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Monday, December 17, 2018

AG Nominee Bill Barr, Hard-Core Drug Warrior — Perhaps Literally

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

William Barr, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, believes the president has vast, unilateral authority to protect national security, which he says is threatened by the distribution of psychoactive substances the government has decreed Americans should not want.

Those positions are a dangerous combination that is apt to encourage the worst instincts of a president who portrays himself as tough on crime, promises to stop the flow of illegal drugs and revels in pointless military displays. With Barr as attorney general and Trump as president, we may see an increasingly literal war on drugs in which aggression masquerades as self-defense.…

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A World That Is The Property Of The 1%

Reprinted with permission from Tomdispatch.

 

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but across the planet. If the global economy really is booming, as many politicians claim, why are leaders and their parties around the world continuing to get booted out of office in such a sweeping fashion?

One obvious answer: the post-Great Recession economic “recovery” was largely reserved for the few who could participate in the rising financial markets of those years, not the majority who continued to work longer hours, sometimes at multiple jobs, to stay afloat.…

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In Twitter Meltdown, Trump Threatens Legal Action Against NBC

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump was back to his old tricks Sunday morning, attacking Saturday Night Live for how he was portrayed last night.

Taking to Twitter after almost 24 hours of silence, he called SNL part of the “Democrat spin machine” and wondered if it was legal.

“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle!…

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