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Crazy Stuff









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Donald Trump’s Meaner America


Licensed by the new president, Americans now say and do things to people they disagree with that previously were unthinkable. Take Greg Gianforte as an example.

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G7 Leaders Plow Ahead After Trump Stalls on Climate Accord


The president’s refusal to commit to the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change further isolates the U.S. as other world powers prepare to tackle the environmental crisis.

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Ann Coulter May Be Joking, but What She Says Is Far From Funny


Some see her comments as offbeat political humor, but it’s a telling fact that her writing is highlighted on the websites of extremist organizations, one of them labeled a hate group.

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Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy


The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp of U.S. international relations.

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Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock


In attempting to revoke protections for the Utah site, President Trump is furthering settler colonialism of a land inhabited by indigenous people.

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Trump Admonishes NATO Member Countries in Speech (Video)

By Emma Niles

The president spoke at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels on Thursday morning, scolding member countries for “not paying what they should be paying.”

Posted on May 25, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Communications Inequality Comes Home to Roost


Policies set in motion by the GOP and its loyal FCC chief, Ajit Pai, have created a communications crisis. Here’s why, and what we can still do to stop them.

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Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia


As we struggle to keep up with the administration’s shifting explanations, it is difficult to remember the events of yesterday, let alone last week or last month.

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Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key


The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

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Why the Streets of Saudi Arabia Were So Quiet During Trump’s Visit


Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It’s also against the law to “distort the reputation of the kingdom” or “break allegiance with the ruler.”

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Economist Joseph Stiglitz on Trump’s Budget: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Economic Sense’

The Nobel Prize-winning economist joined Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! to discuss the president’s $4.1 trillion budget, which was unveiled Tuesday.

Posted on May 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Defender of Chemical Companies Takes Charge of EPA Unit Overseeing Toxins


She has represented the American Chemistry Council, an industry group whose members include Dow Chemical Co. and ExxonMobil. Now Nancy Beck has moved to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Evidence of the Core Allegations Is Lacking in ‘Russiagate’


So far, the scandal has been smoke and mirrors, with no chargeable offenses and not a scintilla of convincing proof of Russian meddling in the election.

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Fake Ads in the Time of Trump


The recent focus on the viability of news stories has overshadowed another method of spreading false political information.

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Hit Him Where It Hurts


Can a boycott movement to damage President Trump financially change the political landscape?

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Has the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Assessment of ‘Russiagate’ Been Politicized?


Information from President Obama’s intelligence chiefs raises new doubts about a Jan. 6 report and its allegation that Russia “hacked” the 2016 election.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration’s Arrests of Noncriminal Immigrants Up 150 Percent


The policy is having a devastating effect on families and communities.

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Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality


Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

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John Oliver Breaks From the Norm to Discuss Trump’s ‘Insane’ Week in Office (Video)

Due to last week’s tumultuous events, the “Last Week Tonight” host threw out a story about the Transportation Security Administration to talk about what he calls “Stupid Watergate.”

Posted on May 22, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Anti-Trump Sentiment Is Even Stronger in Europe Than in the U.S.


European governments, preparing for a round of major summits with Donald Trump, are wary.

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The Death of the Republic


The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

Can the Pope Save Trump?


If anyone ever needed a conversion experience—and fast—it is President Trump.

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Trump Administration Deploys a Controversial Tool in Its Immigration Crackdown


The Detroit News reports that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used invasive surveillance equipment in their hunt for undocumented immigrants.

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Russians Are Laughing at the U.S., Not at Trump


Americans may not realize how their country’s internal political strife is being interpreted by other nations and the leaders of those nations.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas


Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Six Things Trump Does Not Understand About His Job


Mistaking the presidency for a personal business has delivered the Trump White House into failure.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit


The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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Trump Reportedly Told Russians He Eased Pressure on Himself by Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey


A New York Times piece cites an anonymous source who read notes that purportedly summarized the Oval Office conversation.

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Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen


Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

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Sweden Drops Rape Inquiry Against Julian Assange

By Donald Kaufman

The WikiLeaks founder wants to talk with U.K. and U.S. authorities about his legal status now that Swedish authorities have ended their seven-year investigation.

Posted on May 19, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Make a Wish









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Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP


Many on the left are balking at pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment because of the prospect of a President Pence. But that shouldn’t stop them.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Eric Holder’s Backward Policies on Criminal Justice Echo in Jeff Sessions’ Tenure


The attorney general (pictured, standing) would like to turn the clock back to pre-emancipation, but he will settle for a return to the days of his predecessor, Eric Holder (seated).

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators and Military Regimes


Critics of President Trump’s public support for authoritarian rulers generally ignore the long-standing support U.S. presidents have offered repressive regimes over the decades.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Considers Scaling Back Sean Spicer’s Public Role

Several White House officials indicate the president may keep him behind the scenes and put deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in front of the cameras more often.

Posted on May 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days


The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s High Crimes and Misdemeanors


What if he were held responsible for real crimes: killing civilians in drone strikes, forcing refugees to suffer or die by refusing asylum, or driving the planet headlong into climate catastrophe?

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Dancing With the Devil: Trump’s Politics of Fascist Collaboration


The undeniable truth is that Trump is the product of an authoritarian movement and ideology with fascist overtones.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE

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