November 12, 2017

As evidence mounts that coal jobs aren’t coming back, Trump’s false promises become more cruel

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-false-promises-coal-211a4fc296e2/
"Despite President Donald Trump’s claim of a rebound in coal jobs, he can’t stop the hemorrhaging of more coal jobs in the coming years. Sadly, he can undermine U.S. leadership in clean energy, one of our greatest engines of high-wage jobs. Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the recent coal “bump” — which began before Trump was even elected — is “over.” Coal plants continue to shutter around the country, American coal production rates are dropping below 2016 levels, and automation continues to penetrate the industry. That makes last week’s Reuters story on how some coal miners, duped by Trump’s false promises, were rejecting retraining even more painful. For instance, the Appalachian Regional Commission, a partnership between states and the federal government to boost the local economy, was able to fill only 20 of 95 slots in a major project to teach laid-off miners in the region computer coding. “I think there is a coal comeback. I have a lot of faith in President Trump.” That’s the explanation one 33-year-old son of a miner gave Reuters for why he ended up taking a coal-mining course at a federally funded career training center in Pennsylvania. “I am optimistic that you can make a good career out of coal for the next 50 years,” said another worker, Sean Moodie. He and his brother, who work in the natural gas industry, are also taking mining courses. The only 50-year careers in energy that are being created at an accelerating rate today are in clean energy. Indeed, the wind and solar industries employ nine times as many people as coal. Tragically, Trump and the GOP are working hard to undermine the clean energy sector with their pro-pollution budget, regulatory policies, and even tax policies."

Jim Hightower: The Corporate Class Doesn't Need or Deserve a Massive Tax Break @alternet

Jim Hightower: The Corporate Class Doesn't Need or Deserve a Massive Tax Break @alternet:

"First, the self-serving corporate class is wallowing in warehouses of wealth, greedily hoarding it in offshore tax shelters and stock-buyback schemes, refusing to invest their unconscionable profits to benefit the vast majority of people they've been knocking down and holding down. Second, you shouldn't give away our public treasury when our nation has a budget deficit and faces a frightening backlog of crying needs for public investment -- from our deteriorating infrastructure to our disappearing middle class. Third, our people's sense of equality and social unity has been severely fractured by 30 years of gross wealth inequality, so intentionally widening the wealth gap is criminally stupid and dangerous. Fourth, why would you think over-paid, over-pampered CEOs deserve more pampering? They've become imperious potentates who feel entitled to gouge, cheat, defraud, lie and otherwise run over us commoners."

Steven Mnuchin, foreclosure king of America

https://www.salon.com/2017/11/10/steven-mnuchin-foreclosure-king-of-america_partner/
"When he isn’t circling the Sunday shows stooging for the president, he regularly plays the willing fall guy for tax policies guaranteed to stoke further inequality in America and for legislation that will remove just about any consumer protections against Wall Street. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner, arrived in Washington with a distinct reputation. Back in 2009, he had corralled a bundle of rich financiers to take over California’s IndyMac bank, shut down amid the 2008 foreclosure crisis by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Bought for $13.9 billion (but only $1.3 billion in actual cash), Mnuchin turned it into a genuine foreclosure machine, in the process sealing his own fate when it came to his future reputation. At the time, he didn’t appear concerned about public approval. Something far more valuable was at stake: the $200 million that, according to Bloomberg News, he raked in personally, thanks to the deal. No such luck, of course, for the bank’s ordinary borrowers. During Mnuchin’s reign, IndyMac carried out more than 36,000 foreclosures, tossing former homeowners (including active duty military servicemen and women) onto the street without hesitation or pity by any means necessary. According to a memo obtained by investigative reporter David Dayen, OneWest, the new name that Mnuchin and his billionaire posse coined for Indybank, of which Mnuchin was now CEO and chairman, “rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdated key documents, and effectively gamed foreclosure auctions.” Now, Mnuchin remains bitter and frustrated that he can’t kick the reputation he got in those days. As he told a House Financial Services Committee Congressional hearing this July, "I take great offense to anybody who calls me the foreclosure king." Such indignation would ring truer if, in May, one of Mnuchin’s banking units, a company called Financial Freedom, hadn’t agreed to pay a more than $89 million settlement to the government"

Trump's Trojan Horse Tax Plan I Robert Reich

Virginia voters sent a loud message about health care

https://thinkprogress.org/health-care-virginia-race-a1075e8cb71a/
"A post-election survey of Virginia voters conducted Tuesday found that health care was a decisive issue in the closely watched gubernatorial race, with 67 percent of voters saying health care was the most important or a very important issue to them."

Science won on Tuesday: Pro-science candidates from the school board to the governor's mansion

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/8/1713837/-Science-won-on-Tuesday-Pro-science-candidates-from-the-school-board-to-the-governor-s-mansion
"With the Republican Party cementing itself ever more solidly in the anti-science camp, it may seem axiomatic that a vote for the Democratic candidate is also a nod toward reason, logic, and policy that’s informed by sound science. However, there are some candidates who are not only open to listening to science, but have their own grounding in science and engineering. And those candidates did particularly well on Tuesday night."

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs—Just Ask Carrier Workers

Big Oil loses big in Washington

https://thinkprogress.org/big-oil-loses-big-in-washington-413a180d8e49/
"On Tuesday night, however, as Democratic candidates swept races from New Hampshire to Virginia, Big Oil found itself starkly rebuked in Washington state, as two candidates running on pro-environmental platforms proved that the fossil fuel industry, though powerful, is not infallible."

Ignoring LePage, Maine voters easily approve Medicaid expansion

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ignoring-lepage-maine-voters-easily-approve-medicaid-expansion
"The number of states that have adopted Medicaid expansion now stands at 32 – the most recent previous state was Louisiana, which embraced the policy nearly two years ago – though Maine is the first state to do so through a ballot initiative."

Mike Pence To Attend “Tax Prom” Funded By Corporate Billionaires Next Week

Dems keep their winning streak going in state special elections

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/dems-keep-their-winning-streak-going-state-special-elections
"As of September, Democrats had already flipped eight state legislative seats in 2017 from “red” to “blue” – three in Oklahoma, three in New Hampshire, and one each in New York and Florida – on top of a series of other victories. As Vox noted, the party flipped two more in Georgia yesterday. As part of a larger wave of Democratic wins on Election Day 2017, Democrats picked up two seats in special elections held for Georgia’s House of Delegates. Deborah Gonzales won House District 117 with 53 percent of the vote and Jonathan Wallace won House District 119 with 56 percent of the vote. Both seats are in the Athens area and both were vacant, hence the special elections. But not only were the two seats previously held by Republican incumbents, they were uncontested in the 2016 elections. That last point is of particular interest. These districts weren’t seen as especially competitive, to the point that Democrats didn’t even bother fielding candidates in these state legislative races as recently as last year. And yet, yesterday, Dems won both. This doesn’t dramatically change the makeup of Georgia’s state House – there’s still a sizable GOP majority – but the Democratic victories mean that Republicans no longer enjoy a super-majority in the chamber. And speaking of special elections in which Dems flipped a seat, Manka Dhingra (D) easily won a state Senate race in her Seattle-area district, which means Democrats will take control of the chamber. Just as importantly, Dems will now oversee Washington’s executive and legislative branches – the same power it holds in nearby California and Oregon – becoming only the seventh state in which Democrats currently have this power. According to a tally from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which focuses on Democratic state legislative races, Dem candidates also flipped two seats in New Jersey and one in New Hampshire. And then, of course, there’s Virginia, which didn’t hold special elections, but rather, hosted its usual off-year elections."

8 Election Day Victories That Spell Good News for Democrats and the Progressive Grassroots

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/08/8-election-day-victories-spell-good-news-democrats-and-progressive-grassroots
"With state and local elections across the United States on Tuesday, the Democratic Party and progressive grassroots organizers were able to claim victories in key battles—including gubernatorial races, state legislatures, ballot initiatives, and local government—a repudiation of both President Donald Trump and the agenda being driven by Republicans."

Trump’s VERY Bad Night: Donald-Loving Politicians Got Hammered In Elections

'You're Not Supposed to Say This Out Loud': GOP Lawmaker Admits Pushing Tax Scam to Please His Rich Donors

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/07/youre-not-supposed-say-out-loud-gop-lawmaker-admits-pushing-tax-scam-please-his-rich
"the Trump-GOP tax plan will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest Americans, but it is rare for a member of Congress to express with such clarity the fact that the priorities of rich donors are so often placed above those of the majority of Americans."

And then there was one: Syria joins Paris agreement leaving the U.S. behind

https://thinkprogress.org/syria-paris-agreement-ead907d4b428/
"During a round of U.N. climate talks on Tuesday, a Syrian delegate announced that the country would sign the historic Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world opting out of the landmark deal."

Economic Development: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Steven Mnuchin: Secretary of the Treasury for the .01%

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/07/steven-mnuchin-secretary-treasury-01
"Like Donald Trump, Mnuchin is a man intent on making the rich richer and to hell with everyone else."

House Republican on tax cuts bill: 'Who cares' about voters, this is all about the donors

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/7/1713472/-House-Republican-on-tax-cuts-bill-Who-cares-about-voters-this-is-all-about-the-donors
"You might remember Collins having another brush with honesty about this tax cuts bill when he was asked by a Vox reporter about just how unpopular this bill is, “even among Republican voters.” “Who cares?” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said before I had a chance to say what the polls showed. Thanks for clearing that up, Rep. Collins. Not that it’s news to any of us that donors come first for Republicans, but the reminder is always helpful."

Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders Break Down the GOP Tax Plan

Trump’s tax plan is full of goodies for wealthy real estate investors

https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-tax-plan-is-full-of-goodies-for-wealthy-real-estate-investors-f53a51d271ff/
"There are a number of provisions in the proposed tax plan that would ensure that the Trumps and Kushners of the country would reap the biggest benefits."

'America Last': US vs. Entire World After Syria Agrees to Join Paris Accord

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/07/america-last-us-vs-entire-world-after-syria-agrees-join-paris-accord
"At the COP23 United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany on Tuesday, war-torn Syria announced that it would sign on to the Paris agreement, leaving the United States—after President Donald withdrew his support earlier this year—as the only nation on planet Earth to oppose the international accord opponent."

Guess Who Celebrated Election Night With Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump

http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-russia-timeline/
"Since first launched in February 2017, the Trump-Russia Timeline has grown to more than 600 entries"

Putin-linked businessman who Trump claims he can’t recognize showed up at his invite-only election party: report

Putin-linked businessman who Trump claims he can’t recognize showed up at his invite-only election party: report

"Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman with ties to both organized crime and Russian President Vladimir Putin, attended Trump’s November 8, 2016 party. According to GQ’s reporting, he also gave interviews to news crews there, though it’s unclear if those interviews ever aired. In 2015, Sater emailed Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen to propose a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote to Cohen. “I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.” Sater has become a tense figure for Trump, and he once walked out of an interview when someone asked him about the colorful Russian-American businessman."

Trump’s Former Campaign Adviser Appears To Confirm Collusion Claims In House Testimony

Carter Page's testimony provides more bombshells than the Battle of Britain, and more insanity

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/7/1713438/-Carter-Page-s-testimony-provides-more-bombshells-than-the-Battle-of-Britain-and-more-insanity
"The entire 243-page transcript contains slightly fewer Russian names than The Brothers Karamazov. Slightly."

Carter Page transcript sheds new light on Trump-Russia scandal

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/carter-page-transcript-sheds-new-light-trump-russia-scandal
"And while we’re all still scrutinizing the transcript for additional details of note, Business Insider’s report added that in mid-July 2016, Page also congratulated members of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team on July 14 for their “excellent work” on the “Ukraine amendment” – referring to the Trump campaign’s quiet decision to alter the Republican Party’s national platform on U.S. policy towards Ukraine in a direction Russia preferred."

Carter Page Shouldn't Have Admitted This...

Multi-bombshells: Carter Page tries hilariously not to sing like a canary but does anyway

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/11/7/1713411/-Multi-bombshells-Carter-Page-tries-hilariously-not-to-sing-like-a-canary-but-does-anyway
"In other words, he basically confirmed the dodgy lying slanderous dossier’s claim that he was key in carrying collusiony messages to and from Moscow."

Don Lemon Humiliates Trump-Supporting Guest Spinning Fake News @alternet

Don Lemon Humiliates Trump-Supporting Guest Spinning Fake News @alternet:

"Right-wing political commentator Mike Shields tried to deflect from President Donald Trump being "frustrated" about his separation from independent investigations by deflecting to the debunked conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton and the Uranium One deal."

Trump is Lying About Russia | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Russian Propaganda on Social Media in 2016 Has Forever Changed How U.S. Candidates Will Campaign @alternet

Russian Propaganda on Social Media in 2016 Has Forever Changed How U.S. Candidates Will Campaign @alternet: The genie is out of the bottle. The trolling of social media platforms by propagandists who preyed on Americans' deep distrust of their political opponents was unprecedented in 2016, and it isn’t going away, according to analysts with deep ties to the political consulting industry.

Russia launched social media support for Trump almost immediately after he announced his campaign

Russia launched social media support for Trump almost immediately after he announced his campaign

"The Wall Street Journal reports that “Russian Twitter accounts posing as Americans began lavishing praise on Mr. Trump and attacking his rivals” in the summer of 2015. In contrast, a U.S. intelligence analysis released earlier this year claimed that Russian Twitter bots began spamming out messages in favor of Trump starting in December 2015. “In the three months after Mr. Trump announced his presidential candidacy on June 16, 2015, tweets from Russian accounts reviewed by the Journal offered far more praise for the real-estate businessman than criticism — by nearly a 10-to-1 margin,” the Journal reports. “At the same time, the accounts generally were hostile to Mrs. Clinton and the early GOP front-runner, Jeb Bush, by equal or greater margins.” The Journal also reports that many of the Russian accounts sent out virtually identical messages within minutes of each other, which suggests a highly coordinated campaign on behalf of Trump’s candidacy."

P*ssy Riot's Warning About President Donald Trump For The U.S. Resistance

Why George Papadopoulos Is Trump’s New Nightmare

http://billmoyers.com/story/why-george-papadopoulos-is-trumps-new-nightmare/
"Team Trump lied repeatedly about pre-election contacts between the campaign and Russia."

A Trump Cabinet official has direct business ties to Putin's inner circle

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/11/6/16612242/ross-russia-putin-business-navigator-sibur
"Ross failed to disclose the extent of his Navigator investment when he submitted paperwork to the government as part of his Senate confirmation process."

Lawrence: Robert Mueller's Playing Tough In Trump-Russia Investigation

Massive Leak Reveals New Ties Between Trump Administration and Russia, Implicating Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Jared Kushner

https://www.thedailybeast.com/massive-leak-reveals-new-ties-between-trump-administration-and-russia-implicating-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-and-jared-kushner
"The documents show that many of the wealthy individuals Trump brought into his administration have worked to legally store their money in offshore havens where they would be free from taxation in the United States. Trump has promised repeatedly to “drain the swamp,” in condemning the idea that well-connected individuals in Washington, D.C., preserve their own interests at the expense of the rest of the country. Among the Trump administration officials implicated in the leaks is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who according to the documents concealed his ties to a Russian energy company that is partly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s judo partner Gennady Timchenko and Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov. Through offshore investments, Ross held a stake in Navigator Holdings, which had a close business relationship with the Russian firm. Ross did not disclose that connection during his confirmation process on Capitol Hill. “In concealing his interest in these shipping companies—and his ongoing financial relationship with Russian oligarchs—Secretary Ross misled me, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the American people,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a statement on Sunday. He characterized Ross’ financial disclosures as a “Russian nesting doll, with blatant conflicts of interest carefully hidden within seemingly innocuous companies.” Ross has been linked to Russian interests before; in 2014, he poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the Bank of Cyprus, an institution regarded by financial watchdogs as a haven for Russian money laundering. Ross' fellow investors included a pair of Russian oligarchs, including Dmitry Rybolovlev, the man who bought a Trump property in Palm Beach for $95 million, even though it was valued at less than $60 million. Ross became a vice chair of the bank, along with a reported former KGB officer. Former Deutsche Bank executive Josef Ackermann was installed as chairman."

Obamacare enrollment for 2018 reaches all time high

Obamacare enrollment for 2018 reaches all time high

"There are three ways in which people can apply for Obamacare. People can either visit the site healthcare.gov to self-enroll or pick up the phone and call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325), which is open 24 hours in a day. If people require further information regarding the process of enrollment or more details about the healthcare offered under the plan, they can call toll free 844-644-5443 with their queries."

House Republican Accidentally Admits That Tax Reform Scam Being Done To Appease His Donors

Kansas ‘Real Live Experiment’ in Trickle-Down Tax Cuts

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2017/11/02/441822/kansas-real-live-experiment-trickle-tax-cuts/
"This should come as no surprise since Stephen Moore, Larry Kudlow and Arthur Laffer—all of whom consulted with Trump on his campaign tax plan—helped to design the 2012 Kansas tax plan. And when Brownback was in Congress, Paul Ryan—now the speaker of the House—served as his legislative director. In addition to the same fairytale claims of economic and job growth, which are illustrated by the quotes above, the actual tax plan passed by the Kansas Legislature looked similar to what Trump and congressional GOP leaders now propose."

Trump attempted to sabotage ACA open enrollment. 4 days in, sign-ups have soared.

https://thinkprogress.org/aca-enrollment-start-trump-d4add1c9fe84/
"Additionally, in Virginia, a survey of voters found that health care was top of mind for many people. According to the poll, health care was the most important or a very important issue for 67 percent of voters. Those who said health care was most or very important to them voted for winning Democratic candidate Ralph Northam, who has promised to protect the health care law, by a margin of 62 to 32."

Obamacare Sign Ups Hit Record High

We Are Now One State Closer to Having a Corporate-Dominated Constitutional Convention @alternet

We Are Now One State Closer to Having a Corporate-Dominated Constitutional Convention @alternet:

"Republicans have done many things to rig the rules of elections this decade, from gerrymandering to a deep catalog of voter suppression tactics. While Democrats and Independents were voting Tuesday to reject Trumpism, the GOP in Wisconsin intentionally ignored the public and moved to rewrite the Constitution. Take heed."

Here’s a rundown of the Trump donors keeping their money offshore

https://thinkprogress.org/heres-a-rundown-of-the-trump-donors-keeping-their-money-offshore-7ddcc3466835/
"The leaked papers show that a number of Trump’s biggest financial backers were the same billionaire globalists that Trump decried at rallies across the country — and that’s in addition to the tax-dodging globalists currently sitting in his cabinet. The leaks reveal that these men stashed away parts of their fortunes, valued in the tens of billions, to avoid public scrutiny. From there, they could funnel more than $60 million into super PACs supporting Trump’s presidency."

Trump Commerce Secretary Lied About Russian Ties

The Endangered Species Act Is Endangered

The Endangered Species Act Is Endangered:

"When a bill signed into law by Richard Nixon is under assault in the Trump administration, it is clear how radical this administration and many of its supporters in Congress are. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created in December of 1970, during the first Nixon administration. That should give you an idea of just how extreme the current administration has become on environmental matters. Under Trump, the EPA has evolved into the "unprotecting the environment" agency. It is being dismembered by Director Scott Pruitt."

Senate confirms lobbyist with ‘astounding’ number of conflicts of interest to head EPA air office

https://thinkprogress.org/wehrum-epa-conflicts-198ffbc0f46e/
"William Wehrum, an industry lawyer and lobbyist, has represented companies who regularly filed legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations. Nonetheless, President Donald Trump nominated him to head the office at the EPA responsible for ensuring Americans have clean air."

Trump’s “Hire American” Lie Exposed As He Hires 70 Foreign Workers For Mar-A-Lago

November 4, 2017

Robert Reich: Trump Is Lying to Middle Class Americans Right to Their Faces @alternet

Robert Reich: Trump Is Lying to Middle Class Americans Right to Their Faces @alternet:

"Using the promise of middle-class tax cuts as a Trojan horse for a tax windfall for the rich and deep spending cuts is a tactic dating back to the Reagan administration."

“I don't believe it”: Republicans are unfazed that corporate tax cuts poll really badly

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/2/16593620/republicans-unfazed-corporate-tax-cut-polls
"Republicans really want to cut the corporate tax rate. It’s the centerpiece of every plan they have released, and they’ve spent weeks floating wildly unpopular ways to pay for it. There’s just one problem: It’s really unpopular — even among Republican voters. Sixty percent of registered voters think corporations pay “too little” in taxes, according to a September poll from Morning Consult and Politico, surveying a little under 2,000 Americans. A more recent Morning Consult and Politico survey from October found only 39 percent of Americans think it should be part of the tax plan — with 59 percent of Republican voters supporting it. Another poll from Pew Research Center showed that 53 percent of Republicans think corporate tax rates should either be raised or stay the same. But confronted with these numbers, House and Senate Republicans seemed unfazed. “Who cares?” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said before I had a chance to say what the polls showed."

Children paid for the failed Kansas tax cuts and they’ll pay for the GOP tax cuts, too

https://thinkprogress.org/children-pay-for-gop-tax-cuts-76f4801c74aa/
"Congressional Republicans unveiled a plan Thursday to cut taxes for large corporations and wealthy individuals, transferring $1.2 trillion in benefits to corporations and estates over the next 10 years. The scheme looks a lot like the disastrous Kansas tax experiment pushed through by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) in 2012. And, like the Kansas plan, it’ll likely be paid for on the backs of children."

Republicans Raising Middle Class Taxes, Slashing Billionaires'

The GOP Is Proposing a 250 Percent Tax Hike on Millions of Americans @alternet

The GOP Is Proposing a 250 Percent Tax Hike on Millions of Americans @alternet:

"No wonder the GOP developed the nearly 500-page tax bill in secret"

House Republicans claim an annual salary of $450,000 is middle class

http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republicans-middle-class-trump-701094
"That's rich! Republicans suddenly believe that one percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed. On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers in the top 0.05% of all individual Americans. The median household income in the United States is $59,039, after all."

Can't Defend Your Trickle-Down Economics? Change The Subject!

Ex-federal prosecutor: Funny how a federal investigation suddenly sharpened Jeff Sessions’ memory

Ex-federal prosecutor: Funny how a federal investigation suddenly sharpened Jeff Sessions’ memory

"Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti told MSNBC on Thursday that he’s not entirely surprised that Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions suddenly was able to recall a forgotten meeting he took with President Donald Trump and arrested Trump 2016 adviser George Papadopoulos."

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is hiring 70 foreign workers this winter — a 9 percent boost from last year

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is hiring 70 foreign workers this winter — a 9 percent boost from last year

"The Palm Beach Post reports that Mar-a-Lago will import 70 maids, cooks and servers from overseas this winter, a 9 percent increase from the 64 foreign workers it employed last year."

Republican Tax Bill Explained

Nicolle Wallace To Trump Surrogate: 'I Hope They're Paying You A Lot'

Nicolle Wallace To Trump Surrogate: 'I Hope They're Paying You A Lot':

"Her takedown of his lies in defense of Donald Trump was a thing of beauty."

Ex-CIA director asked Republicans to condemn Russian sabotage before election — and they refused

Ex-CIA director asked Republicans to condemn Russian sabotage before election — and they refused

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused and threatened to turn any White House efforts to publicly challenge Russia into “an act of partisan politics"."

President Donald Trump Frustrated By Notion Of Independent Justice

Paul Manafort's role in the Republicans' notorious 'Southern Strategy'

https://www.facingsouth.org/2017/11/paul-manaforts-role-republicans-notorious-southern-strategy
"before he was advocating for human rights abusers on the world stage, Manafort was helping the Republican Party gain advantage by embracing the politics of racism at home."

New investigation reveals Russia’s worldwide digital hit list — beyond the US election

New investigation reveals Russia’s worldwide digital hit list — beyond the US election

"The hackers who interfered with the U.S. presidential election targeted a variety of targets worldwide, according to a newly revealed digital hit list. The Associated Press obtained the list — which includes U.S. defense contractors, Russian opposition figures and Ukrainian officers — collected by the cybersecurity firm Secureworks. The list shows detailed evidence of how closely the Russian government worked with hackers to further the Kremlin’s interests."

Ex-Watergate Lawyer: Russia Probe Heading 'Right Toward' Donald Trump

Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-reveals-new-manafort-link-to-organized-crime
"The indictment (PDF), unsealed on Monday, includes an extensive look into Paul Manafort’s byzantine financial dealings. In particular, it details how he used a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited to wire millions of dollars into the United States."

Russia revelations reveal new push for California secession

https://thinkprogress.org/russia-california-twitter-secession-cfea1e2ed0be/
"For the past two months, it appeared that the fake social media accounts run out of Russia only supported breaking off one state from the US: Texas. But that wasn’t true. As we learned yesterday, at least one of these fraudulent accounts pushed for the simultaneous secession of California, known colloquially as #CalExit."

Lawrence: Pay Attention When Donald Trump Says 'Believe Me'

Here Are Some Of The Ads Russia Paid To Promote On Facebook

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russian-facebook-ads-examples-election_us_59fa16d1e4b01b474047d7a5?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
"Two months after Facebook first acknowledged it was paid to promote 3,000 divisive Russian-backed ads during the 2016 election, we’re finally getting a look at some of the ads themselves."

‘Different level of crazy’: WSJ reporters furious that pro-Trump editorial page is ‘living in some alternate universe’

‘Different level of crazy’: WSJ reporters furious that pro-Trump editorial page is ‘living in some alternate universe’

"Reporters at the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal spoke to Vanity Fair about the newspaper’s declining credibility one day after staff at the Murdoch-owned Fox News spoke to CNN to air similar gripes."

Al Franken Hammers Facebook Lawyer On Russian Interference

Trump conveniently forgets everything about meeting that could implicate him in Russia probe

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-conveniently-forgets-everything-about-meeting-that-could-implicate-him-in-russia-probe-9093a81af59b/
"I have “one of the greatest memories of all time,” President Trump said just a few days ago. But, according to the White House, he has no recollection of a critical campaign meeting that could implicate him in the Russia probe, despite previously tweeting about it and posting a photo to Instagram."

“You Can’t Go Any Lower”: Inside the West Wing, Trump Is Apoplectic as Allies Fear Impeachment After Monday’s indictments

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/the-west-wing-trump-is-apoplectic-as-allies-fear-impeachment
"Until now, Robert Mueller has haunted Donald Trump’s White House as a hovering, mostly unseen menace. But by securing indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a surprise guilty plea from foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Mueller announced loudly that the Russia investigation poses an existential threat to the president. “Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s f**ked"."

Ari Melber And Lawrence O'Donnell On Robert Mueller Investigation

Paul Manafort’s Daughter Texted Friends About How Tight Her Dad Was With Trump

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/paul-manafort-daughter-trump-texts_us_59f748b6e4b03cd20b832fe0
"AMS: It’s just weird. Like [my dad] doesn’t seem that smart. Like he is smart. But I know I’m smarter than him. Friend: I don’t doubt that, he’s a master manipulator. Which seems pretty key. AMS: He is very manipulative. I did inherit that ability. But I don’t exploit it like he does. I know all his tactics. They aren’t that brilliant but they do work. Friend: But yes you’re right, you have a moral conscious [sic]. AMS: Like he just tells you the sky is green over and over. And eventually you are like is it? I don’t possess the ability to just lie like he does. Friend: Yea he works his charm. AMS: It’s confidence. When you say something unwaveringly, people start to believe it. Friend: I mean yea that got Trump where he is today. AMS: Yup. Perfect allies. Trump probably has more morals than my dad. Which is really just saying something about my dad. My dad is a psycho!!! At least trump let his wives leave him. Plus, Trump has been a good father. AMS: Trump waited a little too long in my opinion, but I can attest to the fact that he has now hired one of the world’s greatest manipulators. I hope my dad pulls it off. Then I can sell my memoir with all his dirty secrets for a pretty penny."