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Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Plutocratic Coup

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of country’s history. We tend believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national character. But we do do coups. In fact, the country itself was founded on an armed coup to replace the legal ruler, King George III, with a gang of revolutionary upstarts. One coup that most of us haven’t heard of is The Wall Street Putsch of 1933. The financial establishment — along with its media and political henchmen — rushed out to bury the story and protect the gentlemen of Wall Street implicated in the part.…

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Expect The North Korea Talks To Be Fruitless

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Donald Trump says that if his meeting with Kim Jong Un “is not fruitful,” he will “respectfully leave the meeting.” My advice would be to wear his walking shoes, because he will probably be taking a hike.

Anytime two enemies sit down to resolve their differences peacefully rather than through war, hopes rise that reason will prevail and compromise will emerge. On Twitter, Trump assured everyone, “Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!” It’s tempting to think that his combination of insults, threats and economic pressure has caused the North Koreans to see the error of their ways.…

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GOP Congress Surrenders War Powers To Trump

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The day before Donald Trump ordered a missile attack on three sites tied to chemical weapons production in Syria, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear that the president needn’t worry about getting permission from Congress. “He has the authority under the existing AUMF,” Ryan said, referring to the authorization for the use of military force against the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11.

That eyebrow-raising assertion — which seemed to suggest that Syrian President Bashar Assad helped al-Qaida, his archenemy, crash jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — was striking evidence of Ryan’s cognitive dissonance.…

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