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What Mischief Will Steve Bannon Be Able To Create Back At Breitbart?

The shambling White House adviser flamed out after eight months in the White House with an impressive string of failures: the ineptly drafted and partially blocked Muslim travel ban; the mirage of a trillion-dollar infrastructure program that never materialized; the leaked plan to raise taxes on the rich that went nowhere; the failed effort to elect Marine Le Pen in France; and the advice not to send more troops to Afghanistan, which Trump ignored.

September 3, 2017
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Bannon’s Phony Populism Won’t Save Trump’s Sinking Ship

One faint sound you can hear emanating from the imploding Trump White House is the whispering of senior adviser Steve Bannon in the ear of his embattled boss: Go left, old man, go left. This advice, first reported by the leftist scribes of the Intercept and the venture capital mavens at Axios, is to raise taxes on the rich.

August 2, 2017
Campaign CEO Stephen Bannon listens during Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Bannon Getting Even With the Yankees

In fact, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, a son of the South, lost no time in waging war on the federal government from within. Wielding the budget knife at the National Institutes of Health, the State Department and National Endowment for the Arts are skirmishes in what will soon be a siege.

March 31, 2017
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USA Today Report Raises New Questions About Stephen Bannon And The “Breitbart Embassy”

The “Breitbart Embassy” has been a D.C. staple since Breitbart (then a fringe conservative site) began operating out of the residential property in 2011. As early as 2013, the town house was described as then-Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon’s house — though it’s actually owned by an Egyptian businessman and politician named Moustafa El-Gindy. Until recently, there have been conflicting reports on the nature of any official relationships between Breitbart or Bannon and the actual owner of the property, including the nature of any financial or leasing agreements among the different parties.

March 26, 2017
Trump, Democracy

Trump Is Waging War On Diplomacy Itself

The goal is to replace the United Nations, the European Union, NATO and other multinational organizations with a more transactional diplomacy. Trump and Bannon prefer bilateral deals with partners that are willing to take on the “civilizational struggle” against “radical Islamic terrorism.” The template is gendered: abandon the soft, feminized European Union and embrace the hard, manly Putin.

March 20, 2017
Kushner's weekly paper published article urging crackdown on dissent

Bannon’s Dangerous Domination of National Security

Bannon’s unprecedented role as a statutory member of the NSC where he speaks as an equal with the Secretaries of Defense and State is “bizarre,” said Daniel Benjamin, a former State Department official, in an email to AlterNet.

March 17, 2017
Bannon, Breitbart, Trump

Steve Bannon Failed His Father, Not AT&T

But where was Steve Bannon — Marty Bannon’s big shot son, a former Goldman Sachs banker and now political adviser to Donald Trump — when he unloaded his life savings at the bottom of the market? Apparently not calling home and saying, “Dad, don’t sell your stock now.” Instead, the younger Bannon exploited his father’s financial trauma to sell his doctrine of economic nationalism — a mishmash of emotions that blames everyone but oneself.

March 16, 2017