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Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Trump’s Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired

Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia investigation, has boasted to friends and colleagues that he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to four people familiar with the conversations.

June 14, 2017
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Trump’s Climate Decision Weakens America On The World Stage

That means America has abandoned a role it has held since the end of World War II as the unquestioned leader of the free world, the widely respected force for global good, the premier defender of human rights. There is, after all, no human right more basic than the right to clean air and water, the right to live on a planet that provides basic resources, the right to an Earth that is a friendly host to the human species.

June 6, 2017
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Muslim, Jewish, Christian: The Problem Is That Trump ‘Tolerance’ Treats Every Belief As Equally Meaningless

Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

May 28, 2017
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Donald Trump And The Agony Of H.R. McMaster

Is H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, on the way out? By some signs, he is: President Donald Trump not only excluded him from a key meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his national security adviser…

May 28, 2017
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Timeline Traces Coverage Of Trump And Russia Probe

March 20. CNN: Then-FBI Director James Comey confirms that the agency is investigating ties between Trump campaign and Russia. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, then-FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency had an open investigation…

May 28, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Administration Says It Isn’t Anti-Science As It Seeks To Slash EPA Science Office

Trump’s budget, released Tuesday, reflects the president’s wish list. The numbers likely will change by the time it goes through the congressional appropriations process, but the proposed cuts are consistent with the administration’s push against environmental regulation and scientific funding.

May 25, 2017
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Contacts Between Moscow And Trump Campaign Began Last Summer, Ex-CIA Chief Says

The CIA received intelligence last summer indicating Donald Trump’s campaign aides were in contact with Russian government officials, information that was worrisome enough to pass to the FBI for investigation, former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.

May 24, 2017
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Yes, Trump Budget Would Cut Social Security (And Violate His Promise)

A number of usually reliable reporters were duped by White House spin that President Donald Trump’s draconian budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 to slash spending for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was not a violation of his major campaign pledge to protect Social Security from cuts.

May 24, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

How We’re Learning To Do Journalism Differently In the Age of Trump

It’s a great time to be an investigative journalist. Sure, no president has done more to demonize media than President Trump. But nor has anybody done more to boost our standing than Trump. Millions of Americans have put their faith in us. A few weeks after the election, a friend of mine, pondering the reality of one-party government in Washington, looked at me soberly and summed up her sentiment: “You are our Congress now.”

May 8, 2017
Trump, Islam

Top 5 Bad Hombres Loved By Trump

They are, to coin a phrase, “bad hombres.” They are men who order the slaughter of peaceful demonstrators and the roundup of political rivals. They arrest pesky journalists, if they don’t murder them first. They rig elections, if they hold them at all. And they use their office to enrich themselves and their friends, while promising never to retire. They are, in short, the once and future friends of President Donald Trump.

May 4, 2017
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Racists, Slavery Apologists, And White Nationalists Knew Exactly What Trump Was Saying About The Civil War

During a May 1 interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump claimed that “had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War,” adding that Jackson “was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw with regard to the Civil War.” Trump went on to say, “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

May 3, 2017
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Danziger: No Cure For This Hangover

Among the deleterious consequence of the Trump regime is that almost everyone — Danziger, Uncle Sam, you and me — is drinking too much. And we’ve only gotten through the first 101 days.

April 30, 2017

Trump Holds A 100-Day Rally On Friendly Turf, Snubbing The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Donald Trump on Saturday skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to mark his 100th day in office doing what got him there: taking his populist message directly to an adoring audience, this one in Pennsylvania, the state he credits with delivering his surprise electoral college win in November. Trump revived the racially charged speech that infused his election campaign, lashing out at immigrants and promising to jail or deport anyone who doesn’t belong in the United States.

April 30, 2017
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After 100 Days, Trump Has Yet To Figure Out Congress

Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas emerged from his office in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week to a larger-than-normal horde of reporters for his regular press briefing. They all wanted to ask the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee the same thing: How could he square the tax-overhaul blueprint President Donald Trump was preparing to lay out on Wednesday with the proposal his committee has been piecing together for months?

April 29, 2017
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The Great Job Exodus Is Upon Us: Trump’s Promise To Save American Labor Is Already A Bust

One of the many impossible promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail was that he, and he alone, would be able to stem the tide of American jobs moving overseas. Though it was on its face a lie as unbelievable and untenable as all the other lies, it only further solidified Trump’s “America First” bonafides with his base.

April 29, 2017
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May Day, Reinvigorated To Fight Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies

Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday.

April 29, 2017
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Donald Trump Jr. Interviewed By Racist NRA Commentator At NRA Annual Meeting

In the past, Whittle has promoted the racist notion that black people are inherently intellectually inferior to people of other races, cited a white nationalist to claim people in inner cities “don’t have access to cognition,” and claimed African-Americans are compliant “slaves” of the Democratic Party who trade a willingness to engage in voter fraud for welfare. Trump will speak later today at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum.

April 29, 2017

Trump Presidency’s First 100 Days On Twitter

As Trump reaches the 100 days milestone Saturday he has published a little over 500 tweets. Newsweek Media Group has used computer code developed by academics around the world to analyze texts and examine the 9,152 words in those missives and figure out what they tell us about his presidency so far.

April 29, 2017

Trump Demands South Korea Pay For Anti-Missile System

In an interview with Reuters, Trump criticized the 2011 free trade deal made by his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and finalized by Trump’s opponent in last year’s presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that allowed the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system to be established for free in South Korea.

April 29, 2017
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Trump’s Nightmarish First 100 Days Gets The ‘Simpsons’ Spoof It Richly Deserves

President Trump’s tumultuous first 100 days in office are the subject of this week’s episode of “The Simpsons,” according to a Facebook teaser released on Wednesday. Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Sean Spicer and first daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as advisers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, all make cameos in the much-anticipated half-hour episode.

April 28, 2017
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Trump Is Finally Almost Done Resigning From His Businesses

At a press conference before he took office, then-President-elect Donald Trump said he had signed paperwork “turning over complete and total control” of his business empire to his sons. His lawyer said the more than 400 businesses would be placed in a trust by Inauguration Day. Now, nearly 100 days later, he’s nearly fulfilled this promise. President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, are closing in on removing their names from the one business where they are still listed as managers on state filings.

April 28, 2017
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Trump’s Tax Cuts Ignore History And Arithmetic

But despite over 40 years of making the argument, the GOP has never confronted one salient point: The Laffer Curve has no numbers. Even if the theory is correct—and experience demonstrates it is not—the curve itself proves that there is a point where tax cuts become irresponsible, causing deficits to explode.

April 28, 2017
Democrats, Protests, Red State

Democrats Have More Demands After Trump Retreat On Wall

Funding for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the Mexico border may now be “off the table” in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.

April 26, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

Trump’s Tax Plan Could Cost Government $6 Trillion

The president will be “pretty broad in the principles” of tax reform that he lays out with more details coming in the summer, his director of legislative affairs, Marc Short, told the Associated Press. But what it boils down to is major hikes in the amount people can deduct from their taxes and large cuts for small businesses and corporations.

April 26, 2017

Try Seeing If You Can Tell The Difference Between Dictators’ Palaces And Trump’s Own Home

On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots, “Trump’s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present.” York’s 10 rules of dictator style include tips like “Go big [i.e.,] ludicrously overscale” and “repro” (brand new), “draw from hotels” and use glass, second to only gold.

April 26, 2017