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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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EPA, Pruitt

In A Nod To The Energy Industry, Pruitt Says EPA Can Also Be Pro-Jobs

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation.

February 21, 2017
Anti-Semitic, Trump

Trump Issues First Public Condemnation Of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York, which has criticized the Trump administration repeatedly over anti-Semitism, said his comments were too little too late. “The president’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” Steven Goldstein, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.

February 21, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos Silenced: Provocateur Resigns From Breitbart

Given that Breitbart is a sewer with no standards, Yiannopoulos leaving would suggest that the website, amid a major advertiser boycott, has finally found a limit to the bad press it is willing to tolerate from one of its biggest stars.

February 21, 2017
Media

#EndorseThis: Trump Battles America’s Biggest Enemy — The Media

Before Donald Trump left for the “Winter White House” in Florida — where he planned to kick off his 2020 campaign — the president took to his Twitter cocoon to berate his enemies, as is his habit. NBC’s Seth Meyers couldn’t help but notice that Trump failed miserably at sounding like an authoritarian strongman. Apparently, he hasn’t been following the cheat sheet Putin gave him as a guide for delegitimizing the free press.

February 21, 2017
Dreamers, Immigration

Under New Immigration Guidelines, ‘Dreamers’ Are Safe — For Now

President Donald Trump’s administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as “dreamers,” but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released on Tuesday.

February 21, 2017
Pence, EU

Exclusive: Bannon Delivered Anti-EU Message To Diplomat Before Pence Visit

In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

February 21, 2017
Canada, Refugees

Facing An Uncertain Future In Trump’s America, Refugees Flee U.S. For Canada

Canadian police said on Monday they had bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and that border authorities had created a temporary refugee center to process a growing number of asylum seekers crossing from the United States. Last month, 452 people made claims in Quebec compared with 137 in January 2016, the agency said.

February 21, 2017
Trump, Media

Trump Has The Media Crying All The Way To The Bank

Trump may bash the traditional media to please his base of die-hards, but the anti-Trump base is a lot bigger — and it’s growing. It’s also affluent. And one way to resist is to buy what Trump condemns. Legacy media are biting back, and that, it turns out, is good both for the news and for business.

February 21, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

The Supreme Court Wasn’t The Only Seat Stolen By Senate Republicans

Besides the open Supreme Court seat that Republicans refused to act on during Obama’s last year in office, there are currently 112 vacancies across the federal bench. Obama made 54 nominations to those seats that Republicans refused to confirm, including several dozen where they never held a final vote. In short, the GOP mounted a judicial coup.

February 21, 2017
Social Media, Trump

How Social Media Stars Are Fighting For The Left

Since the election, social media stars have joined the Women’s March and protested Trump’s policies and executive orders. But their activism is also perilous. These entrepreneurial content creators not only risk offending their fans, but may also lose advertising revenue and brand sponsors as a result of their activism.

February 21, 2017
General McMaster new National Security Adviser

Outspoken General McMaster Named As Trump’s Security Adviser

Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent Trump critic, praised McMaster as an “outstanding” choice. “I give President Trump great credit for this decision,” McCain said in a statement.

February 21, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos

Conservatives Shunning Breitbart Provocateur Milo Over Pedophilia Tape

The American Conservative Union, which sponsors this week’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), rescinded an invitation to Yiannopoulos despite his denial that he condones pedophilia.

February 21, 2017
Putin, John Oliver

#EndorseThis: John Oliver’s Catchy Putin Pop Song

Only two weeks into the new season of This Week Tonight, and Oliver has already brilliantly trolled President Trump — first with educational ads about the nuclear triad and the Geneva Convention, and now with an inerasable earworm that immediately gets stuck in your head like a Carly Rae Jepsen song. You can only hope that it also gets stuck in Trump’s head.

February 20, 2017
Trump, White House, Bannon

White House Denies Any Collusion Between The Trump Campaign And Russia

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus flatly denied Sunday that the two camps colluded during the 2016 presidential campaign. Priebus also insisted that ousted national security advisor Mike Flynn had done nothing illegal in discussing sanctions against Russia with the country’s ambassador to Washington prior to Trump’s inauguration, and batted aside questions about disorder and disarray in the White House.

February 20, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Swedish Paper Lists ‘Everything’ That Happened Friday

In a tongue-in-cheek article published Sunday, a Swedish newspaper ran through a series of the worst problems it could find Friday in the country. More serious stories cited by the article, now published in English on the paper’s website, included a man dying in hospital after a workplace accident, and police chasing a suspect for allegedly driving under the influence.

February 20, 2017
Trump, Abyss

A Professor’s Lesson: ‘American Democracy Is Now Confronting An Abyss’

In a sobering interview, Yale history professor Tim Snyder recently suggested that American democracy has less than a year to live. Is it really possible that the Madisonian republic, founded in 1789 and renewed in 1865, is about to die? Yes, says Michael J. Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

February 20, 2017
Rick Perry, DOE

A Political Hustler To Run The Department Of Energy

There are valid reasons that should disqualify Perry from running a federal agency with 13,000 employees — plus 93,000 contract workers — and an annual budget of $30 million. Perry is, to put it kindly, not that bright. He lacks the experience to lead a large bureaucracy, despite the fact that he served as governor of Texas for 14 years. And he’s corrupt.

February 20, 2017
Immigrants, United States

If You Love The United States, Thank An Immigrant

It’s a commonplace to say immigrants built this nation. They settled the prairies and dug the canals and laid the rails and mined the coal and worked in the steel mills and factories and slaughterhouses that made America rich. They continue to contribute a great deal at all levels of the economy. We can continue to enjoy this benefit, while clearing up the murk that is American immigration policy.

February 20, 2017
CEO Tillerson

‘CEO’ Tillerson Faces Internal Skeptics

One of Rex Tillerson’s first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages. It was a reflection of Tillerson’s management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as “the CEO” rather than “the Secretary.”

February 20, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

We Need A Simple Way To Remind Everyone That Trump Is Ripping Us Off

We should take a lesson from Trump’s GOP, which won bigly by appealing directly to its base with full-throated partisan rhetoric. America needs an uprising from the left that is large enough to wipe away the damage conservative selfishness has done to our nation and planet. And it can’t start soon enough.

February 20, 2017
Mideast refugees arriving in Sweden

Sweden Mocks Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ On Fictional Refugee Incident

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter. Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs, and people assembling IKEA furniture.

February 19, 2017
Danziger on the Trump Times

Danziger: With Fear And Favors

In an alternate universe imagined by Danziger, there is a bizarro New York Times — perhaps known as The Trump Times — that publishes only the kind of “alternative facts” pleasing to the president: Massacres in Bowling Green, terrorist refugees in Sweden, millions of fraudulent voters, and gigantic inaugural crowds. Just be happy you don’t live there, yet.

February 19, 2017
Trump, Vacations

Trump’s Travel Will Cost Hundreds Of Millions More Than Obama’s

Already Trump, who was vocally critical of Obama’s frequent vacations, is set to outspend the former president on his travel by a long shot. His three Mar-a-Lago trips since Inauguration Day have cost the federal treasury an estimated $10 million. By that estimate, Trump’s travel will likely cost hundreds of millions more than Obama’s did. The former president’s travel expenses over eight years totaled an estimated $90 million.

February 19, 2017
GOP, Republicans, Rand Paul

5 Republican Disgraces You Missed This Week

From the preening “mavericks” to the proud white supremacists, the GOP is entirely complicit in the horrors of the Trump administration. Every unconstitutional executive order, every denigration of the country’s citizenry and press comes with the party’s seal of approval. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not like what the president is saying, but he likes what he’s doing.

February 19, 2017
Trump Tweets

Trump’s Tweets Trade On Supporters’ Anger

Trump’s tweets show his supporters what he is thinking, directly and unvarnished. Less well appreciated, but apparent in our research based on new polling, is how Trump’s anger and its targets are quickly adopted and internalized by large numbers of his followers. What he says, they say. What he believes, they believe.

February 19, 2017