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Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:16:40 UTC

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Trump Dreams vs Trump Reality -- Hopes Still Permitted!

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:16:40 UTC

The entire political establishment is so deeply involved in the struggle for power inside the USA, that very little bureaucratic energy is left to deal with anything else. Furthermore, in political terms, the "indispensable nation" and "city upon the hill" are now the laughingstock of the planet.

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:11:08 UTC

Whiteness is a dangerous concept. It is not about skin color. It is not even about race. It is about the willful blindness used to justify white supremacy. It is about using moral rhetoric to defend exploitation, racism, mass murder, reigns of terror and the crimes of empire.

Impeachment: What Is to be Done and Where to Begin?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:18:46 UTC

Delaying decisive action simply increases the likelihood that Trump and senior White House strategists like Steve Bannon will find new and better ways of taking seriously toxic and irreversible missteps. The impeachment of Donald Trump is legitimate legally, promising politically, and far more pragmatic as a solution than many of the alternatives now being bandied about.

Trump reportedly screamed at CIA Director Pompeo over Intel being withheld

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:38:30 UTC

If the PDB was being boiled down by Flynn -- before he was asked to resign as National Security Adviser for lying to the Vice President -- to a single page with no more than 9 bullet points, the President really isn't getting all the information anyway and the CIA Directory denying the "withhold" is practically meaningless when it's the NSA holding sensitive information back, not necessarily CIA.

The Republican Tax Sham

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:49:30 UTC

Republicans are pushing a new corporate tax plan that will end up costing most of you a bundle. The tax plan is dressed up as a way to make America more competitive. But underneath it's just a typical Republican plan that redistributes from the poor and middle class to corporations and the wealthy.

Why Won't Democrats Kick Trump While He's Down?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:51:16 UTC

Pushing for Trump's impeachment now would position Democrats as forward-looking thinkers who had it right before anyone else. Moral authority matters. Oh, and if you don't do it, the Republicans will steal the moral high ground by doing it themselves. Ryan 2020!

Stronger Together: A Better Future For the Middle East

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:46:23 UTC

Turkey, Egypt and Iran should get together and adopt a common strategy for the Middle East.

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Big Data, and the Public-Private Planned Economy

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:45:10 UTC

This article investigates the prospects of student data-mining under a Secretary DeVos policy of deregulated education privatization. In particular, this article examines the potential for corporations to hijack public student data for noneducational research and development, including for-profit behavioral advertising and market manipulation for fascistic political-economic planning.

The greatest, by far, in-depth analysis of the February 16, 2017 Trump Press Conference, believe me.

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:44:36 UTC

This article is a satirical look at the language of President Trump and analyzes virtually every sentence in his Press Conference of 2-16-17.

The Democratic National Committee race hits the homestretch

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:43:55 UTC

Thomas Perez would represent a continuation of the vision Democratic Party as a party of the people that competes with the Republicans for corporate money.

Help Enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:37:29 UTC

Did you know the National Popular Vote is at 165 of 270 votes needed to bypass the Electoral College?

Endless Refugees: Our Country Faces Sobering Impacts

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:36:36 UTC

America expects to add 100,000,000 immigrants by 2050. Their impact on water, energy, resources and environment have not been been considered. We need a national discussion-debate on overpopulation in America and what's driving it.

Florida's Shenanigans Make a Great Case for (Re-)Separation of Ballot and State

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:36:08 UTC

In mid-February, Florida's Division of Elections stripped the state's third largest political party of its official recognition. ... this dirty trick [exemplifies] the real purpose of so-called "ballot access laws": To safeguard the Republican and Democratic Parties' near-complete control of American elections.

What If Keith Ellison Loses or Wins DNC Race... Open Thread

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:25:13 UTC

My question for this open thread is about what happens if Ellison loses. Personally, I believe that will be the death knell for the Democratic party-- a repudiation of Berniecrats and the people under 40 who turned out my the millions to support Bernie. It will mean that the Republicans will further consolidate their control of the House and Senate in the 2018 elections. If Ellison wins, I believe it could turn the tide

Comic cartoon humor--they caLL Trump WHAT?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:35:28 UTC

Trump has produced a new generation of activists--and they are just getting started

Life and Death Struggle for the Children of Syria

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:52:06 UTC

Meals for Syrian Children Refugees acknowledges that no one can help every Syrian child during the continuing carnage in their beloved country. But we aver that everyone can have the honor of fulfilling the solemn duty of each of us--to help someone.

Flynn's Head Rolls. Is Trump's Next?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:50:09 UTC

Persistently the US media did not give up on the charges against Flynn, which shows that their confidence on the subject was underwritten by intelligence sources. Or put another way, this was an intelligence-led witch-hunt which was based on the illegal disclosure of private information. There seems little doubt that Flynn was set up in a sting operation. The only wonder is that he seemed to walk right into the trap.

Pedal Power Passion

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:49:51 UTC

I have cycled coast to coast three times with additional trips involving dozens of cyclists, including Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney. I started living car-free in the early '80s on Whidbey Island. I commuted 30 miles each way into Seattle once a week for a few years. I got rid of my last car in 2006. Today I get around by bicycle, occasional walking, or public transit. Cars are inefficient, unsafe, and impractical.

Sunday Homily: U.S. Christians Shouldn't Be the Most Violent People in the World (But We Are!)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:01 UTC

Here's an idea: why don't we Christians try following the actual teachings of Jesus as found in today's Liturgy of the Word? The resources freed up by doing so could literally turn our world into a paradise.

The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn's Lie Committed Serious -- and Wholly Justified -- Felonies

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:37:47 UTC

In the spectrum of crimes involving the leaking of classified information, publicly revealing the contents of SIGINT -- signals intelligence -- is one of the most serious felonies. Journalists (and all other nongovernmental citizens) can be prosecuted under federal law for disclosing classified information only under the narrowest circumstances.

Trump Melbourne Florida Rally; Full Video

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:08:13 UTC

Trump did his first 2020 presidential campaign rally today in Melbourne Florida

Israeli forces are solidifying their grip on Hebron

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:49:39 UTC

Israeli forces continued the practice of detaining men and confiscating IDs for the duration of Friday prayer. But this did not hinder the male population from praying, so this Friday, a long line of men prayed outside in the sunshine, while military personnel chattered in the background.

Freedom Rider: Human Rights Industry Protects Imperialism

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:30:44 UTC

Amnesty International is an energetic source of war propaganda on behalf of US imperial efforts in the Middle East and elsewhere. Their "report" of a supposed "human slaughterhouse" operated by the Syrian regime is the latest installment in a campaign to justify US intervention in the Middle East.

The Did-You-Talk-to-Russians Witch Hunt

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:29:42 UTC

Democrats, liberals and media pundits -- in their rush to take down President Trump -- are pushing a New McCarthyism aimed at Americans who have talked to Russians, risking a new witch hunt, reports Robert Parry.

Immigrant Round-ups Stir Fears

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:27:45 UTC

During last fall's campaign, Donald Trump vowed to get rid of the "bad hombres" among the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S., but recent raids appear far less targeted, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Paul Ryan Has a Plan to Take Away Insurance from Tens of Millions of People

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:34:13 UTC

Republicans have published an outline of their proposal for an Obamacare replacement. It seems designed to ensure that tens of millions of people lose their health insurance coverage. Republican deserve credit for devising a plan to reduce the cost of insurance for healthy people. It just means that tens of millions of people who actually need insurance won't be able to get it.

Republicans, Where's the Backbone?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:02:33 UTC

When survivors look back on a time of acute crisis, those who are remembered are not the spineless and opportunistic who hoped to snag a piece of the action. It is the men and women who rose in defiance and said this betrayal of what my country is supposed to be will not stand. Republicans, there is a name for those who take the moral high ground and fight back: heroes. When all is said and done, how will you be remembered?

Trump's Nutty "America First" Economics

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:34:04 UTC

Trump's "America First" economics is pure demagoguery. We get a first-class workforce by investing in Americans' education, training, infrastructure, and healthcare -- and rewarding them with high union wages. We don't boost the competitiveness of American workers through xenophobic grandstanding.

The Stakes for Trump and All of Us

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:53:25 UTC

The liberal/progressive/left are lobbying for the impeachment of a president who has committed no impeachable offense. The neoconservatives have stated their preference for a deep state coup against democracy. The media obliges with a constant barrage of lies, innuendos and disinformation. The insouciant American public sits there sucking its thumb.

Why won't McCain take on Trump?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:12:55 UTC

By not challenging Trump with actions as well as words, McCain leaves himself open to criticism that, while he may be prone to occasional flashes of anger, he's not willing to risk losing whatever standing, power, and influence he may have within his party by engaging in an all-out fight with the president based on principle.

After Reading Li Po

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:58:48 UTC

A poem about trying to do nothing or not to do something.

How did it Start?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:09:44 UTC

Every serious debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict raises the question: "When did it start?" Each side has its own date, proving that the other side started it.

Trump's Foreign Policy: The Good and the Bad in his First 30 Days

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:13:17 UTC

Trump's Foreign Policy: The Good and the Bad in his First 30 Days

TurkeyMan--Part 6--The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian Terrorist

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:00:19 UTC

In1973, TurkeyMan kidnapped the National Zoo's only caged turkey in the name of the American Indian, a classic tactic of asymmetrical warfare that diverted the Feds' attention long enough for an airdrop to resupply the Wounded Knee Siege. To all who seek freedom, including Dakota Access Pipeline resistors, TurkeyMan's story is a beacon to fearless feathered warriors everywhere.

Hey Donald -- Grow a couple, Just say NO!

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:28:16 UTC

Forget about so called (choose your own political label) and stand up for true Extreme Radical Leftist Human Rights. What do the Radical Leftists want? They want to hear Donald the Revolutionary just say NO! No mofo!Can you heah me NOW? NO, got dammit NO.

This Isn't Just Trump. This Is Who the Republicans Are.

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:40:18 UTC

It's not just Trump, Republicans as a party are using Trump to engage in a general assault on protections from corruption, pollution, corporate fraud and financial scams. This is who they are. This is the end result of a decades-long effort by the corporate-and-billionaire-funded "conservative movement" to capture the Republican party, and through them to capture the country -- for profit.

A Big Day for Trump's Budget Pick, Social Security -- and Millionaires

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:21:22 UTC

As OMB Director, it would be Mulvaney's responsibility to explain the financial implications of budget choices to the president. That makes Mulvaney's habit of describing Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme" especially disturbing. It reveals a basic lack of financial literacy.

Lifting political restrictions on churches would open the secret-money floodgates

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:19:48 UTC

President Trump has called for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which bars churches and other nonprofits from partisan political activity. While some conservative evangelicals claim the policy limits their free speech rights, repealing it would lead to more secret money flooding into elections.

Trump and Chinese Business

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:14:26 UTC

There are clear violations of the Emolument Clause when Trump deals with Chinese companies and banks.

Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:02:35 UTC

The inexperienced Trump -- who naively believed that the president sets his own foreign policy -- has now learned that that's not the case. The Flynn slap-down, followed by blistering attacks in the media and threats of impeachment, have left Trump shaken to the core.

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise in US

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:36:23 UTC

The number of anti-Muslim hate groups nearly tripled from 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. That's just one of the dramatic statistics in a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:03:47 UTC

Trump is well-known for his hyper-sensitivity to being perceived as anything less than top dog in every respect. He decries negative press and polling as biased and can't wait to tout his latest triumph, even if he has to invent it himself (see, for example "inaugural attendance figures"). It's time to stop thinking of that as a character defect and recognize it for what it is.

Trump's Most Shameful Act So Far

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:47:56 UTC

What do we do when we have a president and White House surrogates, along with enablers in the right-wing media, who continuously lie about something as fundamental to our democracy as whether we've got massive voter fraud? The answer is we find the truth. We spread the truth. We continue to speak the truth. And we demand that big lies like this be corrected.

CATO Institute Wet Dream -- Privatized Air Traffic Safety

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:36:34 UTC

Humor intended. CATO Institute Wet Dream on privatization.

The Toxic Policies of "President Agent Orange"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:18:26 UTC

Since taking office, Trump has moved systematically to unravel protections for immigrants, workers, the environment, Native Americans and other people of color, as well as the right to healthcare. He has moved to deregulate Wall Street, incurring a real risk of another financial meltdown. And his Muslim ban created worldwide chaos, pain and insecurity for untold numbers of people.

Will Trump Step Down?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:08:32 UTC

Will Donald Trump resign from office in the next few weeks? I think the current Russian election collusion scandal combined with his fragile ego might cause him to step down sooner than later.

The Worst Mistake Trump Could Make ---(Next to pressing the nuclear button)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:49:23 UTC

Are Trump and Netanyahu still planning to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem?

Poet's Notebook: My poem, "Bright liberal, you are called" followed by comment

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:48:12 UTC

I am inviting our "bright liberal" to remove the inconvenient mask of liberalism, open his / her eyes fully and individuate. This longish poem was inspired by rereading Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist".

Trump: "Not Only Do I Ride the Crazy Train, I'm Its No. 1 Engineer and Off-the-Rail Pilot!"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:46:07 UTC

Donald Trump is an emotional mess. Do you trust him with the nuclear codes for America's stockpile of nuclear arms? Is he mentally fit to handle having such power at his disposal?

Open Thread. What Books have you gifted or recommended the most

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:52:47 UTC

What books have you gifted or recommended the most? I offer my list, a list of recommendations by famous people and billionaires by Tim Ferris and, I hope, you'll add your favorites in the comments.

Trump attacks journalists, comedians, and judges instead of attacking this country's plethora of problems

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:52:15 UTC

You would think that a newly elected president such as Mr. Trump would, upon entering office, present his plan, complete with specific priorities, for solving America's many pressing problems. That hasn't happened, and we won't see it happen because this is not a president who operates from a plan. He simply reacts to situations and conditions as they confront him.

The Lunatic is in My Head ...

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:33:51 UTC

Trump's press conference was like watching a twitching paranoid schizophrenic on a couch talking to his shrink -- just an endless whine-fest about all the things he hates and are wrong and how upset he is about the "fake news" that caused his national security adviser to resign and the media hates him and they lie and why can't anybody ask him a nice question anyway?

Why You Should Care (a lot) About Trump's Attack on The Judiciary

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:57:56 UTC

Tyrants always go for two institutions first: The press and the judiciary. We've been here before.

One Month of Trump

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:19:05 UTC

28 days into the Trump regime it's worse than expected. Here's what we've learned.

Republicans or Americans?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:01 UTC

It was truly a relief to find out that Vice President Pence did not actually lie about General Flynn's discussions with the Russian ambassador regarding U.S. sanctions against the Russians. It means that the vice president did not lie, that actually it was the president who withheld the truth from Pence, thereby throwing his own vice president "under the bus."

Trump to Bibi and Abbas: "I'm With You Fellers"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:06:46 UTC

Stumbles in the cabinet approval process demonstrated a lack of experience and planning by the Trump administration. That same weakness was made even more apparent when Trump's National Security adviser, General Michael Flynn, resigned before the Wednesday Trump-Netanyahu meeting.

Understanding Robert E. Lee Supporters

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:51:36 UTC

Those of us who consider it disgraceful to have a giant statue of Robert E. Lee on his horse in a park in the middle of Charlottesville, and another of Stonewall Jackson for that matter, should try to understand those who think removing one of these statues is an outrage.

Fashionable Corruption: Sweats Made with Slave Labor?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:10:53 UTC

Why I picked the fashion industry: All of us are literally touched by its products 99% of our lives. That's also why I decided to write a corporate story, not just a victim story. That corporation is exposed in a profoundly public way, and by that exposure the company and its customers are presented with a question that all of us are left to wrestle with: Now that you know the truth, what are you going to do about it?

One state in "Palestein"

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:06:10 UTC

It's time, and has been for some time, for us Palestinians to get on board with Israel's right-wing and advocate for one state in all of historic Palestine (Israel, Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza). I'll be the first to say to #Trumpenyahu, "I'm with you." Let's go for a "Greater Israel." In fact, I have a slogan for it: "Make Israel Great Again."

Amnesty Fake News

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:50:02 UTC

The U.S Empire, which serves narrow oligarch[1] special interests, rather than broad-based national interests, always uses the banner of "human rights" as a pretext for criminal invasions, but the invasions, at least since 9/11, are NEVER about human rights.

Recall our representatives home

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:02:19 UTC

Our representatives may be too far away so that they are susceptible to the lure of filthy lucre of the elite$. Perhaps we should recall them to their home so that we don't have to wait for a bullsh*it email response to our inquiry. We need to be able to hold them accountable with a pitchfork on standby.

Odd Things Happening at OpEdNews are NOT a Hack. We're Upgrading

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:00:43 UTC

You may be seeing some odd things on OpEdNews. It's not a hack. We're doing a major upgrade to the site that is temporarily causing some odd problems.

The Unique Musical Creations of Kumar Sachin Dev Burman and Their Roots in the Reeds and Soil of Bengal--Part II

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:47:22 UTC

This is part II of a 2-part essay on the music of Sacghin Dev Burman and its connection to its roots in Bengal.

Israel's Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:49:33 UTC

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president of America, Israel has felt liberated from its obligation to doublespeak. For decades, Israeli officials spoke passionately about peace, and did everything in their power to hinder its attainment. Now, they simply do not care. Period.

Yes, It Was Blood for Oil (Part Four): Codepink Nails the Truth About George Bush's Wars

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:52:01 UTC

The fourth and last part of a history of George Bush's wars--fought to control hydrocarbon resources in the Persian Gulf. The "Global War on Terror" was a convenient subterfuge.

Why I Support Tulsi Gabbard Going To Syria

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:17:48 UTC

It is important that we have representatives in our government who will go to countries where the United States is either killing citizens directly by U.S. intervention or indirectly by support of militia groups or by sanctions. We need representatives to sift through our government and media reports to find out for themselves the truth, the shades of truth and the untruths.

That's Hypocrisy: DC Swamp Creatures vs. Kellyanne Conway

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:23:10 UTC

Talking up a presidential family member's business when it's in the news is an ethics violation? My hypocrisy meter is pinging in the red zone right about now.

Without Poetry We are Dead: With It We Die Living

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:14:10 UTC

A reminder of why poetry is, and always has been, essential to the sustainment of the human spirit in good times and in bad.

The Trump Presidency: RIP

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:36:45 UTC

The print and TV media, which serve as propagandists for the ruling military/security complex and Wall Street elites, make certain that Americans have nothing but bogus orchestrated information. Every household and person who turns on TV or reads a newspaper is programmed to live in a false orchestrated reality that serves the tiny few who comprise the ruling Establishment.

Mainstream News: USA Heroic in Vietnam 15 Years No Victory 7 Million Dead TV News: Trump Dangerous

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:25:44 UTC

Trump calls mainstream reporters and commentators 80% liars. Blood soaked war-promoting CIA fed monopolized mainstream media accusing Trump supporters and allies of 'fake news' has backfired. Essay traces history of genocide justifying media in America. Ramsey Clark expects eventual prosecution of media executives and media celebrities. Five Nazi media celebrities were convicted a Nuremberg. Two hanged.

Like Bulls in a China Shop, Trump and Netanyahu Abandon Two-State Solution

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:05:32 UTC

The bullying and boasting that brought Trump electoral success may prove disastrous for the Middle East.

The Swamp Strikes Back

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:09:18 UTC

the fratricide war between the Trump administration and the most powerful Deep State factions will be beyond vicious. Team Trump only stands a chance if they are able to weaponize allies from within the Deep State. Iran is momentarily relieved; Russia harbors no illusions; and China knows for sure that the China-Russia strategic partnership will become even stronger. Advantage swamp.

An Awakening Moment

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:19:04 UTC

Some search for that one Awakening moment that will change their lives - here are some of mine.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall (Profoundly Incomplete)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:57:50 UTC

Many, perhaps most of us know something is terribly wrong with this nation and the deep state that controls it. Still, it is only we who can fix this and we will never attain to that capacity if we allow 'the state' to deceive us with deceptive 'feel good' walls.

Santa Fe Mayor Gonzales Reaffirms Sanctuary City Status, Moving Forward to Taxing Soft Drinks for 1000 Children's Pre-K

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:57:28 UTC

"I've been asked if I'm really willing to risk those federal dollars just to take on a fight over one simple policy. My response is simple. Every time we're faced with a choice between standing up for our values or caving in to a bully, we will stand strong." To put Santa Fe on better legal footing, councilors recently pulled the word "sanctuary" from a resolution aiming to reaffirm and strengthen local immigration policies.

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Donald Trump, a One-Man 9/11?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:24 UTC

So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life. It didn't take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he's already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him -- on the kind of world, in short, that I want to live in.

A Fascist By Any Other Name Still Smells... or A Candid Discussion About Alfred E. Neuman

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:20:06 UTC

As more and more information becomes available about when and what exactly the Trump White House knew about General Mike Flynn's premature discussions with Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, it is assumed that more and more Republicans will be forced to call for some sort of investigation...

Andrew Ross Sorkin's Attempt to Make Tim Geithner a Hero

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:24:42 UTC

I am watching the film Too Big to Fail based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book of the same name. It led me to check out the price of the used book, which has fallen to $1.02, which is low enough that I am willing to buy a copy of the book, particularly since not a penny will go to Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Progressives Pile on Flynn's Ouster

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:19:42 UTC

President Trump is so despised by progressives that many are rallying behind neocon-driven demands for a New McCarthyism to silence those who object to a costly and dangerous New Cold War, as Sam Husseini describes.

Shin-Bet implicates the Central Election Committee in serious computer fraud

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:22:57 UTC

One is hard pressed to find a reasonable explanation, except for serious fraud, for conduct of three officers of the Central Election Committee, who stated that the Shin-Bet examined and certified the Committee's IT systems. The Shin-Bet response, which adamantly denied such claims, also implicates a series of Supreme Court justices, who chaired the Committee...

Thinking about an Infrastructure Program: Part I

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:22:15 UTC

A national infrastructure program. How to begin thinking about one that is fair and efficient.

Multiple Informants Disclose Japan-Russia "Mole" In White House

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:21:03 UTC

According to highly placed sources in the FBI, CIA, and NSA, Russia and Japan are now controlling the White House through Trump's ostensible senior advisor, Stephen Miller. [Satire.]

Can the Climate Survive Adherence to War and Partisanship?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:35:15 UTC

For the past decade, the standard procedure for big coalition rallies and marches in Washington D.C. has been to gather together organizations representing labor, the environment, women's rights, anti-racism, anti-bigotry of all sorts, and a wide array of liberal causes, including demands to fund this, that, and the other, and to halt the concentration of wealth.

German Intel Clears Russia on Interference

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:28:24 UTC

Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

US-Israel relations: Is Trump backing down?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:29:40 UTC

Netanyahu will follow the pattern he used with Obama: declare support for limited Palestinian statehood, reiterate that settlements are not an obstacle to peace, and require the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He is also likely to demand Israeli "security supervision" over the Palestinians for many years, claiming it is necessary to prevent the emergence of radical Islamic groups in the West Bank.

Michael Flynn and the Six Big Questions

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:27:44 UTC

U.S. intelligence reports show that Flynn was in touch with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, and that communications between the two continued after Nov. 8. The Russian ambassador has even confirmed having contacts with Flynn before and after the election, though he declined to say what was discussed.

Trump administration unveils "Trumpcare" -- higher costs for less coverage for middle-income Americans

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:09:13 UTC

These new regulations would allow insurance companies to sell plans with higher deductibles and narrower networks and reduce the subsidies that low- and middle-income families get to purchase insurance. Yes, higher out-of-pocket costs and less help buying insurance. For the people that have the hardest time affording insurance and medical care.

The Resurgence of the American Media

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:06:50 UTC

I am amazed at the way the mainstream media is actually doing investigative journalism. Still, I am also wondering why they were silent during the Bush and Obama administrations. Where were the reporters and the editors when the Bush administration lied us into the Iraq war?

Steve Bannon and Cardinal Burke of the Vatican

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:01:42 UTC

For understandable reasons, progressives and liberals should continue to worry about President Donald J. Trump's hyperbolic and apocalyptic adviser Stephen K. Bannon. Recently Bannon's connection with Cardinal Raymond L. Burke of the Vatican has been reported and commented on by certain columnists. Because 60 percent of white American Catholics voted for Trump, they may be cheered on by the news about Bannon's connection.

Is the Country in Danger?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:59:30 UTC

Donald Trump has spent his entire life being very, very sure that he is in total control of events around him and impervious to failure. But that's not what his CV says. A closer look at Trump's less than exemplary past includes an alarming history of train wrecks that he walks away from, but others do not.

The Dangerous Role the Intel Community is Playing in Trump's Demise

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:44:50 UTC

It's likely that by 2018 Donald Trump will have been deposed and replaced by President Pence. But I fear that the process which leads to Trump's removal from the White House will be a demonstration of deeper, darker malevolence which American and the world must face-- a dangerously interfering, manipulating intelligence community that is willfully influencing elections and balances of power.

Dysfunction In The White House

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:27:45 UTC

Even though we are still early in his administration, there is no sign that anyone can control the President's addiction to gaffes. He is an immature, thin-skinned egotist, and in the end, this may well cost the Republicans dearly. He has a really exceptional ability to stir up the American political scene. For progressives such agitation creates opportunities and risks.

Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:44:25 UTC

Justice Department officials informed the White House several weeks ago that Flynn had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the ambassador, and that his repeated denials of that fact were false. A transcript of the Flynn-Kislyak conversation is reportedly circulating at the highest levels of official Washington.

The Anti-Flynn 'Deep State' Coup -- spelling it out in the clearest way possible

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:20:12 UTC

Okay, my sense is that a large number of commentators are misunderstanding the nature of what is going on. So, this time, rather than writing an analysis, I will spell it out, 'talking points' -- style and, hopefully, do a better job about making my point. So, here we go. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLYNN. Let me repeat that once more. THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLYNN!!! Please don't come and tell me that Flynn This is about power.

Chelsea Manning: to those who kept me alive all these years, thank you

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:39:58 UTC

Chelsea Mannings message to her fellow prisoners...When the prison tried to break one of us, we all stood up. We looked out for each other. When they tried to divide us, and systematically discriminated against us, we embraced our diversity and pushed back. But, I also learned from all of you when to pick my battles. I grew up and grew connected because of the community you provided.

Disingenuousness from an Ambiguous Publication in a Liberal University Town

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:21:29 UTC

An alternate fact published by Austin, Texas's leading newspaper, of ambiguous partisan affiliation in the state's largest, most liberal city. Other MSM vehicles in this country have become more honest. Why should we dispute figures affirmed by the Texas office of the secretary of state? Read this and weep.

Which Washington Crimes Matter Most?

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:29:38 UTC

Michael Flynn participated in mass murder and destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq, advocated for torture, and manufactured false cases for war against Iran. He and anyone who appointed him to office and kept him there should be removed from and disqualified for public service. (Though I still appreciate his blurting out the obvious regarding the counterproductive results of drone murders.)

America Held Hostage, Day 25

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:23:36 UTC

Forgotten instantly will be the backed-up sewer that is our nation's "leadership" and all this pissy media-generated nonsense that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is really a Kremlin mole in addition to being a lunatic. Right?

#ShePersisted Goes Viral!

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:03:51 UTC

I had an epiphany and remembered all the times I was silenced or ignored and all the times I was insulted, by both males and females. I didn't want my daughters to grow up hearing the same things I had. I decided to flip McConnell's quote into a positive as a way of saying, "Yeah, well, you threw all of this at me and I never gave up." I post most of my artwork on my FB page. Twenty-four hours later, it was everywhere.

Trump Caves on Flynn's Resignation

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:26:18 UTC

President Trump's acceptance of National Security Advisor Flynn's resignation marks Official Washington's first big success in neutering Trump and killing hopes for a detente with Russia, reports Robert Parry.