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January 10, 2017 -

When Fear Comes. ... "When I returned to the newsroom at The New York Times after being booed off a commencement stage in 2003 for denouncing the invasion of Iraq, reporters and editors lowered their heads or turned away when I was nearby. They did not want to be touched by the same career-killing contagion. They wanted to protect their status at the institution. Retreat into rabbit holes is the most common attempt at self-protection.'   TruthDig/Hedges  

Developer Welfare: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan. ... the establishment Trump talked about wasn’t really Wall Street. He said, “When Washington got rich.” Bernie Sanders would have said, “When Wall Street got rich, the country didn’t.” So I think when Donald Trump says “Washington,” what he means is the government regulatory agencies. He’s going to cut them back. And what he means is that the IRS, the tax collectors, he’s going to cut them back by cutting taxes on all the Americans, meaning all of the 1% that are his Americans.  

Watch How Casually False Claims Are Published: NYT and Nicholas Lemann Edition.   
The Intercept  

Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.  The Intercept  

Third Harvard study confirms media bias. Will it matter?  Dailykos  

January 9, 2017 -
What Went Wrong with the Democratic Party? Three Big Failures That Led to the Current Debacle.   ...  There's hope! But unless the Democrats can learn from the mistakes of the recent past, they don't have a future.  AlterNet  

Those Times the NSA Hacked America’s Allies,
Informed Comment   

In Statehouses Won By Republicans, the First Move Is to Consolidate Power By Weakening Unions.   The Intercept  

Hillary Clinton and the Installation of Authoritarian Right-Wing Regimes in the Americas.

January 8, 2017 -
EPA Pick Pruitt Awash in Industry Cash as Nomination Battle Heats Up,  ,,,  While one dark money group aims to get him confirmed, Scott Pruitt will also be 'among the first Cabinet-level appointees to enter office with a super PAC'.
See also:  

Why Has Israeli Spy Shai Masot Not Been Expelled? ... For wanting to "take down" Britain’s Deputy Foreign Minister.  Craig Murray  

January 7, 2017 -
U.S. Intel Chiefs Alleging Russian Threat Have History of Deceiving the Public ... interestingly, James Comey has become, after Vladimir Putin, probably the most despised villain in the Democratic narrative about what happened in the election. In fact, after the election, Hillary Clinton blamed not Putin or WikiLeaks, but Comey...

What Impact Will Trump Presidency Have on Freedom of Edward Snowden & Julian Assange?

German police quash Breitbart story of mob setting fire to Dortmund church. ... Country’s politicians warn against fake news after Breitbart website said group chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ vandalised church on New Year’s Eve.
Guardian   Breitbart article

NBC Is Building A Trump Normalization Machine .. Joe Scarborough, Megyn Kelly, Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice Connection, And Greta Van Susteren Will Just Make Things Worse.  MediaMatters

"This is Not a Coup, But It's Not Normal": Trump Picks 3 Generals for Top Foreign Policy Posts.

The GOP's Brilliant Plan to Distract from Critical Confirmation Hearings. ... Six confirmation hearings, Trump presser, and 'vote-o-rama' all scheduled for same day.  CommonDreams  

Trump's America and the New World Order: A Conversation With Noam Chomsky.  TruthOut

Rep. Steve King Proposes Bill To Prevent Supreme Court From Citing Its Own Precedent. (Think ObamaCare) AboveTheLaw   and TPM  

January 6, 2017 -
Corporations Prepare to Gorge on Tax Cuts Trump Claims Will Create Jobs. ...  The official line from US-based multinational corporations is that if they get a huge tax break, they’ll bring home the trillions of dollars in profits they’ve stashed overseas and use it to hire tons of Americans. ... But now that Donald Trump’s election means it might really happen, corporate executives are telling Wall Street analysts what they’ll actually use that money for: enriching their shareholders and buying other companies. The Intercept  

But wait, didn't the Democrats say they were going to hold Trump's feet to the fire?  Here is one way they will do that... . Chuck Schumer, likely to be majority leader next year if Democrats take back the Senate, told CNBC Tuesday that one of his top two 2017 priorities would be an enormous corporate tax cut. ... The Intercept  

Why the DNC Emails Were Leaked Not Hacked.

Trump and the Flawed Nature of US Democracy:
An Interview With Noam Chomsky  TruthOut   

At Least 50 Trump Electors Were Illegitimately Seated as Electoral College Members. - More evidence surfaces as calls mount to challenge congressional ratification of Electoral College vote.

Glenn Greenwald on "Dearth of Evidence" Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails.

Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia.

Trump's infrastructure plans will hamper access to clean water.  The Hill  

January 5, 2017 -
Urging Millions to Rise Up, Trump Foes Issue Call to 'Resist Fascism' ...
'Millions must rise up in a resistance [to] stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts!'.   CommonDreams  

Albuquerque police using facial recognition technology.   AP Story  
See Also:
*  Half of US Adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases  Guardian  
*  Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition. Guardian  

Recommendation: Boycott Albuquerque

Senators Threaten to Cut Worldwide Embassy Security If U.S. Doesn’t Move Its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem.  Intercept  

January 4, 2017 -
Public Outrage, Not Trump's Tepid Rebuke, Upends GOP Attack on Ethics Panel. ... Trump wasn't against gutting the independent congressional watchdog, point out critics, just the "timing" of the move. CommonDreams  

WashPost is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived
Glenn Greenwald ...
In the past six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of “fake news,” the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false.
The Intercept   

Robert Reich: 15 Signs of Impending Tyranny Under President Trump - Consider yourself warned.

Trump hosted 'small-time mobster' Joey 'No Socks' Cinque at New Year's party,  ,,,  Joseph Cinque – reportedly a convicted felon who bestows hospitality awards, often to Trump, was seen at Trump New Year’s bash at Mar-a-Lago.  Guardian  

Rep. senators introduce bill to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. ... Ted Cruz, Dean Heller and Marco Rubio unveiled the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, a plan backed by Donald Trump but likely to ignite protests.  Guardian  

January 3, 2017 -
Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election, We Are
Now Facing Threats to the Survival of the Human Species.   DemocracyNow  

Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House. CommonDreams  

Outcry after Republicans vote to dismantle independent ethics body .. Office of
Congressional Ethics was created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers

Guardian   UPDATE - GOP backed off due to outcry.

Liberals risk becoming a permanent minority in America  Guardian   

January 2, 2017 -
Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy ...
The biggest pot of gold is the $2.79 trillion contained in or owed to the Social Security fund. The kleptocrats will work hard under Trump to divert this money into the hands of hucksters and crooks on Wall Street.  TruthDig/edges  

Book Report:
The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes (1919). ...  The great economist’s account of what went wrong at the Versailles conference after the first world war was polemical, passionate and prescient. Guardian  

Fight the power: documentaries to unleash the activist in you. ... Children in poverty, rape in the military, mass murderers at large … Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker picks 10 powerful documentaries to galvanise you into action.

Days of Moderate Democratic Party 'Are Over,' Analyst Declares ,,, Van Jones says Sunday that Calif. Senator-elect Kamala Harris 'is going to become a big deal'.  CommonDreams   

White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election.  ...   US issued JAR billed itself as an indictment that would prove Russian involvement.  ArsTechnica   

January 1, 2017 -
Exit Obama in a Cloud of Disillusion, Delusion and Deceit ... Anybody who believes the latest report issued by Obama as “proof” provides anything of the sort is very easily impressed by some entirely meaningless diagrams. Craig Murray  

If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, ...   If Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the FBI to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power...

Hillary Clinton sounded more interventionist than Donald Trump – but the Middle East crises Trump inherits could suck him in.  ...  One of Clinton's senior advisers openly proposed giving less priority to the assault on Isis and more to getting rid of Assad. A force of pro-US militant moderates was to be raised that would fight and defeat both Isis and Assad. Probably this fantasy would never have come to pass, but the fact that it was ever given currency underlines how out-of-touch she – and Washington – was. Independent/Cockburn  





January 21, 2017 -

Trump's New Budget Slashes Funding for Arts, Women's Safety and Civil Rights TruthOut  

The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s inauguration: a declaration of political war. ... The presidential handover observed all the usual civilities, but the tone of Trump’s speech marked a frightening change in America.  Guardian  

Marine Le Pen leads gathering of EU far-right leaders in Koblenz. ... The head of France’s Front National will share the stage with far-right leaders from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Stock Fraud, Drug Trafficking, & the ‘Alt-Right’.  MadCow   (and don't forget Steve Bannon)

The Russian Revolution of 2017   

January 20, 2016 -
Stunning Admission from Obama on Wikileaks - (Note, the documents were "leaked", not stolen)

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight. ... Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Huffington   See also: DailyKos

Muslims and Mexico border walls: Michael Moore makes predictions about Donald Trump's presidency. ... 'You do have to take Trump at his word,' says documentary-maker. Independent  

Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue. ... Though recreation on public lands creates $646bn in economic stimulus and 6.1m jobs, Republicans are setting in motion a giveaway of Americans’ birthright Guardian  

January 19, 2017 -
Report: 6 federal agencies investigating possible Kremlin financial support of Trump - But with Trump about to be sworn in, how long will they stay on the case? ThinkProgress   

The Trump Speech That No One Heard - The US foreign policy establishment is gradually shifting its focus from the Middle East to the Far East, but the unexpected election of Donald Trump has thrown a wrench in the elitist plan to pivot to Asia.

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, the Brother of Betsy DeVos, Is Secretly Advising Trump.
Democracy Now!  
  Prince investigation for money laundering. Intercept  

'He Is Going to Test Our Democracy as It Has Never Been Tested'. ... Why Nixon's former lawyer John Dean worries Trump could be one of the most corrupt presidents ever - and get away with it.

(Originally published August 2013) - Manning and the Gangster State. ... The swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters.  TruthDig/Hedges  

January 18, 2017 -
Bradley Manning leak did not result in deaths by enemy forces, court hears. ... Counter-intelligence officer who investigated WikiLeaks impact undermines argument that Manning leak put lives at risk. Guardian   and Intercept  
(Note: most recently, Gen. Petraeus gave up most sensitive secrets with a wrist slap, and and Gen. Cartwright cut free)

Chelsea Manning Adds a Glow to the Day.

Assange Sticks To Extradition Promise Now That Chelsea Manning Will Be Freed
The Wikileaks founder has been hiding out at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for nearly five years.  Huffington  

Just when you thought the Trump ethics disaster couldn’t get worse, it did. Washington Post  

January 17, 2017 -
The Democratic Party establishment has responded to Hillary Clinton’s election loss the same way they would have responded had Hillary Clinton won, by changing absolutely nothing.

The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer.

Building the Institutions for Revolt . ... Politics is a game of fear. Those who do not have the ability to make power elites afraid do not succeed. All of the movements that opened up the democratic space in America - the abolitionists, the suffragists, the labor movement, the communists, the socialists, the anarchists and the civil rights movement - developed a critical mass and militancy that forced the centers of power to respond.

The dodgy Donald Trump dossier reminds me of the row over Saddam Hussein and his fictitious weapons of mass destruction. ... I talked to Iraqi defectors in the 1990s who claimed to have plenty of information about WMDs and gossip about Hussein’s family affairs. It did not take long to work out that they were making it up when they produced convincing but uncheckable details.

(Written 2013) - MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever. ... His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression.  Guardian  

We Were Warned About Barack Obama - by Obama Himself. TruthDig

January 16, 2017 -
The Terrifying Parallels Between Trump and Erdogan. ... As Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration, he is struggling with opposition from the US media, intelligence agencies, government apparatus, parts of the Republican Party and a significant portion of the American population. Impressive obstacles appear to prevent him exercising arbitrary power.  
He should take heart: much the same was said in Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2002 ... CounterPunch/Cockburn

North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And Kill Protesters. ... It’s aimed at Dakota Access protesters, and it doesn’t bode well. Huffington  

The Divided States: Trump's inauguration and how democracy has failed, ,,, Donald Trump and his demonisation of minorities are not the exception in US history – they are its logical conclusion. Pankaj Mishra examines the dream of the multiracial democracy, and America’s failure to realise it.

This article was submitted in September and edited three weeks prior to the election. It is based on extensive analysis of attitudinal polling from recent decades—polls which taken together indicate that the views of a clear majority of Americans on nearly every major political, economic, and social issue cannot be reconciled with the election of Donald Trump. Only minor changes have been made to reflect election results. Washington Spectator

The seven faces of Donald Trump – a psychologist’s view. ... From the chin-jut to the zipped smile, we examine the president-elect’s signature facial expressions and what they tell us about him. Guardian  

Women's March on Washington set to be one of America's biggest protests. ... Pink hats will be much in evidence as an extraordinarily wide range of groups come together to repudiate President Trump the day after his inauguration.

Revealed: former British ambassador Sir Andrew Wood's key role in Trump investigation. ... ‘Yes, I did meet Senator McCain and his aides at the conference,’ Sir Andrew Wood tells The

January 15, 2017 -
GOP House Takes Next Step Toward Taking Healthcare Away From Millions. ...
"The new Republican Congress has begun efforts to dismantle America's healthcare system.

Maybe This Is How Democracy Ends. ... The frightening rise of authoritarian populism in the West is a very real, clear and present danger.

Will Trump be a tyrant, and how will we tell? Some classical pointers. (written Dec 17, 2016)

Head of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post in middle of inauguration.   WaPo  

January 14, 2017 -
Nothing more plainly shows Trump’s complete cynicism and dishonesty than his absolute betrayal of the core claim of his campaign — to rid Washington of corruption, cronyism and insider dealing.  More on that here ...  Bill Moyers  

Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?

Hit the Road, Barack: Some Farewell Reflections. CounterPunch  

Trump only looks like a master media manipulator because he’s allowed to - If the US media had shown greater collective backbone at the president-elect’s malarial press conference it might not have resembled a wildlife documentary.  Guardian  

All the President-Elect’s Deniers. Juan Cole

January 13, 2017 -
Obama opens NSA vast trove of warrantless data to entire intelligence community, just in time for Trump.   Intercept  

Trump revealed his presidential dream to me in 1988. Now the nightmare begins  Guardian

In one night, the GOP voted to take away these 6 essential health benefits.  ThinkProgress  

How Wikileaks Keeps Its 100% Accuracy Record.

Let the Likker to the talking. RawStory  

Committee to Protect Journalists: Watch Out for "Leak Investigations" Targeting Journos Under Trump.   DemocracyNow  

January 12, 2017 -
Harvard Law Prof: Trump’s Plan is ‘Walking, Talking, Tweeting Violation’ of Constitution.  

Kleptocracy is the term political scientists use to sum up political systems where office holders routinely take advantage of their official positions to enrich themselves while disregarding the public interest.   LA Times  

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer.    Intercept  

Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author of Trump dossier Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, has been identified in reports as the author of a dossier that claims Russia collated a file of compromising information on Donald Trump. Guardian  

The Hitler Diaries Mark II – or I Hope They Changed the Mattress  UPDATE Michael Cohen has now stated he has never been to Prague in his life. If that is true the extremely weak credibility of the entire forgery collapses in total. What is more, contrary to the claims of the Guardian and Washington Post that the material is “unverifiable”, the veracity of it could be tested extremely easily by the most basic journalism, ie asking Mr Cohen who has produced his passport.   Murray  

January 11, 2017 - John McCain passes FBI dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts.

Guardian links to this website:

More on same ...
Contrarian Thoughts on Russia and the Presidential Election.  LawFare Blog  

Classified: Russians have 'compromising information' on Trump, and his team took orders from Moscow. ...  The declassified version of the intelligence report issued last week was enough to show that the Russians intervened in the election with the intention of helping Donald Trump. But that report was only half as long as the full, classified version. DailyKos  

The War on Public Schools - Charters, vouchers, and disposable teachers are Trump’s targets.
American Prospect  











January 31, 2017 -

Democracy in Exile and the Curse of Totalitarianism.  CounterPunch/Giroux  

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement. ... Bureau policies have been crafted to take into account the active presence of domestic extremists in U.S. police departments. Intercept

Koch Brothers Worried Trump’s Extreme Presidency Will Lead to Far-Left Revolt. RoF  

How Donald Trump's New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists. ... Breitbart News is "the platform for the alt-right," boasts Stephen Bannon.  Mother Jones  

..... Steve Bannon Called for Christian Holy War: Now He's on the National Security Council. ... "We're at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict," President Trump's chief strategist told a Christian conference in 2014. AlterNet  

January 30, 2017 -
It Took Donald Trump 8 Days To Bring The U.S. To The Brink Of A Constitutional Crisis. ... “Obedience to specific court orders is what keeps us from being a banana republic or fascist dictatorship. That’s a really big deal.” Huffington  

Joint Press Release Between Border Patrol and ICE Councils - As representatives of the nation’s Frontline - immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job.
BP and ICE Councils

American Psychosis ... Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. Exposed lies are answered with other lies
TruthDig/Hedges .

Protesters at the Denver airport over the weekend were told by police that it was illegal to exercise “free speech without a permit.” ...(Police Commander Tony Lopez ) ... that even carrying a copy of the U.S. Constitution was prohibited in the airport.

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to Donald Trump, on Monday said that the president’s first week in office was nothing short of “breathtaking.”

If Cowardly Democrats Don’t Grow a Spine, Kiss America Goodbye. ... The Democratic party has lost everything – the presidential election, the Senate, the House, the respect of their voters....
Ring of Fire  

Customs And Border Officials Defy Court Order On Lawful Residents. ... Customs officials aren’t letting green card holders talk to lawyers. Huffington  

Trump’s America: Land of Dystopia and
Resistance. CounterPunch

Steve Bannon believes we're already at war: 'This new barbarity that's starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we've been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years'.
Business Insider

January 29, 2017 -
"It's working out very nicely," ... You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It's working out very nicely....".
Meanwhile, back at the ranch ....
The world’s biggest sponsors of Islamic terrorism are stinking rich, and are strangely not included in the Trump freeze. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are yet again excluded from “action against Islamic terrorism” despite being patently the fons et origo of most of it. Trump’s ban would not exclude Osama Bin Laden or the vast majority of the 9/11 cells, which is almost amusing. Murray  

Trump’s Muslim Ban Triggers Chaos, Heartbreak, and Resistance  Intercept

Evil, Rebranded? The Koch Brothers In 2016. ... They are spending millions to disguise their actual aims so they can lull citizens into thinking it’s safe to allow them more control over our political system. WBNR  or Download

New Koch - The billionaire brothers are championing criminal-justice reform. Has their formula changed? New Yorker or download   

Developer Welfare: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
He’s going to create a huge trillion-dollar market for Wall Street’s high finance. AlterNet  

The US Is Suffering From a Very Real Water Crisis That Few Are Acknowledging.  TruthOut  

January 28, 2017 -
Missile Launchers at Standing Rock: Weaponized Law in Action. TruthOut  

The leaks coming out of the Trump White House cast the president as a clueless child. WaPo  

The Most Vicious President in American History Is Donald Trump's New Role Model. ... Andrew Jackson was an unrepentant slave driver and ethnic cleanser. Trump sees him as a fellow populist.  AlterNet  

They know they can’t convince everyone that mass voter fraud exists — because it doesn’t — so what they’re trying to do is put the lie that it DOES exist out there to create the false impression that there’s some sort of debate to be had here – when there isn’t. Ring of Fire/Hartman  

A Trump supporter who shot an unarmed anti-fascist protester was released by Seattle, Washington police without charge. Meanwhile, at least six journalists arrested by the Washington, D.C. force face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 fines on felony "riot" charges for covering protests at the presidential inauguration.

A New Low For Wells Fargo: Are You Still Using Gross Big Banks? .... four ex-employees from Southern California reported that Wells Fargo was engaged in yet another scheme to defraud its customers: improperly charging them for extending promised interest rates when mortgage paperwork wound up being delayed.  Ring of Fire  

January 27, 2017 -
Noam Chomsky: Explaining the 'Collapse' That Gave Us Donald Trump. ... Noam Chomsky interviewed by Kenneth Palmer and Richard Yarrow. AlterNet  

(2013) The Election was Stolen – Here’s How… Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states. Palast

Donald Trump Against the World: The Birth of a New Nationalist World Order ... Welcome to a globalism of the 1 percent.  Alertnet  
Bannon Takes Control While Trump lies, the former Breitbart chief seizes the reins of power.

The Rise Of Europe’s Far-Right Is ‘A Wake-Up Call’ For Democracy, Says Turkish Novelist. .. “We cannot leave patriotism to the nationalists. ... And we cannot leave emotions to populist demagogues,”
No local enforcement of Federal Immigration laws (NM)

How America Lost Its Identity. ... Reporter Holger Stark spent the past four years as Washington correspondent during a time in which the country changed radically enough to elect Donald Trump as its president. What led this once mighty nation into decline?  Spiegel  

Exodus de Résistance? Entire Senior Staff at Trump's State Dept. 'Unexpectedly' Resigns. ... 'We know Americans don't want [Secretary Tillerson] representing them, and it now seems like the most senior officials of the State Department know it too.'  CommonDreams  

Trump says he doesn’t need facts as long as ‘very smart’ Fox News viewers agree with him. ... Trump’s first interview as president illustrated how Fox News is becoming Trump propaganda.

January 26, 2017 -
TDS: You have been warned: “Trump Derangement Syndrome” will be a cudgel used to silence his critics. ... Right-wingers who claim that principled opposition to Trump is "deranged" are avoiding America's true insanity. Salon   and LA Times  

Tracking the first 100 days  by Trump's contract with American voters here

Seymour Hersh Blasts Media for Uncritically Promoting Russian Hacking Story. Intercept  

Donald Trump Looks More and More Like a Rubber Stamp for a Radical Congress. ... A pattern is emerging: the president is presented with a draconian bill, and he signs on the dotted line.

Donald Trump's team to review all Environmental Protection Agency studies before release .. scrutiny will also extend to federal agency's website, including scientific evidence showing impact of manmade carbon emissions on global warming.  Independent  

A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary: Steps in Defiance of Trump's Executive Order.
TruthOut and -
Trump’s unconstitutional plan to turn cities into federal police states. ... Remember when the Tenth Amendment was a thing?   ThinkProgress     -and-  Bill would make NM sanctuary state  AbqJrnl  

January 25, 2017 -
Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism. Intercept/Klein

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest. ... A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted. Guradian   and
Daily Kos  

Trump's government gag order blocks agencies from talking to Congress. ... First the National Park Service was banned from using social media because one Park Service Twitter account dared to retweet images showing Trump’s less-than-stellar inaugural crowd. Then the EPA was blocked from all forms of external communication. The research arm of the USDA was the next to go behind the Trump Curtain. And it seems that this glittery gilt wall of silence is not just spreading, but even cutting off communication with Congress. ... . Moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda. CommonDreams  

Donald Trump lies about losing the popular vote. ... Donald Trump told congressional leaders he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton because of immigrants fraudulently voting in the election. This comes after Kellyanne Conway debuted the phrase "alternative facts." David Corn and Indira Lakshmanan join Lawrence.  MSNBC Video  

Saudi Arabia ‘deliberately targeting impoverished Yemen’s farms and agricultural industry. ... Increasing evidence suggests Kingdom is not merely bombing civilians in neighbouring country, but systematically targeting infrastructure survivors will need to avoid starvation when the war is over. Independent 

How Private Equity Firms are Designed to Earn Big While Risking Little of Their Own.

January 24, 2017 -
The ruling elites, terrified by the mobilization of the left in the 1960s, or by what [political scientist] Samuel P. Huntington called America’s “excess of democracy,” built counter-institutions to delegitimize and marginalize critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism. They bought the allegiances of the two main political parties. They imposed … obedience to the neoliberal ideology within academia and the press. This campaign, laid out by Lewis Powell in his 1971 memorandum titled “Attack on American Free Enterprise System,” was the blueprint for the creeping corporate coup d’état that 45 years later is complete. Hedges  

'Hostile Takeover': Oil & Gas Industry Now In Charge of US Foreign Policy. ... Confirming Rex Tillerson, Republicans on Senate Foreign Relations Committee "just knowingly handed our international climate diplomacy over to a rogue oil mogul"

Trump Administration Imposes Freeze On EPA Grants and Contracts. ...The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Trump Cabinet: Strangest Show on Earth.

(So far) Lawmakers in Eight States Have Proposed Laws Criminalizing Peaceful Protest. Intercept

January 23, 2017 -
Naomi Klein, Alicia Garza, Ralph Nader & Others Respond to Trump's "America First" Inaugural Address. Democracy Now  

Trump's Two-Step Strategy to Take Over the Truth
The new president has this all figured out.

'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration. ... If the president and his aides will tell easily disproven falsehoods about crowd sizes and speeches, what else will they be willing to dissemble about? The Atlantic  

The Trump Administration’s Lies Have Already Ruined Its Credibility. ... The president has made the wrong bet, and it will sink him.
The Atlantic  

Why the rise of Donald Trump and Isis have more in common than you might think. ... Across continents there are many who see themselves as the losers from globalisation, but the ideological vehicles for protest differ markedly from region to region. Independent/Cockburn  

January 22, 2017 -
Marine Le Pen claims ‘Anglo Saxon world waking up’ as Europe’s far-right parties meet after Trump inauguration. ...
‘Yesterday, a new America. Today - a new Europe,’ anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders tells cheering crowds. Independent  

They’ll pull the trigger’: Robert Reich explains how the GOP is playing Trump until they can dump him. Reich  

Noam Chomsky on the Long History of US Meddling in Foreign Elections.  TruthOut  

Fraternal Order of Police union endorses Trump.
Washington Post  

On Final Day of Obama Presidency, a Look at His Mixed Legacy & the Rise of Neo-Fascism in Washington. DemocracyNow