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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Elections
Trump, Right Wing, Empathy

Trump Holds Election Rally — Four Years Early

Donald Trump has been in office almost one month and every single day of it feels like a dress rehearsal for the apocalypse. Instead of focusing on the many problems of his administration, including leaks, scandals, firings, and legislative failures, Trump is trying to relive the glory days of his campaign. It’s unclear if the bill for Saturday’s rally is being paid for by the Trump 2020 campaign, American taxpayers, or Mexico.

February 18, 2017
Lincoln, Trump

5 Lessons Trump Could Learn From Lincoln

If Trump continues to appeal to fear and narrow self-interest rather than forge a vision rooted in shared values and aspirations – as did Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan – his presidency will fail and the country will suffer. Here again he should listen to Lincoln, who appealed to “the better angels of our nature” in the face of secession and imminent war.

February 18, 2017
Trump, Presser

#EndorseThis: Trump Rants At Presser, Comedians Rejoice

Donald Trump’s first solo press conference as president had all the trappings of a perfect late night comedy sketch: bizarre rants about Michael Flynn and Russia, the usual lies about his “huge” electoral victory, and plenty of unhinged moments involving what Trump called “real leaks, fake news, and the dishonest media.”

February 17, 2017
Working-class

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Resistance

How The #Resistance Is Tapping Into The Tea Party’s Playbook

If other social movements are any guide, the biggest challenge the anti-Trump resistance faces in the weeks and months ahead is bringing some structure and strategy to these fragmented groups. On the flip-side, too much streamlining risks losing the grassroots authenticity that gets the attention of politicians.

February 17, 2017
Democrats

Democrats Look To Exploit Trump’s Troubles

The president’s tumultuous first four weeks in the White House — highlighted by the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn and renewed questions about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government — have given Democrats an unexpected lift less than a month into the new White House.

February 17, 2017
Trump, Allies

Worried U.S Allies Conduct Intel Op On Trump Staff

As part of intelligence operations being conducted against the United States for the last seven months, at least one Western European ally intercepted a series of communications before the inauguration between advisers associated with President Trump and Russian government officials, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

February 17, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Angry Trump Dismisses Russia Controversy As ‘Scam’ By Hostile Media

President Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a “ruse” and “scam” perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year’s election.

February 16, 2017
Trump, Putin, CIA

Trump Is Learning The Cost Of Business In Russia

When dealing with high-level Russian business associates, you are bound to encounter intelligence officials. The question is: If Russian intelligence officers approached other members of team Trump, who may have also conducted business in Russia, or with Russian associates, would they have known who they were really be dealing with?

February 16, 2017
Hate Groups

A United States Of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump

The Trump administration has ripped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of racial, right-wing hate as the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals in a new report. The SPLC report suggests that the country has entered a dark era, where white supremacists will keep lashing out—especially as the numbers of whites continues to shrink nationwide in an ever-more diverse overall population.

February 16, 2017
Trump, Putin, Russia

What We Know About The Russia-Trump Campaign Contacts

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that there had been no pre-election contact between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. But given the uproar over Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador, questions about ties between the Kremlin and the new U.S. administration are likely to linger for some time.

February 16, 2017
Farms, Food

It’s Time To Put Food Policy Back On The Table

The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban sprawlers, and corrupted political elites squeeze the life out of farmers and rural America.

February 16, 2017
Russia, Trump, Flynn

Republican Senators Push For Answers On Trump’s Russia Ties

Republican Trump critics including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham voiced fresh consternation, but comments by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who has been a Trump supporter, increased the pressure on the White House.

February 15, 2017
Income Inequality

How Runaway Inequality Helped To Elect Trump — And How It Can Defeat Him

Declining income brings with it a host of related social problems. As localities are starved for revenues, public safety and the sense of community deteriorate. The social fabric of decent living is imperiled. Extreme inequality fueled both the Sanders and the Trump revolts. While Sanders offered concrete plans to reverse it, Trump and the Republicans are sure to make it worse.

February 15, 2017
Dossier links Putin to Trump and Flynn

Trump Knew For Weeks That Flynn Had Misled The White House

According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, President Trump was informed in late January that Flynn had not told Vice President Mike Pence the whole truth about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office.

February 14, 2017
Stephen Miller, Daily Show

#EndorseThis: Trump’s Own High School Villain Repeats His Many Lies

If Miller’s appearance on the Sunday shows reminded you of the least liked person in high school, that’s probably because not so long ago, he was in fact the least popular student at Santa Monica High School.

February 14, 2017
Ellison, DNC

It’s Time To Change The Democratic Party

The race for Democratic National Committee chair is not just about who has the glamour and skills to turn around a party that spent more than $1 billion last year, lost more than 1,000 statewide and congressional seats during Obama’s presidency, and has the least power in 75 years. It’s about how that turnaround will be done.

February 13, 2017
Trump

The Biggest Loser: Trump Has Gotten Even Less Popular While In Office

President Trump, who won the presidency with a minority of the votes cast, has retained a strong hold on his core supporters. After a brief increase in popularity early in his transition, almost all public polls show a steep decline in Trump’s support, and he has quickly fallen into territory plumbed by Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.

February 13, 2017
K Street, Trump, Lobbyist, Ethics

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Allow Lobbyists To Run The Swamp

As a candidate, Trump regularly railed against lobbyists and led crowds in chants of “Drain the swamp!” But as president, Trump signed an executive order that weakened significant aspects of the Obama ethics policy, including scrapping a ban on lobbyists joining agencies they had recently lobbied.

February 12, 2017
Flynn, Russia Sanctions

Democrats Demand Answers About Flynn’s Pre-Inauguration Contact With Russia

The FBI has been examining Flynn’s contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to reports. At issue is whether Flynn tried to undermine the Obama administration’s move to toughen sanctions against Moscow after concluding that Russia had meddled in the U.S. election.

February 11, 2017
Voter Fraud

Elections Official Asks Trump For Evidence Of Voter Fraud

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, who was appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public and with the appropriate law-enforcement authorities so that his allegations may be investigated promptly and thoroughly.”

February 11, 2017
Progressives

In Order To Succeed, The Anti-Trump Movement Must Look To Its Predecessors

Studies show it takes just 3.5 percent of a population engaged in sustained nonviolent resistance to topple a dictatorship. Of America’s 200 million registered voters, about 70 million voted against Donald Trump. According to the 3.5 percent rule, it’d take about 1 out of every 6 of those voters to topple the Trump regime.

February 9, 2017
Trump Cabinet, Swamp

This Washington ‘Swamp’ Has No Drain!

For an industry premised on dealmaking, the return of one-party rule in Washington offers the welcome end to political gridlock. That means major policy changes are in the works, which promise to fundamentally alter billion-dollar industries. Far from draining the swamp, the Trump administration is poised to make it rain.

February 9, 2017
Rick Scott

Rick Scott Figures Some Dictators Aren’t So Bad — If They’ve Got Money

Governor Rick Scott recently warned Florida’s seaports that they could lose critical state funding if they make any shipping deals with Cuba. He later told reporters: “I don’t believe any port in our state, none of them, should be doing business with a brutal dictator.” These would be stirring words if they didn’t reek with hypocrisy.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Democratic

What’s Driving Trump’s Derangement Of Democratic Discourse?

When Trump commingles racist nationalism with what sounds like socialism by promising a wall to keep out Mexican rapists, a cornucopia of jobs, and full healthcare for Americans, we might recall that “Nazi” was an acronym for National Socialism.

February 6, 2017