February 25, 2017

House Republicans are putting the kibosh on attempts to force disclosure on Russian ties, conflicts of interest

"Congressmen such as House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and other Republicans may have been denounced by their own constituents for failing to hold President Donald Trump accountable, but that isn’t stopping House Republicans from squashing a bill to do just that."

Republican Tax Sham

‘Greatest threat to democracy’: Commander of bin Laden raid slams Trump’s anti-media sentiment

"William H. McRaven, a retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL, slammed President Trump’s characterization of the media as “the enemy of the American people,” calling that sentiment the “greatest threat to democracy” he’s ever seen."

Steve Bannon says Trump’s Cabinet of billionaires has been “selected for a reason . . . deconstruction”

"Bannon confirmed that Trump's Cabinet appointments aren't there to govern. They're there to destroy"

Republicans Are Making a Huge New Push to Block Essential Retirement Security @alternet

Republicans Are Making a Huge New Push to Block Essential Retirement Security @alternet:

"If Republicans succeed in rolling back the DOL regulations, they will destroy the best chance 63 million American workers have to get access to a retirement plan. These states took the responsible first step to save their residents from a retirement crisis defined by low coverage and inadequate savings, and protect their taxpayers from the fiscal crisis that would result if millions of elderly Americans became indigent. The 63 million workers without access to employer-based plans include: 23 million people who will lose coverage in the seven states that have enacted plans, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington, and about 40 million people who will lose coverage in the 28 states and two cities—New York and Philadelphia—considering similar universal retirement plans. The city and state plans, also known as Secure Choice Plans, are state-level retirement programs designed to provide retirement savings accounts to private-sector workers who do not have access to such plans at work. Under Secure Choice, designated private-sector employers are required to automatically deduct a percentage of their workers’ pay and forward it to state-sponsored individual retirement accounts (IRAs)—think of them as public option IRAs and 401(k)-type plans. Accounts are individually owned and professionally managed, and administered by independent boards headed by state-appointed trustees. Under these plans, employees would have the right to change their contribution rates or opt out of making contributions."

Trump Thinks First Amendment Is A Joke

Paul Ryan Is Fundraising Off Health Care While Working to Kill It for Millions

"The Kochs are happy to throw their billions behind politicians like Paul Ryan. They're even happier when they can get a tax break for it. As for Ryan, one thing is clear: He's determined to raise as much money as possible to fuel his own rise, and his party's, no matter how many people's health may suffer in the process."

GOP Intel Chairs Push Media For Donald Trump: WaPo

Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population @alternet

Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population @alternet:

"The world's total wealth is about $256 trillion, and in just one year the richest 10% drained nearly $4 trillion away from the rest of civilization."

WaPo: Trump team got help from top intel officials, members of Congress to counter Russia stories

"The big news today seems to be the White House having shut out several major news organizations from a press gaggle, while allowing in right wing extremist organizations. But the real story behind the story is that the organizations shut out all have been reporting on Trump’s Russia ties. The Trump team wants this story to go away. They’re scared. And this week’s earlier big story that Reince Priebus unsuccessfully sought the FBI’s help to refute the stories about those Russia ties seems to be just the tip of this latest iceberg. The Trump team sought help from top officials at other intel agencies, and apparently got it. The Trump team sought help from members of Congress, and got it. Which demands further investigation, particularly as it calls into question the ability of those agencies or the Republican majority Congress to investigate Trump’s Russia ties. Who were these officials? Did these White House efforts constitute obstruction of justice? These efforts speak for themselves. The Trump team wants the Russia stories to go away. Which is why, more than ever, everyone should be focused on them."

Steve Bannon: The Most Powerful Person In President Trump's White House

Trump MIA During SEAL Raid

Lies and pollution: Trump loyalists are willing to poison their bodies as well as their minds

"It’s not clear whether Trump voters in deeply red states like West Virginia and Kentucky are aware of the fact that coal mining and Trump’s terrible bill will surely add copious amounts of selenium, mercury and arsenic to the water supplies in those states — in addition to the variety of toxins present in coal slurry, ash and other waste materials."

Stephen Colbert Roasts 'Dictator Tot' Trump's Deranged War on the Press @alternet

Stephen Colbert Roasts 'Dictator Tot' Trump's Deranged War on the Press @alternet:

"Trump had spent the 72 hours prior to Colbert's taping battling the group he has labeled an enemy of the state: America's press corps."

Our Know-Nothing President Is Putting The US In Danger

National Security Council spokesman quits CIA, writes scathing editorial in Washington Post

"Edward Price, who has worked for the CIA since 2006 and until recently served as spokesman for the National Security Council, is leaving because he was deeply troubled by President Donald Trump."

Trump’s first month of travel expenses cost taxpayers just less than what Obama spent in a year

"The three Mar-a-Lago getaways, combined with the hundreds of thousands of public dollars spent on Secret Service protection during two international trips Trump’s adult sons have taken to promote their father’s business, cost taxpayers about $11.3 million over the first month’s of Trump’s presidency, according to the UK-based Independent."

Trump Administration's Litany Of Mistakes Indicates Malice Or Incompetence

Heads Up, Republicans Want Wall St. Investment Advisers to Lie and Pick Your Pocket @alternet

Heads Up, Republicans Want Wall St. Investment Advisers to Lie and Pick Your Pocket @alternet:

"While the headlines are dominated by White House leaks and personnel scandals, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have been quietly helping the financial industry siphon off your retirement savings."

Eric Trump Openly Admits Pay To Play Access To 'Southern White House' | Crooks and Liars

Eric Trump Openly Admits Pay To Play Access To 'Southern White House' | Crooks and Liars

"Republicans and their Trump 'president' are damned corrupt and in this for their own wealth-enrichment, humans and the environment be damned! His voters think that's just fine. After all, he loves the poorly educated, right? He'll keep making more uneducated fools, thanks to DeVos and the rest of the swamp cabinet. That is, of course, until the day he is sent packing, along with the rest of his treasonous party of criminals."

Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Doesn’t Understand His Job

The GOP and ALEC's Brazen Plan to Sell Off America's Public Lands to the Fossil Fuel Industry @alternet

The GOP and ALEC's Brazen Plan to Sell Off America's Public Lands to the Fossil Fuel Industry @alternet:

"Not surprisingly, the effort to privatize public lands is driven in part by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that relies heavily on financing by extractive industry leaders to distribute cookie-cutter legislation to state legislatures in hopes that they will enact bills to roll back fundamental conservation laws. Many of the people pushing for the takeover of America’s public lands are also tied to radical fringe groups who don’t represent mainstream views.  By mid-January, a House bill (H.R. 621) was introduced by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz identifying 3.3 million acres of America’s public lands across 10 states to be 'disposed of' and sold off. “What’s worthless to allies of the fossil fuel industry for all except oil and gas extraction has irreplaceable value to the American people for hiking, hunting, camping, fishing and countless other pastimes that Teddy Roosevelt first acknowledged were central to the strength and well-being of this nation,” the Wilderness Society said in a statement responding to the bill. “Today, those outdoor pastimes have a $646 billion value and contribute millions of American jobs to rural communities without harming the lands and waters themselves.” Miraculously, a little over a week after proposing his land disposal bill, Rep. Chaffetz announced in a midnight Instagram post that his bill would "die." Congressional offices had reportedly been overwhelmed by calls from people who want to keep our wild lands public, including many of Chaffetz's own constituents, who were concerned about the possibility of losing access for hunting, fishing, hiking and camping.  Rep. Chaffetz did the right thing in listening to an overwhelming tide of constituents who castigated him for such an un-American piece of legislation. But this is just one victory in a broader defense of public lands at large."

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/05/donald-trump-lies-belief-totalitarianism?CMP=share_btn_fb"Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars’ enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world."

Former Trump Staffer: 'We Had To Baby Him.'

Trump May Get Most Federal Judicial Appointments Since 1950s, Including 55 Stolen from Obama @alternet

Trump May Get Most Federal Judicial Appointments Since 1950s, Including 55 Stolen from Obama @alternet:

"right now, the president most openly hostile to federal courts in decades is poised to appoint more judges than any president in a half-century—including the dozens of seats the GOP stole from his predecessor."

More Republican Handouts to the Rich

"The Republicans are rigging the system to transfer tens of billions of dollars a year from ordinary workers to their rich friends. The only principle here is giving more money to the rich."

Arizona's Fascist Attempt To Ban Protests

Leaked tape shows Trump offering members of his club a new feature — watching him select an administration

"A leaked tape reveals President Trump offered his club members a new feature: Being able to watch him form a government for his new presidency. “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told members of his Bedminister, New Jersey golf club in November, shortly after winning the 2016 presidential election. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.” In the leaked audio tape, which was published by Politico, Trump also said: “We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing secretary of state. We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable . . . so you might want to come along.” This isn’t the first time that Trump’s casual attitude toward national security, particularly in his own clubs, has raised eyebrows."

WATCH: John Oliver examines the roots of Donald Trump’s lies, because “Trump’s reality can change within a single sentence”

"The media, and the rest of the United States, shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Trump has lied, Oliver noted, considering that he’s essentially lied about everything for his entire adult life, from who he was to the size of his signature Trump Tower. His political life was also punctuated by lies: from Obama’s birth certificate to the murder rate to saying that the U.S. gross domestic product was “below zero"."

Cowardly Marco Rubio Is Too Scared To Hold A Town Hall Meeting

Seven key signs that Donald Trump knows nothing about economics: His vaunted expertise, like most of what he says, is BS

"From "zero GDP" to "42 percent unemployment," Trump's economic claims suggest profound and dangerous ignorance"

GOP Strategist Steve Schmidt: Trump's Constant Lies and 'Endless Self-Pity' Are Unlike Any Other American President @alternet

GOP Strategist Steve Schmidt: Trump's Constant Lies and 'Endless Self-Pity' Are Unlike Any Other American President @alternet:

"Steve Schmidt, campaign director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, had some choice words for Pres. Donald Trump after the president’s wild and unhinged press conference on Thursday."

Trump Offers Cabinet Interview Access To Club Members-AUDIO | Crooks and Liars

Trump Offers Cabinet Interview Access To Club Members-AUDIO | Crooks and Liars

"Deep into the process of meeting potential Cabinet nominees, the president-elect invited partygoers to stop by the next day to join the excitement. “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audio tape of his closed-press remarks obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government." "We’re going to be interviewing everybody — Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State,” he continued. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable….so you might want to come along"."

Woman With Dying Husband Unloads On Tom Cotton At Town Hall Meeting

Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Championed Big Tobacco's Alarming Lies @alternet

Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Championed Big Tobacco's Alarming Lies @alternet: Miller and Mike Pence both had a history of spreading lies about the dangers of smoking. The alarming past of President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser has come under increased scrutiny lately after the 31-year-old archconservative repeatedly lied to the American public on several Sunday morning talk shows. Since his early teens, Stephen Miller has espoused hateful views on immigrants, people of color and liberals.

21 Facts That Explain Exactly Who Stephen Miller Is @alternet

21 Facts That Explain Exactly Who Stephen Miller Is @alternet:

"Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as “fiercely loyal” to the president, “a true believer in every sense of the word.” Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant’s voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like a politically precocious, weasley teenager’s idea of how to command a crowd. According to those who know Miller’s history, that’s not so far off the mark."

Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise @alternet

Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise @alternet:

"Stephen Bannon, now a top advisor to Donald Trump, is one of those who led the resurgence in verbal attacks on women and feminists that has afflicted the nation in recent years."

Republican Senator Gets WRECKED By His Constituents (VIDEO)

How Alex Jones' Wild Conspiracies Breed Potentially Deadly Plots @alternet

How Alex Jones' Wild Conspiracies Breed Potentially Deadly Plots @alternet:

"Jones, who has been spreading fake news and ginning up antigovernment hysteria for well over a decade, has recently gained new prominence through his connection to the Trump campaign. As a candidate, Donald Trump appeared on Jones’ show in December 2015, where he told Jones, “Your reputation is amazing. I will not let you down.” Jones claims to have personally advised Trump in the run-up to the election, and also asserted that a grateful Trump called him after his victory and promised to appear on the show again."

Trump Doesn't Get to Decide if the Russia Story Is 'Fake News'

"Once again, the president is acting like he gets to decide what the law is"

Our President* Spent His Saturday Lying to Our Faces

"How many more of these whackadoo performance pieces does he have to present before somebody throws sand in the gears? If four Republican senators—say, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ben Sasse, and Susan Collins—would agree to caucus with the Democrats under Chuck Schumer, the whole thing would grind to a halt until we could catch our breath and see if we really want to live in the madhouse of this president*'s mind for the next four years. Bold speeches in Munich and chest-thumping on Twitter won't cut it. It's put up or shut up time. And, please, for the love of god, ye editors and news directors throughout the land, enough with the expeditions into the heartland to talk to people who helped bring this down upon themselves and on us. These folks have nothing new to say. They voted their id and their spleen and they're still on a high from that. Some guy in a café in Dubuque wants to say that he voted for this president* because he "tells it like it is," or because he thinks the steel mills are coming back? Can you watch that rally in Florida and believe that these opinions have any real merit?"

Montana GOP Chair Afraid Of Too Much Voting

See John Oliver's Warning to Trump About Vladimir Putin, Russia

"a Last Week Tonight exposé that examines Vladimir Putin's misdeeds and the president's obsession with the Russian autocrat."

Trump allies deliver plan to lift Russian sanctions—by helping to topple the Ukrainian government

"The players involved are a who’s who of Trump-connected pro-Russian figures. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul D. Manafort. Cohen is under investigation by the FBI as part of the query into Russian influence in Trump's election; Sater is Mafia-linked. A key part of the plan, led by pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker, Andrii Artemenko, would be releasing alleged evidence of corruption by the current not-pro-Russian-enough Ukrainian leader, thus allowing fine men like Andrii Artemenko to take over the government and negotiate a long term Russian "lease" of Crimea, and so forth. (Artemenko even offered up that he had “received encouragement for his plans from top aides to Mr. Putin”, which is apparently something would-be government topplers are willing to brag about these days.) The end result: If the current Ukrainian government was disposed of and a more Russia-tolerant faction took its place, thus achieving a peace with Russia that may or may not absolve Russia of their military invasion and capture of Crimea, than the way would be clear for the Trump administration to lift the sanctions on Russia that resulted."

Russia’s psychological dossier on Trump reveals they’re already ‘nervous’ he’ll be ousted

Russia’s psychological dossier on Trump reveals they’re already ‘nervous’ he’ll be ousted

"President Donald Trump’s behavior isn’t just unnerving American allies, as a former Russian diplomat tells NBC News that the Kremlin is becoming concerned as well. In an interview with the network, former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov said that Russia believes that Trump’s constant feuds with both the media and with his own intelligence agencies have left him “dancing on thin ice,” and susceptible to a possible coup. Echoing Fedorov, former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov tells NBC that the Kremlin doesn’t view Trump’s struggles as amusing in the slightest."

Trump Has Spent More Time Golfing Than Attending Intelligence Briefings

Trump compares himself to Lincoln. But Lincoln warned us about demagogues like him.

"Indeed, he is not just the demagogue Founding Fathers like Alexander Hamilton warned us about. He is exactly the demagogue Lincoln himself warned us about."

Leaked tapes reveal Trump's offer to his 'real group'

"All those everyday working stiffs who think they have a friend in Trump need to spend a minute listening to him talk to the $200k a seat members of his club. “So, this is my real group,” Trump said at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, on November 18, according to the audiotape. “These are the people that came here in the beginning, when nobody knew what this monster was gonna turn out to be, right?” And for his “real group” Trump makes some special invitations that he wasn't handing out to the small crowd he gathered at a Florida airport. "We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump told the crowd, according to an audiotape of his closed-to-the-press remarks, obtained by POLITICO from a source in the room. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government." Come on down! Watch us play National Security Advisor Apprentice! It’ll be fun! But dictators? Why is Trump interviewing dictators? Is he seeking entry level dictators to boss around people like the “aides” now shoving around experienced diplomats at State, or is he after mentor-grade dictators for their keen insight in how to be a better autarch?"

Secret Tape Reveals Trump Hyping Presidency To Club Members

"An audiotape of Donald Trump shortly after he won the presidency shows him hyping the upcoming drama of a new kind of reality show.  On the tape, which Politico obtained from someone on the scene, Trump exhorts the “special people” at one of his golf clubs to be his audience and enjoy the drama of watching him interview potential candidates for his Cabinet. “We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” says Trump on the tape, taken at a cocktail party last November at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government,” adds Trump, who once displayed his showman skills as star of “The Apprentice” reality show. “We’re going to be interviewing everybody — treasury, we’re going to be interviewing secretary of state,” he says. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable … so you might want to come along.” Trump sounds joyful talking about his victory at the party, which honored longtime members of the club. It’s the kind of milieu he seems to thrive in; this is his third week conducting the business of his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida."

Trump’s Lavish Lifestyle Is Costing Taxpayers A Fortune

Trump Is An International Laughing Stock After Referring To Imaginary Sweden Terror Attack

"This is what happens when a president gets his news from Fox. President Donald Trump is being mocked all around the world after he referred to a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened."

Trump's amazing and dangerous world of alternative facts—and alternative truth

"As ridiculous as Trump may be, he has brought together a team of pathological ideologues starting with Bannon, but also with Stephen Miller, Reince Priebus, and others who are hellbent on ripping up the foundations of the Great Society, the New Deal—in fact most of the advances of the 20th Century—and letting the entire thing crumble to the ground."

American confidence in the country's world standing is at the lowest level in a decade

"Trump is only 2% away from beating Dubya in an all-time low in American confidence on the national stage. Considering that he’s only been in office for a few weeks, I think he’ll have time to beat the low record. Woohoo.

Republicans Were NOT Prepared For Town Hall Backlash

Trump Declares Free Media 'Enemies Of The People' After Approval Ratings Tank | Crooks and Liars

Trump Declares Free Media 'Enemies Of The People' After Approval Ratings Tank | Crooks and Liars

"Another way to read his tweet is that he's trying to carve out Fox News as the only media broadcast outlet his True Believers should believe, since they are the official State Media outlet of the Trump administration, after all. But whatever the spark was, whatever he intended by it, the reality is that we have a paranoid, angry man-baby as our president now."

Major outdoor retailers boycott Utah over threats to sell off public lands

"After 20 years of hosting the bi-annual outdoor retailer show in Salt Lake City, organizers of the show finalized their decision to move the $45 million event after a “disappointing” call Thursday with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R). A spokesman for Herbert said OIA’s move perpetuated a “false narrative” about Utah, despite the fact that the governor has been pouring $4.5 million of Utah taxpayer dollars into a lawsuit to seize national public lands in the state each year; an effort that is opposed by Utah residents, and has very little chance of success."

After Advancing Scott Pruitt Confirmation, Senator Heads Over to Energy Lobbyist Fundraiser

"JUST MOMENTS AFTER leading the floor debate on Thursday in support of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left the Senate chamber to attend a high-dollar fundraiser hosted by energy lobbyists at a Capitol Hill steakhouse. The Senate voted 54-46 around 11:15 a.m. to invoke cloture, a mechanism that limits debate and allow an up-or-down confirmation vote Friday at 1 p.m. Barrasso, who has worked to shepherd Pruitt through the confirmation process, gave a brief floor statement, then left the chamber to relax with influence peddlers at Charlie Palmer Steak. The event, which asked for checks as high as $5,000 to Barrasso’s campaign committee, was hosted by lobbyists for energy firms that have cheered Pruitt’s battles with regulators. As the Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt worked closely with energy lobbyists to file lawsuits against a wide range of environmental regulations. Pruitt challenged EPA rules on fracking, controls on pollution from power plants, limits on mercury emissions, and enhancing clean water regulations. Several of Pruitt’s lawsuits and letters to regulators, a New York Times investigation found, were drafted with language provided to him by industry lobbyists."

February 22, 2017

A Champion of the People or Wall Street? Trump Pushes to End Dodd-Frank & Consumer Protection Agency

The Trump Administration’s First Gifts to Wall Street

"What’s clear is that as the deregulatory process moves forward, the fox is guarding the henhouse. Despite his populist campaign rhetoric, President Trump is listening to Wall Street titans. His Cabinet is stocked with Goldman Sachs alumni who likely remember their former employer fondly. (Gary Cohn received a $285 million bonus when he graduated from bank COO to presidential adviser.) When it comes to regulating the banks, Trump believes there is “nobody better” to consult than the bankers themselves."

Donald Trump’s Alternative-Reality Press Conference

"What Trump has actually done, of course, is demonstrate his manifest unsuitability for the job he now holds."

Trump Literally Hasn’t Gone A Day As President Without Lying To The American Public

Plans for Nationwide Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests Gain Momentum

"From New York to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to Little Rock, Arkansas, protesters will take to the streets on Saturday, April 15"

Trump wants you to believe 2 contradictory things about the Russia scandal

"Although it’s unclear how the president can reconcile those two logically incoherent positions, Trump has been pushing this contradictory narrative on Twitter for the past several days."

House Republicans Vote To Shield Dangerous Corporations From Consumer Lawsuits

A United States of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump @alternet

A United States of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump @alternet:

"the emergence of the so-called alt-right was nothing but a “rebranding” of white supremacist ideology aimed at luring younger adherents."

‘Welcome to my nightmare’: Disaster expert says Trump admin will make any real crisis a catastrophe

‘Welcome to my nightmare’: Disaster expert says Trump admin will make any real crisis a catastrophe

"Pres. Donald Trump’s White House has been in a constant state of siege since the day he was sworn in. High-profile leaks, resignations, lies and a series of dramatic unforced errors have kept the Trump White House in a state of roiling chaos, say insiders."

"For-Profit President": A Look at How Trump Is Pushing Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't

President Trump’s family is living large — and American taxpayers are paying for it

"From the president’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and his sons’ upcoming trip to the United Arab Emirates to open a golf course in Dubai to the First Lady’s decision to reside at Trump Tower in New York City, the lifestyle choices of Trump and family are running up taxpayers’ tab in an unprecedented manner, according to a report from The Washington Post. Although the agencies which handle most of these expenses did not reply to the Post’s request for specific figures, the newspaper was able to estimate that the president’s three trips to Mar-a-Lago probably cost roughly $10 million, that New York City spends $500,000 every day to guard Trump Tower (which could reach over $730 million by the end of Trump’s first term), and that Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay for a Trump-brand condo tower cost nearly $100,000 in hotel bills."

Republicans are creating legislation that would weaken Endangered Species Act

"The Republican Party’s war on nature rolls on."

British Politicians Take Turns Blasting Trump

“We elected a mess”: President Trump’s press conference is the top topic of late-night comedy

"Stephen Colbert, other late-night hosts all try to unravel Trump's crazy press conference"

Trump’s blatant cronyism turns to national security: The president taps billionaire investor to overhaul the spy agencies

"The Trump administration is already lousy with billionaires and Wall Street tycoons, so it might as well toss one more onto the pile. Feinberg’s case is noteworthy, however, in that he doesn’t appear to have any real experience or qualification for the important national security position for which he’s being appointed."

Trump Uses Doctored Fox News Footage To Bash Immigrants In Sweden

Trump can't come clean on Russia, because the cover-up is all that keeps him in office

"Donald Trump can’t halt the cover up on Russia. Because the cover up is his only hope."

Trevor Noah Hilariously Nails Trump's Clear Fear of Easily Google-able Facts @alternet

Trevor Noah Hilariously Nails Trump's Clear Fear of Easily Google-able Facts @alternet: '

"After lamenting over the "mess" he'd inherited, Trump continued his crusade against "fake news", which consisted of dodging questions while repeating his long held lies."

Trump Cites Fake Terror Attack In Sweden

Krugman Floats a Far Scarier Possibility Than a Trump-Putin Axis @alternet

Krugman Floats a Far Scarier Possibility Than a Trump-Putin Axis @alternet:

"The hard-liners in the Republican party are not going to let the little whiff of the possibilty that Americans are being governed by a man taking his cues from Moscow get in the way of depriving millions of healthcare, demolishing the safety net and letting polluters pollute freely again."

Net neutrality foe John Thune starts work on legislation to weaken it

"Sen. John Tune (R-SD) doesn't want to wait around for the new FCC to kill net neutrality, or perhaps it’s that his big telecom overlords don't want to wait. So he's moving forward with trying to craft legislation."

Putin: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Trump got caught in a lie. Instead of owning it, he blamed somebody else.

"These numbers aren’t hard to find, but Trump lied about them anyway."

Trump's Repeal of Bipartisan Anti-Corruption Measure Proves He's a Fake

"Ask Trump supporters about this episode, and many would say they won't weep for the loss of any government regulation. But they should ask themselves if, when they were whooping and hollering for the man who promised to end special interest and lobbyist rules in Washington, they imagined the ExxonMobil chief in charge of the State Department cheering as the new president wiped out anti-bribery laws. The "establishment" sure is on the run, isn't it? "

Shady Oligarch's Case A Test Of President Trump's Department Of Justice

18 WTF Moments From Trump's Unhinged Press Conference

"the event had little to do with Acosta, and quickly devolved into one of the most remarkably incoherent spectacles in recent memory."

Republicans Hustle to Shield Trump as Demands for Russia Inquiry Grow

"Republicans are dismissing the mounting call to thoroughly investigate the Trump campaign's connection with Russian intelligence, and party leadership is seemingly pushing for members to fall in line behind the president amid growing outrage."

LEAKED: Trump Talks To His "Special People"

The NRA has persuaded Congress to legalize the killing of bear cubs in wildlife refuges

"The hunting practices the House voted to legalize on Thursday are considered cruel by many Alaska residents. Recent polling shows that by a two-to-one margin, Alaskans don’t support baiting or trapping in national wildlife refuges. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only network of federal lands and waters dedicated to wildlife conservation. The system is made up of 566 national wildlife refuges, including 16 in Alaska."

House Republicans launch special investigation to protect Donald Trump from Russia scandal

"Chaffetz has unleashed the committee over the Trump regime’s Russia connections — but not against Trump. They want to know who is telling the American public the truth about Trump. So they can stop it."

Republicans Have Gerrymandered Their Way To A Permanent Majority

Mitch McConnell joins Jason Chaffetz in refusing to provide a check on Trump

"In other words, just keep giving all those big gifts to the polluters and the banksters, and Trump can do whatever he likes."

Trump's Unhinged Tweetstorm | Crooks and Liars

Trump's Unhinged Tweetstorm | Crooks and Liars

"I guess the breaking news from the New York Times about his campaign being in *constant* communication with the Russians set him off."

The Mistake Trump Can’t Ever Walk Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

For Polluters, Congress Will Overturn an Environmental Rule for $2.3 Million

"In the 24 days since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Republican-controlled Congress has already moved to overturn four major rules that the oil, gas, and coal industries spent millions of dollars fighting during the Obama administration. First, Congress eliminated the Stream Protection Rule, which would prevent toxic mine waste from being dumped in streams. Then Congress voted to get rid of a rule that limited bribery and corruption in oil operations around the world. And in the coming days, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote to overturn a rule that limits methane pollution when oil and gas companies drill on public lands and to eliminate a rule that increases public input in public lands management decisions."

Why Hasn't the Government Gone After Trump for His $180 Million Breach of Contract?

"For his part, Chaffetz seems to have a different set of priorities altogether. The day after Trump announced he would not be divesting from his businesses, Chaffetz threatened to subpoena not the president, nor any of his family members or business associates – but rather the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics for saying Trump's plan to hand over his business to his children was ethically insufficient."

New York attorney general reviewing request to bring action to dissolve Trump Organization

"In a letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the group and four attorneys said that the attorney general’s office has the power to revoke the corporate charter from Trump’s organization, which has violated laws that prohibit the president from receiving payments from foreign governments."

That Time Mike Pence Used Obamacare

With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency

"President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a rule that forced extractive industries to disclose payments made to foreign governments.  The transparency law, known as the Cardin-Luger amendment, was an Obama-era rule established to prevent multinational energy companies from striking backroom deals with corrupt governments."

Warren questions bank lobbyist’s ‘inappropriate’ involvement in Trump order

"Earlier this month, Trump signed an order aimed at rolling back a new rule propagated by the Obama administration that would require financial advisers to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own. Trump instructed the Department of Labor, which issued the rule, to consider rescinding or revising it within 90 days. According to a report by NPR station WSHU, Francis Creighton, a lobbyist with the pro-Wall Street group Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) that has adamantly opposed the rule, reviewed drafts of Trump’s order and made recommendations on it."

GOP Rep Admits That People Will Lose Healthcare Coverage With Obamacare Replacement

February 18, 2017

Trump Disrupts the Western Spy Alliance

"For the first time, an American president is causing our allies and partners to wonder if Washington can still be trusted. As I’ve explained, Trump’s aggressive comments about American spies—mocking them and comparing them to Nazis on Twitter, for example—have generated unprecedented enmity in our Intelligence Community. Going to war with the IC is a bad idea for any new administration, particularly given the new commander-in-chief’s rumored links to Vladimir Putin, which are keeping American spies up at night. It’s not just Washington that’s worried. Throughout the Western spy alliance, intelligence agencies are pondering the previously unthinkable: Is the American president compromised? On several occasions over the decades, the IC had to reduce spy-links, usually only temporarily, to various partners when a new government contained too many cabinet ministers with Moscow linkages. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and it’s the American government that seems to have a Kremlin problem."

‘What the f*ck is going on?’: European allies alarmed as Trump administration descends into chaos

‘What the f*ck is going on?’: European allies alarmed as Trump administration descends into chaos

"Officials at European security services are baffled and wary over the latest turmoil in Pres. Donald Trump’s White House and many are concluding that “counting on America isn’t currently a smart policy"."

Environmental Safeguards Are About To Completely Disappear Under Trump

While Trump scandals mount, Chaffetz decides to investigate... a cartoon character

"True, Chaffetz, after his unending probes of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, hasn’t shown any appetite to examine, say, the Trump administration’s ties to Russia or its many conflicts of interest. But the chairman has shown determination to probe, without fear or favor, the threat to America posed by Sid the Science Kid."

Meet the 23 Republicans blocking Congress from seeing Trump's tax returns. Is your rep on the list?

"Regardless of party affiliation, an astonishing 74 percent of Americans want to see Donald Trump's tax returns. It makes sense considering Donald Trump has business all over the world and we really don’t know who his business comrades are, how much he owes, how much they pay him. These are relevant in the interest of government transparency, but more importantly in the interest of national security."

EPA-Hating Scott Pruitt Confirmed Head Of EPA

The 4 best GOP excuses for not backing an inquiry into alleged Trump-Russia links

"Late Tuesday night, the New York Times reported that U.S. spy agencies had intercepted multiple phone conversations between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian intelligence agents. That means Trump allies may have colluded with a foreign power in an effort to undermine the American democratic process — and that Russia may now have access to the highest levels of American government."

NYT: Trump Campaign Was In 'Repeated Contact' With Russian Intelligence Officials (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

NYT: Trump Campaign Was In 'Repeated Contact' With Russian Intelligence Officials (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

"Trump campaign officials apparently had multiple contacts with Russian intelligence operatives during the campaign. But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin."

Robert Reich: The latest White House mess exposes Donald Trump’s long con

Robert Reich: The latest White House mess exposes Donald Trump’s long con

"The U.S. intelligence community is so convinced that Trump and his administration have been compromised by Russia that they’re no longer giving the White House all of their most sensitive information, lest it end up in Putin’s hands. A senior National Security Agency official says the National Security Agency is systematically holding back some of the “good stuff” from the White House, fearing Trump and his staff can’t keep secrets. The intelligence community is concerned that even the Situation Room—the room in the West Wing where the president and his top staffers get intelligence briefings—has been compromised by Russia. The White House mess is Trump’s own fault. He’s supposed to be in charge,but it turns out he’s not a tough manager. He’s not even a good manager. He seems not to have any interest in managing at all. Instead of whipping government into shape, he’s whipping it into a cauldron of dysfunction and intrigue. Just like his promises to “drain the Washington swamp” and limit the influence of big money, get Wall Street out of policy making, and turn government back to the people, Trump’s promise of an efficient government is another giant bait-and-switch."

What It Looks Like When A President Fails

Colbert Hilariously Roasts White House Adviser Stephen Miller's Lies @alternet

Colbert Hilariously Roasts White House Adviser Stephen Miller's Lies @alternet:

"Colbert invited Miller to come lie on his show anytime."

‘Each new day is a new nightmare’: GOP ex-judge wants Trump ‘impeached and removed with all haste’

‘Each new day is a new nightmare’: GOP ex-judge wants Trump ‘impeached and removed with all haste’

"Mark P. Painter, a lifelong Republican and career judge, this week called for the immediate impeachment of President Donald Trump. In a column for Cincinnati.com, the former Ohio Court of Appeals judge offers to help his congressman, Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), draft articles of impeachment."

Trump's Press Conference MELTDOWN

Trump Has Surrounded Himself With a Phalanx of White Nationalists @alternet

Trump Has Surrounded Himself With a Phalanx of White Nationalists @alternet:

"Donald Trump’s administration is built around a brain trust of white nationalists. To deny that fact is to ignore a crucial element of this national crisis: America’s “greatest generation” defeated Nazism during World War II, and 70 or so years later one of the country’s two leading political parties has injected a more polite version of that poison into its veins and rode to power in Washington on a wave of bigotry and racism."

Congress had a chance to get Trump’s tax returns. Republicans voted it down.

"Unlike all but one Presidential nominee since Nixon, Trump has not released his tax returns to the public (Gerald Ford, the one nominee who didn’t, released a summary). Trump has also, unlike every other modern president, refused to divest from his business holdings. According to the financial disclosures that he was required to file, however, Trump has a stake in 564 companies around the world. Many of his businesses work in or with foreign countries. Those dealings almost certainly put Trump in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. Without his tax returns, however, the true extent of Trump’s financial entanglements is unknown."

Report: Acting AG Sally Yates Warned Trump Administration About Flynn (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

Report: Acting AG Sally Yates Warned Trump Administration About Flynn (UPDATED) | Crooks and Liars

"Yates warned this White House that Flynn was vulnerable and likely compromised, and in the process of issuing that warning made it pretty clear they knew Flynn had, in fact, discussed the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russia."

How Many Insane Things Can Trump Say In One Press Conference?

House intelligence chair rolls over for Trump, says no investigation of Russia connections

"The chair of the House Select Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) just yesterday assured reporters that there was "a lot of nothing" in the reports of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's calls with the Russian ambassador weeks before the Trump administration was a thing. There was so much nothing there, Nunes said, Flynn was sure to keep his job. What's he saying now that Flynn has resigned? He's following popular vote loser Trump's lead. It's not about Flynn and how Russia has compromised the administration. It's about the leaks that Flynn and his Russia connections have compromised the White House."

Tracking the Trump Team’s Conflicting or False Statements on Russia (Chart)

Tracking the Trump Team’s Conflicting or False Statements on Russia (Chart):

"This is an effort to catalog instances when the Trump team’s assertions about their connections to Russia contradict what they’ve said in the past and the facts as they’ve been reported by multiple news organizations and the US intelligence community."

What Did @realDonaldTrump Know About Russia and When Did Donald Trump Know It?

"Looking back at one of Trump’s own tweets, which he posted on Dec. 30 — the day after Flynn secretly urged Russia not to respond to the Obama Administration’s new sanctions — makes it hard not to wonder if he knew about his aide’s effort to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay. Putin’s decision to not respond to the new sanctions reportedly surprised intelligence officials and led them to look more closely at their surveillance of the Russian ambassador’s communications, including his intercepted talks with Flynn. But Trump’s tweet suggests that it might not have surprised him. Another new revelation — that Trump’s White House was warned late last month by Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, that Flynn had lied about the content of his talks with the Russian ambassador –seems to suggest that Trump was feigning surprise on Friday when he was asked about reports that his aide had talked about sanctions. In an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Kellyanne Conway made it clear that the White House does not want to answer questions about when Trump knew that Flynn has discussed sanctions with the Russians."

Trump & Flynn's Troubling Timeline

Michael Flynn Resigned. Here's Why He Still Needs to be Investigated.

"But Flynn had pulled a dumb move, for, as he should have known, US intelligence was intercepting the communications of Kislyak, and transcripts of their chats indicated Flynn and the Russian had indeed talked about the sanctions. And these transcripts were shared among various US government agencies. Before Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for not enforcing his Muslim travel ban, last month she warned the Trump White House that Flynn had misrepresented the calls and was therefore vulnerable to Russian blackmail. That warning was enough reason for Trump to boot Flynn, but he did not. It took the increasing criticism of Flynn and the mounting calls for an investigation of recent days for the White House to request that Flynn find another perch for his anti-Islam crusade. Flynn's departure should not end the demands for an investigation. One tantalizing and somewhat overlooked aspect of the Post story that did him in was the fact that Flynn hobnobbed with Kislyak during the campaign. The paper reported that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations "were part of a series of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak that began before the Nov. 8 election and continued during the transition, officials said." And the paper noted, "Kislyak said that he had been in contact with Flynn since before the election, but declined to answer questions about the subjects they discussed." This is the mystery that now needs an answer: What was Flynn talking about with the Russians during the campaign?"

For America’s Sake, We Need Answers about Russia. Now.

"All of it is serious business, specifically when it comes to figuring out just why Trump is so deeply enamored of Vladimir Putin and how much Russia interfered with our election, and more broadly for what it says about Trump and his chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s vision, God help us, of a world divided and dominated by white nationalists."

Top GOP investigators on the Hill say they won’t investigate Michael Flynn

"On Monday, the Washington Post again reported that the Department of Justice had informed the White House of the dangers of Flynn’s ties with Russia in January. But last week, Trump told reporters he had not heard of any such report."

Michael Flynn May Have Committed Felony With Russia Contact

‘You lied to us’: The internet hammers Trump for complaining about leaks in Flynn scandal

‘You lied to us’: The internet hammers Trump for complaining about leaks in Flynn scandal

"President Donald Trump tweeted out a complaint about the whistleblowers who exposed his national security advisor’s apparent lies about Russia communications — and social media users hammered him."

Trump Has Called Dozens Of Things Fake News. None Of Them Are.

"President Donald Trump has attacked news outlets, individuals, and reports that portray him in an unflattering light as “fake news.” But in doing so he’s continuing conservative media’s bastardization of the term, as none of the things he points to actually constitute “fake news.” At the same time, several people close to Trump have propagated fake news through social media."

Despite lying to the Senate, Trump’s Treasury pick is confirmed

"Steve Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs partner and CEO of mortgage lender OneWest, was confirmed to be the next Treasury Secretary on Monday night. The confirmation came despite the fact that Mnuchin appears to have lied to the Senate about practices at OneWest, and despite evidence that the bank broke foreclosure laws and anti-discrimination laws under his leadership. The Senate vote was nearly along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor plus Democrat Joe Manchin (WV), and all the rest of the Democrats plus two independents voting against."

Trump Completely Melts Down In Unhinged Press Conference

4 Recent Tweets That Prove Trump’s an Incompetent Blowhard Peddling Blatant Lies

"It damn sure isn’t normal for someone in his position to act the way he acts, lie the way he lies, and whine the way he constantly whines."

Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser, resigns over Russia lies

"No one has ever been prosecuted under the Logan Act, but Flynn is facing a second and potentially far more dangerous investigation. The FBI is actively probing Flynn’s interactions with Kislyak, and resigning from his White House post won’t shield Flynn from potential future criminal prosecution."

How Vladimir Putin and Russia are using cyber attacks and fake news to try to rig three major European elections this year

"Governments and security services across Europe have sounded public warnings about Russian interference in upcoming elections, amid mounting concern about a spate of cyber attacks on political parties and government institutions. Officials and security officers in France, Germany, and the Netherlands have agreed to share information as they brace for “influence operations,” including the leaking of hacked emails and using internet bots to spread fake or misleading news on social media, in the run up to presidential and general elections this year."

Congressional Republicans Are Willing Accomplices To Trump’s Criminal Empire

French Intelligence Agency Braces for Russian Bots to Back Le Pen

"France’s spy agency believes Russia intends to try to influence France’s upcoming elections in favor of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.  On Wednesday, Le Canard Enchaîné said that France’s Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) believes that Russia will help Le Pen by way of bots that will flood the internet with millions of positive posts about Le Pen — and by publishing her opponents’ confidential emails. The level of threat is so high that the next defense meeting at the Élysée, France’s presidential palace, will be on this subject, the paper said."

Rep. Steve King meets with far-right French extremist Le Pen, tweets about their 'shared values'

"Her campaign, like Trump's, has received the backing of Russian state hackers; French intelligence agencies are bracing for further interventions. Like Trump, her campaign has responded by backing Putin, demanding the end of sanctions against Russia, and even defending the Russian invasion of Crimea. So those are the "shared values" Rep. Steve King is celebrating as he dodges constituents back home to meet with Marine Le Pen instead. The Republicans aren't making it subtle anymore. They seem to believe they no longer need to."

Wall Street's Best Friend Trump Aims to Dismantle Dodd-Frank, Which Protects Millions of Americans from Fraud @alternet

Wall Street's Best Friend Trump Aims to Dismantle Dodd-Frank, Which Protects Millions of Americans from Fraud @alternet:

"Candidate Trump promised to take on Wall Street. As deregulator-in-chief, he will be Wall Street’s good buddy."

This Is How the Republican Party Plans to Destroy the Federal Government

"Sooner or later, the Republicans should discover that decimating the government will likely result in a mass of unintended consequences. For example, redistributing tax funds to the rich from the large number of middle- and working-class Americans could seriously damage the consumer economy on which the rest of the economy depends. Defunding programs that enable the poor and the working class to survive will further increase family breakups, domestic violence, drug addiction, suicide, and other human tragedies that even the Overthrow Project cannot totally ignore."

Trump Keeps Getting Anti-Semitism Questions, Keeps Giving Horrible Answers

Iowa's New Union-Busting Bill Is Worse Than Wisconsin's

"This legislation is designed to render collective bargaining meaningless by making it illegal to negotiate most of the subjects now covered by contracts"

More Wall Street Bankers Set to Join Donald Trump's Treasury Department @alternet

More Wall Street Bankers Set to Join Donald Trump's Treasury Department @alternet:

"Former Goldman Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin, who was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve as his next Treasury secretary, is apparently looking to staff his administration with Wall Street and Washington insiders."

For Americans with disabilities, Trump’s policies are as dangerous as his rhetoric

"Across the country, people with disabilities are continuing to lead the fight for inclusivity and recognition, with the support of their families, advocates, and human services professionals. But under a Trump administration, that fight is going to get a lot harder. Trump’s mocking of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski last year has been widely recognized, but his actual policies for people with disabilities are just as terrible."

The White House Is Gaslighting The Media (And the Entire Country)

Republicans Will Regret This When the Next Recession Hits

"Ever since the committee passed on Mnuchin's nomination, which was passed with only Republican votes because the Democratic members of the committee were disgusted with Mnuchin's testimony and with the Republican majority's apparent indifference to the obvious mendacity of some of it, some other developments have occurred that do not lead me to be optimistic that the swamp reclamation project is going as planned. First, the president* already has signed an executive order that was a direct assault on the Wall Street reforms contained in the Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed in the wake of the nearly catastrophic collapse of the financial system. (The latest atrocity? American companies can get back into the blood diamond business.) Moreover, as this Reuters report indicates, once he's confirmed, Mnuchin plans to lard up the top echelons of the Treasury Department with folks who flourished in the piratical culture that nearly blew up the world."

North Dakota bills could strip Dakota Access Pipeline protesters of their rights

"There are currently four bills in the state’s House and Senate that create new criminal penalties for acts of protest or heighten existing penalties. And there is a fifth bill that could put demonstrators in physical danger."

Trump's Doubts and Ignorance on Nuclear Treaty Worry Experts

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/president-trumps-thoughts-key-nuclear-treaty-worries-experts"President Donald Trump's apparent ignorance and skepticism of a key nuclear arms reduction treaty between the US and Russia have nuclear arms experts concerned about the country's vulnerability on one of its most important national security issues."

Trump Filibusters When Asked About Rising Anti-Semitism

The Infowars President

"Many of Trump’s strangest claims began with America’s foremost conspiracy theorist."

One Thing Is Certain: Republicans Won't Stand Up and Stop President* Trump

"The only people with the actual power to rein in this president*, or to spare the country from further damage, are the Republicans in the Congress and, outside of a few tweets from Ben Sasse, and the perennial grumbling of John McCain, they're not ready to do that, at least not until they get their tax cuts through. Right now, if Trump were to show up on the Senate floor dressed like Julius Caesar and playing showtunes on the kazoo, Susan Collins might have second thoughts about handing the EPA over to Scott Pruitt, but that would be the extent of the Republican resistance."

John Oliver bought ads on Trump’s favorite cable news shows to correct the president’s lies

"President Donald Trump has lied about almost every major political topic imaginable — unemployment numbers, the crime rate, voter fraud, and even the weather during his inauguration speech. The lies have gotten to be so ridiculous that John Oliver took a break from his usual style of segment to focus on Trump’s deceit."

House Republicans Derail Effort To Force Release Of Trump Tax Returns

February 16, 2017

Another bombshell: US allies also intercepted contacts between Trump campaign and Russian operatives

Another bombshell: US allies also intercepted contacts between Trump campaign and Russian operatives

"The Western European intelligence operations began in August, after the British government obtained information that people acting on behalf of Russia were in contact with members of the Trump campaign. Those details from the British were widely shared among the NATO allies in Europe. The Baltic nation has been gathering intelligence for at least that long, and has conducted surveillance of executives from the Trump Organization who were traveling in Europe. These operations reflect a serious breakdown in the long-standing faith in the direction of American policy by some of the country’s most important allies. Worse, the United States is now in a situation that may be unprecedented—where European governments know more about what is going on in the executive branch than any elected American official. To date, the Republican-controlled Congress has declined to conduct hearings to investigate the links between Trump’s overseas business partners and foreign governments, or the activities between Russia and officials in the Trump campaign and administration—the very areas being examined by the intelligence services of at least two American allies. Some details about Trump’s business partners were passed to the American government months ago. For example, long before the president’s inauguration, German electronic surveillance determined that the father of Trump’s Azerbaijani business partner is a government official who laundered money for the Iranian military; that information was shared with the CIA, according to a European source with direct knowledge of the situation."

Justice Department warned Trump administration Flynn could be blackmailed by Russians: report

Justice Department warned Trump administration Flynn could be blackmailed by Russians: report

"Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Donald Trump last month, personally delivered a message to the president indicating National Security Advisor Michael Flynn misled administration officials about his conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States, the Washington Post reports. In her message, Yates also told the new president she believed Flynn to be potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Russian operatives, current and former U.S. officials told the Washington Post."

Foreign Spies Must Be Bored By How Easy Trump Makes Their Jobs

"Apparently untroubled by the possibility that foreign intelligence services might have made the minimal effort required to plant operatives among the guests, or wait staff, Trump was photographed discussing North Korea’s surprise missile test with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, as waiters removed dishes and aides used their phone flashlights to illuminate sensitive documents."

Russia Still Has Plenty Of Friends In Trump Administration

A paying Mar-a-Lago member took photos of Trump being briefed on North Korea — and posted them to Facebook

"The meeting was conducted in the open, in front of members of the club, with cellphone lights pointing toward sensitive documents. The decision-making about responding to North Korea was "on full view to fellow diners," CNN reported. "Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon left their seats to huddle closer to Trump as documents were produced and phone calls were placed to officials in Washington and Tokyo," according to CNN. "The patio was lit only with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help the stone-faced Trump and Abe read through the documents." John Cook, a journalist, said that it was likely unsafe to be pointing phones, whose cameras and microphones can be hacked, at sensitive documents, tweeting on Sunday, "We used to put our phones in fridges to talk about Snowden docs at The Intercept. These ... are POINTING THEIR PHONES at class[ified] info." It is unclear if Trump had his unsecured Android phone with him during the briefing, which he still carries around with him to send tweets, according to The New York Times."

SNL Takes On The Trump Administration With A Hilarious Medley Of Skits – Videos

"Melissa McCarthy returned to perform the show’s cold-open  with an encore performance of her role as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer."

Trump can be held accountable for violating the Constitution, even if Congress doesn’t care

"State attorneys general have the power to bring actions against corporations, something known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, to determine whether the corporations are a conduit for illegal activity. This is known as a corporation acting “ultra vires” or beyond its legal authority. In this case, the proceeding would determine whether Trump’s corporate entities are being used as a conduit for illegal emoluments to Trump. Importantly, the case would involve a public official (a state attorney general) suing a private entity (the Trump Organization). This means standing would be on much firmer ground. In many states, Quo Warranto authority has been explicitly provided to the state attorney general by statute. In New York, for example, the attorney general has the authority to bring such an action against a corporation under New York Business Corporation Law § 1101"

WSJ: Intel Officials Withholding Intelligence From President Donald Trump

Dark Essays By White House Staffer Are the Intellectual Source Code of Trumpism

"The echoes between Schmitt’s ideas and Trump’s presidency have been the subject of academic murmurings for a number of months."

One Thing Is Certain: Republicans Won't Stand Up and Stop President* Trump

"The only people with the actual power to rein in this president*, or to spare the country from further damage, are the Republicans in the Congress and, outside of a few tweets from Ben Sasse, and the perennial grumbling of John McCain, they're not ready to do that, at least not until they get their tax cuts through. Right now, if Trump were to show up on the Senate floor dressed like Julius Caesar and playing showtunes on the kazoo, Susan Collins might have second thoughts about handing the EPA over to Scott Pruitt, but that would be the extent of the Republican resistance."

5 Disturbing New Revelations About Trump's Dysfunctional National Security Council @alternet

5 Disturbing New Revelations About Trump's Dysfunctional National Security Council @alternet:

"The National Security Council was intended to help presidents make sense of the daunting world of foreign policy and security threats. Not so in the Trump administration, according to a frigthening inside look from the New York Times on Monday, it appears staff is concerned not only with threats from adversaries, but with those from within. The appointment of the incompetent white supremacist Steve Bannon to the Council was just the beginning. From a National Security advisor who doesn't know how to call the National Guard, but does know how to reach Putin, to botched executive orders and 'Make America Great' again mugs showing up at meetings with foreign leaders, it is, "so far a very dysfunctional N.S.C.,” Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence told the Times."

Michael Flynn Must Now Be Arrested | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

US spies withholding intel from White House because they know Russia is listening: report

US spies withholding intel from White House because they know Russia is listening: report

"Not only has Trump gone out of his way to discredit the nation’s spy agencies, his main national security guru, Gen. Mike Flynn either appears to by lying about his conversations with the Russian government about U.S. sanctions or can’t remember breaking the law."

US intelligence community operating under presumption Russia has "ears" on the Trump team

"The American intelligence community is quite certain that the Donald Trump campaign was aided, whether knowingly or not, by a Russian government-sponsored espionage and propaganda effort aimed at boosting Trump's chances for the presidency. The Trump campaign was staffed with so many Russia-linked figures that newspapers took to designing charts to show them all, from Paul Manafort to Carter Page to Michael Flynn. The new Secretary of State comes to the role from a position orchestrating an oil deal between his company and Russia so massive that, if sanctions preventing it are lifted, it would reshape the Russian government's own finances for years to come. The intelligence community knows of contact between Trump staffers and the Russian government before the inauguration. The intelligence community verified that despite Trump adviser Michael Flynn insisting he did not discuss the hacking-related sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on the Russian government with a Russian official, he in fact did. The intelligence community has now verified parts of the infamous and salacious "dossier" on Trump-Russia ties, though not the most alarming and damning bits. And the American intelligence community is now operating under the suspicion that the new White House may include, somewhere within its top ranks a Russian mole."

Yale historian warns America only has a year — maybe less — to save the republic from Trump

Yale historian warns America only has a year — maybe less — to save the republic from Trump

"Snyder is not the only intellectual to draw connections between Trump’s actions as president and authoritarian regimes. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen published a piece outlining rules for survival while living under autocracy in the days following Trump’s election victory. “Institutions will not save you,” Gessen wrote."

Elizabeth Warren Wants Full Investigation Into Trump's Ties To Russia

The White House Is Gaslighting The Media (And The Entire Country)

"President Donald Trump’s administration is gaslighting America. He lies, reporters fact-check him, then he and his team spin the lies to blame the "biased" and "dishonest" media. Trump's team wants to create a world where no one knows what to believe, where facts and reality are irrelevant, and all that matters is what Trump says matters. Gaslighting reporters is one part of the administration’s war with the press -- just another way for his team to try to make the media's role as truth-tellers obsolete. And here’s the kicker: It’s not just the Trump administration. It’s also propaganda outlets tied to Trump. They rush to reinforce Trump’s false narratives with his base, which only puts mainstream outlets in a tougher position."

Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming @alternet

Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming @alternet:

"when the terror attack comes—and Trump and Bannon are making damned sure that it does come—it will only be the common people, banding together, that will be able to stop him. If we let fear affect our judgments, an aftermath with rules imposed by people who have nothing but contempt for our institutions will be worse than anything terrorists could do to destroy us."

Jason Chaffetz has no response for a little girl who asked if he believes in science

"Chaffetz’s weak and evasive responses were not well received by his constituents."

Mike Flynn Caught Lying About Secret Calls To Russia

Veterans group booked ad time during Saturday Night Live in the hopes of reaching Donald Trump

"They’ve been trying to meet with Donald Trump and have been repeatedly rebuffed. Not content to sit back and be ignored, they purchased ad time during Saturday Night Live this week, a show they know he loves/hates to watch."

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

"How things are heating up between the White House and the spooks is evidenced by a new report that the CIA has denied a security clearance to one of Flynn’s acolytes. Rob Townley, a former Marine intelligence officer selected to head up the NSC’s Africa desk, was denied a clearance to see Sensitive Compartmented Information (which is required to have access to SIGINT in particular). Why Townley’s SCI was turned down isn’t clear—it could be over personal problems or foreign ties—but the CIA’s stand has been privately denounced by the White House, which views this as a vendetta against Flynn. That the Townley SCI denial was reportedly endorsed by Mike Pompeo, the new CIA director selected by Trump himself, only adds to the pain. There is more consequential IC pushback happening, too. Our spies have never liked Trump’s lackadaisical attitude toward the President’s Daily Brief, the most sensitive of all IC documents, which the new commander-in-chief has received haphazardly. The president has frequently blown off the PDB altogether, tasking Flynn with condensing it into a one-page summary with no more than nine bullet-points. Some in the IC are relieved by this, but there are pervasive concerns that the president simply isn’t paying attention to intelligence. In light of this, and out of worries about the White House’s ability to keep secrets, some of our spy agencies have begun withholding intelligence from the Oval Office. Why risk your most sensitive information if the president may ignore it anyway? A senior National Security Agency official explained that NSA was systematically holding back some of the “good stuff” from the White House, in an unprecedented move. For decades, NSA has prepared special reports for the president’s eyes only, containing enormously sensitive intelligence. In the last three weeks, however, NSA has ceased doing this, fearing Trump and his staff cannot keep their best SIGINT secrets."