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Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:25:52 CST

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Recount Update for Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:25:50 CST

WI recount observer says Waukesha County double-counting Trump votes. On Sunday evening he flatly declared that "I'm calling out fraud." West ma[d]e the following specific accusations: "Waukesha County is obstructing the recount blatantly. Making up rules to shut out allowed observers. Double counting Republican ballots. Taking machines out and returning machines that break down after midnight hoping to avoid any observers."



U.S. Reactions to the Death of Fidel Castro

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:46:31 CST

Fidel Castro was the man who led the successful effort to overthrow the brutal and reactionary dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista -- a dictatorship that had the backing of the U.S. government. The Castro-led victory of 1959 began a long period of transformation for Cuba, raising the country from a starkly poor Third World condition to a modernizing socialist state.



How Trump's Grift Gave Government to the 0.01 Percent

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:10:11 CST

It's not just their wealth that distinguishes Trump's team from the vast majority of Americans. It's their class exclusivity. Trump has largely drawn from people who, like him, were born into wealth and privilege. This insularity, combined with the heartlessness of the policies they espouse, makes it even less likely that they will empathize with -- or even understand -- the problems of ordinary people.



Media Complicity Is Key to Blacklisting Websites

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:26:20 CST

With so many people understandably upset about Trump's victory, there's an evident attraction to blaming the Kremlin, a convenient scapegoat for Hillary Clinton's loss. But the Post's blacklisting story and the media's amplification of it -- and the overall political environment that it helps to create -- are all building blocks for a reactionary order, threatening the First Amendment and a range of civil liberties.



How to Gain Support for Trade: Stop Rigging It to Redistribute Upward

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:08:40 CST

The point of making it as easy as possible to move a factory to Mexico, and then import the output back to the United States, is to get access to low cost labor. The predicted and actual effect of this policy is to reduce the number of jobs available to manufacturing workers in the United States.



Ben Carson to Head What?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:08:03 CST

There are many question marks about Ben Carson. His pimping for supplement marker Mannatech and claiming they did not pay him--the speaker bureau did.



The victory at Standing Rock could mark a turning point

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:29:58 CST

This was not just one tribe: this was pretty much all of native North America. The flags of more than 200 Indian nations lined the rough dirt entrance road. Other Americans, drawn in part by a sense of shame at this part of our heritage, flooded in to help -- when the announcement came today, there were thousands of military veterans on hand.



Wayne Allyn Root's indictment of Mitt Romney is my indictment of the political system

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:24:08 CST

Wayne Allyn Root recently authored a commentary in which he makes a very interesting indictment of Mitt Romney. In my estimation, Root's commentary is emblematic of what's wrong with politics.



It is not enough to promise, we must act to #endAIDS

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:06:35 CST

Please consider this article based upon interview with a doctor who was among the first few doctors who came forward to care for people living with HIV when first case got diagnosed in India in 1986. He has several 'firsts' to his credit including India's first AIDS clinic.



The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:03:43 CST

Clearly the ruling oligarchy is concerned that the websites on the 200 List now control the explanations although not the levers of power. Nevertheless, if the pen is more powerful than the sword, power will return to the people as we continue to deliver truth to them.



The Mafia State

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:37:09 CST

What comes next, history has shown, will not be pleasant. A cruel and morally bankrupt elite, backed by the organs of state security and law enforcement, will reduce workers to the status of serfs or slaves. The most benign dissent will be criminalized and crushed. America's elites have no external or internal constraints. They are barbarians. We will remove them from power or enter a new dark age.



New Rogue Anti-Russia Committee Created in "Intelligence" Act

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:35:30 CST

I don't know why we didn't pick playing with live electrical wires and call that "intelligence" instead of the stuff we do. I think I'll stick with calling what the U.S. government does "counter-intelligence." So, here's the latest from the counter-intelligence community.



Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Obama's Last Chance

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:32:58 CST

Think of the Oval Office that President Obama is about to leave behind as filled with the equivalent of loaded weaponry from all these years of wars, raids, assassination campaigns, surveillance, and the like.



Has Assange been Abducted by CIA?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:16:09 CST

Assange has not been seen in public for a 7 weeks. A raid on the Ecuadorian Embassy where he has been 4 years in refuge was reported in mid-October. Rumors have been growing that he is in CIA custody. We at OEN don't know what to believe, but we think this topic bears investigation.



#NoDAPL Scores Major Victory: No Final Permit For Pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:46:46 CST

There will be battles ahead but this was another amazing people-powered victory. When people unite, we have power. This time people power defeated big oil and big finance.



The Power of Spirit: Victory Day at Standing Rock

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:29:07 CST

By the time we got back to Cannonball, we were yelping with reserved joy Did the Indians really win this time?



John Pilger Raises a Question: Has There Ever Been a Government More Evil Than Washington?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:44:26 CST

In The Coming War on China, John Pilger describes Washington's war plans against China. These plans are nonsensical, because China and Russia are now strategic allies, united by their opposition to Washington's hegemony.



The Rules of the (Trump) Game

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:09:09 CST

Mad Dog James Mattis may indeed be seen by the real world as, well, a mad dog; he was on the front line of the 2001 assault on Afghanistan; led the Marine assault on Baghdad during Shock and Awe in 2003; and masterminded the horrendous American destruction of Fallujah in late 2004. Widely hailed as a fine strategist, he retired as chief of CENTCOM in 2013.



Government pollution of MSM drives people to seek alternatives

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:04:56 CST

Government and mainstream media pose censorship as a solution to a problem they created--the public's reliance on alternative news sites for accurate information and dialogue.



Standing Rock isn't Over; Discussion of Trump's Attorney General and Potential Homeland Security Secretary

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:45:53 CST

Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren was silent on the pipeline during a halt in the pipeline's construction but said in an NBC News interview in November that he was "100 percent sure that the pipeline will be approved by a Trump administration," regardless of what the Army Corps ultimately decides. So, let's talk for a moment about Trump's considering for Homeland Security the draconian Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke



The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 20:31:03 CST

Three days ago, the now ironically named Anti-Defamation League pronounced Ellison's 2010 comments about Israel "deeply disturbing and disqualifying." Other Israel advocates have now joined in. What are Ellison's terrible sins? He said in a 2010 speech that while he "wanted the U.S. to be friends with Israel," the U.S. "can't allow another country to treat us like we're their ATM."



Bernie Sanders in San Rafael: Democratic Elite to Blame for Trump Victory

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:05:57 CST

At last! A serious analysis moving toward the truth we have known all along! This DNC elite is so brazen and now apparently oblivious, and I am not just writing here about missing the "economic pain of an increasingly large segment of the nation." He should go into details specifically about the blatant purging and cheating that went on in 12 states, and how to vigilantly prevent this in from happening in 2018 and in 2020.



Getting away with Murder: America's War Criminals and Their Accessories

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:50:13 CST

This article argues that America's war criminals and their accessories must be brought to justice and proposes several initiatives for doing just that.



The Remarkable Story of Fidel Castro

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:20:29 CST

Since Fidel Castro's death, the mainstream U.S. news media has been on a flashback to the Cold War presenting one-sided denunciations of the "communist dictator," but there is another side to the story, explains Marjorie Cohn.



BREAKING: Army Corps Denies Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:39:06 CST

DAPL Pipeline put on hold for environmental review.and additional discussions with tribes.



Recount Rally at Trump Tower, NYC, Monday, December 5th

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:31:42 CST

Trump's margin in PA drops significantly and his team desperately rushes to block recounts in PA, MI & WI. Jill Stein will host a rally/press conference outside Trump Tower on Monday, 12/5 at 10:00 am, vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness of the vote.Grassroots supporters have fueled her unprecedented mullti-state recount campaign, which quickly raised $7m from 150,000 donors.



How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders & Helped Donald Trump Win

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:59:48 CST

Rarely do you hear a news personality on television admitting that they failed miserably in covering the Sanders campaign. The U.S. media effectively iced out a major-party candidate who consistently held the largest rallies, even without a media megaphone. Bernie Sanders has spent his life fighting for progressive causes. As the world braces for the Trump presidency, Sanders shows no signs of slowing down.



Donald Trump's National Security Choices Are Not the "A" Team in Intelligence Circles

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:51:43 CST

Trump's nomination of Rep. Michael Pompeo to lead the CIA is troubling. It is a message to the American people that Trump was telling the truth when he said that he would appoint people who support the CIA torture program. Indeed, Pompeo has called CIA torturers "patriots" and has called for the execution of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.



Give Wes Bellamy a Break

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:24:13 CST

Charlottesville City Council Member Wes Bellamy is being widely denounced for tweets he tweeted years ago. I think he should be given a break.



Is Democracy Obsolete?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:16:49 CST

Here is an over-view of the general malaise of the political crisis we are experiencing now, together with one person's suggestions for constitutional reforms needed to change the course of our society.



Michigan's Senator Stabenow on Large Oil Spill plus MoveOn Petition Comments, Recent ND Drone Videos

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:54:56 CST

From Michigan's Senator Stabenow, a sobering reminiscence of the Marshall Michigan oil spill of 800,000 gallons into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, which makes the concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux much more real and understandable.Followed by more incisive comments from petition signers and then video footage from our drones filming, and an interview with a half Sioux half Navajo drone operator



Mainstream Media's Bastion is Crumbling

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:51:34 CST

The mainstream media is on fire at the rise of social media. Their bastion is crumbling. The ivory tower they are perched upon is swinging like a pendulum. Their cry now is to put a curb on social media which they are apt to term as "fake news" promoters. So much for freedom of expression.



Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard Joins Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:10:50 CST

In a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is joining thousands of veterans from across the United States who have come to Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).



The New Clowns in Town

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:10:30 CST

A Berkeley writer tries to resuscitate three dot journalism



Tribes Ask International Human Rights Commission to Stop Violence Against Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:33:48 CST

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe (the "Tribes") announced today that they have requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights call on the United States to adopt precautionary measures to prevent irreparable harm to the Tribes, their members, and others resulting from the ongoing and imminent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.



Commemorate 11-9 as a Day of Peace

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:52:38 CST

The vast majority of Americans are completely unaware of the fact that we just narrowly dodged WWIII.



Clinton's "Russia Did It" Cop-out

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:15:48 CST

In a last-ditch effort to salvage Hillary Clinton's campaign, establishment Democrats are slinging McCarthyistic mud, joining in smearing independent journalists and blaming everything on Russia, writes Robert Parry.



A Bare-Knuckle Fight Over Recounts

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:41:54 CST

Democrats are trying to stop Donald Trump's inauguration by claiming Russian interference in the election, but the White House sees no evidence and Trump is now challenging the recounts, reports Joe Lauria.



Obama's Legacy

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:35:02 CST

There has been a great deal of speculation in the mainstream-news outlets about Obama's "legacy" in the hands of Trump. Perhaps we ought to look at his record instead of his legacy, and look closely at the most important tools his administration is handing to Trump's.



Powerhouse Israeli Supporters - Military Aid to Israel Is Unconstitutional - Part 6

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:10:29 CST

Recognizing the opposition. First know your potential enemies to any support for the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment, those who would naturally support continuing the military aid to Israel, before determining if you have the guts to oppose them.



Time for college athletes to be paid

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:00:56 CST

This is an oped for my american politics class. I am a senior at the University of Richmond majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing.



McCarthyism Is Breaking Out All Over

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:44:51 CST

By publicizing the fake list of 200 "Russian agents" in the Washington Post, the presstitute newspaper has brought buckets of shame and condemnation upon its head, destroying in the process the thin shred of credibility that the Main Stream media still possessed.



I'm Colombo: "Just One More Thing About Fidel Castro"

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:22:39 CST

The United States has therefore lost the moral right to accuse Cuba or ANY other nation of the very things of which it's guilty.



Why We Kill

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:14:40 CST

What is it within so many of us that allows murder to become acceptable to too many of us?



On Joining John the Baptist in Rebellion against the Religious Establishment -- and Trumpism (Sunday Homily)

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:08:00 CST

The specter of John the Baptist should haunt us this Second Sunday of Advent, and drive our faith communities onto Main Street. These unprecedented times call for radical response outside the sacred precincts and independent of the sleepwalkers awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.



How to save the planet from President Trump

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:04:24 CST

We may have to live in a hot world, but we don't have to live in a jackbooted one, and the more community we can preserve, the more resilient our communities will be. It's hard not to despair -- but then, it wasn't all that easy to be realistically hopeful about our climate even before Trump. This has always been a battle against great odds. They're just steeper now.



The Coming War on China

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:46:45 CST

Nuclear war is no longer a shadow, but a contingency. The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well underway. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.



Say: "Clean Energy Jobs Now!"

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:00:04 CST

This article suggests an updated approach to framing climate protection action now, given the Trump victory and the nature of the GOP-dominated Congress we have now. The blog contains framing language suggestions for focusing on clean energy jobs that stay home in the U.S., and could appeal to Trump voters. Getting them to lobby for these is the best outcome!



It is time to instill some fear into the ruling elites and permanently remove them from human rule

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:11:30 CST

We Are Not Afraid and Are coming with our hands out to choke to death the ruling elites



Hunting the Witch Hunters: Backlash Begins Against PropOrNot

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:06:37 CST

The murky anti-American group PropOrNot and their McCarthyist blacklist of "Russian" moles in the alternative media may have been given official sanction by the Washington Post but the backlash is beginning. Honest journalists are calling into question this sleazy group's agenda and some of the websites on the list are threatening legal action. The key however is to rip away the veil of secrecy protecting the witch hunters.



Fox News Cheers Trump Over 1,000 Carrier Jobs; Denounced Obama For Saving 1.5 Million Auto Industry Jobs

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:33:19 CST

People might forget, especially in light of the bailout's stunning success, but Obama's push to help the Detroit industry once served as a defining line of GOP attack. The bailout symbolized the dangers of Obama's alleged socialist/gangster leanings. the bailout that Obama championed saved more than one million jobs. If only Obama had saved 1,000 Carrier jobs instead.



The Gift of Words

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:18:07 CST

As the holiday shopping madness intensifies, it is important to remember what the essence of gifts is.



"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies"

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:15:28 CST

Please consider this in-depth interview with a senior expert who earlier was one of the forces in national TB programme and now is a major lead at national AIDS programme. Earlier he had worked on polio eradication and other health issues. He shares key insights on how governments can keep promises (SDGs) to end TB and HIV by 2030.



Aleppo: the moment of truth for the United Nations

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:10:03 CST

Over the time it becomes clear that silence and absurd statements of humanitarian organizations and representatives of some Western countries say only that they, at least, are not interested in the situation in the country and the lives of Syrians, so exhausted because of the war.



Trump's Trickle-Down Populism

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:56:53 CST

If Donald Trump is serious about reviving good jobs in America, he'd give workers more bargaining power by strengthening trade unions, upgrading lifelong education and training, and simultaneously making it harder for Wall Street investors to take over "underperforming" companies. But Trump won't do any of this, as is evident by his cabinet choices for key economic posts.



The Christian Church In America is Dead - Donald Trump's Election Proves It!

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:49:57 CST

The Christian church in America is dead. The ultimate proof? How else could Donald Trump, a candidate who so clearly embodies anti-christian beliefs and attitudes be elected President in what is proclaimed to be a "Christian" country? The Church is left with a choice. Either upgrade its software (mythology) to become more user friendly (relevant), or stay with a comfortably familiar but no longer effective way of healing



Statement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:43:36 CST

The Attorney General Speaks. What do you think? The next one certainly won't say these kinds of conciliatory things. I know she could be a lot tougher, and sometimes, that comes with that job. I don't think there is any safe "middle ground" with this issue, which will define the 21st Century much like Vietnam defined the late 60's and all subsequent politics.



Unsafe Cyberspace The Fallen Pillars of Probity

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:39:22 CST

Unsafe Cyberspace The Fallen Pillars of Probity, by Tim Duff, Tonka Bay, Minnesota



Why did it have to be this way?

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:16:23 CST

W/ all the indignation over the Washington Post resorting to McCarthesque scare tactics naming 200 web sites as presenting "fake news", disseminating propaganda or useful idiots of the Russians one may ask why did it have to be this way? It didn't. We have a constitution w/ freedom of the press. But today we have a free press in name only. It's now an unofficial organ of the state presenting only the gov'ts version of events.



Trump-Sessions: Expect the Worst for Prison Reform

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:30:57 CST

I wish there were some sign that something, somewhere, related to criminal justice, sentencing reform, and the so-called war on drugs will improve. There is none. Sessions and Trump are the enemies of civil liberties. They are the enemies of reform. Obama's criminal justice reform policy changes are over. Expect the prisons to fill up again.



Veterans Deploy to Standing Rock: Twitter Updates

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:54:24 CST

Veterans arrive at Standing Rock to support and protect the Water Protectors: Selected Tweets.



The Arabs Did It

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:52:29 CST

Binyamin Netanyahu appeared on screen. Clad in a fashionable battle-dress, surrounded by his minions, he declared that it was all the work of Arab terrorists. It was an "Intifada of Fire." All this was nonsense. The brave fire-fighters and policemen had already done their job. Netanyahu's intervention was superfluous, indeed harmful.



Winter & Vets come to Standing Rock: News and Video Updates

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:20:49 CST

Updates on Standing Rock: video of first snow at Standing Rock, veterans have deployed themselves to Standing Rock to uphold the Constitution, and an opportunity to join in worldwide prayer support of the Water Protectors.



American Political Propaganda Threatens Peace Here

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:51:48 CST

Anti-Russia propaganda employed by both American major parties for partisan advantageis a threat to peace within our shores.



The People Speak out in Defense of the Standing Rock Defenders, from Moveon Petition Signers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:20 CST

Each of these comments were from people who signed the petition I put up less than 24 hours ago on Moveon. At this writing, 1700 have signed it, and I have extracted some of the most articulate comments. This issue is going to become as important as Vietnam was 50 years ago. If you haven't signed the petition to various Democrat members of the US Senate, please do so soon. The URL is at the head of the article.



Its time for Sheriff Kirchmeier to be held accountable for human rights abuses

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:37:42 CST

An activist urges Morton County Sheriff Kirchmeier to be held accountable for human rights abuses against Native American and their allies at protesting the DAPL at Standing Rock.



Globalisation and Free-Market Capitalism Are Tearing Our Societies Apart

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:37:12 CST

A fundamental change in the way capitalism works is essential. Cosmetic changes or just words, not backed by action, will not do. Otherwise, I fear for the cohesion of our societies with the demagogues and charlatans directing the anger and frustration of the masses, not at the economic system causing the poverty of the many, but towards the weakest, poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.



The "Buy America" Trump Test

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:07:19 CST

The "Buy America" fight goes to the core of Trump's campaign promises to working-class voters. He promised to boost American manufacturing and American jobs. The corporations and billionaires that back the Republicans (and make up Trump's cabinet so far) want just the opposite.



Bush's Iraq Lies, Uncontested, Will Haunt Us Under Trump

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:24:59 CST

There is no decision more grave than taking your nation to war. There is nothing more criminal than basing that war on lies. And there is nothing more derelict than failing to prosecute those responsible for taking us to war on the basis of lies. Today, many of the very same architects of the Iraq invasion, from General David Petraeus to John Bolton, may join the Trump admininistration and take us into a new war with Iran.



Too busy getting rich for war crimes?: Is Trump's Idea To Fix the 'Rigged System' by Hiring Crooks Who've Played It?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:41:31 CST

Trump's cabinet picks seem based on a philosophy of hiring gangsters to keep the crime rate down. Will the idea work any better than crooked police departments using that approach have worked in Chicago, NY, Philly and Boston, asks TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff



Trump and His Betraying Makeover

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:29:36 CST

In addition to lacking a mandate from the people (he lost the popular vote), the president-elect continues to believe that mere showboating will distract from his breathtaking flip-flops in his campaign rhetoric. Remember his last big TV ad where he blasted "a global power structure" responsible "for robbing the working class" with images of Goldman Sachs flashing across the screen?



Cash and Carrier: Trump and Pence Put on a Show

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:06:36 CST

While Trump and Pence may have saved the jobs of 1,000 workers (apparently 400 jobs are still going to Mexico), it is not clear what the price to the state of Indiana or the US government is. It appears that vice president-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence may have made some concessions, and perhaps Trump made promises as well.



How to expose Fake News and still keep Alternative Media free

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:15:13 CST

Combating fake news needs to be done, but how to do it without enabling propagandists and elite filtering? And how to preserve alternative media? Here is one answer.



A School District's Hostility Towards Special Education

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:58:52 CST

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been under the oversight of an Independent Monitor for 20 years. When will their attitude towards special education change?



Trump's Appointments -- What do they mean?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:57:16 CST

Whereas Congress is in Republican hands, Congress remains in the hands of special interests who will protect their agendas from hostile potential appointees. Therefore, although Trump does not face partisan opposition from Congress, he faces the power of special interests that fund congressional political campaigns.



Trump's Big Lie: the Path to Tyranny and Disaster..roots and routes

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:56:03 CST

I examine the gap between Trump's Big Lie about immigration, with which he started his rise to power, and traces its roots and the historical path of the Big Lie to tyranny and disaster.



Close your account with banks that fund dapl

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:55:35 CST

Money talks. DAPL is funded by major US banks- Wells Fargo, Chase, Citi, US Bank, JP Morgan. Take your money away from them. If enough of us do, they'll reconsider funding the pipeline.



Trump Nominee Will Politicize Dept. of Justice

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:49:08 CST

Of all the cabinet members, an attorney general is supposed to be apolitical. Donald Trump's nominee isn't expected to put politics aside. Here are some reasons why he will politicize the Department of Justice.



Bob Koehler Weighs in on the Recount

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:26:38 CST

The focus on Stein's motives removes focus on how many votes were discarded and went uncounted. If this number is significant, this is a huge problem even if it doesn't shift the final result.We need a serious public focus on the process of guaranteeing election integrity. What we get from the media and punditocracy is instant skepticism, dismissal of all who worry about vote count inaccuracy as "conspiracy theorists."



Tea Leaf Reading Forecasts A Coming Assault On Working People

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:45:49 CST

This is not quite the crowd you would think would usher in a new age of good jobs with good wages and benefits for working people. The tea leaves -- and that's all we have from this already-secretive administration -- are telling us that things are going to be very, very bad for America's workers under a Donald "wages are too high" Trump administration.



Why it's still important to pursue the truth behind the JFK assassination

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:44:08 CST

As we confront a climate of racial hatred that likely does not approach that of the early 1960s but is still beyond what we have seen in recent years, perhaps Willie Somersett's story can remind us of the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover."



Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, Hands Off My Flag

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:37:42 CST

If someone wants to set fire to a brightly colored piece of cloth, it's nobody else's business unless the flag is stolen, the flag-burner is trespassing, or burning the flag endangers other people's lives or property.



Swamp Thing Takes Over Treasury -- ForclosureGate II, the Sequel

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:34:15 CST

Goldman Sachs gave us three recent Treasury Secretaries. Henry Paulson set up the Wall Street bailout under Bush. Tim Geithner made sure Wall Street got a whopping $14 trillion in bailout benefits. Now, we have Steven Mnuchin a Wall Streeter and "foreclosure machine." Let the suffering begin!



Six weeks Left for President Obama to Approve Clemency for U.S. Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:52:57 CST

During the six and one-half years she has been imprisoned, Manning spent nearly a year in solitary confinement. A United Nations investigation into her isolation at Quantico Marine base, which involved being forced to strip naked every night, described her situation as "cruel, inhuman, and degrading."



Castro, Revolution And Cuba

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:52:55 CST

So the reaction to his death by the US media was predictable. There was no love lost between the United States and the old uncompromising revolutionary even after the historic visit of President Obama.



New Moveon Petition asks Key US Senators to Expand and Strengthen Standing Rock Support

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:27:13 CST

Please take the time to read, sign, and share this petition and the reason for it having been created. I have faith in the Senators to whom it is directed, great faith, and I call on them to take the support to the next level, as this issue will become as important as Vietnam was 50 years ago. Reach out to Republican Senators, too, for they are in the Majority and we need their support and intervention as well. Thank you!



NM's Senator Tom Udall Calls for Urgent Action on Dakota Pipeline to Protect Tribal Rights, Safety of Demonstrators

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:22:26 CST

Tom Udall is the Vice Chair of the Indian Affairs Committee. Thus, the forces behind the Pipeline and the inexcusable brutality are getting both barrels from both New Mexico Senators. This is a vital document, one with profound legal implications, and as far as I can determine, we are leading the nation in this context. I ask both NM Senators and others to go to Standing Rocks and televise your insights for the world to see!



The Orwellian War on Skepticism

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:03:02 CST

Official Washington's rush into an Orwellian future is well underway as political and media bigwigs move to silence Internet voices of independence and dissent, reports Robert Parry.



Treacherous Congress Quietly Moving to Eradicate Alternative Media

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:02:15 CST

With the "fake news" hysteria reaching a fever pitch and the Washington Post promoting a murky group accusing 200 + alternative media websites of collusion with Putin there is something even more nefarious afoot. The U.S. Congress is very quietly moving to advance legislation that will create an American Gestapo and eradicate political dissent once and for all.



The 2016 Election in Context

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:55:49 CST

For some thirty-five years, practicing general medicine in a rather small town in Florida, I have gotten to know my patients' views pretty well. In fact, I could usually tell who was going to win presidential elections and senatorial elections by the tenor of my patients' degree of interest and their approval of the candidates...



Social Media and The 2016 Election

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:37:28 CST

A look at how social media has influenced the 2016 presidential election.



As Rule 41 Quietly Passes, Trump to Inherit Expanded Hacking Powers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:21:06 CST

President Barack Obama spent much of his time in office expanding and building upon controversial policies that saw civil liberties eroded on many fronts -- and now all that unchallenged power will be in President-elect Donald Trump's hands.



President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:54:38 CST

The proposal that punishment for a crime-or the exercise of free speech-should be the removal of citizenship is a proposal to eliminate all constitutional protections. It is a statement of arbitrary executive power. It is also in line with the raft of anti-democratic proposals coming from Trump: the resumption of torture, a national registry for Muslims, the removal of all constraints on domestic spying and other measures.



Attention all journalists: US border patrol agents can search your phones

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:42:47 CST

The US watch lists that prevent all sorts of people from entering the country are a due process-free nightmare, in which everything is kept secret from those affected and often there is no meaningful way to challenge it. This is a stark reminder that journalists need to do everything possible to protect themselves and their sources when traveling over any border -- including into or out of the United States.



Religion & Politics: Why Their Way?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:01:51 CST

The urgency with which extremist Christians pursue their curious, fact-free directives to convert we heathens--burdened as we are by a need for evidence and truth, rather than the magic they seemingly rely upon--is puzzling, amusing, and disturbing. More often than not, it's all three at the same time



Lucky 21

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:01:22 CST

Why is the drinking age 21? And why do some people think that it needs to be changed to 18? Let's explore.



Let it Play Out

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:56:35 CST

Obama plays golf while water protectors are attacked at Standing Rock.



Are We Now Going to Have a Race to the Bottom of the Well of Resentment?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:47:49 CST

Thanks to Jill Stein's interventions, it looks like we are now going to have recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Should each recount result in Trump losing his electoral victory in each of those crucial battleground states, he would not be President-elect Trump. In the meantime, I suspect that liberal and progressives should get ready to endure President Trump and his administration. The rich will get richer



Ready to Resist Trump's Immigrant Round-up

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:47:05 CST

Donald Trump's draconian plan to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and deport them suggests turning America into a police state and likely confronting strong resistance from their families and friends, reports Dennis J Bernstein.



Complacency breeds failure: Consolidate efforts to #endAIDS by 2030

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:43:27 CST

Please consider this in-depth article based upon interview with India's top HIV scientist who is the Director of Government's AIDS Research Institute in lead up to World AIDS Day 2016. He raises key points with very clear way-forward recommendations on how to fast-track progress to end AIDS by 2030 (as promised by governments of all UN member countries).