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Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Xenophobic Trump Aide Kills Report On Budget Benefits From Refugees

The Trump administration is suppressing an internal executive branch report that found refugees admitted into the U.S. add billions to federal revenues, a conclusion that runs counter to White House chief policy adviser Stephen Miller’s anti-refugee narrative.

September 20, 2017

Why Is This Man Trump’s Favorite Foreign Leader?

Irma, Houston, Russiagate, tax reform, and don’t forget North Korea. Big stories consuming our media landscape in a country both enthnocentric and myopic, even on the sleepiest news day. So I will keep this brief. In 2014, after he and Najib Razak played a round of golf, Donald J. Trump gave a photo of himself to the Malaysian leader, inscribed, “To my favorite prime minister.” This is according to reporting by Mark Landler, in a New York Times article, “Trump Welcomes Najib Razak, the Malaysian Leader, as President, and owner of a Fine Hotel.”

September 20, 2017
Spicer, Press Secretary, Media

Was Spicer Emmy Cameo A Preview Of Big Media Sellout?

He crept out furtively like a swollen possum into the daylight, blinking in anticipation of a round of boos that never came. Less than two months after resigning as Donald Trump’s White House communications director, and four days after making his late-night debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Sean Spicer assumed his new place in the public consciousness—as Stephen Colbert’s special guest at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

September 20, 2017

Latino Officials Arrested In Dream Act Protest Outside Trump Tower

While Donald Trump was threatening to destroy North Korea in his first major speech to the United Nations, Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) along with New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were being arrested outside Trump Tower, according to a statement from immigrant advocacy organization Make the Road New York.

September 20, 2017
Robert_Mueller,_2012

Mueller Seen To Be Probing Trump Like A Mob Boss

Speaking of Manafort, his reported experiences with Mueller’s team stand as a prominent example of the investigation’s scope and tactics. When Manafort’s house was raided in July in a search for documents and information on his computer, prosecutors said they intended to indict him, the Times reported, citing two people close to the investigation.

September 20, 2017
Clinton tells supporters to vote

Hillary Clinton Says Election Results Could Be Fake

Clinton, who has been touring the nation in support of her new book about the election, What Happened, said during an interview with NPR on Monday she wouldn’t rule out questioning the legitimacy of the election, even though it is now more than 10 months since her surprising loss to Donald Trump.

September 19, 2017
Trump, Democracy

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels In Dallas, Nashville And Elsewhere. We Couldn’t Find Evidence Of Them.

Earlier this summer, the Trump Organization announced big plans to open a line of hotels across the country. The new brand, American IDEA, would be modestly priced and patriotically themed. “The product is very hometown and fits in every hometown in the United States,” Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said during a presentation at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the same place where Donald Trump had announced his presidential campaign two years earlier.

September 19, 2017
Robert Mueller

The Mueller Probe Reportedly Has White House Staffers Freaked

In private, White House officials have said they are afraid their co-workers may be secretly recording their conversations to pass along to Mueller, the investigation’s special counsel, according to a report in The New York Times Sunday. Mueller has hired 17 prosecutors for his investigation looking at whether Trump’s campaign helped Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election. Among these lawyers are experts in transnational crime and money laundering.

September 19, 2017

8 Of The GOP’s Favorite Scapegoats That Get Trotted Out When Things Don’t Go Their Way

Republicans have a way of relying on scapegoats when their plans don’t work out as expected. There are so many go-to GOP scapegoats, it would be impossible to name them all here. I’m sure many of you have your favorites: Black Lives Matter, the EPA, feminists, climatologists, Islam, income taxes, Michael Moore, Hillary Clinton, and anybody who ever says the words “gun control.” If you can name it, they can blame it.

September 19, 2017

California Lawmakers Approve Landmark ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill To Expand Protections For Immigrants

The legislation by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon, the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.

September 18, 2017
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Trump Tweets GIF Of Himself Hitting Clinton With Golf Ball

The US leader spoke Saturday night with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In, pledging joint “steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea,” according to the White House. Trump’s own account of the conversation, which kicked off an unbridled salvo of early morning tweets, struck a less diplomatic tone.

September 18, 2017
climate accord

European Official Suggests Trump May Stay In Paris Climate Agreement

“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country.”

September 17, 2017
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Hillary Making Medea Rounds

But this is a different version of Herself — ahem! — herself. Ironically, this is the winning version, much more true and real. It’s a shame she didn’t show up at the carnival — ahem! — the campaign. She’s here to tell us “What Happened,” the title of her new tome. It may make you weep, but a good cry never hurt anybody.

September 17, 2017
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Experts Say The Use Of Private Email By Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so.

September 17, 2017
Immigration, Terrorism

GOP’s Audacious Scheme To Hijack Voting And Rig Elections Moving Forward

First came Kris Kobach’s willfully incorrect—but headline-grabbing—accusation on Breitbart.com that more than 5,000 people illegally voted last fall in New Hampshire, delivering an Electoral College majority to Hillary Clinton and a U.S. senate seat to a Democrat. Kobach, an attorney whose anti-immigrant activism launched his career, is the Kansas secretary of state, a current gubernatorial candidate, and co-chair of President Trump’s Orwellian-titled “election integrity” commission.

September 17, 2017
Trump

Trump Warns North Korea Of ‘Overwhelming’ Options

Standing before a B-2 stealth bomber and a vast US flag, Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at North Korea warned that advanced US weaponry could make the souls of America’s enemies “crumble.” Addressing several hundred air force personnel after reviewing some of America’s most high-tech fighters jets and bombers, Trump warned that Pyongyang had “once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community.”

September 16, 2017
voter-suppression

‘Election Integrity’ Means Voter Suppression

Among true believers on the right, there is no sturdier fiction — no fairy tale more popular — than the one that insists American elections are plagued by voter fraud. “Election integrity” is the hallmark of GOP activists, and stories that purport to show voter fraud are a staple in the right-wing media-sphere.

September 16, 2017

Trump Won’t Shut Up About The Size Of His Hands At Disaster Relief Events

President Trump, who was called a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the 1980s, is still feeling insecure about his hands. He brought up the size of his hands at a Hurricane Irma relief location run by the Red Cross in Florida, as he was handing out food. Trump claimed his hands were “too big” for the gloves.

September 16, 2017
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GOP Strategist Delivers Savage Tweetstorm Against Trump Supporters

Republican strategist Rick Wilson is among President Trump’s most intense critics. As right-wingers melted down over Trump’s decision to work with Democrats to save DACA recipients from deportation, Wilson was thoroughly enjoying himself.

September 16, 2017

The Trump Administration Plans To End A Refugee Program For Children

The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee applications from children with U.S.-based parents from three violence-riddled Central American countries — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — according to the summary of a presentation the State Department made recently to refugee organizations.

September 15, 2017
trauma

Trump Pushes Deal On DACA As Many Supporters Erupt In Anger

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his negotiations with Democratic leaders on immigration, as many of his most prominent supporters denounced the idea of a deal to legalize the status of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who are in this county illegally.

September 15, 2017
Robert_Mueller,_2012

Will Trump Derail Mueller’s Investigation With Pardons?

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s case against the former beauty pageant entrepreneur in the Oval Office is taking shape. At the same time, Trump is trying to rescue his presidency with talk of “unity.” In the past 48 hours, Trump has floated the possibility of a deal with the Democrats on the Dreamers, held an ostentatiously public meeting with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American Republican in the Senate, and criticized congressional Republicans.

September 15, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

New CBO Report: Trump’s Refusal To Pay Obamacare Subsidies Will Raise 2018 Premiums By 15 Percent

President Trump is poised to punish 12 million Americans getting health care through Obamacare’s non-group policies by raising their premiums 15 percent in 2018. That’s the conclusion of a report released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office/Joint Committee on Taxation on the impact of Trump’s refusal to say if the federal government will pay the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies in 2018.

September 15, 2017

America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Worse Than Thought, Undermining The Middle Class And Deepening Under Trump

That is the takeaway from a dramatic new report, “The Road to Zero Wealth,” co-authored by the Institute for Policy Studies and Prosperity Now. It finds America’s racial wealth gap is larger than thought and deepening. Ironically, the report comes as working-class whites who feel economically adrift helped elect a president and Congress to prioritize their community—as opposed to reviving everyone in a sinking middle class.

September 15, 2017
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump jokes about how difficult he says it is for him to listen to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's voice, as he holds a rally with supporters in Fresno, California, U.S. May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.

While Trump Moves Backward On Drug Sentencing, California Heads In A Different Direction

The Trump Justice Department under prohibitionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving some of the drug war’s worst sentencing practices—mandatory minimum sentences, charging low-level defendants with the harshest statutes. But that doesn’t mean the states have to follow suit. As has been the case with climate change, environmental protection, trade, and the protection of undocumented residents, California is charting its own progressive path in the face of the reactionaries in Washington.

September 15, 2017