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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Trump Would Sell Off America’s Energy Resources For A Pittance, Like Russia Did To Create Its Oligarchs

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

President Trump’s 2018 budget and executive orders could lead to some of the biggest land grabs since America’s Teapot Dome scandal in the 1920s and Russia’s natural resource giveaways that created many oligarchs in the 1990s.

When looking at his budget for the Department of Energy and Department of the Interior—which oversee leases for oil, gas and mining, and own interstate electric transmission lines—Trump would set the stage for a return of the robber barons.

The Teapot Dome—which historians say was America’s biggest scandal until Watergate—involved an insider deal over leasing Navy petroleum reserves for a pittance.…

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The Art Of The Steal: Has Trump Finally Found Someone To Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

At last, Trump has set the stage for a sequel to his first book of lies, The Art of the Deal—and in grand style. He’s found the right investor. He may have received a gold necklace from the Saudi king and looked regal; he is actually acting as a broker to have Saudi Arabia invest $40 billion in Blackstone, so Trump can give away our crown jewels in the guise of fixing our crumbling infrastructure. Like all Trump deals, being the showman, he’ll leave the details to others.

However, the real priority of his infrastructure plan is now abundantly clear.…

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50 Terrible Ideas That Could Become Law If Trump Is Impeached And Pence Becomes President

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

As many Americans ponder the prospect of Donald Trump being removed from office, they should take a deep breath and look at what a President Mike Pence and Republican Congress are likely to do if the disrupter-in-chief is sent packing.

Vice-President Pence, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are cut from the same far-right cloth of every other Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Trump stood out because he was less of an establishment political animal, but let’s look at what the Republican establishment could actually impose upon America.

It’s worth revisiting the Republican Party platform—its wish list—for what this dismal trio would do.…

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