Since Trump became President the news changes every hour. So does Trump!

Since the news has been non-stop since Trump became president, here is an open thread for us to post the changing news. Have at it! There’s been no end to the News and it’s usually all bad!

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  1. From the article:

    Donald Trump has scrambled the political spectrum in certain ways, and one of them has been to introduce a new set of players to the national scene. “Nationalists” or “populists” (as they now call themselves), or the “alt-right” (as they used to call themselves), have been vying with traditional Republicans for control of the Trump administration. The nationalists tend to be pro-Russia, virulently anti-immigrant, race-centric, and conspiratorial in their thinking. Their current project is a political war against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, a conventional Republican who displaced the nationalist Michael Flynn. The nationalist war against McMaster has included waves of Russian social-media bots, leaks placed in the nationalist organ Breitbart, and undisguised anti-Semitism.

    Most observers outside the nationalist wing have treated McMaster as the sympathetic party in the conflict. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald is a notable exception. Greenwald has depicted the conflict, much like the nationalists themselves have, as the machinations of the deep state to prevent the authentic, democratically legitimate populist representatives of Trumpism from exerting their rightful authority. Greenwald himself is not a nationalist, and is certainly not a bigot, but the episode has revealed a left-winger’s idiosyncratic sympathy for the most odious characters on the right. [more]

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  2. Democrats try to co-opt populist rage. Hilarity ensues.
    Yahoo News
    Matt Bai

    Washington was abuzz this week with talk about the new Democratic agenda, “A Better Deal,” which is suddenly dominating news coverage and captivating voters with a plan to remake the American economy, sending Republicans scrambling for a viable platform of their own in advance of the midterm elections.

    No, not really. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention on the beach.

    In reality, with Congress and the president out of town right now, Washington is deader than a Chick-fil-A on Sunday. Bored TV commentators would rather analyze every nuance of President Trump’s latest tweetstorm than spend a second debating trade policy.

    And the agenda I mentioned, which Democrats began rolling out a few weeks ago in a series of choreographed events, has impressed pretty much no one.

    The slogan, which apparently took months of focus-grouping to perfect, rather than the five seconds of idle thought while doing the laundry that you would think it required, evokes — yet again — memories of the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, which remain powerful in exactly two places in America: nursing homes and Democratic leadership meetings.

    Critics of the plan were quick to point out that it wasn’t really a plan at all — more like a collection of greatest hits like public infrastructure spending (1984), job retraining (1992) and monopoly busting (1896).

    But the more profound and more overlooked problem with this “Better Deal” proclamation isn’t actually about its language or its gauziness. It’s more about the underlying philosophy, which misreads in some fundamental way the core appeal of Trump’s campaign.

    Democrats are trying to do a couple of things with this new marketing push. One is to answer this question of what they actually want to achieve, aside from impeaching the president. In announcing the new slogan, Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, lamented that “too many Americans don’t know what we stand for” before boldly declaring: “Not after today.”

    Because nothing redefines a party in the public mind like a slogan unveiled by congressional leaders at a podium. That’s always worked before. [more]

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  3. @toniD: The Florida progressive Democrat who the Dem establishment opposes — did she openly support Bernie? Very upsetting news! I may give a donation and/or call the DCC and tell them THAT is why I don’t contribute to them!

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  4. @Kate Anne:

    Here’s more on the Democrat, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

    Curbelo draws Democratic challenger in swing Florida district

    Months after Democrats began calling him a top national target, Carlos Curbelo has drawn a serious 2018 challenger.

    Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who ran a stronger-than-expected state Senate campaign in 2016, will run for Congress. She plans to hold a news conference announcing her candidacy Wednesday.

    “It’s shocking that the people in Washington are trying to strip healthcare from millions of Americans,” Mucarsel-Powell told the Miami Herald in an interview Monday, taking a jab at Curbelo. “The person that I’m running against voted for Trumpcare.”

    She claimed Curbelo “has voted more than 86 percent of the time with Trump,” but also insisted: “I don’t want to focus my entire energy on what’s happening with the president.” [more]

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  5. Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party
    SACRAMENTO — For Democrats across the nation, California has offered a bright if lonely light this year. The party controls every statewide office and commands supermajorities in the Legislature. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have become national voices, steering the party as it pushes back against President Trump on issues as varied as the environment and immigration.

    But in recent weeks, California Democrats have emerged as something else: a cautionary tale for a national party debating how to rebuild and seize back power. Even at a time of overall success, state Democrats are torn by a bitter fight for the party leadership, revealing the kind of divisions — between insiders and outsiders, liberals and moderates — that unsettled the national party last year and could threaten its success in coming years.

    “What we are seeing in California is similar to what we are seeing on the national level,” said Betty T. Yee, the Democratic state controller. “If we don’t do our work to really heal our divide, we are going to miss our chance to motivate Democrats.”
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  6. Political Science
    written by Randy Newman

    No one likes us
    I don’t know why
    We may not be perfect
    But heaven knows we try
    But all around
    Even our old friends put us down
    Let’s drop the big one
    And see what happens

    We give them money
    But are they grateful
    No, they’re spiteful
    And they’re hateful
    They don’t respect us
    So let’s surprise them
    We’ll drop the big one
    And pulverize them

    Asia’s crowded
    And Europe’s too old
    Africa’s far too hot
    And Canada’s too cold
    And South America stole our name
    Let’s drop the big one
    There’ll be no one left to blame us

    We’ll save Australia
    Don’t want to hurt no kangaroo
    We’ll build an all American amusement park there
    They’ve got surfing, too

    Boom goes London
    And boom Paris
    More room for you
    And more room for me
    And every city the whole world round
    Will just be another American town
    Oh, how peaceful it’ll be
    We’ll set everybody free
    You’ll have Japanese kimonos, baby
    There’ll be Italian shoes for me
    They all hate us anyhow
    So let’s drop the big one now
    Let’s drop the big one now

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  7. This is a scary situation when all the top State Department people are leaving. Diplomacy will suffer and I am sure other countries are wondering what happened to the U.S.

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  8. The destruction of the EPA is in process….

    Another snip from the article but read all of it:

    “There’s a feeling of paranoia in the agency — employees feel like there’s been a hostile takeover and the guy in charge is treating them like enemies,” said Christopher Sellers, an expert in environmental history at Stony Brook University, who this spring conducted an interview survey with about 40 E.P.A. employees.

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  9. Trump does not see equivocation by saying that “many sides” displayed hatred, bigotry, and violence.

    Trump does not see equivocation.

    Trump does Nazi equivocation.

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  11. Ironic…

    …the young white millennial woman who was murdered in C’Ville yesterday protesting Nazis was a wobbly, a member of the IWW… which, imo, is as far to the radical left as you can go in American labor politics without actually becoming an anarchist… she was also a Democratic Socialist, and a proud BernieBro…

    All those assholes out there who, on a daily basis, earn their living, prop up their centrism and hide their economic conservatism behind pragmatism and identity politics by disparaging the Left as privileged crypto-racist nihilist males who are no different than the Alt-Right, need to just shut the fuck up and spend a little more time in the streets…

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  12. “We are not the gate-crashers of today’s Democratic Party,” Ms. Warren said, invoking a term first used to describe the liberal blogosphere that emerged a decade ago. “We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party.”

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  13. Don’t Be a Sucker – 1947
    In this anti-fascist film produced by US Military in the wake of WWII, the producers deconstruct the politically motivated social engineering of Germany by t…

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  14. “A non-answer in a moment like this is an answer”: John Oliver on Trump’s response to Charlottesville

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  15. @toniD:

    If the last few days is any indicator, the Left returned from the summer break larger and even more radicalized than they were when they went in to it…

    The Dems are going to have to rethink things, because the Centrist are losing ground fast… and the Left is not going to let up one inch… we’re winning toni. its working.

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  16. @cent: Hope so cent. What is happening to this country under Trump is scary. If we take back the House and Senate we can impeach. But I want a whole new election to get all of these asses of the Trump admin out. NO succession!!

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  17. @toniD:

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better…

    no matter how much damage control and backpedaling Trump does, and he will do plenty, hes finished… his presidency was dead in the water before his “both sides” crack… now it’s just simply dead…

    Impeachment is still a ways off and the Dems don’t really seem all that interested yet… it would take 2 years to get him out…

    Dems need to focus on fixing their platform and including their growing Left wing on the discussion… and if they don’t start changing their candidate selections to reflect that not only will they not win seats, they will lose them…

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  18. Informative well thought out piece – how a white supremacist is made.

    It shows why so many young people are being recruited into these hate groups.

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  19. This was a comment on Facebook, all about Trump/Putin:

    Rick Cote: EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT …….In case you haven’t connected the news dots… Putin controls the largest oil company in Russia. He made a 500 Billion dollar deal with the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Obama put sanctions in place which stopped that deal. Russia then hacked into our government in order to get Trump elected. When the CIA told Congress this in September (James Comey was also in that meeting), Mitch McConnell refused to tell the American people, blackmailing Obama saying he would frame it as playing partisan politics during the election. Comey released the infamous no-information letter. Mitch McConnell’s wife was picked for Trump’s cabinet. The CEO of Exxon is now the Secretary of State. Wonder why our President has been so quick to dismiss the CIA’s findings?………it gets better..

    2/…Here are some facts : Decide for yourselves 1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won’t reveal his tax returns)

    2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.

    3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.

    4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.

    5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50)

    6) Russia can’t affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.

    As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.

    7) Rex Tillerson (Trump’s pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.

    8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.

    9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.

    10) With Trump’s fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe.

    Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK……phew…..did you make it thru all of that?…

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