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Monday, February 19, 2018
Jefferson Morley
A pile of handguns are placed in a trash bin after they were surrendered during a gun buyback program organized by Mayor Eric Garcetti's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office in Los Angeles, California, December 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Memo To DHS: The Lone White Wolf Network Is The Biggest Terror Threat To Americans

The terror attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that claimed 17 lives on Valentine’s Day shows all the marks of the so-called Lone White Wolf Network (LWWN). The motives of the perpetrator, now in custody, remain unknown, but news reports show he fits the profile of previous LWWN attackers, with a record of gun worship, domestic violence, depression, racial chauvinism, and aspirations for complete impunity from social control.

February 17, 2018
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

The Terrifying Danger Of Trump’s Deteriorating Mental Health

“We are not in a static situation,” Dr. John Gartner said, at a presentation on presidential mental health and nuclear weapons in Washington on Monday. “We are in a deteriorating situation. And every day that goes by we are at greater risk of total nuclear annihilation.”

February 16, 2018
Obama, Farewell Speech, GOP

The Unveiling Of The Obama Portraits Depicts What We Have Lost

The unveiling of portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery Monday contrasted painfully with the images flowing out of the White House over the past week: a woman with a black eye inflicted by her former husband, a Trump staffer in good standing.

February 14, 2018

Nancy Pelosi Just Showed She’s Dead Serious About Protecting Dreamers

With time running out, with her own team wavering and media attention wandering, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did something no other Democrat would. She went to the mat for the Dreamers, the 2 million undocumented immigrant youth in danger of deportation.

February 9, 2018
Nunes memo

#ReleaseTheMemo Is the Latest Laughable Scheme in the Plot Against Mueller

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. The accumulating facts are damning. President Trump is under investigation. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has indicted four of his former aides, including his campaign manager, for making false statements related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Two of the defendants have pleaded guilty. Former adviser […]

January 23, 2018
Bannon

Four Reasons Why Trump Should Fear Bannon Testimony

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. Donald Trump should be worried. Former Trump campaign strategist and White House adviser Steve Bannon, summoned by subpoena to testify for special counsel Robert Mueller, has reportedly said he will “cooperate fully.” News of the subpoena came Tuesday, the same day Bannon testified in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s […]

January 17, 2018
winfrey

Whoa, Oprah In 2020?

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech with its hopeful message, “a new day is on the horizon,” has lit up the internet with the #Oprah2020 hashtag and spontaneous expressions of support, as well as previews of how Republicans would go negative on her.

January 10, 2018
trump

The Trump Disaster: One Year Later, Still Getting Worse

The friends who surrounded President-elect Donald Trump a year ago have become his enemies. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, once a stalwart ally, is a “liar,” say Trump’s lawyers. Former campaign strategist Steve Bannon, once a political guru, has “lost his mind,” according to the president.

January 7, 2018
Pelosi keeps leadership post

The Politics Of Impeaching Trump

In President Trump’s first year in office, his abuses of power, ranging from taking payments for foreign and state governments to firing FBI director James Comey “for this Russia thing” to his embrace of white supremacists, prompted Democrats and defenders of the Constitution to talk about “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

January 4, 2018
Robert Mueller

The Plot Against Mueller — And The Rule Of Law

In Washington, the anti-Trump resistance talks about a “constitutional crisis” while the president and his allies decry a “rigged system.” They’re using different vocabulary to describe the same thing: the coming death match fight for control of the U.S. legal system.

December 24, 2017
Tillerson

How Trump And Tillerson Trashed The State Department

Rex Tillerson, fossil fuel magnate-turned-diplomat, has proved a bust in his first—and last—year as Secretary of State. It is true that the former Exxon CEO has the burden of working for a man he once described as a “moron” (make that a “f**king moron”) in the White House.

December 23, 2017
Bannon

A Republican Civil War Has Erupted In Angry Blame Game Over Moore Defeat

The upset victory of underdog Democrat Doug Jones in conservative Alabama has brought out a Republican firing squad gathered in a circle. The GOP executioners want somebody, anybody, to pay for the loss of a Republican Senate seat in a state Trump won by 27 points.

December 15, 2017
Memo

Nearing The End Game: The 6 Phases Of Trump’s Plan To Fire Robert Mueller

President Trump is now ready, willing and able to fire special prosecutor Robert Muller. It’s a matter of when, not if. The warning signs have been accumulating since Trump decided not to fire Mueller last summer, and now alarm bells are ringing.

December 13, 2017

As Impeachment Gains Momentum, Pelosi Is Skeptical

“It’s time for the American public to ponder the gravity and consequences of the scandal engulfing the White House,” writes CNN commentator Errol Louis. “We know Trump has been trying in every way possible to deny, delay or discredit efforts by the Justice Department to ferret out the connections between the administration and a hostile foreign power.”

December 12, 2017
Trump Cabinet

Does Trump Need His Own Private CIA?

The Intercept reports the plan was developed by Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater private security firm, with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. Their plan is an outgrowth of Prince’s proposal, floated earlier this year, to privatize U.S. covert operations in Afghanistan.

December 7, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

Can Left, Right, And Center Join To Fight Trump?

Who could be against the idea that liberals and conservatives should unite around the proposition that President Trump is unfit for office and should be removed from the presidency? The question takes on added urgency as the rule of law, the principle of arithmetic and the practice of congressional order…

December 3, 2017

7 Things To Know About Ajit Pai, The Man Trump Tasked With Killing Net Neutrality

Ajit Pais is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the government agency that regulates radio and television airwaves, cable TV, and internet. In other words, he has immense power. President Trump appointed Pai to serve as chairman in January…

November 29, 2017

10 Things You Should Know About Julian Assange

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is more loved, and more hated, than ever. And just who is doing the loving and the hating is more complicated than ever. In his rise from libertarian hacker to global publisher, Assange pioneered a new kind of power…

November 25, 2017
A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/KCNA handout via Reuters/File Photo & REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

How Do We Keep An Impulsive Trump From Launching Nuclear War?

That terrifying question, often asked worriedly, privately or rhetorically over the last months, is echoing ever more loudly this week after President Trump insulted another inexperienced authoritarian nuclear commander, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

November 21, 2017
Those were the days

New Trove Of JFK Files Tell Of Oswald, Assassins And The Watergate Burglars

After last week’s limited release of JFK assassination prompted criticism from a federal judge and a caustic tweet from the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CIA on Friday made public 676 new documents related to the murder of President Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963.

November 5, 2017
Trump aides coordinated with Russians

Why Paul Manafort Is Going To Be Under Immense Pressure To Testify Against The President

President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendered to the FBI on Monday to face federal conspiracy charges, dealing another damaging blow to a White House engulfed by legislative dysfunction and falling poll numbers. Manafort, a veteran Republican political operative, played a key role in Trump’s rise to power.

October 31, 2017
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Is The 25th Amendment A Solution To Trump Madness?

The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for the succession of power when the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” It empowers the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove an incapable president, over his objections, with the approval of two-thirds of both houses of Congress.

October 15, 2017
Bob Corker

3 Things Bob Corker Can Do To Check Trump

As Donald Trump transforms the presidency into a reality show, his former conservative allies are becoming his adversaries, and waking up to the sickening reality that the U.S. government is headed by a clown who could turn into one of history’s greatest war criminals in the four minutes it would take him to order a nuclear attack.

October 14, 2017

Free Thinking Army Officer Is Driving The Right Crazy

Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is, by all accounts, a contrarian. He was a free thinker at West Point, a communist in the U.S. Army, a soldier who reads Gramsci, and most tragically, a threat to the peace of mind of Senator Marco Rubio.

October 10, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Privacy

6 Ways We Can Begin To Rein In Facebook’s Immense Power Over Media And Our Society

On Monday, a senior Facebook executive repented some more, reporting that $100,000 from Russian-sponsored troll farms bought 4.4 million page views before the 2016 election. “We understand more about how our service was abused and we will continue to investigate to learn all we can,” said vice president Elliot Schrage.

October 4, 2017