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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Politics
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Kompromat, Putin, Trump

Putin Defends Trump’s Virtue — And Trump Serves Putin’s Interests

Putin got his big break in politics when, as a young intelligence officer, he affirmed that a murky videotape of a man cavorting with hookers was indeed a foe of Boris Yeltsin’s. Today, sleazy videos of public figures are a regular feature on Russian TV.

January 18, 2017
Inauguration, Trump

Despite Showman Reputation, Trump Fails To Book A-Listers For Inauguration

Like those who came before him, Trump will take his oath on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building and lead a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but there will be fewer official balls and less glitz and celebrity talent to welcome in the new president.

January 17, 2017
Chelsea Manning

Before Leaving Office, Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Prison Sentence

Manning has been a focus of a worldwide debate on government secrecy since she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables, and battlefield accounts to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks – a leak for which she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. Her sentence will now expire on May 17, the White House said.

January 17, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

January 17, 2017
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Nominee Zinke Would Review Obama’s Limits On Oil Drilling

As a first-term congressman, Zinke pushed to end the coal-lease moratorium, saying it had resulted in closed mines and job cuts, and he introduced a bill expanding tax credits for coal-burning power plants that bury carbon dioxide emissions underground.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Authoritarian

Trump’s New Press Tactics Follow The Old-School Authoritarian Model

Donald Trump is fulfilling the role of an authoritarian demagogue so thoroughly that if this whole disaster were a movie, it would be criticized for being formulaic and cliched. His frequently expressed hostility toward the media comes right out of a well-worn copy of the Dictator’s Playbook, and he has repeatedly revealed himself to be an enemy of a free press.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Racism, Racial Backlash

Donald Trump Serves Up The Latest Chapter Of Racial Backlash

If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.

January 17, 2017
White revolt of 2016

New Poll Shows Only White Americans Think Favorably Of Trump

Trump responded to the polls this morning in the most Trumpian way possible: by re-whining the story of how the system is rigged against the racist, misogynist white male trust fund kid-turned-adult billionaire who, despite no previous experience in government or the military, and a lack of coherent policy proposals, was elected president.

January 17, 2017
Obama, Millennial Voters

President Obama: The Millennial Whisperer

President Barack Obama will be seen by historians as the first president to bring millennial values to the challenges of the Oval Office. While much of America is divided on how well he has performed as the nation’s 44th president, Obama has won overwhelming approval from the millennial generation, born 1982-2003. Studies show that millennials appreciate the way Obama has championed their causes and created a more tolerant America.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Electoral College. Progressives

How Progressives Can Still Create Change In The Age Of Trump

To counteract the forces that would reverse President Barack Obama’s policies to fight climate change or exacerbate income inequality by cutting taxes for the wealthy, progressives need to come together and find ways to clearly articulate what they stand for, while telling a simple and compelling story that shows how their ideas will help shape a better future.

January 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Will Pruitt Bring Earthquakes To Washington Like He Did In Oklahoma?

Trump’s EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, has repeatedly put his ties with this industry above human health and safety during his time in office. He did not protect the rights of Oklahoma’s citizens, and his inaction regarding the state’s earthquake damages reflected his allegiance to fossil fuel companies. It would be a travesty to confirm Scott Pruitt solely to benefit a fossil fuel industry that is already booming.

January 17, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Commerce Pick, Has Offshored 2,700 Jobs Since 2004

While supporters say Ross saved thousands of U.S. jobs by rescuing firms from failure, data attained by Reuters shows that rescue effort came at a price: textile, finance and auto-parts companies controlled by the private-equity titan eliminated about 2,700 U.S. positions since 2004 because they shipped production to other countries.

January 17, 2017
Trump Price Medicare Health

Draining The Swamp? Trump’s Health Pick Accused Of Insider Trading

CNN reported on Sunday that Price bought between $1,001 and $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc, a medical device manufacturer. Days later, he introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that would have delayed a regulation that could have ultimately damaged the company.

January 17, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away

If Trump won’t take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it’s not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing “straight man” on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don’t have to be there.

January 17, 2017
Pussyhats, Anti-Trump protests

How Pink Hats Became A Symbol Of Anti-Trump Women’s March

Knitters — mostly women — started crafting handmade pink caps with cat ears, a reference to Trump’s vulgar statements about grabbing women’s genitals, which were revealed in a leaked video shortly before the election. As word spread on social media, thousands of hats — knit with skeins of thick magenta or fuchsia yarn — have been made around the world, including in Australia and Austria.

January 16, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Conflicts Surround GOP Mega-Donor Who May Become Our Next Education Secretary

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, is clearly one of the worst cabinet picks. Her nomination to lead public education may seem curious, as DeVos has never worked in public education and supports diverting public funds to pay for kids to attend private, religious schools. Advocacy groups, Democratic politicians and ethics experts have shot up red flags in recent days, strongly opposing DeVos’ nomination.

January 16, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Community

Intelligence Officer: Trump’s Conflict With Spy Agencies Creates ‘Dangerous Moment’

In the short term, if the president just ignores the intelligence community that’s obviously extremely dangerous, because the decisions won’t be made based on the facts. But in the long run, you can actually have an impact on the intelligence community itself. So that a young person coming out of a graduate program decides instead of going to the CIA, I’m going to instead go to Goldman Sachs, and make a lot more money anyway.

January 16, 2017
Trump, Russia, Nuclear Deal

How Trump Plans To Make The ‘Best’ Nuclear Arms Deal With Russia

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia,” the Republican president-elect said during his interview.

January 16, 2017
White House

First Amendment Watch: Trump’s Team Considers Moving White House Press Room

Esquire magazine reported on Saturday that the Trump administration planned to relocate White House reporters from the press room to the White House Conference Center or the Old Executive Office Building next door. Such a move would mark a potential change in access for reporters as the current briefing room is only steps from the Oval Office.

January 16, 2017
Germany, BMW, Merkel

Germany Hits Back At Donald Trump Over BMW Threat

“The U.S. car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the U.S. were to suddenly come with a 35 percent tariff,” said Germany’s deputy chancellor and economy minister Sigmar Gabriel responding to Donald Trump’s threats.

January 16, 2017
MLK

MLK’s Vision Of Love Can Help Heal Today’s Divisions

As outlined by Martin Luther King Jr., the role of love, in engaging individuals and communities in conflict, is crucial today. By recalling King’s vision, we can have opportunities to build a more inclusive and just community that does not retreat from diversity, but draws strength from it.

January 16, 2017
BMW, German carmakers, Trump, Tariffs

Now Trump Threatens German Carmakers With 35 Percent Import Tariff

Under pressure to deliver on campaign promises to revive industrial jobs, Trump has turned his fire on carmakers that use low-cost Mexican plants to serve the U.S. market. All three German carmakers have invested heavily in Mexico, but also pointed out on Monday that they manufacturer in the United States as well.

January 16, 2017

Big Sugar’s Slime Flows North To The Capitol

The paid soldiers in Gov. Rick Scott’s war on the environment are aligning to block state efforts to purchase any farm lands south of Lake Okeechobee, which means Floridians can look forward to more summers of slime. The green that runs through Tallahassee is a different shade than algae, but it’s just as slimy to the touch.

January 16, 2017