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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ben Carson Is Proving To Be the Bizarre And Incompetent Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development We Expected Him To Be

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Since neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was sworn in as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on March 2, we’ve barely heard a peep from him. Is it because he’s adjusting to his new position, for which he has no relevant experience? Probably. Is it because, as his surrogate said, that he’s not qualified to run a federal agency? Could be that, too.

Apparently there’s been “an atmosphere of paranoia and guardedness that has enveloped HUD since Trump’s inauguration,” according to a former HUD official under Barack Obama, as reported by Next City.…

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Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the ‘Most Dangerous Organization In World History’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
By Noam Chomsky, Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott / Seven Stories Press

The following is an excerpt from the new book Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky and edited by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, and Jared P. Scott (Seven Stories Press, 2017): 

One of the leading political scientists, Martin Gilens, has done important studies of the relationship between public attitudes and public policy, based on polling data. It’s a pretty straightforward thing to study—policy you can see, and public opinion you know from extensive polling.…

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6 Reasons Trump and Sessions Are Constitutional Idiots When It Comes To Threatening and Punishing Sanctuary Cities

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in California issued a nationwide restraining order blocking President Trump’s order that would punish cities and counties offering sanctuary to visa-less immigrants by depriving them of federal law enforcement funds.

While the White House ridiculed that order—Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It’s the 9th Circuit going bananas”—that’s exactly the opposite of what U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick wrote in his 49-page ruling. Trump and his White House team have gone off the rails, Orrick wrote, ignoring the Constitution, offering arguments that make no legal sense and making repeated threats that show a lack of control.…

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