Friday, August 18, 2017

‘You should fire your press person’: MSNBC’s Velshi and Ruhle obliterate Trump backer in insane interview

‘You should fire your press person’: MSNBC’s Velshi and Ruhle obliterate Trump backer in insane interview:

"Thomas replied that the economy is “doing very very well,” and he looks at the economy “long term.” “The number one catalyst that nobody is going to talk about—especially your show, and others like this—is the number one catalyst is the corporate tax,” Thomas said. “This is the market mover.” “You’re talking to two financial journalists,” Velshi replied, informing Thomas that the market “started going up on March 9, 2009.” “There is nothing Donald Trump has done to cause the market to be where it is,” Velshi said. “You guys keep peddling this myth that Donald Trump is responsible for this market,” Velshi later pressed. “Do you give Barack Obama credit?” “Right now, the commander in chief is Donald J. Trump,” Thomas replied. “And what we’re seeing now is job creation. Donald Trump has created over one million jobs” “Brad stop it, for heaven’s sake!” Velshi shot back, pointing out that Trump is “not even close to being the largest job creator in the first six months of his presidency.” “Why do you continue to say these things?” he asked. Thomas then went on a tangent about Trump being the “number on catalyst,” circling back to the debunked claim that Trump is creating jobs. “I’ve given you evidence that the job creation is not as good under President Trump as it was under President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton in the first six months of their office,” Velshi shot back. “But you just deny it and go on to say other things,” he continued. “Let’s talk about infrastructure, I can go down this road with you as well.” Velshi asked what about Trump’s executive order on permitting will help U.S. infrastructure, prompting Thomas to claim, “it’s just very complicated, and I know this is not your background.” “What are you talking about?” Velshi asked. “It’s far more our background than it is yours.” “You can’t just lie on TV, Brad,” he continued. “I don’t know if your people told you who you were coming on TV with but, you can’t lie about the economy to us"."

Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2017

https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racism-history
"In fact, the very first time Trump appeared in the pages of the New York Times, back in the 1970s, was when the US Department of Justice sued him for racial discrimination. Since then, he has repeatedly appeared in newspaper pages across the world as he inspired more similar controversies. This long history is important. It would be one thing if Trump simply misspoke one or two times. But when you take all of Trump’s actions and comments together, a clear pattern emerges — one that suggests that bigotry is not just political opportunism on Trump’s part but a real element of Trump’s personality, character, and career."

The Comprehensive Timeline Of Donald Trump's History With Russia

It’s Time to Tell the Truth: Conservatives Have Lost Their Damn Minds

https://forwardprogressives.com/its-time-to-tell-the-truth-conservatives-have-lost-their-damn-minds/
"What were once fairly calm, productive debates over political differences have become battles between reality vs. whatever preposterous nonsense Donald Trump, Fox News, or the rest of the conservative media has told them is true. Indisputable facts have become a “matter of opinion” or “liberal lies.” When reality proves too much for conservatives to ignore, many on the right have turned to conspiracies based on utter nonsense, pushed by sociopaths and con artists making themselves very rich by regurgitating fear, hate, and paranoia. Trump’s ascent to the top of the GOP has fully exposed the true nature of today’s conservatives and the party they support. Time after time he’d say or do something that most people would say, “Okay, that’s going to be what turns conservatives against him” — but it never did. In fact, the more deplorable Trump became, the more his support seemed to grow. He belittled POWs, attacked Gold Star parents, and was caught on video bragging about being a sexual predator, but it never deterred the vast majority of his supporters. Even as Trump’s said and done things that we all know conservatives and members of his own party would be having an absolute meltdown over had a Democrat done them, still, they made excuses for him. That’s all Trump supporters really do is make excuses for him. When the KKK, white nationalists, and Nazis descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia in a “unite the right rally,” a gathering which infamous white supremacist David Duke said was “fulfilling promises of Donald Trump,” his defenders made excuses. Then when Trump made his short, vague statement where he didn’t, specifically, call out the KKK, white nationalists, or Nazis — instead choosing to insinuate that all “sides” were at fault — his supporters made excuses."

John Oliver Excoriates Trump for Flunking the Most Basic Test of Political Leadership and Human Decency @alternet

John Oliver Excoriates Trump for Flunking the Most Basic Test of Political Leadership and Human Decency @alternet:

"At times like this, Oliver said, the U.S. calls for “true leadership from whoever is in the Oval Office. Unfortunately, the current occupant is [President Donald Trump] and even after a few hours to think about it,” the best he could do was a tepid response that blamed “many sides” for the violence and tiptoed around the feelings of the hateful right-wingers who invaded the normally quiet college town. “This was a white nationalist rally, you have to call that out by name,” Oliver said. “There honestly aren’t many instances in modern American politics where you can honestly think: That guy really should have mentioned the Nazis.” He said the situation amounts to a kind of reverse Godwin’s Law: “If you fail to mention Naziism, you lose the argument.” “What kind of f***ing idiot wouldn’t immediately distance himself from them?” Oliver said. “It simply doesn’t get easier than disavowing Nazis. It’s as much of a presidential gimme as pardoning a f*cking turkey. It is almost impossible to screw it up, but that’s exactly what happened"."

Lawrence: Donald Trump Responds To Barcelona Terror Attack With A Lie

Scott Pruitt is dismantling EPA in secret for the same reason the GOP health care bill was secret

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/14/16142150/scott-pruitt-epa-secrecy-republican
"Pruitt is keeping his agenda as hidden as possible for the very same reasons Republicans in Congress tried to keep their recent health care bill a secret: virtually no one likes it and there’s not a coherent policy case to be made for it."

No Nazi Scumbags Allowed In The US Military

Despite White House Chaos, Trump Delivers Favors for Corporate America

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/12/despite-white-house-chaos-trump-delivers-favors-corporate-america
"The Trump administration may be dazed and confused about many things, but not about its corporate agenda. From Scaramucci to Spicer, from Kelly to Kushner, one thing doesn’t change at Donald Trump’s chaotic White House: Its devotion to delivering for giant corporations at the public’s expense. During the campaign, Trump directed nearly as much venom toward major U.S. corporations as toward his opponents. He savaged Wall Street, badgered companies for manufacturing products outside of the U.S. and threatened them with onerous penalties. Trump singled out lobbyists who do the bidding of corporations by promising to “drain the swamp.” It was plain enough that Candidate Trump’s anti-industry shtick was bluster. But it wasn’t obvious that he would hand control of the government over to Corporate America. His billionaire cabinet is the most corporate in modern history and his sub-cabinet officials are worse. Trump immediately backtracked on his promise to crack down on lobbyists, choosing to staff his administration with them. Three dozen lobbyists are working for the administration in apparent violation of Trump’s vaunted ethics executive order on conflicts of interest; an additional 100 lobbyists have posts in the administration. While Trump has yet to deliver on Corporate America’s dream for a massive tax cut, he is rushing forward on their other top priority: slashing health, safety, environmental, consumer and other regulatory protections. Likewise, Trump turned to Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, OneWest Bank and numerous corporate law firms to fill key posts. The same pattern appears in agency after agency."

White Supremacists Don't Think They Have Power? Look at the Voting Laws in the States They Come From! @alternet

White Supremacists Don't Think They Have Power? Look at the Voting Laws in the States They Come From! @alternet:

"One of the first four people arrested was from Virginia. The others were from Ohio, Florida and Tennessee. Each of these states has been dominated by white Republicans this decade, who have methodically implemented racist election laws that gave them majority rule in state legislatures and their U.S. House delegations."

Donald Trump's Racial Attitudes Have Been No Secret

Captain Sully to Trump: You're Grounded @alternet

Captain Sully to Trump: You're Grounded @alternet:

"America's most famous airline pilot has shot down President Trump's proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control system. “Our air traffic control system is the best and safest in the world," declares Captain Chesley Sullenberger in a new video produced by the Alliance for Aviation Across America. Sullenberger famously guided a crippled passenger jet to a safe water landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, a display of calm heroism that saved 155 lives and inspired a Hollywood movie. “Why would we give such an important and valuable national asset to the largest airlines, the same people who continue to make your airline seats smaller and closer together, who often put expedience and cost reduction ahead of the safety and the welfare of others in the long term?” Sullenberger asks. In early June, President Trump called for privatization of the air traffic control system as part of his so-called “infrastructure week.” Previous Republican proposals for privatization have stalled in Congress due to bipartisan opposition, and Trump’s endorsement did not improve its prospects."

There Was Another Right-Wing Terrorist Incident This Weekend

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/there-was-another-right-wing-terrorist-incident-this-weekend/
"Early this Saturday, a day most of the country spent watching the violence spilling over from white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, a 23-year-old claiming to be a member of the Three Percenters militia named Jerry Drake Varnell was arrested as he tried to set off a truck bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City. The bomb was supposed to be constructed of anhydrous ammonia, a chemical homage to Timothy McVeigh and the weapon he used to kill 168 people inside the Oklahoma City Federal Building in 1995. Varnell had prepared a bunker to be used after his bomb kicked off a war with Federal agents. “I’m out for blood,” he allegedly told an FBI informant. “When militias start forming I’m going after government officials"."

Lawrence: President Donald Trump Is The Divider In Chief

White Supremacist In Charlottesville Wearing 82nd Airborne Hat Gets Called Out... By 82nd Airborne

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/82nd-airborne-nazi-salute-charlottesville_us_5992ad61e4b08a247276f35e
"The 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II. So after a man in a hat bearing the elite Army paratrooper unit’s insignia was pictured throwing a Ku Klux Klan salute (which resembles and is sometimes mistaken for a Nazi salute) during the weekend’s Charlottesville protests, the division delivered a pointed message."

Stephen Colbert Attempts To List Everything Trump Has Attacked Harder Than Nazis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-colbert-donald-trump-nazis_us_59925c13e4b09071f69c1ab1
"Colbert then launched into a full takedown of Trump’s tepid response to the violence... and then attempted to name many of the things the president has verbally attacked with more gusto than Nazis."

Frederick Douglass: How To Deal With 'Treacherous President'

Say His Name When You Denounce His Bigotry

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57052/trump-detractors/
"The racial gunpowder that the Republicans have been storing up since Harry Dent wrote a memo to Richard Nixon has finally found a bright orange fuse. It's not enough to deplore white supremacy from within the safety of your gerrymandered districts. It's time to distance yourselves from the president* who refuses to distance his presidency* from it, and from the policies that made that president* not merely possible, but inevitable."

Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life — And He Isn’t Going to Change After Charlottesville

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/15/donald-trump-has-been-a-racist-all-his-life-and-he-isnt-going-to-change-after-charlottesville/
"Consider the first time the president’s name appeared on the front page of the New York Times, more than 40 years ago. “Major Landlord Accused of Antiblack Bias in City,” read the headline of the A1 piece on Oct. 16, 1973, which pointed out how Richard Nixon’s Department of Justice had sued the Trump family’s real estate company in federal court over alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act. “The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,’” the Times revealed. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.” (Trump later settled with the government without accepting responsibility.) Over the next four decades, Trump burnished his reputation as a bigot: he was accused of ordering “all the black [employees] off the floor” of his Atlantic City casinos during his visits; claimed “laziness is a trait in blacks” and “not anything they can control”; requested Jews “in yarmulkes” replace his black accountants; told Bryan Gumbel that “a well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market”; demanded the death penalty for a group of black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a jogger in Central Park (and, despite their later exoneration with the use of DNA evidence, has continued to insist they are guilty); suggested a Native American tribe “don’t look like Indians to me”; mocked Chinese and Japanese trade negotiators by doing an impression of them in broken English; described undocumented Mexican immigrants as “rapists”; compared Syrian refugees to “snakes”; defended two supporters who assaulted a homeless Latino man as “very passionate” people “who love this country”; pledged to ban a quarter of humanity from entering the United States; proposed a database to track American Muslims that he himself refused to distinguish from the Nazi registration of German Jews;"

Lawrence: What Donald Trump Doesn't Know About Robert E. Lee

Ex-CIA director Brennan pens emotional apology to Wolf Blitzer: ‘Trump put our collective futures at grave risk’

Ex-CIA director Brennan pens emotional apology to Wolf Blitzer: ‘Trump put our collective futures at grave risk’:

"Brennan saw the exchange and wrote a personal note on the, “unspeakable evil of Nazism,” which CNN has shared. “I just want to extend my sympathies not only for their deaths but also to you and your family–and countless others–for the pain inflicted today by the despicable words of Donald Trump. Mr. Trump’s words, and the beliefs they reflect, are a national disgrace, and all Americans of conscience need to repudiate his ugly and dangerous comments,” Brennan wrote. “If allowed to continue along this senseless path, Mr. Trump will do lasting harm to American society and to our standing in the world,” Brennan predicted. “By his words and his actions, Mr. Trump is putting our national security and our collective futures at grave risk"."

‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalists as ‘people who love the Constitution’

‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalists as ‘people who love the Constitution’:

"Controversial Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott defended white nationalists by claiming that racism is not part of the movement."

Trump Is Still Making Excuses for Nazis | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Why Trump’s Charlottesville crisis is shocking but not surprising

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/16/16155668/trump-history-racism-charlottesville
"Trump has a ridiculously long history of public racism"

7 Things to Know About the Mindset of the Neo-Nazis @alternet

7 Things to Know About the Mindset of the Neo-Nazis @alternet:

"2. It’s not the economy, stupid. Producing articles about the economic anxiety that plagues Trump’s base has become a virtual cottage industry at certain media outlets. (I see you, New York Times.) That’s a good way of ginning up sympathy for Trump’s most fervent supporters—including the alt-right—but a bad way of getting to the truth of what truly motivates them. The short answer to that question is, racism and bigotry."

Trump And Charlottesville: Too Little, Too Late | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Seth Meyers Takes Trump Apart in Emotional, Must-Watch Monologue @alternet

Seth Meyers Takes Trump Apart in Emotional, Must-Watch Monologue @alternet: 'He showed us again who he really is: a lying racist who’s desperate for praise.'

Trump campaign chair Carl Paladino finally ousted from school board for racist tirade against the Michelle Obama

Trump campaign chair Carl Paladino finally ousted from school board for racist tirade against the Michelle Obama:

"The decision came Thursday from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, who approved the request from the board that Paladino be removed from the system"

And The Alt-Right Survey Says... Racist!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why the GOP Sides With the Klan and the Nazis @alternet

Why the GOP Sides With the Klan and the Nazis @alternet:

"That the GOP would put America through all this racial and civil strife just to protect the interests of the few hundred billionaires and multi-millionaires who own them is mind-boggling."

Seth Meyers takes down Trump’s Charlottesville inaction with searing clarity

https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/8/15/16150578/seth-meyers-trump-charlottesville-response
"with his opening statement on Charlottesville on Monday night, Meyers made it clearer than ever that he will let comedy take a back seat if the news demands some straightforward explanation, and he will not mince words when it comes to President Donald Trump."

‘Unite against fascism’: Fearless women battling ISIS memorialize Heather Heyer

‘Unite against fascism’: Fearless women battling ISIS memorialize Heather Heyer:

"The female members of the anti-ISIS YPG militia in Syria were already badass enough — but their response to the killing of Heather Heyer by neo-Nazi James Fields, Jr. solidified their status."

Donald Trump Remarks Aid White Supremacists' Political Ambitions

How Donald Trump emboldened Charlottesville white supremacists

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/08/12/how-donald-trump-emboldened-charlottesville-white-supremacists/217601
"Trump has engaged in a disturbing courtship with the racist white nationalist movement and its media figures"

WATCH: White Supremacists March with Torches Chanting Hate Against Jews and People of Color in Virginia @alternet

WATCH: White Supremacists March with Torches Chanting Hate Against Jews and People of Color in Virginia @alternet:

"Chanting "blood and soil," "white lives matter" and "you will not replace us," scores of white nationalists holding torches marched across the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night."

Bush-Era Ethics Czar Says Trump’s Far-Right Staffers Are to Blame for Charlottesville Riot: 'I Will Not Support Fascism' @alternet

Bush-Era Ethics Czar Says Trump’s Far-Right Staffers Are to Blame for Charlottesville Riot: 'I Will Not Support Fascism' @alternet:

“This is the face of fascism, this is Breitbart news,” declared former Bush era ethics czar Richard Painter.

Donald Trump Remarks On Racist Rally Force Moral Reckoning For GOP

‘It is personal’: Former ambassador to Russia emotionally defends patriotic US diplomats from Trump’s vitriol

‘It is personal’: Former ambassador to Russia emotionally defends patriotic US diplomats from Trump’s vitriol:

"The former United States ambassador to Russia got emotional on MSNBC when discussing President Donald Trump celebrating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expulsion of 755 embassy employees."

Combative Trump Pulls His Punches for One Man: Putin

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/us/politics/combative-trump-pulls-his-punches-for-one-man-putin.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
"Given Mr. Trump’s propensity to criticize just about anyone else, including members of his own staff, cabinet and party, his resolute refusal to say anything negative about Mr. Putin has only fueled suspicions about last year’s election. While Mr. Trump adamantly denies any collusion between his team and Russia during the campaign, an email sent to his son, Donald Trump Jr., last summer setting up a meeting with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties said the visit was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump"."

Maddow: Racism Is 'A Persistent Infection' In White American Culture

Another fiduciary rule delay would cost retirement savers $10.9 billion over 30 years

Another fiduciary rule delay would cost retirement savers $10.9 billion over 30 years:

"The Trump administration’s Department of Labor is actively working to weaken or rescind the “fiduciary” rule (the rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interest of their clients). The latest step in these efforts is a proposed 18 month delay of key provisions of the rule past their already-delayed implementation date of January 1st, 2018."

Report: the GOP in Indiana is making it harder for Democrats to vote

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/11/16131498/report-indiana-gop-early-voting-indianapolis
"An investigation by the Indianapolis Star has found that policies by state and local Republicans in Indiana have restricted voting in predominantly Democratic areas — while expanding voting access in Republican-held areas. At the heart of the controversy: early voting stations. The investigation found that in Hamilton county, a Republican-majority area, officials had added two additional early voting stations, bringing the number of stations to one for every 100,000 residents. However, in Marion County — a county that votes more Democratic, has a large African-American population, and includes Indianapolis, the state’s largest city — the Republican member of the election board has blocked additional stations and prevented the continuation of satellite sites that existed during the 2008 election (notably, when Barack Obama won the state.) Election boards in Indiana have three people — a Democrat, a Republican, and the county clerk — and, since 2001, any decision to expand early voting requires a unanimous vote. The Republican member of the Marion county board has repeatedly blocked efforts to expand early voting since 2010. In 2013, the Republican-controlled legislature passed a law (while Vice President Mike Pence was the governor) that specifically limited the processing of absentee ballots — which are used for early voting — to one site for counties with more than 325,000 people, without unanimous approval from the election board. In Marion, that meant one site for the more than 700,000 voters in the county."

Lawrence: Donald Trump Remains White Supremacists' Favorite Candidate

Corporations pay between 13 and 19 percent in federal taxes—far less than the 35 percent statutory tax rate

Corporations pay between 13 and 19 percent in federal taxes—far less than the 35 percent statutory tax rate:

"The corporate tax code is riddled with loopholes, most notably the deferral loophole which allows large multinational corporations to avoid paying their taxes indefinitely on profits they make offshore. And despite some recent claims to the contrary, a recent CBO report doesn’t overturn, but rather bolsters the research showing that corporations pay less than a 35 percent tax rate."

Mueller assembles growing team of legal all-stars, Trump has trouble keeping handful of also-rans

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/11/1688648/-Mueller-assembles-growing-team-of-legal-all-stars-Trump-has-trouble-keeping-handful-of-also-rans
"The team members include Michael Dreeben, a Justice Department deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court; Andrew Weissmann, the chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section; James Quarles, who worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force; and Jeannie Rhee, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel who also came from WilmerHale. That’s just the tip of a still-growing iceberg. Mueller’s team just added its sixteenth attorney, almost all of them with deep knowledge on corruption and financial crimes."

When You Forget Your Klan Hood And The Internet Finds Out

There Are Two New Fronts in the War on Voting

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56963/republican-voter-suppression-early-voting/
"According to an analysis by The Indianapolis Star, the state's Republicans have systematically monkeywrenched their election system to advantage themselves and to disadvantage Democratic voters, particularly minority ones."

8 Ways Leading European Officials Perceive America's Big Embarrassment in the Oval Office @alternet

8 Ways Leading European Officials Perceive America's Big Embarrassment in the Oval Office @alternet:

"1. He’s obsessed with Barack Obama. Since the moment he launched his political career, Trump has shown an infatuation with his predecessor. He used the birther lie, including questioning Obama’s academic record, to build his base of likeminded racist conspiracists. Since then, he’s continued to invoke the former president at every opportunity, proving Obama is always on his mind. He hated that Obama’s inauguration crowds dwarfed his, tried to pretend the obsession was mutual with wiretapping charges, and has attempted to blame his many political failures on a man who is no longer in office. And you know he just hates that his approval ratings will never match Obama’s, as evidenced by his pathetic retweets of obscure polls that give him the popularity edge. European diplomats have noticed this sad tendency, with one telling Buzzfeed that Trump’s primary motivation seems to be undoing Obama’s legacy. “It’s his only real position,” a European diplomat told the site. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.” 2. He’s viewed as a verbally limited international joke. Throughout his European tour in May, Trump acted like he was raised in a (gold-plated) barn, proving his ignorance, boorishness and social ineptitude at every stop. He hand-wrestled with Emmanuel Macron, physically pushed Montenegro’s prime minister and earned derisive snickers from fellow world leaders. For this reason (though there are so many, many more), most Americans are embarrassed to have Trump as a leader.  At least one European diplomat told Buzzfeed Trump is seen as a joke at international meetups, mocked both for his general idiocy and his third-grade (or fourth- or fifth-grade, depending on who you ask) speaking skills, relying on five to 10 words kept in heavy rotation. “Everything is ‘great’, ‘very, very great’, ‘amazing’,” one diplomat said."

Families Mourn Charlottesville Victims

Denier-in-Chief Trump Should Read NOAA's Frightening New Climate Report

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/10/denier-chief-trump-should-read-noaas-frightening-new-climate-report
"With a climate denier in the Oval Office, a "fossil fuel puppet" heading the Environmental Protection Agency, and Big Oil lobbyists filling the ranks of secretive deregulatory teams, a new report by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that 2016 was the hottest—and in some ways most alarming—year on record."

450 scientists present stunning rebuke of Trump’s climate science denial

https://thinkprogress.org/noaa-report-contradicts-trump-d34e2be06736/
"A massive new report by more than 450 scientists, confirms that the Earth warmed to a new record in 2016, driven by a record increase in carbon dioxide levels.  The 27th annual “State of the Climate” report, led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), stands as the first comprehensive rebuke by the nation’s and world’s climate scientists to the presidency of Donald Trump."

Who Is White House Aide Sebastian Gorka?

‘He’s delusional – he’s paranoid’: Former GOP Sen. who switched parties demands Congress invoke the 25th

‘He’s delusional – he’s paranoid’: Former GOP Sen. who switched parties demands Congress invoke the 25th:

"When former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (I-NH) left the Republican Party he said it was because he couldn’t in good conscience be part of what President Donald Trump was doing to the United States, and indeed, the world."

New analysis shows sharp decline in environmental enforcement under Trump

https://thinkprogress.org/penalties-against-polluters-down-60-percent-under-trump-ea0bd62b4435/
"A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project charts how EPA enforcement has fallen in the Trump era."

Richard Painter: ‘This Is The Face Of Fascism In The U.S.’

Here’s what’s actually in Alex Jones’ miracle supplements

http://www.salon.com/2017/08/10/alex-jones-infowars-supplements/
"Alex Jones isn’t just an “expert” conspiracy theorist, he’s an “expert” snake-oil salesman, too!"

Trump Is So Needy He Has Staff Prepare a Special Folder for Him Twice a Day @alternet

Trump Is So Needy He Has Staff Prepare a Special Folder for Him Twice a Day @alternet:

"Possibly the best part of this wonderful, hilarious, deeply terrifying story is that they have to do it twice a day. They can't just pop in each morning with a collection of news clippings that paint Donald in a positive light—they have to go in twice, because just once a day isn't enough. And augment it with tweets praising him. And printed-out pictures of himself."

Anti-Trump Site Under Seige From Justice Department

The Toxic Ideology at the Heart of Evangelicals' Alliance with the Republican Party @alternet

The Toxic Ideology at the Heart of Evangelicals' Alliance with the Republican Party @alternet:

"New research published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that Christian evangelical voters are more likely to support Donald Trump and the Republican Party because they have been conditioned by their religion to be irrational and thus inherently suspicious of empirical reality and reason."

European Officials Say That Unstable Trump Is Obsessed With Barack Obama

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/08/09/european-officials-unstable-trump-obsessed-barack-obama.html
"They also believe Trump’s foreign policy is chiefly driven by an obsession with unravelling Barack Obama’s policies. “It’s his only real position,” one European diplomat said. “He will ask: ‘Did Obama approve this?’ And if the answer is affirmative, he will say: ‘We don’t.’ He won’t even want to listen to the arguments or have a debate. He is obsessed with Obama.” The officials also described meetings between Trump and other world leaders as useless because Trump doesn’t know anything, and all he does is bombard the world leader with questions about their GDP."

Trump Caught Stealing From The Middle Class To Pay For Corporate Tax Cuts

Saturday, August 12, 2017

‘Fight or die white man’: Confederacy advocates proclaim they intend to secede — again

‘Fight or die white man’: Confederacy advocates proclaim they intend to secede — again:

"The League of the South wants to secede again and restore the Confederate States of America, potentially triggering a second Civil War. The group has erected billboards that said “SECEDE” in several states, and it even has its own banner — a black and white version of the familiar Confederate battle flag, minus the stars,” the Associated Press reports. “Secession also finds support on some websites that support white nationalism, including Occidental Dissent, run by a Hill associate, and the openly racist, anti-Semitic Daily Stormer.” In a Facebook post titled, “fight or die white man,” League of the South President Michael Hill wrote, “what we Southern nationalist seek is nothing less than the complete reconquest and restoration of our patrimony–the whole, entire South. And that means the South will once again be in name and in actuality White Man’s Land"."

‘Any insinuations we are planning an invasion are baseless’: Pentagon shuts down Trump talk on Venezuela

‘Any insinuations we are planning an invasion are baseless’: Pentagon shuts down Trump talk on Venezuela:

"The Department of Defense issued a statement to CNN Pentagon Reporter Barbara Starr refuting President Donald Trump’s press conference Friday night."

Donald Trump Surprises By 'Not Ruling Out' Military Option In Venezuela

GOP Rep: Trump Shouldn’t Be Held Accountable for Campaign Promises (Video)

https://forwardprogressives.com/gop-rep-trump-shouldnt-be-held-accountable-for-campaign-promises-video/
"In the end, this is what the Republican Party has been reduced to. Since they decided to sell their souls by backing the most dishonest, corrupt, and incompetent candidate to ever run for office, they’re now having to dismiss campaign promises as “metaphors” and “hyperbole” in a desperate attempt to avoid admitting that he’s a liar who never had a plan to accomplish anything he said he would."

That Time A Heritage Shill Tried To Give Trump Credit For The Economy | Crooks and Liars

That Time A Heritage Shill Tried To Give Trump Credit For The Economy | Crooks and Liars

"Just watch the whole thing. If you enjoy watching facts beat assertions, you'll enjoy this."

Donald Trump Incoherence On North Korea Risks Dangerous Miscommunication

Lyin' Ryan Lies Through 'Safe' Town Hall Meeting | Crooks and Liars

Lyin' Ryan Lies Through 'Safe' Town Hall Meeting | Crooks and Liars

"instead of having to deal with the general public, he holds "safe" town halls at select sites, like certain companies or even telephonic town halls, so that they can keep the commoners from confronting him with reality."

Tom Price is coming after Medicare, Obamacare under the guise of helping doctors

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/5/1686394/-Tom-Price-is-coming-after-Medicare-Obamacare-under-the-guise-of-helping-doctors
"Everything Price is doing to help out his old colleagues is almost certainly something that is going to undermine actual patient care or weaken Medicare. He's trying to do it retroactively, too, "reversing certain Medicare rules to ensure some physicians no longer face penalties they would otherwise have had to pay." He's doing it all unilaterally, in his own little kingdom. It's just one more way the Trump administration isn't just sabotaging Obamacare, but the whole health system."

Paul Manafort Changes Legal Team As Investigation Intensifies

We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends transcripts. It’s far weirder than state-run media.

https://www.vox.com/2017/8/7/16083122/breakfast-club-fox-and-friends
"The hosts are basically telling Trump what they would do in this situation. They are covering the news by advising him. It's something the show's hosts and guests have done with far more frequency since Trump has been in office. An analysis of the show's transcripts reveal that about 8 to 9 percent of sentences before Trump's election were imperative sentences, which instruct or advise. In the first few months of his presidency, that number increased more than 50 percent."

Fox News’ Eric Bolling has been suspended pending investigation for sexual harassment: report

Fox News’ Eric Bolling has been suspended pending investigation for sexual harassment: report:

"The conservative anchor allegedly sent unsolicited “d**k pics” to three female colleagues — two at Fox Business and one at Fox News. The network has had a reoccurring problem with sexual harassment scandals and lawsuits."