton (E917) (05/21/16) [25:44]
RT | CrossTalk: A grim prediction - a retired general sees a NATO-Russia war within a year... (05/23/16) [24:31]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Who Are the Ruthless Dealmakers? Part 1 (05/20/16) [13:03], Part 2 [12:32]
*DR | Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Key Issues (04/23/16) [1hr]
*Aljazeera | Inside Story - Targeting the Taliban (05/22/16) [25:06]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday May 20, 2016
News Articles

Builders of the American Century: Bechtel and Crony Capitalism
HP | Jeremy Kuzmarov | 05/20/16

The Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney, and companies like Blackwater and Halliburton have become worldwide symbols of crony capitalism, war profiteering, environmental destruction and labor exploitation, which are driving the resurgence of social movements in the United States today.

Sally Denton's book The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World (Simon & Schuster, 2016), demonstrates that Bechtel Corporation, which spent an estimated $6.2 million in political contributions and $6.2 million in lobbying during the last election cycles, should be in the same class of villains. ... Read more

The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World Hardcover by Sally Denton

The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. "Dad" Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to "build the world," from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe.

Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington. Bechtel executives John McCone, Caspar Weinberger, and George P. Shultz segued from leadership at the company to positions as Director of the CIA, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State, respectively.

Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton, whom The New York Times called "a wonderful writer," exposes Bechtel's secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.
*TRNN | Americans must know 'shocking' details of 9/11 report classified pages (05/19/15) [5:12]

"Hillary Clinton Is A Danger To World Peace", French Presidential Frontrunner Le Pen Warns
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/16

American media has repeatedly likened GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump to France's far-right Front-National party leader Marine Le Pen and while the forthright French politician has not explicitly named a "preferable" candidate for US president, her comments today suggest it is not Hillary Clinton. Stating that the "EU is in the brink of collapse," as two of its main 'pillars' are "crumbling" despite the billions of euros spent on keeping the structure from falling, Le Pen's gravest fear is Hillary Clinton winning the White House because it would constitute "a danger for the world peace," as she would continue to drag Europe into her"destructive policy" of conflicts. ... Read more

Business Loan Delinquencies Spike To Lehman Moment Level
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/16

This could not have come at a more perfect time, with the Fed once again flip-flopping about raising rates. After appearing to wipe rate hikes off the table earlier this year, the Fed put them back on the table, perhaps as soon as June, according to the Fed minutes. A coterie of Fed heads was paraded in front of the media today and yesterday to make sure everyone got that point, pending further flip-flopping. Drowned out by this hullabaloo, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve released its delinquency and charge-off data for all commercial banks in the first quarter -- very sobering data. ... Read more
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Aljazeera | The Rise of the Superbug (05/19/16) [24:59]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Could superbugs become deadlier than cancer? (05/19/16) [24:50]
Aljazeera | Head to Head - Climate change: Fact or fiction? (05/16/16) [47:32]
Aljazeera | UpFront - Top US general defends Donald Trump (05/19/16) [10:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 20 [11:43]
DN | Canada's Indigenous & Black Lives Matter Activists Unite to Protest Violence & Neglect, Part 1 (05/20/16) [11:22], Part 2 [7:59]
DN | Canada Apologizes for Racist Incident 100 Years After Rejecting Komagata Maru Ship of 370 Immigrants (05/20/16) [21:22]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson on Heightened Tensions in the South China Sea (05/20/15) [9:52]
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TRNN | Republicans Would Rather Lose the 2016 Election than Win with Donald Trump (05/18/15) [10:44]
TYT | Cenk Interviews Bernie Sanders On Campaign Finance Reform (05/19/16) [3:48]
TYT | Barbara Boxer: Bernie Supporters Made Me Fear For My Safety (05/19/16) [10:22]
TYT | Trump Accuses Bill Clinton Of Rape (05/19/16) [3:25]
RT | CrossTalk: Universal Justice? (05/20/16) [24:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Is There Evidence To Go After the Saudis on 9/11? (05/19/16) [11:36]
*ThomHartmann | TPP Has Failed American Jobs - Here Are the Numbers... (05/19/16) [12:58]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/20/16) [1hr]
Note: starts around 3:20 on the Progressbar
Bernie Sanders' campaign rebukes Hillary Clinton for claiming she will be the Democratic nominee. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party establishment is making plans to avoid an ugly conflict at their convention in Philadelphia this summer. A new poll shows a majority of Republicans want their party to unify behind Donald Trump, who showing some signs of a more traditional candidacy. President Obama ties another non-decision from the Supreme Court to a lack of action on his nominee, Merrick Garland. And Feds look for ways to shorten long airport security lines. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey of NPR News for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/20/16) [1hr]
The latest on crash of the Egypt Air plane from Paris to Cairo. ISIS ramps up its bombings in Baghdad. And one of the Nigerian schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram returns home. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday May 19, 2016
News Articles
*Bernie Sanders
I feel that Bernie Sander's ideas aren't geting out to the public as well as some of the other candidates. I hope to post more of this campaign speeches to do my part.

Note: Just a reminder that I use a lot of other peoples videos from YouTube and all around the web. I try to watch all the videos to the end, so I can choose the ones that best fit this website. I can't control the advertising within the videos and the start or end of the content. I encourage you to use the Progressbar to skip to the beginnings of Bernie's speeches, and around any advertising that you find offensive. Thanks.
Bernie Sanders Rally in Vallejo, California in Vallejo Waterfront Park (full) (05/18/16) [1:16:37 ]
Bernie Sanders Makes Surprise Campaign Stop In San Francisco (05/18/16) [5:50 ]
Bernie Sanders Rally in San Jose, California in Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (full) (05/18/16) [1:10:14]
Bernie Sanders Rally in Carson, California (full) (05/17/16) [1:00:18]
**See more speeches from yesterday**

5,000 People Get Free Lunch Made From 'Ugly' Fruits And Vegetables
HP | Elyse Wanshel | 05/18/16

The London-based environmental nonprofit, Feedback, fed 5,000 people in Washington, DC, for free during its "Feeding the 5000" event on Wednesday. The lunches, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are available to anyone who shows up. The organization, along with DC Central Kitchen and other local foodies will cook up veggie curry and meat chili made from ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away.

The large-scale event, which attracts huge crowds, has taken place in cities all over the world, like Paris, Dublin, Sydney, New York City and Barcelona. ...

... "Farmers leave up to 40 percent of harvests rotting in fields because their produce doesn't conform to the perfect size or shape big supermarkets demand," Stuart told National Geographic. "This even happens in countries like Kenya where millions of people are hungry."

According to an economic food waste study conducted by Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data, the U.S. spends $218 billion a year growing, processing and transporting food that is never eaten.

"That adds up to 52.4 million tons of food sent to landfill annually," the report states. "Add to that another 10.1 million tons estimated to be discarded or left unharvested on farms and in packinghouses, and you have a 63-million-ton mountain of wasted calories, resources and energy."
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TV Pundits Praise Hillary Clinton on Air, Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Her Campaign
TheIntercept | Lee Fang | older, 02/25/16

Tune into television coverage of the presidential campaign and undoubtedly you will hear from various pundits described as "former campaign strategists" and "political contributors" explaining the latest developments of the race. But in many cases, these pundits -- though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics -- in fact have financial ties to the candidates they praise on the air.

Several consultants who work at firms retained by Hillary Clinton's campaign and her affiliated Super PACs appear regularly on the major television networks, frequently touting Clinton. ... Read more

Nation building is tremendously expensive. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports that "approximately $113.1 billion has been appropriated for Afghanistan relief and reconstruction since 2002." In total, the war has cost over $1 trillion, which is around $33,000 per Afghan citizen.

Neocon-Bashers Headline Koch Event as Political Realignment on Foreign Policy Continues
TheIntercept | Zaid Jilani | 05/18/16

IN THE LATEST example of how foreign policy no longer neatly aligns with party politics, the Charles Koch Institute -- the think tank founded and funded by energy billionaire Charles Koch -- hosted an all-day event Wednesday featuring a set of speakers you would be more likely to associate with a left-wing anti-war rally than a gathering hosted by a longtime right-wing institution.

At the event, titled "Advancing American Security: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy," prominent realist and liberal foreign policy scholars took turns trashing the neoconservative worldview that has dominated the foreign policy thinking of the Republican Party -- which the Koch brothers have been allied with for decades. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 19 [9:43]
*TRNN | Sanders and Class Struggle in the Democratic Party (05/19/15) [38:16]
TRNN | How Far Will the Sanders Insurgency Go? (05/19/15) [6:48]
TYT | Debbie Wasserman Schultz Doubles Down On Bernie Sanders (05/18/16) [8:59]
TYT | Hillary Supporter Reveals Corruption At Nevada Democratic Convention (05/18/16) [3:53]
TYT | CNN Hosts Yell At Bernie Sanders Supporters (05/18/16) [12:15]
*RT | Keiser Report: Hegemony, control and Russian bonds (E916) (05/19/16) [25:45]
I happen to like Max Keiser and how he and Stacy Hubbard banter back-and-forth. But, I'm sure that making fun of the tragedy unfolding in the financial industry isn't everyones cup-of-tea. However, the second half of the show (12:30 on the Progressbar) I found very informative and give it a big thumbs up.
RT | Keiser Report: World Economy Manias (E914) (05/14/16) [25:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How Does the Democratic Nominee Earn Our Vote? (05/18/16) [4:13]
*ThomHartmann | Why Are Republicans Hosting the 'Dem' Convention? (05/18/16) [11:26]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
From Your Friendly NSA Neighbor - We Are Keeping An Eye on You

Wednesday May 18, 2016
News Articles
*Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders Rally in Bismarck, North Dakota (full) (05/13/16) [47:55]
Bernie Sanders Rally in Salem, Oregon (full) (05/10/16) [1:40:18]
Bernie Sanders Rally in Charleston, West Virginia (full) (05/05/16) [1:00:00]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Wins Oregon Primary Election, Ties Hillary In Kentucky (05/17/16) [15:56]
TYT | Why Kentucky and Oregon Matter To Bernie Sanders (05/17/16) [7:50]
JimmyDore | Bernie Sanders Shreds Alan Greenspan To His Smug Face (05/13/16) [12:43]

Trump Vows To 'Dismantle' Dodd-Frank, Scrap Landmark Climate Accord
HP | author | 05/17/16

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation.

In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, Trump also said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in eastern Ukraine, called for a renegotiation of the Paris climate accord, and said he would dismantle most of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations if he is elected president. Read more

Australia to Lay Off Leading Scientist on Sea Levels
NYTimes | Michelle Innis | 05/17/16

A pre-eminent scientist in the field of rising global sea levels has been given notice of his dismissal as part of deep cuts at Australia's national science agency that will reduce the country's role in global climate research.

The scientist, John Church, confirmed Tuesday that he was one of 275 scientists that the agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or Csiro, said would be laid off.

... "John Church is among the top 10 climate scientists in the world," Joshua Willis, a NASA climate scientist, from Pasadena, Calif., said Tuesday. "I can only imagine it will be a huge setback for global programs. I am stunned. It is sad and embarrassing for the Australian government." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 18 [8:19]
*DN | How Donald Trump Risks Trade War, Crosses Lines on Racism, Wreaks Havoc on U.S. Conservatism (05/18/16) [17:51 ]
DN | Will 712 Democratic Officials Decide 2016 Election? Uncovering the Secret History of Superdelegates (05/18/16) [14:51]
DN | Rekia Boyd's Killer Resigns as Activists Call for End to "Reign of Terror" by Chicago Police (05/18/16) [12:19]
TRNN | On the Side of the Road: The acclaimed film by Lia Tarachansky about those who fought to erase Palestine and created an Israeli landscape of denial (trailer) () [4:20]
TRNN | Budget Deal Includes $59 Billion Pentagon Slush Fund (older, 10/30/15) [7:47]
The National Priorities Project's Lindsay Koshgarian discusses the socially beneficial investment that could come from reallocating the billions otherwise given to the Pentagon
*DR | Divisions Within The Democratic Party And Implications For The Presidential Race (05/18/16) [1hr]
RT | CrossTalk: Syria Lessons (05/18/16) [23:37]
RT | Keiser Report: Revolutions (E915) (05/17/16) [25:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Disastrous Climate Change Exposed In One Gif (05/18/16) [5:17]
ThomHartmann | The Ghosts of 1968 Are Still Haunting Elections (05/18/16) [8:07]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday May 04, 2016
News Articles

America's Age Of Impunity
ZeroHedge | author | 05/17/16

The Panama Papers opened yet another window on the global system of financial corruption, showing how political leaders and businesses use shell companies in secrecy havens like the British Virgin Islands and many US states to evade taxes and hide corruption and other crimes. Yet the system of corruption depends on another factor beyond secrecy, one that is perhaps even more important: impunity. Impunity means that the rich and powerful escape from punishment even when their malfeasance is in full view.

Impunity is epidemic in America. The rich and powerful get away with their heists in broad daylight. When a politician like Bernie Sanders calls out the corruption, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal double down with their mockery over such a foolish "dreamer." The Journal recently opposed the corruption sentence of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell for taking large gifts and bestowing official favors -- because everybody does it. And one of its columnists praised Panama for facilitating the ability of wealthy individuals to hide their income from "predatory governments" trying to collect taxes. No kidding. ... Read more

*"We're Running A F**king Casino" Congressman Admits DC Is A "Sinkhole Of Leeches"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/17/16

More details are being released about the anonymous expose of Washington D.C. corruption and largesse that confirms why Americans hate their national government and have rallied to anti-establishment presidential candidates like Donald Trump. As NYPost reports, the 65-page manifesto called 'The Confessions of Congressman X' is based on years of transcribed private discussions, which the congressman last November gave editor Robert Atkinson, says more time is spent fundraising than reading bills and calls Washington a "sinkhole of leeches," where money 'corrupts' and House members are "puppets" to lobbyists who bankroll their campaigns. ... Read more or NYPost.com

*TYT | Anonymous Lawmaker Tells All: "We're Running A F*@#ing Casino" (05/13/16) [12:55]

Most Everyone Just Wants to Watch Netflix While the Free World Is Taken Over by Super Rich Plutocrats
AlterNet | George Monbiot / Verso Books | 05/16/16

The question has changed a little since Rousseau's day, but the mystery remains. Why, when most of us enjoy greater freedom than any preceding generations except the previous two or three--freedom from tyranny, freedom from slavery, freedom from hunger--do we act as if we don't? I'm prompted to ask by the discovery that the most illiberal and oppressive instrument proposed by any recent government--injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance in the Anti-Social Behavior Bill--has been attacked by Labour not because it is draconian but because it is not draconian enough. The measure was decisively rejected by the Lords. But in March 2014, the bill was passed into law. Why do we tolerate a politics that offers no effective choice? That operates largely at the behest of millionaire funders, corporate power and a bullying media? Why, in an age in which people are no longer tortured and executed for criticizing those in power, have we failed to create viable alternatives? ... Read more

The 'Madman Theory' of Donald Trump: What's the GOP Supposed to Do About a Lying, Authoritarian Demagogue?
AlterNet | Heather Digby Parton / Salon | 05/15/16

Nixon used to say he wanted his enemies to think him a "madman." For Trump, the problem is everyone thinks he's mad.

Back in the day, liberals used to always wonder why Warren Beatty didn't run for president. Nowadays, you'll hear the same thing about George Clooney. After all, these are people with 100 percent name recognition, fabulous good looks, brains, charisma, money and political contacts. They have an obvious knowledge and interest in government and achieved the very highest pinnacle of success as actors, directors and producers.

The reason they won't do it is simple. As world-class movie stars, they understand fame in a way that a mediocre tabloid star cannot and they know that the glare of the press is unrelenting and brutal when you reach a certain level. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 17 [9:16]
*DN | Noam Chomsky: Today's GOP is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History (05/16/16) [44:08]
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee | Are evangelicals that eager to get the apocalypse going? (05/16/16) [10:04]
Samantha Bee | The Victims of Super PACs (05/16/16) [6:03]
TYT | Pro-Trump Site: Bill Kristol Is "Renegade Jew" (05/16/16) [4:51]
TYT | How Bernie Sanders Delegates Became Republicans? (05/16/16) [7:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | America Needs To Steal Back the Nordic Model... (05/17/16) [6:43]
ThomHartmann | Brazil's Silent Coup & Why It Matters? (05/17/16) [11:32]
*DR | The Affordable Care Act Three Years In: What's Working And What's Not (05/17/16) [1hr]
Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced it would not rule on a major case on access to contraception under the Affordable Care Act. It was the latest in the legal battles over the health law. The goal of the ACA is to provide insurance to tens of millions of uninsured Americans through state and federal marketplaces. By some measures, the law succeeded. An estimated 20 million more people now have coverage. But the number of insurance companies participating in exchanges is dwindling, and their plans exclude many doctors and hospitals. Diane and a panel of guests look at the Affordable Care Act three years after it was enacted.
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Monday May 16, 2016
News Articles

Last Month Was The Warmest April Ever Recorded, Continuing 7-Month Hot Streak
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 05/16/16

"Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s. And it's been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where's the surprise?"

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has yet to reveal its analysis of April temperatures, but if their findings line up with NASA's, that'll mean one full year of record-hot months. (The two agencies use slightly different dates to determine the long-term temperature average.)

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said there was a greater than 99 percent chance that 2016 will be the hottest year ever recorded. Other experts have also warned that this year will likely surpass the previous annual record, set in 2015, by the largest ever margin. ... Read more
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*TYT | Anonymous Lawmaker Tells All: "We're Running A F*@#ing Casino" (05/13/16) [12:55]

The Endgame
ZeroHedge | author | 05/16/16

There is a growing fear in financial and monetary circles that there is something deeply wrong with the global economy. Publicly, officials and practitioners alike have become confused by policy failures, and privately, occasionally even downright pessimistic, at a loss to see a statist solution. It is hardly exaggerating to say there is a growing feeling of impending doom.

The reason this has happened is that today's macro-economists are a failure on the one subject about which they profess to be experts: economics. Their policy recommendations have become the opposite from what logic and sound economic theory shows is the true path to economic progress. Progress is not even on their list of objectives, which fortunately for us all happens despite their interventions. The adaptability of humans in their actions has allowed progress to continue, despite all attempts to discredit markets, the clearing centres for the division of labour. ... Read more

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: 911
TRNN | Prof. Alfredo Saad Filho analyzes the economic implications of the new government of Brazil, following Rousseff's removal from office (05/13/16) [12:05]
TYT | 9/11 Commissioner Leaks Details On Classified Report (05/14/16) [11:46]
TYT | Corporations Fund Both Party Conventions, Reap Huge Rewards (05/14/16) [8:15]
TYT | Anonymous Lawmaker Tells All: "We're Running A F*@#ing Casino" (05/13/16) [12:55]
*DR | Debate Over Transgender Bathroom Access At Public Schools (04/16/16) [1hr]
President Obama told public schools they must permit transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. Advocates for transgender students view the president's directive as a civil rights victory. Many school principals say they're pleased to have guidance on an issue they've grappled with for years, particularly at large urban high schools. But opponents sharply criticized the move. They see it as executive overreach and an infringement on the privacy rights of non-transgender students. Schools that refuse to comply face the possible loss of federal funds. Diane and her guest discuss the controversy over transgender rights at the nation's public schools.
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns Raging (05/16/16) [24:57]
RT | In the Name of the Profit: Liberated Syrian Town Reveals ISIS Oil Trade Secrets (05/15/16) [25:22]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Great Minds - Where Does The Gun Culture Come From? Part 1 (05/13/16) [12:32], Part 2 [12:44]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday May 13, 2016
News Articles

Elizabeth Warren Is On An Anti-Trump Tweetstorm. The Clinton Campaign Has Noticed.
HP | Sam Stein | 05/12/16

Twice this past week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has unleashed a seemingly unprompted tweetstorm on Donald Trump, taking shots at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for being sexist, a scam artist, "reckless" and "embarrassing."

The more important reaction came not from Trump, however, but from Hillary Clinton's campaign. Multiple sources close to the former secretary of state say that her aides took note of the senator's ability to rile the real estate tycoon. And they recognize the value of such dart throwing from, say, someone filling out a presidential ticket. ... Read more

I'm not sure Elizabeth Warren should align herself with Hillary Clinton, but I could see her as VP and then dump Hillary in 2020 and run for the Presidency, pickup Bernie Sanders as her VP in 2020.

Sign Up To Pose Nude At The Republican National Convention
HP | Priscilla Frank | 05/13/16

Calling all feminist activists, nudists, Cleveland-based Democrats, and people overdue for a laundry day. Photographer Spencer Tunick is looking for 100 bold women to pose nude for a Cleveland-based photo shoot on July 17, 2016.

... For this particular shoot, titled "Everything She Says Means Everything," 100 naked women will hold up large mirror discs that, according to the artist's website, represent "reflecting the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of 'Mother Nature'" onto the convention center where the RNC is taking place. ... Read more

I believe everyone deserves a clean protected environment with clean air, clean water, nutritious food, a roof over their head, and a chance to have an honest education. These people aren't looking for palatial housing with gourmet food, and all the latest toys (cars, seadoos, boats, planes). They just want to protect their children.

Photos Of The World's Displaced People Show The Scale Of A Global Crisis
HP | Jesselyn Cook | 05/12/16

A record 40.8 million people worldwide are internally displaced by violence and conflict.

An unprecedented 40.8 million people worldwide have been forced out of their homes by conflict and violence, in addition to 19.2 million people recently displaced by natural disasters, a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre reveals.

In 2015 alone, a total of 27.8 million people from 127 countries were ?forced to seek refuge within their countries' borders, with an average of 66,000 people fleeing their homes per day. The regions worst affected by conflict and violence were North Africa and the Middle East, with 4.8 million new displacements in 2015. The five-year civil war raging in Syria has already internally displaced a total of 6.6 million people since it began in 2011. ... Read more

The Destabilizing Consequences Of Globalization
ZeroHedge | author | 05/13/16

This globalization of price - for goods, services, credit and currencies - continually creates imbalances that fuel a perpetual instability that gradually impoverishes every sector other than global capital, which being mobile, can exploit the imbalances for its own profit. Who benefits over the longer term from the permanent instability and boom-and-bust cycles of this arrangement? Only those close to the credit spigots of central banks. ... Read more

China's Credit Growth Grinds To A Screeching Halt: Why This Is Very Important
ZeroHedge | author | 05/13/16

The biggest concern for China, and the world, is that now that China's credit impulse is gone, it means that the it is only a matter of time before the impetus behind Chinese, and global growth, evaporates as per the timeline persented in the following Goldman chart, which explained the surge in Q1 economic activity, and which now anticipates a steep slowdown in the second and subsequent quarters unless China manages to stoke its unsustainable credit growth once again. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 13 [10:17]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/13/16) [1hr]
Note: video starts at 2:30 on the Progressbar.
Apparent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump meets with GOP leaders on Capitol Hill. Speaker Paul Ryan calls the meetings encouraging but stops short of endorsing Trump. West Virginia and Nebraska hold primaries where Trump and Bernie Sanders both win. Congress returns from a recess and passes a package of bills aimed at combating opioid addiction. And in a letter that goes out today, the Justice Department directs public schools to allow transgender students to access the restroom of their choice. A panel of journalists joins guest host Rachel Martin for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
DR | Friday News - International (04/13/16) [1hr]
There's a new interim president in Brazil after the Senate votes to begin an impeachment trial against their former leader Dilma Rousseff. Saudi Arabia's king shakes up his cabinet as part of a new strategy to reduce the nation's reliance on oil. ISIS takes responsibility for deadly attacks over two days in Iraq. A populist politician who is drawing comparisons to Donald Trump is elected president in the Philippines. And London's new mayor says he'll help Hillary Clinton win her bid for president.
TRNN | Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com and Reason.tv, says instead of "making America great again," Trump's policies will expand government and create a police state. (05/11/16) [8:46]
TYT | Moderate Muslims Gather To Fight Terrorism (05/13/16) [2:58]
TYT | Brazillian Impeachment Is Actually A Corporate Coup (05/13/16) [11:00]
TYT | Republicans Ramp Up Anti-Hillary Smear Campaign (05/13/16) [5:32]
TYT | FBI: There's No "Security Inquiry" Of Hillary, It's An Investigation (05/13/16) [4:50]
RT | CrossTalk: Hillary's Negatives (05/13/16) [24:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday May 12, 2016
News Articles
Some of Todays Headlines
BRAZIL COUP COMPLETE... Chaos Topples President... Done In By Economic Disaster, Sweeping Scandal, Alleged 'Coup'... Doubts New Leadership Can Save Brazil From Disaster... Greenwald: Democracy Of Fifth-Largest Economy At Risk... Impeachment A 'Scam' To Usher In 'Far More Dangerous' Corruption... Olympics Just 12 Weeks Away!...
DN | Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption (05/11/16) [9:54]

*Repairing America's Broken Foreign Policy
HP | Jeffrey Sachs | 05/06/16

US foreign policy is a danger to the United States and to the world, and it has been for some time. As President Dwight Eisenhower famously foretold in his farewell address of January 1961, the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) now transcends political parties and administrations, keeping the country embroiled in perpetual wars. These military adventures, especially the covert operations led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), undermine political stability in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They incite what they claim to be fighting and preventing: terrorism. As a result, US citizens are left poorer and less secure, to say nothing of the effect on citizens of other countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen, to name but a few. Yet this is not the only way to deal with current challenges, as those in power so often claim.

Every president since Eisenhower has grappled with the MIC, and the relative roles of the military and diplomacy in foreign affairs. President Barack Obama has displayed unaccustomed ambivalence about the power of the MIC. He is an unhappy warrior, engaging in many overt and covert operations in the Middle East and Africa but also resisting many calls for expanded military operations, especially for more "boots on the ground" in Syria and elsewhere. Notably, Obama dramatically expanded covert operations in general and drone warfare in particular, and also prosecuted more whistle blowers than all other administrations combined. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has been a life-long advocate of the MIC. As senator and secretary of state, she enthusiastically backed every CIA misadventure that came along, from Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s to the recent debacles in Libya and Syria. As senator, she enthusiastically and provocatively campaigned for NATO enlargement to the borders of Russia in Ukraine and Georgia. It is hard to recall a proposed military action that Clinton has opposed.

Safety, security, and democracy in the United States call for nothing less than ending the CIA's secret wars. There is no institution in modern US history that has a deeper and more chronic record of failure. The CIA's history of mayhem and the ensuing "blowback" of terrorism and criminality should lead US citizens to reverse the fateful decision of the 1947 National Security Act to create not only an intelligence agency (which was needed) but a secret army as well, which has been a recipe for continued disaster. ... Read more

"We Are Unsure Whether To Wear A Helmet Or A Diaper" - Merger Arb Funds Crushed

The Frogs Are Boiling Again - Why Wall Street Stays In The Pot
ZeroHedge | author | 05/12/16

Wall Street's cockeyed faith that another stock market bailout is on the way rests on the idea of a post-election return to fiscal stimulus - since even the casino punters now see that the jig is up on ZIRP, NIRP and QE. Here's the problem. When General (Paul) Ryan gets together in the oval office with either Hillbama or the Donald next February the budget projections will already be deep in trillion dollar deficits under current policy. Therefore what will get stimulated, if anything, is a colossal political firestorm over who bankrupted the nation. There will not be another fiscal stimulus this go round. This time the frogs of Wall Street will be left to boil. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 12 [10:10]
DN | Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption (05/11/16) [9:54]
DN | Trump Picks White Supremacist Leader as California Delegate, Then Blames Selection on Database Error (05/11/16) [10:31]
*TRNN | Mark Wilkerson's new book "Tomas Young's War," a reflection on Young's life and activism (05/11/16) [13:59]
TYT | Geraldo Trashes Bernie Sanders On "Hot Mic" (05/12/16) [9:36]
TYT | If God Told You To Run, Why Didn't You Win? (05/12/16) [7:14]
TYT | Why Trump Will NEVER Release His Tax Returns (05/12/16) [8:19]
*RT | CrossTalk: Social Justice? (05/11/16) [24:21]
RT | Keiser Report: The End Game (E913) (05/12/16) [25:45]
In this episode of the Keiser Report Max and Stacy discuss 'the end game' as central banks run out of bullets just in time for the debt apocalypse. In the second half Max interviews Professor Steve Keen (@ProfSteveKeen) about Donald Trump's plans to default on US debt.
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Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Wins West Virginia, His 19th State! (full) (05/11/16) [57:23]
*DR | Concerns About How Facebook And Other Social Media Giants Highlight News Online (04/12/16) [1hr]
Allegations surfaced this week of political bias by Facebook -- where an estimated 30 percent of American adults get news. A technology blogger -- citing anonymous sources -- wrote that Facebook suppresses news of interest to conservative readers in its list of top trending stories. Facebook strongly denies it, but the allegations reignited concerns about the potential for manipulation by online media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Lawmakers and social media scholars are calling for greater transparency. Guest host Rachel Martin and her guests talk about trends in how news is curated and consumed online -- and the political and social implications.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday May 11, 2016
News Articles
TYT | Bernie Sanders Wins Democratic Primary Election In West Virginia (05/10/16) [8:39]
TYT | Nate Silver's Bias Exposed (05/10/16) [10:57]
Sanders Wins In West Virginia

Donald Trump, Bucking Calls to Unite, Claims 'Mandate' to Be Provocative
NYTimes | Patrick Healy | 05/11/16

Donald J. Trump's behavior in recent days -- the political threats to the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan; the name-calling on Twitter; the attacks on Hillary Clinton's marriage -- has deeply puzzled Republicans who expected him to move to unite the party, start acting presidential and begin courting the female voters he will need in the general election.

But Mr. Trump's choices reflect an unusual conviction: He said he had a "mandate" from his supporters to run as a fiery populist outsider and to rely on his raucous rallies to build support through "word of mouth," rather than to embrace a traditional, mellower and more inclusive approach that congressional Republicans will advocate in meetings with him on Thursday. ... Read more

World's carbon dioxide concentration teetering on the point of no return
theguardian.com | Climate Desk | 05/11/16

Future in which global concentration of CO2 is permanently above 400 parts per million looms

The world is hurtling towards an era when global concentrations of carbon dioxide never again dip below the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone, as two important measuring stations sit on the point of no return. The news comes as one important atmospheric measuring station at Cape Grim in Australia is poised on the verge of 400ppm for the first time. Sitting in a region with stable CO2 concentrations, once that happens, it will never get a reading below 400ppm. ... Read more
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The Coming War Of Central Banks
ZeroHedge | author | 05/11/16

History has shifted, and we're leaving the era of central bank convergence and entering the era of central bank divergence, i.e. open conflict. Read more

Welcome to The Sloth Institute, the protector of wayward baby sloths.
upworthy.com | Allison Hirschlag | 05/04/16

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 11 [8:33]
DN | "A Very Big Mistake": Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama for Pushing the TPP (old, but good 11/12/15) [11:43]
TYT | Wall Street Journal Abandons Trump For Hillary (05/10/16) [9:42]
TYT | London Mayor Hits Trump On Muslim Ban (05/10/16) [4:09]
RT | Keiser Report: Bitcoin Core versus Bitcoin Classic (E912) (05/10/16) [25:47]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Beats Trump in 3 Key Swing States (full) (05/10/16) [57:27]
ThomHartmann | Trump's GOP Hitman Who's Stealing Your Vote (05/11/16) [5:42]
Aljazeera | The Stream - The next US president? (05/09/16) [35:59]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday May 10, 2016
News Articles

Hedge Funds Lost Money, But Top Hedge Fund Managers Still Took Home Obscene 13 Billion in 2015
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 05/10/16

... The top five hedge fund managers took home especially outsized pots of gold. Top earners Kenneth Griffith, of Citadel, and James Simons, of Renaissance Technologies, each added $1.7 billion to their personal wealth. (It was Griffith's second year in the top slot.) Next on the list are Raymond Dalio, of Bridgewater Associates, and David Tepper, of Appaloosa Management, who both took home $1.4 billion. In fifth place was Israel (Izzy) Englander, of Millennium Management, who finished the year with a cool $1.15 billion.

These top earners, as the New York Times points out, "actually lost money for some investors." ... Read more

TYT | Hillary Clinton's Unfavorables Keep Going Up (05/09/16) [7:11]

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP Turn Silicon Valley Into Detroit?
HP |Dean Baker | 05/09/16

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like to describe it as a free-trade deal for the 21st century. That might be a good sales pitch, but it's not accurate. The TPP has little to with reducing trade barriers, which in most cases were already low. The TPP can more accurately be described as a piñata, that is chock full of special deals for the corporate interests who negotiated it. It will likely do more to impede trade than promote it, and in the process it creates rules that potentially override democratic decision-making at all levels of government. ... Read more
WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA. () [8:22]

David Axelrod interviews Jon Stewart (05/09/16) [1:16:48]

Jon Stewart Says Donald Trump Can't Be President Because He's A 'Man-Baby'
HP | author | 05/09/16

Jon Stewart renewed his feud with Donald Trump on Monday, saying the presumed Republican presidential nominee might not be eligible for the presidency.

"That's not a birther thing," Stewart told David Axelrod during a live taping of "The Axe Files" podcast. "I'm not a constitutional scholar so I can't necessarily say, but are you eligible to run if you are a man-baby or a baby man?" ... Read more

Trump's Right - Paying Back The National Debt With "Discounts" Is Already Official Policy
ZeroHedge | author | 05/10/16

The establishment (and its mainstream media mouthpieces) proclaim that "confidence" is being threatened because Donald Trump has told the truth that the Federal debt is on a track toward unmanageability and default. Yes, Uncle Sam's credit standing is in deep trouble and the Fed is heading for a monetary calamity. But these untoward prospects have nothing to do with a couple of alleged wild pitches from Donald Trump. Upon closer examination, it is evident that the Donald was actually right on the money. ... Read more

... There has been a central bank Big Fat Thumb on the scales for nearly two decades, and it now includes the $1.7 trillion of treasury debt owned by the People's Bank of China (including its off-shore accounts), the $1.2 trillion owned by the BOJ and the nearly $7 trillion owned by central banks and their affiliates as a whole.

That's right. The world's central banks own more than 50% of the publicly traded US debt of $13.5 trillion, and not one single penny of it was purchased with real savings or anything which remotely resembles honest money. It was all scooped-up when central banks hit the "buy" key on their digital printing presses. ...

... Washington Post: If these phrases mean anything, they contemplate at least partial repudiation of the U.S. government's obligations, sacrosanct since the time of the founding. The "full faith and credit" of the United States, established over centuries and embodied in its debt, is the glue that holds global finances together. The minute the United States tried to reduce its debt load by offering creditors less than 100 percent of principal and interest -- i.e., by "discount," or "making a deal," like Argentina or Greece -- every institution that had taken this country at its word would be instantly destabilized. ...
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 10 [10:50]
*TRNN | Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says: Israeli General Compares Modern Israel to 1930s Germany (05/09/16) [8:35]
TRNN | James S. Henry says: $12 Trillion Looted from Developing Countries and Hidden Offshore (05/09/16) [10:28]
TRNN | Prof. Leo Panitch: Corbyn and Sanders Reigniting Democratic Socialism (05/09/16) [12:32]
TYT | Why Trump Supporters Want Family Guy Cancelled (05/09/16) [4:17]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Calls Out Corporate Media On MSNBC (05/09/16) [8:19]
TYT | Trump: "Enabler" Hillary Clinton Hurt Many Women (05/09/16) [9:59]
TYT | Post-Primary Trump Immediately Flip-Flops On Taxes (05/09/16) [7:22]
RT | VDay: Immortal regiment march in heart of Moscow (drone) (05/09/16) [1:59]
RT | 360 VDay experience: Walk the streets of Moscow with Immortal Regiment (05/09/16) [4:15]
Remember you can skip around with the Progressbar (the beginning is boring). Use the mouse inside the video to pan around.
RT | CrossTalk: War and remembrance: thinking about the end of the Second World War in Europe 71 years ago. (05/10/16) [24:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Dr. Michael Mann on Dying Oceans & Intense Fires (05/10/16) [12:51]
Thom Hartmann | An American Airlines flight was delayed due to a woman thinking an Ivy League economics professor could be a terrorist because of a math equation he was writing. (05/10/16) [12:29]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday May 09, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Keeps Antagonizing Paul Ryan
HP | Marina Fang | 05/08/16

Trump wouldn't rule out removing the House speaker from his role as GOP convention chair if he doesn't get an endorsement.

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would face consequences for not endorsing the businessman as the party's presidential nominee. Speaking with NBC's Chuck Todd, Trump would not rule out trying to remove the Wisconsin congressman from his post as chair of this summer's GOP convention, a role traditionally granted to the speaker of the House, if Ryan did not come around. ... Read more

Trump Just Exploded the Only Reason the Republican Party Exists: Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy
| The Republican Presidential Primary's Biggest Losers | HP | Jason Linkins | 05/09/16
After distinguishing himself as the official presidential candidate of Belsomra and endorsing Trump's victory as "not the scenario I would have preferred," he'll be granted the honor of overseeing The Donald's official veep search. Maybe he'll go Dick Cheney's self-appointment route?
Most of the time, it's actually frowned upon if you sell your soul at wholesale prices. But this is American politics, where it's almost required to get ahead. Christie will likely end up as Trump's running mate or attorney general. Given enough time, he may -- like an E. L. James protagonist -- even grow to love the collar and the lash.
He torched his relationships with Beltway Republicans, only to lose to a bigger arsonist. Now he seems on the horns of a dilemma: Will he return to kissing Trump's ass, or stick with his belated "the man is a pathological liar" critique? He'll probably do whatever sets him up for a 2020 run.
He was the star of the undercard debate stage for fully manifesting GOP self-loathing in human form. Likely to be an archbishop in the Republican Party's Avignon Papacy. Fully in DGAF mode, he'll be giving great copy to reporters for the next year.
John Weaver's second attempt at an experimental art project candidacy got a lot further than his last outing with Jon Huntsman. Kasich himself, having successfully conned people into thinking he's a warm and fuzzy moderate, could emerge as a dark horse running mate for Trump. But would he do it
He looks like a genius for getting out of the race early. He looks like a prophet for warning the big field he left behind that they'd better consolidate against Trump. As for his candidacy itself and the pressures he failed to master, let's just say he's made a lot of mistakes from which he can learn.
Beaten and broken by the end of the race, the soon-to-be-former Florida senator has a murky political future. Which frees him up to move onto the more lucrative post-political path of lobbying/private equity/corporate board career. But he's lately re-emerged as a leader in the fight against Zika...proving that he's still got some of his old policy-workhorse personality -- and political fight -- left in him. See you in 2020?
He got verified on Twitter at last. In the context of this race, that's coming out ahead.
Has returned to the Senate, where he's kept himself far from the 2016 hype. Genuinely difficult to see what his next move is, however.
We're pretty sure that Pataki is too post-relevant to worry about how he'll fare in the future.
Frick and Frack Trump sycophants are positioned to help Donald unlock more of the evangelical vote. But does he need them?
Got to be the test case that proved that the old Bush family model of winning political campaigns was no longer applicable. Family solidarity against Trump will help preserve his dignity, but he's got at least one awkward Thanksgiving dinner ahead of him.
On board as a Trump endorser. Other than that, the good news is that maybe people have forgotten he was even in this race? Gosh, we're sorry to have even mentioned it.
Somehow found a way to lose the 2016 race twice, erasing Tom Eagleton's ignominious record for shortest vice-presidential shelf life along the way. Really needs to find a profession at which she won't fail (Fox News contributor).
His presidential campaign was his ticket out of Louisiana. Now he gets to spend more time in the state he destroyed. Alas!

TYT | Trump On Letting The Economy Collapse (05/08/16) [9:37]

Donald Trump just threatened to cause an unprecedented global financial crisis
CNBC & VOX | Matthew Yglesias | 05/06/16

In an interview Thursday on CNBC, Donald Trump broke with tired clichés about the evils of federal debt accumulation. "I am the king of debt," he said. "I love debt. I love playing with it." But he replaced fearmongering about debt with an even more alarming notion -- a bankruptcy of the United States federal government that would incinerate the world economy.

"I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal," Trump said. "And if the economy was good, it was good. So therefore, you can't lose." Read more

TYT | Bernie Sanders STILL Much More Electable Than Clinton (05/08/16) [3:26]
Tornado in the 360
*360 video of close-range tornado near Wray, CO (05/08/16) [7:53]
Note: the camera is initially facing rearward. You need to point the camera forward. Take you mouse and grab within the video, then drag the mouse around to see the tornado in 360.

"Capitalism Has A Crisis" - Deutsche Bank Sees No Light At The End Of The Tunnel "Until There Is A Recession"
ZeroHedge | author |05/09/16

If Deutsche Bank is right, the Fed - which has staked not only its credibility but its very existence on keeping the US stock market propped up and artificially inflated - has a big problem. Read more

Sadiq Khan - The First Muslim Mayor Of London

"Rigged... Not A Real Market" - What Market Pros (And Jim Cramer) Think About The Market
ZeroHedge | author |05/09/16

Sometimes it's nice to get a sanity check and hear other investors and market professionals views on how the stock market has changed over the past few years. We hear more and more from various market participants that the market seems to be one big correlated beast that doesn't trade on supply and demand anymore... Read more

Study Says: Compared to Rest of World Americans are Delusional, Prudish, Selfish Religious Nuts
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 05/09/16

... That said, if all the world's a stage, America is a prime player: a rich, loud, attention-seeking celebrity not fully deserving of its starring role, often putting in a critically reviled performance and tending toward histrionics that threaten to ruin the show for everybody else. (Also, embarrassingly, possibly the last to know that its career as top biller is in rapid decline.) To the outside onlooker, American culture--I'm consolidating an infinitely layered thing to save time and space--is contradictory and bizarre, hypocritical and self-congratulatory. Its national character is a textbook study in narcissistic tendencies coupled with crushing insecurity issues. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, May 09 [9:55]
DN | Part 1: #BernieOrBust: Sanders Fans Debate Whether to Vote for Clinton If She is Democratic Nominee, Part 1 (05/09/16) [11:05], DN | Part 2 [19:16]
John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Scientific Studies (05/08/16) [19:27]
TRNN | Intercept's Jenna McLaughlin says: Supreme Court Just Made it Easier for the FBI to Hack Your Computer (05/06/16) [9:38]
TRNN | Economist John Weeks says: Racially Charged UK Election: Londoners Elect New Labour Party Mayor Sadiq Khan (05/06/16) [9:46]
TYT |Ted Cruz Brutalized By Chuck Todd (05/08/16) [8:12]
TYT | Hillary Forces Wooing Jeb Bush Donors (05/08/16) [4:31]
TYT | Ben Carson Knows How To Use Ted Cruz (05/08/16) [7:19]
TYT | Ben Carson Knows How To Use Ted Cruz (05/08/16) [7:19]
RT | 360 helicopter panorama: Bird's-eye view of Moscow's Red Square (05/09/16) [3:57]
Note: I didn't see to much of Red Square, but I thought the view of Moscow was interesting. Take you mouse and grab within the video, then drag the mouse around to see the Moscow in 360.
RT | Su-27 fly over Moscow in 360 preparing for Victory Day Parade (05/09/16) [2:16]
RT | Aeroparade: Military planes flying over Moscow rooftops on Victory Day (05/09/16) [6:14]
RT | Victory Day Parade on Red Square 2016 (full) (05/09/16) [1:04:17]
Note: I have no Russian heritage in me (I'm Scottish)... I just find it interesting to see how different people present themselves... and wish that we all could get along. I also like the 360 videos.
RT | 360: Moscow V-Day Parade final rehearsal (05/09/16) [40:09]
RT | Keiser Report: Destructive Force in US Elections (E911) (05/08/16) [25:43]
Note: Max gets a little/more crazy in this episode
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Fossil Fuel Billionaires Kill Children (05/06/16) [6:03]
The science is clear and the problem is urgent - the fight to stop runaway climate change isn't about preserving the planet for some far-off future generation anymore. It's about preserving the planet for babies being born right this second.
ThomHartmann | While MSM Covers Trump 24/7, While Our Planet is Dying (full) (05/06/16) [57:59]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday May 06, 2016
News Articles

'Stupidity, Celebrity, Plutocracy': Donald Trump Is the Reagan Revolution on Steroids--and He Just Might Win
AlterNet & Salon | Paul Campos | 05/05/16

Movement conservatives can protest that he is not one of them, but it's their movement that celebrated ignorance.

One of the most compelling points Rick Perlstein makes in his excellent The Invisible Bridge is that Ronald Reagan was consistently and radically underestimated as a potential political force by the national media, public intellectuals, D.C. insiders, etc., until practically up to the moment he was on the edge of winning the GOP nomination in 1976.

This makes me at least begin to wonder if something similar might not be happening with Donald Trump. Now obviously there are enormous differences between the backgrounds, the careers, and the personalities of the two men, but there are also some striking similarities: ... Read more

Large Truck Orders Continue To Plunge, Down 39% In April

German Study Proves It -- 95% Of Greek "Bailout" Money Went To The Banks
ZeroHedge | author | 05/06/16

A recent German study just confirmed what tens of millions of Greeks already knew. That they are a people fully conquered by criminal mega banks and the corrupt politicians and technocrats in their employ... Read more

Which Party Better Represents Their Constituents
ThomHartmann | Which Party Better Represents Their Constituents (05/05/16) [5:00]
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FBI Interviews Clinton's Top Personal Aide As Email Investigation Heats Up

Sheldon Adelson Says He Will Support Donald Trump
NYTimes | author | 05/05/16

The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson said on Thursday night that he would support Donald J. Trump now that he has become the Republican Party's presumptive nominee.

"Yes, I'm a Republican, he's a Republican," Mr. Adelson said in a brief interview. "He's our nominee. Whoever the nominee would turn out to be, any one of the 17 -- he was one of the 17. He won fair and square." ... Read more

TPP, TTIP, TISA Trade Agreements
WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA. () [8:22]
DN | Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed -- and Critics Say It's Even Worse Than They Thought (old, but good 11/06/15) [16:08]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 06 [10:21]
*TRNN | Greenpeace Leaks Secret Pro-Corporate TTIP Trade Agreement, Part 1 (05/03/16) [10:21], Part2 [6:12]
TRNN | Is Sanders the Better Candidate to Defeat Trump? (05/05/16) [11:11]
TYT | Obama Attempts To Make Big Banks Smaller (05/05/16) [9:57]
TYT | TPP Grants Banks Terrifying Secret Powers (old, but good 06/20/15) [8:30]
TYT | Bushes Won't Back Trump (05/05/16) [15:14]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (05/06/16) [1hr]
After Donald Trump emerged as his party's likely nominee earlier this week, the list of establishment Republicans planning to skip the G.O.P.'s national convention is growing. Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, say they will back Trump. Meanwhile, in the weeks before the Democrats' nominating convention, a federal judge may order Hillary Clinton to testify about her use of a private e-mail server when she was secretary of state. U.S. employers add just 160,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate remains steady at five percent. And North Carolina says it will meet a deadline to respond to the Justice Department about the state's transgender bathroom law. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (05/06/16) [1hr]
Airstrikes hit a refugee camp in northern Syria, killing dozens. Insurgents in Aleppo launch a new offensive, despite a forty-eight hour truce. Turkish president Erdogan ousts the country's prime minister in an effort to expand his power. Political turmoil continues in Iraq after protests erupt in Baghdad. A Navy SEAL dies near Mosul during a clash with ISIS. Central European countries push back on proposed e-u refugee quotas. Russia announces troop increases at its border with Europe in response to a growing NATO presence. And an American cruise ship docks in Havana for the first time in decades. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
RT | CrossTalk: Syria: Aleppo Burning (05/06/16) [25:06]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | While MSM Covers Trump 24/7, Our Planet is Dying (full show) (05/05/16) [57:59]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday May 05, 2016
News Articles

Bush 41, 43 Have No Plans to Endorse Trump
texastribune.org | Jordan Rudner | 05/04/16

For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office -- and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well.

Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed every Republican nominee for the past five election cycles, will stay out of the campaign process this time. He does not have plans to endorse presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, spokesman Jim McGrath told The Texas Tribune. ...

... The unity Trump hopes to achieve might be difficult, given the positions other prominent Republicans have taken this election cycle. This week, Cruz called Trump a "serial philanderer" and "pathological liar" for whom "morality doesn't exist." In February, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, then a GOP candidate, called Trump a "con artist," while then-candidate Jeb Bush suggested the Republican frontrunner might need therapy. ... Read more

Donald Trump assumed control of the Republican Party on Wednesday as its presumptive presidential nominee after Ohio Gov. John Kasich exited the race

It's Time For Republicans To Answer For Their Standard-Bearer
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 05/04/16

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, following the Indiana GOP primary, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declared Donald Trump the "presumptive nominee" and called on the party to rally behind Trump.

Twelve hours later, Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire announced through a spokeswoman that she intends to do just that. Ayotte, although a solidly conservative lawmaker by historical standards, occasionally talks like a moderate. She's also facing a tough re-election fight in a state that voted twice for Barack Obama and where demographics are making the state's electorate more sympathetic to Democrats, not less. That makes her quasi-endorsement newsworthy, and not just in New Hampshire. ... Read more

CSpan | Cenk Uygur On C-SPAN's Washington Journal (05/02/16) [44:40]

Trumped! Why It Happened And What Comes Next, Part 1
ZeroHedge | author | 05/05/16

First there were seventeen. At length, there was one. Donald Trump's wildly improbable capture of the GOP nomination, therefore, is the most significant upheaval in American politics since Ronald Reagan. And the proximate cause is essentially the same. Like back then, an era of drastic bipartisan mis-governance has finally generated an electoral impulse to sweep out the stables. ... Read more

Fort McMurray Alberta, CA
CBC | Fort McMurray evacuated during massive wildfire (05/04/16) [4:28]
DN | "Callings": In "Radical" New Book, StoryCorps Honors the Voices of Unsung U.S. Workers, Part 1 (05/05/16) [20:15], Part 2 [18:24]
HBO | John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Miss America Pageant (older) [15:24]
TYT | Elizabeth Warren On Trump: "It's Real" (05/04/16) [11:42]
TYT | Is Trump Win Helping Bernie? (05/04/16) [10:36]
RT | Keiser Report: Shiny New Collective Living (E910) (05/05/16) [25:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | How Trump's Nationalism is Dangerous (05/05/16) [11:10]
ThomHartmann | Will the GOP Run A Third Party Candidate? (05/05/16) [12:36]
*DR | John Kasich Bows Out, Donald Trump Becomes The Apparent GOP Nominee (05/05/16) [1hr]
*DR | Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S. (05/05/16) [1hr]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC | Rachel Maddow: Ted Cruz Is 'Lucifer In The Flesh' (04/29/16) [18:50]
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Wednesday May 04, 2016
News Articles
TYT | Bernie Sanders Wins The Indiana Democratic Primary (05/03/16) [5:18]
| To See Delegate Race Results
Ted Cruz Explodes In Epic Anti-Trump Rant: "He Is Utterly Amoral, Narcissist, Philandering, Pathological
TYT | Ted Cruz Admits Defeat (05/03/16) [3:12]
TYT | Republicans Will Nominate National Embarrassment Donald Trump (05/03/16) [6:27]
TYT | Who Will Trump Pick As His Vice President? (05/03/16) [6:10]

US Futures Tumble After China Devalues Yuan By Most Since August Collapse
ZeroHedge | author | 05/04/16

The 'odd' regime shift in the relationship between USDJPY and US equities continues overnight. Following some visible-handedness and follow-through momentum, Yen is weakening against the USD - normally a big flashing green sign for risk-on pajama traders but China's biggest Yuan devaluation in 9 months (since the August turmoil) seems to have stolen the jam out of the bull's donut as US equity futures extend losses, AsiaPac credit risk jumps, and USD strength is weighing on crude prices. ... Read more

CSpan | Cenk Uygur On C-SPAN's Washington Journal (05/02/16) [44:40]

Massive Fire Burns At Gateway Town To Alberta's Oilsands; 30,000 Evacuated
ZeroHedge | author | 05/04/16

Residents of neighborhoods in the Canadian boomtown of Fort McMurray - considered the gateway to Alberta's oil sands as the Athabasca oil sands are roughly centered around the town - are under mandatory evacuation as a massive wildfire has jumped across Highway 63 and entered the city limits. Homes have begun to burn in Fort McMurray as residents flee for safety from a blaze that's doubled in size within a day. More than 30,000 people have now been ordered to evacuate Fort McMurray communities. ... Read more
Massive Fire Burns At Gateway Town To Alberta's Oilsands; 30,000 Evacuated (current) [0:55]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 04 [12:47]
DN | "Slickest Con Man Out of NYC": Donald Trump Set to Be GOP Nominee Despite Links to Organized Crime (05/04/16) [19:49 ]
DN | "A Voice from Another Part of New York": Hear Juan González's NY Journalism Hall of Fame Speech (05/04/16) [13:14 ]
TRNN | Indiana Primary: Trump Knocks Out Cruz & Sanders Upsets Clinton (05/04/16) [4:11]
RT | CrossTalk: Trump and Clinton: Realist vs. Hawk? (05/04/16) [24:04]
RoF | Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party (05/03/16) [14:28]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Is Hanford A Bigger Threat Than Fukushima? (05/03/16) [12:04]
*DR | The Results Of Tuesday's Indiana Primaries (05/04/16) [1hr]
Senator Ted Cruz is no longer in the race to be a presidential nominee. After losing to Donald Trump in yesterday's Indiana primary, Cruz suspended his campaign. Donald Trump is now the de facto nominee. Despite calls for party unity, Republicans remain divided over supporting Trump. On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders scored an upset victory in Indiana over Hillary Clinton. But Clinton still holds what her campaign argues is an irreversible lead in total delegates.
*DR | Environmental Outlook: Update on Coral Reef Bleaching and Possible New Remedies (05/04/16) [1hr]
Coral reefs are crucial to ocean ecosystems -- providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine life. They also support food stocks that feed more than a billion people. This year, reefs around the world are threatened like never before: At Christmas Island near Australia, scientists estimate more than 80 percent of all the coral is now dead. And at the Great Barrier Reef, a similar story is unfolding: More than half of the reef's coral has died. Scientists point to warming ocean temperatures and successive El Nino events as causes. For this month's Environmental Outlook, the threat to coral reefs worldwide and what it will take to save them.
Aljazeera | The Kushti Fighters of Dubai (05/03/16) [4:09]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Did killing Osama bin Laden make the world safer? (05/03/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday May 03, 2016
News Articles

House Republicans Have A Temper Tantrum Over Rule That Bans Financial Advisers From Scamming Retirees
ThinkProgress.org | Bryce Covert | 04/29/16

The Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized rules that require financial advisers who help people make investments for retirement to put their clients' interests ahead of their own. But House Republicans aren't letting the rule go into effect without a fight. ... Read more

New Film "Money Monster" with George Clooney & Julia Roberts
Money Monster with George Clooney & Julia Roberts (official trailer) [2:43]
Jodie Foster Interview | Money Monster, Wall Street Corruption, Filmmaking (04/29/16) [39:35]

Kansas Governor Justifies Kicking 15,000 People Off Food Stamps
ThinkProgress.org | Alan Pyke | 04/25/16

For over five years now, Kansas has served as an economic policy experiment for anti-tax, small-government conservatives. Their lab work is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, crippling public service budgets, and making life harder for low-income families without reducing the state's poverty rate at all.

With his political star beginning to tarnish, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) came to Washington on Wednesday to discuss his poverty policies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. At one point, the embattled governor justified his policy of forcing people off of food stamps if they can't find a job by likening low-income and jobless people to lazy college students. ... Read more

Hillary Clinton's Business of Corporate Shilling & War Making (EF025) (04/25/16) [27:07]

Don't Worry Millennials, Visa Has Your Back
ZeroHedge | author | 05/03/16

For anyone concerned that $800 billion in student loans over the last decade simply won't be enough debt burden for millennials to carry, worry no more, a solution has been found. ... Read more

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Don't Sleep Through The Revolution: A Graduation Message For A Dark Age
ZeroHedge | author | 05/03/16

Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future. The world is disintegrating on every front - politically, environmentally, morally - and for the next generation, the future does not look promising. The following bits of wisdom, gleaned from a lifetime of standing up to injustice and speaking truth to power, will hopefully help them survive the perils of the journey that awaits... ... Read more See the book below

Battlefield America: The War On The American People by John W. Whitehead

Ron Paul
The very fact that books like this can still be written and published shows that we have not lost all our freedoms. John Whitehead's work should motivate us all to redouble our efforts to reclaim our freedoms.

Nadine Strossen
Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead makes a compelling and urgent case in Battlefield America for Americans to unite under one common goal: the defense of our freedoms. Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU and constitutional law professor at New York Law School

Nat Hentoff
Once again, John W. Whitehead shows himself to be a thorough reporter, an insightful scholar and a tireless defender of the Constitution. Battlefield America is the most penetrating, eye-opening proof to date of the imperialist government's desecration of our constitutional personal liberties. Nat Hentoff, syndicated columnist and historian

Paul Craig Roberts
In his compelling book Battlefield America, John W. Whitehead describes the danger posed to liberty and humanity itself by the control impulse of government and technology. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary, US Treasury, and former Wall Street Journal columnist and editor
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 03 [11:30]
TRNN | Prof. Sheila Carapico says: US and UK Arms Sales Fueling War Crimes in Yemen (05/02/16) [16:16]
TRNN | Bill Curry, former advisor to President Bill Clinton says: Sanders Supporters on Road to Insurrection in Democratic Party? (05/02/16) [17:25]
*TYT | Puerto Rico Chooses People Over Bankers (05/02/16) [5:56]
TYT | Kansas Trickle-Down Experiment Enriches Donors, Kills Jobs (05/02/16) [8:35]
RT | Keiser Report: I'm from Goldman Sachs, and I'm here to help (E909) (05/03/16) [25:47]
RoF | Abby Martin on Hillary Clinton's Hunger for Endless Wars (05/02/16) [9:57]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Freedom And Safety Of Reporters Around The World (05/03/16) [1hr]
Since 2005 nearly 800 reporters have been killed while doing their work. Please join us to talk about the risks reporters face around the world and new effort to boost press safety and freedoms.
DR | Understanding The Political Crisis In Brazil (05/03/16) [1hr]
Last month in Brazil, the lower house of the country's National Congress voted to impeach the president, Dilma Rousseff. There's the legal grounds for the move -- alleged cooking of the government books. And then there are the political motives, which as many observers have pointed out, are what's really driving the impeachment. Those have to do with a massive corruption scandal at Petrobras, the state owned oil company. Add to that a severe recession and many Brazilians are not happy with how their country is being run.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday May 02, 2016
News Articles

Bernie Sanders Promises A Contested Democratic Convention
HP | Amanda Terkel | 05/01/16

The senator from Vermont is trying to convince superdelegates to switch from Hillary Clinton to him.

... "It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 -- that is the last day that a primary will be held -- with pledged delegates alone. ... She will need superdelegates to take her over the top at the convention in Philadelphia," he told reporters in a press conference at the National Press Club Sunday afternoon. ... Read more

| To See Delegate Race Results
*People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy by Robert W McChesney & John Nichols

The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling. The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face. Yet, the US political process is so dominated by billionaires and corporate special interests, by corruption and monopoly, that it stymies not just democracy but progress.

The great challenge of these times is to ensure that the tremendous benefits of technological progress are employed to serve the whole of humanity, rather than to enrich the wealthy few. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols argue that the United States needs a new economy in which revolutionary technologies are applied to effectively address environmental and social problems and used to rejuvenate and extend democratic institutions. Based on intense reporting, rich historical analysis, and deep understanding of the technological and social changes that are unfolding, they propose a bold strategy for democratizing our digital destiny -- before it's too late -- and unleashing the real power of the Internet, and of humanity.

*TRNN | Robert McChesney and John Nichols Talk About There New Book "People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and Citizenless Democracy", Part 3 [23:01]

Deutsche Bank Has Systemic Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing And Sanctions Problems: UK Regulator
ZeroHedge | author | 05/02/16

"Our overall conclusion was that Deutsche Bank UK had serious AML (anti-money laundering), terrorist financing and sanctions failings which were systemic in nature," the FCA said in a recent letter. Deutsche Bank's response? To fire the man it tasked with enforcing "business ethics." ... Read more

At Least 23 People Have Been Shot By Toddlers This Year
More Americans Are Shot By Toddlers, Than By Terrorists
Toddlers To Be Put On Watch Lists
360 panorama of Orthodox Easter Service in Moscow
*360 panorama of Orthodox Easter Service in Moscow (05/02/16) [6:06]
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Leaked Docs Reveal TTIP Trade Deal In Jeopardy As "Irreconcilable Differences" Emerge
ZeroHedge | author | 05/02/16

According to leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, it seems the stumbling blocks ahead of the TTIP's implementation are indeed substantial, and potentially dealbreaking. As the Guardian reports, talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with "irreconcilable" differences in some areas. The leaked texts also show that the two sides are at odds "over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, May 02 [7:29]
TRNN | Former Clinton advisor Bill Curry says: Lucifer, Trump and Who's Behind the GOP Factions? (04/29/16) [13:48]
TRNN | London economists John Weeks and Jeremy Smith explain: Euroskeptic Conservatives Driving the Brexit (04/29/16) [13:40]
*TYT | Trump's Foreign Policy Speech: Total Mess (04/29/16) [8:37]
TYT | Even Republican Women Fleeing Trump In Droves (04/30/16) [3:59]
*DR | Update On The GOP Presidential Race (05/02/16) [1hr]
All three GOP candidates gather in California for a statewide convention. Prospects for front-runner Donald Trump as the nomination race heads into the final stretch, the ongoing divide within the party and what it all means for the general election.
*DR |The Buzz Around Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet (05/02/16) [1hr]
Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.
RT | Keiser Report: 'Making America Great Again' Quest (E908) (04/30/16) [25:46]
RT | CrossTalk: Bullhorns in the Bullpens (05/02/16) [24:12]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Ralph Nader - Breaking Through Power (04/29/16) [12:46], Part 2 [12:24]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday April 29, 2016
News Articles

U.S. Corporate Profits on Pace for Third Straight Decline
WSJ | Theo Francis | 04/29/16

Slow global growth, energy slump weigh on earnings of S&P 500 companies

Weakness was felt across the board, with executives from Apple Inc. to railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. and snack giant Mondelez International Inc. saying the current quarter remains tough. 3M Co., which makes tapes, filters and insulation for consumer electronics, forecast continued weak demand for that industry. Procter & Gamble Co. reported sales declines in its five business categories despite price increases. ... Read more

TYT | Republicans And Billionaires Plot Evil At Island Getaway (older, but good | 03/13/16) [8:34]
Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. ...

The House Just Voted To Give Wall Street Billions From Americans' Retirement Savings
HP | Ben Walsh | 04/28/16

Investment advisers are allowed to give you bad advice. The House wants to keep it that way.

The House voted 234 to 188 Thursday to undo a rule proposed by the Labor Department earlier this month that would require anyone getting paid to provide retirement investment advice to act in the best interest of retirees. Many people think that's already how things work, but it isn't.

The way things work right now is that brokers who oversee retirement savings accounts can be paid extra to steer their clients into unnecessarily expensive funds or excessively risky investments, without disclosing that fact to their clients. That sort of conflicted investment advice costs Americans saving for retirement $17 billion a year, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. ... Read more

Paul Krugman and Holman Jenkins Shill for the Giant Banks
TRNN | Bill Black | 04/28/16

What Caused the Financial Crisis?

There can be no sure answer to the question of when a massive crisis "begin[s]." Attempting to answer the question implicitly requires understanding the causes of the crisis. The global financial crisis required three elements to come together. We needed huge losses on assets, a hyper-inflated bubble, and the failure of a systemically dangerous financial institution. These three elements may not "begin" at the same time.

In the United States, the losses came from the two great epidemics of loan origination fraud -- appraisal fraud and "liar's" loans. Those losses were then reallocated through the third great epidemic of fraud, sales of the fraudulently originated loans through fraudulent "reps and warranties" to the secondary market and investors. These three fraud epidemics, each an example of "accounting control fraud," also caused the financial bubble to hyper-inflate. The bubble, in turn, increases losses. Lehman's failure triggered the global crisis, but if it had not been Lehman it could have been the losses caused by these three fraud epidemics at any of roughly a dozen large financial firms that would have been trigger. ... Read more

Children of Chernobyl
*Children of Chernobyl () [52:11]
Chernobyl Heart and Children of Chernobyl () [41:10]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, April 29 [8:46]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/29/16) [1hr]
Ted Cruz tries to reboot his campaign by announcing a running mate. Bernie Sanders begins cutting staff but vows to stay in the race until the final primary in June. And former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is sentenced to prison after admitting he sexually abused teenage boys. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/29/16) [1hr]
An airstrike on a hospital in Syria kills dozens. A report condemns Mexico's investigation into the massacre of college students. And Donald Trump's "America First" speech concerns U.S. allies. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: The All-Volunteer Military and American National Security (04/28/16) [8:51]
TYT | ANOTHER Doctors Without Borders Hospital Bombed (04/28/16) [7:34]
TYT | Cruz Appoints Fiorina Vice President Of Imagination Land (04/28/16) [3:42]
TYT | Rhode Island Democratic Establishment Cheats For Hillary (04/28/16) [7:57]
RT | CrossTalk: State Dept Follies (04/29/16) [24:31]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | The Chernobyl Disaster...What Have We Learned? (04/28/16) [5:23]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday April 28, 2016
News Articles
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis says: Trump Embraces Israel and Promotes "Western Civilization" (04/28/16) [10:48]
RT | 'America First': Trump lays out foreign policy vision in Washington speech (04/27/16) [10:22]

John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz "A Miserable Son Of A Bitch, Lucifer In The Flesh"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

Is the establishment's fervent hatred of Donald Trump starting a U-turn? It's still too early to know, however at least one core Republican, former house speaker John Boehner, has made it very clear he is not a fan of Ted Cruz. At all. So much so that according to NBC the former Republican House Speaker told an audience at Stanford University Wednesday that the Texas senator is "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch... I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." ... Read more

US Economy Grew At Just 0.5% In Q1, Missing Expectations, Lowest Growth Rate In Two Years

Stockman: Anything Trumps Hillary
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

So is there any chance at all that Trump will make America Great Again by erecting trade barriers, a Trump Wall on the Rio Grande and an end to America's imperial beneficence and meddling abroad? Stayed tuned. There may be more to The Donald than meets the eye. And whatever it is, it certainly trumps Hillary's deplorable purpose to make Imperial Washington an even greater menace both abroad and at home. ... Read more

Luxembourg Puts Journalist and Whistleblowers On Trial for Ruining Its "Magical Fairyland" of Tax Avoidance
TheIntercept | jon Schwarz | 04/27/16

LUXEMBOURG IS TRYING to throw two French whistleblowers and a journalist in prison for their role in the "LuxLeaks" exposé that revealed the tiny country's outsized role in enabling corporate tax avoidance.

The trial of Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, two former employees of the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and journalist Edouard Perrin began Tuesday. ... Read more

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (04/27/16) [2:27]
Former Tax Lobbyists Are Writing the Rules on Tax Dodging

Debt Is Growing Faster Than Cash Flow By The Most On Record
ZeroHedge | author | 04/28/16

Net debt growth skyrocketing nearly 30% y/y, while EBITDA has been contracting for the past year. In fact, as SocGen shows below, the difference in the growth rate between these two most critical data series is now over 35% - the biggest deficit in over 20 years. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, April 28 [8:03]
*DN | Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Not a Radical, He Has Mass Support for Positions on Healthcare & Taxes (04/28/16) [3:55]
Oliver Stone
*SNOWDEN by Oliver Stone (official trailer) (04/27/16) [2:38]
TYT | Trump Accuses Hillary Of "Playing The Woman's Card" (04/27/16) [4:38]
TYT | Andrew Napolitano: There Is Evidence To Convict Hillary Clinton (04/27/16) [9:19]
RT | Keiser Report: Sinkholes of Big-Oil Debt (E907) (04/28/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina As His Running Mate (04/28/16) [1hr]
In an unusual move, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz yesterday named Carly Fiorina as his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination. We get analysis of the announcement and its implications from CNN's Manu Raju.
Aljazeera | Britain's Modern Slave Trade - Al Jazeera Investigates (04/24/16) [47:20]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
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Wednesday April 27, 2016
News Articles
TRUMP 5-STATE SWEEP... DEL TRACKER: 110 Trump, 5 Kasich, 3 Cruz...
Donald Trump Speaks on Foreign Policy in Washington, DC (full) 904/27/16) [46:20]
Donald Trump starts at 6:30min on the Progressbar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Full replay of Donald Trump's speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
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TYT | Donald Trump Destroys Ted Cruz In The Northeast GOP Primary (04/26/16) [5:44]
TYT | The Movement Bernie Started Is Just Beginning (04/26/16) [7:49]
TYT | 2016 Will Be A Terrible Election, BUT There Is Hope (04/26/16) [2:25]

A Major Warning From Tom McClellan : "Can This Possibly End Well?"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/27/16

In one of his tweets yesterday, Tom McClellan, creator of the famous McClellan Oscillator and Summation index used by thousands of traders everywhere as a market timing tool, pointed out something disturbing: the number of shares outstanding of the VXX, the VIX tracking ETN, has soared exponentialy in recent weeks. As McClellan cautions: "VIX futures ETF extremely popular now. Can this possibly end well?" ... Read more

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30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster, a Nuclear Menace Still Hides in Plain Sight
Hp | Ioana Moldovan | 04/25/16

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- It was a fine spring night, people peacefully sleeping as weekday passed into weekend, until Chernobyl's fourth nuclear reactor blew up. Oleksandr Galuh recalls that night well. "My mother woke up as the windows shattered," Galuh, then a fourth-grader in Pripyat, a town not too far from Chernobyl, remembers. "She thought it was a thunderstorm."

But no thunder rocked the still of night -- an explosion did. It was April 26, 1986 at 1:23 a.m. when reactor no. 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went up in flames. The worst nuclear accident in history had just taken place. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, April 27 [8:56]
DN | How Trump Became the GOP's "Presumptive Nominee" with Hate-Fueled Rhetoric & Attacks on Immigrants (04/27/16) [25:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Trump Admits It's All An Act (04/27/16) [3:14]
*DR | Results From Tuesday's Republican and Democratic Primaries In Five States (04/27/16) [1hr]
Results from Tuesday's Republican and Democratic primaries in five states. Join us for a discussion on the latest delegate count, Republican efforts to coordinate against Donald Trump, and the outlook for the ongoing nominating race in both parties.
TYT | Hillary's Paid Trolls Take Down Bernie Facebook Pages (04/26/16) [13:41]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Seymour Hersh's interview starts at 30min on the Progressbar
In Conversations with Great Minds Thom discusses Obama's war on terror with award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, author of the new book "The Killing of Osama bin Laden."
ThomHartmann | Seymour Hersh Exposes the Truth About Obama's War on Terror (04/26/16) [57:44]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday April 26, 2016
News Articles
MSNBC Democratic Town Hall
*TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Young Turks Summary (04/25/16) [3:15]
TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Biggest Winner Was... (04/25/16) [1:51]
TYT | MSNBC Democratic Town Hall | The Biggest Loser Was... (04/25/16) [4:24]

CIA Employees 'Terrified,' Fear 'Exodus'...
HP | Andy Kroll | 04/26/16

When Donald Trump launched his bid for the White House, one of his earliest initiatives was a promise to help Americans who had gone to war for their country. Or, as his campaign put it, to take care of "all Veteran complaints very quickly and efficiently like a world-class business man can do, but a politician has no clue." Last summer, about a month after declaring his candidacy, Trump unveiled a hotline for veterans to share ideas about how to overhaul the bureaucracy that served them.

Many of the veterans who called the hotline--855-VETS-352--say they were sent to an automated voicemail message telling them to email the campaign. Those who reached a live human were similarly instructed to send an email, or to mail their medical records to campaign headquarters at Trump Tower. It soon became evident that Trump had no actual plan in place to help anyone who contacted him through the hotline. ... Read more

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds
HP | Victoria Strong | 04/24/16

Time does not heal. Not in and of itself. True healing requires a consciousness and constant work. Every day. For the rest of your life without your child.

I don't say this because I have now managed to live eight months without my Gwendolyn, an eternity and a blink all at once. I say this from watching friends over the last 8 years lose their children, the ways they've healed and the ways they never will. ... Read more

Obama in Germany to Push TTIP
TRNN | author | 04/26/16

Obama?s arrival in Germany on Sunday was met by 90,000 protesters who are opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP. Obama came to Germany to support the government in its effort to ratify the free trade agreement despite opposition to the deal by majority of the population in both countries. Many Germans see the deal as an effort to undermine German health and safety regulations for the benefit of corporate profits. Only 17 percent of Germans support the TTIP according to a recent poll.

The other item on Obama's agenda with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was a deal to increase patrols off of the Libyan coast in order to prevent smugglers from risking more lives of refugees who are trying to reach Europe. Last week it was suspected that up to 500 refugees drowned when their ship sank near Libya. ...

Trump Reaches 50% National Support For First Time

China Commodity Bubble Bursts As Exchanges Curb Goldman's "Biggest Concern"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/26/16

During the last week we have highlighted the frightening similarity between the speculative spike in China commodity trading (which has sent industrial metals prices soaring in yet another 'error' signal for real supply and demand) and the pump-n-dump in Chinese stocks. Specifically, as Goldman warns the factor that "concerns us the most is the increased speculation in the Chinese iron ore futures market," and now, as Bloomberg reports, it appears that bubble is bursting as Steel and Iron Ore prices tumble most in 21 months after Chinese exchanges raise margins in an attempt to curb speculation. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, April 26 [9:56]
*DR | President Obama Ups The Number Of U.S. Special Operations Forces In Syria (0426/16) [1hr]
President Obama has approved the deployment of an additional 250 Special Operations forces to Syria to advise and assist in the fight against ISIS. Join us to discuss the status of the conflict and new efforts to undermine the Islamic State's power in the region and its influence beyond.
TYT | Cruz And Kasich Now Tag Teaming Trump (04/25/16) [13:01]
TYT | Trump Sounds Off On John Kasich's Eating Habits (04/25/16) [5:32]
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*RT | Chernobyl timeline: World's worst nuclear disaster 30 years on (04/26/16) [5:07]
RT | McAfee: If FBI gets backdoor to people's phones, US society will collapse (04/25/16) [24:32]
RT | Keiser Report: Debt Slavery (E906) (04/26/16) [25:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Plunging Support for TPP & TTIP in US & Europe? (04/26/16) [6:21]
Curtis Ellis, Obamatrade.com/American Jobs Alliance join Thom Hartmann. Why does President Obama really want the UK to stay in the EU? Is it because he's concerned about British power? Or is it because he's worried about what could happen to the TTIP - the so-called free trade agreement that's Europe's version of the TPP?
Aljazeera | UpFront: Ex-CIA director: Trump a recruiting sergeant for ISIL (04/26/16) [3:08]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday April 25, 2016
News Articles
Bernie Sander, over the Weekend
*TRNN | Six Thousand Attend Sanders Rally In Baltimore (full) (04/24/16) [59:59]
*TRNN | Bernie Sanders and Danny Glover Exclusive on The Real News (04/24/16) [11:54]
TRNN | Sanders Supporters Explain Their Commitment to the "Political Revolution" (04/24/16) [7:36]
TRNN | Kendrick Sampson Speaks at Bernie Sanders Rally (04/24/16) [8:05]

Obama Brexit Blowback - Majority Of Brits Think Comments "Inappropriate"
ZeroHedge | author | 04/25/16

Who could have seen that coming? It appears President Obama's ill-advised Op-Ed and visit to The United Kingdom, exhorting his "friends" to 'just say no' to Brexit and vote democratically to stay part of an undemocratic superstate, has backfired for the establishment. A poll by YouGov suggests that Obama's high profile intervention in the UK's EU Referendum failed with 65% of Brits seeing his comments were not "appropriate." ... Read more

*WikiLeaks - The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA (08/18/15) [8:22]
VPRO Backlight | TTIP: Might is Right (10/19/15) [49:16]
The proposed free trade agreement between the US and Europe (TTIP) causes concern about the European right to self-determination. The most controversial part of TTIP is ISDS: investor-state dispute settlement. ISDS will make it possible for companies to sue governments that damage their investments. But is this arbitrage system where a few investment lawyers decide over billions of taxpayers money a protection of our business interests, or a threat to our democracy?
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 25 [10:51]
HBO | John Oliver: Puerto Rico (04/24/16) [21:21]
TYT | Big Oil Is WAY More Evil Than We Thought (04/24/16) [2:27]
*TYT | Obama Reveals Why Terror Victims Can't Sue Saudi Arabia (04/24/16) [14:17]
TYT | China's "Leftover Women" Choose to #ChangeDestiny (04/22/16) [8:29]
*RT | Keiser Report: Secrets of TTIP & TPP (E905) (04/23/16) [25:45]
RT | River on fire! Aussies literally set water ablaze near fracking site (04/23/16) [1:42]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | The Sanders' Fundraising Revolution Continues (full) (04/21/16) [56:26]
*DR | Suicide In America (04/25/16) [1hr]
The suicide rate in the U.S. has risen sharply -- to the highest level in nearly 30 years. It jumped 63 percent among middle-aged women. What's behind the alarming statistics and what can be done to reduce the number of suicides in America.
Aljazeera | Head to Head - Is Zionism compatible with democracy? (04/22/16) [47:33]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

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