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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:02:39 pm »

Four Signs That President Trump Is 🦀Becoming More Dangerous

Saturday, February 17, 2018

By Robin Marty, Care2 | News Analysis

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:49:22 pm »

GOP Takes Another Step to Control Federal Courts

Saturday, February 17, 2018

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | Report


But Grassley's  decision is also extremely political. Not only does it show that Republicans 🐉🦕 🦖 🦀 will dispense with any rule or tradition that stands between them and exerting political power, it also shows that the GOP is eager to foist extremist judges on purple and blue states.

"Today's vote… shows just how far Chuck Grassley is willing to go to cripple the system of checks and balances designed to protect our federal courts and our liberty," said Marge Baker, People for the American Way executive vice president. "His decision to move forward on the Brennan nomination over the objection of a home state senator sends a clear signal that the Trump administration can run roughshod over individual senators when it comes to judicial nominations. Donald Trump and [White House Counsel] Don McGahn have repeatedly nominated unqualified political cronies and narrow-minded elitists to critical seats on the federal bench."

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:11:29 pm »

The Resistance Report: Trump's 🦀 Divide and Conquer Strategy


Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Feb 8, 2018

Today's Resistance Report about Donald Trump's "divide and conquer" strategy.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:05:32 pm »

February 11, 2018 TD ORIGINALS

By Chris Hedges

The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs

The longer we are ruled by oligarchs, the deadlier our predicament becomes, especially since the oligarchs refuse to address climate change, the greatest existential crisis to humankind.


There is little dispute that we live in an oligarchic state. The wealthiest 1 percent of America’s families control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth, a statistic similar to what is seen globally: The wealthiest 1 percent of the world’s population owns more than half of the world’s wealth. This wealth translates into political power. The political scientists Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern, after examining differences in public opinion across income groups on a wide variety of issues, concluded, “In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover … even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”

Oligarchs accelerate social, political, cultural and economic collapse. The unchecked plunder leads to systems breakdown. The refusal to protect natural resources, or the economic engines that sustain the state, means that poverty becomes the norm and the natural world becomes a toxic wasteland. Basic institutions no longer work. Infrastructure is no longer reliable. Water, air and soil are poisoned. The population is left uneducated, untrained, impoverished, oppressed by organs of internal security and beset by despair. The state eventually goes bankrupt. Oligarchs respond to this steady deterioration by forcing workers to do more for less and launching self-destructive wars in the vain attempt to restore a lost golden age. They also insist, no matter how bad it gets, on maintaining their opulent and hedonistic lifestyles. They further tax the resources of the state, the ecosystem and the population with suicidal demands. They flee from the looming chaos into their gated compounds, modern versions of Versailles or the Forbidden City. They lose touch with reality. In the end, they are overthrown or destroy the state itself. There is no institution left in America that can be called democratic, and thus there is no internal mechanism to prevent a descent into barbarity.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:16:37 pm »


Prognosis: America 🦀🐉🦕🦖 2018


Doctors seek a unifying diagnosis to explain symptoms and inform a prognosis. My diagnosis for a Trumped-up White House with pseudo-populism as a diversion is naked greed. “Trust me” winks from the far-right wing predict a dire prognosis for the 99 percent.

In one career, my 38 working years as an oncologist, U.S. society has done a “180”—from a Peace Corps legacy🕊 to TV’s “Apprentice” and a mentality of social Darwinism 🦀. Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, echoing the Koch brother’s ALEC , the Cato Institute, and James Buchanan/Milton Friedman libertarianism have made “you eat what you kill” the sacred creed of their right-wing propaganda machine. And much of America  has joined in the chant of “money over all 🦖.”

Soul searching over civil rights, the Pentagon Papers and Watergate once prompted a national catharsis and predicted an era of enlightened, transparent governance of America. But since those innocent days, the decades of my medical career have witnessed health care turned from a noble profession into “profit center” exploitation among Big Insurance, Big Pharma and Big Hospitals.

Many physicians joined in the gold rush, emboldened by Wall Street’s “greed is great ” mantra. One of the executives over me, his salary measured in the millions per year, would interrogate me regularly—“Fangman, is there any money in stem cell transplants” or other research trends du jour he’d seen a headline for in The Wall Street Journal. Never did the question he was paid to ask arise: Will innovation x, y or z improve our community’s health care?

That same slickster CEO was also an early adopter of Beltway hyper-polarization. His oft-used curse—“those dirty Democrats”—was a warning to anyone with a liberal instinct in his sphere of influence.

Understand that I am no socialist or partisan advocate. I’ve always been an independent. I earned money by hard work and respect a foundational tenet of capitalism: If you snooze, you lose. There was bad governance by Wendy Lee Gramm, Bill Clinton, Lawrence Summers, George W. Bush, Barack Obama. They coddled and then bailed out the pervasive greed of Wall Street and that of greedy mortgage bankers like Angelo Mozilo at Countrywide, as it flushed away much of my career’s work and the security of millions of others in the Great Recession. This casino mentality is still taking the 99 percent for suckers. Trump’s “tax reform” is yet another smoke screen for unvarnished greed. Read about Kimberly Clark’s tax cut plans as an example.

I don’t write to grind my ax. I write because con men running this nation are confusing American voters. Since the 1980s, hucksters too numerous to recount—see Bush/Dick Cheney, Henry Paulson, Lloyd Blankfein and now Donald Trump 🦀 —have seduced solid, hard-working Americans to believe in bogus scams like invading Iraq. The Koch brothers’ anti-democracy libertarianism has taken Friedman’s dog-eat-dog “trickle down” to new lows.

Full truth filled article: 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:31:08 pm »

The Ghost of Fascism 🦀in the Age of Trump 🦀

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | News Analysis


The first casualty of the Trump era is truth, the second is moral responsibility, the third is any vestige of justice, and the fourth is a massive increase in human misery and suffering for millions.

Instead of refusing to cooperate with evil, Americans increasingly find themselves in a society in which those in commanding positions of power and influence exhibit a tacit approval of the emerging authoritarian strains and acute social problems undermining democratic institutions and rules of law. As such, they remain silent and therefore, complicit in the face of such assaults on American democracy.

Ideological extremism and a stark indifference to the lies and ruthless polices of the Trump administration have turned the Republican Party into a party of collaborators, not unlike the Vichy government that collaborated with the Nazis in the 1940s.

Both groups bought into the script of ultra-nationalism, encouraged anti-Semitic mobs, embraced a militant masculinity, demonized racial and ethnic others, supported an unchecked militarism and fantasies of empire, and sanctioned state violence at home and abroad.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 13, 2018, 05:11:39 pm »

Trump's 🦀 Huge Infrastructure Plan Is a Flop

It doesn't come close to spending enough to fix the nation's roads, bridges and tunnels.

By Barry Ritholtz

February 13, 2018, 1:02 PM EST


The White House had an opportunity to create a robust, economically sound plan to modernize America. Instead, the administration seems ready to give private investors 🐉🦕🦖 a gift at the expense of the taxpaying public. About the last thing this will do is make America great again.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:46:44 pm »

How Chris Kobach 🦀 Cut Elderly Voters So Republicans 🦖 Could Cut Medicare and Social Security.

Did Chris Kobach work to undermine the voting power elderly people so the Republicans could cut medicare and social security through their Tax Scam?

Thom Hartmann Feb. 12, 2018 2:00 pm

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:22:36 pm »

Why Public Infrastructure Should NEVER Be Owned by For Profit 🦀 Private Sector Entities

America's infrastructure problem is approaching dire, and who owns the infrastructure might be a clue as to why. Do you think our public infrastructure should be owned by for profit groups?

Thom Hartmann Feb. 9, 2018 3:00 pm

The Human Cost Of Cutting Corporate 🦀 Taxes

Republicans keep telling us that less government means more freedom and they are right if we were talking about the rich. Less Healthcare for us, more "freedom" for them 🦖.

Thom HartmannFeb. 9, 2018 3:30 pm

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:24:48 pm »

February 12, 2018

Corrupt Gun Unit Shows Why Policing Can't Be Reformed

Dr. Lawrence Brown, Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University says the new revelations from the Gun Trace Task Force corruption trial reveal how the underlying and historical imperative of policing require dismantling law enforcement and constructing new health-driven models for keeping communities safe

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:16:23 pm »

New Twist on Steele Dossier Is Frightening Civil Liberties Activists (w/Guest Greg Palast)

In the excitement to get Donald Trump out of office, are we empowering groups like the FBI and NSA to go after American Citizens with little evidence and less transparency? Investigative Reporter Greg Palast joins to inform us on the dark side of the Steele Dossier and how the state could use it against activists like you.

Thom Hartmann Feb. 6, 2018 2:30 pm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:30:13 pm »

It’s 🦀 Even Worse Than You Think: David Cay Johnston & Greg Palast

Greg Palast

Published on Feb 3, 2018

"A narcissistic know-nothing con artist who has spent his entire life swindling others while repeatedly urging followers to commit criminal acts of violence against his critics," writes David Cay Johnston. Who could he be talking about? I asked...

Full frontal exposure of the Trump Presidency by two New York Times bestselling investigative reporters — conversing, debating. This event was broadcast live from our sold out event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 31.

Watch Palast question Johnston about the accusations in his book, including Johnston’s revelation of Trump’s 2005 tax return — and his explanation of why it reeks of criminality!


Johnston’s It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, opened this week at #2 on the Times' bestseller list.


And Amazon and Amazon Prime have just released The Best Democracy Can Buy:The Case of the Stolen Election, Palast's film of his investigation for Rolling Stone on how Trump’s cronies swiped the 2016 election.


Editor Nicole Powers
Category News & Politics
License Standard YouTube License
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:25:26 pm »

The Resistance Report: The Memo Controversy and the Mueller Investigation

Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Feb 1, 2018

On tonight's Resistance Report we talk about the controversy over the memo that Trump 🦀 and Republicans 🦖 want to release, and what it means for Mueller investigation.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:08:49 pm »

The GOP is now trying to change Medicaid from a program that supports low-income people into a program that will punish and shame them.

A Legal Battle Is Mounting Against the GOP's Attack 🦖 on Medicaid

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

By Michael Corcoran, Truthout | News Analysis


About 500 protesters chanting Kill the Bill, Don't Kill Us! filled the street outside the New York Stock Exchange on December 19, 2017 -- where the resources siphoned from the poor and middle class by the Republican tax bill will be concentrated. (Photo: Erik McGregor / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)(at article link)

In Kurt Vonnegut's  1965 book, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the protagonist inherits a massive sum of money from his wealthy family. Rosewater, who has no use for the American class system, decides the money should be spent on a foundation that gives money and love to people who are deemed as "useless to society" by the "rapacious citizens 🦖 who have come to control all that is worth controlling in America."

He is taken to court by an irate family 🦀whose lawyers argue that such unconditional generosity is evidence of mental instability. Vonnegut's alter ego, Kilgore Trout, feels otherwise, saying this kindness meant "our hatred of useless human beings and the cruelties we inflict upon them for their own good need not be parts of human nature."

It is fitting that this book was released the same year Medicaid was passed. Vonnegut's disgust at this sinister view on humanity stands out as we watch the GOP's 🦖 latest effort to reshape Medicaid in all sorts of regressive ways in states across the US. In January, President Trump 🦀 made the unprecedented decision to allow states to add work requirements and other obstacles to Medicaid by applying for a waiver from the administration. It is a backhanded way of achieving one of the many goals of the failed Trumpcare bill: gutting 🦖 Medicaid

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:31:36 pm »

US President Donald Trump🦀 has sparked a backlash from UK politicians by attacking the National Health Service

February 5, 2018


Saturday's demonstration, called NHS In Crisis: Fix It Now, was organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity and Health Campaigns Together.

In a joint response to the US president, they said people had marched "to show their love for the principles of universal and comprehensive care free at the point of use, paid for through general taxation".

They added: "We don't agree with your divisive and incorrect rhetoric."

Actor and NHS campaigner Ralf Little, who was at the march, told President Trump he was wrong about the reasons for the march.

Skip Twitter post by @RalfLittle
Hey matey. I was front row of that march and I can assure you that is 100% not why we were there. I can explain properly if you’ve got 5 mins to chat between rounds of golf? https://t.co/slud9VHrAD

— Ralf Little (@RalfLittle) February 5, 2018

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:38:33 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Originally publidhed August 25, 2017 BUT, even MORE pertinent today, February 4, 2018).

Paul Jay On The Trump Administration 🦀: One of the Most Dangerous Times in Human History
TRNN Replay: Senior editor Paul Jay and reporter Taya Graham discuss the Real News' coverage of the Trump administration and take viewer questions

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:11:04 pm »

Is Mike Pence 🐉 Running For President!
What would you do if I told you that Mike Pence is already acting like someone preparing to be president?

Thom Hartmann Feb. 1, 2018 2:30 pm

The End Of Democracy Brought to You by Thatcher 🦀 , Reagan 🦀 and Trump 🦀

Are we looking at the end of Democratic governments around the world and here in the United States as corporate power continuously grows!

Thom Hartmann Feb. 1, 2018 3:00 pm

Inequality Will Only Get Worse Thanks To Trump 🦀

The Republican Tax Scam is going to do a lot of damage to our country, not the least of it, inequality is going to grow big time!

Thom Hartmann  Feb. 1, 2018 3:30 pm

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:19:23 pm »

Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights*

Washington, December 15, 2017

SNIPPET 1 (of a lengthy report that comprehensively explains what is wrong with the US economic and political system):

I. Introduction

1. I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens.  In my travels through California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC I have spoken with dozens of experts and civil society groups, met with senior state and federal government officials and talked with many people who are homeless or living in deep poverty.  I am grateful to the Trump Administration for facilitating my visit and for its continuing cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council’s accountability mechanisms that apply to all states.

2. My visit coincides with a dramatic change of direction in US policies relating to inequality and extreme poverty. The proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid 🦀 to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans.  The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President and Speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes.  It is against this background that my report is presented.

3. The United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty.

4. I have seen and heard a lot over the past two weeks.  I met with many people barely surviving on Skid Row in Los Angeles, I witnessed a San Francisco police officer telling a group of homeless people to move on but having no answer when asked where they could move to, I heard how thousands of poor people get minor infraction notices which seem to be intentionally designed to quickly explode into unpayable debt, incarceration, and the replenishment of municipal coffers, I saw sewage filled yards in states where governments don’t consider sanitation facilities to be their responsibility, I saw people who had lost all of their teeth because adult dental care is not covered by the vast majority of programs available to the very poor, I heard about soaring death rates and family and community destruction wrought by prescription and other drug addiction, and I met with people in the South of Puerto Rico living next to a mountain of completely unprotected coal ash which rains down upon them bringing illness, disability and death.

5. Of course, that is not the whole story.  I also saw much that is positive.  I met with State and especially municipal officials 🕊 who are determined to improve social protection for the poorest 20% of their communities, I saw an energized civil society 🕊 in many places, I visited a Catholic Church 🕊  in San Francisco (St Boniface – the Gubbio Project) that opens its pews to the homeless every day between services, I saw extraordinary resilience 🕊 and community solidarity in Puerto Rico, I toured an amazing community health initiative 🕊 in Charleston (West Virginia) that serves 21,000 patients with free medical, dental, pharmaceutical and other services, overseen by local volunteer physicians, dentists and others (WV Health Right), and indigenous communities 🕊 presenting at a US-Human Rights Network conference in Atlanta lauded Alaska’s advanced health care system for indigenous people 🕊 s, designed with direct participation of the target group.

American exceptionalism was a constant theme in my conversations.  But instead of realizing its founders’ admirable commitments, today’s United States has proved itself to be exceptional 🦍 in far more problematic ways that are shockingly at odds with its immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights. As a result, contrasts between private wealth and public squalor abound.

7. In talking with people in the different states and territories I was frequently asked how the US compares with other states.  While such comparisons are not always perfect, a cross-section of statistical comparisons provides a relatively clear picture of the contrast between the wealth, innovative capacity, and work ethic of the US, and the social and other outcomes that have been attained.

• By most indicators, the US is one of the world’s wealthiest countries.  It spends more on national defense than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United Kingdom, India, France, and Japan combined.

• US health care expenditures per capita are double the OECD average and much higher than in all other countries. But there are many fewer doctors and hospital beds per person than the OECD average.

• US infant mortality rates in 2013 were the highest in the developed world.

• Americans can expect to live shorter and sicker lives, compared to people living in any other rich democracy, and the “health gap” between the U.S. and its peer countries continues to grow.

• U.S. inequality levels are far higher than those in most European countries

• Neglected tropical diseases, including Zika, are increasingly common in the USA.  It has been estimated that 12 million Americans live with a neglected parasitic infection. A 2017 report documents the prevalence of hookworm in Lowndes County, Alabama.

• The US has the highest prevalence of obesity in the developed world.

• In terms of access to water and sanitation the US ranks 36th in the world.

• America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, ahead of Turkmenistan, El Salvador, Cuba, Thailand and the Russian Federation. Its rate is nearly 5 times the OECD average.

• The youth poverty rate in the United States is the highest across the OECD with one quarter of youth living in poverty compared to less than 14% across the OECD.

• The Stanford Center on Inequality and Poverty ranks the most well-off countries in terms of labor markets, poverty, safety net, wealth inequality, and economic mobility. The US comes in last of the top 10 most well-off countries, and 18th amongst the top 21.

• In the OECD the US ranks 35th out of 37 in terms of poverty and inequality.

• According to the World Income Inequality Database, the US has the highest Gini rate (measuring inequality) of all Western Countries

• The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality characterizes the US as “a clear and constant outlier in the child poverty league.” US child poverty rates are the highest amongst the six richest countries – Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden and Norway.

• About 55.7% of the U.S. voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. In the OECD, the U.S. placed 28th in voter turnout, compared with an OECD average of 75%.  Registered voters represent a much smaller share of potential voters in the U.S. than just about any other OECD country. Only about 64% of the U.S. voting-age population (and 70% of voting-age citizens) was registered in 2016, compared with 91% in Canada (2015) and the UK (2016), 96% in Sweden (2014), and nearly 99% in Japan (2014).


III. Who are ‘the poor’?

10. I have been struck by the extent to which caricatured narratives about the purported innate differences between rich and poor have been sold to the electorate by some politicians and media, and have been allowed to define the debate.  The rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic, and the drivers of economic success  .  The poor are wasters, losers, and scammers  .  As a result, money spent on welfare is money down the drain .  To complete the picture we are also told that the poor who want to make it in America can easily do so: they really can achieve the American dream if only they work hard enough.


VI. Principal current governmental responses

5. Puerto Rico

68. I spent two days of the nine days I traveled outside of Washington, DC, in Puerto Rico. I witnessed the devastation of hurricane Irma and Maria in Salinas and Guayama in the south of the island, as well as in the poor Caño Martin Peña neighborhood in San Juan. Both in the south and in San Juan I listened to individuals in poverty and civil society organizations on how these natural disasters are just the latest in a series of bad news for Puerto Ricans, which include an economic crisis, a debt crisis, an austerity crisis and, arguably, a structural political crisis.

69. Political rights and poverty are inextricably linked in Puerto Rico. If it were a state, Puerto Rico would be the poorest state in the Union. But Puerto Rico is not a state, it is a mere ‘territory.’ Puerto Ricans have no representative with full voting rights in Congress and, unless living stateside, cannot vote for the President of the United States. In a country that likes to see itself as the oldest democracy in the world and a staunch defender of political rights on the international stage, more than 3 million people who live on the island have no power in their own capital.

70. Puerto Rico not only has a fiscal deficit, it also has a political rights deficit, and the two are not easily disentangled. I met with the Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board that was imposed by Congress on Puerto Rico as part of PROMESA 🦖 . This statement is not the place to challenge the economics of the Board’s proposed polices, but there is little indication that social protection concerns feature in any significant way in the Board’s 🦖 analyses. At a time when even the IMF is insisting that social protection should be explicitly factored into prescriptions for adjustment (i.e. austerity) it would seem essential that the Board take account of human rights and social protection concerns as it contemplates far-reaching decision on welfare reform, minimum wage and labor market regulation.

It is not for me to suggest any resolution to the hotly contested issue of Puerto Rico’s constitutional status.  But what is clear is that many, probably most, Puerto Ricans believe deeply that they are presently colonized and that the US Congress is happy to leave them in the no-man’s land of no meaningful Congressional representation and no ability to really move to govern themselves.  In light of recent Supreme Court 🦀 jurisprudence and Congress’s 🐉 adoption of PROMESA there would seem to be good reason for the UN Decolonization Committee to conclude that the island is no longer a self-governing territory.

Full Report:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 29, 2018, 09:33:07 pm »

David Cay Johnston, "It's Even Worse Than You Think"


Politics and Prose

Published on Jan 27, 2018

David Cay Johnston discusses his book, "It's Even Worse Than You Think" at Politics and Prose on 1/24/18.

Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, has been covering Trump since 1988. In June 2015, he was the first national journalist to write about a possible Trump presidency and in his 2016 bestselling The Making of Donald Trump he gave a comprehensive account of Trump’s business practices, associates, and family background. Now Johnston follows up that profile with a detailed analysis of the Trump administration’s first one hundred days. He shows how Trump’s policies are affecting ordinary people’s jobs, finances, and security, explains the federal agencies charged with carrying out Trump’s executive actions, and illuminates places where the system can hide what’s really going on.


Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 29, 2018, 01:31:40 pm »

The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump

The relentless and suicidal drive to accumulate greater and greater wealth by destroying the systems that sustain life is idolatry. It ignores the biblical injunction that idols always begin by demanding human sacrifice and end by demanding self-sacrifice. The elites are not only building our funeral pyre, they are building their own.


By Chris Hedges Columnist

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books,…


Trump, who has no inclination or ability to govern, has handed the machinery of government over to the bankers, corporate executives, right-wing think tanks, intelligence chiefs and generals. They are eradicating the few regulations and laws that inhibited a naked kleptocracy. They are dynamiting the institutions, including the State Department, that served interests other than corporate profit and are stacking the courts with right-wing, corporate-controlled ideologues. Trump provides the daily entertainment; the elites handle the business of looting, exploiting and destroying.

Once democratic institutions are hollowed out, a process begun before the election of Trump, despotism is inevitable. The press is shackled. Corruption and theft take place on a massive scale. The rights and needs of citizens are irrelevant. Dissent is criminalized. Militarized police monitor, seize and detain Americans without probable cause. The rituals of democracy become farce. This is the road we are traveling. It is a road that leads to internal collapse and tyranny, and we are very far down it.

The elites’ moral and intellectual vacuum produced Trump. They too are con artists. They are slicker than he at selling the lies and more adept at disguising their greed through absurd ideologies such as neoliberalism and globalization, but they belong to the same criminal class and share many of the pathologies that characterize Trump. The grotesque visage of Trump is the true face of politicians such as George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The Clintons and Obama, unlike Bush and Trump, are self-aware and therefore cynical, but all lack a moral compass. As Michael Wolff writes in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the president has “no scruples.” He lives “outside the rules” and is “contemptuous of them.” And this makes him identical to those he has replaced, not different. “A close Trump friend who was also a good Bill Clinton friend found them eerily similar—except that Clinton had a respectable front and Trump did not,” Wolff writes.

Trump, backed by the most retrograde elements of corporate capitalism, including Robert and Rebekah Mercer, Sheldon Adelson and Carl Icahn, is the fool who prances at the front of our death march .

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:58:56 pm »

What Trump 🦀 will NOT talk about tomorrow night

January 29, 2018

Friends of Bernie Sanders

Tuesday night is Trump's State of the Union speech. Nobody knows exactly what he will be discussing, but I'm absolutely certain what he will NOT be talking about.

He will surely not be apologizing for the many lies he told American voters: how he promised to defend the interests of working people, but then sold them out to Wall Street and the billionaire 🦖 class.

During his campaign he promised to provide health care to "everybody," but then supported legislation which would have thrown 32 million Americans off of the healthcare they had. Although we managed to stop his effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 3.2 million fewer Americans today have health insurance than when Trump first came into office, and millions more will lose their health insurance as a result of the repeal of the individual mandate.

During his campaign he promised to pass tax reform legislation designed to help the middle class. The legislation that he 🦀 signed will, at the end of 10 years, provide 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent, drive up the deficit by $1.7 trillion and raise taxes for millions of middle class families.

During his campaign he promised to take on the outrageously high prices of the pharmaceutical industry which, he told us, was "getting away with murder." Then, as president, while drug prices continue to soar, he appointed a drug company executive 🦖as Secretary of Health and Human Services who worked to triple insulin prices.

During his campaign he promised to take on the greed of Wall Street, but then proceeded to appoint more Wall Street titans to high positions than any president in history. Now, with Wall Street firmly behind him, he is trying to repeal the modest provisions of the Dodd-Frank legislation which provide some consumer protections against Wall Street thievery.

Trump will also not be talking about the role that he has played in significantly lowering the respect that people all over the planet have for the United States. Once, not so many years ago, we were considered to be the political and moral leader in the world, the country most admired. Now, according to a recent Gallup poll, since Trump has been president median approval of U.S. leadership plummeted to 30 percent, down from 48 percent in 2016.

Trump will not talk about his efforts to undermine democracy in the United States and his support for authoritarianism abroad. He will not mention his encouragement to Republican governors to accelerate efforts for voter suppression, and his admiration for the leaders of countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

Trump will not talk about his belief that climate change is a "hoax," and his appointment of agency leaders who are undermining our ability to move toward sustainable energy and protect the environment.

Trump will not talk about how he is the first president in modern history who is intentionally trying to divide this nation up based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nation of origin. He will not be mentioning his overt and covert efforts to win the support of white supremacists.

And on and on it goes. I suspect that there will be a lot more interest in what Trump will NOT be talking about in his speech than what he will discuss..

I don't have to tell you what you already know.

The very bad news is that Donald Trump is president of the United States and he is pushing the most dishonest, reactionary and divisive agenda in modern American history.

There is good news, however. And that is that, in an unprecedented way, we are witnessing a revitalization of American democracy with more and more people standing up and fighting back. We are seeing the growth of grassroots organizations and people from every conceivable background starting to run for office - for school board, city council, state legislature and Congress.

And these candidates, from coast to coast, are standing tall for a progressive agenda: Medicare for All, a $15 an hour minimum wage, free tuition at public colleges and universities, transformation of our energy system away from fossil fuels, a woman's right to choose and pay equity, progressive taxation, fair trade, criminal justice and immigration reform and much more.

Yes. The Koch brothers 🦖 🦕 and their billionaire 🐉 friends are planning to spend some $400 million in the 2018 midterm elections supporting right-wing Republicans. We will beat them, however, because we are in the midst of creating a political revolution. When ordinary people, by the millions, demand economic, racial, social and environmental justice - we will not be denied.

Keep the faith and please remember, despair is not an option.

In Solidarity,

Bernie Sanders
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 27, 2018, 06:41:00 pm »

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According to a major new report, the Democratic Party leadership is undermining progressive candidates and backing wealthier, centrist hopefuls that are following a failed strategy. We speak to The Intercept's Lee Fang

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:48:39 pm »

It's Past Time To Get Money Out Of Politics, but Libertarians 🦖 Think It's Free Speech

Why do libertarians think money is free speech? To answer this questions we are joined by Charles Sauer 🦖 , Libertarian Economist and president of the Market Institute.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:44:26 pm »

Net Neutrality Means You Can Have The Internet Your Way

Net Neutrality is so popular that even corporations are supporting it in their advertisements, so why was it repealed? The FCC under Ajit Pai and Donald Trump, the Republicans are working for their corporate backers not the people of the United States.

Thom Hartmann Jan. 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:44:52 pm »

Are Militarized Police a Sign Of The Failures Of Unregulated Capitalism?

Are the police being driven to militarization via the failures of unregulated capitalism and a democracy that is more and more becoming the playground of the ultra rich and the politicians in their pocket. Thom takes your calls today and one caller suggests just that!

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:58:30 pm »

Why the Resistance is More Important Than Ever (w/Guest Dana Fisher)🕊

Thom is joined my University of Maryland Professor Dana Fisher 🦅  to discuss the data from the women's march, who is this "resistance" we are hearing about?

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:34:03 pm »

Americans Don't Deserve To Be Ruled Under Authoritarian Trump Regime 🦀 (w/guest Vicente Fox)

Former President Vicente Fox joins the Thom Hartmann Program to discuss the white supremacist in chief, Donald Trump and his actions against the people of the world , the people of Mexico, and the people in America.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 24, 2018, 06:11:55 pm »

As Mueller closes in, paranoia spreads in the White House

Jeff Sessions 🦍 tries to purge FBI of Comey’s influence, while right-wingers 🦖 spread outrageous conspiracy theories

January 24, 2018


It gets crazier.  is now spouting the theory that the "Democrat Deep State" had a master plan to feed poor, gullible George W. Bush fake intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in order to embarrass Republicans, weaken the military and destroy Bush's second term.

No wait, it gets even crazier than that:

Sen Ron Johnson claims "informant" who has news about the FBI "Secret Society" working to overthrow President Trump.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm)   

That's a very excited U.S. senator saying something that is Alex Jones-level bonkers on national television. The "secret society" conspiracy is more fully fleshed out in this screed from Lou Dobbs:

Drain the Swamp!- Our Justice Dept has been compromised, and it’s time to crush the corrupt secret society working against President. — Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs)

One can imagine that sane people at the Department of Justice might just be getting a little bit concerned. We've had presidents investigated before. We've had them interfere with law enforcement and fire independent officials. But this level of flat-out lunacy from the party in power is something altogether different. Who knows where all this will end up? After all, Donald Trump 🦀 became president. Anything can happen.   

Full article:


Some EXCELLENT comments:

Gary Frank: 

Trump is trying to discredit the FBI so that he can avoid justice for his crimes during the election campaign. This strategy might work, considering the current climate of tribal warfare. Everyone knows that this is a nonissue meant to save Trump from justice, but the Trump tribe doesn't care. They only require fake news or irrelevant news as a cover story in order to allow Trump to escape justice.

But will this diversion tactic be enough to sabotage the investigation and possibly allow to Trump to refuse to answers questions, to lie to Mueller, to stonewall Mueller, or to babble word salad rather than provide real answers to his questions?

It will be futile. Mueller has important testimony from many other top level officials. Trump is trapped. He will likely be charged and removed from office either because he confessed, because he lied or because he refused to cooperate - obstruction of justice.



Can you imagine if a Democrat were in the WH and under attack over these same charges and Democrats reacted to our institutions the way the Republicans are now, what the consequences would be.
When Trump was elected, I thought sensible Republicans, the ones who were puritanical “Constitutionalists” in fighting Obama at every turn, would apply those same standards to Trump and the country would be safe. Was I ever naive. The radical Republicans have certifiably lost their minds. They have spoken about morals, values, principles, and religious beliefs for decades. Now we can clearly see, not that I didn’t know, but the rest of America can now see all of that was political BS. I like to consider myself to be open-minded, but these Republican traitors have slammed the door on me ever voting for a Republican in my lifetime.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:28:50 pm »

The Resistance Report ✨: The government shutdown and what comes next

Inequality Media Civic Action

Published on Jan 22, 2018

Tonight we discuss what happened with the government shutdown over the weekend and what's going to happen next.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:23:01 pm »

January 21, 2018

Women March in Defiance of Trump🦍

Here are some images from the local iteration of the women's march.


And then there were these ass holes on the bottom. A couple guys showed up with signs to protest the march. This woman was ready! She went across the street and held up her eerily right-on-time sign right beside them! And the guy in the middle is mistaken: NOBODY will be **** him.

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