Weekend of January 12 - 14, 2018
New federal court order green lights Republican efforts to supercharge voter suppression... For the first time in 35 years, the RNC won't be under a consent decree. ThinkProgress
No More Worshiping of the Military. CounterPunch
Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, U.S. Moves to Defund U.N. Palestine Refugee
Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP to 'Violate the Privacy Rights of Everyone in United States'. ... "Democratic leadership in the Housewho say that Trump is currently abusing his power to go after his political enemiesjust helped him pass dangerous domestic surveillance powers." CommonDreams
Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa. NY Times. ... President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from shithole countries rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation. NY Times
Walmart Pulls 'Diabolical' and 'Devious Two-Step' By Pairing Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs. ..."Politics at its most cynical" is how one analyst described Walmart's attempt to claim wage hikes were a result of the GOP tax plan. CommonDreams
January 11, 2018
Trump's Language of Fascism
Israel Sets Up Secret Firm With Top Ex-generals, Envoys for Online 'Mass Awareness' Campaign 'To Fight Delegitimization' ... Among the shareholders are former UN ambassador Dore Gold and ex-generals Amos Yadlin and Yaakov Amidror. The new initiative will not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law. Haaretz
January 10, 2018
Are Journalists Foreign Agents? (Video)
Capitalist Fluctuation and the Partisan Presidential Praise and Blame Game. CounterPunch
Trump Booed at Davos After Tirade About 'Mean, Vicious, Fake' Media. ... According to one reporter in attendance, it was a group of foreign journalists that kicked off the booing. CommonDreams
Constitutional Q&A: The Legality of Stop and ID Procedures. Rutherford
Show Me Your Papers! Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card. CounterPunch
#BailoutCaucus: These 11 Senate Democrats Are Joining GOP in Effort to Dismantle Wall Street Regulations ... "This breakaway #BailoutCaucus may think their support of this bill will fly under the radaronly noticed by bank executives and lobbyists giving campaign contributions. They are wrong.". CommonDreams
Weekend of January 26-28, 2018
Weekend Read: The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism (Critical Interventions) by Henry A Girox. This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and globally. One of the worlds leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in the context of longer term trends, including the rise of right-wing populism, the threat of planetary peril, anti-intellectual fervor, the war on youth, a narrowing political discourse, deepening inequality and disposability, authoritarianism, the crisis of civic culture, the rise of the mass incarceration state, and more. Amazon
Democrats Have Hijacked the anti-Trump Resistance. CounterPunch
Spending $20 Million to Pass #GOPTaxScam, Koch Bros to Save More Than $1 Billion
This Year. ... "That's not a bad return on investment: what's $20 million
when you're looking at a billion or more in tax breaks?"
of Trump infrastructure plan may slip past January. Politico
Related: Leaked Trump
Infrastructure Plan Would Put Onus on States. ... At a time when many state transportation
officials are clamoring for more financial help from Washington, an outline of
the presidents infrastructure plan depends heavily on an influx of state
and private funds.
Willing to Answer Special Counsels Questions
Donald Trump's tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs. ... Trumps decision to impose a 30% tariff will cost the US around 23,000 jobs and risks slowing the growth of clean energy, advocates warn. Guardian
solar tariff backfires: It hits red states and U.S. taxpayers harder than China.
... "Southern states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina among
the most impacted." ThinkProgress
January 25, 2018
wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly opaque. ... Lack of
transparency over looser rules of engagement is hallmark of administration.
David Cay Johnston:
Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior.
Leading Putin Critic Warns of Xenophobic Conspiracy Theories Drowning U.S. Discourse and Helping Trump. Independent
Zionist Censorship on Facebook. Craig Murray
Humanitarian Activists Face Federal Charges After Leaving Water for Migrants in
the Arizona Desert.
vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination
"Multi-Billion Dollar Windfall" From #GOPTaxScam, Kimberly-Clark Announces
5,000 Layoffs. ... The personal care company plans to cut about 13 percent of
its workforce a month after the Republican plan lowered its tax rate.
Robert De Niro Accused of Exploiting Hurricane Irma to Build Resort in Barbuda. Intercept
Kushner Is Chinas Trump Card
January 24, 2018
This is how democracies die. ...Defending our constitution requires more than outrage. Guardian
With a Shutdown Surrender, Democrats Left Millions of People Behind. ... Community health centers that serve millions are in serious danger. The Nation
Preacher Pence's Speech to Israel's Knesset Had Everything but Fire and Brimstone. ... Between the heavenly prophecies and the Christian symbolism, Pence delivered a more earthly message on status quos and 'required compromises' to achieve peace. Haaretz
Groundbreaking Study Maps 'Insidious' (and Alarmingly Successful) Strategy of Anti-Choice Movement. ... The far-right religious fringe "has spent decades building the political infrastructure they need to attack abortion access from all sides." CommonDreams
'Billionaire Boom': While World's Richest 1% Took 82% of All New Wealth in 2017, Bottom Half Got Zero, Zilch, Nada. ... A new billionaire was created every two days last year and now, according to Oxfam, just 42 individuals own as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.7 billion people. CommonDreams
Are the Supremes About to Give Trump a Second Term?. CounterPunch
Blowback: How U.S. Drones, Coups, and Invasions Just Create More Violence. Intercept
Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters. DemocracyNow
Israeli Judge Denies Bail to Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldier. DemocracyNow
Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion. Intercept
The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm. TruthOut
January 23, 2018
Thought Police for the 21st Century. TruthDig/Hedges
religion voucher schools are teaching kids what can only be described as
Its Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes. CounterPunch/Cockburn
white guy allegedly detonated 2 IEDs at a mall and the pro-
New Health Division Embodies Institutional Oppression,
Tweets Generals Already Run the Show.
The Big Lie About Gaza is That the Palestinians Have Been the Aggressors. DemocracyNow
Force of Evil: Abraham Polonsky and Anti-Capitalist Noir. CounterPunch
Elizabeth Warren Wants
to Know Why a Banned Banker Is a Senior Adviser at the EPA. ....Given your
troubled financial history, as well as your lack of experience in environmental
policy and regulation, I am concerned that you served as Chairman of the Superfund
Task Force and that you continue to serve as a Senior Advisor at the EPA,
Warren wrote in the letter.
The New York Times' Latest Effort to Appease Trump Voters Is Its Most Embarrassing Yet. ... The Grey Lady should hang her head in shame. AlterNet
Dawn of the Dead: Why American Politics Cant be Reformed. CounterPunch
January 22, 2018
The Fake Feminism Of The #MeToo Backlash Weve been here before. Huffy
No, Aziz Ansaris Accuser Is Not Breaking Up #MeToo The Divisions Have Been There All Along. Intercept
With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow. It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps. Guardian
shutdown 2018: what we know so far
Ten members of Congress with most to gain or lose from a shutdown. ... Voters have made it clear for years theyre fed up with Washingtons chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capitals disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending. McClatchy
The truth about the
new top secret memo Republicans cant stop talking about. ...
Yes, please, release the memo.
Sadiq Khan on Donald Trump: He Sounds Like ISIS. ... Its either a
hug or an apology, says Sadiq Khan, recounting how Americans react when
they meet him for the first time. Thank you for standing up to Trump,
they say, or We are really sorry for Trump..
What is a Shithole Country and Why is Trump So Obsessed With Haiti? CounterPunch
The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Sh*tholes for Decades. ... Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of U.S. foreign policy are worse. AlterNet