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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Politics
Ben Carson, HUD

Is Anybody Home At HUD?

In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of housing and urban development in the final two years of the George W. Bush administration, organized a dinner at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., for the new chief of that department, Ben Carson, and five other former secretaries whose joint tenure stretched all the way back to Gerald Ford.

August 23, 2017
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Paid Actors, A Fake Publicist, And Retweeted Bots: Trump Habitually Uses Deceit And Propaganda To Shape Perceptions

A Media Matters study of an archive of Trump’s Twitter account revealed that over the past year, Trump has on a handful of occasions propped up praise from accounts that feature suspicious bot activity or that have since been suspended or deactivated. If he’s unintentionally promoting bots, it shows gullibility and a lack of basic due diligence on his part that is terrifying in someone as powerful as the president.

August 23, 2017

How Fox Promoted Convicted Criminal Joe Arpaio, Who May Be Pardoned By Trump

Over the past two decades, Fox News and Fox Business frequently praised and hosted Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, elevating him to national recognition. Now Arpaio, who was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court in a racial profiling case, has said that he would accept a pardon from President Donald Trump — and Trump is reportedly considering it.

August 23, 2017

We Are Under Surplus Trump Stress: What Can We Do To Protect Ourselves?

In the contest between crisis and calm, oy has an edge over om. Case in point: Just as I was giving meditation another try to take my mind off Donald Trump, the North Korea fire-and-fury horror show broke out, and Trump’s itchy finger on the locked and loaded nuclear trigger made my strategy for sanity look awfully iffy.

August 23, 2017

‘Open Carry’ Laws Are Designed To Intimidate And Undermine Public Order, And Can Be Overturned

Just four days after the nation saw how scores of heavily armed men hindered police seeking to preserve public order in Charlottesville, the people of San Antonio got another taste of what “open carry” laws mean for the freedom of expression. When the city council opened debate on a proposal to relocate Confederate statues from San Antonio’s Travis Park, about 10 men showed up wearing kevlar vests and carrying assault rifles.

August 23, 2017
Alt-right is nothing more than the KKK

White Communities Need To Do More To Ferret Out Terrorists In Their Midst

There was a time, not that long ago, when Donald Trump insisted it takes a village to end terrorism; that a community is a first line of defensive against domestic terror. Last October, Trump suggested the onus for ending U.S. terror attacks falls largely on Muslims, whom he wrongly implied need to do better at rooting out radicalized extremists in their own communities.

August 23, 2017

The Odds On Trump Resigning Just Reached A New High

Will President Donald Trump jump before he can be pushed? That was the view put forward by Trump’s former ghostwriter last week and after one of the president’s worst weeks in the job, those looking to make some money off of White House turbulence increasingly agree. The odds on Trump to resign the presidency are now shorter than ever.

August 22, 2017
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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘Very Unlikely’ To Appear With Trump At Arizona Campaign Rally

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of President Trump’s most loyal and most polarizing supporters, is “very unlikely” to be included in Trump’s campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, nor is he likely to receive word of a pardon during the event, according to a person familiar with the planning efforts.

August 22, 2017
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Thousands Of Advertisers Have Blacklisted Breitbart. Can Sinclair Really Partner With The Site?

After newly reinstated Breitbart.com chief Stephen Bannon was fired from his role as a senior adviser in the Trump administration on Friday, he returned to the website he aimed to establish as a “platform for the ‘alt-right.’”

August 22, 2017
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Of Course Trump Looked Directly At The Solar Eclipse Without Eye Protection

President Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron were standing on a White House balcony to view Monday’s eclipse. In a segment of Anderson Cooper’s coverage on CNN, the Trumps were shown looking up at the sky in protective sunglasses. Moments later, they took off the glasses. Melania put on her normal sunglasses. And then President Trump looked back up at the eclipse—without any eye protection.

August 22, 2017
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Will The Nightmare Of President Trump Become The Nightmare Of President Pence?

Will this time be different? Has Trump finally crossed a line that’s the beginning of the unraveling of his presidency? Last week he threatened nuclear war with North Korea. This week he doubled down on defending white supremacists even as his allies, corporate executives and military and intelligence chiefs, backed away.

August 22, 2017
Bannon

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Bannon Scorned

“No administration in history has been so divided among itself about the direction about where it should go,” Bannon said, adding that Trump’s base is frustrated by a congressional agenda that has pursued traditional Republican priorities than the agenda Trump championed.

August 21, 2017
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Ivanka Trump Praises Boston Counter-Protesters

Adviser to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump called for national unity Saturday while voicing her praise for counter-protesters in Boston. “It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S. come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-Semitism.We must continue to come together, united as Americans!,” she tweeted late Saturday.

August 21, 2017
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Trump vs. The Business Community

But even before Trump’s Charlottesville debacle, he was not covering himself with capitalist glory. His January travel order put him at odds with some 100 tech firms that sued to block it, arguing, “It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment to the United States.”

August 21, 2017
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Can Police Prevent The Next Charlottesville?

Even before the demonstration in Virginia began last weekend, the police there knew they weren’t going to be able to handle what was coming. Charlottesville police officers, including Sgt. Jake Via of the investigations bureau, had been contacting organizers and scanning social media to figure out how many demonstrators were headed their way and whether they would be armed.

August 21, 2017
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16 Charities Cancel Mar-a-Lago Events After Trump Defends White Supremacists

Palm Beach Daily News reports that a whopping 16 charities are refusing to hold previously scheduled events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump’s comments in defense of white supremacists after the Charlottesville terror attack have made him radioactive across the political spectrum.

August 21, 2017
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Why Charter Schools Have Lost Support From Democrats

Netroots Nation is arguably the most important annual event in the progressive community, and a barometer of what’s on the minds of the “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.” At this year’s event in Atlanta, the headline-making happening was Democratic primary candidate for Georgia governor Rep. Stacey Evans being shouted down by protesters…

August 21, 2017
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How Evangelicals Support White Supremacy—Even Though They Reject Racism

I spent most of my life inside the Evangelical Christian community. I’ve watched society puzzle over its relationship to white supremacy. Evangelical leaders seem oddly removed from the discussion, condemning racism but doing nothing pro-active about the problem. There’s a reason for this phenomenon.

August 21, 2017

Boston Free Speech Rally Ends Early

Journalists at the Boston Common, a downtown park, tweeted about an hour into the planned rally that many, if not all, of the attendees left the bandstand where they were due to hear speeches from several prominent conservative figures. The Free Speech Rally organizers had permits to hold their event from noon to 2 p.m. local time on Saturday.

August 20, 2017

Despite Disavowals, Leading Tech Companies Help Extremist Sites Monetize Hate

Because of its “extreme hostility toward Muslims,” the website Jihadwatch.org is considered an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The views of the site’s director, Robert Spencer, on Islam led the British Home Office to ban him from entering the country in 2013.

August 20, 2017
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U.S. Lawmakers Seek Kushner Company Records On Maryland Apartments

Maryland’s two U.S. senators and four of its U.S. House representatives, all Democrats, sent a letter today to the large real-estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, demanding information about the company’s management of 17 apartment complexes it owns in the state.

August 20, 2017
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With Bannon Gone, Far-Right Media Break Up With The White House

Stephen Bannon is no longer the White House chief strategist. His departure, in addition to furthering the narrative of a Trump administration in constant chaos, is likely to become a source of acrimony between right-wing anti-establishment outlets and online trolls and those who remain in the Trump administration.

August 20, 2017
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to media after the game against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego, California, U.S. September 1, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

Colin Kaepernick Can’t Get A Job: What Are The Ramifications For Social Protest?

Before the #CharlottesvilleSyllabus, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was teaching kids essential lessons about white supremacy and racial injustice. The awful events in Charlottesville were a confirmation that Kaepernick was correct when he chose to kneel rather than stand while the national anthem played and Old Glory flew in the air.

August 20, 2017

Marijuana Becomes A Player In California Politics And It’s Putting Its Money On Gavin Newsom

Marijuana is already a multibillion-dollar-a-year business in California, and with recreational sales to adults coming online next year, it’s about to get even bigger. Now, the legal pot industry is beginning to throw its weight around in state office-level politics, and it’s doing it the old-fashioned way: with a checkbook.

August 20, 2017
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5 White Supremacists Whining About How Unfair Things Are After Charlottesville

No snowflake melts quite so easily as a neo-Nazi, or a white supremacist, or an alt-rightie, or an identitarian, or whatever obfuscatory name racists are hiding behind this week. That’s been clear in the aftermath of Charlottesville, Virginia.

August 20, 2017