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Friday March 31, 2017

Trump's War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised
TheIntercept | Glenn Greewald | 03/26/17

FROM THE START of his presidency, Donald Trump's "war on terror" has entailed the seemingly indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people in the name of killing terrorists. In other words, Trump has escalated the 16-year-old core premise of America's foreign policy -- that it has the right to bomb any country in the world where people it regards as terrorists are found -- and in doing so, has fulfilled the warped campaign pledges he repeatedly expressed.

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*Media Largely Fine With Trump's Civilian Bloodbath | TYT | 03/30/17 | 12:57

FBI releases never-before-seen photos from 9/11 Pentagon attack
The Pentagon debris
Politico | author | 03/31/17

The FBI on Thursday released to the public about two dozen never-before-seen photos from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the Pentagon. The 9/11 attacks -- in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania -- killed nearly 3,000 people, including 184 at the Pentagon, where a hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the building. The "9/11 Attacks and Investigation Images" were posted to "The Vault," the FBI's Freedom of Information Act Library. ... Read more

Just a reminder:

  1. The facade of the Pentagon didn't collapse until 45 minutes after the plane hit the hardened "newly renovated" section.
  2. The original hole the plane disappeared into was approximately 16 feet in diameter.
  3. The fiberglass reinforced nose of the plane made it through 3 hardened rings of buildings (6 hardened walls) before it made a perfectly round exit hole in C ring.
  4. Many of the columns between the entrance and exit holes were perfectly intact.
  5. The plane hit the exact offices where the accountants who were looking into the missing 2.3 trillion dollars Donald Rumsfeld spoke of at a news conference on 9/10 (day before 9/11).
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 31 [13:06]
Have Feds Flipped Mike Flynn Against Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 3:55
Quick Hits: Trump Bans "Climate Change," South Korean President Arrested, And More... | TYT | 03/30/17 | 3:46
Single Payer Pros & Cons Exposed | ThomHartmann | 03/30/17 | 11:56
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*Trump Administration Scandals Risk Normalizing Corruption | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/31/17 | 9:28
Former FBI Agent: Possible Russia, Trump Campaign Collusion Worries Me | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/31/17 | 9:01
Flynn offers to testify on Russia for immunity | CNN Anderson Cooper | 03/31/17 | 15:49
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Show's Presidential Leak-crets, Vol. 3 | Stephen Colbert | 03/31/17 | 5:33
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
So Much News, So Little Time - Nepotism, Impeachment & the Freedom Caucus | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/30/17 | 6:27

03.31.2017. 13:48

Thursday March 30, 2017

Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee
NYTimes | Maggie Haberman | 03/29/17

Ms. Trump, 35, will be an assistant to the president; Mr. Kushner, 36, has the title of senior adviser.

Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Trump, is becoming an official government employee, joining her husband, Jared Kushner, in serving as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House.

The announcement on Wednesday amounts to the formal recognition of the value Mr. Trump places on the judgment and loyalty of both his daughter and his son-in-law. While relying on family members for advice is hardly unusual for a president, giving them a formal role has few precedents. Read more
Trump Makes Ivanka Official | TYT | 03/29/17 | 5:07

Trump says coming up with a bipartisan health-care bill will be 'so easy.'
WashingtonPost | Peter W. Stevenson | 03/29/17

After President Trump and congressional Republicans admitted defeat in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, Trump publicly put the blame on Democrats. That, despite the fact that Republicans had enough votes to pass a bill without any Democrats onboard -- if they could only come together as a party.

So when it became clear the GOP didn't even have enough votes to pass the bill without Democratic support, they abandoned it. Trump said he'd move on to tax revision, promising to let the Affordable Care Act "explode." ... Read more
Trump Is Sure Healthcare Reform Will Be Easy | TYT | 03/29/17 | 7:44

More Trump U lawsuits are coming -- if Judge Gonzalo Curiel lets fraud cases move forward
RawStory | Brad Reed | 03/29/17

When Trump University agreed to fork over $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit last December, President Donald Trump probably though he'd put the matter to bed permanently.

... Specifically, Politico notes that Curiel will determine whether the $25 million settlement "is fair to thousands of people who paid anywhere from about $1,500 for a three-day seminar up to about $35,000 for the 'gold elite' mentorship." ... Read more
Trump University Coming Back To Haunt Donald | TYT | 03/29/17 | 6:15

Keith Olbermann
Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? | Keith Olbermann | 03/29/17 | 6:37
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 30 [12:47]
Corporations Want Your Browser History, And Trump Wants To Give It To Them | TYT | 03/29/17 | 6:18
Trump SHREDDING Obama's Environmental Rules | TYT | 03/29/17 | 8:21
*Will the Stock Market Keep Going Up Under Trump? | TYT | 03/29/17 | 7:31
Keiser Report: Lethal Economic Shocks (E1051) | RT | 03/30/17 | 25:45
Max and Stacy discuss the economic shocks that are more lethal in America than anywhere else. In the second half, Max continues his conversation with Professor John Mill Ackerman about the Mexico-USA relationship in the age of Trump.
*Does the Falling Stock Market Mean Trump is the Next Hoover? (FULL) | ThomHartmann | 03/28/17 | 27:57<
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*Political Strains In West Serve Vladimir Putin Goals | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/29/17 | 20:06
Focus Group Reacts To President Donald Trump: 'Impulsive, Chaotic' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/30/17 | 9:46
Donald Trump loses control of the Bully Pulpit | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/30/17 | 17:10
Ivanka Trump Takes Official Adviser Position In Father's Office | MSNBC The 11th Hour | 03/30/17 | 4:26
Campaign To Purchase Lawmakers' Browsing History | MSNBC All-in | 03/30/17 | 2:26
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Scrapping Of Internet Privacy: Something We Can All Hate Together | Stephen Colbert | 03/30/17 | 5:37
Trump Addresses (And Is The Reason For) A Women's Empowerment Forum | Stephen Colbert | 03/30/17 | 6:01
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Governing Is Hard: Trumpcare Edition | Samantha Bee | 03/29/17 | 6:23
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trump Vows to End the Nonexistent War on Coal | Trevor Noah | 03/30/17 | 7:59

03.30.2017. 13:54

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Bernie Sanders Tears Into Donald Trump's 'Disaster' Of A Climate Change Order
HP | Lee Moran | 03/29/17

"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth not believing in science."

"President [Donald] Trump's anti-environmental executive orders are a disaster," Sanders says in the clip posted to Twitter on Tuesday. "They are a threat to the future of this country, and to the future of the world."

"It is beyond belief that we have the leader of the most powerful country on earth, not believing in science," he continues in the video, which intersperses clips of him talking alongside captioned facts that disprove Trump's claims. ... Read more

Golden Boy Tarnished: Trump Keeps Giving Jared Kushner More Jobs -- but Is He Any Good at Any of Them?
magazine | author | date

Does he wash the cars, too? Kushner apparently does everything in the Trump administration -- when he's not skiing.

As it turns out Trump's actually a yuuuge believer in taking vacations. He has been to his Florida resort seven times already ($3,000,000.00 at taxpayer expense) and last weekend the White House tried to pretend the president was having meetings at his Virginia golf club. It was later revealed that he was hitting the links again.

So it's not surprising that Trump was quick to forgive his favorite daughter and son-in-law for their little getaway. Not only did he forgive Jared; on Monday he put him in charge of a bold new initiative to run the country like a business with what the Washington Post described as a "SWAT team of strategic consultants" that "will be staffed by former business executives." If the first couple of months of the Trump administration are any indication of what that might look like, we're in for a bumpy ride. As Salon's Simon Maloy observed: ... Read more

David Rockefeller
The Unauthorized Biography of David Rockefeller | Corbett Report | 03/27/17 | 59:13
Dark Secrets of the Rockefeller Family | HC | | 34:43

The Ugly Numbers of Trauma, Exile and Death Caused by U.S. Wars and Interventions in the Past 75 Years
AlterNet | John Dower / TomDispatch | 03/28/17

The casualty list is staggering.

On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled "The American Century." The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism. ... Read more

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II by John W. Dower (April 2017)

World War II marked the apogee of industrialized "total war." Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering.

The Violent "American Century" addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945--beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and--most touted of all--a revolutionary new era of computerized "precision" warfare. By contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling -- and shows no sign of abating.

The winner of numerous national prizes for his historical writings, including the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, Dower draws heavily on hard data and internal U.S. planning and pronouncements in this concise analysis of war and terror in our time. In doing so, he places U.S. policy and practice firmly within the broader context of global mayhem, havoc, and slaughter since World War II--always with bottom-line attentiveness to the human costs of this legacy of unceasing violence.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 29 [14:23]
Wendell Potter -> Will Dems Derail Sanders's Push for Public Option? | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 11:26
Democrats Must Take on Corporate Power If they Want to Win | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 13:17
Janet Redman says -> Trump's Climate Order Protects Fossil Fuel's Bottom Line | TRNN | 03/29/17 | 6:48
TrumpCare Defeat Kicks Off Presidential Twitter Meltdown, As Is Tradition | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:37
Investigator Devin Nunes Insists He Isn't In The Bag For Trump | TYT | 03/28/17 | 4:30
Blocked Yates Testimony Looking More Like Cover Up | TYT | 03/28/17 | 7:57
Trump Surrogates Blame Obama For Bush-Era Tragedies | TYT | 03/28/17 | 3:24
RT | CrossTalk: The battle of two very different narratives define Washington politics: On the one hand, the Russians did it, and on the other, Obama did it? | 03/29/17 | 24:10
Keiser Report: 'The New Detroit' (E1050) | RT | 03/28/17 | 25:45
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Donald Trump White House A Poor Source For Facts | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/28/17 | 12:52
Mika On Sean Spicer Briefing: 'What Is Wrong With Him?' | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/29/17 | 11:05
Former CIA Acting Director On Devin Nunes: 'It Feels Like A Cover Up' | MSNBC Last Word | 03/29/17 | 15:36
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
This Diagram Shows Nunes' Conflict Of Interests In Investigating Trump | Stephen Colbert | 03/29/17 | 10:30
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
MEAL Team Six - How to Save Meals on Wheels | Trevor Noah | 03/28/17 | 6:20
Keith Olbermann
Here's How This Will End for Trump (#52) | Keith Olbermann | 03/28/17 | 6:08

03.29.2017. 12:25

Tuesday March 28, 2017
Bernie Sanders Introducing 'Medicare For All' Bill | TYT | 03/27/17 | 12:23

Trump takes biggest swing yet at Obama climate legacy
Politico | Alex Guillen | 03/27/17

President Donald Trump will direct the federal government on Tuesday to begin dismantling his predecessor's most significant climate change policies, with a sweeping directive telling agencies to stop trying to reduce the carbon pollution of electric utilities, oil and gas drillers and coal miners.

The executive order Trump will sign represents his biggest blow yet to former President Barack Obama's climate legacy. But it does not go as far as some conservatives would like to dismantle the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, nor will it begin to separate the U.S. from a landmark international climate accord -- two areas of intense disagreement within the administration. ... Read more

Mar-a-Lago can't release visitor logs -- because it doesn't keep them
Politico | Darren Samuelsohn | 03/28/17

On Friday night, guests streamed into Mar-a-Lago, the president's self-proclaimed "southern White House," for the annual Palm Beach GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. All they had to do to get into the seaside retreat, where the first lady and the president's youngest son were vacationing for spring break, was buy a $300 ticket.

They didn't have to submit to the kinds of rigorous background checks required if they'd been entering the White House in Washington. And there were no weapon screenings or bomb-sniffing dogs checking vehicles of the sort that have long been routine at public restaurants or other places where the president or first lady is present. ... Read more

HE WENT TO JARED: White House Announces Trump’s Son-In-Law Is Now Responsible For Everything
Remember Monty Python?? | 3:18

Top Republican Warns: "Government Shut Down Is A Real Possibility, And Wall Street Is Unprepared"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/28/17

"We're starting to hear growing concerns that a government shutdown at the end of April may be a real possibility given the rise of the Freedom Caucus.... What’s currently playing out triggers flashbacks of the summer of 2011 when the US was downgraded by S&P as a polarized Congress wasn't able to raise the debt ceiling quickly enough." ... Read more

Keith Olbermann
Which of Trump's Cronies Will Flip on Him First? (#51) | Keith Olbermann | 03/27/17 | 8:59
The Truth Of Trump's "I Alone Can Fix It" Canard (#50) | Keith Olbermann | 03/22/17 | 8:33
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, March 28 [14:19]
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Military-Industrial Complex Pushes Nuke Modernization, Risking Confrontation with Russia | TRNN | 03/28/17 | 10:38
Dr. Michael Mann says -> Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 10:57
Farmer Art Tanderup says -> Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada | TRNN | 03/27/17 | 13:07
Big Government is Getting In Your Face | TYT | 03/27/17 | 3:19
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Embattled Devin Nunes Paralyzes House Intel Committee | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 11:47
Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/27/17 | 17:09
How President Trump Can Rebound From Low Approval Rating | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/28/17 | 7:20
Calls Grow For Devin Nunes To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/28/17 |12:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jared Kushner, Chief White House Nepotism Beneficiary | Stephen Colbert | 03/28/17 | 7:20
Trump On American Healthcare: When You Love Something, Let It Explode | Stephen Colbert | 03/28/17 | 10:09
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The Playa-Hater Phenomenon | Trevor Noah/Daily Show | 03/27/17 | 6:20

03.28.2017. 09:35

Monday March 27, 2017

Trump And Master Salesmanship Lose, Facts And Reality Win
HP | S.V. Date | 03/24/17

As the dust settles from Friday's collapse of "Trumpcare" in the House of Representatives and fingers try to point out the various losers, at least one clear winner has emerged: facts. ...

... But Trump's and Ryan's problems go beyond whipping votes among fellow Republicans. Because for all the bashing Republicans have given the Affordable Care Act as government overreach and "socialized medicine," Obama's signature health care law was built upon a Republican, market-based foundation.

Its core principles were dreamed up in a conservative think tank in the 1990s as a way to counter the far more sweeping health-care plan pushed by President Bill Clinton. A version of it was implemented a decade later in Massachusetts under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.

This, in fact, was the reason so many liberal Democrats were infuriated with Obama in 2009 for proposing a GOP plan to start with, rather than a single-payer scheme like they preferred. ... Read more
Paul Ryan: Comments After Health Care Bill Pulled | CNN Jake Tapper | 03/24/17 | 28:29

**Trump Taps Jared Kushner To Lead Team That Will Run Government 'Like A Company'
HP | Mary Papenfuss | 03/27/17

Fresh from the slopes of Aspen, Jared Kushner will on Monday be named the head of an aggressive new team charged with "fixing" the federal government by using business strategies.

"The government should be run like a great American company," Kushner said on Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, which first revealed the new initiative. "Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens." ... Read more

Trump administration greenlights Keystone Pipeline
Politico | Ben Lefebvre | 03/24/17

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Trump To CEO: Just Bribe Me Next Time | TYT | 03/24/17 | 4:22
30-Page Explanation for New Keystone XL Decision.pdf
The 30-page explanation the department gave for its new decision refers constantly to findings from the earlier Obama-era report with no new material outside of communications from TransCanada.
On Meet the Press Discussing Russia Investigation's Next Steps | NBC Meet the Press | 03/26/17 | 7:10
After a failed healthcare bill, what's next? | Face the Nation | 03/26/17 | 14:47
*Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, March 27 [14:02]
**More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed by US-Led Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria as Trump Expands War on Terror | DN | 03/27/17 | 12:45
*After Republican Infighting Dooms GOP Healthcare Plan, Trump Vows to Let Obamacare "Explode" | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:46
Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart | DN | 03/27/17 | 9:29
Climate Catastrophe Is Here: 2016 Hottest Year on Record | TRNN | 03/26/17 | 11:52
*Trump Didn't Know What Was In Trumpcare Bill | TYT | 03/24/17 | 8:19
Did Trump Secretly Win Trumpcare Debacle? | TYT | 03/24/17 | 5:29
Does The Government Owe It To The People To Protect Them Financially? | TYT | 03/26/17 | 12:40
Keiser Report: Trail of 'American carnage' (E 1049) | RT | 03/25/17 | 25:47
Max and Stacy discuss the trail of 'American carnage' and how it led to a Trump presidency. In the second half, Max and Stacy discuss the OxyCartel pushing millions of prescription pills on small towns across the USA.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
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PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/25/17 | 25:03
PBS NewsHour Weekend (FULL) | 03/26/17 | 25:02
A Dire Period Of Scandal For Donald Trump In Turmoil | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 22:58
Chuck Schumer: 'Art Of The Deal Is Out The Window' | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 03/24/17 | 7:24
Joe: GOP Health Care Bill Needed To Fail | MSNBC Morning Joe | 03/27/17 |14:50
"Worst 100 days we've ever seen" CNN panel DESTROYS Donald Trump AFTER Healthcare FAIL | CNN | 03/24/17 | 4:32
President Trump Plugs Fox Show Hours Before Host Calls On Paul Ryan to Resign | MSNBC | 03/26/17 | 12:40
CNN Morning News: Caucus Member Quits, Trump Blames Caucus For Scuttling Bill | CNN | 03/27/17 | 44:34
Lawrence: Donald Trump's Presidency Effectively Over After Repeal Failure | MSNBC Last Word | 03/26/17 | 16:00
Real Time with Bill Maher
Monologue: Repeal and Disgrace | Real Time with Bill Maher | 03/24/17 | 6:02

03.27.2017. 09:10

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