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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Donald Trump, Inauguration

Donald Trump’s Inauguration And The Era Of Fear

Since Election Day, millions of Americans have been talking seriously about gulags, fascism, 1930s Germany and moving to Canada. Trump’s genuine—not fake-news—authoritarian tendencies rightly terrify progressives.

January 20, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
LePage, Austerity

Brutal Austerity Is Coming To A Statehouse Near You

The incoming Trump administration understandably frightens liberals, but right-wing successes at a state level would have moved forward regardless of who won the election. What’s more, bipartisan support for policies of austerity and neoliberalism have led to vast social spending cuts across the country regardless of political affiliation.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

In the end, the enduring clean energy legacy of the Obama administration may be that it got us “over the hump” of thinking in terms of the false dichotomy of clean versus affordable energy. The pace may change, but the ultimate direction will not.

January 20, 2017
Trump, Inauguration

Will Trump Era Deliver Change Or Revolution?

As Trump takes the oath of office and enters the White House, his mythology will begin to meet reality. And the debate has already begun over which elements of Trumpism will be truly revolutionary and which will simply represent a break from his party or a hard turn from President Barack Obama.

January 20, 2017
Rep. John Lewis

Top 10 Reasons Congress Members Are Boycotting Trump’s Inauguration

Now 58 (and counting) Democrats have proclaimed their intention to boycott Trump’s inauguration. Such action is not unprecedented in American history, but the size of the boycott is. Nearly a quarter of all Democrats have joined Gutierrez and Lewis.

January 20, 2017
Germany, Trade

Germany Says U.S. Under Trump Must Abide By Trade Deals

Trump – now hours away from his inauguration – has vowed to make sweeping changes to U.S. trade policy, and economists see his protectionism as the biggest risk to U.S. growth. U.S. companies employ more than 600,000 people in Germany, the United States’ biggest European trading partner, and German firms employ roughly the same number in the U.S.

January 20, 2017
Trump's executive actions

Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office

Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, and energy.

January 20, 2017
Treasury Secretary, Mnuchin

Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Hammered Over Offshore Tax Havens

In a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Treasury was attacked for failing to promptly disclose he was a director of an offshore business vehicle domiciled in the Cayman Islands and owned more than $100 million in real estate.

January 20, 2017
Tump, Washington Swamp

Trumpsters Party In The Washington Swamp

They voted to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., but on the night before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, they came to wallow in it. Ironically, Trump supporters were participating in a Washington ritual as old as the city itself – the crush of balls, parties and protests that mark the inauguration of a new U.S. president.

January 20, 2017
Donald Trump, Press

Journalists Speak Out On How The Press Should Cover Trump

Facing the reality of President-elect Donald Trump’s impending inauguration, traditional media outlets can either band together in the face of Trump’s bullying anti-press tactics or risk being steamrolled by the incoming administration. Reporters need to be ready to recommit to solid, rigorous reporting to hold Trump accountable.

January 20, 2017
Trump Presidency

A New Presidency Of Disrespect And Disinformation Begins

We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science

January 20, 2017
Obama Press

The Press Never Stopped Blaming Obama For Radical GOP Obstruction

Fact: When Republican leadership adopted the radical position that they’d refuse to even hold hearings for Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee, the GOP systematically shred more than 100 years of protocol in the process. That’s what Obama faced for much of the last eight years, and the press’s messaging has helped Republicans every step of the way.

January 20, 2017
Trump, DC Hotel

Trump’s Hotel Bans Press For Inauguration, Raising First Amendment Concerns

President-elect Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel is banning reporters from its premises during inauguration week. The move underscores the incoming president’s personal hostility toward the press and raises First Amendment issues, as the hotel space is leased by the president-elect from the federal government.

January 19, 2017
Trump Inauguration

8 Inauguration Humiliations Donald Trump Has Already Endured

Maybe all that fuss is to compensate for the fact that Trump’s inauguration will have half the number of attendees as incoming President Obama’s did, and no big-name draw upon which to base a comparison of the two events. You can bet this infuriates Trump.

January 19, 2017
Trump, Mexico, China

Before Trump Started Making Deals, China and Mexico Were Sending Back U.S. Jobs

More than 6 million Americans are directly employed by majority foreign-owned firms, and over 12 million American jobs are linked to foreign investment. These jobs pay one-third more than the economy wide average, 40 percent are in manufacturing, and there has been significant growth in Rust Belt states.

January 19, 2017
Women

Women Marching Against Trump Plan Next Step

Groups including Emily’s List, which supports Democratic women candidates, and nonpartisan VoteRunLead and Ignite report that online and in-person classes that typically see a few dozen participants are now attracting hundreds of women newly interested in politics.

January 19, 2017
Obama, Hope

Obama’s Parting Message: Hope

In what was scheduled as the final news conference of his presidency, Obama said that after all he has witnessed, he is walking away with a sense of hopefulness about the country and where it is going. Obama told a room of reporters that, despite the worry felt by many of his fellow partisans about the incoming Trump administration, “we’re going to be OK.”

January 19, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

Price Confirmation Hearing Previews Obamacare Fight

Price and the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee described their coverage goals almost exactly the same, with the addition of one key word—providing access to coverage for everyone. It doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the Democrats’ language, but in fact, the phrasing implies a dramatically different approach.

January 19, 2017
DeVos

Betsy DeVos Flunks Her First Test

Washington confirmation hearings are both theater and ritual. Behind the ostentatious displays of deference that senators and would-be cabinet secretaries must display toward each other is a useful democratic exercise. During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, senators learned that Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary is clueless, rich, and deceptive.

January 19, 2017
Obama, Malia

Obama Gave His Daughter A Kindle And Filled It With Books

Our president gave his teenage daughter a Kindle, and he filled it with books. That small yet enormous detail brings it home. There is no replacing this president, and what comes next is sinking in. The distance between what was and what will be seems so vast.

January 19, 2017
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Oops

Oops! Rick Perry Regrets Calling For Energy Department’s Elimination

“After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination,” the former Texas governor said in his opening remarks during his confirmation hearing. Perry’s proposal to get rid of the Energy Department caused what has become known as his “oops” moment during a 2011 Republican presidential candidate debate.

January 19, 2017
Cabinet

Trump’s Agriculture Nominee Perdue Rounds Out Mostly White Male Cabinet

Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest, which dominates U.S. agricultural exports. Trump’s cabinet (if nominated) will have just three women, one African American man — and no Latino.

January 19, 2017
Fortress Washington, Anti-Trump Protests

Fortress Washington Girds For Days Of Anti-Trump Protests

Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration on Friday as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican’s swearing-in. By far the biggest protest will be the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, which organizers expect to draw 250,000 people.

January 19, 2017
Boycott, Trump

Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017