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Saturday, July 22, 2017
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Pentagon Study Declares American Empire Is ‘Collapsing’

An extraordinary new Pentagon study has concluded that the US-backed framework of international order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing,” leading the United States to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs.

July 22, 2017
Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Study: How Breitbart Media’s Disinformation Created The Paranoid, Fact-Averse Nation That Elected Trump

Right-wing media evolved into a hall of mirrors in 2016, when Breitbart displaced Fox News as the key agenda-setting and attack-leading epicenter of a disinformation-filled, paranoid ecosystem promoting Donald Trump and his pro-white America agenda.

July 22, 2017
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5 Reasons Trump Is A Health Calamity Waiting To Happen

No reasonable person (which automatically rules out his base) sees Donald Trump as a paragon of good health. The oldest person to enter the presidency, Trump maintains a lifestyle conspicuously absent of practices that might be labeled “health minded.”

July 21, 2017

Not Enough Exercise, Too Much: Americans Polarized Here, Too

Later in mid-air, I’m reading about a life-threatening condition that has been sending fitness fanatics to the hospital. Rhabdomyolysis causes horrible pain, turns the urine brown and threatens the kidneys. Cases are rare but seen in exercisers engaged in killer workouts, notably brutal Spinning sessions (stationary bicycle drills).

July 20, 2017

Why Not Call It Treason?

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian government attorney, a Russian government lobbyist and others to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton does not qualify as treason, the Washington Post explained, because of the language of the Constitution.

July 20, 2017

Indentured Servitude Gets A 21st-Century Makeover

Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the power to tell big business how to treat them.

July 19, 2017
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Myths And Facts To Know Ahead Of Rick Perry’s Study On Renewable Energy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered his department to produce a study on whether the ongoing shift toward renewable energy is affecting the reliability of the electrical grid. A number of experts, clean-energy advocates, and politicians on both sides of the aisle believe the study is intended to be biased in favor of the coal and nuclear industries, which have been struggling in recent years.

July 18, 2017

Lost Mothers

The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. Yet these deaths of women from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth are almost invisible. When a new or expectant mother dies, her obituary rarely mentions the circumstances.

July 18, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

What Can We Really Do About Trump? And What Is Trump Doing To Us?

Many of us feel like we’re in an unfamiliar and disorienting situation. We’ve never imagined, much less experienced anything remotely like the behavior and attitude of Donald Trump. In this new reality, we live in a state where our leader—the most powerful person in the world—lies consistently, is completely unreliable and cannot be trusted.

July 18, 2017

Iran Sentences American To Prison For Spying

Gholamhosein Ejehi, a spokesman for the judiciary, said a court sentenced Wang to 10 years in prison. He has the right to appeal. Mizan reported that Wang had “digitally archived” 4,500 pages of Iranian documents for foreign research institutions, including Princeton and the British Institute of Persian Studies.

July 17, 2017
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Betsy DeVos: The Queen Of Obfuscation, Talking Nonsense

After 156 days on the job, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos finally sat down with the media on Thursday. Capping off the start to a controversial listening tour on campus sexual assault issues, DeVos took a handful of questions from reporters and mostly delivered talking points in return.

July 15, 2017
Painkillers

Report: ‘Extreme’ Use Of Painkillers And Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare

In Washington, D.C., a Medicare beneficiary filled prescriptions for 2,330 pills of oxycodone, hydromorphone and morphine in a single month last year — written by just one of the 42 health providers who prescribed the person such drugs. In Illinois, a different Medicare enrollee received 73 prescriptions for opioid drugs from 11 prescribers and filled them at 20 different pharmacies. He sometimes filled prescriptions at multiple pharmacies on the same day.

July 14, 2017
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Jared Kushner Under Investigation For Helping Coordinate Russian Cyberattacks: Bombshell Report

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees and the Justice Department are now investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in targeting voters and spreading fake news about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

July 14, 2017
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4 Reasons Why The U.S. Needs To Decriminalize Drugs—And Why We’re Closer Than You Think

Ending criminal penalties for drug possession, often referred to as decriminalization, means nobody gets arrested, goes to jail or prison, or faces criminal punishment for possessing a small amount of a drug for personal use. As detailed in a new Drug Policy Alliance report, there’s an emerging public, political, and scientific consensus that otherwise-law-abiding people should not be arrested, let alone locked in cages, simply for using or possessing a drug.

July 14, 2017
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7 Reasons Why A Cornered Trump Is A Real Threat To Our Country And Constitution

In a moment of crisis, Donald Trump can be expected to take actions that follow his habits, which (the Bible tells us) become character, and which, in turn, determine destiny. How will Trump determine his destiny as scandal envelops the White House?

July 14, 2017
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Christie Just Got Mauled On WFAN Over ‘Beachgate’

“Next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you,” said a caller identified only as Mike from Montclair. “You put your fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents.” Christie, who is used to far-friendlier, pre-screened calls on his monthly radio show on NJ 101.5 FM, “Ask the Governor,” at first seemed a bit flummoxed.

July 11, 2017

Mosul Liberated From ISIS Control, Says Iraqi Prime Minister

“Al-Abadi said the battle is settled and the remaining pockets of ISIS are encircled in the last inches of the city. It is a matter of time before we declare to our people the great victory,” Abadi’s media office said in a statement. A day after al-Habadi arrived in the city to congratulate the forces, the troops Monday pushed to retake the last patch of ground in Old City, west of Tigris river, multiple reports said.

July 10, 2017
Battle to Retake Raqqa

Battle To Retake Raqqa A Desperate House-To-House Fight

The battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group is a fight increasingly without front lines. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have breached the old city and control about a quarter of the terror group’s de facto capital, say American officials, but holding what has already been seized is proving a struggle.

July 10, 2017
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Obama ‘Shadow’ Presidency Is Latest Conspiracy Delusion

Fringe media supporting President Donald Trump have claimed that former President Barack Obama violated federal law and is acting as a “shadow president” because he has talked to former and current foreign leaders since the end of his presidency. The claims, which have at least partially been parroted on Fox News, are an extension of conservative media’s ongoing conspiracy theory that Obama runs a “shadow government.”

July 9, 2017
Chris Christie hits historic low approval rating in new poll

5 Ways That Despised Chris Christie Is Trolling New Jersey

Chris Christie is just trolling New Jerseyans at this point. In June, a Quinnipiac University poll found that his approval rating stood at a dismal 15 percent, the lowest of any American governor in decades. Yet this past weekend, he was photographed sunbathing on a beach that had been closed to the public amid a state government shutdown. Here are five ways the New Jersey governor is extending a giant middle finger to voters before he leaves office:.

July 5, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie

He ‘Didn’t Get Any Sun’ But We Got Burned Again By NJ’s Liar In Chief

There he is, Gov. Chris Christie, chilling with his family on a beautiful stretch of deserted beach on a holiday weekend, something that no living mortal has ever seen in New Jersey, a treasure that for the common man and woman is the stuff of dreams. “Run for governor, and you can have a residence there,” Christie said when he was asked if it’s fair. The huddled masses were crammed together at local beaches nearby, held back by the governor’s patrols. Little people. Let them eat cake.

July 4, 2017
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Americans Support Impeachment More Than Trump

For a minute there, things were looking up for President Donald Trump—by late last week his approval rating was hovering around 40 percent, which isn’t great but marked an improvement for the former reality TV star. But then Trump spent the holiday weekend railing against the press and blasting off tweetstorms—and the president’s approval rating took a plunge over the weekend.

July 4, 2017
Robert E. Lee

Confederate Monuments And The Fourth Of July

In 1961, when I was a boy in the West Texas city of Midland, a new high school opened. It was named after Robert E. Lee, for reasons that are obvious: White resentment of the civil rights movement had produced widespread nostalgia for the Confederacy. San Antonio’s Lee High School opened in 1958; Houston’s in 1962.

July 2, 2017
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Danziger: Keep That War Cold, Please!

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the […]

June 24, 2017
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Not Just Russia: Why Trump’s Diplomatic Chaos Is So Dangerous

How to make sense of Donald Trump’s foreign policy? Is Trump an “America First” Jacksonian nationalist? An isolationist? A neoconservative? A conventional captive of the DC foreign policy establishment? A Russian puppet? An unhinged warmonger? At any given moment he might appear to be any of these.

June 12, 2017