Sunday, April 30, 2017

The first 100 days: President Trump’s top priorities include rolling back protections to workers’ wages, health, and safety

The first 100 days: President Trump’s top priorities include rolling back protections to workers’ wages, health, and safety:

"During his first 100 days, President Trump has rolled back worker protections and outlined a fiscal year 2018 budget that would dramatically cut funding for the agencies that safeguard workers’ rights, wages, and safety. He has also advanced nominees to key posts—even to the Supreme Court—who are hostile to policies that boost wages, enhance workers’ bargaining power, and protect worker safety. This report evaluates President Trump’s actions during his first 100 days and analyzes their impact on this nation’s workers and our economy."

100 WTF Moments From Trump's First 100 Days

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/100-wtf-moments-from-trumps-first-100-days-w478748
"Here, in chronological order, are just some of the completely absurd things that have happened since Trump's swearing-in."

Trump at 100 Days: Case Studies of Trump’s Self-Serving, Special Interest Government

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2017/04/27/431387/trump-100-days-case-studies-trumps-self-serving-special-interest-government/
"Over the past 100 days, the Trump administration has broken its promises to the American people. It has shown it is interested only in itself and in those to whom it is indebted—namely, large donors and the industries to which administration members owe their careers."

Trump Shocked Being President Harder Than Sitting On Ass

Getting Old Yet? GOP Votes Again to Protect Trump and Obscure Truth

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/27/getting-old-yet-gop-votes-again-protect-trump-and-obscure-truth
"Once again, House Republicans voted to shield President Donald Trump from public accountability, rejecting the latest effort to force the president to release his tax returns and White House visitor logs."

Donald Trump has tied himself to the one form of energy that's never—never, never—coming back

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/27/1656852/-Donald-Trump-has-tied-himself-to-the-one-form-of-energy-that-s-never-never-never-coming-back
"There’s a reason that Donald Trump didn’t have a crowd of wind power workers standing behind him at his rallies, and it goes beyond just his disdain for windmills off the coast of his Scottish golf course. The reason is that anyone who knows how to build or service wind power was out building and servicing wind power. It’s not just the fastest growing segment of America’s energy picture, it’s the fastest growing occupation, period."

100 Ways, in 100 Days, that Trump Has Hurt Americans

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/general/news/2017/04/26/431299/100-ways-100-days-trump-hurt-americans/
"As a candidate, Trump promised the American people that we were going to “… win so much, [we’ll] be sick and tired of winning.” But it is not the American people who have been winning—it is Wall Street, private prisons, the oil industry, and Trump’s own family."

100 Days In, Donald Trump Misses His Old Life

Donald Trump's White House On Governing: 'This Sh*t Is Hard!'

http://thedailybanter.com/2017/04/trump-north-korea-war-briefing-first-100-days-politico-matt-drudge/
"Turns out White House staffers have a really hard time making sure Trump doesn't watch TV or talk to his friends all day because apparently our president is a goddamn teenager."

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the 'Most Dangerous Organization in World History' @alternet

Noam Chomsky: The Republican Party Is the 'Most Dangerous Organization in World History' @alternet: Outlandish? Well, no. 'The party is dedicated to racing as rapidly as possible to destruction of organized human life. There is no historical precedent for such a stand.

Subject Of Michael Flynn Seems To Panic President Donald Trump

A Timeline: Russia and President Trump

http://billmoyers.com/story/the-trump-resistance-plan-a-timeline-russia-and-president-trump/
"Investigative reporters have begun to flesh out the Trump/Russia timeline. To keep everything in one location, here’s an updated summary (so far)."

Trump’s tax cuts ignore history and arithmetic to make the rich richer

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-tax-cuts-ignore-history-arithmetic-590903
"the presumptions of the Laffer curve do not exist in the real world."

Russia Behind Mike Flynn's Work For Turkey: Report

Despite Populist Rhetoric, Trump Is Poised to Preside Over a Crackdown on Unions

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/donald-trump-anti-union-president-acosta-gorsuch
"Donald Trump got a higher share of the vote among union members in last year's election than any Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, helping propel him to victory in key Rust Belt states and to the White House. Since his inauguration, he has continued to sound populist notes. He signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order and promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has invited labor leaders to the White House for chummy photo ops, and some have praised him in return. But beyond these symbolic gestures, Trump's actual track record on organized labor is quickly moving in the opposite direction. That's because his greatest impact is likely to come from his high-profile appointments, which appear poised to decimate the power of unions."

Saturday, April 29, 2017

After 100 Days of Trump, America's Gotten Corruption Fatigue

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/after-100-days-of-trump-americas-gotten-corruption-fatigue-w479467
"In only 100 days, Trump has upended the country's anti-corruption norms by numbing everyone with a steady stream of serious improprieties that would have been treated as major scandals – if not impeachable offenses – during any other modern presidency."

Bernie Sanders Sounds Off On Donald Trump's Latest Fiascos

Trump Builds A Wall Around The Swamp By Refusing To Release White House Visitor Logs

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/14/trump-builds-wall-swamp-refusing-release-white-house-visitor-logs.html
"Donald Trump is making sure that the public will not be able to see the influence that special interests and big money donors a.k.a. the swamp is having on his White House by announcing that his administration will not make White House visitor logs public."

EPA chief gets it backward: It's Trump, not Obama, who offers a false choice on jobs vs. environment

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/13/1652875/-EPA-chief-gets-it-backward-It-s-Trump-not-Obama-who-offers-a-false-choice-on-jobs-vs-environment
"Pruitt is right about one thing. The idea that we must pick between protecting the environment and having good jobs is, most definitely, a “false choice.” But it wasn’t the Obama administration that put forth that choice. It’s the braying bullsh*tters of the Republican Party and a few Democratic enablers who have been promoting that theme. After all, job losses are one of the chief public justifications the Trump regime has given for rolling back environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan.  The fact is, few if any coal jobs are ever coming back. That’s something Pruitt never cops to but energy investors and even dinosaurs like coal baron Robert Murray know is true. Most of the coal jobs lost in the past three decades have not been eliminated because of environmental protections. They have been lost to automation, to a switch from underground mining to surface mining of low-sulfur coal in the West, to cheap natural gas and, increasingly, to renewables. The false choice Pruitt complains about began decades before becoming president even occurred to Barack Obama. Rightists back in the 1980s claimed that environmental advocates were intent on making over our energy system into one in which we all “freeze to death in the dark.” Then and now, their propaganda implicitly or explicitly describes the economy and the environment as separate entities. But they aren’t. They are inextricably intertwined.  What Pruitt failed to mention to his friends at Fox is that the ever-expanding industries behind the generation of electricity by wind and sun now employ four times as many people in the United States as the coal industry does. Last year, solar jobs increased by 25 percent over 2015, with 260,000 such jobs now tallied. Meanwhile, by the end of 2016, there were 88,000 Americans working in wind jobs. In both cases, that’s more than three times as many people who were employed in those fields in 2010. Some analysts say these numbers could triple by 2030."

Trump Lied About Everything On The Campaign Trail...

Have a cup of arsenic, thanks to Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/14/1653083/-Have-a-cup-of-arsenic-thanks-to-Donald-Trump-and-Scott-Pruitt
"One of Trump’s first acts was to scrawl his name on an executive order that authorized coal companies to dump waste in rivers and streams. This not only promises to turn hundreds of miles of waterways into sludge, it also makes it easier for mines to practice mountaintop removal mining, simultaneously destroying a 400-million-year-old landscape and resulting in fewer jobs for miners. Not bad for one sloppy stroke of the pen. But Donald Trump is nothing if not competitive, and now he has Scott Pruitt on his side. Together, there’s nothing they can’t make worse. The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways."

Trump’s old tweets come back to haunt him after White House decides to keep visitor logs a secret

Trump’s old tweets come back to haunt him after White House decides to keep visitor logs a secret

"White House communications director Michael Dubke on Friday confirmed suspicions the Trump Administration will not disclose visitor logs of people visiting the complex, Time reports. The decision reverses an Obama-era policy that disclosed more than 6 million records, Zeke Miller reports. According to Dubke, the decision is based off “the grave national security risks and privacy concerns of the hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.” Dubke also said most of the logs will not be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests."

GOP Rep: 'Bullcrap' That Taxpayers Pay My Salary!

16 Big Lessons from Trump and the GOP's First Attempt to Destroy Our Health Care System—Here They Go Again @alternet

16 Big Lessons from Trump and the GOP's First Attempt to Destroy Our Health Care System—Here They Go Again @alternet:

"1. That Ryan and House leaders have no moral qualm taking away access to health care for 24 million people. None. 2. By the time the bill got done, it raised premiums 15-20 percent. Cut care from vets, stripped benefits, raised deductibles, hurt hospitals, cut 25 percent from Medicaid, which effectively ended our 1965 Medicaid safety net commitment, and robbed from the Medicare Trust Fund. 3. Even that was not enough for many in the House GOP, who wanted Americans to get even less, including no pre-existing protections. They still do."

Look at All These Republican Snowflakes

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54482/republican-congress-snowflakes/
"When did conservatives become such a miserable gaggle of public poltroons? What has happened to the party of hate radio, and angry preachers, and wrathful shut-ins that they're all now so afraid of placards, teachers, and botanists that we all have to pay to make them sleep well at night? It's not like an oil company wouldn't foot the bill for Pruitt's protection; it was plain during his confirmation hearings that the Republican majority didn't care that he'd spent his entire life in the vest pocket of various extraction gombeens. And DeVos married into a $5 billion fortune and her brother founded Blackwater, for pity's sake. Surely she can pay for her own peace of mind."

US World Standing Rests With Military, State

Rudy Giuliani’s newest gig is almost too sleazy to be true

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/12/rudy-giulianis-newest-gig-is-almost-too-sleazy-to-be-true_partner/
"The Zarrab case illuminates an old story — Giuliani’s willingness to abandon his stated principles for large sums of money—and a new story: corrupt practices of the Erdogan regime and its ties to Trump insiders. Think of Erdogan’s Turkey as a cousin of Putin’s Russia: an authoritarian regime with an interest in Syria that has money to throw at its problems in Washington. As with Putin, Trump and his entourage are ready to deal. In 2016, the Erdogan government covertly enlisted former lieutenant general Michael Flynn as its agent in Washington in return for a $500,000 fee that Flynn initially failed to disclose. Flynn was later forced to resign as National Security Adviser for dissembling about a pre-inauguration meeting with the Russian ambassador. Erdogan has also hired Giuliani’s firm as its agent on other issues. Trump, meanwhile, fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who oversaw the prosecution of Zarrab. According to the New York Times, Giuliani has recommended Mukasey’s son, Marc L. Mukasey, to become the next United States attorney in Manhattan. If Giuliani has his way, the younger Mukasey would be in charge of the prosecution of the man his father is trying to set free."

Report: U.S. intelligence received warnings from allies about Trump and Russia

https://thinkprogress.org/gchq-warned-us-about-trump-russia-76bc43646aec
“GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said,” according to the Guardian exclusive. “This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.” Agencies from other countries, including Germany, reportedly shared additional intelligence with the United States through the first half of 2016, the Guardian said, citing “sources.” The UK and U.S. — along with Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — are members of an intelligence-sharing coalition known as “Five Eyes"."

Trump Is Rewarding Companies That Ship Jobs Overseas

Former British chief spy suggests Trump is compromised by ‘Russian money’ keeping his business afloat

Former British chief spy suggests Trump is compromised by ‘Russian money’ keeping his business afloat

"Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of the British spy agency MI6, suggested recently that President Donald Trump may still be haunted by loans linked to Russia that were made after U.S. creditors refused to lend to him."

Investigators now have ‘concrete evidence’ of collusion between Trump camp and Russian govt: source

Investigators now have ‘concrete evidence’ of collusion between Trump camp and Russian govt: source

"A source close to the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and its ties to Russia says that there is now “specific concrete and corroborative evidence” that individuals within Trump’s immediate orbit coordinated with Russian intelligence operatives during the election. The Guardian said on Thursday that the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been watching the Trump camp since late 2015, having noticed suspicious “interactions” between Trump associates and well-known Russian agents."

Donald Trump Real Estate A Potential Means To Pay Money To A President

Understanding the anti-regulation agenda: The basics

Understanding the anti-regulation agenda: The basics:

"A review of the targeted regulations and proposed limits on rulemaking reveals a policy agenda that favors corporate profits ahead of worker protections and public health."

The Trump Economy Myth and Job-Killing Policies

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40190-the-trump-economy-myth-and-job-killing-policies
"Like almost everything Republican, the Trump administration is almost entirely about propaganda, not actual, rubber-meets-road policy. Healthcare is the best example of this. After years of propaganda opposition to Obamacare, Republicans had no actual coherent, alternative policy plan to put forward, and were unable to come up with one when the opportunity came for them to do it. The actual policies they finally came up with would have caused 24 million Americans to lose their healthcare. Propaganda might achieve a propaganda goal, policies get actual things done. As of today, there is no real Trump economic policy in place. He has submitted a ridiculously extreme budget proposal. He has proposed to "study" trade. He has no real "trillion-dollar" infrastructure plan -- his budget proposal actually cuts infrastructure spending -- and his tax "reform" plan does nothing more than give corporations and wealthy people huge breaks."

New Donald Trump Hire Resurrects Corruption Questions

The stunning hypocrisy of Scott Pruitt’s request for around-the-clock bodyguards

https://thinkprogress.org/scott-pruitt-epa-bodyguards-budget-32916d5ab162
"When it comes to the Trump administration’s plan to slash federal spending and constrict the federal bureaucracy, few agencies have attracted as much attention as the Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump administration’s proposed “skinny budget” cuts the agency’s budget by 31 percent, by far the largest cut of any federal agency. And recently leaked EPA documents outline plans to cut the agency’s workforce by 25 percent, while eliminating some 56 programs including programs aimed at monitoring and protecting public health and the environment. One part of the agency, however, could get a boost under the Trump administration’s plan: Administrator Scott Pruitt’s personal security detail. According to a draft of the budget obtained by the Washington Post, the Trump administration has asked for 10 additional full-time security staffers to be added to the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement. Those staffers would have one job — acting as constant bodyguards for Pruitt. Adding 10 full-time staffers to Pruitt’s security detail would more than double the size of the security detail normally afforded to EPA administrators. And that would come at a time when the Trump administration is proposing sharp cuts elsewhere in the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, with the budget calling for reductions in civil and criminal enforcement of almost 60 percent. That would leave the agency with just $4 million to investigate environmental crimes and impose penalties. And while it’s unclear how much Pruitt’s increased detail would cost the agency, estimates for the cost of U.S. Marshals dedicated to protect Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is roughly $8 million over an eight-month period."

Alabama Luv Guv’s Impeachment Probe Reveals Political Motivation Behind DMV Closures

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/alabama-luv-guvs-impeachment-probe-reveals-political-motivation-behind-dmv-closures
"The impeachment investigation that led to Alabama’s Republican Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation, arrest and conviction Monday surfaced more than just the alleged misuse of public funds to hide his affair with a top political aide, the cringe-y texts to his paramour, and the threats lobbed towards those who stood ready to expose their tryst. The report released Friday shed light on another controversy that dogged his tenure: his administration’s decision to close 31 driver’s license offices, many in African-American-heavy counties, prompting a national outcry over how the closures would affect voting rights in the state, which requires a photo ID to vote. The impeachment investigation report – which was compiled by a special counsel appointed by the legislature – concluded that the driver’s license office closures were politically motivated and ordained by the aide at the center of the scandal, Rebekah Mason, as a way to pressure state legislators into getting in line in support of the governor’s funding legislation."

Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House

Trump Administration's War on Science Reaches Justice Department

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/10/trump-administrations-war-science-reaches-justice-department
"The Trump administration's anti-science bent has reached the Department of Justice (DOJ), with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying Monday that the department is ending the National Commission on Forensic Science."

Wife of arrested Russian hacker: ‘The virus my husband allegedly created was related to Trump’s victory’

Wife of arrested Russian hacker: ‘The virus my husband allegedly created was related to Trump’s victory’

"The wife of an alleged Russian hacker has revealed that her husband’s recent arrest is linked to President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election."

Excess Donald Trump Inauguration Cash Pairs With Donor Access

Fox is using Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape to train employees about harassment

https://thinkprogress.org/fox-access-hollywood-tape-to-train-harassment-8e0b988241cc
"21st Century Fox is reportedly using the infamous tape of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women to train workers about harassment, despite the fact that personalities at the company’s media outlet — Fox News — defended Trump after the remarks were made public. According to a Fox employee who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, the tape has been used for months during instructional seminars designed to educate staff about harassment in the workplace. In the tape, Trump is heard speaking with Billy Bush during in a 2005 taping of Access Hollywood, describing how he propositioned a married actress and could grab women “by the p***y” because “when you’re a star…You can do anything"."

CSI Justice Department: Jeff Sessions joins the war on science

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/11/csi-justice-jeff-sessions-joins-the-war-on-science/
"His decision to disband the forensic commission is particularly concerning since he has a long history of looking the other way at prosecutorial misconduct, including defending convictions in capital cases where the forensic evidence was tainted or hidden and ended up resulting in exonerating a man on death row."

Donald Trump Foreign Policy Antics Raise Question, Stupid Or Nefarious?

The GOP Has Declared War on Democracy

http://billmoyers.com/story/gop-declared-war-democracy/
"Going nuclear to confirm Neil Gorsuch is the latest example of how Republicans are thwarting the will of the people."

Trump Repeals Workplace Protections Set Under Obama

Trump Repeals Workplace Protections Set Under Obama:

"Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplace rule was a modest, but significant step toward workplace equity. Trump and Congress just decimated it."

It Sure Looks Like a Russian Cover-Up | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Cutting Off 'Fly-Over' States, Trump to Axe Amtrak for 220 Cities

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/06/cutting-fly-over-states-trump-axe-amtrak-220-cities
"In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump's "morally obscene" budget proposal: Amtrak. The president's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network, meaning 220 cities will lose all passenger service, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) warned this week. "It's ironic that President Trump's first budget proposal undermines the very communities whose economic hardship and sense of isolation from the rest of the country helped propel him into office," said NARP president Jim Mathews. "These working class communities—many of them located in the Midwest and the South—were tired of being treated like 'flyover country,'" Mathews continued. "But by proposing the elimination of Amtrak's long distance trains, the Trump administration does them one worse, cutting a vital service that connects these small town economies to the rest of the U.S."."

The United States Senate is a failed institution

https://thinkprogress.org/antidemocratic-history-of-senate-d05688f441b8
"A president who lost the popular vote by 2,864,974 nominated Neil Gorsuch to serve a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest Court. Although a bloc of senators representing at least 53 percent of the country oppose this nominee"

Donald Trump Tweets Can't Stop Russia Stories

Meet the billionaires who run Trump's government

http://www.newsweek.com/2017/04/14/donald-trump-cabinet-billionaires-washington-579084.html
"Most of the billionaires Trump has lured to D.C. are, like him, members of the 1980s generation of leveraged-buyout tacticians, junk bond kings, corporate raiders and vulture capitalists. They got rich off of emerging financial tactics crafted to take advantage of Ronald Reagan’s great gift to Wall Street—ripping up the regulations put in place after the Great Depression. Trump adviser and corporate raider Carl Icahn (net worth $16.6 billion) is said to have been a model for Michael Douglas’s “Greed is good” character in Wall Street. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ($2.5 billion), policy adviser Stephen Schwarzman ($11.8 billion) and unofficial intel adviser Stephen Feinberg ($1.2 billion) all made their fortunes in the kind of investment banking that came into vogue after Wall Street decreed that social responsibility and business—the Jimmy Stewart banker model—were antithetical.The New York real estate developers now advising the president—Steven Roth (net worth $1.1 billion) and Richard LeFrak ($6.5 billion)—spent their professional lives (as did Trump) in a mosh pit with politicians, city regulators, 50-story crane operators, cement mobsters and the motley crew of characters, unsavory and otherwise, responsible for the New York skyline and the surrounding area’s malls, golf courses and housing developments.Whether they earned their money in investment banking or New Jersey strip malls and high rises, Trump’s billionaires have much in common with the rest of the New York’s 1 percent. They don’t pay much in taxes, and most don’t think they should pay much more. They loathe government regulations, and they are ferociously competitive. “They all know each other. They finance each other. And they all compete with one another,” says Holly Peterson, journalist, author of It Happens in the Hamptons and daughter of Peter Peterson, one of the New York billionaires who is not in Trump’s camp. “They sniff each other like dogs"."

Trump Doesn't Realize That Environmental Protections Save Lives, Create Jobs and Strengthen the Economy @alternet

Trump Doesn't Realize That Environmental Protections Save Lives, Create Jobs and Strengthen the Economy @alternet:

"The benefits of clean air and clean water may be self-evident, but what about President Trump’s claim that environmental safeguards “kill” jobs? As it turns out, there is little evidence that regulations — environmental or otherwise — result in significant job losses. Other factors play a much bigger role. Before sequestration spending cuts discontinued the program in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly asked business owners their main reasons for laying off workers. Rarely did they cite regulations."

Is There an Actual Tape of Trump’s Russia Collusion?

The Highly Funded Right-Wing Think Tank That Has Been Waiting 40 Years for This Moment @alternet

The Highly Funded Right-Wing Think Tank That Has Been Waiting 40 Years for This Moment @alternet:

"In 1973, Weyrich, a 30-year-old Republican strategist wunderkind, cofounded both the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that writes right-wing bills for state legislatures. The beer baron Joseph Coors provided seed money for the projects."

In epic letter, investment fund fires law firm for enabling the Trump kleptocracy

https://thinkprogress.org/investment-fund-fires-lawyers-trump-kleptocracy-a20e5312c989
"The Wallace Global Fund is sick of pretending. In a scathing letter, the investment fund fired its elite law firm, Morgan Lewis, for its role in enabling Donald Trump to use the presidency to line his pockets."

British Intel Spotted Donald Trump Camp Russia Ties

Koch cronies populate the rapidly filling swamp in the Trump White House

Koch cronies populate the rapidly filling swamp in the Trump White House

"The release of financial disclosures for staff in the Donald Trump administration revealed this week that many of the new White House staff were previously funded by Charles and David Koch."

Trump’s growing corruption: The president’s business conflicts and nepotism become even more flagrant

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/03/trumps-growing-corruption-the-presidents-business-conflicts-and-nepotism-become-even-more-flagrant/
"Trump can’t and won’t change who he is, and he clearly intends to use his time in public service to enrich himself at the expense of taxpayers."

Spammer's Arrest Eyed For Donald Trump-Russia Ties

Former FBI agent details how Trump and Russia team up to weaponize fake news

https://thinkprogress.org/clinton-watts-senate-intelligence-committee-trump-russia-fake-news-trail-of-bodies-1900e6fde054
"During the first public Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about Russia’s meddling in the presidential election on Thursday, former FBI special agent Clint Watts explained how Russia and the Trump campaign team up to weaponize fake news."

Political strains within Western powers serve Putin goals

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/political-strains-within-western-powers-serve-putin-goals-909804099945
"the role of NATO and the European Union keep Russian power in check and how the weakening of those institutions serve Vladimir Putin's global power strategy."

Trump Administration 'Careening Incompetence' Risks Crisis

This is the One Thing Donald Trump’s Supporters Have Repeatedly Proven About Themselves

https://forwardprogressives.com/one-thing-donald-trump-supporters-repeatedly-proven/
"We shouldn’t be surprised that people who voted for a man who belittled POWs; mocked a man with disabilities; attacked Gold Star parents; pushed a blatantly racist conspiracy against Barack Obama; went on Twitter at 3 a.m. to tell his followers to look up the non-existent sex tape of a former Miss Universe; was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator and trying to cheat on his current wife; refused to release his tax returns; attacked the looks of a GOP presidential opponent’s wife; talked about the size of his penis during a Republican presidential debate; and invited several mistresses of the husband of his opponent to a presidential debate, don’t hold him accountable for a damn thing he says or does after being sworn in to office. At this point, the better question should be: What despicable level would Donald Trump have to stoop to for most of his supporters to finally realize what an awful, pathologically-lying human being he is? Even after being sworn in most of his supporters have ignored: The mounting list of evidence that his campaign colluded with the Russian government. The fact he’s currently under investigation by the FBI. He pushed a ridiculous conspiracy about “millions” of illegal voters because he couldn’t stand that Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than he did. Claimed his inauguration crowd was the largest in history despite indisputable photographic evidence that it wasn’t even close to being that. Attacked U.S. intelligence agencies, while defending Russia, after they publicly said Vladimir Putin was behind the hacks on the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that the values of the United States are basically on par with that of a serial-killing Russian tyrant. Still won’t release his tax returns. Had his top national security pick resign after it was revealed he lied about what he discussed with Russian officials on the day President Obama issued sanctions against Russia."

House Science Committee Calls on Alt-Science to Drive Policy

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/house-science-committee-calls-on-alt-science-to-drive-policy/
"In the age of “alternative facts” and the declaration of news as “fake” if it challenges previously held political beliefs, fringe and industry science that bucks years of federal research is gaining newfound prominence. Now, conclusions not published in any of the world’s premier science journals could soon be influencing federal policy, backed by Trump administration officials, congressional Republicans, conservative think tanks and a billionaire investor."

Trump’s EPA Cuts Are A Death Sentence For American Children

Jeff Sessions Should Resign Based on His Record, Regardless of Russian Conversations

Jeff Sessions Should Resign Based on His Record, Regardless of Russian Conversations:

"Sessions has such a deplorable record on civil rights that organizations representing justice for all individuals in the United States held a meeting to express their serious concerns with Sessions on March 7."

Did Paul Manafort launder money for Russia through Cyprus bank?

Did Paul Manafort launder money for Russia through Cyprus bank?

"Cyprus bank investigated accounts associated with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief, for money-laundering, but instead of cooperating with the investigation, Manafort closed the accounts, NBC News reported. Sources told NBC Manafort was associated with 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyrpus. Court documents indicate at least one of those accounts received funds from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, NBC said."

Trump’s Backdoor Attempt To De-Fund Social Security

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Commemorating the president’s 10th consecutive weekend at a Trump-branded property

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-branded-property-consecutive-weekends-d7640e4ef3dd
"During the campaign, Trump promised that he “would rarely leave the White House because there’s so much work to be done” and “would not be a president who took vacations” because “you don’t have time to take time off.” Consider that promise obliterated. And since Trump refused to divest from his company, his frequent visits to properties with his name on them also generates free publicity for his brand and profit off the presidency in an unprecedented manner."

Friday, April 7, 2017

Donald Trump Hides Signing Of Unpopular Legislation

White House’s explanation for Kushner’s secret meeting with a Russian banker unravels

https://thinkprogress.org/white-house-explanation-kushner-meeting-russian-banker-7372692a38d7
"In a statement emailed to Reuters and other outlets, the espionage-linked bank says that Gorkov, who was appointed to his position as chair of the bank by Russian President Vladimir Putin, met “with a number of representatives of the largest banks and business establishments of the United States, including Jared Kushner, the head of Kushner Companies.” Shortly after his meeting with Kushner, Gorkov —who graduated from Russia’s Federal Security Service security agency, the successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB — went on a Russian state-owned television station and said he was hopeful the financial constraints placed on Russian banks like his by the American sanctions “would change for the better,” the Times reports. According to the Times, the meeting between Kushner and Gorkov was arranged by Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who had previously met in Trump Tower with Kushner and Michael Flynn."

Is This The Secret Russian Deal Trump Made?

Trump's New Plan: Govt as Company, Citizens as Customers, Kushner as CEO

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/27/trumps-new-plan-govt-company-citizens-customers-kushner-ceo
"The news that Kushner, the real estate heir married to Ivanka Trump, would be leading this enterprise prompted accusations of nepotism and kleptocracy. As many pointed out, Kushner has continued to amass power within the Trump administration, despite the fact that he has never held elected office nor has he been reviewed by the Senate for potential ethics violations."

Finally, a Cure for Government Dysfunction: Nepotism

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54149/jared-kushner-white-house-nepotism/
"Citizens are not your customers. Citizens are your employers. And what "great American company" are we using as a model? Your father-in-law's? I don't think it's a great idea to have the United States go bankrupt several times."

UH-OH: Ex-Trump Adviser Met With Russian Spy, Passed Documents

Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-son-in-law-sought-for-russia-questions-907934275623
"the background of the former Russian spy-turned-bank-official who met with Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and notes the remarkable number of significant tasks Trump has assigned to Kusher."