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JANUARY 2018 POLITICAL ARTICLES

JANUARY 1 THROUGH 10
January 10, 2018
What is Neoliberalism? ... A Brief Definition for Activists. CorpWatch

A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail. CounterPunch

How Actual Smart People Talk About Themselves. ... Hint: not by discussing IQ. The Atlantic

Oprah Winfrey for president: a wild idea that just got dramatically more real. ... The entertainment entrepreneur’s electrifying speech at the Golden Globes produced an outpouring of reaction urging the celebrity to run in 2020. Guardian  

RUBBISH! ... Portland's top brass said it was OK to swipe your garbage - (What could possibly go wrong?) --so we grabbed theirs. Willamette Week

The Immoral Misuse of Psychology in Support of Empire. CounterPunch

Ron Perlman Talks President Donald Trump Speech Patterns. YouTube

A Ticking, Dove-Filled Time Bomb: Trump’s Trojan Horse Gift to Jerusalem. CounterPunch

How Many Wars Is the US Really Fighting?
Hint: the answer is way more than you think.
The Nation

Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash. CounterPunch/Nader  

January 9, 2018

Corpses of Souls ... Our capitalist elites have used propaganda, money and the marginalizing of their critics to erase the first three of philosopher John Locke’s elements of the perfect state: liberty, equality and freedom. CounterPunch/Hedges

LIBRARIES

The UK no longer has a national public library system. ... Volunteer-run libraries don’t meet national standards. We don’t even know how many books are issued.  Guardian

Libraries Under Capitalism: The Enclosure of the Literary Commons. TruthOut

THE COMMONS

A Short History of Enclosure in Britain.
The Land Magazine

Enclosure of the Commons: the borders that keep us out. Terri Windling

Seriously, How Dumb Is Trump? TruthDig

How the System Got Trumped: Cambridge Analytica’s Electoral Psyops Campaign. CounterPunch

Students Await Judgment in Suit Over Fordham University Banning of Pro-Palestine Club.
Intercept

Kushner Under Fire for Receiving $30M From Israeli Firm While Shaping Middle East Policy. ... "Are you comfortable with having Jared Kushner be the beneficiary of huge amounts of Israeli financing at the same time he's overseeing U.S. foreign policy on Israel?" CommonDreams

Israel Step Closer to Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City. CounterPunch

A Reminder for the Left: Trump Is a Fig Leaf for the GOP's Horrific Policies. TruthOu t

January 8, 2018

Chris Hedges Fascism in the Age of Trump.
YouTube
   Q&A Sesson YouTube

CENTERFOLD OF THE WEEK

Michael Wolff's explosive book on Trump: the key revelations. ... Tell-all offers insider’s view of White House amid infighting, scrutinising the president’s inner circle, his intellect and his hair. Guardian

Rather have Pence than Trump?
Think twice, then chose your poison.
Mike Pence Is the Koch Brothers’ Manchurian Candidate. PodCast/Intercept

The Danger of President Pence
Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks. The New Yorker  

How the Kochs are using Mike Pence to shape Trump's White House. ... Three key takeaways from the New Yorker's Pence profile. Vox

The Religion Angle

Pence, Sessions, Price, Pompeo, Conaway Sponsor Antigay, Anti-Islam, Creationist Bible Study Network. TwoCare

He once said mothers do not belong in state office. Now he leads the Trump Cabinet in Bible study.  LA Times

Leader Of Trump Cabinet Bible Study: God Only Hears Prayers Of ‘Righteous’ Christians.
Right Wing Watch

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?
NPR/Ted Talk   Related: “Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control.  Intercept

Global debt: Why has it hit an all-time high? And how worried should we be about it? ... Who has all this debt? Who is it owed to? What does this level of indebtedness mean? Independent

“An Idiot Surrounded by Clowns”: Why Trump (Still) Sits in the White House. CounterPunch

he God of the Holocene Epoch Is Dead: Religion’s Fatal Flaw. Religion Dispatches

There’s a comeuppance ahead for Christians who have traded faith for power. RawStory

The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US. ... This report, released by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal in September 2015, documents for the first time the widespread and growing suppression of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States.
Center for Constitutional Rights

The Biggest Secret. ... My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror.
Intercept

Weekend of January 5-7, 2018

Weekend Read:
The Nixon Effect, The Money Cult, Ratf**ked

“The Nixon Effect: How Richard Nixon’s Presidency Fundamentally Changed American Politics,” a book by Douglas E. Schoen; “The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream,” a book by Chris Lehmann; “Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy,” a book by David Daley, all reviewed by Allen Barra. Amazon 

Start the year of right: What is Beauty? NPR

Sea Level Rise Projections Double, Painting Terrifying Picture for Next Generation.
TruthOut

The CIA's 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers
“They drank the Kool-Aid and thought they were saving freedom." AlterNet  

'There Will Be Bloodshed': Warnings as Israel Tightens Grip of Occupation. ... "What was winked and nodded about before is now being acknowledged publicly: 'We have no intent of sharing this land with anybody else except as a barely tolerated minority.'" CommonDreams

Fordham Students Sue over Free Speech Rights to Establish Students for Justice in Palestine Group. DemocracyNow

Florida anti-union bill targets teachers, but not law enforcement. ... The bill would decertify unions where less than 50 percent of members don't pay dues.  ThinkProgress  

Bombs in your backyard. Military Pollution

Trump Jr. slams liberal universities in speech.
The Hill

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign. Tom Hartmann

Proposal by France's Macron to Ban "Fake News" Denounced as Recipe for Disaster. ... Calling the term one ripe for "abuse," a warning that French president is "exploiting it to obtain government control over the internet" CommonDreams

January 4, 2018
Glenn Greenwald on Trump-Russia Probe: Be Skeptical of Spy Agencies with History of Lying & Deceit. DemocracyNow

Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts? DemocracyNow

Hundreds of Smart Phone Apps are Monitoring Users Through Their Microphones.
 Independent

How the Interrogation of Reality Winner Reveals the Deceptive Tactics of “Exceedingly Friendly” FBI Agents. Intercept

America's Health Care System Is an International Disgrace, and It's Only Getting Worse. ... Until we confront this reality, we can expect more preventable deaths and unnecessary suffering. AlterNet

Acting ICE director wants to ignore Constitution, arrest local leaders for sanctuary city policies. ... Tom Homan might want to do some legal research.
ThinkProgress

January 3, 2018
Are the Wars in Syria and Iraq Finally Coming to an End? CounterPunch

American Consumers Are Dead Meat With The New Judiciary. Ring of Fire

Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young. TruthDig

This Is What Pseudo-Democracy Looks Like. ... Oligarchy prevents democracy. That explains the gist of why the United States became more undemocratic in 2017. TruthDig

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons. Intercept

Judge orders biggest corporate bribery trial in history against Shell, Eni, CEO and executives.
Global Witness

Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule. CounterPunch

Trump plan to shrink ocean monuments threatens vital ecosystems, experts warn. ... Ryan Zinke has recommended three major marine monuments be reduced to allow greater commercial fishing, prompting anguish from environmental groups. Guardian

January 2, 2018
The Visionless Society. Chris Hedges

Tax bill and your tuition: Here's what to expect.
CNN

‘Trumpism’ is ingrained in white America. When he goes, it will remain. ... The Republican party’s leader is no anomaly, he’s a voice for its deep-seated radicalised base who suddenly find themselves in the mainstream.  Guardian

How Sweden Became a Thriving Base of neo-Nazi Ideology. ... While Nazi criminals were hanged or committed suicide in their cells, a secret network operating out of Malmo made sure the Nazi idea stayed alive. Haaretz  

Should White Supremacists Be Allowed To Practice Law? ... The legal profession is supposed to weed out people who aren’t morally fit to be lawyers. But they let neo-Nazis in. Huffy

$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge. ... Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth. Guardian  

Concerns Raised About $1 Billion Facial Scan Program with High Error Rate at Nine U.S. Airports. DemocracyNow

As Trump Attacks Media with “Fake News” Claims, a Record 262 Reporters Are Jailed, 46 Killed in 2017. DemocracyNow

January 1, 2018
Help for Struggling Millionaires is on the Way. CounterPunch

Facebook Says it is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments. ... In September of last year, ... Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli Government to determine which accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constitute “incitement.”
Intercept

Seymour Melman and the New American Revolution: a Reconstructionist Alternative to a Society Spiraling into the Abyss. CounterPunch

Lorde's stand on Israel does her credi.
New Zealand Herald

Saudi Arabia Pressured Lebanese Prime Minister To Resign: Report. ... The high-stakes gambit backfired amid international uproar.  Huffy

Leaked memo schooled Tillerson on human rights, ,,, A tutorial from policy aide Brian Hook followed the secretary of state's controversial remarks about balancing U.S. values. Politico

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons. One of the most under-discussed yet consequential changes in the American political landscape is the reunion between the Democratic Party and the country’s most extreme and discredited neocons. While the rise of Donald Trump, whom neocons loathe, has accelerated this realignment, it began long before the ascension of Trump and is driven by far more common beliefs than contempt for the current president. Intercept

Trump’s interior secretary seems to be a nexus between shady government deals, private spies and white supremacists, RawStory

Jill Stein in the Crosshairs: the Russia Investigation Shifts to Clinton’s Political Rivals.
DemocracyNow


 

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JANUARY 11 THROUGH 21
Weekend of January 18-21, 2017
AMERICA'S BROWNSHIRTS

Workplace Raids Signal Shifting Tactics in Immigration Fight. ... The raids by federal agents on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores last week were the administration’s first big show of force meant to convey the consequences of employing undocumented people. NY Times

Controversial 'sanctuary cities' ban gets green light in Fla. House. ... On Friday, The Florida House passed a controversial bill to ban "sanctuary cities" in the state. WTSP

A massive impending Bay Area ICE raid is apparently intended to send a signal to sanctuary cities.
The Week

Immigration official wants politicians in sanctuary cities to be charged with crimes. ... The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes.
 Salt Lake Tribune

U.S. Border Patrol Systematically Destroyed Water Supplies Left for Migrants in Desert, Report Says. Intercept

“It’s Even Worse Than You Think”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s First Year in Office. DemocracyNow

Twitter Rock Star Obama’s Silence Must Delight Trump. CounterPunch/Nader

Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To ‘Large Cyberattacks’ . ... A draft of the Defense Department’s new nuclear strategy says the U.S. could respond to certain “non-nuclear attacks” with nuclear weapons. HuffPost

Tillerson Calls For Indefinite US Military Presence In Syria To Remove Assad. ... In a speech at Stanford University, the secretary of state spelled out a US plan to advance a political transition in Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad. BuzzFeed

The Business of Bullshit. CounterPunch

National Security Insanity. TruthDig

Trump's Inauguration Money Is Still Missing One Year Later: Report. ... A number of charities have yet to receive the funds they were promised. AlterNet

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump. McLatchyDC      Related: God, guns ... and Russia?. DailyKos

Lazy Liberals and “the Trump Effect”. ... Liberals and other Democrats are getting dumber by the day. I keep running into them and hearing the same story over and over: things are bad because Trump is the president.  CounterPunch

January 18, 2017
THUMPER THE CLOWN'S LOOT

At the Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York in Manhattan, 77% of the sales were to shell companies that paid cash. One of the project’s Russia-born developers was convicted of money laundering in the 1990s. A pending lawsuit calls Trump SoHo a “monument to spectacularly corrupt money-laundering and tax evasion,” though it says in a footnote that “there is no evidence that Trump took any part in, or knew of, their racketeering.”

Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos To Unknown Buyers. ... a review of every sale of a Trump-branded condominium in the US provides the first comprehensive look at how many went to unidentified buyers who paid cash, an indication of possible money laundering.
BuzzFeed

On January 16, 2018, the notoriously corrupt President of Kazakhstan has been invited to the White House for a sit down meeting with Trump....

How and why funds from former Soviet states flowed into Trump-branded real estate has been the focus of speculation since the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. One theory, propounded by opponents of President Donald Trump is that his admiration for Russia’s Vladimir Putin comes down to money, a suggestion Trump has forcefully denied.

Still, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is digging into Trump’s business dealings, and the scramble for Kazakhstan’s chromium riches may fill in a piece of that puzzle. Company records, court filings and interviews in Kazakhstan and London suggest millions of dollars from the Aktobe plant wound their way to the U.S. and a development company with which Trump partnered to build a controversial Trump SoHo hotel-condominium complex in Manhattan.

The Kazakhstan Connection: Trump, Bayrock and Plenty of Questions. ... ‘There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.’ - Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth,” 1967. DC Report

Was Trump SoHo Used to Hide Part of a Kazakh Bank’s Missing Billions? ... Court cases playing out on two continents may reveal whether the bank’s former chairman funneled money into three condos in the Manhattan luxury tower. Bloomberg  

How a Trump SoHo Partner Ended Up With Toxic Mining Riches From Kazakhstan. ... The long road from the old Soviet republic to the offshore financial centers of the Caribbean to London—and all the way to a partner in Midtown Manhattan's Trump SoHo. Bloomberg

The Right-Wing Scandal Machine Is Now Targeting Mueller and the FBI. ... And that poses a serious threat to the separation of powers and the rule of law. 
The Nation

Americans have enormous faith in the military, very little in public schools.  The Week

Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To ‘Large Cyberattacks’ ... A draft of the Defense Department’s new nuclear strategy says the U.S. could respond to certain “non-nuclear attacks” with nuclear weapons. Huffington

These 18 Senate Democrats Just Voted to Hand Trump Mass Spying Powers. ... "Members of both parties who voted in favor of this legislation should be sharply rebuked for supporting a bill that is in flagrant violation of the rights enshrined in the Constitution." CommonDreams

January 17, 2017

Democrats' bewildering decision to hand President Trump more surveillance powers. The Week

Centrist Dems Launch Smear Campaign Against Young Trans Woman, All to Keep an Old Straight White Man in Power. Intercept

‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks to Daniel Ellsberg. Guardian

Notes From a “Shithole” Superpower. ... The Democrats, it should be noted, have signed on fully to Trump’s increase in U.S. military spending. CounterPunch

The Way We Live Now. Craig Murray

Dawn of the Dead: Why American Politics Can’t be Reformed. CounterPunch

Trump Administration Skews Terror Data to Justify Anti-Muslim Travel Ban. Intercept

The Justice Department Helped a County Prosecutor Target the Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists.
Intercept

January 16, 2018
You Don’t Need a Telescope to Find a ‘Shithole Country’ TruthDig/Hedges

Yesterday’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Can Become Classy Places Donald, and Vice Versa. CounterPunch

Beyond Reform, Toward the End of Policing: An Interview With Alex Vitale TruthOut

After bonus announcement, Walmart fires thousands of co-managers, replaces them with cheaper workers. ... The move comes after the mass closure of its Sam's Clubs stores. ThinkProgress 

Democrats and the End(s) of Politics.
CounterPunch

"Fascism and the Rise of Trump." YouTube

Centrist Dems Launch Smear Campaign Against Young Trans Woman, All to Keep an Old Straight White Man in Power. Intercept

Bibi’s Son (Or Three Men in a Car). CounterPunch

Does Racist Donald Trump Believe That Black People Are inferior To White People? Tom Hartman/YouTube

Typewriters Still Smoking? An Interview with Underground Press Maven John Campbell McMillan.
CounterPunch
 

January 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wiki
Official Government website
"I Am Not Your Negro"- about James Bladwin
(Also on many PBS stations)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 speech in New York. In this speech, he opposes violence and militarism, particularly the war in Vietnam. YouTube

What Trump has undone. WaPo

Hedges and (sociologist) Derber on the Failures of the American Left. Text and Video

Glen Greenwal: I'm excited to see which Dem. Senators who have spent the year calling Sessions a corrupt racist & Trump a treasonous Kremlin-loyal authoritarian will now provide the key votes to empower them to domestically spy with no safeguards. See two articles below:

Secret Evidence and the Threat of More Warrantless Surveillance. ... US Government Is Pushing for Law But May Be Hiding Its Impact. Human Rights Watch

US: Secret Evidence Erodes Fair Trial Rights. ... Government Hides Investigative Methods from Accused.
Human Rights Watch

“Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom”: Norman Finkelstein on the Many Lies Perpetuated About Gaza.
DemocracyNow

TORTURE DOCUMENTS RELEASED

From the National Security Archive

Background - (Sources Glen Greenwald and NSA):

In 1964, the US helped overthrow Brazil's elected left-wing govt & replaced it with a brutal military dictatorship that ruled for 21 years. That US-supported regime murdered & tortured dissidents (including Dilma Rousseff - another left-winger). US lied for years about its coup role.

Documents slowly released over the last decade show that the torture techniques used against dissidents by the US-supported military dictatorship in Brazil were far more extreme and brutal than previously known. Many died in prisons.

Now, a new book is being released by a Brazilian historian that uses newly discovered documents to show that it was the UK Govt that played the key role in training the Brazilian military dictators how to use the worst torture techniques.

The worst part of this horrific story is what these documents prove were UK's motives in training Brazil to torture: 1) it would help UK weapons manufacturers to sell arms and weapons to Brazil and 2) they used Brazilians as guinea pigs to learn how best to torture N. Ireland militants.

The book - titled ""Secrets of State: The British Government and Torture in Brazil (1969-1976)", by professor João Roberto Martins Filho, is based on correspondence at the highest levels of the UK Govt. It shows the real face of the UK (and US) in the world.

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Torture techniques revealed in declassified U.S. Documents. ... DIctatorship-era records given by Vice-President Biden to President Rousseff detail "Psychophysical" systems of torture, secret executions.. ... 43 State Department records made public by Brazilian Truth Commission. More Here

Declassified documents show US roll in overthrow of Brizilian president Joao Goulart ("left-wing" president of Brazil until US sponsored coup in 1964). ... President Johnson urged taking "every step that we can" to support overthrow of Joao Goulart. ... US Ambassador Requested Pre-positioned Armaments to aid Golpistas; Acknowledged covert operations backing street demonstrations, civic forces and resistance groups. More Here

“We Don’t Consider You (Nick Turse) a Legitimate Journalist” — How I Got Blacklisted by the Pentagon’s Africa Command. Intercept (For the previous two months - after The Intercept revealed that Cameroonian troops tortured prisoners at a remote military base also used by U.S. personnel and private contractors for drone surveillance and training missions - AFRICOM had ignored my emails and phone calls)
 Intercept
 


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Weekend of January 12 - 14, 2018
New federal court order green lights Republican efforts to ‘supercharge voter suppression’... For the first time in 35 years, the RNC won't be under a consent decree. ThinkProgress

No More Worshiping of the Military. CounterPunch

As ICC Considers Probing Israel for War Crimes, U.S. Moves to Defund U.N. Palestine Refugee Agency.
DemocracyNow

THE WRECKING CREW

Donald Trump’s man on the Hill ... Trump's pick to lead his legislative efforts in Congress is a soft-spoken, self-effacing Hill operator - in short, the opposite of his brash and bombastic boss. Politico

Internal document reveals Trump's strategy on ObamaCare changes. ... An internal Trump administration document shared with Republican lawmakers last year shows officials' plans to change ObamaCare through administrative actions, in what Democrats say is evidence of “sabotage” of the health law. The Hill

The Administration Plan to Sabotage the ACA
Dept. of Hea th and Human Services - GOP strategy - Potential Administrative Marketplace Reforms

How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs. ... Cops create an alternative story for how they found information to hide surveillance techniques from public scrutiny and would-be criminals. Wired

Taking Short Break From Denouncing Trump Authoritarianism, House Dems Join With GOP to 'Violate the Privacy Rights of Everyone in United States'. ... "Democratic leadership in the House—who say that Trump is currently abusing his power to go after his political enemies—just helped him pass dangerous domestic surveillance powers." CommonDreams

Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa. NY Times. ... President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation. NY Times

Walmart Pulls 'Diabolical' and 'Devious Two-Step' By Pairing Wage Hikes With Mass Layoffs. ..."Politics at its most cynical" is how one analyst described Walmart's attempt to claim wage hikes were a result of the GOP tax plan. CommonDreams

January 11, 2018

Challenging Trump's Language of Fascism
TruthOut/Giroux

OPRAH - ARE YOU SURE?

Oprah Winfrey: one of the world's best neoliberal capitalist thinkers. ... Oprah is appealing because her stories hide the role of political, economic and social structures in our lives. They make the American dream seem attainable. Guardian

Get a grip, people. Oprah should not run for president. WaPo

Celebrity politicians are a sign of our political decline - Oprah Winfrey isn’t the first celebrity to be floated as a presidential candidate. And she won’t be the last. Guardian

Oprah could run. Oprah could win. Is America going insane or coming to its senses? ... America woke up Monday (after the Golden Globes) with a crazy idea in its addled brain: Oprah Winfrey could be the next president of the United States.WaPo

Oprah Winfrey for president? The idea reveals an uncomfortable truth. ... During the 2016 elections, Democrats insisted that competency is essential in any presidential candidate. That is sounding more than a little hypocritical now. Guradian

Oprah for President? ... Winfrey's inspiring Golden Globes speech has many wondering if she'll run in 2020 – a notion that shouldn't be rejected out of hand. Rolling Stone


Divided, We Stand: Golden Globes Sets the Tone for Faux Feminism in 2018. CounterPunch

Israel Sets Up Secret Firm With Top Ex-generals, Envoys for Online 'Mass Awareness' Campaign 'To Fight Delegitimization' ... Among the shareholders are former UN ambassador Dore Gold and ex-generals Amos Yadlin and Yaakov Amidror. The new initiative will not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law. Haaretz

January 10, 2018

When Are Journalists Foreign Agents? (Video)
TruthDig

Capitalist Fluctuation and the Partisan Presidential Praise and Blame Game. CounterPunch

Trump Booed at Davos After Tirade About 'Mean, Vicious, Fake' Media. ... According to one reporter in attendance, it was a group of foreign journalists that kicked off the booing. CommonDreams

Constitutional Q&A: The Legality of Stop and ID Procedures. Rutherford

“Show Me Your Papers!” Roundups, Checkpoints and National ID Card. CounterPunch

#BailoutCaucus: These 11 Senate Democrats Are Joining GOP in Effort to Dismantle Wall Street Regulations ... "This breakaway #BailoutCaucus may think their support of this bill will fly under the radar—only noticed by bank executives and lobbyists giving campaign contributions. They are wrong.". CommonDreams

INFRASTRUCTURE

National links: Trump’s leaked infrastructure plan makes local governments do the heavy lifting.
Greater Washington DC

Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Ripped as Thinly-Veiled 'Assault on the Environment'. ... "The memo reveals an infrastructure plan that is essentially a giveaway to corporations at the expense of the American people and our environment." CommonDreams

Trump’s leaked infrastructure plan would deepen urban inequality in the US. QZ.com

Trump’s Leaked Infrastructure Plan Suggests A Future Sell-Off Of Public Land. ... The president and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have both said they are against transferring control to states.
HuffPost

'Make America Christian Again'  TruthDig


 

JANUARY 22 THROUGH 31
January 31, 2018

Obama Killed a 16-Year-Old American in Yemen. Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister. Intercept

ACLU to Obama: You Can’t Just Vaporize Americans Without Judicial Process. Mother Jones

UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful. ... Judges say snooper’s charter lacks adequate safeguards around accessing personal data.
Guardian

The People vs. the Democratic Establishment: The Coming Attack on Progressive Candidates.
TruthOut

Jay Clayton, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), listens to a question during an interview at the Securities Industry And Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, ... Oct. 24, 2017. Clayton said the SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are working together on Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and swaps rules. ... The Man From Sullivan & Cromwel Under Trump’s SEC, Wall Street Secrecy Expands as Enforcement Shrinks. Intercept

Instead of detention, these students get meditation. CNN

January 30, 2018

The Useful Idiocy of Donald Trump, ...  The problem with Donald Trump is not that he is imbecilic and inept—it is that he has surrendered total power to the oligarchic and military elites. They get what they want. They do what they want. Although the president is a one-man wrecking crew aimed at democratic norms and institutions, although he has turned the United States into a laughingstock around the globe, our national crisis is embodied not in Trump but the corporate state’s now unfettered pillage. TruthDig/Hedges  

Ex-Bush speechwriter sets low bar for Trump’s SOTU: ‘As long as he doesn’t poke someone in the eye with a fork’ RawStory  

Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path. TruthDig

Meet the CIA: Guns, Drugs and Money.
CounterPunch

CALL IT WHAT IT IS:
FULL BLOOM KLEPTOCRACY INSTEAD OF UNFETTERED CAPITOLISM
Kleptocrasy:
a government with corrupt leaders that use their power to exploit the people and natural resources in order to extend their personal wealth and political power.

Republicans Are Looting the Treasury While They Still Can. ... They know a backlash is coming, and they’re making the most of their power while they have it. The Nation

Republicans Are Looting the Treasury While They Still Can. ... They know a backlash is coming, and they’re making the most of their power while they have it. Bill Moyers

Four signs the US is creeping towards a kleptocracy under Trump’s watch.
Global Witness

Malasia: International Corruption... U.S. Seeks to Recover $1 Billion in Largest Kleptocracy Case to Date. FBI

U.S.A.: Frack Trump and the GOP: Looting the Treasury, UT National Monument giveaway for development. DailyKos

How Donald Trump’s kleptocracy is undermining American democracy. ... “This is the kind of thing you see in broken states.”. Vox

Weekend of January 26-28, 2018

Weekend Read:  The Public in Peril: Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism (Critical Interventions) by Henry A Girox. This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and globally. One of the world’s leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in the context of longer term trends, including the rise of right-wing populism, the threat of planetary peril, anti-intellectual fervor, the war on youth, a narrowing political discourse, deepening inequality and disposability, authoritarianism, the crisis of civic culture, the rise of the mass incarceration state, and more. Amazon

DEVIN NEUNES THE TRUMP STOOGE
ALL ABOUT THE MEMO

Devin Nunes’ Anti-FBI Memo Names James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, and Andrew McCabe. ... The Department of Justice called the plan to release it to the public ‘extraordinarily reckless.’ The Daily Beast

Did Devin Nunes Invent His Own Smoking Gun?
Republicans are urging Nunes to release his memo alleging F.B.I. abuses. But keeping the document secret seems to be the point. Vanity Fair

Devin Nunes Won’t Even Show His Infamous Memo to the Justice Department. ... The document appears to be part of a right-wing effort to derail the Trump-Russia investigation.
Mother Jones

Rep. Devin Nunes, Trump’s stooge, attacks FBI. ... What, pray tell, does Rep. Devin Nunes think he’s doing by waving around a secret memo attacking the FBI, the nation’s premier law enforcement agency?
Sacramento Bee

Democrats Have Hijacked the anti-Trump Resistance. CounterPunch

After Spending $20 Million to Pass #GOPTaxScam, Koch Bros to Save More Than $1 Billion This Year. ... "That's not a bad return on investment: what's $20 million when you're looking at a billion or more in tax breaks?"
CommonDreams

Release of Trump infrastructure plan may slip past January.  Politico  Related: Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Put Onus on States. ... At a time when many state transportation officials are clamoring for more financial help from Washington, an outline of the president’s infrastructure plan depends heavily on an influx of state and private funds.
Governing

Trump Willing to Answer Special Counsel’s Questions
U.S. President Donald Trump says he is willing to answer any questions under oath as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I am looking forward to it,” Trump told reporters at the White House, adding, “I would love to do it.”
Media Bias Fact Check

Donald Trump's tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs. ... Trump’s decision to impose a 30% tariff will cost the US around 23,000 jobs and risks slowing the growth of clean energy, advocates warn. Guardian

Trump’s solar tariff backfires: It hits red states and U.S. taxpayers harder than China. ... "Southern states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina among the most impacted." ThinkProgress  

Cashing in on Water Crises: Public-Private Partnerships Are Not the Solution. TruthOut

January 25, 2018

US air wars under Trump: increasingly indiscriminate, increasingly opaque. ... Lack of transparency over looser rules of engagement is hallmark of administration.
Guardian

David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior.
DemocracyNow

Leading Putin Critic Warns of Xenophobic Conspiracy Theories Drowning U.S. Discourse and Helping Trump. Independent

Zionist Censorship on Facebook. Craig Murray

Nine Humanitarian Activists Face Federal Charges After Leaving Water for Migrants in the Arizona Desert.
Intercept

DuPont vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination Across Globe.
emocracyNow

After "Multi-Billion Dollar Windfall" From #GOPTaxScam, Kimberly-Clark Announces 5,000 Layoffs. ... The personal care company plans to cut about 13 percent of its workforce a month after the Republican plan lowered its tax rate.
CommonDreams

Robert De Niro Accused of Exploiting Hurricane Irma to Build Resort in Barbuda. Intercept

Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card
How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest.
The New Yorker

The Dead Enders
Candidates Who Signed Up to Battle Donald Trump Must Get Past the Democratic Party First. Intercept

January 24, 2018

This is how democracies die. ...Defending our constitution requires more than outrage. Guardian

With a Shutdown Surrender, Democrats Left Millions of People Behind. ... Community health centers that serve millions are in serious danger. The Nation

Preacher Pence's Speech to Israel's Knesset Had Everything but Fire and Brimstone. ... Between the heavenly prophecies and the Christian symbolism, Pence delivered a more earthly message on status quos and 'required compromises' to achieve peace. Haaretz

Groundbreaking Study Maps 'Insidious' (and Alarmingly Successful) Strategy of Anti-Choice Movement. ... The far-right religious fringe "has spent decades building the political infrastructure they need to attack abortion access from all sides." CommonDreams

'Billionaire Boom': While World's Richest 1% Took 82% of All New Wealth in 2017, Bottom Half Got Zero, Zilch, Nada. ... A new billionaire was created every two days last year and now, according to Oxfam, just 42 individuals own as much wealth as the world's poorest 3.7 billion people. CommonDreams

Are the Supremes About to Give Trump a Second Term?. CounterPunch

Blowback: How U.S. Drones, Coups, and Invasions Just Create More Violence. Intercept

Democratic Party Faces Reckoning for Purging Sanders Supporters. DemocracyNow

Israeli Judge Denies Bail to Palestinian Teen Who Slapped Soldier. DemocracyNow

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion. Intercept

The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm.  TruthOut

January 23, 2018
Thought Police for the 21st Century. TruthDig/Hedges

Related:
- The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming! Craig Murray
- From 2014: The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication.
Intercept

- The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages and Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened.  
Intercept

- L.A. Times Disowns Reporter Outed as a CIA Collaborator. Huffy

Forget religion — voucher schools are teaching kids what can only be described as right-wing propaganda.
RawStory

It’s Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes. CounterPunch/Cockburn

A white guy allegedly detonated 2 IEDs at a mall and the pro-
Trump media shrugged....

But, What would Trump be tweeting if a Muslim did it? ThinkProgress

Trump's New Health Division Embodies Institutional Oppression,
Not "Religious Freedom" DemocracyNow

Boss Tweet’s Generals Already Run the Show.
CounterPunch

The “Big Lie” About Gaza is That the Palestinians Have Been the Aggressors. DemocracyNow

Palestinian Teenager Remains Imprisoned Because She "Has No Fear" TruthOut Related: Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi -- Message From a Freedom Fighter.
  TruthOut

The Amount of Money America Wastes on Covert Warfare Will Shock You. ... The year in special ops.  AlterNet

Of “Shitholes” and Liberals. CounterPunch

Force of Evil: Abraham Polonsky and Anti-Capitalist Noir. CounterPunch

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Know Why a Banned Banker Is a Senior Adviser at the EPA. ....“Given your troubled financial history, as well as your lack of experience in environmental policy and regulation, I am concerned that you served as Chairman of the Superfund Task Force and that you continue to serve as a Senior Advisor at the EPA,” Warren wrote in the letter. 
Intercept

The New York Times' Latest Effort to Appease Trump Voters Is Its Most Embarrassing Yet. ... The Grey Lady should hang her head in shame. AlterNet

Dawn of the Dead: Why American Politics Can’t be Reformed. CounterPunch

January 22, 2018

The Fake Feminism Of The #MeToo Backlash We’ve been here before. Huffy

No, Aziz Ansari’s Accuser Is Not Breaking Up #MeToo — The Divisions Have Been There All Along. Intercept

With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow. It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps. Guardian

Government shutdown 2018: what we know so far
The government officially shut down Friday at midnight, but the House and Senate are still in session this weekend. Vox   
Related: Trump official says it’s “kind of cool” to be in charge of the government shutdown. ... Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney seems strangely excited about his newly-discovered power. Vox

Ten members of Congress with most to gain or lose from a shutdown. ... Voters have made it clear for years they’re fed up with Washington’s chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capital’s disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending. McClatchy

The truth about the new ‘top secret’ memo Republicans can’t stop talking about. ... Yes, please, release the memo.
ThinkProgress

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Donald Trump: He Sounds Like ISIS. ... “It’s either a hug or an apology,” says Sadiq Khan, recounting how Americans react when they meet him for the first time. “‘Thank you for standing up to Trump,’ they say, or ‘We are really sorry for Trump.’”.
Intercept

What is a “Shithole Country” and Why is Trump So Obsessed With Haiti? CounterPunch

The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Sh*tholes for Decades. ... Trump's racist remarks are offensive. The brutal excesses of U.S. foreign policy are worse. AlterNet

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter Schools Are Reshaping America’s Education System for the Worse. ... Charter schools have been hailed as the antidote to public-school dysfunction by everyone from tech entrepreneurs to Wall Street philanthropists. But a critical autopsy by the advocacy group Network for Public Education (NPE) reveals just how disruptive the charter industry has become—for both students and their communities.
AFSCME

NPE Releases Charters and Consequences: An Investigative Report. .... The Network for Public Education releases Charters and Consequences, a 48 page report that is the result of investigations, visits and interviews over the course of a year. From San Diego, California to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, NPE learned about the consequences of loosely regulated charter policy and the effects that charters are having on democratically controlled, true public schools. NPE

Charter Schools Are Reshaping America’s Education System for the Worse
High faculty turnover, high student attrition, and booming funding are making charters into the perfect weapon to destroy our public school system. The Nation


 

 
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