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          Trump says he's 'working hard' to pass prison reform bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At a Aug. 9 roundtable discussion on prison reform, President Trump described the bipartisan First Step Act which still needs to be approved by the Senate.
          Trump Tower, Collusion and the Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In a recent tweet, President Donald Trump said the Trump Tower meeting was "to get information on an opponent" and was "totally legal and done all the time in politics." Some legal experts disagree.

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          Why some Americans say Trump can't stop what Obama started      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Even now, 10 years later, Sher Watts Spooner gets choked up.
          Network Break 176: Stratum Project Targets SDN; Intel Announces New Chips      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The ONF launches Stratum for data programmability, Intel wants to turn the page on Meltdown & Specter with new chips, Trump cans Broadcom's ambitions & more tech news analysis on the latest Network Break podcast.
          Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration Thursday to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban chlorpyrifos,...

          Prosecutors shift focus to fraud charges in Manafort trial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After three days of dramatic and even salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors on Thursday returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses.


          The Phrase Or Name Is Familiar: Try This Puzzle And See What They Are      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in the letter -E, and the second word starts GO-. For example: Something you might say when you're about to take a plunge -- HERE GOES. Last week's challenge: Name something to eat. Change one letter in it and rearrange the result. You'll name the person who makes this food. Who is it? Answer: Bread and baker. Winner: Mary Ann Gaeddert, of Georgetown, Ky. Next week's challenge: Think of three eight-letter words that are identical in spelling except for the fourth letter. Each word contains a G ... that is pronounced differently in all three words. What words are they? Submit Your Answer If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here . Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Donald Trump is
          'Space Force all the way!': US details sixth military branch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing it would tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit. Reported by SBS 4 minutes ago.
          Trump sets 2020 date for US Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US President Donald Trump's administration says a new and separate Space Force will ensure its dominance and tackle threats from rivals China and Russia. Reported by SBS 1 hour ago.
          EPA says its asbestos proposal would increase regulation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A new Trump administration policy that could allow manufacturers to use asbestos in their products is facing increased scrutiny. The proposed rule was announced this summer as part of a regulatory overhaul at the Environmental Protection Agency. It would require EPA approval to use or import the known carcinogen. Anna Werner reports.

          Bank employee recounts how Manafort lied      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A bank employee has testified how former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort lied to the lender about properties he owned to obtain millions of dollars in loans. Reported by SBS 2 hours ago.
          'The next battlefield': US details Space Force plans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing it would tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit. Reported by SBS 2 hours ago.
          Pentagon, Vice President Pence tout groundwork for future 'Space Force'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Pentagon, Vice President Pence tout groundwork for future 'Space Force'The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth branch of the armed forces. Speaking at the Pentagon on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced sweeping changes that reorganize how the Department of Defense handles space operations, even if Congress does not authorize the establishment of a separate Department of the Space Force.

          President Trump Says GDP Growth Next Quarter Could Be 'In the 5s'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump Says GDP Growth Next Quarter Could Be 'In the 5s'President Donald Trump says he thinks gross domestic product growth in the next quarter “could be in the 5s” — that is, higher than 5 percent — as he hosts business leaders at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort.

          The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump's Tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President Trump's TariffsSouth Carolina's governor is calling on Trump to exempt parts used by the plant

          Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.
          Petition calls on Chick-fil-A to bring chain restaurants to U.S. military bases      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A petition asks for President Trump to bring Chick-fil-A restaurants to U.S. military bases.
          Trump says Chicago shootings are 'absolute and total disaster'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump weighed in on the recent violence in Chicago on Thursday, labeling the bloodshed that’s left at least 11 people dead and 70 others injured an “absolute and total disaster.”
          Pentagon Space Force plan at a glance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration's plan to establish a Space Force as a new branch of the military will unfold in phases and will require congressional approval.
          Today you can vote for the insignia that countless future cadets will proudly pin to their SPACE FORCE uniform when they graduate from the Trump Moon Base Academy [Amusing]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          So now the right isn't even pretending that it's all about 'illegal' immigration anymore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We always knew the standard cry of "but they're iLEEEEEEgal!" was just a convenient cover for bashing immigrants in general. Now Trump and his...
          Playing with all the toys      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Meanwhile, Trump and Pence are sweating with excitement at their big plans to put SOJERS in SPASE.

The creation of a new branch of the military — the first since the Air Force was created in the wake of World War II in 1947 — could require a significant reorganization of the Pentagon. Some officials within the military and national security communities fiercely oppose the idea. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities. The proposal would also need congressional approval.

Also it would be a little pricey, but hey, they can just get rid of Medicare and Social Security and bob’s your uncle.

White House officials have been working with national security leaders to aggressively move ahead

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          Special master completes review of evidence seized from ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors, who are reportedly investigating his business dealings, possible tax fraud and a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 presidential election.
          The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch For August 9...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Enjoy our Thursday Podcast of "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" hosted by Retired Captain Matt Bruce heard LIVE 2-6 AM ET broadcasting across America from Tampa, FL.... "The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch" is on the Radio with Breaking News from across America & around the World as it happens! ***Tomorrow's News, TONIGHT!*** Where it's ALL about America & WE the PEOPLE with 'The Captain' LIVE Thursday August 9th from 2-6 AM ET broadcasting from Tampa, FL in the #MausNissan Studio of our Salem Media Group Flagship Radio Station #am860theanswer in the #19 Radio Market of America. Our Radio Show is also heard on the #TalkAmericaRadio Network. The Radio Show is heard in over 130 Countries around the World via our Digital Internet Streams. We proudly support our Nations Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMT's, Firefighters, Police & ALL First Responders... Our Guests Tonight Are: Kyle Warren - The Professor of Politics, Ms Rosemary - Prayer Intercessor, Denise Simon - Founders Code, Ron Edwards - The Edwards Notebook, Boe Browning - National Aviation Academy & Veterans News along with the Truckers 'National Highway Report' every hour. We're also happy to take your phone calls on the air LIVE at 1-877-969-8600... We are currently heard on 80 radio affiliates in 28 States & more new affiliates coming in 2018! Atlanta, you hear us on our Salem Radio Affiliate AM 920 The Answer. Orlando, we're on AM 660 & FM 105.5 The Answer. We are also heard on our Salem Media Group Tampa Sister Stations: 930 The Answer Sarasota, FM 103.1 Bradenton, FM 93.7 Bayshore Gardens & 1380 The Biz in St Petersburg FL. Talk America Radio Network Stations 92.1 WDDQ FM in Valdosta GA, Talk 107.5 WJHC in Jasper FL, & AM 1330 WLBB in Carrollton GA. Seattle you hear us on #Megatalk 920 KGTK AM and 1400 KITZ AM in Seattle-Olympia-Tacoma-Bremerton WA. You can also hear the show on the Internet via these websites: The Captain's AMERICA Third Watch, Cowboy Logic Radio, Freedom In America Radio, iHeart Radio, IPBN-FM, iTunes, KTalk Radio, Radioways in Germany, ROKU, Talk Stream Live, Top Talk Radio & TuneIn... Download our FREE app for your iPad, iPhone, Laptop or Personal Computer by going to the AM 860 The Answer website. Find Out Why We Are The FASTEST Growing Overnight News Talk Radio Show On Your Radio Dial!!!!! #America #Afghanistan #Border #Congress #Conservative #DonaldTrump #EchoInRamadi #Economy #Guns #Iran #Iraq #Israel #Immigration #Military #Mueller #NATO #News #Korea #Politics #Russia #Socialism #Syria #Terrorism #Truckers #Veterans #walkaway
          Los padres de Melania Trump se convierten en ciudadanos estadounidenses      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nueva York, 9 ago (EFE).- Los padres de la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Melania Trump, se convirtieron hoy en ciudadanos estadounidenses durante una ceremonia privada celebrada en Nueva York en la que juraron sobre la constitución del país, informaron medios locales.
          Trump Is Piling Sanctions on Iran. Here's How the Tactic Could Backfire      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The U.S. remains an economic superpower, but there are now many more countries with the strength and resilience to shrug off U.S. pressure.

The post Trump Is Piling Sanctions on Iran. Here's How the Tactic Could Backfire appeared first on RocketNews | Top News Stories From Around the Globe.

          Court orders Trump EPA to ban controversial pesticide (Timothy Cama/The Hill)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court orders Trump EPA to ban controversial pesticide  —  A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which former Administrator Scott Pruitt  —  refused to do last year.  —  The decision is a major win for environmentalists and health advocates.

          Conservative Hero Doubles Down on Trump in GOP Primary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Democrats Don't Want to Face Her
          Opinion: Finally, Devin Nunes admits what his charade is all about      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In a secretly recorded tape at a fund-raiser, California Republican Devin Nunes told the truth to a group of Republican donors. Not knowing he was being recorded, Rep. Nunes told the donors that the Republican majority in the House has been and remains the main firewall that has protected President Donald Trump from the fallout that could come from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether there were links between the Russians and his campaign and of whether the White House has attempted to obstruct the investigation.

          ENERGY POLICY: Top staffer plunges FERC into Trump's coal, nuclear fight      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working with Trump administration officials at the Department of Energy and National Security Council to identify which power plants are "critical" to the power grid, FERC Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese told a nuclear industry group this week.
          Charlottesville Belediye Başkanından Trump a Eleştiri      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW ABD'de geçen yıl ırkçılık karşıtı gösterilere sahne olan Virginia eyaletine bağlı Charlottesville kentinin Belediye Başkanı Nikuyah Walker, Başkan Donald Trump'ın ABD'de artan nefret söyleminin sorumlusu olduğunu bildirdi.
          Vice de Trump anuncia criação de exército espacial até 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vice de Trump anuncia criação de exército espacial até 2020
          Pais de Melania Trump recebem cidadania americana      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
          8/10/2018: World: US hits Russia with new sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has announced new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a former British spy after months of discussion about how to respond to the March attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Downing Street yesterday welcomed the news,...
          8/10/2018: World: Stars target Ivanka in plea to end family splits      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A host of celebrities have used Instagram to urge Ivanka Trump to act over the ‘‘inhumane’’ separation of migrant families at the US border. A number of figures posted the same Dear Ivanka message on the social network, demanding Donald Trump’s...
          Trump supporter lashes out at Secret Service for demanding he move his giant ‘MAGA’ trailer at Trump rally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bob Bolus, a huge fan of Donald Trump, has sued the Secret Service claiming they violated his freedom of speech, reports the Times Leader Bolus was at a Trump rally in Pennsylvania when he was asked about his Trump-emblazoned trailers. Bolus was approached by the Secret Service, which said they need...

The post Trump supporter lashes out at Secret Service for demanding he move his giant ‘MAGA’ trailer at Trump rally appeared first on Raw Story.

          Trump backed Kansas governor candidate Kris Kobach’s lead cut to just 91 votes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Republican candidate endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Kansas governor’s race, Kris Kobach, saw his lead cut to only 91 votes on Thursday after a county clerk corrected the vote total from Tuesday’s election. Kobach, the current Kansas secretary of state and a staunch ally of Trump,...

The post Trump backed Kansas governor candidate Kris Kobach’s lead cut to just 91 votes appeared first on Raw Story.

          White House staff dreads vacations Trump spends ‘fuming and stewing between golf games’ — here’s why      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Donald Trump has downtime, his aides get nervous, according to Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire. Appearing on Nicolle Wallace’s MSNBC show on Thursday afternoon, Lemire said that he’s spent the last five days tagging along on Trump’s golf retreat in N...

The post White House staff dreads vacations Trump spends ‘fuming and stewing between golf games’ — here’s why appeared first on Raw Story.

          Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight Wildfires       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The president blamed the intensity of the fires on state environmental policies, incorrectly claiming water that could be used to fight the fires is being pumped into the Pacific Ocean.
          THE POINT IS TO DENY JUSTICE:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'Turn the Plane Around': Judge Threatens Sessions After Woman, Child Deported Mid-Court Hearing (Ronn Blitzer, August 9th, 2018, Law & Order)

The woman, identified only as Carmen, and her daughter had been scheduled to be deported, but the government agreed to postpone their removal until Thursday night so an appeal of the decision could be heard in court, the Washington Post reported. When court was in recess in the middle of the hearing, however, an attorney with the ACLU-which is representing them in a lawsuit-received an email notification that Carmen and her child had been taken from the detention center where they had been kept, and were being deported.

Judge Sullivan had strong words for Sessions when he found out about this, and even threatened to hold him in contempt of court.

"This is pretty outrageous," the judge said. "That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"

"I'm not happy about this at all," Sullivan said. He ruled in favor of the ACLU's request to put the deportation on hold, and ordered the Trump administration to "turn the plane around."

          ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There Are Better Ways to Mock Trump Than Joking That He's Putin's Gay Lover (ROWAN WALRATH, AUG. 9, 2018, Mother Jones)
It's not just the New York Times. Since 2016, a flood of editorial cartoons, magazine covers, late-night skits, and memes have depicted Trump as being romantically involved or sexually attracted to strongmen and right-wing political leaders. Although intended to mock Trump's strange--and noteworthy--political attraction to authoritarian leaders, these illustrations invoke old sexist and homophobic tropes. As they've become increasingly visible, some LGBTQ advocates and journalists have asked what message they really send.

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, chair of gender studies at the University of Southern California's Dornsife College, says it all comes down to old-school gender dynamics. "We live in a culture where there is this casual homophobia that still persists," she says. "It becomes our default way of thinking about the world. Thinking about who has greater power and who has lesser power, we think about dominance and submissiveness."

          THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE rIGHT AND cONSERVATIVES...:      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson: The Canadian psychology professor's stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline--and deeply vulnerable. (CAITLIN FLANAGAN, 8/09/18, The Atlantic)

Two years ago, I walked downstairs and saw one of my teenage sons watching a strange YouTube video on the television.

"What is that?" I asked.

He turned to me earnestly and explained, "It's a psychology professor at the University of Toronto talking about Canadian law."

"Huh?" I said, but he had already turned back to the screen. I figured he had finally gotten to the end of the internet, and this was the very last thing on it.

That night, my son tried to explain the thing to me, but it was a buzzing in my ear, and I wanted to talk about something more interesting. It didn't matter; it turned out a number of his friends--all of them like him: progressive Democrats, with the full range of social positions you would expect of adolescents growing up in liberal households in blue-bubble Los Angeles--had watched the video as well, and they talked about it to one another.  

The boys graduated from high school and went off to colleges where they were exposed to the kind of policed discourse that dominates American campuses. They did not make waves; they did not confront the students who were raging about cultural appropriation and violent speech; in fact, they forged close friendships with many of them. They studied and wrote essays and--in their dorm rooms, on the bus to away games, while they were working out--began listening to more and more podcasts and lectures by this man, Jordan Peterson.

The young men voted for Hillary, they called home in shock when Trump won, they talked about flipping the House, and they followed Peterson to other podcasts--to Sam Harris and Dave Rubin and Joe Rogan. What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.

That might seem like a small thing, but it's not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things--religion, philosophy, history, myth--in a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realizing it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.

Because all of this was happening silently, called down from satellites and poured in through earbuds--and not on campus free-speech zones where it could be monitored, shouted down, and reported to the appropriate authorities--the left was late in realizing what an enormous problem it was becoming for it. that the former have simply embraced the Left's identitarianism, while the latter recognize that the Left/Right is talking anti-Christian/anti-American nonsense.

          Trump Secretary of Ed Betsy DeVos Adds Another Damaging Obama Rule to Ash Heap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Another damaging Obama regulation is heading for the ash heap, which is great news for students.

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          Fake Trump stars showing up on Hollywood Blvd.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(HotNewHipHop) The Trump star is proliferating, but how? The 2nd demolition of Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star brought a lot of things to light. For one, the pick axe demolition was a cathartic yes; secondly the credentials you need to earn a Hollywood Star are pretty minimal. All that is required is a […]
          Re: This is the real, Americanized, nazi, Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WW-3, cannot be avoided. Those who understand that war is wrong should be able to see the hopelessness of the situation. Nations would rather buy weapons --wasting Trillions yearly-- than feed their people. Mankind is fundamentally flawed and cannot practice higher - more noble ethics - and is therefore doomed to destruction.

Trump is nothing but the white mans Obama. Americans do not protest or fight and therefore their rulers will abuse them. Americans are afraid to upset their masters, and want peace -at any cost- and therefore, they will be ruled by their Masters.

          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Peter Hill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tom, I read an extensive article in Vanity Fair that emphasized the 'alarm' Christopher Steele felt. And again, I should emphasize, Steele was probably more concerned for Britain than America. With regards to Steele's politics, most British 'are' to the left of American Republicans. So what..?? The Republican party has been moving steadily rightward for 30 years. It's moderate faction barely exists anymore. Susan Collins is about all that's left. 'I' was a moderate Republican all through my teens and 20's. But the party abandoned me a long time ago.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by R. Lien      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Do you have any more we should know about?" Yes, you're a fool. Don't you know this blog has high traffic? Did you think your sage little bubble could last forever? Many people read this blog, PCS, far more than post. However, when the self-congratulatory hubris is bubbling onto the burner, it's fun--yes, fun--to point others to the clown car. The only reason I know of your obsession with Annie/Inga/Diane is due to your repeated references when a 'new' commentator that you don't agree with arrives. Your pattern hasn't changed for a very long time: 'It must be Annie/Inga/Diane because I'm so smart how can anyone refute me.' Big world, PCS; maybe you should start to consider that many read your words and note that you, over time, are consistently wrong. A current example being: the $400M Putin claimed the Clinton Foundation received from Browder. You yelled this in the clown car for two days, until Putin walked it back by admitting his mistake, and changing the amount tp $400,000. There are many other examples of your anxiousness to carry the water of a false narrative without any thought, let me know if you want me to count them.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Change "aspire" to "conspire", Peter, and we'll have an area of agreement on this.😉
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Going by Peter's spin, Steele's work was not only noble, but damn near saintly! 😊😀😂
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Through internediaries, the DNC/Hillary Campaign Fund commissioned and paid for the Russian Dossier. The reason it went through so many different channels is that the DNC/ Hillary Campaign did not want their role in this project exposed. For that same reason, it took a year and some digging to find out who funded this foreign opposition research. If you believe that "the facts" in the dossier "are true, and that the FBI already knew about them", stick with that fantasy as well. Steele himself has not gone that far, so step in and make that claim for him.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
no they arent true the pee pee story is salacious garbage and it throws it all into doubt
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PC Schulte....not to worry, Paul. R. Lein is "on the case", and will let us know.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If I wasn't such a private person. . . FWIW, if anybody here is thinking about taking up guitar, I highly recommend the Michael Kelly DB53. It is reasonably priced, and very high quality. The coil tapping allows you to use it like a Les Paul, and then pull up the knobs and it's like a Telly. And, all the tones in between with various combinations. It is a very versatile guitar. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
R.Lein, No, I didn't notice. But you did, and I congratulate you for it. Now you can go back in your records and see how common that cluster is, vs. the repeated: Late4Dinner Late4Dinner Late4Dinner Etc. that you'd normally see. Since you're paying such close attention to this issue, you probably have a tally for us on L4D's total volume of verbiage as well. Just keep those valuable contributions that we expect from coming, R. lein.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Cindy Bragg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yes, "resurrect" has 3 r's......I saved one for later 😉
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Cindy Bragg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Squeeks.......Leapin' Loquiturs, Bat Girl! I play keyboard! (have a fiddle but too old to resurect). Daddy has a barn, so let's put on a show!!!!..LOL
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by hollywood      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cranky today.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
lots of russian hate coming here these days russians can hate back dont miss it the fight we have all been waiting for
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
i got a pretty ok knife collection but my favorite is this one shiv I made by hand
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by hollywood      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Which facts and law are different? And what is unconstitutional?
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
trust me none of those guys likes me btw you guys want to fight russians, here is your russian fight coming
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
@Olly I hate typing in those little skinny nesting boxes. IIRC, I thought Late4 was Inga once before, due to the style. Which, IMO, there is nothing wrong with her posting stuff, it is just that it is usually not posted in an honest fashion, but just to shill for the DNC. Which, makes the whole idea of interacting with her meaningless. See: It would be like having a PUBLIC conversation with Joseph Goebbels. Face it, he ain't going to say anything except Germany is winning the war! Even as bombs are falling all around him. If it is her, I think there is an element of mental disorder going on, re the oppositional behavior, and probably some borderline issues, but mostly just a shill. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by OLLY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That was back in 2014 when it was Inga/Nani then Annie, and so on. Very strange. I look forward to the day she takes on a conservative sock-puppet personality and is forced to argue for <b>and</b> against the existence of natural rights with herself. ;)
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by anonymous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Thanks for confirming, Paul: You're just another one of the resident chuckleheads.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Paul C Schulte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
R. Lien - thank you for outing yourself. I always had my suspicions. Do you have any more we should know about?
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Paul C Schulte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
anonymous - now we know for sure. Thanks. :)
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Paul C Schulte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Tom Nash - this happened once before when JT on vacation in Europe. Annie went bonkers had like 17 sock puppets before Darren put a stop to it. It does help us out all her sock puppets though. ;)
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Still online, still billed as "The World's only relaible News Source". I don't know how Mueller missed this, but 3 days before the election, they covered Putin joining Trump on the campaign trail. That would be a Nov. 5, 2016 WW News article, with photographic evidence and quotes from Putin.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Natacha      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The point was: the HRC campaign did not initiate the Steele investigation. What is there about the Steele investigation that is blameworthy, anyway? The facts he has uncovered so far are true, and the FBI already knew about them.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by R. Lien      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Emoticon Boy, T. Gnash, Hey, did you notice over the last few days that Kurtsy, Allan, and dhlii had moments where the left side 'recent comments' space was all theirs? Didn't you give L4D a hard time for this very issue? Why not them? Now you're obsessed with Annie/Inga (don't forget Diane, anonymous, and me) also? This is nothing but foolishness from PCS, who has the acumen of a hamster, which SOT/DSS/.../TSTD has swallowed and perpetuated. It's good to see you in your rightful place -- the clown car.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Oops! Not three brass saddles. The six saddle modern kind. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by anonymous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No shortage of chuckleheads in the "maybe it's Annie/Inga" group.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
@R. Lien My knife collection is fine, thank you for asking! My guitar collection is even better, since I just added the kewlest telecaster evah! String through! Modern bridge, with 3 brass saddles. Coil tapping on each pickup, so I have 8 tonal choices! I think this shall be the only guitar I shall play for the next month or so. Except for my noodler. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Olly and Squeeky,.. What Olly mentioned re L4D/Annie.....bets are now being taken on either "troll teamwork" or "Multiple Personality Disorder". Current odds have it 7-5 in favor of the latter.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Paul C Schulte      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
issac - at least our President can keep his eyebrow on. BTW, just saw a video of Trudeau dancing in what appears to be a mock Bollywood-style. If I were the Indian ambassador to Canada I would be sending a sharp note about how insulted my country is.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Tom Nash      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mr. Kurtz,... Clinton probably did feel compelled to testify once the threat of a subpeona was put on the table. That hasn't happened, yet, with Mueller-Trump, but it may not be far off. Clinton may have had a different response, even under threat of subpeona, had his former campaign manager been treated to a pre-dawn no knock raid. And had his lawyer's home, office, and hotel room been raided. I don't remember Starr stacking his team with hyper-partisan aggresive prosecutors, but it was a long time ago. Nor do I remember Starr having a long-standing professional relationship and friendship with a key figure in that saga. 20 years after Clinton decided to testify, these things I've mentioned are some of the different characteristics of the Mueller probe from the Starr investigation. I think it's led to an "F.Y." response from Trump and his legal team to Mueller. If Mueller does suboeona Trump, I think the response will be "and the horse you rode in on", and we'll go from there to the courts for ruling.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by R. Lien      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You sound like Allan. The Allan that has copy/pasted many paragraphs in the last week without one word of his understanding offered -- something he demands from others. Are you two done with the CD meme you both latched onto and rode for a few days? Jeez, if I didn't know better I would think you two were sock puppets; but Allan has much better arguments than you -- when he sticks to them and doesn't rant off. How's you're knife collection going,Squeek? Are they sharp enough to skin a cat?
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by R. Lien      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"If it is Annie, then yes." Sharp minds at work.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by George      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bill Plante, March 7: "Mr. President, when did you first learn that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was secretary of state?" Obama: "The same time everybody else learned it through news reports." ____________________________________________________ Lisa Page to Peter Strzok, "...POTUS wants to know everything we're doing." Lisa Page to Congress, "...the texts mean what the texts say."
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I don't want to read somebody else explaining it. I want YOU to explain it in your own words. I want YOUR thoughts and YOUR reasoning. Do it like a legal person - state the facts, state the law, and then apply the law to the facts. As long as you just repeat someone else's screwed up thoughts, you will never have to get there on your own, and you can't be cured. Squeeky Fromm Girl Reporter
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
i am a nationalist not an ideologue
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
i am not a limperterian. as for Karl Marx he had a lot of keen insight into capitalism. and so did Lenin for that matter.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
keep on praising yourself. just like HRC the other side is always stupider than you. until, that is, they are proven smarter, in which case, then they must be criminals
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by wildbill99      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maybe you should have named yourself Mr. Marx instead of Mr. Kurtz, and I don't mean Harpo.
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
bloobberg gets it
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by hollywood      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Can't do your own research? Just read this. Then ask, who might such a person be?
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump won the trade war with Europe and the press didnt even notice. because they are tards that's why
          Comment on Criminal Tweets: Trump Critics Should Not Respond To Acts Of “Fake News” With Fake Law by Mr Kurtz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
a compelled interview that's what clinton different facts and law
          Comment on Trump bump: Small-business owners report record-breaking optimism, says Gallup by Eddie Glaze      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nice smile Boss
          Turquía decide mantener al pastor preso y EEUU planea aplicar nuevas sanciones.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Los Estados Unidos no para negociar la liberación de los cautivos pastor estadounidense durante casi dos años en Turquía, la profundización de una crisis entre los dos países y allanando el camino para la administración de Donald Trump tomar nuevas medidas de castigo. Durante una reunión en Washington el miércoles entre autoridades de alto nivel […]
          En California 25 miembros de una iglesia lo perdieron todo por el incendio.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La administración de Trump ha declarado en California estado de emergencia. Dieciocho incendios importantes están ardiendo en este momento y al menos ocho personas han muerto.El incendio de Carr en Redding, ha destruido más de 1,000 hogares y ha desplazado a decenas de miles de personas. Pero, aunque la devastación es histórica para esta comunidad […]
          Here are the glorious proposed logos for Donald Trump's Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Donald Trump really seems intent on making his proposed Space Force a thing. 

On Thursday morning, Vice President made a pitch for the sixth branch of the military dedicated to space. Then, on Thursday afternoon, the Trump/Pence team sent out an email asking for readers to vote on one of six proposed logos for Space Force that will be used on a "new line of gear."

SEE ALSO: Trump's 'Space Force' is nothing new: Here's what the military is already up to in orbit

Space Force all the way!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018

The logos range from something for a kid's camp to, well, pretty cool, actually. I mean, once you get past the idea, which is kind of crazy, especially considering the amount of money this whole thing would cost and the need for that money to go elsewhere.  Read more...

More about Space, Donald Trump, Space Exploration, Space Force, and Culture
          Sam Bee crashes Sean Spicer's book release parties with hilarious results      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Sentient jar of expired mayonnaise and former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer recently put out a book that has earned Spicer even more scorn — and that's before this clip from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee aired on Wednesday night.

America's favorite bush hider wasn't ready for Bee and her team, much like he was never ready for even the easiest question from the press. As Spicer tries to levy his post-White House life for fun and profit, the Full Frontal team was hell-bent on making sure it was anything but unicorns and rainbows. 

The results are, predictably, hilarious — from cornering him at a Barnes & Noble appearance to showing up at a Rhode Island country club shindig, the show gave Spicer the added bit of heat he so richly deserves.  Read more...

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          Trump restringe concesiones de asilo a mujeres abusadas y desata protesta      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Está claro que el objetivo de la administración es negar y deportar a tantas personas como sea posible, lo más rápido posible - Fuente:
          Trump: 'Stay tuned' for revelations on 'witch hunt'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This is an illegally brought Rigged Witch Hunt run by people who are totally corrupt and/or conflicted. It was started and paid for by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats. Phony Dossier, FISA disgrace and so many lying and dishonest people already fired. 17 Angry Dems? Stay tuned! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018 […]
          Fake Trump stars showing up on Hollywood Blvd.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(HotNewHipHop) The Trump star is proliferating, but how? The 2nd demolition of Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star brought a lot of things to light. For one, the pick axe demolition was a cathartic yes; secondly the credentials you need to earn a Hollywood Star are pretty minimal. All that is required is a […]
          Many American states are making voting harder      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

AMERICA’S mid-term elections in November will be hugely consequential. If the Democrats capture the House of Representatives, as The Economist’s model suggests they have a three-in-four chance of doing, they will control congressional committees that now protect President Donald Trump from harsh investigation. If Republicans hold on, they can pick up their attempt to repeal Obamacare. Yet few Americans are expected to vote in the mid-terms. Last time, in 2014, just 37% of eligible voters turned out. Worse, many legitimate voters this autumn will be deterred or blocked from casting ballots.

In some states voters have been “purged” from the rolls in overzealous clean-up efforts (see article). Other states demand ever more documentary proof that people are eligible to vote. Well-off homeowners...

          How to safeguard national security without scaring off investment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

IT WAS like “selling Mount Vernon to the redcoats”. That was the cry when Fujitsu, a Japanese technology giant, proposed a friendly takeover of Fairfield, a once-pioneering Californian semiconductor firm, in 1986. At stake, in the eyes of the deal’s critics, were America’s economic strength, military security and technological competitiveness. So emerged the first effort to screen foreign direct investment (FDI) into the United States on national-security grounds. Since then, things have become immeasurably more complicated.

Now the main predator is China. The prey is all manner of technology and data, some with overlapping military and civilian uses. The security and surveillance concerns have gone global. President Donald Trump has a bill on his desk, approved in recent weeks with bipartisan support in Congress, that expands the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an inter-agency body able to block deals that may threaten national security....

          Team Trump’s Plot to Block Legal Immigrants from Citizenship | The Daily Show      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
News stories have reported on the Trump administration's consideration of restricting citizenship for immigrants who lawfully had accessed public benefits. Trevor Noah on The Daily Show comments on the possible restrictions. KJ
          The Trump administration wants Space Force running by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In the meantime, the Defense Department may be reorganizing how it does space
"Now, the lids about to blow, when the Thunderbirds are go"
          USA. Rodzice Melanii Trump dostali obywatelstwo amerykańskie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
W czwartek Viktorowi i Amaliji Knavsom, rodzicom Melanii Trump, zostało przyznane amerykańskie obywatelstwo – podaje CNN.

          314 Action | speak-up-for-our-safety      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump is gambling with our health and is letting companies find new ways to use this dangerous, lethal chemical in things like sealants, building materials, and batteries their efforts.
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          Morning Minute: ‘She’s Got Recordings’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chris Paul has a song for everything! This time he sings about, former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. She  admitted to secretly recording Trump and played the recordings for others. Why does everyone feel the need to record him? “And you thought she was your friend,” poor Donald, he can’t trust anyone. But, it comes with […]
          Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmates      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmatesBEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is discussing prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club.

          Gutfeld on Thomas Friedman's anti-Trump advice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gutfeld on Thomas Friedman's anti-Trump advice

New York Times columnist says the media should work together to hurt President Trump.

          As Texas and Other States Close In, Can DACA Survive Latest Legal Attack?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration plunged thousands of migrant children into a frantic limbo this summer when it separated them from their parents in a bid to deter illegal immigration on the southwest border, igniting weeks of protest and litigation.

But the chaos has obscured a much longer-running dispute over the future of another group of unauthorized immigrants: the nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents, and who received temporary permission to live and work in the country through the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Wednesday in a bid by Texas and eight other states to end the program, which they say went beyond President Barack Obama’s authority and imposed a heavy financial burden on states saddled with the costs of illegal immigration.

A coalition of border town mayors and business groups, including Southwest and United airlines, filed a brief in the case arguing that ending DACA and taking thousands of young workers out of the economy could cost $460 billion in economic activity over the next decade....


See link for full article. 

          Trump señala como “corruptos” a los que “investigan la cacería de brujas”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El mensaje del mandatario estadounidense tuvo lugar luego de que su abogado, Rudolph W. Giuliani, señalara que el Rusiagate, a cargo del fiscal especial Robert Mueller, era "un tipo Watergate pero diferente", pues terminaría explotando en aquellos que están investigando.
          Did Trump call most Chinese students spies?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Politico reports that the president called “almost every student” from China a spy.

The post Did Trump call most Chinese students spies? appeared first on News.

          Petition calls on Chick-fil-A to bring chain restaurants to U.S. military bases      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A petition asks for President Trump to bring Chick-fil-A restaurants to U.S. military bases.
           Padres de Melania Trump ya son ciudadanos de EU       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los padres de la primera dama de Estados Unidos, Melania Trump se convirtieron en ciudadanos estadounidenses durante una ceremonia privada celebrada en Nueva York

Después de más de 10 años de residencia en Estados Unidos, Viktor y Amalija Knavs adoptaron la nacionalidad estadunidense, de acuerdo con CNBC, una cadena de televisión estadunidense. 

Los padres de Melania Trump tenían un permiso de residencia permanente para poder estar en el país, según informó con Michael Wildes, abogado de la pareja especializado en migración. 


Pese a ser los suegros del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, Viktor y Amalija Knavs cumplieron con el proceso regular para hacerse con la ciudadanía estadunidense que no fue distinto de los demás, comentó Wildes. 

Donald Trump ha expresado estar en contra del sistema de visados familiares, que permite a ciudadanos estadunidenses patrocinar a miembros de sus familias para que les concedan visas. 

Por su parte, La Casa Blanca se negó hoy a comentar sobre el proceso de nacionalización de los padres de Melania Trump y afirmaron “que no forman parte de la administración del país y por lo tanto merecen privacidad”.


           Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmates       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday.The...
           Pentagon Space Force plan at a glance       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration's plan to establish a Space Force as a new branch of the military will unfold in phases and will require...
          What has President Trump’s energy policy been so far?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It was less than two years since the world was shocked when billionaire businessman and real estate tycoon Donald J Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America...

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          Trump Attacks California’s Carbon Standards as Global Heatwave Sweeps across the Globe; Saudi Arabia Starts Trade and Diplomatic war With Canada over Criticism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On Today's Show:July 2018 has been an unfortunate month for the planet’s climate. Severe heatwave has caused dozens of wildfires and deaths...

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          Party Politics, Ep. 69: Political Scandals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jay and Brandon talk about how the Trump Administration stacks up on scandals, and more
          White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vice President Pence described the White House's plans for a Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be responsible for operations in outer space, in a speech on Thursday. The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department. "We must have American dominance in space, and so we will," Pence said in his speech at the Pentagon. Pence said that President Trump will request $8 billion over the next five years to support military operations in space. Space is "becoming a contested war-fighting domain," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. "We have to adapt to that reality." Critics, even those who agree with the strategic significance of space, argue that creating a Space Force is "an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor," as Reuters put it. Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June. As NPR noted at
          Primary To Decide Battle Between Progressive & Former Trump Supporter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In less than five weeks, Rhode Islanders will go to the polls for a primary election. And because the state has so few Republican voters, primaries sometimes decide who will hold a political office even before the general election. That's the case in a Providence race between a former Trump supporter and an incumbent Democrat.
           Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Phil Stewart and Susan HeaveyWASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday outlined an aggressive plan for creating...
           Melania Trump's Slovenian parents get US citizenship       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Slovenian-born parents of US First Lady Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, their immigration lawyer...
           Michael Moore's Trump documentary will release in...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Moore's Donald Trump critique "Fahrenheit 11/9" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters...
          Melania Trump’s parents came to the U.S. thanks to immigration system Trump wants to eliminate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A lawyer for First Lady Melania Trump’s parents admitted Thursday that the couple was able to become United States citizens thanks to a program President Donald Trump has often railed against and tried to eliminate. Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who came to the United States from Slovenia, were sworn in as U.S. citizens in New […]
          Fair housing groups fight Trump administration in court over housing segregation rule      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fair housing advocates asked a federal judge on Thursday to reinstate a key element of an Obama-era rule combating housing segregation that the Trump administration rolled back in May. The coalition of fair housing advocacy organizations and New York State are suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over a notice it posted in the […]
           California anti-Trump protester gets probation for assault       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A former community college teacher and anti-fascist activist has accepted a plea deal and pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault...
          Buoyed by Trump’s SCOTUS pick, the anti-immigrant movement renews its attacks on the 14th Amendment       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When President Donald Trump announced his latest U.S. Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, in July, influential groups in the organized anti-immigrant movement could barely contain their excitement.
          Trump obliterates his dishonesty record: 132 false claims last week, 280 for July      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump, seen here during a meeting with inner city pastors at the White House August 1, is now up to 2,291 false claims for the first 563 days of his presidency, an average of 4.1 per day.

Donald Trump has obliterated his weekly dishonesty record.

          Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ...

The post Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law appeared first on New Country 923.

          "[T]he president is only partially correct in saying that the meeting with Trump Jr. is 'done all the time in politics.'"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Writes Jonathan Turley at The Hill.
The media has largely ignored that Hillary Clinton and her campaign spent a huge amount of money to fund the efforts of former British spy Christopher Steele to gather dirt on Trump, including information from the Russian government and intelligence figures...

However, this particular meeting is not “done all the time” because it was uniquely dumb. Trump Jr. pulled Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner into a meeting with unknown participants connected to the Russian government in Trump Tower as members of the media meandered around downstairs. The irony is that the Clintons showed how this is “done all the time” with cutouts and third parties like Steele. Indeed, despite denials during and after the campaign, the Clinton team only admitted to funding the dossier after the media stumbled onto the paper trail long after the election. When caught, they simply declared it was done all the time as “opposition research.”...

If the Russians had evidence of criminal conduct by Hillary Clinton, her campaign or her family foundation, the Trump campaign had every reason to want to know about it. That is precisely what the Clinton campaign spent millions to do, talking to Russians and other foreigners investigating Trump....

In the end, the Trump Tower controversy is not based on “fake news” as claimed by the president, but the federal crime alleged by the media is based on fake law.
"Fake law" is a great catchphrase. You could just say that somebody is wrong about the law. But "fake law" plays into our present-day anxieties so well.
          The death of truth : notes on falsehood in the age of Trump by Kakutani, Michiko, author.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
          The Concourse Toward A Working Theory Of What The Fuck Donald Trump Is Even Talking About | The A.V.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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          Political show trials in America!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Big Brother
Thomas Williams - This Ivy League Authority political trial of Donald Trump has become the scandal of the lates dirty truck behavior from the Washington DC establishment membership. Who is trying to hold onto Government power any kind of way they can.

With the help of the MSM the Ivy League alumni authority club has broadcast a steady negative political campaign against Donald Trump.

Robert Mueller is simply trying to find any kind of J-walking crim to justify the activities of the way the Washington DC establishment has been running the U.S. Government all along.

Because of course, it is always someone else racism, or crime, and never them.
Real Donald Trump Tweets

@realDonaldTrump tweeted:
“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger

Donald J. Trump on Twitter
“There has been no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or the campaign was involved in any kind of collusion to fix the 2016 election. In fact, the evidence is the opposite, that Hillary Clinton & the Democrats colluded with the Russians to fix the 2016 election.” @GrahamLedger”
          The MSM keep lying about Donald Trump.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache

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The party — and even some Republicans — say the results in Ohio suggest the GOP will have trouble holding onto its House majority this fall.

Thomas Williams

The media is still screaming America is burning because of Trump in spite of the resurgence in the America economy.  But the most valuable thing that Donald Trump did for the American people was to expose the very ugly underbelly of the arrogant Ivy League establishment to everyone then and now. Because of him now we know, NBC.
          ‘Be Like Maxine’ Campaign Launches Tote Bag Line Paying Homage To U.S. Rep. Waters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Liberal tolerance in action. Via Daily Wire: Color of Change, which claims to be the largest online racial justice group in the United States, has launched a limited-edition tote bag line paying homage to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) — the controversial congresswoman who earlier this summer instructed allies to harass members of the Trump […]
          "Yet the media makes it look like America is burning!"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Thomas Williams - Poetic Justice, but the most valuable thing that Donal Trump did for us. Was to expose the very ugly underbelly of the arrogant Ivy League establishment to everyone then and now. Because now we know.
          The arrogance and superiority complex of these same very Ivy League Authorities is simply appalling.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No soon as the American people elected Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton did the Washington Post start campaigning for the Democrats. Determent to regain the elitist influence that the Ivy League Political Authority club had in this country before.
Donald Trump exposed the underbelly of the Ivy League people that the American people were giving the benefit of the dough too. Not anymore after looking at how the Washington DC establishment was really running the U.S. government. Thank you, Mr. Trump.
The arrogance and superiority complex of these same Ivy League Authorities is simply appalling.
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WASHINGTON - A new round of lackluster showings by Republican candidates reignited a debate Wednesday within the GOP over whether President Donald Trump will be a drag on the party's chances in November and should stay out of some of the country's most hotly-contested races. Inside the White House,....

          ‘Collusion’ Fail: After Trump Slaps Even More Sanctions On Russia, Russia Issues Snarky Response      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Narrative blown. Via Daily Wire: All that “collusion” really hasn’t paid off for Russia, which has once again been slapped with more sanctions by the Trump administration, this time for trying to poison a former spy and his daughter. If Russia doesn’t satisfy certain demands over the next few months, even more crippling sanctions will […]
          Emails Show Christopher Steele Lobbied The DOJ On Behalf Of Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So who was colluding, again? Via Daily Caller: At the same time Christopher Steele was compiling a dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government, the former British spy was lobbying Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The […]
          Rand Paul Goes To Russia And Delivers Letter For Trump, Marking Our Era Of Irony      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For those who take their cues directly from Trump, all tales of Russian influence and interference are distractions that border on being a conspiracy against the Trump regime.
          Les parents de Melania Trump reçoivent la nationalité américaine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les parents slovènes de la Première dame Melania Trump ont reçu la citoyenneté américaine jeudi lors d'une cérémonie officielle, a confirmé à l'AFP l'un de leurs avocats, Michael Wildes. Les beaux-parents du président Trump, Viktor et Amalija Knavs, ...
          Les Etats-Unis annoncent leur "Force de l'espace"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Les Etats-Unis ont annoncé jeudi la création de leur "Force de l'espace", une sixième branche des forces armées souhaitée par Donald Trump qui veut ainsi s'assurer que les Etats-Unis "dominent l'espace". "Le temps est venu d'écrire le ...
          Is Obamacare Now Optional? New Rule Expands Consumer Protections in Short-Term Health Plans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era rule that exposed consumers with short-term health insurance plans to medical underwriting after they got sick. The Trump rule restores consumer protections in short-term plans, which are exempt from ObamaCare’s costly benefit mandates and hidden taxes. Does the new short-term plans rule create a “freedom option” for those who have had enough of Obamacare? Does if free religious conservatives from having to purchase coverage they find morally objectionable? Will it usher in a new era of innovation that will make access to care more secure for the sick? Does the new rule sabotage or threaten the stability of Obamacare? Come listen to one of the nation’s leading scholars discuss short-term health plans and the potential of innovation to revolutionize health insurance.
          Drivetime: US / Russia Sanctions       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Why is The US imposing fresh sanctions on Russia, even as Trump praises Putin? The Washington Post's Senior National Security Correspondent, Karen DeYoung had the latest.
          EPA's Asbestos Decision Benefits Russian Manufacturer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
EPA's Asbestos Decision Benefits Russian Manufacturer

"If we didn't remove incredibly powerful fire retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn't work," Donald Trump tweeted in 2012, "the World Trade Center would never have burned down."

Meanwhile, class action lawsuits and other legal proceedings march on against asbestos manufacturers, because we all understand that asbestos is a cancer-causing, lung diseasing agent which has caused the deaths of far too many Americans.

Nevertheless, the EPA is determined to go forward with rules intended to allow asbestos to be used in manufacturing again.


The US Environmental Protection Agency tried for a total ban in the late 1980s, but manufacturers sued and a federal court blocked the agency.

These days, asbestos is still allowed in a few products including brake pads, roof coatings, floor tiles, and clothing. Now the mineral has a champion in the White House, and at least one (Russian) producer is quite pleased with what President Trump is aiming to do for asbestos.

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          Giuliani Admits If Trump Sticks To His Story He'll Perjure Himself      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Sean Hannity that if Trump sticks to his previous answers about his campaign and his actions under his presidency under oath to Robert Mueller, he'll perjure himself.

On Hannity, Wednesday night, after calling the Mueller investigation "illegitimate," Rudy expounded on what Trump's legal team offered Mueller in the way of an interview.

Giuliani said, "Look, he's got plenty of time to either decide -- we offered him an opportunity to do a form of questioning. He can say yes or no. We can do it. If he doesn't want to do it..."

Here's where it goes haywire.

Rudy continued, "[Mueller] knows the answers to every question that he wants to ask. He's going to ask them, did you tell Comey to go easy on Flynn? The president will say no I didn't."

Rudy obviously has performed a Vulcan mind meld with Mueller's brain and knows precisely what Robert will ask and makes believe there is no need to then ask Trump any questions at all.

Giuliani said, "Hey, Bob, you know it. Why do you want to get him under oath? Do you think we're fools?" You want to get him under oath because you want to trap him into perjury. Well, we're not going to let you do that."

If Trump is telling the truth and Mueller knows all of Trump's answers already, how can he be trapped into perjury?

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          "Fahrenheit 11/9" trailer: Michael Moore calls Trump the "last president of the United States"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Can't take the insanity anymore?" asks the official trailer for Michael Moore's newest feature-length documentary Fahrenheit 11/9.

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live. It will explore the two most important questions of the Trump Era: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? It's the film to see before it's too late.

Hollywood Reporter:

"People should not come expecting that it will 90 minutes of jokes about Donald Trump," TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers told The Hollywood Reporter, while adding Fahrenheit 11/9 is also timely as it comes before the U.S. midterm elections. "There's a critique of Donald Trump, but there's a broader critique of the American political system that will surprise many people," he added.

Previously: Michael Moore shares details of his new anti-Trump documentary with Stephen Colbert

          Jim Acosta On Colbert: Maybe Trump Should Do His Job      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Wednesday's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CNN's Jim Acosta discussed how Donald Trump has targeted the media and called them "the enemy of the people."

Acosta walked out of a White House Press Briefing because Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn't distance herself from that comment.

His comments to Colbert were of a similar vein:

JIM ACOSTA: All of our anchors, our photographers around the world, our producers, some of my fellow reporters who go into war zones and put their lives on the line, they’re not the enemy of the people. My colleagues at ABC, CBS, NBC and yes, Fox News, they’re not the enemy of the people either. In a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people there’s no such thing as an enemy of the people.

          Trump's tariffs are hitting the boat industry hard. Maybe Betsy DeVos could talk to him?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Add boatbuilders to the list of American industries taking a beating due to Trump's new tariffs and resulting trade war. A retaliatory European Union tariff of 25 percent is drying up sales overseas, and Trump's aluminum tariffs just happen to hit the thing that small recreational boats need a lot of: aluminum.

A typical pontoon might sell for about $30,000, but that could soon rise to as much as $37,000, according to CEO Doug Smoker. That’s largely because of the rising cost of aluminum, “the No. 1 commodity” that goes into his boats. (Five years ago, Smoker moved to all-American purchasing wherever feasible, but the company is still getting squeezed, because demand for U.S.-made aluminum surged with the tariffs, pushing prices up.)

Nonetheless, Smoker figured the company was in decent shape — until retaliatory tariffs were imposed by Canada, where more than a quarter of his fishing boats are sold. He rushed as much inventory as he could north of the border. But since the levies went into effect July 1, sales there have “dried up.”

Potential boat purchasers may be inured to the notion of chucking money into their new watery hobby, but still: a sudden $7,000 increase in the price of a $30,000 boat is something most purchasers are going to notice, and it's very likely that anyone who does need a recreational boat right-the-heck-now will be waiting until someone, somewhere talks some sense into Rich Orange Trade War Guy. And there are very few people in America who need a recreational boat right-the-heck-now.

While the tariffs are impacting small and large boatbuilders alike—the Los Angeles Times notes a builder of multimillion dollar crafts is suffering as well—there is no word on how these tariffs will affect the sale of fresh new Cayman Islands flags. For that we'll have to ask someone like Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and so far she's not commenting on any of this.

          Migrant kids likely to be exposed to chemicals at military bases where gov't wants to detain them      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Back in June, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced that two military bases had been chosen to house migrants who enter the United States without the required paperwork. The Pentagon said then that it would house up to 20,000 children in tents at military bases. At the time, the Trump regime’s policy of separating undocumented children from their parents had been reversed in favor or family detention.

But at least some of the 2,000 or so children who had been separated from their parents by then are almost certain to become permanently orphaned. That’s in part because the children are still here but their parents have been deported and the government is making no serious effort to track them down, according to advocates for migrants.

One of the concerns raised after the announcement on using bases as migrant lock-ups was whether detained adults and children would wind up drinking contaminated water, in particular, water containing poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, a.k.a. PFLAS. These are used at military bases because they are effective at dousing fires. A study meant to be released in January by the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concluded that people should only be exposed to extremely low levels of PFLAS. For six months, the White House kept the report under wraps but, under bipartisan pressure, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services finally got the 852-page study released in late June. 

However, that contaminant is only one toxic chemical at the two Texas military bases—Fort Bliss and Goodfellow Air Force Base. Therefore, on behalf of health, labor, and environmental organizations including Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (Alianza), GreenLatinos, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Hispanic Federation, and the Southwest Environmental Center, the environmental advocates at Earthjustice filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday to find out just how serious all the contamination is at 10 sites on the those bases:

Fort Bliss, in particular, has Superfund sites, which are polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contamination. At Goodfellow Air Force Base, the area where tents will be constructed is directly over a former firing range and adjacent to a closed but uncapped landfill. Exposure to toxic chemicals from these sites can cause cancer, neurological damage, developmental harm, and many other diseases. The bases could also have remnants of polyfluorinated compounds called PFAS stemming from the foams used to douse fires during training.

“Detaining migrant families with children in hastily constructed tents on military bases is ill-conceived and dangerous,” said Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans. “Families could be exposed to radiation, toxic chemicals, unexploded munitions, polluted drinking water and multiple other health hazards. Migrants fleeing desperate conditions do not belong in cages, let alone toxic ones.”

          Democrats seize on Trump's corruption ahead of midterm: 'the fish rots from the head'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Democrats introduced an anti-corruption plank of their "Better Deal for our Democracy" platform in May, it didn't exactly make waves. But competing headlines this week about the indictment of one of Donald Trump's earliest congressional backers, New York Rep. Chris Collins, for insider trading and the serial grifting of Trump Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross have given a new group of young anti-corruption Democrats a chance to raise their initiatives once again with the American people. The AP writes:

“The fish rots from the head,” Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., told reporters Thursday in a conference call. He added that Trump is “the most ethically blind president we’ve ever seen.”

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., said Trump, Rep. Chris Collins and other Republicans have made the U.S. a country “of the rich, by the powerful and for the lobbyists.”

The proposition of these up-and-coming Democratic leaders isn't just that Trump and the GOP are corrupt and therefore voters should elect Democrats, it's that the problem is systemic and Democrats are going to offer a way to fix it.

Sarbanes told MSNBC in May that when they talk to voters about issues like improving the economy and health care, voters often say, "We support all those things but we don't think you can get it done" because Washington is so broken. That's why, Sarbanes explained, "in addition to an economic agenda, we have to have a reform agenda."

As Sarbanes noted during the reporter call, Rep. Collins was at a White House Congressional Picnic in June of 2017 when he called his son to alert him the stock of a biotech company they were both heavily invested in was about tank due to a failed drug trial.

“It’s almost as though he walked into an ethics-free zone when he got to the White House that day,” Sarbanes quipped.

Sarbanes and Bustos are promising to introduce legislation aimed at empowering voters and protecting access to the ballot box, boosting ethics and accountability in Congress, and fighting big-money influence in Washington. 

          Midday open thread: Another billion bucks added to Georgia nukes costs; Smokey Bear turns 74      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

88 days remain until the November midterms

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at Russian collusion:

Cartoon by Ruben Bolling

Trump regime eager to open up hundreds of thousands of Calif. acres to fracking:

Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it’s considering new oil and natural gas leases on BLM-managed lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and six other San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties. Meanwhile, activists in San Luis Obispo are pushing a ballot measure this fall to ban fracking and new oil exploration in the county.

Rapist Brock Turner loses his ridiculous “outercourse” appeal. So he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Another $1.1 billion added to cost of Georgia nukes: Four Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors were going to usher in a nuclear power renaissance we were told a decade ago. They were supposed to be cheaper, safer, and quicker to get up and running once their permits were approved. But, a year ago, the owners shut down the two nukes they were building South Carolina, with the project less than 40 percent complete. Owners South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper estimated that the $11.5 billion they had originally said the pair of reactors would cost when completed had ballooned to $25 billion. And they would not be finished until 2021-22, more than three years after their originally slated completion date. Now, Southern Co. and its utility subsidiary Georgia Power, who are building the other two nukes in Georgia, have added another $1.1 billion to the cost of the pair after having taken over the project when Westinghouse went bankrupt. Total cost for that project is now set at $27 billion. Even though the reactors won’t switch on for years, ratepayers are already coughing up more than $100 a year to pay for this “construction work in progress.”



Report says American elders are declaring bankruptcy three times as much as they used to: The Consumer Bankruptcy Project released its “Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society,” which puts the blame on the ravaged societal safety net and policy changes that have left large numbers of older Americans with inadequate retirement savings and huge medical expenses. More than a third told researchers their bankruptcies were caused at least in part because they supported family members attending college by co-signing loans they now can’t pay back. Marc Stern, a lawyer in Seattle, told reporters: d“I never saw parents with student loans 20 or 30 years ago. When you are living on $2,000 a month and that includes Social Security—and you have rent and savings are minuscule—it is extremely difficult to recover from something like that.”

This is the first of many Smokey posters.

Today is Smokey Bear’s 74th birthday: 

Today marks the 74th birthday of America’s wildfire prevention symbol: Smokey Bear. On Aug. 9, 1944, Smokey was officially created to be the face of what would become the longest running public service advertisement campaign in the United States. At the time, our country’s forestlands were facing an epidemic of raging wildfires caused by the carelessness of people. Ironically, these were often the same people who came to those natural areas to admire the wild beauty of the landscape, and the wildlife that lived there. The first Smokey Bear poster was released In October of 1944, and it featured a warm and friendly looking black bear urging people that “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 woods fires!”

Cherokee engineer finally gets some public recognition decades after her death: Mary Golda Ross, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and great-great-granddaughter of Chief John Ross who led the tribe during the forced removal of the “Trail of Tears” in the 1830s, is considered to be the first Native woman to work as an aerospace engineer. She is featured in the Google Doodle Thursday. Her niece told Oklahoma Today Magazine: “She was six feet tall but very quiet and unassuming. She did not demand anything. She just went in and did it in her very quiet way.” She first went to work after graduation for what is now called Lockheed Martin, not just as the first American Indian women aerospace engineer, but the only woman on the design team of cutting-edge aircraft and spacecraft. After retiring in 1983, she promoted organizations like the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In 1992, the Society of Women Engineers set up a scholarship in Ross’s name, which supports women who want to become engineers. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin has more analysis of Tuesday's elections, Laura Ingraham's defection from the United States, and the ongoing Battle of the Suburbs. Nunes caught on tape. Todd Kincannon goes off the deep end. And just how new is this "new" kind of Dem?

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          Is Don Jr. too daft to know he's in serious legal trouble? Sure seems like it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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While Donald Trump is spending his treasured "executive time" sending panicked tweets skewering the Russia probe and lamenting to friends that his eldest son may be in serious legal jeopardy, Don Jr. isn't having any of it. He's off on a lark, visiting GOP strongholds across the country, spreading his special brand of ignorance, and relishing the attention of Trump's staunchest supporters. 

Never mind that he's clearly a primary focus of an ongoing investigation headed by the FBI and the Justice Department. In fact, that's probably part of the appeal that's brought him out to stump in Florida, Kansas, Montana, and West Virginia in recent months, with upcoming visits planned for Indiana, Missouri, and North Dakota. The AP writes:

“He’s one of the top draws, if not the top draw for people not named President Trump,” says Jason Miller, a top aide to the 2016 Trump campaign. [...]

And the Mueller investigation?

“I never see anybody at any of these events, nobody even brings it up,” Miller said. “The base loves him because he’s a true believer.”

Of course they don't bring it up. It's the Trump bubble—the fact-free zone where beliefs trump all and conspiracy theories flourish. As former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg notes, the investigation actually works to Don Jr.’s advantage: "He’s being persecuted."

Also, Don Jr.'s got Trump on his side, brushing off Jr.'s epic Trump Tower meeting with tweets like, “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

What's to worry about?

          Puerto Rican government finally admits that thousands of people died because of Hurricane Maria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nearly a year later, the Puerto Rican government is finally coming clean about how many people died due to Hurricane Maria. According to the New York Times, through the online report “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation,” the island’s government reluctantly conceded that “in all likelihood more than 1,400 people died.” This figure is well above the official death toll, which still remains at 64. 

This has been a subject of much debate since Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. Several studies conducted by journalists and academics have put the death toll anywhere from 300 to 5,000. Yet the government has refused to update the death toll, claiming that it is awaiting the results of a study being conducted by George Washington University. That study was supposed to be finished in late spring and there is no word when it will be released.

In the meantime, we should also never forget that Donald Trump didn’t take this crisis seriously and left Puerto Ricans to die. He began by ignoring it completely and then we he finally acknowledged it, he spent weeks trying to convince the American people that it wasn’t all that bad and then blamed Puerto Ricans for messing up the federal budget.

While in Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017, he said the following: 

“Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico, and that's fine.  We've saved a lot of lives. [...]

Sixteen [certified deaths]. Sixteen people versus in the thousands.  You can be very proud of all of your people, all of our people working together.  Sixteen versus literally thousands of people. You can be very proud.  Everybody around this table and everybody watching can really be very proud of what's taken place in Puerto Rico.”

As usual, Donald Trump is dead wrong. No one should be proud of how the local government, the federal government, or this country’s illegitimate president handled what took place in Puerto Rico. And we can certainly anticipate that even though the island’s government is now admitting that more people died than it originally counted, Donald Trump and his administration will completely ignore this information. After all, they have immigrants to lock up and unnecessary trade wars to get into.

          Trump places Mike Pence in charge of Space Force ... which is not a real thing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Spaceships full of little gray aliens, predators, evil insects, disturbingly sexy invading Scarlett Johanssons, even more disturbingly sexy invading David Bowies, and 17 out of 26 James Bond villains agree: Space is Earth’s undefended border. Which why Donald Trump—the only man brave enough to look right at the treacherous sun without eye protection—is saving the world by creating … S P A C E  F O R C E.


The AP reports that Mike Pence has been given the task of creating a sixth military service that will be “separate but equal.” Considering that term is coming from Trump, it likely means that he intends his new monster-squad to be segregated. And apparently Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is now on board with the idea of turning the “military’s space warfighting forces” over to this new command, damn the expense. Which might lead some people to say … what space warfighting forces? Because … what? 

Because spacesuits and laser beams, that’s what. And also why. Maybe even a little bit of how. In any case, it will look Just Like This below.

          New 20% tax break for rich people is up for grabs, and Treasury is making sure Trump benefits      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One of the big giveaways the Republican tax scam offered to rich people came in the form of a 20 percent deduction for pass-through businesses. And as the Treasury Department decides what businesses will qualify as pass-throughs for that tax break, lo and behold, in the middle of a rule that will already overwhelmingly benefit people making $1 million or more, it looks like Donald Trump will benefit bigly.

While the Treasury Department’s regulation on how to interpret the pass-through provision blocks companies based on the “reputation or skill” of their owners from taking the deduction, and while the Trump Organization functions substantially by slapping the name Trump on everything in sight:

That provision appears to allow a company that earns some of its income by licensing its owner’s name to apply the 20 percent deduction to other income that does not flow from licensing. That could be important for Mr. Trump, whose companies have licensed the Trump name to hotels and products around the world. Tax lawyers said Wednesday that the regulations could have prohibited Trump companies from deducting much more — if not all — of their income, instead of allowing the income streams to be separated.

“To the extent that he’s getting income from licensing the use of his name, it looks like he is ineligible for the deduction,” said Lily Batchelder, a New York University law professor and former Obama administration official. “But even if that licensing income was, hypothetically, 51 percent of his business’s income, I think it’s treated as a separate trade or business so he can get the deduction on the other 49 percent of his income.”

It’s worth pausing to note that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has distinguished himself as one of the great suck-ups of a cabinet filled with suck-ups, and it’s his department making this rule that appears to benefit Trump directly.

This whole thing is an abomination of a giveaway to the wealthy separate from any specific benefit to Donald Trump’s bank account, but that’s the decadent icing on the deluxe cake.

          Devin Nunes makes it clear that Republicans have just one job: Protecting Trump from justice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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In comments recorded at a closed-door fundraiser, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes admitted that his primary goal is to protect Donald Trump. Not to look for the truth. Not to carry out Congress’s constitutionally mandated role of serving as a check on executive power. But to protect Trump even if—especially if—Special Counsel Robert Mueller returns a report indicating that Trump is guilty of an impeachable offense.

In audio clips that were first played on The Rachel Maddow Show, on Wednesday evening, Nunes makes it clear that he views not just his role, but that of Republicans in Congress, as forming a Big Red Wall to keep justice from touching Donald Trump.

Nunes: If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger.

Nunes is bluntly saying that if the attorney general won’t end the investigation, and the special counsel actually produces a finding of fact, then Republicans in Congress have to save Trump. When Nunes mentions “danger,” he’s not talking about the danger to the country created by intervention in the US election by a foreign power. He’s not talking about the danger of an executive deeply involved in money-laundering and tax evasion on top of conspiracy and obstruction. Nunes is talking about the danger that Trump will he held accountable for this own actions.

According to Devin Nunes, the biggest reason to vote for Republicans, is that Republicans will safeguard Trump from having to face the consequences of his own crimes. Which is why Devin Nunes should be in every Democratic commercial for the 2018 cycle. The position he represents here isn’t just partisan, it’s capitulation. 

Of course, the willingness to do anything for Trump has defined Devin Nunes since before Trump actually arrived at the White-r House. Nunes successfully derailed any investigation of Trump in the House, first by throwing a fit over “unmasking,” which didn’t happen. Then by blocking every single request to subpoena evidence by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Then by creating a memo designed to assist Trump in degrading the FBI and DOJ, which turned out to be a complete dud. Then by authoring a report whose entire content boils down to a rehash of every “no collusion” tweet ever issued by Trump … which Trump now uses as proof there was no collusion.

          Trump brags about his elections effect, but Republican alarm bells are ringing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Although Republican Troy Balderson leads narrowly, Tuesday’s as-yet-uncalled special election in Ohio still gives Republicans another reason to be worried about November’s midterm elections. After all, Ohio’s 12th Congressional District had been held by Republicans since Ronald Reagan’s first term and Donald Trump won it by 11 points in 2016. This was not supposed to be close, so despite Trump's characteristic bragging, alarm bells are ringing in Republicanland. 

Republican groups are getting their check books ready, but since Republicans outspent Democrats dramatically in OH-12, it’s clear that money has its limits. As the head of one Republican Super PAC told the Washington Post, “This remains a very tough political environment.” And Trump isn’t making it any easier, by his very existence or by his continuing Trumpy behavior:

White House officials have been giving Trump weekly or biweekly updates on races and showing him polling and pictures of candidates along with the staff or party leadership recommendation of what to do in each contest, according to the people briefed on the discussions.

But Trump doesn’t always listen to advisers and has been driving the strategy himself, informally polling his inner circle about how far he might go on trade policy and a possible government shutdown over immigration policy without crippling the GOP field, according to Republicans involved in the discussions. 

Division and anger remain Trump’s only strategies, and while there are places where that will work, there are many where it will hurt his party. That gave Washington’s Democratic governor an opening to troll a little bit:


Indeed! Washington Republicans are in much more danger than we’d realized! Please, turn out to help them, Donald.

          Whenever you wonder if Trump can really be THAT stupid, just remember one word      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

At some point, you may have experienced a moment of doubt. A moment that goes something like “This Trump guy, sure he looks, and acts, and sounds like a racist buffoon who thinks a Windsor knot is man’s highest achievement, but … what if that’s all a trick?” It’s not a trick. And here’s a handy place where you can go when that moment of What if Him Has Brain occurs: Asbestos.

Donald Trump is an asbestos denier.

That’s not to say that Trump doesn’t believe that asbestos exists. He does. It’s that he doesn’t believe it causes cancer. The World Health Organization may believe that asbestos is still knocking off over 100,000 people a year, and the CDC may believe that includes about 15,000 Americans each year from a combination of mesothelioma and asbestos-induced lung cancer, and the definitive proof of asbestos’ connection to these diseases may have been established in 1964 … 

But Trump claims asbestos is “100 percent safe.” And he’s so fond of it that he tweeted If we didn't remove incredibly powerful fire retardant asbestos & replace it with junk that doesn’t work, the World Trade Center would never have burned down.” And Trump has a theory about why asbestos got “a bad rap.”

Trump: I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented.

So, if it seems strange to you that the EPA just made it easier to use asbestos after decades of restrictions, despite it being completely banned by 60 countries. Or it seems unusual that a Russian company has actually put Donald Trump’s face on its asbestos-based products. Yes, really. It’s because Donald Trump believes asbestos is an absolutely safe product that could have saved the World Trade Center and which was removed from buildings because of a mob scheme. Compared to Trump, believers in a Flat Earth are a bastion of insight and careful reasoning.

When that moment of doubt creeps over you … No. He really is exactly that stupid.

          Gun-grabber (presumably) defeated in Ohio's 12th Congressional District special election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Any gun owner who excuses his or her absence from the ballot box on the claim that their vote doesn't matter need look no further than Ohio's 12th Congressional District to recognize their folly.

On August 7, a special election was held in central Ohio to fulfill the remainder of Rep. Pat Tiberi's (R) term. Tiberi resigned to take a job in the private sector. BFA- and NRA-endorsed Troy Balderson came away from election night with a 1,754 vote (0.9%) lead over NRA "F"-rated, Gabrielle Giffords-endorsed Danny O'Conner (D) , with 3,435 provisonal ballots and 5,048 outstanding absentee ballots still to be counted. When the final vote is counted, Ohio law calls for an automatic recount if the two candidates are separated by less than half a percentage point.

The 12th District has traditionally been a solid conservative district, leaving many (including President Trump, who held a rally for Balderson days before the election), to recognize that, come November, NO district is safe and NOTHING can be taken for granted when it comes to protecting our Second Amendment rights.


NEWARK - President Donald Trump's endorsed candidate appeared to eke out a win in an extremely tight central Ohio race in Ohio Tuesday – but it should have never been this close.

Trump's name wasn't on the ballot in the reliably Republican district, but his brand was. Trump repeatedly endorsed Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson over Democrat Danny O'Connor, a county elected official, to fill the remaining months of former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi's term.

Trump flew to Ohio Saturday to campaign for Balderson in a crowded, overheated high school gymnasium. "(Balderson)'s really tough. He's really smart. He never stops working," Trump said of Balderson, a former Ironman race competitor. "It's Ohio's 12th district, and he's going to hopefully be here a long time."


Trump immediately took credit for the victory, tweeting "after my speech on Saturday night, there was a big turn for the better."

Balderson thanked the president during his brief victory speech. “America is on the right path, and we’re going to keep it going that way,” he said.

While it is presumed Balderson will take office next month, both he and O'Connor will be back on the campaign trail almost immediately. They will face off again in November for the next full two-year term.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

          Manafort trial Day 7: Defense lands salacious blow, prosecution dissects Manafort's millions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The defense used its opening minutes Wednesday in the ongoing trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort to add a little spice to the closing testimony of Rick Gates, Manafort's former business partner and a key witness for the prosecution.

After government prosecutor Greg Andres reminded jurors that Gates stands to lose his plea agreement if he tells any lies on the stand, defense attorney Kevin Downing pivoted off the point to drop a bombshell of a detail about Gates's personal life. 

Andres asked Gates, "Is there any doubt that if you lied, the special counsel will rip up your plea agreement?”

“No doubt at all,” Gates answered.

After that, Downing, in his re-cross, cited Andres saying moments ago that if Gates lied, Mueller could “rip up” Gates’s plea agreement.

“Do you recall telling the special counsel that you had four extra marital affairs?” Downing said.

Four? The jury had only been privy to discussion of one affair up to that point. Andres objected, a bench conference ensued, and when the action resumed, the defense went back to more broadly referencing Gates's "secret life" rather than drawing Gates out on specifics. 

After that jolt, the 10 hours of testimony from Gates finished with a whimper before the prosecution moved on to a much drier dissection of Manafort's finances from an FBI forensic accountant. As NBC's Julia Ainsley noted, the unsettled affair accusation "lingered" as the most dramatic moment of the day.

But forensic accountant Morgan Magionos, an FBI specialist assigned to the Mueller probe, did her best to take the baton and soldier on. Magionos walked jurors through in excruciating detail how she traced 31 foreign bank accounts in Cyprus, the Caribbean island nation of the Grenadines and the United Kingdom back to Manafort. All those accounts added up to a lot of money—some $65 million of which came from accounts with connections to Ukraine.

          Giuliani helpfully points out exactly what Trump doesn't want to talk about with Mueller      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is providing a service to the nation. Honestly, there is little more a special counsel could want more than an attorney who regularly appears on television to confirm that their client engaged in paying off porn stars, staging a cover-up from Air Force One, and just generally lying, lying, lying. But Giuliani also serves by putting his finger directly on Donald Trump’s sore spots. That’s certainly true in the letter Trump’s attorney’s drafted to Robert Mueller on Wednesday, in which they got very explicit about where Trump does not want to go.

According to Axios, Trump’s legal team would like to add two more definitive items to the “no-go” zone before they agree to let Trump wander into the same room as the special counsel. They don’t want Mueller asking why Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, and they don’t want Mueller to inquire why Trump asked Comey to go easy on  former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

If this sounds a bit like a thief suggesting that he would answer any questions except those concerned with why he was in the bank holding a gun, and why he handed the teller a note … it’s because it is. Giuliani and all of Trump’s legal team are aware that—despite protests that Trump was operating within his Article Two powers—these are areas where Trump was directly interfering in an investigation that might lead directly to his own door. In attempting to short circuit the investigation of Flynn, Trump was trying to stamp out at least a thread of the investigation in its early stages, and in firing Comey, he was hoping to end the whole thing. 

But as silly as these request sound … Mueller may agree to them. After all, reports are that Mueller intends to follow DOJ guidelines against indicting Trump. If that’s true, then he’s building a political case that can stand up to scrutiny in the House, rather than a legal case that can sway a jury. With House Republicans ready to give Trump a pass on almost anything, a little muddy Article Two hand-waving is likely to cover anything related to Comey.

And surrendering these areas of questioning by no means absolves Trump of facing charges of obstruction. From Twitter appeals to Jeff Sessions to the excuse note he drafted on Air Force One, Trump has done plenty to demonstrate obstruction. If Mueller wants to bring up Trump’s interactions with Comey, he has Comey’s testimony to cover those encounters.

The bigger concern is what other things Mueller may have already agreed to leave off his list. Because the item most likely to get Donald Trump is the one that is also most likely to get Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen: Tax fraud.

          Cheers and Jeers: Thursday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


It Just Might Work?

Jimmy Kimmel and “Americans For Whatever the F*ck It Takes” have come up with what could be the most effective way to warn Donald Trump about the dangers of climate change and global warming:


Now if we could just figure out how to hack into Fox News programming at 6 in the morning so Cadet Bone Spurs will see it. (If it helps, I have a socket wrench and a pair of pliers.)

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          BREAKING: US, Zambia relations strained after Biti’s deportation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ZAMBIA appears to have ruffled diplomatic ties with the United States after it handed over Zimbabwean opposition politician, Tendai Biti, to his country’s authorities in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion. The US Department of State confirmed the government of Donald Trump was […]
          The Mullahcracy’s Self-Obliteration      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three months after President Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal on August 6, 2018, he unilaterally reinstated sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. On this occasion he stated: “Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship […]
          Roditelji Melanije Trump dobili američko državljanstvo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Viktor i Amalija Knavs (Foto: AFP)Roditelji američke prve dame Melanije Trump dobili su državljanstvo SAD-a.
          Trump en mensen die niet mee kunnen komen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eind september komt Barack Obama naar Nederland om te praten over Forward Thinking leadership oftewel: hoe onderscheiden exceptionele leiders zich van gewone leiders. In het boardroompanel praten we wekelijks over leiderschap. Reden om de panelleden de komende tijd te vragen welke vraag ze Obama hierover zouden willen stellen. Bedrijvendokter Anton Wiggers wil graag weten in hoeverre je leiderschapskwaliteiten kunt aanwenden voor 'minder bedeelden'. Harm-Jan de Kluiver, advocaat bij De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek heeft een vraag over Obama's vooruitziende blik. Of liever: het gebrek daaraan.
          Perfect 10 Wrestling w/WrestlingShorts - Worst Case Scenarios for WWE SummerSlam      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Your host Matt Maher (a.k.a. The Implications) and his special guest Ash from the WrestlingShorts YouTube channel play Worst Case Scenarios for WWE SummerSlam! Booking the upcoming PPV as creatively awful as possible! Booking the answers to questions such as: Does Corbin's baldness trump Balor's demonless-ness? Will Nakamura kick someone in the dick? And will Roman Reigns actually beat Brock Lesnar and walk out as champion? I mean, like actually win. With the championship in his car and everything. Can YOU book WWE SummerSlam worse than us? LOP Radio's official t-shirts for ALL your favourite shows!
             Another great week to experience our morning show.  We try to bring you to a point of reaction.  See us on Jay is all over the place.  On stage, on the Internet – on point.  Political issues, relationship people, ways to invest your money – you name it – it’s on our menu!  If you’ve never listened to the show before, brace yourself!! We are RAW and informative – Entertaining and funny and at times we may get under your skin.  Experience Kings In The Morning – Right here, Right now!
          The Moral Compromise of Supporting Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In this episode, Christian and Amy ask why white Evangelicals support Trump in such big numbers. As much as 77% of white Evangelicals support Trump. Why do they continue to support him? Do progressives share anything with Evangelicals besides the name Christian? They talk about the moral compromise and rationalization of supporting Trump, the perceived… Read more about The Moral Compromise of Supporting Trump
          First Congressman to back Trump arrested. TRANSCRIPT: 8/8/2018, The Beat w Ari Melber.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
          Racist rhetoric in the Trump era      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Weekly Standard’s Charlie Sykes, former federal prosecutor Paul Butler, AP’s Jonathan Lemire, and NYT’s Nick Confessore on calling out a Fox News host’s racist remarks about immigration
          Maryland AG: Trump 'First person in history to profiteer from this higher office'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Maryland Attorney general Brain Frosh sits down with Chuck to discuss his lawsuit against Trump that bars him from profiting off his properties.
          McQuade on Mueller: ‘I doubt he will change his game’ if Trump doesn’t interview      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former Prosecutor Barbara McQuade joins MTP Daily and talks on what Special Counsel Mueller would do if Trump doesn’t grant him an interview: “Maybe Mueller just walks away and assumes the worst about him.”
          Space Force: Trump 2020 asks supporters to vote on logo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump 2020 campaign thinks the Space Force can serve as a re-election fundraiser.
          Determined diplomacy needed to mend relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia, experts say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

OTTAWA—Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia are likely to be frosty for a considerable time in the wake of this week’s bruising diplomatic meltdown and it will take determined fence-mending to restore the relationship, experts say.

“I think it’s going to take a cooling-off period, perhaps a significant cooling-off period for this brouhaha to pass over,” said Peter MacKay, who served as foreign affairs minister in the previous Conservative government.

Roland Paris, a former foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Saudi Arabia’s “extraordinary, fierce and impetuous” reaction this week makes it tough to quickly get things back on an even keel.

“I think the chances of normalizing the bilateral relationship in the short term are quite low. The Saudis seem to have made a decision to turn Canada into an example for other countries,” said Paris, a University of Ottawa professor.

Thursday passed with no further apparent recriminations from Saudi Arabia, which this week has enacted a series of measures to underscore its anger at Canada’s criticism of the detention of several activists in the country, comments it branded as “blatant and unacceptable interference.”

Those measures include booting Canada’s ambassador from Riyadh, returning its own envoy home, ending the studies by more than 15,000 Saudi students at Canadian universities, halting the purchase of Canadian wheat and barley, suspending flights by its national airline to Toronto and freezing future trade and investments.

There has been no word whether a $15-billion contract inked in 2014 to supply Saudi Arabia with Canadian-made light armoured vehicles could also be in jeopardy.

It started when Freeland and her department took to social media to protest the Saudi detention of rights activists, including Samar Badawi. Her brother Raif was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam in his blogging. Ensaf Haidar, his wife, was given Canadian citizenship last month.

MacKay framed Saudi Arabia’s reaction as “unreasonable,” adding, “they’ve really gone over the top.” But he said the original Twitter comments were a “misstep” that Freeland likely wishes she could take back.

“Taking to Twitter to chastise a country like Saudi Arabia is probably ill-advised. Not the wrong subject matter, not even the wrong words. But Twitter is a blunt instrument,” said MacKay, who said the tweets were done in a “hectoring, cavalier, righteous way.”

“The more important question, how do we get out of this,” said MacKay, now a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Baker McKenzie.

MacKay said that Freeland has already started what he called the necessary “subtle, behind-the-scenes work” to resolve the crisis, noting her Tuesday telephone conversation with her Saudi counterpart.

“Short of a complete climb down, which I don’t see happening. I think it’s going to take some serious diplomatic stroking behind the scenes,” he said.

Saudi’s foreign minister has called on Canada to “fix its big mistake” but publicly offered no specifics on what Riyadh seeks to make amends.

Trudeau on Wednesday refused to back down, stating that the federal government would always speak “clearly and firmly” on human rights issues. But he did offer some potentially appeasing language, saying that Saudi Arabia is “making some progress when it comes to human rights.”

Paris said that the federal government now needs to keep its powder dry to avoid ramping up tensions.

“What’s important is that Canada not recant its defence of human rights but signals to Saudi Arabia that it wishes a more stable relationship and that Canada not escalate this dispute any further,” Paris said.

“The Saudis need to understand that Canada is not going to abandon its advocacy of human rights. If their position is ‘we’ll talk to you when you’re ready to apologize’, that’s not the basis for a constructive conversation,” Paris said in an interview.

He said that there are risks to Saudi Arabia too and that its “arbitrary” reaction could spook international investors at a time when the country is seeking billions of dollars in foreign investment to support domestic reforms.

He said the reaction of other countries to the dispute — that has seen some like Jordan, Russia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates side with Saudi Arabia while others like the U.S. and U.K. avoided taking sides — is a “significant symbol” of how global politics is changing.

The stance of the U.S. government is not surprising, Paris said, given that the Trump White House has shown little interest in addressing Saudi human rights issues.

More disappointing was to see European nations sitting on the sidelines, which Paris called a “very uncourageous stance.”

“What we’re getting is a glimpse of what the world looks like without the United States advocating for human rights. It’s a darker world in which autocrats feel emboldened and liberal democracies seek shelter,” Paris said.

Messages to Freeland’s office and the prime minister’s office were not returned Thursday.

Bruce Campion-Smith is the Star's Ottawa bureau chief and a reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier

          Cunningham promotes resolution against Trump’s emission rollbacks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Again breaking rank with his party on an environmental issue, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) introduced a resolution this week opposing the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of fuel emission standards. [Cal Coast Times] The state of California is currently locked in a battle with the federal government, which has been trying to loosen regulations on […]
          Trump 'the last President of the United States' warns new documentary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 explores the political and social aftermath of Trump's election.
          Perspective: Trump loves tariffs, but no one else does      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Any college freshman who takes economics 101 learns that protectionist tariffs do markedly more harm than good."
          New Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Banks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Republican lawmakers are poised to hand even more money over to the institutions that need them least.
          Court Orders Ban on Harmful Pesticide, Says EPA Violated Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump administration officials endangered public health by allowing the wide use of chlorpyrifos, a federal appeals court rules. It cites extensive evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.
          Eerst hekelde Trump 'kettingmigratie', nu krijgen ouders van Melania Amerikaanse nationaliteit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
De ouders van de Amerikaanse first lady Melania Trump hebben de Amerikaanse nationaliteit gekregen tijdens een officiële ceremonie, bevestigt hun...
          Petition calls for Lebron James to be named Education Secretary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Supporters of Lebron James are taking a swipe at President Trump with a new petition drive.
          Los padres de Melania Trump se convierten en ciudadanos de EEUU      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
La ceremonia tuvo lugar en un momento en el que Donald Trump está siendo duramente criticado sobre su política de migración. Los padres de la primera dama, Melania Trump, han cumplido con el proceso regular para hacerse con la ciudadanía estadounidense, tal y como explica el abogado del matrimonio.
          Space Force: Trump 2020 asks supporters to vote on logo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Donald Trump's goal of creating a new military branch has yet to take off, but his campaign is hoping it will fill their coffers to infinity and beyond. Trump 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale emailed supporters on Tuesday asking...
          Trump's Space Force      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump adds to his already epic accomplishment today with the creation of The Sixth Branch of The American Military..The Space Force! Despite the cackling from nutless lib-turds, the concept is well accepted by experts..That he who controls space will own The World. Since The World has already been owned by Trump, it seems likely that complete and total ownage will be the norm presently.. Get used to it and live, maybe. Trump..The Father of The United States Space Force.
          After CNN Posts Yuge Ratings Loss, Trump Sends Them A Little Love Note      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CNN is fake news
          Gutfeld on New York Times writer's anti-Trump advice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump 2020!
          Chicago Columnist After Trump Speech: 'Dems Don't Have Anyone Who Can Touch Him' in 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump has the American workers back. Democrats have the illegal immigrants back. (Joe Morgan)
          Rosie O'Donnell Has lost her mind      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
She said the MEDIA backed Trump to get him elected..... among many other mindless , batshit crazy screeds.
          8/10/2018: The Business: New-found friends      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Donald Trump madness has a bright side for New Zealand, as other countries seek calmer relations with more rational players. An example is the European Union’s new-found love for this country. This year has already seen three top EU officials make...
          8/10/2018: The Business: Donald who?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Diplomats are disappointed that, according to Wellington gossip at least, PM Jacinda Ardern doesn’t seem keen on meeting President Trump when she travels to New York next month to attend the United Nations. Past Prime Ministers would have been doing...
          Twitter’s cowardice is all about one man      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No, not its boss, Jack Dorsey. This guy. Twitter doesn’t want to move against hatemongers such as Alex Jones because if they do, it begs the question: why not Trump? The short answer is: $2 billion. That’s how much the Trump account is believed to be worth to Twitter, which is why it hasn’t blocked … Continue reading Twitter’s cowardice is all about one man
          Manafort trial shines harsh light on former Trump aides      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Court hears evidence of fraud against former campaign officials
          Trump 'the last President of the United States' warns new documentary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Filmmaker Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 explores the political and social aftermath of Trump's election.
          Judge Slams Administration for Trying to Deport Family While Case Is in Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A federal judge slammed the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to deport a mother and daughter to El Salvador while their case is still being heard in court and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt. “This is pretty outrageous,” Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington said on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. “That […]
          Qatari Investor Embroiled in Trump Scandal Holds Top Government Post, Court Filing Says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As former Qatari diplomat Ahmed Al-Rumaihi has repeatedly popped up lately in controversies involving associates of President Trump, his representatives and Qatar’s embassy have downplayed his connection to Qatar’s government, asserting that his work for the state ended in 2017. But a recent court filing by a law firm working for Al-Rumaihi contradicts those claims. […]
          Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to […]
          Chuck Pierce: This White House Declaration Opened a Gate the Enemy Has Long Tried to Shut      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Chuck Pierce has a passion for Israel, or as he calls it, God's nation. In fact, Chuck says when God visited him, He revealed Himself as "the God of Israel." Chuck's spirit longs for believers to once again align with God's heart for Israel.

I quoted Chuck throughout in my new book, Trump Aftershock, regarding his insight into the spiritual significance of Donald Trump's presidency. (Trump Aftershock will release this November. You can pre-order it and now.) Chuck received a prophetic word in 2008 that God was going to play a "trump card," but it wasn't until later that he understood God was referring to Donald Trump.

Chuck recently joined me in the podcast studio, where I asked him about a spiritually significant event in Washington, D.C., that took place in May 2017. Vice President Mike Pence held a gathering at the White House to celebrate Israel's Independence Day. He invited a wide array of pro-Israel leaders, both inside and outside of government. Chuck points out that this has never happened before in the history of the White House.

"When Vice President Pence stood up to speak, it was a dramatic shifting of a presence of God in that White House," Chuck tells me. "And [Pence] said, 'As long as this administration is in place, we will be Israel's best friend. We will align with Israel. We will recognize Israel.'"

Chuck says that momentous White House gathering opened up a gate the enemy has long tried to shut. After all, only a few months later, Trump made the decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Doing so sent a clear message that the U.S. supports Jerusalem as Israel's true capital. From a prophetic point of view, Chuck says that move had to happen this year.

"What makes that so important is that's a biblical decree," Chuck says. "And it opened up a portal over America for a divine return, a divine return for justice, a divine return for harvest—because everybody knows there will be a New Jerusalem that comes down—a divine return back to our covenant blessings in a new way."

Listen to my podcast interview with Chuck to learn how God is using Trump in this hour and why all believers should watch Israel closely this year.

          Why Jentezen Franklin Invited John Gray to the White House      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

One headline read, almost immediately after President Trump met with a group of Hispanic and black pastors in the White House last week: "Trump gives thumbs-up to prison sentencing reform bill at pivotal meeting." What that headline didn't reveal is the amazing amount of work it has taken to move this issue to a place where true reform is finally possible.

As is the case with any profound change in the top branches of government, it's the story behind the story that has made all of the difference. I've been honored to have been a part of a small group of Christian leaders, including Pastor Paula White, Pastor Jack Graham, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Bishop Harry Jackson and Rev. Johnnie Moore who have been working over the course of the last year in order to help advocate for this long-needed reform, and—in fact—a few of us met again immediately before the president's much-publicized meeting last week with many of the nation's most influential pastors from our minority communities.

While I celebrate the thousands upon thousands of lives that will be positively affected by these reforms, I am shocked and saddened to see the attack that some of those pastors received at the hands of thousands of their social media followers, many of which I'm sure they consider friends. And some are just vicious and outright evil.

One of those who has received vicious criticism is John Gray, a pastor I have known for over 15 years. He was a pastor at our church, and I had the honor of conducting his wedding ceremony. John went to that White House meeting at my invitation, knowing he could be one of the deciding voices on an issue that affects thousands of African-Americans nationwide and their families as well.

I invited John because I knew three things: First, I knew he was passionate about matters related to racial inequality in this country, as was the case for every pastor at that table. Second, I knew that when it came to the topic of prison reform, he was not only passionate, he was informed. And finally, I invited John knowing he is the last man to run from a fight on this topic, and that includes the highest office in the land. I knew he wouldn't be swayed by the magnitude of the moment or the trappings of the location. On all three points, I was correct. While there were powerful words spoken by the pastors in the room, John, while sitting at the president's side, spoke eloquently, competently and persuasively and made a difference.

When we were done with that meeting, the president then called a meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa; and Sens. Mike Lee, Utah; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina; Tim Scott , South Carolina; and the White House's most passionate and unrelenting advocate for prison reform, Jared Kushner. Then, immediately after, they emerged with a press conference declaring that the president had decided he was ready to move toward making these desperately needed changes a reality, and soon. You will notice that two of the senators key to this legislation are senators from the state where John Gray now resides and pastors, South Carolina.

This reform is right and smart. The number of inmates in federal prisons has swelled from 25,000 in 1980 to more than 205,000 in 2015, and taxpayer spending on federal inmates has increased from $330 million to $7.5 billion over that span, according to the Congressional Research Service. The core of the proposed prison reform agenda is to dramatically affect the lives of nonviolent offenders in both sentencing, rehabilitation services and reentry into everyday life, ultimately removing "felon" from their records, which has been a major cause of preventing returning citizens from getting the jobs they need to live and support their families.

In any other setting, people from both sides of the aisle and certainly Christians would celebrate this legislation as a victory and a major step forward in rehabilitating and restoring lives to millions of forgotten men and women. But because John sat at a table with Donald Trump, he and a few others have been vilified and maligned by the very people who otherwise would agree with everything that just happened. I'm not talking merely about a disagreement; we all have the right to disagree with one another. But when it turns to personal attacks and language that is intentionally hurtful and destructive, it is wrong. It's pure hatred, not for the cause John stood for, but for even attending the meeting.

Every single time in the Old or New Testament when God's people were brought before the rulers and judges in the land for counsel or anything else, they stood before the ruler, sometimes even with a pagan ruler. But when that moment arose where they were called upon, they responded and gave the counsel God placed in their hearts to give. Joseph, Esther, Daniel and prophet after prophet stood before kings and rulers and spoke what God told them to say, and many times, it altered the trajectory of a nation. Why would we think it any different today?

Every time I have prayed for or given counsel to a government leader, it has always been at their request, and every time I am able, I go where I am invited and speak what the Lord lays on my heart to say. It matters not if that person is a Republican or a Democrat, left or right. They are a human being just like me and they have the same Creator I do. God can move the heart of any leader, so why wouldn't I go and give them the counsel they have asked to receive? Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation."

Our spiritual leaders represent the voice of righteousness in our culture.

I've faced serious criticism, but never like what Pastor John Gray endured last week. I admire his unwavering commitment to be a voice of righteousness, and to care more about the opinion of Jesus than the opinion of critics.

Within a few short months, I am hopeful we will see this legislation pass, and the trajectory of thousands of lives and families altered forever. I am also praying for those who would heap this kind of hatred on a man of God like John Gray, for the Bible is very clear about the consequences for leaders who raise their voices in judgment against those anointed by God.

John Gray is a leader for our time and a true man of God. I'm honored to stand with him in advance of prison reform.

Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program, Kingdom Connection, is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books, including his latest, Love Like You've Never Been Hurt.

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The announcement of president Trump last week expressing his willingness to hold a summit with Iran with ‘no preconditions’, after a chain of threatening exchanges between him and president Rouhani, for a new model of US-Iran Nuclear deal indicates yet another flip flop in US policies. It is unlikely to be taken seriously so easily, after witnessing US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) of 2015 with Iran (Commonly known as Iran Nuclear Deal) even at the cost of differing with its allies and strategic partners, who have critical trade relations with Iran.

Can any future US – Iran nuclear deal succeed?

The intent of JCPoA in 2015 in which the United States and allies agreed to reduce sanctions on Iran, was that it will give up the means to make nuclear weapons. This remains unchanged, when president Trump says that Iran cannot be allowed to go nuclear. The Republicans were not too happy with its clauses at that time and made it an election issue, which president Trump delivered by walking out of it. I do not think that the intent of US has changed even now. President Trump duly supported by Israel has managed to raise the temperatures by rhetoric, provocative speeches, renewed sanctions on Iran, and tried to curtail their oil exports, but it has not worked. US knows that it cannot up the ante beyond economic, diplomatic and information warfare domain, because further pressure is likely to push Iran towards nuclear bomb even faster than what US expects. While US may be ready for summit, it will have to struggle very hard to find a workable replacement deal to the existing deal, which can be devoid of risks of failure, with no change of intention expressed in JCPoA, 2015, and may eventually find that the previous deal was not too bad to meet their strategic interests.

Additional complexities, but compromise is possible

The situation is much more complex in this case because none of its allies, who were part of JCPoA, 2015, have walked out of it so far. This has also raised doubts over the reliability, credibility and stability of policies of US to continue with a signed commitment, which can have repercussions on complete denuclearisation of North Korea, which may think twice before complete verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation. The emergence of a pro-Iran lobby to include Russia, Turkey, Qatar and China to oppose anti-Iran lobby including USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and some other neighbours, is another major change in international environment, which can speed up nuclear ambition of Iran, if pushed to wall. It is not easy to pressurise Iran which has great strategic significance due to its location as well as oil export, which concerns US allies, strategic partners and China. If Iran sustains sanctions and goes nuclear, it will encourage others like Saudi Arabia also to go nuclear creating further instability in the region.  An ill-defined meeting with Iran is not likely to yield much, in such an environment. I sincerely feel that compromises are possible; because of some of US allies are still honouring JCPoA, 2015, so far, and the inclination of president Trump to talk to Iran. In case US tries to strike a US centric deal with Iran in isolation, its acceptability by others may be doubtful. Having two concurrent deals (JCPoA, 2015 with EU and new arrangement with US) will cause utter confusion, and may not be to lead to any workable solution.

Impact on India: is CAATSA waiver on Iran possible after S-400?

As a strategic partner of India, US is aware that India has historic, cultural, and oil centric relations with Iran, which are deep rooted. Iran has jumped one notch up by becoming the second largest crude oil supplier to India and energy security is core interest for India. Connectivity with CAR and Chabahar port is another strategic compulsion of India.  US has understood the need of S-400 missiles for India, based on Indian threat perception, and have agreed to give a waiver on CAATSA for its purchase from Russia. A similar waiver/understanding with US on the critical strategic issues of India with Iran including energy security is a fair expectation/ possibility. 

I visualise that US sanctions on Iran may continue, but US may have to rethink about CAATSA, or modify it to suit fast changing strategic and economic global dynamics to make it more flexible.  On the issue of Iran and Russia, it cannot afford to put EU, China, Russia and other strategic partners on sanctions together, and expect to make ‘America Great’. A rigid CAATSA may lead ‘America First’ to ‘America Alone’ hence it needs modifications to suit changing geopolitical environment.

 (The writer is chief instructor, USI of India)

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          How The Trump Administration's Travel Waiver Program Affected A Yemeni Family      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This summer, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration's travel ban, meaning people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela cannot get visas to the U.S. But there is an exception: waivers.
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This summer, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration's travel ban, meaning people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela cannot get visas to the U.S. But there is an exception: waivers.
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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says he's concerned about the escalating US-China trade war, but he believes his conversations with the Trump administration about the tit-for-tat tariffs are having an impact.
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U.S. appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide said to harm childrenThe 2-1 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle overturned former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's March 2017 denial of a petition by environmental groups to halt the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops such as fruits, vegetables and nuts. "This shows that the EPA can't just ignore the science that this pesticide damages children's brains," Marisa Ordonia, a lawyer for Earthjustice, which represented the petitioners, said in an interview. "The Trump administration has to follow the law, as does everyone else." Pruitt's ruling, one of many by the administration to reduce federal regulatory oversight, had reversed a 2015 Obama administration recommendation to extend to food a 2000 ban on chlorpyrifos that covered most household settings.

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Judge blocks administration from deporting asylum seekers -- but the government already had two on a plane
Washington (CNN) A federal judge on Thursday erupted at the Trump administration when he learned that two asylum seekers fighting deportation were at that moment being deported and on a plane to El Salvador. DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan then ...
Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contemptWashington Post
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President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives. On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States ...
Melania Trump used visa opposed by her husband to get her parents' citizenshipCNN
Melania Trump's parents become naturalized US citizens despite the president's hostility toward 'chain migration'Washington Post
First lady Melania Trump's immigrant parents are sworn in as US citizensUSA TODAY
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Disgusting. You can tell this is a person who thought (and may be right) that because he was on the "other side" from Trump that it would be OK to tweet something like this. His comment is repulsive, and it wouldn't matter who it was, you don't do the routine that David Hogg and many before him rely on of calling out a single person that you disagree with by linking them to a national tragedy. Very disappointing to see that people can have their lives ruined over much less, and Rob Cox will get off scott free.
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Man Charged With Arson in Southern California Fire
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LOS ANGELES — Amid a historic wildfire season, a man suspected of intentionally setting fire to the small residential area where he lived in Southern California was charged Thursday with multiple felony counts involving arson. His charges could carry ...
This place 'is going to burn,' says text allegedly sent by man arrested in California's Holy FireWashington Post
Fire chief: Suspect in Holy Fire that put 20000 under evacuation order texted, 'The place is going to burn'CNN
Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight WildfiresNPR
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Trump administration faces lawsuit over pesticides in wildlife refuges(Reuters) - Conservationists on Wednesday notified the Trump administration that they would sue over its reversal of a 2014 decision prohibiting bee-killing pesticides and genetically modified crops on U.S. wildlife refuges. The reversal, issued on Aug. 2 in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo, suggested that neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, were needed for "farming practices” in refuge areas where that was allowed. Cultivation of biotech crops, engineered to resist pests and withstand herbicides, has helped maximize crop production on dozens of wildlife refuges.

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Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days
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A federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration Thursday to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Environmental ...
EPA is ordered to ban farm pesticide chlorpyrifosCNN
Court bans popular farm pesticide defended by Trump. What it means for farms, workers, kidsSacramento Bee

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New data makes it clear: Nonvoters handed Trump the presidency
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Most of our assessments of the electorate in 2016 is dependent on estimates. Polling before the election that suggested where people were leaning; exit polling after the fact that gives us some sense of who actually turned out. When more than 137 ...

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Fundraise or 'look for a job,' Republicans warn after close election racesAs Republican candidates backed by President Donald Trump clung to small leads in closely watched races in Ohio and Kansas on Wednesday, nervousness grew in Republican circles about their ability to continue extending millions of dollars in aid to candidates in November's Congressional elections. Republican Troy Balderson may have eked out a victory in a special election for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in a reliably conservative district in Ohio, but was leading the Democrat Danny O'Connor by only about 1,700 votes or less than 1.0 percent.

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Les parents slovènes de la Première dame Melania Trump ont reçu la citoyenneté américaine jeudi lors d'une cérémonie officielle, a confirmé à l'AFP l'un de leurs avocats, Michael Wildes. Les beaux-parents du président Trump, Viktor et Amalija Knavs, ...
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Ouders van Melania Trump krijgen Amerikaanse nationaliteit
De ouders van de Amerikaanse ‘first lady’ Melania Trump, die van Sloveens afkomst zijn, hebben donderdag de Amerikaanse nationaliteit gekregen. Dat gebeurde tijdens een officiële ceremonie, bevestigde hun advocaat Michael Wildes. De schoonouders van de Amerikaanse president Trump, Viktor en Amalija Knavs, legden een verklaring af in New York. Sinds februari hadden de twee zeventigers […]

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The Pew Research Center estimates that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States — and that approximately two-thirds of them have been here for more than a decade. Journalist Frank Foer says that for many years, there was a tacit agreement among politicians of both parties that there would be a pathway to citizenship for many of the long-term undocumented immigrants. "They rooted themselves within our communities. ... They raise children who are U.S. citizens," Foer says. "There had been this consensus that they could stay." But shortly after President Trump was sworn into office, he passed an executive order that criminalized anyone in the country illegally — opening the door for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to deport any undocumented immigrant. Foer says that the policy was unprecedented: "Never before have we had such a large, dedicated police force whose mission is to remove undocumented immigrants from the communities in
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With the November midterm elections 89 days away, President Donald Trump has yet to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump's legal team has suggested the timing of the midterms could affect the investigation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to […]

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A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of ...
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President Donald J. Trump is Building the United States Space Force for a 21st Century Military
          ZVJEZDANI RATOVI Novi rod vojske: SAD osniva ''svemirske snage'' s ciljem dominacije u svemiru       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 Američki potpredsjednik Mike Pence je u četvrtak najavio osnivanje »svemirskih snaga« koje je najavio Donald Trump kako bi Sjedinjene Države dominirale svemirom. »Vrijeme je za ispisivanje novog poglavlja u povijesti naših oružanih snaga, za pripreme sljedeće bojišnice gdje će biti pozvani najbolji i najhrabriji Amerikanci kako bi spriječili i pobijedili novi val prijetnji našem narodu i našoj naciji«, rekao je Pence u govoru pred vojnicima u Pentagonu.»Kucnuo je čas da osnujemo svemirske snage
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US senator presents letter from Trump for PutinMOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader's spokesman said Wednesday.

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Er det Trump eller Putin som skal bli inspirert av vårt gode eksempel til miljøkutt i oljeproduksjonen?
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I know they don't teach basic civics in school any longer, but I'm old enough to have learned that we are a country of immigrants and that America was great because it was a melting pot-- even better than Canada which was disparaged as a mosaic in comparison. When Trump unchains his in-house neo-Nazi co-conspirator, Stephen Miller, and allows him to turn his energy (and bigotry) against legal immigrants, the Regime is directly attacking every family in the country. Remember when you read below, that Miller was the brilliant strategist behind family separation and border kidnappings. Yesterday the Jewish Daily Forward warned its readers that Miller's new plan stops citizenship for legal immigrants. The story originates with Julia Ainsley at NBC News, explaining how the Trumpist regime plans to "make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare."

And they plan to institute this newest Miller attack against America without congressional approval. He's drafting a plan that would target "immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children's health insurance, food stamps and other benefits."
Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don't pay enough to support their families.

Many are like Louis Charles, a Haitian green-card holder seeking citizenship who, despite working up to 80 hours a week as a nursing assistant, has had to use public programs to support his disabled adult daughter.

Using some public benefits like Social Security Insurance has already hindered immigrants from obtaining legal status in the past, but the programs included in the recent draft plan could mean that immigrant households earning as much as 250 percent of the poverty level could be rejected.

...Miller, along with several of his former congressional colleagues who now hold prominent positions in the Trump administration, have long sought to decrease the number of immigrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year. And even before the rule is in place, the administration has made it more difficult for immigrants to gain green cards and for green-card holders to gain citizenship.

[Note: Miller was never in Congress, although he worked for several Republican racists and xenophobes-- Jeff Sessions, Michele Bachmann, Dave Brat and John Shadegg.]

Charles, the Haitian green-card holder who works as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital near Boston, said he was stunned to learn his application for citizenship had been denied. He had used a fake passport given to him by smugglers when he entered the U.S. from Haiti in 1989, but confessed to border officers and received a waiver from USCIS absolving him of his wrongdoing and allowing him to obtain a green card in 2011.

Now 55, Charles is a homeowner and a taxpayer and thought obtaining citizenship would be a smooth process. "I thought in this country everything was square and fair," Charles said.

But when he went for his citizenship interview in August 2017, the USCIS officers told him they were going to revisit the decision to waive the fake passport incident, meaning he could potentially lose his green card as well.

Then he received a letter in September telling him his request for citizenship had been denied.

He appealed the decision, but as he waits for a final verdict, his lawyer says his green-card status may also now be in question.

In late November, the Trump administration announced they would end temporary protected status for Haitians who came to the U.S. after the deadly 2010 earthquake. Charles's wife was a recipient of that protection and without him becoming a citizen, he would be unable to vouch for her.

But Charles's biggest concern is his daughter. Although she is in her 20s and a U.S. citizen, she has severe disabilities that make it impossible for her to live by herself.

Charles is unaware of Miller's new plan to limit citizenship for immigrants who have used public assistance. But it is likely to affect him because he has used public assistance to help care for his daughter, so she could end up further hurting his chances for citizenship.

Though its effects could be far-reaching, the proposal to limit citizenship to immigrants who have not used public assistance does not appear to need Congressional approval. As the Clinton administration did in 1999, the Trump administration would be redefining the term "public charge," which first emerged in immigration law in the 1800s in order to shield the U.S. from burdening too many immigrants who could not contribute to society.

..."Any policy forcing millions of families to choose between the denial of status and food or health care would exacerbate serious problems such as hunger, unmet health needs, child poverty, and homelessness, with lasting consequences for families' wellbeing and long-term success and community prosperity," said the National Immigration Law Center in a statement.
There's a Kurt Cobain quote-- a fake Kurt Cobain quote, as it turns out-- being circulated on the Internet. I know it's fake because Danny Goldberg, the manager of Cobain's band, Nirvana, decided to write about it this week at The Nation. The fake quote, which was first posted on the Trump Train Facebook page asserted that Cobain predicted "We’ll elect a true outsider. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a business tycoon… Someone like Donald Trump." Danny set the record straight:
I know that the quote is not only made up but it is also a grotesque perversion of Kurt’s beliefs. He often differentiated Nirvana from more overtly political punk bands like Dead Kennedys and Fugazi, but Kurt was unambiguous about where his political sentiments lay and, although he identified with anarchist imagery in some contexts, Kurt had no problem making choices at election time.

I remember the excitement in his voice when he called to tell me that he and Courtney Love had just contributed $100 each to Jerry Brown’s campaign for president in the Democratic primary in 1992. A few months later, Sergio Marchi, an Argentinian journalist, asked Kurt if he planned to vote in the general election, and Kurt answered “Yeah, I’ll vote for Clinton. The Democrats are very conservative but at least they are not as conservative as the Republicans.” Regarding the billionaire businessman third-party candidate Ross Perot, Kurt was equally clear: “The guy sucks. He’s rich; I don’t trust him as president.”

After the election, in an interview for The Advocate, Kurt elaborated: “I was helpless when I was 12 and Reagan was elected and there was nothing I could do about it. But now this generation is growing up and they’re in their mid-20s and they’re not putting up with it. I would rather have had Jerry Brown but I’m definitely happy that Clinton is in…. Chelsea seems like a pretty neat person, a Birkenstock wearing kid,” adding “Amy Carter’s pretty cool too from what I’ve heard. She’s been seen at Butthole Surfers concerts.”

Trump’s misogynistic attitude towards women would have deeply offended Kurt, who detested bullies and sexists. Explaining the lyrics to his song “In Bloom” when Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind was released, Kurt was explicit: “I don’t like rednecks, I don’t like macho men, I don’t like abusive people.”

I suspect that Kurt would also have been appalled by the idea of a reality-TV star becoming president. In his famous chorus to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Kurt sang, “With the lights out, it’s less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us.” He was not endorsing hypnotic passivity, he was satirizing it. As those who program Trump-supporting bots know, apathy and cynicism help discourage some people from voting, a syndrome that inevitably helps Republicans.

...To make his values clear Kurt wrote in the liner notes of the Nirvana compilation Incesticide, “I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us-- leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.”

No one can know for sure how Kurt would view the coming mid-terms, but he did say in that Argentinian interview that he did just before the 1992 election: “Republicans are an incarnation of Satan. I hate them.”

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There was some excellent news for progressives Tuesday night. If you think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is wonderful, you're going to love Rashida Tlaib from Detroit. And James Thompson from Wichita was the first candidate Alexandria (with Bernie) went to campaign for after her own win. His win was a landslide. In southwest Michigan, Matt Longjohn is likely to prove himself to be one of the best members of the class of '19.

I'm not a big fan of identity politics. I'm happy Rashida will serve as a positive role model for Muslim women and Palestinian-Americans-- she will be the first member of both groups to be a member of Congress-- but the reason I'm so excited about her is because she has proven herself to be an effective progressive while she served in the Michigan legislature. That said, The Atlantic ran an interesting report by Elaine Godfrey about Netroots Nation over the weekend that is based on winning in November by putting together a multiracial coalition. That's good, as long as the candidates are the best candidates, although the point was mostly about voters rather than candidates per se. Alexandria: "Our swing voter is not red to blue. It’s nonvoter to vote."
The line was met with huge applause from the audience at Netroots Nation, the annual gathering for progressive candidates, activists, and organizers. Whereas last year’s conference attendees saw a gubernatorial candidate’s speech interrupted with shouts of “Trust black women,” this year’s felt like a very intentional tribute to people of color, especially women. The conference offered more than 20 training sessions and panels specifically addressing how to reach those voters, as well as the millions of eligible Americans who aren’t registered to vote. The majority of panelists and presenters, according to Netroots organizers, were people of color.

Democrats have been grappling with key questions about coalition building since the 2016 election: Should they prioritize winning back the voters they lost to Trump? Should they attempt to woo the white voters gradually fleeing the party? Progressives this weekend said, emphatically, no. It’s a genuine attempt to remake the Democratic Party at a time when racial and class tensions are the highest they’ve been since the 1960s-- and it’s also put them on a collision course with party leaders and other Democrats.

“I think Trump’s win scared the shit out of everybody,” said Anoa Changa, a progressive activist and the host of the podcast The Way With Anoa. “I think it’s been a wake-up call for a lot of people that we have to invest. We can’t just do the traditional model where we only talk to super voters.”

That doesn’t mean ignoring whites and Trump voters, she says. Instead, “it’s rejecting the notion that our way to victory is having a centrist, moderate right-leaning strategy that feels like we could peel off Romney Republicans, versus investing in communities of color, marginalized groups, and progressive white people,” Changa said. “There is this notion that … we can’t address the issues of race, systemic oppression, because we don’t want to piss these voters off. We have to find a way to do both.”

A key voting group that progressives want to mobilize consists of the more than 4 million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but didn’t vote in 2016. More than 50 percent of them were people of color, and almost one-quarter were under the age of 30, according to data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. “If 2016 had happened with the same voter-turnout patterns as 2012 then [Hillary] Clinton would have won,” said Brian Schaffner, a political-science professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped conduct the survey. “Clearly turnout can influence outcomes.”

But it’s bigger than the Obama voters. Roughly 59 percent of black Americans and 48 percent of Hispanic Americans voted in 2016, compared to 65 percent of whites. If progressives could just close this gap, they argue, Democrats would win more often. They aim to do that by mobilizing already registered voters—and by registering new ones: Roughly 30 percent of the citizen voting-age population is unregistered, and those Americans are more likely to be young people and people of color. These are the people activists call the “New American Majority.”

The Democratic Party so far has leaned into economic messaging as a way to win in 2018: After the 2016 election, they unveiled “A Better Deal” aimed at appealing to moderates and weary Trump supporters. They’ve been backing Conor Lamb–type candidates who, through their backgrounds and a focus on jobs and wages, are able to come off as more independent. In 2016, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York told the New York Times last week, “there was a blind spot that we had as Democrats with respect to engaging with the American people around the economic anxiety that they continue to experience.”

But progressives are adamant that the only way to win in November and beyond is to be about more than economics, and that the right message-- the one that will appeal to progressive whites, as well as turning out more people of color to the polls-- invokes both race and class equally. Two Netroots trainings on developing a “Race-Class Narrative” were completely filled this weekend, with activists and organizers participating in mock-canvassing sessions in which they practiced delivering lines that contained both racial and economic messages. “The status quo has been not to talk about race, and there’s a myth out there is that if you talk about race you’ll lose,” said Causten Rodriguez-Wollerman, one of the leaders of the training and a strategist with the public-policy organization Demos. “You cannot build a multiracial coalition by being silent on race.”

Some Democrats have poked holes in this “emerging majority” strategy on logistical grounds. “I don’t think there’s a secret progressive nonvoter bloc that, if we just say the magic words, is gonna show up and, voila, fix the Democrats’ problems at the polls,” said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, the vice president for social policy and politics at Third Way, a think tank advocating for center-left ideas. Nonvoters, she said, are going to be hard to engage. “Is it easier to activate a whole bunch of people that haven’t voted in 20 years or persuade the people who are already showing up?”

To counter that, though, progressives offer up Alabama as a test case: In December, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to the Senate from the state in 25 years with the help of 96 percent of black voters. They also point to the Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, an African American woman who structured her campaign around minority empowerment and outreach in order to beat her more moderate primary opponent. To defeat the Republican Brian Kemp, Abrams is attempting to do what Obama did in 2008: build a coalition of progressive whites, but also turn out minorities to the polls at far greater numbers than usual. If Abrams can pull that off, writes Time’s Molly Ball, “the implications would be profound, not just for Georgia but for the whole region and potentially the nation.”

On Saturday, the final night of this year’s Netroots conference, a small group of young protesters from the “Black-Ass Caucus” took to the stage. “We will no longer be tokenized by so-called white allies,” one man shouted to the audience. Another protester, a young woman, criticized progressives who speak about economics and class without mentioning race. “Everything-- including class issues-- are built on race issues!” she yelled into the microphone.

“I’m a woman of color and people do not pay attention to us, even in the littlest things, but we are always the ones saving the Democratic Party,” the 27-year-old Ianthe Metzger, a staffer for the Human Rights Campaign and a Netroots attendee, told me earlier in the weekend. “Finally it feels like we have a say … It’s like finally, this is our moment.”
I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect a woman as governor, I'd be very happy to see Georgia elect an African-American as governor. I'd be happier yet to see Georgia elect an exceptionally good governor. Fortunately Stacey Abrams is all three in one. As the NY Times mentioned a couple of weeks ago, "Georgia’s captivating governor’s race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams has taken on the dimensions of a defining moment, one that will, regardless of outcome, determine what the state represents and how it is perceived. That voters chose these two candidates reflects how Americans are embracing politicians on the basis of culture and identity, and how Georgia’s politics are catching up with its rapid demographic change: The nonwhite population has grown to 40 percent from 29 percent since 1990. But Georgia’s political middle, long the dominant force behind the state’s thriving commerce and pragmatic leadership, suddenly finds itself all but abandoned."
Ms. Abrams, 44, a brainy Yale Law graduate from Atlanta, has leveraged the prospect of becoming the country’s first female African-American governor to nationalize her campaign and its fund-raising. By contrast, Mr. Kemp, 54, is a drawling agri-businessman from Athens who has revived a populist style that has lain dormant in Georgia since the late 1960s. Both campaigns say they are committed to maximizing turnout by their most rabid supporters rather than moderating in order to broaden their appeal to centrists and independents.

Each side frames the election of the other in doomsday terms. Mr. Kemp, the Democrats fear, will take Georgia the way of North Carolina and Indiana, which were tarnished by recent legislative battles over issues like gay rights and the use of public restrooms by transgender people. Republicans warn that Ms. Abrams, who hopes to expand Medicaid health coverage for the poor and disabled, will raise taxes they have cut, reverse the state’s job growth, deplete its rainy-day surplus and threaten its superior bond ratings.

...To those in between, the chasm between Mr. Kemp, who has adopted President Trump’s language on guns and immigration, and Ms. Abrams, who supports an assault rifle ban and says her “soul rests with those seeking asylum,” feels as vast as Tallulah Gorge.

“It would be nice if we had a more moderate option,” said Kathrine DeLash, who works at a pet store in suburban Cobb County and doesn’t identify with either political party. “You don’t get that with the candidates we have right now. The people who shout the most to their own people get the most attention, and it doesn’t matter what they’re saying as long as they shout the loudest.”
The Times has it half right: Kemp is an extremist. But Abrams is not. Her policy agenda is widely popular with the American people and the only reason people call her as extreme as Kemp is because she's black. I would have expected a more discerning look from The Times in their hunt for the elusive, beloved middle. People like the policies Abram is offering even if some of them are a little tepid about electing Georgia's first woman governor and first black governor. Get over it; it's 2018, not 1875. And, luckily, the "middle" is defined by actual voters, not by the privileged members of the elite media.

          Por que vários famosos estão enviando uma mesma carta à filha do presidente dos EUA?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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As críticas feitas ao presidente dos Estados Unidos Donald Trump por conta da política de separação de adultos e crianças na imigração chegaram à filha do líder, Ivanka Trump, por meio das redes sociais.

Contrários à forma desumana com que o presidente está lidando com as famílias de imigrantes ilegais na fronteira entre o México e os Estados Unidos, vários artistas publicaram em suas contas pessoais no Instagram uma carta contestadora destinada à Ivanka, que fez uma declaração bastante problemática sobre o assunto.

Artistas enviam recado à Ivana Trump sobre imigração

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Ivanka Trump quebrou o silêncio e falou à emissora de TV CNN sobre a política de separação de pais e filhos imigrantes que chegam à fronteira entre México e Estados Unidos ilegalmente. A situação gerou comoção internacional, e muitas pessoas e entidades de direitos humanos se manifestaram contra a medida punitiva.

Na entrevista, apesar de Ivanka dizer que é "veementemente contra a separação de famílias", afirmou que "a imigração ilegal é uma questão incrivelmente complexa". A filha de Trump também afirmou que a crise da imigração foi "um ponto baixo" para ela.

Recado em redes sociais

A manifestação de Ivanka gerou uma onda de publicações de famosos no Instagram com uma carta bastante direta para chamar atenção de Ivanka para o tema. Entre as artistas que se posicionaram estão a comediante Amy Schumer, as fashionistas Alexa Chung e Poppy Delevingne e a autora Sophia Amoruso, que, ao que parece, foi a primeira a postar a carta à Ivanka.

Elas pedem ainda a renúncia da secretária de Segurança Interna Kirstjen Nielsen.

Leia o post e a tradução feita pelo VIX abaixo:


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"Querida Ivanka,

Você me segue na rede social. Você diz que a separação de famílias foi um "ponto baixo" para você.

O ponto baixo é para as famílias separadas. Você falou no passado. A crise está em curso.

Até agora, 572 crianças não foram reunidas.

Uma criança morreu depois da separação. Aproximadamente 400 pais foram deportados sem suas crianças.

Houve múltiplas denúncias de abuso físico e sexual na detenção. Houve administração de drogas psicotrópicas às crianças na detenção sem o consentimento dos pais.

Esses abusos ocorreram sob a visão do seu pai e sob a liderança da secretária Nielsen. Acabe com esses racistas, desumanos e inconcebíveis abusos agora!

Nós exigimos que você peça renúncia da Secretária Nielsen!"


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It is because the left, while it currently seems ascendant in our houses of culture and art, has in fact entered its decadent late phase, and it is deeply vulnerable.... When the poetry editors of The Nation virtuously publish an amateurish but super-woke poem, only to discover that the poem stumbled across several trip wires of political correctness; when these editors (one of them a full professor in the Harvard English department) then jointly write a letter oozing bathos and career anxiety and begging forgiveness from their critics; when the poet himself publishes a statement of his own—a missive falling somewhere between an apology, a Hail Mary pass, and a suicide note; and when all of this is accepted in the houses of the holy as one of the regrettable but minor incidents that take place along the path toward greater justice, something is dying.

... When even Barack Obama, the poet laureate of identity politics, is moved to issue a message to the faithful, hinting that that they could be tipping their hand on all of this—saying during a speech he delivered in South Africa that a culture is at a dead end when it decides someone has no “standing to speak” if he is a white man—and when even this mayday is ignored, the doomsday clock ticks ever closer to the end.
Flanagan's a better and smarter writer than the folks at C-list right-wing sites, but I don't see how there's much difference between her fantasy of of the end of leftism and the "Imagine No Liberals" worldview at those sites.

Because of Peterson and his allies, Flanagan says, leftism is on the run -- a few YouTube videos here, a few Joe Rogan podcasts there, and the left has been overwhelmed.
Whatever was happening, it was happening on a scale and with a rapidity that was beyond the ability of the traditional culture keepers to grasp. When the left finally realized what was happening, all it could do was try to bail out the Pacific Ocean with a spoon.

As I said, Peterson is Flanagan's Q

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IT’S TELLING THAT, UNLIKE MOST SOCIAList groups, DSA was formed out of a merger—not a sectarian split. In 1982, at the dawn of the Reagan era, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New America Movement (NAM) combined forces. DSOC had been founded in 1973 by socialist intellectual Michael Harrington and other members of the Socialist Party who had grown disenchanted with political irrelevance. NAM, founded in 1972 by former members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), was rooted in ’60s counterculture, the New Left and second-wave feminism. (In 1976, members of DSOC and NAM moved to Chicago to found In These Times, and for the next decade the then-newspaper reported diligently on the ins and outs of DSOC, NAM and DSA.)

The 1980s would prove a tough decade for left politics, the 1990s and 2000s even more so. DSA shed members and closed chapters around the country as a few loyalists and a steady trickle of young recruits kept the organization running.

Enter Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign and his stalwart identification as a “democratic socialist,” a surprise boon for an organization with those two words in its name. DSA’s commitment to being a pluralistic, “multi-tendency” organization also meant it was open enough to accommodate thousands of newcomers.

Democratic socialism itself has always been a heterodox term, encompassing everyone from ideological Trotskyists to New Deal Democrats. The surge of new, mostly 20-something members include anarchists, Marxist academics and— most numerously—political neophytes excited about Sanders’ message and frustrated with the Democratic establishment.

DSA isn’t keen to enforce a strict definition of “democratic socialism”—although mainstream media outlets newly hip to DSA are desperately looking for one. On its website, DSA writes:

At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people ...

Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism—a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

Members I spoke with took this to mean everything from taking public goods like healthcare off the private market (along the lines of Scandinavian social democracies) to worker-ownership of the means of production. Central Iowa DSA co-chair Caroline Schoonover was among many to say that democratic socialism means “taking power from the few and giving it to the many.” All saw small-d democracy—people having a say in the decisions that affect them—as central, both in politics and workplaces, and in DSA itself.

For this story, I spoke with around two dozen DSA members from chapters around the country. The primary source of their excitement was that DSA chapters seemed to be actively working on something, not just sitting around reading Marx. Like the citizen action group Indivisible, which also exploded after the election, DSA let people shake off a feeling of helplessness about the political climate and roll up their sleeves.

DSA also offers a community. Chapters host regular beach days, parties, fundraisers and social events, like Metro D.C. DSA’s recent “No ICE Cream Social.” If Indivisible was able to connect many alienated, middle-class suburbanites jarred out of their political comfort zone, DSA has provided a home for tens of thousands of downwardly-mobile, debt-ridden millennials grappling with a system that simply isn’t working for them.

Adam Shuck and Arielle Cohen, 32 and 29, joined Pittsburgh DSA in its infancy; Shuck was among the seven people who first met at a bar in 2016 to talk about getting the chapter together. Each was energized by Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign but disillusioned by his presidency. “I thought we were going to see some kind of New Deal,” Shuck says. The frustration led him at first to join the International Socialist Organization before the Sanders campaign brought him to DSA. While a student at SUNY Purchase, Cohen grew disillusioned with the sausage-making and compromise that created the Affordable Care Act, and organized with Occupy Wall Street before moving to Pittsburgh and finding her way to DSA. Now, Shuck and Cohen co-chair the Pittsburgh chapter.

Pittsburgh DSA held its first general meeting in December 2016 with around 100 people. Now it has a dizzying number of working groups: a health justice committee campaigning for Medicare for All; reading groups tackling Marx and Engels; an anti-imperialism committee lobbying for legislation criticizing Israel’s occupation of Palestine; a socialist feminist working group exposing crisis pregnancy centers; an ecosocialist group fighting the privatization of the city’s water and sewer system; a housing rights group pushing for protections for renters; and a number of inward-facing groups handling tasks like recruitment and communications.

The chapter also brought the newly revived DSA one of its early electoral victories, rattling the local Democratic machine. In December 2017, the group threw its weight behind Summer Lee’s campaign to represent House District 34. In the May primary, with the help of DSA and groups like Our Revolution and the Sierra Club, Lee, 30, a recent law school grad, beat Paul Costa, 57, a 19-year incumbent and member of a dynastic Pittsburgh Democratic family.

Lee had experience working on school board races and on a coordinated campaign to elect Katie McGinty governor and Hillary Clinton president in the 2016 general election, and she was impressed with DSA’s electoral work on Mik Pappas’ judicial campaign. Pappas ran on a platform of ending cash bail and working to end mass incarceration, and won in a landslide, with the help of a dedicated grassroots turnout effort staffed in part by DSA members.

“They were running 20 or more canvassing shifts a week,” says Lee. “I had never seen that type of energy around magistrate elections. I realized that ideologically we aligned.” She joined DSA shortly thereafter and sought them out as her first endorsement.

It wasn’t easy. DSA’s candidate endorsement process is a microcosm of its baked-in commitment to direct democracy. For every decision, at every level, there’s deliberate space for members to duke things out, combined with a commitment to ultimately supporting the group decision rather than splitting off into rival factions. The very question of whether to engage in the electoral process—and in particular, to work within the Democratic Party—remains fraught, with many members skeptical of investing limited organizational resources into elections rather than base-building.

New York City DSA hotly debated whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s challenger from the left, Cynthia Nixon, after she declared herself a democratic socialist. Several dozen DSA members signed a “vote no” statement arguing that universal healthcare and rent control will be won not by electing candidates to office but by “building working-class power that holds [them] accountable,” citing the successful teachers’ strikes in Republican states. As this issue went to press, NYC-DSA chapters were voting on the endorsement.

“We have folks who distrust electoral work, and even among those that don’t, there are different ways of thinking of how to approach it,” says DSA National Director Maria Svart, 38, a former SEIU organizer. “Everybody appreciates that electoral success only comes when you have an organized base. Having all these tendencies in conversation means that everybody learns from each other.”

While the endorsement process varies from chapter to chapter, in some cases—including Lee’s—the first step is filling out a lengthy form with quest ions from each of t he chapter’s working groups. Typically, one is whether the candidate identifies as a socialist. Members weigh that alongside specific policy questions (“Do you support universal rent control? Abolishing the police?”) and a range of other concerns: How much of an impact could the chapter have on the race? How will it build the chapter’s capacity and the movement to challenge the capitalist class?

Next comes the interview process. After filling out Pittsburgh DSA’s questionnaire, Lee was interviewed by a roomful of members. The group voted to endorse both Lee and Sara Innamorato, a state representative candidate, and the two supported one another’s campaigns.

Ocasio-Cortez, in New York, jumped through even more hoops. Because her congressional district spans the Bronx and Queens DSA chapters, she had five interviews: with the electoral committees and membership of each branch, and then the citywide convention. “We put her through hell,” jokes Michael Kinnucan, a DSA member now comanaging the state Senate campaign of Julia Salazar (whom the organization endorsed alongside Ocasio-Cortez in a parallel process).

Abdullah Younus, co-chair of NYC-DSA and a member of DSA’s National Electoral Committee, explains that the extensive endorsement process isn’t just a means of vetting candidates, but of building members’ commitment to them. “It makes it a lot easier to have the same folks who write the questions come out and knock for those candidates,” he says. “They’re talking about work they’re invested in.”

SALAZAR, 28, ESTIMATES THAT SOME 800 DSA MEMbers live in and around her district, which has translated into hundreds of volunteers spreading the word about her September primary. Even in her short time with the group (she joined in late 2016), she’s seen a change in how fellow leftists relate to electoral politics. “I think part of it is people seeing the term ‘democratic socialist’ normalized in the electoral realm, through Bernie mostly, at least initially, and so seeing it as an actually viable strategy,” she told me between knocking doors.

Though she’d worked on legislative campaigns as a staff organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Salazar only recently began to think about electoral work. “It’s not something I ever thought about before—not just for myself, but in seeing leadership development in community organizing as a path toward seizing state power,” she says. “That sounds like a jump, right? But ultimately that’s the goal.”

Thanks in part to the Sanders campaign and Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset, that goal feels more within reach now than it has since the days of the Socialist Party’s Eugene Debs. Big, universal programs like a federal job guarantee or Medicare for All draw overwhelming popular support. And small, local races offer an opportunity for the grassroots to tip the balance.

Establishment candidates in Democratic-controlled cities effectively depend on low turnout. Their political consultants tend to rely more on advertising and glossy mailers, and less on actually talking to people—particularly people who don’t usually vote. Mobilizing even a few thousand new voters in that context, then, is a fairly straightforward formula for victory. When DSA member Lee Carter won a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates in November 2017, he beat his Republican opponent by 9 points—a margin of 1,850 votes.

“Our party structure protects incumbency, and relies on an ignorant electorate,” Summer Lee says, noting how much time her campaign spent educating voters about the election itself. “If everybody were voting, we’d have a completely different system.”

Depending on the city, DSA can offer a large, self-organized volunteer base to candidates who navigate its endorsement process. Pittsburgh DSA estimates that its volunteers knocked on some 70,000 doors through the course of Lee’s campaign. Turnout in Lee’s district was 14 percent higher than in others around Allegheny County and 54 percent higher than in the last midterm election.

Still, it’d be nearly impossible for DSA-endorsed candidates for higher offices to make do with only DSA’s support, and they often work alongside other organizations like Justice Democrats, Our Revolution and the Working Families Party—especially for bigger races. Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, for example, convinced OcasioCortez to run and helped staff her campaign, and she gained the backing of Black Lives Matter-Bronx and People for Bernie Sanders, among others. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign reached 120,000 doors overall.

By being an organization that does much more than campaign for candidates, DSA hopes to upend the notoriously transactional, short-term nature of electoral work, enabling its members and elected officials to build relationships with and commitments to their communities that extend beyond election day. DSA is still figuring out how to build independent political organizations to hold the politicians it helps elect accountable. Thus far they’ve relied on their close ties with dyed-in-the-wool DSA members-turned-candidates like Lee Carter. DSA, Carter says, has “been the core of my support since I’ve been in the legislature. I still go to meetings whenever I can, and they help me get in contact with other groups.”

DSA member, Hawai’i state representative and now U.S. House candidate Kaniela Ing says he hopes that DSA remains “part of an independent Left, and does not get too caught up in electoral and legislative politics”—and that it holds politicians to account, himself included.

“I’m a movement candidate,” Ing says. “Hopefully my role is to help push whatever movements are building over the finish line. Elected officials really like to take too much credit for bills they pass that are really the result of the public waking up and forcing politicians to act.” He says he hopes to have regular check-ins with DSA should he make it to Washington.

ELECTORAL WORK ALSO FEEDS INTO DSA’S OTHER campaigns. Pittsburgh DSA’s membership swelled in the wake of Lee and Innamorato’s wins. “[Email] list building, data tracking, how to talk to people at the doors— that all helps build the muscle that can also help with canvassing for housing justice,” Shuck says.

“When we canvass an area, we’re often knocking a door many times, whether for a candidate, for Medicare for All or for housing justice,” Cohen adds. “At this point, people know us when we come to the door, and they know what DSA is.”

NYC-DSA’s Abdullah Younus sees electoral work as a training ground. He says that canvassers for the New York Health Act, legislation to create a statewide single-payer system, “got skilled on this kind of work by going through the electoral working group.”

For all the recent attention to DSA’s upstart electoral success, it’s only one part of the group’s work nationwide. Many chapters don’t engage at all with elections, or are just starting to think about whether they would like to run candidates. Michael I. Esealuka, co-chair of New Orleans DSA, says, “It would be difficult for us as a small chapter to develop the type of accountability mechanisms we need to hold people [we elect] accountable to our socialist vision.”

Prior to the victories of Carter, Lee and then OcasioCortez, DSA was perhaps best known for agitating to push Medicare for All into the national spotlight—a campaign adopted by delegates from around the country at DSA’s biennial convention in August 2017 as one of three national political priorities, alongside building electoral power and stronger and more militant unions. Forty-five chapters across 20 states held a weekend of action for Medicare for All in April, tabling at farmers’ markets, hosting public events and, as always, canvassing. On the labor front, DSA chapters in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma raised money for strike funds to support the militant teacher walkouts this spring, and the national DSA sent an email encouraging members around the country to contribute what they could.

Many individual chapters have their own priorities, reflecting local concerns and political climates. Providence DSA, for example, is campaigning for more democratic control over investor-owned electric utilities. New Orleans DSA has focused on base-building work that includes running clinics to help people deal with medical debt, coordinating with the AFL-CIO in developing young rank-and-file labor leaders, and mending broken brake lights, an excuse used by police in the traffic stops that can be “especially perilous and life-disrupting to undocumented immigrants and PoC [people of color],” as the chapter explains on Facebook.

Because there are big DSA chapters in cities with expensive housing stock—Los Angeles, Chicago and the Bay Area, for instance—the fight for affordable housing has emerged as a major priority. “Housing justice is probably the biggest issue in Los Angeles; the homelessness crisis is at a tipping point,” says Arielle Sallai, a member of DSA Los Angeles’ steering committee. DSA-LA and other California chapters are canvassing to pass Proposition 10, an initiative on the ballot in November that would loosen a statewide limit on rent control. Similarly, Chicago DSA is supporting a campaign to overturn Illinois’ rent control ban, with the back ing of A lder man and DSA member Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.

On many issues, including housing and homelessness, DSA chapters are well aware that their members often don’t look like the populations most directly affected. Although DSA does not have up-to-date member demographics, it has historically leaned white and male.

Coalition-building is one way to correct for this. “Housing work is a great chance to be part of a radical coalition and talk to as many individuals as possible,” Sallai says. DSA-LA has teamed up with local groups like the LA Tenants Union that have been working for years against gentrification.

Esealuka, a black woman, is frank about the fact that New Orleans DSA is a majority white organization in a majority black city. “It’s a problem, obviously, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome,” she says. “It’s not like we have to write DSA off because it’s majority white and majority male. … Because we have 45,000 members [nationwide], we have so much potential to do good in this country. It’s just a matter of being more intentional about embedding ourselves into things that matter to working-class people.”

Noting the high proportion of women taking on leadership roles in her chapter, Esealuka suggests that all chapters equip members with the organizing skills to develop the leadership of women and people of color. Internally, many chapters have also created specific spaces, such as the national Afrosocialist Caucus or Socialist Feminist working groups, for DSA members who aren’t white or male to feel welcome and build community.

THOUGH SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-ILL.) INFAmously said after Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win that socialist politics can’t work in the Midwest, they’ve certainly found an audience in the heartland. Iowa, for instance, has the highest number of DSA chapters per capita of any state. Members in chapters outside of big blue coastal cities may talk about socialism a little differently than their counterparts and run different campaigns, but they agree on the basics of what they’re fighting for. Chapters in blue cities like Denver are quick to say they don’t automatically find a warm reception just because they’re talking to Democrats, and chapters in red or purple states note they don’t necessarily face open hostility. For the past two years, Central Iowa DSA has marched in the state fair parade through Des Moines, flanked by Trump floats and those from local businesses. “You get thumbs up about Medicare for All and everybody needing healthcare,” says cochair Joe Ellerbroek. “You might get a middle finger at an ICE protest every once in a while.”

After decades of socialism being nonexistent in mainstream political debates, however, most people simply are not familiar with the term itself. “I didn’t know I was a democratic socialist when I decided to run, and I didn’t know that this group existed,” says Summer Lee. “I just knew that these policies are policies that we need. When you go to black communities, we really are more inclined to socialism. We don’t always have that language in our communities, but we know that these policies are what’s needed for our communities.”

Asked how they talk about democratic socialism with voters, all seven DSA-endorsed candidates I interviewed offered some variation on the same answer: “I don’t lead with that.”

Ocasio-Cortez says she opts instead to “show people what we’re fighting for. What I talk about is Medicare for All, tuition-free public college and housing as a human right. In my interpretation of what democratic socialism is, it is the fight for a basic level of dignity that our society refuses to violate.”

Ing says, “Usually, when I talk about money in politics or the government not representing us, that transcends any left-right values. Most people see the world from bottom versus top: Are you with us, or them?”

DSA candidates running for office and DSA members knocking doors, then, articulate socialism as a common sense set of practices and beliefs: swearing off corporate donations, supporting big, universal programs that promise to redistribute society’s resources more equitably, and returning decisions to the hands of the people most directly affected. As DSA makes inroads selling the public on the virtues of democratic socialism and infiltrating the halls of power, it will also figure out what to do once it gets there.

For the moment, DSA members and candidates are making the road to a 21st-century American socialism by walking it—and knocking on a few hundred thousand doors along the way.

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ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A NEW COHORT OF PROGRESSIVES IS RUNNING FOR—AND WINNING—ELECTIONS. The stunning victory of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic congressional primary in New York is perhaps the most well-known, but she is far from alone. Most of these candidates are young, more than usual are people of color, many are women, several are Muslims, at least one is a refugee, at least one is transgender—and all are unabashedly left. Most come to electoral politics after years of activism around issues like immigration, climate and racism. They come out of a wide range of social movements and support policy demands that reflect the principles of those movements: labor rights, immigrant and refugee rights, women’s and gender rights, equal access to housing and education, environmental justice, and opposition to police violence and racial profiling. Some, though certainly not all, identify not just with the policies of socialism but with the fundamental core values and indeed the name itself, usually in the form of democratic socialism.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American woman in Detroit, just won the Democratic primary for the legendary Congressman John Conyers’ seat. Four women, two of them members of Democratic Socialists of America and all four endorsed by DSA, beat their male incumbent opponents in Pennsylvania state house primaries. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is running an insurgent campaign for Congress against a longstanding incumbent in western Massachusetts, keeping her focus on Medicare-for-All and civil rights. Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, won endorsement from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and is running for Keith Ellison’s former congressional seat as an “intersectional feminist.” And there are more.

Many highlight their movement experience in their campaigns; they are champions of immigrant rights, healthcare, student debt organizing and the fight for $15. Intersectionality has grown stronger, as the extremism of Trump’s right-wing racist assault creates significant new gains in linking separate movements focused on racism, women’s rights, immigrant rights, climate, poverty, labor rights and more.

But mostly, we’re not seeing progressive and socialist candidates clearly link domestic issues with efforts to challenge war, militarism and the war economy. There are a few exceptions: Congressional candidate and Hawaii State Rep. Kaniela Ing speaks powerfully about U.S. colonialism in Hawaii, and Virginia State Rep. Lee J. Carter has spoken strongly against U.S. bombing of Syria, linking current attacks with the legacy of U.S. military interventions. There may be more. But those are exceptions; most of the new left candidates focus on crucial issues of justice at home.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war.

It’s not that progressive leaders don’t care about international issues, or that our movements are divided. Despite too many common assumptions, it is not political suicide for candidates or elected officials to stake out progressive anti-war, anti-militarism positions. Quite the contrary: Those positions actually have broad support within both our movements and public opinion. It’s just that it’s hard to figure out the strategies that work to connect internationally focused issues, anti-war efforts, or challenges to militarism, with the wide array of activists working on locally grounded issues. Some of those strategies seem like they should be easy—like talking about slashing the 53 cents of every discretionary federal dollar that now goes to the military as the easiest source to fund Medicare-for-all or free college education. It should be easy, but somehow it’s not: Too often, foreign policy feels remote from the urgency of domestic issues facing such crises. When our movements do figure out those strategies, candidates can easily follow suit.

Candidates coming out of our movements into elected office will need clear positions on foreign policy. Here are several core principles that should shape those positions.

A progressive foreign policy must reject U.S. military and economic domination and instead be grounded in global cooperation, human rights, respect for international law and privileging diplomacy over war. That does not mean isolationism, but instead a strategy of diplomatic engagement rather than—not as political cover for—destructive U.S. military interventions that have so often defined the U.S. role in the world.

Looking at the political pretexts for what the U.S. empire is doing around the world today, a principled foreign policy might start by recognizing that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the global war on terror must be ended.

More broadly, the militarization of foreign policy must be reversed and diplomacy must replace military action in every venue, with professional diplomats rather than the White House’s political appointees in charge. Aspiring and elected progressive and socialist office-holders should keep in mind the distinction between the successes and failures of Obama’s foreign policy. The victories were all diplomatic: moving towards normalization with Cuba, the Paris climate accord and especially the Iran nuclear deal. Obama’s greatest failures—in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen—all occurred because the administration chose military action over robust diplomacy.

Certainly, diplomacy has been a tool in the arsenal of empires, including the United States. But when we are talking about official policies governing relations between countries, diplomacy—meaning talking, negotiating and engaging across a table—is always, always better than engaging across a battlefield.

A principled foreign policy must recognize how the war economy has distorted our society at home—and commit to reverse it. The $717 billion of the military budget is desperately needed for jobs, healthcare and education here at home—and for a diplomatic surge and humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to people of countries devastated by U.S. wars and sanctions.

A principled foreign policy must acknowledge how U.S. actions—military, economic and climate-related—have been a driving force in displacing people around the world. We therefore have an enormous moral as well as legal obligation to take the lead in providing humanitarian support and refuge for those displaced—so immigration and refugee rights are central to foreign policy.

For too long the power of the U.S. empire has dominated international relations, led to the privileging of war over diplomacy on a global scale, and created a vast—and invasive—network of 800-plus military bases around the world.

Now, overall U.S. global domination is actually shrinking, and not only because of Trump’s actions. China’s economy is rapidly catching up, and its economic clout in Africa and elsewhere eclipses that of the United States. It’s a measure of the United States’ waning power that Europe, Russia and China are resisting U.S. efforts to impose new global sanctions on Iran. But the United States is still the world’s strongest military and economic power: Its military spending vastly surpasses that of the eight next strongest countries, it is sponsoring a dangerous anti-Iran alliance between Israel and the wealthy Gulf Arab states, it remains central to NATO decision-making, and powerful forces in Washington threaten new wars in North Korea and Iran. The United States remains dangerous.

Progressives in Congress have to navigate the tricky task of rejecting American exceptionalism. That means recognizing that it is often a good thing when U.S. global military and economic efforts fail, because they are generally aimed at maintaining domination and control. Without that U.S. domination, the possibility arises of a new kind of internationalism: to prevent and solve crises that arise from current and potential wars, to promote nuclear disarmament, to come up with climate solutions and to protect refugees.

That effort is increasingly important because of the rapid rise of right-wing xenophobic authoritarians seeking and winning power. Trump is now leading and enabling an informal global grouping of such leaders, from Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Victor Orban in Hungary and others. Progressive elected officials in the United States can pose an important challenge to that authoritarian axis by building ties with their like-minded counterparts in parliaments and governments—possibilities include Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom and Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, among others. And progressive and leftist members of Congress will need to be able to work together with social movements to build public pressure for diplomatic initiatives not grounded in the interests of U.S. empire.

In addition to these broad principles, candidates and elected officials need critical analyses of current U.S. engagement around the world, as well as nuanced prescriptions for how to de-escalate militarily, and ramp up a new commitment to serious diplomacy.


RUSSIA: Relations with Russia will be a major challenge for the foreseeable future. With 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons in U.S. and Russian hands, and the two powers deploying military forces on opposite sides of active battlefronts in Syria, it is crucial that relations remain open—not least to derail potential escalations and ensure the ability to stand down from any accidental clash.

Progressives and leftists in Congress will need to promote a nuanced, careful approach to Russia policy. And they will face a daunting environment in which to do so. They will have to deal with loud cries from right-wing war-mongers, mainly Republicans, and from neo-con interventionists in both parties, demanding a one-sided anti-Russia policy focused on increased sanctions and potentially even military threats. But many moderate and liberal Democrats—and much of the media—are also joining the anti-Russia crusade. Some of those liberals and moderates have likely bought into the idea of American exceptionalism, accepting as legitimate or irrelevant the long history of U.S. election meddling around the world and viewing the Russian efforts as somehow reaching a whole different level of outrageousness. Others see the anti-Russia mobilization solely in the context of undermining Trump.

But at the same time, progressive Congress members should recognize that reports of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 and 2018 elections cannot be dismissed out of hand. They should continue to demand that more of the evidence be made public, and condemn the Russian meddling that has occurred, even while recognizing that the most serious threats to our elections come from voter suppression campaignsat home more than from Moscow. And they have to make clear that Trump’s opponents cannot be allowed to turn the president’s infatuation with Vladimir Putin into the basis for a new Cold War, simply to oppose Trump.

CHINA: The broad frame of a progressive approach should be to end Washington’s provocative military and economic moves and encourage deeper levels of diplomatic engagement. This means replacing military threats with diplomacy in response to Chinese moves in the South China Sea, as well as significant cuts in the ramped-up military ties with U.S. allies in the region, such as Vietnam. Progressive and socialist members of Congress and other elected officials will no doubt be aware that the rise of China’s economic dominance across Africa, and its increasing influence in parts of Latin America, could endanger the independence of countries in those parts of the Global South. But they will also need to recognize that any U.S. response to what looks like Chinese exploitation must be grounded in humility, acknowledging the long history of U.S. colonial and neocolonial domination throughout those same regions. Efforts to compete with Chinese economic assistance by increasing Washington’s own humanitarian and development aid should mean directing all funds through the UN, rather than through USAID or the Pentagon. That will make U.S. assistance far less likely to be perceived as—and to be—an entry point for exploitation.

NATO: A progressive position on NATO flies straight into the face of the partisan component of the anti-Trump resistance—the idea that if Trump is for it, we should be against it. For a host of bad reasons that have to do with personal enrichment and personal power, Trump sometimes takes positions that large parts of the U.S. and global anti-war and solidarity movements have long supported. One of those is NATO. During the Cold War, NATO was the European military face of U.S.-dominated Western anti-Communism and anti-Sovietism. With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, peace activists from around the world called for the dissolution of NATO as an anachronistic relic whose raison d’etre was now gone.

Instead, NATO used its 50th anniversary in 1999 to rebrand itself as defending a set of amorphous, ostensibly “Western” values such as democracy, rather than having any identifiable enemy—something like a military version of the EU, with the United States on board for clout. Unable to win UN Security Council support for war in Kosovo, the United States and its allies used NATO to provide so-called authorization for a major bombing campaign—in complete violation of international law—and began a rapid expansion of the NATO alliance right up to the borders of Russia. Anti-war forces across the world continued to rally around the call “No to NATO”—a call to dissolve the alliance altogether.

But when Trump, however falsely, claims to call for an end to the alliance, or shows disdain for NATO, anti-Trump politicians and media lead the way in embracing the military alliance as if it really did represent some version of human rights and international law. It doesn’t—and progressives in elected positions need to be willing to call out NATO as a militarized Cold War relic that shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe or to mobilize against Russia or China or anyone else. It should be ended.

In fact, Trump’s claims to oppose NATO are belied by his actions. In his 2019 budget request he almost doubled the 2017 budget for the Pentagon’s “European Deterrence Initiative,” designed explicitly as a response to “threats from Russia.” There is a huge gap between Trump’s partisan base-pleasing condemnation of NATO and his administration&rdqou;s actual support for strengthening the military alliance. That contradiction should make it easier for progressive candidates and officeholders to move to cut NATO funding and reduce its power—not because Trump is against NATO but because the military alliance serves as a dangerous provocation toward war.


What George W. Bush first called “the global war on terror” is still raging almost 17 years later, though with different forms of killing and different casualty counts. Today’s reliance on airstrikes, drone attacks and a few thousand special forces has replaced the hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied ground troops. And today hardly any U.S. troops are being killed, while civilian casualties are skyrocketing across the Middle East and Afghanistan. Officials from the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have repeated the mantra that “there is no military solution” in Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq or against terrorism, but their actions have belied those words. Progressive elected officials need to consistently remind the public and their counterparts that it is not possible to bomb terrorism out of existence. Bombs don’t hit “terrorism”; they hit cities, houses, wedding parties. And on those rare occasions when they hit the people actually named on the White House&rdqou;s unaccountable kill list, or “terrorist” list, the impact often creates more terrorists.

The overall progressive policy on this question means campaigning for diplomatic solutions and strategies instead of military ones. That also means joining the ongoing congressional efforts led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others  to challenge the continued reliance on the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

In general, privileging diplomatic over war strategies starts with withdrawing troops and halting the arms sales that flood the region with deadly weapons. Those weapons too often end up in the hands of killers on all sides, from bands of unaccountable militants to brutally repressive governments, with civilians paying the price. Congress members should demand an end of massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other U.S. allies carrying out brutal wars across the Middle East, and they should call for an end to the practice of arming non-state proxies who kill even more people. They should call for a U.S. arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Israel (which presents a whole other set of arms-related challenges), while urging Russia to stop its arms sales to Syria, Iran and Pakistan. Given the power of the arms industries in the United States, arms embargoes are the most difficult—but perhaps the most important—part of ending the expanding Middle East wars.

Progressives in Congress should demand real support for UN-sponsored and other international peace initiatives, staffing whole new diplomatic approaches whose goal is political solutions rather than military victories—and taking funds out of military budgets to cover the costs. The goal should be to end these endless wars—not try to “win&rdqou; them.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: The most important thing for candidates to know is that there has been a massive shift in public opinion in recent years. It is no longer political suicide to criticize Israel. Yes, AIPAC and the rest of the right-wing Jewish, pro-Israel lobbies remain influential and have a lot of money to throw around. (The Christian Zionist lobbies are powerful too, but there is less political difficulty for progressives to challenge them.) But there are massive shifts underway in U.S. Jewish publicopinion on the conflict, and the lobbies cannot credibly claim to speak for the Jewish community as a whole.

Outside the Jewish community, the shift is even more dramatic, and has become far more partisan: Uncritical support for Israel is now overwhelmingly a Republican position. Among Democrats, particularly young Democrats, support for Israel has fallen dramatically; among Republicans, support for Israel’s far-right government is sky-high. The shift is particularly noticeable among Democrats of color, where recognition of the parallels between Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the legacies of Jim Crow segregation in the United States and apartheid in South Africa is rising rapidly.

U.S. policy, unfortunately, has not kept up with that changing discourse. But modest gains are evident even there. When nearly 60 members of the House and Senate openly skipped Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech when he came to lobby Congress to vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the sky didn’t fall. The snub to the Israeli prime minister was unprecedented, but no one lost their seat because of it. Rep. Betty McCollum’s bill to protect Palestinian children from Israel’s vicious military juvenile detention system (the only one in the world) now has 29 co-sponsors, and the sky still isn’t falling. Members of Congress are responding more frequently to Israeli assaults on Gaza and the killing of protesters, often because of powerful movements among their constituents. When Trump moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz acknowledged the divide: “While members of the Republican Party overwhelmingly expressed support for the move, Democrats were split between those who congratulated Trump for it and those who called it a dangerous and irresponsible action.”

That creates space for candidates and newly elected officials to respond to the growing portion of their constituencies that supports Palestinian rights. Over time, they must establish a rights-based policy. That means acknowledging that the quarter-century-long U.S.-orchestrated “peace process” based on the never-serious pursuit of a solution, has failed. Instead, left and progressive political leaders can advocate for a policy that turns over real control of diplomacy to the UN, ends support for Israeli apartheid and occupation, and instead supports a policy based on international law, human rights and equality for all, without privileging Jews or discriminating against non-Jews.

To progress from cautiously urging that Israel abide by international law, to issuing a full-scale call to end or at least reduce the $3.8 billion per year that Congress sends straight to the Israeli military, might take some time. In the meantime, progressive candidates must prioritize powerful statements condemning the massacre of unarmed protesters in Gaza and massive Israeli settlement expansion, demands for real accountability for Israeli violations of human rights and international law (including reducing U.S. support in response), and calls for an end to the longstanding U.S. protection that keeps Israel from being held accountable in the UN.

The right consistently accuses supporters of Palestinian rights of holding Israel to a double standard. Progressives in Congress should turn that claim around on them and insist that U.S. policy towards Israel—Washington’s closest ally in the region and the recipient of billions of dollars in military aid every year—hold Israel to exactly the same standards that we want the United States to apply to every other country: human rights, adherence to international law and equality for all.

Many supporters of the new crop of progressive candidates, and many activists in the movements they come out of, are supporters of the increasingly powerful, Palestinian-led BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement, that aims to bring non-violent economic pressure to bear on Israel until it ends its violations of international law. This movement deserves credit for helping to mainstream key demands—to end the siege of Gaza and the killing of protesters, to support investigations of Israeli violations by the International Criminal Court, to oppose Israel’s new “nation-state’ law—that should all be on lawmakers’ immediate agenda.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 100,000 Afghans and 2,000 U.S. troops have been killed in a U.S. war that has raged for almost 17 years. Not-Yet-President Trump called for withdrawal from Afghanistan, but within just a few months after taking office he agreed instead to send additional troops, even though earlier deployments of more than 100,000 U.S. troops (and thousands more coalition soldiers) could not win a military victory over the Taliban. Corruption in the U.S.-backed and -funded Afghan government remains sky-high, and in just the past three years, the Pentagon has lost track of how $3.1 billion of its Afghanistan funds were spent. About 15,000 US troops are still deployed, with no hope of a military victory for the United States.

Progressive members of Congress should demand a safe withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, acting on the long-held recognition that military force simply won’t work to bring about the political solution all sides claim to want.

Several pending bills also would reclaim the centrality of Congress’ role in authorizing war in general and in Afghanistan in particular—including ending the 2001 AUMF. Funding for humanitarian aid, refugee support, and in the future compensation and reparations for the massive destruction the U.S.-led war has wrought across the country, should all be on Congress’ agenda, understanding that such funding will almost certainly fail while U.S. troops are deployed.

IRAN: With U.S. and Iranian military forces facing each other in Syria, the potential for an unintentional escalation is sky-high. Even a truly accidental clash between a few Iranian and U.S. troops, or an Iranian anti-aircraft system mistakenly locking on to a U.S. warplane plane even if it didn’t fire, could have catastrophic consequences without immediate military-to-military and quick political echelon discussions to defuse the crisis. And with tensions very high, those ties are not routinely available. Relations became very dangerous when Trump withdrew the United States from the multi-lateral nuclear deal in May. (At that time, a strong majority of people in the United States favored the deal, and less than one in three wanted to pull out of it.)

The United States continues to escalate threats against Iran. It is sponsoring a growing regional anti-Iran alliance, with Israel and Saudi Arabia now publicly allied and pushing strongly for military action. And Trump has surrounded himself with war-mongers for his top advisers, including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who have both supported regime change in Iran and urged military rather than diplomatic approaches to Iran.

Given all that, what progressive elected officials need to do is to keep fighting for diplomacy over war. That means challenging U.S. support for the anti-Iran alliance and opposing sanctions on Iran. It means developing direct ties with parliamentarians from the European and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, with the aim of collective opposition to new sanctions, re-legitimizing the nuclear deal in Washington and reestablishing diplomacy as the basis for U.S. relations with Iran.

It should also mean developing a congressional response to the weakening of international anti-nuclear norms caused by the pull-out from the Iran deal. That means not just supporting the nonproliferation goals of the Iran nuclear deal, but moving further towards real disarmament and ultimately the abolition of nuclear weapons. Progressives in and outside of Congress should make clear that nuclear nonproliferation (meaning no one else gets to have nukes) can’t work in the long run without nuclear disarmament (meaning that the existing nuclear weapons states have to give them up). That could start with a demand for full U.S. compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which calls for negotiations leading to “nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete disarmament.”

SYRIA: Progressive candidates and elected officials should support policies designed to end, not “win” the war. That means withdrawing troops, ceasing airstrikes and drone attacks, and calling for an arms embargo on all sides of the multiple proxy war. The civil war component of the multiple wars in Syria is winding down as the regime consolidates its control, but the sectarian, regional and global components of that war have not disappeared, so continuing a call for an arms embargo is still important. The first step is to permanently end the Pentagon’s and the CIA’s “arm and train” policies that have prolonged the war and empowered some of its most dangerous actors.

There will also need to be negotiations between the regional and global actors that have been waging their own wars in Syria, wars that have little to do with Syria itself, but with Syrians doing the bulk of the dying. That means support for the UN’s and other internationally-sponsored de-escalation efforts, and serious engagement with Russia towards a permanent ceasefire, as well as the arms embargo. U.S. policy should include absolute prohibitions on Washington’s regional allies—including Saudi Arabia and Turkey—sending U.S.-provided arms into Syria. And progressive supporters of diplomacy should also maintain pressure on the United States to back multi-lateral diplomatic processes organized by the UN and others—on humanitarian issues in Geneva, and political issues in Astana. Cutting the United States’ multi-billion dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, Turkey and other U.S. allies involved in the Syrian wars would also lend legitimacy to U.S. efforts within those diplomatic processes to press Russia to stop providing arms to the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Congress has largely abrogated its responsibilities even as the 15-year war initiated by the United States continues. Progressive policymakers would do well to join the existing efforts to end—not replace, but cancel—the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq, and reopen congressional debate, with the goal of ending funding for war in Iraq once and for all. When President Obama withdrew the last troops from Iraq at the end of 2011, stating that “war in Iraq ends this month,” many assumed that the authorization ended as well. But it was never officially repealed and had no expiration date, and three years later Obama claimed that the then-12-year-old authorization justified the war against ISIS in Iraq. While Trump has relied primarily on the 2001 AUMF, the Iraq-specific authorization of 2002 remains in place and should be withdrawn. 

In the meantime, progressives in Congress should support many of the same policies for Iraq as for Syria: withdraw the troops and special forces, stop the assassination program that is the heart of Washington’s “counter-terrorism” campaign and cease sending arms. Congress should end funding to force the closure of the network of small “forward operating bases” and other U.S. military bases that may remain in U.S. hands in Iraq despite earlier agreements to turn them over to the Iraqi government. The U.S. must figure out new ways to provide financial compensation and support to the people whose country and society has been shredded by more than a dozen years of crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions bookended by two devastating wars (Desert Storm, starting in 1991, and the Iraq War, starting in 2003)—while somehow avoiding the further empowerment of corrupt and sectarian political and military leaders.

YEMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA: The ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen reflects the most deadly front of Saudi Arabia’s competition with Iran for regional hegemony. The United States is providing indirect and direct support, including U.S. Air Force pilots providing in-air refueling so Saudi and UAE warplanes can bomb Yemen more efficiently, and Green Berets fighting alongside Saudi troops on the border, in what the New York Times called “a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.”

The U.S.-backed Saudi war against Yemen has also created what the UN has declared the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis. Congress’ first action must be to immediately end all U.S. involvement in the war. Next, Congress must reject all approvals for arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as long as they continue to bomb and blockade Yemen.

Ending these arms sales may be a serious challenge, given the power of the arms manufacturers’ lobby, Israel’s strong support of Saudi Arabia against Iran and the fact that Saudi Arabia remains the top U.S. arms customer. But recent efforts and relatively close votes in both the House and Senate, while not successful, indicate that challenging the longstanding process of providing the Saudis with whatever weapons they want may be closer to reality than anticipated. The House called the U.S. military involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen “unauthorized.” Reps. Ro Khanna, Marc Pocan and others have introduced numerous House bills in recent months aimed at reducing U.S. arms sales and involvement in the Saudi-led assault. In the Senate, a March resolution to end U.S. military involvement in the Yemen war failed by only 11 votes, a much narrower margin than anticipated. Progressive candidates and new members of Congress should support all those efforts, and move further with a call for ending the longstanding U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia, especially military sales and support for the Saudi-Israeli partnership against Iran.


NORTH KOREA: Progressive elected officials will need to support Trump’s diplomatic initiatives, challenging mainstream Democrats willing to abandon diplomacy because Trump supports it (however tactically or temporarily). Progressives will also need to condemn U.S. military provocations that undermine that same diplomacy, and build public and congressional support for the inter-Korean diplomatic moves already underway. That should include pushing for exemptions in the U.S.-imposed sanctions that would allow inter-Korean economic and other initiatives to go forward. Progressives in Congress can also play a major role in supporting people-to-people diplomacy with North Korea, and they can lead the way in replacing the current armistice with a peace treaty finally ending the Korean War.

AFRICA: Across the continent, there is an urgent need to reverse the militarization of foreign policy, including reducing the size, breadth of responsibilities and theater of operations of AFRICOM.  The wide-ranging but unauthorized and largely secretive special operations and other military actions across the continent violate not only international law, but U.S. domestic law as well.

LATIN AMERICA: In Latin America, there is an urgent need for a new anti-interventionist policy, not least to stop the current attempts to take advantage of serious domestic crises in Venezuela, Nicaragua and elsewhere. Progressives will need to challenge the U.S. economic and foreign policies that create refugees from Central America in particular (including the consequences of the U.S. wars of the 1980s), even while fighting to protect those migrants seeking safety in the United States as a result of those earlier policies. Regarding Mexico, Congress needs to fight for a U.S. position in trade negotiations that is not based on economic nationalism, but rather on making sure that Mexican workers and U.S. workers are both equally lifted up. Left policymakers will also have the chance to play a leading role in forging a new relationship with Mexico’s just-elected progressive President Lopez-Obrador. 

All of the areas where U.S. wars are or were underway, as well as places where U.S. economic and climate policies have helped create crises threatening people’s lives, also become areas from which migrants are forced to flee their homes. U.S. policymakers must acknowledge that U.S. policies are direct causes of the refugee crises that exist in and around the war zones and climate crisis zones of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere—and that the refugees seeking asylum in Europe, and the far fewer trying to come to the United States, are a consequence of those policies. So progressive candidates and policymakers should support massive expansion of funding for these victims of war, including humanitarian support in their home regions and acceptance of far greater numbers of refugees into the United States. They must directly challenge the xenophobic policies of the Trump administration that include the Muslim Ban, the separation of children from their families at the border and the vast reduction in refugees accepted into this country. In Congress, that might include introducing bills to cut funding for ICE or eliminate the institution altogether.

Finally, progressive candidates and elected officials will need to continue to craft policy proposals that recognize what happens when the U.S. wars come home. This requires more voices in Congress challenging the military budget because it’s used to kill people abroad and because the money is needed for jobs, health care and education at home. It means challenging Islamophobia rising across the United States because of how it threatens Muslims in the United States and because it is used to build support for wars against predominantly Muslim countries. It means exposing—on the floor of the House and beyond—the fact that the Muslim bans targeted primarily countries the United States was bombing, sanctioning or stationing soldiers in. And it means being clear that protecting refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants has to include ending the wars that create refugees in the first place.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect every progressive or even every socialist running for national office to become an instant expert on every complicated piece of U.S. foreign policy. And for those running for state and local office, there may seem to be even less urgency. But we’ve seen how the Poor People’s Campaign, with its inclusion of militarism and the war economy as one of its four central targets (along with racism, poverty and environmental destruction), has demonstrated to all of our movements the importance of—and a model for—including an anti-war focus within multi-issue state and local mobilizations. The Movement for Black Lives has created one of the strongest internationalist and anti-war platforms we’ve seen in years—including calls for cutting the military budget, supporting Palestinian rights, stopping the Global War on Terror and the so-called War on Drugs, ending the militarized U.S. interventions across Africa, and linking U.S. military and economic policies with the rise in Haitian and other—predominantly Black—immigration.

Immigrant rights activists are linking movements for sanctuary (and against ICE) with opposition to the wars that create refugees. Campaignsare underway to reject the training of U.S. police by Israeli police and military forces. Battles are being waged to get local law enforcement agencies to refuse Pentagon offers of weapons and equipment left over from U.S. wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere. These campaigns all play out at the local and state level.

So especially for those running for Congress, but really for all candidates at every political level and venue in this country, there is a clear need for a strong, principled position on at least a few key foreign policy issues. And the key to making that happen still lies with our movements.

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Wow- here we are. After 8 years of ups, downs, and the intense insanity of the Obama administration, we've finally reached the last day of Hope n' Change Cartoons (at least for the foreseeable future).

I'd like to say things that are grandiose and moving, but who the heck needs that kind of pressure? If Lincoln had known beforehand that generations of kids were going to have to memorize every jot and tittle of the Gettysburg Address, he probably would have gotten writer's block and a migraine.

Moreover, if you're reading this, odds are good that you've already heard my opinions on pretty much everything. You know where my heart is and why I reflexively twitch when I hear the word "Obamacare." You know that I love this country, love those who have fought and died for our freedoms, and hope passionately that our nation has a bright future ahead.

Of course, that's only going to happen if we all continue to work towards that goal. And I really mean "all" - people of different political beliefs, races, economic strata, and whatever passes for gender these days.

I'm worried about that, because Obama's primary legacy (well, other than the wild pendulum-swing Presidency of Donald Trump) is one of hatred and anger, with American pitted against American. We see it every day now with the Left literally going out of its mind, declaring folks like us to be hatemongers, Trump to be the new Hitler, and the (formerly) United States of America to be a vicious fascist state.

Most of these people aren't evil - they're decent folks who are frightened and who have been lied to, and demonizing them would only be playing into Obama's game. Unfortunately, these people will not be swayed by words or logic (let alone delightfully witty webcomics) but will eventually have to have their opinions changed by actual successes from the Trump administration. Successes so large and tangible that there can be no denying them. Which is the same standard we should all use to judge every Presidency.

But even that may not be enough to convince those few who take an ugly pride in cultivating closed minds, cutting off communications to those with whom they disagree, or who simply lack the critical ability to process information anymore. Today I saw a story saying that Facebook (where many people get their "news," God help us) has instituted new algorithms to make sure that no more "fake news" ever appears on their list of breaking stories.

So what was at the top of their list of non-fake news today? This little gem...

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The "person to blame" is Donald Trump (surprise!). But who the hell are these "scientists" and by what power of scientific precognition are they able to foretell "apocalypse" or reset the hands of the preposterously-named and entirely bogus "Doomsday Clock?!" Fake news doesn't get any faker than this - and it can come from the Left or the Right. We need to cultivate skepticism while trying not to lapse into cynicism.

Looking back at 8 years of Hope n' Change, I'm proud of the fact that the cartoons and commentaries hold up as accurate and truthful. I'm proud of the fact that my vigorous opposition to Obama and the progressive agenda was never based on blind hatred, but on disagreement with actual policies and pronouncements. I genuinely gave this president a chance...but it didn't take him long to show himself wholly unworthy of his high office.

Some business items:

• The Hope n' Change website isn't going anywhere. It will be maintained so that you can visit anytime, sort of like going to DisneyWorld without needing to wait in lines!

• In the next week or two, I'll post a new welcoming page in which your hostess with the mostess, Busty Ross, will greet visitors and direct them to the easy to use "search" function that will let you time travel through thousands of HnC cartoons and posts about news stories as they developed over the years. If you've never played with this, you're missing a treat!

• In the near future, I'll probably make ebook collections of Hope n' Change available (perhaps each ebook representing a year). I've already found a service that can help me convert the content, and whatever I end up with will be offered as inexpensively as possible (maybe even free - I'm not really a red hot businessman).

The Hope n' Change Facebook page will remain active, and I'll probably post some new cartoons over there from time to time - albeit based on spontaneous impulse rather than an actual schedule.

• I can't emphasize enough that you should put your contact information on my email list (look at the top left column on this page). I'll never spam you, but I surely will have foolishness to contact you about from time to time as I discover new avenues of mischief-making.

Johnny Optimism, my other webcomic, will continue publishing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Heck, I'll even lift the ban on political comments over there in case any of you want to post "Funny leprosy gag, Stilt. By the way, did you catch the total dick move by Schumer today?!" 

I'm going to genuinely miss every one of you. And I'm not going to expound on that right now because Clan MacGregor is genuinely foul scotch at the best of times, and its taste will not be improved by tears and snot. Probably.

I'll be back.  I don't yet know how, when, or in what form - but I have no more ability to restrain my creative impulses than a Tourette's patient has to stop shouting obscenities.  In fact, my creative impulses may actually be a form of Tourette's. In which case, I'm hoping to get it named after me.


Some of you have voiced concern that Lefty Lucy may fall on hard times considering that she'll be losing her internship here at the Hope n' Change office tower and has no demonstrable job skills. Happily, something has already opened up for her...

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SOooo, that's it for now - though I'll meet you all for drinks and party hats in the comments section. It's genuinely been an honor and a privilege to be your host (not that I'm calling you parasites!) for the past 8 years.  I made the jokes, but you made the community. And for that I will always be grateful.   -Stilton Jarlsberg

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Truth in advertising: my hair turned white during Obama's first year in office.

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In lieu of flowers, send angry tweets and unfriend people on Facebook.
The cartoon above, created decades ago by Stilton's father, seems particularly apt at this volatile moment in time. On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States with an historically low approval rating and rabid, foam-dribbling opposition from those on the Left.

Congressman John Lewis, among 40 or so other elected Democratic plantation owners, will be skipping the inauguration to protest John Podesta's inability to understand that "password" is not a secure password. Entertainers are running for cover rather than have their names (and careers, if any) forever associated with the Inaugural festivities. New York mayor Bill de Blasio will even spend Inauguration Day taking part in a protest staged at Trump's NY City International Hotel, linking arms with liberal chowderheads like Alec Baldwin and Michael "Are you going to finish that pie?" Moore.

And this is all before Trump's first day in office.

In the past, Inauguration Day was a celebration of the American Way as much as the simple transfer of power to a new President. A time for people of all political persuasions to come together, however briefly, to give the new guy a chance. A honeymoon period which the Right has always granted the Left, even when unqualified radical community organizers with vaguely terrorist-sounding names are sworn into office solely on the basis of being "clean" and having perfectly creased pants.

But not this time. It seems there are indelible battle lines drawn already and the zeitgeist is about to hit the fan with a loud and foul-smelling splat.

On Friday, Hope n' Change predicts we'll see the official kick-off of a four year (at least) culture war unlike anything which has come before. A clash not predicated on policies or even reality, but rather on ideology and blind emotion. The coasts versus flyover country, and the over-educated versus the overlooked. We would metaphorically suggest that it will be like previous manifestations of the Left on meth, only we're not at all sure that they weren't already on meth.

Editorially speaking, this would be the perfect spot for us to insert solemn words intended to heal our national rifts and call for unity, tolerance, and mutual understanding. But, and we can't emphasize this point strongly enough, screw that.

Whether they like it or not, it is these same strident Leftists who bear the responsibility for Donald Trump's election. For that reason alone, they should try to just shut the hell up for a little while and reflect on the fact that the "monster" to which they so stridently object is of their own creation.

Tweets we wish were real.

We'll admit we're a little confused. Obama has recently been telling us that our entire system of democracy has been undermined by the theft of secrets which ended up on Wikileaks.  Which is why it's so puzzling that Barry has just commuted the 35-year espionage sentence of Private Bradley Manning (now "Chelsea Manning" through the politically popular miracle of gender reassignment) for the theft of secrets which ended up on Wikileaks.

Rather than struggle to ascertain the president's baffling reasoning in making this anti-security decision, Hope n' Change is instead going with Occam's Razor: we think he did it because he's an asshole.

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When we read that the nation's oldest and best known circus was going out of business, we simply assumed that it was another one of Donald Trump's metaphors for draining the Washington swamp.

But no, it's actually the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus which is literally packing their tents after nearly a century and a half. Audiences have changed, with smartphone-tapping ADD kids preferring virtual entertainment to live performers.

Of course, there's still plenty of circus-style wackiness to enjoy in the run-up to Inauguration Day. Protesters are making plans to shut down Washington DC, performing artists are receiving death threats from the "tolerant Left" if they agree to appear for President-elect Trump, and press conferences are now best conducted by someone wielding a whip and chair. All we need is some calliope music and the smell of manure.

But come to think of it, we already have one of those things in abundance.

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Martin Luther King Jr had a dream...which turned into an 8 year nightmare under Barack Obama. Virtually every socioeconomic metric for black Americans got worse under this president, while race relations plunged to new lows owing to the unending race-baiting and divisiveness of those on the Left.

Hope n' Change likes what Donald Trump has had to say about finally breaking the Democrat's merciless death grip on inner cities and improving opportunities for black citizens. We'll be watching closely to see if, unlike the loathsome man he is following into office, Trump's promises actually prove to be more than words.

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We were tempted to call this the John Wilkes Dunking Booth, but it would be wrong - that's for sure.

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Okay, Trump isn't really going to be pee-boarding anyone (darn it), but just because a story isn't true is no reason not to report it.  At least, in 2017 that seems to be the prevailing journalistic philosophy after a number of news outlets, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and hyperbole, published reports that the Russians were ready to blackmail Donald Trump with secret videos of the billionaire in a Moscow hotel room, paying prostitutes to perform a "golden showers" scenario (peeing) on a bed once used by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The only problem is that there's no evidence whatsoever that this ever happened. None. It's complete and utter claptrap, and less believable than the rumor that the Russians have video of the night the Obamas used that hotel room and someone ended up getting a "dirty Sanchez." (If you don't know the term, for the love of all that's holy don't look it up.  Let's just say it's a sexual act invented by liberals who really, really deserve to be turned into pillars of salt.)

At a press conference on Wednesday, Trump quickly dismissed the preposterous tale - and subsequently refused to take questions from a CNN reporter because that organization was one of the purveyors of this "fake news." Score one for The Donald!

The so-called "Trump Blackmail" dossier has apparently been kicking around for months, with many people in government and media aware of its existence, but unable to do anything with it since none of the accusations held up to scrutiny. Which is frequently the case when a story is complete and utter bullcrap.

Still, the fictitious scandal developed a life of its own behind closed doors. If we're getting the story right (which seems quaint, doesn't it?), the dossier found its way into the hands of John McCain who was so stunned by the scatological accusations that he spat out the acorns he'd been storing in his cheeks for winter.

McCain then gave the report to FBI Director (and unindicted Hillary co-conspirator) James Comey, who - instead of burning the report and suggesting that McCain check into a 12-step program -  apparently slipped the information to perennial lunatic Harry Reid, who demanded the allegations be made public to derail Trump's run to the White House. This is, of course, the same Harry Reid who gleefully boasts about lying his ass off regarding Mitt Romney's taxes as an act of political sabotage.

(And on a side note, Harry, absolutely no one believes your story of getting your face battered and bruised by an exercise rubber band gone rogue. Rather, we strongly suspect that person or persons unknown beat the living tar out of you, then disappeared into the shadows before we could offer to buy them several rounds of drinks.)

Passed around as indiscriminately as Bill Clinton's DNA, the report eventually found it's way to the NBC-affiliated "news" website Buzzfeed (so named because Buttfeed was apparently already taken) which printed every scurrilous word online - kicking off a massive "me too" campaign of other alleged news organization linking to the story without even pretending to fact-check.

As alleged actress Meryl Streep said only days ago, "Disrespect invites disrespect" and "when the powerful use their positions to bully, we all lose. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage."

So far, the real outrages seem to be generated by a press which has deserted anything remotely like principle.

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There are two related stories to discuss today, both on the subject of Intelligence. A word which, needless to say when referring to Washington, refers to "spying" instead of anything remotely like "smartness" or "proper brain function."

Specifically, President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he doesn't consider US intelligence agencies to be 100% reliable, especially when it comes to their consensus accusation that Vladimir Putin interfered with our election by disguising himself with a pair of Groucho glasses, then driving a schoolbus filled with Cossacks to various polling places in key electoral states.

But before Hope n' Change dives into the details of the "Russian hacking" story, let's look at Barack Obama's recent claim of advising Trump - strictly as a professional courtesy - that as President he should always trust the US intelligence community.

"There are going to be times," the miserable stain on the Oval Office said, "where the only way you can make a good decision is if you have confidence that the process is working, and the people that you put in charge are giving you their very best assessments."

Really, Barry? Is that how you've conducted your presidency? Not according to the Hope n' Change vault...

Let's review a few fun facts. As president, B. Hussein skipped the majority of his intelligence briefings including the one immediately following the debacle in Benghazi. Barry also had nothing but foreign policy failures, and repeatedly placed the blame on his intelligence agencies.

So why should Trump - or the rest of us - invest our trust in the intelligence agencies who failed to see the rise of Isis? Who missed nuclear weapons development by Iran during our negotiations? Who were unable to connect the dots preceding Putin's many successful aggressions - as well as those of China and North Korea.

These are the intelligence agencies whose keen insights helped bring about nightmare scenarios in Syria, Libya, and pretty much every other country which has mosques. Intelligence agencies which failed to flag September 11th as a potentially meaningful day for terrorists to attack in Benghazi.

Intelligence agencies which, at least according to the administration, found it "no big deal" that Hillary (as freaking Secretary of State) put all of our national secrets on an unguarded personal server just so she could dodge future Freedom of Information Act demands to see documents rightfully belonging to the American people.

All of which brings us back to the "Election hacking" story. The intelligence agencies have now offered up their (ahem) official report on this alleged election-changing, super-sophisticated act of cyber terror, and have found that (cue the shower-stabbing music from "Psycho") Vladimir Putin personally ordered a monumental campaign to undermine our election and put his personal buddy, Donald Trump, into office!

But there's one little problem. While the declassified report is happy to draw this apocalyptic conclusion, it offers virtually no proof. We're asked to accept this poppycock on sheer trust, which would be a lot easier if the Obama administration and intelligence agencies had even an iota of credibility anymore.

But let's look at a couple of important things the report says that we can agree with: there was no hacking or interference with any voting or vote-tallying machines, and the intelligence agencies do not assert that the alleged Russian campaign had any influence on voters or the election. Wow.

It is also noteworthy that the intelligence agencies were able to draw such detailed conclusions considering the DNC failed to cooperate with the investigation, and wouldn't grant the FBI access to their computers. And interestingly, the report fails to note that the sensitive emails eventually released by Wikileaks (again, without direct evidence of Russian involvement) weren't even obtained by "hacking," but rather by a simple "phishing" email sent to John Podesta, in which he revealed that his password (and the key to all of the DNC's documents) was..."password."

The report also states that Putin's evil plan to overthrow our election involved schemes like having Russian newscasts criticize Hillary Clinton more than Donald Trump. Which apparently made a huge impact on the many voters whose primary source of information was Russian newscasts.

We could go on and on (and already have!) but our point is this: thanks to the Obama administration our intelligence agencies no longer have a whit of credibility, nor does their preposterously politicized "Russian hacking" report.

Considering 8 years of wall-to-wall failures, it's not surprising that Americans have decided to turn their backs on alleged "Intelligence" in favor of Donald Trump's promise of common sense.

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Barack Obama has announced that he will be making a farewell address to the citizens of Chicago next week, in part to "celebrate the way you've changed this country." We can't think of a better location, considering some of those "changes" include 762 murders in 2016, and the recent abduction and torture (with live Facebook streaming) of a mentally challenged white man by four black thugs, who used their time in the online spotlight laughing and spouting obscenities directed at Donald Trump and white people.

When white lunatic Dylann Roof murdered nine black members of a South Carolina church, Barack Obama made clear his belief that nobody acts alone (even if they think they do), and larger sociological connections - and corrections - must be made.

While that point can and should be debated (Obama himself denies his own "logic" every time a Muslim carries out an act of terror), it can't be debated that, even worse than a lone psychopath, there is something sicker and more inherently dangerous about a group of hate-filled people who joyfully torture another human and broadcast it to their friends. That's symptomatic of a culture of sociopathy, malignant and metastasizing.

While it's easy and appropriate to lay some of the blame on media celebration of thugs, ho's, and the gangster life, we believe the larger share of guilt belongs to generations of Democrat policy makers - Obama most decidedly included - who have destroyed black families, the educational system, and the nation's inner cities in order to provide an unending source of enslaved voters who must rely on government entitlements for survival.

Add to this the Obama administration's 8 year history of stoking racial fires, showing antagonism towards police, and their active encouragement of rioting in black communities as an appropriate and "understandable" response to acts of imagined racism.

All of this has created a sickness in the soul of too many black Americans that is as representative of Obama's "legacy" as anything could possibly be. If the man had an ounce of honesty or integrity, he wouldn't be traveling to Chicago to boast of his "accomplishments" - he'd be going there to apologize.




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We'll be talking more about this in the near future, but just to give everyone time to adjust to the idea (including ourselves), we're officially announcing that Hope n' Change Cartoons will be turning out the lights here on or slightly after the day Obama leaves office.

Hope n' Change has existed with a specific purpose in mind: to comment on the many disasters associated with the Obama administration and the culture of liberalism, and to address those issues with enough humor to boost morale for those on the Right who've been fighting back. That job has been completed and we've got the empty scotch bottles to prove it.

Mind you, we don't expect the world of politics to get any less ugly and ridiculous now - far from it. These are going to be tumultuous times and no political satirist is going to run out of raw material while Donald Trump is in office and Obama is heckling from the front row.

But we're looking forward to finding new projects to work on, both personal and professional. A lot has been "back burnered" in the past 8 years, and we're not getting any younger (although oddly, we are getting more distinguished looking). We plan to do more things which are creative, fun and funny - and don't come with rigid (albeit self-assigned) deadlines throughout the week.

A few additional points:

• We intend to keep up an easy-to-find public profile.

• This site will remain intact and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep it visible. There's a lot of history here!

• Our Hope n' Change Facebook page will continue, although whether new cartoons get posted over there will be purely a matter of whether or not our graphics Tourette's syndrome kicks in.

Johnny Optimism will continue as usual. Sick kids and life's unfairness never get old!

• If you're on our mailing list, we're going to maintain the database so when we create another blog, write a book, or just want to stage a huge reunion party at some centrally located bar, we'll be able to reach you. If you're NOT on the mailing list, then add your information here before the end of the month.  It's free, there's no spam, and future historians will list you among the pantheon of heroes.

There's a lot more that needs to be said, but we'll save that for another day. For now, just know how sincerely appreciated you are - and let's continue business as usual while enjoying the countdown to Barack Obama's final day in office!

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With the political world holding its breath in anticipation, Hope n' Change finally endorses a Presidential candidate...

While lacking the enthusiasm evinced by many Trump supporters, Hope n' Change opines that "Donald Trump is potentially a yuuuuge disrupter at a time when our political system needs huge disruption. Our nation would be far more likely to survive his possible policy failures than even a single term of Hillary Clinton's toxic policy successes."

This belief is immediately confirmed when yet another federal agency is revealed to have been corrupted by proximity to the Clinton Machine...

After laundry-listing the many, many ways that Hillary had lied, evaded, and thoroughly compromised national security with her secret email server, FBI Director James Comey decides that no charges should be pressed because:

A) He is apparently a complete political whore
B) His family was being held at gunpoint
C) He believes that women (bless their hearts) are just too darn stupid to understand computers, national security, and laws
D) Hillary made a pact with Satan which involves fellating lepers in Hell for all eternity
E) All of the above. Which, frankly, we're pretty sure is the right answer.

Energized by this undeserved "Get Out of Jail Free" card, Hillary immediately seizes on new ways to make voters hate her...

Following a black sniper's assassination of five Dallas police officers who were providing security for a "Black Lives Matter" protest, Hillary bravely declares that the actual problem is that white people need to do a better job of listening and, bizarrely, that Wall Street needs greater transparency. Based on her strong statement, an increasing number of voters begin to suspect she's using narcotics.

Meanwhile,  GOP heads explode when Senator Ted Cruz appears at the Republican National Convention and speaks passionately about the need to defend freedom and the Constitution, but fails to endorse Trump by name for reasons no one can explain...

But July isn't done with us yet. Following a series of scandals revealing sabotage against the Bernie Sanders campaign, the DNC meets to celebrate democracy by anointing a candidate selected by unelected "superdelegates"...


With the wind at her back, which is helpful in keeping her upright, Hillary starts fleshing out what revolutionary policies she hopes to bring to the presidency other than the ability to pee while sitting down...

But concerns grow about the candidate's health as she is increasingly seen struggling with simple tasks like speaking without coughing up a lung, getting both eyes to point in the same direction, or telling the truth...

But undaunted and pumped full of amphetamines and opioids,  Hillary throws herself into intense preparation for the upcoming Presidential debates...

And speaking of sex escapades (which is pretty much synonymous with speaking about the Clintons) another one rears its...uh...head when Anthony Weiner, the oft-disgraced husband of Hillary's right hand woman Huma Abedin, is discovered to be emailing bonergrams to an under-aged girl...

Saying "enough is enough," Huma gives up on Weiner (not that there's anything wrong with that) and prepares to face new challenges in...


When asked to answer yet more questions about her totally illegal scheme to evade the Freedom of Information Act and, as an unexpected bonus, give away all of our nation's secrets, Hillary is struck - apparently forcefully - with a brilliant idea...

Yes, the woman who wants to be President of the United States claims to have such substantial brain damage that she can't remember anything which happened while she was engaged in criminal activity.  Which is to say her entire adult life.

Shortly thereafter, Clinton speaks to an adoring throng of hired enthusiasts at an LGBT fundraiser and makes a statement which convinces even hardened skeptics that she has gangrenous grey matter...

"To be grossly generalistic," she grossly cackled, "you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic— you name it!"

Surprisingly, at least to Democrats, it turns out that many Americans don't appreciate being mocked, disparaged, and slandered by corrupt elites. Which is why it's (ahem) fortunate for Clinton that the public is soon distracted by a terrorist bomb blast...

29 people are hurt (and thankfully none killed) when a bomb is detonated in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York. Chelsea Clinton swears "it's just a coincidence" and "I'm working on an alibi."

Hoping to get her media narrative back on track, Hillary Clinton puts avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail to say that he no longer despises everything Hillary stands for, and that he's come to the life-changing (and possibly life-saving) realization that she is the most honest, refreshing, and ethical politician ever born...

In fairness to Bernie, maybe he was just trying on his "shameless whore" costume to make ready for...


Suddenly, the campaign is rocked by a series of well-coordinated (if loosely fact-checked) attacks on Donald Trump's finances...

The NY Times goes "front page crazy" with a story screaming that over the past few years, Donald Trump may have paid all the federal income tax he legally owed - which possibly, and only possibly, equaled "none." Not only is "Man Pays Correct Amount of Taxes" not a scandal, it's not even interesting.

What is interesting is that the story was written based on illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public. Democratic spokespeople offer high praise for the publication of illegally leaked documents, then report a weird feeling "like a crow just stepped on my grave."

In a shocking revelation that even offends serial rapist Bill Clinton, an old audiotape reveals that Donald Trump once used the word "pussy" in a conversation which did not involve cats. Even worse, a (very small) parade of women come forward, dabbing tears, to share tortured memories of being "kissed without permission" by Donald Trump, who used only Tic Tacs for breath control.

Unfortunately for Hillary, none of this is as interesting as Wikileaks' release of thousands of documents detailing the corruption of the Clinton Foundation, Hillary's "pay for play" use of the State Department to solicit bribes, and the overall sleaziness of everyone in the Democratic party.

Suddenly finding illegally obtained information which was leaked to the public abhorrent, the media and the White House blame Russian hackers because it sounds better than "our own idiocy." Joe Biden warns of draconian counter measures...

In the midst of all this, early voting begins, with record numbers of voters flooding to the polls to decide which of the two least popular candidates in American history will win...

But wait! With Halloween in the air, James Comey doesn't need to dress up as a ghost to scare the sheet out of Hillary - he simply reopens her "thing that wouldn't die" email espionage case only days before the election.

Hilariously, it turns out that in the course of investigating Anthony Weiner's underage sexting activities, the FBI has discovered thousands of Hillary's State Department emails on his personal well as on his laptop computer.

And so the stage is set for...


Following a hostage video in which James Comey, bruised and bound, says that nothing suspicious other than Top Secret documents was found on Weiner's "spank bank" computer, Election Day arrives at last.

Left-leaning media political pundits sport Cheshire Cat grins, and Hillary Clinton's team pops champagne corks as the poll results start to come in.

Soon after which the grins fade, the champagne goes flat, and (according to trustworthy sources on the Left) Armageddon arrives...

Trump wins to the shock and disbelieving horror of liberals everywhere...

Apparently unaware of how the American voting system works, those on the Left are further devastated by the realization that while Hillary won the popular vote, it's only the critical electoral college vote that decides the Presidency...

While many anti-Americans take the news of Trump's victory badly,  perhaps the most convincing display of grief comes from Fidel Castro who actually goes to the trouble of dropping dead...

Which at long last brings us to...


In the weeks following the election, it becomes clear that American voters were sick of being denigrated, disrespected, and lied to by their own government. Tired of seeing their health insurance costs skyrocket while their benefits plummeted. And unwilling to accept a stagnant economy which seemingly offered jobs only to hedge fund managers and fry cooks.

Granted, not everyone saw the election results in the same way...

When his analysis is roundly laughed at, Barack Obama goes back to his default position of claiming that the election was somehow "hacked" by evil Russians who, inexplicably, liked the idea of Donald Trump having a nuclear arsenal.

The soon-to-be ex-president declares the alleged hacking to be a grave and immediate existential threat to our nation, then takes swift action by boarding Air Force One for another extended, multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii...

Back on the mainland, the electoral college finally meets to officially cast their votes. And once again, a dazed and broken Hillary has to settle for second place...

With only days left in the year, Americans finally breathe a sigh of relief - confident that they can enjoy the holidays without any vacationing presidents suddenly launching a vicious sneak attack on one of our closest allies. They are, of course, wrong...

With assistance (and likely direction) from the Obama administration, the U.N. passes a resolution condemning Israel, eroding that nation's legitimacy and chances for eventual peace.  It is a transparently petty and vindictive act from a petty and vindictive president bent on burning the world down if he can't be in charge.

In the final days of his wretched administration, he also admits floods of refugees and illegals into the country, grants early release to a record number of felons, and puts thousands of new regulations in place to hamper the American economy under Donald Trump.

Which is why the stroke of midnight on December 31st has never been sweeter...

Happy New Year from Stilton Jarlsberg and Hope n' Change Cartoons...which, after 8 long years, finally has actual hope for change.

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If we had to sum up 2016 in a single word, it would be...unprintable. Seriously, we'd be working hard to come up with the vilest, most appalling, utterly disgusting and likely illegal word in our rich, albeit genuinely filthy vocabulary - and even then we'd fail to do justice to this rotten collection of months.

Fortunately, we don't have to sum things up in a single word. We have this entire page to work with, so let's dive straight into...


The year hits the ground running (like an abscessed boil) when the Post Office releases a "Forever" stamp commemorating the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha, which honors the willingness of Ibrahim to slit his son's throat after being "triple dog dared" by Allah. As part of the festival, modern Muslims are still expected to sacrifice their best farm animal...assuming they have the financial ability to first buy it an orange jumpsuit and get it to pose for a Youtube video.

And speaking of people associated with Youtube videos, Hillary Clinton stays busy denying that she  ever had classified documents on her private email server. An assertion which, like everything else Hillary has ever said, turns out to be wildly untrue.

Of course, not all newsworthy events were domestic. Or even comprehensible...

John "You Rang?" Kerry comes out with the least encouraging pronouncement imaginable about the throat-cutting, suicide-bombing, allegedly non-Islamic murderers of ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, or whatever the hell other name the administration thinks likely to be unrecognized by Democratic voters.

Specifically, Kerry further downgrades our nation's goal from "destroying, degrading, or disrupting" the maniacal killers to merely "denting" them. His goal apparently being to make Hillary look like only the second worst Secretary of State ever, just in time for...


Early in the Democratic debate process, Martin O'Malley shocks everyone by announcing that he'd dropped out of the race - which was the first time anyone knew he'd been in the race.

Following Hillary Clinton's discovery in Iowa that she is less popular among young females than a yeast infection, Hillary asks herself what vivacious, high-powered celebrity superstar could help her reel in youthful female votes in New Hampsire, and she comes up with...

Oddly, threats of eternal damnation don't save Hillary from a landslide loss to Bernie Sanders, causing Hillary to break out the really big gun...

But just as things get really bleak for Hillary, the entire political landscape is changed by an unexpected death...

Beloved conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suddenly dies in bed with a pillow on his head. A local judge pronounces the death due to natural causes without seeing the body or ordering an autopsy, because Obamacare doesn't cover those things.

In the following days, Obama decides to skip Scalia's funeral owing to an absolutely unavoidable scheduling conflict involving a critical tee time...

The country will not see such a blatantly petty snub again until, well, a few days later in...


"If I didn't attend a funeral for a sitting Supreme Court Justice," the president may well have said, "I sure as hell won't be wasting my time going to one for some first lady. There's nothing less important than a first lady!"

In his place, the president appropriately sends...the first lady.

And speaking of skipping commitments, seemingly unstoppable primary candidate Donald Trump has a few clearly expressed ideas on the subject...

But of course, there's more than just an election going on. Barack Obama is still holding the reins and shaping critical foreign policy. Which is how we ended up with...

In his never-ending quest to build a legacy, the president tries to normalize relations with the oppressive communist dictatorship of Cuba in hopes of increasing the number of investment opportunities for his wealthy donors, and decreasing the number of Cuban immigrants whose children might grow up to become conservative GOP presidential candidates.

But only days later, the world is again shocked by a brutal act of terrorism - this time in a Brussels airport. Despite his busy travel schedule, Obama immediately swings into action...

Rather than doing diddly-squat about the carnage in Brussels, Obama attends a baseball game with new BFF Raul Castro, then jets off to Argentina where he performes a pelvis-grinding tango at a state dinner to prove his masculinity to ISIS.

Which brings us to...


To help shore up support from women who just can't seem to understand the whole complicated "birds & bees" thing, Hillary declares that "unborn persons" have no rights - making it perfectly acceptable to take viable children in the final days (or hours) of gestation and turn them into chop suey. An observation that Bernie Sanders quickly echoes, while admitting that it's put him off Chinese take-out for awhile.

But life and death issues soon take a backseat to a far more important crisis in America...

Springsteen and other (ahem) "artists" boycott North Carolina following passage of a law which segregates bathroom privileges based exclusively on an individual's God-given plumbing rather than their current (and sometimes whimsically flexible) gender self-identification.  This kicks off a firestorm of controversy around the country as liberals try to force businesses to create new bathrooms for each of the 51 sexual genders (no, really) recognized by Facebook, or at least let anyone who enjoys peeing in front of kids do so to fight discrimination.

The country becomes so embroiled in the issue that it becomes necessary for Barack Obama to remind the nation who truly suffers from discrimination in our wretched country...

The tone deaf president assembles a group of allegedly popular rappers (including Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Wale, DJ Khaled, and others we couldn't possibly pick out of a police line-up) to help with his "Brother's Keeper" initiative which is designed to encourage young black men to avoid incarceration for undocumented acts of wealth redistribution.

Unfortunately, during the president's remarks, rapper Rick Ross's court-ordered ankle bracelet goes off. It turns out that the man selected by Mr. Obama to serve as an exemplary racial role model is required to wear the device until his trial date for aggravated assault and battery, pistol-whipping, and kidnapping.

Were the other dignitaries at the summit nonplussed? Based on their actual pictures below, we're guessing not...

Meanwhile, as the primaries wear on, people finally start realizing that Trump might actually become the GOP nominee...

By the way, in case you don't know, the cartoon above is a tribute to "Forbidden Planet," which is the best sci-fi movie ever made. If you've never seen it, get your hands on it and watch it NOW while the rest of us move on to...


By a significant margin, Hoosiers go to the polls to declare that they find Trump to be the candidate who is outstanding in the field. And trust us, Indiana folk (like us!) love jokes about fields. But feeling distinctly un-loved, Cruz says "enough" and drops out of the race, practically guaranteeing Trump's nomination.

Assuming, of course, that he doesn't fall prey to the latest death-dealing malady inflaming the media...

In response to the dread threat hypothetically presented by mosquito-borne Zika virus, Barack Obama requests $2 billion to prevent the blood-sucking parasites coming across our southern border from wreaking destruction. The $2 billion will be used to put the young mosquitoes in good schools, settle their families in middle class neighborhoods, and give the grown mosquitoes some walking around money until they can find permanent blood-sucking jobs in government.

That is, unless someone intends to drastically reduce the number of blood-sucking jobs in government...

Donald Trump "seals the deal" when his delegate count pushes over the magic number of 1,237 with multiple states left to go to further pad his margin of victory.  The people have spoken - and they're using very short (frequently 4-letter) words as they storm into...


Because Donald Trump's blunt candor is generating so many news stories, Barack Obama jumps back into the erudition spotlight with a devastatingly brutal dissection of contemporaneous political rhetoric and offers wise analytical advice...

Of course, there's no "okey-doke" going on in the Democratic primaries. Everything is honest, legit, and above board...

Bernie Sanders grows peevish when the Associated Press declares Hillary to be the overall winner of Democratic primaries which haven't happened yet. It's almost like a conspiracy of some sort is working against him - but that's crazy, right?

Then without warning...

Terror returns to the United States in the form of an ISIS-inspired lunatic who kills and wounds over 100 people at a Gay nightclub in Orlando, before being sent straight to Hell by a policeman's bullet.

Authorities struggle to discern the killer's motives, having nothing to go on other than his actual 911 phone call in which he swears allegiance to ISIS, and shouts"Allahu Akbar" during his death-dealing spree.

Such a vile act is obviously unacceptable to the Obama administration, and they move quickly to let future terrorists know what they'll be up against...

Frankly, all of these events are getting so overwhelming that Hope n' Change needs a little time off - so we play hooky for a week, confident that it will be a slow period for news.

We are, of course, dead wrong...


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Yes, it's an old cartoon - but it's never been truer.
Although Barack Obama has only days left in office, he's doing his best to make every one of them the worst possible ways. As a case in point, witness his almost unbelievable betrayal of Israel by failing to prevent the passage of a U.N. resolution which will do grave damage to our (ahem) former ally for years to come.

Even worse, Israel claims to have evidence that the Obama administration actually helped draft this sneak attack on Israel - clearly missing any moral insight from the recent visit of Japan's prime minister to Pearl Harbor.

Also in his busy, busy schedule, the president has been releasing prisoners from jail faster than Henry Ford churned out model-T's, recently setting a new record by granting 231 pardons in a single day - which is perhaps only a warm-up for setting more felons free in the coming weeks. But at least he's not dumping dangerous prisoners from Guantanamo on the world, right? Wrong! He's taking steps to transfer up to 18 more detainees before Trump takes office (only 4.5 of whom will return to battlefield mayhem and active terrorism, according to the government's own statistics).

But wait - there's more! To help assure that US relations with Russia are as bad as possible on his way out, Obama is about to announce plans to "punish" Russia for their alleged (yet entirely unsubstantiated) role in telling voters the truth about Hillary Clinton, thereby upsetting our precious national system of basing elections on catchphrases, lies, and genitalia. The president's retaliatory arsenal is said to include various harsh sanctions and "cyber-operations," including forcing Russians to use the website to get medical treatment.

Besides all of this active sabotage of the incoming Trump administration, Barry is also spending the waning days of his presidency ingesting large quantities of hallucinogens (perhaps with buddies from his Hawaiian "choom gang"). How else to explain his recent declaration that, had be been allowed to run again, he would have won a third term by beating Donald Trump.

Not because of any actual accomplishments, of course, but because "in conversations that I've had with people around the country - even some people who disagreed with me - they would say, 'The vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.'"

That direction, by the way, remains unchanged after 8 years...although we're still unsure if it points to Mecca or Hell.

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Run, forest, run!
Hillary Clinton, who was desperately pushing a "free college education" pledge to win votes from the young and simple-minded, got her own college education Monday for the low, low cost of only $1.2 billion in campaign spending. Because Monday was when the members of the electoral college finally voted to officially make Donald Trump the winner of the 2016 Presidential election.

While Hillary still has ongoing grudges (and perhaps assassination contracts) against Vladimir Putin, Anthony Weiner, and schizophrenic FBI director James Comey for her loss on November 8th, the former first lady is blaming one and only one person for her massive electoral college loss: former actress (and recognizable human) Loretta Swit...

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At the plastic surgeon's she went full retread. You should NEVER go full retread.
Swit was one of a handful of alleged celebrities who appeared in a last-gasp ad which encouraged electoral college voters to cast their ballots for somone - anyone - other than the man who actually won the Presidential election.  Clearly, no minds were changed...although we imagine the electors will continue to have screaming nightmares for the rest of their lives.

And so, Hope n' Change is emitting a small (but cautious) sigh of relief as it appears that the election results will really stick, and Hillary will be forced to spend the rest of her days out in that poplar forest foraging for grubs, berries, and nonexistent Foundation donors while muttering obscenities in the snow.

As Tiny Tim would say, "God bless us, every one!"

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The ruling by a federal appeals court was a major setback for the pesticide industry, which had successfully lobbied the Trump administration to reject a ban.
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This is SO much funnier when you substitute the correct word for "bleeping"...
The Left is still pushing the story that the integrity of our recent election was fatally compromised by leaked information which, according to unnamed and unsubstantiated intelligence agency sources who are leaking information (if not made up entirely) came from Russia.

We've already editorialized on this nonsense, but found that a new low was reached when White House spokesweasel Josh Earnest declared (not joshing, but earnestly) that "It's just a fact that (Trump) was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent (to) help his campaign."

Well, no - it's a fact that Trump made a very obvious joke about Russia finding the 30,000 emails that Hillary was hiding from investigators. But when this obvious truth was pointed out to Earnest, he glowered, "I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyberactivity to destabilize our democracy. That's not a joke. Nobody at the White House thought it was a joke. Nobody in the intelligence community thought it was a joke."

In other words, nobody in the White House or intelligence community would know a joke if it bit them in the ass. Which this one actually has.

Still, the preposterous hubbub is giving some Leftists hope that Monday's vote by the electoral college might still overturn the will of the people...

We think it's almost impossible that there will be a last-minute upset in the electoral college, but we admit we'll breathe easier when the voting is finally done, and Donald Trump's win is validated. Or is that Vlad-idated...?

From the yuletide vault in 2012...

And don't forget...
You probably think this was just an excuse to bring back Busty again. And you're right.
Our exclusive Hope n' Change Christmas music collection from Manhole Steamrising is still free for you to download and/or share with anyone you want! Just click on this link:

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Readers- Believe it or not, it actually takes a modicum of focused thought to do each post on Hope n' Change, and that simply proved impossible today owing to a personal situation which has now been successfully resolved. But rather than leave you in the lurch (as we like to say to John Kerry), here are some cartoons from the vaults which still have something to say about current (and sadly recurrent) stories.

Regarding the wave of accusations about "fake news," Hope n' Change thinks we all know how the game is really played...

And Brian Williams is leading the charge against "fake news?" Really...?!

Meanwhile, as yet another parting gift from the outgoing president, Barack Obama has declared that our nation is still suffering from the effects of slavery. And he makes an interesting point, since by almost every available metric, things have gotten much worse for black Americans...over the last 8 years.

Okay, things haven't gotten worse for EVERY black family...
Ever the whining grievance-monger, Obama has never been shy about bemoaning "the blood of slaves" which courses through the veins of his privileged wife and daughters. But it was only in 2012 that a lone researcher surmised that there might be a scintilla of slave's blood in Obama. Inherited from his white mother's side rather than from Barack senior...

Meanwhile, Barry is criticizing Donald Trump for missing some daily intelligence briefings (a criticism which we find valid, by the way), and saying that a president is "flying blind" without those briefings. But why in the name of Beelzebub's blast furnace didn't anyone say that to Obama for the last 8 years?!

Some reports say that Barry skipped as many as two thirds of his intelligence briefings, including the one the morning after the Benghazi debacle. Instead of attending the briefing, he flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser at which he compared the "sacrifices" of Democratic fundraisers to the sacrifices of four still-warm murdered Americans. The miserable rat bastard.

Okay, Happy Hour is officially on...which means it's time for us to take time off. Hopefully everything will be back to normal here (or as close as it ever gets) on Friday!  

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Even though Donald Trump hasn't even been inaugurated yet, Joe Biden has already stepped forward to offer himself as a possible opponent in the 2020 Presidential race. When asked by alleged reporters, the soon-to-be-former Veep declared "I am going to run for President in 2020. What the hell, man, anyway."

Granted, he hasn't officially thrown his hat into the ring, but that's because it's his winter hat and he has problems unfastening the chin strap while wearing the mittens buttoned to his coat sleeves. And a friend of ours posited how much fun it would be if Joe had a match-up against General James Mattis, who could run as "Mad Dog 2020," thus endearing himself to generations of partiers who have a history with fortified wine.

Biden would, of course, bring a lot to such a contest. For one thing, he's a wacky old white guy with a disturbingly unnatural hairline, which was certainly popular in this election cycle. Additionally, he's pretty much the last major Democrat standing; Bernie will be in a soundproofed socialist rest home within four years (perhaps sharing a room with Castro's ashes), and in that same time frame we expect to find Hillary's well-pickled liver floating in a glass jar at the Smithsonian.

Still, all of this is actually good news according to Democrats like Nancy Pelosi...

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The newly re-elected House Minority Leader and Botox spokesperson disagreed with reporters who found it odd that, in a time when voters clearly want change, Democratic House members decided to dust off an archeological relic like Nancy to guide them .

"I don't think people want a new direction," Nancy said through clenched teeth while compulsively blinking her tarantula-leg eyelashes. Really? Democrats were swooning over Bernie Sanders and the country actually voted in Donald Trump because they wanted to "stay the course" set by Obama and Pelosi? Seriously, this woman is on some kind of world class drugs. Not that we're ruling out senile dementia.


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The few remaining survivors of that horrible day 75 years ago now have the odd distinction of being attacked twice at Pearl Harbor...once by the Japanese, and once by the Obama administration.

Yes, we understand the symbolic importance of showing Japan and the United States united on this historic anniversary - but it could so easily have been presented to the public without accusing those aging heroes who fought, bled, and saw their friends and shipmates blown to pieces, drowned, or burned alive of "personal bitterness" if they haven't just "moved on" and made their peace with the horror of the sneak attack.

This appalling statement makes it clear that, in the mind of this administration, this anniversary is not about those who fought or died at Pearl Harbor, but rather about one more fatuous photo-op with a foreign figurehead for the sole benefit of the second greatest American tragedy to originate in Hawaii: Barack Hussein Obama.

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And he probably said where to put them.
Here at Hope n' Change, we find that we're filled with radiant happiness each time Barack Obama does anything as president for the last time. It's a delightful reminder that his days in office - and our days of misery - are literally numbered.

To that end, we're happy to announce the addition of our new countdown clock which you can find in the top left column of this blog. We fretted briefly over whether it was unseemly and disrespectful to headline the clock as showing "time till the screen door hits Obama's ass," but after further introspection we realized that everything else we might have said would be considerably more unseemly and disrespectful.

Seriously, our constipated nation is waiting anxiously for its electoral enema to kick in so we can be rid of this guy. In fact, it now strikes us that we'd like to be at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the day Barry makes his final goodbyes, so that we could then blast the sound of a flushing toilet through powerful amplifiers. Perhaps we should start a Kickstarter campaign...

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We almost (but not quite!) wish that Trump would fire off a few tweets like the one above, just to coax more screams and lamentations from those on the Left. Because we're getting so much enjoyment out of their ongoing suffering.

Then again, he doesn't actually need to toy with the Leftists because they're already losing their minds over his excellent cabinet pics.  A Secretary of Defense who understands military might, wants to avoid war when possible, and values the lives and commitment of our troops? Horrors! A Secretary of Education who actually puts quality education (especially in our inner cities) ahead of protecting teachers unions? Madness!

If there's a connecting theme to Trump's picks to date, it's that he's eschewing the ivory tower academics who claim to be experts in their fields, and instead choosing people who have actually demonstrated significant accomplishment in those fields.

It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

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The Republican candidate endorsed by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Kansas governor's race, Kris Kobach, saw his lead cut to only 91 votes on Thursday after a county clerk corrected the vote total from Tuesday's election.

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Die already Rothschild. Hell awaits with your own private fiery lake.
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You can stop stealing every one's money from the saving account interest if they have any left.
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Meet the guy who is said to have a coined the term alt-right, Richard Spencer. A core white supremacist who counts among his good company former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke. His claim to infamy rests on a Heil Hilter salute on Trump winning the Presidential election, Another of his racial planks is to divide the US into an ethnostate split along racial and ethnic lines Roughly 200 million whites and 100 million of the racially impure. He chillingly suggests it can not be done without the selling of blood The Big Read: Inside the alt-right world of Richard Spencer “..For years, Spencer and his followers worked in obscure corners of the Internet to promote pride in white identity and the creation of an "ethnostate" that would banish minorities. Then came the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, whose attacks on undocumented immigrants, Muslims and political correctness deeply resonated with them. They crusaded for him on Twitter and celebrated his improbable victory as a seminal moment for their cause…” Read on…
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Sau khi Hoa Kỳ loan báo sẽ đánh thuế đợt hai ở mức 25% lên 16 tỉ đô la hàng Trung Quốc kể từ 23/8, hôm qua 08/08/2018, Bắc Kinh đã trả đũa ngay với việc áp đặt mức thuế tương đương, với cùng trị giá hàng và cùng một ngày áp dụng.

Từ Bắc Kinh, thông tín viên Heike Schmidt gởi về bài tường trình :
« Bắc Kinh vẫn trung thành với nguyên tắc ăn miếng trả miếng. Xe hơi, xe tải, than đá, khí đốt và xăng dầu, thậm chí kim loại phế liệu…tất cả là 333 mặt hàng sẽ bị đánh thuế 25% kể từ ngày 23/8.

Thêm một lần nữa phát ngôn viên bộ Thương Mại lại biện minh: Trung Quốc buộc lòng phải có biện pháp trả đũa để bảo vệ các quyền và lợi ích hợp pháp của mình, và đả kích các hành động hoàn toàn phi lý của Hoa Kỳ.
Nhưng nếu Bắc Kinh đánh trả từng đòn một, trên thực tế, hai nền kinh tế lớn nhất thế giới không chiến đấu với vũ khí tương xứng, và sự leo thang sắp tới sẽ đạt đến giới hạn. Bởi vì Trung Quốc nhập khẩu 130 tỉ đô la hàng Mỹ, trong khi Hoa Kỳ mua hàng của Trung Quốc gấp bốn lần.
Dù vậy báo chí Nhà nước vẫn nói rằng Trung Quốc chẳng việc gì phải lo ngại, đưa ra lý lẽ : tăng trưởng vẫn vững vàng vì tiêu thụ nội địa giờ đây tăng đến 58%, và không còn lệ thuộc vào Hoa Kỳ».
Hồi đầu tuần, Nhân Dân Nhật Báo mỉa mai ông Donald Trump đã tổ chức một « vụ đánh nhau trên đường phố », còn hôm nay China Daily viết rằng Hoa Kỳ chứng tỏ « lối suy nghĩ kiểu mafia » khi tiếp tục áp thuế hải quan lên hàng Trung Quốc.

Thuế 'ăn miếng trả miếng' của TQ lên 16 tỷ USD hàng Mỹ

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Bộ Thương mại Trung Quốc tuyên bố sẽ bắt đầu áp thuế nhập khẩu ở mức 25% lên 16 tỷ USD hàng hóa Mỹ.
Động thái đáp trả của Trung Quốc sẽ có hiệu lực từ ngày 23/8/2018, cùng ngày đợt áp thuế tiếp theo của Mỹ lên hàng Trung Quốc được thực hiện.
Tại một cuộc họp báo hôm 8/8, người phát ngôn Bộ Thương mại Trung Quốc phát biểu rằng việc Mỹ ưu tiên luật nội địa trên luật quốc tế "hết lần này tới lần khác" là "hoàn toàn vô lý", và Trung Quốc "buộc phải" có những biện pháp đáp trả cần thiết.
Một bài xã luận trên tờ Hoàn cầu Thời báo nhấn mạnh rằng Trung Quốc vẫn giữ thái độ "bình tĩnh và cương quyết" và "kiềm chế" và gọi cách hành xử hiện nay của Mỹ là "không thể bền vững".
Một bài báo khác cũng của tờ báo nhà nước này, bản tiếng Anh, thì viết ít có khả năng Mỹ sẽ thay đổi "chính sách diều hâu với Trung Quốc" hiện nay ngay cả nếu đảng Cộng hòa thua trong kỳ bầu cử giữa kỳ.
"Quan hệ song phương Trung - Mỹ ngày càng xấu đi sẽ là xu hướng lâu dài," bài báo viết.
Danh sách các mặt hàng Mỹ sẽ chịu thuế trong đợt áp thuế mới của Trung Quốc gồm than, dầu mỏ, hóa chất và một số thiết bị y tế.
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Thuế quan của Mỹ lên hàng hóa Trung Quốc:
Tháng 3/2018, Mỹ bắt đầu áp thuế lên 3 tỷ USD hàng nhập từ Trung Quốc.
Từ tháng 7/2018, Mỹ áp thuế 25% lên 34 tỷ USD hàng hóa Trung Quốc.
Trong đợt 3, bắt đầu từ ngày 23/8/2018, thuế suất 25% sẽ được áp cho khoảng 16 tỷ USD hàng nhập khẩu từ Trung Quốc hàng năm, gồm khoảng 280 mặt hàng, gồm hóa chất và máy móc.
Mỹ cũng đang xem xét tiếp tục đánh thuế 10% lên thêm 200 tỷ USD hàng Trung Quốc từ tháng 9/2018.
Thậm chí, Tổng thống Donald Trump còn tuyên bố sẵn sàng áp thuế với tất cả hàng nhập khẩu của Mỹ từ Trung Quốc.
Thuế quan 'ăn miếng trả miếng' của Trung Quốc lên hàng hóa Mỹ:
Đầu tháng 4/2018, Trung Quốc trả đũa và áp thuế lên 3 tỷ USD hàng Mỹ.
Từ ngày 6/7/2018, Trung Quốc áp thuế 25% lên 34 tỷ USD hàng hóa Mỹ.
Từ ngày 23/8/2018, thuế suất 25% sẽ được áp lên 16 tỷ USD hàng hóa Mỹ.

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Trong bối cảnh cuộc chiến thương mại đang leo thang, Bắc Kinh tuyên bố có thặng dư thương mại 28,1 tỷ USD với Mỹ vào tháng 7/2018, chỉ thấp hơn mức thặng dư kỷ lục 28,9 tỷ USD vào tháng 6/2018. Mức này tăng 11% so với cùng kỳ năm trước.
Hồi tháng Một, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố các biện pháp thuế lên hàng nhập từ Trung Quốc như một nỗ lực để đàm phán cái mà ông gọi là "các thỏa thuận thương mại song phương công bằng đưa việc làm và ngành công nghiệp trở lại đất Mỹ".
Cho tới giờ, cho dù hai bên có các biện pháp đánh thuế lên hàng của nhau, chỉ có khoảng 37 tỷ USD hàng hóa của hai nước thực sự bị ảnh hưởng.

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Chiến tranh kinh tế Mỹ-Trung vừa khai màn với hàng loạt quyết định đánh thuế qua lại nhằm vào hàng trăm tỉ đô la hàng hóa. Các thông báo đơn phương tăng thuế ngày càng quyết liệt của Washington tác động ra sao đến chính quyền Tập Cận Bình ? Theo báo chí khu vực và quốc tế, có dấu hiệu cho thấy các đòn tấn công thương mại của Mỹ đang đe dọa uy thế của « lãnh tụ tối cao ». Hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà khai mạc với một số biểu hiện khác thường, trong giới trí thức bắt đầu có tiếng nói trực tiếp lên án chính sách độc tài của họ Tập.
Hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà (Beidaihe) - một kỳ hội họp không chính thức thường niên của các lãnh đạo chóp bu Trung Quốc, đang nắm quyền và đã về hưu - thường được coi là một sự kiện chính trị rất quan trọng. Bắc Đới Hà là tên gọi một địa điểm nghỉ mát bên bờ biển thuộc tỉnh Hà Bắc (Hebei), cách Bắc Kinh khoảng 300 cây số về phía đông. Hội nghị của giới chóp bu Trung Quốc thường diễn ra tại đây vào dịp cuối tháng Bảy và trong tháng Tám.

Năm nay, truyền thông chính thức Trung Quốc cho biết, ngày thứ Bảy tuần trước04/08/2018, 62 khách mời, gồm các chuyên gia, trí thức, đã đến Bắc Đới Hà, và được các lãnh đạo đảng đón tiếp. Điểm khác thường năm nay là người đón tiếp họ thuộc cấp bậc thấp hơn so với những năm trước. Cụ thể là phó thủ tướng Hồ Xuân Hoa (Hu Chunhua), một người không thuộc ban thường vụ Bộ Chính Trị đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc. Ủy viên thường vụ Bộ Chính Trị Vương Hỗ Ninh (Wang Huning) (1), người được coi là kế nhiệm cương vị phụ trách tư tưởng của đảng, đáng ra theo lệ phải có mặt, cũng không xuất hiện trong dịp này.
Theo các nhà quan sát, kể từ khi tìm cách thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực trong tay, ông Tập Cận Bình có xu hướng hạ thấp vai trò của dịp hội họp không chính thức này, nhưng rất có thể lần hội nghị này, ông Tập sẽ phải đối mặt với nhiều chỉ trích trong nội bộ, đặc biệt từ giới lãnh đạo về hưu, nhưng vẫn còn duy trì được ảnh hưởng. Nhiều nguồn tin cho biết, cho dù không ưa gì nhau, hai cựu tổng bí thư Giang Trạch Dân và Hồ Cẩm Đào đã thống nhất quan điểm. Hai ông Giang, Hồ cùng cựu thủ tướng Chu Dung Cơ tỏ ra không tin tưởng vào ban lãnh đạo hiện nay.
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Báo Nhật Nikkei Asean Review cho biết một cuộc họp Bộ Chính Trị bất thường của đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc được tổ chức ngay trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, để khẩn cấp bàn biện pháp đối phó với Mỹ, được ông Tập Cận Bình triệu tập chỉ hai ngày sau khi kết thúc vòng công du dài từ châu Phi trở về. Nikkei Asean Review ví thông báo của chính quyền Trump, sẽ tăng thuế từ 10% lên 25% đối với 200 tỉ đô la hàng hóa nhập khẩu từ Trung Quốc, ngay trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, như « một trái bom ». Cùng với mức thuế nghiệt ngã này, bộ Thương Mại Mỹ cũng thông báo đưa 44 doanh nghiệp Trung Quốc có liên quan đến quân sự, vào danh sách kiểm soát chặt.
Báo Nhật cũng ghi nhận phản ứng bất thường của ngoại trưởng Trung Quốc Vương Nghị (Wang Yi). Trong cuộc gặp đồng nhiệm Mỹ Mike Pompeo tại Singapore, bên lề Diễn Đàn An Ninh Khu Vực ngày 03/08, ngoại trưởng Trung Quốc tỏ thái độ mềm mỏng, khi khẳng định các bất đồng thương mại Mỹ-Trung cần được giải quyết thông qua thương lượng. Tuy nhiên, ít giờ sau, khi trở lại Bắc Kinh, sau khi bộ trưởng Thương Mại Trung Quốc tuyên bố đang chuẩn bị trả đũa với 60 tỉ đô la hàng Mỹ, thì ông Vương Nghị như trở thành một con người khác hẳn. Trả lời báo chí Trung Quốc, ông Vương tỏ ra hết sức cứng rắn : « Nếu Hoa Kỳ tấn công, chúng tôi sẽ không lùi bước ».
Sự thiếu thống nhất giữa các phát ngôn và sự thay đổi đột ngột nói trên dường như cho thấy chính quyền Bắc Kinh đang rất lúng túng trong việc tìm ra được một quan điểm nhất quán trong cuộc chiến thương mại với Mỹ, đang diễn biến khó lường.
Lãnh tụ không toàn năng, đối thủ trong đảng trỗi dậy
Xét trên nhiều mặt, quyền lực của ông Tập Cận Bình dường như trong hiện tại vững chắc hơn bao giờ hết.
Trong kỳ họp Quốc Hội tháng 3 vừa qua, ông Tập đã nhận được sự ủng hộ « tuyệt đối ». Tập Cận Bình vốn vừa là tổng bí thư, vừa là chủ tịch nước. Tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình được đưa vào điều lệ đảng, tức đặt ông Tập ngang hàng với Mao Trạch Đông. Hiến pháp Trung Quốc nay được sửa đổi, mở ra khả năng Tập Cận Bình nắm quyền đến mãn đời, sau khi thời hạn hai nhiệm kỳ chủ tịch theo lệ thường, kéo dài đến 2023 chấm dứt.
Tuy nhiên, trong cuộc chiến tranh thương mại với Mỹ vừa bùng lên, lãnh đạo tối cao Trung Quốc đang lâm vào thế bị động. Cho đến nay, kể từ sau cuộc hội kiến Trump -Tập, tháng 4/2027, chính quyền Bắc Kinh vẫn chủ trương tìm kiếm một quan hệ ổn định với Washington. Trong giới học giả Trung Quốc, nhiều người cho rằng hệ thống tuyên truyền của chế độ đã quá ngạo mạn, Bắc Kinh đánh giá quá thấp đối thủ, lẽ ra Tập Cận Bình phải chuẩn bị tốt hơn cho cuộc chiến thương mại với Washington. Sự lúng túng của chính quyền Tập Cận Bình để ngỏ cơ hội cho nhiều tiếng nói chỉ trích trong nội bộ.
Chính tại hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, ông Tập Cận Bình sẽ phải đối mặt với những phê phán nhắm vào một vấn đề hệ trọng khác, đó là « nạn sùng bái cá nhân ». Đây cũng là điều mà về mặt nguyên tắc, bị cấm theo điều lệ đảng. Theo Nikkei, việc phe cánh ông Tập đưa tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình vào cương lĩnh của đảng và sau đó là việc Quốc Hội Trung Quốc bị đặt vào thế phải bỏ phiếu thông qua sửa đổi Hiến pháp, cho phép Tập Cận Bình nắm quyền mãn đời, với rất ít phản đối, đã không được thảo luận tại hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà vào năm trước.
Nhiều nhân vật cao cấp trong đảng, không thuộc phe ông Tập, cảm thấy bị loại trừ. Theo một đảng viên kỳ cựu ở Thượng Hải, « cho dù ông Tập chủ ý thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực, hay bị đẩy vào thế phải làm như vậy, do các áp lực từ phía đối thủ, thì rõ ràng vấn đề chính trị nội bộ của đảng Cộng Sản Trung Quốc đã trở thành đối tượng quan tâm của toàn thế giới ».
Nhiều nhà quan sát cho rằng việc ông Tập Cận Bình thâu tóm toàn bộ quyền lực, thậm chí không để ngỏ khả năng cho một người kế nhiệm thực sự xuất hiện, có thể là một thế mạnh, trong một xã hội « ổn định », nằm dưới sự điều khiển toàn diện của đảng. Thế nhưng, trong cuộc chiến thương mại căng thẳng với Hoa Kỳ hiện nay, vị thế lãnh đạo tối cao của Tập Cận Bình lại biến ông Tập thành một người dễ tổn thương, do những hệ quả khôn lường về kinh tế, mà chế độ cộng sản không tài nào kiểm soát hết.
Giáo sư luật : Chế độ Trung Quốc đang « toàn trị hóa »
Trước thềm hội nghị Bắc Đới Hà, công luận Trung Quốc đặc biệt chú ý đến tiếng nói chỉ trích của giáo sư luật Đại học Thanh Hoa, ông Hứa Chương Nhuận (Xu Zhangrun), trong một bài viết dài khoảng 10 nghìn chữ, được công bố ngày 24/07/2018 (2).
Trong bài viết với tựa đề « Những lo sợ và hy vọng của chúng tôi » (tạm dịch là « 8 nỗi sợ và 8 niềm hy vọng »), nhà luật học Trung Quốc đã phê phán một cách hệ thống chính sách của ông Tập Cận Bình, từ khi lên nắm quyền đến nay. Từ việc bóp nghẹt tự do ngôn luận, đàn áp trí thức, đoạn tuyệt với cải cách, chống tham nhũng nhưng không đụng đến các đặc quyền của đảng, cổ vũ thói sùng bái cá nhân lãnh đạo, cho đến chính sách đối ngoại gây hấn, thúc đẩy chiến tranh lạnh. Giáo sư Hứa Chương Nhuận cũng yêu cầu chính quyền Trung Quốc minh bạch về vụ thảm sát Thiên An Môn 1989.
Cho dù những điều luật gia Trung Quốc viết ra có thể không có gì mới mẻ với nhiều người, nhưng bài viết cô đúc và khẩn thiết của giáo sư Hứa Chương Nhuận như một tiếng sét, trong bầu không khí im ắng của giới trí thức Trung Quốc, sau một thời gian dài bị chính quyền đàn áp, truy bức.
Ghi chú
1. Theo Reuters, ông Vương Hỗ Ninh bị nhiều người trong đảng chỉ trích đã chủ trương lập trường dân tộc chủ nghĩa cực đoan, khiến quan hệ với Washington ngày càng căng thẳng. Xem thêm : « Kiến trúc sư của ‘‘tư tưởng Tập Cận Bình’’ bước ra sân khấu » (RFI, 26/10/2017).
2. Xem bài « 8 nỗi sợ và 8 niềm hy vọng », cùng bản dịch và chú giải bằng tiếng Anh của nhà Hán học Geremie R. Barmé, trên trang mạng

          PSA: Melania Trump's parents are U.S. citizens now       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

First lady Melania Trump's parents were granted U.S citizenship today, likely through an immigration process President Trump says he wants to end.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who are from Slovenia, have been living in Washington, D.C., with green cards, which allowed them to live and work indefinitely in the United States.

"It went well and they are very grateful and appreciative of this wonderful day for their family," said their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes, to CNN.

The first lady's office had no comment. Melania Trump became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card on a so-called "Einstein visa" for “individuals of extraordinary ability” as a model.

President Trump, whose presidential campaign began with racist remarks against Mexican immigrants, has called repeatedly for an end to "chain migration," or what is officially known as "family reunification." In that process, recent immigrants to the U.S. can sponsor their relatives for green cards. Trump has been criticized for hypocrisy, since his in-laws may be benefiting from that same system.

Wildes would not confirm if Melania Trump was sponsoring her parents. "I can confirm they are green card holders and legal permanent residents of the United States," he said.

Talking to reporters outside the New York City courthouse where the Knavses underwent their naturalization ceremony, Wildes was asked if they had become citizens through "chain migration."

“I suppose," he replied, according to the New York Times. "It’s a dirty — a dirtier word. It stands for a bedrock of our immigration process when it comes to family reunification.”

The sentiment was far removed from President Trump's constant disdainful remarks about immigrants, whom he says want to "infest" the United States. The Trump administration wants to limit green-card sponsorship to spouses and minor children, dropping the age limit from 21 to 18. Making that change would reduce immigration to the U.S. by up to 50 percent.

          Everything we know about Will and Grace season 10       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Over a decade after its 2006 series finale, Will and Grace got a revival season — its ninth over all — on NBC. And, ahead of the September debut last year, the network locked down a Will and Grace season 10.

The reboot of the iconic sitcom picked up with the hilarious four as if the events of the 2006 finale didn’t happen. If you recall, in it, Will and Grace end up parting ways and losing touch for 20 years as they raise children.

In the show’s revival, though, Will and his designer best friend Grace are still living together and do not have kids. How? Those details about their falling out and families were all part of Karen’s dream — classic.

Things are seemingly unchanged for her and Jack, too. Jack still lives across the hall and is still very much so gay. Karen is still Karen. 

As Vulture relates, she remains "rich, inappropriate, married to Stan, and willing to grab a boob just to get a laugh."

Not to mention, in the premiere of the Will and Grace reboot, when Grace heads over to the Oval Office for a potential design job, she finds a Russian-to-English dictionary in Trump’s keepsake box.

Because, as Entertainment Weekly notes, "what else would be in there?" And she leaves a very special hat for Trump that reads, "Make America Gay Again."

In the finale, which aired this past April, Grace’s dad, Martin (Robert Klein), proposed to Will’s mom, Marilyn (Blythe Danner). Jack and his new flight attendant boyfriend, Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez), then followed suit. These quick engagements were precautionary measures because, well, none of them wanted to end up like Will and Grace (AKA, alone and never getting together — after all, Will is gay).

Here’s everything we know so far about Will and Grace season 10.

Will and Grace season 10 plot news

Debra Messing (Grace) said recently on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s podcast that fans should expect "big sweeping changes" in Will and Grace season 10. 

"There’s going to be all kinds of new things to play with and joke about," she said. According to EW, that means "a wedding, a job change, a divorce and a new love."

"Having two seasons is a really wonderful gift that NBC gave us and we get to relax — well, we’re never relaxed — but we get to open ourselves up because we know we’re going to be here," creator and executive producer Max Mutchnick told the Hollywood Reporter after the season 9 finale. "We want to try to tell the most interesting stories that we can about these characters."

Will and Grace season 10 cast

The original four — Messing as Grace, Megan Mullally as Karen, Sean Hayes as Jack and Eric McCormick as Will — are back doing what they do best in Will and Grace season 10.

Creator and executive producer David Kohan told THR that Klein and Danner will return as well to play Will and Grace’s parents — Alvarez, too, is coming back. 

Alec Baldwin will return for Will and Grace season 10

A number of special guests are returning to the show, one of which is Alec Baldwin who continues to play Karen’s lover, Malcolm. 

She told Malcolm in the Will and Grace season 9 finale that she was staying with Stan, who was her "home … and the surrounding properties" instead of a "perfect vacation" (Malcolm's the perfect vacation). 

Chelsea Handler will play Donna Zimmer in the upcoming season. According to EW, Donna is a "high-powered client of Grace’s, who falls for her bitter sister Janet Adler (Mary McCormack)."

David Schwimmer (AKA, Ross from Friends) will also be in Will and Grace season 10 as Grace’s love interest.

Will and Grace season 10 trailer

A Will and Grace season 10 trailer is not available yet, but check back here because we’ll be updating this post when one is released.

For now, view the trailer for the first reboot (it’ll make you feel all the feels).

Will and Grace season 10 premiere date

Will and Grace season 10 will consist of 18 episodes and will return to NBC on Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The network also picked up Will and Grace season 11 — so there's more where that came from. 

          What we know about this weekend's white power rally in Washington       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The organizer behind last year’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, today had a permit approved for a white power rally in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

The National Park Service approved a permit for Jason Kessler to hold Unite the Right 2 demonstration Sunday in Lafayette Park across from the White House.

Kessler, who requested the permit to allow 400 people to demonstrate there back in May, said the event is “to protest civil rights abuse in Charlottesville Va/white civil rights rally.”

The NPS also approved a permit for a counter-protest to take place that same day, which is the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville at the first Unite the Right rally.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a white nationalist drove his vehicle through a crowd of counter-protesters, and dozens of others were injured in the melee. Two state troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash.

On Wednesday, Virginia and Charlottesville declared a state of emergency ahead of this weekend’s Unite the Right 2 protest in Washington. Permit requests to hold it in Charlottesville were denied, CNN reported. 

“We are treating this as a statewide event,” an emergency official said at a news conference.

Street closures, parking restrictions and other safety measures will be in effect throughout the weekend in Charlottesville, officials said.

White power rally and counter-protest logistics

The organizer behind last year’s violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, had a permit approved for a white power rally near the White House on Sunday. (Getty)

According to Unite the Right’s website, protesters will assemble at a metro station in Vienna, Virginia, at 2 p.m. before heading to the Foggy Bottom station to march to Lafayette Square at 5 p.m. The white power rally is expected to last until 7:30 p.m.

According to WTOP-FM, counterprotests will take place around Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Square.

The station reported that Washington police, U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service are expected to outline a safety plan on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has yet to comment on the white power rally taking place near the White House. After the violence at the first Unite the Right, he said “many fine people” were among the white nationalists and later said “both sides” were to blame for the deadly events.

          Silicon Valley gets queasy about Chinese money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

BUYER’S remorse is often experienced in Silicon Valley by investors who plough money into risky startups only to see them fail. Some technology entrepreneurs are now suffering from seller’s remorse. They are those whose young companies have grown big in part thanks to Chinese financial backing, but now feel under scrutiny because of an escalating fight between the two tech superpowers.

One entrepreneur who took money from Danhua Capital, a Chinese venture-capital firm based near Stanford University, for example, only recently learned that the firm was established with help and funding from China’s government. “You’re going in blind. If there are issues down the line you may not know who you’re dealing with,” he laments.

FIRRMA treatment

In coming days President Donald Trump is expected to sign into effect the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernisation Act (FIRRMA), which establishes more vigilant reviews of foreign investments into American companies,...

          Pence says Pentagon should create 'space force' to 'defeat a new generation of threats'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Calling outer space the “next battlefield,” Vice President Mike Pence outlined a bellicose mission Thursday for the Trump administration’s proposed “space force,” saying it would fight adversaries and spread American values beyond Earth.

His remarks at the Pentagon, applauded by an audience that...

          Appeals court orders Trump administration to ban pesticide harmful to children's brains within 60 days      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration Thursday to revoke approval for a widely used pesticide that studies show can harm the brains of children.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban chlorpyrifos,...

          Bruce Ohr Docs Raise Serious Questions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bruce Ohr and Peter Stzrok
“Ohr was basically allowing himself to be run as a source so the FBI could communicate with Steele even after they fired him,”
New docs were written by Ohr roughly 2 weeks after the 2016 presidential election
Notes mention Strzok & Page and have many lawmakers and investigators concerned 
Separate docs show FBI had backchannel investigation which they never disclosed to FISC

A law enforcement sensitive document written by senior Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, is raising serious concerns amongst congressional investigators regarding testimony provided to Congress on the involvement of FBI special agents in the probe into the Trump campaign and its alleged Russian ties.
Nov. 21, 2016, the handwritten document lists former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, his paramour FBI Attorney Lisa Page and Special Agent Joe Pientka (who along with Strzok interviewed former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn).

More @ Sara Carter

          Trump's 'skinny' insurance plans will help millions of families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
 Donald Trump

On August 2, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule allowing the sale of short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans, also known as short-term plans. The new rule extends the renewal period for short-term plans up to a year, a change from the previous Obama-era policy of letting them last only up to three months. It also allows these plans to be extended for up to 36 months.

The longer renewal period will give Americans more options to determine the length of their healthcare policies, at least until they can find a longer-term plan that better suits their needs. This is yet another step in the Trump administration’s plan to undermine rigid Obamacare rules so that working families have better health insurance choices available.

More @ Washington Examiner

          Giuliani: Trump investigation going to blow up on Dems, much we don`t know yet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Via Billy

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Former New York City Mayor and Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Wednesday night to discuss the endless Mueller witch hunt.
Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity President Trump will not sit with Mueller in a perjury trap. He then directed his comments to Robert Mueller: “Stop the nonsense! You are trying to trap him because you don’t have a case!”

More @ The Gateway Pundit

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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates.
          President Trump’s New “Space Force” is just another money making con!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

No really! Just hours after Vice President Michael Pence outlines the Trump regime’s plans for a ‘Space Force’, my email inbox receives a missive from the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign asking me to vote for a ‘Space Force’ logo so they can start selling swag. NO Really!

And what an incredible collection of amateurish logos. I [...]

          Ivanka Trump Supports American Jobs?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Oh wait….what? Apparently the demise of her own fashion line was incredibly timely…just sayin:

From yesterday’s White House email:

Back in the day this would have been incredibly hypocritical…having a business that imported all of its products from overseas…while touting employing Americans. And just because she shut down her business doesn’t [...]

          China Retaliates; New Tariffs Hit U.S. Auto Exports, Jobs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The auto industry is at Ground Zero in the US and China trade war. The Chinese retaliated against the Trump Admin's latest moves by, among other things, adding 25% more tariffs on US-made autos. That could hit manufacturers including Ford, GM and BMW hard - costing production and US jobs, reports
          Pence says Pentagon should create 'space force' to 'defeat a new generation of threats'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Calling outer space the “next battlefield,” Vice President Mike Pence outlined a bellicose mission Thursday for the Trump administration’s proposed “space force,” saying it would fight adversaries and spread American values beyond Earth.

His remarks at the Pentagon, applauded by an audience that...

          Will Assange testify?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If anyone has inside information on Russian election interference, collusion, obstruction of justice, etc. It will be him. Has trump tweeted about...
          Professor Predicts Trump Voters Will Riot When He Leaves Office      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authored by Toni Airkasinen via Campus Reform,

A women’s studies professor at the University of Albany recently published a lengthy essay warning that Trump voters will likely riot when he departs from the Oval Office. 

How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Donald? The Democratic Challenge of Trump Voters and the Politics of Presidential Removal” was published in the recent issue of the journal New Political Scienceby Julie Novkov.

Novkov, who also teaches political science, highlights the potential for Trump to be removed by impeachment, resignation, or assassination—but what she is most concerned about is how Trump voters would react to such an outcome.

The Trump coalition is bound together by “white racial resentment, anxiety and anger about immigration, some rural consciousness, and commitment to conservative Christian values,” Novkov claims, asserting that Trump voters are also easily misled. 

“Distrustful and cynical, they are ready to embrace any simple system that makes sense of their world and validates their resentments,” she writes, adding that such people are “particularly inclined to embrace propaganda.” 

Because of this, Novkov anticipates that Trump voters will resist the prospect of his removal from office, perhaps even with violence.

“I believe that Trumpers—the core supporters Trump has bound to himself through his consistent and persistent messaging—will not accept as legitimate any means through which he departs from the presidency,” Novkov writes, clarifying that she believes this will be so even if Trump completes two full terms in office.

“Impeachment or Twenty-Fifth Amendment removal proceedings will be furiously denounced as illegitimate. If he resigns, they will spin narratives about the deep state’s conspiracy against him. If he makes it to 2020 and fails to win re-election, they will believe that the election was illegitimate, probably with some narrative about illegal voters,” she predicts.

“Even if he makes it through two terms, they will vociferously demand that he be permitted a third. If he dies, they will believe he has been assassinated.”

“The identity they have constructed, crystallized by Trump, is so emotionally powerful to them and so empowering that it is likely to be impervious to ordinary or even extraordinary forms of political argumentation,” she adds in the unabridged print version of the article.

“The real questions remaining are how they will respond to his departure, in whatever manner it comes, and whether their response will entail violence, and if so, how much state violence will be necessary in response to maintain order,” Novkov asserts.

The best-case scenario that could arise from “the continued political incorporation of Trumpers as a group,” she says, is that it “might shift some areas of the country back to the political configuration common in some areas of the American south in the 1920s, when gaudy populist racism vied with conservative, racist legitimation projects for hegemony entirely within the Democratic Party.”

“At worst, this group could provoke violence and place the nation in the position of having to engage in its violent suppression,” she adds.

“If the Trumpers cannot be disaggregated, reintegrated, or politically neutralized, the solutions available do not lie in the Constitution” because constitutional structures “cannot fix broken politics,” Novkov concludes. “Rather, we are left with hopefully a lesser form of the tragic choices posed by constitutional failure; facing the critical election of 1860, the nation ultimately chose to drown in blood over the uncertain path of constitutional union symbolized by John Bell.”

Novkov did not respond to requests for comment. She is scheduled to teach an undergraduate class on American Federalism and a graduate-level Field Seminar in Public Law during the upcoming Fall semester.

          "F*ck Hope": Michael Moore Slams Obama's Mantra As "Lazy Way Out"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liberal activist Michael Moore has slammed former President Obama's "hope" ideology as "the lazy way out," during an interview promoting his new anti-Trump film, "Farenheit 11/9," which opens in theaters next month. 

Moore told the Huffington Post that "Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out."

We don’t need hope. We need action,” exclaimed Moore. 

In case that was too subtle, Moore clarified: 

Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope. Fuck despair, too. But fuck hope.

Moore tells the Post that Donald Trump is an "evil genius" who "has no intention of leaving the White House." 

Whenever he hears that another country has a president for life, he perks up and thinks, “I like the sound of that!” And he has an obedient political party that holds every seat of power backing him up. 

American journalism schools have not trained students how to cover an authoritarian leader. Our media has no idea what it is up against. They’re getting steamrolled by a tyrant because Trump understands media and understands the country he lives in more than those that cover him do. This puts us all in grave danger. -Michael Moore

We wonder if Moore's new film will accidentally redpill as many Americans as his last one - seen by many as one of the greatest pro-Trump advertisements during the 2016 election.

          Bankrupt America: A Fragile Nation Grappling With Unprecedented Debt Problems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

America, you officially have a debt problem, and I am not just talking about the national debt. 

Consumer bankruptcies are surging, corporate debt has doubled since the last financial crisis, state and local government debt loads have never been higher, and the federal government has been adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the federal debt ever since Barack Obama entered the White House. 

We have been on the greatest debt binge in human history, and it has enabled us to enjoy our ridiculously high standard of living for far longer than we deserved.  Many of us have been sounding the alarm about our debt problem for a very long time, but now even the mainstream news is freaking out about it.  I have a feeling that they just want something else to hammer President Trump over the head with, but they are actually speaking the truth when they say that we are facing an unprecedented debt crisis.

For example, the New York Times just published a piece that discussed the fact that the bankruptcy rate among retirees is about three times higher than it was in 1991…

For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.

The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, inadequate savings — have been building for years. Now, new research sheds light on the scope of the problem: The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991, the study found, and the same group accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

Infographic: Bankruptcy Surging Among Older Americans | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Overall, Baby Boomers are doing a whole lot better financially than the generations coming after them, and so this is very troubling news.

And here is another very troubling fact from that same article

Not only are more older people seeking relief through bankruptcy, but they also represent a widening slice of all filers: 12.2 percent of filers are now 65 or older, up from 2.1 percent in 1991.

The jump is so pronounced, the study says, that the aging of the baby boom generation cannot explain it.

Of course it isn’t just Baby Boomers that are drowning in debt.

Collectively, U.S. households are 13.15 trillion dollars in debt, which is the highest level in American history.

All over the nation, companies are also going bankrupt at a staggering pace.  This week we learned that the biggest mattress retailer in the entire country “Is considering a potential bankruptcy filing”

Mattress Firm Inc, the largest U.S. mattress retailer, is considering a potential bankruptcy filing as it seeks ways to get out of costly store leases and shut some of its 3,000 locations that are losing money, people familiar with the matter said.

Mattress Firm’s deliberations offer the latest example of a U.S. brick-and-mortar retailer struggling financially amid competition from e-commerce firms such as Inc (AMZN.O).

We have seen retailer after retailer go down, and it is being projected that this will be the worst year for retail store closings ever.

But it isn’t just retailers that are hurting.  Yesterday, I came across an article about a television manufacturer in South Carolina that just had to lay off “94 percent of their workforce”

A TV manufacturer based in South Carolina have blamed Trump’s trade tariffs for laying off 94 percent of their workforce.

Element Electronics now has just eight employees in their company after letting 126 members of staff go.

They said the tariffs imposed on goods from China mean they can no longer buy essential components for their TVs.

During this next economic downturn, I believe that we are going to see the biggest wave of corporate bankruptcies that this country has ever seen.

State and local governments don’t go bankrupt, but they are drowning in debt as well.  State and local government debt has ballooned to the highest levels on record in recent years, and one of the big reasons for this is because we are facing a coming pension crisis that threatens to absolutely overwhelm us

Many cities and states can no longer afford the unsustainable retirement promises made to millions of public workers over many years. By one estimate they are short $5 trillion, an amount that is roughly equal to the output of the world’s third-largest economy.

Certain pension funds face the prospect of insolvency unless governments increase taxes, divert funds or persuade workers to relinquish money they are owed. It is increasingly likely that retirees, as well as new workers, will be forced to take deeper benefit cuts.

Meanwhile, the federal government continues to engage in incredibly reckless financial behavior.  When Barack Obama was elected, we were 10 trillion dollars in debt, and now we are 21 trillion dollars in debt.

What that means is that we have been adding more than a trillion dollars to the national debt per year since 2008, and we continue to steal more than 100 million dollars every single hour of every single day from future generations of Americans.

And even though the Republicans have been in control in Washington, very few of our leaders seem to want to alter the trajectory that we are on.  But if something is not done, absolute disaster is a certainty.  At this point, it is being projected that our debt will reach 30 trillion dollars by 2028 if we stay on this current path.  It would be difficult to overstate the grave danger that we are facing, but nothing is being done to turn things around.  Here are some more projections from the Congressional Budget Office

In 2022, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of full funding. In 2026, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund follows. In 2032, the Social Security trust fund surpluses run dry, and all beneficiaries regardless of age or income level will face a 21 percent across-the-board benefit cut. Before 2030, we could have trillion-dollar annual interest payments. Interest rates have been low until now, but that is changing. As rates go up, we have to pay more on new debt and on all accumulated debt.

The amount we pay in interest on the debt is set to triple over the next ten years. But if interest rates rise just 1 point higher than expected, the government will owe an extra $1.9 trillion over 10 years.

On top of everything else, everyone else around the world has been on a massive debt binge as well.

Total global debt is well above 200 trillion dollars, and it has nearly quadrupled over the past 17 years.

Are you starting to understand why they call this a “debt bubble”?

Unfortunately, all debt bubbles must burst eventually, and the one that we are in right now is definitely on borrowed time.

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