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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Let’s Not Mirror Trump

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak.

At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage it. Some liberals here in Cleveland grumbled: Why give Bush another chance to promote lies about this war?

The City Club, with its storied history as a citadel of free speech, was undeterred. It had welcomed plenty of controversial figures in the past, and it would welcome this one.…

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The Lights Are Going Down On The Sean Spicer Show. Here’s The Mess He Leaves Behind

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

UPDATE: At today’s press briefing, new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace Sean Spicer as press secretary. Sanders has a long record of lying and attacking the press on President Donald Trump’s behalf, and she will doubtlessly continue Spicer’s shameful record.

Sean Spicer is on his way out, The New York Times reports, resigning from his post at the end of August to protest President Donald Trump’s plan to make financier Anthony Scaramucci his new communications director. But the former White House press secretary will not be forgotten.…

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When ‘Do No Harm’ Still Hurts: Trump’s Plan To Renegotiate NAFTA Fails American Workers

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Promises were made.

And workers believed candidate Donald Trump when he pledged to stop corporations from exporting American factories. Workers cast votes based on Trump swearing he would end the trade cheating that kills American jobs.

This week, though, workers got bad news from Washington, D.C. President Trump proposed virtually eliminating funding for a Labor Department bureau that helps prevent U.S. workers from having to compete with forced and child labor overseas. In addition, the administration issued only vague objectives for renegotiating the job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

When NAFTA has cost at least 900,000 Americans their jobs, vague is unacceptable. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said his first rule in negotiationsfor a new NAFTA would be to “do no harm.” That’s not good enough.…

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