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Saturday, January 21, 2017
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Obamacare, Trump

In A Hastily Arranged Ceremony, Trump Signs First Order On Obamacare

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

January 21, 2017
Trump, American First

‘America First’: A Phrase With An Anti-Semitic And Isolationist History

It is unclear whether Trump is bothered by the ugly history of the phrase. What is clear is that he is determined to make the words his own. He has used them to sell his promises to impose trade barriers, keep manufacturing jobs inside the U.S. and restrict illegal and legal immigration.

January 21, 2017
Trump

New ‘Sheriff’ Has A Badge — But Doesn’t Have A Clue

Never mind that Trump is really just that guy at the end of the bar who, with beer-lubricated certainty and megaphone volume, tells you how to solve humanity’s most intractable problems. And maybe as he’s speaking, as you’re under the spell of it, it sounds like wisdom. But the next morning, you sober up and see it for the hogwash it is.

January 21, 2017
John Ashcroft, Constitutional Rights

When Fear Rules, Constitutional Rights Get Trampled

Erring on the side of recklessness comes at a high price. It undermines the constitutional rights America values most. It harms our international image. It hands a recruitment tool to terrorists. We know this now. Time to apply the lesson.

January 21, 2017
Trump, Right-Wing

How Years Of The Right-Wing Media’s Obama Hatred Paved The Way For Trump

Trump’s ascent would not have been possible without the years of vitriol that the right-wing media directed at his predecessor. After years of listening to anti-Obama vitriol from right-wing talk radio and television hosts, conservatives wanted someone who could match that hate. They found him. And today, he’s the president.

January 21, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

8 Things We Learned From Scott Pruitt’s EPA Confirmation Hearing

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, took part in a contentious hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Pruitt’s hearing largely focused on his deep ties to polluting energy companies and track record of opposing the EPA’s clean air and water safeguards.

January 21, 2017
Violence mars trump inauguration

Violence In Capital Mars Trump Inauguration, Scores Arrested

The number of people who turned out for the midday swearing-in ceremony in the rain appeared to be significantly smaller than the estimated two million who attended Democrat Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. Overhead video of the National Mall showed sections of the white matting laid down to protect the grass were largely empty.

January 21, 2017
Trump's inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

Trump’s Inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

More troubling than the inaugural speech’s false promises and fake facts, which have long since become standard for Trump, was the unrelieved expression of fury. Clearly he and Bannon have decided they know no other way of speaking to the country effectively. So this new president won’t even attempt to bring an uplifting moment or send a signal of calm. He can only do outrage and clamor.

January 21, 2017
Trump

President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

January 20, 2017
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
Trump Inaugural

#EndorseThis: Watch Colbert! He’s Much Funnier Than The Inauguration

Considering the fervent wish expressed by Trump to have a North Korean-style military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue — a bit of fascistic wackiness — the Late Show host suggests a new hair-do for our very own dear leader.

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
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Trump’s Army Of Shills Take Over The White House Press Briefing Room

The Trump administration’s reported proposal to move the White House press briefing to a large room that can accommodate pro-Trump sycophants and propagandists is brazen and destructive. But it’s also not entirely new — the Bush administration adopted a similar strategy in 2004.

January 20, 2017
Danziger: The scariest clown comes to town

Danziger: That Scary Clown

Danziger hails the end of Barnum and Bailey Circus and shines the spotlight on a frightful clown — who thinks he is the greatest show on earth.

January 19, 2017
heavy security for inaugural in DC

Heavy Security As Washington Prepares For Massive Inaugural Protests

In Washington, police cars lined much of Pennsylvania Avenue, the parade route, as workers unloaded crowd control fences from flatbed trucks, erected barricades and marked off pavement with tape. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police aimed to keep groups separate, using tactics similar to those employed during last year’s political conventions. “The concern is some of these groups are pro-Trump, some of them are con-Trump, and they may not play well together in the same space,” Johnson said.

January 19, 2017